Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Pocket Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

The Pocket Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
Key Facts and Tips for Improved Health
Dr Rosamund Vallings, MNZM, MB BS
Published by Calico Publishing; August 2017; RRP $35
TRAILBLAZING Kiwi physician Rosamund Vallings continues her quest to demystify a debilitating illness affecting tens of thousands of New Zealanders with her new book, The Pocket Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.
Internationally recognised for her pioneering work, Dr Vallings has over three decades of experience in the field of ME/CFS and is one of the world’s leading  experts in the disorder characterized by extreme fatigue.
Affecting more people in New Zealand than either multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease, CFS is a complex illness that affects many systems of the body, particularly the nervous and immune systems.
Rutherford Medal winner and Professor of Biochemistry Warren Tate described the book as a valuable pocket guide that collects together very helpful information in a format that is easily accessible – at time when science is revealing more about the disease.
Hailing Dr Vallings as both a ‘stellar health practitioner’ and ‘outstanding New Zealander’, the Professor praised her support for CFS/ME patients; helping them manage day-to-day this unexplained long-term condition.
“Dr Vallings is a brilliant communicator in her many talks and workshops spanning the public, medical students, senior health practitioners, and the health research community. She is the national expert on the illness at all levels and regularly reports on the latest research findings presented at international conferences – important today as the biological basis of the illness is now slowly being revealed, said Tate.
With her encyclopedic knowledge of the illness, Dr Vallings uses her new book to simplify and explain everything for sufferers and carers alike; offering guidance to manage symptoms and improve overall wellbeing.
Featuring the latest research and search for a cure, The Pocket Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME offers strategies for dealing with specific symptoms, managing sleep, easing back into exercise, eating optimally for recovery and dealing with work and education issues.
It also offers guidance on talking to others about CFS/ME, including the doctor; caring for CFS/ME sufferers, including the severely ill (at its most extreme sufferers can be bed-ridden and require 24-hour care).
 Dr Vallings previous books, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management and Managing ME/CFS: A Guide for Young People  have helped thousands of people around the world.
In 2016 she was the recipient of the Nelson Gantz Award for Outstanding Clinician by the International Association for CFS/ME. Dr Vallings has also been awarded Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was nominated as New Zealand Woman of the Year in 2008.
Living in Auckland, Dr Vallings travels regularly to promote understanding of CFS/ME and to further her interest in the latest research into diagnosis and treatments.

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