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My New Year’s Resolution-Being Judgemental

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My New Year’s Resolution

For the past 25 or so years, I’ve always made the same New Year’s resolution, and unfortunately, I’ve never been able to live up to it. I fail much more often than I succeed. My excuse, I’m human.

What is this resolution? No, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t procrastinate, I exercise daily, I’m not overweight etc etc etc. (these are the common ones people always talk about.)

My New Year’s Resolution is always: I will not be judgmental, I will not judge people. You know something; this is possibly the hardest one to keep. We are so conditioned to judge, that we don’t even realize we do it, yet we do it constantly.

Since my practice is limited to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, every time I receive a call from a prospective patient, certain thoughts run through my head. Will this patient be difficult, will he/she show up, if this person becomes a patient, will they follow instructions and will they constantly complain. I also question myself: Will I be able to help this patient and will I do the best I possibly can. Yes; I even judge myself (in fact we all do).

Interestingly, time after time, I’ve always found my patients to be lovely, warm, certainly compliant and just the nicest people. I always do the best I can and really do care about all my patients, yet I judge myself.

So, why do we all judge.

I’m not sure, I suppose it starts when we’re children, our parents, (though they generally love us), want us to do well in school so we try to live up to their expectations, the teachers judge us, our friends judge; as we get older and work, our employers and co-workers judge us.  Add to this all the advertising and media of the perfect woman with the gorgeous looks, the perfect housewife, raising her 3 children while even working a full time job, the television shows where the characters are handsome, witty and charming ; thus we can’t help but compare ourselves and we start comparing others and making judgments.

Interestingly, the great majority of times, when we judge somebody, without knowing anything about them, we are wrong.

Ever been in an elevator with a person who has an angry look on their face, perhaps you say good morning and get a snappy reply back. We judge, but for all we know, that person might have just received a notice that they are being audited by the I.R.S., or found out that their child received an “F” in algebra, or even that they were given a work project that is due in 3 hours. Perhaps, someone close to them just passed away. We really know so little.

Now, what about the person with Fibromyalgia? Since it is so often invisible, one day a person might feel good enough to smile, the next day, they might look and feel miserable and be in no position to chit-chat. In fact, I would bet that there are many people with Fibromyalgia whom you see daily, yet you have no idea that they are sick.

Add to this, the constant judgments you receive from the many different doctors you see. Sure some are nice and caring, but you’ve all had those Docs who give you 5 minutes of their time and feel that it is a privilege for you to pay them $450.00 for these minutes. How about the Docs who deny that you are sick?  What about those doctors who tell you that the symptoms are in your head. What about the disabled fibro patients who cannot get disability after applying again and again. It’s easy to become judgmental and distrustful (it’s close cousin).

Yet, as I had mentioned, being judgmental is not good nor is it healthy, sure there are some pretty nasty people out there, but I would guess that most people are nice, want to be liked and want to live a healthy and safe life. Being judgmental is a cycle, the more we judge, the more we get in the habit of judging.

I continue to make the same resolution year after year, perhaps over time, I’ve gotten better, but will I ever reach the point of being a non-judgmental person; most probably not, but I’ll keep trying.

I’m only human.

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

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

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Why isn’t there more Research being done to find a cure for Fibromyalgia?

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Why isn’t there more Research being done to find a cure for Fibromyalgia?

This is an excellent question, which also has many answers, Firstly, there is so much confusion and misunderstanding about Fibromyalgia that many researchers do not know where to begin. Another reason is that Fibromyalgia is not a well known illness among the general public. Ask the average person about Fibromyalgia and they’ll probably either say that they never heard of it, or that it is “that pain disease.” I know this for a fact as I ask this question constantly, not just to the people I meet, but also to many doctors and other health care professionals. One reason for this is that Fibromyalgia is such an isolating illness that many sufferers don’t even speak about it. When they do they are met with blank stares and sometimes even accused of being a malingerer (faking the illness).

Still, another reason for the small amount of research is that research itself is very expensive; costing in the millions and tens of millions. The Government does fund research, but in the times of troubled economics, that research money is drastically reduced. This is the case at the present. Many scientists rely on grants from organizations for their research, but again, with a slow economy, the money is not as plentiful.

Fibromyalgia is not a glamorous illness; the average person cannot see the symptoms as they are so internal. After all, how can you tell if a person is suffering from the “Fibro Fog”? You are more apt to believe that this fibro sufferer is mentally impaired, or perhaps even suffering from dementia. Fibromyalgia pain is a type of pain that cannot be described unless you experience it yourself. (Can a man ever understand how painful childbirth can be?).

