FAQ: Do I need to take an ATP supplement to help my energy?

We’ve been chatting alot about ATP today! I go to the guy that knows the best about all things fibro-related! Here’s what Dr. St. Amand says: Quote by Lyn Heath Van Bebber over at Fibro(my)algia Facebook page:

“Dr. SA says it’s a waste of money to take ATP supplements because our mitochondria is destroyed by the built up phosphates. It is my understanding that the only thing that is going to help our ATP is getting the phosphates out so our body can begin to replenish our mitochondria. Exercise rebuilds mitochondria.”

Here’s more on this from Lyn:

Mitochondria – Our body power stations

Genesee Walbridge Atkins just (Oct 9 2014) got off the phone with the office of Dr St Amand and was told this from Gloria (Claudia is out today)

“Dr. St. Amand’s take on it is that it can work for some but not for all, and he believes for some that they THINK it is working because they are taking it but it’s not actually doing anything. He said some of his patients take this but he doesn’t recommend it or prescribe it. He compares it to taking vitamins, that you get what you need from food. So he says go right ahead and take it because it’s your choice but that’s where he stands on it.”

So there you have it! :) it might work for you, but might not! The main thing to remember with fibromyalgia is that the Guaifenesin Protocol takes time to get you well again! Hang in there!

Check out my list of other Frequently Asked Questions about the Guaifenesin Protocol and salicylates!

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Wholesome Hand Soap (Salicylate and paraben free)

wholesome hand soap Salicylate free and paraben free, Check it out!! Awesome hand soap that I am finally sharing with you! I’ve been using this all year and just never got around to packaging it for sale lol :D It’s similar to my Beautiful Body Wash that I also make :)

Wholesome Hand Soap! Naturally fragrance free! Ask if you would like some fragrance added in there, it’s no problem :)

Ingredients: aqua (distilled water), Surfactants (Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate), Oat Protein, Glycerin, Sea Salt, preservative

Price: 8 oz: 4.00

To place an order, you need to contact me via email, Facebook or comments on here with your request. Shipping is expensive, so I mostly sell locally. But will make an exception for you if you ask! Just tell me what you would like and I can make an invoice and email it to you, you can pay via credit card or PayPal :)

And definitely check out some of my other natural, gentle products from Christine’s Homemade Creations!

Superb Shampoo

Superb Shampoo

Anti Aging Face Cream

Anti Aging Face Cream

cropped beautiful body wash

Beautiful Body Wash

Foaming Face Wash

Foaming Face Wash


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Sugar Free Beef Jerky and Worcestershire Sauce (both HG strict, GF, SF, LC)

Sugar Free Beef JerkyThis is one of the BEST snacks for someone on a low carb diet!! and it is SOOO yummy! :)

This recipe is for 4 lbs of beef steak, it fits into all of my trays. I used the old steak from the last cow we bought, it starts to get tough from sitting in the freezer for so many months :D You can use roast or whatever you have on hand.

The easiest way to cut this is when it’s still partially frozen, so take it out frozen and partially thaw in microwave. It should still be a little hard so you can easily slice through.

Into a large bowl:

¼ cup water
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp lime juice concentrate
¼ cup soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp xylitol (or other sweetener)
1 Tbsp fresh cracked pepper
1 Tbsp garlic pwdr
1 tsp onion pwdr
1 Tbsp and 1 tsp chili pwdr
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger (optional, I didn’t have this on hand, but it was still delicious :))
¼ tsp cayenne (or to taste, this recipe has a mild heat to it with all the pepper, so adjust accordingly)
1 tsp seasalt

half- done Beef Jerky (HG, SF, GF, LC)Stir above well, place your sliced meat into the big bowl, stir very well. Cover and refrigerate for at least over night, I usually do 24 hours.

I don’t bother draining or patting dry or anything, I just scoop them out of the bowl dripping and place on my dehydrator racks. Make sure to place a fruit leather (or something similar) tray on the bottom for easier cleaning :)

I dehydrate mine for about 6-7 hours. Depending on your dehydrator and the temp setting you have will determine how long to leave in there. See your instruction manual for times. The thicker your slices, the longer it will take.

It keeps in the freezer for a few months, in the fridge for about a month and on the counter for about a week.

