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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, typically very painful, especially in response to pressure, and sometimes patients have symptoms like stiff muscles, joints and connective tissues.
Other symptoms often include depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, difficulty swallowing, bowel and bladder problems, numbness and tingling, muscle spasms or twitching, weakness, nerve pain, palpitations,
cognitive dysfunction (“foggy thinking”).
Around 2% of the population are affected, usually between the ages of 20 and 50, although not all patients have all symptoms.
Women are nine times more likely than men to suffer from the condition, giving weight to the theory that hormones play a big part in the cause and treatment.
Diagnosis is difficult because there is no formal test. Symptoms are vague and similar to many other conditions.
Often patients with celiac disease are mistakenly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and do better on a gluten-free diet.
In fact, nearly everyone will do better on a gluten-free diet, or even better, a diet free from all grains, flour and any other product of grains, regardless of refined, wholemeal or any other form.
Some medical specialists say it is “all in the head” but few patients would agree with this!

Testing

Although there is no formal testing for fibromyalgia, the following tests should be arranged by the doctor to eliminate some factors that may indicate or aggravate Fibromyalgia:

  • Ferritin (Iron Study) – A serum ferritin level under 50 ng/ml means a 650% increased risk for Fibromyalgia
  • Thyroid Function – If autoimmune hypothyroidism is present, it should be treated first to see if Fibromyalgia symptoms subside
  • Other autoimmune conditions – Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and others can resemble Fibromyalgia symptoms and should be treated first
  • CRP (C-Reactive Protein) – An inflammation marker. Source of any inflammation should be treated first
  • The FM/a blood test (plasma and PBMC (Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells) – Tests cytokine concentration. Low cytokines may indicate Fibromyalgia

Treatment

Doctors say there is no known cause or cure. However, some approaches can be very effective in reducing symptoms, including:

Therapeutic options

  • Mindfulness Training reduces psychological distress and depression
  • Yoga, Tai-Chi and other stretching exercises are helpful as they stimulate the lymph glands, increasing our HDL (good cholesterol), improving waste product and toxin removal, also reducing pain, fatigue, mood, cortisol levels and improves coping ability

Diet

  • Raw Food has been shown in studies to significantly improve the majority of fibromyalgia patients
  • Vitamin C and Broccoli consumption in a study found that the combination of 100mg of vitamin C from food, plus a 400mg broccoli supplement reduced pain by 20% and decreased 17% in Fibromyalgia impact scores

Things to avoid

Exposures to toxins definitely increase fibromyalgia risk:

  • Breast Implants have been linked to cancer, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia and chronic pain
  • Aspartame (an artificial sweetener) should be eliminated from the diet, as it turns into formaldehyde in the body, which can aggravate fibromyalgia.
    Natural sweeteners such as Erythritol, Xylitol and pure Stevia are healthy alternatives
  • MSG (MonoSodium Glutamate) should be eliminated from the diet. Known to cause headaches and fibromyalgia
  • Vaccine Adjuvants containing mercury or aluminium have been shown to cause musculoskeletal pain conditions like fibromyalgia
  • Fluoride comes from fluoridated tap water, foods irrigated with fluoridated water, toothpaste, dental treatments and antibiotics, and must be avoided. A fluoridated water supply should be switched to rainwater and/or install a Reverse Osmosis water system for all drinking and cooking. Ordinary water filters do not remove fluoride, and even boiling water makes little difference

Prescription Medications increase risk

Many prescription medications increase risk of fibromyalgia, or actually cause it.

  • Statin Drugs reduce CoQ10 and vitamin D3, causing hundreds of health problems, including fibromyalgia and muscle pain, vastly outweighing any benefit in many cases
  • Prescription antidepressants like Celexa (Citalopram), Paxil (Paroxetine) and Prozac (Fluoxetine) include fluoride which makes fibromyalgia even worse, and causes weight gain.
    Antidepressants increase risk of cancer by over 40%, and most of the time do not work any better than a placebo
  • Many drugs contain bromide, which is even worse than fluoride, and more easily displaces iodine from the thyroid gland
  • Antibiotics destroy many bad bacteria, but also much of the good bacteria as well, compromising our immune system, which can take up to two years to rebuild
  • Paracetamol, Panadol, Tylenol and other names for acetaminophen should be avoided as studies show them to start causing liver issues even at the recommended dose two 500 mg tablets four times a day (4000 mg) for a few days. Unfortunately, patients who experience a lot of pain invariably over-dose, and just a 50% increase starts causing severe liver damage. The advertising slogan “safe and effective” is one of the biggest lies of the drug industry, and the most common cause of liver poisoning in the Western world. The majority of all patients on the liver transplant waiting list are there because of Panadol overdose. Panadol also reacts with an enzyme in the body to destroy our natural glutathione, which is one of the body’s main defenses against pathogens, often called the “master antioxidant”. Less glutathione means more Fibromyalgia

