Sources and Resources for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Muscle Pain


These are the reference books I consulted. Some were more useful than others, but all contain some helpful information.More books on FMS are being written all the time and this list will surely expand in the future.

  • Cady, Roger, M.D., and Kathleen Farmer.Headache Free. Bantam Books, 1996.
  • Catalano, Ellen Mohr, and Kimeron Hardin. The Chronic Pain Control Workbook. New Harbinger Publications, 1996.
  • Chaitow, Leon. Fibromyalgia and Muscle Pain. Thorsons, 1995.
  • Chaitow, Leon. The Natural Book of Pain Relief. Harper Collins, 1993.
  • Conley, Edward J., M.D. America Exhausted.Vitality Press, 1999.
  • Dawber,Diane. Lifting the Bull. Quarry Health Books, 1997.
  • Dossey, Larry. Prayer Is Good Medicine. Harper, 1996.
  • Elrod, Joe M., M.D. Reversing Fibromyalgia.Woodland Publishing, 1997.
  • Fransen, Jenny, and Jon Russell, M.D. The Fibromyalgia Help Book. Smith House Press, 1996.
  • Goldberg, Burton. Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Environmental Illness. Future Medicine Publishing, 1998.
  • Goldenberg,Don, M.D. Chronic Illness and Uncertainty. Dorset Press, 1996.
  • Jacobson, Betsey, ed.Multidisciplinary Approaches to Fibromyalgia. Anadem Publishing, 1998.
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living-Using the Wisdom of the Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Dell Publishing, 1990.
  • Khalsa, Dharma Singh, M.D., and Cameron Stauth. The Pain Cure. Warner Books, 1999.
  • Pellegrino,Mark, M.D. The Fibromyalgia Support Book. Anadem Publishing, 1997.
  • Pollin, Irene. Taking Charge: Overcoming the Challenge of Long-Term Illness. Random House, 1994.
  • Skelley,Mari, and Andrea Helm. Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hunter House, 1999.
  • St.Amand, R. Paul, M.D. and Claudia Craig Marek. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia. Warner Books, 1999.
  • Starlanyl,Devin and Mary Ellen Copeland. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome. New Harbinger Publications, 1996.
  • Teitelbaum, Jacob, M.D. From Fatigued to Fantastic.Avery Publishing, 1996.
  • Travell, Janet, and David Simons. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction:The Trigger Point Manual.Williams and Wilkins, 1983, 1992.
  • Williamson,Miryam Ehrlich. Fibromyalgia, A Comprehensive Approach.Walker Publishing, 1996.
  • Williamson,Miryam Ehrlich. The Fibromyalgia Relief Book.Walker Publishing, 1998.

Nutrition and Diet Therapy

  • Some of these reference books are general and others are very specific. Few of them deal with FMS directly, but they all offer useful guidance on creating a balanced diet and optimal nutrition.
  • Balch, James, M.D., and Phyllis Balch. Prescription for Natural Healing. Avery Publishing, 1990.
  • Birkmayer, Georg, M.D.NADH- The Energizing Co-enzyme. Keats Publishing, 1998.
  • Clouatre,Dallas. Glucosamine Sulphate and Chondroitin Sulphate. Keats Publishing, 1999.
  • Colbin,Anne Marie. Food and Healing. Ballantine Books, 1986.
  • Colgan,Michael, M.D. The Right Protein for Muscle and Strength. Apple Publishing Company, 1998.
  • Crayhon, Robert. The Carnitine Miracle. Evans and Company, 1998.
  • —.Nutrition Made Simple. Evans and Company, 1984.
  • Fallon, Sally, Pat Connelly, and Mary Enig.Nourishing Traditions. Promotion Publishing, 1995.
  • Hartvig, Kirsten, N.D., and Nic Rowley, M.D. 10 Days to Better Health. Piatkus Publishers, 1998.
  • Hartvig, Kirsten, N.D., and Nic Rowley, M.D. You Are What You Eat. Piatkus Publishers, 1996.
  • Jensen, Bernard, M.D. Come Alive. Self-published, 1997.
  • Krohn, Jacqueline, M.D., Frances Taylor, and Jinger Prosser.Natural Detoxification. Hartley and Marks
  • Publishers, 1996.
  • Mindell, Earl. The MSM Miracle. Keats Publishing, 1997.
  • Moeller,Mary, and Joe M. Elrod, M.D. The Fibromyalgia Nutrient Guide.Woodland Publishing, 1999.
  • Murray,Michael. Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements. Prima Publishing, 1996.
  • Passwater, Richard, M.D., and Elmer M. Cranton, M.D. Trace Elements, Hair Analysis, and Nutrition. Keats Publishing, 1983.
  • Pitchford, Paul.Healing with Whole Foods. North Atlantic Books, 1993.
  • Sahley, Billie Jay.Malic Acid and Magnesium for Fibromyalgia. Pain and Stress Publications, 1997.
  • Sears, Barry. Enter the Zone. Regan Books, 1995.
  • Stolzfus,Meg, and Joanne Yount, eds. The Low-Oxalate Cookbook. The Vulvar Pain Foundation, 1997.
  • Werbach,Melvyn, M.D.Nutritional Influence on Disease. Keats Publishing, 1988

Herbal Medicine and Natural Healing

These are the books I consulted as herbal references. I have dozens of other herbal books on my shelves, but these are the ones I have consistently found most informative and accurate.

