Fibromyalgia is a painful condition in which pain is experienced in various parts of the body. And, the location of the pain often changes from day to day.
It is caused by fibroids that form in the body. They become lodged in the tissue causing pain.
The fibroids are very similar to the ones that sometimes form in women’s breasts. They often clear up when she quits drinking coffee. This is important as you’ll see in a minute.
Why Fibroids Form
The reason the fibroids form is because of incomplete breakdown of estrogens in the liver.
This part gets into a little heady with some biochemistry, it’s not too complicated, but a simplified version follows.
The liver detoxifies estrogen in three steps. In the first step a chemical group is added to the estrogen molecule that actually makes a very dangerous oxidative estrogen that can cause cancer. This is an oxidant, one of the things people take antioxidants for.
Normally this isn’t a problem, or at least it wasn’t when we ate a more wholesome diet that came from soil that was rich in nutrients. Now days, cancers that are driven by estrogens are some of the most virulent.
When there are enough nutrients, the liver then adds another chemical group in its process to make the estrogen water-soluble so it can be easily removed from the body.
This chemical group is called a methyl group. When it combines with the previous estrogen, the one that can cause cancer, it forms what is called a methylated estrogen. It is these methylated estrogens that cause fibroids to form. They also cause a form of prostate cancer in men that is usually benign.
B-12 as methylcobalamin has the methyl group that is needed for estrogens to go on to the next phase of detoxification. When people are really stuck in this phase I find that DMG, dimethyl glycine, works better. But, taking B-12 can help many things, and it is one of the supplements that people really need on a regular basis anyway.
The third step that the liver takes actually involves seven different possibilities. The most important one involves glutathione.
The Short Version
Estrogen breaks down in the liver in three steps. If the process stalls in either of the first two steps problems can happen.
In the first step the estrogen becomes a dangerous chemical that can cause cancer. In the second step the estrogen becomes a chemical that causes the formation of the fibroids that cause fibromyalgia.
The third step, where estrogen combines with glutathione, is where fibromyalgia is cured. Supplement for this step, and fibroids never form.
Glutathione is the master antioxidant. It is used more than any other antioxidant in the body. Boosting glutathione helps in many conditions. Antiaging, detoxification, weight loss, smoking, cancer prevention, heart disease, HIV are all conditions that can use glutathione for support.
Glutathione cannot be taken directly as a supplement. It doesn’t survive the intestinal tract. The only way to boost glutathione is to take the nutrients that make it up.
Okay, this gets just a little heady again. Simplified version follows.
First of all it needs enzymes. The only place these enzymes can be found are in foods of the broccoli family. This includes kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radishes and of course broccoli. One or more of these have to be eaten twice a week, about half a cup each time, to get the enzymes needed for the liver to do its job. And, it needs to be eaten raw as heat destroys enzymes.
For convenience you can get the same enzymes from a teaÂ called Brassica tea. You can find out about it by going to http://brassicatea.com there is a distribution link on their site.
The first nutrient that is most commonly needed is selenium. It is one of the most common deficiencies that we have today. Even livestock are supplemented with selenium. There simply isn’t any left in the soil.
The usual dosage is 200-400 mcg per day. 600 mcg per day is the maximum that anyone would need to take. 600 mcg is actually a fairly large dose, and at that dosage selenium becomes toxic. Selenium cysteine is the only non-toxic form of selenium that there is. The only company that makes it is Metabolics.
The second most common nutrient needed to make up glutathione is enzyme activated B6. The technical name for it is pyradoxal 5 phosphate or P5P. The usual dosage to start with is 100 mg twice a day. After six weeks this can be dropped to a maintenance dose of 50 mg twice a day.
Both selenium and P5P are usually needed by everyone.
The other nutrients that are needed to form glutathione, listed in roughly the most common deficiency first order, are: zinc, cysteine. glutamate and glycine. And, sometimes the herb watercress is needed.
Increasing Glutathione Simplified
1) either eat raw broccoli family vegetables twice a week, or go to http://brassicatea.comÂ and follow link to order some Brassica tea, any flavor, and drink one cup twice a week.
2) take 200 mcg of selenium cysteine by Metabolics twice a day.
3) take 100 mg of enzyme activated B6 (P5P) twice a day for six weeks, then take 50 mg twice a day.
4) determine if you are deficient in zinc and supplement as needed.
There is a zinc test that is a liquid zinc that you hold in your mouth for a minute and then swallow. If you don’t taste anything or you don’t taste much, you’re probably deficient in zinc.
You may also need glutamate, cysteine, and/or glycine. And, sometimes the herb watercress.
At the beginning of the article I mentioned coffee is a cause for fibroids and I said how cutting back on this would often reduce the amount of fibroids is that a women might have and her breast tissue. The reason this is important is because the liver also breaks down compounds in coffee, and when it is over tasked with this job, then the estrogens get backed up and don’t all get cleared. And, you can get deficient in glutathione.
The same thing happens when there’s a lot of stress. The stress hormones also go through the same three phases of detoxification in the liver. People with fibromyalgia often notice the symptoms worsening when there is more stress in their life.
This is also important for smokers, they tend to age faster because cigarette smoke uses up the glutathione at a very fast rate. Which of course would make fibromyalgia symptoms much worse.
Fibromyalgia will usually start to clear up in just a few days to a few weeks by taking, selenium, enzyme activated B6 and the enzymes found in broccoli family plants.
Since I usually give my clients selenium cysteine, they don’t need any additional cysteine. However zinc is a very common deficiency and that often needs to be added.
Diet and detoxification can also be important to eliminate anything that acts like an estrogen in the body. These are things like soy products, estrogen replacement creams, plastic bottles etc. But, that is a subject for another article.