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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Why exercise magnifies exhaustion for chronic fatigue syndrome patients

"The mechanism that causes high-performance athletes to "feel the burn" turns out to be the culprit in what makes people with chronic fatigue syndrome feel exhausted by the most common daily activities, new University of Florida Health research shows. Published in the February issue of the journal Pain, the study shows that the neural pathways that transmit feelings of fatigue to the brain might be to blame. In those with chronic fatigue syndrome, the pathways do their job too well. The findings also provide evidence for the first time that peripheral tissues such as muscles contribute to feelings of fatigue. Determining the origins of fatigue could help researchers develop therapies or identify targets for those therapies. Researchers focused on the role of muscle metabolites, including lactic acid and adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, in the disease. The study has demonstrated for the first time that these substances, released when a person exercises his or her muscles, seem to activate these neural pathways. Also, UF Health researchers have shown that these pathways seem to be much more sensitive in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome than in patients without the disease, something that hasn't been studied before."

Why exercise magnifies exhaustion for chronic fatigue syndrome patients

Telephone Difficulties with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS

"Have you come to hate talking on the telephone since you've had fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? It's a common thing for us, with people frequently saying they have an especially hard time focusing phone conversations. So why is this? Several reasons:"

Telephone Difficulties with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS

Monday, 29 June 2015

Weight loss, combined with vitamin D, reduces inflammation linked to cancer, chronic disease

For the first time, researchers have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of several diseases, including some cancers.



Weight loss, combined with vitamin D, reduces inflammation linked to cancer, chronic disease

New gene influences apple or pear shape, risk of future disease

It's known that people who carry a lot of weight around their bellies are more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease than those who have bigger hips and thighs. But what hasn't been clear is how fat accumulates in different places to produce these classic 'apple' and 'pear' shapes. Now, researchers have discovered that a gene called Plexin D1 in zebrafish controls both where fat is stored and how fat cells are shaped.



New gene influences apple or pear shape, risk of future disease

Sunday, 28 June 2015

All I want is the Government to say how many people on benefits have died under their watch – why does Iain Duncan Smith think I'm 'disgraceful'?

When the sick and disabled have to fight the Government for their lives it's a sad indictment against our nation. Why is it so hard for our Tory Government to tell us how many people on benefits have died under their watch? And why has the campaign for the numbers to be released been called "disgraceful" by Iain Duncan Smith?



All
I want is the Government to say how many people on benefits have died
under their watch – why does Iain Duncan Smith think I'm 'disgraceful'? -
Comment - Voices - The Independent

Saturday, 27 June 2015

What to bring with you on the day of boarding


  1. Sufficient food and treats for the duration of their stay. We don't provide food because every dog is different and likes their own food.
  2. You might also like to bring their own food dish, so it is all totally familiar.
  3. Also, if you wish to, bring their bed or a blanket that they usually sleep on that would help them to feel at home.
  4. A favourite toy maybe?
  5. Any medication they take. (If applicable.)
  6. Collar / harness and lead.
  7. Your dog(s)!
Photo by Austin Kirk

At Home Dog Boarding Garden


Part of our large, secure garden where dogs can romp and play. 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Is Fibromyalgia Progressive?

"Is fibromyalgia progressive? The medical profession doesn’t class it as a progressive or degenerative condition, but with long and frequent flare ups recurring over and over again it’s no wonder many of us feel like things are getting worse over time. Although your body may not technically be deteriorating, it can feel like your quality of life is getting progressively worse. You can’t do the things you used to and the irregularity of the condition prevents you from finding the routine and consistency you crave."

Is Fibromyalgia Progressive?

Is the Immune System Causing the Post-exertional Malaise in Fibromyalgia?

"Moderate to high-intensity exercise usually causes FM patients to suffer from pain and stiffness for days, and high attrition rates in exercise studies are common. A recent survey on Health Rising suggested that post-exertional malaise may be a bigger inhibiting factor than pain in FM. Whatever the exercise protocols touted for FM, PEM is indeed alive and well in the disorder. This study attempted to figure out why it was happening."

Is the Immune System Causing the Post-exertional Malaise in Fibromyalgia?

