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Fibromyalgia  (New information of a cure that has worked for many-see item 5 below.) It is not some wonder drug, or even an herb. it is simply eliminate excitotoxins such as MSG and aspertame contained in processed foods.

1. Fibromyalgia Network says "Symptoms-The primary symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread musculoskeletal pain, severe fatigue, and disturbed sleep. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons the soft fibrous tissues in the body.

Most patients with fibromyalgia say that they ache all over. Their muscles may feel like they were pulled or overworked. Sometimes fibromyalgia symptoms include muscle twitches and burning sensations. More women than men are afflicted with fibromyalgia, and it shows up in people of all ages. A conservative estimate of its prevalence is 2% of the general population, but it may be as high as 3-5%....Pain, Fatigue, Sleep disorder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic headaches, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, Other common symptoms, Aggravating factors..." http://www.fmnetnews.com/basics-symptoms.php

2. Medicine Plus says "No one knows what causes fibromyalgia. Anyone can get it, but it is most common in middle-aged women. People with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases are particularly likely to develop fibromyalgia. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but medicines can help you manage your symptoms. Getting enough sleep and exercising may also help." http://www.fmnetnews.com/basics-symptoms.php

Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia
The following are some of the more common herbs and supplements promoted for fibromyalgia. Consult a qualified health practitioner for a specific recommendations.

3. About.com says the following herbs may help Fibromyalgia; S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe),...Magnesium,...Vitamin D,...5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsetoh/a/Fibromyalgia.htm (Webmasters note! This article is like so many alternative articles that refer to studies and facts but do not provide links for them. This article does have sources at the bottom but they still do not provide sources of the studies referenced. We have added to this article by making a link on each compound to a page with specific research.)

4. A research study reports that Fibromyalgia patients obtained impromvent with exercise using machines that provide Whole Body Exercise. Do a search of WBV and you will see numerous commercial machines being marketed. "Laboratory of Biomechanics, INEF-Exercise and Sport Sciences School, University of Barcelona, Spain...OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a 6-week traditional exercise program with supplementary whole-body vibration (WBV) in improving health status, physical functioning, and main symptoms of fibromyalgia...Results suggest that a 6-week traditional exercise program with supplementary WBV safely reduces pain and fatigue, whereas exercise alone fails to induce improvements." PMID: 18990045 PMID: 18990045

5. "Relief of fibromyalgia symptoms following discontinuation of dietary excitotoxins.Smith JD, Terpening CM, Schmidt SO, Gums JG.Malcolm Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, USA. Abstract

BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a common rheumatologic disorder that is often difficult to treat effectively. CASE SUMMARY: Four patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome for two to 17 years are described. All had undergone multiple treatment modalities with limited success. All had complete, or nearly complete, resolution of their symptoms within months after eliminating monosodium glutamate (MSG) or MSG plus aspartame from their diet. All patients were women with multiple comorbidities prior to elimination of MSG. All have had recurrence of symptoms whenever MSG is ingested. DISCUSSION: Excitotoxins are molecules, such as MSG and aspartate, that act as excitatory neurotransmitters, and can lead to neurotoxicity when used in excess. We propose that these four patients may represent a subset of fibromyalgia syndrome that is induced or exacerbated by excitotoxins or, alternatively, may comprise an excitotoxin syndrome that is similar to fibromyalgia. We suggest that identification of similar patients and research with larger numbers of patients must be performed before definitive conclusions can be made. CONCLUSIONS: The elimination of MSG and other excitotoxins from the diets of patients with fibromyalgia offers a benign treatment option that has the potential for dramatic results in a subset of patients. PMID: 11408989 author's note: This is just one of numerous articles one can find on the internet documenting the reduction or elimination of fibromyalgia by eliminating excitotoxins such as msg and aspertame. Be aware that the manufacturers of aspertame have changed its name to AminoSweet to avoid the publics awareness of the dangers of aspertame.

 

 
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