New This Week: April 11, 2012
Ten Commonly Asked Questions About Fibromyalgia
There are some questions about fibromyalgia that seem to come up repeatedly. So I thought I'd share the answers to 10 of these in this week's newsletter!
- Can fibromyalgia cause a "pins and needles" sensation?
- Can fibromyalgia cause muscle twitching?
- Can fibromyalgia cause pain on the top of the skull?
- Can fibromyalgia cause shortness of breath?
- Are there effective medications to treat fibromyalgia pain?
- Is fibromyalgia just a form of depression?
- Why do my arms hurt when I'm running on a treadmill?
- Is fibromyalgia causing my fever?
- What causes fibromyalgia pain and how do I make it go away?
- How can I get effective treatment for my fibromyalgia?
Love & blessings,
Sleep Less, Eat More?
Numerous studies show that poor sleep causes weight gain — 6.2 extra pounds in people who average less than five hours sleep a night. The cause of the gain? Researchers have theorized that poor sleep affects three hormones that are key to weight control: human growth hormone (HGH), leptin and ghrelin. But a new study shows that the sleep/obesity link has another twist: when you sleep less, you eat more, no matter what happens to your hormones.
Alpha Lipoic Acid for Better Blood Sugar Control
We've talked in the past (and in this issue) about alpha lipoic acid (ALA) being very important for nerve pain — especially diabetic nerve pain, at a daily dosage of 300 milligrams. But for people with type 2 diabetes, it turns out that ALA is good for more than diabetes-damaged nerves.
Multivitamins Improve Memory
Don't forget to take your multivitamin. A study shows that multivitamin supplements can help improve your short-term memory, the kind you use constantly during the day to function effectively.
A Dog-Lover's Story
An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me and I gave him a few pats on the head. He followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, and then curled up in a corner and fell asleep.
An hour later he went to the door and I let him out.
The next day he came back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall corner and again slept for about an hour. His visits continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious, I pinned a note to his collar:
"I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon he comes to my house for a nap."
The next day he arrived again for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:
"He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3. He's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?
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