Dr. med. Annette Johnson
General Practitioner for Naturopathy and Rescue Procedures, additional designation for Acupuncture; Focus on fibromyalgia, borrelia infection and food intolerances.
FIBROMYALGIA “Imagined and incurable” or a palpable fascia disorder of unknown aetiology?
Fibromyalgia, a chameleon among diseases
This disorder hides behind a whole range of symptoms:
Is it simply an “imagined and incurable disease” or a palpable fascia disorder that can be tackled successfully depending on the aetiology?
Fibromyalgia has been recognised as a disease by the WHO since 1992 but its existence is often denied by conventional medical practitioners and those affected are often unjustifiably pushed into the psychosomatic corner instead of receiving the support they deserve from those who have taken the Hippocratic Oath.
Our patients with fibromyalgia syndrome suffer from symptoms that cannot be adequately explained in today’s conventional medical understanding while we continue to rely on laboratories that do not have the necessary test facilities and do not test for overactive cytokines and T lymphocytes.
Given that there is no validated method for achieving a cure and the disease substantially restricts the everyday activities and quality of life of those affected, individual healing attempts using BIORESONANCE techniques appear medically justified and sensible.
The nearly unpronounceable “Myofascial pain syndrome” with palpable myogeloses is another name for this condition. This term is used for what the lay public know as “soft tissue rheumatism”, this being an attempt to adopt an academic perspective and impress the patient while distracting them from the fact that this means in effect that the doctors have more or less “given up”. Virtually no rheumatologist is willing to accept a patient where no seronegative rheumatoid arthritis has been diagnosed. The disease is then often stigmatised as a somatisation disorder or depressive exhaustion. The presumption is of a pain-processing disorder which may result from trauma or a stress-processing disorder. The range of complex symptoms can be easily equated with “Burn-out/Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)”. After years of frustration seeking the help of one specialist after another, most patients are eventually pushed into consulting psychologists and anaesthetists (pain management), even though analgesics often fail to have any impact. This makes some sense in terms of managing the condition and leads to the patient being “approved” for rehabilitation or early retirement.
Diagnosis presupposes the following:
A. Exhaustion or concentration disorders, as well as
B. Chronic, unexplained pain or at least increased muscle soreness and cramps for over 3 months (often unexplained chest pain, sensitive stomach, irritable bowel, irritable bladder and period pain — usually at least 11/18 unpleasant pressure points or so-called “tender points” at the tendon attachment points (see also Fig. 1).
C. Vegetative disorders (e.g. sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, circulatory problems, temperature and sweat dysregulation, sicca symptoms with dry eyes and sensory hypersensitivity including hypersensitivity to light, noise or odours and functional respiratory disorders) or psychological disorders such as anxiety and panic attacks plus optionally intolerance to food, medication, fillers or symptoms of hypoglycaemia from excessive insulin release (sometimes accompanied by metabolic syndrome with increased insulin resistance).
So-called cognitive “fibro-fog” can often make patients needlessly anxious about developing Alzheimer’s disease. In my opinion, the most commonly diagnosed forms of depression are frequently not the cause but rather the consequence of existing functional limitations.
Fibromyalgia is a DIAGNOSIS BY EXCLUSION:
Hypermobility, lipoedema or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are often already present prior to disease onset.
The physician should exclude the possibility of any other disease requiring treatment: no inflammatory rheumatism requiring immunosuppressants or collagenosis conditions (lupus, sicca, vasculitis or Polymyalgia rheumatica); no malignant disease or multiple sclerosis; no anaemia or ferritin deficiency; no Diabetes mellitus or prediabetes with hypoglycaemia due to excessive insulin release; immediate type I food allergies or even mast cell activity syndrome, no thyroid dysfunction requiring treatment such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, for instance; no spinal canal stenosis, osteoporosis or osteochondrosis. Nor any hidden chronic infections such as chronic Borrelia infection (70 %), ehrlichiosis, Coxsackie viruses, cytomegaly, mycoplasma (30 %), or Yersinia in the case of irritable bowel, Chlamydia pneumoniae or reactivated mononucleosis (EBV).
I am still not aware of any sufficiently sensitive methods to test for Babesia or Bartonella caused by horse or cat ticks.
