HealthRising.org: Did an immune hole in the gut open the door for ME/CFS (and long COVID)?
From the article: “The gut problems preceded the exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus; that is, the people who later developed a more severe form of ME/CFS – the kind that most of the people reading this blog probably have – experienced more gut symptoms and lower levels of IL-13 and/or IL-5 when they were healthy.”
I found the study mentioned above to be really interesting – especially in the wake of this 2019 study that showed people with fibromyalgia have different gut bacteria than the general population. It seems the sister conditions of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia may have poor gut health in common.
PainfullyLiving.com: Rewiring the fibro brain using EMDR therapy
From the article: “I have found a hope in EMDR combined with talk therapy for helping actually get to the crux of my parasympathetic nervous system being constantly on high. I’m one who does a lot of reading and learning and so I have a lot of knowledge for what will help me, but to actually be able to ‘let down’ and have peace in my body has seemed so impossible. EMDR is making that actually seem possible.”
ThroughTheFibroFog.com: Best health, wellness and chronic illness products
In this post, Claire from ThroughTheFibroFog.com shares some of her favorite products for managing migraine, dysautonomia and fibromyalgia.
From the article: “The first time I tried ear seeding was at Chicago’s Chuan Spa, known for its award-winning traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices. Tiny black seeds (which sometimes come in the form of 24-karat gold beads) were taped into my ears at the end of an acupuncture appointment, meaning that at the time, I was unable to tie my blissed-out mood to their specific potential.”
Me, Myself and Chronic Illness Blog: Film and TV titles that reflect chronic illness
This is a fun (and sometimes sad) list of movie/TV titles that reflect what it’s like to live with a chronic illness.
And an extra…
PainNewsNetwork.org: My anger at a failing body
Tears came into my eyes when I read this column from Cynthia Toussaint because I, too, have been struggling lately with a lot of anger and sadness over my health and life in general. Maybe you’ll resonate with her words, too.
Warning: Cynthia’s column is pretty dark, so if that kind of thing bothers you, then I would skip reading it.
From the column: “I love myself deeply, but am struggling these days to find gratitude in a world that feels devoid of grace. I don’t get it. I swear, I’ve been a good person my whole life. I’ve played by the rules, worked hard and always helped the less fortunate. People tell me to be positive, but I’m just angry. Maybe my rage will turn back to strength and unflagging perseverance. Maybe not. All I know is that I can’t catch my breath.”
ANS Rewire program now open for enrollment…
The ANS Rewire program, developed by my friend and colleague Dan Neuffer, is currently open for enrollment.
Dan has filmed four free videos that explain his theory on the causes of conditions like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and how the ANS Rewire program can help.
From PainNewsNetwork.org: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase or use dietary supplements marketed for pain relief under the brand names ‘Artri King’ or ‘Ortiga’ due to potentially dangerous ingredients not listed on their labels. Use of the products has led to at least one death, according to the FDA. Read more.
Warrior of the Week…
The Warrior of the Week is Beatriz García-Quijada, a civil servant from Madrid with chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Product of the Week…
If you’d like to try ear seeding after reading the Vogue article above (see #4), Amazon sells affordable kits so that you can do it at home.
Below is one of the most highly rated kits:
Mental Wellness Connection…
HealthMeans is sponsoring the Mental Wellness Connection on April 18-24. This free online event features Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dave Asprey, J.J. Virgin, Hyla Cass, doctor of chiropractic Tom O’Bryan and many others.
A few days of the summit have already passed but it’s not too late to register. There will be an Encore Weekend on April 30-May 1 where you’ll be able to watch any presentations that you’ve missed.
During the event, you’ll have 24 hours to view each day’s presentations for free, but you can purchase access to all of the interviews if you’d like to watch at your leisure.
HealthMeans.com and Dr. Rodger Murphree are partnering again this year to bring us the Fibro Summit! The summit will be free and online on May 16-22 with an encore weekend (where you have a second chance to watch any presentations you missed) scheduled for May 28-29.
As in previous years, HealthMeans is offering several registration gifts. I’ve listed all of them below. Just click on the link for the gift that you’d like to receive, and that will take you to a registration page.
During the summit, you’ll have 24 hours to view each day’s presentations for free, but if you’d like to watch at your leisure, you can purchase the summit starting at $69.
FYI: This discounted price usually increases a day or so after the summit begins.