2 Types of Pain with Fibromyalgia & CFS

2 Different Types of PainThere are 2 different types of pain, find out more in this article.

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Did you know there are 2 types of pain with fibromyalgia & CFS that many of us struggle with? They are nociceptive and neuropathic pain.  Find out more about each, including natural treatment options, below.

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Chronic pain can be divided into 2 pain types:

  1. Nociceptive Pain
  2. Neuropathic Pain

Type 1: Nociceptive Pain

What is Nociceptive Pain?

When you have an injury, there are receptors in the nervous system that become activated.  These are called ‘nociceptors’.

If there is an injury that occurs outside the nervous system, then these nociceptors aren’t activated.

Nociceptive pain is caused by either an injury or something, such as a diseased part of the body that doesn’t affect the nerves.

However, in chronic pain, the nociceptors might continue to send pain messages to the brain long after the injury has healed.

Nociceptive pain is broken into two sub-categories:

1.Somatic Pain: The word ‘soma’ means ‘body’, therefore, somatic pain is from outer body injuries, such as:

  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Ligaments
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Tendons

The type of pain depends on what part of your body is injured, however it is generally easy to pinpoint where the somatic pain is coming from.

Somatic pain tends to be throbbing, aching, dull or sharp.

Examples of somatic pain:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tension headaches
  • Pelvic pain caused by pelvic joint instability
  • Chronic back pain that is not caused by nerve damage
  • Arthritis

Treatment of Somatic Pain:  Some people find that over-the-counter medications such as anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and analgesics work.  These can be both oral medications or creams and rubs. Opiods can be prescribed, but generally for shorter-term use.

Heat and cold packs can also help reduce pain and swelling, massage and relaxation may also help to reduce pain.

Ice packs, suck as Koolpaks (amazing -as they keep cold for a long time and freeze fast), and heating pads, such as the PureRelief XXL fast-heating pad

Exercise is a great way to reduce somatic pain due to increasing endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone. Endorphins are peptides which activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect.

2. Visceral Pain: Viscera are your internal organs and blood vessels, which don’t have a lot (or any) nerves.  It is caused by compression in and around the organs or by stretching of the abdominal cavity.

Visceral pain can have referred pain – meaning that your brain can’t figure out where the pain is coming from.  A good example is lower back pain might be a kidney problem.

Examples of visceral pain:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Bladder pain (such as cystitis)
  • Endometriosis pain
  • Prostate pain
  • Cancer-related pain

People with visceral pain may experience pallor, profuse sweating, nausea, GI disturbances, and changes in body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate.

Treatment of Visceral Pain:  Visceral pain is generally treated with either opiods or NSAIDS. Exercise can also improve pain due to endorphins being released.

Visceral pain can feel like aching or squeezing.

Type 2: Neuropathic Pain

Otherwise referred to as ‘peripheral neuropathy’, this type of pain is known as ‘nerve pain’ vs an actual injury causing pain signals, the nerves themselves are damaged. It can be a very intense pain – it can be very complex and sometimes hard to treat.

What Causes Neuropathic Pain?

Pain signals that are being sent to the brain that are faulty, which can lead to chronic, neuropathic pain.

Your body is made up of a large network of nerves, which is called the ‘peripheral nerve system’, which is made up from all the spinal column nerves and nerve roots.

Should these nerves begin to malfunction, through either injury or disease, then they can cause chronic neuropathic pain -which can also be referred pain.

A perfect example is numbness and tingling in your arm, which could be related to damage to the nerves in your neck.

Nerve Pain Isn’t Always Understood Pain…

Although what can exactly be the cause of chronic neuropathic pain isn’t always understood, the nerve pain can be brought on by irritation (such as osteoporosis and degeneration), disease and trauma.

Some people can be born with conditions that can cause neuropathic pain, other types are congenital disorders.

Neuropathic pain is common in diseases such as diabetes that attack sensory nerves.

Nerve Damage & Disease

Nerve pain can also be present when nerves have been damaged or severed, such as spinal cord injury or amputation.  Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and sciatica are also conditions where the nerves have been irritated and can cause nerve pain.

Other diseases and disease sources that can cause neuropathic pain can include Guillain-Barre syndrome,(which is thought to have a connection with fibromyalgia), cancer, multiple sclerosis, kidney disorders, alcoholism, and HIV.

More types of neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage include spinal cord injury, post-mastectomy pain (PMPS), postoperative hernia repair pain, and other types of post-surgical pain.

Neuropathic pain can feel sharp, stinging and have burning sensations.

 Fibromyalgia pain and CFS pain  that is nerve related are allodynia (pain due to a stimulus that does not usually provoke pain) and hyperalgesia (increased pain from a stimulus that usually provokes pain)

Root Causes of Pain

This past year has been a real journey for myself, regarding that ‘light bulb moment’ – where I realized that a lot of my health issues – pain included – had to do with root issues (ie the main issue causing the pain).

So many of us have fallen into the situation with conventional medicine that we take medications that not only mask the symptom -but can subtly create a multitude of other health issues aka side effects – requiring, you guessed it…more meds!

Problem is that many of these medications are doing nothing to eradicate the source of the pain to begin with…

One issue that I clued into this past year, (which blew my mind), was toxicity.

