In The Media
with Dr Stein

ME/CFS: What Can Help Heal Your Pain?
An interview with Simon Pimenta Life Coach
October 2022

Simon lives in the UK and had ME/CFS and fibromyalgia for 8 years. As a result of learning brain training techniques, he went from being bed-bound and unable to walk for one minute at times, to working full time and playing sports for hours! Following his recovery, he did extensive training, eventually creating his own program. He specializes in working with people with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and more recently long COVID and related conditions, sharing what he learned from his own experience, both personal and professional. He runs a free Facebook group called ME/CFS EXPLORED.

In this video Simon talks to Dr Stein on the topic of healing pain using Neuroplasticity and other approaches.

Meetup: Neuroplasticity of the Brain

I was the invited speaker on September 21, 2022 for the  Neuroplasticity of the Brain Meetup - a Calgary-based meetup with over 1000 members. In this presentation, I gave a detailed summary of what neuroplasticity is, how it causes pain, how we can leverage it to heal from persistent pain and the neuroplasticity boosters which allow practice to be more effective. These are all topics covered in more depth in Healing through Neuroplasticity. My presentation is 45 minutes followed by a very engaged Q&A session with the attendees. The video recording here is 73 minutes in length. If you are interested in the Meetup group, you can see details and signup here. All newcomers are welcome. There is no cost to join or to attend.

 

The Chemical Sensitivity Podcast
Episode 8: MCS Is Not an Anxiety Disorder
An interview with Dr. Eleanor Stein
July 24, 2022

Dr. Stein was featured as a guest speaker on this show hosted by Dr. Aaron Goodman, PhD. The Chemical Sensitivity Podcast is aired twice per month. Its purpose is to amplify the voices of people with MCS and to highlight the critical work that researchers and clinicians like Dr. Stein are doing to further the cause.

To listen to the interview between Dr. Stein and Dr. Goodman, CLICK HERE. It is free.

Interview with the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre
Fibromyalgia: What We Know and What We Can Do
June 27, 2022

The Bill Nelems Pain & Research Centre, located in Kelowna, British Columbia, is a pain management clinic specializing in procedural, medical, and rehab interventions for chronic pain.

In this webinar, Dr. Stein discusses some of the latest research on the new category of nociplastic pain of which Fibromyalgia is the poster child. The type of persistent, widespread pain associated symptoms found FM is caused by a brain process called sensitization. This is good news because we can learn to return the brain to normal processing by the consistent application of simple neuroplasticity-based tools. This neuroscience is the basis of Dr. Stein's new online course Healing through Neuroplasticity.

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MCS and Anxiety: Dispelling the Myth, May 6

On May 6, Dr. Stein was a guest speaker for The ASEQ-EHAQ - L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec as part of International Awareness month. From her 20 years + experience as a psychiatrist treating patients with MCS, Dr. Stein explained why, although some people with MCS (as with any medical condition) can have mental health symptoms, MCS is not a psychiatric disorder. When patients with MCS are misdiagnosed as having a mental health disorder, their physical symptoms are dismissed and they are offered incorrect treatment. 
If you prefer to read about this topic, the content is published in text and audio on Dr. Stein's blog page

 

Interview with the Environmental Health Association of Québec / L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec
- March 12, 2022

The National Institute of Public Health Québec (Institut national de santé publique du Québec – INSPQ) recently published a report on MCS concluding that anxiety and not chemical exposure is the cause of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This a conclusion reached without consultation with people with lived experience, or experts in MCS.

 

Dr. Stein was invited to discuss questions arising from the report at the ASEQ-EHAQ  (L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec) Annual General Meeting on March 12, 2022. This session was recorded and the discussion is in English and French. L’enregistrement est en français et en anglais.

The English version of the summary of the report can be found here : Multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, an integrative approach to identifying the pathophysiological mechanisms. The ASEQ-EHAQ has started an action to remove this report at: https://aseq-ehaq.ca/en/action/

To learn more, visit the bilingual websites www.aseq-ehaq.ca / www.EcoLivingGuide.ca / www.EnvironmentalSensitivities.com / www.ecoasisquebec.ca

Blog from ANZMES (Association of New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Societies Inc.)

ANZMES is the national support organization for ME sufferers and their carers in New Zealand.

https://anzmes.org.nz/pathways-to-improvement-online-program/

Health Rising’s “What’s Up, Doc?” Series Begins with Dr. Eleanor Stein
- an interview on May 24, 2021

 What’s Up Doc? is a series hosted by Cort Johnson and dedicated to exploring what’s catching the eyes and ears of ME/CFS/FM and allied disorders doctors.

See all blogs about Dr. Stein on Health Rising
https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2020/10/05/pathways-improvement-online-chronic-fatigue-fibromyalgia-ei-eleanor-stein/

My Podcast interview with Dr. Courtney Craig, May 4, 2021

In this 48 minute podcast we discuss a wide range of topics. I begin by telling the story of what I have learned in my 32 year history with ME/CFS, FM and ES. I answer some hard questions from Dr. Craig including the apparent conflict between psychiatry and ME/CFS and how self-management can possibly help in these serious bio-medical conditions.

Self-management does not cure ME/CFS, FM or ES. But what we think, feel, and do impacts biology. Neuroplasticity in particular has caught my attention. It is a living connection between the mind and the body. It allows us to plan changes to our own brains and bodies by changing behavior - amazing.

We are all awaiting transformative biological interventions for ME/CFS, FM and ES. However, even in conditions for which there are powerful biological treatments, self-management remains important. I designed my online course to fill the need for accurate disease specific self-management strategies.

I hope you enjoy the podcast. And a big thank you to Dr. Craig for offering the platform of hope.

Click on this link to hear my podcast conversation with Dr. Courtney Craig:
https://www.drcourtneycraig.com/blog/2021/5/4/spoonie-radio-ep-19-dr-eleanor-stein

About Dr. Courtney Craig
Dr. Craig received her clinical training at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida. She also completed undergraduate study in exercise science at the College of William and Mary. She graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport’s Human Nutrition Institute Master program. She studied at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, with a focus on nutrition and biomedical research. She was a visiting scientist at Cornell’s Center for Enervating Neuroimmune Disease.

Dr. Stein's interview on the CBC Alberta provincial late news on April 18, 2021

- long haul COVID


- 10 to 30% of people who contract COVID 19 don't recover fully as expected. These lingering symptoms are referred to as "long  haul" or "Post-COVID".
- The symptoms of Post-COVID include severe fatigue, post exertional malaise, unrefreshing sleep, brain fog and unstable blood pressure - very similar to symptoms of ME/CFS.
- Number one take home message if you have long haul COVID is to PACE. This means living within your energy bank account. Try to save a bit of energy every day so the body can use it to heal.
- We hope this sensible self-management will help people with long haul COVID recover.