  • Bartam, Thomas. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Grace Publishers, 1995.
  • Bone, Kerry. Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs. Phytotherapy Press, 1996.
  • Bone, Kerry, and Simon Mills. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Churchill Livingstone, 1999.
  • Bradley, Peter, ed. British Herbal Compendium. British Herbal Medicine Association, 1992.
  • Burns, David, M.D. Feeling Good- The New Mood Therapy. Signet, 1992.
  • Duke, James. The Green Pharmacy. Rodale Press, 1996.
  • Ellingwood, Finley, M.D. American Materia Medica, Therapeutics, and Pharmacognosy (1919). Eclectic Medical Publications, 1994.
  • Grieve,Maud. A Modern Herbal. Tiger Books, 1992. Hutchens, Alma. Indian Herbology of North America.Merco, 1973.
  • Hylton,W. H., ed.,The Rodale Herb Book: How to Use, Grow, and Buy Nature’s Miracle Plants. Rodale Press, 1978. (OOP)
  • Lloyd, J.U., and H.W. Felter. Kings American Dispensatory. Eclectic Medical Publications, 1983.
  • Mills, Simon. The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine.Viking Arcana (Penguin) 1991.
  • Mowrey, Daniel. Guaranteed Potency Herbs. Keats Publishing, 1990.
  • Newall, C., L.Anderson, and D. Phillipson.Herbal Medicines. Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
  • Tisserand, Robert, and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety-A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
  • Weiss, Rudolph, M.D.Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield Arcanum, 1988.
  • Willard, Terry. Textbook of Advanced Herbology.Wild Rose Publications, 1991.

Videotapes, Audiotapes, and CDs

Banyen Books and Sound
2671 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6K 2G2
A huge selection of books and tapes on self-healing, as well as tapes of relaxation programs, nature sounds, and so on.

Body Pain Trigger Points Program

Dr. R. Paul St.Amand and Claudia Marek (two videotapes, 1998)
P.O. Box 461377
Escondido, CA 92046-1377

Effective Learning Systems (selfhypnosis audiotapes)
5255 Edina Industrial Boulevard
Edina, MN 55435

Fibromyalgia-How You Can Help Yourself (audiotape)
Miryam Erhlich Williamson
P.O. Box 307
Orange, MA 01364

Fibromyalgia and You (videotape) Jon Russell, M.D. Fibromyalgia Information Resources
P.O. Box 690402
San Antonio, TX 78269

Fibromyalgia Exercise and Fibromyalgia Fitness (two videotapes)

Sharon Clark and Robert Bennet,M.D.
Oregon Fibromyalgia Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 303
Portland, OR 97295

Fibromyalgia-The Path to Healing (audiotape) 90-minute presentation by Chanchal Cabrera Medicines from the Earth Symposium 2000

Herbal Education Services

Gentle Fitness (videotape)

Infomedix (sleep tapes)
12800 Garden Grove Boulevard,
Room S
Garden Grove, CA 92643

Serenity (relaxation tapes)
180 West 25th Street
Upland, CA 91786

Stretching with Bob Anderson

Tree Farm Communications (huge selection of audio- and videotapes on natural medicines)
23703 NE 4th Street
Redmond,WA 98053-3612

Whole Person Associates (relaxation tapes)
P.O. Box 3151
Duluth, MN 55803

Web Sites

Web sites and cyber addresses change frequently. The information given below is current at the time of writing.

Acupuncture care and referrals

Alternative health

American Association for CFS

American Botanical Council

AMR’TA Natural Medicine

Arthritis and rheumatism

British Columbia Fibromyalgia Society

British Journal of Rheumatology

Chiropractic care and referrals

Discounted pharmaceuticals

David Nye, M.D.

Emotional support group

Fibromyalgia information page

Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome (Devin Starlanyl)

Fibromyalgia Web site (Miryam Williamson)

Fibromeet (Nancy Madeiros) /public/guests/nancym/fibromt

FMS advocacy

FMS link collection site

Friends’Health Connection (a nonprofit organization that links people with chronic or disabling diseases)

Gaia hypothesis

Guaifenesin support group

Guaifenesin treatment
(Dr. R. Paul St.Amand)

Herb Research Foundation

Herbal medicine

Journal of Rheumatology

Massage therapy care and referrals

National Fibromyalgia Research Association

Naturopathic care and referrals

Oregon Fibromyalgia Foundation
(Robert Bennet, M.D.)