Toxins can make our bodies ache (not to mention be the root cause of things like brain fog, sleep issues, fatigue, skin issues and so much more…).  Parasites love to burrow in our joints and muscles, causing pain, as an example.

Toxic Neuropathy is a Real Thing

Toxic neuropathy refers to neuropathy caused by drug ingestion, drug or chemical abuse, or industrial chemical exposure from the workplace or the environment.

It can also be caused by additive toxins in foods and food additives, pesticides, industrial and/or household cleaning solvents, etc. (In other words, you don’t have to be working in a nuclear power plant to be affected by toxins causing toxic neuropathy…)

Take the ‘How Toxic Are You?’ Quiz –> HERE

Treating Pain Naturally

Many people are choosing alternative, natural, pain relief options vs prescription medication that can cause side effects, such as constipation, addiction, itching, sleep issues and withdrawal.

As mentioned above, heat and ice can also help.  You can find out more about heat and ice treatment here.

A product that contains both peperine and curcumin (a known, natural pain and inflammation ingredient) is by a trusted household spice company – Schwartz.  Their curcumin & bioperine pain relief & joint support  is also GMO and gluten-free.

I personally highly recommend Ouch Pain Relief Capsules – as they not only help muscle and joint pain – but also nerve pain (which is so hard to treat).

Mattresses Matters!

Many people don’t connect with the fact that their mattress can also be a prime source of pain, and only figure this out when they get a new mattress.

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In fact, a study was done by Oklahoma State University, which found that people with back problems who replaced their mattresses every 5-7 years slept significantly better and reduced their pain.

Consider how much time you spend in bed – and if you struggle to sleep and wake up stiff and aching…could be time to replace your mattress!

For many of us, we spend a lot more time than the average person in our beds, due to pain.

Therefore, replacing a mattress on a regular basis is really something to consider if you are struggling with neck, back and hip pain.

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Excercise Can Help

Exercise is also an excellent way to get your pain under control – naturally, by releasing endorphins – the ‘feel good’ hormone.

Obviously, it can also increase pain!  Moving to fast, overstretching and twisting can increase pain, however, there are exercises you can do that are much more gentle, such as swimming – a great exercise for people with chronic pain!

Swimming, otherwise known as ‘aquatic therapy’, can help reduce inflammation.  Because of the the buoyancy of your body in the water, it protects you from jarring and jerking movements and is low impact – all of which is great for pain peeps!


In conclusion, most of us with fibromyalgia and CFS are dealing with 2 types of pain affecting muscles, joints and nerves.  What about you?  Do you struggle with both types of pain?  What do you do that helps relieve it (naturally?).

Alyssa Reid

2 Types of Pain with Fibromyalgia & CFS

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Fibromyalgia & CFS: What Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know

Fibromyalgia CFS & Big Pharma ProfitFibromyalgia and CFS are huge cash cows for big pharma.

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With over 10 million people in the US alone having a fibromyalgia diagnosis, we are dealing with a huge epidemic…and a huge cash cow for pharmaceutical companies (aka Big Pharma).  If you are struggling with fibromyalgia &/or CFS, this is what Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know (but I am going to share with you).

Ps. This might change your life…

You Know the Drill…

I know the drill all too well, as I am sure you do, too.

It goes something like this…

You have been sent from pillar to post with doctors and getting tests done -all of which come up as ‘negative’ or ‘normal’.

The average time to get a diagnosis is 5 years for fibromyalgia…By this time, you are pretty much ready to give up all hope.

You feel like sh*t.  You *know* you aren’t well and something is definitely not ‘right’…and then you finally get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or CFS (or both).

I see it daily on our Facebook page.

Finally – An Answer (or Is It?)

Finally. Your doctor confirms this isn’t all in your head, and at last, you feel vindicated in your fight to get heard (and help).

Finally you have an answer to tell people that you aren’t ‘just lazy’, you are ill. (ps. I am certainly not stating that you aren’t ill…very far from it…).

And as part of that diagnosis, you are so very kindly told by your doctor/consultant,

By the way, there is no cure.  There are a few medications approved for fibromyalgia. Chances are you will never get better and will be on medication for the rest of your life’.

(Or something like that – you get the drift).

And of course, you believe this.  Why wouldn’t you? Your doctor is an authority, aren’t they? After all, fibromyalgia and CFS are real! (Or at least all the symptoms you are experiencing are…).

Then you get that fateful prescription for something like Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin (gabapentin) – which, btw, is proving to be a ‘death sentence for new brain synpapses‘, and some pain killers and you are beyond grateful that finally, finally you are going to get some much-needed relief, and help.

Meanwhile…Does This Sound Familiar?

The medications that you are given may initially help with some symptoms, but wait a second…

All of a sudden you need more prescription medication – for all the side effects the first batch may be causing…which in many cases are side effects your doctor will pass off as ‘part and parcel with fibromyalgia or CFS’.

Side effects like:

  • Insomnia and sleep issues (from opiates)
  • Depression and anxiety (from opiates, and even anti-depressants themselves, gabapentin & pregabalin (to name a few – not to mention from not having a good sleep)
  • Constipation (from opiates)
  • Seizures and blackouts (from Tramadol/Ultram)

And you accept that this is, ‘just the way it is’.

