What about a Health Care Revolution?

I’ve always had a personal interest in history, both ancient and modern.  In fact, when you read about the daily lives of the  Egyptians five thousand years ago, or the Romans, 2500 years ago, you really begin to see that their lives were not that much different than ours.  The average person, worked, wanted their families and friends close by, had outside amusements such as plays and music and even had their days off for holidays.

The rise of the first cities (some call them city states), occurred as a result of the first historical revolution, that being the Agricultural revolution. Prior to this, nomadic small tribes of people roamed their particular areas and their main day to day goals were to finds foods to eat and places to be safe from danger.  The discovery of agriculture changed all that. Now these people were able to produce and store enough food that not everybody had to be involved in hunting and gathering. People could not learn architecture, mathematics and other arts and sciences, build larger cities, develop religion and create the first large nations. This occurred approximately ten thousand years ago.

It took about 9600 years for the next revolution to occur, the Industrial revolution. This propelled us into the world of the 18th through the 20th century.  With this came machines, planes, household conveniences and overall a better quality of life. More and more people had more free time to devote to the arts and sciences which continued the process.

We are in the midst of the next revolution, the technological or computer revolution, which only took 300 years to occur.  In our lives, we’ve seen such incredible new technologies, that something new today becomes obsolete tomorrow. Do your children know what a typewriter is, a record album; was there ever a time before computers or cell phones?

With the increasing pace of knowledge and technology, we cannot imagine what the next revolution might be, after all, 40 years ago, who would have dreamt of an internet, of being able to have information at the touch of a button. When I went to college, I spent much time in the libraries, today this is no longer necessary as students can get any info or research studies right off the computer.

We’ve come very far, very fast and the pace shows no sign of slowing down, but with this modern world came a very dear price and we’re all paying it: The decline in our general health.

Of course we read about all the so called great advances in modern medicine occurring weekly, but let’s really take a closer look.

  • Cancer deaths are increasing, not decreasing.
  • A large percentage of the population is not only overweight, but obese. In fact a new term had to be coined: morbidly obese, for those who are at least 100 pounds overweight.
  • Children are developing adult onset diabetes at an alarming rate.
  • It is being recommended that children start taking cholesterol lowering drugs at the age of 12.
  • More seniors are developing Alzheimer’s disease, some that was relatively rare 50 YEARS AGO.
  • A large percentage of the American population cannot afford decent health care.
  • Drug use, both legal and illegal has dramatically risen over the years.
  • Depression has dramatically risen among people of all ages.

Well, I think you get the idea.

If you think about it, our American health care system is really a “sick care system”.  In fact, it has been estimated by various studies that a large part of today’s illnesses are “lifestyle related”. Some estimate it to be as high as 90%, though this can be debated.

So, when are we going to smarten up and start seriously looking at our health? Yes, I realize that people might be living longer now, but the excuse that this is the cause of all the new illnesses is just that, an excuse. We really are not living that much longer than we did 50 years ago.

So I ask you; don’t you think it’s time for a Health Care Revolution?

Dr. Gene Martin, D.C.

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

650-558-1010

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Fibromyalgia Symptoms, What is happening in your bodies!

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Fibromyalgia: what is happening in your bodies!

Fibromyalgia causes a plethora of different symptoms. In fact there can be so many symptoms that many times patients will be diagnosed with different illnesses, not realizing that they’re all part of Fibromyalgia.

Today I’d like to trace the symptoms from the underlying cause which is a overactive nervous system. In other words, your nervous system is on overdrive.

1 Pain: We all have 24 cranial nerves, 12 on the right and 12 of the left side of the brain stem. We also have another 62 nerves, 31 on the right and 31 on the left side of the spinal cord. Generally pain and inflammation is the same thing, pain causes inflammation. Fibromyalgia is the exception to this rule. Since the nervous system is firing all the time, the nerves are firing all the time, including the pain component of the nerve, therefore causing the fibro pain. Fibro pain rarely responds to anti-inflammatory meds because, as I had said, this pain is not inflammatory in nature, just the nerves constantly firing.  One reason doctors have no much difficulty diagnosing fibro is that there is no visible signs of inflammation, no blood chemistry tests showing the inflammation and thus, there doesn’t seem to be a cause, yet the nerves are still firing.

2 Insomnia: Because the nerves are constantly firing, the adrenal glands are affecting and you are always releasing amounts of adrenalin into the body.  Adrenalin gives you that wired feeling and makes sleep impossible.

3 Fatigue: Because you are not sleeping, or at least not getting the deep restorative sleep you need, you are constantly fatigued. This can be at different varying degrees, but never the less you are fatigue, due to sleep deprivation.

The autonomic system is also always on which has two components, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic systems. The sympathetic part is the part causing the over activity of adrenalin. The way the autonomic system works is that when the sympathetic is on, the parasympathetic is of and when the parasympathetic is on, the sympathetic is off. People with Fibromyalgia have a sympathetic nervous which is on most of the time (hence the constant release of adrenalin).  This is why you don’t sleep.

4 Depression: When the sympathetic is pumping out so much adrenalin, the excess adrenalin interferes with brain receptors, especially the serotonin and nor-epinephrine receptors leading to depress. Of course you are also depressed due to having this illness, so in essence, there are two overlapping depression. (Situational, caused by the thought of being sick, and chemical due to the interference I the brain’s receptors).

5 Fibro Fog: this is, again caused by interference with dopamine receptors in the brain leading to that interference in your thinking patterns. It can be memory problems, difficulty following conversations and a number of different manifestations.