Here is a list of some drugs commonly prescribed that contain Fluoride or Bromide, two halogens that displace iodine from the thyroid and cause hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, depression, weight gain, hair loss, cancer, and will aggravate Fibromyalgia:

  • Advair (fluticasone) – fluoride
  • Alphagen (brimonidine) – bromide
  • Atrovent (Ipratropium) – bromide
  • Avelox (moxifloxacin) – fluoride
  • Adovart (dulasteride) – fluoride
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) – fluoride
  • Celexa (citalopram) – fluoride and bromide
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) – fluoride
  • Clinoril (sulindac) – fluoride
  • Combivent (from the ipratropium) – bromide
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) – fluoride
  • Diflucan (fluconazole) – fluoride
  • DuoNeb (nebulized Combivent) – fluoride
  • Enablex (darifenacin) – bromide
  • Flonase (fluticasone) – fluoride
  • Flovent (fluticasone) – fluoride
  • Guaifenex DM (dextromethorphan) – bromide
  • Lescol (fluvastatin) – fluoride
  • Levaquin (levofloxacin) – fluoride
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) – fluoride
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) – fluoride
  • Lotrisone topical cream – fluoride
  • Paxil (paroxetine) – fluoride
  • Prevacid (lansoprazole) – fluoride
  • Protonix (pantoprazole) – fluoride
  • Prozac (fluoxetine) – fluoride
  • Pulmicort (budesonide) – fluoride
  • Razadyne (galantamine) – bromide
  • Risperdal (risperidone) – fluoride
  • Spiriva (tiotropium) – bromide
  • Tobra Dex (from dexamethasone) – fluoride
  • Travatan (travoprost) – fluoride
  • Triamcinolone – fluoride
  • Vigamox (moxifloxacin) – fluoride
  • Vytorin (from eztimibe) – fluoride
  • Zetia (eztimibe) – fluoride

An immune response to intestinal bacteria may cause some symptoms, so an alkaline diet with plenty of enzyme-rich raw vegetables and fresh fruit may help, along with a little cheese, yogurt, whey, fermented vegetables such as Sauerkraut, and/or supplemental probiotics such as Acidophilus
to build up beneficial intestinal bacteria. 75% of our immune system is in the gut, and this is where the immune system often first breaks down.

MSG (monosodium glutamate) has been shown to aggravate symptoms, so most processed food, which contains MSG, often hidden in the ingredients list by being called other names or chemicals, should be eliminated.

Eliminating yeast from the diet may also help. Yeast is a raising agent found in most breads and other flour-based baked foods, also Vegemite. Changing to a fresh food diet of vegetables and fruit can eliminate yeast, lose excess weight, build immunity and improve general health.

Casein from milk and other milk products may also help, although some people are sensitive to dairy products and do better with no milk or other dairy products.

Food allergies can be a problem and I would start by eliminating wheat, flour, bread, cakes, anything made from flour, sugar, soy, milk, corn, eggs and nuts for at least a week or two.
If that helps, introduce them back into the diet one at a time (except sugar, which should be omitted forever, and all flour products), until the culprit is found.

If that is not enough, see my Vaccinations article and read about the relationship between Panadol, Vaccinations, Glutathione and Autism.

Many Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and SLE or Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), but the above treatments can improve all of these conditions.
While these natural alternatives may not work for everyone, nearly all patients report improvement in their condition, and of course, these are all good for weight loss, fighting diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, better sleep, improved mood, reduced pain, better pain tolerance, building muscle and reduced cancer risk. Many patients are deficient in GH (growth hormone) so high-intensity exercise and weight loss will help by increasing natural production of Growth Hormone.