Fast forward a few months (or years) and you might find yourself on a plethora of pills, (I was on a whopping forty pills myself A DAY), but not actually feeling any better.

In fact, there is a good chance you are feeling even worse due to all the side effects (but you think (and are told), that it is ‘your fibromyalgia or CFS’…).

Something You Need to Know

Your conventional medicine doctor is basically being trained these days by Big Pharma.

In fact Big Pharma has been caught out (on many occasions), making up diseases!  Check out this article regarding the 8 Diseases Big Pharma is Banking On.

It is actually rather shocking, Big Pharma are bribing thousands of doctors to prescribe dangerous painkillers.  The corruption is incredible! And most importantly it is your life that is literally at stake!

Question – do you actually know what medications are working for you? Causing you side effects?  Or do you just take them blindly, with the hope that they are ‘doing something?’. (I know I sure did…).

Know this,

Big Pharma does not create cures – they create CUSTOMERS.


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Ohhhh the Corruption of it All…

Earlier this year when the New York Times published a pair of stories tracking Harvard’s Big Pharma industry ties, the results that came out were shocking.

It was found that of 8,900 professors and lecturers, 1,600 admitted (question -what about the ones who didn’t admit…), that either they or a family member have had some kind of business link to drug companies — sometimes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — that could bias their teaching or research.

Speaking of Research…

Almost 75% of clinical trials are paid for privately…(you can guess who is the biggest funders…).

Question – if you’re a researcher and your mortgage and the food on your table is being paid by Big Pharma to carry out a research study, do you think that the study may possible be, erm…slanted in the pharmaceutical company’s favour?

The six golden rules for pharmaceutical companies

  1. Never cure the ailment! A cured/healthy patient is a lost revenue stream!
  2. Have side-effects that lead to the sales of your other products. Best if there are a wide variety of side-effects that only occur after a long period, otherwise it is tricky to deny liability.
  3. Have monopoly pricing. This is achieved with a secure patent, being available only under pharma company and doctor control, and not having competition from other companies, traditional remedies or pesky natural products. With monopoly pricing, you can extract every dollar each patient is capable of paying.
  4. Rapidly relieve the symptoms of an ailment immediately after taking a pill. Relief continues for only a limited time until the next dose is due.
  5. Lock in the customer. Keep the patient as a customer for the remainder of his or her life. The best drugs are difficult to discontinue and addictive.
  6. Hide, discredit or outlaw every possible alternative to your drug.

Your illness is their profit.

End of story.

Think about it for a moment and I am sure you will agree, other than prescribing medication for you or sending you to physio, prescriptions are all they have in their arsenal for giving you relief.

Scary, really.

If you concur with all of this, and if you have had enough, and you want some answers and you want help…please read on.

I Had Had Enough

I decided that no longer was I going to be a part of Big Pharma’s dirty income stream.

This was me a year ago:

  • 40 pills a day – from opiates to anti-seizure pills, pills for nausea, itching, depression, anxiety and and and…
  • Seizures and blackouts – I couldn’t go out to a movie or anywhere that caused overstimulation
  • Weighing almost 300lbs – no diet or lap band would work
  • Insomnia- I hadn’t slept properly for almost 9 years
  • Brain fog – to the point I thought I had early onset Alzheimer’s
  • Incontinent
  • Itching/rashes
  • Aching and pains everywhere

At the end of the day, I felt my life was over.  And perhaps you are feeling the same way, too, sadly.

The Day My Life Changed

As some of you reading my blogs and are on my Facebook page know, I research.  I want answers.  And I refused to give up, even though I was feeling like hell.

I felt that I was onto something when I came across black mold toxicity and wrote my blog about it.  Then I came across the world of pathogens, (viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites), and my eyes opened even further.

I had testing done for pathogens, and yep – we stopped counting at 60, from Epstein Barr to cytomegalo viruses, several different types of candida – the list was endless.

No wonder I was feeling like sh*t!  I did have some energy work done regarding clearing these, but still felt that there was something missing.

Missing Something HUGE

I then came across the symptoms for toxic overload.  Holy smokes!

These symptoms pretty much were exactly that of fibromyalgia and CFS.

Ding ding ding!

And the more digging I did…the more my jaw dropped…

We Are Born Toxic & Exposed to 80,000 Unregulated Toxic Chemicals a Day

According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study done in 2005, a shocking 287 toxic pollutants were found in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies – in other words, we are born toxic.  And ps. this study was done before BPA in plastics came onto their radar.

Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. EWG

We are exposed to 80,000 unregulated toxic chemicals and pollutants in our daily lives.

Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven’t been adequately tested for their effects on human health. NRDC

These chemicals lurk in everyday items: furniture, cosmetics, household cleaners, toys, even food.

Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know This!


Because toxic overload is causing hundreds of health symptoms (that are worth billions of dollars), just like the ones you are experiencing with your fibromyalgia and CFS diagnosis.


Just a Few Symptoms of Toxic Overload

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Weight Issues (struggle to lose or gain)
  • Digestive Problems 
  • Sleep Issues
  • Skin Issues (Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne)
  • Mood Issues including Depression, Anxiety and Mood Swings
  • Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Aches and pains

Take the How Toxic Are You Quiz –> HERE

Imagine.  Finding out that one of the main root causes (toxic overload) of fibromyalgia and CFS is something that you can treat, reduce or eliminate your symptoms and go on to prevent? (Because you can…).

