This is 2016. It could have been 1916. Disabled people are becoming prisoners in their own homes, because of an entirely unnecessary and pernicious ideological assault on our welfare state. People are suffering and, in the most horrifying of cases, dying after the support that they once relied upon is being removed through sanctions and draconian cuts at both the national and local level. They are being certified as ‘fit for work’ when they clearly aren’t. This government is weaponising welfare against those least able to defend themselves.
US scientists have found a chemical signature of the disease in the blood of sufferers. They claim that it is similar to a state found in nematode worms called dauer. In this state, the metabolism adjusts to a difficult environment by slowing down — enabling existence, but not much more."
September is Pain Awareness Month, a time for people with chronic pain conditions to inform their communities, medical professionals and government leaders of the challenges that affect their health and well-being. With conversations about access to medical marijuana and opioids heating up this election season, raising awareness this month counts more than ever.