Registration Open for May 11th International Awareness Day Webinar

2016 International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Webinar: Wednesday May 11th  6:30 – 8:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time
Dr. Michael Moskowitz MD MPH – Featured in “The Brain’s Way of Healing” by Dr. Norman Doidge
Neuroplastic Transformation: Using Neuroplasticity to Cure Persistent Pain

Event Flyer –  Please email or post  PDF 2016 IAD Webinar Notice

As it becomes persistent, pain changes from a symptom to a disease.  This change is caused by changes in the pain processing centers in the brain. The changes in the brain cause changes in the rest of the body leading to a vicious circle.  Since the disease of pain is a neuroplastic process in the brain and not due to tissue injury, it is reversible.  Attend this webinar and learn how.

Dr. Moskowitz is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Pain Medicine. He served as a member of the Examination Council for the American Board of Pain Medicine from 2006-2010.  He has been an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis since 2006. Dr. Moskowitz and Dr. Marla Golden have been working together since 2008 to develop a practical therapy which utilizes our brain’s ability to change itself (neuroplasticity) to cure persistent pain. They have published a manual outlining their approach complemented by animations and additional information on their website:

In this webinar Dr. Moskowitz will explain how and why Neuroplastic Transformation works.
The objective is to return the body and brain to normal function (not to live with pain).

Location: In person at Self Connection Books in Calgary, Canada or online
Dr. Stein and Psychologist Michelle Deslile from the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre will be in house as discussants.

Cost: $20 ($10 for low income)


Registration Open for March 19th Diet and Lifestyle Webinar

Registration is now open  –  Webinar: Diet and Activity for optimal health in ME/CFS and FM

Date: Saturday March 19th, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) 


Rory Hornstein Registered Dietician: Use gut bugs to be healthy and lose weight.
Cory Fagan BPE(Hons), MSc: Use heart rate and exercise test results to plan daily activities.

Location: Join in person at Self Connection Books or On Line

Self Connection Books is at:#125, 4611 Bowness Road NW,  Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403.284.1486  Toll Free: 866.735.3457

Cost: $15.00/ $7.50 low income (to register as low income please call the office for the coupon code)

For Full Details and to Register go to:

Rory Hornstein Registered Dietician: Using gut bugs to be healthy and lose weight.
Ever wondered how you could have managed to put on weight over the years despite dieting the entire time? Turns out our gut bugs may be creating oversized guts. This session will explain how microbes influence how we eat, what we eat, how we get energy from our food, protect our immune system, help us harvest calories and produce key vitamins and nutrients. Rory Hornstein will explore what we can do to cultivate and enrich the critters in our gut on the path to better health. 

Cory Fagan BPE(Hons), MSc: Recommendations for physical activity and recovery with ME/CFS and FM
Cory and I have been working together for a few years offering the Stephens Protocol 2 day exercise testing. Cory will share what he is finding and how the results in individuals with ME/CFS compare to healthy individuals that he works with at his training facility TCR Sport Lab in Calgary.

  • His topics include: “you are not faking, something is off”. Physiological data to support ME/CFS. 
  • Using heart rate and exercise test results to “train” optimally.
  • Using cryotherapy to improve recovery from activity.

Three Events Upcoming – Mark Your Calendars

In the February 2016 Newsletter just posted on the Newsletter page, two upcoming events are noted.  A third has just been confirmed.

Saturday March 19, 2016 – Webinar on the topic of diet and activity in ME/CFS and FM with Kinesiologist Cory Fagan and Registered Dietitian Rory Hornstein.  This presentation addresses the challenge of staying fit and maintaining a health weight for people with significant energy limitations. Full registration details will be posted soon – the cost will be $15/$7.50 for low income.  You can participant in person at Self Connection Books in Calgary or by real time audio/video internet connection.  Registration will also give you access to past webinars organized by me on the Self Connection Books website.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 for International Awareness Day – Webinar on the topic of neuroplasticity and its uses in mood, persistent pain and overall wellness.  Registration details will be posted as soon as speakers and topics are confirmed.

