"According to a recent study headed by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, eating commercial baked goods (fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc.) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza) is linked to depression."
"And the 43-year-old, who lives with wife Jane, faces an as-yet-undisclosed hefty bill from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after a tribunal judge back-dated the order to strip him of the cash."
"Welfare benefits have a bad press: bunch of scroungers and frauds, say some. For most of the people I see, the right decision (legally right, just, fair, on the basis of their problems) is a matter of manageable life or nightmare. Where life is dominated by fear, pain, fatigue, self-hatred, mood swings or the warring realities of psychotic voices, being told to look for work is a malign joke. "
"The following is a discussion of the outcome of the PACE trials which coincide with a shake-up of the UK state benefit systems. The latter involves a move towards a 'comply or be sanctioned' culture. Strategies for differentiating yourself from the PACE trial patients and for holding on to state benefits are discussed. Key to success is having the strong financial support from ME/CFS charities to fund individual biomedical testing for patients. "
"Simon Wessely has a very chequered history, his involvement with government etc is well documented, his attacks against anyone who speaks out against his theories are notorious, please click on his name to see some very important comments from people who have come across him."
"CBT is essentially positive thinking. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, CBT does not dwell on past events. It focuses on the patient’s fearful and negative thoughts – the therapist helps the patient deal with these by thinking positively. It takes between six and 16 sessions, but by the end, the patient is ‘cured’."
"Disabled People are asking as many people as possible, from every section of society, to come to London to show their opposition to “The Scapegoating of Disabled People” including Remploy workers and “Selling Pensioners Down the River”. with “The Granny Tax”"
"Members of Professor Harrington’s Fluctuating Conditions Group (which includes Dr Charles Shepherd from the ME Association) are in the process of recommending changes to the wording of the ESA50 form – the form that provides the initial personal and medical information in relation to a claim for ESA."
"Lord, grant me the serenity to accept The things I cannot change, The courage to change The things I can, And the wisdom to hide The bodies of Doctors I shot When they said, "You're perfectly healthy, It's All In Your Head." – Author Unknown "
"This is actually a very important issue and the reality is self-evident to anyone who has been through a WCA. The difference here is that the indictment is based on DWP’s own responses to a series of connected questions."
"The mother-of-two said she was dismayed and sickened that the only time she has relied on the state it has let her down. She also called into question the real purpose of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA)."
"Chris Grayling, Minister for Work and Pensions, will seek to reassure nervous employers this Monday that it's ok to force people to work for their benefits under the threat of sanctions that could result in destitution."
"... suddenly come budget day, the Government discovered a stash of cash to save the child benefit of higher rate tax-payers, those who are doing ok in life, and yet still no money to extend ESA for those who are too sick to work through no fault of their own. "
"However, it’s not all bad news for those people that the majority of society finds completely odious, after it was revealed that the heavily subsidised House of Commons bars would remain completely unaffected by the introduction of minimum pricing."
"Finally, good news for persons with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). New surveys reveal that public perceptions of FMS are in many ways much more positive than those afflicted with the disorder commonly believe. At the same time, however, better education of the public and persons with FMS will help to assure that early and proper care for this disorder can be received by those affected."
"Aneurin Bevan once said the Tories are lower than vermin when in the 1930s they looked after their own and condemned millions of first-class working class people to mass unemployment and semi-starvation. After this week's budget I’ll not be arguing with that. "
"If you'd like to take any action, and you live in England, Northern Ireland or Wales, do consider sending this to your own GP with a short request that he or she considers pressing for similar action."
"But there’s another agent in cannabis that is getting more attention now, and that is called cannabidiol. And this is something that you can swallow by the bucket-full, and it won’t get you high at all. But it appears to have profound nerve-protective and brain-enhancing properties. And interestingly enough, it also induces an anti-anxiety effect."
"A newly released study demonstrated that the drug Ampligen (rintatolimod) improved exercise tolerance and other symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and also lead to decreased use of other medications."