Prof, "CBT is a scam and a waste of money", says leading psychologist

People with mental health problems are victims of a ‘scam’ therapy that is wasting vast sums of money, a leading psychologist has warned.
They are being misled because the short-term fix offered by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) does not have a lasting benefit, says Oliver James.
The most popular of the ‘talking therapies’ CBT aims to help people manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave to become more positive.



Prof, "CBT is a scam and a waste of money", says leading psychologist

Deconstructing Sleep in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Some conditions often found concurrent with FM and ME/CFS also make it difficult to get into restful sleep. Pain, for instance, can make getting to sleep and staying asleep more difficult. Frequent urination, a snoring spouse, pets that wake you up, and racing thoughts are all outside conditions or problems that can be addressed.

Primary sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, etc. are common enough in ME/CFS and FM for Dr. Bateman to assert that everyone with these disorders should have a polysomnography or sleep study done. If they are found, that could be some good news, because they are treatable and once they are treated you should feel better.



Deconstructing Sleep in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Does Crash Dieting Beat Slow And Steady?

Think about it – no matter which part of the world you live, any quality, weight loss curriculum recommends the best way to succeed is using the slow and steady pace. Over time your body will adjust, your weight will drop, and on your way to happiness you go. That’s the idea and supposedly there’s a science behind it.

But it doesn’t always happen as enchanting as that.

A new major study out of Australia proposes some pretty compelling results showing quite the opposite of what we’ve been told about the pace and style of our weight loss programmes.



Does Crash Dieting Beat Slow And Steady?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Breathe Deep: Dan Moricoli on Yoga and Recovering From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Take a deep breath… Yoga – yes, yoga. My ideas about yoga have gone something like this. It came in with the Beatles about forty years ago. It’s mostly about stretching, and it provides a good social outlet for some people.

I have learned better. For those seriously engaged in it yoga is more a lifestyle than an exercise program. Many studies indicate it can produce documented health benefits.

Meditation-stoneIs it the answer for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?



Breathe Deep: Dan Moricoli on Yoga and Recovering From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Could Cancer Research Improve the Treatment of Widespread pain in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS? - Health Rising



Despite impressive advances, though, cancer treatment remains aggressive with frequent debilitating side effects. These include the infamous ‘chemo-fatigue’ and ‘chemo-fog’, autonomic disturbances including orthostatic hypotension, and last but by no means least widespread pain due to treatment-induced peripheral neuropathy. Many of these side-effects, of course, are similar to symptoms commonly found in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.



Could Cancer Research Improve the Treatment of Widespread pain in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS?

Fat, sugar cause bacterial changes that may relate to loss of cognitive function

A study indicates that both a high-fat and a high-sugar diet, compared to a normal diet, cause changes in gut bacteria that appear related to a significant loss of 'cognitive flexibility,' or the power to adapt and adjust to changing situations. This effect was most serious on the high-sugar diet, which also showed an impairment of early learning for both long-term and short-term memory.



Fat, sugar cause bacterial changes that may relate to loss of cognitive function

Monday, 22 June 2015

No Smoking Guns? Triggering Events Not Common in Fibromyalgia?

The most common pathway to FM, in fact, doesn’t involve anything discernible at all.  For most people with FM, their FM appears to have descended like the dusk falling – slowly and surely and for no obvious reason. It just happened.

No Smoking Guns? Triggering Events Not Common in Fibromyalgia?

Novel Immune Booster and Antiviral Agent Uncovered

Natural killer cells appear to be the ground zero for the immune dysfunction found in chronic fatigue syndrome.  These cells are, as their name implies, killers.  They’re called “natural” killer cells because in contrast to cytotoxic T-cells which need to be activated to fight infections, NK cells are always “on”; they’re always prowling the bloodstream for damaged or infected cells. Apparently, when you constitute the first line of immune defense in the human body, you don’t take time off.

Unfortunately, in ME/CFS NK cells bark is worse than their bite. Studies have consistently shown that the NK cells in many ME/CFS patients appear to be lethargic and burnt out. They simply don’t kill as many infected cells as healthy natural killer cells do.

