Can Corvalen M help with energy and pain?

Corvalen M D-ribose is a useful dietary supplement for those patients that want to restore energy and support the symptoms of fatigue with the added benefit of magnesium and malate to help relieve occasionally sore muscles. D-Ribose (or ribose) is the backbone of human energy production.  Taking it daily was shown to increase energy an average of 61% in a research study by world-renowned energy expert Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum.  Ribose is made in our bodies’ cells, but this process is slow in heart and muscle tissue. Although ribose is present in all living matter, only a small amount can be ingested through the diet. In clinical studies, providing supplemental ribose has been shown to significantly improve endurance during strenuous exercise, shorten recovery time, reduce cramping and soreness, and reduce fatigue in people suffering from energy depletion.

Does NADH help with energy and mental alertness?

NADH is the bio-available, anti-oxidant form of Vitamin B-3. Known as the biological rocket fuel, NADH is essential to the production of ATP (cellular energy). NADH is also involved in basic metabolism, the breakdown of glucose and fats, and supplies energy to the brain, nerves, muscles, heart, and all other organs in order to function. NADH is also a potent antibiotic, helps DNA repair, boosts the immune system, and helps cell regeneration.

Results of an FDA-approved study indicate that NADH may be a valuable adjunct therapy in the management of chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). If you have any questions or want to order a bottle, call 337-335-0797

Does Arnica Help With Fibromyalgia Pain?

Fibromyalgia pain management isn’t easy. The side effects of prescription painkillers can make this option less appealing for many people. There’s also the very real possibility of getting hooked on the drugs, as underscored by the current opioid crisis. It makes sense to find alternative, nonaddictive ways to manage fibromyalgia pain and avoid taking prescription pain medications in the first place.

One potential alternative is homeopathic medicine. While low on scientific evidence, homeopathic medicine has been in use for centuries. Arnica is one such example.

What is arnica?

Arnica comes from the perennial Arnica montana, a yellow-orangish flower that grows in the mountains of Europe and Siberia. It’s sometimes called the “mountain daisy,” because its color and petals look like the familiar flower. Creams and ointments made from the flower head can be used to address the following ailments:

  • muscle soreness and aches
  • bruising
  • joint pain and swelling
  • inflammation
  • fibromyalgia

What the research says

Arnica is commonly used to treat bruises, so it’s popular among people who’ve recently undergone surgery, especially plastic surgery. Although scientific research is inconclusive on the matter, topical creams and gels containing arnica are said to help with pain and bruising of the skin.

A 2006 study on people who underwent a rhytidectomy — a plastic surgery to reduce wrinkles — showed that homeopathic arnica can significantly boost healing. Arnica has proven effective during the healing of several postoperative conditions. These include swelling, bruising, and pain.

How it’s administered

If you choose to use the herb arnica for pain, never take it orally. It’s meant to be applied to your skin and is typically used as a gel. You can dissolve a homeopathic remedy of arnica under your tongue. However, this is only because homeopathic products are highly diluted. The herb itself shouldn’t be put into your mouth.

Precautions and side effects

Doctors don’t recommend using arnica on broken skin or for extended periods of time, because it can cause irritation. Additionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult with a doctor before using arnica.

Some people can have allergic reactions to arnica or show hypersensitivity. If this occurs, you should stop using arnica. Individuals who are allergic or hypersensitive to any plants in the Asteraceae family should avoid using arnica. Other members of this family include:

  • dahlias
  • daisies
  • dandelions
  • marigolds
  • sunflowers

The takeaway

As with most homeopathic remedies, the scientific “jury” is still out, despite studies that show it to be an effective treatment for fibromyalgia, arthritis, and postsurgery bruising. Talk to me if you’re interested in using arnica.

Three Ways To Fight Fatigue

If you find yourself feeling sluggish mid-afternoon, struggling to stay alert throughout the day, struggling with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, or just plain exhausted, then it’s time for a change! Fortunately, here are three easy, affordable ways to fight fatigue — naturally.

  1. Peppermint Essential Oil – One of peppermint’s most important benefits is that the strong smell of peppermint stimulates our senses. It enhances the focus of our thoughts and brain and can provide clarity to our thinking. The best way to use peppermint as an organic mental energy stimulant is to place a drop of oil on the nape of the neck and around the temples. Essential oil should be diluted with another oil before being applied to the skin. If you find that applying the oil causes a skin reaction, you may prefer to inhale the oil directly.  NOW makes good essential oils and it is the brand I use.

