Saturday, 24 November 2012

FMSSAS eNews 12.11.24

Hello once again
How the weeks roll by!  This is the last Saturday in November.  Only 25 shopping days, or 30 if you count Sundays, till Christmas. - give or take!  Pace yourself over this time, plan out your preparations and avoid stress at all costs.
94.  Childhood: That happy period when nightmares occur only during sleep.
Will you vote for our photo?
The Fun with Fibro photo that the Horsham Group entered in the FMSSAS Competition has been entered in the Feeling Fibro Comp run by FibroModem.   
Click on View Entries, Click on our entry ‘Fun Despite Fibro’, you can read DETAILS if you wish, then VOTE - once per day!  Thank you.
Universal Credit: Government must ensure plans protect most vulnerable, say MPs
In a report published today, 22 November 2012, "Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants", the Work and Pensions Committee concludes that the Government has designed a welfare system which should help ease the transition from benefits to work, but warns that significant concerns remain about the potential impact of the changes on some of the most vulnerable benefit claimants. It urges the Government to reflect on its ambitious implementation timetable.
Motability admits it might have to take back 100,000 vehicles
Motability has admitted that up to 100,000 disabled people could have to hand back the vehicles they lease under its car scheme, because of the government’s cuts and reforms to disability living allowance (DLA).
Create a Social Life
Supportive social contact is a huge buffer against a chronic illness like fibromyalgia, says Connie O’Reilly, Ph.D., of Beaverton, OR. But couples may have to rethink and recreate a social life based on new realities. On an individual basis, patients may need to consider new pastimes that are fun but don’t drain their energy bank or overwork sore muscles (see the article on New Hobbies).
 Weekly Ultrasound Plus TENS Cuts Pain in Half
The two most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain used by physical therapists are ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Ultrasound works by emitting sound waves from a hand-held wand that penetrates between 1 and 2 inches deep into soft tissue, such as your muscles. These sound waves can increase heat and improve circulation in the region, relax muscles, and heal tissues. TENS units work by applying two pads placed on the skin across a painful area. The small unit emits an electric signal believed to ease discomfort by activating the natural opioid pain-relieving system in the spinal cord.
Test results and what they mean
Dr Sarah Myhill explains various medical tests and how test results are often not properly interpreted. The reasons why this happens are to be found in this link:
What Doctors Don’t Tell Tou about Fibromyalgia
A plethora of articles about fibromyalgia.
Need Help Repairing Leaky Gut Syndrome, Improving Immune Support, & Reducing Inflammation?
Poor immune function, inflammation, and intestinal permeability (AKA – leaky gut) are common problems for those with gluten sensitivity.  How does gluten break down immune function?  Let’s look at this in closer detail. 
The Term Gluten is Evolving as More & More Research is Done
I (Dr Peter Osborne) was recently invited to speak about gluten and food allergies on Fox News.  In the interview, I discuss some of the newer research pertaining to gluten sensitivity.  Additionally, I discuss how many legumes (soy, peanuts, etc) can create the same type of damage as gluten.  I also referred to a new research study has identified 2  forms of corn gluten that trigger an immune response in patients with gluten sensitivity.  You can watch the video here:
 Protect Yourself Against the Cold and Flu…
Boost Your Immunity Naturally Without a Flu Shot
Vitamin D Therapy Protocol
I Recommend this protocol as a safe alternative to the flu vaccination.  It also works very well for those with active viral and bacterial infections.  You can use this protocol at the first sign of the flu or as a prophylactic natural flu shot.  If using in this way, I recommend taking your first regimen the first week of school followed by a second regimen in mid December.  You should consider seeing your doctor to have your 25 OH D levels (a simple blood test)  measured as well.
Are You Unknowingly a Victim of Unnecessary "Adrenal Fatigue"?
Do you feel constantly tired, moody and depressed? Do you wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest? Do you crave sugary and salty foods, and depend on your morning coffee just to keep your eyes open?
These are all common symptoms of adrenal fatigue -- a condition caused, in short, by too much stress and work. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults suffer from adrenal fatigue, yet it continues to be a largely ignored and overlooked health problem, according to
Dr. James Wilson, author of "Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress".
The Four Types of Foods That ZAP Your Brain Power the Most
Do you ever feel foggy after lunch? Can't think straight after certain meals? It's not all in your head. The food you eat has a very real, and very significant, impact on your mind -- including your ability to think clearly.
"There are certain nutrients that are important for a healthy brain and there are certain foods that you need to avoid, such as alcohol, because they destroy brain cells," says Dr. John Westerdahl, director of Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine for Castle Medical Center in MidWeek.
Have a great weekend, despite the rain that seems to be falling everywhere.  Hope you don’t get flooded.
My fondest wishes to you all
N.B. I would like to point out to you all that the information in my eNewsletters does not necessarily infer endorsement by the charity Fibromyalgia Support for Surrey & Sussex.   Any advice or recommendation of a medical or legal nature must always be discussed with a qualified professional. The charity cannot be held responsible for omissions and/or errors.
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.
I also include various awareness and local issues as well as general health considerations.    Anyone wishing to reproduce any of the above items in printed form should seek permission from the originators.
Wordz for the Week are from ‘Wordz for the Day’ by Donnie Kuhn, Sr.
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  1. The link to the item "Motability admits it might have to take back 100,000 vehicles" does not work. The article can be found here:
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