6 Gastro-Intestinal problems:  Because the sympathetic nervous system is constantly on, the parasympathetic is working very slowly leading to a host of digestive problems, the most commonly being Irritable Bowell Syndrome, but also a variety of others, from chronic diarrhea to pain to reflux. Food is sitting in the stomach and not being digested well, the leftover food, not digested, is than broken down by bacteria leading to methane gas, the reason for the gassy feeling. When it settles in the colon it irritates it leading to irritable bowel syndrome. The food half digested food in the stomach, mixed with the gastric juices that are irritating to the stomach lining and the body tries to reflux it, leading to the reflux up the esophagus. (G.E.R.D).

The above are the six most common symptoms that almost everybody with fibro has to one degree or another.

The next blog will cover some of the other symptoms and why they are occurring. Remember that it all boils down to a nervous system on overdrive.

Dr. Gene Martin, D.C.

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Areas

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo, Ca. 94402

650-558-1010

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Melancholia, Fibromyalgia and Depression

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Melancholia

My wife and I saw a very interesting movie last night called Melancholia by Lars von Trier. I suspect that movie reviewers and psychologists will have a field day analyzing its meaning. I saw a great parallel between the movie and Fibromyalgia and Depression.

I won’t really give the plot away, but suffice it to say, a rogue planet is about to hit the earth causing its destruction. At the same time, Justine (a woman who suffers from severe depression) is at her wedding reception.  We become familiar with her and her problems with depression during the first half of the movie. The second half of the movie centers on her sister Claire and Claire’s family who are taking care of Justine and their relationships. During the second half, you really see how severe and ill Justine is. All the while, the rogue planet “Melancholia” is coming closer and closer to earth.

I’m not recommending this movie for people with Fibromyalgia, though of course you certainly can identify with it, I’m really recommending this movie for friends, relatives and others who want a glimpse into what the fibro sufferer experiences. The emotions range from fear through acceptance.

This is all I’ll say about the movie plot. The point is that people with fibromyalgia are living in their own isolated and private world. Those around the fibro sufferer cannot really understand what is going on. Sure they try, but as I always say, if you are not living in a Fibromyalgia body, you’ll never really fully understand.

The movie will give you a bit more insight into a Fibromyalgia sufferer’s private hell. Apparently the movie was inspired by Lars von Trier’s own experience with depression.

With Fibromyalgia, we are looking at two overlapping depressions.

First is situational, meaning that anybody with a chronic and painful illness would be depressed. This is only natural. Examples might be not getting the raise at work or being laid off. That would surely depress you. Perhaps a close friend or relative died suddenly. This would also cause you to be depressed. Living life has its ups and downs, sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are depressed and this is normal.

Second is the actual chemical and physiological depression that Fibromyalgia afflicts on its sufferers.  The body is producing so much adrenalin and other hormones and chemicals, due to the nature of the overactive nervous system that brain neuro receptors are being interfered with. This is common for Serotonin and Nor-epinephrine. Remember that most antidepressant medications being used are Serotonin and Nor-epinephrine re-uptake inhibitors. Therefore, people with Fibromyalgia are suffering from these two types of depression and most times, they are overlaid on each other (happening at the same time). It is no wonder that so many health care professionals, who are unfamiliar with Fibromyalgia in the first place) have so much trouble managing these sufferers.

Another aspect of the film depicts the isolation felt by these characters and how they deal with it; the same as how isolation is such a large part of a Fibromyalgia sufferer’s life. A common story I hear is the Fibromyalgia sufferer who had a normal life and a good job but became too ill to work. Less money came into the house. Relationships with the spouse and children became more and more distant, until the fibro sufferer was basically alone. Friends and family had left.

As you watch the movie, you’ll see the relationship between these characters and possibly how a fibro sufferer is feeling.

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo, Ca. 94402

650-558-1010

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The Real Deal About Drinking Soda

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Now About Soda

What happens when you Drink Soda?

Sugar rushes and caffeine highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happen if you drink a soda right now, but plenty of you actually seem to be okay with that. Some of you think it’s alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar rush to doing drugs, and some just don’t really care about the slump they’ll find themselves in after drinking 39 grams of sugar, but what also makes me really worried about a soda-slurping habit is what happens over the long term.

Here’s a quick snapshot of you, in a few years, after drinking soda on a regular basis:

You’ll Be Fatter: According to research in the Nurses Health Journal which monitored the health of 90,000 women for eight years, drinking a single soda every day of the week added 10 pounds over a four-year period.

You’ll Probably Have Diabetes: In the Nurses’ Health Study, women who said they drank one or more servings a day of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or fruit punch were twice as likely to develop adult onset diabetes during the study than those who rarely consumed these beverages.

You’re Much More Likely to Develop Heart Disease: According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine and the  the journal of the American Heart Association, subjects who drank a soda every day over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good” cholesterol levels. The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank more than two sugary beverages per day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages.

You’re Probably Also Less Healthy In Other Ways: Several studies, including the 2007 study published in Circulation, suggest that diet sodas have some of the same effects on health as regular sodas, despite having none or very little of the sugar. Why? Drinking soda is typically part of an overall lifestyle that’s not very healthy: We know you don’t like us to compare drinking caffeine and sugar to substance abuse, but when it comes to your lifestyle, some think that soda is just like a gateway drug.

So you’ve decided to Stop Drinking coke and Pepsi but still have it lying around the house. Here are some things you can do with it:

1) To clean a toilet:

Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl.
Let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean.
The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
No scrubbing, no sweat – guaranteed.

