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Don't Be Fooled: You Can't Cure Fibromyalgia With a Pill

I've written a good deal of articles in my twice-weekly newsletter about the perils of fibromyalgia, a condition win which patients commonly report feeling tenderness, stiffness and sometimes unbearable pain in various areas of the body. They also may suffer from fatigue, depression, cognitive confusion and gastrointestinal problems. Moreover, this disease is about six times more prevalent in women than men.

Medicine still struggles with how to treat fibromyalgia, and some "experts" refuse to believe this condition even exists. Although the cause is still unknown, fibromyalgia has been linked to abnormalities in the brain's neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine -- chemicals key to mood and widely recognized for their role in depression.

Various studies, using selective serotonin uptake inhibitors and tricyclic agents, have had mixed results. In a recent clinical trial, researchers found duloxetine, another brand new antidepressant that inhibits the reuptake of serotin and norepinephrine, was shown to reduce pain and improve a range of disease symptoms. Although many women in the study who took 60 mg doses of duloxetine twice a day felt better, the drug did little to improve the condition of the 23 men who participated.

Despite the evidence, I'm convinced more natural solutions are far better for fibromyalgia sufferers than taking another antidepressant that, in the long term, may do more to "cure" the bottom line headaches of the mega-billion drug companies than help patients.

People with fibromyalgia may experience reductions in their symptoms by following a healthier eating plan based on your personal nutritional type. However, it is quite clear that most people with this disease will not completely relieve their symptoms by retooling their diets, because nearly every person I have seen with fibromyalgia suffers from an underlying emotional component.

Rather than rely on an antidepressant that may hurt more than help you, the bioenergetic normalization of previous emotional traumas is the single most effective treatment I know of for fibromyalgia, and EFT is my favorite technique. Use my free EFT manual to learn this effective technique.

Dr. Carolyn Dean has written some wonderful articles very recently about natural treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).

EurekAlert September 9, 2004

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