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Fibromyalgia fact sheet

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (fye-bro-mye-AL-ja) is a disorder that causes aches and pain all over the body. People with fibromyalgia also have “tender points” throughout their bodies. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt when pressure is put on them.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

In addition to pain, people with fibromyalgia could also have:

  • Cognitive and memory problems (sometimes called “fibro fog”)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Numbness or tingling of hands and feet
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights

How common is fibromyalgia? Who is mainly affected?

Fibromyalgia affects as many as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older. Most people with fibromyalgia are women (about 80 – 90 percent). However, men and children also can have the disorder. Most people are diagnosed during middle age.

Fibromyalgia can occur by itself, but people with certain other diseases, such
as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other types of arthritis, may be more likely to who have it. Individuals have a close relative with fibromyalgia are more likely to develop it themselves.

What causes fibromyalgia?

The causes of fibromyalgia are not known. Researchers think a number of factors might be involved. Fibromyalgia can occur on its own, but has also been linked to:

  • Having a family history of fibromyalgia
  • Being exposed to stressful or traumatic events, such as
    • Car accidents
    • Injuries to the body caused by
      performing the same action over and over again (called “repetitive”
      injuries)
    • Infections or illnesses
    • Being sent to war

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

People with fibromyalgia often see many doctors before being diagnosed. One reason for this may be that pain and fatigue, the main symptoms of fibromyalgia, also are symptoms of many other conditions. Therefore, doctors often must rule out other possible causes of these symptoms before diagnosing fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia cannot be found by a lab test.

A doctor who knows about fibromyalgia, however, can make a diagnosis based upon two criteria:

  1. A history of widespread pain lasting more than 3 months. Pain must be present in both the right and left sides of the body as well as above and below the waist.
  2. Presence of tender points. The body has 18 sites that are possible tender points. For fibromyalgia diagnosis a person must have 11 or more tender points. For a point to be
    “tender,” the patient must feel pain when pressure is put on the site. People who have fibromyalgia may feel pain at other sites, too, but those 18 sites on the body are used for diagnosis.

Your doctor may try to rule out other causes of your pain and fatigue. Testing for some of these things may make sense to you. For instance, you may find it reasonable that your doctor wants to rule out rheumatoid arthritis, since that disease also causes pain. Testing for other conditions — such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, or sleep apnea — may make less lupus, sense to you. But fibromyalgia can mimic or even overlap many other conditions. Talk with your doctor. He or she can help you understand what each test is for and how each test is part of making a final diagnosis

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Fibromyalgia can be hard to treat. It’s important to find a doctor who has treated others with fibromyalgia. Many family doctors, general internists, or rheumatologists can treat fibromyalgia. Rheumatologists are doctors who treat arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints and soft tissues.

Treatment often requires a team approach. The team may include your doctor, a physical therapist, and possibly other health care providers. A pain or rheumatology clinic can be a good place to get treatment. Treatment for fibromyalgia may include the following:

  • Pain management. Three medicines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia. These are pregabalin (Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and milnacipran (Savella). Other medications are being developed and may
    also receive FDA approval in the future. Your doctor may also suggest non-narcotic pain relievers, low-dose antidepressants, or other classes of medications that might help improve certain symptoms.
  • Sleep management. Getting the right amount of sleep at night may help improve your symptoms. Here are tips for good sleep:
    • Keep regular sleep habits. Try to get to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day — even on weekends and vacations.
    • Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening.
    • Time your exercise. Regular daytime exercise can improve nighttime sleep. But avoid exercising within 3 hours of bedtime, which can be stimulating, keeping you awake.
    • Avoid daytime naps. Sleeping in the afternoon can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you feel you cannot get by without a nap, set an alarm for 1 hour. When it goes off, get up and start moving.
    • Reserve your bed for sleeping. Watching the late news, reading a suspense novel, or working on your laptop in bed can stimulate you, making it hard to sleep.
    • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
    • Avoid liquids and spicy meals before bed. Heartburn and late-night trips to the bathroom do not lead to good sleep.
    • Wind down before bed. Avoid working right up to bedtime. Do relaxing activities, such as listening to soft music or taking a warm bath, that get you ready to sleep. (A warm bath also may soothe aching muscles.)
  • Psychological support. Living with a chronic condition can be hard on you. If you have fibromyalgia, find a support group. Counseling sessions with a trained counselor may improve
    your understanding of your illness.
  • Other treatments. Complementary therapies may help you. Talk to your physician before trying any alternative treatments. These include:
    • Physical therapy
    • Massage
    • Myofascial release therapy
    • Water therapy
    • Light aerobics
    • Acupressure
    • Applying heat or cold
    • Acupuncture
    • Yoga
    • Relaxation exercises
    • Breathing techniques
    • Aromatherapy
    • Cognitive therapy
    • Biofeedback
    • Herbs
    • Nutritional supplements
    • Osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation

What can I do to try to feel better?

Besides taking medicine prescribed by your doctor, there are many things you can do to lessen the impact of fibromyalgia on your life. These include:

  • Getting enough sleep. Getting enough sleep and the right kind of sleep can help ease the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. Most adults need seven to eight hours of “restorative”
    sleep per night. Restorative sleep leaves you feeling well-rested and ready for your day to start when you wake up. It is hard for people with fibromyalgia to get a good night’s sleep. It is important to discuss any sleep problems with your doctor, who can recommend treatment for them.
  • Exercising. Although pain and fatigue may make exercise and daily activities difficult, it is
    crucial to be as physically active as possible. Research has repeatedly shown that regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia. People who have too much pain or fatigue to do hard exercise should just begin to move more and become more active in routine daily activities. Then they can begin with walking (or other gentle exercise) and
    build their endurance and intensity slowly.
  • Making changes at work. Most people with fibromyalgia continue to work, but they may have to make big changes to do so. For example, some people cut down the number of hours they work, switch to a less demanding job, or adapt a current job. If you face
    obstacles at work, such as an uncomfortable desk chair that leaves your back aching or difficulty lifting heavy boxes or files, your employer may make changes that will enable you to keep your job. An occupational therapist can help you design a more comfortable workstation or find more efficient and less painful ways to lift. A number of federal laws protect the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Eating well. Although some people with fibromyalgia report feeling better when they eat or avoid certain foods, no specific diet has been proven to influence fibromyalgia. Of course, it is important to have a healthy, balanced diet. Not only will proper nutrition give you more energy and make you generally feel better, it will also help you avoid other health problems.

Will fibromyalgia get better with time?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, meaning it lasts a long time — possibly a lifetime. However, it may be comforting to know that fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease. It is never fatal, and it will not cause damage to the joints, muscles, or internal organs. In many people, the condition does improve over time.

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia are alike in many ways. In fact, it is not uncommon for a person to have both fibromyalgia and CFS. Some experts believe that fibromyalgia and CFS are in fact the same disorder, but expressed in slightly different ways. Both CFS and fibromyalgia have pain and fatigue as symptoms.

The main symptom of CFS is extreme tiredness. CFS often begins after having flu-like symptoms. But people with CFS do not have the tender points that people with fibromyalgia have. To be diagnosed with CFS, a person must have:

  1. Extreme fatigue for at least 6 months that cannot be explained by medical tests and
  2. At least 4 or more of the following symptoms:
    • Forgetting things or having a hard time focusing
    • Feeling tired even after sleeping
    • Muscle pain or aches
    • Pain or aches in joints without swelling or redness
    • Feeling discomfort or “out-of-sorts” for more than 24 hours after being active
    • Headaches of a new type, pattern, or strength
    • Tender lymph nodes in the neck or under the arm
    • Sore throat

What if I can’t work because of fibromyalgia?

Many experts in fibromyalgia do not suggest patients go on disability. These experts have found that if patients stop working, they:

  • Stop moving as much during the day
  • Lose contact with co-workers
  • Lose a “sense of purpose” in life

All of these things can make a patient feel more alone and depressed. These three things tend to make fibromyalgia symptoms worse. Deciding to go on disability is a hard choice that you should talk about with your doctor or nurse.