Novel Immune Booster and Antiviral Agent Uncovered

The Chicken or the Egg? Stanford Study Suggests Immune Problems are Made Not Born

It’s the classic question: the chicken or the egg? What determines your health more – your genes or your environment? A major study by renowned Stanford immunologist Mark Davis suggests that at least with regard to the immune system – it’s probably mostly the egg.  The infections you’re exposed to, the foods you eat, the toxins you bump into, impact your immune system more than the genes you’re born with.

The Chicken or the Egg? Stanford Study Suggests Immune Problems are Made Not Born

Could A Mitochondrial Enhancer Replace Cymbalta in Fibromyalgia?

Acetyl0 L-carnitine (ALCAR) is best known as an energy supplement and mitochondrial booster the but folks in this  fibromyalgia clinical trial were looking for more than increased energy; they were looking for relief from pain and depression as well. They pinned ALCAR not as an energy booster per se, but as a central nervous system protectant – and they had good reason to do so.

Could A Mitochondrial Enhancer Replace Cymbalta in Fibromyalgia?

‘It’s All in Your Head’ psychosomatic book storm | Countess of Mar challenges author to change her mind about ME/CFS

As the summer marketing offensive continues for Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan’s new book It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness – in which the consultant neurologist devotes a whole chapter to writing off ME/CS as a psychosomatic illness – the Countess of Mar has issued a weighty challenge.



‘It’s
All in Your Head’ psychosomatic book storm | Countess of Mar challenges
author to change her mind about ME/CFS | 9 June 2015 | ME Association

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Renewal and Relapse: An Anti-inflammatory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Story


Very interesting story of how Celebrex may have helped one CFS patient. And, once more, an excellent demonstration of how not all patients will respond in the same way to the same treatments, even if they have the same symptoms to start with, which is never a given.

As I also have arthritis, it was for that which I was prescribed Celebrex / Celecoxib some years ago and, whilst it was never intended to treat either my ME/CFS nor fibromyalgia, it certainly didn't have the effect of giving me any more energy either.

Celebrex was the only pain relief (that I can even tolerate - most of them make me throw up), so far, that actually has managed to make any inroads into the pain I suffer with the arthritis in my spine and hip, but it certainly did nothing for any other forms of pain that I associate with ME/CFS/FMS.

However, I was never really easy about taking something that had "risk of death" as a known side-effect, even less keen to take something that required me to pop yet another set of pills to guard against other possible side effects of intestinal bleeding and on top of that, which made me so constipated that I was in pain and felt so ill and could often hardly move from the discomfort. Fucking irony or what?

If ME/CFS turns out to be an inflammatory disorder there will undoubtedly be increased interest in using anti-inflammatories to treat the fatigue, depression, cognitive and other problems present.

Read more: Renewal and Relapse: An Anti-inflammatory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Story http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2015/06/20/renewal-and-relapse-an-anti-inflammatory-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-story/
If ME/CFS turns out to be an inflammatory disorder there will undoubtedly be increased interest in using anti-inflammatories to treat the fatigue, depression, cognitive and other problems present.

Read more: Renewal and Relapse: An Anti-inflammatory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Story http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2015/06/20/renewal-and-relapse-an-anti-inflammatory-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-story/
 
If ME/CFS turns out to be an inflammatory disorder there will undoubtedly be increased interest in using anti-inflammatories to treat the fatigue, depression, cognitive and other problems present.

Read more: Renewal and Relapse: An Anti-inflammatory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Story http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2015/06/20/renewal-and-relapse-an-anti-inflammatory-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-story/
If ME/CFS turns out to be an inflammatory disorder there will undoubtedly be increased interest in using anti-inflammatories to treat the fatigue, depression, cognitive and other problems present.

Read more: Renewal and Relapse: An Anti-inflammatory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Story http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2015/06/20/renewal-and-relapse-an-anti-inflammatory-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-story/
I agree that if ME/CFS turns out to be an inflammatory disorder it will undoubtedly increase interest in using anti-inflammatories to treat the fatigue, depression, cognitive and other symptoms, but like everything else with these complicated and unpredictable ailments, it's unlikely to be a case of "one size fits all."