Examples of Where Toxins Come From

  • Parasites -(there is a connection to Lyme Disease and fibromyalgia/CFS) and the Center for Disease Control states millions of us are infected, there is also a connection to Leaky Gut Syndrome as the parasites eat holes in your gut
  • Heavy metals – from aluminum saucepans, foil, tin cans… to your water supply (ps there is also a connection to Alzheimer’s )
  • Fungus – candida – many of us are dealing with candida overgrowth with fibromyalgia and CFS
  • Toxic Food– from glyphosate sprayed on your fruit, veg and wheat to the thousands of artificial chemicals in your food as well as antibiotics and growth hormones in your dairy and meat
  • Cleaning Supplies – bleach to oven cleaner (that goes nuclear when you heat up your oven, infusing your food with toxic chemicals)
  • Body Care Products – It is estimated that the average woman is subjected to a whopping 515 toxic chemicals A DAY in her body care products alone…
  • Bacteria and Viruses – existing at low lying levels in our bodies for years

As you can see…toxins and toxicity are everywhere.

And as you can hopefully also see, does the above start to make sense regarding fibromyalgia and CFS (and Big Pharma)?

Ready to Get Off the Big Pharma Merry-Go-Round?

If you have had enough of not feeling any better and fully believe that there is something more going on with your health, like I did, please…look into toxic overload syndrome.

Do your research.

Look into detoxing -both your body and your home.  (Yes, there are a lot of scams on the market – be aware of them!  They can be useless, laxatives that can also be very expensive).

Know that no matter how much organic spinach you choose to chomp on, the gluten and sugar you have eradicated from your diet and that you have decided to go paraben and SLS-free with your body care products (a good start), the damage has already been done in your body.

You can get a free 5 Day Detox Your Life Course here.

For me, I chose a detox that not only was a gentle liver and colon cleanse, but had the incredibly powerful ganoderma and chaga mushrooms in it – with over 300 studies done on just these 2 ingredients alone, this particular detox (which I take daily btw and eat normally…), has been life-changing.

You can read my honest review about how detox turned my life around here.


Please know that I am not suggesting you stop your medications (and if you do wish to do so, please discuss this with your doctor to do so safely).

And although a year ago I would be mocking this exact statement, but honestly, you can do a lot regarding helping to heal yourself.  Honestly.

If you are struggling with fibromyalgia and/or CFS, know that Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about toxicity and toxic overload syndrome. Are you ready to take a stand for your health (and your family’s health, too?) and take back control of your life?

Alyssa Reid
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Fibromyalgia & CFS: The Parasite Connection Beyond Lyme Disease

Parasites, fibromyalgia, CFSThe connection between parasites, fibromyalgia & CFS

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Did you know that millions of people in North America and Europe are dealing with undetected parasite infections? Here’s some jaw-dropping information regarding fibromyalgia & CFS and the parasite connection beyond Lyme Disease. Brace yourself!

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Many of you might be aware of Lyme Disease, which comes generally from tick bites and is actually a cousin to syphilis.  It is characterized by a spirochete infection called Borrelia – a bacterium that releases bacterial lipoproteins (BLPs). Lyme disease has an array of symptoms including neurological issues, pain, sleep issues, digestive health issues and much more.

Beyond Lyme Disease

However, Lyme Disease is just ONE of many different parasites that can be found in Western civilisation.

We know that a lot of people with fibromyalgia and CFS have been sadly dealing with Lyme Disease -and misdiagnosed…not to mention other potential parasites that they have not been tested for and go undetected – and untreated.

In fact, the Center of Disease Control has stated that millions of Americans are plagued by parasites…and they are definitely not just affecting people from impoverished third world countries, or people who have gone to exotic destinations.

Parasites attack young people, old people, wealthy and poor people – and they could very well be making their home in your body – and your gut – causing you a vast array of health issues that go way beyond just abdominal pain.

What is a Parasite?

A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism (in other words, YOU)..  In many cases they are worms that feed off of the nutrients in your body. They are considered as a ‘toxin’.

Some examples of parasites include:

  • roundworms
  • tapeworms
  • pinworms
  • whipworms
  • hookworms
  • scabies
  • giardia

For more information on 12 of the most common parasites, go here.

Health Problems Parasites Can Cause

Some consume your food, leaving you hungry after every meal and unable to gain weight.

Some lay eggs that can cause itching, irritability, and even insomnia.

They can even burrow in your joints and muscles – causing aches and pain and inflammation.

Others feed off of your red blood cells, causing anemia.

On top of this, they rob you of important vitamins and minerals…and as many of us struggle with deficiencies such as magnesium, vitamin D and B12, perhaps parasites could be a possibility as a cause of these deficiencies.

And that’s just a few of the many health issues parasites can cause…there’s a more comprehensive list below.

Physical Signs of Parasitic Infection

As you will see from the extensive list of symptoms, parasites may very well be one of the root issues – hence the fibromyalgia, CFS parasite connection.

The most obvious sign of a parasitic infection is some abdominal pain.

Abdominal pain, however is not always present, or you may not be aware of even a low-grade pain- particularly when you are dealing with a myriad of other health issues.

When other causes of abdominal pain or discomfort have been ruled out by a medical doctor you may consider parasites as the cause.

