DR. OZ AND FIBROMYALGIA PART 2
Wow! Did you read last week’s post? If you didn’t get a chance already, review it here – Dr. Oz and Fibromyalgia – How He Got it Wrong.
You may also wish to view the fibromyalgia episode on Dr. Oz, here.
This post is all about the feedback from our wonderful community. I’m amazed, overwhelmed, intrigued, surprised, pleased, and generally encouraged by the comments that poured in over last week’s post. I think it set a record for the most comments received in one week. Of course, everyone has an opinion – but not everyone takes the time to share. Thanks so much for taking the time to add to this community!
From your comments we’ve learned that some of you love Dr. Oz and some not-so-much. We’ve also learned that some of you share the same disparity of feelings for me. But regardless of Dr. Oz and your opinions on my personal coverage of his show, the general consensus was clearly a grand, sweeping disappointment in how fibromyalgia is viewed by the world.
Here’s how our “world” seems to be viewed by the general public:
The fibromyalgia diagnosis process is fuzzy.
Fibromyalgia symptoms are fuzzy.
Fibromyalgia treatment options are fuzzy.
It’s no wonder we’re frustrated!
Many of you shared your own personal successes, your own frustrations, and your take on the Dr. Oz show. You can read the blog post comments in their entirety from Part 1 of my How He Got It Wrong post. The following are comments shared on other social media sites.
Here’s a snippet of Twitter comments:
“I have been able to stay off meds with an anti-inflammatory pescetarian diet!”
“What’s the difference between osteopathic manipulation and chiropractics?”
“On Dr. Oz- #Fibromyalgia is a life threatening illness as it threatens the patient’s lifestyle.”
Here’s a snippet of Facebook comments:
“I have actually been on Dr. Oz and found the show to be a superficial waste of time….”
“I never watched it because I’m just not a fan of Dr. Oz….he just annoys me!!”
“I sure got the giggles when you mentioned House. I can just imagine what HIS take on fibro is. ;-)”
“….I think it’s a good start (not excellent by any means) for getting exposure out there. To me, it’s all about awareness. We have a long way to go but you’ve got to crawl before you walk. It takes time to walk and time to educate. Right now I focus on the awareness which is what you and so many other people do here on Facebook and beyond. Education will come in time.…”
“He should have known better.”
“I was appalled … two drugs were mentioned … band aid! … Ask your endo or rheumo for help? Yah right! Both told me it was all in my head! Yah doctors believe it’s real but I didn’t see any answers about actually helping the patient! Crazy!”
I also heard from trusted colleagues via email:
“Aahhhh!! I’ve seen a couple Dr. Oz shows and expected half-truths. It may interest you to note that Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy used to be the primary treatment for osteopaths, until they joined the traditional medical model and were absorbed by the AMA in the 60’s. Chiropractic and Osteopaths were very similar in their origins. The main difference is the definition and difference between an osteopath’s MANIPULATION (a global movement of the spine), and a chiropractor’s ADJUSTMENT (an adjustment or movement of a specific joint).
This isn’t the time or place to launch into a distinction between the two approaches, but for Dr. Oz (or anyone) to talk about manual movement of the spine (or any joints) and not mention Chiropractic leaves volumes unsaid.”– Bill Janeshak, DC
“I feel that techniques such as Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Chiropractic, Rolfing and other soft tissue and/or structural techniques can be a major benefit to those with Fibromyalgia. However, understanding that if other common challenges are ignored such as those listed below, it’s highly unlikely that the soft tissue or structural techniques alone will provide significant relief.
- gluten and cross reactive food intolerance
- gut infections
- adrenal issues
- chronic inflammation
- gut/brain/immune issues
- emotional suppression and/or chronic stress
Once the body’s challenges are addressed as a whole, the body can begin to heal and rebuild. – Glen Depke, traditional naturopath
My goal here at Rebuilding Wellness has always been to make healing (from fibromyalgia or any other health challenge) LESS FUZZY! My posts, book, blog, workshops, and coaching all brings fibromyalgia into focus. I look forward to sharing more encouraging and supportive posts and news in the future to clarify the vast healing opportunities that are available to us.
We don’t have to accept a grim prognosis with no hope!
It’s now time for you to share. What’s your biggest question regarding the information that Dr. Oz DIDN’T cover? What treatments have YOU found useful? What would you like to learn more about?
Enter your comments below and share with this wonderful and supportive Rebuilding Wellness Community!