Renewal and Relapse: An Anti-inflammatory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Story - Health Rising

Get Over Lightheadedness by Tensing Up Your Leg Muscles

A bout of lightheadedness can come from all sorts of things. To help prevent yourself from passing out, Dr. Steven Lamm suggests tensing up your leg muscles.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Lamm points out that oftentimes getting queasy is a physiological response to fear where the blood vessels dilate, blood pressure drops, and blood drains to your legs. So, you need to get it moving again:

If only! Clearly, this doctor's advice is primarily related to another problem entirely, however, I have seen this advice given - by medical professionals - for dealing with orthostatic intolerance (which most of us with ME experience) and my reaction is, as ever, trust your own body.

One of the worst symptoms with ME/CFS can be the lightheadedness that comes along with orthostatic intolerance. Everyone is different, but for me, often just 15 seconds on my feet will bring on that lightheadedness and along with it overwealming nausea, almost greying out and loss of congnitive function (I won't be able to remember words) with an urgent need to lie back down again to make the symptoms abate. Preferrably with legs raised.

If I don't employ this avoidance tactic and fast, I'll be very unwell, in bed, for several days at a minimum.

When I've been on my feet too long, I can certainly feel that blood has drained to my legs, because they will go red, they will start to tingle then I feel a painful drawing down sensation in my shins and then later they will throb in pain (sufficient to disturb sleep), however, whilst I agree that getting moving can certainly help (I can stay on my feet longer if I'm moving already), that may be impossible once the lightheadedness begins and I don't think tensing leg muscles is likely to be of help to someone with ME/CFS/FMS. I'm sure it wouldn't help me.

On the one hand, judging by how I feel on thse occasions, I probably wouldn't have the muscle strength in my legs or energy in general to be able to tense my muscles to a degree that would be effective once the symptoms had initiated. However, if I were to try, the result would more likely cause a muscle spasm that would then incapacitate for much longer than the original lightheadedness.

Get Over Lightheadedness by Tensing Up Your Leg Muscles

Friday, 19 June 2015

Depressing Consequences: The Infection Mood Disorder Connection Revealed

We know that many cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) start with an infection and that those infections result in what is called “sickness behavior”.  The fatigue, pain, difficulty concentrating, problems with sleep, apathy found during an infection are intended to force an individual to withdraw from society and stop spreading an infection.

We know that higher than normal rates of mood disorders (for a chronic illness) are present in ME/CFS and FM and that ME/CFS, FM and depression share many symptoms that are associated with sickness behavior.

That brings up the question where the immune system fits in. Could it be causing  or contributing to the elevated rates of mood disorders seen in FM and ME/CFS?  Is it causing mood disorders found outside of ME/CFS and FM?  Could depression in some cases be just a case of sickness behavior that never lets up?

Depressing Consequences: The Infection Mood Disorder Connection Revealed

Insomnia: Sleep loss causes brain vulnerability to toxic elements

In search of the answer to why do we sleep, researcher have now revealed that chronic sleep loss can cause certain neurotoxic molecules, which normally circulate in the blood, to be transported to the central nervous system and interfere with the function of neurons. The longer the insomnia, the more junctions of cerebral blood vessels begin to degrade.



Insomnia: Sleep loss causes brain vulnerability to toxic elements

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Psychologists Against Austerity | Mobilising Psychology for Social Change

Austerity policies have damaging psychological costs, both increasing mental distress in the present and storing problems for the future. This can be demonstrated with robust and well-established psychological research.

We have identified five ‘Austerity Ailments’, which are specific psychological pathways between austerity policies and increased mental distress. These are:

  • Humiliation and Shame
    • Prolonged humiliation following a severe loss trebles the chance of being diagnosed with clinical depression. Shame and humiliation are endemic in experiences of poverty, which has increased during austerity.
  • Fear and Mistrust
    • Austerity has been driven through with a politics of fear and mistrust. Loss of trust underlies several forms of mental distress. Low levels of trust increase the chance of being diagnosed with depression by nearly 50%.
  • Instability and Insecurity
    • Job insecurity, which has increased during austerity, is as damaging for mental health as unemployment.
  • Isolation and Loneliness
    • Austerity has shut down many crucial communal resources. Social isolation is poisonous for mental health and recovery; loneliness is as damaging to health as smoking or drinking alcohol.
  • Being Trapped and Powerless
    • Long term entrapping life experiences nearly treble the chances of being diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