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7 Natural Ways to Cure Canker Sores

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Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder

7 Natural Ways to Cure Canker Sores

Evidence-based natural alternatives to drugs for canker sores abound! 

Canker sores (apthous mouth ulcers) afflict approximately 20% of the population, and are cause for great annoyance. Always painful and sometimes an eye sore, they are the most common type of mouth ulcer, with women being more affected than men for unknown reason.

While they are almost invariably self-limiting, with complete scar-free healing taking approximately seven to ten days, many opt for conventional treatments which include antiseptics (chlorhexidine), antiinflammatory drugs (amlexanox), antibiotics (tetracyclines) and corticosteroids (triamcinolone acetonide), all of which carry unpleasant side effects.[1]

For those looking for natural alternatives a recent study published in the journal Quintessence International, titled “Efficacy of honey in comparison to topical corticosteroid for treatment of recurrent minor aphthous ulceration: A randomized, blind, controlled, parallel, double-center clinical trial,” found that honey was as effective as topical steroid treatment for accelerating the resolution of symptoms.

But there are other effective natural alternatives, such as:

  • Vitamin B12: Surprisingly, the lower quality cyanide-based form of B12 (cyanocobalamin; we prefer methylcobalamin for general health) has been found to be 96% effective in lessening symptoms of canker sore. A 2008 study concluded: “Cyanocobalamin treatment maybe beneficial for patients with RAU even when serum cobalamin levels are normal. We suggest that higher serum cobalamin levels should be attained in patients with RAU for mucosal protection.”[2]
  • Eliminate Cow’s Milk Products: While there are plenty of reasons to avoid cow’s milk protein (butter being relatively benign and beneficial, being free of the highly antigenic milk proteins), for canker sore, a 2012 study found that having an immune reactivity to cow’s milk proteins is associated with increased occurrence of canker sore. They reported: “These results indicate the strong association between high levels of serum anti-SCMP IgA, IgG, and IgE antibodies, especially to caseins: α-, β-, and κ-casein from cow’s milk and clinical manifestations of RAU [recurrent apthous ulcer].”[3]
  • Garlic (Allicin): The primary active component of garlic known as allicin has been suggested to be an ideal anti-canker sore remedy. As documented in a 2008 review on the topic, garlic “decreases inflammatory factors secretion, reduces the migration of neutrophils, inhibits bacterium and virus, antagonizes oxidation and regulate immunity. By these bioactivities of anti-inflammation, anti-microbial activity, anti-oxidation and immunomodulation, the allicin may be an effective therapeutic candidate to control the pain, promote ulcer healing and prevent the recurrence of RAU [recurrent apthous ulcer].”
  • Laser Therapy: A recent study found that low-level laser therapy reduced the pain and the inconvenience of eating, drinking, and brushing teeth for patients with RAS [recurrent apthous ulcers], compared with placebo.[4]
  • Eradicate Helicobacter Pylori Infection: A 2014 meta-analysis found that H. pylori infection is associated with an increased risk of RAS [recurrent apthous ulcers], and that the eradication of H. pylori in the stomach may promote relief of RAS [recurrent apthous ulcer] symptoms and healing of oral ulcers, and even prevent the occurrence of RAS.”[5] For natural ways to eradicate H. pylori, take a look at our extensive database on the subject: 50+ Natural Ways to Kill H. Pylori.
  • Avoid Gluten: There are over 200 clinically confirmed reasons to avoid gluten. But regardless of whether or not you think you are sensitive, for those suffering from canker sores, gluten avoidance is a good strategy. A 2008 study found that, “Oral mucosal lesions may be markers of chronic gastrointestinal disorders [caused by gluten], such as those causing malabsorption.” The researchers concluded: “The epidemiological association found between coeliac disease and aphthous-like ulcers suggests that recurrent aphthous-like ulcers should be considered a risk indicator for coeliac disease, and that gluten-free diet leads to ulcer amelioration.”[6]

So there you have it. Rather than looking at canker sores as ‘idiopathic,’ i.e. “we just don’t know what causes it,” you can take back control of your health by incorporating very simple dietary and nutritional changes. By employing safe, evidence-based natural interventions, and avoiding gluten and dairy — a change that has many unintended, beneficial ‘side effects’ — you may find your symptoms resolving faster than you expected.

