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FM Relief: Finally, an all-in-one pain relief formula! Fibromyalgia treatment news

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By Tamara Schuit • www.ProHealth.com • June 22, 2000


The research-proven FM Relief nutrients work synergistically to:



* Ease pain and inflammation
* Promote joint health and mobility
* Enhance energy and fight fatigue


THE MUSCLE JOINT CONNECTION



Up until now, all FM/CFS products addressed only muscle or joint pain. FM Relief is the first product specifically formulated to target both muscle and joint pain through the combination of these research proven nutrients.

Malic Acid Improve Energy and Soothe Muscle Ache
Magnesium Hydroxide Ease Muscle Tension
MSM Reduce Muscle Pain and Inflammation
Glucosamine Sulfate Supports Mobile Joint Function
Chondroitin Sulfate Nourish Cartilage and Support Healthy Joints
5-HTP Regulate Mood and Reduce Stress
Salicin All Natural Pain Reliever
Boswellia Reduce Inflammation
Curcumin Ease Pain and Inflammation


Clinical Studies Yield Encouraging Results



The Journal of International Medical Research reported that tender point soreness, pain intensity, anxiety, quality of sleep, and fatigue improved after 90 days in 50% of the FM patients who were taking 5-HTP.

Dr. Jorge Flechas, M.D., M.PH., a holistic practitioner in Hendersonville, N.C., has participated in two medical studies that have tested the combination of magnesium and malic acid for FM patients. In these studies, patients reported a significant reduction in pain and tenderness within 48 hours and without any side effects. In his practice, Flechas used this combination for six years on nearly 500 FM patients.

In a report titled “Management of Fibromyalgia,” the American College of Physicians & American Society of Internal Medicine listed malic acid among treatments recommended for FM pain.
Jean-Yves Reginster, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Liege in Belgium, recently announced findings from a three-year-long trial on glucosamine sulfate. As in previous studies that lasted a shorter time, patients taking glucosamine reported far greater improvements than those who went without the remedy.

The Journal of Rheumatology (2000;27:205-11) published an abstract showing that chondroitin sulfate was shown to be significantly superior to placebo test in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Data showed at least a 50% improvement in the chondroitin group versus the placebo group.

Positive results were yielded using chondroitin sulfate in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Bucsi L, Poór G. Efficacy and tolerability of oral chondroitin sulfate as a symptomatic slow-acting drug for osteoarthritis (SYSADOA) in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 1998;6 (Suppl A):31–36.


Physicians Agree



“I treat all fatigue patients with magnesium chloride or lactate 67 mg or…magnesium plus malic acid – two tablets, three times a day for eight months. Then take two tablets a day.” ~Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic.

According to Dr. Stanley W. Jacobs, M.D., from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, “MSM provides a good portion of the body’s need for sulfur. Sulfur is an important building block. It is an important nutritional supplement that is safe and useful.”

“Working together synergistically, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates stimulate the synthesis of new cartilage while keeping the cartilage-busting enzymes under control. Other arthritis treatments relieve pain or reduce inflammation, but the one-two punch of glucosamine and chondroitin can actually halt the disease process in its tracks and help the body heal itself.” ~ Dr. Theodosakis, from his book The Arthritis Cure

Dr. Jay Goldstein, director of the CFS Institute, comments that he has found malic acid to be a safe, inexpensive nutritional supplement for CFS symptoms and suggests that it be added to the list of potential therapeutic approaches. He currently prescribes it for his patients with symptoms associated with CFS, and those diagnosed with FM.

(In regards to 5-HTP) “The consequences of serotonin deficiency syndrome can be devastating and include plunging moods, health threatening food cravings, ruined sleep, skull cracking headaches, overwhelming body pain, and just plain exhaustion.” ~ Dr. Michael T. Murray, N.D

Dr. Jorge Flechas, M.D., M.PH., a holistic practitioner in Hendersonville, N.C., comments about the combination of magnesium and malic acid for FM patients, “I have found the results are positive 90 percent of the time,” he says.