Psychologists Against Austerity | Mobilising Psychology for Social Change

Depression Found to Be Associated with Disease Severity and Quality of Life in Fibromyalgia Patients

An international team led by researchers at the University of Granada in Spain recently revealed that depression in women with fibromyalgia is associated with overall disease severity and the patient’s quality of life. The study was published in the journal Quality of Life Research and is entitled “Association of different levels of depressive symptoms with symptomatology, overall disease severity, and quality of life in women with fibromyalgia”.



Depression Found to Be Associated with Disease Severity and Quality of Life in Fibromyalgia Patients

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Countess of Mar to Dr O'Sullivan: it is intellectually embarrassing to ignore all the evidence that ME/CFS is a serious neuro-immune disease

For the avoidance of doubt, here are some facts that may have escaped you:
·        Since 2005 ME has been included in the UK National Framework for long-term neurological conditions.
·        On 30 January 2006 the then health Minister,Lord Warner, said on record: “There is only one World Health Organisation International Classification of Disease code for chronic fatigue syndrome/Myalgic encephalomyelitis, which is G93.3.” (HL3612)
·        On 2 June 2008 the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham) stated: “My Lords, the Government accept the World Health Organisation’s classification of CFS/ME as a neurological condition ….MyLords, I have acknowledged that CFS/ME is a neurological condition.” (HLPQ:Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
·        On 21 November 2011 Lord Freud, Minister fo rWelfare Reform, confirmed in a letter to me that the Department for Work and Pensions does not consider ME/CFS to be a mental disorder. The letter was unequivocal: “the Department of Health has indicated that they have ‘always relied on the definition set out by the World Health Organisation in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD)under the ICD code G93.3, subheading other disorders of the brain’. The DWP isin agreement with this view. Therefore, for the avoidance of doubt, I can be clear that the Department does not classify CFS/ME as a mental health disorder.”
·        The US National Institutes of Health, one of the world’s foremost medical research centres, convened a Pathways of Prevention working group which, in December 2014, published its draft Statement entitled“Advancing the Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”.It is an important document as it signifies a major change in attitude towardsME/CFS. For example:
Strong evidence indicates immunologic and inflammatory pathologies, neurotransmitter signalling disruption, microbiome perturbation, and metabolic or mitochondrial abnormalities in ME/CFS.
“This is not a psychological disease in aetiology.
“fMRI and imaging technologies should be further studied as diagnostic tools and as methods to better understand the neurologic dysfunction of ME/CFS.”

Countess of Mar to Dr O'Sullivan: it is intellectually embarrassing to ignore all the evidence that ME/CFS is a serious neuro-immune disease

Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy, positive emotions

If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think, according to research. The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to Grumpy Cat, does more than simply entertain; it boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, investigators say.



Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy, positive emotions -- ScienceDaily

The Brain Game: The Search for Neuroinflammation in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

An inflammatory process (neuroinflammation) almost certainly plays a major role in the development of many neurological diseases. Andrew Lloyd has pointed out that the symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome (and fibromyalgia) are “brain symptoms”‘; i.e. they are flu-like symptoms produced by the brain when we get ill. That suggests, of course, that neuroinflammatory processes are at work.



The Brain Game: The Search for Neuroinflammation in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

Government turns a blind eye to work capability assessment related deaths and expect the public to do the same

Tory ministers are facing further pressure to reveal information about how many people have died after being assessed as “fit for work.” Labour MP for central Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Chi Onwurah, has joined over 120,000 people that have signed a petition to demand that the Government release the figures.

Many campaigners have been calling on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to publish the figures since November 2012.



Government
turns a blind eye to work capability assessment related deaths and
expect the public to do the same

ESA 8 Month Delays And Forced Psychological Testing Plus Mass DLA To PIP Migration Goes Ahead

Claiming benefits under the Conservatives involves waiting times that are, in some cases, literally illegal, even if not actually criminal. And there’s also a question mark over the legality of the increasingly common practice of forcing ESA claimants to undergo psychological testing and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) training.

