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A Unique Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Jin Shin Jyutsu

A 71-year-old female presented three years ago with diagnosed Fibromyalgia in 1997 and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1993. She had seen three previous Integrative Medicine physicians and was much improved on B6 and B12 shots and compounded thyroid hormone.

I placed her on intravenous vitamins and minerals with high dose vitamin C. She also received FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) treatments, which were designed to treat spinal cord injury, one of many causes of Fibromyalgia. Her depression improved and her pain diminished. She also wasn’t dropping things as much.

Up and Down, then Finally UP!

 Over the next three years she continued with an up and down course, partly because of other medical conditions—asthma, allergies, insomnia, migraines and adrenal fatigue. Three months ago we decided to try Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient energy art from Japan, similar to acupuncture but no needles. During each treatment, her husband learned where to place his hands so he could give treatments at home.

Since the three treatments in the office and 3 to 4 treatments each week at home, her energy level and vigor for life have improved to a new level.

We as human beings are both a physical and energetic body. There are 12 well designated flows that occur throughout the body over every 24 hour period, healing and cleansing our organs and body. There are hundreds of other flows that circulate in various places in the body. Injury, emotional trauma, toxins and poor nutrition can block the energy flows.

The hands act like jumper cables in this art, permitting the energy to overcome blockages and permit healing to take place. Clearing these energy flow lines can help everybody with their health issues, and offers an excellent option for all who have vague or difficult to diagnose and treat issues. Fibromyalgia is caused by many, many different possible sources. It always has “a” cause or trigger, but is often the result of multiple issues over many years. Jin Shin Juytsu is one of many treatment options.

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Fibromyalgia: Fears, Facts, and Feeling Better

Fibromyalgia:

Fears, Facts, and Feeling Better

Stan Gardner, M.D., CNS

In my office practice, I frequently offer complementary lectures on various topics.  But many people live out of state and would like to learn more about these topics from an alternative/ integrative medicine point of view.  So, for all you Meridian readers that live outside of Utah:  Here’s my take on fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is not only a pain in the neck [pun intended] and shoulders; it may also be located on specific points on the arms, legs and buttocks.  The associated symptoms may be worse than the pain, which include (but may not be limited to):

  • non-restorative sleep,
  • chronic fatigue,
  • restless legs,
  • mood disorders and
  • brain fog.

It’s Not “All in Your Head”

Many of my patients come to me after having been told that fibromyalgia symptoms are “all in their head,” or that “they are depressed and need to be on an antidepressant.”  However well meaning physicians are, the solution can come only once we have identified the cause(s).  I feel it is important to really listen to what my patients tell me.  They know their bodies better than anyone else, and if they’ve experienced a dramatic change in their health, I had better listen!

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The potential causes are legion, which is why fibromyalgia is so hard to treat.  It’s even a huge challenge to identify the trigger(s).  To make matters more complicated, the trigger (the final cause that manifested the symptoms) may not be the true cause, which is the underlying condition(s) that permitted the trigger to make it manifest (I hope you can follow that sentence and understand it).

So, here is a list of possibilities:

  • Toxicity exposure-chemicals and toxic metals (mercury)
  • Immunologic breakdown-virus, vaccinations, allergies/sensitivities
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Cervical (neck) trauma
  • Stress-mental, emotional, physical
  • Hormonal disruption-perimenopausal, thyroid, growth hormone
  • Structural breakdown-hypermobility (of joints), overuse, postural, short leg
  • Vertebral or disc problems (back pain)

There are treatments you can do at home, but many of the most effective treatments require the supervision of a trained integrative medicine practitioner.

What You Eat Affects How You Feel

If you suffer from the pain of fibromyalgia, you can take some proactive steps.

1.    First and foremost, your diet must be real food.  The junk food, sugars, pop, processed foods have got to go.

2.    Even with the best of food, you will need to be using potent multivitamins and good essential fatty acids.

3.    Vitamin D levels need to be in the 50 to 70 range. All too often, I find that my patients who are suffering are low in vitamin D.

How an Integrative Medicine Practitioner Can Help

A trained integrative medicine practitioner has the ability to diagnose and treat with considerably more options than most conventional medical doctors have at their disposal.

  • Toxic metals can be diagnosed and treated with any number of chelating agents
  • Medications that put a stress on the body may be withdrawn
  • Laboratory levels of various hormones can be obtained, and bioidentical hormones can be prescribed
  • Mitochondrial support may help the fatigue, perhaps by using CoQ10, L-carnitine, ribose, magnesium
  • Use of Frequency Specific Microcurrent can be helpful if cervical trauma is suspected
  • Energy work, such as acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu, or massage therapy, can be effective
  • Intravenous therapies may also alleviate symptoms: nutritional high dose vitamin C, Chelation therapy
  • Allergy desensitization, utilizing a technique called NAET or a hybrid technique I call Alldesen, which I offer in my office.

