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February FaMily Magazine


Kevin Garrington
Kevin Garrington

This month, meet Kevin Garrington, a therapist who specialises in bioresonance, hypnotherapy and emotional freedom technique. He tells us how these specialised techniques can help increase energy and reduce the pain of fibromyalgia, while fellow fibromyalgia sufferer, Maria Cornell, shares her own experience of the treatments.

Ever thought of trying Tai Chi? Well, if you fancy giving it a go, check out the article by Heather Butterick, which explains which form of Tai Chi is most likely to benefit those of us with fibromyalgia. We also are introducing some provoking new poetry by Debbie, who reflects in prose on the ways her life is affected by ME and fibromyalgia.
Check out her website: www.reflectionspoetry.co.uk

With best wishes,
Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)

In the Spotlight with Kevin Garrington
Kevin Garrington is a member of the NHS Directory for Complementary and Alternative Practitioners and holds several qualifications for treatment of individuals on a physical and emotional level including Clinical Hypnotherapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). He first came into contact with fibromyalgia when he introduced bioresonance treatment to his practice and several patients signed up for appointments. He has learned a lot about fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome since then and has successfully treated people with fibromyalgia using these techniques. Here, he tells us about the different techniques he uses and why they can help with fibromyalgia. 

Complications during pregnancy- Part 3 By Midwife Denyse Moore
Atypical antibodies and prevention of haemolytic disease in the newborn
Are you sitting comfortably?  There is no way to make this topic interesting so you may as well settle yourself down somewhere with lots of cushions, just in case you fall asleep while reading about this boring but vitally important information! You will be offered a routine blood test at one of your first antenatal visits.  This is designed to determine your blood type and Rhesus (Rh) factor. The most common blood type is type O; the most common Rh factor is positive. People with type O, B, A, or AB positive blood are said to have a positive Rh factor, whereas those with type O, B, A, or AB negative blood have a negative Rh factor.  Still awake?  Okay then read on…

A Gentle Form of Tai Chi by Heather Butterick
The Nene Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group invited Sian Gaskin to explain how a particular form of Tai Chi, involving gentle stretching, could help a person with fibromyalgia. Here, group leader, Heather Butterick explains about this special technique. Sian explained that Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise, meditation and healing. Tai Chi is a very gentle set of movements performed slowly and in a focused manner. There are hundreds of different forms of Tai Chi and Sian was demonstrating the form known as 'Yuung'. Apparently, most Tai Chi used to be a defensive/aggressive martial art, but over the centuries some like 'Yuung' have been…

Beat Depression with Brain Food (While Eating Junk Food) by Dr. Karen V.
Depression sucks, and we have probably all heard that it can be combated with proper diet and by adding in missing nutrients. But who are we are fooling? Often, a clinically depressed person would prefer chocolate cake and potato chips for dinner rather than the salmon and salad that would help their condition…

Flu Jabs and Fibromyalgia
To get a flu shot or not to get a flu shot – that’s the question FM patients face every winter. If we take the shot, we risk triggering an FM flare relapse. But if we don’t take the shot and get the flu, the effects can be severe and long lasting. What’s a patient to do? 

Information day in Manchester by Georgina Jameson, leader of South Manchester Support Group
Our information day, held on Saturday November 3rd, was a great success. When the group was launched a year ago, it was suggested by group members that an event to include not just Fibro sufferers themselves but the other Fibro sufferers - the partners, families and friends….

Meet Maeve Chapple our 2007 raffle winner
Last September, Maeve from Northern Ireland, won first prize, a trip to Tenerife, in the FMA UK raffle. Here she tells us a bit about herself and what she intends to do with her prize….

Can you? www.reflectionspoetry.co.uk
Having suffered with M.E and Fibromyalgia for 12 years and more recently a thyroid disorder, Debbie’s writing reflects on the ways her life is affected by the illnesses she has and how they overlap into her daily life. Visit her website to read more of her thought provoking verse.

  • Can you take my hurt?
  • Can you take my pain?
  • Can you keep me warm?
  • Can you stop the rain…..

Finding support on the Isle of Wight by Val Garrett
The FM support group on the Isle of Wight meet once a month at a very beautiful place in Carisbrooke which used to be a Nunnery, but was taken over when the nuns left by a Christian Charity called the Priory…..

Getting To The Bottom Of The Matter by Jeanne Hambleton
With the December festivities now behind us and all the New Year resolutions now out of the window, I wonder how many of you are still suffering from feeling bloated with that awful feeling of having overeaten. If you are, there is a strong chance you are a victim of the dreaded Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) frequently associated with FM and CFS…

Soapbox Feb 2008 Raising Awareness by Jeanne Hambleton
You may think you have lots of time to plan - depending on when your February issue of FaMily arrives. But really three months is not long to sort out a high profile campaign to raise awareness about fibromyalgia…


  • Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate chronic pain.
  • Synthetic canniboid used to treat fibromyalgia pain.
  • Surgical neurostimulation treatment for fibromyalgia.
  • Resistance exercise training improves heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia.
  • Fibromyalgia rated among chronic diseases with the greatest impact on health status

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