Review: Can Post-Exertional Malaise make a Placebo Effect seem like a Nocebo?

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Does Post-Exertional Malaise lead to unusual Placebo Effects in ME that seem more like Nocebo? This post explores my experience of a Placebo controlled experiment. Continue reading

How to Read a Newspaper

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We read about someone who’s found an instant cure from (insert Spoonie condition of your affliction) after a relatively short amount of time. This post unpacks some of our initial thoughts including:

They were never ill in the first place; They were ill but it’s not true that they are now well; They can’t have had what I have; It’s true that they recovered but for a different reason; It’s great that they found a way to get well; If I try that will it work for me? I’ve been ill much longer, I’d know if that works; Why have I been ill so long? It’s not fair; The newspaper has got it wrong. Continue reading

Resource: Guided Meditations for Alternative Pain Relief

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A collection of free, guided meditations from around the web to help you cope with pain. Styles included: insight meditation, yoga nidra, seated T’ai Chi, and seated Qigong Continue reading

Resource: Quick Tips for Pacing

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Quick Tips for Pacing. These may be new ideas to you or simply a reminder. Continue reading

Resource: Christian Meditation for the Chronically Ill

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This post includes resources for Christians and agnostics who are chronically ill. It is split into 3 sections – one for those who are doubting or frustrated; one for those too fatigued to engage in spiritual activities and a third section of activities that require engagement. Continue reading

Resource: TV Prescription Pacing, from Laughter to Boredom

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This post is the 2nd in a series on pacing. Watching TV is likely to make up more of our day than meditating. It is therefore important to get viewing habits right.

This post is my TV prescription for you, in order of importance. It is based mainly on my own observations, although you could possibly find research to back up some of it.
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