Ian Cleary

Happy ‘After ME/CFS Day’

May 13, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Neuroplasticity, Success StoriesComments Off on Happy ‘After ME/CFS Day’

May 12th was ME/CFS day.  Which makes today – “After ME/CFS Day”. That deserves its own day of recognition. Celebrating the effort and courage that goes into making ‘after’ ME/CFS possible. I love that these conditions are getting the attention they deserve – there are after all 60 000 sufferers in Australia. But there has been a slow and […]

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Is Brain Plasticity the key to healing?

April 20, 2016IanIn the News & Research, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Is Brain Plasticity the key to healing?

For those who can access Australia’s Radio National podcasts, this interview with Norman Doidge (author of ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ & ‘The Healing Brain’) looks at the concept of Neuroplasticity. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/new-document/7024946

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Norwegian Medical Journal – Lightning Process – ME/CFS

March 21, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Lightning Process, The Stress ResponseComments Off on Norwegian Medical Journal – Lightning Process – ME/CFS

The Lightning Process has been available in Norway for many years now and was recently written about in the Norwegian Medical Journal. (English version) http://tidsskriftet.no/article/3463468/en_GB Chronic fatigue syndrome and experience with the Lightning Process – Norwegian Medical Journal

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Cute rabbits, perception and the brain

October 23, 2015IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, In the News & Research, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Cute rabbits, perception and the brain

What can a fake rabbit teach us about neuroplasticity and the brain? There is a neat experiment known as the cutaneous rabbit illusion. If you tap two spots at distant places on your forearm in a particular timing, you experience the sensation of being touched in the middle of the two places as well. The brain […]

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Management versus retraining

February 27, 2015IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, In the News & Research, Lightning ProcessComments Off on Management versus retraining

An interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald the other day ‘Please Stop Making that Noise’, looked at a doctor’s experience of suffering from misophonia (or selective sound sensitivity syndrome). This is a condition where certain sounds from other people like chewing, breathing, coughing swallowing in other people fires an emotional response of anger, disgust […]

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Stress is contagious

My last post looked at environmental triggers. An article I read this week about stress being ‘contagious’ highlights this concept nicely. If someone is stressed, those around them can become stressed by watching them. The brain is constantly checking ‘Am I OK?’. If your peers are giving off the signs of not being OK, then for […]

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CFS & Inflammation

May 20, 2014IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, The Stress ResponseComments Off on CFS & Inflammation

A recent study out of Japan has found some interesting findings around inflammation and CFS patients. Brain scans picked up inflammation in several  areas of the brain in some CFS patients. This points to a possible ‘bio-marker’ test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The search for a bio-marker would be an important breakthrough for diagnosis however […]

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ME/CFS Awareness Day

May 11, 2014IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Lightning ProcessComments Off on ME/CFS Awareness Day

This week is ME/CFS Awareness Week and you are likely to see stories reach the press about the condition.  (If there is an International Star Wars Day on May 4th  – “May the 4th be with you” –  then ME/CFS deserves its own week.) But I have a problem with the campaign. Last year I […]

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Words as Medicine

Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words CAN also hurt me People are constantly focused on getting better at getting people better. New techniques get reviewed, different medication tested, and technology trialled to improve patient outcomes. Drugs are amazing. Machines that go ‘bing’ are very impressive but there are some areas that often […]

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BBC Programme on Placebo

March 3, 2014IanIn the News & Research, Inspirational & General InterestComments Off on BBC Programme on Placebo

Great BBC Horizon programme on the power of our brain’s ability to influence us. Placebo –

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