However, if you cannot work because of your fibromyalgia, contact the Social Security Administration for help with disability benefits. You may qualify for disability benefits through your employer or the Federal Government. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) are the largest Federal programs providing financial assistance to people with disabilities. Although the medical requirements for eligibility are the same under the two programs, the way they are funded is different. SSDI is paid by Social Security taxes, and those who qualify for assistance receive benefits based on how much they have paid into the system. SSI is funded by general tax revenues, and those who qualify receive payments based on financial need. For information about the SSDI and SSI programs, contact the Social Security Administration at
800-772-1213.

What research is being done on fibromyalgia?

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases sponsors research to help understand fibromyalgia and find better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent it. Researchers are studying:

  • Why people with fibromyalgia feel a lot of pain
  • How exercise can help patients withfibromyalgia
  • Medicines and behavioral treatments

More information on fibromyalgia

For more information about fibromyalgia, call womenshealth.gov at 800-994-9662 (TDD:
888-220-5446) or contact the following organizations:

Information provided by the Womenshealth.gov

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Fibromyalgia fact sheet was reviewed by:

Daniel Clauw, M.D. 

Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center

University of Michigan

Content last updated June 29, 2010.

 

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Fibromyalgia – What worked in 2012, Where They Are Going in 2013

Here is one Doctor who gets it! Dr Edward Connelly Medical Director of the fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Autoimmune Clinic in Michigan has found with hundreds of patients that they have multiple things going on with them.

This is what I have been stressing with Fibromyalgia, please go get your free copy of Relieving Body Pain From Disease Naturally.

I moved on from traditional medicine and have slowly found multiple things wrong, exactly what
he is talking about, low adrenals, low thyroid, no progesterone, gluten sensitivity, dairy sensitivity, injury and on and on. Keep looking for answers and don’t ever give up! Each step you discover will lead you to find your health balance.

He has helped people improve their energy, reduce their pain, reduce their inflammation and recover a more normal life.

What I found most interesting with this doctor is the findings with virus and bacteria. I worked in a grocery
store and always wondered if I caught something from handling all the raw meat, fruits and vegetables from foreign countries. After a fall which broke down my immunity, I started to get a sore throat and flu like symptoms for weeks which led to all kinds of chronic infections and ended up with chronic pain in all my joints and muscles.

He say 2012 should be labelled the year of the parasite. He has found more parasites in the last year than in the past 25 years of practice with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Auto-immune disease.

The reason is a new stool study that has been extraordinary in detecting the parasites that he knew had been there but had never been able to identify.

He wrote the book “American Exhaustion”. He says that a study shows that 80% of people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue has parasites but he didn’t believe it until now. He says if you developed Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue after a GI illness you must have this stool study.

He also continues to study chronic yeast overgrowth which is important for inflammation and chronic
fatigue, food allergies and gluten which he has found many with hidden gluten allergies that gluten was a source of inflammation, their pain and sometimes a source of their chronic fatigue. Either their doctors didn’t check them or they only did the blood test.  Now they have an exciting saliva test. 

He also found most people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue had worn down adrenal function. That they were able to re-evaluate through a special urine test. The adrenals make cortisone and although sterile,  DHEA and many other hormones. These hormones are vital  for energy production,  muscle function in reducing inflammation, improving immunity and more.

Lastly he also helps to balance hormones, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone because hormones play a significant role, also immunity and the Krebs cycle he was talking about earlier.

 

He is very proud of the work he does on improving immunity. they are one of the few clinics in the country that works with natural killer cell function and if that is low they are able to prescribe natural treatments that will increase killer cell production in some patients to as much as 100 to 200%. Natural killer cells are responsible for helping you to control chronic viral illness, bacterial illness that are developing every day. So having the natural killer cell function is vital but you won’t know that if it is not evaluated.

Those are just some of the exciting things that are happening in 2013. Everyone is a unique individual.

There is no one herb that anyone can give you to cure you all.