More possible signs of a parasitic infection:

  • passing gas (particularly after meals)
  • seeing egg shaped circles in the eyes when looking at the sky
  • bloating
  • poor sleep
  • constant dreams during sleep
  • chronic constipation
  • chronic diarrhea
  • alternating constipation/diarrhea
  • tossing and turning during sleep
  • grinding of teeth at night
  • wearing down of teeth
  • chronic candidiasis (candida overgrowth)
  • burping gas after meals
  • chronic burping
  • poor quality of nails
  • delusions
  • hallucinations
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • chronic anger
  • mental disorders
  • ravenous appetite
  • strong early morning appetite especially around 5am, 6am
  • lymph problems (e.g. lymph tissue enlargement or pain)
  • constant cravings for greasy foods, even potato chips
  • cravings for and eating farinaceous foods:
    • white bread
    • cookies
    • pastries, etc
    • other white flour products
  • cravings for sugar or sugar containing products
  • love of sour foods such as lemons, grapefruits
  • love of vinegar
  • chronic exhaustion
  • chronic fatigue
  • rough, dry skin at the heels of the feet
  • anal itching, tickling (at night) and/or burning and redness
  • bowel movements turn green regularly
  • hypoglycemia
  • headaches
  • migraine
  • trouble sleeping
  • abdominal pain after eating apples
  • trouble getting to sleep
  • abdominal pain after vigorous exercise

Gut Health Issues?

If you have tried countless approaches to heal your gut and relieve your symptoms without any success, a parasite could be the underlying cause for many of your unexplained and unresolved symptoms.

Where Do Parasites Come From?

These microscopic creatures are typically picked up through food and water. An infection can lead to serious health problems – and many of the symptoms are the same symptoms those of us struggling with fibromyalgia and CFS have.

Please note, I am not saying that parasites are the one and only cause of fibromyalgia and CFS – I am saying that as you can see, the symptoms many of us struggle with certainly correlate to fibro/CFS.

They can also be transmitted through our lovely family pets.

Remember the safety warning about toxoplasmosis and pregnant women?  And to avoid cleaning cat litter?

In the U.S., more than 60 million people are chronically infected with toxoplasma gondii. The parasite is also found in undercooked meat and even some unwashed fruits and vegetables.

Keep in mind that the people picking our fruits and veg may be infected with a variety of parasites…I have heard stories of how these hard working people, who in many cases are living in extreme poverty without medical care, end up having to use the loo in the fields…and of course, there’s no soap nor water to wash their hands…which ultimately means they spread parasites onto your nice fruit and veg….

Lyme Disease and toxoplasma gondii are just 2 of the many parasites that you may be playing host to.

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Parasites can come from:

  • fish (cod is particularly bad…and raw fish? sushi, anyone?!)
  • dogs/cats/horses
  • water that is contaminated
  • pork
  • beef
  • foreign countries
  • other food, such as fruit and veg

You might be thinking, ‘I’m a vegetarian’, or, ‘I haven’t had a pet for years’…Thing is, once infected, parasites will continue to multiply as they throw a party in your body…for years – unless you do something about them.

Mind Blowing…

Ok.  So when I read this next bit of information, it really blew my mind.  I have not been able to find any documented research as such on it – however, when Googling, it seems to be well-known….

Do you notice that your flare-ups get worse around the full moon?  Here’s why…

According to the late Reverend Hanna Kroeger they are ‘moon creatures’ – in other words, their life cycle is lunar.

Full Moon Activity

Normally parasites become more active during the full moon, however, they can be active all the time, and in particular the tapeworm can be most active during the full moon. The term tapeworm here includes the pork, beef, and fish tapeworms.

New Moon Activity

There are worms that are more active during the new moon as well!  Roundworms tend to be new mooners…

What to Do About Parasites

So….here is the BIG question…there is a good chance you might be dealing with a parasite infection…or possibly even more than one.  What do you do about it?

Firstly, your GP might be very limited in their knowledge about parasites (pretty much guaranteed…surprise!).

On top of it all, conventional medicine treatment tends to be heavy duty antibiotics.  Zithromax is one that is used for cryptosporidium and toxoplasma.


Antibiotics will also kill your good bacteria…and they also may not kill the eggs.  On top of it all, antibiotics can smother and kill mitochondria (our cell’s powerhouses – hello chronic fatigue!) and cause a plethora of unwanted health issues on top of seriously affecting your immune system.

And if your type of parasite can’t be killed by antibiotics, you are making the environment even MORE friendly to the parasite by killing any good bacteria that may be helping your GI system and fighting the parasite.

You can get a testing kits for parasites online – do your research (and read reviews).  Obviously, the more comprehensive the test – the more expensive they will be, on average, you will be looking at around $200.

A functional health practitioner can be helpful regarding testing and treating parasites.

Natural Parasite Cleanse

Alternatively, there is a great product that I have been using that not only gently eliminates parasites, but also cleanses the colon and liver of heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, fungus (candida is a huge issue many of us are dealing with).

This product also has numerous other benefits, such as stabilizing blood sugar, cholesterol, and much more – including it’s incredible anti-oxidant qualities from the extensively researched ganoderma and chaga mushrooms.