Originally published: 2014-07-20

Article updated: 2019-11-07


References

[1] Belenguer-Guallar I, Jiménez-Soriano Y, Claramunt-Lozano A. Treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis. A literature review. J Clin Exp Dent. 2014 Apr 1;6(2):e168-74. doi: 10.4317/jced.51401. eCollection 2014 Apr. Review. PubMed PMID: 24790718; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4002348.

[2] Erim Gulcan, Serdar Toker, Hasan Hatipoğlu, Aynur Gulcan, Aysun Toker. Cyanocobalamin may be beneficial in the treatment of recurrent aphthous ulcers even when vitamin B12 levels are normal. Am J Med Sci. 2008 Nov;336(5):379-82. PMID: 19011392

[3] Irina Besu, Ljiljana Jankovic, Aleksandra Konic-Ristic, Sanvila Raskovic, Valeri Besu, Milanko Djuric, Sasa Cakic, Ileana Ursu Magdu, Zorica Juranic. The role of specific cow’s milk proteins in the etiology of recurrent aphthous ulcers. J Oral Pathol Med. 2012 Aug 24. Epub 2012 Aug 24. PMID: 22924810

[4] Margit Albrektson, Lennart Hedström, Håkan Bergh. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis and pain management with low-level laser therapy: a randomized controlled trial. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2014 May ;117(5):590-4. Epub 2014 Feb 6. PMID: 24725989

[5] Lin Li, Huiyuan Gu, Guoxin Zhang. Association between recurrent aphthous stomatitis and Helicobacter pylori infection: a meta-analysis. Clin Oral Investig. 2014 Jul ;18(6):1553-60. Epub 2014 Mar 29. PMID: 24682540

[6] G Campisi, C Di Liberto, A Carroccio, D Compilato, G Iacono, M Procaccini, G Di Fede, L Lo Muzio, A Craxi, C Catassi, C Scully. Coeliac disease: oral ulcer prevalence, assessment of risk and association with gluten-free diet in children. Dig Liver Dis. 2008 Feb ;40(2):104-7. Epub 2007 Dec 11. PMID: 18063428

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5 Natural Heartburn Remedies Proven to Beat Drugs

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Here are five natural heartburn remedies that went head to head with drugs and won

Whether you call it heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, or just indigestion, the discomfort is unmistakable. It’s a sour taste at the back of your throat… a burning sensation in the middle of your chest… a persistent dry cough… a painful sensation in your stomach.

Over 60 million Americans get the symptoms at least once a month. And millions every day reach for over-the-counter antacids like Tums. Others rely on histamine blockers like Tagamet (cimetidine), Pepcid (famotidine), or Zantac (famotidine).

Heartburn is now so widespread that the third leading class of drugs on the market is proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs include Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (pantoprazole), and Prevacid (lansoprazole).

Proton Pump Inhibitors were originally prescribed for short-term treatment of peptic ulcers. But today long-term use of these drugs is common for the relief of heartburn and acid reflux. And they’ve been associated with a long list of serious side effects including:

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Deficiencies of magnesium, zinc and calcium
  • Increased bone and hip fractures
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Vitamin C Deficiency
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Myopathies
  • Cognitive malfunction
  • Food allergies
  • Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea (C. Diff)
[View the entire list of 30+ adverse effects on GreenMedInfo’s Acid Blocker Research page.]

And none of those pharmaceutical remedies get to the immediate triggers or the root cause of acid reflux. Some aren’t even very good at relieving the symptoms.

Here are five natural remedies that went head to head with drugs and won.

1. Melatonin Beats Prilosec

Brazilian researchers conducted a single blind randomized study of patients suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Every day half the patients took 20 mg of omeprazole (Prilosec). The other half took a supplement containing melatonin as well as l-tryptophan, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, methionine and betaine.

After just 40 days 100% of the melatonin group had a complete remission of their symptoms. But only 65.7% of the Prilosec group got relief.[i]

Another study of 34 GERD sufferers found that melatonin accelerates the healing effect of omeprazole and therefore shortens the duration of treatment and minimizes adverse side effects.[ii]

And a case study published in Alternative Therapies In Health and Medicine reported that a 64 year-old woman with GERD wanted an alternative to PPIs because she already suffered from osteoporosis. Her doctor found that after 40 days on 6 mg of melatonin she was able to discontinue her PPI without returning symptoms.[iii]

2. Gluten-Free Diet (GFD) Rapidly Improves GERD

Foods containing gluten are a frequent cause of heartburn. Eliminating gluten can resolve the problem.