Never give up. Even if you were told there is no treatment for Epstein-Barr or any other viruses but don’t give up there are a tremendous amount and they’ve seen it in over tens of thousands of patients.

 

 

This is where medicine comes in. When you know there is a specific virus or bacteria then you can treat it with the proper medications on a short-term basis opposed to throwing pills at it for years hoping something works. You are unique, don’t be treated like the herd!

My new book goes into food for it’s medicinal properties. It will be released soon!

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Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or suspect you have it?

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  •   To relieve body pain from disease naturally.
  •   Natural and alternative treatments to relieve your pain without the toxic side effects of drugs.
  •   Visualization can keep your mind off your pain.
  •   To ease stress and stress-related problems.
  •   To renew your life so you can feel alive again.
  •   To find peace of mind.
  •   Water can relieve pain.
  •   To be your own detective to get to the root cause of your pain.
  •   To recognize contributing factors that could be causing more pain.
  •   Understanding illness so you can relieve, eliminate or start reversing it.
  •   To become aware of habits that might be causing you more pain.
  •   Replacing bad habits with good habits can eliminate pain and start reversing disease.
  •   Avoiding certain foods can eliminate pain, symptoms and reverse disease.
  •   Emotions can cause body pain.
  •   Attitudes can cause body pain.
  •   Beliefs can disable you.
  •   To find your “Happy Place”.

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This is only the beginning. This complimentary book is showing you how to deal with pain so you can prepare yourself for your healing journey.

I have so much to share with you on how to get on the winning side of Fibromyalgia.

I will share the steps I have endured to understanding “it”, the mysterious, misunderstood syndrome called Fibromyalgia that carries so much skepticism, stigma and disbelief.

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Neck Pain & Fibromyalgia

If you have ever had neck pain in your life then you might relate to how someone who has Fibromyalgia who suffers with chronic neck pain. It has to be the worst thing to suffer with on a constant daily basis. Like a daily tooth ache.

What I have found that helps tremendously:

– keep good posture

– be aware of how you are holding your neck

  – when you are driving, is your neck in a constant forward position?

  – when you are on the computer, is your neck in a constant forward position?

  – when you are standing or sitting, are you holding it in a good position?

  – when you are sitting on the couch is your neck tilted?

– keep it strong with strengthening exercises

– sleep with a pillow tied in the middle and prop it up with a thin pillow underneath. This will help keep it in a good position and will help the stress on your shoulders if you suffer shoulder pain as well

– ice will help soothe some pain away

– stress, physical or mental stress will show up in the neck. Try to avoid stress
if at all possible.

– bath with Epsom salts or herbal tinctures or bath bags

– massage and chiropractors can help relieve some neck pain

– rest, if you don’t sleep enough it can show up as more neck pain

– get up and move around, exercise, roll your shoulders or get walking if you lead a sedentary life. Sitting on the couch is the worse thing you can do for chronic pain of any sort but especially neck and back pain.

– pain creams help a lot

– swimming and hot tubs can help loosen muscles and help you move easier in the
water

Being aware of what you are doing and how you are holding your neck sounds simple but it really makes a difference.


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Natural Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia

There is so much pain in Fibromyalgia. The worst being the unknown. When you suffer from the severe chronic pain one can experience from Fibromyalgia it can be so overwhelming to the patient who has no support or no one who really understands.

It is even harder when you have a critical doctor who doesn’t take your pain
seriously enough. When you are in the dark about all the pain it is hard to function. I can help with a few simple natural remedies that can help you through your crisis.

  • Find a new doctor who understands and believes you.

  • Find someone to talk to who is compassionate and believes you are experiencing real and debilitating pain.

  • Use ice on the painful muscles.

  • Stop using the painful muscle until you have stretched it out to relieve the
    pain. If stretching doesn’t do it, you need to use ice, have a bath in Epsom salts, relax or sleep it off. If you keep working a tight muscle it will
    continue to get into a bigger ball of pain. We are only human and repetitive
    work leads to strained muscles.

  • Stay off the couch! Couches keep you in bad posture and only add to painful
    muscles.

