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FMS eNews 12/01/13

Hi Fibro Friends 
This week I sent messages to all the website owners that I had included links to in the FMS eNews since it started at the beginning of December 2012 – almost 30 of them – to let them know that I am passing on their information to you all.  There have been some interesting responses!  Many of the items this week are a spin-off from this exercise.  For some sites it may be necessary for you to Register before access is allowed.



101.  Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches.



Fibromodem has invited my FMS eNews to be listed in its Directory of Bloggers  called ‘Fibromyalgia Community Knowledge’.  It is for blogs that educate, support, enlighten, inform, inspire and motivate people about and with Fibromyalgia. This is comparatively new, and growing.  A very useful resource.

Join the Visible Army.  Making the Invisible Visible

We have over 700 members of the VISIBLE Army at the moment. Not all members use their photo as their profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and that’s understandable.
BUT I am asking everyone to upload their VISIBLE Army photos to their profile picture on the 12th of EVERY month, until May, when we do it for the whole month of May (International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12), to encourage and support Fibromyalgia Awareness.

Here’s mine:-
If you want help creating yours, email me your photo and I’ll do it for you.


Celeste Cooper is a Fibromyalgia Health Expert.  Her blog - These Three - Author, Patient, Pain Advocate

Here’s one that is in the directory.  Celeste says
‘The term used to describe a disease or syndrome can have a tremendous impact on the way it is perceived and treated. We look forward to a name change, especially in light of the developing research.’


Pati Chandler -  Managing Fibromyalgia

Pati writes a blog reporting on her fibromyalgia support group meetings.  She uses the same blogspot background that I used to use for FMSSAS eNews, so don’t be confused by this!


Green Med Info

The World's Largest, Open Access, Natural Medicine Database with 20,061 study abstracts indexed and growing daily. View our mission statement

This commonly overlooked superfood protects the body from nuclear fallout, kills a wide range of cancers, and keeps the arteries unclogged -- to name but a few, experimentally confirmed ways in which the apple awakens your inner physician.

Are you suffering from a deficiency of Music?
Music has been demonstrated to have benefits as treatment for illness. Sometimes it is dismissed as if it were 'anecdotal evidence'. In truth, music is a healthicine. Anecdotal evidence is one of the most uninformed and mis-used phrases by the commercial medical interests - but that should be the subject of another blog post.


CounterThink - The Sick Care Economy

Cartoons with a message.  This one is quite apt for this blog.  Quite illuminating even though USA orientated!  See it and it’s explanation. 



News and Health Topics on the Health Ranger’s Radar

Seven healthy habits to begin the new year

(NaturalNews) Now that this long holiday season is over, it's time to review our resolutions or contemplate how we should begin working toward changing our bad health habits into good ones. If you haven't made any resolutions yet, or if you're questioning the integrity of what you've considered, here are seven suggestions (with subdivisions).

The five best home remedies for colds, coughs and the flu

(NaturalNews) From the pantry to the bedside, home remedies you can make in a snap help prevent seasonal colds or cure a stubborn case of the flu.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Fibromyalgia - What CBT May be Able to Do for You

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a frequently recommended treatment for fibromyalgia (FMS). It's also one of the better-researched non-drug treatments for the illness.

What Bed is Best With Fibromyalgia?
What kind of mattress do you have? Is it comfortable? This becomes an important question when you have both the chronic pain and sleep problems that come with fibromyalgia.


The Cognitive Impact of Fibromyalgia - How Fibromyalgia Leads to Impaired Mental Processing

Fibromyalgia is a physiological medical and psychological condition with very clear and life debilitating symptoms. While fibromyalgia symptoms may vary from one individual to another, fibromyalgia, for all sufferers, can lead to debilitating health complications which then lead to impaired daily living and, to some extent, an inability to engage in gainful employment.
For many fibromyalgia sufferers, one such aspect of fibromyalgia seems to have the greatest impact on the very basic activities of daily living. Involving the development of what is commonly referred to as "brain fatigue", or simply, a cognitive impairment, fibromyaglia sufferers are most at odds as to how to medically and psychologically treat this sudden and severe cognitive lethargy when it sets in.

FMS & Lupus Online Support Group 

A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with FMS & Lupus, together.


Common Signs And Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia

If you are not sure of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, look no further . . .
For centuries, fibromyalgia was a mystery illness. Although it’s been studied since the late 1800s, the condition wasn’t even named until the 1970s. Theories about the cause of fibromyalgia and what symptoms were truly caused by it were thrown around for decades, but the majority of research was only confirmed in recent decades.


January 2013 Foods for Fibromyalgia Newsletter
A Note From Dr. Dee

Happy, happy new year!
I hope you had delicious holidays and took some time to yourself to acknowledge yourself for all the great things you did this past year.  Now it's time to get inspired and excited for what's to come.  What are you cooking up?  Does your intention for the new year relate to increasing your health and wellbeing, improving your energy, having less pain, better sleep, or balancing your weight?  What steps will you take to achieve better health and reduce symptoms or sickness? I want to know!
Read more . . . .

Stop Pain & Fatigue - Using the Healing Power of Food & Nutrition 

How to...
Stop Chronic Pain with Food & Herbs!
FREE Audio Reveals 10 Most Potent Solutions!


Will A Cleanse Help Accelerate Healing on a Gluten Free Diet?

Performing a Gluten Free Detox Cleanse…
It’s that time of year again, and many people are renewing their efforts to improve their health.  Some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions are: . . . . . .


January 8th News Billetin

 Dear reader,
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2013, we hope you had a good Christmas and New Year.  2013 is set to be hugely exciting year for OHC and we are truly delighted to be working on some major announcements for a few months time!
 For our first newsletter, we have the latest chapter in our book, "Psychology and ME/CFS: An A-Z Guide" which we are releasing one chapter at a time online.  This chapter is all about creating space to support your recovery - you can read it at A-Z: Creating Space. Please do let us know what you think!


I hope that, wherever you are, you have not been suffering from an overdose of rain.  We have actually seen the sunshine on the odd occasion which is somewhat encouraging.  It helps us to remember to look on the bright side of life.
Best wishes to you all


N.B.   I would like to point out to you that the information in my eNews  blog is passed on to you mainly from other sources.   Links are given to the original articles.   I take no responsibility for their accuracy but freely give them publicity if I think they might be of interest to my readership.  Sites I refer you to are  for information only.  They might conflict in their opinions, they might not even be medically sound, but I merely offer them for you to peruse and make your own judgements, accept or reject as you will.  Only by reading widely can we get an overall picture of fibromyalgia syndrome and how we can deal with its symptoms, learn to cope with them and still have a life.  Any advice or recommendation of a medical or legal nature should always be discussed with a qualified professional.  
I also include various awareness items, benefits issues, as well as general health considerations.    Anyone wishing to reproduce any of the included items in printed form should seek permission from the originators.
Wordz for the Week are from ‘Wordz for the Day’ by Donnie Kuhn, Sr. who died in May 2011.
This eNews is my personal offering to fibromyalgia sufferers and their carers and is not related to any other organisation or charity.
If you don’t already get reminders when each new eNews is posted, please send an email to as you will be added to the emailing list.
I previously sent out emails as FMSSAS eNews.  Past issues of FMSSAS eNews can be found at and on a blog at  These ceased at the end of November 2012 when I resigned as a trustee. This blog commenced on 8th December 2012.

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