Archive for Treatment

Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) – A Medical Food for Fibromyalgia and (ME/CFS)?

Pain Reliever, Anti-inflammatory, Microglial Inhibitor “However, a great body of evidence exists for PEA, comprising at least 40 clini­cal trials in around 6,000 subjects.  This body of evidence shows a positive risk/benefit ratio for PEA, warranting much wider use of this compound by the medical Read more [...]

Unnerving Findings: Studies Opening New Directions for Fibromyalgia

Scientific American recently published an overview on Fibromyalgia called “An Unnerving Enigma” suggesting that new clues may crack what’s going on in this mysterious, difficult to treat disorder and lead to new treatments. This article gives us a good platform to look at where the science Read more [...]

“A Sweet Retreat”: Meditating While Having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – A Meditator Returns

I learned to meditate in 2007 and developed CFS in 2011. In the three years in between, I participated in some 20 retreats of 2 to 14 days in length. Yes, meditation is addictive (in the best way possible). Yet since I became sick, I've mostly discarded meditation as just one more activity that requires Read more [...]

System Reset: New Way To Reduce Fight or Flight Response Found

We just saw that some Japanese ME/CFS researchers believe they may have developed an objective test to measure post-exertional fatigue.  Heart rate variability tests indicated that fatigue after a cognitive test is associated with reduced parasympathetic nervous system (PNS or 'rest and digest' Read more [...]

 Telomeres, Wandering Minds, and Creating Cellular Health: the Last Best Cure V

(A continuing  series of blogs on "The Last Best Cure"; one woman's attempt to find joy and improve her  health while battling  an autoimmune disorder.) “The good news is that we are not our thoughts.” - Clifford Saron, PhD, Center for Mind and Brain, UC Davis People with Chronic Fatigue Read more [...]

The Cortisol, PEM and Stress Management Link in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Stress management skills, cortisol awakening response, and post-exertional malaise in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Daniel L. Hall a,∗, Emily G. Lattie a, Michael H. Antonia, Mary Ann Fletcherb, Sara Czajac, Dolores Perdomoc, Nancy G. Klimasb. Psychoneuroendocrinology (2014) 49, 26—31  “Given Read more [...]

Diet, Drugs, Herbs and SIBO: One ME/CFS/FM Finds Relief with the Pimental Approach

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO is a chronic condition or infection of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Normally the small intestine has low numbers of bacteria and the large intestine has high numbers of bacteria; however, Read more [...]

Challenging Loss in Chronic Illness: An Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patient Finds Grace in Small Things

(As we've seen in past blogs and as we'll see with Donna in the Last Best Cure blog series, mindfulness practices - such as the gratitude practices Sue writes about below, if engaged in regularly - can bring benefits both to the quality of life and sometimes even the health of people with chronic Read more [...]
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