DON’T MISS THIS …….17 days and counting ..the FM CONFERENCE

The big event, not to be missed,  is  5th international Fibromyalgia Conference March 28/31st 2014  Friday/Monday
at Chichester Park Hotel in West Sussex, UK,  with the best yet line up of international speakers.

It is a 4 day 3 night event  dedicated to the education of  fibromites with some fun and laughter in the evenings.  The conference  objective is to invite  FM speakers from abroad to share news of research and progress in the  fight to find a cure.

The conference is supported by Folly Pogs Fibromylgia Research, founded in 2009 with the first conference in 2010, with the idea of raising funds for research and sharing education with those suffering with FM. Every booking contributes to fibromyalgia research.

For the 2014 conference  we are delighted that Professor Andrew Holman, USA,  has agreed to join us for the long weekend. We are even happier that he has agreed to give us our first series of four lectures during the conference. This will conclude with  “THE BIG PICTURE: How BJH, ANS, PC3, sleep and dopamine unify FM. Making Sense of the nonsensical.” The Professor is an experienced researcher and was one of the first people to look at the brains of fibromites in his search for a cure.  He found an imbalance in our chemicals  and our grey matter. Want to learn more or ask questions – join us.

Other speakers  during the conference include  Russian Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, worldwide lecturer, author,  and neurosurgeon who specialises in the gut, psychology and nutrition. Also  Dr Peter Fisher, who is the Physician to HRH The Queen of England, is bringing a team of doctors and specialists who represent a new fibromyalgia clinic  in London.  Dr. Fisher has some interesting news about the NHS and those suffering with fibromyalgia. This has really great promise.  Other speakers will be talking about mindfulness, hypnotic gastric bands,  healing provided by  Mexican hairless dog, new research relating to nerve ends and fibromyalgia and much more. We are also looking forward to the very popular informal sessions for  MEET THE PROFESSOR  to ask questions and MEET THE AUTHOR where  books signed by the author are available.

There still a few double rooms available with twin beds. The conference with accommodation and full board plus evening entertainment  costs just £200 per person sharing a room  for 4 days and 3 night.

To book ring 44 (0) 8433 828 829 or email

The hotel is offering special rates for extended stays for those wishing to visit the The Mary Rose Tour, and Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory and the Submarine  Museum, Roman Baths at Fishbourne, Chichester Cathedral and more. Book now to secure the opportunity of 1-2-1 talk with our specialist speakers.  meet like minded folk who have your pains and understand,  and make new friends.  Delegates tell us  they have had a memorable weekend or a life changing experience. Don’t miss out – no time like the present.

James Bond Murder Mystery – Late Bookings Do it Now…this Friday November 22

You are invited to our fun dinner party with the option to dress as a Bond Girl, or a Bond Baddie and even Bond himself.  THIS FRIDAY November 22nd at the Chichester Park Hotel, Book your ticket today. Email  all in aid of fibromyalgia research. There will be a prize for the most original costume.

There will be the good food, great company and the Castawaydrama will present their version of 007 at his best.  You will be presented with a delicious three course dinner and coffee, mixed in with murder most foul. You will be encouraged to relax and enjoy a few drinks with friends and linger overnight for a modest difference in the cost of a great evening. There is a prize for the most original costume.

The Chichester Park Hotel staff are unusually  helpful, the Manager is a star and very supportive of fibromyalgia research, and we are really looking forward to a memorable evening and meeting folks like you. The hotel provides all ’mod cons’ with en suite bath and shower, tea making facilities. TV, telephone all in a spacious room with a double or twin beds if you book the optional overnight stay.

This will be a good opportunity to get away and enjoy some good company and relaxation. On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning you can take advantage of a warm indoor pool, Jacuzzi, spa, steam room, exercise equipment and a beauty salon as an overnight visitor.

Those with a fibromyalgia interest will be pleased to hear every booking contributes towards research for our CAUSE FOR A CURE sponsored by Folly Pogs FM Research projects.

A booking form is available for you and your friends for our fun dinner party from We hope to have a raffle and would welcome any unwanted gifts to help the research project. We look forward to meeting you THIS FRIDAY  and your friends. PLEASE let us know if you are coming. Tele. 08433 828 829. Thanks.


Friday November 22nd – Evening only for dinner and drama  tickets are £40.50 each.