Also no dementia/depressive pseudodementia or endogenous depression.
If fibromyalgia occurs as a result of the afore-mentioned underlying diseases, it is known as SECONDARY, which is more likely to be accepted than the PRIMARY form in which several individually harmless causes have led to the “overflowing of the barrel”, or where infections have previously been overlooked because of less sensitive laboratory testing.
With experienced naturopaths we can ascertain whether an atlas displacement, difference in leg length or pelvic misalignment needs to be balanced, and whether inserts or a bite splint would be useful.
Naturopaths test whether hormone shifts are present during the menopause (in men and women), whether there is any deficiency in vital substances (Mg, Vit. B1, 6, 12) or defective intestinal colonisation, or concealed type III IgG food allergies or food intolerances (approximately 50%) lactose, fructose or histamine tolerance, or elevated exomorphins or heavy metal contamination with mercury, lead or aluminium or HPU/KPU (mineral loss syndrome that can be ruled out in urine).
It can often take 8-10 years to reach a diagnosis and the number of unrecorded cases is high, especially when those affected are men who are not overweight but physically active, or who tend to suffer more from exhaustion than pain.
Genetically, up to 15 % of the population could be predisposed to this condition but it ultimately affects up to 5 % of the western population, of all races. (Nevertheless, only 4 genes have been identified to date, accounting for only 30 % of cases.) 50 % of all rheumatism sufferers are at risk and over 50 % of all people with lipoedema will contract the disease because of our modern sedentary lifestyle.
As fibromyalgia is inherited via the mitochondria, a boy can only inherit it from his mother whilst a girl can inherit the condition from her mother or father. Up to puberty both boys and girls are affected equally. Due to increased muscle mass, the symptoms often disappear in boys as they grow which explains why up to 80% of those affected in later life are female. 50% suffer from hypoglycaemia caused by too much insulin and, unless they follow a “low carb” diet, they will develop insulin resistance with the risk of diabetes.
Models of origin
Stress and poor stress management:
- Stress leads to a breathing pattern similar to hyperventilation which lowers the pain threshold (Dr. Thomas Weiss, Mannheim).
- Following trauma, altered cortisol levels were found in the spinal cord together with altered cranial nerve nuclei which belong to the highly emotional limbic system (to which our fascia are closely connected).
- Continuous stress without recovery exhausts cortisol production in the adrenal glands in the long term.
- Mitochondriopathy: a reduced number and functional impairment of energy systems in the cells (mitochondria). Mitochondriopathy with ATP deficiency in oxidative and nitrosative stress.
- Excessive TH1, TH2 or TH17 defence mechanism with surplus cytokines due to infection or pro-inflammatory diet.
- Microneuropathy — hypersensitivity of the tiny nerve endings with vegetative disturbances in pain sensation and temperature and sweat regulation.
- Vascular malformation of the smallest vessels with short circuits (stunts) with swelling due to leaking vessels, e. g. during sport with protein oedema in patients with lipoedema.
- Fascias are connective tissue: thin, fibrous membranes covering all structures of the body including the joints and internal organs, and compressing into tear-resistant tendons and ligaments. They all interconnect in muscle fibre chains. (Impressive performance can be achieved even with low muscle mass, e.g. frogs and kangaroos jump using their fascia)
Hypermobility becomes a risk factor because of insufficient support and too much pre-stretching.
- Fascia are permeated with tiny nerves and vessels and washed by a nourishing gel and collected lymph. They swell in the case of metabolic imbalance or infections, thereby triggering so-called cytokine-mediated “joint pain”.
- Fascia like to be moved, actively in stamina-based exercise and passively during massage techniques such as massage cupping, as they have no peristalsis per se. They adhere in cases of immobility or “hyperacidity”.
Fascial connective tissue is thought to be our “body memory” and that adhesion in this tissue represents ageing.
Therefore, body-based psychotherapy procedures such as PEP, EMDR trauma recovery and hypnosis help to manage unresolved conflicts more quickly.
(It is even thought that “trauma is stored up” in non-executed protective movements, leading to cramp-induced pain).
So let’s see how we can keep ourselves “young” using bioresonance to reduce inflammatory cytokines.
