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									   Let's first look at pH and the relationship it has
    with the Fibromyalgia patient. Our bodies are
   living laboratories. We are alive and breathing
right now because of our complex nervous system
in addition to the foods we eat and drink. This fuel
we take in along with the oxygen from our lungs is
 "burned" in our cells, causing numerous chemical
  reactions to occur. The products that are left are
   carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2O) and an ash
   residue. This is similar to how our automobiles
 and fireplaces work, except their food is gasoline
and firewood respectively. The question is�how
 does our ash residue measure up, and how does
     it affect our health? The answer depends on
      whether this ash residue is acid or alkaline.

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So what does it mean to be acid or alkaline? What is pH?? No, we are not
talking about the pH of your swimming pool In the scientific world, pH stands
for "potential of Hydrogen " Instead, we'll just say that, in your body, pH stands
for your potential for Health The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 The low end, 0
indicates really strong, complete acidity and the high end, 14 indicates really
strong, complete alkalinity In the middle of the scale, pH 7 0 indicates that the
substance is neither acid nor alkaline - it's neutral When we talk about the pH
of your body, we mean the pH of the fluids inside and outside your cells, your
"internal environment" So look at pH representing the "potential for health" of
the fluids in and around your cells The pH of saliva offers a general window
through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body Studies have
shown that healthy people's body fluids are slightly alkaline while the same
fluids of those who are sick are acidic, ranging from slightly acidic to extremely
acidic In Dr Mark Cochran's book "The Secrets of pH Concerning Health and
Disease" he states the body should remain in a slightly alkaline condition in
order to avoid disease and premature aging I recommend using pH test strips
(litmus paper) to test your overall pH in your body This is the easiest and
quickest way you can test your pH These test strips are inexpensive and are
available at most reputable nutrition companies This paper can be used to test
saliva or urine, and the color of the paper will change to reflect your pH level
You simply compare the color of the paper to the color scale on the side of the
package to reveal your pH So what does your pH have to do with
Fibromyalgia? Your salivary pH should stay in a range of 7 0-7 5 for healthy
body function When saliva pH falls below 7 0 or urine pH falls below 6 0, your
nutrients are not being absorbed, your body becomes toxic and your body's
cells are bathing in acid
 Fatigue and body aches are the major symptoms of an overly acidic body
And the most common complaints of fibromyalgia are fatigue and all over body
achiness How do you keep your pH at a healthy range of 7 0 - 7 5? Well, one
of the best ways to correct an overly acid body is to correct your diet and
lifestyle! If you are very healthy and have no chronic health problems, in order
to maintain your health, your diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods
and 40% acid forming foods If you already have fibromyalgia and want to
restore your health, your diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and
20% acid forming foods Dr Edlund's 80/20 Rule for Better Health� Now ask
yourself, "Is my diet 60-80% fruits and vegetables and 20-40% meat, breads,
dairy, pastas and grains?" Probably NOT In fact, most of our patients when
they first see us are backwards eaters They eat about 80% meat, breads,
dairy, pastas/grains and only 20% fruits and vegetables Modern medicine has
prolonged our lives, but the quality is terrible! Americans are the unhealthiest
people in the world Most people think that their health issues are a result of
aging and genetics, however, diet and lifestyle are the main culprits
responsible for poor health Backwards eating people are guaranteed to have
more chronic problems as they age (fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis, gall
bladder dysfunction, headaches, heart disease, joint pain etc ) Following the
80/20 Rule, that is 80% fruit and vegetables and 20% meat, breads, dairy
pasta and grains will significantly increase the alkalinity in your tissues which
will lead to a substantial improvement in your fibromyalgia symptoms It is
important to remember that changing the body's pH does not cure disease,
however, it allows the body to heal itself by ridding it of toxins Learning about
the alkaline-acid connection will give you the knowledge to create an internal
