Poor Sleep, Fibromyalgia and Pregabalin

This post originally appeared in Quora. Recently, a Twitter follower asked me what she could do about deteriorating quality and quantity of sleep, and advised she is taking the medication pregabalin, also known as Lyrica. Bad sleep is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, but it can also be caused by many other conditions. Because fibromyalgia…

22 Billion Reasons To Make Workplace Stress Go Away

My brother, sharp guy that he is, recently shared a brief article with me that comments on the costs of workplace stress. Today, I came across an article in Forbes about the waste, costs and harm generated in the American healthcare system.  The same observations apply in Canada. What’s the connection? Actually, there are several. …

Worried Sick: Healing Anxiety

It is often said that everything we feel originates from two basic emotions: love and fear. On an everyday basis, fear tends to manifest as worry.  We medicalize this in the condition of anxiety. When you consider the number of people whose lives will be limited by anxiety at some point, the personal and social…

Mysterious Maladies 4: Multiple Chemical Sensititity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), sometimes referred to as Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance, is a poorly understood and controversial condition in which symptoms are experienced that are perceived to be related to chemical exposures.

Mysterious Maladies 3: SLE

SLE is more properly known as systemic lupus erythematosus.  While it’s a little less mysterious than CFS or fibromyalgia, it resembles these conditions in that its hallmarks are pain and fatigue, and its cause is unknown.  Another hallmark symptom is the butterfly rash, as illustrated here.

Remembering Past Meals May Promote Weight Loss

If you’ve spent time dieting, you’ve probably encountered the advice that you should pay attention to what you eat, how and when.  Now, new research is putting a different spin on this old advice.

Mysterious Maladies 2: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The second in a series of articles pertaining to poorly understood conditions that change people’s lives, this post will cover Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  The first article was on fibromyalgia.

Mysterious Maladies 1: Fibromyalgia

This article on fibromyalgia will be the first of a series on “mysterious maladies”, those poorly-understood conditions that affect people so significantly. Description Fibromyalgia is a condition that defies categorization.  Researchers and other experts in health care have described it as: a “rheumatic” musculo-skeletal condition; a condition of the nervous system related to abnormal pain…

Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

The Consequences Of Stress “Addiction” In the last article, you learned how stress can become “addictive”. In this article, you’ll see how stress addiction leads to a condition NDs call “adrenal fatigue”.

Are You A Stress Addict?

Are You Addicted To Stress? Stress is a fact of everyday life that can have more of an impact than we realize. Stress changes the chemistry of our bodies in ways that can have long term significance. This article looks at the physical changes induced by stress that can lead to stress “addiction” as well…