  • Keep your body fit. I know it is hard when you are in pain but from experience, your pain will increase with time if you don’t. Even walking will help. Stretching is best.

  • Be aware of what could be causing you the pain and don’t let yourself get to
    that point. An example is when I am on the computer too long, I experience
    pain in the center of my back, my neck, shoulders and wrists. Be aware of
    how you are sitting, the position of your neck, your shoulders and feet. We
    should be taught good posture in school and how to maintain it. Bad posture
    accounts for a lot of pain and discomfort.

  • Diet is major. A simple solution, eat to survive, don’t live to eat. Natural
    whole foods are best, lots of nutritious fresh foods that are not
    genetically modified. We are digestive enzyme deficient. Eat some live food
    with every meal to help digest it. Stay away from McDonalds! Diet is like
    drugs, hard to get off addictive foods. My advice is one day at a time. If
    you drink those double double Tim Horton’s coffees, cut down 1/2 teaspoon of sugar a day or a week until you can go without it.

  • Don’t rely on caffeine to get you going, it is like sugar, a quick high to
    an abrupt low. Get your body working on it’s own without relying on caffeine or red bull to get you going. If you are that bad, you need to take some R & R time. Get your adrenals checked.

  • If you live in the North and experience pain when it rains or snows, or
    arthritis, try some heat and wish for sunshine and dry weather. They blamed
    all my pain on Fibromyalgia when in fact a lot of it was from the weather.
    My condition can change over night. I was always wondering what I did to
    have so much more pain today than yesterday when in fact it wasn’t me, it
    was the weather.

  •  Vitamin D is our sunshine Vitamin, with out it we can become depressed, SAD and all research is pointing to cancers from lack of Vitamin D. When the sun shines, get outside and absorb 20 minutes of it.

  • Avoid conflict, stress only adds to injury. You need to have a healthy
    relationship with the least amount of stress as possible. It isn’t healthy
    for anyone. If you have conflict, avoid those people, if your job is too
    stressful, seriously consider a change. Even a pay cut is worth it if you
    make a change that removes the stress from your job or a psychopathic boss.

Be well!

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Welcome to Natural Pain Relief For Fibromyalgia

 Are you sure it’s Fibromyalgia?

If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I have come across a couple of articles that you need to be aware of if you suffer with this mysterious illness that has no explanation. 

There are other illnesses that can actually be misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia or Fibromyalgia can be caused from.

The first article shows that Endometriosis can cause Fibromyalgia.
Please read below.

I have listed some highlights below but you can read the full article at:

http://www.endo-resolved.com/symptoms.html

As Endometriosis develops, a woman’s immune system becomes more and more impaired and this leads to further health problems. Due to increased research, as well as surveys of Endometriosis patients, it is now becoming clear that women with this disease are susceptible to other serious health problems including:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (100 times more common in women with endometriosis)
  • ME Hypothyroidism – under-active Thyroid gland (7 times more common in women with endometriosis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

If you do have endometriosis here are some studies. Even if you don’t need to read this. You can check out the full article below but I have included some that are relevant to our situation:

http://endotimes.blogspot.com/2006/04/dioxin-and-endometriosis-studies.html

 

The Dioxin and Endometriosis Studies

The following 18 studies indicate a possible link between dioxin

exposure and the development of endometriosis, just as the previous
section found links for PCB exposure. Certain PCBs are dioxin-like. In addition,
PCB mixtures are often contaminated with dioxins. See PCBs, Dioxins,
Furans and Mercury — They Travel Together.

Study #1 – endometriosis is directly linked to dioxin exposure, and dose-dependent

Study #2 – endocrine disruptors are implicated in endometriosis

Study #3 – dioxin or dioxin-like compounds (certain PCB’s) are associated with endometriosis

Study #4 – endometriosis increases in female offspring of dioxin-fed mothers, dioxin increases the size of endometriotic lesions

Study #5 – dioxin increases the incidence and severerity of endometriosis human rates of endometriosis have increased during the last decades. Dioxins are a family of chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons that are produced during combustion processes in the presence of a chlorine donor and as by-products of the chlorine-processing chemical industries.