environment that not only fights fibromyalgia but functions at a higher level
Next, let's explore how hormones can influence the symptoms of fibromyalgia
It is our opinion that Adrenal Fatigue is one of the most missed conditions in
medicine today Fatigue, poor sleep, aches and pains, unexplained weight
gain, memory loss, anxiety and depression�sound familiar? Every challenge
to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands (your body's
stress glands) Today, these challenges are endless: the threat of losing your
job, lack of sleep, a demanding boss, financial pressures, yo-yo dieting,
relationship problems, death or illness of a loved one, skipping meals, reliance
on stimulants like caffeine and sugar, digestive issues, over-exercise, illness or
infection The result�adrenals that are over producing and are constantly on
high alert The over worked adrenal glands eventually wear out�resulting in
this commonly missed condition�ADRENAL FATIGUE The Cortisol -
Fibromyalgia Connection The hormone cortisol is produced by the adrenals in
response to physical, psychological and environmental stress
 Cortisol is necessary for the action of almost every function of your body! This
critical hormone regulates other hormones, glucose metabolism and the
immune system It affects the heart, blood pressure, water excretion, the eyes,
the GI tract and reproductive function Cortisol is also needed to combat
inflammation in the body! The anti-inflammatory effect cortisol has on the body
is crucial to control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia If you are not producing
enough cortisol (Adrenal Fatigue), your body will be raging with inflammation
leading to Fibromyalgia and a multitude of other chronic health problems How
Do I Test For Adrenal Fatigue? Conventional medicine examines cortisol
levels via blood testing This type of testing measures you against pathological
ranges and therefore will detect only the extremes of these conditions when
the damage to the adrenals has already occurred Any cortisol level within this
very broad range is considered normal, and anything outside that range
indicates disease This means that your doctor will tell you that you are
"normal" if you don't have Addison's Disease or Cushing's Syndrome How
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came back "normal" only to wonder� "then why do I feel this way?" Within
those extremes, you may feel miserable and still be told your cortisol levels are
normal But by responding to early-stage symptoms of adrenal fatigue, you can
reverse the developing dysfunction and restore the function of your adrenal
glands In our practice, we test for adrenal malfunction before the disease sets
in This is done with very specific salivary hormone testing and questionnaires
The adrenal profile consists of four saliva samples taken throughout the course
of a typical day so that the cortisol circadian rhythm can be determined This
profile can help identify the stage of adrenal exhaustion and give an accurate
assessment of adrenal dysfunction for each patient Normal test results should
show cortisol elevated in the morning to help you get going, lower but steady
throughout the day to sustain energy, and a decline in the evening to support
restful sleep In summary, if your energy lags during the day, you experience
chronic aches and pains, you feel emotionally unbalanced, you sleep poorly or
less than seven hours a night, you frequently use caffeine or carbohydrates as
"pick-me-ups" and you can't lose weight even while dieting and exercising, --
then I highly recommend you get your adrenals tested Most likely you have
some level of adrenal dysfunction What Are Some Steps I Can Take To
Improve My Fibromyalgia? The first step is to have a full physical exam to find
out what is truly causing your Fibromyalgia It is important that your health care
professional investigates the CAUSE of your condition As we spoke of in our
previous articles, is a very complex condition with many different causes
Chasing the symptoms with medications is only temporary and comes with a
multitude of side effects In our experience, people with mild to moderate
cases of Fibromyalgia can see significant improvement through following these
simple steps: 1 Dietary changes to improve your nutrition�reduce
carbohydrates, stimulant and increase your pH Firstly, I encourage you to
focus on balance
 Nourishing your body with balanced meals and snacks can do wonders for
your energy and feed your overall health at the same time I always tell my
patients to eat their best 80% of the time The other 20% is up to them Never
allow yourself to get too hungry Low blood sugar by itself puts stress on your
body and can tax your adrenals Eating meals and snacks that are made of
fresh whole foods, preferably organic or locally grown, without chemicals,