Overnight 2 sharing £49.50 each – 3 course dinner, drama and overnight stay with use of all of the hotel facilities – pool, jacuzzi, steam room, spa, exercise equipment  -  and the murder mystery (just £9 extra for the overnight stay) with a comfy bed, breakfast, with facilities Friday afternoon and Saturday morning before you leave.

We look forward to meeting you. Email for booking booking form and payment details to before Friday,November 22nd 2013. 

Chichester Park Hotel for FOLLY POGS FM RESEARCH   Telephone 08433 828 829

Madgwick Ln, Westhampnett Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 7QL
01243 817400

Booking only through Murder Mystery

Older drivers shouldn’t get off the road – They just need SatNavs

From the News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

‘The Conversation’ is a new journalism project featuring content from the sharpest academic minds. The Conversation UK is a pilot site. What a great series this is and if you wish to make comment log on the link below and have your say.  This particular post originates from the University of Newcastle in Australia as a Member of The Conversation.

Courtesy of    Posted 28 August 2013, 

By Chris Emmerson, Amy Guo, and Phil Blythe  – University of Newcastle Australia.


As we get older, our experience of driving changes, bringing new anxieties and hurdles. But when older people stop driving, their ability to get around decreases significantly. This can have a knock-on effect for their general well-being.


The number of older drivers is predicted to double by 2030 so new technologies will be needed to help them tackle the problems they face when wanting to stay on the road for longer. Our research into helping older drivers has thrown up a range of problems. For example, these drivers are particularly anxious about turning right and will travel miles out of their way to avoid doing so.


Using a driving simulator, eye-tracking goggles and biometric technology that monitors heart rates and cardiovascular health, we investigated stress triggers for drivers as well as how well their concentration levels changed on the road.


As drivers get older, their confidence in their ability behind the wheel fades and many give up their cars before they need to. For those that continue, we have found that avoiding challenging situations like the right turn into oncoming traffic or finding a route they are comfortable with becomes more important than getting to the intended destination within a certain time. We might not be able to help them conquer this fear but we can help them work around it.


We are working on a bespoke SatNav that is designed to respond to the unique needs of older road users. Instead of indicating the fastest route for a journey, the device selects the safest, least stressful option, such as by mapping out a route with the least number of right turns. The SatNav could also display images of landmarks that appear along the route to reassure drivers that they are where they are supposed to be.


The older drivers we worked with at our DriveLAB using a driving simulator told us that they were keen to try new technologies but felt that devices were often designed with younger users in mind, so that too has become an important part of our work. Easy to use technologies such as “forward-facing radars” that warn drivers how close they are to other vehicles could also help with some of the problems we identified, such as parking blindspots. “Heads up” dashboard displays projected on to the windscreen are an option too.


Perhaps surprisingly, driving above the speed limit, particularly on roads with low limits was a common problem among our older drivers, so helping them stay aware of how fast they are travelling is also important.


Many people see old age as a time to stop driving but that could cause more problems than it solves as the proportion of the population over a 65 increases. With the help of technologies like these, we can make it easier for people to stay independent and mobile for longer.



Vitamins and minerals can boost energy and enhance mood

Courtesy of IFT – Feeding the Minds that Feed the World  Published July 16, 2013

From the News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

Vitamin and mineral supplements can enhance mental energy and well-being not only for healthy adults but for those prone to anxiety and depression, according to a July 15 panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting

CHICAGO- Vitamin and mineral supplements can enhance mental energy and well-being not only for healthy adults but for those prone to anxiety and depression, according to a July 15 panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo® held at McCormick Place.

Bonnie Kaplan, Ph.D., professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, said Monday vitamins and mineral supplements can be the alternative to increasing psychiatric medicines for symptom relief of anxiety and depression. The supplements, she said, also can provide the mental energy necessary to manage stress, enhance mood and reduce fatigue.

In a series of studies she recently conducted in Canada, Kaplan found of the 97 adults with diagnosed mood disorders who kept a three-day food record, a higher intake of vitamins and minerals were significantly correlated with overall enhanced mental functioning.

Other vitamins that have been known to enhance mood, said C.J. Geiger, Ph.D., president of Geiger & Associates, LLC, and research associate professor in the division of nutrition at the University of Utah, include 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5 HTP), Vitamins B and D, as well as ginkgo biloba and Omega 3.

