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Fibromyalgia syndrome improved using a mostly raw vegetarian diet: an observational study.

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Fibromyalgia engulfs patients in a downward, reinforcing cycle of unrestorative sleep, chronic pain, fatigue, inactivity, and depression. In this study we tested whether a mostly raw vegetarian diet would significantly improve fibromyalgia symptoms.

METHODS

Thirty people participated in a dietary intervention using a mostly raw, pure vegetarian diet. The diet consisted of raw fruits, salads, carrot juice, tubers, grain products, nuts, seeds, and a dehydrated barley grass juice product. Outcomes measured were dietary intake, the fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ), SF-36 health survey, a quality of life survey (QOLS), and physical performance measurements.

RESULTS

Twenty-six subjects returned dietary surveys at 2 months; 20 subjects returned surveys at the beginning, end, and at either 2 or 4 months of intervention; 3 subjects were lost to follow-up. The mean FIQ score (n = 20) was reduced 46% from 51 to 28. Seven of the 8 SF-36 subscales, bodily pain being the exception, showed significant improvement (n = 20, all P for trend < 0.01). The QOLS, scaled from 0 to 7, rose from 3.9 initially to 4.9 at 7 months (n = 20, P for trend 0.000001). Significant improvements (n = 18, P < 0.03, paired t-test) were seen in shoulder pain at rest and after motion, abduction range of motion of shoulder, flexibility, chair test, and 6-minute walk. 19 of 30 subjects were classified as responders, with significant improvement on all measured outcomes, compared to no improvement among non-responders. At 7 months responders' SF-36 scores for all scales except bodily pain were no longer statistically different from norms for women ages 45-54.

CONCLUSION

This dietary intervention shows that many fibromyalgia subjects can be helped by a mostly raw vegetarian diet.

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    MeSH

    Adult
    Diet, Vegetarian
    Female
    Fibromyalgia
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Population Surveillance
    Quality of Life

    Pub Type(s)

    Clinical Trial
    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    11602026

    Citation

    Donaldson, M S., et al. "Fibromyalgia Syndrome Improved Using a Mostly Raw Vegetarian Diet: an Observational Study." BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 1, 2001, p. 7.
    Donaldson MS, Speight N, Loomis S. Fibromyalgia syndrome improved using a mostly raw vegetarian diet: an observational study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2001;1:7.
    Donaldson, M. S., Speight, N., & Loomis, S. (2001). Fibromyalgia syndrome improved using a mostly raw vegetarian diet: an observational study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 1, p. 7.
    Donaldson MS, Speight N, Loomis S. Fibromyalgia Syndrome Improved Using a Mostly Raw Vegetarian Diet: an Observational Study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2001;1:7. PubMed PMID: 11602026.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Fibromyalgia syndrome improved using a mostly raw vegetarian diet: an observational study. AU - Donaldson,M S, AU - Speight,N, AU - Loomis,S, Y1 - 2001/09/26/ PY - 2001/06/20/received PY - 2001/09/26/accepted PY - 2001/10/17/pubmed PY - 2003/12/3/medline PY - 2001/10/17/entrez SP - 7 EP - 7 JF - BMC complementary and alternative medicine JO - BMC Complement Altern Med VL - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia engulfs patients in a downward, reinforcing cycle of unrestorative sleep, chronic pain, fatigue, inactivity, and depression. In this study we tested whether a mostly raw vegetarian diet would significantly improve fibromyalgia symptoms. METHODS: Thirty people participated in a dietary intervention using a mostly raw, pure vegetarian diet. The diet consisted of raw fruits, salads, carrot juice, tubers, grain products, nuts, seeds, and a dehydrated barley grass juice product. Outcomes measured were dietary intake, the fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ), SF-36 health survey, a quality of life survey (QOLS), and physical performance measurements. RESULTS: Twenty-six subjects returned dietary surveys at 2 months; 20 subjects returned surveys at the beginning, end, and at either 2 or 4 months of intervention; 3 subjects were lost to follow-up. The mean FIQ score (n = 20) was reduced 46% from 51 to 28. Seven of the 8 SF-36 subscales, bodily pain being the exception, showed significant improvement (n = 20, all P for trend < 0.01). The QOLS, scaled from 0 to 7, rose from 3.9 initially to 4.9 at 7 months (n = 20, P for trend 0.000001). Significant improvements (n = 18, P < 0.03, paired t-test) were seen in shoulder pain at rest and after motion, abduction range of motion of shoulder, flexibility, chair test, and 6-minute walk. 19 of 30 subjects were classified as responders, with significant improvement on all measured outcomes, compared to no improvement among non-responders. At 7 months responders' SF-36 scores for all scales except bodily pain were no longer statistically different from norms for women ages 45-54. CONCLUSION: This dietary intervention shows that many fibromyalgia subjects can be helped by a mostly raw vegetarian diet. SN - 1472-6882 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11602026/Fibromyalgia_syndrome_improved_using_a_mostly_raw_vegetarian_diet:_an_observational_study_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/11602026/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -