7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health

good foodToday’s nutrition message is ‘dump the junk; eat real food’.  I heard the call to eat healthy and enjoy life and acted on it.  Have you?

Obesity, heart disease and strokes are prevalent. It’s clear that many people aren’t either wise or moderate when it comes to the variety of foods and quantities they consume.  So it’s no surprise the nutrition pendulum has swung back toward eating unaltered food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it. Continue reading “7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health”

FMS, CMS Spring Conditioning Update

This winter I became sedentary as the pain of the fibromyalgia FMS flare-ups and the chronic fatigue CFS symptoms I experienced were severe, and I became severely depressed. Insomnia became a factor along with exhaustion. I lost muscle tone and weight and descended from being fit to becoming becoming unfit very rapidly. Continue reading “FMS, CMS Spring Conditioning Update”

Fibromyalgia: Spring Conditioning

frosty leavesThis winter has been a dark time for me.  We have two seasons; dry and sunny and  rainy and wet. Most of the annual rain falls from November to February.  December, the wettest month (109 mm) has  nearly eight times as high precipitation as in July, the driest month (14 mm). During the winter, the average daily high and low temperatures are 8°C and 3°C, respectively. The summer months are equally mild, with an average high temperature of 19 °C and low of 11°C. Continue reading “Fibromyalgia: Spring Conditioning”

Fibromyalgia research links 2009

About.com: What Are Researchers Learning About Fibromyalgia? – Research improves understanding of fibromyalgia. Research of fibromyalgia covers a broad spectrum. Because fibromyalgia appears to run in families, researchers are working to identify whether a gene or genes predispose people to the condition.

CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help – Offering groups and resources for improving your quality of life as a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or fibromyalgia.

EurekAlert – EurekAlert! is an online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society. EurekAlert! provides a central place through which universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can bring their news to the media. EurekAlert! also offers its news and resources to the public. EurekAlert! features news and resources focused on all areas of science, medicine and technology.

Fibrohugs.org- Complete Support for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain; All Related Illnesses such as MS, IBS, Lupus, etc.With the love and caring of our Members, Fibrohugs has become the largest interactive Fibromyalgia site that is truly designed for the entire Family. We accredit our constant growth to the Monitored Chats & Forums, Member Submissions, Research Results, Tons of Information, and the sincere unconditional love and support we offer each person that visits this site. We are run by people suffering with Fibromyalgia so we know exactly what you need, you need Fibro”Hugs”.

Fibromyalgia and Exercise – The Science of Fibromyalgia and Exercise – Fibromyalgia Research Citations.

The Fibromyalgia Research Blog – This site never allows advertisers to have any influence on the content of our posts. In order to maintain our ethical stance, we do not publish “pay to post” articles under any circumstance.

Fibromyalgia – Mayo Clinic

Fibromyalgia Network – Most of the research findings in fibromyalgia point to a malfunctioning of the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and spinal cord. Yet, there appear to be a variety of abnormalities occurring in the peripheral soft tissues (muscles and connective tissue) and the peripheral nervous system that communicates with the CNS. This dysfunctional interplay between the CNS and peripheral systems is believed by most investigators to be the source of the many body-wide symptoms. In a way, fibromyalgia could be considered a disease of the CNS.

Fibromyalgia Medical Journals Google Scholar

Fibromyalgia Scientific Journals

FMS Global News – FMS News 2009 – FMS Global News is committed to uniting the “global fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome community”, and providing the most comprehensive source of news available.

Health Matters – Cinda Crawford Discusses Healing on the Health Matters Show. The objective of the Health Matters Show is to provide great information about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the symptoms, treatments, and remedies, plus offer you hope of  getting well.

JAMA: Fibromyalgia Medical Journals – JAMA is a highly cited weekly medical journal that publishes peer-reviewed original medical research findings and editorial opinion.

ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc. Fibromyalgia news – To improve the quality of life and health management of people with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, whilst supporting community education and research initiatives, which will lead to recognition by government health providers of the need for better outcomes in service provision.

National Fibromyalgia Association Research

Pro Health – Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or have been living with fibro for years, this is the place you want to be. It’s a ‘patient-powered’ site, which means folks just like you keep it going, with information, conversations and support. And of course ProHealth keeps you up-to-date with current news on research and treatment, and input from the world’s leading Fibromyalgia experts.

PubMed: Fibromyalgia Articles

Science Daily

Use Of Antidepressants Associated With Improvement In Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia - January 14, 2009 — The use of antidepressant medications by patients with fibromyalgia syndrome is associated with a reduction in pain, sleep disturbances and depressed mood and improvement of health-related quality of … > full story

Fibromyalgia Pain Linked To Central Nervous System Dysfunction - February 18, 2009 — Widespread body pain in fibromyalgia patients is associated with specific brain metabolite abnormalities, according to new … > full story

Inadequate Vitamin D Levels Linked To High Use Of Narcotic Medication By Patients In Chronic Pain - March 27, 2009 — New research shows a correlation between inadequate vitamin D levels and the amount of narcotic medication taken by patients who have chronic … > full story

Inexpensive Drug Appears To Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain - April 21, 2009 — A small pilot study was conducted over a 14-week period to test the new use of a low dose of a drug called naltrexone for the treatment of chronic pain. The drug, which has been used clinically for … > full story

‘The Fibromyalgia Controversy’
The Fibromyalgia Controversy’ “The Fibromyalgia Controversy ” is published by Prometheus disabling medical condition known as fibromyalgia. In the medical community, sides
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-06/pb-tfc060809.php- 15.2KB – Public Press Releases

Fibromyalgia Patients Show Decreases In Gray Matter Intensity - June 18, 2009 — Previous studies have shown that fibromyalgia is associated with reductions in gray matter in parts of the brain, but the exact cause is not known. Using sophisticated brain imaging techniques, … > full story

Chinese Acupuncture Affects Brain’s Ability To Regulate Pain, UM Study Shows - August 11, 2009 — Acupuncture has been used for over two millennia in East-Asian medicine to treat pain. Using brain imaging, researchers have provided novel evidence that traditional Chinese acupuncture affects the … > full story

Early Treatment Of Fibromyalgia More Effective, Research Suggests - October 29, 2009 — People suffering from fibromyalgia have reduced activity in the parts of the brain that inhibit the experience of pain. Drugs that affect the CNS can be effective against the disease, and are thought … > full story

Hidden Sensory System Discovered in the Skin - December 14, 2009 — Researchers report that the human body has an entirely unique and separate sensory system aside from the nerves that give most of us the ability to touch and feel. Surprisingly, this sensory network … > full story


Chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by a virus

Depression1Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disabling condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or weariness (fatigue) that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions, including fibromyalgia and depression. To be diagnosed with this condition, your tiredness must be severe enough to decrease your ability to participate in ordinary activities by 50%. Continue reading “Chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by a virus”

Fibromyalgia: Cranberry for Cystitis

cranberry juice

Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals  the beneficial effect that cranberry juice may have on preventing cystitis and urinary infections.  The good news is that cranberry juice helps prevent urinary tract infections, and where unavailable, cranberry concentrate capsules (1,000 mg) can be substituted.

People with any autoimmune disease are more susceptible to interstitial cystitis.  Interstitial cystitis (IC) is an inflammation of the bladder which can occur by itself or in conjunction with other autoimmune diseases, such as fibromyalgia, scleroderma, lupus, or Sjögren’s Syndrome.

Fibromyalgia (formerly known as fibrositis) is a chronic condition causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Fibromyalgia is also characterized by restless sleep, awakening feeling tired, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function, and interstitial cystitis.

Many internists, rheumatologists, and even many urologists, are unaware of or do not “believe” in interstitial cystitis. Unfortunately, this is a disease where the patient must often take the initiative to research and document their symptoms, request referrals to a specialist in interstitial cystitis, and often ask for specific procedures to be done to garner the proper diagnosis and treatment.

Cranberry fights infection

Cranberry is a powerful infection fighter,  helping the body attack bacteria and viruses.   Cranberry  contains amounts of a compound called “hippuric acid”,  which has some natural antibiotic activity. The natural agents in cranberry include an anti-adherence activity that keeps the bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. This keeps the bacteria suspended allowing them to be flushed out harmlessly in the urine. Unlike antibiotics, cranberry juice does not kill of the body’s natural lactic bacteria that are viral to health.

Cranberry and cystitis research

Women get more urinary infections because the length of their urethra is shorter than men’s therefore more accessible to bacteria.  In a recent study,  153 elderly women drank 300 ml of cranberry juice per day to see the effect that cranberry juice had on the urinary tract.  Some of the women were given 100% real cranberry juice, while the others were given a placebo drink, which only looked and tasted the same as real cranberry juice. At the conclusion of  six months, women drinking the real cranberry juice had 58% less urinary infections, than the women drinking the placebo drink.

Researchers have also had positive results when treating patients by using cranberry concentrate capsules (1,000 mg), to  prevent re-occurring urinary tract infections and cystitis problems. The concentrate form is easier to manage, and it contains no sweeteners or added sugars.

Cranberries are very high in vitamin C and fiber. Commercial cranberry drinks usually contain a lot of sugar, so look for pure cranberry juice. How much do you take?  Recent information says that 400-700ml (about 2-3 cups) daily seems to be the “dose”.

Urinary Tract Infection

How Cranberry Juice Prevents Urinary Tract Infections

Fibromyalgia (FMS) – SCLERO.ORG – International Scleroderma Network
Cranberry juice research
Regular Consumption of Cranberry Juice May Suppress H. pylori Infection
Cranberry recipes

Fibromyalgia: What it is and what it isn’t

Neck Pain

I don’t have fibromyalgia it has me. There is no cure. I’m violently allergic to the medications used for it, and I will carry this unwelcome body invader that attacked me 20 years ago and remained in residence, to the grave with me. I choose to rely on alternative medicine and complementary medicine approaches and have had some success with them when it comes to managing and coping with pain. Continue reading “Fibromyalgia: What it is and what it isn’t”