Monthly Archives: August 2017

Is the cause of fibromyalgia both a nature/nurture conundrum?

” There are many other (besides testosterone) behaviour-eliciting hormones fundamental for human well- being, including estrogen and progesterone in females”, Carl Sagan

The question arises about why fibromyalgia is more prevalent in  highly sensitive women and men. The debate about nature/nurture has not yielded specific answers and for awhile I have thought of it as a moot point. As a nurse/sociologist I have leaned toward the impact of the social environment in early childhood. But, as some science in human sexuality suggests there is a relationship between levels of testosterone in utero and the extent to which specific traits are manifested after birth. I am now even more confused. However, I continue to believe that both what happens to the development of the fetus and afterwards in the environment are both relevant, although to what degree each plays a more significant role may never be known.

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Fibromyalgia and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Several years ago I was privileged to take the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, not once, but twice from a wonderful therapist. To practice what I learned requires discipline and daily/moment to moment awareness. Unfortunately, after several crises, real and/or imagined, I recently let what I had learned fall by the way-side, but sensibly have begun to incorporate the strategies into my life once again . It is like pulling on an old comfortable sweater when I stop myself from allowing my rambling thoughts to have power over my daily living.

Today I read the article by Alan Green in Mindful magazine. It is in the August, 2017 edition.

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