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Video: Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel

Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel: Two Sides of the Same Coin with Dr. Patrick Massey, Medical Director of Alternative and Complementary Medicine at Alexian Brothers Hospital Network

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A Program Consisting of a Phytonutrient-rich Medical Food and an Elimination Diet Ameliorated Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Promoted Toxicelement Detoxification in a Pilot Trial

Joseph J. Lamb, MD; Veera R. Konda, PhD; David W. Quig, PhD; Anuradha Desai, PhD; Deanna M. Minich, PhD; Lincoln Bouillon, MS, MBA;
Jyh-Lurn Chang, PhD; Alex Hsi, MPH; Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD; Jacob Kornberg, MD; Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD; Matthew L. Tripp, PhD

Abstract
Chronic conditions like fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity significantly affect the quality of life in a sizeable proportion of the population. FM, characterized by morning stiffness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and widespread pain, is estimated to affect 3.4% of women and 0.5% of men in the United States.1 FM represents a read more…

Functional Somatic Syndromes, Stress Pathologies, and Epigenetics

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

Abstract
Recently Henningsen, Zipfel, and Herzog described the nature and management of functional somatic syndromes (FSS).1 They pointed out that functional somatic syndromes are characterized by patterns of persistent bodily complaints for which adequate examination does not reveal sufficiently explanatory structural or other specified pathology, 1(p946) but they are common worldwide and are seen by practically all subspecialties of medicine. They pointed out that the more common FSS described by multiple papers in the literature include the following:

  • irritable bowel syndrome,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • fibromyalgia syndrome,
  • premenstrual syndrome,
  • non-ulcer dyspepsia,
  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • hypoglycemia,
  • low
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Reduction of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: Results of a Pilot Clinical Trial

Patrick B. Massey, MD, PhD

Abstract
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic medical condition characterized by widespread pain, specific tender points, fatigue, and sleep disturbances primarily affecting women between 20 and 65 years old.1,2 Prevalence increases with age until after 65 and then rapidly declines. FM is 3 times more common in women than in men, and risk factors include trauma, middle age, lower education level and household income, divorce, and disability.3,4

Conventional medical therapies for FM include antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other pain medications.2,4-6 Exercise, nutrition, acupuncture, and stress reduction also may be effective at reducing the symptoms read more…

Effective Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Abstract
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its often simultaneously present cousin, fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), are common names for an overlapping spectrum of disabling syndromes. It is estimated that FMS alone affects three to six million Americans, causing more disability than rheumatoid arthritis, and later research suggests a prevalence of CFS/FMS and/or disabling fatigue ranging from 7.3% to 12.9% across different countries.1,2 The majority of patients I see in clinical practice who have FMS also have CFS.3 Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), pain caused by a localized area of muscle shortening, often shares many of the same underlying metabolic read more…

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