Friday, May 28, 2010

Another Autographed Book for Winner...

Jewel has won an autographed copy of my latest book based on this blog!  Congrats Jewel!  Please email me ( with an address to send the book out to along with your one of a kind book mark (made especially by me of course!)

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Power of Word Persuation

Classic rock music is a favorite of mine and I tend to listen to a station from Springfield Mass called Rock 102 on the way to Grandma's every morning.  In between sets of Areosmith and The Stones, I heard a commercial for something I thought was rather obscure.  It was an add for hypnosis.

Now, being the cynical consumer that I am, I normally chalk ads up as a form of selling propaganda.  However, I'm also a bit optimistic and will generally listen with an open mind if the ad is something worth while.  This particular ad was pretty straight forward and talked about using hypnosis to aid in loosing weight and quitting smoking-- something I normally hear for hypnosis, but then it went into aiding in chronic pain.

Chronic pain?  Could it be possible that something that was once used as a pallor trick to get people to cluck like chickens really help with chronic pain?  The answer is yes, it can according to magazines like Psychology Today.

A particular article published in October of 2008 discusses the power of suggestion.  It explains that some doctors and patients have been lead to believe that only expensive medication pushed onto them by drug companies are the know all and be all cure for your aliments.  Jacob Teitelbaum MD, the author of the article goes further into explaining that what doctors seem to think of as science in an article or convention is really just nothing more than a drug company's infomercial.  I'd have to say that I agree with him after seeing more and more drug representatives at the doctor's office over the past few years. 

Teitelbaum also makes another interesting point about the power of suggestion in that if a doctor says things like "no one can get you well", your subconscious just might start to believe it.  It's disheartening enough that most doctors until recently thought Fibromyalgia was nothing more than a made up pain in the mind of the afflicted.  But when a doctor who supposedly took a medical oath, uses negative comments against an already disheartened individual because he/she can't see past a drug price tag, it's just disgusting.

I know not every doctor is brain washed by drug companies, but lately while in the waiting room, it has seemed like they are.  There are holistic doctors making their mark in the medical community and this helps with the changing idea that medicines are not the magic bullet people need. 

I've yet to go to a holistic doctor myself, but I just might have to in order to check out hypnosis.  Even before I do that, however, I may check out this site that has self hypnosis downloads for an extremely reasonable price.  If something like this works, why go to a doctor for a $170 supply of Tremodol?  $13 is a heck of a lot cheaper, in fact, that's even less than the now grossly over-priced ($30/ month) herbal supplement sam-E. 

Oh listen to silly old me, I sound like a commercial!  Let me set the record straight-- I'm NOT endorsing the site, I just think it's worth looking into if you fell hypnosis is right for you.  Hypnosis is something that most people can do, in fact, some of us do it every day while driving in our cars (a scary thought I know, but would explain A LOT LOL!).  If you've ever driven somewhere and you can't remember the drive, you were probably hypnotized.  Hypnosis, though, is not for everyone.  Some people can't be hypnotized and that is something you can find out during a consultation. 

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Herbs: The Spice to Life

I recently took a trip to the book store with my daughter.  It's become a tradition to go every year around this time because we scout out books for my daughter's summer reading.  I also tend to pick up a title or two for my own summer reading pleasure.

We got to the magazine section and something caught my eye.  It was a copy of The Herb Quarterly.  I have always been an advocate of natural cures to aliments, even before being diagnosed.  My Grandmother taught me most of the common natural remedies like baking soda for bee stings, aloe for burns, and peppermint for an upset stomach.  These were great, but I knew they were only the start to my budding curiosity.  I knew there was more, I just didn't know where to start.

While thumbing through this magazine, I saw that I found a gem.  Articles like how to make your own lip balms, soaps, and lotions brightly popped from the pages.  I was happy to find such recipes because it may end my problems with chemical based products.  And as most of you know, chemicals are an enemy to the Fibro sufferer.  This was exciting to say the least, but what I found most intriguing were some of the statistics about herbs and supplements.

According to the Miscellany section of The Herb Quarterly the next generation of doctors will be more than less likely to use alternative treatments, such as herbal medicines, along side standard Western medicine.  The study goes further in saying that out of 1,770 students surveyed about 74 percent believe Western medicine combined with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are more effective than just one of these practices alone.  What is sad about all of this is that only 50 percent of the U.S. medical schools offer some type of CAM course.

