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Maff

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Neither herbal or pharmaceutical antidepressants help in irritable bowel syndrome

A study conducted at the Mayo Clinic and published this week in the January issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology has found that the popular antidepressant herbal supplement St. John's wort is unhelpful for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a press release the lead researcher on the study, Yuri Saito, M.D., M.P.H., said that "Several of the chemical neurotransmitters that are in the brain are also in the colon. Therefore, it's been thought that antidepressants may affect sensation in the colon in a similar way to how they affect sensation in the brain. Our goal was to evaluate the usefulness of St John's wort in treating IBS." In discussing the outcome of the study Saito said "Because people tend to struggle with IBS for several years, patients are really looking for inexpensive, over-the-counter treatments such as St. John's wort. Unfortunately, our study showed that St. John's...
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Aircraft Cabin Air Quality Survey

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Today I received an email from the Aerotoxic Association which campaigns for recognition of the health damaging effects of toxic cabin air on passenger aircraft. The email was a reminder that the deadline for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) survey. If you have been affected by toxic fumes in aircraft cabin air please complete this important survey. The text of the Aerotoxic Association email is as below: There are only two days left until the deadline for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) survey, and if you haven't completed the questionnaire, we would like to urge you to fill it in online now and email any supporting evidence. We appreciate some of the questions on the form may not fit in with your experience of this subject, and we appreciate you may have had several reminders from other sources, but it is vital EASA have as much data as...
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    So far all the aviation regulating authorities have been doing what they can to deny a link between contaminated cabin air and chr
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Zhu Zhu Pets Go Go Hamsters and Toy Safety At Christmas

Mr Squiggles Go Go Hamster
If there are two words that should surely not lay in close proximity to each other, "toxic" and "toys" are they. Yet headlines including the words "toxic toys" have been everywhere for the past few weeks triggered by an independent investigation in the US that claimed to have found high levels of the toxic metal antimony in not just any toy, but the Mr Squiggles version of the Zhu Zhu Pets Go Go Hamster toy, set to become the biggest selling Christmas toy ever with some stores having already sold out weeks ago in the US, UK and other countries. The consumer watch group GoodGuide tested the Mr Squiggles version of the cute little Go Go Hamster toy and found antimony at levels of 93ppm (parts per million) in its fur and 103ppm in its nose. In the US the Federal legal limit for antimony is 60ppm. Co-founder of GoodGuide and associate professor of environmental science at...
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  • DeniseB
    DeniseB says #
    Yes, I learnt so much last year. Like sometimes you have to let go of the one you love, just to see if they love you enough to com
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Great to hear things are going well and you're so positive about the year ahead Denise! I hope you'll continue to visit us here an
  • DeniseB
    DeniseB says #
    Hi Matt, the weather may be cold but I'm feel warm inside, the sun is mostly shinning in my world. I am so much better this year t
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Nov
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Chronic Illness and the Holidays: Finding the Positives

Chronic Illness and the Holidays: Finding the Positives
 For those of us suffering from environmental illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and gut problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut syndrome (LGS) and Candida it can be hard to stay positive and enjoy life at any time of year but the holidays can be particularly difficult. Just when the generally healthy majority are taking time out, indulging and letting their hair down us 'canaries' can often find life even more of a struggle than normal. At Christmas people are told to "eat, drink and be merry" - and most people happily comply but this poses a problem for us unfortunates. First of all there is the eating. Most of us will have some kind of dietary restriction whether our own bodies have told us to avoid certain foods, we've discovered the "baddies" through our own research, or we've been put on a...
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    adminv15 says #
    Thank you all so much for sharing this. Just when I was starting to feel the dread of the holidays, you've given me back the jolt
  • konnor
    konnor says #
    Fantastic news Nicole. Lionel would be proud! Getting a regular nights sleep is such a core component to good health that I'm sur
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    Slept through the whole night last night for the first time in 6 months..woo hoo! It might seem like a really small thing but to m
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Facebook for Environmental Illness and Unexplained Chronic Illness Sufferers