This product is called Te Divina.  It is organic, all-natural, vegan and gluten free.  Plus it has a pleasant taste, and you eat normally.

Your liver is your body’s filtration system, and on top of filtering the huge number of toxins from chemicals and other impurities in your food, water, body care products and air, it is also attempting to filter out the lovely toxins that the parasitic worms leave behind – namely their excrement.  (Fatigue is an indicator that your liver is struggling, btw).

Te Divina helps to cleanse the liver on top of kicking out the parasites – and so much more.

On top of this, there are thousands of people, (myself as one of them), reporting a huge amount of relief from IBS, digestive issues, pain, fatigue, skin issues – even restless legs from this product.  You can read the reviews about Te Divina here.

Fibromyalgia & CFS: The Parasite Connection Beyond Lyme Disease

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How Fibromyalgia Ruined My Life – The Beginning

Fibromyalgia ruined my life mentally, physically, spiritually as well as occupationally. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 while working in the pharmaceutical industry. It was during this time period that I was subjected to bullying for two and a half years.

I’ve often said that bullying was the perfect storm which caused me to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. According to the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/d , Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together.

These may include but are not limited to:

  • Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
  • Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  • Physical or emotional trauma.Fibromyalgia can sometimes be triggered by a physical trauma, such as a car accident. Psychological stress may also trigger the condition.

I knew that when I took this job it really wasn’t a good fit for me and that I should have walked away a long time ago. To be honest the reason why I didn’t is because I was making a very nice income. But, on the flip side I thought I could potentially turn things around and stop the bullying. Boy, was I wrong. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced.  The people that I work with; some were good people and some were bad people.  Many of them had issues with people of color.

The Battle

They were not the type of people that you can turn your back on without fear of being stabbed in the back.  If your back wasn’t turned they would try to stab you in the chest; they just didn’t care. They were dysfunctional and downright evil. It was a very hostile and combative working environment. I used to do a lot of crying about this situation it and I would say “God I’m yours, why am I in this environment?” Like I said so many times I really wanted to leave, but I stayed on due to the money. But, it wasn’t just the money.  God showed me that it’s not about me. He put me there for a purpose and I now understand what that purpose was.

Sometimes God will put you in situations or in places to shine the light to help someone else in need. Sometimes it may be one or two people or a handful of people where God has called you to be the light on the job. He places us in situations to be a blessing to others to help them. Once your job is done God will move you on. And that’s really what happened to me and God moved me on, but before he moved me on oh my goodness. I encountered a lot of battle scars.

I am a Christian and what I experience was spiritual warfare. Satan’s presence was so thick in that place, the best example I can share with is the following: I would drive to work and when I arrived, I could feel a heavy evil presence. It was as if this presence was trying to enter inside of me. Due to the power of God it couldn’t enter me. But, I could feel its presence. Sometimes I had difficulty breathing and one day one of my employees said “Ms. Necie there is some bad mojo working up in here can’t you feel it? That could be the reason Ms. Necie why you have not been feeling well.” And when he said this to me, it really caught my attention because I’m a Christian and this individual was not professing Christianity, but he had an awareness as to what was going on and what I was experiencing.

The bullying grew increasingly worse and I sought help from the senior management staff. Everyone knew I was being bullied and yet they would not help me. They would say things such as “if we help you we’ll have to help everybody.” Well they had already been helping a lot of people, but they refused to help me.

I was asked to resign from my management position and report into my colleagues whom were bullying me. Now, how much sense does that make? You want me as a manager to step down from that role and to report in to the people who are bullying me… They also reported me to Human Resources, the stress that was inflicted upon me was very insidious. They were trying to destroy me body, mind, spirit and soul.

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Could Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Be a Chronic Form of Sepsis?

The next in an ongoing series of blogs on hypotheses by professionals associated with ME/CFS focuses on Dr. David Bell’s 2007 intriguing idea that ME/CFS patients could be stuck in a mild form of chronic septic shock.

In the ten years since Bell put forth his hypothesis, the hypothesis, has seemed, at least in this laymen’s accounting, to only gain currency. Find out why Dr. Bell believes that sepsis – one of the most dangerous and expensive to treat diseases – could have its counterpart in ME/CFS in this Simmaron Research Foundation supported blog:

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VeinViewer Will Help Nurses With IVs and Blood Tests

Anyone with a chronic illness will testify that they spend a lot of time in the doctor’s office having blood work done. Which means getting pricked with a lot of needles, which can sometimes take two or three (or more) attempts to find a compliant vein.

MORE: Four facts about fibromyalgia you might find interesting

This Humans of the Future Facebook video has the answer to temperamental veins. The VeinViewer is a handheld device that uses near-infrared light to create a digital image of a person’s veins. The machine will help doctors and nurses find veins, making transfusions, inserting IVs, and taking blood samples much quicker and easier for everyone.

The device can also be used to locate valves and bifurcations as deep as 15mm and shows any accidental punctures. It will also help medical professionals find the best point of insertion and will help guide needles through any curves in the veins. It has been found to improve first-time stick success by 100 percent.

MORE: Five diet tips to help you to control fibro flares

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How to manage a relationship when you have a chronic�illness

How much should we thank the people who choose to spend their life with someone who has a chronic health condition?

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New Fibromyalgia blood test is 99% accurate

A new blood test for fibromyalgia is more accurate than previously thought and not confuse the chronic pain disorder with other diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the doctor who developed the test.

