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Fibromyalgia and the 'crafty' person: knittin' hookin' and stitchin' as therapy

Fibromyalgia and the ‘crafty’ person: knittin’ , hookin’ and stitchin’ as therapy

“As I get older, I just prefer to knit”, Tracy Ullman In the Canadian Globe and Mail , Thursday, February 18, 2016, L5, featuring an article by Jane Brody, we read about the benefits of knitting as therapy. In fact, large studies have been done with thousands of knitters extolling this activity and other handcrafts. It is said to …

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Harnessing your fibromyalgia anxiety with mindfulness meditation

Harnessing your fibromyalgia anxiety with mindfulness meditation

“Breathe and let be”, Jon Kabat-Zinn Within the last two decades the concept of mindfulness meditation has been adopted by schools, hospitals, businesses, police and even the military. Those who teach/mentor MM to people in the huge business of organized sport, the corporate world, the military, no doubt live with some degree of contradiction in their lives. …

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Fibromyalgia is NOT a 'Disease'! Manual therapists to "help"?

Fibromyalgia is NOT a ‘Disease’! Manual therapists to “help”?

“Names are not always what they seem”, Mark Twain How to go about convincing experts and the general population that fibromyalgia is not a disease, but a Medically Unexplained Syndrome (MUS)? It is in fact, a dis-ease. It is mysterious in the ways in which it exhibits itself with a vast array of features, but …

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Fibromyalgia and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Fibromyalgia and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”, Jon Kabat-Zinn Several years ago I was privileged to take the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, not once, but twice from a wonderful therapist. To practice what I learned requires discipline and daily/moment to moment awareness. Unfortunately, after several crises, real and/or imagined, I recently …

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Fibromyalgia: the mosaic of treatments

Fibromyalgia: the mosaic of treatments

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom”, Bertrand Russell I believe that those of us with central sensitization, that is, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue , or to call it by another name -“post traumatic stress disorder”, all suffer from chronic anxiety/ fear. These terms are , in my view,  interchangeable. They can keep us imprisoned …

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Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana Revisited

Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana Revisited

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”, Leonard Cohen-Anthem Cannabinophobia has resulted in a frenzy of political, medical, social and cultural chaos for generations in spite of the fact that this herb has been around for 38 million years. Prohibition against cannabis usage has resulted in billions of dollars spent trying …

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