Fibromyalgia is complex, as it involves multiple systems. To learn more as to why women get more fibromyalgia than men, please watch this comprehensive video.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic build up of inflammation combined with a breakdown of the mitochondria (the cell’s powerhouse), combined with a hypersensitivity to physical pain which is usually neurologically wired by severe stress in one’s childhood years.
Testing is similar to chronic fatigue, using the Organic Acids – Metabolic & Environmental Pollutant Panel (Code 4017) (see under “metabolic analyses”).
The reason fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue go together is that when the mitochondria break down, the only other alternative energy sources is to burn through sugar quickly in the cells, which generates a lot of lactic acid…the compound that causes achy and burning muscle pain. When you have lots of chronic aching muscle pain in all your muscles for a long period of time, that is called ‘fibromyalgia’.
It is also imperative to get your FitGenes “Health and Wellbeing” test completed in order to genetically determine how you handle inflammation and how you hand carbohydrates. Frequently those with fibromyalgia either overproduce inflammation in their body or have a severely impaired ability to clear inflammation due to genetic variations. The good news is that those genetic variations can be dialed up or down based on lifestyle. You can’t change your genes, but you can change how they behave. Learn more.
It is also imperative to get your FitGenes “CarbChocie” profile checked to see how well you handle carbohydrates, as many patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue frequently reach for carbohydrates as a source of quick energy or for comfort food. The tragic irony is that you may not be able to genetically handle so many carbohydrates, therefore triggering more inflammation and fatigue, which creates a greater desire to reach for carbohydrates…and the downward cycle continues. Learn more.
Nutrition is a major cornerstone of health. If you are confused about nutrition, you are in the right place. I’ve studied nutrition for over 17 years and have lectured extensively on different types of nutrition and making sense of it all. The good news is you can determine your unique nutritional needs through functional testing and allergy testing.
You can now genetically determine major portions of your diet through the FitGenes “CarbChoice” and through the “Health and Wellbeing” profiles. The CarbChoice determines your ability to tolerate carbohydrates, which has huge implications and ramifications on how you eat major food groups. Learn more.
The Health and Wellbeing profile genetically determines your unique nutritional needs based on specific genetic variations in your inflammatory, detoxification, cellular defence, Vitamin D receptors, and cardiovascular pathways. Learn more.
Sugar addiction is a widespread and culturally recognized addiction. 20 years ago, people were laughed at and belittled as having low willpower. Today, it’s a widely talked about phenomenon. I healed myself of sugar addiction and have helped patients do the same.
I’ve developed a unique 5-phase approach to dealing with sugar addiction. To learn more, read this article and watch these videos:
Video Game Addiction
Interviews/Podcasts on video game addiction:
- “Reset Me with Dr. C” podcast with Dr. Alan Christianson: “Adrenal Fatigue and Video Games”
- “BodyTalk Radio” with Heather Morgan: “How to know if you have a video game addiction”
- “BodyTalk Radio” with Heather Morgan: “Video game holiday (or weekend) survival guide (for parents)”
Articles by Dr. Shay on video game addiction:
- The 3 definitive signs you may need to play video games less
- The 5 uses of video games as parenting tools: How they work and how they backfire.
- Published in the NZ Fitness Journal: http://fitnessjournal.co.nz/video-game-holiday-survival-guide/
- Video Game Holiday Survival Guide: How to keep your loved one from vanishing into video games