March - April
One to One
A sharing of tips, strategies, ideas and helpful thoughts from one
person with CFIDS
After trying a myriad of supplements and therapies, some of which helped temporarily,
I found that
I had multiple food and environmental allergies, diagnosed and treated (removed) by my NAET (Nambudripad
Allergy Elimination Technique) practitioner, Sheila Morris. She was able to do the detective work necessary
to determine which allergies needed to be treated first and when underlying emotional symptoms had to
be dealt with. Most of these allergies were not clinical allergies but sensitivities causing a number
of symptoms, including headaches, indigestion and fatigue.
Now that I am no longer sensitive
to vitamins, etc., the supplements I take are helping (where before some of them made me feel worse).
Two particularly beneficial ones have been MSM and Flor-essence, an herbal detoxifier.
energy level has been further enhanced by an acupuncturist, Maureen Quinn. I had previously seen three
acupuncturists who provided no permanent improvement. Maureen has drawn on a range of treatments in addition
to acupuncture (herbs, which I had to be treated for due to allergies; cupping, a means of removing stagnation
from the body; and recommendations for self-treatment using acupressure points at home).
experience has shown that it is the individual practitioner, perhaps more than the treatment, who makes
all the difference. The fact that these women really care about my health and believe I can improve has
been an important factor. I am glad I moved on when doctors and others did not help enough. Now I am starting
to enjoy life and accomplish personal objectives.
Inez Storck, Greenbelt, Md.
Gardening has been a very positive experience in my life, which has included CFIDS
It's excellent therapy for body and mind.
Do you remember the childhood story, The Secret
Garden? The key to a positive attitude can be found in a simple quote from the story: "Where you tend
a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow." I have a wooden bench in my small rose garden that has a bronze
marker with those words engraved. It's a daily reminder to me of how very important it is to think positive
thoughts, no matter how ill I feel. Negative thoughts are like thistles. I'd much prefer to be among the
I find that gardeners are usually very nice people, and I've never met one who wasn't
willing to share his/her experience. Sometimes they'll even offer you extra seeds or a favorite cutting.
If you've never gardened, make friends with a gardener in your neighborhood. Read up on gardens at your
local library. Above all, start slowly and pace yourself.
Anne Hogue, Sandy, Ore.
My husband, Phil, and I both have CFIDS. Some people have noted that the two of
us almost make
up one person. Hope our tips help.
Linnie Baker, Venice, Fla.
If you have a coping tip, a favorite quotation, a self-care treatment or anything
has helped you as a PWC, share it with others. Mark your notes "One to One" and please include either
an E-mail address or a phone number.