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DMSO: The Best Anti-Inflammatory You’ve Never Heard Of

If you suffer from joint or muscle pain, whether due to chronic conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia, or from the occasional over-exertion, you will want to know about the magic of DMSO. One of the hallmarks of injury is inflammation, we all know inflammation causes pain and swelling, but if left untreated can prolong the healing process significantly. Most people …

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Cupping – An Ancient Chinese Remedy

The ancient therapy of “Cupping” is making a modern-day comeback in the Western world and being used to successfully treat neuromuscular dysfunctions, orthopedic injuries, chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, and even cellulite. In China, extensive research has been carried out on cupping, and the practice is a mainstay of government-sponsored hospitals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The fundamental therapeutic value of …

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Keeping it Together?…Try Falling Apart Instead

Those of us with chronic illness know what it is like to be stoic. We fake a lot of things by putting on a happy face in spite of terrible pain, endless frustration and extreme sadness. And while we are always encouraged to “look on the bright side of things” or to “find the silver lining” – sometimes, things just …

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5 Foods That are Preventing You from Healing

“Let food be thy medicine” – is a famous quote by Hippocrates. A quote that has become one of my “brain tattoos” over the last several years. But, what happens when certain foods aren’t medicine at all, but rather – poison. There are a handful of foods that have the ability to cause more damage than good. The problem with …

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5 Things to Help You get the Sleep You Need

Getting enough sleep, especially if you suffer from autoimmune disease, is like a cruel joke. We are ex-haus-ted, but often suffer from insomnia as well. Here are some tips to help achieve that restorative sleep you crave. 5 Steps to Improving Your Sleep: 1. Turn off ALL electronics at least an hour before bed. Yep, that’s right, no computer, no …

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Just Passing Through the Land of Veganville

Veganism, and the lifestyle that often accompanies it, is all the rage these days. There are celebrities endorsing vegan products, and even super-hilarious spoofs on SNL. You know that once something becomes satirical, it’s officially mainstream. In addition to being a hip and trendy way of life, it’s clearly the choice to forego animal products that is the core of veganism. Nowadays, there are …

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But You Don’t Look Sick…

You’ve probably heard it before…and when you are suffering from an “invisible” chronic condition, it might not necessarily be heard as the well-meaning compliment it is intended to be. Friends and family, they all mean well, but anyone who has dealt with the kind of pain and fatigue that doesn’t show on the outside, knows this type of comment can come as a blow. This one statement …

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The Spoon Theory

A dear friend of mine sent this to me shortly after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. It was a God-send and I continue to pass it along every chance I get. The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino www.butyoudontlooksick.com My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating …

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Meditation 101

Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind. If you’re like me, you spend most of your days with a steady stream of inner dialogue, everything from to-do lists to ideas and dreams. Meditation is a lovely respite from our busy minds and provides us calm time to reset. People who meditate are known to be calmer, less anxious, and they’re more …

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They Call it What?!

Who hasn’t gotten a look like this from someone while explaining their autoimmune disease? The world of autoimmune disease is one of serious confusion and inconsistency. It can take years of people suffering with these conditions to be diagnosed and even longer to recieve treatment. Of course, if you are one of the “lucky” ones to get a timely diagnosis, it can often lead to endless questions regarding finding the …