Therefore, Fibromyalgia is virtually invisible to the average non fibro patient. Very little visibility means no demand for more research. I’ve heard that anywhere from 2 to 6 percent of the population have Fibromyalgia and I believe this number to be on the low end as so many times, fibro people are not diagnosed properly. You never see walks in the park to find a cure or telethons to raise money for fibro research. For years, women had to scream to get more funding for breast cancer research.

Much of the research money comes from large pharmaceutical companies who do have the resources, scientists and laboratories to do the research, but remember that these companies are also businesses and their goal is to make a profit. There is much more money to be made finding medications to combat high cholesterol or heart disease, than to find a medication for Fibromyalgia. After all, a much larger percentage of the population deals with high cholesterol. I believe that Pfizer must have never in their wildest imagination thought that Lipitor (a cholesterol lowering medication), would become the huge largest selling medication in the history of Pharmacology.

If Fibromyalgia affected a larger percent of the population, you’d see a lot more research being done. If people with fibro opened their mouths more, yelled and made a fuss you’d hear much more about it in the media and the population would be much more familiar with it. Everybody knows and fears colon or pancreatic cancer, but how many people know anything about Fibromyalgia?

One last note, one of the reasons you see so many ads for Lyrica in the media is that Pfizer is about to lose it’s patent on Lipitor which will mean a drop in their income, thus they are pushing their other products in a big way. We’ve all seen the commercials of the woman who is taking Lyrica and appears to be totally fine, normal and living a healthy life. Those of you with Fibromyalgia know that this is just not the case. At best and if you are one of the lucky ones, it lessens the pain a bit, but certainly does not bring yu back to normal health.

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

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

Skype: dr.gene.martin

You Are What You Eat Meat and Chicken

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You Are What You Eat Meat and Chicken

Lets start with beef and chicken, the following might surprise you and perhaps scare you!

We will begin with beef.

For decades, the meat industry has been producing and processing more meats at an ever quickening pace. This is to meet the high, and ever increasing, demand for the meat we consume each day.

In recent years, these intensive meat farm methods have come under new scrutiny and more people are becoming aware of the unacceptable conditions used to produce the beef, pork, and poultry that have become integral parts of our daily diets.

Hormones:

Most traditionally raised beef calves go from 80 pounds to 1,200 pounds in a period of about 14 months. This is no natural feat. Along with enormous quantities of grain (usually corn) and protein supplements, calves are fed or implanted with various drugs and hormones to, as the beef industry says, “promote efficient growth.”

Any combination of the natural hormones estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, and the synthetic hormones zeranol and trenbolone acetate may be given to cattle. Another hormone, melengesterol acetate, may also be added to feed to “improve weight gain and feed efficiency.”

Measurable amounts of hormones in traditionally raised beef are transferred to humans, and some scientists believe that human consumption of estrogen from hormone-fed beef can result in cancer, premature puberty and falling sperm counts.

Antibiotics:

About nine million pounds of antibiotic feed additives are used annually in the cattle-raising process. Many people don’t realize that the largest use of antibiotics in the United States is to feed to animals, often so that they will gain more weight, but also to prevent disease outbreaks that could easily fester since the animals are raised in such crowded conditions.

This routine antibiotic use is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in humans. Animals raised in natural environments, not the traditional “factory farms,” rarely require antibiotics. You may be able to find antibiotic-free beef in your local health food store, but be sure to be certain that it is grass-fed as well.

Along with antibiotics, traditionally raised cattle are given various vaccines and other drugs. The following is just one recommended course of care for a whole herd of cattle as shown on Pfizer.com:

  • CattleMaster 4+VL5: a 4-way viral plus 5-way leptospirosis vaccine and vibriosis protection
  • UltraChoice 8: a vaccine to prevent clostridial diseases
  • Dectomax Pour-On or Dectomax Injectable: drugs to prevent and treat internal and external parasites
  • ScourGuard 3®(K)/C: a vaccine to prevent calf scours

Irradiation:

Some commercial beef is irradiated which means it has been treated with gamma rays produced by the radioactive material, cobalt 60, or electricity to kill bacteria. The effects of long-term consumption of irradiated food products remain to be seen.

This issue is virtually the same issue as with milk. Once milk is pasteurized to “protect” us, it is seriously damaged and actually causes more harm than good for most who drink it. However, if milk is consumed in its real raw form, then it is typically an amazing health-producing food for most who consume it.

If you value your long-term health, I strongly encourage you to avoid irradiated meat. All meats will not be irradiated, so your best bet is to purchase non-irradiated meat.

Many may not be aware that school districts have the option of purchasing irradiated beef for their lunch programs, and parental notification is not required. If you are a parent you can work with your school district to discourage the use of irradiated foods, or at the very least contact them to find out whether irradiated beef is being served in your child’s school cafeteria.

