Fibromyalgia vs. Vegetarian & Raw Vegan Diets

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DESCRIPTION: Plant-based diets may be effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia, a painful condition suffered by millions. One thing all sufferers should consider is an aspartame-free trial period (see http://nutritionfacts.org/video/aspartame-induced-fibromyalgia/).

Why do plant-based diets help with chronic pain conditions? There may be a number of reasons why vegetarians only have about half the odds of being on painkiller drugs (see http://nutritionfacts.org/video/say-no-to-drugs-by-saying-yes-to-more-plants/). Potentially inflammatory compounds in animal products include Neu5Gc (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-inflammatory-meat-molecule-neu5gc/), endotoxins (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-exogenous-endotoxin-theory/ ), and animal proteins (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/diet-rheumatoid-arthritis/).

On the other hand maybe the potassium in plant foods modulates adrenal function? See my video Potassium and Autoimmune Disease (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/potassium-and-autoimmune-disease/). If it is the Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/anti-inflammatory-antioxidants/), then that could certainly help explain it. See Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/antioxidant-power-of-plant-foods-versus-animal-foods/).

Vegetarian and raw vegan diets appear effective, but what about just mostly vegetarian diets or mostly raw vegan diets? That’s the subject of my next NutritionFacts.org video Fibromyalgia vs. Mostly Raw & Mostly Vegetarian Diets (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fibromyalgia-vs-mostly-raw-mostly-vegetarian-diets/).

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  1. I’m a Fibromyalgia suffer, and since I switch my diet to vegan it improved significantly pain. Fibromyalgia is related to stress , the body is in flight fight mode 24 hours and the stress hormones affects muscle, sleeping patterns, joints, digestion and so on.
    The reason why doctors say there’s no cure for fibromyalgia is because they can’t find a way of switch off the hypothalamus the responsible for the stress hormones. Fibromyalgia can be controlled with holistic healing or alternatives. How to release stress? By making changes on lifestyle, practising meditation, taking suplementos, fascial massage and yoga. The best book that everyone who suffers from Fibromyalgia should read is is “Fibromyalgia Manual For Yourself And Doctors” by Ginebra Liptan .
    On this marvellous book explain detailed everything that you need to know about Fibromyalgia, that most doctors don’t know. Highly recommended.

  2. I believe that the magnesium content on plant based diets is a factor to be considered, there's positive association between magnesium intake and reduction of fibromyalgia symptoms in numerous studies. The problem is the size of the population observed. The role of magnesium in regulating the disrupted nerve stimuli that is believed to be the "cause" of fibromyalgia should definetely be more studied.

  3. Is Veganism alone, a cure fro Fibromyalgia ? Probably not ..However combined with proper Exercise , Sunshine, proper intake of Minerals , proper Sleep and intermittent fasting….Probably so.

  4. I have fibromyalgia and went vegan 1 year ago, after few month of relief, I am Back In limbos of pain, extreme pain… I am vegan, and that's the greatest thing, but don't fool us, it doesn't cure this disease nor reliefs the symptoms…… and i regret it…..

  5. I suffer from Fibro and CFS. I've been Vegan since January. Had CFS for 3 years. Had Fibro just before January of this year. Being vegan hasn't helped. I still have both. But I'm glad it's helping others, because at the end of the day it's worth optimising your diet so your body can fight the crap it's going through.

  6. I have had full blown fibro symptoms for over 8 yrs now and went vegan in June of last year and the first thing I noticed was the stiffness and joint pain significantly reduced in the beginning… I was literally walking like an 80 yr old person and I am 42. It still takes me time to warm up when I get up but when I do now, I am WAY more fluid. The only other positive thing I have noticed is that I get migraines on a less frequent basis now. My own conclusion was that dairy was the main culprit for the stiffness and i'm not sure about the migraines.. I never really ate meat at all anyway before but cheese was my addiction. I have also lost 30 lbs which helps some and that is with no exercise at all. My body doesn't recover well from exercise so I don't anymore but I am still loosing about a pound a week eating a HCLF vegan diet.. I have also removed the high cholesterol I had and pre-diabetes…

  7. 16 years ago My wife was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and unable to work, she was mostly bed ridden with aches pains no energy etc, she seen six different doctors who all told her the same thing, "you have to learn to live with it", take pain medication etc. She hates taking pills so she researched things for herself. She juiced for 8 days to detox then ate only organic fruit and vegetables. Within weeks she was exercising 1 hr a day and looking for work, she found full time work and was up every morning exercising 1 hr before work and started being active around the house again. The difference was amazing. What really annoyed me is if she listened to the "expert doctors" she would still be living a miserable pain filled life, it also made me think of the thousands of people suffering needlessly.

  8. Hey guys, correct all the way. Love the comments, real inspirational. my partner was diagnosed with fms in march 2014 and after months of watching the doctors destroy her I tuned to investigating medicine in food. Lily is now free from drugs and works almost full time from home as a conference producer for an international company, the same job she had before she was diagnosed. I can say that we owe our lives to Dr Greger.
    Thanks doc. If your ever in London UK we be honored to have you stay with us. life has never been so good.

  9. I've had fibromyalgia for many years, but it's gotten worse over the past two years. I have three other friends with fibro, and we all eat varying things. I find that my vegetarian friend has more pain than I do (omnivore) and same with another friend who has had weight loss surgery. I find that being active helps best with pain, like gentle stretching, swimming, and limiting caffeine. When i feel emotionally well, my pain is lessened, and I feel like if I were to continue trying to work on my mood and my exercise, that my fibro symptoms will lessen.

  10. FM-I believe you can cure it by going on a process free, whole organic foods life style.  I am living proof of years free and healthy! I had been vegetarian on and off for years, then went vegan and now I say I am an organic.  I also had other illness and it's all gone.  Years ago was on tons of meds and lot's of doctors to no meds and now I teach about organic, animal free, processed free living.  There is a solution and  it's just as this video implies. Learn about turmeric and other spice benefits as well.

  11. It is true to my personal finding also that shifting to a live plant food diet relieves my morning stiffness a lot for me this later summer! Thank you for this report so I can even realize this fact! The anxiety is the same at the end of the day but I can't  feel discouraged  with this site… ever!

  12. I can say that this absolutely works. After having no symptoms for many weeks I cheated. In the early morning of the next day my calf locked and had major pain in the above butt areas. Also, returning was the feeling of being hit by a bat. Mind clarity was a bit diminished and I was exhausted from being woke up out of my sleep. I have nothing to gain with this statement. But, If you have fibromyalgia, go Vegan. Give it 3 months. You will see well being before it. Here is to the chance of a happy normal life. Best WIshes

  13. As far as I know, I have Fibro, and these things have helped me… There's even a PubMed study on the success of rawfood veganism on RA, it's been proven positive and helpful… I'm of the opinion that if it's a placebo effect…, I'm all for it! Better than no effect! (Lol,… I am veg and it's helped keep me from screaming in pain, thus far… Not yet raw, but considering it…

  14. Dr Gregor. Thanks for a thought-provoking video. I created a blog poll where fibro fighters can vote if they think a vegetarian diet did work, or would work. for them.
    fibro24.com

  15. A vegetarian diet can help alleviate world hunger. Over 10 pounds of plant protein are used to produce one pound of beef protein. If these grains were fed to humans instead of animals, more food would be available for the 925 million people in chronic hunger worldwide. Research from Cornell University found that the grain used to feed US livestock alone could feed 800 million people.

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