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Coping Skills: Special Diets

Diets Streamlined for Those with Disabling Chronic Conditions

(Revised) There are lots of diet plans to choose from. Each has its own claims to fame — or at least its promise of a more healthful eating lifestyle. Part of the problems with those diagnosed with syndromes and conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) is that not everybody experiences exactly the same symptoms. For example, some with Fibromyalgia have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); others do not. Therefore, the same as not every treatment plan works for everyone diagnosed with CFS or FM, there isn’t a “one size fits all” eating regimen either. Many find they must match their diet with their (for lack of a better word) form of their disease, syndrome, or condition.

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Chlorine Bleach Alternative

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Many who cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or other allergies develop sensitivities to chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach isn’t just hard on them, it’s also hard on linens; it will break down the fibers and ruin the fabric.

Here’s an earth-friendly chlorine bleach alternative:

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Personal Stories & Reports (revised)

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Making Life Easier Allergies

Making Your Bed May Be Bad for Your Health

allergies suck t-shirt and allergy awareness and support gift idea designIf you are like so many who cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, you also cope with allergies. If you must also work to keep your allergies under control, chances are you’ve already taken precautions and other steps in your attempt to allergy-proof your bedroom. That might involve switching to organic cotton sheets, a germ-free humidifier, or an air purifier. According to a recent study, that may not be enough. It appears that something as simple as making your bed every day may be creating a bedroom environment that will worsen your allergy symptoms.

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by Pamela Rice Hahn

What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)?

Whether you call it Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), 20th century disease, Total Allergy Syndrome, Idiopathic Environmental Illness, or Chemical AIDS, or if you suffer chemical sensitivities along with the devastation of Gulf War Illness (GWI), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or Fibromyalgia (FMS), those who share my diagnoses are allergic or overly sensitive to many substances most of the world takes for granted.

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Many with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia must also cope with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), allergies, or other sensitivities. That makes traditional dry cleaning out of the question: Those affected simply cannot tolerate the chemicals used to clean the clothes.

Dry cleaning sheets meant to be used in the clothes dryer aren’t a solution either because of the adverse odors and perfume aromas that linger on the clothes.

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by Pamela Rice Hahn

Many of the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia also overlap with those associated with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Exposures that trigger MCS, which is also sometimes referred to as chemical hypersensitivity, sick building syndrome, or environmental illness, can result in symptoms of fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, memory loss, weakness, dizziness, headaches, heat intolerance, and arthralgias (joint pains). Depending on the individual and the severity of the person’s MCS, symptoms can be triggered by perfumes, public restroom and other room deodorizers, exhaust fumes, insecticides, and scents from laundry and cleaning products, general cleaning supplies, and nail polish or nail polish remover, to name a few.

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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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