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Articles in The American Journal of Psychiatry and other medical journals cite studies that show strong evidence that exposure to artificial broad-spectrum light is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

SAD affects people who become more depressed in the darker days of winter as well as for the more common nonseasonal depression. In fact, evidence proves that adding broad- or full-spectrum or natural lighting or a sunshine simulator in your home may help provide relief from the everyday depression from being stuck at home due to illness.

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Magnifier Mania

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A magnification option for every occasion!

Vision problems is among the many frustrating symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Grave’s Disease, and many other chronic conditions. Like many of the other symptoms, some of the vision problems can ebb and flow — getting worse on one day only to get better the next. It simply isn’t practical — or possible — to have a pair of glasses for every symptom occasion. That’s why so many of us rely on different types of magnifier options, like these:

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Things to Help You Keep Your Cool

Some climates just make it difficult to keep your cool when you’re outdoors. Because it’ll stay cool for days without the need for refrigeration or freezing, those in the know tell me that the EverCool Cooling Bandanas are popular with the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Special polymer beads are sewn into the EverCool Cooling Bandanas. When soaked in water, the beads expand to 100 times their original size and the coolness comes from the polymer beads retaining the coolness of the water and natural evaporation; this evaporation process can last several days, which provides extended relief from heat elements no matter where you are.

Keeping cool can also be a problem for those with many disabling chronic conditions because of anhidrosis. Anhidrosis is the inability to sweat, important because without the ability to sweat, the body loses it’s primary means to stay cool. A misting fan is a cooling option you can carry with you; the mist mimics perspiration and the fan helps the mist evaporate and cool you. (These fans come in baseball team versions for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and others.)

Another alternative for keeping cool is to use a Mini, Hand-Held Air Conditioner — a battery-operated, evaporative cooling fan unit.


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In addition to the chronic illness- and chronic condition-related articles, information, and t-shirt and gift idea designs on this site, is also the home of the Chronic Illness Realities comic strips.

pammy the pencil a character in the Writing Woes comic strip and the Chronic Illness Realities Comic StripPammy is the main character in two comic strips by Pamela Rice Hahn, the first of which is the Writing Woes comic strip. Pammy is a writer who is also disabled because of chronic illness and chronic conditions, so she also appears in the Chronic Illness Realities comic strip.

 The Everything Low-Salt Cookbook Book: 300 Flavorful Recipes to Help Reduce Your Sodium Intake by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything Diabetes Cookbook: 300 Creative and Healthy Recipes That Put the Fun Back into Cooking by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything One Pot Cookbook: Delicious and simple meals that you can prepare in just one dish; Burst: 300 all-new recipes! 2nd edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
The Everything Improve Your Writing Book 2nd Edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours  by Pamela Rice Hahn and Ph.D. Dennis E. Hensley

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