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FMS eNews 23/11/13

This has been a great family week.  We live with one of our daughters. The other one, who lives in Somerset, came to vist us and our son joined us on Wednesday.  We had not all been together for two and a half years, so it was a happy occasion.  I didn't think I would have time for FMS eNews, but I proved myself wrong, even if it was by burning the candle at both ends!


WORDz for the WEEK

143. Follow what you truly believe in; it will lead you to the 'gates' of your destiny.


Coping With Excessive Sleepiness
Natural Sleep Aids

Jana Barber, a teacher in San Francisco, has had insomnia off and on for 20 years. She's learned to function on just a few hours a night, but sometimes, she says, lack of sleep catches up with her. "I get really ragged sometimes," she admits. "When you haven't slept, it's tough to keep your sense of humor -- and your patience -- and you need both when you work with kids."

What are the options for people like Barber, who don't want to take prescription sleep medications but crave a good night's sleep? WebMD consulted some sleep experts about "natural" sleep aids to learn more about how -- and how well -- they really work.


Will a Gadget Help You Sleep?
Sleep apps, alarm clocks, white noise machines, sleep monitors, and more.

You can’t sleep, so you turn on the white noise machine, slip on an eye mask, and spritz some lavender spray into the air. Will you nab some shut-eye now? Maybe -- but maybe not. . . . . .

Many people look to gadgets to help them get their ZZZs, but fun as they might be, they’re no substitute for good sleep habits like going to bed at the same time every night, minimizing caffeine, and relaxing before bedtime.


Putting an Overactive Bladder to Bed - Insights for Good Sleep and Good Sex

After a long day, you’ve settled down for a comfortable night’s sleep. You’re just drifting off when suddenly you feel a warm wetness between your legs -- something you haven’t felt since you were about five years old. You’ve wet the bed.

For the approximately 16% of people over the age of 18 who have an overactive bladder (OAB), this kind of upsetting incident can become a regular occurrence. Even if they make it to the bathroom in time, they wake up so often to urinate that they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep.


Why the heck are you so tired???

 Our newsletter this week is packed with an enormous amount of value and I encourage you to spend some time and read each section. Even if the material does not directly pertain to your situation, please consider the other people in your life.
We are going to focus on the tie between the thyroid and adrenal glands. Most of you have heard me talk about adrenal function many times but for those that are not familiar please take note.


 Funding pressure is squeezing NHS hospitals into the arms of the private sector

Funding pressure is leading to cuts in beds and forcing NHS hospitals into the arms of the private
sector, according to recent figures. In mental health a 9% cut in the number of beds in special units is having a shocking impact upon patients. Mandy Peck, jumped to her death a day after being told that there were no beds available to ensure her safety. Other investigations by the BBC have shown how patients are being sectioned not because they need to be, but because it is the only way to get a bed. Across the NHS hospitals are now looking to the private health market for badly needed income, but at what cost to NHS patients?


Heart of the Matter 

The Cholesterol Myth: Dietary Villains and Cholesterol Drug War.

Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine?
For the last four decades we’ve been told that saturated fat clogs our arteries and high cholesterol causes heart disease. It has spawned a multi-billion dollar drug and food industry of “cholesterol free” products promising to lower our cholesterol and decrease our risk of heart disease.
But what if it all isn’t true? What if it’s never been proven that saturated fat causes heart disease?
And what if the majority of patients taking cholesterol lowering drugs won’t benefit from taking these pills?
In a special two part edition of Catalyst, Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the science behind the claims that saturated fat causes heart disease by raising cholesterol.


The Next Generation of Fibromyalgia Treatments – The Clinical Trials

With the FDA clamping down on a major class of opioid drugs used for pain relief by fibromyalgia patients, we’re taking a look at other alternatives.
We’re checking out ongoing or recruiting (or in some cases, recently completed) fibromyalgia clinical trials to see what the future may hold. There’s no telling how effective these treatments will be, but we do know some big bucks have been committed to see if these treatments work, and that says something. The trials are found in a clinical trials database run by the NIH called (which includes trials done outside the US, as well.)


The Sunshine Vitamin - A Multitude of Health Benefits

My name is Rich Carson, and I am the Founder and CEO of ProHealth, one of the nation's leading online nutritional supplement firms since 1988. I am very passionate about all of our products that will help you live better through a healthier life.
Ongoing research continues to reinforce the multitude of health benefits of vitamin D3. It primes the immune system to fight pathogens, and also acts as an immune system modulator to help put the brakes on out-of-control immune responses. It boosts calcium & phosphorus absorption for healthy bones and teeth, promotes healthy muscle function, and much more. An important vitamin D connection that has only recently begun to be recognized and emphasized is the link between low vitamin D and chronic pain, such as experienced by those with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Pleasure and pain brain signals disrupted in fibromyalgia patients

New research indicates that a disruption of brain signals for pleasure and pain contributes to increased pain sensitivity, known as hyperalgesia, in FM patients.
Results published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, suggest that this altered brain processing might contribute to widespread pain and lack of response to opioid therapy in such patients.


Chronic Pain Management and Activity Level: The Power of 10%

If your back hurts, or you have tension headaches, facial pain, knee pain, migraine headaches, arthritis, or one of the many other chronic pain problems, you may find it difficult to stay active, much less to exercise.  Yet, an important part of coping and living with pain is being able to remain active, despite your pain. Reduced activity can create a vicious cycle leading to deconditioning: the less you do, the weaker your muscles will become, the more likely you will find activity to be tiresome and unpleasant, so you will do even less,  the weaker your muscles will become, and so on. This deconditioning cycle can lead to an increase in pain over time.


From Adrienne Dellwo, your Guide to Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Adrienne Dellwo
Universal acceptance by the medical community is one of the things we need most. See how one team of researchers is trying to get doctors to accept fibromyalgia as a concept and diagnosis, below.
Also this week, how to get through Thanksgiving without driving yourself into the ground, and why future drugs targeting neurotransmitters could have fewer side effects.
Down in Featured Articles, I've included information about overlapping conditions that are common in us.
Take care of yourself!


Adrienne again . . .

How many times has some planned event left you wiped out for days or weeks? It can really help to build recovery time into your schedule. Learn more about why, below.
Also this week, some things healthy people need to know about the chronically ill, and the final results of my elimination diet.
Down in Featured Articles, you'll find information on treatment options.
Take care of yourself!


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A post operative check-up visit to St Bart's yesterday indicated that all was well.
So, I end on an optimistic note.
Wishing you and your loved ones every joy and happiness.


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.
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This blog commenced on 8th December 2012.