At the end of my 45 years of practice as a Holistic Chiropractic Physician there appeared from time to time, and with increasing frequency, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia usually made by a Rheumatologist or a Psychiatrist.
Except for the fact that these were usually “bad cases” I filed them under the heading of advanced myofascial fibrositis and smiled to myself that the doctors who were unaware of the trigger points that had been part of our stock-in-trade for all of those practice years, were getting serious about these abnormalities.
In retirement when it was learned what my vocation had been many people sought my opinions. My stipulations were; That no doctor available was helping them and then I would “take a look”. It was in this vein that we had a person from a fibromyalgia support group. This is where it began. We had of course unlimited time to examine these people and began to make breath taking discoveries, many which were based on previous discoveries which I have been reporting for the last 20 years.
This article is basically in three main sections:
- 1. What is known and/or suspected about the condition,
- 2. The discoveries that I have made about the condition,
- 3. The treatment and outstanding success of the treatment.
I am aware that many traditional doctors will be upset or nonplused by what we present here, for this condition more than any other illustrates the fact that Chiropractic (in particular) has repeatedly ignored the advances made by others and not a few by myself. The best of today’s graduates of the best of schools are, in my opinion, not qualified to either diagnose or treat this condition. This is because the basics of the diagnosis are not taught in any college that is known to me. The diagnosis is comparable to the sequence of events that cause the condition and is the equivalent of another college degree in the extent of knowledge and skills required
In answer to your unspoken question: I write and divulge these things so that people can be better and maintain healthy and productive lives knowing – that only 2% of doctors will understand and – the 2% are ready!
- When the student is ready the master appears
– Chinese Proverb
Fibromyalgia – State of the Art
Fibromalgia is considered by some as a syndrome or collection of symptoms and by others as a disease entity. The doctors of the world are getting serious about the condition and now have meetings such as the “Copenhagen Fibromyalgia Symposium”. The outstanding symptoms are pain (in muscles and joints) and stiffness. It is generally accepted that this must be whole body pain with representatives on both sides and above and below the waist.
The list of symptoms is impressive and diversified. Some doctors now include what is called “The Fibro Five” which are; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Irritable Bowel, Interstitial Cystitis, Migraine Headache. Some include sleep disorders. In most severe cases the victims are not able to maintain employment.
The Symptoms are varied and widespread:
- · Musculoskeletal pain and aching
- · Disturbed sleep patterns
- · Fatigue
- · Paraesthesias
- · Depression
- · Soft tissue swelling
- · Irritable bowel
- · TMJ and Bruxism
- · Bursitis
- · Allergies
- · Sciatica
- · Chest Pains
- · Back Pain
- · Interstitial Cystitis
- · Migraine Headaches
- · Raynaud’s
- · Dysmenorrhea
- · Hypoglycemia
It usually is differentiated from arthritis both rheumatoid and osteo, polymyalgia rheumatica, myopathy, hypothyroidism, disk herniation, and cardiac or pleural pain. Despite the symptoms, physical, laboratory, and radiological studies are often normal. This connective tissue disorder is not associated with deformity of the joints. Thus the diagnosis has been clinical.
The Tender Points or Trigger Point Diagnosis (Bilateral)
· Knee, at the medial fat pads proximal to the articulation
· Greater Trochanter, posterior to the trochanteric eminince
· Gluteal, upper outer quadrants of the buttocks
· Lateral Epicondyle, 2 cm. Distal to the epicondyles
· Second Rib, second costochondral junction on upper surfaces
· Supraspinatous origins near the medial border above the scapular spine
· Trapezius, midpoint of the upper border
· Lower Cervical, anterior intertransverse spaces of C-5 to C7
· Occipital, suboccipital insertion
Eleven, some say twelve of these eighteen points must be positive to approximately two to three pounds/pressure. The point must be reported as painful vs. pressure.
Concept of Central Sensitization
While many theories have been advanced such as hormonal, neurotransmitters etc., astute observers have accurately described the concept of “central sensitization,” the decreased threshold of pain in these subjects.
Hyperalgesia. Some believe that decreased blood to the muscles activates chemicals or initiates their release, accounting for the irritability.
One theory is that it is a disease of the central nervous system not as a pathological change, but a “central activation” vs. a type of myopathy. Remember this very astute observation for we will explain why it is correct even though the proponents do not understand the mechanisms.