This is excellent for traveling and when you get the munchies for something salty or sweet :) We love it!

My favorite is when it’s still a little warm :D

Simple, sugar free Worcestershire sauce (used in the above recipe):

½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp xylitol
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp onion
½ tsp chili
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
1 Tbsp lime juice concentrate

Check out some of my other great sugar free, homemade recipes!


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Cabbage Roll Casserole (HG lib, GF, SF, LC)

Cabbage Roll casseroleThis might not be pretty, but oh boy, does it TASTE good! Maybe serve with a dollop of sour cream and sprig of parsley to pretty it up or something lol :)

As usual, we scarffed this down before I realized I should be taking a picture of it to show you how pretty it is haha! :)

My hubby even loved it YAY! :) and he’s not usually a fan of cabbage type meals! This is easy , but takes a while in the oven , so plan ahead.


Fry together:

1 Tbsp butter (omit if using bacon)

1 lb ground beef (cooked)

bacon (optional)

1 tsp each salt and fresh ground pepper

1 chopped onion



When above is cooked, stir into large casserole dish:

1/2 cauliflower, Riced

1 lb bag shredded coleslaw cabbage (choose the one with mostly cabbage, or go through all the work of cutting up your own cabbage :))

1 cup raw sauerkraut, drained.

1/2 tomato sauce (recipe below or use pre-made store bought sugar free tom sauce)


Once combined, pour rest of sauce on top, put lid on.

Cook in preheated oven at 370 for 1 hour. Take lid off, cook another 10mins.


Tomato Sauce, put in blender:

2 small cans tomato paste (6oz)

1 1/2 cans paste filled with watergreen chilies

1 small can Green chilles- chopped or whole (4oz)

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp seasalt


Serve and enjoy! We ate just this, but you could also serve with some more steamed veggies and/or with some HG safe bread.

Try out my other yummy cabbage dish and casseroles:

Cabbage & Beef Spring roll style

Cabbage & Beef Spring roll style

Taco Casserole Recipe (hypoglycemia Diet, GF, SF, low carb)

Taco Casserole



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Fibro Buddies Hobby Therapy!

hobby therapyNow we have a NEW group for the groupies who want to have a place that is about more than just fibro and the protocol, salicylates and guaifenesin, etc. This is where we can share what helps to release stress and gives us joy as we go along in our clearing with fibromyalgia.

If you have fibromyalgia and haven’t checked out our Facebook group called Fibro Buddies on Guaifenesin Protocol’ you totally need to! We love to chat and support and encourage each other along the way, along with offering some helpful tips on the protocol :)

We ALL need that little something to take our minds off of being sick and tired. To do something that brings you joy! Come share what does that for you! Called Fibro Buddies Hobby Therapy! We’d love to have you! :)


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Pediatric Fibromyalgia

Here’s some info to get you started in understanding what your kids are going through. I am not a mother so haven’t gone through this experience myself, but I have several friends who are and have shared info with us to help out!

I have a dear friend who is AMAZING with the Guaifenesin Protocol and is a Pediatric Doctor, she can treat both you and your child! Check out Dr Melissa Congdon! You can have a free 10 minute phone consult with her too! Subscribe to her blog so you dont miss all the helpful info she posts weekly. Here’s her contact info:

Melissa Congdon, MD, FAAP
Fibromyalgia Medicine for Children & Adults

500 Tamal Plaza, Suite 507
Corte Madera, CA 94925
PH: (415) 927-0600
FAX: (415) 381-8892

Here’s another post to check out: Salicylate Free Baby Care and DIY ideas

Make sure to read Chapter 14 on Pediatric Fibro in Dr St Amand’s book called, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia” or get your hands on his book, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pediatric Fibromyalgia

And go on over to Chantal Hoey Sanders website too, she has excellent info there and has children of her own with fibromyalgia!

