Dr. Rodger Murphree’s “Freedom From Fibromyalgia” online summit is back (May 23rd-30th) with a new slate of speakers. If you don’t know Dr. Murphree, he’s a well-known fibromyalgia doctor who takes an alternative medicine approach to FM and ME/CFS and has authored several books on it.
I think this is Murphree’s 4th free “Freedom from Fibromyalgia Online Summit“, and every year he brings in new presenters; this year is no exception. Amongst the usual talks (e.g. “no grain no-pain”) and familiar faces (Dr. Teitelbaum, Dr. Murphree, Ashok Gupta, Terry Wahls) are an eclectic and interesting group of speakers. About 50 speakers on virtually every corner of FM (nutrition, sleep, gut, mold, infections, etc.) are presenting – too many to cover here.
Below are some of the presenters that I’m interested in. Note how many of the presenters came to the alternative health field because it helped them solve their ME/CFS/FM or other conditions.
Dr. Rob Vanbergen PhD will speak on a hot, if sometimes confusing, topic in the pain world – how to use electric microcurrents to improve vagus nerve functioning, reduce pain and anxiety and improve health. Vanbergen knows of what he speaks. He grew up with a painful and anxiety-producing scoliosis which microcurrents helped dramatically with. He ended up doing his Ph.D. on non-invasive microcurrent vagus nerve stimulation.
Ken Swartz is the founder and chief science officer of C60 Purple Power, a health and wellness company that produces C60 otherwise known as carbon 60 or fullerene. It’s a different form of carbon that apparently has antioxidant/anti-inflammatory properties.
Ari Whitten – who has spoken to just about everybody possible on his busy podcast – will talk on his “Energy Blueprint” program I did a talk with Whitten and he said that the Energy Blueprint program had helped return many people with ME/CFS to health. His website states that he has:
“Helped over 10,000 of our premier members transform their energy levels and their health destiny — in many cases, going from severe debilitating chronic fatigue to getting their life back. And in many cases, feeling better than they did in their 20s.”
Whitten will speak on the mitochondria, asking, “Are your mitochondria in war mode or energy mode?”, and explain how stress can deplete our mitochondria.
Laura Frontiero FN-P BC is a nurse practitioner turned functional medicine specialist after she cured her gut, fatigue, weight, and migraine problems using functional medicine. She will talk on mitochondrial health.
Eleanor Stein MD – it was great to see Eleanor Stein MD. Eleanor’s story with ME/CFS/FM and MCS is an eye-opening one. After Eleanor returned to complete health – after decades of illness and trying everything under the sun – using mostly mind/body techniques, she’s made it her mission to dig into neuroplastic techniques that help you rewire your brain, calm your nervous system and improve your health and well-being.
Kevin Ellis, otherwise known as “the bone coach” will speak on something new to me – osteoporosis and FM. A large 2022 study found that people with fibromyalgia have a significantly increased risk of osteoporosis (!). (Who knew?) In osteoporosis, your bones become thin and brittle, leaving you at an increased risk of breaking or fracturing a bone (ouch!).
Ellis actually came down with osteoporosis in his mid-30s and developed a 3-step process to help people improve their bone health. Among other things, Ellis will explain about getting a osteoporosis diagnosis and give healthy tips for building healthy bones.
Deanna Hansen – was an athletic therapist who struggled with weight gain, depression, anxiety, and pain, who went on a voyage of self-discovery that ultimately ended up in her creating a new kind of therapy called “Fluid Isometrics Block Therapy” that combines meditation, exercise, and therapy. She’ll be talking about that and the role the fascia play in causing pain.
Dr. Yoni Whitten is a kinesiologist, chiropractor, and movement specialist whose 8-week Pain Fix Protocol combines “concepts from the fields of natural movement, evolutionary health, nutrition, spinal hygiene, self-care, and human performance”. None other than the Vice President of Morgan Stanley wrote “just work with him for two weeks and I know you too will be convinced that Dr. Whitten’s process is life-changing.”
Peter Osborne DC might seem to be presenting a rather old and tired topic, “No grains, No pain”, focused on gluten and pain. At least that’s what I would have thought a couple of months ago until I realized that the wheat in my diet – which I had convinced myself was no problem and had fully incorporated into my diet – was actually causing me enormous amounts of pain. After I removed gluten from my diet, my pain levels went down markedly.
You’re certainly getting the goods with Osborne. He’s the founder of Gluten Free Society, the creator of The Glutenology Health Matrix, and the author of the best-selling book, “No Grain No Pain” which, surprise, surprise, was turned into a PBS special.
Kelly McCann, MD is going to look at an important, but possibly under-appreciated, topic in fibromyalgia – mast cell activation. It’s the only talk on MCAS (hmm), but it looks like a good one. McCann is another one who apparently can’t stop learning. She has an MD, a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, is board-certified in Integrative Medicine, is a Board Member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and “lectures internationally on various topics, including mold and mycotoxin illness, Lyme and chronic infections, mast cell activation, and related conditions and environmental medicine.”
Rest…Did you know that seven types of rest exist – which suggests that you and I might be missing one or two (or three or four)? Real rest can only be helpful in diseases that feature problems in both stress response systems.
Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith, the author of “Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity“, and the creator of the free rest quiz will speak on the seven different types of rest. Her TED talk has received over 500,000 views.
Cort Johnson – I am “presenting” as well; i.e. in a kind of wide-ranging talk, Dr. Murphree and I talked about fibromyalgia, what’s going on in the field, the hope that long COVID may bring, etc.
Viewing the Online Summit
The Summit occurs from May 23rd-30th and includes about 50 presentations. Each day’s presentations are free to view that day or you can buy a package and download the whole kit-and-kaboodle and watch them at your leisure. Registration also allows you to download several ebooks from Dr. Murphree on mold, thyroid, and increasing your energy.
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