Alternative Pain Treatment Directory: Censorship of health information by Google, Facebook, Amazon, government and more
My colleague Cindy Perlin gives a nice overview of the recent online censorship of alternative health topics. Some of my cannabis and CBD content fell victim to Google’s algorithm change a few months ago, effectively killing about one-quarter of my website traffic. So, yes, this is real … it’s not just some conspiracy theory! You can read more about Google’s crackdown on natural health websites here.
Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia may be overlooked comorbidity in allergic rhinitis patients, study suggests
I would encourage these researchers to go one step further and ask what can cause symptoms of both rhinitis (aka hay fever) and fibromyalgia. One very obvious answer to me is mold illness. If you suffer from both of these conditions, I would suggest checking out Jill Carnahan’s articles on mold illness. She does a great job of covering the basics.
Counting My Spoons: My experience with ACA subsidized insurance (after two years)
My fibro friend Julie Ryan shares her experience with obtaining health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. I was actually surprised by the rates!
Real Food Rebel: 12 myths I ignored to reverse 20 years of chronic illness
This is an older article from 2016, but it’s a great read and thought-provoking. I don’t agree with everything in her article, but I do follow a lot of it.
Lyme Disease Association: Is there a link between genetics & chronic Lyme?
University of Maryland researchers have found “a significant association with [post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome] and patients with the rs1128503 variant allele TC on the ABCB1 gene.”
And an extra…
Looking for a new career path? This program is going to be mostly online with some occasional coursework in Maryland.
You might have noticed I’m still not posting at least twice a week like normal. When I returned to blogging in March after being out of work for nine months due to a cerebrospinal fluid leak, I was so excited to start writing the many articles that had been floating around in my head for all that time.
But the truth is I’m still struggling health-wise, and it’s affecting my ability to work. When the doctors fixed my leak in January, I developed a complication called rebound intracranial hypertension (IH). In a nutshell, my body hasn’t been able to properly regulate the cerebrospinal fluid pressure on my brain, so I am still experiencing daily headaches. I’ve tried a couple of different medications to relieve the headaches, but neither one helped.
The IH is also affecting me cognitively, so an article that used to take a couple of afternoons to write now takes a week or two or even longer.
I just wanted to let you guys know what’s going on. I had held off on sharing this because I kept hoping the headaches and brain fog would stop with time, but they haven’t, and I’m not sure when or if they ever will.
The good news is my Lyme and fibromyalgia symptoms have calmed down quite a bit over the past couple of years with proper treatment, so at least I’m not getting hit with a double whammy most days.
I’ve been thinking about maybe switching to doing more video vs. written blog posts because video doesn’t require as much brain power. What do you think about me doing more video? I’d really like your feedback in the comments.
Big hugs to all of you out there who are struggling, too! Love you guys!