Facebook and Environmental Illness Support
 Once upon a time Facebook was the domain of students who used the social networking site to keep track of friends and share their academic and non-academic exploits. However, since Facebook opened its cyber-doors to the the online community at large it has grown into much more and believe it or not it now has much to offer people who are struggling with what we call 'environmental illnesses' on this site, but may also be termed 'unexplained chronic illnesses' or 'invisible illnesses'. We're talking chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and others. On Facebook you will now find a multitude of interactive pages and groups devoted to these illnesses that both provide information and act as support and advocacy groups. Since many suffering from these illnesses are housebound these are ideal as an alternative to support groups in the real world where you might...
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    Maff says #
    Thanks for your suggestions guys. I have joined the adrenal fatigue group which seems to be a very active and useful group. I also
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    I have MCS but before I was diagnosed I started this group Creation of a Scent Free Envirnoment http://www.facebook.com/group.php?
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    konnor says #
    There's a relatively small but growing group for adrenal fatigue here... http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=6057629851&ref=m
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CDSA Interpretation - Microbiology

CDSA Report - Microbiology
Continuing my series on interpreting the sometimes confusing results of the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) today we're going to look at the Microbiology section.   Beneficial Bacteria By now almost everyone has heard of so called "beneficial" or "friendly" bacteria, thanks mainly to probiotic yoghurt advertising that seems to be everywhere these days. Beneficial bacteria are in basic terms seen as the good guys within a huge community of bugs that inhabit our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A lot of research has gone into understanding their role over the past few decades. Some of their benefits include: - Physical crowding out of less desirable microorganisms - Production of antimicrobial substances to keep pathogens at bay - Breaking down bacterial toxins - Production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which keep GI tract cells healthy, provide a source of energy and help to maintain a healthy GI tract pH. - Digestion of proteins -...
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Nov
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Low Stomach Acid Test: Home and Lab Methods

Low Stomach Acid Test
 Low stomach acid, or hypochlorhydria, occurs when the the parietal cells lining the stomach are unable to produce enough acid (HCl) for whatever reason. Low stomach acid can be a significant problem since sufficient amounts are required for a number of purposes. Firstly stomach acid is required for the digestion of proteins. High acidity breaks down the bonds between protein fibres allowing proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes to go to work to further digest protein in the small intestine. Secondly, stomach acid is needed to liberate essential minerals from food so they are present in their unbound ionic forms which can then be absorbed. This is true for important nutrient minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron and selenium. Stomach acid is also required to liberate vitamin B12 from meat, its main dietary source. Finally, acid acts to sterilise the stomach, killing bacteria, yeast and parasites that may be ingested. The symptoms of low stomach acid can mimic those of...
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    adminv15 says #
    The simplest and most effective test for gastric HCl is a Kinesiological Test. Arms stretcged out in front of you with back of the
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    adminv15 says #
    You do not want to take neem, or any other drug, to reduce stomach acid until you have determined for certain that you are making
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    Hi, thanks Sarah, i checked out www.ayurveda-yoga.co.uk and Neem was buy one get one free! Lets hope it works!
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Halloween - Allergies and Chemicals Make it a Scary Night for Kids and Parents

Halloween: Allergies and Chemicals Make it a Scary Night for Kids and Parents
 Without going into the history and traditional meaning of Halloween, these days October 31st is seen simply as a night for kids to dress up and have fun with the added bonus of treats a plenty being dished out. However, there is a darker side to halloween and it doesn't involve any real life witch craft, ghouls or ghosts - it comes in the form of allergies and more menacingly the toxic chemicals used in Halloween costumes. For families with kids that suffer from allergies, Halloween can be a 'tricky' time indeed. Without careful supervision and precautions kids can end up eating foods to which they are allergic, particularly hidden allergens such as unexpected food additives. Even the vigilant can be caught out by cross contamination as safe treats come into contact with allergenic treats in bags and containers and kids share between themselves. It's not only foods that can be allergens. Make up,...
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    Thanks Maff, I've have a new bed coming next week, I will be sure to open the windows as you suggest. Denise
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Hi Denise, Well I'd hate to be called an alarmist but you are probably not far wrong when it comes to many everyday products. Cer
  • DeniseB
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    Hi Maff, I've come to the conclusion that just about everything is potentially dangerous these days. I was bought a new silentnig
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Oct
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Swine Flu Vaccine Worrying Many Natural Health Experts

