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5 OF THE BEST FIBROMYALGIA BOOKS…

Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook by Dr Louise S. McCrindle and Dr Alison C. Bested. – The NHS estimates that fibromyalgia affects nearly 1 in 20 people worldwide. In England and Wales, there could be up to 1.76 million adults with the condition. 

This book, written by leading experts in fibromyalgia, gives common sense tools that will help fibromyalgia patients help themselves on to a road to improvement and perhaps recovery. It uses The SEEDS of health approach (Support, Environment, Exercise/Pacing, Diet/Drugs, Sleep) and has shown significant success rates in patients. The goal of this book is to help patients improve their ability to function and their quality of life. The treatment approach is centred around rebuilding: helping to decrease pain, control inflammation, improve sleep, improve cognitive function (reduce brain fog) and improve energy levels. The book is also a source of support for family and friends. This outstanding fibromyalgia resource provides the necessary hope, support and resources for a condition that is often misunderstood or left undiagnosed and untreated for many years. It is available from multiple bookshops but is on offer at The Book Depository for £12.78

10 Best Questions for Living with Fibromyalgia : The Script You Need to Take Control of Your Health by Dede Bonner & Dr Wood.

This book is an indispensable resource that empowers fibromyalgia patients to take charge of a debilitating disease and get the health care they deserve. The expert advice found within The 10 Best Questions(TM) for Living with Fibromyalgia gives readers the answers they need to get the best care possible and enjoy a more normal life.

This essential book provides the Best Questions that patients should ask their doctors, partners, children, and friends, accompanied by the “best answers” drawn from cutting-edge research and extensive interviews with the top experts in the field. There are chapters on what to ask about your diagnosis, test results, second opinions, ongoing disease management, losing weight, getting more sleep, and making other healthy lifestyle changes.

This practical and holistic book also offers the Best Questions and advice for fibromyalgia patients for their relationships with partners, children, and friends to ensure emotional, financial, and spiritual health. Each chapter concludes with The Magic Question(TM), the one crucial question most people never think to ask until it’s too late from £18.89

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness : A Mindful Guide by Toni Bernhard

Comfort, understanding, and advice for those who are suffering–and those who care for them.

Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation. Beloved author Toni Bernhard addresses these challenges and many more, using practical examples to illustrate how mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion can help readers make peace with a life turned upside down.

In her characteristic conversational style, Bernhard shows how to cope and make the most of life despite the challenges of chronic illness. Benefit from:
– Mindfulness exercises to mitigate physical and emotional pain
– Concrete advice for negotiating the everyday hurdles of medical appointments, household chores, and social obligations
– Tools for navigating the strains illness can place on relationships

Several chapters are directed toward family and friends of the chronically ill, helping them to understand what their loved one is going through and how they can help.

Humorous and empathetic, Bernhard shares her own struggles and setbacks with unflinching honesty, offering invaluable support in the search to find peace and well-being. From £12.79

Reverse Therapy: Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and related Disorders by John Eaton.

This is the new version of the best-selling 2005 Book M.E., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – The Reverse Therapy approach and replaces that book entirely. Contains new and up-to-date information on the Reverse Therapy approach as well as explanations for the conditions it treats.

These conditions include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, tension myositis, medically unexplained pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), eczema, psoriasis and auto-immune disease. Reverse Therapy is a radical Bodymind healing process and is an effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and other medically unexplained disorders. It has helped thousands of people recover from these disorders since it was first offered to the General Public in 2003.

Dr John Eaton explains Reverse Therapy in simple terms, accessible to the general reader. He describes how he evolved the ideas for Reverse Therapy and the underlying treatment process. Other chapters explain the nature of these illnesses and what exactly causes the symptoms. Then John goes on to describe how Reverse Therapy works and what sufferers can do to get well again. This may well be the first and last book anyone will need to buy in order to understand CFS and Fibromyalgia and find the way to their cure. Dr John Eaton founded Reverse Therapy in 2002. He is also a registered psychotherapist and has been practicing in the UK since 1990. from £9.70

Married to Fibro : An Intimate Journey Living with and Loving Those with Fibromyalgia by Tina Marie Birkhoff.