You can also contact your representative and senators today to urge them not to support irradiated food in school lunches.

Environmental Problems:

Alongside the dangers that traditionally raised beef pose to your health are the dangers they pose to your environment. Substantial areas of forests, particularly the rain forests of Central America and the Amazon, are being cleared to make way for cattle. And in the United States, cattle production is a major source of environmental pollution.

Among the most severe problems are water pollution from the nearly 1 billion tons of organic waste produced by cattle each year and the enormous amounts of petro-chemical fertilizers used to produce feed crops, and air pollution–waste and waste treatment methods of grain-fed cattle are responsible for producing a significant portion of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide (the three major gases that are largely responsible for global warming), along with other harmful gasses.

The Way Cattle are Treated:

Traditionally raised cattle are treated as commodities and are deprived of some of the most basic requirements of life–fresh air, space and normal social interaction.

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Next Commercial Chicken:

In order to control intestinal parasites, stimulate growth, improve the color of chicken meat and reduce their stress on the commercial farms, producers of commercial chickens tend to feed their chickens with additives that have adverse effects on human health. These feed additives contain the antibiotic arsenic compound known as Roxarsone, which is used to make the chickens healthier in terms of bigger breasts and pinker skin. Roxarsone is believed to cause diseases such as cancer in humans. This is according to research studies published in 2008 in “Environmental Health Perspectives,” an online journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and conducted by Dr. Partha Basu, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duquesne University.

  1. Feed Additives

    • Since the 1960s, commercial chicken farmers have been using these feed additives to produce the oversized birds, and it has become a common practice throughout this commercial industry. The antibiotic found in chicken feed is used to protect the chickens from illnesses and infections, but it also induces blood vessel growth, which makes the meat appear more succulent. The problem with this is that it can produce abnormal human cell growth as well. This growth leads to the development of cancer cells, according to research done by Dr. Basu et al.

    Farming Conditions

    • The chickens are raised in crowded and unsanitary farming conditions, which leads them to contract the very illnesses and infections that chicken producers are using these harmful antibiotics to guard against. Unfortunately, these same antibiotics cause abnormal growth results in the chickens and in some cases can cause bacteria mutations and drug resistance in them as well. There is concern that there could be similar effects on humans who consume these chickens for food.

    Angiogenesis

    • The compounds found in the antibiotics used in chicken feed can cause health problems like cancer in humans, according to Dr. Basu’s research. When an increase in the formation of additional blood vessels occurs, producing their pink pigmentation, it can do the same in humans also by overproducing additional cells. This growth process is called angiogenesis and is found in many cancers and other diseases. Research done by the USDA has also found linkage between the arsenic compound found in chicken and an effect on human cells.

    Chicken Waste

    • Besides being fed these harmful additives, chickens are also used in the feed for other farm animals such as turkeys and pigs as well. Chicken waste, which is normally used for farm field fertilizers and in commercial fertilizers, may affect water supplies in the ground and on the surface. Scientists are concerned that being constantly exposed to these harmful additives found in commercial chicken feed can potentially lead to cancer for consumers as well as for the commercial chicken farmers.

    To summarize:

The antibiotics used in commercial meat and chicken farms are one of the biggest food related health threats to humans. Antibiotics are used just as commonly in farms as they are on humans, but many of the injections given in these crowded farm facilities are used to promote growth rather than prevent disease.

Growth injections have created a great deal of concern. The primary reason is because of evidence of resistant bacteria transmitted from animals to humans, including e.coli and salmonella. Because of the potential danger of these bacteria, growth injections are prohibited in Europe.

Antibiotics used for general disease control in place of sanitary living conditions can create the same resistant strains. Unfortunately, this type of injection is permitted in most intensive farms.

Other dangers include:

    • Workers in factory farms often suffer from respiratory complications and other infections due to the unclean conditions.
    • Chemical residue from commercial feed, pesticides, and antibiotics can be left in the environment, including water sources, through animal waste.
  • Commercial farming practices increase the risk of serious viral outbreaks like foot and mouth disease and bird flu.

How About Lunch Meats? (Including those Hot dogs that everybody loves)

Luncheon meats are convenience foods that may cost you your health and your life. According to the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, all processed meats, such as hot dogs and bologna, should be limited or even avoided in a healthy recommended diet. Luncheon meat dangers include the use of sodium nitrate or nitrite, are high in salt, high in fat and are too much meat for one’s good health.

  1. Sodium Nitrate or Nitrite

    • Sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite are preservatives used in the curing process of luncheon meats. It wards off growth of bacteria, such as botulism, and it develops the color and taste of processed meats. However there is much debate surrounding the toxicity of these preservatives. According to the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, there is a strong link between these preservatives and colorectal cancer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that low doses of sodium nitrite may cause acute methemoglobinemia, which is when the hemoglobin can no longer carry oxygen in the blood stream, especially in infants.

