Alternative Medicine - - Quick Nutrition - BY MICHAEL E. PLATT, MD

I have of­ten told my pa­tients that if they are feel­ing aches and pains, the best thing they can have is fi­bromyal­gia. Of course, a state­ment like that tends to cre­ate some con­fu­sion, con­sid­er­ing that peo­ple with fi­bromyal­gia are al­ways told there is no cure for this con­di­tion. But, in fact, fi­bromyal­gia is cur­able—de­spite what doc­tors say—when the un­der­ly­ing cause is treated.

Cur­ing a dis­ease re­quires treat­ing the un­der­ly­ing cause of the con­di­tion; how­ever, to­day's med­i­cal sys­tem con­cen­trates in­stead on treat­ing symp­toms, of­ten with ex­tremely toxic med­i­ca­tions. In the case of fi­bromyal­gia, the drug Lyrica, used to treat nerve pain, fits com­fort­ably into this cat­e­gory. In ad­di­tion, do not be de­ceived by the man­u­fac­turer's TV ad sug­gest­ing that the pain of fi­bromyal­gia is due to the over­stim­u­la­tion of nerve end­ings.

The pain of fi­bromyal­gia, which is nei­ther an in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tion nor an au­toim­mune dis­ease, is ac­tu­ally caused by the buildup of lac­tic acid in mus­cle tis­sue and ten­don sheaths. It is the same pain re­ferred to as “mus­cle burn” by ath­letes who work out. At this point it has be­come ob­vi­ous that in or­der to elim­i­nate the pain of fi­bromyal­gia, one has to pre­vent the buildup of lac­tic acid, which, in turn, is ac­com­plished by treat­ing the un­der­ly­ing cause(s) of this con­di­tion.

There is no sim­ple, one-size-fit­sall un­der­ly­ing cause of fi­bromyal­gia, but all causes share com­mon fac­tors. For ex­am­ple, the only sit­u­a­tion that cre­ates a buildup of lac­tic acid is per­sis­tent mus­cle ten­sion over a cer­tain amount of time. There are a num­ber of things that can lead to mus­cle ten­sion, but the one we will fo­cus on is in­ter­nal­iza­tion of anger.

Anger can be an ex­tremely pow­er­ful emotion. If peo­ple do not al­low it to be re­leased, it will be in­ter­nal­ized and pro­duce a sit­u­a­tion cre­at­ing per­sis­tent mus­cle ten­sion, pro­duc­ing the buildup of lac­tic acid.

So the ques­tion arises: “Where does this anger come from?”

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