There is hope. We are the support systems for loved ones suffering from Fibromyalgia. I have lived with Fibromyalgia in my house for almost two decades. Several of my friends have fibro and look for support within their friends or family circles. I’ve seen the frustration, sadness, loss of hope and despair that affects the sufferer, the spouse, and the rest of the family. My article published in Fibromyalgia Life and Chronic Pain Magazine; Issue 5 “In My Shoes” was the beginning of my awareness of the need for support. We, the family and friends, are a silent group hurting on the inside with little direction

Married to Fibro is that direction, the support group for help. Over 5 million people have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in the United States alone. Ten per cent of those diagnosed with fibro are men. That means ninety per cent of the sufferers out there are moms, wives, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and girlfriends with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Through my experiences and successes, Married to Fibro is a book of learning, education and hope. I am proof! Today is the day you and your loved ones start living a new life after the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Dive into my life, my findings and my newfound hope. As you learn more about the disorder and find that there is support, you will become a better, stronger, more joyful you in the light of supporting someone living with Fibromyalgia, from £9.63

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WHITE RIBBON DAY FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER, RAISING AWARENESS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN…

White Ribbon Day Friday, 25 November.

On White Ribbon Day Friday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, we are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women. This year, White Ribbon Day, 25th November, falls on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup. There has never been a better time for us to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

Because of thousands of people like you, we are able to get the message out that men’s violence against women and girls must end. And that all men can make a difference.#TheGoal. is White Ribbon Day’s leading message this year. It was developed for us in March 2021 when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds. It also opened up so many conversations about men taking action and making a stand.

All men can join the team to end violence against women and girls – that’s #TheGoal. Whether you’re a football fan or not, let’s work together to achieve gender equality. White Ribbon Day 2022 highlights 11 traits men and boys can nurture to help create a world of equality and safety for women.

Support White Ribbon Day and make a difference towards ending violence against women and girls. Plan now to mark White Ribbon Day in your workplace, school, sports club, local pub and bars, and communities. There are ideas and resources free online. White Ribbons and lots more can be bought in the online shop here.

Together we can unite on White Ribbon Day, 25th November, to work towards ending violence against women and girls and achieve #TheGoal.

Please help them reach as many individuals, workplaces, communities and schools as you can. For lots more information and details about White Ribbon Day head to their website.

Source: White Ribbon

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WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY 20th OCTOBER, 2022…

WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY – 20th October – World Osteoporosis Day, marked on October 20th each year, is a prime time to spotlight osteoporosis. 

With this year’s tagline of ‘Step up for bone health’, IOF will highlight the importance of a bone-healthy lifestyle as the foundation for strong bones and a mobile, fracture-free future. New posters and related resources and communications will urge the public and patients to ‘step up for bone health’ by ensuring:

• Regular weight-bearing & muscle-strengthening exercise

• A nutritious bone-healthy diet and adequate vitamin D

• No smoking and avoiding excessive alcohol intake

As well, the important role of Fracture Liaison Services and targeted exercise programs and nutrition after a fracture will be reflected in campaign messages and resources. We will reach out to healthcare professionals and health authorities, who will be urged to ‘step up’ on behalf of osteoporosis and fracture prevention by ensuring that people at fracture risk have timely access to diagnosis and treatment, including post-fracture care.

This year The Royal Osteoporosis Society are launching a new risk checker to help people understand their risk of osteoporosis and learn more about bone health.

In just five minutes, the new online tool will provide people with free, tailored advice about their osteoporosis risk and provide practical tips on how to take action on their bone health.

Osteoporosis is treatable and fractures largely preventable but it’s important to find out if you are at risk. It’s never too early or too late to act.

Here is how you can encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours to check their risk!

  • Talk to them about the importance of bone health and encourage them to check their risk
  • Like, share or re-tweet our posts on social media
  • Post on your own social media accounts
  • If you’re a volunteer, hold a session about the risk checker at your next meeting

Follow us on social media @royalosteosoc for all the latest updates and a link to the risk checker from Monday 17 October onwards. You can find links to all our social media below. 

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily – even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.

Fractures due to osteoporosis have a devastating impact on millions of people worldwide and result in enormous socio-economic costs to society and healthcare systems. Yet, despite effective medical advances to reduce fractures, a minority of men and women receive treatment.

Only 20% of patients with osteoporotic fractures are actually diagnosed or treated for osteoporosis, the underlying disease. In 2010, in Europe alone some 12.3 million people considered to be at a high risk for osteoporotic fractures were left untreated.

History of World Osteoporosis Day (WOD)

The first occurrence of World Osteoporosis Day was noticed on October 20, 1996, held by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society with the collaboration of the European Commission. Later on, in 1997 International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) organized World Osteoporosis Day (WOD).

Since its inception, Various organizations have supported the day, and in 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization co-sponsored the day intending to promote awareness of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. In 1999, World Osteoporosis Day was witnessed with a specific theme for the first time, and the theme for 1999 was “Early Detection”.

Source: Royal Osteoporosis Society World Osteoporosis Day Pace Hospital