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Friday, 31 January 2014

Isolation in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

When you develop a life-changing chronic illness, a social life is often the first thing to go. It's an optional thing, not like a job or housework or taking care of your family. We don't have the energy to make plans, go out, etc. Plus, we have to cancel half of the plans we make, which is hard on us and our friendships.



Isolation in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Big Bellies: the Causes of and Treatments for Bloating

It’s not a subject for dinner table conversation but about 15-30 percent of the population experiences it, it can be very painful, and it’s just beginning to get the respect it deserves in the research arena. It's bloating and it has nothing to do with being fat. It usually shows up as an alarmingly distended abdomen complete with gas and cramps. It can send you to bed huddled in pain. If you haven’t experienced real bloating, let’s hope you never do.



Big Bellies: the Causes of and Treatments for Bloating :: Health RisingHealth Rising

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Three foods that raise and lower your adrenaline level

Certain foods are calming such as chamomile tea, if you're not allergic to the herbal teasan, pomegranate, decaf green tea, blueberry, mint, or hibiscus. If a calming teasan without caffeine makes you feel more relaxed, it has a good chance of lowering adrenaline in your bloodstream.



On the opposite corner, caffeine is a stimulant and raises adrenaline levels as do sugar and alcoholic beverages. Some people are so sensitive to wine that they suffer shortness of breath, flushing, and/or nausea with one alcoholic drink such as a glass of wine or beer.



Three foods that raise and lower your adrenaline level

Adrenaline, Cortisol, Norepinephrine: The Three Major Stress Hormones, Explained

Thanks to the work of our sympathetic nervous system, the "fight or flight" system that takes over when we're stressed, when you see your boss's name in your inbox late at night, your body reacts like there's a lion on the loose.

Behind the wide range of both physical and mental reactions to stress are a number of hormones that are in charge of adding fuel to the fire.



Adrenaline, Cortisol, Norepinephrine: The Three Major Stress Hormones, Explained

Adrenaline & Cortisol

Adrenaline, or epinephrine, and cortisol, or hydrocortisone, are stress hormones secreted from the adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys. Though both chemicals are stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol play different biochemical roles. Adrenaline primarily binds to receptors on the heart and heart vessels. This increases heart rate, force of muscle contraction and respiration. Cortisol binds to receptors on the fat cells, liver and pancreas, which increases glucose levels available for muscles to use. It also temporarily inhibits other systems of the body, including digestion, growth, reproduction and the immune system.



Adrenaline & Cortisol

The Health Consequences of Too Much Adrenaline

Other conditions intimately associated with hyperadrenalism include fibromyalgia, IBS, and chronic interstitial cystitis. Internalization of anger from excess adrenaline is probably the most common cause of depression. It can also be a cause for inability to lose weight and for elevated blood pressure.



The Health Consequences of Too Much Adrenaline | Platt Wellness

How "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" Obscures A Serious Illness

“Chronic fatigue syndrome is an illness as debilitating as Type II diabetes mellitus, congestive heart failure, multiple sclerosis, and end-stage renal disease,” wrote Jason. “Yet 95% of individuals seeking medical treatment for CFS reported feelings of estrangement; 85% of clinicians view CFS as a wholly or partially psychiatric disorder; and hundreds of thousands of patients cannot find a single knowledgeable and sympathetic physician to take care of them. Patients believe that the name CFS has contributed to health care providers as well as the general public having negative attitudes toward them.”



How "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" Obscures A Serious Illness

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Iain Duncan Smith Blasts Council Of Europe 'Lunacy' Over 'Inadequate' UK Benefits Warning

A report by the Council of Europe's committee on social rights (ECSR) concluded that the level of the UK's incapacity benefits, jobseekers' allowance and statutory sick pay were "manifestly inadequate" and so "not in conformity" with Article 12 s.1 of the European Social Chapter, which governs the right to social security among signatories.



Iain Duncan Smith Blasts Council Of Europe 'Lunacy' Over 'Inadequate' UK Benefits Warning

 

Brain Fog : ME CFS Is A Learning Difficulty – We Need To Be Met Half Way

Simply speaking, they looked at whether cognitive problems are caused by something to do with our heart and circulation rather than something or things mis-firing in our brains on their own.

They found that although people with CFS were as accurate in those tasks as people without CFS, they were much slower at carrying them out. That’s the Brain Fog we experience.