"While the Government is trying to whip up benefits hysteria and the need for even greater austerity, while at the same time doing its level best to protect house prices, whatever the cost, those who fall through the what's left of the safety net are dying. Surprising article from the Daily Mail... is the paper gaining a belated conscience?"
"Today I heard the very sad news that Emily Collingridge, the author of the book Severe ME/CFS: A Guide to Living, had died. She passed away in hospital last Sunday afternoon, after a long admission. She was 30 years old and had been bedridden since her late teens, during which she had worked in a voluntary capacity for AYME (the Association for Young People with ME) and the family support charity, Home-Start. She did both of these jobs from her bed, but was forced to stop when she suffered a devastating relapse in 2005."
"This complete collapse in solidarity between generations may seem unlikely but it’s something even David Willets has been warning us about. While in this parliament the biggest winners have been the old, they should not be certain this is permanent."
"Watching the news on the BBC this morning, a new tactic against those on welfare was announced, all taxpayers would be getting a personal statement with a breakdown of how their taxes were spent, what startled me right away was the way in which it was continually pointed out the greatest amount of money deducted from someones taxes was for welfare."
"To make matters worse, the bill makes provision for charging for services. It removes the statutory duty to provide public health services for children, smoking cessation services, alcohol and drug services and a raft of other crucial services. As I understand it, the only services that CCGs are obligated to arrange are ambulance services and “emergency care”."
"Maria Miller, minister for disabled people, has said that: “The Government is committed to enabling disabled people to fulfil their potential and have the opportunity to play a full role in their community”. But in reality it is clear that the Government lacks any cohesive policy that will enable this to happen. "
"Unemployed people from across London will come together with members of the anti-austerity direct action group UK Uncut to recreate the Tories' iconic 1979 election poster featuring a queue of jobseekers snaking into the distance"
"New research shows that the amount of benefits given to those in need is a debate that has raged for hundreds of years. It also challenges commonly held beliefs that the poor in centuries past were universally left to flounder, often in crushing poverty."
"David Cameron will clear the way for a multibillion-pound semi-privatisation of the nation’s poor, sick and disabled infrastructure as he announces plans to allow sovereign wealth funds from countries such as China to lease unemployed people in England."
""Take aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in many diet sodas. "Aspartame acts as an 'excitotoxin' in the brain," says Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS, a pharmacist and nutritional consultant in New York."
"When assessing mobility within a WCA, Atos HCPs are allowed to recommend the use of a wheelchair to improve mobility (if they think it will do this) for someone who does not normally use one. They can do this without any specific discussion with the claimant or their GP. They are not however allowed to recommend treatment – make sense of this if you can, but as unbelievable as it is, it is true. Decision Makers are allowed to do the same thing, without specifically declaring it to claimants – all the claimant is told is that for mobility, they have scored (say) zero points. "
"Earlier evidence out of UCLA suggested that meditating for years thickens the brain (in a good way) and strengthens the connections between brain cells. Now a further report by UCLA researchers suggests yet another benefit."
"These people come in various shapes, sizes and forms and are called emotional vampires. They don't wear capes, fly or grow fangs. They can come in the form of relatives, friends, spouses, co-workers and bosses. They are the ones that feed on your time, energy and sometimes, your money! "
"One of the comments on my piece on Workfare, the DWP and Duty of Care raised a further alarming prospect, that DWP believe their right to impose Workfare takes precedence over a disabled person's legal right to privacy regarding their medical records."
"What does a fair society look like? Well, the Campaign for a Fair Society has issued an eight-point manifesto today setting out its view. Social care would be free at the point of delivery, disabled people would be freed from institutionalisation and everyone would be guaranteed a reasonable minimum income through benefits. "
""This is an ideologically driven bill and the Lib Dems capitulated. Ministers lied to get it through. I know it's unusually unparliamentary language but I am really horrified. They have sold us a pup.""
"The government will have to defend two of its back-to-work schemes against accusations they exploit the unemployed for forced labour, after one of the UK's most senior judges granted a hearing that could see benefit regulations overturned."
"The general synod of the Church of England is expected to approve Richard Dawkins as the new head of the Church of England. A spokesman explained; ‘Whereas most of the candidates prevaricated over the question of the existence of God, Richard was quite clear. His knowledge of the Bible is second to none and he isn’t a woman, so he seems ideal.’"
"The license-plate cameras at UK filling stations will soon begin to trigger automatic lookups of every motorist's insurance and tax records. Drivers whose insurance and tax records can't be located or verified will not be allowed to fill their tanks."
"All of these promises – and more – have been broken. But why are they doing this? Why are they being so openly disdainful of the electorate? What are their reasons for so openly ignoring their respective pre-election manifestos now they’re in power? What electoral advantage could they possibly be achieving? Is there some secret coalition strategy behind their actions, something which will become clear in time? "
"The idea proposes that breathing in extra CO2 makes blood more acidic, which in turn causes neurons that regulate appetite, sleep and metabolism to fire more frequently. As a result, we might be eating more, sleeping less and gaining more weight, partly as a result of the air we breathe."
"As the book I laughed so hard I peed my pants points out with exercises of the pelvic floor even intercourse becomes more pleasurable. The many benefits to exercises, movement, and relaxation techniques never cease to reinforce the theory that fibromyalgia can only be helped if we dedicate ourselves to move beyond the pain and incorporate a regime with daily discipline … "
"(NaturalNews) Some people are literally stumbling through life thinking they are a klutz when really gluten is to blame. Before gastrointestinal symptoms like upset stomach appear, neurological damage may already be done, according to the Center for Peripheral Neuropathy. The Gluten Free Society calls gluten a "potential neurotoxin." Gluten damage may cause everything from unexplained dizziness to numbness in the hands and feet. "
"Nick Clegg and the president of the Austin Allegro Owner’s Club have claimed their relationship is a ‘unique asset’ to people who crave disappointment, or who are brought together by a mutual love of awful cars from the ’70s."
"Antidepressants, drugs to help patients give up smoking and vaccines against meningitis, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and swine flu are also among medicines most likely to result in adverse reactions, data compiled by the UK's official drug watchdog indicates. "
"The study of more than 120,000 people suggested a regular diet of red top news saturated in scare stories about illegal immigrants and welfare scroungers increased the risk of death from cancer and heart problems."
"While I haven't had a problem with wet grass, I can totally understand it as a textural sensitivity. Similar things that aggravate my nerves and can cause an upswing in symptoms include elastic, nylon, steel wool and these microfiber dish cloths I made the mistake of buying a few years ago. They seriously give me the willies and set my whole system on edge. When I shop for clothes, I do it by feel almost as much as by sight."
"Doze off and keep your metabolism burning through the night with this delicious smoothie courtesy of Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, The Sleep Doctor. Cherries are one of the richest known sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone that recent studies have shown can also help reverse the effects of aging, while bananas contain loads of magnesium, a calming mineral. Lastly, soy milk is high in tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid. Sweet dreams! "
"Not only will we not have time to protest but we could fall foul of the terrorism act depending on who we speak to, what we tweet, which face books we visit- Occupy and UKuncut have both been called terrorists by the police."
"The GPC is seeking talks with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) after GPs and LMC leaders raised a series of concerns with the tests and appeals process being used in the Government’s drive to get patients off benefits"
"... whistleblowers have revealed means they are driven to target people with intellectual and mental disabilities as 'easy marks'. Now extend that pattern of behaviour to Workfare, and we will undoubtedly see large numbers of disabled people being forced onto Workfare not because it is in their interest, or appropriate for their disability, but because the JCP employee will be bawled out by their manager if she doesn't mandate another dozen crips before the end of the week"
"It's scary to be sick for months (or years) and not know why. Being given a diagnosis can provide some relief, but when the doctor says you've got a chronic condition that's hard to treat, that relief can be short lived."
"By recreating of one of the most iconic images in British political history, together we can make sure the photos in the papers aren’t of George’s smug face, but of a scene that demonstrates the human cost of the government’s failed austerity policies."