In her research, Geiger has found most adults define energy throughout the day as peaking mid-morning, falling to a valley in the afternoon after lunch and recovering with a pickup in late afternoon, settling back down before bedtime. However, these peaks and valleys did vary with gender, age and climate. She said many adults are known to use coffee, soft drinks, chocolate and candy bars as well as energy drinks, bars and chews with high sugar boosts to maintain energy throughout the day. She found other adults ate more frequent, smaller meals to sustain energy while making time for lots of rest and exercise.

Undernourished and Mentally Unbalanced

By  Toni Tarver  Published July 15, 2013

For centuries, it has been known that food affects mental health. In the United States, there are now three times as many people on disability for mental illness than there were in 1987. Mental well-being is associated with being resilient to stress. Chronic stress causes a decline in mental health, leading to depression, anxiety, addictions, and other psychological disorders. But not everyone needs to make an appointment with a psychiatrist to address mental issues. During the session “Diet, Mental Energy, and Mental Well-Being: A Landscape Overview of the Science and Consumer Perceptions,” speakers suggested that a change in dietary patterns may be more effective than pharmaceuticals to address mental health issues.

Speaker Bonnie Kaplan of the University of Calgary said that the number one cause of acquired insanity is imperfect nutrition, but with the growth of psychiatric medications in the 1950s, psychiatrists moved away from addressing mental issues through dietary intervention. Still, studies indicate that people who eat Western diets high in processed foods have a higher rate of mood and anxiety symptoms. Studies also indicate that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet have lower incidence of mood and anxiety symptoms. Even in people already diagnosed with having a mental disorder, a higher intake of vitamins and minerals can lead to better outcomes, Kaplan said.

Moreover, an unscientific study at Appleton Central High School in Appleton, Wis., observed that students behaved better when they consumed healthy lunches consisting of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Plant foods are the most nutrient-dense foods on earth; however, it is extremely difficult to get people to change their dietary patterns. Kaplan said that the solution may be supplementation of nutrients because it is integral that people receive less pharmaceutical intervention for mental disorders (many pharmaceutical drugs addressing mental illness have undesirable side effects). Broad-spectrum supplements containing multiple nutrients are ideal because treatment with one nutrient at a time has been shown to be ineffective, Kaplan said.

Humans are what they eat, and it is especially true for their brains.

With 80% of children and 70% of adults consuming less than five servings of vegetables and fruits per day, these poor dietary habits could have lasting consequences on the mental stability of society.

Revealing the Scientific Secrets of Why People Can’t Stop After Eating One Potato Chip

From the News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton
Source Newswise & American Chemical Society (ACS)

This research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Newswise — NEW ORLEANS, April 11, 2013 —The scientific secrets underpinning that awful reality about potato chips — eat one and you’re apt to scarf ’em all down — began coming out of the bag today in research presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting, which news media have termed “The World Series of Science,” features almost 12,000 presentations on new discoveries and other topics. It continues here through today.

Tobias Hoch, Ph.D., who conducted the study, said the results shed light on the causes of a condition called “hedonic hyperphagia” that plagues hundreds of millions of people around the world.

“That’s the scientific term for ‘eating to excess for pleasure, rather than hunger,” Hoch said. “It’s recreational over-eating that may occur in almost everyone at some time in life. And the chronic form is a key factor in the epidemic of overweight and obesity that here in the United States threatens health problems for two out of every three people.”

The team at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Erlangen, Germany, probed the condition with an ingenious study in which scientists allowed one group of laboratory rats to feast on potato chips. Another group got bland old rat chow. Scientists then used high-tech magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices to peer into the rats’ brains, seeking differences in activity between the rats-on-chips and the rats-on-chow.

With recent studies showing that two-thirds of Americans are obese or overweight, this kind of recreational over-eating continues to be a major problem, health care officials say.

Among the reasons why people are attracted to these foods, even on a full stomach, was suspected to be the high ratio of fats and carbohydrates, which send a pleasing message to the brain, according to the team. In the study, while rats also were fed the same mixture of fat and carbohydrates found in the chips, the animals’ brains reacted much more positively to the chips.

“The effect of potato chips on brain activity, as well as feeding behavior, can only partially be explained by its fat and carbohydrate content,” explained Tobias Hoch, Ph.D. “There must be something else in the chips that make them so desirable,” he said.

In the study, rats were offered one out of three test foods in addition to their standard chow pellets: powdered standard animal chow, a mixture of fat and carbs, or potato chips. They ate similar amounts of the chow as well as the chips and the mixture, but the rats more actively pursued the potato chips, which can be explained only partly by the high energy content of this snack, he said. And, in fact, they were most active in general after eating the snack food.