2) To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:

Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foils dipped in Coca-Cola. Much economical than the stuff from Target.

3) To clean corrosion from car battery terminals;

Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

4) To loosen a rusted bolt;

Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

5) To remove grease from clothes;

Empty a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle.

6) The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

Hey, what do we have here?

The world’s first soft drink disguise as a multi-purpose cleaner? Or should it be a multi-purpose cleaner disguised as a soft drink!!!

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AND WE DRINK THIS STUFF! Coke & Pepsi ALARMING FACTS!!!

The average pH of soft drinks, e.g. Coke, Pepsi is pH 3.4. This acidity is strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones! Our human body stops building bones at around the age of 30. After that it’ll be dissolving about 8-18% of the bones each year through the urine, depending on the acidity of the food intake (acidity does not depend on the taste of the food, but on the ratio of potassium / calcium / magnesium / etc. to phosphorus).

All the dissolved calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries, veins, skin tissue, and organs. This affects the functioning of the kidney (kidney stones). Soft drinks do not have any nutritional value (in terms of vitamins and minerals). They have higher sugar content, higher acidity, and more additives such as preservatives and colorings.

Some people like to drink cold soft drinks with or after each meal, guess what’s the impact? Our body has an optimum temperature of 98.6F degrees for the functioning of digestive enzymes. The temperature of cold soft drinks is much less than 98.6, sometimes quite close to 32 degrees. This will lower the effectiveness of the enzymes and put stress on the digestive system, digesting less food. In fact the food gets fermented. The fermented food produce bad smelling gases, decays and forms toxins, which are absorbed in the intestines, get circulated in the blood and are delivered to the whole body. This spread of toxins can lead to the development of various diseases. Think before you drink Coke or Pepsi or any another soft drinks.

Have you ever thought what you drink when you drink an aerated drink? You gulp down carbon dioxide, something that no sane person in the world would advise you to do. Few months ago, there was a competition in Delhi University “Who can drink the most Coke?” The winner drank 8 bottles and died on the spot because of too much carbon dioxide in the blood and not enough oxygen. From then on, the principal banned all soft drinks from the university canteen.

Someone put a broken tooth in a bottle of Pepsi and in 10 days it was dissolved! Teeth and bones are the only human organs that stay intact for years after death. Imagine what the drink must be doing to your delicate soft intestines and stomach lining! To all COKE / PEPSI LOVERS, think again the next time before you say: “I’ll have a Coke/Pepsi!”

The dangers of downing too much Coke or Pepsi may be even more dire. Guzzling gallons of soda can cause potassium levels in the blood to plummet. This can increase the risk of muscle problems and heart rhythm abnormalities, which could prove fatal in some cases.

In the International Journal of Clinical Science, researchers cited two cases where soda caused a surprising health crisis. The first was an Australian ostrich farmer who drank several liters of cola every day for years. Not only did this add empty nutrition to his caloric intake, it also virtually paralyzed his lungs! Fortunately, emergency treatment and abstaining from his beloved cola have helped him recover.

The other case involved a woman who drank one to three liters of soda a day. She suddenly began to experience episodes of vomiting, lack of appetite, and exhaustion – frightening symptoms that could have signaled a serious illness. But once her doctors pulled her off of the pop, these symptoms disappeared.

One of the study’s authors says that these two cases were likely due to drains of their potassium levels caused by too much cola consumption. Past studies have shown how the excessive intake of caffeine can cause potassium drainage – and when potassium levels drop severely, the body’s musculature can go haywire. The reason? Potassium is critical to regulating muscle function. He cautions that the high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup in colas can cause potassium levels to drop as well.

Diet Dangers

Diet soda also poses a risk to your potassium levels and is not a safe bet for your health or your weight. According to a study by researchers at the University Of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, people who drink diet soft drinks don’t lose weight. In fact, they gain weight!

After reviewing eight years of data on more than 1,500 people, the researchers found that for each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up by a whopping 41 percent! In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all the obesity risk from soft drinks came from diet sodas.

What it comes down to is this:  Soda, whether it’s diet or regular, diminishes the body’s ability to perform at its peak.  Not only does it diminish muscle power, but it also eats away at other things, like teeth enamel and bone composition. And it just might make you fat!

One Last Thing …

So, what should you drink? Good old-fashioned water. Water keeps you hydrated, contains no calories, and helps transport nutrients around the body. Water is perhaps one of the most overlooked, yet essential, nutrients we can ingest. Without enough water, we are at risk of developing numerous diseases including cancer, arthritis, ulcers, migraines, colitis, and high blood pressure. Dehydration is also linked to low back pain, poor circulation, obesity, and poor health in the elderly.

Every day we lose water through sweat, urine, feces, tears, and nasal discharges. We even lose water when we exhale. Some liquids such as coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol are also dehydrating. It has been estimated that we lose about 12 cups of water, even on a cool day without exercising.

Surveys indicate that about one-third of Americans drink three or fewer servings of water every day. To calculate your water needs, take the number of pounds you weigh and divide that number in half.  That number is the fluid ounces you should drink each day. For instance, a 200-pound person should drink 100 ounces of water, which is at least twelve 8-ounce cups.

So the next time you think about reaching for a soda, diet or not, think about a glass of water instead.

But there is more!

Four Dangers of Soft Drinks

The Health Risks of Colas and Other Carbonated Beverages

A soft drink may taste sweet, but the health effects aren’t so tasty. Here are four dangers of drinking soft drinks.

