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

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

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Resource: Walking Problems

This post includes tips that may help you with walking and muscle problems. Topics covered include mitochondrial function (MitoQ, D-Ribose, AMPK activation), lactic acid, electrolyte balance, autonomic function, pacing and adapting. Please comment on what I’ve missed out. Continue reading

How to Read a Newspaper

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

Review: Mendus and a Quantified ME

Join Mendus studies, data is considered more powerful if there’s more of it. If you join in with the Diet Study it will be become slightly more powerful than it is today in representing genuine effects in the ME/fibromyalgia population. With more participants these Mendus studies could also have greater power in a normal sense: they will make more noise and people will take more notice. This is your chance to get personally relevant answers to some niggling questions without having to wait years for university-based research to receive elusive funding. Continue reading

Resource: Guided Meditations for Alternative Pain Relief

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: Christian Meditation for the Chronically Ill

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: Aromatherapy for Spoonies

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I have no expectation of being Cured through aromatherapy. However, I have found that some oils help with some some symptoms. Recipes can also have a synagistic effect and so I’ve written up a few that I use below. You may also want to read this review and this list of essential oil properties. It isn’t free but some of the oils are £1 on ebay and last a long time (use this search to find them). You don’t have to use every oil in the recipe. The first 5 oils I’d buy would be: grapefruit, rosemary, basil, clary sage and lavender (≅£7). Continue reading