Relaxation exercises, active stretching and extremely slow passive massages, especially massage cupping, anti-infection therapy, deacidification and low-histamine dietary changes with low insulin levels together with intestinal symbiosis are therefore all important accompaniments to any fascia therapy.
In terms of naturopathy, passive heat from a bath, sauna, mud and infrared therapy as well as whole-body hyperthermia (possibly alternating with a brief session in a cold chamber) are recommended.
Massages with gentle techniques such as manual lymph drainage and deep Lomi as in traditional connective tissue massage and Rolfing, plus fascia rolls of all sizes and soft balls, dry brushes and tapping techniques.
Also active, gentle stretching and slow yoga and Qi Gong, Thai Qi or Tibetan Lu Jong.
Meditative relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation or Jacobson’s technique and hypnosis.
For symptom relief
Cupping massage, acupuncture and neural therapy, with and without homeopathy, gentle chirotherapy and atlas therapy, bite splints (adjusted only after relaxation), inserts and herbal medicine with anti-inflammatory drugs such as bromelain and resins:
Phytotherapy for lowering cytokine levels, plant resins in off-label use, oral administration and in channel 2 in applications such as:
- Quinine sulphate 200 mg 0-0-1-(1)
- Artemisia annua annamed
- Medical THC free CBD Cannabis 5%
- Guaifenesin 600 prolonged-release (e.g. Mucinex every 12 hours)
Where a pain management regimen based on NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or diclofenac (probably useful in only 30 % of cases) or Novaminsulfon or Paracetamol (depending on receptor type) has been exhausted, conventional medicine also turns to muscle-relaxing substances such as Flupirtin (for a maximum of 14 days) or Ortoton in off-label use.
Unfortunately, Tilidine is still given too often although morphine is to be avoided at all costs. It is better to use the anti-inflammatory effect of Tramal long or low-dose Naltrexon (LDN) instead.
It seems sensible to administer pain-modulating psychotropic drugs, e. g. serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) such as escitalopram or fluctin, or even amitryptyline drops -1-5 drops max. for pain relief. The off-label use of atypical neuroleptics such as (Lyrica) Pregabalin is associated with side effects and the interactions of chemical medicinal products are unclear.
RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS can be reduced by BIORESONANCE plus cupping massage. The disease is tackled at the root cause, namely the increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Kinesiological tests can be used to adjust treatment individually and prevent over-therapy and side effects.
Given that every case is different, incompatibilities often exist and marked fluctuations can occur from day to day, the bioresonance device is a valuable aid for our patients on the road to recovery through self-healing.
Improvement can be expected within 2 months for each year of illness with multimodal therapy. In terms of treatment frequency and duration of therapy, it should be noted that fascia (according to Robert Schleip, Ulm) only have a memory capacity of 5-7 days and relax in 7-minute cycles. Consequently, manual therapy with cupping massage should be carried out at least once a week in addition to bioresonance.
Reduction in cytokine levels relies fundamentally on a holistic approach.
The detailed basic program and the testing and treatment of electrosmog sensitivity and interference fields due to scars and dental foci should be strictly observed.
In addition, there are hidden food intolerances which have been successfully managed in our practice using “Gerhard Rummel therapy” in addition to phytotheraphy (at least 15 times a week). Use phytos in channel 2.
For hidden infections, we offer the nosode program every 2 weeks in conjunction with very slow cupping massage (also because the connective tissue massage forces pathogens into the bloodstream where they can be attacked).
In the case of therapy blocks, use kinesiological tests on request to establish which nosodes are required every 2 weeks to calm exaggerated defence response. Or we carry out the laboratory tests for excessive resistance recommended by Dr. Rummel. (You can get a discount in the Ettlinger Laboratory if you mention Dr. Rummel.)
Then you can treat the remaining symptoms with the adjusted individual programs.
