Conventional Medicine Defeated by Fibromyalgia

From The American College of Rheumatology:

Conventional medical therapies are ineffective and no better than a sugar pill for the treatment of Fibromyalgia.

On tricyclic medications Amitriptyline (Elavil): Four controlled trials have evaluated the efficacy of Amitriptyline in Fibromyalgia… the longest trial showed no benefit when compared to placebo. Furthermore, the overall degree of benefit was found to be relatively small in relevant outcomes such as improvement in pain, fatigue, and sleep.”

Of note, 95% of Amitriptyline treated patients experienced side-effects.

Furthermore, use of anti-anxiety medications (Klonopin, Xanax etc) Benzodiazepines, corticosteroids (medrol dose packs, prednisone, etc.), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (Mobic, Celebrex, Vioxx, Bextra, etc.) agents have been shown to be ineffective and should be generally avoided.”

The ACR continues to use dugs to treat Fibromyalgia, even though their own studies show they are ineffective and can cause unwanted side-effects. At the same time they continue to ignore the work of Leon Chaitow, Jacob Teitelbaum, Janet Travell, and others who have clearly shown that the right combination of nutritional supplements can provide tremendous relief and even reverse the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

“And our best therapies Amitriptyline (Elavil) and Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) could not be distinguished from placebo after 3 months of therapy. Long term, follow-up observations indicated that clinical findings for patients with FMS did not change appreciably after 15 years…”

The ACR has like many physicians thrown up their hands and admitted they have little if anything to offer for those suffering Fibromyalgia. Yet, many are quick to ridicule nutritional therapies that consistently have shown them selves to be effective in treating Fibromyalgia. The usual reply is that ‘there are controlled studies.” Or how about this one “nutritional supplements aren’t regulated.” Yes, there is a lot of garbage (supplements) out there and consumers should be weary of suppliers you promise that their supplement can cure all of man’s ills. It just doesn’t happen that way. However, if safety is a concern, given the choice between nutritional supplements and prescription medications, give this some thought; More than 100,000 people will die from prescription medications this year. No one dies from vitamin and mineral therapy!


Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Albert Einstein


Dr. Janet Travell, White House physician for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine at George Washington University co-wrote-Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction The Trigger Point Manual, which is acknowledged as the authoritative work on muscle pain.

In one chapter alone, Dr. Travell referenced 317 studies showing that problems such as hormonal, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies can contribute to muscle pain and soreness.


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