Fibromyalgia and Colostrum

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Can Colostrum help Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

by Thomas E. Stone, ND, CNHP

The answer to the above question is a resounding, YES! But let=s begin with a little background. Thereis a vast overlap between the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and those of chronic fatigue syndrome.Between 3 and 6 million Americans suffer from one or a combination of these two diseases, which arecharacterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and fatigue. More often than not, there isalso a pattern of sleep disturbance which accompanies these problems. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatiguesyndrome both fall into a class of diseases called autoimmune diseases and they are much more commonamong women than men. I believe women are more susceptible to these problems because of hormonalimbalances which are exacerbated by hormones in the food chain.

A majority of the patients I see with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome also have somethingcalled leaky gut syndrome which has been linked to many of the autoimmune diseases. Among otherthings, leaky gut syndrome allows undigested food proteins to Aleak@ through abnormally large spacesbetween the cells of an inflamed intestinal lining. These proteins are considered foreign substances by theimmune system and the ensuing attempt to rid the body of these Aforeign@ substances causesinflammation and pain. Autoimmune diseases result when an ongoing reaction of this nature is leftunchecked. In the case of fibromyalgia, pain and stiffness are especially intense in the morning, but Iknow of several cases where individuals could not even stand the pressure of clothes or bedding touchingtheir skin.

The healing of leaky gut syndrome, for which colostrum is noted, can be a major factor in cases offibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Additionally, colostrum contains several anti-inflammatory compoundswhich can help with a reduction of pain. Another factor contained in colostrum known as PRP, is a keyto Atoning down@ the hyper-response of the immune system, lessening the whole autoimmune reaction.Numerous studies have shown that patients with fibromyalgia have low tissue levels of magnesium - evenwith magnesium supplementation. This is an example of the effects of a Aleaky gut,@ whereinflammation in the intestinal lining also damages the carrier proteins which carry minerals, such asmagnesium, through the lining into the bloodstream. As a Aleaky gut@ is healed, nutrient absorption isbalanced.

According to a 1995 article in American Family Physician, most patients with fibromyalgia have lowlevels of IGF-1. Those with chronic fatigue syndrome have a significantly diminished growth hormone(GH) level which is associated with fatigue and other symptoms. Both of these growth factors arecontained in high quality colostrum products. They are successful in treating the symptoms offibromyalgia according to the book, AFrom Fatigued to Fantastic@ by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. It isthought by some, that IGF-1 can also play a role in correcting the low levels of serotonin and itsprecursor, tryptophan, which are associated with the sleep disorders of both fibromyalgia and chronicfatigue.

In my own personal practice, I have found that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome respondquickly to the use of colostrum. Many patients are women who are ready to give up - who have triedeverything else and don=t know where else to turn. One particular woman had been bed ridden for 17years with both chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Within weeks after she started using colostrum, shewas out of bed and within a few months, she was symptom free. Now she works 8 to 10 hours a day,without any of her former symptoms. Another woman had been treated for 12 years with conventionaltherapies and no relief. She also was bed ridden and digressing when she began taking colostrum. Afteronly 1 week, she was able to eliminate all of her pain medication and within 6 months she resumed anormal life.

With fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I usually suggest people take 6 capsules a day and triplethat dosage over a period of 3 weeks. Since both of these conditions are typically accompanied with alow metabolic rate and low thyroid function, I always suggest that the first dose of colostrum be takenimmediately upon rising. Colostrum has some really profound balancing effects on the thyroid.

All in all, colostrum has a unique blend of growth factors and immune factors which can producerelatively quick relief for those who suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.


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