Functional Neurology
of Middlesex County
Gregory Symko, D.C., D.A.B.C.N.
747 Main Street Suite 205
Concord, MA 01742
978.369.7070
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Posts about the topic: Fibromyalgia

Dr. Symko, Concord-area Functional Neurologist, and Functional Medical Practitioner writes about the Evolution of Health.

The Evolution of Health

I was thinking about health and the system we currently have in place when the above phrase came to mind.

Healthcare has evolved over the centuries but so have our ailments.  There was a time when a tooth abscess could kill a person, or a minor scrap could cause a massive infection.  Today, fortunately, these seem minor.

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Unfortunately, now we have heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and cancer, not to mention chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, MS, and the list goes on.

Some say we have these diseases because we are living longer, but others say it is because of how we treat ourselves.

According to the World Health Organization, most modern diseases are due to lifestyle choices.

It is becoming clear that that is the case, so what are the correct lifestyle choices?  Some would say a vegetarian diet and plenty of exercise is the best.  Others would argue that a diet based on meat along with exercise is the best, some say food is not that important, but Yoga or meditation.

There are as many opinions about what the right choices are as there are people on the planet.  So what works?

Here are a few examples.  First, my mother-in-law and my next door neighbor, both are in the mid to late nineties.  Neither relies on a cane or walker; they walk up and down a flight of stairs never getting out of breath or needing help other that holding onto the railing.  Both think and speak clearly; both are well-informed and funny.

What did they do to encourage such good health?

My mother-in-law does not drive, never drank alcohol or smoked, and neither did my next door neighbor.

So is that the answer?  Not sure, but it certainly helped.

Another example is women in Asia that climb trees for fruit, well into their nineties.  My mother-in-law and neighbor could climb trees to collect fruit.  So what kind of lifestyle do those women have?

The last example is a the Sioux Chief Red Cloud.  He was riding horses and fighting battles well into his eighties.  (I’m not sure I could ride a horse now, and I’m only in my 50’s!)  What kind of lifestyle did he have?  He slept, walked a lot, probably smoked, but he ate buffalo and root vegetables.

What are the commonalities between these people that we can put together to follow a lifestyle that can copy theirs?  Is there a central thread or habit that we should incorporate into our daily lives?  That is for the next blog.

Dr. Greg Symko-Is it possible to overcome the many symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

happy-150x150Yes indeed.  One of the most important things to do is to stop treating the individual as someone who is crazy and is not really feeling these terrible symptoms.

The first thing that needs to be done is determine why the symptoms are even there.  If you have a clear understanding of the nervous system, the brain and how it all works you can clearly find areas that are not working well.

Once you find what is not working well you can attempt to fix it.  Once it is fixed there is a good chance that the symptoms will decrease or go away.  You see it is important not to get hung up on a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, because it doesn’t tell you what is wrong or how to help.  What I find with treating Fibromyagia patients is that you have to think out of the box.

Dr. Greg Symko-Patient gets great results with her fibromyalgia by looking at her illness functionally.

smile-150x150I received a phone call from a patient that I started on brain exercises and anti-inflammatory supplements who stated that she is both feeling better and sleeping better.

She is still getting stomach cramps, but they are better.   She further said that her legs are much better and jaw pain and headaches are greatly improved.  Her neck and arm still ache, but are also better.

Now this is how powerful functional healthcare is, and she is only 2 weeks into her treatment.