    Salt

    • Table salt, or sodium chloride, is often found in high quantities in luncheon meats. The USDA warns that too much salt in your diet may lead to high blood pressure and other diseases. It specifically targets processed meats, such as luncheon meats, as high in salt and sodium. Ham, for example, has roughly 1,100 milligrams of salt for about 3 1/2 ounces, while cereal has only about 300 milligrams.

    Fat

    • A diet that is low in saturated fat is recommended for healthy living. Luncheon meats are higher in saturated fat and should be limited. Lean meats and fish have less fat than processed meats such as hot dogs and luncheon meats. Unsaturated fats are good for a healthy diet, and those include avocados, nuts and olive oil. Reducing the intake of saturated fats from meats may help prevent heart disease, cancer and type two diabetes.

    Meat

    • The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research recommend diets that limit meat, especially processed meats for overall health. Diets that are higher in plant food reduce cancer risks. Plant foodshave folates and carotenoids that help prevent cancer. For example, garlic protects against rectum and colon cancer, and fruits may prevent cancers of the esophagus, lung and stomach. Eating luncheon meat reduces your intake of vegetables and fruits that are better for your health.

It comes down to commercial meat is not healthy and not safe. You don’t have to be Einstein to see why so many people are so sick with so many illnesses, and the numbers keep rising. If you want to eat meat and chicken, free range or organic is definitely the way to go!

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

650-558-1010

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

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Anger

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Anger

Yesterday, we received a post on my Facebook page from a woman who was obviously very angry and possibly mentally ill. She ranted on and on about how Fibromyalgia does not exist, how it is only a way for the “so called” fibro sufferers” to collect money from the government so they can sit at home all day and watch TV, courtesy of our tax dollars. I truly believe that this is an example of misguided anger.

As you can imagine, she upset quite a few people.

This got me thinking last night and though I was going to write on another topic, I, instead, chose anger. Here is the reason why and this applies not only to people with Fibromyalgia, but to all people in general.

Remember that I am speak from the perspective of the U.S.A, but I suspect that this is much more wide spread.

We live in a very skeptical and angry world. We constantly feel lied to us by our politicians, by the media and in addition, we live in a constant state of fear. Fear of cancer and other illnesses, fear of terrorist attacks, fear of all the info we receive daily about our food we eat, our air we breath and even our diet. We tend to escape, at least for a couple of hours by watching mindless television programs mostly consisting of these reality programs.

Here in the states we are watching our economy crumble, watching the level of our education and schools constantly decrease and in fact we see food lines growing bigger and bigger, something not seen since the great depression of 1929. Yet, we spend billions per day on outside wars, on supplying money to other countries (not loans, but free money) and the entire situation becomes very confusing.

The industrial crooks steal hundreds of millions from our retirement account, get caught, pay a tiny percentage back and spend a couple of years in a “country club” prison. Is it no wonder there is so much anger around us?

Yet anger is poison, it not only makes us feel anxious, but it interferes with our health, it decreases the efficiency of our immune system and makes our lives miserable.

I’m 58 years old and have been around long enough to see that no matter which president is in power, democrats or republicans, not much has changed. Our fears might be directed in other ways, for example, the cold war, but now that this is passed, it’s now terrorism. It’s no wonder there is so much anger. When I listen to politicians speak, I could swear that I’m watching “theater”. What they say changes from day to day, depending on who they are talking to.

When it comes to the global scene, I suspect there is not much we can do, however on the more local and personal level there is.

1 If possible, try to eliminate the negative, non-affirmative angry people from your lives, you don’t need that type of stimuli. Try to surround yourself with uplifting, positive people.

2 Stay away from those people who are always taking and taking, they sap your energy and contribute nothing positive to your state of mind and health. This includes those people who constantly talk about themselves and appear to really have no interest in you. They are selfish and egocentric. Be with people who are interested in what you say, who tend to look at things from a positive perspective and who are will to be optimistic and make you feel better. We all know these types.

3 Minimize your intake of watching the news, most news is sensational, not a means to report current events. The media is owned by a handful of huge conglomerates and they know that sensationalism is what sells. the days of Walter Cronkite are unfortunately gone.

4 Try to not harp on the negative, this will become easier as you wean yourselves away from the above mentioned situations and people.

One of my patients had mentioned to me that she met a man who became so angry, he went postal. I had never really heard that expression and it did not exist 20 years ago. It now means a person who gets so angry that their behavior becomes erratic and dangerous. The term “postal” is a reference to a few years back when angry people were going into post offices and shooting people for no apparent reason.