But none of this stops the new minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, crowing about not having to pay compensation to PIP claimants waiting over a year for vital benefits.



17 June 2015 newsletter

The Fibromyalgia Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Leaky Gut Connection

We just saw Esther, an ME/CFS patient make dramatic improvement not just in her gut but in her decades-long problems with extreme fatigue, cognition, orthostatic intolerance and mood by treating her small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with an antibiotic called Xifaxin. The gut problems she thought were minor ended up being major players in her ME/CFS.



The Fibromyalgia Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Leaky Gut Connection

Brief Report From Dr. Prigden on the Fibromyalgia Antiviral Trial

It’s not too much to say that if successful, the Pridgen antiviral trials for Fibromyalgia would be a paradigm changer – turning FM from a poorly treated central nervous system disorder to a disorder characterized by a (hopefully) treatable herpesvirus infection.
Is it a breakthrough? The results look good so far - stay tuned!

Is it a breakthrough? The results look good so far – stay tuned!

Pridgen’s approach is new in several ways. Not only has no one targeted herpesviruses in FM before, but the herpesvirus Pridgen is targeting, herpes simplex virus, is one no one has connected with either FM or ME/CFS before.



Brief
Report From Dr. Prigden on the Fibromyalgia Antiviral Trial - and the
Future Chronic Fatigue Syndrome One - Simmaron ResearchSimmaron Research

The impact of bullying can last a lifetime

Young victims of bullying are at risk of experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression and conduct problems, but these problems can sometimes persist even after the bullying has stopped.

In a recent study, we examined the adult outcomes of children who were bullied when they were 7 or 11 years old. The data used for this study came from 7,771 participants who were born during one week in 1958 in England, Scotland and Wales, and followed up until the age of 50.

Our findings show that the impact of bullying is still visible up to mid-life, four decades after people were bullied.



The impact of bullying can last a lifetime

Vibration helps Fibromyalgia

Whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve
aspects of quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia,
research shows. Whole-body vibration exercise involves standing,
sitting or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform that causes
muscles to contract and relax as the machine vibrates. The machines
primarily are used by researchers but have begun appearing in fitness
centers and are sold commercially.

A pilot study by Indiana University researchers found that whole-body
vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve aspects of
quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia.



Vibration helps Fibromyalgia

Marijuana, the Microglia and Reducing Nerve Pain

The microglia in the brain and spinal cord are getting more and more interest in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Given their roles in producing both neuropathic pain and neuroinflammation it’s hard to believe they’re not involved in producing the pain and fatigue in FM and ME/CFS.



Marijuana, the Microglia and Reducing Nerve Pain

Medical Madness: How the Feds Approved Drugs for Fibromyalgia That Don’t Work Well While Barring Access to One That Might

Three drugs ( Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella) have been approved for Fibromyalgia. On the face of it  that’s great. That means three drugs have successfully undergone several large and rigorous clinical trials under the eye of the FDA. The drugs helped legitimize FM and their tremendous financial success revealed a population of 5 million  or so FM  patients that were eager for relief.  That was a huge step forward.

Some even divide Fibromyalgia into Fibromyalgia pre-Lyrica (pre-2007) and FM post-Lyrica era’s. They made that much  of a difference.

It doesn’t mean, however, that these drugs will  work for you or even that they’ll work all that well  if they do. The  Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  does not require a drug to be a  cure to be approved; it simply requires  that a  drug provide a significant  clinical benefit to a portion of the patient population and there’s the rub.

Medical Madness: How the Feds Approved Drugs for Fibromyalgia That Don’t Work Well While Barring Access to One That Might
Three drugs ( Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella) have been approved for Fibromyalgia. On the face of it that’s great. That means three drugs have successfully undergone several large and rigorous clinical trials under the eye of the FDA. The drugs helped legitimize FM and their tremendous financial success revealed a population of 5 million or so FM patients that were eager for relief. That was a huge step forward. Some even divide Fibromyalgia into Fibromyalgia pre-Lyrica (pre-2007) and FM post-Lyrica era’s. They made that much of a difference. It doesn’t mean, however, that these drugs will work for you or even that they’ll work all that well if they do. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require a drug to be a cure to be approved; it simply requires that a drug provide a significant clinical benefit to a portion of the patient population and there’s the rub.

