NFL Player Dominique Easley Hosts Kids' Skills Camp: Raises Awareness for Fibromyalgia

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After his sister was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the age of 12, New England Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley has made it a personal crusade to help raise awareness for the disease. On July 25, Easley and Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing will partner to help stomp out the disease through Champs Camp – an NFL kids' skills camp.

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Their ongoing symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue, severe headaches and digestive issues resembled the symptoms associated with Chronic Mononucleosis. I have concluded that Fibromyalgia may be a chronic viral infection.

Integrative medicine clinic Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing (CIMH) will partner with Dominique Easley of the New England Patriots to educate and generate awareness on Fibromyalgia – and an all-natural effective treatment of the disease at the upcoming Champs Camp, a football camp geared towards children. Easley’s personal investment in treating the disease is spurred by his younger sister Destinee who at the age of 12 was diagnosed with the illness, prompting Easley to found Easley's Awareness as part of his personal crusade to help raise awareness and funding for research for a cure.

While over five million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia, the illness can be hard to spot in children. Even so, one out of every six Fibromyalgia sufferers is a child (1), prompting Easley and CIMH to raise awareness by providing screenings at the Champs Camp. CIMH utilizes a variety of Oriental and Western modalities to treat root causes of illness and chronic pain to eliminate discomfort and improve patient lifestyle.

Dr. Tad Sztykowski, Founder, Owner and Medical Director of CIMH, also notes that of the thousands of Fibromyalgia patient cases he has treated, 90% of them are women. “85%-90% of my Fibromyalgia patients started their symptoms after being infected with E.B.V. (Epstein-bar Virus) which causes Mononucleosis,” says Dr. Sztykowski. “Their ongoing symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue, severe headaches and digestive issues resembled the symptoms associated with Chronic Mononucleosis. I have concluded that Fibromyalgia may be a chronic viral infection.”

Champs Camp, taught by Easley, will be held for children ages six through 17 and will teach offensive and defensive skills. It will take place on Sunday, July 25 at Hormel Stadium (on Locust St in Medford, MA). Participants will compete in NFL combine style drills designed to increase speed, agility and stamina.

During the camp, doctors from CIMH will be on site to perform free health screenings for children and their mothers, distribute health and prevention handouts and administer free Acupuncture tests. Portions of the proceeds from Champs Camp will go to Fibromyalgia research.

For interviews with Dr. Tad Sztykowski, please contact Karla Jo Helms at 888-202-4614 ext. 803 or khelms@jotopr.com.

About CIMH:

Established in 1990, the Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing (CIMH) is the nation’s leading and most advanced integrative medicine clinic. Integrative medicine combines centuries-old Oriental medicine modalities with current Western diagnostics. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, CIMH has the highest success rate and thousands of satisfied patients. CIMH is headed by Medical Director Dr. Tad Sztykowski, and staffed with an elite team of doctor-specialists. The CIMH website hosts an abundance of useful information, including a Virtual Symptom IndicatorTM that allows users to communicate interactively with CIMH doctors and care managers about their areas of concern. Please refer to http://www.cimh.com for further information.

(1)    Kohler-Lutz, Jane. “Fibromyalgia in Children”; The FMS Community; 2007. fmscommunity.org/pediatric.htm

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