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FMS eNews 12/12/15

Some of the articles this week are looking forward towards Christmas with advice on how to cope, lots of hints and tips as well as ideas for pressies for poorly people.  Next week's will be the last blog before Christmas.  I think I will take some time off after that and give myself some breathing space.  So don't expect a blog on Boxing Day!


WORDz for the WEEK

251.  The best lessons of life come in small daily packages ... called experiences!


Inflammation: What's It Doing to You?

Inflammation is a tricky subject when it comes to fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. We're learning a lot more about the roles they play, though, and that new information is changing the way we think of these illnesses.
Today, we explore the role inflammation plays and why, along with some treatments for inflammation and comorbid inflammatory conditions.
Take care of yourself!
Adrienne Dellwo - Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Expert


A Look at Fibromyalgia

This webpage would not allow copying so I can't quote but it is a comprehensive article about all aspects of Fibromyalgia and worth perusing.


Fibromyalgia and Loneliness (A study)

As I was reading for my Personality Psych class I came across a section on loneliness, and how there is a correlation between loneliness and illness (simple things like colds and flus). In one study that had people opt to be exposed to a virus and found that those who reported stronger bonds with friends and family (and less loneliness) were less likely to get sick. Whereas those who were lonely were much more likely to get sick.  As I read that study I had to wonder if anyone had done a similar study correlating Fibromyalgia and loneliness, and sure enough I found a 2014 study from Wolf & Davis that did just that.
Read on . . .


9 Gift Ideas for #Spoonies

Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming! (And, my is just a few days away, in case anyone wondered.) With Christmas just around the corner I wanted to share a few last-minute gift ideas for spoonies in our lives. So, if you are a spoonie you can send this post to the people who love you, and if you aren’t a spoonie but love one here’s a few ideas for Christmas, birthdays, and beyond. Each of these ideas is a product I use and enjoy so I know it will benefit others.

Find out what they are.  Want to put them on your Xmas list?



How did this happen? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking around in shorts and flipflops, swatting away the mosquitoes and complaining about the humidity. Somehow, someway, “the most wonderful time of the year” is here! With Christmas just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to create a fibromyalgia gift guide with some of my favorite products just in case you or your loved ones are looking for some holiday shopping inspiration.
So, here are my top picks this year



We are sending a warm Christmas greeting to yourself and all of your Members. We are hoping 2016 might be the year of a cure – but we have a feeling that pigs might fly before they find a cure.
Nevertheless we will continue to fight for research funds for Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK if we are to make any headway at all. As a Christmas appeal we are asking all groups and members to consider doing some carol singing among friends and neighbours in the hope we will raise some money to our next step on the research ladder.
Read on about next year's Fibromyalgia Conference (FibCon)


Fibro Flare Magazine New Year's Honours

Voting is now open to non members.  You can still vote TODAY ONLY.  This is the second round and the winner will be chosen from this short-list of 7.
These are the nominees

  •  Gemma Flood
  •  Shayne Town
  •  Tracey Napper
  •  Joan McParland
  •  Stella Bernardi
  •  Angela Bentley
  •  Larry Power

You can read about the candidates here 


Save your stamps

Will you please save your used stamps from Christmas cards (as well as from letters and parcels) and send them to Citadel Stamps to help raise funds for FMA UK.

Send your stamps to:
      Citadel Stamps
      In aid of FMA UK Stamp Appeal
      PO Box 6107
      Stromness, KW16 9AB
Thank you


Have A Healthy Holiday!

To create the ultimate holiday eating guide, we tapped three nutritionists for their best and worst picks. Check out which foods are worth skipping, and which you should enjoy to the fullest.

Read more here. . .


Getting Grounded: Could Earthing Work for Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS?

Earthing advocates proclaim that we've lost our connection to Mother earth - not in some spiritual way - but to the negatively charged electrons the earth provides. They assert that when we lost our connection to our natural ground (the earth) we lost an important inflammation fighter at the same time.
Could they be right? Or is this just more new-agey hype?
Check it out and let us know what you think

Clint Oder on Earthing​


Our nutritionists' favourite nourishing meals

Winter is well and truly here and Christmas is just around the corner; this time of year often results in poor food choices and ‘comfort’ eating. Whilst it’s not always possible to be virtuous (Christmas parties and get togethers with friends and family are particular problems…) we can make sure we eat well the rest of the time.
It’s particularly important to opt for nutritious meals at this time of year to keep your immune system strong and energy levels up – we all need extra energy for Christmas! With that in mind, we’ve complied a list of our nutritionists’ favourite ‘comfort’ meals along with a recipe for you to try them out yourself!
There are four to tempt you


5 Herbs That Improve Memory

Memories contain the story of our lives. We like to reminisce about the wonderful moments we share with our loved ones, the exciting milestones that define us and our unique achievements. Memory and learning go hand-in-hand to assist us in our professional lives where we need to recall our knowledge to get crucial tasks done.
Nowadays, the stresses of modern living seem to come together as a conspiracy to impair our memory functions. High blood pressure, poor thyroid function, drug interactions and occasional bouts of forgetfulness cause our minds to go blank when we need to recall stored memories the most. We just have too much to deal with at any given time.
Nature infuses us with life in so many ways, and we can turn to the following five herbs to help us in revitalizing our minds to take back those memories and make them vivid as they always were:
  1. Gotu Kola
  2. Gingko Biloba
  3. Bacopin
  4. Blessed Thistle
  5. Rosemary
Read all about them


How Fibromyalgia Impacts Your Family

We Are Not the Only Ones Who Are Suffering
When you are suffering, when you are in pain, when you walk around exhausted all the time, it is very easy to get wrapped up in yourself and your own suffering.
It is easy to center your thinking on how your life has been affected by fibromyalgia – this is completely normal human behavior. But I feel it is important to remember that we are not the only ones who are suffering.
Our family and our loved ones are also very much affected by this terrible illness. They often have to make sacrifices to help us. They suffer because we suffer. It would be unhealthy for our relationships with them to become consumed with our own suffering, and not recognize theirs.
Read more . . .


Fatigue & Brain Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency? 

A feeling of being tired all the time. Problems with memory and concentration. Trouble sleeping. Diarrhea and/or constipation. These can all be important signs of the body's need for more vitamin B-12.
Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) is an essential nutrient, meaning it is required for normal body functioning but cannot be produced by the body. Therefore, it is necessary to obtain the B-12 our bodies need through the food we eat and/or dietary supplements.
A vitamin B-12 deficiency is relatively common - thought to affect approximately 15% of the general population. That percentage goes much higher among people with chronic illness.
Because so many people are deficient in B-12 - particularly people with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS - and because a number of FM and ME/CFS specialists recommend high doses of B-12 for their patients, ProHealth's founder, Rich Carson, set out to develop the most potent B-12 supplement available.
Read on . . . .


The Ancient Egyptian secret health weapon that’s in your cupboard

 You’ve probably got these two health remedies in your kitchen.
They’re the stuff of legend – used and trusted since Ancient Egyptian times.
Combined, these remedies are nature’s secret weapon against ulcers, colds, sore throats, stomach aches and infections
Find out what they are




To end on a personal note: I recently had a health M.O.T. with Horsham Wellbeing.  I discovered that my metabolic age is 65!!  Not bad for an eighty year old!
See you next week
As ever


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N.B. The links on this my FMS eNews blog are in BROWN text, usually in the title of each article but occasionally elsewhere too. Some titles have no links in which case the title is in PURPLE like the dividers.  This blog gives just a taster of each article which can be viewed in full through its link.  If you have any navigation problems, let me know.
I would like to point out to you that the information in my FMS 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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