Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

When I attended my seminar on IV therapy a few weeks ago, one of the health issues that came up a few times was fibromyalgia (FM). Myers cocktails can work exceptionally well for the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

One type of patient with FM can be described as the following:

  • Chronically tired
  • Muscles that never relax
  • Grinds teeth at night
  • Muscle cramps at night

9 Choices of Extremely Happy People

IMG_1791I’ve been receiving The Eco Parent magazine which is a fabulous magazines and I highly recommend subscriptions to it. I pulled out an article about “sustainable happiness”  a few months ago and it has been sitting on my desk. I love each point and I think it’s a worthwhile list to revisit every couple of months to make sure you are on your own path to your unique happiness.

Here is how we choose to be happy: The 9 choices of extremely happy people  – by Rick Foster & Greg Hicks. Putnam, New York: 1999.

  1. Intention. The active desire and commitment to be happy, and the fully conscious decision to choose happiness over unhappiness.
  2. Accountability. The choice to create the life you want to live; to assume full personal responsibility for your actions, thoughts, and feelings, and the emphatic refusal to blame others for your unhappiness.
  3. Identification. The ongoing process of looking deeply within yourself to assess what makes you uniquely happy, apart from what you’re told by others should make you happy.
  4. Centrality. The non-negotiable insistence on making that which creates happiness central in your life.
  5. Recasting. The choice to convert problems into opportunities and challenges, and to transform trauma into something meaningful, important, and a source of emotional energy.
  6. Options. The decision to approach life by creating multiple scenarios; to be open to new possibilities and to adopt a flexible approach to life’s journey.
  7. Appreciation. The choice to appreciate deeply your life and the people in it, and to stay in the present by turning each experience into something precious.
  8. Giving. The choice to share yourself with friends and community and to give to the world at large without the expectation of a “return.”
  9. Truthfulness. The choice to be honest with yourself and others in an accountable manner by not allowing societal, corporate, or family demands to violate your internal contract.

Top 5 Books to Read During Pregnancy

These are the top 5 books I recommend women and their partners read while they are pregnant. These are a combination of books to prepare for a natural birth as well as what to do with the baby after it’s born and breastfeeding.

I want women to know that they have the capability to have safe and natural births. The media and movies make it look like a scary, impossible thing. However, our bodies know what to do and so do our babies. Trust in nature.

Enjoy reading and planning for your baby and life thereafter!

 

1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

2. The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

3. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

4. The Baby Book by The Sears family

5. The Womanly art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

 

Dr. Whitney Young, ND and Jillian age 7 weeks

More sex they say!

Here is some great news for the men out there (OK  for women too but really it’s the men that will be more excited!)

Daily sex boosts chances of getting pregnant

This one made me laugh out loud but there is some truth to it…

 

Mental health – it’s not all in your head

Did you know that most of the serotonin that your body produces is in your intestines?  Serotonin is the chemical the tends to be low in depression.

Far too often people believe or are told that’s in all in their head.  Attitude is everything and you just need to think positively.  While this is partly true, it is very hard to implement when you’re feeling terrible.

Virtually every mental health diagnosis – anxiety, depression, ADHD, bi-polar – has a basis in chemistry.  Our neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine,and epinephrine need to work together for us to be well.  We understand this concept with diabetes – insulin levels need to be manipulated to cure the illness.  When this cannot be done with diet and lifestyle, we use meds.

When it comes to mental health though, so many people are reluctant to work with their chemistry.  They believe that they should feel good without it. I’m not saying go on meds.  I’m saying, play with the chemistry.  There are lots of natural ways to adjust serotonin, dopamine and epinephrine.  Some of them start out simply by looking at your guts.