Brain Fog : ME CFS Is A Learning Difficulty – We Need To Be Met Half Way

Importance of Vitamin D for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Two new studies clarify and emphasize the need for vitamin D in fibromyalgia (FMS), chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and a host of other illnesses.



Importance of Vitamin D for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Life as we know it: Power of Positive Thinking debunked



All the positive thinking in the world has not cured me, did not make it possible for me to tell my body to do what it was too damaged to do, and did not get me the help I desperately needed.

Visualizing myself out playing at Disneyland didn't stop my body from passing out every time I sat up, making clear that I wasn't even going to make it to the airport, much less through a day at the park, without someone calling an ambulance.

And here's the proof that "thinking happy thoughts" is bullshit.



The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness



Via: Life as we know it

Is Some "Treatment-Resistant Depression" Actually Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

If you have chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), you're probably aware that some doctors will blow off your diagnosis and consider you "just" depressed. New research turns that thinking on its head, suggesting that some cases labeled "treatment-resistant depression" are, in fact, undiagnosed ME/CFS. The recommended treatment? An anti-viral medication.



Is Some "Treatment-Resistant Depression" Actually Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Make a DIY Microwave Heat Bag

When it's a super cold day or you have aching joints, nothing quite beats the soothing heat a microwave heat bag can deliver. With some basic sewing skills, you can make your own right at home.



Make a DIY Microwave Heat Bag

Life as we know it: Oxygen, Exercise, and CFS

Low oxygen uptake by muscle cells causes exercise
intolerance in a majority of CFS patients, indicating insufficient
metabolic adaptation to incremental exercise. The high increase of the
cardiac output relative to the increase of oxygen uptake argues
against deconditioning as a cause for physical impairment in these
patients.



Life as we know it: Oxygen, Exercise, and CFS

Where's the Benefit?: What does it mean when one million people are found fit to work?

This is what has been achieved since October 2008; there are a little over four percent fewer people on ESA and related benefits than before. It is unclear whether or not the incapacity bill - either in terms of benefits or the cost of assessing for and administering benefits - has been reduced. A stable 40% of appeals against ESA decisions are successful. Fraud levels (around 0.3% for incapacity benefits) remain stable.



Where's the Benefit?: What does it mean when one million people are found fit to work?



Go back and read the last sentence about the fraud level again!

Some truth about benefit fraud

These figures for underspend are from the Government’s own stats. It should be added that 27 charities, which include Citizens Advice, Save the Children and Age Concern and Help the Aged, haves said more than £16 billion of means-tested benefits and tax credits goes unclaimed each year.



Some truth about benefit fraud

Brain uses serotonin to perpetuate chronic pain signals in local nerves

Setting the stage for possible advances in pain treatment, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland report they have pinpointed two molecules involved in perpetuating chronic pain in mice. The molecules, they say, also appear to have a role in the phenomenon that causes uninjured areas of the body to be more sensitive to pain when an area nearby has been hurt. A summary of the research will be published on Jan. 23 in the journal Neuron.



Brain uses serotonin to perpetuate chronic pain signals in local nerves -- ScienceDaily

Benefits and Work: January 29th 2014 Newsletter

In this edition we warn you that Channel 5 are on the hunt for fresh victims to parade before the public in a new benefits show.


The show’s casting director’s previous roles include keeping “difficult contributors onboard” on Jeremy Kyle and on People Like Us, the infamous fly-on-the wall documentary which trashed a Manchester community.


He also claims to have “gained access to schools, colleges and charities, for both filming and casting purposes” for a show about young people at risk of getting STDs. Classy stuff, which claimants might want to be aware of before signing up.


Not all claimants are taking cover in the face of the continuing media and political hate-campaign, however. We have news of a national day of action against Atos next month which is gathering momentum rapidly. See Atos National Demonstrations below for more about events in a town near you.


And Iain Duncan Smith isn’t getting things all his own way where the work capability assessment is concerned either. The latest results show that a higher percentage of claimants than ever are being awarded employment and support allowance and a bigger proportion are being put into the support group.


January 29th 2014 Newsletter


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Sunday, 26 January 2014

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Shirkers, scroungers, Labour’s mess… time to confront these lies head-on

The dominant opinion in Britain today is that continuing austerity is necessary. There is no alternative. Shirkers and scroungers justify the sharp continuing cutbacks in benefits. Continued hammering of the poorest is warranted, as they are the authors of their own misfortunes. Immigration is at the root of Britain’s ills. And if only we could leave the EU, we could make a fresh start – and a prosperous one too. Every one of these beliefs is wrong, but not one is being challenged as robustly and relentlessly as is necessary. And until they are, it will be difficult for Labour to make progress against such a powerful headwind of prejudice.

