Please forgive this long post, I want to address a few issues that were raised. I tried to snip my personal remarks, like my response to mshouleruk's attack on my friend of 40 years who is a reputable, intelligent PhD with no connection to Big Pharma. I don't want to get into flames with anyone, just want to share information.
mshouleruk- I agreed with some of what you posted and said so, perhaps prematurely and too emphatically. I hope you are well-intentioned, but… I now seriously wonder if you are selling something. I also wonder if you yourself have fibromyalgia - or if you are just "running" a support group. My understanding is that this is a forum for people who HAVE FIBROMYALGIA.
First, let's address Dr. Mercola. I googled him (quickly); the word "fraud" was attached to his name enough times to warrant a little more research than I can do right now. (Just a scientific control here, google Brenda Watson - there are no mentions of fraud by her name, and she deals with digestive health too.) Mercola is a DO who runs a "high profit business." Here is what I copied from wikipedia about Dr. Mercola:
"Mercola has received two warning letters from the FDA for violations of marketing laws. A 2006 BusinessWeek editorial criticized Mercola's marketing practices as "relying on slick promotion, clever use of information, and scare tactics.""
"Mercola opposes the use of most prescription drugs and immunizations, favoring what he calls natural food choices, lifestyle modifications and energy psychology tools to address emotional challenges. He promotes and sells numerous dietary supplements, including krill oil, vitamin K, probiotics, and anti-oxidant supplements."
His opposition to "most" drugs may explain your posting on buprenorphine, which I address below. But second, lets examine your referral to the site magnesiumforlife.com:
I was intrigued by the following disclaimer at the very bottom of this flashy site for transdermal magnesium (the info in all-caps was highlighted by me, except for "LEGAL NOTICE"):
"LEGAL NOTICE: The Author specifically invokes the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and of the press without prejudice. The INFORMATION YOU WILL RECEIVE WITH OUR CONSULTATIONS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY under the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution for the United States of America, and SHOULD NOT IN ANY WAY BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER LICENSED HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER. The statements contained on my sites and in my books have not been evaluated by the FDA. The products discussed are NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, CURE, PREVENT OR TREAT ANY DISEASE but are proven useful for health and life extension. WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND WHEN AND WHEREVER POSSIBLE THAT LICENSED LOCAL HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS BE CONSULTED."
As Steve Martin would say, "Scuze me?" Doesn't this contradict your post about always checking with those quacky doctors? This looks like a carefully worded statement by a good lawyer. There is a reason people say "check with your doctor." There is also a reason people get good attorneys to write disclaimers.
At this site, I clicked on the "author" tab, and learned about "Mark Sircus, Ac, OMD." He says he is an acupuncturist with an HONORARY degree of Oriental Medicine. I believe that means he received the degree as an "award" but HE DID NOT ATTEND MEDICAL SCHOOL. He does not say where he received his degree. His credentials, IMO, are questionable. He has been living in Brazil for 20 years.
For anyone interested in his medical offerings, I highly recommend you read his entire bio, as he is quite the EXTREMELY accomplished man, and I say that with a touch of… ; ) humor. (I can't resist.) I am not quite sure if he's insinuating that he is the Second Coming…
But, hey. I'm kind of New Agey myself. I read spiritual books and I've seen some of these ideas before. I do supplements, massage, acupuncture and affirmations. I'm kind of well-educated and talented in lots of areas myself. But gosh, here's what "Dr." Sircus says about himself, and this isn't even half of it:
"I am a prolific writer, poet, medical researcher, doctor, psychologist, musician, devoted husband and family man with a dragon heart that reaches out routinely each week to the world with my publications…
"...My work thus embraces the whole of life, the oneness of all beings, and all aspects of human life and activity from love and sexuality to government, politics, ecology, medicine, relationships and economics."
"….I am one of the sole custodians (a Last of the Mohican type) of Creative Conflict, a process whose goal is group consciousness, whether that is between two or thirty people."
W-O-W. mshouleruk, if you want to put your faith in this, go right ahead. But don't give anybody else on here a hard time about anything they are doing… I assume you are in the UK, and I don't know their legal system, but if you are running a fibro support group, I hope, for your sake, you are not prescribing (or selling) medical treatments. You could get yourself in serious trouble and apparently you don't know about legal disclaimers... yet.
Now, mshouleruk, I would like to address your posting on buprenorphine. Just my opinion...
Your info is OK, but incomplete, in that it only focuses on addiction. (Fantod put excellent info on here earlier.) BTW, Suboxone contains naloxone which blocks opiate receptors, and thus is harder to abuse. But look, severe pain exists, especially within the fibro community. Many of us have other painful issues, e.g. arthritis, nerve damage, cancer, etc. Compassionate medical care and the use of medication to relieve pain is not quackery; nor is a person who needs pain medicine, or any other medicine, to function, an "addict," as the word is bandied about these days.
As far as I can see, this is not a forum for fun-seeking drug addicts; rather a lot of people here have painful and chronic medical issues. They come here for support and to exchange information. I have a feeling you have not experienced severe unrelenting pain. And I would be careful about throwing around the word "addiction." It is a judgmental word, and you do not walk in another person's shoes. Nobody signs up for chronic pain, but you are one bad car accident away from it yourself, and you know what we New-Agey people say about karma….
Well-monitored opiates are a viable and medically established treatment for chronic pain, used for millennia and in all countries. (And, let's remember, many recreational drug "addicts" are from extremely abusive backgrounds; psychological pain is as real as physical pain, and they deserve compassion too.)
But back to fibro and medical issues. There are people who must get up every day and, all by themselves, take care of children, go to work and do daily living activities, but some of us cannot even walk without pain meds. I am one of them. I didn't ask for pain meds. My doctor put me on them so I wouldn't blow out my kidneys with other drugs. It is a risk we all take, if we start on pain meds, that we may become dependent, or even out of control. Most of us are able to keep our dosages at the recommended levels for many years. Some people can't do that. So if that happens, there's buprenorphine.