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FMS eNews 26/01/13

Hello Everyone
The worst of the snow seems to have gone now.  I ventured out for the first time on Wednesday!  I only hope we have seen the last of the downfalls.  I don’t know about you but I feel far worse in cold or wet weather and just long for the summer and hopefully some warming sunshine!  Meanwhile it’s a case of wrap up warm and get on with life.
I had a very encouraging email this week from one of my readers who, having lost her benefits, appealed, won her case and got nearly two years backdated benefits.  It does pay to be persistent.  Don’t take NO for an answer.


103.  Life is tough . . . it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.


Last week’s links

Aparently there was a problem accessing the PDF files in last week’s eNews.  I have now put them on Google Drive.  The link to The Magnesium Miracle is now

The link to Tonbridge Support Group's January Newsletter is now


Fibromyalgia in Danger of Being Labeled a Mental Disorder
By Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide

People who have fibromyalgia, ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), chronic pain and any number of other chronic illnesses are in serious danger of being labeled as having a mental disorder.
 The 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly known as the DSM-5, is about to go to the printers and is scheduled to be released in May 2013. The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and contains the diagnostic codes used by doctors for mental disorders.  Read more . . .


Fibromyalgia Meal Plans

Need Help with Healing Foods For Fibromyalgia Menu Planning?
Fibromyalgia Meal Plans…
Make Life Easier!


 Central Sensitivity Syndromes, and more

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have always been illnesses seeking proper classification, as they've never fit neatly into an existing category. Now, a term created especially for these illnesses and others like them is becoming more prominent. See what "central sensitivity syndromes" are and what they have in common, below.
Also this week, research is saying flu shots are just fine for people with ME/CFS, and new research on juvenile chronic fatigue syndrome after mononucleosis.
Down in Featured Articles, you can get a look at some of the alternative treatments available to us.
Take care of yourself! Read these articles here.


Newsletter January 18th 2013

‘Welcome to this week's newsletter.  Thank you for all of the wonderful feedback we received on last week's newsletter about "Creating space" on the recovery path - here is the link again if you missed it - A-Z: Creating Space
 We are extremely excited this week to be launching the latest Conscious Transformation programme with Alex Howard. ‘   Read rest of newsletter


Fibromyalgia HealthWatch - January 2013
Talking to Your Doctor About Fibromyalgia

Do you ever find it difficult to discuss fibromyalgia with your doctor? Do you feel like you're being rushed through your appointment so your doctor can get to the next patient? Does your doctor seem to have trouble understanding how much the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia has disrupted your life? If so, you're not alone.

Supplements & Symptoms: 2012's Top Research and Health Articles

As a health-information seeker you see so many articles about nutritional supplements that it's sometimes hard to remember which ones can be beneficial for what. This overview of recent research publications, organized roughly by key symptoms, may help put it in perspective.  See what they are.

Nutrients to Combat the Modern Stress Epidemic

The Most Recent Data on the Stress-Relieving Properties of Lemon Balm, a Common Garden Herb, and L-Theanine, an Amino Acid Found Only in Green Tea


Fibro Blogger Directory (Another one)

WELCOME to the movement to connect fibro bloggers, inspired by all the fibro bloggers and their stories.   An ever growing list of people who blog about fibromyalgia:


Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Low Back Pain - What Is Low Back Pain?

Low back pain is a universal human experience -- almost everyone has it at some point. The lower back, which starts below the ribcage, is called the lumbar region. Pain here can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work. Fortunately, low back pain often gets better on its own. When it doesn't, there are effective treatments.

Slideshow: 12 Tips for Coping With Fibromyalgia

1. De-Stress
Stress may trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Minimizing stress can improve your quality of life. Some proven stress busters are yoga, exercise, sleep, and meditation. Breathing deeply and exhaling slowly can also help. Or keep in mind activities that you enjoy or that make you feel better. When stress strikes, do one or two of them.


IBS Linked to Gluten Sensitivity

The Mystery of IBS – Why Gluten Sensitivity Should Always Be Considered
A recent article published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology discusses a new task force put together by the American College of Gastroenterology.  Their recommendation is that patients suffering with IBS should be screened for gluten sensitivity  Read the article here.

Medications That Rob Vitamins and Minerals Also Delay Healing
The Road to Recovery Requires Re-evaluation…

Many of you who are trying to recover from the damages of gluten sensitivity may not have looked at your medications as a potential to create nutritional deficits and subsequently create health problems.  Often times the health problems caused by nutritional deficits are the same issues we face with gluten exposure.  This can lead to long term confusion and failure to address the full scope of our illnesses. 


Latest Articles


Earth Clinic’s Newsletter Jan 18h 2013

Welcome to a new, more prosperous, and healthful year! Looking back over the year just passed, we at Earth Clinic have gotten to noting how each year our Global Earth Clinic Community becomes more broadly international.  Yet we've only just begun to crack open the global library of home remedies. Are we relying too much on the old tried and true remedies?
 We think it's time we made a community effort to collect and preserve for all time the vast wisdom of our grandmothers!  Find out how you can help.


10 Reasons Lemon Juice Is Good For You
Saying that lemons are a superfood is an understatement. Their medicinal properties are never ending and they add abundant flavor to a variety of dishes. Lemon juice is an excellent source of vitamins C and B, proteins, carbohydrates, and phosphorous. The flavanoids within the juice are said to contain antioxidants, which is why it's so useful in treating so many ailments and conditions. Lemon juice can cure you of the hiccups and wake up your liver and help flush out toxins in the morning, but here are 10 more health benefits associated with lemons:  Find out what they are.


The Sleepydust E-Magazine  #39

What's In This Issue?
• Welcome From Sleepydust!
• Free Calls... Anyone?
• Magnetic Insoles - Review
• What's Your Verdict On...
• This Week's Personal Story
• Latest News In The ME/CFS & FMS Communities
• Chicken Soup For The Sleepydust Soul
• And Don't Forget... (Helpful Sections)
• A Few Notes 


Death by a thousand needles: The debilitating condition that leaves sensitive sufferers in excruciating pain
It is a chronic condition that renders sufferers so sensitive that even the lightest touch triggers waves of excruciating pain. Fibromyalgia is thought to affect up to a million Britons, commonly women over 40, and experts have likened the debilitating sensations to ‘death by a thousand needles’.
Other symptoms include lack of concentration, memory loss, headaches and muscle stiffness. And for a long time there was little doctors could do to help quell the agony.
Yet today, with the help of sophisticated scanning techniques, pain specialists have been able to pinpoint the parts of the brain responsible for the condition.


The Goalistics Chronic Pain Management Program

Enjoy life again, despite pain.
· think constructively and   hopefully; · feel calm, comfortable,   and in control; · relate better to people; and · manage your pain better.
Find out what Goalistics offers





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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.  
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