Although carbohydrates and fats also were a source of high energy, the rats pursued the chips most actively and the standard chow least actively. This was further evidence that some ingredient in the chips was sparking more interest in the rats than the carbs and fats mixture, Hoch said.

Hoch explained that the team mapped the rats’ brains using Manganese-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MEMRI) to monitor brain activity. They found that the reward and addiction centers in the brain recorded the most activity. But the food intake, sleep, activity and motion areas also were stimulated significantly differently by eating the potato chips.

“By contrast, significant differences in the brain activity comparing the standard chow and the fat carbohydrate group only appeared to a minor degree and matched only partly with the significant differences in the brain activities of the standard chow and potato chips group,” he added.

Since chips and other foods affect the reward center in the brain, an explanation of why some people do not like snacks is that “possibly, the extent to which the brain reward system is activated in different individuals can vary depending on individual taste preferences,” according to Hoch. “In some cases maybe the reward signal from the food is not strong enough to overrule the individual taste.” And some people may simply have more willpower than others in choosing not to eat large quantities of snacks, he suggested.

If scientists can pinpoint the molecular triggers in snacks that stimulate the reward center in the brain, it may be possible to develop drugs or nutrients to add to foods that will help block this attraction to snacks and sweets, he said. The next project for the team, he added, is to identify these triggers. He added that MRI studies with humans are on the research agenda for the group.

On the other hand, Hoch said there is no evidence at this time that there might be a way to add ingredients to healthful, albeit rather unpopular, foods like Brussels sprouts to affect the rewards center in the brain positively.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.


Hedonic hyperphagia – eating for pleasure independent from hunger – is a phenomenon nearly everybody knows. Just imagine the attraction of chocolate, sweets or snack food like potato chips and the amount of these foods ingested without homeostatic need. In a feeding study with rats we tried to identify the active molecular compounds of potato chips associated with this phenomenon. Additionally, we mapped whole brain activity patterns in rats linked to the intake of crushed potato chips, a mixture of fat and carbohydrates and standard chow. Significant differences became obvious concerning the behavior of the animals and the activation of distinct brain structures dependent on the ingested food. Main differences could be discovered in brain areas involved in systems regulating reward and addiction, food intake, sleep and locomotor activity. Despite of the highly attractive ratio of the components fat and carbohydrates, these ingredients seem not to be the only trigger.

Fibromyalgia Is Not All In Your Head, New Research Confirms

From the News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

Researchers discover a rational biological source of pain in the skin of patients with fibromyalgia

[June 14, 2013, Rensselaer, NY] – Fibromyalgia, a painful condition affecting approximately 10 million people in the U.S., is not imaginary after all, as some doctors have believed. A discovery, published this month in PAIN MEDICINE (the journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine), clearly now demonstrates that fibromyalgia may have a rational biological basis located in the skin.

Fibromyalgia is a severely debilitating affliction characterized by widespread deep tissue pain, tenderness in the hands and feet, fatigue, sleep disorders, and cognitive decline. However, routine testing has been largely unable to detect a biological basis for fibromyalgia, and standard diagnosis is based upon subjective patient pain ratings, further raising questions about the true nature of the disease. For many years, the disorder was believed to be psychosomatic (“in the head”) and often attributed to patients’ imagination or even faking illness. Currently approved therapeutics that provide at least partial relief to some fibromyalgia patients are thought to act solely within the brain where imaging techniques have detected hyperactivity of unknown origin referred to as “central sensitization.” However, an underlying cause has not been determined, leaving many physicians still in doubt about the true origins or even the existence of the disorder.

Now, a breakthrough discovery by scientists at Integrated Tissue Dynamics LLC (Intidyn), as part of a fibromyalgia study based at Albany Medical College, has provided a biological rationale for this enigmatic disease. The small biotechnology research company, founded by neuroscientists Dr. Frank L. Rice and Dr. Phillip J. Albrecht, reports on a unique peripheral neurovascular pathology consistently present in the skin of female fibromyalgia patients which may be a driving source of the reported symptoms.

“Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibers around specialized blood vessel structures located in the palms of the hands,” said Dr. Rice, President of Intidyn and the senior researcher on the study. “This discovery provides concrete evidence of a fibromyalgia-specific pathology which can now be used for diagnosing the disease, and as a novel starting point for developing more effective therapeutics.”

Nerve Endings Come In Many Forms

Three years ago, Intidyn scientists published the discovery of an unknown nervous system function among the blood vessels in the skin in the journal PAIN.

