Fibromyalgia: A Plausible Model for Cause and Cure

by John W. Cartmell, LMP, MS

Published by Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients Nov 2001


Fibromyalgia is a disease of widespread soft-tissue pain and stiffness. It often coincides with symptoms of persistent fatigue, exercise intolerance, disrupted and non-restorative sleep, migraine like headaches, abnormalities of the skin or fingernails, sleep apnea, temperature sensitivity, restless legs, impaired cognition, irritable bladder, and intestinal symptoms of irritable bowel, bloating, gas, belching, pain and distention.

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 6 million Americans and accounts for $9 billion annually in conventional medical care and another $13 billion in alternative treatments like naturopathy, acupuncture and massage therapy. Sixty percent of cases are diagnosed between ages 30 and 50, eighty to ninety percent of patients are female.

Proper nutrition is essential for normal health and wellness. If nutrition is insufficient to support and maintain normal tissue, then tissue degeneration and abnormalities will manifest. Nutritional insufficiencies are common in fibromyalgia patients. Conventional treatments with medications cannot address these concerns. When nutritional issues are addressed in fibromyalgia patients, all symptoms are seen to improve or resolve completely

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