Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fibro Notes - EFT

In October of '09, our Fibromyalgia Support Group proudly hosted Dr. Kevin Hancock, a very special Chiropractor in the Mishawaka area, who is so very dedicated to helping his patients that he has incorporated a few very helpful and somewhat unique methods of treatment into his repetoire.

One treatment is Oxygen therapy, which incorporates the intake of oxygen through a nasal tube as the patient exerts her muscles. This adds oxygen to the blood flow which in turn oxygenates the muscles helping to relieve muscle pain. Very Healing, indeed. Kudos Dr. Hancock!

Another Kudo comes from his use of EFT, as a very effective adjunct to his chiropractic and oxygen therapies. EFT is being used by a number of professionals, including psychologists, ministers, Osteopaths, Medical Doctors and social workers, all over the world. Anyone can use EFT. Even you.

What is EFT? Well, simply stated it is "an emotional, needle free version of acupuncture...." where one uses the tips of the fingers to tap on specific accupuncture meridian points, while reciting a specific statement, or affirmation, regarding your particular emotional dilema of the moment.

It has become common knowledge that our emotions (particularly stress) affect our well-being, indeed our overall health, especialy in the case of Fibromyalgia. When overwhelmed with specific stressful events, one can become ill almost instantly - ulcers, stroke or heart attacks are the most talked about, but headaches, backaches, intestinal issues and so on are also common. Using EFT, one can literally release the emotional hold on these specific acupuncture points, freeing the blockage that occurrs at these key sites.

This is a gross oversimplification, but the correct process and usage of this "tapping" has helped thousands of people with a wide range of issues, including cravings for smoking, soft drinks, sugar, and overeating in general, also for helping headaches, backaches, migraines, mild depression, anxiety, phobias such as fear of spiders, fear of flying, and much more.

This treatment method may not cure Fibromyalgia, but it can certainly help stresses that can aggravate symptoms. It may help recurrent headaches, sinus blockages, backaches, or stress when dealing with family members, or the boss at work, or calming the mind before going to sleep, or any number of things that crop up in a-day-in-the-life-of-a-Fibromyalgic.

Dr. Hancock's presentation provided us with a new and valuable tool. One that he uses for his patients when necessary, and one that we can also learn to use for ourselves. We really appreciated his insight and demonstration of this wonderful treatment method.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or "Tapping" is a remarkable Mind-Body method of treatment. Find out more at or Google "Emotional Freedom Technique" or "EFT." You can even download a free training manual at some of these sites! It's easy to learn and may help immeasurably!

I am finding every day that there are more things in heaven and earth that are out there just for our use...we need only find them and apply them. One or more of them is bound to help our particular style of Fibromyalgia...The more we learn, the better we can choose.

Keep Smiling Everyone! It's Important! *:)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fibro Notes- Immune Support

Our Fibromyalgia Support Group met on November 10 this year. And because the news had been full of fears over the pandemic Swine Flu, I chose to discuss the Immune System and ways that we can boost it and give ourselves an edge. Those of us with Fibromyalgia are completely familiar with aches and pains and feeling lousy in general, and we know whithout a doubt that getting the flu on top of it would be downright devestating!

It is to our advantage to find the best means and methods to protect ourselves. The Flu shot is one alternative, but not by any means the only one. For some people the flu shot is maniditory and they wouldn't think of going a single year without it because it affords them the protection they need to be sure of not getting the flu.

For others, the flu shot is not an option, for any number of reasons. So they choose to protect themselves naturally. How? The ways of our ancestors... fresh whole fruits, vegetables (with additional onions and garlic), nuts, whole grains, legumes (beans), dark leafy greens, herbs, especially elderberry, lots of water and living smart during the season. All of these are antioxidants by the way, so adding even more antioxidants in the form of the newer "hot" antioxidants like Mangostene Juice, Acai Juice, Pomegranates, etc...GO FOR IT! Take all the antioxidants you can get! The more the better.

Frozen and dried fruits and veggies are also an option. Cooked is the last option-they loose a lot in the translation. But get them any way you can. When cooking, add extra onions, garlic, sage, basil, rosemary and thyme...each of these herbs are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral! Again, all are antioxidants too!

Be sure to tell your doctor of any supplements you are taking.

There are herbs and supplements that are especially helpful for boosting your immune system. Astaragalus, Eleuthero, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Basil and American and Asian Ginseng are commonly used as normalizers and/or stress busters...physical and body stress specifically. They help the body deal with hot and cold temperatures, the stress of illness, the stress of hormones going haywire, etc. These herbs are often called adaptogens because they help your body adapt to mild or even severe internal adjustments such as during an illness or hormonal shifts. It's also handy that they are antioxidants as well.

Elderberry, Olive Leaf Extract, Oil of Oregano are all extremely helpful at fighting off nasty germs, bacteria and even viruses. Elderberry is available in capsules, syrups, lozenges etc. Olive Leaf Extract and Oil of Oregano are available in liquid and capsules.

If you have heard of Juice Plus+, you probably already know they they are fruits and veggies in a capsule (or now also adlut-strength gummies). These are antioxidants "on-the-hoof" as it were. If you don't have access to or the wherewithall to eat 13 servings of fruits and veggies every single day, this is a good way to get them .

Getting antioxidants naturally through eating fresh whole foods, REAL foods and herbs like sage, Basil, etc is the number one way to boost your immune system, then there are the adabtogens and the supplements for even more boost. Wash your hands frequently and drink lots of water, preferably with a pH of 7 or above.

Stay well everyone and Keep Smiling! It's Important!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Oops...Forever Learning

Hi everyone! I just learned that I didn't enable a few buttons on my blog, one of which was the button that enables comments. This was unintentional, I assure you. It is now enabled. You can now post away...Please be kind...*:) Keep Smiling! It's Important!