Swine Flu Vaccine Worrying Many Natural Health Experts
Since the first reported cases of swine flu, or influenza H1N1, were reported in Mexico in the early months of this year the subject has hardly been out of the media. Much of the coverage has been sensationalist and misleading and has led to what many natural health experts are saying is unnecessary public panic over the disease. In a Special Swine Flu Update published on the highly popular Mercola.com earlier this week Dr. Joseph Mercola brings our attention to a study published in the the British Medical Journal:   'A thorough , comparative analysis of several flu pandemics has been published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, that gives evidence that the H1N1 swine flu is of "the same subtype as seasonal H1N1 that has been circulating since 1977." The author points out the substantial confusion between the high public attention the present H1N1 scare is receiving and the very...
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    This 'flu' was engineered in a lab so the only way that you would know if you had it would be a dna sequence of recovered virus, b
  • Guest
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    I'm sitting here with my thermometer in my mouth right now... Day 3 of the dreaded swine flu for me! Haven't had a culture/diagn
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Is a Cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Really a Big Step Closer?

Since Thursday of last week when news of research linking the XMRV retrovirus  to chronic fatigue syndrome hit the headlines many patients (and I suspect their doctors) have been wondering what exactly this finding means. The amount of media attention this discovery by the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI) generated in the press was unprecedented. After having the WPI press release delivered to my email inbox, the next day my mum handed me a copy of The Independent (one of the major "serious" national newspapers in the UK) with a front page article asking 'Has science found the cause of ME?' There was also an editorial piece coming down squarely on the side of us much maligned chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients and concluding that it was about time we were taken seriously. It is rare to find any ME/CFS news in the mainstream media but the story was the same across...
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    Good-day every one, my name is Mike Clinton, i want to share my experience with the general public on how i got my hiv aids cured,
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    By ALISON YOUNG-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday, April 26, 2009 http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2009/04/26/
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    from Hillary Johnson’s blog at http://www.oslersweb.com (I love that woman’s writing and detective skills!). Ms. Joh
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Dawn Simulators for SAD and the Winter Blues
 It's that time of year again for those of us in the northern hemisphere, the days are quickly getting shorter now and for many that means symptoms of fatigue, lethargy, depression and more. As a result, it can require the willpower of a polar explorer just to drag oneself out of bed in the morning! One solution to combat these symptoms is the use of a dawn simulator. These are essentially alarm clocks that instead of waking you abruptly with loud and irritating beeping (that makes you want to smash the thing!), produce light that gradually increases in intensity to mimic the rising sun. Many models use full spectrum light which is closest in appearance to sunlight as well. By working in this way you can set your dawn simulator alarm for any time in the morning when it's still dark outside and be woken in a way that is more...
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 Pets help fight depression and anxiety in environmental illness
 Many people suffering from environmental illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and particularly multiple chemical sensitivity, lead very lonely existences. This blog entry will look at how pets can offer valuable company for some.  The symptoms of these disabling conditions such as fatigue, pain, and cognitive difficulties such as confusion, poor short term memory, and inability to focus, mean that sufferers are often unable to remain in their jobs or enageg in social activities. To make matters worse these symptoms and many others are aggravated by both physical and mental exertion, as well as environments that are noisy or have bright lighting - typical of work places and coffee shops, bars, and other places where people typically socialise. It is a sad fact that people unaffected by these types of illness find it very difficult to comprehend what sufferers are going through, or even that they are ill at...
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    My dogs have been a great comfort to me & give me lot's of happiness, mcs really does affect your life & brings alot of sadness in
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in the Media and Entertainment Industry

