Thursday, May 19, 2005

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Specialists on Diet & Nutrition Review of various (USA) "Diet & Nutritional Supplement Recommendations from Leading Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Physicians by Lee Ann Stiff"

Stiff provides a comprehensive review of the theories of the leading Fibro specialists as to causes and related diet advice including supplements.

Some highlights include:

Charles W. Lapp, M.D.: PWCs do not tolerate several items: sugar, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and excitotoxins like MSG and aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal). Saccharin (Sweet N’ Low) is satisfactory, however. These are remembered by the mnemonic SCATE. Many patients with loose stools may find that reducing dairy and gluten (wheat, barley, oats and rye) intake may help...

Mark J. Pellegrino, M.D., US leading experts on fibromyalgia. Dr. Pellegrino is the author of books and articles on FM, has FM himself, recommends specific dietary strategies for fatigue, namely a diet higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates...research supports that those with fibromyalgia have low or below normal levels of magnesium, thyroid, growth hormone, B-12 levels and serotonin, among others. If low or below normal deficiencies are identified, I recommend specific supplementation. For fatigue, I often recommend supplements that include magnesium and malic acid, colostrum, and NADH, among others. I also recommend specific dietary strategies for fatigue, namely a diet higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates...

Dr. Nicolson recommends a controlled diet, two-thirds of which is composed of vegetables, one-sixth starch and one-sixth protein. The vegetables should be green, orange, and yellow and the majority of vegetables eaten should be cooked. The starch should be whole grain and include complex carbohydrates. The protein can include chicken, fish, beans and lean, well-cooked meats. While some fruit is okay, a large concern of Dr. Nicolson is keeping dietary sugars low.

Stiff concludes: " talk to your healthcare provider or a qualified nutritionist familiar with FM and CFS about the changes you’d like to make in your own life. Will your most aggravating symptoms lessen or disappear altogether through changing your diet? You’ll never know until you try, but chances are, making simple changes to your diet and addressing your nutritional deficiencies will make you feel a whole lot better -- and will make your body stronger to continue on the road to wellness."

I personally am sure from a long process of ellimination that dairy and processed carbs are main culprits in worsening my fibromyalgia symptoms...i am curious to see how I will react to alcohol when I re-introduce it...18 days off the booze now....

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