(Psycho-Neuro Immunology)

"Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it."

Dr. Karl Menninger

Stress and Immunity

Data shows the connection between psychological factors (i.e. stressors) and a progression of disease processes that evolve from the weakening of the immune system.

Stress-induced alterations of the immune system are influenced by

the capacity of the individual to cope effectively with stressful situations

the strength and length of the stressor

the quality of the immune system

the environment and personal history of the stressors and stress experiences

other factors such as age, sex, and nutritional state

Stress Management

Strategies in modifying psychological responses to stressors
(reaching alpha states):


visualization / imagery

cranial electrotherapy stimulation - electrodes are attached to the ear lobes sending microcurrents through the cranial area and reducing pain


eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR)

group therapy


cognitive therapy - emotional cleansing

Qigong - the practice of gentle breathing, movement, and stretching that reduce stress and pain for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Learn to manage chronic illness by recognizing and correcting "maladaptive illness behaviors" or patterns of behavior or cognition that can worsen their symptoms or interfere with recovery. (i.e. Overdoing it on a "good day" which can lead to several "bad days".)


Research shows that warm water exercise is the best for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.  In addition, any form of aerobic exercise that it suited to the individual (such as walking, swimming, and biking) is a good way to reduce pain.

Research shows that warm water exercise is the best for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.Exercise Tips

create a fitness program that suits your needs

set realistic goals

consult with your physician before you start your new exercise program

start slowly and steadily build your way up

keep it simple

don't over do it



Examples of therapies that may lessen pain and other FMS symptoms:

acupunctureTai Chi for Fibromyalgia


cranio sacral therapy

myofascial release therapy


yoga - see links


Tai Chi

warm water therapy


osteopathic manipulation

Connections ~ Andrew Weil

Depression, anger, loneliness and other emotions suppress immunity, disrupt the balance of the nervous system, and are rooted in the sense of self as an isolated and separate entity.  Research shows that people who fail to establish meaningful connections have a greater risk of illness.

Religious and spiritual traditions stress the importance of overcoming the illusion of separateness by experiencing unity.

People who experience themselves as part of and supported by something larger than themselves are less fearful and more healthy than people who view themselves as separate from or disconnected.

Ways to Increase Your Sense of Connection

Stress and Immunity Stress Management Exercise BodyworkCommunicate with Nature and Earth



Communication with Animals

research shows that people with pets have lower rates of illness

Communication with Family and Friends

people with "extended families" have better health

Connecting with Community

join clubs, associations, etc

Serving Others

help others to increase their happiness


connect with the source of love within yourself

let your inner love shine outwardly and unconditionally

St. Francis said "Lord grant that I may not so much seek to be loved as to love"


human beings need to touch and to be touched

research shows that individuals deprived of physical contact are insecure, poorly adjusted, and more prone not only to illness, but also to violence

Setting Goals and Maintaining Hope



Mariposa Dreams

Plymouth Integrative Medicine Center
Fibromyalgia Doctor ~ Irene Metro MD
44670 Ann Arbor Rd, Ste 100, Plymouth, MI 48170

Call 734.432.1900 for an appointment with Fibromyalgia Doctor ~ Irene C. Metro MD

The information contained on this web site is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical care. All material provided in this web site is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health program.

Fibromyalgia doctor Irene C. Metro, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine, Board Certified American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine, is the medical director of the Plymouth Integrative Medicine Center in Livonia, Michigan. This medical clinic has internal medicine, integrative medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, lifestyle coaching, nutritional counseling, and psychotherapy, and specializes in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trigger point therapy, vitamin therapy, and pain relief. This medical clinic is located across from St. Mary Mercy Hospital and is easily accessible from Plymouth, Livonia, Canton, Northville, Redford, Westland, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Dearborn Heights, and other locations in Oakland County and Wayne County Michigan. Call 734-432-1900 to make an appointment with the fibromyalgia doctor MI today!