Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments

Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments


Today I want to discuss a topic that many of my close friends call major pain…fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia is a neurosensory disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue. The condition is chronic (ongoing), but pain comes and goes and moves about the body. The disorder is often misdiagnosed or unrecognized and is and often complicated by mood and anxiety disorders.

According to the American College of Rheumatology diagnosis criteria,

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fibromyalgia affects about 3-5% of women, most of whom are between ages 20 and 50, but only 0.5- 1.6% of men. Some experts feel the actual rate is much higher. Fibromyalgia is more prevalent in adults than children, with nine times more women affected than men. People with fibromyalgia are most likely to complain of three primary symptoms: muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

There is no known cure for fibromyalgia; therefore, the goal of treatment is successful symptom management. Treatment usually requires a combination of pharmaceutical therapies, appropriate exercise, proper sleep hygiene, and good nutrition. As of early 2009, the only drug specifically approved for treatment of fibromyalgia by the United States Food and Drug Administration was pregabalin (Lyrica), an anticonvulsant whose mechanism of action in the treatment of fibromyalgia was not completely understood.

Antidepressant drugs that alter the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain help improve symptoms of pain and disrupted sleep in many people with fibromyalgia.

Our bodies are meant to be alkaline, and our highly acidic diets put enormous stress on our systems.  When you eat foods that create acid in your body, most of the toxic waste is eliminated from your body by the bladder and bowels, and some is eliminated by breathing and through the skin.  However, some of the waste is stored in protective fat cells, and some is absorbed into the blood stream and carried throughout your body.

The key to dealing with almost any disease, and especially fibromyalgia, is to eat an alkaline diet and drink alkaline ionized water.  While converting to an alkaline diet is often a struggle, drinking ionized water is simple and very effective.   That doesn’t mean you can drink alkaline ionized water and continue to fill your body with acidic foods. While I don’t have fibromyalgia, I do have gout, and I found that starting with the water allowed me to experience the benefits of being alkaline, which encouraged me to slowly convert to a more alkaline diet as the benefits became more and more obvious.

I talk with people frequently who have struggled with fibromyalgia for many years.  Several have found that they can experience almost total relief from fibromyalgia on an ongoing basis simply by drinking alkaline water and being more mindful of their diet. Nothing works for everyone, but I have talked with too many fibromyalgia sufferers who have found relief by drinking the water to simply discount it as “hocus pocus”

Secondly, eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits (preferably organic), and lower in meats and grains is another established approach to alkalizing the diet; however, most people don’t do this on a regular basis.  NSA Certified supplements are a great source for those who do not get their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Robert Young, Ph.D., author of The pH Miracle, reports that drinking alkaline water “neutralizes stored acid wastes and gently removes acids from the body”.

Lastly, deep breathing and relaxation breathing exercises for stress management can dramatically alter the body’s acid/alkaline balance by oxygenating and eliminating carbon dioxide and aerosol wastes. However, breathing exercises won’t be much help if you’re breathing polluted air. Cleaning up your indoor air quality by using a world-class air purification system can reduce pollutants of all kinds including acid producing components and provide a better environment for deep breathing. Cracking windows for ventilation can sometimes be a superior air cleaner as recent studies have shown that outdoor air is many times cleaner than indoor air. More involved programs of acid/alkaline balancing should be done in conjunction with a knowledgeable health care provider. If you would like to research this topic further, there are many popular books available on acid/alkaline balance and diet. The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young, Ph.D., and Shelley Redford Young; and Alkalize or Die by Theodore Baroody, M.D. are two respected resources.

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder in which many factors play a part. Acid/alkaline balance is not a “magic bullet” by any means. However, many people can experience significant benefits by taking a good look at their overall acid/alkaline picture and by making sometimes very simple changes to diet, lifestyle, self-care, and home environment.

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All Water is the Same, Right?

Everyone is concerned with their health and drinking more water, but how do icebergyou decide which water to drink? Today, we are going to look further at the various types of water that are available.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis, or RO, water is water that has been purified using reverse osmosis techniques. Osmosis is something that occurs naturally, it’s when a solvent (something that is dissolved in a solution) passes through a semi-permeable membrane from an area where there is a lot of it, to an area that does not have a lot of that solvent.

