Naturopathic Doctor Arlan Cage explains how Naturopathic Medicine is able to reverse Fibromyalgia. Produced by Larry Cook.
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Fibromyalgia is a name given to a set of conditions that basically means fibrous achy muscles. And it's highlighted by pain in the soft tissues, not the joints. So muscles, where muscles and tendons insert into bones, sometimes on either side of the spine, and it's especially common at the base of the skull, the shoulders, the back and the hips and thighs. Well, conventional treatment involves pain-suppressing medications, sometimes antidepressants which also can help suppress pain and mostly, they don't work long-term. More than half of the people, who take these for fibromyalgia, actually don't experience any benefit from this pain-suppressing drugs or the antidepressants. These drugs long-term have side effects, the antidepressants can inhibit your sex drive, they can make you emotionally flat. The pain medicines often will inhibit your GI tract. You can become constipated, which leads to other systemic problems as toxins aren't properly eliminated from the body. So it's basically a no-win situation. In fibromyalgia patients, what I have found in my practice is that there are two primary causes. The first is in 100% of the patients I've seen with fibromyalgia, when I test them, they are toxic with heavy metal poisoning. The second cause is that many, many people in our society are deficient in the element Iodine. And when any tissue in the body becomes deficient in iodine, it will become fibrous, painful, and can possibly develop cysts and nodules, which are often found in fibromyalgia patients. Most people come to my office, they've already been given a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, perhaps by the rheumatologist or some other doctor, or maybe they just don't know but they look up symptoms on the Internet and think, gee, maybe I have fibromyalgia and then they find me through my website usually because I have some extensive information about fibromyalgia. So when they come in, I do exhaustive health histories to find out when did it start, under what circumstances. Then we proceed to a physical examination where I confirm that they do have pain at the classic fibromyalgia trigger points. And then we'll proceed into a testing phase. I will test people using what's called the provoked urine test to look for the presence of heavy metals, and then I also do a functional test, that's also a urine test to look for iodine deficiencies. When I evaluate the patient and they have the classic pain pattern with pain at the trigger points of fibromyalgia, I basically consider all cases of fibromyalgia to involve heavy metal toxicities, and/or iodine deficiencies, until I prove otherwise through the test results. So far in every fibromyalgia patient I've seen, I have yet to prove otherwise, meaning they all have heavy metal toxicities and usually iodine deficiencies. So that's where I start is I begin a treatment protocol aimed at assisting the body to eliminate heavy metals from the body and replacing iodine at a sufficient dose, based on the test results. And what I've found that works in my practice is most fibromyalgia patients come in, they need some kind of improvement in their diet and lifestyle situations. And so I've put them on a very hypoallergenic diet using foods that are low in arachidonic acid and they're high in other nutrients like bioflavonoids, a lot of fruits and vegetables. I then find that the problem with the main form of therapy I use is intravenous vitamins and minerals in a combination of something called a Meyers' cocktail. It involves intravenous vitamin C and B-vitamins, and a few minerals like magnesium, calcium, and selenium. I've had patients who come in and had to practically crawl into the office and after one treatment of these intravenous vitamins and minerals were able to skip out of the office. Sometimes it works that quickly; usually it can take longer. Because we know of the presence of heavy metals in these patients, I will always add in some form of oral chelation using some combination of EDTA or