Study #6 – the dioxin margin of safety is insufficient to protect against endometriosis

Study #7 – dioxin is correlated with an increased incidence of Endometriosis

 

See the full article for all case studies, I think the point was made here. 

So what the heck are dioxins, where do they come from and how can we avoid them? I did some further research to find out how we can avoid these dioxins. My Mother died of breast cancer and suffered major gynaecological problems so I was probably like the baby in study #4.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioxins_and_dioxin-like_compounds


Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLC)
– are by-products of various industrial processes

– commonly regarded as highly toxic compounds that are environmental pollutants and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

They include:

  • Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), or simply dioxins, technically a
    derivative of dibenzodioxin 
  • Polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), or simply furans, technically a
    derivative of dibenzofurans. Whilst they strictly speaking are not dioxins,
    they have dioxin-like properties
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which also strictly speaking are not
    dioxins, but some have “dioxin-like” properties. They can under certain
    conditions form from the more toxic dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans through
    partial oxidation
  • Finally, it may refer to Dioxin (chemical), the basic chemical unit of the
    more complex dioxins


According to the Agency of Toxic Substances & Disease Registry:

– dioxins are not intentionally produced and have no known use
– they are the by-products of various industrial processes (i.e., bleaching paper
pulp, and chemical and pesticide manufacture) and combustion activities (i.e., burning household trash, forest fires, and waste incineration)
– the defoliant Agent Orange, used during the VietnamWar, contained dioxins. 
– Dioxins are found at low levels throughout the world in air, soil, water, sediment, and in foods such as meats, dairy, fish, and shellfish
– the highest levels of dioxins are usually found in soil, sediment and in fatty tissues of animals- much lower levels are found in air and water

Sources

Dioxins are produced as by-products of incomplete combustion and some chemical processes, including natural ones. General sources of exposure

Dioxins enter the physical environment by release during:

  • Combustion
  • Metal smelting and refining
  • Manufacturing of chlorinated chemicals
  • Paper bleaching
  • Natural biological and photochemical processes
  • Mobilization from environmental reservoirs (e.g., stirred sediments)

Specific sources and routes of exposure

Exposure through diet

The major sources of human exposure (96%) are

  • Animal fats found in meats
  • Full fat dairy products
  • Fatty fish (herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout, tuna)

Exposure through air

  • Breathing incineration gases released from medical, municipal, and
    hazardous waste incinerators.
  • Breathing gases released by industrial processes from paper mills,
    cement kilns, and metal smelters.

Exposure through occupation

People who perform the following types of work can be exposed to dioxins:

  • Production and handling of certain chlorinated phenols (such as 2,4,5-trichlorophenol or pentachlorophenol (PCP)
  • Production or handling of chlorinated pesticides, such as 2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2-4-D) and other herbicides
  • Chlorinated pesticide application
  • Pressure treatment of wood with PCP and handling of PCP treated wood
  • Production of chlorinated paper at pulp and paper mills
  • Operation of municipal solid waste or hazardous waste incinerators
  • Hazardous waste clean-up operations

Accidental exposure Rare cases of high level exposures through industrial accidents such as occurred in Seveso, Italy.

Exposure from waste sites Potential chronic low level exposure by living next to a hazardous waste site containing dioxins. Currently, in the United States, there are 126 Superfund sites (with a completed exposure pathway) contaminated with dioxins.

Intentional Toxic Equivalent Factors (ITEF) for the dioxin congeners of concern (NATO/CCMS)

http://www.ejnet.org/dioxin/


Do dioxins cause cancer?


Yes. The EPA report confirmed that dioxins are a cancer hazard to people. In 1997, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — part of the World Health Organization – published their research into dioxins and furans and announced on February 14, 1997, that the most potent dioxin, 2,3,7,8-TCDD, is a now considered a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning a “known human carcinogen.”


