The medical community’s position on fibromyalgia is: We don’t know what causes it. We can’t cure it. But, as WebMd.com recommends, you can eat . . . and, I quote: It makes sense for people with fibromyalgia -- just like everyone else -- to try to eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
Does this square with nutritional research? No! Because it ignores two major causes of pain, fatigue, IBS, and other fibromyalgia symptoms: Omega-6 overload and fungus.
Chronic diseases are caused by abuse, the worst being a poor diet. Treating chronic disease symptoms with drugs doesn’t address the causes. A review of fibromyalgia symptoms is like reading a list of chronic diseases.
About 85% of the fibromyalgia victims are women and the symptoms include:
1) A dull aching pain that impacts both sides of the body and comes and goes;
2) The body has numerous tender points that hurt when pressed;
3) Trouble sleeping which contributes to fatigue;
4) Fibro fog makes remembering and concentrating difficult and speech often gets mixed up;
5) Half of the victims have migraine headaches;
6) Some women with fibromyalgia experience more painful periods than usual;
7) Women with fibromyalgia are more likely to have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS);
8) About 33 percent of people with fibromyalgia have Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS);
9) Most victims are very sensitive to small temperature changes, loud noises, and bright lights.
Fibromyalgia is a complex of overlapping symptoms associated with inflamation and poor immunity. Its symptoms are caused by the following diet deficiencies.
1) A high ratio of Omega-6 fatty acids in excess of Omega-3 fatty acids. This imbalance is inflammatory and hinders the immune system, nerves, and brain function.
2) Fungal infestations. Fungi emit mycotoxins when the host body consumes sugar and carbohydrates. Just as mycotoxin spores from fungi on walls can cause a house to be condemned, mycotoxins in the body damage the immune system, nerves, brain function, and more.
Each situation can cause aches, pains, migraine headaches, fatigue, and IBS. Together they are dynamite. The good news is that the symptoms can be eliminated by changing to an antifungal diet that balances the essential fat ratio to 1:1.
Like all chronic diseases, people with fibromyalgia require multiple therapies. Prescription drugs address single pathways while proper food addresses all of the body’s pathways equally at the same time. Proper foods:
1) have a 1:1 balance of the essential Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids,
2) are low glycemic,
3) contain all nutrients in a dense package.
Few popular foods meet all three requirements. The very best are: grass-fed meats, Omega-3 meats, wild-caught seafood, and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and collards.
In the list of inflammatory foods are sugars, including honey and fruit, grains, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils.
While changing the diet requires discipline, it doesn’t mean eating a bland diet. A healthy diet is hearty, tasty, and quite satisfying.
To your health.
Ted Slanker has been reporting on the fundamentals of nutritional research in publications, television and radio appearances, and at conferences since 1999. He condenses complex studies into the basics required for health and well-being. His eBook, The Real Diet of Man, is available online.
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