June 11/12, 2016 – Weekend Energy Retreat  – This is an exciting new venture capitalizing on the increasing expertise developing in Calgary to assist individuals with ME/CFS and FM.

Small group, practical experience with 4 local experts over 2 days – We will meet for 3 hours/day on each of Saturday and Sunday.  We hope we have found a balance between enough content to attract out of towners who don’t otherwise have the access to this expertise while accommodating our energy limits.  You will leave this with concrete self management steps you can take to improve your health and quality of life.

Cory Fagan – Kinesiologist –  Develop an individualized activity plan.
Gord McMorland – Rehabilitation Chiropractor – Spine 101 – how to sit, stand and walk safely and effectively.
Heather Campbell – Registered Massage therapist and Stott Pilates Instructor – Core strength and Breathing.
Rory Hornstein – Dietitian – Special diet friendly, easy to prepare snacks.

Registration details will be posted when available.


2015 International Awareness Day Webinar Recordings NOW Available Online

On May 19th we heard two great talks, one by Lucinda Bateman MD mostly focused on the new SEID criteria and her experience with low dose naltrexone in Fibromyalgia. The other registered dietitian Rory Hornstein RD on the good, bad and ugly among popular diets.

The recordings of both talks plus the powerpoint slides and Q&A are all posted. 

You will also gain access to the 2014 event web recording. 

Scroll down on this page to read more about those speakers.

Here is how you can access the talks. Please read carefully.

If you have not previously purchased access to any talks on the Self Connection 2.0 website for either the 2015 or 2014 International Awareness Day speakers go to:

Once there you can purchase access for $10.50. When you purchase your access you will be sent an email instructing you how to enter the login website. You will need to set up a password for the site and can then access it as often as you wish.

If you registered and paid for either the 2014 or 2014 events and have previously accessed the online materials you can go directly to the login page and use the email and password you previously used:

If you have paid for either this year or last year’s events online, you should have received an email with instructions how to access the website, set up your password etc. Please follow those instructions. 

If you  have any technical problems accessing the material after you have paid or can’t remember your password, please email Mike at Self Connection books at

Event Webcast Speakers Announced

Calgary 2015 International Awareness Day  Educational Event Webcast speakers announced.

Please Click here to download a one page poster on the event.

Please Click here to download a detailed information notice.

2015 International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Tuesday May 19th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time

Attend Live in Person at Self Connection Books  (#125, 4611 Bowness Road NW, Calgary) or by Live Webcast

Speakers: Rory Hornstein, RD, BEd, and Lucinda Bateman, MD

Fee $10 – Register online at or call Self Connection Books at 403-284-1486 (local) or 866-735-3457 (toll free)

Demystifying Popular Diets – Rory Hornstein RD

Don’t be fooled by weight loss claims and fad diets. The session includes nutrition facts on popular weight loss programs. Ours is an age of unprecedented bounty and convenience–and almost nonstop nutritional advice, subject to change as new research findings come along or scientists change their minds. You try to keep up with the latest and make the smartest choices–but are they as healthy as you think?

Find out how to plan a realistic program for overall wellness and immune system enhancement. Progress in ME/CFS: Slow and Steady Wins the Race – Lucinda Bateman MD Dr. Bateman will discuss the status of the suggested name change from ME/CFS to SEID (Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease). She will discuss some of the achieved and hoped for outcomes from ongoing research she is involved in. Lastly she will discuss two clinical strategies, Low Dose Naltrexone and treatment for Orthostatic Intolerance which she is finding useful in her practice

NOTE: These presentations will be recorded and all registrants will be given access to the recordings. All registrants will also receive access to the presentations (video recordings) from last year’s International Awareness Day 2014 presentations by Dr. Craig Young, Staci Stevens, and Dr. Jarred Younger.