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in the Media and Entertainment Industry
 Browsing through the online news looking for stories about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) yesterday, I came across a review of a play which features a main character with the illness. The review features in the The Record, a local newspaper serving Troy and surrounding areas in New York state. The play is titled 'Sick' and features a 17-year- old character called Davey who suffers from MCS. Davey's family live in a New York apartment and protect him by turning their home into a chemical-free zone - something anyone who suffers from MCS knows is a necessity. Reading the review got me thinking about the exposure MCS gets in the media and how it is portrayed. It seems to me that there is a steady increase in awareness of the condition and it is beecoming more and more a part of the public consciousness. Just a few short decades ago virtually...
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Sep
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Candida & Yeast Infection Treatment - Rotating and Combining Antifungals

Selection of anti-fungal substances for Candida rotation therapy
When it comes to what is variously known as intestinal yeast overgrowth, fungal-type dysbiosis, gut fermentation syndrome, or simply Candida, it is safe to say that prevention is much simpler than cure. Ignored by the conventional medical establishment, people affected by this condition often struggle to treat themselves to alleviate their many symptoms which can range from fatigue, muscle aches and pains, and general malaise to cognitive symptoms such as poor concentration and memory, and mood disturbances including depression, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, and mood swings. Most of these symptoms are likely the result of the chronic absorption of toxins produced by Candida (or whatever fungal organism is the problem),  primarily ethanol and acetaldehyde, and the consequences these substances have on metabolic functions. For more information see: Candida and Gut Dysbiosis  My Candida Hell - Chronic Ethanol and Acetaldehyde Poisoning   To avoid developing this awful condition in the first place...
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    Hi, I am from Roanoke VA, looking for people in my area for support. I struggle with systemic candida and treatment is very hard o
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    Hi! I believe that there are many people who are suffering from yeast infections and it is nice that there are sites and blogs lik
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Aug
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An environmentally friendly insect repellant? - Not for those with environmental illness!

As I was browsing my Google Alerts emails covering multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) yesterday I came across what looked like a very interesting article in the New York Times which looked like it would be useful for those suffering from MCS and environmental illness (EI). The article is titled 'An Environmentally Friendly Mosquito Repellent?' so I thought, great, this sounds like great news and perfect material for my blog tomorrow. Unfortuately when I actually read the article this morning it was not what I was expecting at all. First off, the author talks in considerable length about how during her childhood in New Jersey she would chase farm machinery spraying the highly toxic pesticide DDT (note pesticide, as in kills pests, it is not an insect repellant), breathing it in and having her clothes and skin covered in it. The fact that as far as she knows her expsoure to DDT in this way...
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Aug
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Truly Non-toxic and Natural Insect Repellants

Following on from my previous blog about a NY Times article that didn't live up to its promise of offering a safe way to combat mosquitos I wanted to provide some genuine advice on non-toxic insect repellants and techniques for avoiding the troublesome pests. After a quick internet search I came across a fantastic article on About.com written by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., the site's chemistry guide. Helmenstine explains that mosquitos use complex mechanisms to detect hosts so the most effective way escape becoming such a host is to avoid things that attract them and also use truly non-toxic repellants at the same time.   What do Mosquitos Find Attractive? Carbon Dioxide - As mentioned in my previous blog, mosquitos find hosts by following their trail of exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2). You give off more CO2 when you are hot or have been exercising so either avoid being outside or...
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Aug
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The Science Behind LifeWave Technology and Energy Meridians

