Tips on Understanding Lyme Disease Patients

“Knowledge is power”                         -Sir Francis Bacon This quote is important when trying to understand what a family member or friend is experiencing when suffering from chronic Lyme disease. To understand their condition, you need to be aware that chronic Lyme disease is hard…

Chronic Illness Can Affect Anybody

When you think of celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Shania Twain, Selena Gomez and Tom Hanks, you never stop and think “chronic illness”. With time, they have all brought their personal health issues to the light and are sharing their story with the world. We now know that Lady Gaga suffers from fibromyalgia, Shania Twain…

Finding Out I Had Gout: Spiro Koulouris

My name is Spiro Koulouris and I have suffered from gout for just about 15 years. When I was first diagnosed with gout, I couldn’t believe it. Surely, my doctor just made a mistake; so I went to another doctor to get a second opinion. During that consultation, my worst fears were confirmed: I had gout and…

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy 2018

It is often said that failure to plan is a plan to fail. None of us want that for 2018. Why not make some realistic New Year’s Resolutions? The year 2017 might have been one of your worst with chronic pain so let’s explore how you can improve 2018. Take time to Meditate. This new…

Type 2 Diabetes Diet for a Healthy Christmas

This Christmas you will have food placed before you. You will have to decide what to put on your plate. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, what can you eat while still maintaining your blood sugar at the correct level? A Type 2 Diabetes diet does not mean you have to give up things you…

Great Gift Ideas For Those With Chronic Illnesses

Those who suffer from chronic illness have a hard time doing everyday tasks and concentrating when their illness flares up. Their pain can be so intense it is hard for them to function. If you are perplexed with what to buy those in your life who are chronically ill, here are some ideas for you….

How Can You Make the Season Joyful?

No matter how much pain you feel, you want the season to be joyful. This is a time of the year you want to make memories that will last. Having some holiday tasks can be a great way to make this holiday special. Even if you are having a day where your chronic pain is…

Q&A: Patient Advocate, Kim – Living with Fibromyalgia

We had the lovely opportunity to interview Kim, a wife and mother of two who has lived with fibromyalgia for the past 18 years. Kim was previously seeking a healthcare community where she could connect with others like yourself and came upon Peer Health where she has been able to enjoy the benefits of a…

A Gout Friendly Holiday

Gout is an extremely painful inflammation of the joints caused by a buildup of needle-sharp uric acid crystals. A common area of pain due to gout is your big toe but it can also affect your ankles, knees, feet and hands. As a gout sufferer, are you looking forward to Thanksgiving or is this a…

Detox, Fight Inflammation and Reset Your Body

The below text is excerpted from Amie Valpone’s best-selling cookbook: Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation and Reset Your Body. After years of western medicine (including numerous bone marrow biopsies, CT scans, MRIs, colonoscopies and more) that yielded no real answers, I set out to heal my body and embarked on years…

Creating a Support Network Do’s

Whether you live with family or live on your own having a support network is one of the key ingredients to living with a long-term or chronic illness. There are different types of support that can make up your support network and each type is just as important. There is practical support, which helps you…