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Support Programs for CFS & FM; Thyroid Function & CFS; FM & Sleep: What Helps?

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FEATURE ARTICLES – September 17, 2003:

* Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Supportive Group Therapy

* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Thyroid Function: Seeking Appropriate Treatment

* Fibromyalgia and Sleep: What Disrupts It, What Helps?

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

* Curcumin

SUPPORT and COPING

* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

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

EVENT

* Conference: “New Visions” – The Minnesota Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association

ANNOUNCEMENT

* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

ENDNOTES

* Refer a Friend

* Not a Subscriber?

* About Us

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Feature Articles

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Supportive Group Therapy

According to Teresa Clarke, M.D., who leads CFS and FM support programs, “most of my group participants have been referred to me by their rheumatologist or family doctor and have a confirmed diagnosis of FM or CFS. I see them initially in a private consultation to review their history, symptoms and treatments tried. After a few weeks of participating in a structured group program, they start to see signs of progress, and by the end of the program, the average improvement is a 50% reduction in severity of symptoms reported (assessed by questionnaires).” Find out how Dr. Clarke’s program works.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2117

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Thyroid Function: Seeking Appropriate Treatment

Dr. Charles Shepherd writes, “Following a recent discussion on several UK lists around the controversial subject of thyroid function and the use of thyroxine to treat myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), here are a few key points on which I feel the vast majority of doctors involved in the management of ME/CFS patients would agree.”

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2118

Fibromyalgia and Sleep: What Disrupts It, What Helps?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is marked by various symptoms, including fatigue and sleep problems. Studies show that most people with FMS have abnormal sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling asleep and/or waking up through the night. This can cause people to wake up from a night’s sleep feeling tired and un-refreshed. It can also result in moderate to severe fatigue in approximately 90% of cases and decreased activity endurance throughout part or all of the next day.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2119

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Curcumin

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, debilitating illnesses characterized by chronic recurrent ulceration of the bowel, abdominal pain, digestive problems, diarrhea or constipation. The National Institutes of Health estimates that some two million Americans suffer from this disorder, which is of unknown origin, but likely caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and immunologic factors.

Medical researchers have made considerable efforts to establish a genetic linkage between Crohn’s disease and the NOD2 protein associated with programmed cell death and activation of NF- B, a transcription factor involved in the production of cytokines and chemokines necessary for inflammation.

Curcumin is a component of the spice turmeric (Curcuma longa) used in curries and mustard, whose anti-inflammatory properties have been recognized for years. These effects are related, in part, to inhibition of the activities of the cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase, and NF- B in several cell systems.

A new study now provides the first evaluation of curcumin and its effects on the inflammatory process in an experimental model of IBD. Curcumin has been shown to possess free radical scavenging (antioxidant) properties in addition to its known effects on the activation of NF- B. To read more about this research, click on the link below:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2120

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=2122

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:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2121

Conference: “New Visions” – The Minnesota Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association

The Minnesota Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association presents a conference on the latest research and treatments for CFS and FM:

“NEW VISIONS: Outcome Changing Interventions for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia”

Where: United Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota

When: Sunday, October 12, 2003

Who: Presenters include Daniel Clauw, M.D., Darlene Kvist, MS, CNS, LN, and Rick Snyder, JD.

What: Topics to be covered include “Fibromyalgia, CFS and Related Syndromes”; “Jump Start Your Energy!”; “Private Disability Insurance” and more.

For more information and to register online, please visit:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2124

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:

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2123

Refer a Friend!

Do you have a friend or relative who would find the information in this bulletin useful? All you need to do is click on the link below, or forward this email to them, and they can begin reading all the latest CFS and FM research and support news.

http://www.immunesupport.com/track.cfm?id=2127

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About ImmuneSupport.com

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