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My husband’s workplace illness

The irony is inescapable. I, a certified safety professional with my Masters in occupational safety and health, have seen my own health damaged and my husband’s ruined by occupational exposures. In both cases, I knew what the problem was but thought I was powerless to prevent our illnesses. However, my experiences taught me some lessons from which other safety and health professionals can profit. But first, let me discuss the pertinent question of what are “real” illnesses.

The honeymoon from hell ends with £300k payout

A HUSBAND who received nearly £300,000 in compensation from a holiday firm has spoken of how he thought he would die after contracting dysentery on honeymoon. Julian Hurley says he is still plagued by symptoms including irritable bowl syndrome, post traumatic stress and chronic fatigue syndrome five years after his dream holiday turned into a nightmare.

Doncaster Free Press

Vendor of the Week – Marvin Gnad

Marvin Gnad’s a comedian. Seriously, just ask any of his customers; he has quite the repertoire.  That’s because, in addition to selling Real Change, Marvin practices his material on a near daily basis, and he gets more than a few laughs. He’s even become a local celebrity, performing for bar-goers at night and Pike Place Market tourists during the day.

Real Change News

Disturbed sleep and musculoskeletal pain in the bed partner of patients with obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been recognized as a distressing experience to the female partner, but a causal association remains controversial. Furthermore, a growing body of evidence supports a relationship of distress and sleep disruptions with musculoskeletal pain, also prevalent in middle-aged women. To test the hypothesis that sharing a bed with an OSA man may contribute to manifestations of distress and impaired sleep, we conducted a case-control study of 17 OSA wives and 17 wives of healthy sleepers.

Sleep Medicine

Eating Prebiotics is Essential for Health and Wellbeing

Awareness of the link between diet and health has led to an increase in foods that promote wellbeing. Prebiotics are components present in food which give health by supporting the gastrointestinal tract (GI), and by giving the body what it needs to defend itself and promote health and wellbeing.

Natural News

H1N1 (Swine Flu) & Vaccines With Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

To be or not to be vaccinated against the flu is a question those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome wrestle with every year. The big problem is that there are valid arguments for each choice. This year, though, with the expectation of another rise in H1N1 (swine flu) on the horizon, the question takes on a whole new significance. It’s easy to become scared and confused when you’re confronted by the information, potential dangers, and necessary decisions.  CFS & FM Blog

Gulf War Syndrome Researchers Blame Sarin Gas and Toxic Exposures

Toomey and colleagues, researchers at the Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System, confirmed that Gulf War deployment is associated with subtle declines of motor speed and sustained attention as influenced by exposure to toxicants during deployment. Toomey found that exposure to sarin gas released during the Khamisiyah destruction is correlated with long-term reduced motor speed in veterans that has not resolved after 10 years. Self-reported exposure to these toxicants is also significantly associated with attention deficits.

American Chronicle

Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works

Traditional Chinese acupuncture, increasingly popular in the West for a variety of ills, eases pain by regulating key receptors in the brain, according to a new study.  The study showed that acupuncture increases the binding availability of mu-opioid receptors in regions of the brain that process and weaken pain signals — specifically the cingulate, insula, caudate, thalamus and amygdala. By directly stimulating these chemicals, acupuncture can affect the brain’s long-term ability to regulate pain, the study found.

US News & World Report

Undiagnosed Lyme Disease & Fibromyalgia

There is a disease called Fibromyalgia (FM), although there is no diagnostic test for it. Most people that get diagnosed, do so after years of not only seeking, but begging for treatment for the relentless pain and numerous other symptoms. No I don’t want to go back in time to when nobody believed this disease existed. However, the fact that the number of people reportedly having it now as compared to say even as little back as 1993, it makes me wonder, are doctors finally recognizing it, or is it their “trash can” diagnosis for patients who refuse to live out the rest of their days in pain? Fibromyalgia has so many symptoms it really could mock almost any disease, but Post Lymes Disease Syndrome fits the best.

Associated Content/Jennifer Bove

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