It can be satisfying to pop off the metal tab and taste the sweet carbonated liquid, but soft drinks also have a decidedly sour side when it comes to health. These carbonated beverages owe their popularity to clever marketing by such beverage giants as Coca-Cola and Pepsi who reinforce the message that drinking their product is “cool”. Children and teens are picking up on this message and developing a lifelong love of all things “cola”. What are the dangers of soft drinks and why are they best kept away from children and teens?

Dangers of Soft drinks: High Fructose Corn Syrup (sometimes now called Corn Sugar)

Unless it’s sugar-free, most soft drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that’s recently come under considerable scrutiny. High fructose corn syrup has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with an elevated risk of both diabetes and heart disease. HFCS, as it’s called, is also believed to be a major contributor to the obesity epidemic among children and teens. Although similar in calorie content to table sugar, the danger of high fructose corn syrup arises from the way it’s is metabolized by the liver. By being broken down more rapidly than other sugars, it can lead to alterations in triglyceride and lipid metabolism, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease and fatty liver, not to mention diabetes. Although the soft drink industry has tried to underplay the risks, evidence supporting the dangers of high fructose corn syrup is mounting and very clear.

The Problem of Phosphoric Acid!

Many people are aware of the dangers of high fructose corn syrup, but fewer realize the impact soft drinks have on bone health. Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid and a high phosphate diet has been associated with bone breakdown and an increased risk of osteoporosis. When phosphorus is excreted in the urine, it takes calcium with it, depriving the bones and the rest of the body of this important mineral.

Who Needs Caffeine?

How many kids and teenagers really need more caffeine? Although soft drinks contain less caffeine than coffee or energy drinks, they still contribute to caffeine dependence and increase the risk of behavioral problems and hyperactivity, not to mention poor sleep habits and insomnia.

BPA: Another Little known danger of soft drinks.

Soft drink cans are coated with a resin that contains BPA (bisphenyl-A). This is the same cancer causing chemical found in plastic baby bottles, water bottles, and plastic containers that wrecks havoc on the endocrine system, potentially causing premature puberty and reproductive abnormalities. Soft drinks could be a particular problem when it comes to BPA leaching. They’re often stored in hot warehouses where heat can accelerate the contamination process. Plus, the drink itself is acidic which could further facilitate leaching of BPA into the drink.

The bottom line? Consider the dangers of soft drinks before stocking up on beverages and consider healthier alternatives such as herbal tea or water sweetened with lemon. You’ll be setting a good example for your kids as well as doing good things for yourself.

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What is a Vegetarian?

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                                         What is a Vegetarian?

Being a vegetarian is basically and simply the practice of eating only plant based foods. People practice this for a number of reasons: health, religion, environmental, cultural and economic.

Being a vegetarian goes back thousands of years to ancient Greece and India and in these cases it was related to a non-violent approach to animals. After the fall of the Roman empire, the practice basically disappeared in Europe. there has been a large resurgence in it’s popularity over the last century, primarily due to health concerns, and in the last 30 or so years also due to environmental reasons. Of course, as with any trend, there are always detractors, many times for economic reasons, but certain facts cannot be denied and have been shown to be true by study after study. Vegetarians tend to have lower lower body mass indexes lower levels of cholesterol, lower blood pressure, less incidence of heart disease, lower hypertension less type 2 diabetes (Adult onset) less kidney disease, less osteoporosis, less types of dementia (such as Alzheimer’s) and less incidences of other illnesses.and other disorders. Non-lean red meat, in particular, has been found to be directly associated with increased risk of cancers of the esophagus, liver, colon, and the lungs.

Again, many detractors will claim that a person cannot receive all the essential proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals from just a plain vegetarian diet, but this is just incorrect and a lie, again probably  for economic reasons. (Remember that the meat industry has very large monetary interests!)

Many argue (correctly), that humans are omnivores and have evolved to eat meat. Though this might be true, the quality of our commercialized meat is an excellent argument to consider the vegetarian lifestyle. Meat has been found with E-Coli bacteria. Another reason is that there are a number of illnesses that can be transmitted from animal to human, the most recognized being salmonella. Finally Scientists are beginning to realize and see that there is a  connection between animal meat and human cancer, birth defects, mutations, and many other diseases in humans. Commercial meat is also filled with hormones (to make it grow faster), antibiotics (which are a leading cause to our resistance problems), colored dyes to make it look more attractive (linked to cancers) and other chemicals.

An outrageous argument for eating meat (by the meat industry) is that lack of meat in adolescent girls lead to such eating disorders as bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa, this has simply been proven to be not true.

In many societies, controversy and debate have arisen over the ethics of eating animals. Ethical objections are generally divided into opposition to the act of killing in general, and opposition to certain agricultural practices surrounding the production of meat. Reasons for objecting to the practice of killing animals for consumption may include animal rights, environmental ethics, and/or religious reasons. Ethical vegetarians also believe that killing an animal, like killing a human, can only be justified in extreme circumstances and that consuming a living creature for its enjoyable taste, convenience, or nutritional value is not sufficient cause. Another common view is that humans are morally conscious of their behavior in a way other animals are not, and therefore subject to higher standards.

Some people choose to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for environmental reasons.

The use of large industrial machine that is common in industrialized agriculture, typically for feed crops such as corn and soy is more damaging to ecosystems than more sustainable farming practices such as organic farming.   Other concerns include the wasting of natural resources, such as food, water, etc.

Animals that feed on grain or rely on grazing require more water than grain crops. According to the USDA growing crops for farm animals requires nearly half of the U.S.water supply and 80% of its agricultural land. Animals raised for food in the U.S. consume 90% of the soy crop, 80% of the corn crop, and 70% of its grain.