Shirkers, scroungers, Labour’s mess… time to confront these lies head-on | Left Futures

Deficient EBV-Specific B- and T-Cell Response in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

When comparing EBV load in blood immune cells, we found more frequently EBER-DNA but not BZLF-1 RNA in CFS patients compared to healthy controls suggesting more frequent latent replication. Taken together, our findings give evidence for a deficient EBV-specific B- and T-cell memory response in CFS patients and suggest an impaired ability to control early steps of EBV reactivation. In addition the diminished EBV response might be suitable to develop diagnostic marker in CFS.

Deficient EBV-Specific B- and T-Cell Response in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Effective Fibromyalgia Remedies, Diet, Exercise, Treatments For Pain

Natural supplements for fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions can easily become an exhaustive list. Where to start, and what to take is a very common question, and the best answer is to start with supplements that may be missing in your diet. Start with the natural fish oils, B vitamins, natural mineral supplements, and then you can incorporate other natural supplements as you evaluate the effectiveness. It is a good idea to start with only one new supplement every two weeks. It can take that long for your body to start working correctly with the supplement, and you will not know which supplement that is giving you the most benefit if you swallow a handful every day.


Treating Fibromyalgia | Effective Fibromyalgia Remedies, Diet, Exercise, Treatments For Pain

Cytokines: Explaining what they are and how they might relate to ME/CFS

From the evidence presented, it is clear that there is much to be learnt about the disease process of ME/CFS from cytokine findings alone. The vast array of dysfunction and dysregulation strongly imply an ongoing process, one that is likely self perpetuating.

Cytokines: Explaining what they are and how they might relate to ME/CFS

Break with this Tory rhetoric on immigration

Nor does the Government believe half the rubbish it talks about the dangers of migration. It has suppressed its own report which shows that the benefits of EU immigration into Britain significantly outweigh the drawbacks. But the Conservatives know from their darkest days in Opposition that immigration is the one issue on which they always lead Labour in the polls. So as their unpopular service cuts and cost of living crisis bite deeper, the issue of foreigners becomes a convenient distraction for a beleaguered Government.

Break with this Tory rhetoric on immigration | Left Futures

Benefits Street? It's nothing like the James Turner Street we researched

Indeed, the programme misrepresents the true conditions of James Turner Street and ignores objective evidence. Claims of more than nine in 10 not working and on benefits ("based on informal door-knocking") are ludicrous. I appreciate that my company's data is from 2008 and 2009, but conditions locally have not changed drastically since then. Indeed the cost of an independent household survey to update our outputs would have been tiny in relation to total production costs for the documentary series. But perhaps hard data would spoil the story.

Benefits Street? It's nothing like the James Turner Street we researched | Paul Baker | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Does Immigration From EU Countries Cause Unemployment In The UK?

Ministers are also falling foul of what economists call the "lump of labour fallacy" as they suggest that there is a fixed quantity of work to be done in the UK so any extra workers would reduce the number of jobs available, whereas they actually increase the size of the economy and end up increasing the amount of jobs available.



Does Immigration From EU Countries Cause Unemployment In The UK?

About M.E. | Telling friends and family

Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed or have been living with M.E. for some time now, telling friends, family and children you have the condition can seem like a daunting task. Many people have never heard of M.E. and are quick to dismiss it as laziness or something that’s all in the mind, but that simply isn’t the case.

Action for M.E. is here to help. Below you’ll find information that can be presented to friends and family in order to help them understand what you’re going through, along with several articles from our membership magazine InterAction focused on telling others about the condition.



Action for M.E. | About M.E. | Telling friends and family

The Age of Hysteria | Futile Democracy

I am unsure who is to blame for this age of hysteria. Is it the people, for providing a market place for publications like the Mail to flourish? There is obviously a market for hysteria. Sensationalism sells. Weak conjecture, presented in a couple of hundred words, that require no real thought on the part of the reader, sells. People must surely shoulder some of the blame, if they are to read statements like the pensioner/asylum statements without actually questioning it. Perhaps the education system is failing to cultivate curious minds, and instead works to produce minds that accept. Curiosity must be valued and promoted. That is how we progress.