These might sound pretty self-evident, but these are decisions I have made 25 years ago. Of course I have my moments of anger, but all in all I’ve found my life to become much more enjoyable and less stressful. There might be a huge amount of angry people out there, but I guarantee that there are also caring, uplifting and plain nice people with good hearts. It might take a bit of effort to find them, but once you do, you’ll be so happy you did.

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

650-558-1010

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

Skype: dr.gene.martin

Why don’t People and Doctors really understand that I am Ill?

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Today’s Blog: Why don’t People and Doctors really understand that I am Ill?

Every wonder people with Fibromyalgia are so misunderstood? every wonder why some doctors will insist it doesn’t exist? Every get so frustrated because it seems impossible to explain what you, as a person with Fibromyalgia, is experiencing on a day to day basis. The following story is one of the reasons, read it and try to be non-judgmental as you go along.

A True Story

Have anyone of you eve been to New York City? I mean NYC in August on one of those hot and humid days, where you can smell the city, where it’s hard to breath, where the smoke seems to rise from the streets and where it is almost impossible to feel comfortable due to the perspiration dripping down from your face on to your clothes.. Well this is a true story that occurred on one of those days at about 4:00PM just as rush hour was starting to happen. The setting is the IRT (a subway line), with broken air conditioning and the first group of workers heading home after a sweltering day of work at their desks in the thousands of similar office buildings that make up downtown Manhattan.

As it was still the beginning of rush hour, there were a few seats left in the subway car. The train stopped at a station and a man entered with his 3 children, aged 5, 7 and 10 years old. Each of the children had a can of Coca Cola in one hand and an ice cream bar in the other hand.The father found a seat, the train began to move and this was the signal for the children to start acting like children. the children began to run up the aisle of the train, they grabbed the bars (people who stand hold on to) and swung themselves around and around while their soda went flying. each time the train would lurch, one or more of the children would lose their balance and fall on one of the other passengers laps, sticky fingers and all. All the while, the father, sitting his his seat, just looked down at his feet.

If you know anything about NY’ers, they were becoming very angry at the children and the father, the hot and humid weather was no help for their moods. They began grumbling under their breath about how the father was not watching the kids, how the kids could get hurt and more importantly how one of the children could hurt one of the passengers as they lost their balance. The father did not seem to notice anything amiss which just angered the passengers that much more.

Would you not agree with me that the father is being very irresponsible overall?  Would you agree that all the passengers had every reason to be angry and that something sooner or later had to occur? I certainly would be furious with the situation, and I’m sure that you would be too!

This scenario continued as the train kept moving, yet there was an older woman who watched the situation closely and saw something different, something that no others on the train were able to see. Being an elderly woman, she carefully stood up, as the train moved, walked across the aisle to the man and asked: Sir, is everything alright, are you alright? The father of the children did not say a word, just continued to look down. The elderly woman than asked: Sir, is there anything I can do to help you?

The father of the children looked up into the elderly woman’s eyes and said: My children and I are headed home and returning from the hospital. My wife of 15 years has just died from Breast Cancer and I don’t know, for the life of me, how I’m going to tell my kids that their mother is never coming home again.

What you’ve just experienced is called a Paradigm shift! A dramatic change in your thinking that would have seemed impossible before. W can all experience a paradigm shift in the way we look at our health, our lives and other things. The point is that paradigm shifts are very difficult to change. It generally needs to be something emotionally dramatic, like the above true story.

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo California, 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

Skype: drgenemartin


My Father – A Hero

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My Father

My father died on Christmas evening 2010 at 11:00PM. He was 88 years old. He had suffered with congestive heart failure and knew that he had two or three years left to live, though he was getting weaker by the day, yet never complained.

For those who are familiar with CHF, you’ll know that at times the fluids back up into the lungs creating a feeling of drowning and this certainly would happen. He would cough and panic, but would ultimately get through it.

Yet during this entire ordeal, he never complained; in fact he was always more interested in my mother, my sister, myself and the grandchildren. These were his priorities.

My father was a true hero, he saw horrible action during the Second World War, yet never spoke of it. He was awarded various medals however we knew nothing of this until we were going through his belongings after his death. He never once mentioned them.

I was the last one to have a talk with my father while he was still lucent. He explained that he knew what was happening and he wasn’t scared. He told me that he loved me, the last words he ever said to me.

My father’s greatest trait was that he had a good and caring heart. To me, this is the most important trait a person can possess.

His death was gentle and painless as he was asleep for his last 2 days under the influence of Morphine, which we administered at home. He wanted to pass away at home surrounded by his family and even the family dog. This is what happened.

We all desperately miss his warmth and his generosity, he truly was the type (stereotypical as hit might sound) to give a less fortunate person, the shirt off his back. He really cared about his fellow man. Yes, he was a hero.

