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I Am Skeptical As To The ‘Validity Of The Fibromyalgia Blood Test — The So Called “FM/a”.

by Anura Guruge


I only heard of this test, “FM/a“, via a radio commercial, this week. I was immediately intrigued. As some of you may know, I know a fair amount about Fibromyalgia given that my ‘Central Pain’ book deals with it in much detail.

What worried me about this test is that we now know that fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. I didn’t think we had any tests that could detect such disorders.

This test claims to test immune system imbalances. I, at least for now, am skeptical.

This test is supposed to ‘rule out’ other diseases. I am not sure I buy that.

The folks promoting this test — for MONEY, of course — have EXTENDED what was the original SCOPE of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia was about distributed, widespread pain. These folks have extended this to include symptoms of DEPRESSION as well. Given the EXTENDED scope a lot of folks — mainly women (alas) — will fall into the ‘dragnet’. I am sure that MOST in this vulnerable group will LIKE to be told they have fibromyalgia. To them it would be a relief, a vindication. I know. I have LIVED with ‘fibromyalgia’ — though I do NOT have it.

There used to be the 11-point DEFINITIVE TEST for fibromyalgia. That has now been DEBUNKED. Even the original creator of it, a supposed doctor, has admitted that he was wrong. Tens of millions of American women were told they had fibromyalgia based on that 11-point test. Well the test was FAKE.

So ….

I am not convinced.

Check out my book. You can read it for free in many places. SMILE.



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Fibromyalgia — The Pain & Suffering In 20 Pictures Submitted By Actual Sufferers.

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Click to access original article with the 20 pictures and the accompanying descriptions.


Many of you, especially anyone whose life has been impacted or touched by Fibromyalgiawill find this article with its 20-picture essays interesting.

Nothing new or profound in terms of the condition, just a chronicling of the symptoms and their effects on people and their lives.

A lot is happening, rather quickly, at present, in terms of trying to redefine Fibromyalgia and finally get a good handle on it so that better treatment options could be made available. I have covered some of these in my new ‘Central Pain Syndrome: Chronic, Confounding Pain Such As That Of Fibromyalgia‘ book.



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Think – Today: How Many Stars Can You See, Naked Eye, In The Night Sky?

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starsintheskyThis, I hope, must have crossed your mind one night when looking up at the heavens in wonder. Appears to be a lot of stars up there — that you can see, naked eye. So how many do you think (in your hemisphere)?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Suffragette” comes from “suffrage” (which was old French) … directly from the Latinsuffragium” which referred to voting, ballots, the right to vote etc. “Suffer”, on the other hand, comes from Latin “sufferre” which denoted endure, undergo etc.


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Think – Today: Does The Word “Suffragette” Have Anything To Do With “Suffering”?

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annie_kenney_and_christabel_pankhurstWhere does the word “Suffragette” come from? It sounds like it has something to do with “suffering”. Does it?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Point Blank” comes from the French “pointé à blanc — where ‘blanc’ is French for white. It referred to pointing (straight) at the WHITE circle that appeared in the middle of shooting targets. Meant you were close enough to the target to point straight the the middle (blanc) without having to worry about the trajectory path of the shot/bullet.


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What is More Important: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

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Click here to access original thread at ‘Debate.org’. 


It was doing the Jewish Purim one day apart from Good Friday post, yesterday, that got me thinking. With that post and the one I did last year about Passover being on the same weekend I used Good Friday as the key date (though I included Easter Sunday too).

Given my interest in religious history I can argue on either side of this. Yes, I know, understand and appreciate the basics. Crucifixion vs. Resurrection. The Passion, the suffering and redemption of sin vs. hope, eternal life (and the true basis of what makes Christianity, Christianity).

That Good Friday is not a Federal Holiday in the very Christian (60%++) U.S. always amazes me. Growing up in very Buddhist Ceylon we had BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday off — thanks to the British/European influence.

I am glad that this question gets debated. Do YOU have an opinion or preference?


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Dalai Lama’s Matthieu Ricard Is NOT The Happiest Man In The World — NOT Even Close.


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Click here for the original from the U.K. “Daily Mail”.

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One of the COMMENTS against the “Daily Mail” article and this is ONE of my arguments too.

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First and foremost, and I am deadly serious here, there is the SMALL matter of I!

My life is FAR FROM PERFECT but I would argue and set out to prove that I am HAPPIER, any day of the week, any day of the year, than this monk.

I am NOT joking.

He and I agree on ONE THING and that is that one can train one’s brain to be happy. So between he and I what we are DUKING it out is who has the better brain training system. I contend that I have. Why?

Because unlike this guy, and as the COMMENT above highlights, I am HAPPY leading a full, ‘normal’ life — WITH A SPOUSE & CHILDREN — and I HAVE SEX! Yes, that definitely COMES into it and the pun was very intentional. Orgasms, for both sexes, are an important factor in being truly happy.

Check this guy out. He was a recluse. Ran away from life.

He is NOT happy. He is content. There is a HUGE difference. You can be content being unhappy. Trust me you can.

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And then there is the TWO-SIDED issue about how happy a Buddhist monk can really be.

One of Buddha’s fundamental teachings is that we ALL SUFFER because of our fondness to attachments — which also includes family.

IF you want to be happy without attachments GO AHEAD be my guest. I would rather be unhappy and have some attachments.

Plain and simple. This guy by a LONG CHALK is NOT the happiest man in the World. I might NOT be the happiest BUT I will sure argue and prove that I am HAPPIER than he is — any day of the week.

Simple question. Just ask him. When did he last have an orgasm with another person — ideally of the opposite sex.