There are a number of types of vegetarianism, which exclude or include various foods.

  • Ovo vegetarianism includes eggs but not dairy products.
  • Lacto vegetarianism includes dairy products but not eggs.
  • Ovo-Lacto vegetarianism(or lacto-ovo vegetarianism) includes animal/dairy products such as eggs, milk, and honey.
  • Veganism excludes all animal flesh and animal products, including milk, honey, and eggs, and may also exclude any products tested on animals, or any clothing from animals.
  • Raw Veganism includes only fresh and uncooked fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. Vegetables can only be cooked up to a certain temperature.
  • Fruitarianism permits only fruit, nuts, seeds, and other plant matter that can be gathered without harming the plant.
  • Buddhist vegetarianism(also known as su vegetarianism) excludes all animal products as well as vegetables in the allium family (which have the characteristic aroma of onion and garlic): onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, or shallots.
  • Jain Vegetarianism includes dairy but excludes eggs and honey, as well as root vegetables.
  • Macrobiotic diets consist mostly of whole grains and beans.

Some groups, such as PETA, promote vegetarianism as a way to offset poor treatment and working conditions of workers in the contemporary meat industry. (Read “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair) These groups cite studies showing the psychological damage caused by working in the meat industry, especially in factory and industrialized settings, and argue that the meat industry violates its laborers’ human rights by assigning difficult and distressing tasks without adequate counseling, training and debriefing.

So what does it all mean? Many studies have shown again and again that vegetarians live longer than non-vegetarians, with fewer illnesses and diseases. In fact a study published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that eating much less meat or no meat significantly increased life expectancy.

Vegetarians tend to report that they feel better, are less stressed out with our every day lifestyles and overall think more clearly.

Famous Vegetarians:

  • Alicia Silverstone
  • Anthony Perkins
  • April McKay
  • Brooke Shields
  • Candice Bergen
  • Catherine Oxenberg
  • Danny DeVito
  • Daryl Hannah
  • Dennis Weaver
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Eric Stolz
  • Hayley Mills
  • Ian McKellen
  • Jenny Seagrove
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Kate Moss
  • Kim Basinger
  • Kirk Cameron
  • Lindsay Wagner
  • Lisa Bonet
  • Meredith Baxter
  • Nicola Bryant
  • Peter Bogdanovich (director)
  • Rhea Perlman
  • Richard Gere
  • Rosanna Arquette
  • Sara Gilbert (vegan)
  • Ted Danson
  • Tippi Hedren
  • Tom Watt
  • Tracey Pollen
  • Tracy Brabin
  • William Shatner
  • Woody Harrelson
  • B. B. King
  • B52s
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Billy Idol
  • Bob Dylon
  • Boy George
  • Charlie Watts (Stones)
  • Chris Novoselic (Nirvana)
  • Chrissie Hynde
  • Dave Davies (Kinks)
  • David Gedge (Wedding Present)
  • Dizzie Gillespie
  • Elvis Costello
  • George Harrison (musician, Beatles/solo)
  • Gladys Knight
  • Grace Slick (Singer with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship)
  • Indigo Girls
  • Joan Armatrading
  • Joan Baez (folk singer)
  • Joan Jett
  • Joe Jackson
  • K D Lang (vegan)
  • Kate Bush
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Meatloaf
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Michael Bolton
  • Michael Franks
  • Michael Jackson
  • Michael Stipe (REM)
  • Moby (vegan)
  • Morrissey
  • Olivia Newton John
  • Paul McCartney
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Yehudi Menuhin

And the list goes on and on.

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Dr. Gene Martin, D.C.

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San Mateo, California 94402

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Does Fibromyalgia Really Exist?

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Does Fibromyalgia Really Exist?

Sounds like a silly question?

If you have fibro, you know that at times someone, friend, relative or even doctor intimated that there was no such thing as fibro or that it was in your head or even more insulting, that you were just lazy. Many times this comes purely from ignorance as the general public and many doctors, for that matter, haven’t a clue as to what fibro is or what the symptoms are. Some even say that Fibromyalgia is just a combination of symptoms, but not a real illness. This is absolutely and positively wrong.

Fibromyalgia is an illness, the same way Diabetes is an; illness, the same way Multiple Sclerosis is an illness etc. The research is very clear on this topic and it is known for a fact that Fibromyalgia and all its symptoms are caused by an over active nervous system meaning that the central nervous system is firing on overdrive all the time. The constant firing of the nervous system causes all the various symptoms that people with Fibromyalgia deal with constantly. Each symptom can be traced to this.

I can’t tell you how many times a patient came to my office with Fibromyalgia after having gone to a variety of doctors and being told that there is no such thing as Fibromyalgia. I’ve heard patients tell me that they were told by psychologists and psychiatrists that it is purely “in their heads”.  What is even worse to the patient’s is when they are told that they are just “lazy” and don’t want to work. This is the epitome of insult and I usually advise this person to change doctors fast. There is no question that Fibromyalgia does exist, the research is clear and it is estimated that 3 to 6% of the population suffer with it to one degree or another. To say that Fibromyalgia does not exist is the same as saying that refrigerators do not exist. Therefore, make no mistake about it. Fibromyalgia is real.

