by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Many times I have spoken about fibromyalgia on my television program ‘Think Natural’ and people are getting the message that one doesn’t have to live with it forever.
What is Fibromyalgia?
According to WebMD and others, fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. Still, it is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue, as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression. What is alarming that the term ‘common’ is used here? When did this condition become common? Enter the rise of chronic stress and poor eating habits.
Fibromyalgia has been called an autoimmune disease in which the immune system becomes overactive and attacks particular parts of the body. Since this hasn’t been truly proven to be an autoimmune disease yet, this condition does cause a suppression of the mitochondria within the cells. The mitochondria is the little energy factory within each of our cells. When they are suppressed, the mitochondria cannot generate the energy that our cells need to do their jobs.
Mitochondria generate chemical energy, similar to the type of energy you get from a battery. The energy made by the mitochondria is in the form of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate or ATP for short. ATP is an energy currency that every cell in our body can use and it keeps us alive. In fibromyalgia, the ATP can be suppressed leading to chronic fatigue and muscle soreness as it lacks the ability to contract and relax properly.
Fibromyalgia is where the muscles become very tight creating pain that is radiating from the nerves it is squeezing. People wake up every morning stiff and the muscle ‘knotted’ up and yes chronic pain.
The Remedy Lives in You
When we are born, we are born with healthy mitochondria and we are producing a natural substance called D-ribose. This five carbon sugar is vital for overall life, energy and proper contraction and relaxation of our muscles. Without it we would be alive with rigor mortis!
D-Ribose is the Natural Answer
When it comes to treating fibromyalgia all the avenues must be looked at first such as chronic stress, traumatic events, heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut syndrome and poor diet to effectively overcome this condition. If chronic stress or a traumatic event happened in one’s life and fibromyalgia was triggered then D-ribose should be part of the nutritional therapy.
Many of my clients have seen a 80-100% reduction in pain and an increase in energy. I suggest adding magnesium to the regimen as magnesium is highly deficient in those with fibromyalgia. Magnesium is called the ‘relaxing mineral’ for good reason.
The proper dose of D-Ribove is 5 grams three times per day. This is the type of nutrient that the more faithful you are taking it, the sooner you will feel a difference. The safety is unmatched as I tell all my viewers and clients that we are born with this much needed nutrient. As we grow older or overexert ourselves the body can’t make enough to keep up with demand.
D-Ribose is not only great for fibromyalgia, but for congestive heart failure, athletic performance and the everyday person wanting improved health. I personally take it daily myself as D-ribose to stay strong and energized.
A company called BioEnergy is the name you want to look for on the back of the label when you shop for D-ribose.
When it comes to healing from fibromyalgia, focus on eating enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables, use turmeric daily to help with inflammation. Enzymes are vital for the life, maintanence and detoxification of the body on a daily basis.
If you suspect heavy metal toxicity such as mercury, add Cilantro and Chlorella to daily diet as these two will effectively remove mercury from the body safely and effectively.
Avoid processed foods, high fructose corn syrup-laden products (found in 42% of all products at the grocery store), red meat and other meats that contain the damaging Omega-6s and counteract these with Omega-3 foods such as walnuts, fish oil, flax oil, krill oil, chia seeds to name a few. The Omega-3s are very effective anti-inflammatories and we should all have these in our daily diet.
Fibromyalgia is not the end and there are answers. D-Ribose and healthier diet will get you moving in the right direction. Healing is inside you, grab it and don't let go!