Read more: Medical Madness: How the Feds Approved Drugs for Fibromyalgia That Don’t Work Well While Barring Access to One That Might http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2014/05/15/medical-madness-feds-approved-drugs-fibromyalgia-dont-work-well-barring-access-one-might/

Low Aerobic Energy Production and Pain in Fibromyalgia - Is Your Microcirculation To Blame?

Something is stopping many FM patients and almost all ME/CFS patients from participating in intense exercise. Four studies suggest that “something” in ME/CFS involves a damaged aerobic energy production process. We haven’t covered exercise in FM before but guess what – some FM studies suggest the same. Aerobic energy production – which relies on the consumption of oxygen by the muscles -is where we get most of our energy. In fact, when it comes to exercise the study results are very similar.



Low Aerobic Energy Production and Pain in Fibromyalgia - Is Your Microcirculation To Blame?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Churches and the Disabled

Churches also are very good about helping those with short-term issues like new babies or cancer, but I was not the only one who was refused assistance with what would be a chronic, long-term problem. More than one of us was told to turn to the government instead of our church, "that's why we pay taxes."

So much for what the Tea Party tells us, that there's no need for government assistance, private charity and churches should take care of every one who needs help. Our churches are falling down on the job and, in many cases not even trying.



Churches and the Disabled



NB: And are close to having the exact the same situation in the UK.

7 Strategies for Dealing with Toxic People

Are there people who constantly criticize you, tell you that you can’t do things, make you feel bad about yourself, even yell at you?

These are toxic people.

Dealing with them is never easy, but it’s such a difficult problem that it’s worth looking at some strategies you might consider.



7 Strategies for Dealing with Toxic People 

Evidence that a disease is psychosomatic doesn't exist

By simply checking the cytokine levels you can find that Abnormal cytokine levels distinguish ME/CFS from Gulf War Syndrome and healthy subjects, ( http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1043466614006024) which clearly shows that ME is a physical disease and not a psychosomatic one.

But many doctors do not know what cytokines are, which are hormonal messengers of the immune system, and you need specialised Laboratories who can do difficult immunological testing for this.



Evidence that a disease is psychosomatic doesn't exist

Evidence that a disease is psychosomatic doesn't exist

By simply checking the cytokine levels you can find that Abnormal cytokine levels distinguish ME/CFS from Gulf War Syndrome and healthy subjects, ( http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1043466614006024) which clearly shows that ME is a physical disease and not a psychosomatic one.

But many doctors do not know what cytokines are, which are hormonal messengers of the immune system, and you need specialised Laboratories who can do difficult immunological testing for this.



Evidence that a disease is psychosomatic doesn't exist

Monday, 15 June 2015

Yoga for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Yoga is one of the more commonly recommended forms of exercise for FMS and ME/CFS.

It can be a good, gentle way to stretch your body and loosen up tight muscles and joints. It also helps with balance and strength, and as you become more advanced, it can provide you with a cardiovascular workout as well.

Some people treat yoga just as exercise, but when done in the traditional way, which emphasizes controlled breathing and awareness, it also can help you relax, calm and focus your mind, and deal with emotional turmoil.



Yoga for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Why exercise may not help obese shed much weight: Exercise can elevate stress response and make it more difficult to become slim

The obese are advised to do physical exercise. But this can increase their physiological stress responses, and thereby make it more difficult to slim, according to a new study. This research may provide an explanation for the difficulties which many people encounter in losing weight despite energetic keep-fit efforts.



Why
exercise may not help obese shed much weight: Exercise can elevate
stress response and make it more difficult to become slim --
ScienceDaily

Bullying may have long-term health consequences

Bullied children may experience chronic, systemic inflammation that persists into adulthood, while bullies may actually reap health benefits of increasing their social status through bullying, according to researchers.