A study in Argentina evaluated 133 adult celiac disease patients and 70 healthy controls. For four years the participants answered questionnaires about GERD symptoms.[iv]

At the beginning of the study 30.1% of the celiac patients had moderate to severe GERD compared to 5.7% of the healthy controls. After just three months on a gluten-free diet, celiac patients rapidly improved their GERD symptoms. Their symptom rates dropped to those of healthy controls.

And Italian researchers found that a gluten-free diet resolved non-erosive reflux disease in celiac patients after just eight weeks with no recurrence at 12, 18 and 24 months.[v]

3. Ginger Better Than Prevacid

Researchers in India compared ginger to lansoprazole, sold under the brand name Prevacid.[vi]

In an article published in the journal Molecular Research and Food Nutritionthey found that one compound in ginger was 6 to 8 times more potent than Prevacid at inhibiting acid production. In addition, ginger has powerful antioxidant properties that protect fats from oxidizing and shield DNA from damage. The researchers concluded that specific fractions within ginger have “potential in-expensive multistep blockers against ulcer.”

4. Acupuncture More Effective Than Proton Pump Inhibitors

When PPIs prove ineffective for patients, doctors typically double the dose. University of Arizona researchers compared a second dose of proton pump inhibitors to acupuncture treatments in GERD patients. In a 4-week randomized study of 30 patients, half were assigned to take a double dose of their PPI. The other half took their normal dose but received acupuncture treatments twice a week.

The acupuncture group experienced significant decreases in daytime heartburn, night-time heartburn, and acid regurgitation. They also significantly improved their general health. Those taking a double dose of their PPI did not have any significant changes.[vii]

5. Water Lowers Stomach Acid Faster Than Drugs

Greek researchers tested various antacids and PPIs against drinking a glass of water to reduce stomach acid. They gave 12 healthy subjects a single dose of either water (about 7 ounces), an antacid, Ranitidine (Zantac), Omeprazole (Prilosec), Esomeprazole (Nexium), or Rabeprazole (AcipHex). Then they monitored their stomach acid for six hours.

They found that far and away water worked fastest to decrease stomach acid taking only one minute to be effective. The antacid took twice as long and the drugs took anywhere from 50 to 175 minutes to match water.[viii]

For more information on how to relieve symptoms of acid reflux, read Heartburn Solved: How to Reverse Acid Reflux and GERD Naturally.

Originally published: 2014-09-28

Article updated: 2019-10-30


References

[i] Ricardo de Souza Pereira, “Regression of gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms using dietary supplementation with melatonin, vitamins and aminoacids: comparison with omeprazole.” J Pineal Res. 2006 Oct;41(3):195-200. PMID: 16948779

[ii] Tharwat S Kandil et al, “The potential therapeutic effect of melatonin in Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease.” BMC Gastroenterol. 2010;10:7. Epub 2010 Jan 18. PMID: 20082715

[iii] Melvyn R Werbach, “Melatonin for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease.” Altern Ther Health Med. 2008 Jul-Aug;14(4):54-8. PMID: 18616070

[iv] Fabio Nachman et al, “Gastroesophageal reflux symptoms in patients with celiac disease and the effects of a gluten-free diet.” Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Mar;9(3):214-9. PMID: 20601132

[v] Paolo Usai et al, “Effect of gluten-free diet on preventing recurrence of gastroesophageal reflux disease-related symptoms in adult celiac patients with nonerosive reflux disease.” J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Sep ;23(9):1368-72. PMID: 18853995

[vi] Mugur N Siddaraju, Shylaja M Dharmesh Inhibition of gastric H+, K+-ATPase and Helicobacter pylori growth by phenolic antioxidants of Zingiber officinale. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Mar;51(3):324-32. PMID: 17295419

[vii] R Dickman, E Schiff, A Holland, C Wright, S R Sarela, B Han, R Fass, “Clinical trial: acupuncture vs. doubling the proton pump inhibitor dose in refractory heartburn.” Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Nov 15;26(10):1333-44. PMID: 17875198

[viii] Karamanolis, G et al, “A glass of water immediately increases gastric pH in healthy subjects.” Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Dec;53(12):3128-32. PMID: 18473176

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