Also, in January 2001, the U.S. National Toxicology Program upgraded 2,3,7,8-TCDD from “Reasonable Anticipated to be a Human Carcinogen” to “Known to be a Human Carcinogen.” See their reports on dioxins and furans from their most recent
11th Report
on Carcinogens

Finally, a 2003 re-analysis of the cancer risk from dioxin reaffirmed that there is no known “safe dose” or “threshold” below which dioxin will not cause cancer. July 2002 study shows dioxin to be related to increased incidence of breast cancer.

(there you go mom)


What other health problems are linked to dioxin exposure?

– cancer

– dioxins can cause severe reproductive and developmental problems (at levels 100 times lower than those associated with its cancer causing effects)

– well known for its ability to damage the immune system and interfere with hormonal systems


Dioxin exposure has been linked to:

  • – birth defects
  • – inability to maintain pregnancy (my mother had about 6 miscarriages)
  • – decreased fertility
  • – reduced sperm counts
  • – endometriosis
  • – diabetes
  • – learning disabilities
  • – immune system suppression
  • – lung problems
  • – skin disorders
  • – lowered testosterone levels and much more.

 

For a detailed list of health problems related to dioxin, read the People’s Report on Dioxin.

How are we exposed to dioxin?

The major sources of dioxin are in our diet. Since dioxin is fat-soluble, it bio-accumulates, climbing up the food chain. 

  • A North American eating a typical North American diet will receive 93% of their dioxin exposure from meat and dairy products
    (23% is from milk and dairy alone; the other large sources of exposure are beef, fish, pork, poultry and eggs).
  • In fish, these toxins bio-accumulate up the food chain so that dioxin levels in fish are 100,000 times that of the surrounding environment.
  • The best way to avoid dioxin exposure is to reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat and dairy products by adopting a vegan diet. 
  • According to a May 2001 study of dioxin in foods, “The category with the lowest [dioxin] level was a simulated vegan diet, with 0.09 ppt…. Blood dioxin levels in pure vegans have also been found to be very low in comparison with the general population, indicating a lower contribution of these foods to human dioxin body burden.”
  • In EPA’s dioxin report, they refer to dioxin as hydrophobic (water fearing) and lipophilic (fat-loving). This means that dioxin, when it settles on water bodies, will rapidly accumulate in fish rather than remain in the water. The same goes for other wildlife. Dioxin works its way to the top of the food chain.
    Men have no ways to get rid of dioxin other than letting it break down
    according to its chemical half-lives. Women, on the other hand, have two ways
    which it can exit their bodies:
  • It crosses the placenta… into the growing infant;
  • It is present in the fatty breast milk, which is also a route of
    exposure which doses the infant, making breast-feeding for
    non-vegan/vegetarian mothers quite hazardous.


If you’re eating the typical North American diet, this is where you are getting
your dioxins from:

 

 

Dioxin  Exposure Chart

Chart from EPA Dioxin Reassessment Summary 4/94

– Vol. 1, p. 37 (Figure II-5. Background TEQ exposures for North America by pathway)


[A TEQ is a dioxin Toxic EQuivalent, calculated by looking at all toxic dioxins 
and furans and
measuring them in terms of the most toxic form of dioxin, 
2,3,7,8-TCDD.

This means that some dioxins/furans might only count as half a TEQ if it’s half
as toxic as 2,3,7,8-TCDD.]

Dioxin  Levels in Food

 

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from May 2001 study by Arnold Schecter et. al., Journal of Toxicology and Environmental
Health, Part A, 63:1–18]


Note: freshwater fish were farm-raised on a diet of meat, which is why
they show the highest dioxin levels in this study.


For more information on dioxin in the food supply…


Other diseases that mimic Fibromyalgia 

MSG and Aspartame poisoning can also mimic Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Lupus among other illnesses. My advice is to eliminate Aspartame and MSG out of your diet to see if your symptoms go away.

See article on MSG and Aspartame or sign up for more info.

One more study I will have to dig out is celiac disease as also being misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia. Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestines is damaged by a substance called gluten. This results in the inability  of the body to absorb nutrients: proteins, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.
Read more on this:

http://www.celiac.ca/EnglishCCA/eceliac.html

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/1106

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/1090

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/471

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