Dr. Powell must close the Sacramento office while undergoing treatment for a recurrence
of a cancer over the next couple of months. If all goes well, he will be reopening in another location in the near future. Please check this website for updates in the months ahead. We apologize for disrupting your medical care and hope to be available again very soon.
to the Fibromyalgia Treatment & Learning Center. Our approach
to treating chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain states and
autoimmune disorders is derived from applying the best research
available pertaining to the biochemical, hormonal, nutritional,
immunological, neurological and genetic aspects of these conditions.
We use blood tests to document the presence of infections, depleted
essential nutrients, hormone imbalances and immune system insufficiencies.
We teach patients how to restore strength to these systems and reclaim
their health using a variety of therapeutics. The metabolic shift
observed in chronic disease is not random, there is a pattern. This
pattern includes altered blood flow to the brain, low serotonin
levels (frequently immeasurable in the blood of our new patients),
dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, elevated substance
P levels, elevated rT3/fT3 ratios, reduced mitochondrial membrane
permeability (impairs energy production), elevated levels of viral
and bacterial DNA, elevated incidence of sinusitis, elevated TNF-alpha
levels, reduced mu-opioid receptors and impaired unmyelinated nerve
structure in peripheral nerves, elevated stage 1 (shallow) sleep
and reduced stage 4 (deep) sleep. There is heightened sympathetic
nervous system activity (stress mode) and reduced parasympathetic
(calming) nervous system activity. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum has referred
to this state as “tired, but wired”, and it is a feeling
that most patients desperately want to turn off so that they can
relax, sleep and feel like themselves again. Coming out of fibromyalgia
is possible and it is our great pleasure to see FM patients getting
their lives back.