The Age of Hysteria | Futile Democracy

How Can I Fall Asleep Faster?

The latest sleep research has revealed a good night's rest is more important than we ever thought. Sleep doesn't just reinforce memories and make you feel alert the next day—it flushes dangerous proteins from your brain, maintaining your mental health into old age. So how to fall asleep fast and get the best rest possible?



How Can I Fall Asleep Faster?

Vitamin D supplements reduce pain in fibromyalgia sufferers

Twenty-four weeks after supplementation was stopped, a marked reduction in the level of perceived pain occurred in the treatment group. Between the first and the 25th week on supplementation, the treatment group improved significantly on a scale of physical role functioning, while the placebo group remained unchanged. The treatment group also scored significantly better on a Fibromalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) on the question of "morning fatigue." However, there were no significant alterations in depression or anxiety symptoms.



Vitamin D supplements reduce pain in fibromyalgia sufferers

Chest & Rib Pain in Fibromyalgia

Of course, if you have a new pain that starts suddenly, it could always be from something completely unrelated to your condition(s). Because chest pain could signal a heart problem, it's imperative that you get it checked out right away and don't write it off as "just" another fibromyalgia symptom. You may also have an injury that needs treated. As always, better safe than sorry.



Chest & Rib Pain in Fibromyalgia

Friday, 17 January 2014

New Models of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Illness

A group of researchers is suggesting a new model of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and Gulf War illness (GWI,) and possibly for other illnesses involving HPA axis dysfunction, such as fibromyalgia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Their paper was just published in the medical journal PLoS One.

New Models of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Illness

Zero-hours contracts remind me of the great depression – let's stop this

This is why I am disturbed by zero-hours contracts because so much talent and ability in today's generation is being jeopardised by an authoritarian business dogma dictated by large corporations that demand sacrifice from their employees, handouts from the government and excessive profits for their stakeholders. Ultimately, this myopic greed by business, which is encouraged by our government, cannot be sustained or civilisation as we know it will rot like the fruit that falls on to the ground in late September.
Zero-hours contracts remind me of the great depression – let's stop this | Harry Leslie Smith | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Coalition government suffered a defeat in parliament yet the BBC and most of the mainstream media failed to report it.


English: Logo for BBC Parliament
So, did you see the report on the BBC News? Or read about this momentous defeat on the BBC website? You did not. By midnight, two hours after the vote, it had received no coverage on any BBC programme or website. Nor, for that matter on any other news website. What does that say about Parliament, about British democracy, about the accountability of the Government? What does that say about the BBC?

The Coalition government suffered a defeat in parliament yet the BBC and most of the mainstream media failed to report it. | ORGANIZED RAGE

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Britons In 'Forced Penury' Due To Victorian Welfare Rules, Leading Academics Warn

 benefits

Dr Chris Grover, senior lecturer in social policy at Lancaster University and an expert on the history of national insurance, told the Huffington Post UK: "We are in a situation where for many people we are heading to a situation of forced penury that is some distance from the optimism that helped frame the introduction of National Insurance benefits in 1912."

Britons In 'Forced Penury' Due To Victorian Welfare Rules, Leading Academics Warn

Goldberg's depression test (Update)

Last time I took this test, in 2010, I scored a wapping 83 (anything over 54 indicates severe depression.) Just happened upon it again today by accident, so I thought I would take it again. This time I scored just 27 to come under the category 21 - 35 Minor to moderate depression. Obviously, this is a HUGE improvement. And equally obviously, this is due to the considerable positive changes that have occurred in my life since then and is something I believe will continue to improve with ongoing treatment.  

But I'm still mindful of the fact that depression symptoms come hand in hand with fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis, whether because of an inbalance or simply because it is very easy to get that sick of being sick, that I know I will always have a risk that will need to be managed.

Goldberg's depression test

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Gut bugs misbehaving? The microbiome and ME/CFS


Home for gut microbiota; few survive in the stomach but it flourishes in the colon
Bugs are not all bad, in fact many in our gut are essential to good health, but problems with these could help explain some diseases, possibly even ME/CFS. Simon McGrath takes an introductory look at the Microbiome – an area that is fast becoming a focus for several research teams looking at our own illness…

Gut bugs misbehaving? The microbiome and ME/CFS

How to Harness Your Brain's Dopamine Supply and Increase Motivation

Pleasure is just the tip of the dopamine iceberg. Dopamine's impact on the body is felt in many different areas, including motivation, memory, behavior and cognition, attention, sleep, mood, learning, and oh yeah, pleasurable reward.

