If you suffer from a chronic invisible illness you may be interested in a new documentary. Here is the synopsis from the director’s website:
Written, directed and produced by Bec Mills founder of Beyond the Bandaid Invisibly Ill is a documentary series designed to help educate and raise awareness on the important role that stealth pathogens and other environmental factors play in chronic fatiguing, neurodegenerative and neurobehavioural disease.
Discover, explore and understand stealth pathogen. Invisibly Ill helps you understand the concept of a stealth pathogen, the damage they cause, signs and symptoms and what can be done about them to help get you back in the drivers seat. Interviews with international guest speakers such Californian Microbiologist Professor Garth Nicolson and New Jersey Psychiatrist Dr Robert Bransfield get you started with understanding how imbalances between the nervous and immune system contribute to symptoms such as pain and cognitive impairment. Learn about how oxidative damage plays a part in mitochondrial dysfunction, how often many illnesses can easily be misdiagnosed. Invisibly Ill also follows the lives of various Australian patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses such as; Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Chronic Fatigue, Autism, Morgellons, Lyme Disease and various others- as they begin treatment for their conditions. Learn about the Chlamydia, Borrelia, Mycoplasma, Babesia and Bartonella species and the vital role they play in chronic pain and illness. Treatment for these infections is more then a bandaid. Go beyond the bandaid and get better.
Adrenal Dysfunction is listed as a possible cause of Fibromyalgia on the Environmental Illness Resource website in an article by Dr. Rodger Murphree. The adrenal glands tell the body when to release hormones that help us cope with stress. If your adrenals are not working properly, your body is unable to cope with stress and this could trigger a Fibromyalgia flare.1
Special adrenal support supplements are available to help you restore proper adrenal function to your body. I’ve started taking one and it has made a world of difference. After starting the adrenal supplement, I’ve managed to work three full weeks without having to take a sick day due to a flare-up! It isn’t enough just to take the supplement though, you also need to learn how to better cope with stress. I’m currently reading a few books about coping with stress and I’ve also made an appointment for counseling. Maybe I can learn how to say no to people.
For more information read Dr. Rodger Murphree’s book, Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dr. Murphree recommends various supplements and sells them on his website. You should consult with your doctor before using any supplements. The adrenal support that I am on is formulated by my doctor and sold at his office. I have not tried any of Dr. Murphee’s supplements, and therefore do not endorse them.
The world would be a better place if all the doctors were as well educated about gluten as Dr. Stephen Wangen. Unfortunately many of us suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have had to take matters into our own hands to figure out what is making us sick. Dr. Wangen goes into great detail about how to get a proper diagnosis of Celiacs or Gluten Intolerance, and then gives tips on how to proceed with treatment. Many additional resources are provided in the appendix and the book is supported by a 45 page bibliography, meaning the good doctor did his research.
Initially I set this book aside because I was turned off by the cover, thinking the information was as outdated as the lame graphic. It just goes to show, never judge a book by its cover! This is the most informative book that I have read thus far about gluten sensitivity. The research is current and so are the resources. I must say that the author does shamelessly plug his own website and other book a few times, but it doesn’t seem to distort the overall message. I would like to have read more research relating gluten sensitivity, Celiac Disease, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.