Sharing a Link to Research on the use of Complimentary Medicine

Hello Peers,

I receive email updates to the work of the “National Center for Integrative and Complimentary Research”. Their research usually relates to us, chronic pain suffers.  This one is interesting, but leaves a large question that should be answered, “what do we use them for?”. Emotional health, social health? In my experience all the peers who use these methods use them to help relieve their levels of pain. Anyone have another answer?



Follow up to Blog on FDA Ban of Kratom

I got this news, from a FB site I find very useful, today; Important enough to pass on.


BREAKING NEWS: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced that a ban on Kratom will now NOT go into effect today as planned.

Fibromyalgia Awareness, Facebook

The DEA is Again Making an AlternativeMedicine into a Schedule 1 Classified Drug

Hello my Peers!

If you follow my blog, you know that I believe we all need to find our own positive path to health. While I had never heard of the herbal medicine “kratom”, I now wish I had; before it goes underground. If your like me you desire symptom relief in many forms, and those tools that work best for you should be the least invasive to your physical, social, and psychological systems. It sounds like this may very well be better than western medicine opioids. I am not promoting this herbal therapy, no, I am promoting my discouragement of our governmental system of deciding which types of therapy are best for my body.

That said, I am also a proponent of research and the better good. Research into the benefits of our medicines feels more sketchy over the last decade. Money appears to be more of a motivator then real assistance. Even then, despite solid research,  we take the blame for abuse of medicines like opioids. So, somewhere in this new scheduling there appears to be a contradiction.

Mad always, do your own research before choosing your view.

nccih.nih Link to Complimentary and Integrative Pain Methods

Hi Fellow Survivors,

I subscribe to this link as I find it useful for complimentary methods of living well with chronic pain. There is a lot of information at this site, take what works for you, research various methods, and keep yourself up-to-date with integrative techniques. I haven’t always agreed with everything researched, but that’s ok. I create my own path to living my best and created this blog for you to do the same.

Note that a ” live chat” is coming up! Hope you find something new to add to your unique toolkit.

Selecting Supplements: LabDoor

Good day Peers

I read this post in a blog I follow and, since so many of us also use supplements to increase our well being, I felt her information was important to pass on here. Please take note of her comment about ” levels of arsenic” in one commonly used supplement! If we are already chronically living with any medical issue, we don’t need to compromise our health with items we believe are assisting us to live better; do your own homework as well as trying out the site she found to assist us. Personal responsibility is key to finding our path to our best life.

Do you take vitamins, minerals and/or other types of supplements? I take what seems to be a ridiculous amount of supplements. Some are recommended by my doctor, and others make sense for energy, good sleep, immune system and thyroid support, better digestion, etc. I make my purchasing decisions based on convenience (# of pills & size), brand familiarity, cost and customer reviews. This has always felt wrong to me, but I had no other way to decide which was the best one to pick.


Recently, I went on the hunt to find a better magnesium supplement. I have been taking a NOW brand, Magnesium Citrate 400 mg a day for a while, but it requires me to swallow two, gigantic pills at night. They are so big, that they actually hurt my throat.

Magnesium is a complicated subject. There are many forms available, some are more absorbable than others, some…

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Research Link for Complimentory and Alternative Methods/Medicine

Could not resist posting this today. This is a wealth of empirical data on using alternative and complimentary methods and medicine to help with chronic pain.


NCCAM; Free Video’s on using Complimentary Medicines, Benefits or Not?

Alternative and Complimentary Medicines; Studies

Hello Peers,

I had a large fibromyalgia flare yesterday; no post. I overdid it after receiving a great career offer! Knowingly, I used my laptop for over four hours in an un-ergonomic position. I was just excited and made a stupid choice. Oh well, I don’t always make the best Well Life choices :(. It was actually great for my brain usage.

I went over many concepts learned during my time in University, thereby relearning them. I cut and pasted many great shortcuts to the therapy concepts and very good, free, worksheets. I now have this document with links forever, for any job offer. It sparked my thinking and linking concepts. As I have had post concussion syndrome (PCS) for almost two years it was nice to find out that I could actually, partially, remember these forms of therapy. Now, I just have to find a entry level job where I can use these techniques in a professional format, but without overtaxing my brain. Personal note: I am seeking a part-time job right now. (PCS creates, among other issues, a brain exhaustion that is unique to individual’s; currently, mine exhausts after about three hours).

Moving on to today’s post. I received a email from as I have a MSW degree, and signed up for emails. In it I found this lecture series on using complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM). I went through most of this series and feel that other than this short video there is not much relevant to those of us surviving with chronic pain. The most important part is towards the end, however, the video is only a bit over eight minutes long.

In our pursuit of living Well with pain many of us are informed or research the use of the benefits of various CAM regimes. This is empirical research that although brief is useful. I would skim the other videos as well. They do address other issues that some Peers may also have. I found the video I linked to be useful in research on depression and Prozac versus St. John’s Wort. Many of us have fleeting or ongoing mild to moderate depression. Chronic pain usually goes hand in hand with feeling blue.

Please remember that my blog post about lifestyle choices also help with both pain and the blues.

Feedback always wanted!

Soft Pillow Hugs,

Lucinda Tart, Fibromyalgia Peer Advocate/Life Coach Advisor