People with Fibromyalgia have Different Gut Bacteria #MedicalNewsToday #CatherinePaddock

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Poems for Warriors

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A study that compared women with and without fibromyalgia has confirmed, for the first time, a link between gut bacteria and the disease and its main symptoms.

Canadian researchers identified 19 species of gut bacteria that were present in varying amounts linked to individuals with fibromyalgia.

“We found,” says Amir Minerbi, of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University in Montreal, “that fibromyalgia and the symptoms of fibromyalgia — pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties — contribute more than any of the other factors to the variations we see in the microbiomes of those with the disease.”

The findings were published in the journal, Pain, which Minerbi is the first author.

“We also saw,” Minerbi adds, “that the severity of a patient’s symptoms was directly correlated with an increased presence or a more pronounced absence of certain bacteria — something which has never…

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Peaceful Anarchy

Thru Violet's Lentz

My Back. My Brand

Too many wars have been fought over who’s translation of which holy
book makes them the chosen people.

I say, toss the
books- live the similarities.

Don’t kill anyone.

Treat others as you
want to be treated.

Be willing to accept
the consequences of your own actions.

And above all,
Cultivate common sense.

Don Miguel Ruiz made it even simpler when he penned the first of The Four Agreements, “Be impeccable with your word.”

Try that one on for
size.

Imagine a world
where everyone is so busy making sure they are living up to their own
standards, they no longer have time to persecute those around them
based on lifestyle.

My brand: Peaceful Anarchy.

Written for Sammi Cox Weekend Writing Prompt, Translation, in 115 words.

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12 Changes in Mindset That Can Benefit Your Physical Health #DavidDiSalvo #Forbes

Poems for Warriors

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I read a great article today on Forbes.com about how to make some mindset changes to improve your overall health. These are some great things to consider in your everyday habits. I have summarized David DiSalvo’s article here with some of my own opinions and suggestions that I am trying.

1. Change your “vacation can wait” mindset.
The “I need a vacation…” mindset can be something that goes months if not years before we actually take one. The workplace will do just fine without you for a couple weeks. Vacations may lower risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition strongly linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

2. Shift your breathing focus.
Focusing more closely on our breathing comes with a list of science-backed health benefits, including lower heart rate, blood pressure, reduced stress response, and even a boosted immune system…

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AFTERNOON WALK… a poem

Kevin Parish

Man, Bridge, Lonely, Walk, Wintry

It’s
not the same anymore

Yes,
the dry, Autumn leaves still crackle underfoot

And
Mother Nature plays her lullaby to her children

But
I have eyes with a different view these days

Lost
are these walks, hand in hand with the one I love

Gone
are the days of deep conversation

And
sitting upon the sun-soaked boulder

The
twilight years are truly upon me

And,
I miss you more than ever

This
used to be our afternoon walk

Yet,
the light of your eyes once full of life see no more

And
I am here to make my way – alone

You
are always and forever in my heart

But,
a heart that is heavy and broken

Until I see you again, my love, I will miss you

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Saturday Mix-Mad About Metaphors

Keep it alive

Pretending to be more than what he actually was

Had become gradually an obsession with him

Blowing his own trumpet was the norm

Taking credit for what others had achieved

Heaping undeserved praises on himself

Telling us all how very clever and unique he was

It all generated only one thing among his acquaintances

A complete and utter disgust for this ant posing as a giant

The prompt;

Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 22 June 2019!

This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of METAPHOR. Our challenge is all about the use of metaphor in our writing. You will need to use the metaphor provided in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our metaphor this week is:

– Blow one’s own trumpet.

In response to;

Saturday Mix-Mad About Metaphors June 22

#keepitalive

#saturdaymix

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With a Pinch of Salt

Come and enjoy Nandita’s – With A Pinch Of Salt

A Tangle of Weeds

I come back to my lonely apartment
in a city that still has not been able to befriend me.
Faces pass me by, faces that look through me like I don’t exist
The man in the apartment above mine is a grumpy old man and the lady next door is agonizingly dull.
But the two of them seem to enjoy each other’s company,
I see them taking walks together in the drab garden in the evenings.
They sit down on the bench and chat with each other, occasionally throwing dirty looks at me.
I open my mouth to say something but I decide against it for I know people understand only what they want to understand.
So I just shrug and draw the shades over the blue window of my lonely apartment in this city that is still a stranger to me.
all the while sipping on a glass of…

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