Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blue Ribbon Campaign Book List (first draft)

Blue Ribbon Campaign Recommended Book List
by @perpetualspiral (a work in progress - me and the list!)

Living With Me by Charles Shepherd

Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia by Russell Howe, Alan Logan, Alison Bested

note: this is the personal recommendation of Blue Ribbon Army member @perpetualspiral for anyone suffering from fatigue.

Beyond Chaos: One Man's Journey Alongside His Chronically Ill Wife by Gregg Piburn

You Don't LOOK Sick!: Living Well With Invisible Chronic Illness by Joy H. Selak Steven S. Overman

Parting the Fog: The Personal Side of Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Sue Jones

Recovery from CFS: 50 Personal Stories by Alex Barton

From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum

Defeat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: You Don't Have to Live with It -- An Eight Step Protocol by Martha E. Kilcoyne

The Clinical and Scientific Basis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis--Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Jay A. Goldstein, Byron M. Hyde , P. H. Levine (Editors) Nightingale Research Foundation (Coroporate Author)

Knowing Me: Women Speak about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Caeia March (Editor)

Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know by Mary J. Shomon

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illnesses by Katrina Berne, Robert M. Bennett, Daniel L. Peterson

Explaining 'Unexplained Illnesses': Disease Paradigm for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Gulf War Syndrome by Martin L. Pall

Reviving the Broken Marionette: Treatments for Cfs/Me and Fibromyalgia by Maija Haavisto

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise, and Other Natural Methods by Michael T. Murray N.D.

I would also like to recommend the following book, however, with this note. The term "stress-related disorder" is a very controversial one, and one that the CFS/ME community does not like because it can seem to imply 'mental illness', and a misunderstanding of "stress" in the general population as not being a significant cause of disease. However, long-term stress is severely damaging to the body, and in my case, I believe it was a causal factor in the development (and duration) of my fibro/CFS. In addition, I that feel a thorough understanding of stress, as is given in this excellent book, is a necessary tool for anyone attempting to cope with CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and other disorders that are affected by overstimulation and stress. This is one of my favourite books in the world.

Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21st Century Illness by Richard O'Connor


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