A Positive Attitude When You Live With Chronic Pain

Along my long ten-year journey (many of those years in pain and in ill health without diagnosis) with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, I have learned more about myself, my capabilities and my compassions than I ever have in all my nearly 34 years on this earth. I know that I will never be the person that I used to be, but why would I want to go back? Having both these conditions and realizing that I am only human has given me a more realistic outlook on life.

The most important of all the lessons learned is that my attitude plays a role in my healing and feeling better on a daily basis.

Read More: http://ohboy-boys.blogspot.com/2009/09/positive-attitude-when-you-live-with.html. (Living It, Loving It)

Aromatherapy & RA

Over the past few years, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has put together a pretty decent collection of aromatherapy essential oils…although there are some important oils that I still need to buy, in order for my collection to be more complete.

I have tried all types of diffusers, ranging from electrical to candle-lit. Each one of them is nice in it’s own sort of way, but I spent a lot of time looking for that perfect diffuser. I wanted it to be nice to look at, easy to use, quick to take effect, and it would be nice if it could add a little humidity to the dry high-altitude environment in which I live.

As I walked around one of my favorite cooperative stores in San Francisco (Rainbow Grocery) a couple of months back, I came across the Zen Collection Bliss Aroma Diffuser. Not only did it have everything I was looking for in a diffuser, but it was also on sale! I was sold.

For most of my life my favorite color has been – and continues to be – blue, but in the past year or so I have found myself, for some reason, being particularly attracted to orange. This model was available in two colors: blue and orange. I chose orange.

During my flare this past week, I have used my diffuser on an almost daily basis. Sometimes it’s running quietly in the background while I am working or reading in a room, and other times it’s an integral part of a relaxation/meditation session. As I type these words, it’s sitting right next to me on my nightstand, misting away.

While I often might mix my own essential oils (I particularly like rosemary + ginger), I also have some prepared blends from Aura Cacia. My favorites are the Relaxation Blend and the Creative Juices Blend. (I also have a Medieval Mix Blend, which is wonderful!)

Whichever combination of diffuser and essential oils I use, one thing always remains the same – when I incorporate aromatherapy into my day, I have a little extra peace of mind. This helps me when times are smooth, and when times are rough.


Relax with this most advanced & innovative ultrasonic aroma diffuser & ioniser. Feel your worries fade away in humidified & fresh ionised air & aroma. 5 in 1 functions: Aroma Diffuser, Mini Humidifier, Air Purifier, Ionizer, Small Night Light. Advanced ultrasonic technology which produces vibrations at a frequency of 2 million times per second without using heat (heat alters & destroys the properties of essential oils). Releases tiny droplets of water vapour which is highly beneficial for our skin & general well being & has been known to provide relief for symptoms of respiratory problems. Improve air quality & prevents damage from second hand smoke, stale air and allergens. It functions as an ioniser by releasing negative ions into the air (known as “air vitamins”) which combat harmful positive ions. This may provide many health benefits e.g. improves breathing, strengthens the immune system, etc. The item has a built in soft glow light which can be used as a night light. Combines oriental & western cultures with modern science & technology.



Aura Cacia Relaxation Essential Oil

Relaxation BlendSize: 0.5 fl. oz.

Ingredients: Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Oil, Citrus X Limon (Lemon) Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Bergaptene-Free Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chameamelum Nobile (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil.


Aura Cacia Creative Juice Essential Oil

Creative JuiceSize: 0.5 fl. oz.

Ingredients: Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Bergaptene-Free Oil, Citrus X Limon (Lemon) Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil.


Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

Breaking: Sightings Of RA Superheroine Reported Nationwide

“What happens to the least of us in our society is the definition of who we are.” -Marianne Hoynes

A week ago yesterday, Marianne Hoynes sent me a message in which she shared a video clip that showed her being heckled, as she spoke publicly at a health care town hall meeting in New Jersey. (Please see: Health Care Reform Superheroine)

During the past few days, coverage of Marianne’s story has grown as multiple blogs, including the Huffington Post, reported on this event. Yesterday, our fellow RA superheroine reached the mainstream media – as segments of this video were broadcast on MSNBC!

Marianne will appear live on MSNBC this afternoon, sometime between 3:00 – 3:30 pm EST. If you can, be sure to watch or record the show. In the meantime, please join me in supporting Marianne as she prepares for her big appearance later today!



You might think that you are only one person – but you have already been heard by millions! Thank you for being such a strong voice for those of us who live with chronic illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

RA Guy


For more background on the continually increasing cost of rheumatoid arthritis medications, please read The Battle Over Biologics.


Democrats in Congress are now embracing a pathway for generic biologics handcrafted by the name-brand drug industry, legislation with the sole aim of ensuring excess profits by limiting new market entrants.

Health care reform should be an achievable goal. Lawmakers need to focus on the end game of reform: better health outcomes for more people and real cost containment. Protecting the current players from market forces is not the answer. There are real savings to be found in an abbreviated pathway for biologic drug approval that allows competition after seven years…

Read More: http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/31/health-care-reform-lobbying-biologics-opinions-contributors-phrma.html.


Simultaneously, however, the House and Senate are considering proposals that would prevent lower-cost pharmaceuticals from coming to market by regulating generic versions of biologics known as follow-on biologics or “biosimilars.”

The proposals before Congress are an attempt to create a pathway for allowing these biosimilars into the market. But the legislation favors pharmaceutical companies and hurts patients by offering brand-name companies 12 years of market exclusivity before generics can come to market. Traditional chemical drugs receive five years of market exclusivity before generics may be produced.

Even worse, current proposals permit brand-name companies to make minor modifications to their products at the end of a 12-year market monopoly, and then receive another 12 years of exclusivity. This process would yield a perpetual monopoly.The current legislation would virtually eliminate the possibility of generic competition.

Read More: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.biosimilars28aug28,0,7541644.story.


Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!