Where is nutritional researching taking Fibromyalgia Treatment? For most of our experiences the answer would be absolutely nowhere. Actually there is a hidden area of research that is actually making advances.
These are the many companies telling us they have the magic supplement to heal us. Some of them are real and others are a bunch of hooey. How can we tell the difference?
There are some basics you want to consider. You don’t want to take marketers’ “personal cure stories” too seriously, but don’t totally ignore them. Then again don’t believe that it is holy gospel and the truth. They are still selling what they are talking about.
This is why in my club and sites I resist the urge to SELL any one product. I host a few banners however I do NOT sell anything in particular. This has resulted in some pretty angry people on occasion. It has also resulted in some pretty persistent campaigns to my e-mail.
Just because this person says it works doesn’t mean a thing. You actually do not want to trust all those reports the companies show you either.
Research results can be made to say what a company wants them to. This can be done easily, by setting up the test so that there is no control group or long term tracking of the participants in the test. Looks great on paper but it can all be deceptive.
Independent testing NOT funded by the company is usually the best source of information and research. This research should also be supported by control and placebo test groups, which have taken varying amounts of the supplement.
Now that you figure taking a look at it won’t hurt me. Let us look at the next question, what is in it?
Things to watch for; known allergens or irritants, excess sugar or milk, oversized or bulky tablets or servings, vague ingredients or generic ingredient listings such as “vitamins”.
You of course want to know EXACTLY what is in this miracle you are about to buy. First and foremost know what is in the supplement. Look for a detailed ingredient list. This is how to be sure you are not buying just a 1200mg vitamin C tablet.
Many of these wonderful formulas are the SAME! You compare one product for $24.00 and another similar or nearly identical formula of the same size and the second bottle is $48.00. This is disgusting at best. Keep in mind why would you pay $40 for a bottle of vitamins that you can buy singularly for less and possibly in better dosage sizes.
Supplements are not yet regulated by the Government so we want to be sure to watch how much of what is in there. This will effect not only your wallet but also your health overall. In the case of actual ingredients such as sugar and allergens these ingredients could harm anyone including and especially those prone to anaphylaxis or diabetic reaction.
There is also another concern. These formulas contain herbs and huge amounts of some vitamins and none of others. They are at times poorly combined so that although the herbs and vitamins are there, the body will pass them out uselessly. Other vitamins such as Vitamin A are toxic at high levels. Your body simply cannot eliminate some vitamins unless your body uses them. Vitamin toxicity is dangerous business.
Then there are the herbs. These herbs are intended for use on many conditions and they can be very beneficial. However, if you are heart patient and start using St Johns Wort or Kava Kava without the doctors’ knowledge and supervision you could be a dead heart patient very quickly.
Still with my mountain man heritage I find myself learning every day. Don’t let a supplement company have your blind faith. I learn daily and by FAR I am NO expert on these matters. I am sharing my knowledge and what does and doesn’t work so that you can start farther ahead of the game in looking for your own remedies. Even if your remedy turns out to be a 5-tablet $40 bottle of pills, it is your remedy and it works. Just select it wisely.
Today Fibromyalgia patients are turning in larger numbers to the alternative medicine, or herbal answers that the general supplement industry is giving. Currently doctors fail to offer much or any hope. The supplement suppliers are speaking in terms of change, answers and yes relief. Their research proves it! Daily I find or receive stories from patients about what did or didn’t work. They are moving on with their lives now that they have found an answer for themselves.
It is true that new drugs are being found daily. Discovered by the medical professionals they will help some but come with their own problems. Meanwhile we struggle to sleep, eat, and function.
Just as others have success with over the counter herbal products in just a few days, medical professionals are slowed by rules of scientific study. The scientist must prove their work. They must back it with double blind studies and hours upon hours of observations and studies. While their answers seem so much more definite, we must wait for them to release the newest drugs. This slow process does not help us in the here and now.
While some doubtable research may sound so good, we must remember, sometimes the quickest answer is not always safe or legitimate. Shady or poor studies can lead to more problems while good slow work comes too infrequently. How can the medical industry and supplement suppliers improve the process and perhaps even speed it up? We can’t be sure of what changes can or should be made however, what we do learn needs to be shared so good work can be built upon and not just duplicated. By sharing perhaps nutritional research will actually lead to relief or a cure instead of confusion and risky studies that are suspect and perhaps dangerous.
As always, research is very beneficial. Lets make the supplement companies accountable for what they advocate and advertise by being cautious consumers who purchase wisely and demand quality. Otherwise, nutritional research may lead to problems instead of answers.