A Word from ME

June may be my favorite month of the year! It feels like I am standing on the cusp of summer. My mom knew how to do summertime right. She didn't fill our time with activities, lessons, sports, and trips. She left us to our own devices. My days were spent catching crawdads in the creek by our neighborhood, selling lemonade on the street corner, running through the sprinklers and playing slip n slide, and riding my bicycle at dusk when the air started to cool.

In just a few more days, summer will arrive! No more alarm clocks to interrupt my sleep, no last minute trips to the store for something a child HAS to bring to school TOMORROW, no evening performances and after school activities. I'm going to follow my mother's lead. We will have sprinklers ready at any time, a puzzle started on the living room table, and books by every bedside. I am going to enjoy these lazy days of summer … and rest and recuperate and add to my recovery while I do. -- Shelli

The Mitochondrial Connection

CFS has long been a mysterious and baffling illness. But new research is finally beginning to shine the light of understanding on this disease. In January 2009, researchers have learned that people with CFS exhibit mitochondrial dysfunction.

We are made up of many different types of cells – muscle cells, nerve cells, blood cells, etc. Each cell is different, because each has a different job to do in the body. However, one thing that each has in common is that it contains mitochondria. Mitochondria are responsible for energy production. When mitochondria fail, there is a poor supply of energy. Cells function slowly because they do not have the energy supply to function normally. This means that all bodily functions slow down.

That explains why CFS feels like a full-body rebellion. CFS is a symptom of mitochondrial failure and every system of the body can be affected. This also explains why fatigue is so often the most prevalent and severe symptom of CFS.

What can you do to support and help heal malfunctioning mitochondria?

  • Pace your activities so you do not put undue stress on mitochondria.
  • Do everything you can to get excellent sleep so your mitochondria can repair.
  • Eat a well balanced diet focused on providing sufficient nutrition, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and eliminating allergies.
  • Detoxify to eliminate potential poisons to mitochondria.
  • Optimize gut fermentation and intestinal balance.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises to address the common problem of hyperventilation.

“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” - Arundhati Roy

From the Flagging Chef

This got six thumbs up from my kids when I made it for them!

Hawaiian Chicken

  • 4 - 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar apricot preserves
  • 1 lg bottle fat free french dressing
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2/3 c water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large pan 9 X 13 " pan. In a bowl, mix the preserves, dressing, onion soup mix, and water. Put chicken in pan and pour sauce over chicken. Do not cover. Bake for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is done.

Serve with Uncle Ben's Wild rice and steamed broccoli with red peppers.

Optional: I do this without the water and bake for only 50 minutes to 1 hour. It also works well in the crock pot.

From Audrey Nelson, Circle of Moms Recipe Swap For more super simple recipes, visit my recipe blog, The Flagging Chef.

Something to Smile About

Mental Institution Pop Quiz

Jon and Dan are in a mental institution which has an annual contest that picks two of the best patients and gives them two questions. If they answer correctly, they are released.

Jon is called into the doctor's office first. The doctor says, "Jon, what would happen if I poked out one of your eyes?"

Jon says, "I'd be half blind."

"That's correct. What would happen if I poked out both your eyes?"

"I'd be completely blind." The doctor tells him that he is free to go. On Jon's way out he tells Dan the questions and answers.

The doctor asks Dan, "What would happen if I cut off one of your ears?"

Dan says, "I'd be half blind."

The doctor, slightly puzzled, continues, "What would happen if I cut off both your ears?"

"I'd be completely blind."

"Dan, how can you explain that you'd be blind?" asks the doctor.

"Well," replies Dan, "my hat would fall over my eyes."