ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

10 Fibro-Friendly Foods with a Bonus: Beautiful Skin

Fight Back! Win the War Being Waged Against Your Immune System

The role of microbiota and intestinal permeability in the pathophysiology of autoimmune and neuroimm...

Studies Show that Magnesium L-threonate Improves Brain Plasticity, Leading to Direct and Significant...

Clary Sage Oil May Be Pricey, but Its Benefits Are Priceless

Component of red wine, grapes can help to reduce inflammation, study finds

Poly MVA: A Novel Therapy for Increasing Energy, Repairing DNA, and Promoting Overall Health

Acupressure reduced fatigue in breast cancer survivors

Omega-3 fatty acid stops known trigger of lupus

What’s Fenugreek Good For?

Print Page
Email Article

More on CBT: Support for Changing Our Lifestyle

  [ 343 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By By: JoWynn Johns • • August 1, 1999

While many of us believe living "inside the envelope" would help us reduce our symptoms, we often find it difficult to do so. Finding the right combination of activity and rest can be a daunting challenge. Where can we get the strength to resist the forces that push us outside our envelope, that prevent us from even discovering what our envelope is?

Bruce Campbell, a PWC who had extensive professional experience with people who have other chronic illnesses and disability, has developed the CFIDS Self-Help Course to address just this question. He wrote about his work with CFIDS support groups in the November/December 1998 issue of the Chronicle. Since then, Bruce has expanded his text into The CFIDS Helpbook: A Guide for Managing Your CFIDS. He has led several more groups through the course, and he has introduced an E-mail version, which he pilot-tested this past winter.

Bruce's CFIDS Self-Help Course provides the information and the structure needed to facilitate changing one's habits and routines--something that is hard for all of us. Not a prescription for what to do, the course is a process of discovering for ourselves what we uniquely need to change in our lifestyle. Just as Weight Watchers and Alcoholics Anonymous provide the information and structure people need to change their eating and drinking habits, this course provides what PWCs need to change our daily routines. It helps us find a way of living that helps to reduce symptoms and possibly leads to significant recovery for some. While some of us can do it on our own, many others find that mutual support is the necessary ingredient for success in changing ourselves.

I was privileged to participate in the pilot e-mail group. Six of us-- Beth, Judy, Suzy, Murielle, Cathy, and I-- joined Bruce in this on-line experiment. Every other week, we read a few pages of text and responded to questions, topics for discussion, and assignments on which we reported results. We sent our responses by E-mail to a list server that distributed the messages to all members of the group. We also engaged in private, one-to-one exchanges, getting to know each other. In this way, we became a support group, worrying about each other, sharing coping tips, encouraging, commiserating and congratulating when appropriate. With a break for the December holidays, it took us about four months to complete the course.

At the end, we all reported that we had benefited. We had learned and experienced the value of planned, regular, "smart" rest and of pacing our activities. We'd seen how we could use various ways of recording our experience so that we could see the results of our self-experiments. And we'd had strong support for trying something that was difficult and uncomfortable: living within our limits. As a result of this program, I, for example, have succeeded in establishing a daily rest schedule that has enabled me to reduce the total time I had been spending in bed while having more "Good Days." The course is now offered in several locations in the San Francisco Bay area and via E-mail over the Internet. Also, the Helpbook is available separately for people who want to try this methodology. Although the Helpbook itself is a great resource, its usefulness is enhanced by working through it with a group or a friend.

The CFIDS Helpbook: A Guide for Managing Your CFIDS
By Bruce Campbell, PhD, 1999
This is the companion book to The CFIDS Self-Help Course, which Bruce Campbell designed. More information about the course and book are available at Bruce's web site,, by E-mail at, or by mail to Bruce Campbell, 777 San Antonio Road #121, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

JoWynn Johns, 61, has been disabled by CFIDS since January 1993. Before she was forced to stop working, she had developed an independent management consulting practice following 25 years as a corporate executive.

Reprinted with permission from The CFIDS Chronicle.

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Vitamin D3 Extreme™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products

Article Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment

Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength

Natural Remedies

Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems! Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems!
D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About
Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency? Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency?
The New Dual Activation Pain Relief Cream The New Dual Activation Pain Relief Cream
Safely Burn Away Body Fat Safely Burn Away Body Fat

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map