I was moved by her opinion and her pain of losing somebody in her family she really loved very much. So, as a medical doctor I do agree with several points she makes. She is of course referring to medical doctors in her country (US). I practice in Mexico and she actually praised some medical-biological scientists in Mexico City who, recently, discovered and developed a vaccine to cure the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
So, I left this comment
And I got a lot of people liking my opinion, for which I am sincerely pleased and grateful.
But still, there are some comments directed to me that I find totally cruel, inappropriate and ignorant. Like this one:
Fibromyalgia is not “an imaginary disease”, it is real and it needs to be addressed as such. It is a seriously misunderstood illness, mainly because, as you know, many sufferers may not “look sick.” This is why it is so important to talk about it as a so-called “Invisible Disease,” because not a lot of people nor medical doctors take it seriously.
Clinicians should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and diagnose the condition with minimum investigation. Any Medical Doctor who doesn’t know how to detect this pathology, needs to take some courses about how to diagnose it and treat it.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you need to know some facts about it and remember: do not feel shame for feeling the way you do. You can control this disorder and don’t let it over-power you.
Fibromyalgia can be a hard disease to get a diagnosis for since so few people understand it.
It is imperative that we learn and educate our patients, my followers and our loved ones about what fibro warriors go through every day. Let’s take in consideration their suffering and support them fully.
UNDERSTANDING THE ILLNESS:
Patients with fibromyalgia experience body pain that weakens them. There is chronic aching in different points of the body, stiffness and tenderness.
They feel tired most of the time and this makes them nervous, worry and in some cases their blood pressure tends to increase due to the pain and the worryness.
Patients often tell me that they feel their vitality is going away and their strength with it.
Problems for mental concentration start to appear because of the lack of serenity and constant pain that doesn’t go away with pain killers. Yes, the pain, they say, might subside for a little bit, few hours maybe, but it comes back, sometimes in the same area of the legs, knees, shoulders. Some other times it comes back stronger attacking another area of the body.
Patients say “even the skin burns, it hurts so much it is scary”. Patients do hurt, not only physically but mentally, so much that their quality of living begins to diminish. At this time is when this disease -fibromyalgia- causes panic attacks, excessive crying and/or depression.
FIBROMYALGIA IS A DEBILITATING DISEASE
Patients tell me they have problems to go up and downstairs, difficulty to lift up the arms. They feel a burning sensation along the inside of the skin of the legs, the arms, even the back.
They refer to a constant “pain in my lower back”, call lumbalgia.
The cervical spine and both sides of the neck hurt so much some doctors confuse the diagnosis with torticollis and prescribe medicine for it. Of course, the patient might feel some relieve for a day or two and then the pain comes back.
Muscles, tendons, ligaments and skin burn and hurt, making the movements of all the parts of the body strenuous, walking and daily activities very arduous and depending on the gravity of the illness, even impossible.
…include headaches, lose of strength in the hands to hold objects, which they fall off their hands: “Things just fall off my hands. It’s like my muscles don’t have strength anymore”.
Tripping on is more common, clumsiness, general discomfort. Sometimes patients lose balance and fall backwards or forward.
ORIGINS OF THE FIBROMYALGIA
This illness has multiple causes and factors. Usually a very stressful childhood, child abuse of any kind.
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) of any origin: soldiers who come back from war, a stressful or violent marriage, separations, forced immigration, traumatic abandonment of any kind, the loss of loved ones, even the loss of a limb can trigger this syndrome.
THE PATH TO RECOVERY
Recovery is possible. Taking control of your life is absolutely needed to achieve this goal. You can be happy and pain free increasing the quality of your life.
I have no doubt that prevention is the best way to take care of our bodies: it prolongs our life span by avoiding diseases like trauma, infections, even diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and others.
We must use our common sense and education in this matter in order to stay healthy. A proper way of eating, exercising regularly, including the ingestion of some natural products I don’t oppose, I even encourage some of my patients to take some vitamins, roots, seeds, depending on their needs and always guided by a reputable-scientific and well trained health provider.
The problem I have is with people who aren’t medical doctors and they create health organizations, write books, give conferences and sell vitamins and naturopathic “cures”. And in order to enhance their financial income they try to demean the science of medicine “…people all over the world have bought my books with terminal illnesses. I wrote a book about how to cure cancer, people around the world with terminal cancer buy my book, it costs 15 dollars, they go home and they cure their cancer”… quoting Raymond Francis at minute 15:29 in one of his conferences videos.
You can google him and find the video in YouTube. If you want the link to it send me an email or contact me and I will send you the link. I don’t feel like adding the link directly in this post because I don’t want to give more publicity to these fraudulent health practices.
