Fibromyalgia may be an unfamiliar disease, but the number of patients with this condition has been increasing over the past several years. Major symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic fatigue, muscle pain, and persistent stiffness in various areas of the body. Some parts of the body are extremely painful when pressed. Some people might believe that it’s just muscle fatigue or common neck or back pain. If it is fibromyalgia, short-term improvement can be obtained with physical therapy such as massage, but you cannot expect long-term improvement. Women tend to be more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia, but it can also occur in kids and youth.
Some believe the cause of fibromyalgia is a deficit of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, but the exact cause is still unknown. The symptoms can be relieved to some degree by taking 5-HTP, the precursor of serotonin, St. John’s Wart, which promotes secretion of serotonin, or a medication called Cymbalta, which blocks reabsorbing serotonin, but none of these will lead to a complete recovery. However, chronic heavy metal toxicity and an abnormal balance of minerals are common findings through my patients of fibromyalgia.
Typical culprits are mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum. It isn’t easy to identify the source of these heavy metals because you can get them from industrial pollution, through foods, medications, cosmetics, water, cigarettes, and filling in your teeth. Toxicity of heavy metals can lead to an imbalance in your mineral levels. But usually, the American diet is low in minerals, especially lacking organic vegetables in the average diet. In Japan, people ingest an average of 13mg iodine a day because they eat seaweed, which contain a lot of iodine. It is likely to be a lack of iodine in the Western diet. The average amount of iodine in the American diet is only 0.2mg a day. Organic vegetables contain a lot of micro minerals but almost none in non-organic vegetables. Toxicity of heavy metals weakens your metabolism, which in turn causes chronic fatigue. To cure fibromyalgia, it is important to detoxify your body of heavy metals, balance mineral levels, and improve metabolism.
A simple urine test can measure if heavy metals have accumulated in your body, and you can get detoxified with through chelation therapy. In addition, the function of your liver is the key to detoxification of heavy metals. Castor oil packs and herbs such as burdocks, dandelions, turmeric, and artichokes can help with the detoxification of the liver.
Lymph drainage is a very effective therapy for draining out those toxins accumulated in your whole body by stimulating the flow of lymph. Also, the intravenous infusion of vitamin-minerals is the most effective way of improving the mineral balance and metabolic function. It is essential to improve your daily diet. I asked all of my fibromyalgia patients to practice all of the tips mentioned here, and most of them showed improvement of their conditions within several months.
Statistically, 4% of the total population of the United States has this disease. Fibromyalgia patients are often prone to sleeping lightly, and may develop a sleep disorder. The quality of your sleep is directly related to your level of pain. If the pain and sleep disorder continue for a long time, your stress level may increase significantly, which can result in other psychological disorders. If you have been experiencing pain all over your body but have never improved from physical therapy like massages, it may be fibromyalgia. In that case, take a heavy metal test to see if you should begin therapy for fibromyalgia.