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Analgesic use and the risk of recurrent falls in individuals with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis.

This recent study is a timely reminder that individuals with lower limb arthritis or muscle weakness are at added risk of falls especially if they use opioid medications for pain and or are taking antidepressants. ( http://tinyurl.com/kyua8h9) This is a reminder to regulary review the management of osteoarthritis and the need for medications. Just as [...]

By |April 8th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Analgesic use and the risk of recurrent falls in individuals with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis.

Changing the brain with meditation – impacting better sleep

Scientists are still to discover all the benefits of sleep however, they are convinced that poor sleep contributes significantly to the symptoms and development of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and pain. Brainwave patterns occurring during sleep have important and partially understood functions. One defined pattern is called gamma. Gamma waves are associated with perception, consciousness attention, [...]

By |April 2nd, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Changing the brain with meditation – impacting better sleep

More on the Vagus Nerve

Over the last month, I have looked at some key strategies for living well. The focus of this posting is understanding the impact of stress in various ways and strategies to lower the impact. Let''s take another look at the vagus nerve. More on the Vagus Nerve. ( see January 2017 for the first article) [...]

By |March 26th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on More on the Vagus Nerve

Many are asking about the use of marijuana for fibromyalgia and other pain conditions.

There is a lot to learn about this subject and the challenge is to merge the science regarding appropriate usage with political and community expectations. Around the world and also in Australia, medical marijuana is being introduced well before the true benefits and side effects are known. Before a medication is released we can have [...]

By |March 21st, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Many are asking about the use of marijuana for fibromyalgia and other pain conditions.

Next Meditation course – are you tired of being tired, stressed about being stressed, not sleeping, in pain…..

How meditation strengthens the brain. Those who have pain and no time for meditation will need to find time to manage pain in potentially more potent ways. Here are the details of  the next More Than Meditation course. •  ( Call 95349495 now to participate.)

By |March 20th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Next Meditation course – are you tired of being tired, stressed about being stressed, not sleeping, in pain…..

Information for those with Fibromyalgia. A new therapy idea is being fast-tracked to find out if it works.

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common chronic pain syndrome with symptoms that include widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disruption and cognitive impairment. It is known that infections and other types of stressors are capable of triggering the development of FM. Researchers have hypothesised that these stressors could be responsible for triggering a reactivation of latent herpesviruses, and [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Information for those with Fibromyalgia. A new therapy idea is being fast-tracked to find out if it works.

MEDITATION

Movement while being focused in the moment is a reminder that once you have the skill everything can be a meditation. You are invited to our next meditation course. Early Bird registration extended to 28 Feb. Click here

By |February 24th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on MEDITATION

For You: For those with Rheumatoid Disease, Lupus, Juvenile arthrtis and their supporters

Join a group that understands. Learn about your condition. Participate in trials. Focus on health and fitness, not illness and drugs. Lower inflammation with food. Help for carers. Be less isolated. Please join the new Dragon Claw site. You are very welcome. https://www.dragon-claw.org/

By |February 8th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on For You: For those with Rheumatoid Disease, Lupus, Juvenile arthrtis and their supporters

Fibromyalgia Does it get any better?

There is an excellent website called Health Rising which is devoted to reporting on research into fibromyalgia. Here is their latest issue https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2017/02/25/fibromyalgia-improvement-prognosis/ They report that recovery from fibromyalgia is rarely possible. I have a different perspective on this. I see individuals with fibromyalgia every day of my working life. In my experience recovery is [...]

By |February 2nd, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Fibromyalgia Does it get any better?

The “ah ha!” jar or looking for the positives in life

In December 2015, I created an "ah ha!" jar as a way of reminding myself of the wonderful aspects of my life and to balance out the impact of the daily serving of " bad news" presented by the media. This idea is derived from current neuroscience research that recognises that positive experiences are [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on The “ah ha!” jar or looking for the positives in life

Strategies to harmonise your nervous system – from new understandings about the vagus nerve

The vagus nerve is one of the most important nerves in the body and its central role in all functions of the body is being revealed with an explosion of research. It is the 10th cranial nerve and arises above the midbrain. It comes out through the base of the skull and passes down [...]

