Pain News Network: CDC planning to update opioid guideline in 2021
From the article: “Public pressure has been building on the CDC to clarify the guideline. Although voluntary and only intended for primary care physicians treating chronic pain, the guideline’s recommended limits on opioid prescribing have been widely adopted as policy by federal agencies, states, insurers, pharmacies and many doctors.”
From the article: “In the United States, Lyme disease vaccines are only available for dogs. But the MassBiologics effort is marching forward, backed by nearly $2 million in federal and state money. Klempner says one key goal is for the shot to be affordable when it becomes available, possibly as early as 2023 if all goes well.”
The McGill Tribune: The gut microbiome in disease and health
From the article: “In the study, researchers collected stool samples from people with and without fibromyalgia. Through sequencing bacterial DNA found in the stool samples, they found that people with fibromyalgia had more bacterial species associated with factors such as inflammation, inhibition of brain activity, and metabolism of organic acids within their microbiome.”
Texas Monthly: Can bee stings treat Lyme disease?
From the article: “She considered the bees to be medicine, as necessary to her well-being as insulin is for a diabetic. She understood that this opinion could make her seem crazy. The protocol she’d been using for the past eight months was ten stings along the spine, three days a week. After about three years of this regimen, she believed, she would be healed from Lyme disease, a condition that had been making her life a living hell for the past decade.”
In Spite of Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia & moodiness | Why am I feeling so moody & how can I help find my happiness again? (YouTube video, 5 minutes)
Jessica from In Spite of Fibromyalgia shares strategies for relieving the depression and anxiety associated with fibromyalgia. (The content of this video is applicable for Lyme-related depression/anxiety, too.)
And an extra…
Simmaron Research: Solid ground at last? Cytokines make good in major ME/CFS review
From the article: “Approximately 22 cytokines/immune factors were assessed in 42 studies dating from 1989 to 2016. The review suggested that about a quarter of the immune factors assessed in ME/CFS were elevated.”
(Note: I’m sharing this article since I know many of you are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in addition to having fibromyalgia or Lyme.)
This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com…
In case you missed it…
Lyme Brain & Fibro Fog webinar…
Dr. Bill Rawls is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. ET. on the topic, “Lyme Brain & Fibro Fog: Natural Solutions for Brain Fog, Mood Swings, Memory Loss & More.” The webinar will cover:
- Why neurological symptoms like confusion, short-term memory loss, anxiety and depression are so common in chronic illness patients
- How microbes, inflammation and immune malfunction disrupt cognitive function
- The best herbs and natural remedies for restoring and protecting brain health
- Diet tips, essential oils, and lifestyle habits that help ease symptoms
Dr. Rawls will do a Q & A after his presentation. Register here.
Have your Lyme questions answered…
These webinars are a great opportunity to pick the brain of a Lyme specialist. Dr. Ross is always generous with his time and information. I credit him with introducing me to cat’s claw and otoba bark, two herbs that have radically improved my Lyme/fibromyalgia symptoms.
You can watch replays of Dr. Ross’ past webinars on his YouTube channel.
The Mitochondrial Summit…
Dr. Jay Davidson is hosting the free Mitochondrial Summit on Dec. 9-15. Mitochondrial health is an important topic for anyone with an energy-limiting illness since the mitochondria are the power producers of our cells. Register here.