Monday, August 27, 2007

Got Back Pain?

What worked for me was the insight of the guaifenesin protocol, advanced by Dr. R. Paul St. Amand, as a cure for fibromyalgia, which is the syndrome of all the symptoms normally associated with chronic body dysfunctions and premature aging, until it is regarded as simply “normal aging.”

The doctor has a very complicated and unverified theory of why it works, but the simple and short story is that guaifenesin has the well-proven ability to liquefy mucus, and so that is why most people take it when they have a cold, flu, bronchial inflammation, expressly to liquefy the mucus in their lungs so they can breathe comfortably again (or expectorate the congealed mucus).

When the mucus solidifies, it doesn’t act in the optimal manner a fluid would -- but instead, assumes the lesser capabilities of a solid. The mucus is the medium and lubricant of the body for all movement -- in such critical systems as the respiratory, the digestive, and is secreted by the cartilage prior to movement of the joints. If that is not maintained at fluid optimal, naturally there will be “pain.” One will note that when one has a cold or flu, it is frequently accompanied by various other body pains, notably at the joints.

Long before I ever heard of Dr. St. Amand’s work, I noted that Robitussin (guaifenesin) had this favorable effect on general health -- beyond relieving bronchial congestion, so what I found encouraging about his study was the revelation that it could be taken in large doses indefinitely, with no negative side-effects, but many positive ones if one had those chronic problems and pains often associated with thickened mucus, which is a distinguishing characteristic of people as they age.

In people of advanced ages, the condition is called “phlegmatic” -- or that their mucus dries up. When that happens as a general condition of one’s internal environment, one is likely to have multiple general problems, called in the past, the natural (normal) process of aging that until now, was considered “normal” and congenital, with all its consequnces.

Apparently it doesn’t have to be that way though. I haven’t had any bouts of back pain or bronchitis that used to lay me up at least twice a year each for months at a time ever since I was a child diagnosed as an arthritic with chronic bronchitis.

I managed to ignore that diagnosis and prognosis for most of my life until about five years ago when I thought I wouldn’t recover again as I usually did. By chance, I read the article in the newspaper announcing the free seminar given by this doctor and have had no problem since.

The doctor’s book is titled, What Your Doctor Might Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia. I have no connection with the doctor. His website is:

The cheapest place to get guaifenesin is Costco.


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