By |January 3rd, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Strategies to harmonise your nervous system – from new understandings about the vagus nerve

Create a new version of yourself in 2017 via a meditation practice

Meditation can be difficult until it becomes a habit. One way to create the habit is to read something about meditation every day. Here is a reading list to get you started. http://tinyurl.com/jee8lt4 For details of the next More Than Meditation Course beginning 16 March, 2017 Wishing you a smooth path to wellbeing in 2017. [...]

By |January 1st, 2017|2016|Comments Off on Create a new version of yourself in 2017 via a meditation practice

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND OTHER AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS

Update on thinking about rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diet. It is rare to see an article on diet and arthritis in one of the main stream medical journals. The study suggests that some foods have a protective effect on RA development, such as mushrooms, citrus fruits and dairy products. Perhaps we should eat more mushrooms [...]

By |December 12th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND OTHER AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS

FIBROMYALGIA

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00296-016-3625-x In this study the authors state " In this meta-analysis, we observe that BMD ( bone mineral density as measured by a DEXA machine) at the lumbar spine is decreased in FMS compared with normal individuals. Patients with FMS should be assessed for risk of osteoporosis." Great reminder that having knowledge can lead to [...]

By |December 8th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on FIBROMYALGIA

Two amazing stories of recovery from fibromyalgia that we received this month

"I feel like I have my old life back. I have recovered completely from my fibromyalgia" . Read more Overcoming Fibromyalgia with perseverence. One person's inspiring story

By |December 6th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Two amazing stories of recovery from fibromyalgia that we received this month

INSPIRING ONE LINERS THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION

Meditation has the same effect on the mind as exercise has on the body. "If sugar is the new tobacco then sitting is the new smoking!" "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain. “Don’t believe everything you think.” - BJ Miller. The [...]

By |December 4th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on INSPIRING ONE LINERS THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION

16th World Congress on Pain : Part 2

I have recently returned from the World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan. There were 3000 scientist and clinicians deliberating on 2000 research papers over five days. This is part 2 of some of the most important things that were discussed at this bi-annual meeting.To see the initial post read below Some take away messages [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on 16th World Congress on Pain : Part 2

16th World Congress on Pain

I have recently returned from the World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan. There were 3000 scientist and clinicians deliberating on 2000 research papers over five days. I have summarised some of the most important things that were discussed at this bi-annual meeting. The experience of pain: Numerous patterns and brain pathways influencing the development [...]

By |October 17th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on 16th World Congress on Pain

Need Motivation to achieve your health goals..

One way to constantly remind yourself of your health goals is to use your login passwords. We use passwords all day every day. So change the passwords to support your goals. If your goal is to meditate daily the you could use calm.10 .9.8 or meditate2day! If you have a nutrition goal how about greens4me! [...]

By |August 27th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Need Motivation to achieve your health goals..

All About Pain

Understanding pain Pain is a complex phenomenon that has many sides to it and about which we still have much to learn. As a consequence there is much that is good and helpful to assist people with pain and there is also much that is based on myth and old wife’s tales. In 1965, the [...]

By |August 22nd, 2016|2016|Comments Off on All About Pain

Magnesium; Are you getting enough?

Chronic stress levels lead to a depletion of magnesium. Since a majority of individuals eat a diet that does not meet the recommended daily allowance for magnesium, the loss of magnesium due to chronic stress is a big problem. Lower magnesium levels increase the risk of insomnia and poor sleep quality, which in turn raises [...]

By |August 20th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Magnesium; Are you getting enough?

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia: Doubling up to fight pain Most individuals with fibromyalgia will try medication. Here is infomation regarding the most recent study. Combining two drugs used to treat fibromyalgia safely improves patient outcomes. http://tinyurl.com/zw2r4jd.

By |August 19th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Fibromyalgia

5 Digital Tools to Help you Manage your Physician Consultations

How many health-related apps do you have on your smartphone? It is predictsedthat the market for mobile health app services will reach $26 billion by 2017. Consumers have embraced these tools because they have many benefits, from keeping weight in check to researching medicine data. The communication benefits are often understated, but health apps can [...]

By |July 25th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on 5 Digital Tools to Help you Manage your Physician Consultations

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