Susan Reilly, a 48 year old women and mother of 3 was at her wit’s end. We spoke via the telephone and judging by her symptoms, it was very clear that she did have Fibromyalgia. Susan had been told numerous times, that Fibromyalgia did not exist except for one doctor who had told her that Fibro’s only symptom was pain. Her difficulty in thinking clearly had her convinced that she really had Alzheimer’s disease and she was in a state of panic. Susan literally thought that she was losing her mind and would ultimately die. Unfortunately she  was never able to come to my office as she lives in Ireland, but just my telling her that “the fibro fog” is a common symptom of fibromyalgia not only made her feel better, but as she explained it: It felt like a huge weight was lifted from her shoulders. I wonder why a patient would be treated in this way. We look up to our doctors for advice and depend on them to keep us healthy. Was it ignorance, an inflated ego or who knows what else? Suffice it to say, Susan had to not only suffer with fibro, but deal with this misinformation, causing more stress which made her fibromyalgia Symptoms worse. What a vicious cycle!

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo, Ca. 94402

Dr. Gene Martin

540-558-1010

e-mail fibro@drgenemartin.com

web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

skype: dr.gene.martin

Fibromyalgia: Why am I so tired all the time?

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Fibromyalgia Fatigue does take it’s toll!

One of the major symptoms of Fibromyalgia is fatigue. The basic reason for the fatigue is that you are sleep deprived. As you know, with fibro, sleep is so difficult. You’re not getting the sleep required, thus you’re extremely fatigued. Many people with fibromyalgia are prescribed sleep medications perhaps the most common being Amitriptyline. In reality, this is an antidepressant medication with a side effect of drowsiness and sleepiness, thus allowing you to fall asleep. The problem lays in that this medication along with the other sleep medications do not allow you to reach that level 3 deep sleep (called R.E.M.) sleep which is where your body rejuvenates itself. Therefore you might be taking medication and getting some sleep, but not the real sleep you need, thus you are fatigued.

Depending on the individual, fatigue can be mild and bothersome, or worse. Many people report being able to fight their way through the day, though they’re always tired. For some, constant rest periods throughout the day are enough to allow them to function. For others, the fatigue is so severe that work is impossible, even getting off the couch becomes a chore. Some feel so fatigued and tired all the time that they have to rely on a wheel chair or scooter. It really depends on the individual.

Some people rely on cup after cup of coffee, not a very good solution as caffeine, a drug, pushes the adrenal glands (you have two adrenal glands, they are small triangular shaped glands that live above each kidney and are part of the endocrine system which produces and controls hormones in your body) to produce more adrenalin. The problem lies with the fact that one of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is poorly functioning adrenal glands. Thus caffeine, in short term might seem like a viable solution, in the long term it is doing more harm and causing your fibromyalgia to become worse.

I spoke to a young 20 year old woman 2 days ago who had told me that her doctor recommended coffee throughout the day. This young woman did not like coffee nor did she drink it, but gave it a try. I honestly have no idea what this doctor was thinking, but I assure you that he had no understanding of Fibromyalgia.

Now I realize that most of us like and depend on that morning cup of coffee to get moving in the morning. Just the smell of fresh coffee can be quite tantalizing, but for people with Fibromyalgia, coffee is not a good idea. The same goes for caffeinated teas or and energy drinks which are often loaded with caffeine.

There really is no simple answer for how to stop the fatigue short of being able to get rid of the fibromyalgia.

Dr. Gene Martin
Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area
520 South El Camino Real, ste 520
San Mateo California 94402
650-558-1010
e-mail fibro@drgenemartin.com
Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com
Skype: dr.gene.martin

So You think You’re Not Eating MSG, Think Again!

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We live in a world where things are moving at a faster and faster pace. Twenty years ago, the word multitasking was only a computer term, now we use it to mean doing more than one thing at a time. We are all running around at such a pace that we never have time to stop and “smell the roses” to quote a cliche.

Consequently, the food that we eat has to be prepared fast, so we can eat fast and move on with our busy lives. What is the Cost? The answer is simple, it is our Health.

Lets face facts, in a world where both parents need to work, there just doesn’t seem to be time to prepare wholesome nutritious meals. Parents and children no longer sit around the dinner table discussing events of the day. In fact in many families, it is not uncommon for the members to eat separately, at different times. Just pull something out of the freezer, microwave it and you’re ready to eat. Again, the price we pay for these conveniences is our health.

Therefore, the food we eat has to be able to be stored and preserved until ready to be used. The days of the mother doing her daily shopping for the day’s meals are gone.

Thus, we rely on additives and preservatives.

Additives are classified as antimicrobial agents, antioxidants, artificial colors, artificial flavors and flavor enhancers, chelating agents and thickening and stabilizing agents. Antimicrobial agents such as salt, vinegar, sorbic acid and calcium propionate are used in the products such as salad dressings, baked goods, margarine, cheese and pickled foods. Antioxidants including vitamin C, E, BHT and BHA are used in the foods containing high fats. Chelating agents such as malic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid are used to prevent the flavor changes, discoloration and rancidity of the foods.

But with these additives and preservatives come danger!

Although additives and preservatives are essential for food storage, they can give rise to certain health problems. They can cause different allergies and conditions such as hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder in some people who are sensitive to specific chemicals. The foods containing additives can cause asthma, hay fever and certain reactions such as rashes, vomiting, headache, tight chest, hives and worsening of eczema. Some of the known dangers of food additives and preservatives are as follows:

  • Benzoates can trigger the allergies such as skin rashes and asthma as well as believed to be causing brain damage.
  • Bromates destroy the nutrients in the foods. It can give rise to nausea and diarrhea.
  • Butylates are responsible for high blood cholesterol levels as well as impaired liver and kidney function.
  • Caffeine is a colorant and flavorant that has diuretic, stimulant properties. It can cause nervousness, heart palpitations and occasionally heart defects.
  • Saccharin causes toxic reactions and allergic response, affecting skin, gastrointestinal tract and heart. It may also cause tumors and bladder cancer.
  • Red Dye 40 is suspected to cause certain birth defects and possibly cancer.
  • Mono and di-glycerides can cause birth defects, genetic changes and cancer.
  • Caramel is a famous flavoring and coloring agent that can cause vitamin B6 deficiencies. It can cause certain genetic defects and even cancer.
  • Sodium chloride can lead to high blood pressure, kidney failure, stroke and heart attack.

