National Pain Report: Trump on opioids – short on specifics
U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech on the so-called opioid epidemic yesterday. He called it the “worst drug crisis in American history” but gave few specifics on how to address it. More details at the link.
ProPublica: Dollars for docs
Curious about how much money your doctor has received from big pharma? Find out here! (U.S. only)
Fibromyalgia News Today: How Amazon Echo Dot helps with my fibromyalgia
Columnist Robin Dix shares why the Echo Dot is one of the best investments she’s ever made in the management of fibromyalgia.
Most people don’t realize the standard testing for Lyme used by the majority of doctor’s offices only detects 50% of Lyme cases. If you had a negative test result, you could still have Lyme! iGenex is a private laboratory that offers more accurate testing for Lyme and the accompanying co-infections. (I used iGenex for my own Lyme diagnosis.) Their tests are pay out of pocket, but it’s worth every dollar to get an early and accurate diagnosis. The basic Lyme test is around $200. These new tests discussed in the article above will improve accuracy even more.
Open Medicine Foundation: Treating autism and ME/CFS – could one drug help both?
Blogger Cort Johnson reports on a small study using suramin, an old anti-purinergic drug, as a treatment for autism in children and why it might also benefit those with ME/CFS.
And an extra…
Lemons ‘N Lyme: How to do a castor oil pack (YouTube video, 11 minutes)
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Blogger Lemons ‘N Lyme discusses the benefits of castor oil packs (liver detoxing, pain relief, better sleep, etc.) and how to do one. Quick tip: If you don’t want to use plastic wrap, I purchased a wide bandage with velcro off Amazon. It’s reusable and way less frustrating than trying to put plastic wrap around your waist.