In reverse osmosis, this process is basically, well, reversed. A reverse osmosis machine uses a semi-permeable membrane as a filter and it also uses a lot of pressure, more pressure than the normal process of osmosis creates. The product, RO water, is free of any impurities that might have been present before it went through the machine.

People use these machines to make sea water safe to drink, by removing all the salt. They also use them to purify water that is going to be used in very sensitive environments, such as coral tanks or other marine tanks.

Alkaline Ionized Water

What is Alkaline Ionized Water? Alkaline water is water with a pH of more than 7.0, normally between 8.5 to 9.5 pH for drinking. Some people buy alkaline water or an alkaline water machine because they believe drinking alkaline water has health benefits.

Ionized water (also referred to as electrolyzed water) is water that has been exposed to an electric current which separates the charged particles. During ionization, positively-charged ions are drawn to the negative electrode. Negatively-charged ions are drawn to the positive electrode. Ions with a positive charge like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium raise the pH and produce alkaline water. Negative ions including phosphorous, chlorine, and sulfur lower the pH and produce acidic water.

Bottled Water

Bottled water is another choice for hydration and refreshment because of its consistent safety, quality, good taste and convenience.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully regulates bottled water as a packaged food product and requires bottled water to adhere to FDA’s extensive food safety, labeling and inspection requirements.

Bottled water is also subject to state regulations and, at the industry level, members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) are required to follow the IBWA Model Code.  Water is classified as “bottled water” or “drinking water” when it meets all applicable federal and state standards, is sealed in a sanitary container and is sold for human consumption.

By law, FDA standards for bottled water must be at least as stringent and protective of public health as standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for public water systems.  Some beverages containing certain ingredients or additives may cause that product to be classified as a soft drink, dietary supplement or some other categorization.

Soda water, seltzer water and tonic water are not considered bottled waters. They are regulated differently, may contain sugar and calories and are classified as soft drinks.

Distilled Water

Natural water usually contains a number of microscopic contaminants, along with dissolved minerals, such as calcium and iron. One way to remove these elements from water is to boil it until it changes to steam, a process known as distillation. When this steam is allowed to cool down and condense into liquid form again, the result is a purified form called distilled water. This water should ideally be nothing but hydrogen and oxygen molecules, with a pH level of 7 and no additional gases, minerals, or contaminants.

The distilling process relies on the principle that most solid materials found in water are heavier than the water molecules themselves. When water is heated in a distiller, any dissolved solids, such as salt, bacteria, calcium, or iron, remain solid while the pure water converts to a much lighter steam and is drawn out for condensation. Distilled water has a noticeably bland taste because all of the minerals that give water its flavor have been removed.

Distilled water is safe to drink, but it is used more often for research purposes where water purity is essential or industrial uses where mineral deposits can cause damage over time. It may also be used in steam irons to prevent calcium build-up, but this requirement has generally been relaxed in recent years. Certain baby formulas may use this type of water as a mixing liquid as well. Pediatric bottled water formulated with additional electrolytes may use it as a base.

Deionized Water

Deionized Water has had ionized impurities and minerals removed from it but not bacteria or pathogens.

Tap Water

Tap water is municipal water that comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and generally has added fluoride. But one of the byproducts from using chlorine in our drinking water is linked to cancer.

Water: it makes up almost 75% of your body and is absolutely necessary for life. You probably know you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day, but have you given serious thought to the quality of your water?

Water is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure that you are choosing the best possible water, avoiding dangerous plastics, and getting enough vital minerals. With 8 to 10 glasses a day of pure water, you’ll have energy and vitality like never before.

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How Important is Hydration?

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A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

Drinking the equivalent of 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45% and drinking ½ your body weight in water per day decreases the risk of breast cancer by 79%

I think the reason why we often don’t give enough importance to hydration is that it is so simple. It is hard for our brain to connect such a profound effect with something as simple as drinking a proper amount of water each day.

So I am not going to argue the point too much – I think 99% of you will agree that drinking enough water on a daily basis is absolutely a good thing. So let’s get into the good stuff: how you can start to directly change the quality of your life with water!

The benefits of hydration

Drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of quality water per day will transform your health and dramatically improve the way you think and feel.

These are the Top 5 Benefits to staying hydrated!