Here’s a Facebook page: Fibromyalgia in Kids, definitely worth checking out! Sabrina has a ton of helpful info there too with a personal touch :)

Quote from Elizabeth at our Facebook fibro buddies support group :

My best advise is don’t ASK the school if they will make accomodations, TELL them your child needs these accommodations. ASK the teachers if there are things in the classroom about your child they notice that could help your child succeed. They are the ones with your child and they might notice something or have an idea to boost your child’s learning power. Don’t hesitate to reevaluate it if something isn’t working or there is a change in your child’s needs. Heat zaps my daughter. She is prone to dehydration like me. She has a teacher that is reluctant to let her fill her water bottle during class time, but does because he knows she needs to drink or she will be sick. This is something we added in so he couldn’t tell her no. (He is concerned other students will want “extra” passes too and HIPA prevents him from telling the other students WHY she gets extra passes. SO far, none of the kids care.)

In the USA the office should have the 504 form which you fill out and return to school.




In Canada, the IPP is comparable to the IEP in USA.  Countries have different regulations, this is a start.

Last but not least, another dear friend of mine – Lyn Heath Van Bebber, has a Facebook Page that is helping tons of people all over the world with their fibromyalgia, definitely check out: Fibro(my)algia

Hope that helps you out! Keep in touch if you have any questions and feel free to contact any of the people I mentioned, they are wonderful people, inside and out :)

Click this link for more: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the Guaifenesin Protocol by me!

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MY Chile Rellano Casserole and Sauce (HG lib, SF, LC, GF)

Chile Rellano (HG lib, GF, SF, LC)My mom has always made these chile rellanos dipped in flour and then egg whites and deep fried in the Tenderflake lard. YUMO! But oh my goodness, SO MUCH WORK!!!! I found a recipe that a friend shared and it was the egg mixture that I needed to complete my recipe that I had been laying awake at night trying to figure out! This is greatly changed from the original, to suite what I grew up with and LOVE! Enjoy :)

2-3 Tbsp Tenderflake lard: Grease liberally a 9×13 pan
4-5 cans of whole green chiles stuffed with spears of Monterey Jack Cheese. Gently lay on bottom of 9×13 pan

Separately in blender till smooth:
9 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp white flour (use gluten or soy flour for HG, soy flour for GF)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp saltChile Rellano Casserole (HG lib, SF, GF, LC)

Pour on top of chiles
Sprinkle approx. 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese on top.
Bake at 350 for about 45-50 mins, till golden on top.

Tomato Sauce:
Put Into blender:
Juice from Chile cans
2 small cans plain tomato paste
1 can (use above can) water
1 can green chiles with juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Xylitol, and a pinch of Splenda
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
Pour into pan and simmer while casserole cooks

To Serve: Scoop casserole onto plate, place chopped lettuce beside, pour tomato sauce on all, sprinkle with Monterey Jack Cheese and Parmesan cheese (to taste). Thank the Lord for His fabulous creativity with flavors and dig in! :)

Tip: for my hubby, who felt as though this was a snack instead of a meal, I bought a baked chicken from the grocery store to have with :) My mom always served Chile Rellanos with re-fried beans (homemade of course!) But I can’t have them, so just use more lettuce :)

Tip: to save $$, use only 2 cans of chiles, and sprinkle 1-2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheeze on top of chiles instead of stuffing them. Use 12 eggs too!

(adapted original casserole recipe by Kay Wapman- thanks hun!! <3)

Check out some of my other fabulous sugar free (SF), low carb (LC), gluten free (GF), hypoglycemia diet (HG) recipes!

Pan fried Fish

Pan fried Fish

Chicken and Gravy

Chicken and Gravy

Apple Cobbler HG lib

Apple Cobbler HG lib

Easy almond Shortbread recipe (GF, SF, HG, Low Carb)

Almond Shortbread HG lib


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Guest Post by Dr Melissa Congdon on getting exercise with fatigue

Many new fibromyalgia patients tell me; “My doctor told me to exercise, but every time I go to the gym or work out at home I either wind up so exhausted I can’t move for days, or in so much pain I NEVER want to think about exercise again!”

It’s true that consistent aerobic exercise is a critically necessary part of your recovery from fibromyalgia. Consistent aerobic exercise increases energy, decreases pain (often as well or better than pain medications), improves sleep and mood, and can even improve cognitive function. In fact, most of us fibromyalgia specialists know that if our patients do not exercise they will not feel better, no matter what other therapies they are on.

