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Monday, 21 November 2016

Healing the rifts between mental health workers and psychiatric survivors

Just two examples will suffice. First, many survivors report their stories of abuse – both prior to, and subsequently within, the system – are not believed and seen as a ‘symptom’ of their mental illness. Second, the psychiatrisation of conditions like Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) where organic and physical conditions become ‘all in the mind’. Here, whilst there is a complex inter-relationship between the mind and body, psychiatric reductionism has resulted in a catalogue of instances of maltreatment, neglect and abuse.

Most ME/CFS sufferers are female, many of whom have been referred to as ‘hysterical’ and ‘irrational’ by doctors and psychiatrists. The medical and psychiatric establishment has yet to come clean, admit to or apologise for these abuses.

Healing the rifts between mental health workers and psychiatric survivors

Via: Dr Speedy 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Exercise Intolerance in POTS, ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Explained?

"... a significant subset of patients with exercise intolerance and heart abnormalities have simply slipped through the cracks. No diagnosis has been able to explain their low energy production (VO2 max) during exercise; they don’t have heart failure or arrhythmia or cystic fibrosis or known mitochondrial problems. Aside from telling them that they’re deconditioned or depressed, the medical profession hasn’t known what to do with these patients."

The Exercise Intolerance in POTS, ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Explained?

Friday, 11 November 2016

The "Starvation" Disease? Metabolomics Meets Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Down Under

Armstrong speculated that an infection or autoimmune process may have triggered a sepsis-like condition which then lead to a state of chronic starvation. During sepsis immune cells rely entirely upon glycolysis to proliferate wildly. They are so energy hungry during this process that they can deplete the system of essential cofactors perhaps leading to a state of chronic cellular starvation.

The "Starvation" Disease? Metabolomics Meets Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Down Under

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Claimants Rights Systematically Violated Says UN, Plus Support Group Under Attack

There may be an alternative universe in which it troubles the UK government to find itself accused by the United Nations of “systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people. Sadly, it isn’t this universe. A UN report published this week documented multiple violations of disabled claimants’ rights, including the way that they are portrayed as being lazy and a burden on taxpayers, the harm to health caused by unfair assessments, the cuts to legal aid, the imposition of the bedroom tax and the ending of the Independent Living Fund. The secretary of state for work and pensions, Damian Green, however, gave not a moment’s consideration to the detailed and carefully worded report. Instead, he dismissed it as “outdated”, “patronising” and “offensive”, insisting that it’s not “the amount of money poured into the system”, that counts but “the work and health outcomes for disabled people”. Likewise, the plot to force many, probably most, support group claimants to take part in work-related activities - even though they are in the support group precisely because the DWP doesn’t think they are able to undertake work-related activities – is enthusiastically supported by Green.

Claimants Rights Systematically Violated Says UN, Plus Support Group Under Attack

Monday, 7 November 2016

Could Fibromyalgia Be A Low-Endorphin Disease?

Exercise studies indicate that exercise is generally helpful for people with fibromyalgia but that’s not the end of the story. Most FM exercise studies focus on either mild or short duration exercise protocols. Sustained, high-intensity exercise, on the other hand, is often poorly tolerated. A recent study may suggest why that might be so.

Could Fibromyalgia Be A Low-Endorphin Disease?

Friday, 4 November 2016

Sleep Problems for People With Chronic Diseases

There are many flavors of this particular hell that go around with folks who have chronic conditions, and each of us has different ways of handling the situation. It never gets easier, either, because we’re either too sleep-deprived to be human or we’re out like a dead thing because our bodies have finally given up the ghost and let us rest.

Sleep Problems for People With Chronic Diseases
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