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Naturopath Appointment for Fibromyalgia

by Gary F. Zeolla
(a.k.a. Reepicheep)

The following message was posted in the "alt.med.fibromyalgia" Newsgroup.

I had an appointment with a naturopath on Friday (9/14/01), specifically Dr. James Winer at his “Pain Release Clinic.”

Winer uses Applied Kinesology, otherwise known as muscle testing. It is very “strange” if you have never had it done. But he swears by it and considers it more accurate than many other forms of testing.

Using this testing he checked me for many of the “possible contributing factors” to fibromyalgia (FM) that I posted here recently. The only factor that he thought applied to me was allergies. I had already known that I have numerous allergies and had thought that the allergies might be a major factor. Previous skin prick tests showed I was allergic to 27 of the 60 items the allergist tested for, including both airborne and food allergies.

Winer uses NAET treatments to “cure” allergies. This is again a form of muscle treatments. Whether it actually works or not, I can’t say for sure. I went to him previously for a treatment for ragweed. But frankly, as of yet I haven’t really noticed much of a difference. But Winer says that his testing showed I was no longer allergic to ragweed and believes it is something else that is causing my constant congestion.

He said that chicken seemed to be the worse allergy and gave me a treatment for this. This is rather ironic as I had followed a vegan diet in the past and have been considering returning to it to help with the FM. Again, whether his treatment worked or not I’m not sure as I simply haven’t eaten any chicken since then. My congestion is as bad as ever, but it could simply be that I have so many allergies that being treated for a couple of items won’t make that much of a difference.

So my plans are now to give the NAET treatments at least of couple of more tries to see if they make a difference or not. It they don’t help then I will probably have to seriously consider the allergy shots my allergist recommended. I didn’t want to pursue such a treatment previously as I hate shots! And the idea of getting shots every week for the next 3-5 years simply is not too appealing. Also, the shots would only help with the airborne allergies, so I would still be left with a long list of foods I would have to avoid.

Winer also prescribed one supplement for the fibro-pain: Metagenics™ Inflavonoid Intensive Care®. He said to take one or two of them when I had pain. Since I’ve pretty much have been in some kind of pain steadily I’ve been taking two a day, and my pain has lessened. If it’s from this supplement or not I cannot really say as I have been gradually feeling less pain anyway.

If anyone is interested, the Inflavonoid contains:

Vitamin C - 200 mg
Calcium - 210 mg
Phosphorus - 161 mg

Boswellia Gum Extract (Boswellia serrata) 400 mg
(contains a minimum of 70% boswellic acids)
Turmeric Rhizome (Curcuma longa) 300 mg
(contains a minimum of 95% curcuminoids)
Ginger Rhizome Extract (Zingiber officinale) 200 mg
(contains a minimum of 5% gingerols)
Cayenne Pepper Fruit (Capsicum annuum) 50 mg

My next appointment with Winer is on September 25, and then I have an appointment with my primary care physician the next day. I will probably show the list of possible contributing factors to my PCP to see if he thinks any of them other than allergies might be a factor even though Winer does not. A second opinion is always good to pursue.

So where I’m at right now in terms of dealing with my FM is to pursue allergy treatments, using NAET first and if that doesn’t help then maybe allergy shots. Otherwise, I think the most important factors to consider are diet, exercise, and “de-stressing” as someone put it in this group recently. I’ll post more about my thoughts in regard to these three issues later.

If the reader missed my list of possible contributing factors to FM, it’s now posted on my Web site at: Possible Contributing Factors to Fibromyalgia.

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Disclaimer: The material presented in this article is intended for educational purposes only. The author is not offering medical or legal advice. Accuracy of information is attempted but not guaranteed. Before undertaking any treatment program, one should consult your doctor. The author is in no way responsible or liable for any bodily harm, physical, mental, or emotional, that results from following any of the advice in this article.

Naturopath Appointment for Fibromyalgia. Copyright © 2001 by Gary F. Zeolla.

The above Newsgroup Post was posted on this Web site September 17, 2001.

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