Fibromyalgia sufferers are also heroes, they never complain to friends and loved ones. Of course they get angry at times of how they are treated by their doctors and the public who are so ignorant of this illness. When it comes to family, friends and loved ones, people with fibromyalgia are more concerned with not burdening others with the private hell that they go through on a day to day basis.

On the outset, this might appear good, but I believe that people with Fibromyalgia need to be more vocal, perhaps not angry and not complaining, but more vocal. After all, how are the public and doctors ever going to understand what living with fibro is all about?

I’m very excited about a book that will be published in the next weeks, chronicling Fibromyalgia from the patient’s point of view. My hope is that this will help spread the word. In fact, while this book is being ready for publication, another book (a sequel) is in the works and we hope to have this out by December.

Most people I’ve met and/or treated with fibro had good hearts but were always confused as to why nobody understood their illness. Well, we are changing that, step by step.

There are many true heroes in the world; Michael J Fox comes to mind. I don’t personally know him nor does he know me; however as a leading man and successful actor he was struck down in his prime with Parkinson’s disease. Yet he never complained. He struggles from day to day and does what he can to educate the public about Parkinson’s.

There are many like Michael. I equate my father and all those suffering with fibro with Michael.

I miss my father at times I hear his voice very clearly, guiding me. He truly was a hero. So are all those suffering with Fibromyalgia.

 Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

Skype: dr.gene.martin

What You Eat Affects Your Health – Part 2

Announcement

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Some Recipes from Illa

Banana Popsicles

A delicious low sugar, dairy-free sweet treat, similar to ice cream

Ingredients

Three bananas

1 cup nut or rice milk

2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)

 

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until liquid.

Pour into a Popsicle mold or an ice cube tray and freeze for two hours, or until solid. If you would like little handles for your popsicles, wrap the tray in saran wrap after pouring, and poke toothpicks into each section.

 

 

Gluten Free Pancakes

(can also be used to make waffles)

 

Make a bunch during the weekend and freeze them for a quick breakfast.

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups rice flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of flax seed

3 eggs

1/4 cup of nut or cow’s milk, or enough to make the batter thick

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Butter or coconut oil to grease pan and top pancakes

 

Directions

Combine all dry ingredients and mix.

 Combine eggs, oil and water

Mix wet into dry ingredients

Oil cast iron or stainless steel pan put on medium heat.

Ladle about 1/2 cup of better on pan small pancakes onto the pan.  Turn the pancakes when bubbles form on the edges and cook for another minute. Enjoy with berry sauce and butter!

 

Broiled Chicken and root vegetables

 

A quick, satisfying meal

Serves 3

 

Ingredients

One of each of the following: yams, parsnip and cauliflower

Approximately 1 lb of chicken breast, cut into 1 inch strips

2 tablespoons of oil

1 tablespoon of oregano

1/4 teaspoon of salt

 

Directions

Preheat broiler to low

Cut the vegetables into ½ inch thick coins and place in bowl with chicken strips.

Place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, oregano and salt. Coat your food evenly by mixing it with your hands.  You can add more oil or seasoning as needed.

Arrange vegetables and meat in a single layer on a cookie sheet and broil for 12 minutes, or slightly brown.

 

 

Middle Eastern Bean Soup

 

 

Serves 8

1 cup of brown rice

1 cup dried kidney beans

½ yellow onion, chopped

2 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of turmeric

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 carrots, chopped

2 sticks of celery, chopped

3 cups of organic chicken or vegetable broth

3 cups of water

2 cups of kale, chopped

Juice of ½ of a lemon

Sea salt to taste

 

Directions:

Soak the beans and rice

Combine beans and rice and soak overnight in 3 cups of water. The beans and rice will expand overnight and absorb much of the water. Discard any remaining soaking water.

Making the soup

Sautee onion and spices in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add beans, rice, water, broth, carrots and celery to the pot and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Add kale, lemon juice a teaspoon of salt and cook for another 15 minutes. Taste and add additional salt as needed. 

 

 

Chinese Coleslaw

 

Serves 3

 

Ingredients

 

1 ½ cups of green cabbage, shredded

2 carrots, grated

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

¼ teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of dulse flakes

 

Directions

Place prepared cabbage and carrots in a bowl. Add rice vinegar, sesame oil, dulse flakes, and salt and toss thoroughly.

 

 

 

Winter Squash soup

Serves 8

1 tbs olive oil

½ a yellow onion

1/3 cup of mushrooms, chopped

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced

Juice of ¼ of a lemon.