2014 Calgary IADE Event Recordings Now Available

2014 Calgary International Awareness Day Educational Event for ME/CFS, FM and MCS Recordings Now Available on New Website

For more information and to register for this new site go to:

On May 4, 2014 the second annual Calgary International  Awareness Day Event was held in collaboration with Self Connection Books, an independent bookseller in Calgary that specializes in health and self help books.  The event was was well attended in person and online.  There were 3 excellent speakers and all the talks, slides and online interactions were recorded.  Scroll down to the May entry on this page for details of the speakers: Craig Young, Biological Dentist; Staci Stevens Exercise Physiologist and Jarred Younger, Pain Researcher. 

Now all of the content from the event is available on the new Self Connection Books Education Resource Centre Web Site.  Those who participated on May 4th will receive an email with a coupon code that enable entry the new website free of charge.  For those registering for the first time there is a $10 charge which will give you ongoing access to this site even as new material is added.  After paying you will receive an email with a password that will enable access whenever you wish.

International Awareness Day Pictures

International Awareness Day
Calgary, Canada

Here are the pictures of the Langevin Bridge in Calgary lit to celebrate 2014 International Awareness Day for ME/CFS, FM and MCS.  Blue represents ME/CFS, purple Fibromyalgia and green MCS. The pictures were taken by local photographer Justin Smith. THANKS Justin.





You can see more of Justin’s work at:

International Awareness Day Event – May 4, 2013

Due to the positive feedback from last year’s event at Self Connection Books in Calgary we are holding another afternoon of education and fellowship at the book store.

You may join this event in person at Self Connection Books in Calgary or be webcast. Those joining by webcast will be able to hear and see the speakers, view their slides and ask questions in real time. There will be three speakers each presenting for 40 – 45 minutes.

Craig Young, Biological Dentist will explore the intimate relationship of the mouth and body including wellness, disease, prevention, diet, nutrition and lifestyle. He will discuss the links between ME/CFS, FM, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, and oral health and more! Heavy metal toxicity will also be explored. Dr. Young’s website is under development

Staci Stevens, Exercise Physiologist at the Work Well Foundation and IACFS/ME board member. She will talk about exercise testing and how to exercise safely. Staci spoke at the 2008 Calgary Conference and is back by popular demand. Ms. Stevens will join us by web connection. Her website is:

Jarred Younger, Pain Researcher is an Assistant Professor of Pain Management at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Younger directs the Adult and Pediatric Pain Lab at Stanford, and is an expert on fibromyalgia. He will be discussing advances in our understanding of fibromyalgia, and treatments for the disorder that may become available in the next few years. He will speak by web connection. Dr. Younger has since moved to the University of Alabama. 

For information on his new research program click here.

Registration is a flat fee of $10.00 + GST for all participants.

You may register on line at: or through Dr. Stein’s office: by Email: Phone: 403 287-9941 or Fax: 403 287-9958

International Awareness Day Calgary

May 12th International Awareness Day Calgary Event speaker videos posted

The first presentation is by Janet Sperling MSc, Lyme researcher and CanLyme board member. Janet lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She spoke on the BC Complex Chronic Disease Clinic and on testing for Lyme in Alberta. She also presented some of her own research showing the mindnumbing complexity of tick ecosystems.

Click Here to view Janet’s presentation which is 30 minutes including Q&A. The first minute or so of Janet’s talk occurred before we pushed the record button. The next presentation is by Andreas Kogelnik, Founder of the Open Medicine Institute and Infectious Disease specialist in Mountain View California. He talked about the Open Medicine Institute concept. The last part of Dr. Kogelnik’s talk was cut off due to a lost internet connection.

Click here to view Andreas’ talk which is about 25 minutes. There is no Q&A due to the lost connection. The third talk was by Lucinda Bateman MD an internist, ME/CFS and FM clinician in Salt Lake City Utah. She presented the research of Alan and Kathy Light, her collaborators from the University of Utah and a comprehensive yet elegant clinical approach to ME/CFS.

Click here to watch Dr. Bateman’s talk which including Q&A is approximately 1 hour.