LifeWave Patches - Energy, Pain Relief, Appetite Control, Anti-Aging, Sleep
 For those of you who might be interested in learning a little more about LifeWave patches and how they work I thought I would pass on this information supplied by the company this week. I received the information in an email as I have used a number of the patches and found them to be quite helpful, particularly the energy enhancer, glutathione (Y-Age), and Silents Nights products. I'm not suggesting by any means these products will cure chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, autism, or any other environmental illness....but in my own experience they can certainly provide an effective means of drug-free symptom relief and improvements in well-being and daily functioning. LifeWave patches purportedly work on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - specifically the system of energy meridians said to carry Qi (life force/energy) around the body. In essence the patches work in the same way as...
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    I have good news and I have BAD news. First the Good news: My many years of experience with Homeopathics has caused me to have gr
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Aug
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Daily and Seasonal Fluctuations in Symptoms in Environmental Illness

I thought for my main blog entry this week I'd discuss a subject that has for the past 10 years or so had a major impact on my ability to cope with daily life and plan for events in the future - the daily and seasonal fluctuations in the appearance and severity of my symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness, and related conditions. I'll also talk about what I have done to adapt and minimise their impact.   Daily Fluctuations First I ought to explain that the body varies its biological processes such as hormone production throughout the day and night to allow for periods of activity and rest (i.e sleep) and this is known as the circadian rhythm. For example in the morning secretion of the adrenal hormone cortisol increases, as does activity of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, and this makes us feel awake and full of energy so we're prepared to...
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    adminv15 says #
    Thankyou Maff, you described the patterns daily and seasonally and the way you've adapted to create balance with your internal and
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    N-acetyl-tyrosine is a nutritional supplement so you don't need a doctor for that. I get all my supplements from [URL=https://affi
  • DeniseB
    DeniseB says #
    Hi Maff Where do I get these medications from as I don’t have a doctor and I am working purely on how I feel. I’ve
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Natural, chemical-free head lice and flea control with innovative electronic comb

Electronic Lice & Flea Comb
 My regular readers will know that I don't often use my blog to talk about a product or service but since I'd discussed the problems I'd had finding natural methods to rid my cat of fleas a few weeks ago, I thought I'd let you all know about a new product I found and have been using for the past week. I had previously been using a regular flea comb when I came across this electronic version on the Androv Medical website. It's strictly a lice comb for ridding your youngsters of head lice but I thought it would be worth a shot for getting shot of the fleas on my moggy - and the results have been great.  The problem with regular lice/flea combs is that you're combing out live bugs and eggs so you have to be extremely careful and take the correct precautions to make sure you don't infest...
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    well this blog is great i love reading your articles.,http://www.belstaffjacketsukstore.net
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    Where did that head lice came from? Is there any way to stop them? coz it’s kind of annoying when they are living on you, your sca
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Novel Pain Relief Techniques for Fibromyalgia

Does listening to music help fibromyalgia pain?
 Fibromyalgia is a condition that can literally leave sufferers disabled by intesnse pain, both generalised and at  specific "tender points" around the body. Traditional medicines used for pain relief often have little or no effect or become less and less effective over time so the patient is often left in agony as their doctor exhausts their armoury of painkilling drugs. Even powerful "last resort" opioid drugs including morphine, Codeine, Vicodin, and Oxycontin often have little effect on fibromyalgia pain. Research suggests this could be because in fibromyalgia patients these drugs fail to bind effectively to pain receptors in the brain (read more). The US Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the first three drugs specifcally for the treatment of fibromyalgia - Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Milnacipran. Lyrica is designed to treat pain by working on "sodium channels", which are involved with the transmission of nerve impulses, and reduce the central...
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  • DrDavidJernigan
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    Ronda, Take a minute to read Dr. Jernigan's article: "Chronic Fatigue and Low Body Temperature" http://www.drjerniganblog.com/ar
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    Hi! I was diagnosed with FMS (among other things) in 2004 but I'm sure I had it earlier than that. I've tried just about everythin
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    Try magnetic therapy, this stuff really works. What it does is increase blood flow. When magnets are applied to a specific area of