  2. Vitamin B-12 – Also known as the “energy vitamin,” B-12 is the most complex of all vitamins. It supports thyroid function and keeps blood cells healthy. If you’re vitamin B-12 deficient, one of the first signs can be lower energy levels.  Because it’s a water-soluble vitamin, your body cannot store extra amounts of B-12 and relies on getting the vitamin from the foods you eat or supplements.  The supplement I use is “End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex” by Integrative Therapeutics.

  3. Adaptogenic Herbs – Adaptogens are herbs that support endocrine and immune functions as well as to defend the body from the ravaging effects of chronic stress. Adaptogenic herbs, often referred to as tonics, enhance the body’s ability to adapt to and cope with mental, physical, and metabolic stress. Healthy adrenal gland function is essential to many physiological functions including energy generation and immune response. Adaptogens are traditionally used to increase energy, enhance stamina, and reinforce the entire endocrine system including both the thyroid and pituitary glands.  My favorite product is a mix of adaptogens called “Adaptogen” by Restorative Formulations.

Insomnia (Sleeplessness)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder. It may cause a number of sleep problems including trouble falling asleep, waking in the middle of the night, or waking very early in the morning. It may also be a sleep that is not restful. Insomnia can be a short-term problem, or it can be chronic. Chronic insomnia lasts for more than 4 weeks.

Insomnia can occur for many reasons. Short-term insomnia is often caused by temporary situations or problems with the environment. They may include:

  • A life crisis or stress, including the loss of a life partner, divorce, or loss of a job
  • Environmental noise
  • Extreme temperatures, such as a room that is too hot or too cold
  • Change in the surrounding environment
  • Sleep/wake schedule problems, such as those due to jet lag

There may be no clear reason for chronic insomnia. It may also be due to other medical or psychiatric conditions. Examples of conditions that can lead to sleep problems include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or ulcer
  • Chronic pain

There are steps you can take to improve your chance of a good night’s rest. You may be advised to reduce intake of certain items or avoid them to see if your sleep improves. You may be asked to:

  • Reduce or avoid caffeine, especially late in the day.
  • Reduce or avoid alcohol and avoid drug use.
  • Quit smoking. If you smoke, avoid doing so near bedtime.
  • Avoid eating or drinking close to bedtime.

Your sleep habits can also affect how well you sleep. Steps that may help you sleep better include:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  • If you must take naps, keep them short.
  • Only use the bedroom for sleep or sex. Avoid watching TV or worrying in bed.
  • Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature and dark. Minimize disruptions, such as pets.
  • If you work at night and sleep during the day, make sure to block daylight from the room. Decrease the amount of noise. Use a fan to block out noise.

Some people use the herb valerian to reduce insomnia. Others take melatonin.

Quality sleep is essential to both mental and physical well-being.

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Infectious Causes

Despite a vigorous search, scientists have not yet identified what causes CFS. While a single cause for CFS may yet be identified, another possibility is that CFS has multiple causes. Conditions that have been studied to determine if they cause or trigger the development of CFS include infections, immune disorders, stress, trauma, and toxins.

Infection

Various types of infections have been studied to determine if they might cause or trigger CFS:

  • Epstein-Barr virus infection, also known as mononucleosis
  • Human herpesvirus 6 infection, a virus that can cause problems for people with impaired immune systems, such as AIDS patients or organ transplant recipients taking immune-suppressant drugs
  • Enterovirus infection, a type of virus that enters through the gastrointestinal track and can have no symptoms, mild flu-like symptoms, or rarely severe and even deadly symptoms
  • Rubella, a viral infection also known as German measles
  • Candida albicans, a fungus that causes yeast infections
  • Bornaviruses, which cause borna disease, an infectious neurological syndrome
  • Mycoplasma, a cause of atypical pneumonia
  • Ross River virus, which causes Ross River Fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease
  • Coxiella burnetti, the agent that causes Q fever
  • Human retrovirus infection, such as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), a gammaretrovirus

The cause of CFS is unknown, but the condition may be related to infection with effects on the immune system. Several viruses have been studied as possible causes of CFS, but no cause-and-effect relationship has been discovered.