"The Stanford researchers believe that drugs such as naltrexone relieve fibromyalgia pain by changing the way microglia behave. Hypothetically, this could reduce unhealthy inflammation and also make pain killers work better for us."
"One of the first measures to be introduced will be the time-limiting of contribution-based employment and support allowance for claimants in the work-related activity group to one year. This change is due to come into effect in April and the DWP has begun sending out letters to those likely to be affected."
"I really do get angry when this man uses the disability his dear son had to try to gain a political position on one of his policies,a policy mind you that is forcing more poverty onto people in our society who can ill afford to suffer more, Cameron really is a nasty piece of work, a real scum bag."
"However, scientists have yet to explain the mystery of why modern-day Liberal Democrats are so keen to mate with their Neanderthal Tory counterparts, despite the inevitability of it leading to their almost certain extinction."
"March 21st, just two weeks away, holds the most important event in the political calendar: the day the man in charge of Britain's sinking economy, George Osborne, presents his government's third austerity budget."
""Autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction is a common feature of CFS, and can cause symptoms in virtually every organ system. Circulatory symptoms include lightheadedness, cold hands and feet and palpitations or "anxiety." In the digestive system, autonomic dysfunction can cause nausea, cramps, constipation, diarrhea and bloating. Autonomic dysfunction can also cause abnormal breathing and urinary patterns, and problems with balance and even vision." "
"David Cameron. He will be remembered as the Prime Minister – without a mandate, remember – who attacked the sick and disabled of our country with a vehemence beyond human comprehension. And when you think that he had a disabled son who tragically passed two years ago, well, then, it beggars belief even more so."
"So, if you are disabled - and make no mistake, I mean disabled in any way at all - deaf, blind, paralysed, mentally ill, or if you have a "fluctuating condition" like mine - if you can leave the house, care for yourself in the most basic ways and stumble through a semblance of "life" you will not qualify for PIP. If you give up, stop trying, stop fighting for every minute of every day, you might."
"“Thousands of people, often with conditions they will never recover from, are being subjected to a process that causes huge anxiety. “If even a fraction of them are being put though the ordeal of face-to-face interrogation then this is callous in the extreme.”"
"Following the failure of peers and MPs to reverse the most damaging aspects of the bill, disabled people’s organisations are now likely to take legal action against parts of the legislation, once it becomes law."
"Meanwhile, in other news, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been confirmed as Britain’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, where he will be performing his heartfelt rendition of ‘Puppet on a String’."
"Chronic pain has a significant impact on the physical, social and emotional functioning of those who suffer from it. It is also notoriously challenging to diagnose and treat, because pain is such a subjective experience. Scientists at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) have developed a new tool that will give doctors an objective way to evaluate a patient's pain level. This in turn will enable them to tailor more targeted treatments and monitor their effectiveness over time."
"The 75-year-old Mr Humperdinck, dubbed the “King of Romance”, is thought to be much more effective at negotiations, mainly because he is a likeable, charming crooner best known for his repertoire of inoffensive, middle-of-the-road string of popular hits, unlike Cameron who is a toffee-nosed, arrogant tosser best known for his repertoire of offensive, extremist string of popular failures."
"The group, National Innumeracy, says that the millions of people struggling to comprehend the sheer nakedness of their bank accounts, who also have difficulties in understanding just how much they are being ripped off by utilities providers, are at a distinct advantage to those who fully grasp the mathematical futility of their plight."
"If you’re not angry about the invention of CFS as a diagnostic wastebasket, you should be. It’s not just the human cost. Even if you’re completely unaffected by CFS or ME, the cost to the state is screwing you, too. Your tax money is paying for pseudo research that is of no real benefit to patients, and that could ultimately make patients sicker and more costly to the state."
"While some people are ‘celebrating’ the withdrawal of large firms from the government’s work experience scheme, please remember the government has also just passed legislation which allows them to send terminally ill patients as well as registered disabled people to work as slave labour in private companies for indefinite periods of time."