To analyze the nerve endings, Drs. Rice, Albrecht, and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Quanzhi Hou, used their unique microscopic technology to study small skin biopsies (less than half the size of a pencil eraser) collected from the palms of fibromyalgia patients, who were being diagnosed and treated by Drs. Argoff, Wymer, and Storey. The study was limited to women, who have over twice the occurrence of fibromyalgia than men. What the team uncovered was an enormous increase in sensory nerve fibers at specific sites within the blood vessels of the skin. These critical sites are tiny muscular valves, called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts, which form a direct connection between arterioles and venules.


As Dr. Rice explained, “we analyzed the skin of a particularly interesting patient who lacked all the numerous varieties of sensory nerve endings in the skin that supposedly accounted for our highly sensitive and richly nuanced sense of touch. Interestingly however, this patient had surprisingly normal function in day to day tasks. But, the only sensory endings we detected in his skin were those around the blood vessels”. Dr. Rice continued, “We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidencs that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain.”

Now, in collaboration with renowned Albany Medical Center neurologist and pain specialist Dr. Charles E. Argoff, the study primary investigator, and his collaborators Dr. James Wymer also at Albany Medical College and Dr. James Storey of Upstate Clinical Research Associates in Albany, NY, clinical research proposals were funded by Forest Laboratories and Eli Lilly. Both pharmaceutical companies have developed FDA-approved medications with similar functions (Serotonin/Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, SNRI) that provide at least some degree of relief for many fibromyalgia patients.

“Knowing how these drugs were supposed to work on molecules in the brain,” Dr. Albrecht added, “we had evidence that similar molecules were involved in the function of nerve endings on the blood vessels. Therefore, we hypothesized that fibromyalgia might involve a pathology in that location”. As the results demonstrate, they were correct.

To analyze the nerve endings, Drs. Rice, Albrecht, and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Quanzhi Hou, used their unique microscopic technology to study small skin biopsies (less than half the size of a pencil eraser) collected from the palms of fibromyalgia patients, who were being diagnosed and treated by Drs. Argoff, Wymer, and Storey. The study was limited to women, who have over twice the occurrence of fibromyalgia than men. What the team uncovered was an enormous increase in sensory nerve fibers at specific sites within the blood vessels of the skin. These critical sites are tiny muscular valves, called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts, which form a direct connection between arterioles and venules (see diagram).

As Dr. Rice describes their function, “We are all taught that oxygenated blood flows from arterioles to capillaries, which then convey the deoxygenated blood to the venules. The AV shunts in the hand are unique in that they create a bypass of the capillary bed for the major purpose of regulating body temperature.”

A Thermostat for the Skin

In humans, these types of shunts are unique to the palms of our hands and soles of our feet which work like the radiator in a car. Under warm conditions, the shunts close down to force blood into the capillaries at the surface of the skin in order to radiate heat from the body, and our hands get sweaty. Under cold conditions, the shunts open wide allowing blood to bypass the capillaries in order to conserve heat, and our hands get cold and put on gloves.

According to Dr. Albrecht, “the excess sensory innervation may itself explain why fibromyalgia patients typically have especially tender and painful hands. But, in addition, since the sensory fibers are responsible for opening the shunts, they would become particularly active under cold conditions, which are generally very bothersome to fibromyalgia patients.“

A role in regulating blood flow throughout the body.

Although they are mostly limited to the hands and feet, the shunts likely have another important function which could account for the widespread deep pain, achiness, and fatigue that occurs in fibromyalgia patients.

“In addition to involvement in temperature regulation, an enormous proportion of our blood flow normally goes to our hands and feet. Far more than is needed for their metabolism” noted Dr. Rice. “As such, the hands and the feet act as a reservoir from which blood flow can be diverted to other tissues of the body, such as muscles when we begin to exercise. Therefore, the pathology discovered among these shunts in the hands could be interfering with blood flow to the muscles throughout the body. This mismanaged blood flow could be the source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation fibromyalgia patients. This, in turn, could contribute to the hyperactvity in the brain.”

Dr. Albrecht also points out that alterations of normal blood flow may underlie other fibromyalgia symptoms, such as non-restful sleep or cognitive dysfunctions. “The data do appear to fit with other published evidence demonstrating blood flow alterations to higher brain centers and the cerebral cortex of fibromyalgia patients” he stated.