As a medical doctor who has spent over 30 years helping people get better, I have some additional, significantly effective tricks up my sleeve, but they necessitate a personal phone call.  I will be happy to visit with you personally.  Contact me via this email address, and I’ll send you some compelling information to help you: support@stangardnermd.com

In the subject box or body of your email, let me know you want information.  Make sure you include your name and email address, and if you’d like a personal phone call, include your phone number and best times to contact you.

Fibromyalgia can be improved, and in some cases patients can experience total relief.  But it does take time, patience, and effort to identify the probable causes and treat each one.

To your dynamic health and energy!

Dr. Stan

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Fibromyalgia Article

I would love to attend your lecture on Fibromyalgia tonight [this was received several weeks ago], but I live in Michigan.   Is there anyway I can receive this information?

I have some mysterious muscle-connective tissue problem ( shoulders, tendons, that damage with simple use) that I have been trying everything I can that is suppose to help fibromyalgia.   I have tried many! supplements( natures sunshine and others), ultra sound, cold laser (pen laser), beating the muscles with a rod(this did work!), exercise, sleep aids(valerian, melatonin, GABA), changing my diet to an anti-candida diet, energy therapy, and now I have been told to not eat meat or dairy because I do not digest it well.   I am also going to use enzymes to help digest what is there.

Is there anything else I should consider?????

If you can send any helpful info I will be so so grateful!

Fibromyalgia has so many possible causes and triggers, you will probably need to see an Integrative/Alternative medicine practitioner in order to get help, based on all the good things you have already tried.  Michigan is a long way from Utah, but I have patients fly from as far away as Ohio and Ecuador to see me.

Other potential organizations that have practitioner lists include:

  • ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine),
  • ICIM (International College for Integrative Medicine),
  • AAEM (American Academy for Environmental Medicine), and
  • American Holistic Medical Association.

I have a number of other options we can discuss in person or over the phone.  My office number is 801-302-5397 (KEYS).  An article I wrote for Meridian Magazine on Fibromyalgia will appear on Thursday, October 13, 2011.  That should give you some additional help.  I care.  Please let me know.

Dr. Stan

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Making Friends with Your Body

I need to change eating habits as well as exercise more to better control my weight and health. I have been reading your articles posted on Meridian Magazine and now wonder how big a part of my weight issue is my fibromyalgia and thoracic outlet syndrome issues. For years I have felt bloated and like I was retaining fluid no matter how much water I drank to try to stay well hydrated and hopefully not retain fluid. How can I beat my own body’s internal functioning?

Eating habits and exercise with weight issues, fibromyalgia and thoracic outlet syndrome, bloated and retention of fluid–could there be a common thread?

I’m going to make a stab at one issue that may help all the issues: fix the gastrointestinal tract. Do the following things:

1. If the problem is Candida (or other yeasty beasties), stop all sugar, fruit and yeast intake for 2 weeks. If it helps, add probiotics and Pau D’Arco or capryostatin to help further. You may even need Nystatin or Diflucan by prescription.

2. You may not have enough pancreatic enzymes to break down the food. These can be easily added with food and see if they make a difference. Be sure to use plenty with each meal to see if it helps.

3. There may not be enough stomach acid to break down the food. Try Betaine HCl at the beginning of the meal.

4. If something has been disturbing the gut for some time, it may get inflamed and the tight junction between the cells separate, which we call ‘leaky gut.’ This permits the incompletely digested food to cross the intestinal tract lining and cause food allergies. Avoidance of those suspected foods may help until the gut is healed. NAET (or All-De-Sen, which is the name I gave the procedure I practice) will reduce or eliminate those allergies.

5. Some people have wheat (gluten) or milk (casein) sensitivities, and avoidance of those 2 substances may solve the problem. Once the bloating disappears, I suspect the fluid retention will also get better. As the inflammation reduces from whatever the cause, the fibromyalgia symptoms may also improve. The thoracic outlet syndrome may need additional help–a topic for another day.  For now, you may want to consider getting on the list for my upcoming Ease on Down Weight Balance Program–it launches this Thursday!

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Ease on Down: Fibromyalgia, Retaining Fluid and Weight Loss

I need to change eating habits as well as exercise more to better control my weight and health. I have been reading your articles and now wonder how big a part of my weight issue is my fibromyalgia and thoracic outlet syndrome issues. For years I have felt bloated and like I was retaining fluid no matter how much water I drank to try to stay well hydrated and hopefully not retain fluid. How can I beat my own body’s internal functioning?