1. Energy! As mentioned above, when we are dehydrated by just 5% most of us will experience a 25-30% loss of energy. And to be honest, I estimate that 90% of us are more than 5% dehydrated.  When was the last time you truly drank enough water during the day?  And when you did, how good did you feel?!

When we are dehydrated we get headaches, foggy thinking, fatigue in our mind and our body, mood swings, we overeat, our metabolism grinds to a halt, we underachieve and we lose motivation.

Water is needed for almost every body metabolic function – it is simply vital that we stay hydrated. When we are dehydrated our body just cannot do it’s job and our energy and mental state will suffer as a result.

Fatigue is a hydration problem. If you’re feeling tired drink several glasses of water over the next 90 minutes and see how you feel then!


2.  Weight Loss! Our brain literally does not distinguish between the sensations of thirst and hunger. Both are derived from the same place – low energy levels (linking it to point 1, above). When we experience these low energy levels the sensations of thirst and hunger are generated at the same time, and we instinctively assume that regardless of the driver, both of these sensations are ‘the need to eat’. In other words we eat food even when the body needs water.


By staying hydrated we separate these two messages and often eat a lot less – the right amount.


3. Clear Skin! When you start to stay hydrated and consume ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day you will also begin to notice some dramatic changes to your skin.


Problems such as acne, dryness, eczema, psoriasis and more will start to disappear. Why?  When dehydrated, the body preserves the water supply to critical organs, such as the brain and the heart, but “cuts off water” to peripheral organs such as skin.


Being hydrated also ensures that your body’s cells are able to function effectively, for nutrient absorption, blood building and circulating and to help the body remove toxins.


4. Alkalinity & pH Balance! When you drink clean, filtered water with a pH of at least 8.5+ you will notice that you begin to feel a surge of health, energy and vitality. Our body is designed to be alkaline,

maintaining a pH level of approximately 7.365 in our cells, particularly the blood.


When we eat and drink too many acid-forming foods and drinks such as colas, sugars, breads, sweets, pizza, chips, alcohol, white rice & pasta, trans-fats, fast food, refined food, sauces & condiments, dairy, meats and more we put our body under an incredible strain to maintain this pH balance at 7.365.


By hydrating our body with high pH water we help maintain this alkalinity, flush toxins & acids from the body (such as yeasts/candida and bacteria growths) and our energy and vitality will go through the roof!


Being over-weight is also an acid problem, so when you start to hydrate & alkalize you will also start to see the weight fall away. Seriously, just by drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of alkaline water per day you will begin to see huge improvements with your weight.


5. Anti-Aging! The cause of premature aging is an over acid, dehydrated body. Aging occurs when we do not dispose of the internally generated wastes and toxins in our body. This is the process of getting old.

Because this accumulation of waste products inside the body is the aging process, supporting the body to remove these old, acid wastes is the anti aging process.


Antioxidants are often referred to as a way to prevent anti-aging because they help to detoxify the body from these wastes – and so drinking alkaline, antioxidant-rich water is a fantastic way to slow and reverse the aging process.


When we are hydrated, our cells function optimally, our digestive system works wonderfully and we can remove these aging toxins easily!


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·         St. Louis Cardinals

·         Miami Marlins

·         Detroit Tigers

·         Cincinnati Reds

·         Colorado Rockies

·         Arkansas Naturals

·         Joey Greany – Strength and Conditioning Coach

·         Kansas City Royals

·         Ryan Stoneberg – Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

·         Kansas City Royals

·         Ty Hill – Strength & Conditioning Coach

·         Texas Rangers

·         Toronto Blue Jays

·         Pittsburgh Pirates

·         Washington Nationals


Eating Healthy and Losing Weight: A New Beginning

How many times have you joined a health club in January, watched

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your favorite weight-loss program on television, signed up for the newest fad diet, and swore to yourself that this time things are going to be different and soon there will be a “new you?” After a few weeks, or maybe even a few days, you quit and go right back to where you were before and gained more weight back than you lost in the first place? I would be a wealthy man if I was paid for every pound I’ve lost and gained back over my lifetime. Personally, I have lost from almost 600 pounds down to near 300 pounds, and am on my way to a fit and healthy 215 pounds. I want to share my personal success tips with you in this post.

  1.  I know we have all heard it before, but if you plan to go on a new eating regiment, schedule a visit with your family doctor. This one point is often overlooked, and in many ways can be the most critical. Make sure you are healthy enough for the routine you are starting.