preservatives or added hormones are the best to strive for Including some
protein in all your meals (especially in the morning) will have a stabilizing effect
on your blood sugar, which in turn can help you overcome caffeine and sugar
cravings Following the alkalizing pH diet of 70-80% fruits and vegetables and
20-30% protein and fat is a great start to restoring your biochemical health
Include these alkaline foods in your daily diet: Lemons, watermelon,
cantaloupe, cayenne celery, dates, figs, kelp, limes, mango, melons, papaya,
parsley, seaweeds, seedless grapes, watercress, asparagus, fruit juices,
grapes, kiwifruit, passionfruit, pears (sweet), pineapple, raisins, plums,
vegetable juices, apples, alfalfa sprouts, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe),
currants, dates, figs (fresh), garlic, grapefruit, herbs (leafy green), lettuce (leafy
green), nectarine, peaches, pears, peas (fresh, sweet), pumpkin, sea salt,
beans (fresh, green), beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carob,
cauliflower, ginger (fresh), oranges, potatoes (with skin), raspberries,
strawberries, squash, sweet corn (fresh), turnip, vinegar (apple cider) Avoid
processed foods! These are loaded with chemicals that are not only toxic to
our system but are also very acidic to our body It's interesting to note that to
neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2 5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline
water with a pH of 10! 2 Stress reduction This includes moderate exercise
and taking more time for yourself It's helpful to make a list of your stressors,
especially those that are constant Yoga and meditation are very effective for
stress reduction Instead of reaching for that coffee mid afternoon, take 15-20
minutes to relax with herbal teas that contain chamomile, passionflower and
Siberian ginseng Herbal teas support your adrenals while caffeine drains them
 3 Get your spine checked regularly The thoracic spinal nerves especially at
the T9 and T10 level control and support the function of the adrenal glands If
there are subluxations (spinal misalignments) at these levels, you will have
interference of these nerve pathways, resulting in suboptimal adrenal function
In fact, your nerve system controls every organ, tissue and system in your
body Misalignments in your spine result from poor posture, old injuries and
every day stress! If left uncorrected, misalignments at any level in the spine will
affect the nerve supply to different organs, muscles and cells
 Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations which remove the nerve
interference and therefore allow your body to function at a higher level which
will lead to overall better health! 4 Medical-grade nutritional supplements
Nutraceuticals ensure your body has the rich nutrients it needs to make and
balance its hormones and support your adrenal glands Fibromyalgia patients
are usually lacking B vitamins, magnesium and greens in their diet A high
quality "Greens Drink" and adrenal adaptogen will generally help support the
adrenal glands and alkalize the body 5 Get more rest Your body needs time
to heal You should be sleeping 7-8 hours every night! In our many years of
practice, we have found that the key to longevity and wellness is to center your
health around self care and health care which will significantly reduce your
chances of experiencing a crisis It is time for the people to fix the broken
health care system Remember, statistics show that most of us are going to
live to 100 years of age The question is�Do you want to live these years
healthy or unhealthy? The choice is yours At some point in your life you are
going to have to make this choice The secret is to make it because you want
to, and not because you have no choice If you approach your health
proactively, you will experience the quality of life you deserve In conclusion,
we hope you enjoyed our Fibromyalgia Series these past few months Our
intent is to educate the public on the different causes of this complex condition
and to inform you on the many advanced options available to you to improve
your overall quality of life Remember, knowledge is power It will allow you to
make the best decisions for better health I advise you to continue to educate
yourself, your family and your friends about how to enhance your overall health
 We will never have "Health Care Reform" until we have "Self Care Reform"!
Although is a complex, multifaceted combination of symptoms that stem from
a wide variety of systems in your body that have gone haywire, it can be
understood, if you take the time to look at and assemble the pieces of the
puzzle "The first thought of any doctor who treats any kind of disease should
be, what is the pH of this patient?"- Dr Carson E Pierce
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