Fibromyalgia, Nature or Nuture, or Both? Hotly Debated Topic Among Peers

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A Link to a Scientific Discussion of how Genes, epigenetics, are at Play in All of Us

This post is inspired by a link shared by a FB friend on my home page today. I studied epigenetics for several years while attending university to obtain my MSW degree. What caught my attention about this article is the relationship epigenetics have to the heated debate among, my Peers with invisible illnesses, about whether long-term stress or genetics are the cause of Fibromyalgia. No matter what forum or blog I log on to, my Peers will likely admit to having lived through medium to intense stress in their lives. Yet, when the topic is introduced that our stress response, or our HPA (hypothamulas pituatrary axis), has burned out it’s ability to stop releasing the HPA stress hormones, leaving our bodies in a state chronic tension, there is a onslaught of denial that stress plays any real role in the…

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