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  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: www.neuroplastix.com

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: http://www.selfconnection.ca/moskowitz


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) 

Speakers:

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: http://selfconnection.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1081&Itemid=13

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.

New Manual Prices

Due to increased cost of production the cost for my manual “Let Your Light Shine Through: Strategies for Living with ME/CFS, FM and MCS” has increased slightly.  All prices are in Canadian dollars.  We have a new shipment of both the B&W and Color coil bound manuals.

Download – $20
CD – $22 + shipping
Black and White coil paper manual – $29 + shipping
Color coil paper manual with tabs – $38 + shipping


The May 12th event will be webcast live and recorded.

Information about how to join the webcast will be posted shortly. If you want to be notified directly go to the contact us page and ask to join the newsletter list.

I am very excited to partner with Self Connection Books for this landmark event. May 12th is celebrated all over the world by patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and their supporters. It is also a day of advocacy and awareness.

The 2013 Calgary May 12th program will for the first time in Calgary use technology to allow the best speakers to present exciting information about treatment advances by two way web link. The audience will be able to hear and interact with the speakers in real time.

Click here to see the May 12 Event Information Poster.
  May-12th-Awareness-Event-Poster.pdf

Click here to read about the Speakers.
  May-12th-speaker-information.pdf


Letter to Editor in response to paper by Fitzcharles et al on Fibromyalgia in CMAJ

In my November 2012 newsletter I commented on the then just published Canadian Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia. Canadian FM Guidelines On May 6th 2013 the same group that wrote the Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia wrote a summary paper in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). This paper did not have the same tone as the original guidelines and I wrote a letter to the editor with some concerns which was published on line on May 13th 2013. Although the May 6th paper is behind a paywall, the letters to the editor (mine and the reply from Dr. Fitzcharles) are available by clicking here.


Fibromyalgia in CMAJ

Letter to Editor in response to paper by Fitzcharles et al on Fibromyalgia in CMAJ

In my November 2012 newsletter I commented on the then just published Canadian Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia. Canadian FM Guidelines

On May 6th 2013 the same group that wrote the Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia wrote a summary paper in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). This paper did not have the same tone as the original guidelines and I wrote a letter to the editor with some concerns which was published on line on May 13th 2013. Although the May 6th paper is behind a paywall, the letters to the editor (mine and the reply from Dr. Fitzcharles) are available by clicking here.


NEW Publication added to the Publication page

A paper I wrote was recently pubished in the Psychiatric Times. The topic is how to differentiate ME/CFS and FM from common psychiatric disorders.

To access the article click on the link below an when you get to the Psychiatric Times webpage you must register which is free – . Stein E., Identifying and Treating Common Psychiatric Conditions Comorbid with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and/or Fibromyalgia. Psychiatric Times. January 18 2013 30:1. Go to article