Lets take MSG for an example:

But most people don’t know that it’s in literally thousands of different processed foods, often under hidden names.And now, science is showing us that it could be a big part of what’s making us so fat. Think you’re not eating MSG? Many foods at Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and McDonald’s have it. Wonder what the Colonel’s secret ingredient was? MSG. Oh, you don’t eat fast food? Even classy restaurants use it.

Oh, you don’t eat out? Sorry, your grocery is loaded with MSG too, and school cafeterias are just as loaded. Well, at least your baby’s safe. Guess again, almost all infant formulas are packed with it.

Dr. Russell Blaylock has studied these common flavor enhancers that many experts believe are hazardous to your health. He calls them Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. And he says you’re more exposed to them than you realize. “One of the misconceptions is that — ‘Well, I don’t eat Chinese food, so I’m not really exposed to MSG,'” Blaylock said. “Well, if you look at almost all processed foods, the vast majority of them have one or more forms of this high glutamate content in it.”

But the food companies can be sneaky, it might not say MSG on the label, but the name has been changed and MSG goes by many different names these days. Here are some examples:

  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Autolyzed Plant Protein
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Gelatin
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Maltodextrin
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Textured Protein
  • Yeast Extract

So where is MSG

The following is taken from the Truth in Labeling Organization:

Low fat and no fat milk products often contain milk solids that contain MSG. Other dairy products often contain carrageenan, guar gum, and/or locust bean gum. Low fat and no fat versions of ice cream and cheese may not be as obvious as yogurt, milk, cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc., but they are not exceptions.

Protein powders and protein drinks contain glutamic acid, and the glutamic acid in the protein powders and drinks will always be processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid (MSG).  Individual amino acids are not always listed on labels of protein powders and drinks.

At present, there is an FDA requirement to give the name of the protein source when listing hydrolyzed protein products on labels of processed foods.  Examples are hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed pea protein, hydrolyzed whey protein, hydrolyzed, corn protein. If a tomato, for example, were whole, it would be identified as a tomato. Naming an ingredient “tomato protein” indicates that the tomato has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is present.

At present, the FDA requires the disclosure of ingredients labeled “monosodium glutamate” and “hydrolyzed…protein” when, as ingredients, they are used in a “flavor” or “flavoring” (whether or not the “flavor” or “flavoring” is preceded by the words “natural” or “artificial”).  However, “flavors” and “flavorings” can contain MSG in ingredients other than “monosodium glutamate” and “hydrolyzed…Protein” without the MSG being disclosed.

Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate are relatively expensive food additives that work synergistically with inexpensive processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  We believe that they would only be used if there was MSG in a product.

MSG will be found in some soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics, where MSG is hidden in ingredients with names that include the words “hydrolyzed,” “amino acids,” and/or “protein.”

Binders and fillers for prescription and non-prescription medications, nutrients, and supplements, may contain MSG.

According to the manufacturer, Varivax–Merck chicken pox vaccine (Varicella Virus Live), contains L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin, both of which contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  It would appear that most, if not all, live virus vaccines contain some ingredient(s) that contains MSG.

There are a number of ingredients identified as organic that, organic or not, will contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  Autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, textured soy protein, and anything hydrolyzed are examples of ingredients that may be made from organic produce, but will never-the-less contain MSG.

Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are potential sources of hidden MSG.  They may also contain aspartame, neotame, of AminoSweet (the new name for aspartame).  We mention aspartame, neotame, and AminoSweet here because they, like MSG, contain a neurotoxic amino acid, and can cause the same reactions that MSG causes.

Some waxes used on fruits and vegetables contain MSG.

Produce may have been produced using fertilizer or pesticide products that contain MSG.  Some of these fertilizers may be organic.  It is impossible to know from looking at produce whether or not it has been treated with an MSG-containing fertilizer or pesticide product that leaves residue in or on the produce.

Some non-organic waxes used on some fruits and vegetables contain MSG.

Additional sources of MSG include infant formula, kosher food, enteral feeding products (tube feeding products), dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, protein drinks often recommended for seniors, protein bars and protein powders, vaccines, personal care products, protein powders sold in health food stores, food that is labeled “organic”, wine, food with labels that say “No Added MSG,” “No MSG Added,” or “No MSG” , food that is falsely advertised as containing no MSG, and in food whose manufacturers claim, in response to questions, that their products contain no MSG.

MSG can be hidden by restaurateurs who claim that the food they serve contains no MSG.

More, next time!

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area
520 South El Camino real, Suite 520
San Mateo Ca, 94402
650-6558-1010
e-mail fibro@drgenemartin.com
web: http://www.drgenemartin.com
skype: dr.gene.martin

Are We Living In A “Fahrenheit 451” World

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Ray Bradbury, a wonderful author wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1953. His novel was about a dystopian world where the fireman’s job was to burn books as books had been outlawed and where people spent most of their times glued to wide screen televisions attached to the walls. The citizens of this futuristic society were generally mesmerized by the screens and were constantly and consistently fed huge amounts of propaganda created by the totalitarian state.