Pregnenolone Hormone Testing

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What if I told you there was a “fountain of youth” supplement that promotes mood and memory and improves energy levels?  Well, there is and it is called pregnenolone.  Pregnenolone is known as the mother hormone because it helps to make DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and like those hormones, its levels decline with age.  By the age of 75, most people’s production of pregnenolone has dropped by 65% compared to when they were 35.  Pregnenolone is extremely important for memory, so it is often replaced.  Like DHEA, pregnenolone can be obtained without a prescription in the United States, however patients should be encouraged not to take it unless they have sub-optimal pregnenolone blood levels.  Pregnenolone balances the nervous system, increases resistance to stress, improves physical and mental energy, enhances nerve transmission and memory, and reduces pain and inflammation!  Yes, it does all of those things!  Pregnenolone is used in the treatment of arthritis, depression, memory loss, fatigue, and moodiness. You can have too much pregnenolone, just like any other hormone, and too much causes acne and drowsiness.

For those who want to start the upcoming new year with more energy, vitality, and optimum health, I am offering Pregnenolone Hormone testing at a special rate.  Optimum Health Options uses Quest Diagnostics as our lab service provider, so you can have this done at your local Quest Diagnostics!  The usual price is $129, but until the end of the year, I am offering this testing for $109! 

To take advantage of this offer, click the button below and proceed through the order process.  On January 1, 2017, this price will go back up to $129, so act quick and save $20!

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New Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Discussion Forum

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Hi, folks! There is a brand new fibromyalgia and fatigue discussion forum in the menu above (http://bit.ly/2eUeGB2).  If you could, post in one of the forums. One lucky poster will be chosen at random on December 20, 2016, by Steel City Webs, to win a container of End Fatigue Daily Energy Enfusion Revitalizing Multivitamin Powder (berry or citrus), a $53 value, for participating in the new forum. My goal is to create a 100% free community where people support, inform, and help each other to deal with these serious illnesses. Share this link with your friends and family!

Yeast Overgrowth

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A yeast (fungus) called Candida albicans lives in your gastrointestinal tract. That’s normal and not a problem — until there’s too much of it, which then becomes a condition called “yeast overgrowth.”  When there is an overgrowth of billions of unnecessary yeast, your gastrointestinal tract turns into a churning fermentation tank. These yeast also weaken the immune system.  Yeast overgrowth is common and can be a contributing cause or result of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Normal bowel microflora, such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria species, support healthy gastrointestinal function through numerous mechanisms. These probiotic bacteria contribute to a healthy intestinal environment by helping maintain an optimal pH and producing important nutrients and enzymes. However, everyday factors such as poor diet, stress, and travel can disrupt healthy intestinal microflora, contributing to yeast overgrowth. Probiotic Pearls were developed by Integrative Therapeutics to help maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria the body needs, supporting digestive function, and providing immune support.

In order for a probiotic supplement to be truly effective in the body, it must utilize a delivery form that protects the live, active cultures from a wide array of damaging, ever-present environmental factors. Probiotic Pearls accomplish this with a novel encapsulating process, known as True Delivery Technology. This patented, triple-layer coating system results in a convenient, one-of-a-kind delivery form that protects the vulnerable probiotics within from heat, moisture, oxygen, and stomach acid. True Delivery Technology guarantees that active cultures survive stomach acid, arrive in the intestines, and remain alive for exceptional support.

Take one capsule daily, with water or your favorite beverage. May be taken with or without food. Do not chew or crush.  When taken daily, Probiotic Pearls promote digestive renewal.  They combat yeast overgrowth and optimize and nourish your immune system, which in turn, prevents, reduces, and/or reverses chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

DHEA and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often feel so tired that they cannot do even half of their normal daily activities. The feeling does not go away, even with more rest. Twice as many women as men are diagnosed with CFS, and it is more common in people over age 40. It may last a month, a couple of years, or many years. Sometimes symptoms come and go.

Although researchers are not sure what causes CFS, there are ways to manage symptoms so you can still do the things you enjoy.

One way is by using a supplement known as DHEA, a hormone produced by the body that may improve energy levels. Your body uses DHEA to make testosterone and estrogen. It is truly a hormone rather than a supplement.

DHEA levels normally decline with age. Patients often feel much better when their DHEA levels are brought to the mid-normal range consistent with a 29 year old.

As too high a level can cause acne or darkening of facial hair, it is good to have the blood levels monitored by a Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Wellness Coach. Many products have no effect on raising low blood levels (i.e., do not contain DHEA as they claim), so the brand pictured above is recommended.

For adult males above the age of 19, the recommended daily dosage of DHEA is 50 mg, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. For females above the age of 19, the recommended daily dosage is 25 mg. The center recommends that females with anorexia and adrenal insufficiency take 50 mg of the hormone daily.

Will you give DHEA a trial to see if it improves your energy levels?