The Balanced Body Center Fibromyalgia Program
Introduction to Fibromyalgia
An increasing numbers of patients are presenting to our office with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. We
consider ourselves experts on this condition and have the most complete approach available.
Fibromyalgia is a medical term that means 'muscle pain'. Fibromyalgia is a term that has been
created by allopathic medicine to put a label on patients presenting with a history of symptoms with
an etiology (origin) that cannot be identified by standardized medical testing.
Causes of Fibromyalgia
There is no one cause for fibromyalgia. While symptoms may be similar, all patients must have an
extensive evaluation to determine the cause of their symptoms. Often, there are many different
factors contributing to a patient's illness. Some of the factors that have been implicated as a cause
for the symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
There are many diseases in which a patient's own immune system attacks their own tissues causing
pain and destruction. Examples of such diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Crohn's
disease. These diseases are identified by blood tests such as an RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), ANA
(Anti-nuclear antibodies), Sed Rate (Sedimentation Rate) and CRP(C-ReactiveProtein). These
diseases are controlled medically by the use of steroids which suppresses the immune system.
Autoimmune disorders can cause inflammation, pain and fatigue in the tissues. Many patients with
fibromyalgia have a malfunction in their autoimmune system similar to an autoimmune disease. But
since they do not have the disease, standard medical testing fails to identify these reactions.
Our office uses specialized blood tests to identify the dietary sources that trigger these autoimmune
reactions and thus provide a natural alternative to correct autoimmune disorders. There are very few
labs in the country that can perform this test accurately. (Search for Food Allergies on our website
www.knowbalance.com for more information or contact our office for a DVD).
Upper Cervical Imbalance:
The base of the brain passes through an opening at the bottom of the skull called the Foramen
Magnum. This base part of the brain, called the brain stem, eventually becomes the spinal cord. Any
misalignment of this area can create direct pressure on the brain stem and traction the Dura Mater
which wraps around the brain and spinal cord (see picture below). This irritation can trigger
decreased function in the nervous system and fibromyalgia symptoms. Neurosurgeons have
identified this area as a link to fibromyalgia and have begun performing surgical procedures to
increase the size of the Foramen Magnum. This is extremely risky and will often fail to correct the
problem due to the traction on the cord from misalignment.
Fortunately, there is an advanced chiropractic technique called NUCCA available in our office to
specifically correct this condition. We are the only office in North Carolina trained in this upper
cervical technique. Search for NUCCA on our website www.knowbalance.com for more information
or visit www.NUCCA.org.
Heavy Metal Toxicity:
As our environment continues to become more polluted, our exposure to toxic elements is
increasing at an alarming rate. Elements such as mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, chloride,
fluoride and arsenic (which can be deadly in high dosages) are present in many common
products we ingest. In smaller dosages, these elements can cause severe symptoms. In some
cases, this may cause fibromyalgia symptoms or may trigger other autoimmune disorders.
Our office uses both hair and urine analysis to evaluate these elements in the body. Once
identified, we can utilize natural products to help eliminate these toxins from the body and begin
the healing process.
Lifestyle and diet have created great voids in nutrition. These deficiencies can lead to diminished
health and cause the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Our office uses an extensive blood chemistry and orthomolecular evaluation to determine each
patient's nutritional needs. Once the evaluation is completed, customized targeted nutritional
therapy can begin to help restore health.
This condition is very difficult to identify and is often overlooked. Many factors can cause a
systemic build up of yeast in the gastrointestinal system. Systemic yeast has been documented
as a cause for many disorders including: altered gastrointestinal function, joint pain, muscle pain,
mood disorders and fatigue.
However, our office uses advanced organic acid testing to identify the strain of yeast and its
vulnerability. Search for Systemic Yeast on our website www.knowbalance.com.
Endocrine System Failure:
Many patients have small hormone irregularities that go unnoticed with standardized medical
testing and evaluation. However, these small imbalances can create severe dysfunction.
Our office evaluates the thyroid, adrenal glands, neurotransmitters, and male/female hormones.
Once evaluated, any imbalances are corrected naturally using products to stimulate and balance
Amino Acid and Fatty Acid Imbalance:
Proper amino acid and fatty acid levels are essential to maintaining health. Our office utilizes
specialized tests to determine these levels and their potential relationship to fibromyalgia
symptoms. Once identified, customized Amino Acid formulas are developed for our patients.
The mitochondria are the power plants of your cells. Chronic inflammation, infection and
gastrointestinal disorders can damage the mitochondria. Decreased mitochondrial function can
cause fatigue and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Our organic acid testing can evaluate
mitochondrial dysfunction and provide insight to correct this problem nutritionally.
While the health concerns of our environmental changes are not fully understood, it is evident
that there are many everyday chemicals that are harmful to our health. Every day, we are
exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides,
packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution. As we have become more
exposed to chemical-laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been
confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic
fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/AD(H)D, autoimmune
disorders, Parkinsonís disease, and Alzheimerís disease.
The Balanced Body Center offers the GPL-TOX test to evaluate for the presence of 172 different
toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl
chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide,
acrylonitrile, and more. This profile also includes Tiglylglycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial
disorders resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA. These mutations can be caused by
exposure to toxic chemicals, infections, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies.
Our approach starts with a complete consultation, history and exam. Based on these results,
our office will perform either the tests necessary to help identify the cause of your problem
and/or the tests required to resolve your condition. Once all tests have been completed, our
office will develop a completely natural program to begin the recovery process.
The Balanced Body Centerís Fibromyalgia Program includes a complete review of each individualís
condition. The appropriate tests are recommended and evaluated, and the cause of the condition is
Some tests that may be ordered:
* Inflammatory blood tests (RA, ANA, CRP, Sed Rate)
* Food allergy test
* Upper cervical radiographs
* Heavy Metal test
* Blood Chemistries with Orthomolecular Function
* Systemic Yeast Evaluation
* Male/Female hormone and Adrenal evaluation
* Thyroid evaluations
* Neurotransmitter test
* Fatty Acid test
* Amino Acid test
* Gastrointestinal Absorption/Leaky Gut