Dr. Randy Rosier of the University of Rochester, New York, says most placebo-controlled clinical trials of glucosamine have reported beneficial effects from the compound in arthritis patients.


How Does it Work?



5-HTP
5-HTP alters your brain’s chemistry by increasing serotonin levels. Low serotonin levels can lead to depression, migraines, overwhelming body pain, and insomnia. Researchers believe that serotonin influences how pain is perceived by the body/mind.

Malic Acid
Malic Acid is essential in the formation of ATP – our body’s energy source. A study in the Journal of Nutritional Medicine postulates that muscle pain and fatigue are predominately caused by the breakdown of muscle proteins due to a deficiency of oxygen and other substances needed for ATP production.

Magnesium Hydroxide
Dr. Mildred Seelig, a nutrition expert, first presented the theory that a magnesium deficiency might play a role in CFS and FM at the 1996 AACFS conference. Magnesium is crucial to the conversion of food energy to ATP. ATP is generally formed by the body’s breakdown of food, specifically carbohydrates and fats. If, due to an illness such CFS, the body’s ability to make ATP from food is compromised, the body will begin to break down muscle tissue to get at ATP stores, which can cause extreme muscle pain and spasms. Simply, magnesium allows cramped and tense muscles to relax.

MSM
One of the strongest effects of MSM is its ability to relieve muscle pain through the reduction of inflammation – not just by treating the symptom, but by treating the cause of the inflammation. MSM provides a unique dietary source of sulfur that we must have in order to function. Completely natural, MSM has vitamin-like effects that promote normal growth and repair damaged mechanisms in the body.

Glucosamine Sulfate
Glucosamine provides the body with the raw material needed to manufacture a mucopolysaccharide found in cartilage..

Chondroitin Sulfate
A major component of cartilage, chondroitin facilitates lubrication in the joints by bringing nutrients into the cartilage. Not found naturally in food, the body must make chondroitin – however, levels may be reduced in joint cartilage affected by osteoarthritis and possibly other forms of arthritis.

Salicin
Also known as white willow bark, can be taken as natural alternative to aspirin but does not cause gastric or intestinal upset or bleeding as aspirin can.

Boswellia
Boswellia inhibits pro-inflammatory mediators in the body, such as leukotrienes, without causing stomach irritation.

Curcumin
Derived from the Turmeric Root, curcumin has been used in India as an anti-inflammatory used to address arthritis pain.


FM Relief: The Muscle-Joint Pain Relief Complex



The unique combination of ingredients in FM Relief were specifically selected to work together to reduce muscle and joint pain related to FM/CFS.

In our on-going battle to find a cure for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, Health Resource is proud to donate a portion of all purchases towards on-going research. Until a cure is found, we will continue to strive to find and develop the most beneficial products to address the symptoms of FM and CFS.


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1. “Top CFIDS Researchers and Physicians Find Nutritional Supplement to Reduce Muscle Pain and Fatigue in Some Cases.” CFIDS Association of America, October 1994.

2. Seelig, M. “Review and hypothesis: Might patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome have latent tetany of magnesium deficiency?” Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 4:2, 77-108, 1998.

3. Richard Firshein, D.O. “Magnesium’s Profound Effect on CFS.”

4. “A Metaanalysis of Chondroitin Sulfate in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis.” Burkhard F. Leeb, Harald Schweitzer, Karin Montag, and Josef S. Smolen. The Journal of Rheumatology (J Rheumatol 2000;27:205-11).

5. Alan R. Gaby, M.D. “Magnesium is the Missing Link in Many Chronic Ills.” Keats Publishing, Inc., 1994.

6. Qiu GX, Gao SN, Giacovelli G, et al. Efficacy and safety of glucosamine sulfate versus ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Arzneimforsch Drug Res 1998;48:469–74.

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8. Information from a report presented by Dr. Randy Rosier of the University of Rochester at the 66th annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New York (February 1999).

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