How to Harness Your Brain's Dopamine Supply and Increase Motivation

To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair

Increasingly, psychologists and time-management consultants are focusing on a new strategy: helping procrastinators see how attempts at mood repair are sabotaging their efforts and learn to regulate their emotions in more productive ways.

To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair - WSJ.com

DWP Limbo

Way back in the beginning of last year (2013) the Spartacus report "ESASOS" warned, that the DWP were sneaking through some changes, unscrutinised by parliament. They insisted on calling them "minor" but we thought they were very serious changes indeed. ttp://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/esasos.html?m=1

Effectively, it gave the DWP the right to refuse subsistence support to sick and disabled people in the UK if - in their opinion - the claimant has somehow hindered their own recovery or not accepted treatments

Benefits could be removed for failing to take certain medical treatments, even if a consultant decided for some reason that they were inappropriate.

DWP Limbo


Monday, 13 January 2014

Here’s another plan: how about no cuts for the poor but £25bn cuts for the super-rich?

How about the ultra-rich, Britain’s 1,000 wealthiest citizens, contributing just a bit? Their current remuneration at £86,000 a week is 185 times the average wage, they received a windfall of more than £2,000 a week from the 5% cut in the higher rate of income tax, their wealth was recently estimated by the Sunday Times at just under half a trillion pounds, and their asset gains since the 2009 crash have been calculated by the same source at £190bn. How did Osborne come to overlook this lucrative source of revenue?

Here’s another plan: how about no cuts for the poor but £25bn cuts for the super-rich? | Left Futures

Fibromyalgia Research: Where We Hurt Most

What that tells me is that descriptions of "tender muscles" and "aches," like you see in fibromyalgia drug ads and on a lot of websites, don't even begin to cover it! More doctors need to take a look at these numbers and really digest them. These are not aches and pains of aging, like some try to say. This is truly widespread pain of a type not experienced by people with some really serious pain conditions.

Fibromyalgia Research: Where We Hurt Most

The government must take responsibility on food poverty

Food poverty is associated with family breakdown, mental health problems and crime and the only alternative, food banks, are humiliating and degrading.Yet despite this, the government is refusing to act, instead resorting to insulting the poor and vulnerable for the situation they find themselves in.

The government must take responsibility on food poverty | Left Foot Forward

Osborne’s Grand Plan to ‘trap’ Labour over deficit can be easily derailed

It’s pretty cheap and nasty electioneering, but that’s typical of him. It’s also utter nonsense on every count. To start with, before accepting at face value any promise that Osborne makes, it’s worth remembering that in 2010 in his first budget he promised to eliminate the structural deficit by 2015-16. As it turns out, he is more than £60bn adrift! If we are to believe him this time round, he should have delivered what’s on the can – he didn’t, by miles. But even if he could deliver, the arguments against falling for his dirty little trick are overwhelming.

Osborne’s Grand Plan to ‘trap’ Labour over deficit can be easily derailed | Left Futures

It's all coming back to me now: Researchers find caffeine enhances memory


... the consumption of caffeine is the energy boost of choice for millions to wake up or stay up. Now, however, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have found another use for the stimulant: memory enhancer.

It's all coming back to me now: Researchers find caffeine enhances memory

(Yay, any excuse, I mean reason, for drinking more coffee is good!)

Thursday, 9 January 2014

I'm fine ...

"Often people with a chronic illness when asked how they’re feeling will answer, “I’m fine,” when what they really want to say is, “Do you know how amazing I am? Do you know what it takes to get through my day? How much I get done proportionate to the little bit of energy I have? The physical discomfort would bring grown men to their knees. And yet, in attempt to be the kind of person that protects those around me from worry, I’m going to tell you, ‘I’m fine.'"
(via thispainwontletmerest & FogBlogger)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

BBC iPlayer - Trusadh: Series 4: ME: An Sg�ths Nimheil (P�irt 1)/The Toxic Tiredness (Part 1)

BBC iPlayer - Trusadh: Series 4: ME: An Sg�ths Nimheil (P�irt 1)/The Toxic Tiredness (Part 1)

What would you do if you had an illness which no-one could name? What if it made you so tired you couldn't put one foot in front of the other, or even drink a glass of water? And what would you do if your doctor didn't believe it existed? Welcome to the world of ME.

