Fibromyalgia: Awareness, Support & Natural Foods that Help You Heal


By  Deirdre RawlingsND, PhD, MH, CNC

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a disorder characterized by chronic muscular pain with tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.  In addition to pain and tenderness, fibromyalgia engulfs patients in a downward, reinforcing cycle of unrestorative sleep, fatigue, morning stiffness, headaches, and dizziness, trouble with concentration, depression, anxiety, and inactivity.

Foods that Win the Battle against Fibromyalgia is a book, which demonstrates the important role nutrition plays in the treatment of the condition because the right foods have a healing effect and have been shown to revitalize the sufferer.

Although considerable international investigation has been devoted to understanding FM, no single cause factor has yet been identified.  The word syndrome is a name given to a collection of symptoms for which physicians really don’t know the cause of the condition; you could call it a waste basket diagnosis, (a term given by physicians). 


Because fibromyalgia patients usually experience many accompanying symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose, they are very often met with an absence of curative measures and interventions.  With the increasing evidence that dietary modification and proper nutrition play a role in the reduction of symptoms, fibromyalgia patients have nothing to lose and much to gain by pursuing this avenue as a means of treatment.  They may just cure themselves completely in the process by altering the environment that contributed to the condition in the first place.  In fact, there is mounting evidence of many fibromyalgia sufferers who cured themselves through balanced nutrition and did exactly that.  The book, Foods that Help Win the Battle against Fibromyalgia, walks the reader through a series of educational steps and provides them with, leading information, studies, techniques and research that supports and enables them to update their current position on how they think about their condition.  This allows them to take charge of their health in a completely new way.

The role of diet in the treatment of FM has been the subject of a small but growing body of research, particularly in Scandinavian nations, with results showing benefits in pain reduction, sleep quality, and general health.  Removal of anti-nutrients from the diet (such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar, preservatives, chemicals, and others), and the addition of foods high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins derived from a raw, or live foods vegetarian/vegan diet have had a profound effect and increase in quality of health in every case.  Foods that Help Win the Battle against Fibromyalgia demonstrates the proper balancing of macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrate), as well as focuses on a mainly vegetarian/raw / and live food menu with some mention of the Mediterranean diet’s addition of Omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish and seafood.  The addition of some supplements is essential in most cases to assure adequate intake of some hard-to-get nutrients or those that may be deficient in our soil or foods.  Supplements also overcome the overall deficiency levels that many chronic disease sufferers already have.

People with FM and other rheumatic disorders frequently use complementary and functional medicine strategies with dietary modification and the inclusion or exclusion of specific foods being one of the most common and successful approaches used today.  Greater than 70% of people who have fibromyalgia report that a healthy diet is important in managing the illness.

Fibromyalgia can develop on its own or along with other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus and is often accompanied with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  Fibromyalgia may also occur at any age, even in childhood, and is 7 times more common in women than men are.   The current incidence of fibromyalgia in women is approximately 3.5% and increased with age to more than 7% between the ages of 60 and 79.

Dietary modifications and balanced nutrition address the problem from its source and is less likely to introduce toxic elements than standard therapies.  In addition, dietary modification is a low-cost and potentially effective treatment particularly as conventional treatments do not work for all sufferers.

Of critical importance is proper self-education regarding appropriate balanced macronutrients from nutrient dense dietary sources.  In the second part of the book, Foods that Help Win the Battle against Fibromyalgia, there are lifestyle and dietary modifications plus one hundred healing recipes.  With the nutritious and palatable alternatives provided in this book, the transition to healthy eating will become easy and pleasurable.

This book provides the cutting-edge strategies, tools and guidelines necessary to generate positive health, address other underlying conditions and causes, increase energy, reduce symptoms, and to help win the battle against fibromyalgia.

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