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From Our Readers: Comments & Suggestions – 11/25/2015

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Several of this month's articles generated a lot of response, from wondering if the new ICD-10 code will become a global reality to suggestions on magnesium and gluten-free diets.  We appreciate all the comments and continue to be inspired by you – our readers.  

SHINE Protocol: Exercise – Friend or Foe in Fibromyalgia?

From my perspective this is the best and most practical advice I have encountered. For years I have been told to push the boundaries which resulted in relapses and feeling like a zombie for weeks. At long last, I feel that this is written just for me and thanks for the encouragement! – Matariki

Fibromyalgia Is Finally Recognized as an Official Diagnosis!

Hi, I have ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, also a long list of other recognized malfunctions as the body is breaking down. Personal research into nutrients and supplements have been the only help I have received. It is slow, but I have made progress and my body is slowly improving.

Recently I researched electrolytes. I discovered Dr Sircus website in the USA and his focus on Magnesium. I have purchased Magnesium Chloride crystals here in the UK and have put 2-3 cupfuls into a warm bath and soaked for half an hour or so. Not only does the body absorb the magnesium and this increases the magnesium in the body, it naturally alkalizes the body, and helps with sleep; these are some of the benefits.

If you research into the symptoms relating to electrolyte deficiencies, there is a very high correlation with Fibromyalgia. This is one of the steps that is helping me. It might help you but do undertake the research and see if it might be of help to you. All the best. – Vip


I was diagnosed after several years of crazy pain and tiredness only a few weeks ago. I live in Sweden and wonder if we will follow suit or is this limited to the USA? Anyone got an idea?

I have switched only in the last month to a gluten-free diet and am just now feeling some positive effects. Bloating, gas, nausea, intestinal tract issues have been reported as part of IBS, which is now found to be an issue for many fibro patients as well. It´s a hard switch at first; you have to read up on it and get the facts. I bought a book for gluten-free recipes and auto-immune diseases off Amazon. But mostly I am reading from legit sites online about it. Kind regards. – Andrea

Is Fibromyalgia a Psychosomatic Illness? Med Student Asks Celeste Cooper

Thank you so much, Celeste, for a fantastic article. I have been plagued by the Psychosomatic label for the 40 years, positively diagnosed in 2002 and endured all that stuff. Do I detect that attitudes are changing? I hope so. – Matariki


I'm so glad to hear that a med student asked if Fibromyalgia is real or not. I'm also glad you responded and gave additional resources, however I personally would have liked to see more of a focus on the scientific evidence underlining the many abnormal physiological issues present in FM. There's a book that was written a few years ago that specifically debunked the notion that FM is not real using scientific clinical trials that prove FM is real. I think it was written by
Dr. White. Unfortunately I'm not sure and can't remember the title, but it was an excellent book. Basically I think using scientific evidence is the best way to persuade unbelievers or those who are unsure like this medical student. – Spurky

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