Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder that includes widespread musculoskeletal pain along with fatigue, sleep disturbance, memory changes, mood changes and more. Studies show that FM amplifies or increases painful sensations by changing the way the brain processes pain signals. FM is NOT a psychological disorder that only people with a troubled past or present acquire. Nor is it due to being inactive or lazy. If ANY doctor suggests that, PLEASE find a different doctor who understands the pathogenesis of FM. Unfortunately, this can be a challenge!
FM symptoms can begin after a physical trauma, surgery, an infection and/or after a significant stress experience. Continue Reading →
In the 1970’s Ivan Illich wrote a number of books including The Disabling Professions: and Diseasemongers: How doctors, drug companies and insurers are trying to make you feel sick. He wrote about the process of turning ordinary life and its ups and downs into medical conditions, the so-called medicalisation of society. He observed how the definitions of diseases are being widened in order to boost demand for doctors’ services and new products. He foresaw the alliances that have formed between groups of specialists, drug companies and even some patient groups, who all have a vested interest in making their particular condition look as widespread and serious as possible.
The media plays its part in disease mongering by using the biggest, most dramatic estimates of how many people suffer a disease and by featuring the most severe cases of disability. Continue Reading →
It sure is something we hear a lot about these days, isn’t it? We have the idea that stress is something we all unavoidably face… and that it’s somehow bad for us. Stress is a part of life, there’s no denying it. Putting ourselves in stressful environments repeatedly over years or decades is one of the most damaging decisions we can make.
Over time our bodies have developed a complex and precise system of handling the stresses that we all inevitably confront. What a gift! Continue Reading →
Avoid stress? Impossible! To be alive is to be under stress.
But stress is not even necessarily bad for you. Any emotion, any activity may cause stress. The same stress which makes one person sick can be an invigorating experience for another. Stress is part of life, but is all stress the same? Continue Reading →
We learned in our last blog about the dangerous effects of chronic stress on our health. Stress is killing us… but we don’t have to let it! It’s more important now than ever to pay constant attention to our health.
The chronically stressful demands of work and home can be overwhelming. Stress can be a normal and beneficial part of our lives, but more and more doctors are waking up to the fact that nothing jeopardizes your health more than constant, chronic stress. As our modern world continues to move and change faster and faster, and as we’re taking on more and more work and personal obligations, our health is paying the price. Continue Reading →