4 cloves of garlic

1 large bunch of cilantro, chopped

1 turnip, peeled and chopped (can substitute with parsnips or rutabagas)

3 cups chicken broth

3 cups water

1 large butternut or two acorn squash (other winter squash can be substituted)

Sea salt to taste

 

 

 

Directions:

Cook the squash:

Cut squash in half with a heavy knife and steam in a large lidded pot with a steamer tray and two cups of water. Squash will be cooked after approximately 30 minutes or when it appears slightly soft when poked with a fork. An alternative cooking method is to place the squash on a cookie sheet and baking it at 350 for 45 minutes.  Remove squash from heat and let it cool enough to handle, at least 15 minutes. It’s fine to leave the squash to cool on the stove for several hours before making the soup. You don’t have to cook it in a single stretch of time.

Making the soup:

Sautee onion, mushrooms and Italian seasoning in a large pot until onions are translucent.

Add broth and water. Discard seeds out of the squash cavity with a spoon, and then scoop the flesh of the squash in the pot. It should be fairly soft and you can pull apart the pieces of squash to help it disperse in the liquid. Add all remaining ingredients except the salt and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Add a teaspoon of salt, stir thoroughly, taste and add more as needed.

 Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

Skype: dr.gene.martin

What You Eat Affects Your Health –

Announcement

I have created a free DVD with Tips and The Do’s and Don’ts for People with Fibromyalgia. The idea is to help improve your quality of life. Go to my web page at http://www.drgenemartin.com for details.

What You Eat Affects Your Health-  Illa Jarvis, Nutritional Consultant

It’s easy to be tempted by cheap, convenient food. Money is tight, fast food is easy to find, and ready to eat. Unfortunately, this is where the benefits of commercially produced food end. Cheap ingredients do not contain the nutrients our brains and bodies depend upon to function properly. They contain pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals that tax our liver and brain. Ultimately, these foods do considerably more damage than good.

Let’s look at some examples…

What we find in most of our markets and restaurants is meat from animals that live under terrible conditions and are fed the cheapest food possible, namely corn and soy. Corn and soy are crops that are subsidized by the government. This means that the farmers are paid to grow these foods in excess, making these foods extremely cheap.

But growing enormous amounts of food requires a lot of work. The solution? These crops are genetically modified (GMO) so they can withstand the weed killer known as Round-Up, saving farmers time and effort. Unfortunately scientists have found Round-Up to be unsafe for human consumption (1). The large corporations that produce Round Up and GMO seeds have significant political influence so these foods are still produced and appear everywhere, including cow and chicken feed. Unfortunately cows cannot digest corn and soy, causing them to become sick. These animals are treated with antibiotics to keep them alive under unhealthy conditions and fed hormones to make them grow as quickly as possible. As a result, the meat, milk and eggs we find in most markets and restaurants contain antibiotics, hormones, as well as Round-Up, all of which compromise our health.  To top it all off, these foods are low in nutrients, since the animals were never fed a nutritious diet to offer benefits to us in return. You can learn more about the meat industry and GMO foods in the film Food Inc.

Better sources of animal protein are grass fed organic beef, and lamb, free-range organic poultry, and eggs and small species of wild caught fish. Choosing these foods ensures better health for us, promotes the ethical treatment of animals, and benefits the environment as well.

Good plant sources of protein are legumes such as beans, peas and lentils, in combination with grains. (Check out the recipe for bean soup further in this book for preparation tips.) Unfortunately, processed soy is added to hundreds of prepared foods to increase protein content and to make these foods more marketable. These foods include nutrition bars, protein powders, pasta, vegetarian foods, dairy-free foods, and infant formulas. Check ingredient labels for “soy protein isolate.”

While soy makes these foods “healthier” by increasing their protein content, ironically most soy is genetically modified, and contains Round-Up. Processed soy also has been shown to be a common allergen, difficult to digest and increases the body’s demand for vitamins E, K, D, and B12. Health foods that contain soy are often promoted as “Natural,” but this claim is meaningless. There are no qualifications that a food must meet to earn this title. There’s nothing natural about processed soy; only a laboratory can convert it into the variety of flavors and textures we find in boxed foods. (2)

Corn is largely hidden as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our foods. HFCS is in everything from soda pop, to canned soup and bread. After years of denial by the corn industry of the ill effects of HFCS, bad press has caused some companies to switch to sugar as a “healthier” alternative. Producers have taken measures to rename HFCS to “corn sugar” on ingredient labels in an effort to disguise its presence in packaged foods. (3) But the truth is, all processed sugar is damaging to our health, regardless of its form and source. Obesity and tooth decay are just the tip of the iceberg. Heart disease, diabetes, mood disorders, frequent illness, and digestive problems are all results of constant sugar and HFCS consumption. (4) The film King Corn beautifully shows how the corn industry works.

