(updated March 2019)
For the past eighteen years, I’ve successfully treated thousands of patients with high does of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients—an approach known as orthomolecular medicine, or functional medicine. It’s based solely on biochemistry, using the right chemicals inherently natural to your body’s optimal functioning.
In short, by using the natural building blocks that make up your normal biochemistry, we can correct, drastically improve, or even reverse, the cause of your illness. Nutrients—including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids—make the hormones that regulate your body. They compose every essential chemical in the body, including thyroid hormone, testosterone, estrogen,neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine, etc.), antibodies, adrenaline, cortisol, and white blood cells.
Unlike with drug therapy, there is never any danger in getting healthy. Once you become familiar with my protocols, you’ll realize that they’re safer and often more effective than drug therapy alone. And they often work quickly, having a person feel better than she has in years.
I’ve found that it’s best to start with the following core nutrients, which I call the Jump-Start Package. The supplements in this package are essential for reversing fibromyalgia and CFS/ME symptoms, and they don’t take a lot of measuring, counting, or reorganizing of your medicine cabinet.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, I start my pain-and-fatigue patients on the four pillars of the Jump-Start Program from day one: 5-HTP, adrenal cortex, digestive enzymes, and an optimal daily dose multivitamin and mineral formula.
When my patients begin the Jump-Start Package, they consistently report feeling better within two to four weeks. That’s because these supplements help address the core issues of fibromyalgia and CFS. I call these the four pillars, and we begin them all at the same time.
This builds serotonin and promotes deep restorative sleep, the most important step in beating fibromyalgia and CFS/ME. See ch. 10 in my book to read all about 5-HTP, including what to do if it doesn’t seem to be working for you.
Remember, consistent deep, restorative sleep is the key for beginning the process of reversing fibromyalgia! Start with 5-HTP, but if needed, add additional supplements as described in ch. 10—and if needed as a last resort, add appropriate drugs—in order to get consistent deep, restorative sleep every night.
2. Adrenal Cortex
Once you get sleeping well and restore your serotonin levels, you should start feeling better than you have in years. However, if you don’t repair your sluggish adrenal glands, you’ll crash every time you attempt to overdo it. I know you can relate to having a day or two when you feel good and then overtaxing yourself only to “flare up” again and end up in bed for several days. Supplementing with adrenal cortex (500 mg. daily divided into two doses) and/or other supplements that help the adrenal gland repair itself is a crucial step towards avoiding these flare-ups.
If you truly want to feel good again on a consistent basis, you must, must correct any adrenal-fatigue issues.
3. Digestive Enzymes
The majority of my patients are suffering from poor digestion, and most are taking antacids or proton-pump inhibiting medicines to block their stomach acids. As I’ve already discussed, this can cause further nutritional deficiencies. If you’re not breaking down and assimilating the nutrients in your foods or the supplements your taking, you’ll be wasting your money and never feel as good as you could. That’s why I recommend that all of my patients take an 8X pancreatic digestive enzyme— or betaine HCl with pepsin enzyme—with each meal. Read more in chapter 12.
4. The CFS/Fibro Formula
I’ve already established the important roles vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids play in reversing many of the most troubling symptoms of fibromyalgia and CFS/ME. After working with fibromyalgia and CFS/ME patients for about eighteen years now, I’m firmly convinced that without taking a good, optimal-daily-allowance multivitamin and mineral formula, similar to the one I’ve developed, patients are doomed to a lifelong battle with poor health.
Don’t Wait Get Healthy, Feel Good Again
This Jump-Start Package is the place to begin in your journey to wellness. Start here, and give yourself some time to improve. As your stress-coping savings account builds up for a couple of weeks, you should definitely feel better. Some of you will show a dramatic improvement.
Some will need one on coaching with me in order to unravel your complicated illness.
If you’ve struggled for years, grasping at straws, trying one new drug or fad supplement after another, then perhaps its time to make the leap, be proactive and instead of guessing, letting another year go by with you struggling to get through each day, call the clinic an set up a phone or in clinic consult. 205-879-2383
These patients and hundreds of others who’ve worked personally with me have in fact beaten their fibromyalgia. You can read or listen to their stories by clicking the link below: