Why I made a film about the guaifenesin protocol
Reversing my fibromyalgia symptoms on the guaifenesin protocol gave me my life back. I was able to get off the couch and start practicing medicine again because I had more energy and less pain. After 5 years of caring for fibromyalgia patients I see first hand how “life changing” the guaifenesin protocol can be for many. In order to thank Dr. St. Amand for his groundbreaking work and to increase awareness of the protocol, I hired Tylor Norwood, a local filmmaker, to make a documentary.
If you have fibromyalgia, your physical exam is not normal
In his experience examining over 10,000 patients with known fibromyalgia, Dr. St. Amand found that everyone with fibromyalgia has muscle spasm and swollen places (which he calls nodules) scattered pattern like throughout their bodies. 100% have nodules in their left anterior thighs. If you have nodules in your left anterior thigh (palpated by Dr. St. Amand or someone trained by him such as myself), you have fibromyalgia. Note—most of the time anterior thigh nodules are not painful and patients are not aware of them. Dr. St. Amand has demonstrated how to “map” in a number of instructional sessions in the US and Canada over the years. Here is information on how to purchase an instructional DVD about the guaifenesin protocol and body mapping.
What guaifenesin does
Dr. St. Amand found that guaifenesin decreases the size of these nodules, and as nodule size decreases, so do our symptoms. Dr. St. Amand has found this to be the case in treating thousands of fibromyalgia patients with guaifenesin. I have found this to be the case personally and professionally in my treatment of fibromyalgia patients over the past 5 years.
A theory is born
Dr. St. Amand says; “I think the deposits arise when excess calcium phosphate enter cells and attracts large amounts of water to maintain proper cellular dilution. That’s what creates the swollen tissues – water under high pressure.” Fibromyalgia does NOT effect kidney function, but Dr. St. Amand states “our theory (is) that fibromyalgia occurs because the kidneys are sluggish when it comes to expelling phosphate.” (pg. 53 What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, R. Paul St. Amand MD and Claudia Craig Marek, May 2012).
Guaifenesin can help fibromyalgia patients feel better, no matter what the mechanism of action
Even if Dr. St. Amand’s phosphate theory is incomplete or incorrect, the fact remains that guaifenesin decreases nodule size and as this occurs many fibromyalgia patients feel better over time. Dr. St. Amand says, “Please appreciate the fact that whatever errors might exist in my theories don’t diminish the efficacy of the treatment.” (page ix What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, R. Paul St. Amand MD and Claudia Marek, May 2012)
Are you interested in learning more about this safe and effective treatment for fibromyalgia?
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