To the Nurse Who Told Me Not to Cry When I Was in Pain

To the Nurse Who Told Me Not to Cry When I Was in Pain

Dear Nurse, Let me first start by saying I have a surmountable amount of respect and admiration for you — as a human being and as a nurse. You have made so many sacrifices to make sure not only I feel comforted and cared for, but also every single one of your patients does, too. I appreciate your advocacy, I appreciate your comfort, I appreciate your advice and I appreciate you did everything in your…

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5 Early Warning Signs in People with Fibromyalgia

5 Early Warning Signs in People with Fibromyalgia

While the symptoms of fibromyalgia can resemble those associated with other illnesses, if you notice more than one symptom it’s a good idea to go to your doctor for early diagnosis Fibromyalgia is a disease that’s recognized by all medical organizations (and the World Health Organization since 1992). Its prevalence is without a doubt higher in women. Today fibromyalgia presents a challenge for both science and medicine because the clinical profile and symptoms can be very broad, ranging…

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11 Things I Will Never Try To Teach My Autistic Son

11 Things I Will Never Try To Teach My Autistic Son

This is meant to be a funny post. So if you were looking for profound things like “I’ll never teach my autistic son to lie” or something noble like that then maybe isn’t the post for you. Although if I can’t think of enough I may just throw in one of those profound ones just to round it up to ten since that’s what I promised. But for the most part these are a bunch…

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5 Natural Remedies for Chronic Depression

5 Natural Remedies for Chronic Depression

Did you know that psychiatric disorders affect 26 percent of the adult population? That is more than 60 million Americans! One in 10 Americans takes an anti-depressant. In 2006 alone, expenditures on anti-depressants soared over $1.9 billion (source: Mark Hyman, MD, The UltraMind Solution, p. 11). I agree with Dr. Mark Hyman, as well as other functional medicine doctors, such as Dr. Kelly Brogan that there must be a better way. Not only do we…

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7-day weight-loss challenge

7-day weight-loss challenge

Could you live without fast food and sweets? That is an important question that you should ask yourself. And if you are addicted to sugar and processed food you should conquer your cravings and start a new healthy lifestyle. Can you do that? We are sure you can and we recommend following a seven-day no junk food challenge. By following this seven-day weight loss challenge you will develop healthy eating habits, drop excess pounds, improve…

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It’s not what you think

Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone. For two days, I’ve been working on a piece to pay tribute to him, and it’s been a struggle. Usually when I have a problem like this it’s because I’m staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I want to say. That’s…

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How heavy metal and head banging can help your mental health

How heavy metal and head banging can help your mental health

If listening to heavy metal provokes disturbed behaviour and angry outbursts, then Liam Frost-Camilleri could be considered a maniac. Updated Mon at 12:59am Video: Metal bands go Beyond Black in Ballarat for Beyond Blue (ABC News) He’s been listening to metal legends like Machine Head and Dark Tranquillity since he was teenager. “Heavy metal has always been underground and that’s the point of heavy metal; it is an offshoot subculture different than the norm and…

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The drugs do work: antidepressants are effective, study shows

The drugs do work: antidepressants are effective, study shows

Doctors hope study will put to rest doubts about the medicine, and help to address global under-treatment of depression It’s official: antidepressants are not snake oil or a conspiracy   It is likely that in the UK alone 1 million more people a year should have access to either drugs or psychotherapy for depression, say experts. Photograph: Darron Cummings/AP Antidepressants work – some more effectively than others – in treating depression, according to authors of…

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Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills. But it also showed big differences in how effective each drug is. The authors of the report, published in the Lancet, said…

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My Mom is Suffering With Fibro and Reading This Made Me Emotional for Her

My Mom is Suffering With Fibro and Reading This Made Me Emotional for Her

Chronic pain is increasingly rampant today.Yet, chronic pain and chronic illnesses are often invisible. In many cases there are no casts, visible rashes or runny nose involved. Chronic pain sufferers often appear “normal,” perhaps only a bit more fragile or sad than average. I suffered from chronic headaches for four-and-a-half years and from chronic hip pain for two-and-a-half years. Often I looked depressed, uninterested and angry, when I was simply in pain. There were many days I…

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