Bullying may have long-term health consequences -- ScienceDaily

Brain may never fully recover from exposure to paint, glue, degreasers

People who are exposed to paint, glue or degreaser fumes at work may experience memory and thinking problems in retirement, decades after their exposure, according to a new study. Researchers assessed the workers' lifetime exposure to chlorinated solvents, petroleum solvents, and benzene, including the timing of last exposure and lifetime dosage. Benzene is used to make plastics, rubber, dye, detergents and other synthetic materials. Chlorinated solvents can be found in dry cleaning solutions, engine cleaners, paint removers and degreasers. Petroleum solvents are used in carpet glue, furniture polishes, paint, paint thinner and varnish.



Brain may never fully recover from exposure to paint, glue, degreasers -- ScienceDaily

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Male Trouble: the Testosterone Connection in Fibromyalgia

Broderick’s models suggest women may be more susceptible to ME/CFS because they don’t have large amounts of testosterone coursing through their systems. Low testosterone levels, on the other hand, may increase men’s susceptibility to some disorders. Imbalances in both hormones may, in the end, contribute to fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.



Male Trouble: the Testosterone Connection in Fibromyalgia

Friday, 12 June 2015

BPS Research Digest: The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested

Right now, mindfulness is a hot topic in psychology and beyond. In 2012, 40 new papers on mindfulness were published every month, a number that has probably risen since. Last September, the Guardian journalist Barney Ronay noted that a staggering 37 new books had been released on the topic that very week. There are numerous conferences devoted to mindfulness around the world, multiple organisations and even dedicated science journals and magazines. And yet, a dissenting voice in this chorus of enthusiasm, a new book out last month – The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? – warned that mindfulness is not harmless. To bring you up to speed in a jiffy, here we digest the psychology of mindfulness:



BPS Research Digest: The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested

Regular soda, please: Hormone that differentiates sugar, diet sweeteners could exist in humans

If our brains work the same way, this helps explains why diet foods don't satiate or satisfy us, and we gain weight while dieting, she says. It's analogous to a person eating that entire sleeve of low-calorie cookies and the body telling her she's still hungry. She keeps snacking until she eats something with nutritional value that meets her energy needs.
Regular soda, please: Hormone that differentiates sugar, diet sweeteners could exist in humans -- ScienceDaily

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Stigmatising unemployment: the government has redefined it as a psychological disorder

... the problems of austerity and the economy were not caused by people claiming welfare, or by any other powerless, scapegoated, marginalised group for that matter, such as migrants. The problems have arisen because of social conservatism and neoliberalism. The victims of this government’s policies and decision-making are being portrayed as miscreants – as perpetrators of the social problems caused by the government’s decisions. And actually, that a recognisable bullying tactic known as projection, (the vehicle for projection is blame, criticism and allegation), as is scapegoating.



Stigmatising unemployment: the government has redefined it as a psychological disorder

Monday, 8 June 2015

Huge Advance in Viral Detection Could Benefit ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

FM and ME/CFS are often triggered by infections but concluding the role pathogens play in these illnesses has been difficult.

_bacteria-and-virus-carIt just got a whole lot easier.

A Harvard researcher recently published a widely lauded paper that describes a quantum leap in researchers ability to assess the influence pathogens play in illnesses.

The kicker is that an ME/CFS researcher co-authored the paper and the technique is already being used to study ME/CFS.



Huge Advance in Viral Detection Could Benefit ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Why Hitting a Weight Loss Plateau Is Actually a Good Thing

Weight loss can be fast in the beginning because the more weight you have to lose, the faster it comes off. The closer you get to your goal weight, the slower things get. So it’s not a sign you’re doing something wrong; it’s a sign you’ve done things right! It’s a sign that you’re completely normal and have hit a point that everyone hits on their weight-loss journey. A plateau is a mark on the road, letting you know you’re heading in the right direction, and that you’ve made a lot of progress.



Why Hitting a Weight Loss Plateau Is Actually a Good Thing

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Missing link found between brain, immune system

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's disease to multiple sclerosis.



Missing link found between brain, immune system

ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia As Functionally Impairing As Major Diseases in Medical World

All told the study suggested that having an FSS [functional somatic syndrome] such as ME/CFS, FM and IBS, is as, if not more impactful, from a functional standpoint as having a “well-defined medical condition” such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease.



ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia As Functionally Impairing As Major Diseases in Medical World 
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