Bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine (SIBO)
Our intestine harbors a complex ecology of microorganisms, which includes a thousand species of known bacteria, which exist in balance and harmony. Man-induced factors, such as antibiotic use, excessive sugar consumption or an underlying medical condition can unbalance the system and lead to SIBO. According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, 100% of participants with fibromyalgia, of a sample size of 42, were found to have abnormal levels of lactulose hydrogen in a breath test indicating a presence of SIBO. The symptoms of SIBO are not limited to indigestion, bloating, upset stomach and may cause poor absorption of nutrients and deficiency syndromes. Thus,
Glutathione is an important antioxidant that plays a vital role in the detoxification system of the human body. Glutathione prevents the damage caused to body cells by toxins such as free radicals, peroxides and heavy metals, and promotes a healthy immune system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system and metabolism. Under normal circumstances, glutathione will be recycled inside our bodies; however, if we have very little GSTM1 and GSTP1, the two essential enzymes required in the glutathione recycling process, we may be deficient in glutathione. Glutathione supplements or their precursors can help reduce pain, fatigue and symptoms related to toxicity and oxidative stress.
Mycotoxins are toxins emitted by mold. Humans are exposed mainly to mycotoxins through the consumption of contaminated food; Although less common, skin contact and inhalation or airborne toxins can also cause exposure. Chronic exposure to mycotoxins as a health hazard has generally been underestimated in medical research, but is believed to cause damage to the skin, metabolic system and immune system, alter the process of protein formation and may be related with cancer. Current mold tests have limitations, since they only represent mold spores but not mycotoxins. Dr. Meyers, a practitioner of functional medicine and author of the New York best seller, The Autoimmune Solution,
Candida excessive growth
Yeast, particularly candida, resides in the digestive tract and in the vagina of the woman. Candida is one of the healthy bacteria in the human body and is normal when they are in small amounts as they help digestion and absorption of nutrients. However, in the case of excessive growth, candida can penetrate the intestinal walls and release toxins into the bloodstream, causing conditions such as digestion problems, pain, brain fog and fatigue. According to Meyers, candida overgrowth is found in almost all of his patients with fibromyalgia.
The toxicity of mercury can significantly affect the health of our nervous system. It can lead to symptoms such as cognitive impairment, mood disorders, headaches, fatigue and multiple chemical sensitivities, autoimmune disorders, allergies, muscle weakness, paraesthesia, etc. The common cause of mercury toxicity is a diet with high seafood consumption, especially in deep-sea fish. It was found that small amounts of mercury vapor can be emitted from our dental amalgam fillings.
However, if dental amalgam fillings are a health hazard, it remains debatable with dental institutes that argue that mercury exposure from dental fillings is less than the amount consumed through our diet and environmental exposure. More recent studies suggest that low doses of exposure to mercury can affect human health and exposure to mercury from dental fill can be amplified, especially during exposure to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or microwave radiation from telephones cell phones. Fibromyalgia patients should be tested for mercury toxicity with a urinalysis and then consider removing the mercury amalgam fillings with an experienced biological dentist.
fatigue Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are overworked and have problems producing hormones, especially cortisol, that help regulate the response to stress. This usually occurs when there is a problem that causes stress in the adrenal glands, such as food intolerances, excessive growth of bacteria, nutrient deficiencies or toxicity caused by harmful substances in the body. Persistent stress in the adrenal glands can appear as chronic pain. According to Meyers, treatments that support the adrenal glands can help relieve chronic pain while determining the cause of stress.
Gluten intolerance may be the underlying cause of 55 diseases, however, according to the Medical Association of the Journal of America, 99% of people with gluten intolerance remain undiagnosed. The reason why gluten intolerance resides discreetly in many because the symptoms appear to be non-digestive despite the fact that the problem is related to the digestive system. The symptoms of gluten intolerance emerge as body aches, brain fog, poor sleep quality, fatigue and depression with varying severity from person to person.
Many studies have found that patients with fibromyalgia are deficient in various minerals and vitamins, including magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. It is also found that some patients lack malic acid and calcium. According to Meyers, treatment with magnesium has helped some of his patients with fibromyalgia to reverse the symptoms of fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia can perform an accurate examination of magnesium levels when evaluating magnesium levels in red blood cells.