Doctors Confirming Fibromyalgia is Not Imaginary Supports the Drug Industry
By Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND(T), MD(AM), DPHC(h.c.), RAC, SMOKH
Academic Dean SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center (SCNM).
An article published for RedOrbit.com with the title “Doctors Confirm Fibromyalgia Is Not Imaginary” research is quoted saying a team of scientist has proven that there is a physiological basis for Fibromylagia Syndrome. I beg to differ! The research on “Excessive Peptidergic Sensory Innervation of Cutaneous Arteriole” is FAR from conclusive and represents a possible misdirection to support further promotion of pharmacology as the cure for this syndrome which allegedly affects tens of millions of Americans each year. ( http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112877149/fibromyalgia-tissue-pain-hands-feet-fatigue-061813/)
After reading the original article I came to different conclusions.
In the synopsis of the research article published in the June, 2013 “Issue of Pain Medicine Journal, Vol 14, Number 6, 2013 titled “Excessive Peptidergic Sensory Innervation of Cutaneous Arteriole–Venule Shunts (AVS) in the Palmar Glabrous Skin of Fibromyalgia Patients: Implications for Widespread Deep Tissue Pain and Fatigue” Phillip J. Albrecht, PhD, Quanzhi Hou, MD PhD, Charles E. Argoff, MD, James R. Storey, MD, James P. Wymer, MD PhD, and Frank L. Rice, PhD (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pme.12139/abstract)
Although the specific comparison study and research is interesting it is hardly conclusive and there is much evidence both scientific and anecdotal to show other causation.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is and “Invented Disease”
The first issue is that technically, there is no such thing as Fibromyalgia! Fibromyalgia Syndrome is an aggregate of symptoms/ syndrome and the symptoms which exemplify it, i.e. generate the diagnosis can vary widely from patient to patient (Person to person). The various symptoms aggregating in various persons can be caused by many different things and thus remedied by different strategies. By definition the list of symptoms included in a syndrome are subjective.
Definition of Fibromyalgia: ” A syndrome characterized by chronic pain in the muscles and soft tissues surrounding joints, fatigue, and tenderness at specific sites in the body. Also called fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis, fibrositis.” ( http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Fibromyalgia+syndrome )
According to Rheumatologist “Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic, widespread pain syndrome associated with fatigue, nonrestorative sleep, and tenderness at 11 or more of 18 designated “trigger points” where ligaments, tendons, and muscle attach to bone.” (http://www.psychiatrist.com/pcc/brainstorm/br6207.htm)
Definition of Syndrome:
- A group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like.
- A predictable, characteristic condition or pattern of behavior that tends to occur under certain circumstances: the empty nest syndrome (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/syndrome), ( http://www.thefreedictionary.com/empty+nest+syndrome)
One of the issues with the definition is that symptoms range from completely physical to mental emotional and the degrees of persistence and pain are subjective and vary widely from one person to another.
We know the contributing factors which generate the vast majority of the symptoms arbitrarily included on the list. The causes we are aware of or feel to be causes include: toxicity and exposure to pesticides such as Roundup, PCPS, heavy metals poisoning, xeno-estrogens. According to several researchers the symptoms are either identical or indistuinguishable from those associate with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome.
In the practice of traditional natural medicine, Ayurveda, Native American Medicine, we have seen complete recovery from the various symptoms exclusive through diet and nutrition, acupuncture, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Chelation therapy, bio-magnetic therapy, homeopathy, far-infrared, vibration, herbal medicine, pancha karma, hydro-therapy, exercise and yoga, massage,emotionally directed or focused treatment strategies, Native American Medicine and Sweat Lodge! Many of the Natural remedies are either based on or include a structured detoxification element.
This list is not exhaustive. All these and in various combinations all leading to apparent reduction in all or most symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome.
Biologic scientist funded primarily by pharmaceutical companies seek and find what they are looking for. So-called biologic causes. the content “research” referenced by this article it’s self is sponsored by drug and medical product distribution companies. Specifically this research For example the research above referenced article that started this conversation, was conducted by IntiDyn (Integrated Tissue Dynamics). On their website they say “This technique is widely used by drug development companies and is applicable to any step in the process, from preclinical to Phase IV post-marketing studies.” They are possibly part of the pipeline and marketing plan creating diseases for new drugs.
There is much research that leads away from the drug as cure model. For example, just do a search of the American Academy of Pain Medicine of “Fibromyalgia” and you will find other research which does not lead to nor support pharmacological/ drug based solutions. ( http://www.painmed.org/search.aspx?f=80&s=fibromyalgia ).
As examples in just this one medical journal alone I found several such research papers with tiles such as:
- “Behavioral Therapy May Ease Kids’ Fibromyalgia“
- ” Are Psychological Treatments Effective for Fibromyalgia Pain?“
- “A Randomized Trial of Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia“
- ” Anger Amplifies Clinical Pain in Women With and Without Fibromyalgia“
- ” Regular, Moderate Exercise Does Not Worsen Pain in People with Fibromyalgia“
- ” A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the Yoga of Awareness Program in the Management of Fibromyalgia“
- ” Effects of Strength vs Aerobic Exercise on Pain Severity in Adults with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Equivalence Trial“
Fibromyalgia is Treatable With Natural Medicine and Therapy:
From a Traditional Natural Medicine/ Traditional Naturopathic ( Ayurvedia, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Indigenous, Native and Tribal) perspective is to simply bring all the good things you can find relevant to the particular client, in consideration of all factors such as overall health, health history, age, other relevant issues such as cancers, diabetes, heart disease etc. Look at their history of exposure to exogenous and endogenous toxins. Look at their emotional and spiritual history. The do everything you can: Nutrition, lifestyle, spiritual and emotional counseling, exercise/ Yoga, all natural therapies that are available to you herbs, light, sound and hands on healing such as SomaVeda® Thai Yoga.
In essence and as a practical treatment strategy Do Everything! Keep it natural!
- Doctors Confirm Fibromyalgia is Not Imaginary: RedOrbit: (http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112877149/fibromyalgia-tissue-pain-hands-feet-fatigue-061813/)
- IntiDyn: ( http://www.intidyn.com/)
- A Qualitative Study of Traditional Healing Practices Among American Indians with Chronic Pain, Abrahamson, Jacque (http://www.painmed.org/2013posters/abstract-228/)
- Chemical Sensitivity Attributed to Pesticide Exposure versus Remodeling (http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/03009749709065700)
- Illness from low levels of environmental chemicals: relevance to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2898%2900162-4/abstract)
- Explaining Unexplained Illnesses: Disease Paradigm for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress … (http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=OHradOdFKfUC&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=pesticide+chemicals+causing+fibromyalgia&ots=KlZ8hTQt8s&sig=UUCDk1pfTwXuGg1C_68EjKoXZZI#v=onepage&q=pesticide%20chemicals%20causing%20fibromyalgia&f=false)
- A controlled comparison of symptoms and chemical intolerances reported by Gulf War veterans, implant recipients and persons with multiple chemical sensitivity
- New diagnoses and the ADA: A case study of fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivity (http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/yjhple4&div=8&id=&page=)
This article about Fibromyalgia is presented solely as an opinion for educational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for competent medical advise regarding any medical condition. Please see your physician or competent medical professional when considering any treatment for any disease.