Everyone would like to find a cure for chronic fibromyalgia-like pain. No one magical treatment is going to work for everybody because everyone is different. Are you searching for your cure? Here is a story about a woman who found her cure:
A 58 year old woman returned to me after seeing another doctor for the past two years. The last time I saw her, she was struggling with fibromyalgia and headaches despite my best efforts to treat her with medications and exercise . Since then, she has lost nearly 60 pounds in two years and is feeling much less pain. Obviously, her time with another doctor did her a whole lot of good ( more than I did) and I wanted to find out what made the difference in her life. She told me that the other doctor discovered that her pain was being caused by food. After eliminating dairy, wheat, peanuts, “nightshade” foods (tomatoes, potatoes, etc), cantaloupe, and bananas, this woman who had suffered with fibromyalgia for years was finally cured....
I decided to experiment with a conversation with myself. I asked a simple and basic question and worked my way to complex and confusing:
What is depression?
The DSM-5, psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, refers to various conditions that involve feeling sad, inability to experience pleasure, lack of self-worth, inability to concentrate, and suicidal thinking, not to mention dysregulated sleep and appetite and movement, though you don’t have to experience all these at once.
But everyone gets depressed, right?
True. We all have our bad days. Also, all of us experience grief and loss and major challenges in coping with life. But all this is considered within the “normal” realm of human behavior.
Things change when we lose the ability to function, whether at work or in our relationships or in our own sense of well-being. We are more than just “depressed.” We are not ourselves. Our brains are not cooperating with us. L...
Welcome back to the hall of shame where we find everything from shoes to purses that can contribute to pain. Today our inductee is a historically popular item and arguably the world’s first drug: sugar. The apothecary’s of old used to keep a form of sugar on their shelves, sometimes in the form of honey or sometimes in the form of cane sugar. According to a royal French decree in 1353, apothecaries were not to use honey when sugar was prescribed. 1
Soon what was once a prescribed medicine quickly became a common household item available at every grocery store, restaurant and gas station. America’s drug of choice is available without a prescription. The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar per year. That equates to six cups per week or 312 cups per year. Where does all this sugar come from? A can of soda has 39 grams of sugar that equates to 10 cubes of sugar. Starbuck’s Mint Mocha Frappuccino has 14 teaspoons of sugar. A cube here, teaspoon...
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