GWTP Step by Step
With all the interest in nutrition to combat the ever-increasing obesity, heart problems and diabetes,it makes sense to consider supplements as part of your wellness choices. Research has established many nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in chronic disease. I have a special interest in helping those with fibromyalgia (FM) and systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID), formerly known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), because my husband David has FM. The two syndromes often overlap. As an owner of a supplement business, I hear first-hand from people who want to choose healthy options but just don’t know how. Get with the Program™ (GWTP) became their answer. In 2000, TyH designed GWTP specifically to offer a nutrient strategy to address common issues such as pain, poor sleep, immunity and fatigue. The beauty of the program is the supplements are designed to work together to increase the overall result yet individual products will target whatever you need. Let’s get started!
THE PROGRAM Step by Step
1 Customize YOUR Program.
By the time symptoms show up, your body is already telling you something is amiss. Getting well is a process and no two people are alike. Healing takes time and your program may need adjusting to restore nutrients to a point when symptoms resolve. It’s not clear why some are more susceptible to FM and/or SEID and why their systems get “broken”. For that reason, you may not restore to 100% “pre” fibro or SEID but you will feel better. As in most disorders, earlier nutrient intervention does help, typically by slowing down symptom progression. So you may opt to start with Fibro-Care™ as it addresses multiple problems. Then gradually add to your regimen slowly, especially if this is your first supplement program.
2 Evaluate your GI health before you start
A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) system requires a balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria for proper digestion. You need your stomach and bowels in optimal working order or your ability to absorb nutrients and help your health is severely compromised. David’s Probiotic Blend™ or David’s Probiotics™ and Olive Leaf Extract or ESE™ provide distant benefits for bacteria balance. Consider digestive enzymes to optimize food breakdown and ginger as a tummy tonic. If you have symptoms of bloating, diarrhea, constipation, multiple food allergies, rashes, and inability to take vitamins in any form, do not start GWTP without clearing up those issues first. You could have Candida. Or you might need food allergy testing. Work with your health care professional. Consider TyH's 14 day GI Detox, Clear & Replenish™. After 2-3 weeks or when you feel GI symptoms have improved, then “get with the program.”
3 Take Multi-Gold™ daily.
A multi-vitamin-mineral complex is the foundation of your program. To correct deficiencies found in most chronic diseases, the ingredients should be in therapeutic amounts and in a bioavailable form your body prefers. Our Multi-Gold™ encapsulates these nutrients. A full complex of B vitamins supports the central nervous system and energy too. Albion’s patented organic minerals offer superior bioavailability, earning Multi-Gold™ the gold medallion status. Plus, malic acid is unique in helping FM pain and SEID energy.
4 Take the preferred magnesium form.
Leading FM physicians and researchers suggest taking 800-1200 mg of magnesium (Mg) daily since it’s often found low in FM and SEID. Mg helps with common complaints such as tight and painful muscles, irritable bowel and fatigue. The common (and cheap) oxide form is difficult to absorb and when taken at therapeutic levels can cause diarrhea and/or GI distress. Since magnesium regulates more than 325 enzyme reactions in cells, restoring normal status with Fibro-Care™ is a critical step. Malic acid assists Mg in energy production and helps reduce muscle pain. Important co-factors B1, B6, manganese and vitamin C increase Mg absorption and utilization so they’re in Fibro-Care™ too. Fibro-Care™ and Valerian Rest™ were part of a 1995 published effective treatment for FM/SEID. Author and physician with fibromyalgia Mark Pellegrino, M.D. prefers Fibro-Care™ for his own patients (he’s treated more than 32,000). Plus, Fibro-Care™ was rated the #1 supplement taken by readers in a survey by the national publication, Fibromyalgia Network. Get tested. TyH uses only Albion patented magnesium bisglycinate, a cell friendly, bioavailable form which means you take less (600-800 mg). Since Mg is required in cells, test for a red blood cell (RBC) level as it is a more accurate measurement of magnesium status, as explained in TyH's article Magnesium, Testing for Deficiency.
5 Maximize energy.
mitochondria are the energy power-houses of every ll and studies
suggest a malfunction in the Krebs energy cycle in FM/SEID. Magnesium is
critical to the Krebs. Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is fuel for the
mitochondria and supports heart and muscle energy needs, too. (Do not
take too close to bedtime as it may keep you awake.) CoQ10 also appears
to be neuroprotective. Fibro-Ubiquinol™ is a reduced or more bioavailable CoQ10 form. Try David’s Fibro-Q10™
as Dr. M. Cordero’s research with FM patients found significant symptom
reduction on 100 mg of CoQ10 taken three times a day in divided doses.
Malic acid is another Krebs energy cycle helper, and found in TyH’s Fibro-Care™, Fibro-Care Cal™ and Multi-Gold™ for that reason. Consider Alpha Lipoic Acid to metabolize fats and sugars for energy and as an antioxidant, Sublingual B12 is also helpful.