Over the years there have been many interpretations of what Bradbury was trying to say, but one thing seems very clear: like it or not, we have reached that point. News reports are no longer non biased reporting of the day’s events but more the opinions of the particular owners of the television station you might be watching. The days of Walter Cronkite are over. Think of how the media (Public Broadcasting to Fox news and everything in-between), can report on the same story, yet you would never recognize that they were the same story.

It has been estimated again and again that 1% of the American population read only 1 book per year. It has also been said that the average American spends up to 5 hours per day sitting in front of the Television. California, the richest state is the U.S., is ranked 49th in education (Mississippi is ranked 50th).

So what in the world does this have to do with Fibromyalgia (and other illnesses), the answer is plenty. Like it or not, we are being conditioned to accept what is being told to us via the media. For you folks with Fibromyalgia, you are constantly given the message that medications like Lyrica and Cymbalta are the answer to your Fibromyalgia problems.

You generally will see the commercial of the happy woman who told of how her fibro had interfered with her life, but after finding this wonder drug, she is now cured (they do not say cured, but the intimation is clear). This happy woman is working in her garden with a big smile on her face and appears to be living her life to the fullest. In very small print or in a fast speaking voice you’ll hear about the side effects. You only have to ask the pharmacist for the insert that comes with Lyrica and read the pages of side effects and I guarantee that the shock would cause your fibro to flare. In fact many of the side effects are symptoms of the fibro that you are trying to get rid of.

Now to be fair, Lyrica might be of some help a minority of people, but it certainly does not do what is depicted by the advertising. And remember that Lyrica, for Pfizer (the Pharmaceutical company that makes it), earns billions a year. Lastly the withdrawal off this medication is a nightmare; just ask someone who tried to stop “cold turkey”. Are you aware of this, has your doctor told you this? Don’t blame the Doctor, though, as chances are that he/she are just as unaware as you are.

You are also told, again and again that there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, and you’re led to the false hope that perhaps the cure is just around the corner. This is not good news for the sufferers who are living with is horrendous illness and sees no end in sight.

I know how deep and penetrating the propaganda is. It is common knowledge that I run a fibromyalgia center and that my patients are 80 to 100% fibro free in 8 weeks and sometimes up to 12 weeks. Yet I have people write me and call me stating that I’m a crook, a fraud and every other insulting name in the book. My Fibro-Free patients are told again and again that they never had Fibromyalgia in the first place. Of course they would disagree with these statements.

Dr. Stanislaw R Burzynski has been successfully treating and curing the worst forms of cancer for decades, I know this to be true as I’ve had terminally ill patients go to his clinic in Texas and 15, 20 or more years later, they are still fine and thriving and cancer free. Yet, have you ever heard this name?

Have we really gotten to the point where we believe everything that is fed to us via the media? Are we losing the ability to think for ourselves, to make decisions based on facts? I’d say yes, and it is causing us our health and our quality of life.

When I studied mathematical statistics at the university, the professor told us during the first class that statistics lie and are often manipulated. When you see an advertisement that says that a particular product will do something 40% better, or this item is on sale for 50% off, what does that mean? It really has no meaning.

At this point, you might have realized that I’m writing this blog out of anger, which is true. I sick to death of seeing people with Fibromyalgia suffer, I’m sick of all the propaganda being fed to increase the bottom line of some huge corporation and I’m perhaps angriest that I have the ability to dramatically help so many with Fibromyalgia, but I cannot. After all, you’ve been told again and again that there is no solution.

For those who cannot get to my office, there are so many things you can do to really make yourselves feel better. I constantly write about them all the time. For example, the poisons in our foods lead to flares, yet you are bombarded with advertisements for them. When the word finally reaches the public i.e. MSG or High fructose corn syrup, the answer is to change the name, so you think you’ve eliminated it from your diet. Get rid of these two chemicals to start, and you’d feel a bit better, but that’s impossible as the names change and they are intentionally made difficult to find on labels.

I’ve seen medicinal marijuana dramatically help people with their pain, but it illegal in most states, yet OxyContin, which is at least as addictive as Heroin and perhaps more so is the second most abused drug in the United States and is killing our young at an alarming rate.

If you believe that you’ll eventually see the cure, than I hesitantly have to tell you that you are fooling yourselves. It will not happen medically, there will not be a magic pill produced that will make it all go away and many of you will continue to pour money into the various organizations in the hope that the cure will be found.

In the 1970’s Richard Nixon, one of our more controversial presidents claimed that he was confident that cancer would be cured by the end of the decade. Well, its 30 years later and it still has not been cured. Sure there have been some strides made, but the sad fact is that on a percentage basis, Breast, Colon, Prostate, Lung, Ovarian, Liver and all the worst cancers kill more now, than 30 years ago, the rates of death are not dropping but increasing.

Do you want some changes, turn off the Television, or better yet, get rid of the television, start making noise, yell at your doctors, your insurance companies, your politicians and the pharmaceutical companies. Demand that they start being honest. Demand that they stop only thinking of what is in it for themselves. In other words, if you want change, you’ll have to do it yourselves.

In the meantime, more and more people will suffer with the horrendous symptoms that make Fibromyalgia such a nightmare. In the next blog, I will write in detail about MSG!

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area
 520 South El Camino Real, Suite 520
San Mateo, Ca. 94402
650-558-1010
e-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com
web: http://www.drgenemartin.com
skype: dr.gene.martin