“We saw no overlap between the biomarkers in fibromyalgia and immune system patterns of patients with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Really seemed critical of sails that are out there need, “said Bruce Gillis, MD, founder and CEO of EpicGenetics a biopharmaceutical company based in Santa Monica, CA.

Image courtesy EpicGenetics

EpicGenetics FM introduced the test in March, calling the first definitive blood test for fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by a poorly understood pain deep tissue, fatigue, headaches, depression and lack of sleep. Results are usually available in about a week.

FM test protein molecules in Cytokines and Chemokines say blood, which are produced by white blood cells. Fibromyalgia patients suffering fewer cytokines and chemokines in the blood, according to Gillis, and accordingly have a weakened immune system normal patients.

Critics have said the same biological markers of the immune system can be found in people with other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, blood test so reliable.

However, in a new study of over 300 patients with fibromyalgia or lupus or rheumatoid arthritis participated Gillis said it was found that only patients with fibromyalgia have normal levels below chemokines and cytokines.

“They do not have the same biological markers of the immune system. Not at all, “said Gillis National Pain Report. “The models we see in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, see this inflammatory process. But we do not see the same biomarkers in fibromyalgia. ”

Gillis said the investigation is not yet finalized and awaiting publication in a medical journal in the coming months.

When the first FM test EpicGenetics said he was 93% accuracy in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Gillis said the test sensitivity is now estimated at 99%, which is almost the same as the test used to diagnose HIV.

Dr Bruce Gillis

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 5 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia – and millions around the world – but so far only a few hundred have registered to take the test FM. Gillis says the cost of $ 744, which is generally not covered by health insurance, could be a barrier for many patients.

“Many people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia do not work. And because they do not work do not have the means to pay for a test. They not have health insurance, “said Gillis, adding that some insurers paid proof in case of workers’ compensation.

“When we started, it cost us $ 12,500 to analyze the parameters of the immune system of a patient. So we brought the price way, way down. ”

Gillis hopes to bring the price of FM test permission to other laboratories for the collection of blood and blood samples for EpicGenetics ship.

Whatever the cost, fibromyalgia patients are excited that a simple test could possibly be available to diagnose a disorder that your doctors and relatives are often skeptical about. It takes three to five years for the average patient to diagnose fibromyalgia.

“Having a reliable marker of blood will VALIDATE as patients. a field of dreams and opportunities for compassionate researchers on the definition of this terrible disorder will open, “said Celeste Cooper, a patient with fibromyalgia and patient advocate.

“Once we have a biological test, we know that the study participants with fibromyalgia. There will be no biased results, and in the mouth of psychological illness is in our rearview mirror. This is a salty thought. ”

EpicGenetics Image courtesy.

In recent months, there have been several potential advances in research of fibromyalgia.

Ohio State researchers are in the early stages of development of other blood tests for fibromyalgia. Using a high-power infrared microscope, which identified a pattern of molecules in the blood appears to be unique to fibromyalgia patients.

Another team of researchers in New York found that patients with fibromyalgia have excess sensory nerve fibers in the blood vessels of the hands, which can disrupt the flow of blood throughout the body.

“In less than six months, we have two studies reporting the success of fibromyalgia by the analysis of blood markers. Now seems to introduce a kingdom of form beyond more than one debate, “said Cooper.

“It is a victory for the scientific community and a win for the patient. I doubt this is the last. Expect more research, because the race is “and what a glorious career will be for those of us who live with the daily fibromyalgia.

The research could also lead to the discovery of a genetic marker for fibromyalgia – a gene that makes some people more likely to develop the disease.

EpicGenetics saves much blood samples received from patients taking the exam FM in the hope of one day having analyzed them for RiboNucleicAcid (RNA) molecules involved in protein synthesis and the transmission of genetic information.

“Patients more we have, the more RNA that can search for marker genes. If we can get thousands and thousands of copies, it will be much easier to find specific genetic markers, “said Gillis.



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Fibromyalgia Is Such a Pain in the Neck

My neck and shoulders are the worst areas of my body in regards to pain and muscle tension. So many others I’ve spoken with who have fibromyalgia say the same. What causes those particular pains? Is there something we can do to alleviate it?

Fibromyalgia Is Such a Pain in the Neck

One specific kind of neck pain associated with fibromyalgia is occipital neuralgia. It is excruciating pain that starts in the back of the neck and stretches up to the scalp. It can cause pain behind one eye as well as increased sensitivity to light.

Spine-health recommends consistent regular exercise to treat neck and shoulder pain. Starting slowly and increasing over time is best. A couple of exercise ideas are yoga and walking. Getting your blood pumping and doing something that improves flexibility and helps to improve strength is the goal. If you’re bedbound or want a gentle stretch before or after you sleep, I recommend “Yoga in Bed.”

Spine-health also recommends alternative therapies like chiropractic care, gentle massage, acupuncture, or acupressure.

Style Craze also suggests applying essential oils, apple cider vinegar, ice, or Epsom salt to the site of pain. Additionally, it recommends using a neck collar and taking supplemental vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and vitamin D.

