People with fibromyalgia may experience reductions in their symptoms if they eliminate one or more foods from their diet.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, often accompanied by depression and fatigue, in which a person feels pain in the muscles and tissues surrounding the joints.
Nine in 10 fibromyalgia patients are female.
While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, researchers have found pain-processing abnormalities in the spines and brain stems of some people with fibromyalgia.
In the study, investigators reviewed medical charts of 17 fibromyalgia patients who agreed to eliminate common foods from their diet such as corn, wheat, dairy, citrus, soy and nuts.
After 2 weeks without eating any of the potential food allergens, nearly half of the patients reported "significant reduction of pain," and 76% reported a reduction in other symptoms such as headache, fatigue, bloating, heartburn, and breathing difficulties.
After the food elimination phase of the study, the patients were then instructed to reintroduce a particular food every 2 or 3 days and monitor their reaction to the food.
Some of the reactions to foods were pain, headache, and gastrointestinal distress. The most common problem-causing foods or ingredients for the patients in this study were corn, wheat, dairy, citrus and sugar.
Annual Meeting of the American College of Nutrition in Orlando, Florida October 2001
This is no surprise to most readersof this newsletter. I do find that following the eatingplan seems to help most of those with fibromyalgia. Ihave not found expensive blood tests for food allergies tooffer much additional benefits than just simply followingthe eating plan.
However, it is quite clear that mostpeople with fibromyalgia will not have complete relief oftheir symptoms even if the follow they diet perfectly.
This is because in nearly every personI have seen with fibromyalgia there is an underlying emotionalcomponent.
Bioenergetic normalization of previousemotional traumas is the single most effective treatment Iknow of for fibromyalgia at this time. There are many differenttechniques that can be used here, but EFTis my current favorite.
NSTis also another powerful tool that works quite synergisticallywith the eating plan and energetic balancing. It is a seriesof gentle massage like techniques that has profound and quiteamazing muscle normalization effects.
Unlike massage or most manipulationor adjustments, the benefits seem to be long lasting and generally3-10 sessions are all that are required for permanent reliefas long as one has addressed problem foods and previous emotionaltraumas.