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Pool Workouts Help FM; Pain & Fatigue Reduced by Sodium Oxybate; Mercury Exposure & Autoimmune Disease

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FEATURE ARTICLES – August 20, 2003:

* Pool Power Workouts Help Fibromyalgia and Arthritis

* The Effects of Sodium Oxybate on Clinical Symptoms and Sleep Patterns in Patients with Fibromyalgia

* Setting the Stage for Illness: Mercury Exposure and Autoimmune Disease

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

* West Nile Virus

SUPPORT and COPING

* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

* Got Questions? Here are Answers…Find them in our Chat Room

ANNOUNCEMENTS

* CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course: Fall Signups

* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

EVENT

* CFIDS Lobby Day 2003

ENDNOTES

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* About Us

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Feature Articles

Pool Power Workouts Help Fibromyalgia and Arthritis

Patient Sue Ratthaus says before she started taking water aerobics classes, pain from fibromyalgia and arthritis had her immobilized: “I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t lift my arms,” she says. Most doctors and physical therapists agree that swimming is one of the best low-impact whole-body workouts. But even if you’re not a swimmer, there are a variety of ways to exercise in the water.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2032

The Effects of Sodium Oxybate on Clinical Symptoms and Sleep Patterns in Patients with Fibromyalgia

Investigators concluded that sodium oxybate effectively reduced the symptoms of pain and fatigue in patients with FM, dramatically reduced the sleep abnormalities of alpha intrusion, and decreased slow-wave sleep associated with nonrestorative sleep. The researchers assert this study is important for rheumatologists, because fatigue is such a common problem in FM patients and a new effective class of drugs may improve functional outcome.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2033

Setting the Stage for Illness: Mercury Exposure and Autoimmune Disease

The current scientific literature abounds with studies of the strongly suspected link between exposure to inorganic mercury (iHg) and autoimmune disease, a family of often debilitating and sometimes fatal conditions. The author of this review states, that “Although no human association has been documented, the connection is well known in animal models.”

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2034

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: West Nile Virus

As the peak transmission season of the West Nile virus reaches its midpoint, Mayo Clinic Proceedings has released via the Web a manuscript prior to publication, so clinicians and the public can quickly access the latest information on the disease.

“Given the recent proliferation of the West Nile virus, clinicians will likely benefit from a brief, well-organized review of the latest data on the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of infections,” says William Lanier, M.D., editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

The timing of the early release of the Proceedings review article is in response to a recent, dramatic increase in the rate and geographical distributions of West Nile virus infections. Last year, health officials saw a rapid expansion of the virus when it went from 10 states in 2001 to 39 states, plus Washington, D.C. It caused 284 deaths in 2002 compared to nine in 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2003, West Nile virus infections have already been identified in 42 states and the number of infections is expected to surpass that of 2002.

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Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner!

Dealing with the day-to-day struggles of living with a chronic illness can be trying. Coping Corner is the spot where you can find the online support you need to get through your day. Featuring personal stories, advice columnist Eunice Beck, RN, book reviews, and more.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2037

Got Questions? Here Are Answers…

Need a specialist in your location? Not sure what sleep meds are the best? Don’t know how to deal with the spouse, kids, and dog? Who better to help you than your fellow readers at ImmuneSupport.com? When you post a question to the message board, you can be assured of speedy and helpful replies. Other people have been through the same struggles and are happy to share their wisdom. It’s easy, too!

If you’re feeling chattier, go to the chat room and ‘talk’ to others in real time. You can let people know when you’ll be there by posting a note to the message boards.

Just click on the link below to find friends and support in the message boards and chat room:

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CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course: Fall Signups

Signups are now underway for the fall groups of the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help course. The course, which begins Sept 15, is an 8-week, solution-oriented email discussion group that focuses on practical strategies for coping with common problems of CFIDS and fibromyalgia. The cost of the course, which includes a copy of “The CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help Book,” is $25.

Visit the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help website to learn more and to register:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2041

CFIDS Lobby Day 2003

Congressional Activities: Lobby Day

Personal contact from voters who care about CFIDS is the secret weapon in the CFIDS advocacy arsenal. To facilitate contact with elected officials, The CFIDS Association of America sponsors an annual Washington, D.C., Lobby Day event. This year, Lobby Day will be held September 17-18, 2003.

On Lobby Day, CFIDS advocates from around the country, including persons with CFIDS (PWCs) and their family members and friends, come together on Capitol Hill to personally educate Congress about CFIDS and ask for help in securing an improved federal response to the illness.

Lobby Day participants are trained on effective meeting strategies and provided with materials to share with elected officials so they will feel confident and prepared before their first meeting.

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ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

Pro Health is happy to offer CFS & FM Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs at ImmuneSupport.com! We have designed these features to enable CFS & FM sites all over the world to get connected so we can work together to share important information and resources with our readers.

We invite webmasters to post headlines for the latest CFS & FM treatments and breaking news on your websites (linking to the complete content), in addition to linking to CFS & FM events, chat forums and message boards. We also invite CFS and FM related websites to link with us. To learn more about these programs, click on the link below:

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