hopefully this might help some people. A Natural Approach To Healthy Living By Lucinda Jenkins LPNHC Facing Fibromyalgia So you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? Bummer, because this is a painful and obnoxious disease. Eighty percent of the fibromyalgia patients are female. It has been classified only in the past 10 years as a disease and still somewhat of a mystery to science. I would suggest that a disease that is as common as asthma needs to be put on the forefront of research. Some studies show a link between Clinical Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Espstein-Barr virus, Mononucleosis and of course Candida albicans, anemia, parasites and my own opinion and observations seems to connect it to environmental contact with chemicals. (but you know what they say about opinions don't ya?) What is known is that there is a deficient amount of magnesium in the body and an inablility to absorb magnesium. The diet should have magnesium intake increased. Magnesium sources are fish, apples, apricots, avocadoes, nuts, brown rice, soybeans, bananas, kelp, black eyed peas, figs, grapefruit, peaches. Alot of herbs are high in magnesium like alfalfa, bladderwrack, catnip, chickweed, dandelion, horsetail, peppermint. Another deficiency found in the Fibromylagia victim is the lack of Maltic Acid. This can be found in fresh apples or in a supplement form. Did you notice that apples have magnesium and maltic acid? An apple a day?..... You may want to curtail your consumption of the nightshade family vegetables like green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and white potatoes. The reason for this is because they contain solanine that interferes with the muscle enzymes and this can cause pain and discomfort. Sleeping patterns and insomnia seem to be an issue also. You might try valerian root and skullcap capsules at night or chamomile tea before bedtime. Try to maintain a regular program of moderate exercise. Going for a daily walk or mild stretching exercises working up to a low-impact aerobic exercise will help. To overexert yourself can do more harm than good so take it slow building up your activity level. There is also another treatment called Myers Cocktail named after Dr. John Myers of Johns Hopkins University. It is a combination of IV vitamins and minerals. It is reported that over 80% of the patients get relief from pain after a few treatments. To find a MD near you that may be able to help contact The American College for Advancement in Medicine at 714-583-7666 * The information in this article should not replace the advice of your medical practitioner.