At the end of the seventies, and we have written about this ever since, I found that nine out of ten subjects examined were found not able to digest/transport, utilize or incorporate the daily dietary protein which was usually adequate (except for some vegetarians) in intake. The discoveries of Rheinholdt Voll, M.D.1 enabled me to put two and two together and establish that the pancreatic points that he identified as; protein digestion function, carbohydrate digestion function, and fat digestion function on the Pancreas Meridian were almost always caused by lack of suitable amino acids. We developed the Vickery-Voll2 test which was the beginning of an entirely new view of the body and explained why I was never able to keep our patients “straight.”
The way it is believed to work is simple. The amino acids in the correct proportions and in adequate amounts reverse this deficiency by supplying the pancreas and intestinal glands with the ingredients necessary to synthesize adequate digestive enzymes to digest the dietary intake. Having the necessary enzymes the daily food intake is more completely utilized and the transport or carrier proteins are manufactured in suitable amounts and the entire “Enzyme Cascade” of the body is re-established. This begins within twelve hours!
Every case of fibromyalgia is found to have this deficiency but, so do many other problems.
Protein/Enzyme Deficency is the First Demon.
The Second Demon
The body gets most of its dietary sulfur from proteins in the form of the sulfur bearing amino acids and some sulfur bearing plants such as garlic and onions, cabbage, and peppers etc.. I knew about this problem in the early eighties but also knew that in the amino acid formula that I developed, there was one molecule in methionine and two in cystine. Furthermore, we were unlocking the dietary proteins taurine etc. which were also sulfur containing.
In retirement, I found a test for sulfur that showed a high percentage of persons that took our amino acids formulas religiously were still sulfur deficient (myself included). I also found that infections, the arthrites and poisonings; heavy metals, PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) etc. responded much, much better when we added methylsulfanylmethane to our amino acid formula. Every person that had fibromyalgia was sulfur deficient.
Sulfur Deficiency is the Second demon.
The Third Demon
By 1986, I had developed two tests that screened the spine for spinal disk lesions,The BEV Tests3 and the The CCT or Confirmatory Challenge Tests 4 which also identified exactly disks which were involved and the exact corrections necessary to relieve them. I have written about them since that time and will not spend time here describing them. I will, however, explain that every case of fibromyalgia has diskal degeneration throughout their entire spine!
For those of you who are not familiar with my grading of diskal lesions we include the drawings which we presented way back in the early eighties. You will note that we are talking mostly about the intradiskal lesion or Grade 1. This has no visible changes apparent in the CAT scan, the MRI, and the myelogram studies done with contrast media but is neurologically active! It is this lesion that most chiropractors are unknowingly trying to correct! This puts these practitioners in the same condition as a carpenter without glue and other fasteners.
This was known to me in 1982 when I pioneered the use of the CAT scan in the study of diskal lesions in the New York area hospitals and private radiological facilities. Their presence is easily demonstrated through the BEV Tests.
This was pretty much a theory standing alone at that time; but has now since been proven by a new procedure, IDET5 (intradiskal electrothermal annuloplasty ) which I refer to as “Boil-a-Disk”. It is reported to work as “well as fusion” and claims 80% of patients have “reduced pain and greater mobility”.
The procedure involves a six inch needle and a heating element which is inserted into the particular DISK and heated to 194 degrees for fifteen minutes. The
Dr. Brice E. Vickery served in a submarine squadron in WWII. He received his doctorate from Lincoln Chiropractic College in 1951, did post graduate work, and studies at Spears Chiropractic Hospital in Denver, CO.
He practiced 45 years and founded the Connecticut Holistic Chiropractic Offices. He authored The Pocket T.S. Line Manual, The Two–Edged Sword Diet, which conquers yeast infection and celiac disease and is a keystone in his Vickery Fibromyalgia Protocol. He authored numerous magazine articles and invented TVM (The Vickery Method of Chiropractic and Osteopathy), Platinum Essential Amino Acids Plus, US Pat. 6,203,820, and European patents.
He introduced Vickery Sea Plant Minerals and Glyconutrients, providing correct amounts of iodine, and Sea–AloeGold, combining ten thousand years of healing and is proven applicable for GERD, celiac disease, and chronic infections.
After practicing 50 years, he is now President of SuperNutrient Corporation, a nutritional consultant, and teacher.