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Cortiva Institute – Boston will be holding special fibromyalgia clinics that will offer 90 minute massage therapy sessions at the cost of $50 per session. Each session will include and intake/ exit interview and students will conduct a follow-up telephone interview 1-2 days later to obtain feedback on the treatment.

In order to qualify for these clinics, each client must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have a clinical (doctor’s) diagnosis of fibromyalgia
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not pregnant or currently undergoing cancer treatments
  • Do not have any pending litigation or insurance claims
  • Be able to dress/undress themselves
  • Can get on and off the table without assistance

The fibromyalgia sessions will take place September 8th and 15th. To make an appointment, please contact the Welcome Center at 617-668-1000.

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Did you know a drop of Peppermint essential oil has about as much peppermint power as 28 cups of peppermint tea?

Peppermint has power to block pain receptors in the brain. Specifically, it is known to block Substance P, which shows up in large amounts in people who have Fibromyalgia. I am wondering, has anyone out there with Fibromyalgia tried Peppermint essential oil specifically to ease their symptoms???

Please send a comment if you’ve tried Peppermint with Fibromyalgia symptoms and letting me know your results.

What are some suggestions to naturally cure the symptoms of a hangover? My personal favorite is “don’t get one in the first place”–that sure isn’t helpful when you’re feeling low and slow the day after imbibing a little too much.

Vitamin up: Vitamin C in large doses can help the body normalize itself, likewise citrus juice which is high in Vitamin C is beneficial. Orange juice and grapefruit or tomato juice are usually in the fridge, or can be easily gotten from the store. Maybe this is one of the reasons that cold pizza is legend in it’s ability to ease hangover symptoms.

Essential oils may help. A drop of the following oils: fennel, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, rose, rosemary or sandalwood taken with a spoon of Blue Agave (available at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods) or Honey will immediately have a rejuvenating effect. Peppermint oil behind the ears (sounds weird but it’s true) will naturally chase away headache symptoms like magic and a drop of peppermint in some water is very soothing to the stomach. A drop of therapeutic-grade peppermint has the properties of 28 cups of peppermint tea,

Bananas or Gatorade. These provide a quick hit of sugar in the form of fructose, which is easily digestible, and potassium, which are lost when you drink too much alcohol. Bananas help with the nausea, and are high in magnesium which can help headache symptoms. Maybe this is why Elvis was so into peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

Try some coffee? To ease a hangover coffee should be fortified with honey because fructose is easier to digest than table sugar (sucrose).

Other suggestions abound on the internet. For best results though nutrition and time are the best healers. By fortifying the body with Vitamin C rich solutions and quelling nausea with Peppermint, the hangover will soon be a distant memory.


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The Future

When we look into the long avenue of the future, and see the good there is for each one of us to do, we realize, after all, what a beautiful thing it is to work, and to live, and to be happy. --Robert Louis Stevenson