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Treating Fibromyalgia with Nutrition

March 31, 2018 @ 8:09 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

I was asked about treatments for Fibromyalgia.  Pain clinics have injections and pharmaceuticals that often help, but not always enough.  I approach from a different angle.

Fibromyalgia is a collection of many different maladies that are  magnifying each other.  They are very difficult to untangle.  Treating all aspects of the pain is the key to success.

I have actually “cured” fibromyalgia only 4 times, but usually I can decrease the pain enough that other measures will work better than before. 

The key is understanding that pain often is nerves misbehaving, magnifying the intensity of unpleasant stimuli.  This is neuropathy or neuralgia.  These conditions are made much worse by nutritional deficits.

B1, B6, B12 and Folate are key nutrients for nerve function.  Controlling diabetes is also important.  Low calcium, potassium or magnesium cause cramping and pain.  These should ALL be checked.

Vitamin D is often overlooked as essential for nerve function.  Low vitamin D will cause depression, malaise, nerve malfunction and increased pain.  I aim for a vitamin D level of 70 ng/ml – higher than needed for bone health, but completely safe.  If your level is very low you may need megadoses, well above 5000 IU daily.

Take Control Naturally with Vitamin D3, as well as B1, B6, B12, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.

Jay Ginther, MD

Low Vitamin D Levels and Cancer

January 10, 2014 @ 8:16 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Several years ago researchers discovered that women with breast cancer had much lower blood levels of Vitamin D than women without breast cancer.  Another study showed that, among women being treated for breast cancer, those with low Vitamin D levels were only half as likely to survive.  Patients with other cancers show similar patterns.

Now we have a study which points out that this does not prove that low Vitamin D causes cancer.  True.  The new theory is that cancer causes low Vitamin D levels.  However, there is no proof of that either, and I find it hard to believe.  What does this all mean?

Vitamin D Deficiency

February 4, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

You need Vitamin D in order to absorb Calcium from your diet.  Without enough vitamin D your body will steal Calcium from your bones, not add Calcium to your bones.  Low Vitamin D is tthe most common cause of Osteoporosis.  But vitamin D is needed for much more than just your bones.