6 Sleep, Rest & De-Stress.
functioning requires restorative sleep. Besides resting, the body also
repairs, especially in REM stage IV. Although some may use a prescribed pharmaceutical, most do not g et you into REM sleep. Natural remedies like Valerian Rest™
work without next day grogginess, rebound or other unwanted side
effects. Adding 5-HTP (which converts to melatonin) is also helpful.
Melatonin is a hormone that may support (and help reset) your body’s
sleep/wake cycle. Fibro-GABA™ calms down an over- excited mind and body so you can get to sleep. Try Fibro-GABA™ and Valerian Rest™ to de-stress during the day, too. Some people find magnesium relaxing. Try taking Fibro-Care™ before bedtime to help sleep, too.
7 Boost serotonin with 5-HTP.
or unresolved pain, disrupted sleep and/or a "sad” feeling may indicate
a low serotonin level, common in FM and SEID. Your physician may
prescribe a selective serotonin-norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor
(SNRI) or serotonin re- uptake (SSRI) medication which controls your
body’s ability to use its own supply but does not help you “make more”.
However, 5-HTP actually provides your body with the building blocks to
make serotonin. This neurotransmitter lightens mood, modifies pain
signals and is required to produce melatonin for your sleep/wake cycle.
Thus, restoring serotonin levels helps with mood, pain and sleep. Try David’s 5-HTP SR™,
a steady sustained release of 5-HTP for your body to use more
gradually. One important note: 90% of serotonin is made in the GI tract
and magnesium is a required nutrient for its metabolism. Make sure your
GI and Mg status are optimal!
8 More help for pain.
Consider Fibro-D3™ to support neuromuscular function and its role in reducing pain. As vitamin D3 is found low in those with chronic pain, Dr. Pellegrino will test and aim for a D3 level of 50 ng/dL. Joint & Muscle Cream (with capsaicin) helps ease sore muscles and joints. Studies indicate that increased stress may result in more pain signaling. Anxiety can also be a "side effect” of chronic pain. Calm down over-excited nervous system activity that exacerbates pain with Fibro-GABA™. Valerian Rest™ can also be taken during the day to help ease anxiety and painful muscles. Consider Curcumin ES to support a healthy inflammatory response and to fight pain and arthritis stiffness.
9 Clear the brain fog.
no surprise that while the central nervous system (CNS) is busy
creating pain, thinking and cognitive function falter, with classic
“brain-fog” the result. Concentration, recall, speech and mental
performance are affected in FM and SEID. Poor sleep compounds the
problem. Phosphatidyl Serine (PS) and Acetyl-L-Carnitine help neurons communicate. Ginkgo biloba improves blood flow to the brain. Brain Clear ES™ contains a complex of “thought-provoking” nutrients to help “clear the fog” in one formula.
10 Add omega-3 oil (Fish, Flax or Krill).
FM and SEID are not considered inflammatory or auto-immune in nature. Often having one condition puts you at risk for acquiring a secondary condition that adds its own set of symptoms, including inflammation. Omega-3 oils are well-known inflammatory fighters and offer benefits for brain cognition, the heart, weight control, and overall health in general. Molecularly distilled fish oils ensure purity and safety.
11 Consider colostrum.
Studies show serum IGF-1 (growth factors) are low in FM and SEID. Colostrum,
a nutrient-rich superfood that mammals produce for their newborns,
provides important growth factor nutrients. About 75-80% of Dr.
Pellegrino’s patients “report some benefit in their symptoms”. Dr.
Pellegrino uses the product for his FM and recommends it to most of his
patients at a dose of 2000 mg/day. He finds colostrum well-tolerated,
even in those with irritable bowel syndrome. Colostrum also supports immunity with its antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal activity for SEID.
12 Secondary conditions.
Some are diagnosed with one disorder (primary) and later with another (secondary) disorder. Helping the symptoms of one often quiets symptoms of the other. Arthritis and chronic pain conditions may benefit from joint helpers like Glucosamine and, Chondroitin with MSM, Hyaluronic Acid and David's Collagen ES™. For bone building, Fibro-Care Cal™ has all the benefits of Fibro-Care™, plus necessary vitamins D3 and K, boron and scFOS. The magnesium and calcium in Fibro-Care Cal™ are 100% Albion patented chelates and are non-competing for equal absorption in one formula.
All supplements in the Program are summarized in a handy Chart of the Program. All TyH supplements are made in a GMP-certified laboratory to ensure potency and safety.
If you have questions, we’re here to help! E-mail customerservice @e-tyh.com.
One final note.
Before you begin any supplement program, talk to your health care
professional for individual medical advice, especially if you are
currently on any prescription medications.
Be safe and TyH well!
©TyH Publications (M. Squires). For informational purposes only. No product in the Program has been evaluated by the FDA and therefore cannot claim to cure, diagnose, treat or prevent any disease