Ryan Abbott, a researcher from the University of California Los Angeles Center for East-West Medicine and the author of this survey, states that 60 percent of the respondents want an increase in education of CAM.  He believes it's "a global phenomenon" because "policy makers at the highest levels (are) endorsing the importance of a historically marginalized form of health care."

Another article delves into the scary statistics of OTC counter and prescription medication fatalities.  According to the article, 4,825 deaths and almost 21,000 injuries can be linked to prescription drugs in the first three months of 2008.  The Archives of Internal Medicine published a study stating that deaths due to prescription drugs have tripled between the years of 1998-2005.  In comparison, there have been zero deaths reported from herbal supplements, vitamins, mineral, or amino-acid consumption in 2008.

With statistics and information like this, it kind of makes me feel good that my old herbal standbys are still tried and true.  I've always said that a disease will never kill me, but the medications and the bills will.  Seems to me that this statement is becoming more and more true as the data pours in.

I still believe in doctors-- don't get me wrong and I will continue to go to them when I need to.  But I also know that what I'm growing in my proverbial back yard will aid me too.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Reiki and Fibromyalgia

I first heard the term Reiki about ten years ago.  A friend who was really into Renaissance Faires, Pagan holidays, and wearing black told me she was studying the technique.  She wanted to be a certified Reiki master.  I was happy for her but admitted to her that I knew nothing about Reiki at all and was a little skeptical to say the least.  I really didn't think that someone could will my pain to go away by waving their hands across my back.  It just seemed rather odd to me.

I didn't let that stop me, however.  I really didn't have anything to loose but the pain in my back.  At the time, I did not know I had Fibro.  I was told I had arthritis, but either way, I was in pain at a young age and I needed some relief.  The session worked rather well.  I could feel my muscles becoming warmer and they did start to relax.  I also remember sleeping quite well that particular evening too.  Sleep has always been a rarity for me.  I take what I can get whether it be restful or not.  That night's sleep was very restful.

The term Reiki is from two Japanese words.  Rei meaning "God's wisdom or Higher Power" and Ki meaning "life force energy".  The technique is used for stress relief.  It also promotes healing and relaxation.  This technique was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui after a retreat he took in 1922.

Reiki is now an excepted form of healing and a lot more popular than even ten years ago.  The Spring Issue of The Door Opener is dedicated to this wonderful technique.  You can read heartfelt stories on how Reiki changed some people's lives, as well as, how Reiki can used in surgical healing.

There are many places that hold Reiki classes for healing purposes.  Some are done by churches and others can even be found at New Age shops.  You can find a class in your area by Googling Reiki classes by your state. 

I really liked the session I had many years ago.  It left me so relaxed that I had very little pain to speak of-- even the next day.  It's definitely something that I have to take up again because I believe it can help with Fibro symptoms.  Many Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to worsen when highly stressed and Reiki can help by elevating some of it.  It might be worth a try for some of you too.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Something in Denmark Perhaps????

As some of you know I've been the main caretaker for my Grandparents.  With this can come many responsibilities when you are dealing with two households and sometimes things get put on hold.  This blog, for instance, has suffered a bit in my absence and I want to apologize to my faithful fans. 

I try very hard to make at least one entry a month for Fibro and Fabulous because I believe that you, my dear readers, need fresh and up to date information on this beast that plagues our lives.  I also do it because I want you all to know that I care about each and every one of you and can truly understand what you go through. 

Unfortunately, I think you and I have been duped... 

My contest had been running fine and my first winner was very excited to get her autographed copy of one of my books.  But it appears that the second winner is not really a reader, it's a spammer.  I should have caught this, I know, but this person wound up hiding the spam in a comment that was geared towards my content.  In my confusion and fibro fog, I did not see this person for what they truly are and I deeply apologize to all of my readers for this.  I'm truly sorry that something rotten had to spoil the fun.

Having said that, I want you all to know that I still have an autographed book to give away along with a one of a kind bookmark!  The bookmark is a little something I made in appreciation to my loyal fans and I want to give it to the first person who leaves a REAL honest to goodness comment.  Sorry again my dear readers.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


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