Over 250,000 people in the UK are estimated to suffer from ME. Scientific opinion is sharply divided over the cause of the disease, the symptoms by which it should be diagnosed, the treatment methods which should be used and even - most disturbingly for sufferers - whether it is a 'real' physical affliction or a psychological 'false illness belief'. One thing is certain: it wrecks lives and in the absence of definitive research sufferers must live their lives in a frustrating limbo.

In the first of a two-part Trusadh special on the illness, we hear the stories of five ME sufferers, their descent into illness and their quest for treatment.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Meditation for anxiety, depression?

The researchers evaluated the degree to which those symptoms changed in people who had a variety of medical conditions, such as insomnia or fibromyalgia, although only a minority had been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Meditation for anxiety, depression?

Friday, 3 January 2014

Occupy CFS - There Is No Spoon

"When I pretend my illness isn’t happening, either by pushing through my symptoms or by distracting myself, it actually doesn’t reduce my suffering. I might feel better in the moment of denial, but it’s impossible to maintain indefinitely. Sooner or later, the truth smacks everyone upside the head. I can’t pretend that I’m not disabled. Toni is right: when reality pushes through the flimsy wall of denial, it hurts more. Not only because my denial has probably led to a crash or other negative consequence, but because I’ve been fooling myself. That causes more pain."
Occupy CFS - There Is No Spoon

This government is actively choosing not to help those in distress


 Food bank
It seems as though the weightier the evidence of desperation – 60,000 people fed by foodbanks this Christmas, up threefold in a year; 500,000 fed by foodbanks last year, up from 41,000 in 2010 – and the more passionate the calls for answers and remedial action, the more resistant the coalition to being shaken from its damaging torpor.

This government is actively choosing not to help those in distress | Left Foot Forward

Immobilized by ME/CFS and/or FM? The Polyvagal Theory, the ANS and Movement Restriction


person looking around
The inability to distinguish a “safe” environment from a “threat” environment causes these more primitive “threat” systems to be constantly engaged without our consciously knowing it. There can be many causes of this inability to recognize a “safe” environment. It can be due to very early childhood experiences or trauma or, in some cases, physiological disorders.

Read more: Immobilized by ME/CFS and/or FM? The Polyvagal Theory, the ANS and Movement Restriction 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Links of childhood pain to adult chronic pain, fibromyalgia

Results showed that one in six new adult pain patients said they had a history of chronic pain in childhood and they were predominantly young females. Their pain tended to be more widespread, and neuropathic, likely fibromyalgia, in contrast with subjects who denied having childhood pain. Patients who experienced childhood pain also showed higher levels of anxiety and worse functional status.

Links of childhood pain to adult chronic pain, fibromyalgia

Two-part Scottish TV series about M.E. being shown in January

BBC Alba, the Scottish TV station that broadcasts in Gaelic with English subtitles (and vice-versa when they’re talking in English), will be treating viewers to a re-run of their major series on ME, starting this Monday (January 6).

Two-part Scottish TV series about M.E. being shown in January (repeat) | 2 January 2014 | ME Association

Be moral, pay your workers more, says CBI. Fat chance!


UNEQUAL PAY
... there must be some other reason why the employing elite are now feeling a sudden pricking of conscience, and there certainly is. With business investment still badly depressed at 24% below its pre-crash level, exports still falling, and all the monetarist devices to boost the economy in full play but not working except the wrong ones (artificially stimulating the housing market and encouraging consumer borrowing already at 160% of GDP), there is nothing for it – take a deep breath – but to raise wages and thus also raise productivity which is still falling. So are employers going to do this in 2014? You must be joking.

Be moral, pay your workers more, says CBI. Fat chance! | Left Futures

Manifesto for a new agriculture

Vegetables at a farmers market. Photo: Socially Responsible Agricultural Project via Flickr.com.
A good farming system should provide healthy, nutrient-rich foods for everyone at prices they can afford using methods that don't harm our fellow creatures and the world at large.By this measure our present system looks like a dismal failure. Yet good farming - or 'Real farming' - is easily achievable.

Manifesto for a new agriculture - Comment - The Ecologist

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Sensory Overload in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your environment? Does it send you into a panic attack or make you disoriented? That's a common part of both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Sensory Overload in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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