Senior Research Chair of the Alan Edwards Center for Pain Research at McGill University, Dr. Gary Bennett, commented after seeing the results that “It is exciting that something has finally been found. We can hope that this new finding will lead to new treatments for fibromyalgia patients who now receive little or no relief from any medicine.”

This discovery of a distinct tissue pathology demonstrates that fibromyalgia is not “all in your head”, which should provide an enormous relief to fibromyalgia patients, while changing the clinical opinion of the disease and guiding future approaches for successful treatments.

About Integrated Tissue Dynamics LLC (Intidyn)

Integrated Tissue Dynamics LLC (, located in Rensselaer, NY amid the Capital region’s Technology Valley, provides flexible and scalable pre-clinical and clinical research and consulting capabilities on skin and nerve related chronic pain afflictions in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, academia, and a network of pain specialists throughout the United States. The Intidyn ChemoMorphometric Analysis (CMA) platform can be used to detect chemical and structural changes in the skin and other tissues related to chronic pain, numbness, and itch associated with a wide variety of afflictions, including diabetes, shingles, complex regional pain syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, chemotherapy, unintended side effects of pharmaceuticals, and others.

How to Support Further Research on Fibromyalgia and Other Types of Chronic Pain

Tax deductable donations to support the research of a nationwide network of pain specialists, which includes Drs. Argoff and Wymer at Albany Medical College, can be made to the Clinical Pain Research Program at the University of California San Diego, an American Pain Society Center of Excellence, by contacting the UC San Diego Office of Development (; 858-534-1610; specify area of research) or UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine (; 858-657-7072). This network, referred to informally as the Neuropathic Pain Research Consortium, includes top neurologists, anesthesiologists, and research scientists at leading universities and pain treatment centers in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Albrecht PJ, Hou Q, Argoff CE, Storey JR, Wymer JP, Rice FL (2013). Excessive Peptidergic Sensory Innervation of Cutaneous Arteriole-Venule Shunts (AVS)

in the Palmar Glabrous Skin of Fibromyalgia Patients: Implications for Widespread Deep Tissue Pain and Fatigue.

Pain Medicine, May 20. doi: 10.1111/pme.12139 [Epub ahead of print].

Posted at the National Library of Medicine (PubMed):

A description of this study for the general public can be found at: Pathology for lay people 2013-06-24.pdf

For further information, contact:

Frank L. Rice, PhD
866-610-7581, ext. 102

Struggling to stick to a diet? Stocking up on fruit and veg helps because it improves self-control

Courtesy of Daily Mail  By Rachel Reilly30 July 2013

From News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

Stocking up on fruit and veg helps – even if you DON’T eat it – because it improves self-control

  • Researchers at University of Leeds found that those who ate a salad instead of garlic bread as a starter went on to eat smaller main meal
  • Smelling an orange reduced chocolate consumption by over half
  • Experts say that findings suggest that salads and fruit may remind dieters of their long term goals to lose weight and improve self-control

Struggling to stick to your diet? Then make sure you stock up on fruit and veg – even if you don’t eat it.

Scientists have discovered that the sight and smell of healthy food can help dieters stick to their weight-loss goals.

In one test people reduced their chocolate consumption by more than half if they smelt a fresh orange first.

And diners who started with a salad instead of garlic bread went on to eat a smaller main course – because the sight of the lettuce reminded them about their diet.

The study, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour, suggests healthy foods that are associated with diets can help improve self-control.

Researcher Nicola Buckland said that when tempted by food, dieters should ‘take a few moments to focus on the sensory properties of healthy food, such as the sight and smell of fruit or salad vegetables’.

She added: ‘Healthy food cues can provide an instant reminder to dieters. Or order a salad as a starter to help reduce intake.’

Miss Buckland also recommended filling our fruit bowls and keeping the fridge well-stocked if we want a bit of extra help sticking to our diet plans.

Even when away from home, dieters can prompt resistance to temptation with a piece of fruit or baby carrots. Or when eating out ‘order a salad as a starter to help reduce intake’, said Miss Buckland.

The study also found the effects of healthy food to improve dieters’ self-control may be most beneficial when hungry.

When participants were given a standard lunch and then offered a snack two hours later, prior exposure to fruit had no effect on intake.

It suggests that diet cues may be most useful when an individual is hungry and tempted to overindulge on unhealthy food.

Scientists say that being exposed to fruit and vegetables helps remind a dieter of their goals–DONT-eat–improves-self-control.html#ixzz2bfEi2kV0
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