Anyways, like him there are many others, and that is worrisome. They abuse their knowledge in selling, the desperation in terminal ill patients and the sincere desire of many to be healthy in order to sell them their products and “health conferences”. These quacks know how to convert very smart men and women into true believers on their quackery.
This person I mentioned above bases his talk criticizing medical doctors instead of telling us what kind of disease he had when he was 46 and supposedly he “cured” himself. If he is against the science of medicine then why does he relies so much on the World Medical Association statistics? He repeats himself a lot, sometimes he doesn’t finish his sentences, he mentions “his big four things” to be healthy and he mentions only 3, forgets number 4. Is he getting dementia?
The author of this video is worse than a not health professional, he has quack credentials:
Raymond Francis, DSc, MSc, RNC, is a doctor of naturopathy, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, and a registered nutrition consultant.
Naturopathy is the ultimate quackery, and RNC is not a legitimate nutrition certification, only RD is. Although, as quacks usually do, there are no real references to his sources, one can go beyond the ad hominem and analyze this:
“Cow milk contains the wrong proteins for human consumption. It is rich in proteins called caseins which are difficult for humans to digest. … These undigested proteins enter the lower intestines where they putrefy. This creates highly toxic by-products which poison us”.
This is abject nonsense that was popular in the nineteenth century but abandoned by medical science in the 1920s. Other things in the item are contradictory: the suggestion that milk is designed for infants but two-year olds show problems from drinking milk.
People have to educate themselves about fraudulent “health advisors” and their products. Learn the facts and share the based-science information with your loved ones.
There are outbreaks of contaminated romaine lettuce with E. Coli in Ontario, Quebec, and in 11 states of United States of America. This strain E. Coli O157, is more dangerous than others.
That is why the Public Health Agency of Canada and the CDC of United States have told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix.
Symptoms of E. coli O157 infection:
Symptoms usually begin 2 to 5 days after exposure to the bacteria. Sometimes people infected with E. coli O157 have no symptoms at all, but can still pass the bacteria to others.
Severe diarrhea (often bloody)
Most people infected with E. coli O157 do not have a fever or vomiting.
Children under 5 years old and the elderly, E. coli O157 infections can cause a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). About 2 – 7% of E. coli O157 infections lead to HUS. HUS occurs when the E. coli O157 toxin destroys red blood cells. HUS can lead to kidney failure, neurologic damage, and in some cases, death. Approximately 5 – 10% of HUS cases are fatal.
E. coli is a bacteria that lives naturally in the intestines of cattle, poultry and other animals. Raw fruits and vegetables can become contaminated with feces from infected animals in the field by soil, water, animals or improperly composted manure. Lettuce can also be contaminated by bacteria during and after harvest from handling, storing and transporting the produce, including at the grocery store, in the refrigerator, or from counters and cutting boards through cross‑contamination with harmful bacteria from raw meat, poultry or seafood.
Forgetting or forgetfulness can be very scary for some people, especially if it becomes frequent in patients younger than 65. When you live a life plagued with stress your mind starts to give more importance to those things that cause you to worry the most.
You start to forget where you left the keys, the wallet, the pen, etc. But even if the patient is 65 or older when s/he commences to be forgetful, it doesn’t mean s/he has Alzheimer’s Disease. Anxiety and depression can mimic dementia. If you are a young adult, in your twenties or thirties and you are not eating well, you drink alcohol excessively, smoke and don’t exercise regularly, you might experience “forgetfulness due to extreme stress”.
Patients with Alzheimer tend to repeat themselves because they lose their short memory especially in the early stage. They forget recently learned information like dates or events, asking for the same information over and over.
Patients are frequently misdiagnosed in several medical areas, a mental illness is one of them. That is why it is very important to have the right knowledge about it and the most innovated equipment in this age of technology. IQuity is tackling Alzheimer’s biomarkers using the “Machine Learning” (yes, machine learning not learning machine) that uses artificial intelligence.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, do not hesitate to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.
Remember that prevention is the key for a healthier, happier and longer life — Dr. Martha A. Castro N., MD
I like my Hot Bacon Dressing salad without gluten. Gluten makes me feel bloated and I try to avoid it the most I can. Although there are some ways to flush it out of your intestines fast if you happen to ingest it in some meal. But this would be the topic for another blog post. So let’s get to our homemade salad of the day:
Fry bacon til crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add onion to bacon fat in pan and cook 5 minutes til onion is soft. With a slotted spoon, add onion to bacon. Pour bacon fat into a measuring cup and add vegetable oil to equal 1/2 cup. Add bacon fat to cornstarch mixture and reserve. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper in a small saucepan and heat to a boil. Add cornstarch mixture and cook til thickened (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat and add bacon and onion. Use while warm.