  2.  If your budget will allow the investment, I suggest finding a nutritionist to work with you and plan your meals and diet program. Because nutrition is a constantly changing field, it is good to have an expert to call on. I suggest you find someone who is a Registered Dietician. I’m sure your doctor can give you a good referral.

  3.  For those of us with fast-paced lifestyles, eating a healthy meal is not always easy to do. I highly suggest you find a program that you can stay with for whatever period of time is required for you to meet your goal. In order to be healthy, one must eat a healthy, balanced diet. I personally have had excellent success with meal replacement shakes; especially those that use the amazing power of enzymes to support your metabolism at optimum levels during your weight loss without using drugs or stimulants.

  4.  Drink plenty of water. I have a rule of thumb to help determine an appropriate amount of daily water intake. Drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, I would suggest you drink a minimum of 100 ounces of water each day. I also like to see my urine be clear when I go to the bathroom. If your urine is yellow, that is a good indicator that you need more water. I have discovered that not all water is created equal. I do not buy any bottled water for various reasons, and I try not to drink water straight from the tap. I personally drink alkaline-ionized water, and highly recommend you try it if you haven’t before. It really is great-tasting and it makes me feel better.

    5. Get some type of exercise each day. I admit, this is my weak area. I’m not going to paint you a pretty picture, an exercise program is tough, and even tougher to stick with. It doesn’t matter how much exercise you do in the beginning, or the intensity; the important thing is that you are doing something. If you can only walk 5-10 minutes, then do that and be proud. If you can walk 30 minutes then do that. Do whatever activity you enjoy doing, irregardless of what everyone around you is doing. Gradually increase your time and intensity and you will eventually find the exercise will become a daily part of your routine.


Do You Feel Toxic?

The following was written by a colleague of mine, James Clendenin.

If You Feel Like Your Body Has Become a Toxic Waste Dump, It Probably Has… Drink Up And Get Your Life Back!

If I had to pick one area that I believe would help improve the overall health of the majority of people in the world, I would say it’s the need to drink more water (the right kind of water!).

I believe many diseases could be prevented (or cured) if people drank enough of the right kind of water each day.

Water is a solvent and a sufficient amount is needed daily to properly hydrate and flush the body’s cells and organs of disease causing toxins.  Lack of water leads to dehydration and the saga begins…

Symptoms of dehydration will usually start with thirst and will continue to progress as the percentage of the body’s fluid loss increases.

Initial symptoms of mild dehydration will generally begin when the body has lost about 2% of its total fluid.  The symptoms are usually mild at this point and can include:


Loss of Appetite

Dry Skin

Skin Flushing

Dark Urine (a big indicator of dehydration!)

Head Rushes

Cotton Mouth


Lack of Energy



Head Aches

If the total fluid loss of the body reaches around 5% of its total fluid more serious symptoms will begin to appear and can include:



Severe Headaches


Increased heart rate

Decreased urination

Elevated body temperature

Loss of ability to sweat

Extreme fatigue

Tingling in the tips of your fingers and toes

Muscle cramps

Increased respiration

If the total fluid loss reaches 10% serious side effects will occur and medical attentions is definitely needed.  Above 10% can be fatal!

Symptoms of severe dehydration can include all of the above and below:

Difficulty breathing

Chest pain



Muscle spasms


Racing pulse

Shriveled skin

Loss of vision

Burning during urination


Abdominal pain

How to prevent dehydration

The average person loses between two and three liters of water a day through sweating, breathing and urination.  Depending on the type of activities a person is involved in this figure can increase or decrease.  Heavy exercise can cause the body to lose more than 2 liters an hour! To prevent dehydration you must continually replenish the fluids that you lose throughout the day!

We’ve all heard that “you should drink around 8 glasses of water a day”, which is true; however, this figure can increase depending on many factors of your daily lifestyle.

I grew up in Stuart, Florida and worked out in the sun since I was 14 years old.  A part time outdoor job during the school year and then 8 – 10 hours during the summer could really take its toll; however, I would drink at least three gallons of water a day just to stay alive!  Everyone’s condition is different, however for most people 8 glasses is the “magic” number, providing it is the ‘right’ kind of water.

Sodas and other “comfort” drinks don’t count!

