Do you believe in Supplements & Diet Control?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Jillian40, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. Jillian40

    Jillian40 New Member

    Hello All -

    I'm pretty big on taking supplements and reading
    about which foods are most beneficial for me. My
    belief is that there are just a handful of things
    that I can change/influence. They include eating
    habits, sleep, exercise.

    Back when my choking and nausea were at their highest,
    I joined a food support group. What I learned, was to
    eliminate processed foods, also things like flour,
    pasta, bread and sugar. Sugar is the hardest one on
    the list for me. I also learned the great benefit of
    fish oils, like salmon, mackrel, herring. I try to
    buy salmon when it's on sale, $3.99/lb, no more,
    and freeze it for later. I eat it at least 3X per week.
    Also buy it canned. I've just recently begun taking
    Fish Oil capsules. This is another way to get the Omega
    Fats (the good fats) in your diet, if you don't like
    the taste of fish. The other supplement I take is flax
    seed oil and borage oil, added into my morning protein
    fruit shake.

    Below, is the most recent article from Immune Support
    on the subject of Fish Oils. It's a good read.

    Lots of Hugs & Support, ........ Jillian

    Fish Oil Supplements Could Help Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    ImmuneSupport.com

    09-11-2002

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, according to doctors. They have also suggested that taking daily fish oil supplements may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the condition.
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects an estimated 243,000 people of all ages in the UK. It causes a wide range of symptoms including muscle pain, memory loss, and severe exhaustion which can last many years and leave victims bed-ridden.

    Dr. Basant Puri and colleagues at Hammersmith Hospital in London used state-of-the-art scanning technology to assess chemical activity in the brain. They examined a group of eight people who had been diagnosed with the syndrome and the same number of healthy people.

    Brain Chemicals

    They found higher levels of two key chemicals - choline and creatine - in the brains of people with the condition. Choline is important for controlling fat levels in brain cells while creatine provides energy. The doctors said the findings suggested CFS patients had abnormal phospholipid metabolisms. Phospholipids are special types of fats which are an essential component of cells. They are protected by certain types of fatty acids.

    Doctors at Hammersmith believe fatty acid supplements could help to restore the chemical imbalance in the brain and alleviate the symptoms of CFS. EPA which is found in fish oil supplements may be particularly useful.

    Dr. Puri said: "This study suggests that if patients with CFS take a high-EPA fatty acid supplement, then this should have a beneficial action on the chemical imbalances in the brain which we have identified."

    But the charity Action for M.E. warned that the condition is complex. Chris Clark, its chief executive, said: "CFS is a complex illness and all the evidence so far suggests that there's no single cause." But he added: "We will look at this research with great interest."

    The study is published in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

    (c) 2002 BBC.
    ©2002 Pro Health, Inc.
    (http://www.ImmuneSupport.com)
    All Rights Reserved.
  2. Jillian40

    Jillian40 New Member

    Hello All -

    I'm pretty big on taking supplements and reading
    about which foods are most beneficial for me. My
    belief is that there are just a handful of things
    that I can change/influence. They include eating
    habits, sleep, exercise.

    Back when my choking and nausea were at their highest,
    I joined a food support group. What I learned, was to
    eliminate processed foods, also things like flour,
    pasta, bread and sugar. Sugar is the hardest one on
    the list for me. I also learned the great benefit of
    fish oils, like salmon, mackrel, herring. I try to
    buy salmon when it's on sale, $3.99/lb, no more,
    and freeze it for later. I eat it at least 3X per week.
    Also buy it canned. I've just recently begun taking
    Fish Oil capsules. This is another way to get the Omega
    Fats (the good fats) in your diet, if you don't like
    the taste of fish. The other supplement I take is flax
    seed oil and borage oil, added into my morning protein
    fruit shake.

    Below, is the most recent article from Immune Support
    on the subject of Fish Oils. It's a good read.

    Lots of Hugs & Support, ........ Jillian

    Fish Oil Supplements Could Help Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    ImmuneSupport.com

    09-11-2002

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, according to doctors. They have also suggested that taking daily fish oil supplements may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the condition.
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects an estimated 243,000 people of all ages in the UK. It causes a wide range of symptoms including muscle pain, memory loss, and severe exhaustion which can last many years and leave victims bed-ridden.

    Dr. Basant Puri and colleagues at Hammersmith Hospital in London used state-of-the-art scanning technology to assess chemical activity in the brain. They examined a group of eight people who had been diagnosed with the syndrome and the same number of healthy people.

    Brain Chemicals

    They found higher levels of two key chemicals - choline and creatine - in the brains of people with the condition. Choline is important for controlling fat levels in brain cells while creatine provides energy. The doctors said the findings suggested CFS patients had abnormal phospholipid metabolisms. Phospholipids are special types of fats which are an essential component of cells. They are protected by certain types of fatty acids.

    Doctors at Hammersmith believe fatty acid supplements could help to restore the chemical imbalance in the brain and alleviate the symptoms of CFS. EPA which is found in fish oil supplements may be particularly useful.

    Dr. Puri said: "This study suggests that if patients with CFS take a high-EPA fatty acid supplement, then this should have a beneficial action on the chemical imbalances in the brain which we have identified."

    But the charity Action for M.E. warned that the condition is complex. Chris Clark, its chief executive, said: "CFS is a complex illness and all the evidence so far suggests that there's no single cause." But he added: "We will look at this research with great interest."

    The study is published in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

    (c) 2002 BBC.
    ©2002 Pro Health, Inc.
    (http://www.ImmuneSupport.com)
    All Rights Reserved.
  3. caring

    caring New Member

    Diet, supplements, and exercise and lots of prayer that's my program.

    Thanks for sharing.
    pat
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Good advice and a great article! I have not had white flour in so long, I have forgotten what it taste like! I eat wheat bread, pasta, etc. I learned this from Suzanne Somers' books.

    As for sugar, I did not have a problem, I am not big on sweets, but do use condenced milk in hot coffee and tea, but am not a candy, cookie or ice cream eater. If I eat fast food, I get so sick, that its just not worth it.

    Thanks for your post, it was great.

    Shalom, Shirl

  5. JaciBart

    JaciBart Member

    Probiotics for bacterias & viruses.
    Colostrum for immune system.
    Colon health supplements.
    Today I am pain free, tons of energy, sleeping incredibly well.
    I think it is essential, the Drs don't want to get into it. "Here, let's try this med". They are killing our immune system, that is the problem to begin with! If our immune system was strong to begin with no diseases could take hold.

    Jaci

  6. ohmyaching

    ohmyaching New Member

    I believe in supplements and diet as a good treatment, but not as a cure.
  7. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    Supplements are necesary to help your body fight this. esp. for those with a lot of bowel problems that may interfere with absorption of nutrients from your food. I don't see it as a cure, but I sure wish it was. I also think our soils are so depleted that food does not have the level of nutrition it once did. I have seen some frighteneing stats direct from the USDA on this.
    If you have GERD, please see my post on fish oil.
    Hugs, Klutzo
  8. roro

    roro New Member

    I eat NO grains at all, except a little from corn occasionally. I take a lot of supplements. It has helped me to become functional. i think I would be dead or severely disabled without it.