Let’s look first at your final sentence in your question: How can I beat my own body’s internal functioning?  An important part of healing and getting your body back into balance, with weight and with health in general, is to recognize your partnership role with your body in being healthy.  You and your body are not at war, even if it may seem so at times when you struggle with health issues.  But start thinking of your body as a beloved, faithful servant, doing what you bid it.  When we are unhealthy, the signals can be messed up, but your body is doing its best to keep you alive and well.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is impingement of nerves coming out of the neck. The pressure or impingement needs to be relieved, or there is pain on movement of the arm or shoulder. The less the overall movement of any joint, the less complete the whole body is.

Lack of movement will contribute to weight gain. Massage therapy, physical therapy, energy work (Jin Shin Jyutsu, acupuncture, frequency generators like FSM) may be able to release the pressure.

Fibromyalgia has so many possible causes, that it would be difficult to know what is the chicken and what is the egg as far as weight gain and poor health. One consideration is the possibility of a cervical disc injury causing both the thoracic outlet syndrome and fibromyalgia. If you were in a car accident or fall (or even aggressive raking or shoveling) months before the start of these problems, then that should be considered. The best and most successful treatment I have encountered in my practice is with the FSM machine. The diagnosis is also confirmed by measuring response to the first few treatments with the machine.

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Skyrocketing Weight and Fibromyalgia

I have been on Cymbalta for some time and my weight has skyrocketed. My primary care physician has counseled me to get off of the drug. I cold-turkeyed the drug three weeks ago. Since then every nerve in my body has gone crazy – the pain from what we think is a myalgia (Fibromyalgia) is 10 of 10. What can I do? I don’t want to go back on the drug.

As you now know (and as many of us have learned, to our painful regret), you should have weaned yourself off the drug over several weeks.  Relieving the body of the toxicity might have reduced the chance of pain reaction in the nerves.

Here’s what to do now–first step is always cleaning up the diet–no sugar or processed foods, as they are inflammatory, and part of your pain is inflammation. Next, be sure you have good levels of B vitamins and essential fatty acids. This requires taking a B complex on top of a good multivitamin, and both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Next step would be to get a kit from Sanesco or Neuroscience for urine testing of serotonin and dopamine levels in your body. With that information, you can coordinate with a alternative-minded physician about how to use precursors to correct any deficiencies you have.

Within the next few weeks I’ll have a DVD and power point presentation on Fibromyalgia available in our online store, which may also prove helpful to you.

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Fibromyalgia: More Info

Fibromyalgia is a condition that we are hearing of more and more.  I was told I had it and suffered for 30 years – too long.  What I found was helpful is getting proper nutrition, and the biggest thing was going on a Bio (natural) Identical Hormone Replacement.  I believe we trash our hormones with diet and lifestyle and to turn things around we need to give the body the support it needs.  In the process I lost 82 pounds and have energy and got rid of a slew of other health concerns. I even wrote my story as an e-book to help others who are going through this because I believe it is so unnecessary and I wish that I had known what to do much sooner as that was too many years being sick.  I spent a small fortune on doctors who just wanted to do the drugs when there is a solution that is so simple –  easy – not instant but within 2 weeks I was feeling like a new person.
So there is hope.  Been there, done that – done with it!

You have identified two of the important causes and treatments for this ‘descriptive’ term. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of other causes, and if they are the problem in someone else’s condition, those other things must be addressed. Some of them include:

  • neck trauma,
  • toxic metals (mercury, arsenic, cadmium),
  • chronic underlying infections that the body can’t get rid of,
  • toxic chemical exposure,
  • severe chronic emotional stress,
  • even severe allergies.

The cause needs to be identified so that the proper treatment can be initiated. Although anti-depressants may help some of the superficial symptoms, more toxin exposure with medications is not the proper treatment for this condition. Most people will need to find a practitioner familiar with the possible causes so effective treatments can be instituted.

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Fibromyalgia

I would like more information in dealing with fibromyalgia.  I have dealt with this problem for over 15 years.  Celebrex seems to help with pain, but I also frequently feel so tired and drained.  I am used to being very active and busy, but not now.  How can I get off Celebrex and have more energy?

Fibromyalgia is an energy deficiency problem, which has many, many possible causes. The inflammation that Celebrex may seem to help is only a small part of the issue. Adding the toxic effects of any medication to an already compromised body is just adding insult to injury.  Try MSM, curcumen, Boswelia, ginger root as alternatives to Celebrex.

  • Your diet needs to be good—not sugar or processed foods.
  • A potent multi-vitamin and essential fatty acids are important.

Other supplements include-

  • magnesium (as almost everyone with fibromyalgia is deficient in this mineral),
  • energy builders (CoQ10, L-Carnitine, D-ribose),
  • melatonin and/or calming herbs for sleep, sauna for detoxification (if needed),
  • and the list goes on.

I did a lecture on this topic which was recorded and is presently on DVD, but it is not yet available for general sale.  If you are interested, let me know (send an email to support@stangardnermd.com with your contact information) and we will make a copy available to you for $75.00.