So how do you reduce sugar without feeling deprived? Check the sugar content on the labels of all canned and boxed foods. Don’t switch to foods that contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which converts into wood alcohol when heated, or Splenda essentially sugar that is bound to chlorine. These sweeteners are problematic in their own right. Instead, choose simpler, more natural foods like home made tomato sauce instead of canned, homemade soup instead of canned soup, oil and vinegar instead of sweet salad dressing, and plain yogurt with berries instead of the sweetened stuff.  Do your best to choose foods that contain 10 or less grams of sugar per serving, and consider if the listed serving size is realistic. If you crave chocolate, get dark chocolate with high cocoa content instead of milk.

And what about fruit? An orange contains about half as much sugar as a can of soda, 4 grams of fiber (which slows down the impact of sugar on the body), nearly 100 mg of vitamin C, and other nutrients. So eat an organic piece of fruit and skip the soda when you want a treat.

Unsurprisingly, corn and soy are the most common sources of fat found in packaged food as well. Fat has gotten a lot of bad press in recent years, but in truth, we need some good quality fat to function properly! The fat you eat affects your brain and nervous system, controls inflammation, hormones, and your ability to heal, and makes strong bones. Unfortunately, soybean and corn oil are not well cut out for the job. They are often chemically processed to create shortening or margarine. These solidified liquid oils have been restructured or “partially-hydrogenated” and contain trans-fatty acids or “trans-fats.” I tend to think of these as “Franken-fats” since the fats are created in a lab and not found in nature. Our bodies have no clue how to use these fats, and studies have shown that they increase risk of heart disease by lowering HDL or “good cholesterol”, increase LDL or “bad cholesterol”, to lower insulin resistance, thus increasing risk for diabetes and much more. (5) Corn and soy oils are high in a fat known as omega-6, which spoils or goes rancid when it is exposed to oxygen. These oils are bleached, which ensures that they have been allowed to go bad, and deodorized, so you can’t tell by smelling them. Rancid oils contain free radicals, wandering electrons that damage our cells and cause serious inflammation in the body.

It is also critical that omega-6 fats are in balance with another essential fatty acid known as omega-3, which is found in organic free-range eggs, wild cold-water fish and certain seeds. Most people eat far too much processed foods that are high in omega-6, and don’t get enough omega-3, causing such common issues as cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, joint pain and inflammation, dry skin, and brittle nails. (6)

Healthy sources of fat include olive and coconut oil to cook with, raw nuts, seeds, and foods that are high in omega-3 such as sardines, wild salmon, flax, and hemp seeds.

Kudos if you enjoy five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, but please resist drowning an otherwise healthy salad in dressings that contain HFCS, partially-hydrogenated oils, and other unpronounceable chemicals.

How fruits and vegetables are grown matter as well. Have you ever seen an old potato or onion sprout?  This has become a rare occurrence since farmers have started spraying these crops with an anti-sprout chemical, allowing these vegetables to exist in storage longer. Many insecticides are banned due to high toxicity, and yet they still show up on our food because these pesticides are in the soil. Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides, and should be bought organic whenever possible:

Apples

Peaches

Celery

Strawberries

Domestic Blueberries

Nectarines

Bell Peppers

Spinach

Cherries

Potatoes

Imported Grapes

Lettuce

Buy organic fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Not only will you skip the scary chemicals, get the nutrients that are only found in ripe, fresh food, such as vitamin C and E, at a lower cost, but also your food will taste better! A winter tomato that only looks red will never hold a candle to a summer tomato that was allowed to ripen on the vine. It’s best to wash non-organic fruits and vegetables thoroughly with soap and water, and peel whenever possible, since most of the chemicals are on the skin. (7)

Choosing and preparing delicious food is a simple when you have good ingredients. You will feel satisfied with less due to the increased nutrients, and you will feel happier and healthier without the burden of pesticides, herbicides and toxins on your body. For more tips on how to cook and prepare food, check out the recipe section at the end of this book.

(1) http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/24/us-monsanto-roundup-idUSTRE71N4XN20110224

(2) Daniel, Kaayla, The Whole Soy Story, New Trends Publishing, Washington D. C. 2007 p.93

(3) http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/a-new-name-for-high-fructose-corn-syrup/

(4) Appleton, Nancy PhD, Lick the Sugar Habit, Avery, Santa Monica, CA, 1985

(5) Enig, Mary G. PhD, Know Your Fats, Bethesda, Silver Spring, MD, 2000 p. 204

(6) http://www.omegaresearch.com

(7) Http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=19990809222752

Dr. Gene Martin

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo Ca. 94402

Phone: 650-558-1010

E-mail: fibro@drgenemartin.com

Web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

Skype: dr.gene.martin