Showing posts from January, 2009

Excercising Shouldn't Cost You An Arm or a Leg

In today's world, everything costs money, and with money being tight for everyone due to the recession, money spent on frills are getting cut out of the budget. I'm not a one to have many frills in my life because frankly, I just simply could never afford them-- even when things were good. I'm the type of person that spends on everyone else but myself, except when it comes to my health and that's what I'm going to discuss today, in part. You see, I feel that everyone is entitled to spend some money on themselves when it comes to being healthy on a day-to-day basis. After all, real food, not that fake stuff in a box, costs money. Exercising costs money too. But as far as exercising is concerned, I feel that it should not cost you an arm and a leg every time you feel like going to the gym. The only thing you should be loosing is weight, not money. I don't go to the gym or even take a yoga class. That's right, you heard me, I don't go out to exercise

The Competition Expands Along With My Thoughts

Cymbalta and Lyrica, FDA approved drugs for Fibromyalgia patients, now have some more competition. A new drug was just approved this month for the treatment of Fibromyalgia. Savella (milnacipran), is another antidepressant drug that is officially out on the market for Fibro sufferers in the US. This drug is a bit different than other antidepressant drugs because it boosts levels of norepinephrine more so than levels of serotonin. This drug has been used in over 50 countries for the past 10 years for the treatment of depression and the outcome of the drug's side effects are favorable because they are mild. The drug is only approved for adults at this point and not for children since it is an antidepressant. But the FDA wants some post-marketing studies done on women who are pregnant and breast feeding while taking Savella. This is wonderful news because these FDA approved drugs are helping patients with Fibromyalgia get the help they need since it's allowing research to be

The Final Days Are Here

Well, it's finally here, the last days of voting for the People's Choice Health Blogger Awards. There are only three days left! I can't believe how fast the time has gone! It's been a blast this past month reading the nominee's health blogs and reading all the beautiful comments readers like you, have left me. I want to thank each and every one of you that has voted, it means a lot, more than you could ever know. Thanks for the vote of confidence! Have you voted for your favorite Health Blogger? If not, go to the right of this blog and click on the Vote for Me badge for details. I'm out of the running for the top 20, but with your help, I can make the top 100. Please vote before the 15th if you plan on doing so. And while you are at Wellsphere, check out the other blogs that are in the running too. You can vote for anyone that you like, but you can only vote for them once. This is done to prevent "ballot stuffing" and to be fair to all of

Out With The Old

New Years is a great time to think about what you want to accomplish for the year. Everyone seems to get that fresh motivation and resolve to do something for themselves to make things healthier, easier, or just plain better. When I was a teen, I used to spend my New Years Eve listening to Casey's countdown. I would pull out my journal and read through all the things that happened to me over the year and then I'd figure out what I'd want to do better and what (or who) I'd want to leave alone for the new year. Once I got older and had children, I stopped that tradition I had for myself, put it on the back burner in the name of my kids. I had a young child and reading anything with words was hard. Writing was sheer torture. There were days when trying to write out the shopping list was next to impossible. But when I look back on it all, it was really was something I should have never stopped doing. Having an illness like Fibromyalgia can get you down sometimes. I