Myotherapy is a great option if you’re interested in massage. Myotherapy uses a broader range of massage techniques than a typical therapeutic massage does. They focus primarily on trigger point therapy but might also use other techniques such as dry needling, musculoskeletal alignment, deep tissue massage, cupping, and muscle stretching in addition to a range of rehabilitative exercises.

Neck and shoulder pain can be super frustrating and something we should try to keep on top of. We should pay close attention to our posture and to the tension in our neck and shoulder muscles. The pillow we use can also affect the level of neck and shoulder pain we experience. Neck and shoulder pain can lead to headaches which then increases your overall muscle stress and tension, thus more pain.

Do you suffer from neck and shoulder pain? What do you do to help alleviate it, other than taking meds?


Fibromyalgia Is Such a Pain in the Neck

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10 Ways Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Whole Body

10 Ways Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Body

Although often mistaken for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million Americans.Along with joint pain and swelling, about four out of 10 people with Rheumatoid Arthritis have related problems in other body parts, says Eric Matteson, MD, professor of medicine and chair of the department of rheumatology at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.Rheumatoid Arthritis can decrease life expectancy, but “with modern therapies, we are seeing less rheumatoid disease outside of the joints, and patients are living longer,” he says.Following are ways in which Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the body and what you can do about it.

 Rheumatoid Arthritis


What happens: Rheumatoid arthritis often starts in the small joints of the hands and feet but can progress to other parts of the body. Pain is often worse in the morning and is sometimes symmetrical (you have it in both hands, for example). What helps: There are numerous medications that can help, and most aim to temper the immune system. Choices include chemotherapy, and anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory medications. “The most important concept about the medications we have today is that when we recognize and diagnose RA, we start therapy as soon as we know what is going on,” Dr. Matteson says.


What happens: People with Rheumatoid Arthritis have twice the risk of having a heart problem as those without it, according to Dr. Matteson. The condition creates a chronic, low-grade inflammation that damages blood vessels and increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and heart failure, he says.Rheumatoid Arthritis can also cause the pericardium, the sac-like structure around the heart, to become inflamed. This complication can produce sharp chest pain and fever, and if left untreated, can lead to thickening and scarring of the pericardium. What helps: The treatment for heart problems and most other Rheumatoid Arthritis complications is to reduce inflammation through medication. If problems progress, a pacemaker may be necessary.


What happens: Up to 10% of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients develop serious lung problems. The most common conditions are inflammation in the lungs’ lining (pleurisy), which causes pain when breathing; scarring of the tissue in the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis); and an increased chance of emphysema, even in nonsmokers. What helps: The best treatments are those that reduce the underlying inflammation.


What happens: People with chronic diseases, including RA, are more likely to experience depression or other mood disorders—it’s a common and understandable occurrence, Dr. Matteson says. Chronic inflammation is also associated with abnormalities of neurotransmitters and hormones that can affect how a person feels, he adds.What helps: If people are depressed or have significant mood changes, antidepressants can be used to treat the symptoms, according to Dr. Matteson.

Blood vessels

What happens: Vasculitis occurs when blood vessels become inflamed, narrowed and blood flow is reduced. Dr. Matteson says this can block blood flow in areas like the arms, legs, and nerves.

Vasculitis can sometimes lead to coronary artery disease, he adds. What helps: If blood vessels narrow significantly, patients may need to take steroids or undergo certain types of chemotherapy, which help reduce inflammation and tissue damage.


What happens: Some Rheumatoid Arthritis patients get peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, that causes a burning and numbness in the feet and hands. Also, when blood vessels become inflamed, the nerves don’t have an adequate blood supply, which can result in further nerve damage. What helps: The best approach is to reduce the underlying inflammation and use medications that treat the neuropathy itself, according to Dr. Matteson.


What happens: Inflammation can also occur in various parts of the eye—a “devastating complication that can cause blindness,” Dr. Matteson says. Problems occur in the eye’s iris (uveitis), the white of the eye (scleritis), and the membrane covering the white part (episcleritis). Symptoms include blurred vision, pain, redness, and light sensitivity. Inflammation can also increase the risk of glaucoma and cataracts. What helps: Eye drops that contain anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat most rheumatoid arthritis–induced eye conditions.


What happens: If there is inflammation in the blood vessels going to the skin, it can create rashes, skin ulcers, and nodules or skin bumps, especially on the hands, feet, and elbows. Matteson says the bumps may come and go, and physicians don’t know what causes them. What helps: Your doctor can help by treating the underlying Rheumatoid Arthritis condition. Surgical removal of the nodules is also an option.


What happens: Inflammation in the joints pushes on the nerve that runs from the forearm to the wrist and causes carpal tunnel syndrome. People with carpal tunnel usually feel numbness, tingling, weakness, and eventually sharp pain in the arm.What helps: Treating the underlying inflammation, resting or immobilizing the sore wrist with a splint, and applying cool packs. If the problem is persistent and problematic, consider surgery.


What happens: Some people with Rheumatoid Arthritis get Felty’s syndrome, a condition in which the spleen becomes enlarged and the white blood cell count drops, making them more susceptible to infections. But because RA can be controlled relatively well, Dr. Matteson says this complication is unusual, affecting less than 1% of RA patients. What helps: Treatment of the underlying Rheumatoid Arthritis condition, and, if necessary, administering injections to increase the white blood cell count.


10 Ways Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Whole Body

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