Many doctors recommend fibromyalgia patients follow a “graduated exercise program” where they follow a prescribed exercise regimen and increase the amount they exercise every week even if they are exhausted and sore. Instead I have found  by adapting the concept of the “energy envelope” coined by Leonard Jason PhD et al (see link below) to my fibromyalgia patients I can often get them exercising and feeling better. Dr. Peter Rowe recommends this approach for pediatric chronic fatigue patients, but I have found it works well for kids and adults with fibromyalgia.

Here’s how to do it: you always need to stay within the boundaries of your energy level–your “envelope.”  If you are very symptomatic then your energy envelop is quite thin. You need to figure out how much exercise you CAN do without bursting through the envelope and crashing. So you walk for 5 minutes every other day for the first week. By consistently doing the exercise that does not stress your body, you stay within the envelope and actually expand it so over time you can walk for 6 minutes then 7 minutes, then 8 minutes in a session–the goal being to get at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 4 times a week. Your energy envelope has then expanded so that has lots of room inside! You slowly and gently get in shape by adding about a minute of time to your routine every week.

You can read the article here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3596172/

Do you want to get all the benefits of exercise? Start by doing what you can do on a regular basis (4 times a week) and then slowly add a bit more time every week. Swim, walk, bike–your choice. Give yourself the benefits of exercise PLUS enjoy active time with family and friends. See you on the trail!

Best, Melissa Congdon, MD, FAAP
Fibromyalgia Medicine for Children & Adults

500 Tamal Plaza, Suite 507
Corte Madera, CA 94925
PH: (415) 927-0600
FAX: (415) 381-8892

Dr Melissa Congdon is a GEM! You will absolutely love her! Make sure to go on over to her website and subscribe so you don’t miss anything she shares. Her way of explaining stuff to us un-medically-trained folks, is such a help. On her website she has tons of testimonials of folks with fibromyalgia that have been greatly helped by the Guaifenesin protocol too, so definitely check it out! :) ~Christine

Click this link for more: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the Guaifenesin Protocol by me!

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FAQ: Constipation: Can I take Magnesium and/ or fiber at the same time I take my Guaifenesin?

Magnesium will help with constipation and will not block your guaifenesin, it’s not a plant and has no salicylates to worry about :)

BUT! If you take a ton of it to help with constipation and end up with the runs, there is no guarantee that the guaifenesin dissolved properly to do its job.

Our advice is to take it an hour or 2 before or after you take your guai.

This is the same rule for any fiber type supplements you take like psyllium husk or flax. (flax should only be taken in small amounts as it’s a plant and can block, psyllium husk is just the husk from the plant, so it won’t block) These fibrous types expand in your stomach, in an effort to pull along other stuff in there that isn’t moving along as it should. (to put it nicely LOL :D)

This expanding can surround your pill and keep it from digesting. SO, the same rule applies with these fibers- take an hour or 2 before or after your guaifenesin to be sure that the guai has a chance to dissolve properly

Click here to see the rest of my Frequently Asked Questions: http://christinescozycorner.ca/the-nitty-gritty-of-the-guaifenesin-protocol-and-salicylates/

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BBQ’d Salmon (HG, SF, GF, Low Carb)

Fish bbqok, so this is one of those recipes that you throw together when you’re too tired to do anything else lol : )

Awesome thing about it? Turned out SO YUMMY!! YEAH for easy and yummy recipes!! :D

As usual, I totally forgot to take a pic as I was making it or in the pan. I only take pics when the food is awesome, and I had no idea I’d love this so much! haha! :D

Put a large piece of tin foil in a metal camping/ bbq’ing 9×13 pan, don’t curl it around the edges of the pan, you want to curl it around the fish later.

Smear couple Tbsp butter on the tin foil.

Place in pan the salmon and approx spices, sprinkled on thefish:

Sprinkle salt- about 2 tsp

1 Tbsp basil

1 Tbsp dill

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp garlic powder

Place sliced onions and peppers on top (we have these packages of pre-sliced, raw fajita peppers and onions in a package in our local grocery store. Worked perfect.:))

Gently fold the tinfoil around the fish so the whole top is open to the bbq smoke and yumminess, but the sides are well protected. It will get a little black around the edges, but that stuff is super yummy, don’t toss it!! :)

BBQ on high, for 30-35 mins on the top, back shelf.

Serve with some homemade tartar sauce and steamed broccoli served with melted butter and salt. YUM! :D

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