FibroWHYalgia: Why Rebuilding the Ten Root Causes of Chronic Illness Restores Chronic Wellness

ABOUT Sue Ingebretson

Sue Ingebretson
Susan Ingebretson is a writer, speaker and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia Research and EducationCenter at CaliforniaStateUniversity, Fullerton. Her book, FibroWHYalgia, (Spring, 2010) details her own journey from illness to wellness. Ingebretson’s writing has ap More...


When Susan Ingebretson found her health spiraling out of control, she wanted to know why. Her tenacious research into the causes of chronic illness led her through a maze of traditional and nontraditional healing methods. Ingebretson eventually connected the dots and found wellness. FibroWHYalgia is a half diary/half tutorial guide that exposes the facts, fibs, and fairytales of failing health and offers practical solutions. Included are detailed descriptions for making nutritional, fitness, and stress-relieving lifestyle changes.

Susan Ingebretson invites anyone with chronic illness to come down from the spectator seats and participate in restored health.

“Millions suffer with fibromyalgia and can benefit from the
detailed and practical resource guide that Susan Ingebretson has
compiled. Carefully following her advice will go a long way toward
helping resolve this illness, which is particularly resistant to most
conventional treatments that fail to incorporate the valuable
principles described in this book.”
Dr. Joseph Mercola, Founder,
the world’s most visited natural health site
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

“I absolutely love this informative book! Susan Ingebretson’s humor
and insight make FibroWHYalgia a ‘page turner’ and a delight to read.
Filled with valuable lessons, this book is for EVERYONE — those
with ailments and those interested in preventing them.”
Linda J. Miner, RNC, CHN, RSNA, CMTA, BA
nutritional expert, wellness guide, Creator of
British Columbia, Canada

“FibroWHYalgia doesn’t pretend to have all the answers but does offer
smart solutions helpful to anyone wishing to kick-start a wellness
plan. I love the combination of Midwestern wit and common sense
used to deliver the message of healing. If you’re sick and tired of
being sick and tired, the upbeat suggestions in this book will provide
the encouragement needed to seek positive change.”
Mollie Marti, PhD, JD
Performance psychologist and Creator of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“As a practitioner specializing in chronic conditions, I consider
FibroWHYalgia a first-aid kit for anyone dealing with longterm
health issues. The tools needed to rebuild wellness are
laid out in an easy-to-understand style that’s entertaining to
read. I stock this book in my store and offer it as recommended
reading to my patients.”
Diane Wendell, ND, CNM, nutritionist
Tustin, California

“FibroWHYalgia simplifies the underlying physiology of fibromyalgia.
Readers will come away armed with an understanding of why they
might have this or another chronic condition and with lifestyle
strategies to navigate from illness to wellness. What I loved most about
this delightful book is Susan Ingebretson’s determination, wit, and
resilience to find answers to heal herself — despite a medical system
that provides little hope.”
C. Jessie Jones, PhD, professor, Health Science
Director, Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center
California State University, Fullerton

“Reading FibroWHYalgia was like stepping out of a cold fog into the
warm sun. Susan Ingebretson cuts through the confusing muddle
of fibromyalgia information and misinformation, providing factual
encouragement that anyone can put into practice. This book is for
anyone touched by fibromyalgia or other chronic illness. Because
this encouraging, humor-filled book is backed by science and reallife
experience, every chronic illness support group should have
copies of this book available for its members. I keep multiple copies
in my practice’s lending library.”
Pamela Reilly, CNHP, CPH
Naturopath, Living Foods Life Coach,
Indianapolis, Indiana

“FibroWHYalgia, written in a humorous and friendly style, is
seasoned with wit, wisdom, and encouragement. It’s an easy-toread,
non-technical guide for those suffering from chronic illness.
As a certified holistic health and nutrition counselor, I’m pleased
to find tips and ideas on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Susan
Ingebretson’s unique ‘Ten Roots to a Better You’ section provides
healing practitioners such as nutritionists, chiropractors, personal
trainers, etc., with a useful tool for their clients.”
Irina Wardas, CHHC
Holistic Health and Wellness Services for Women
Carlsbad, California

“Like a roadmap, FibroWHYalgia points the way toward healing for
both the newly diagnosed and the long-term chronic illness patient.”
Timothy Noble, DC, DACBSP, CSCS
Anaheim Hills, California

“FibroWHYalgia is clear, practical, and enjoyable. In a style like
a comfortable conversation with a friend, Susan Ingebretson
leads us down her path of self-discovery and encourages us to
take responsibility for our own health through essential lifestyle
changes. If you’re ready for a change, this is the book for you. The
chapter on nutrition is the most sensible and concise information
I’ve found and is a must-read, chronically ill or not. Through her
hard-fought battle to understand the root causes of her symptoms
and her determined journey to recover, Susan Ingebretson proves
wellness is an option.”
Dannette Mason Rusnak, Creator of
FibroHaven Support Foundation
Carlsbad, California