10403 Simplified metabolic stimulation with weight reduction program with acupuncture needles
10070 Hormone balance (menopause) (saliva only)
10072 Hormone balance (pituitary) (saliva only)
10006 Regulate adrenaline secretion
10159 Metabolic disorder
10097 Lymph activation
10098 Lymphoedema (stimulate detoxification and circulation)
10165 Toxin elimination/detoxification
10024 Exposure to pathogens
10128 Detoxify rheumatic disorders
10182 Soft tissue rheumatism (long narrow back of head)
10175 Adhesions/cell regeneration(rectangular on sacro-iliac joint)
Psychologically low-deep frequencies:
10008 Stress reduction physical/Activation of the right half of the brain
10147 Initially remove shock (saliva only) (stay with this, test and observe, collect, if required)
10170 vegetative dysregulation (with drops of blood) 10169 vegetative dystonia (with drops of blood)
Special program (save as program series, if required):
27 Depression: 535.1-428.3-900.5-125.4-432.5-911.4
With irritable bowel, depending on the current problem (always give probiotics in addition):
10038 Improve intestinal flora (in advance, 2 weeks of oral probiotics)
10039 intestinal infection (in over 30 % Yersinia or Borrelia or mycoplasma alone) (in addition oral wormwood product and in channel 2 — inadequate in the case of parasites (NL Laboratory for microscopy)
10036 1. Intestinal treatment (as almost everyone has lumbar spine problems)
10037 2. Intestinal treatment
Then depending on the current problem:
10049 Improving lipid metabolism 1.
10050 Improving lipid metabolism 2.
31003 1. Treatment of diarrhoea with toxin elimination
32003 2. Treatment of diarrhoea in the case of intestinal infection (test also with hyperactivity (abdominal pain and food allergies occur as a result of inadequate gastric acid more often than we realise)
10040 Constipation with physical stress reduction — rarely required as coconut oil has a laxative effect
10025 Irritable bladder
In the case of pain, depending on request and location on the day of treatment
426.0-425.0 Mostly shorter, (save as a program series if required), locally as trigger point treatment only until the pain changes, then switch immediately to 425.0
10107 Neck and jaw tension (narrow flex forward, from jaw to jaw)
10144 Pain between the shoulder blades
10145 Pain in the rib area
10096 Lumbar syndrome
10112 Neuralgia, pulling
Many of those affected can sense whether the device is on or off, which promotes acceptance. These sensitive patients then experience wash-out symptoms if we are overly ambitious and include too many programs. Therefore, it is very important to drink a lot and, at the same time, to deacidify and follow intestinal symbiosis with healthy fat intake (especially pure coconut oil and Omega 3 fatty acids) (see also Dr. Bruce Five).
Possibly accompany with Chlorella algae to bind released mercury, lead or aluminium after testing.
If vitamin D levels do not rise, despite a sufficiently higher intake, BICOM® can help in part by treating the intracellular micro-organisms.
- A happy, overweight 43 year-old woman, fit for work, who despite following a “low to no carb” diet, only eventually lost weight after BR, overcoming painful tension and debility.
- A female patient, 55 years of age at the time of treatment, presenting with many Her husband was extremely grateful to us for alleviating her symptoms and helping her to enjoy shared activities once again. We gained a lot of new patients on their recommendation.
- A slim, 67 year-old patient who had taken early retirement but was constantly He had followed many sensible treatment recommendations for decades and hardly went to the doctors any more. In just 4 months he overcame physical and psychological symptoms that had plagued him since childhood once he removed the underlying cytokine trigger factor.
- 61 year-old female entrepreneur in a family business. A breast cancer patient with She had consulted numerous doctors and found that each doctor and naturopath focused on his/her own individual area of specialism. Bioresonance finally allowed all aspects of her condition to be addressed and it was this that made her fit for work again.
- A slim, 65 year-old female patient experiencing pain. She had been retired for over 10 years because of daily nausea with vomiting. MS, Parkinson’s disease and vasculitis had been suggested despite the fact she was only suffering from Borreliosis-induced FMS with dyspepsia and food intolerance. After receiving the multimodal treatment described here, she now provides 24-hour care for 3 dogs from the rescue centre and is symptom-free.
Consequently she now has no time to see the doctor. But that is fine with us.
Like detectives, we work to reveal underlying causes that are hidden like chameleons. We gradually peel back the layers, like peeling an onion, until the patient is symptom-free. That’s the approach we adopt in our practice.
Over the last 7 years our practice has gone from strength to strength thanks to personal recommendations.
Fibromyalgia syndrome does need to be treated life-long with cytokine-lowering substances but those affected do feel “cured” and as a result even psychological problems disappear.