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Fibromyalgia and Fatigue

Chronic, wide spread muscular pain, sleep problems, and fatigue. If any of this sounds familiar you may be one of the over 5 million Americans that has fibromyalgia. And if you listen to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases you may just have to learn to live with it because, according to NIAMS, “Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat.” And they’re right, if you’re practicing conventional medicine.  Prescriptions for pain medications and antidepressants are the mainstream medical approach and they can often provide mild benefits, but come accompanied by a host of potential side effects. But imagine if there was a natural treatment that’s highly effective for almost anyone suffering with fibromyalgia—as well as those struggling with chronic fatigue? Well, you can stop imagining; because such a therapy does exist, and I’ve witnessed it work time and time again over the years.

Increase energy production and reduce pain and fatigue

This targeted treatment speeds key nutrients directly into your system using an IV. The treatment provides nutrients that help your cells increase energy intake an essential step for successfully treating fibromyalgia. You see, the more power the energy factories in your cells, known as mitochondria, produce the less pain signals your body creates. B vitamins, magnesium, and minerals such as potassium, chromium, calcium, and zinc all help provide the ingredients your cells need to generate the critical components that fuel energy, known as ATP. By using an IV you can achieve at least ten times (some references suggest up to 100 times) the levels of these critical nutrients in your blood stream and cells as you could if you simply swallowed some pills instead. The goal is to flood your cells with these energy sparkplugs and let them do the rest. Most fibromyalgia sufferers will notice improvement in their muscular pain and energy levels within one to two treatments. I usually have patients receive one treatment a week for five weeks. Almost everyone will notice great improvement within the five treatments. The IV therapy can then be continued at this point, or you can switch over to oral nutrients.

Thousands have successfully used modified Meyer’s Cocktails

The classic intravenous formula that’s been used by holistic doctors over the years is known as the “Meyers’ Cocktail.” It was pioneered by a medical doctor John Myers from Baltimore, Maryland. Myers used the intravenous formula for a variety of medical problems. His cocktail contained B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium. Dr. Meyers passed away in 1984. Since then thousands of holistic doctors have been using modified versions of his formula. I too have tweaked the original formula over the years developing my own version which I call the “Energizer Formula.” The following nutrients are diluted in a sterile bag of normal saline.

  • B complex
  • B12 (separate from the B complex)
  • Folic acid (separate from the B complex)
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Trace elements mixture including zinc, selenium, chromium, copper, and manganese.

I often follow up my “Energizer Formula” with a dose of the master antioxidant glutathione. The glutathione isn’t mixed with the other nutrients to preserve its stability. While the B vitamins, magnesium, and glutathione directly support energy production, the other nutrients help reduce inflammation and improve detoxification. As well, higher levels of magnesium reduce tight muscles and relax the nervous system. The entire treatment takes about 30 minutes and, of course, this treatment should only be administered by a doctor trained in intravenous nutrient therapy.

Within just two treatments pain and fatigue improved!

A clinical trial published in the journal Alternative Therapies demonstrated just how effective this approach can be. Researchers used  a modified Myers’ Cocktail to treat a group of female fibromyalgia patients. All of the volunteers in the trial suffered with severe symptoms and reported a very poor quality of life as a result. They had all been living with their symptoms for at least five years and conventional medical treatments had failed. The researchers administered weekly treatments of the cocktail to all of the volunteers. By week two, when the second cocktail was given all of the participants had a decrease in both pain and fatigue! And by the end of the 8 week clinical trial pain levels and fatigue had improved significantly. There’s no single cause for fibromyalgia. But the nice thing about the intravenous nutrient therapy is that it’s well tolerated and helps the majority of patients with fibromyalgia, as well as those with fatigue, regardless of the cause. The concept is very simple: increase energy production and you reduce body pain.

Article Citations:

  • Patrick B. Massey, MD, PhD. Reduction of Fibromyalgia Symptoms through Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: Results of a Pilot Clinical Trial, Alternative Therapies, may/june 2007, VOL. 13, NO. 3

Excerpted with permission from Dr. Mark Stengler’s Health Revelations newsletter