woeurie“A low thyroid is a common trigger for fibromyalgia. How do you tell if it’s fibromyalgia vs only Hashimoto’s? Well, it’s real simple, you can’t sleep,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, the medical director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and specialist on fibromyalgia and thyroid disorders. “There’s a reason this is skyrocketing. A lot of the reason is the diet. The loss of digestive enzymes and food allergies are the cause.”

All of which originate from a damaged gut lining.

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Teitelbaum came down with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia while in medical school. He had to drop out of medical school and subsequently became homeless. “What happened was holistics, holistic practitioners, naturopaths, energy workers, all these different folks came by. Some of them fed me. I learned nutritional deficiencies and candida were major players. I was able to get well and return to medical school.” He has spent the past 39 years since his breakdown working and studying these issues that caused him so much distress.

Teitelbaum doesn’t rely too much on the normal range of thyroid blood tests saying if you don’t fall into the normal range but it’s not working for you, it’s a problem. He says the false negative results on thyroid tests is remarkable. He recommends patients who aren’t getting help from their doctor should go to ABIHM.org and find a holistic practitioner who already knows a basis of the problems.

“Thyroid tests suck. They’re totally unreliable. If a person is tired, achy, weight gain and cold intolerant they deserve thyroid hormone no matter what their blood tests show,” Dr. Teitelbaum says. “If you’re taking thyroid and you feel great, problem solved. If you’re taking thyroid hormone and you still don’t feel so hot, if you can’t sleep without taking stuff consider the low thyroid has caused you to blow a fuse, or throw a circuit breaker. That’s caused fibromyalgia.”

Click here to read more about false negative thyroid tests.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia are tired, achy, weight gain, joint pain and brain fog.

Dr. Teitelbaum says, “Sugar. That needs to be restricted. High protein, low carb works the best for most people with fibro. Get plenty and plenty of water.”


He is an advocate of ribose, what he calls the backbone of ATP, the energy molecules in the body. He says the body runs on nutrients and it’s difficult to find what you are specifically deficient in and the ribose covers it all for you. Dr. Teitelbaum says his recommendation for a daily regime to fix a body suffering from fibromyalgia is: ribose (click here), one vectomega (click here), 200 mg coenzyme Q10 (click here – beware many coenzyme Q10 supplements contain rice flour, cellulose and other fillers which are damaging to the gut lining perpetuating the root cause of the fibromyalgia).

He says, “I don’t want people to be part of the handful club, where they take a handful of vitamins a day.”

First and foremost the solution is clean food that does not perpetuate the damaged gut flora.

“The adrenal has to be working properly in order for the thyroid to be working properly. If people get these feed me now or I will kill you episodes a lot of that is low adrenal. Low blood sugar makes a person’s fangs come out,” says Dr. Teitelbaum. He adds, “Treat with an adrenal stress sandwich: licorice, vitamin B5, adrenal glandulars and vitamin C. That helps the adrenal glands heal up. I will sometimes use cortef or bioidentical prescription cortisol but I rarely go over 15 milligrams per day.”

Candida is the only thing worth treating for fibromyalgia. He says, “It’s not even worth testing, if you have fibromyalgia treat it.” He recommends getting a good quality probiotic and nystatin for at least 6 weeks saying, “It’s a critical part of treating fibromyalgia.”

The most important piece of the puzzle is probiotics both in therapeutic form and fermented food form. Click here to read why.

The top probiotics for treatment do not perpetuate the pathogenic overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut like this one, this one and this one. Correcting the microbiome corrects the root cause of fibromyalgia.

Teitalbaum’s first book From Fatigued To Fantastic sites over 500 studies which he admits for those with firbromyalgia, who have brain fog, need a short and simple version which is his latest book The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Both books explain what is happening to your body and what to do to fix the trauma.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of GAPS and specialist on autoimmune diseases and the recovery therein says fibromyalgia is one of the most drastic illnesses to rehabilitate as it affects the systems in the body that assist the body in healing. A lot of consistent effort and persistence will eventually create a situation where the body will recover however she says these patients have to be diligent with their diet and replenishing the microbiome. Click here to read further.

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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

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