Keep in mind that you cannot include soda, juice, coffee, or sugar type drinks as part of your 8 glasses of fluid, as each of these drinks need their water content just to metabolize and flush the junk that they contain out of the body.

You must pay special attention to your fluid loss and take special care to replenish it as it is being lost.  Remember this…By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated!  The key is to avoid becoming thirsty in the first place!

Drink more water and if you have kids make sure they do too (I guarantee you that their brains will function better and their grades will improve!).  There’s no doubt that you will be healthier, have more energy, mental clarity, and on top of all this, you will look younger, and be more vibrant.

The majority of all headaches are caused by dehydration.  So instead of treating the symptoms by reaching for a bottle of aspirin, try drinking a glass or two of water.  This will usually cure most headaches within 15-20 minutes.

To prove the points made, make a commitment to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day for one week and see for yourself the difference it makes in the quality of your life.  You will be amazed!

Your challenge this week is to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day for the entire week.

Tip 1: When you are sleeping you are actually dehydrating for up to 8 hours or more.  Therefore, one of the most important times to drink water is immediately upon rising in the morning.  Start your day out right with 8-10 ounces of water as soon as you wake up.

Tip 2: Here’s a surefire way to ensure that you remember to drink enough water each day… Put 8 pennies in your left pocket at the start of the day.  Each time you drink a glass of water move one penny over to your right pocket.  Make sure that before you go to bed that you have moved all 8 pennies over to your right pocket.  If you don’t wear pants, then get creative and come up with some other type of system that will ensure you drink the required amount of water.

Tip 3: Not all water is equal!  You should avoid tap water completely… It’s poison and can actually cause you to become dehydrated due to its large hard to absorb molecule size caused by all the chemicals and other toxic substances found in it.  Bottled water isn’t much better unless you drink Fiji which is one of the purest and highest pH balanced bottled waters available.  Your best bet to ensure you are getting the healthiest, “wettest”; most energized antioxidant type waters available is to get a water ionizer machine and create your own purified pH balanced water.  The optimal pH range is from 8.5 – 9.5. Your life will be transformed by drinking this type of water!  In my opinion, I believe the NEW Improved Living Water Machine by Vollara™ is the best water ionizer machine one the market, especially when you consider its low price as compared to other ionizer machines that cost 2-3 times as much!

All my best,

 James Clendenin

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There is a great deal of interest in helping your body become more alkaline.  The best way to obtain alkalinity in your body is through your food; however, most people do not eat the right amount of the proper foods.

The easiest way to help make your body more alkaline is through alkaline ionized water.  I am sharing a short video clip on Alkalinity vs Acidity. I hope it is informative for you. You can view the video by clicking here

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What happens when the sulfuric acid in your stomach meets ionized water from Vollara’s Living Water?


Here are 4 Ways Ionized Water Supports Healthy Vitalityfective Hydration

The process of ionization changes the structure of the water.  It becomes living water that deeply hydrates the cells, being absorbed six times faster than tap or bottled water.


Balance Body pH

Ionization makes tap water pH more alkaline. The water molecule (H20) is split, resulting in the ions H+ (hydrogen with a positive electrical charge), and OH- (hydroxyl with a negative electrical charge), as well as ionic alkaline minerals. This abundance of OH- ions increases the bicarbonate buffers in the blood, balancing the body so it can better neutralize  and excrete acids and toxins.


Increase Blood Oxygenation

Freshly produced, ionized, alkaline water contains an abundance of hydroxyl ions (OH-) which donate free electrons to unstable oxygen free radicals, resulting in stable oxygen molecules. According to experts, drinking restructured ionized water on a regular basis will increase the amount of dissolved oxygen in the blood. Stable oxygen (a nonreactive oxygen molecule with evenly paired electrons – no electrical charge) provides us with mental alertness and is invigorating ‘and energizing to the body.


Neutralize Free Radicals

The abundant OH- ions make ionized water an electron donor able to neutralize destructive free radicals circulating throughout the body.  Restructured ionized water carries a high negative 0RP (Oxidation- Reduction Potential) when it is first produced, making it a potent antioxidant stronger than many foods or nutritional supplements on the market.


Alkaline water has a high negative redox potential which quickly permeates the cells and body fluids, decreasing the oxidation of the body by donating its abundant electrons to free radical oxygen molecules.  David Jubb, Author of “Secrets of An Alkaline Body”

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