Pain information

Prescription medications information

Rheumatoid arthritis and FMS

SLEEP journal

USA Fibromyalgia Association

UK FM Association


Support Groups and Related Organizations

United States
American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
611 East Wells Street
Milwaukee,WI 53202

American Academy of Environmental Medicine
P.O. Box 16106
Denver, CO 80216

American Academy of Pain Management
13943 Mono Way, Suite A
Sonora, CA 95370

American Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
7 van Buren Street
Albany, NY 12206

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
P.O. Box 20836
Seattle,WA 98102

American Chiropractic Association
1701 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington,VA 22209

American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677

American College of Rheumatology
60 Executive Park South, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30329

American Holistic Medical Association

6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean,VA 22101

American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Americans with Disabilities Act Hotline

Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 19000
Atlanta, GA 30326

Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
10200 West 44th Avenue, Suite 304
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Fibromyalgia Alliance of America
P.O. Box 21990
Columbus, OH 43221-0990

Fibromyalgia Alliance of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 16600
Washington,DC 20041-6600

Fibromyalgia Association of Florida
P.O. Box 14848
Gainesville, FL 32604-6865

Fibromyalgia Association of Greater Washington
13203 Valley Drive
Woodbridge,VA 22191-1531

Fibromyalgia Network
P.O. Box 31750
Tucson, AZ 85751-1750

Food Allergy Network
4744 Holly Avenue
Fairfax,VA 22030-5647

Hypoglycemia Association
P.O. Box 165
Ashton, MD 20861-4044

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)
P.O. Box 17064
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Interstitial Cystitis Association
P.O. Box 1553
Madison Square Station
New York, NY 10159

National Chronic Pain Outreach Association
7979 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-2429

National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
730 North Franklin, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570

National Family Caregivers Association
9223 Longbranch Parkway
Silver Spring, MD 20901

National Fibromyalgia Research Association
P.O. Box 500
Salem, OR 97308

National Headache Foundation
428 West St. James Place
Chicago, IL 60614

National Sleep Foundation
729 Fifteenth Street NW, 4th Floor
Washington,DC 20005

NIH/National Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases Information Clearing House
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation
1904 Banbury Road
Raleigh, NC 27608

Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation
333 North Broadway
Jericho, NY 11753

The TMJ Association
6418 West Washington Boulevard
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Vulvar Pain Foundation
P.O. Box Drawer 177
Graham, NC 27253


The Arthritis Society, BC Division
805 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L7

Association de la Fibromyosité du Québec
643 rue Notre Dame
Repentigny, PQ J6A 2W1

Fibromyalgia Association of BC
Box 15455
Vancouver, BC V6B 5B2

Fibromyalgia Support Group of Winnipeg
825 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5

Ontario Fibromyalgia Association
250 Bloor Street, Suite 901
Toronto, ON M4W 3P2

Herbal and Natural Medicine Associations

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
4101 Lake Boone Tr., Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27607

American Botanical Council and Herb Research Foundation
P.O. Box 144345
Austin, TX 78714-4900

American Herbalists Guild
1931 Gaddis Road
Canton, GA 30115

Canadian Herb Society VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6M 4M1

The Canadian Herbal Association of BC
7327 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V3N 3C1

National Institute of Medical Herbalists
56 Longbrook Street
EX4 6AH United Kingdom

Professional Associations

Massage Therapist Association of British Columbia
205-640 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G4
Fax 604-873-6211

College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia
103-1089 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 1E5
Fax 604-736-6500

Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC


Herbal Medicines and Essential Oils

Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary
22672 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 2G3
One of North America’s largest selections of herbal medicines, aromatherapy supplies, and natural health products. Custom blends and mail-order service available.

Nutritional Supplements
CFIDS and FMS Health Resource
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1-280
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794
Patient-owned organization that donates proceeds to research into CFIDS and FMS. Over two million dollars donated so far.
Tools for Easier Living

75 Mill Street
P.O. Box 515
Colchester, CT 06415-0515

P.O. Box 5050
Bolingbrook, IL 60440-9973

Intelli-Health Healthy Homes
960 Harvest Drive
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Janice Corporation
198 U.S.Highway 46
Budd Lake, NJ 07828-3001

Light for Health (full-spectrum lights)
942 Twisted Oak Lane
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

RR #3, Box 384
Mifflintown, PA 17059
Suppliers of urine tensimometers and charts for assessing biochemical individuality, and of metabolically balanced nutritional supplements.

Contributing Practitioners

Fernando Cabrera
SourcePoint Shiatsu Center
3261 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3K4

Jaime de la Barrera
22672 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V6K 2G3

Joanne Fallow
22672 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 2G3

Cecil Herschler
207-2786 West 16th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 3C4

Lori Johnson
Soma Studio
213-1529 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1

Else Larsen
204-3077 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3J9

Fred Samorodin
3618 Tanner Street
Vancouver, BC V5R 5P6

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