Once I have made the diagnosis of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. I focus on bringing oxidative stress under control. I can accomplish this best of course, through cellular nutrition, which I will discuss later in my articles. I also strongly encourage a healthy diet as well as a low impact exercise program. I always caution against exercising two days in a row and recommend combining a mild aerobic exercise program with a light weight resistance program.
Remember, this is a chronic, lifelong disease, so rebuilding one’s health takes time. It is always very exciting when a person responds quickly and dramatically but this is not the typical scenario. I always encourage my patients to commit at least six months to improving their condition. They may not necessarily be where they want to be in that time, but they know that they are on the right track.
Once my patients begin to see improvement, it is like the lights have just been turned on. Typically skeptical at first, they become excited when there is no doubt that their health is improving. I call this “capturing” the disease – they are actually bringing oxidative stress back under control.
The first victory a patient notices is the fact that they one not any longer experiencing “mental fog”. It becomes easier to think and concentrate on the task at hand. Next, sleep patterns improve. They can actually get a more restful sleep and see a significant increase in energy. The last thing that usually improves is pain. That is correct: the pain finally begins to subside.
By following this protocol my fibromyalgia patients have had good-to-excellent results about 70-75 percent of the time. Several hundred people suffering from fibromyalgia over the past five years have improved dramatically following my nutritional program.
I believe that when a patient fails to respond well, it is because we cannot bring their nutritional stress under control via oral supplementation alone. This is when I recommend to increase the supplementation which is necessary for them to “capture” their disease and finally begin to improve. Increased supplementation helps manage their condition.
Now keep in mind, these people still have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. I am not presenting a cure. Instead, I am empowering patients to control their disease rather than having the illness control them. Over the year, I have watched so many gradually got better, increasing their reserve. It does take time, but their hope and determination are well rewarded.