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Maybe It's Not Alzheimer's

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2011 | 10:57 AM

About 2.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and more are being diagnosed every day. Among people 65 and older, the rate of Alzheimer's has gone up 10-fold in the past few decades, and 24-fold among those under 65.

But here's an even more disturbing fact. According to...

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Are Cholesterol Medications Really Just A Scam?

(51) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Cholesterol-lowering statin medications like Lipitor and Crestor have been the #1 prescribed class of drugs in the U.S. for years. More than 215 million prescriptions add $14 billion to drug company coffers every year. A recent report from the government's National Center for Health Statistics showed that an astounding 25...

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Salt, Not So Bad for You After All?

(83) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 5:17 PM

The official health wisdom — the wisdom everybody knows is right (because all the top health officials repeat it over and over again) — is that if you "restrict" the salt in your diet, you'll live longer.

That's because (once again, according to those official pronouncements) your blood pressure will...

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Is Autism Related to CFS and Fibromyalgia?

(25) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 2:36 PM

Many specialists who work with autism as well as CFS and fibromyalgia — myself included — find that there is a major overlap between the three conditions. I suspect all three have related underlying processes and, given a specific genetic makeup, the very same processes that trigger CFS...

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Brain Fog in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

(12) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Brain fog is a classic part of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, presenting as:

  1. Horrible short-term memory,
  2. Difficulty with word finding and word substitution (e.g., substituting the word "fork" for "knife"), and
  3. Occasional disorientation — Approximately 30 percent of those with CFS or fibromyalgia have episodic disorientation...
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Exciting New Discovery in Treating CFS And Fibromyalgia

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2011 | 12:06 PM

Once again I'm convinced that God has a great sense of humor!

For decades I've talked about how cholesterol medications (called statins) are overused in general, and especially so in fibromyalgia where they can cause more pain (by causing hormone and coenzyme Q10 deficiency). I suspect...

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XMRV Update and a Possible New Treatment for Chronic Fatigue

(6) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 9:13 AM

Dear Readers,

A new study is out this week in the Journal of Virology, done by researchers I respect from the University of Utah, Fatigue Consultation Clinic, and ARUP Laboratories. The study was well done and did not find XMRV present in CFS patients. This important study looked...

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Parenting When You Have Fibromyalgia

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2011 | 12:36 PM

It is hard enough taking care of yourself and your relationship with your spouse when you have fibromyalgia. But sometimes it breaks women's hearts as they worry about the effect on their children. The good news? It's been my experience that fibromyalgia in parents usually results in their...

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Trust Your Doctor? When to Get a Second Opinion

(34) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 8:39 AM

If you're received a serious medical diagnosis, you should consider seeing another physician for a second opinion. Not because you shouldn't trust your first doctor, but because you need to become as informed on your illness as possible and different points of view can help you in considering your...

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Five Common 'No No's' for People With Fibromyalgia

(15) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Dear Readers,

Here are five common "no no's" people mistakenly do when trying to manage fibromyalgia. Do any sound like you?

1. Exercising too much or too little

Fibromyalgia reflects an energy crisis in your body, so you can only exercise to a certain point. Beyond...

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To What Extent Can The Mind Heal The Body?

(42) Comments | Posted March 13, 2011 | 11:36 AM

By now, many of you have heard news reports about the PACE study out of the U.K., suggesting that cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise are helpful for chronic fatigue syndrome, and misguided media reports suggesting that this shows that the illness is all in people's minds.

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Sleep And Weight-Loss: They Are More Connected Than You Think

(5) Comments | Posted February 19, 2011 | 10:17 AM

Obesity is epidemic, and has many causes. One of them is that the average nights' sleep has dropped from nine hours a night to six and three-quarters hours a night over the last hundred years, and sleep is responsible for many weight and appetite controlling hormones, such as growth hormone,...

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How To Treat Chronic Fatigue And Fibromyalgia

(108) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 9:56 AM

Having had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FMS), with the medical system having no idea how to help, I understand what you are going through. I also know you can get well!

I came down with what I call the "Drop Dead Flu" in 1975 while in medical school,...

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