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

It was in December 2015 that I first 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.  I have previously posted a blog about this and have decided to post this [...]

LIVE LONGER WITH THIS SIMPLE PRACTICE In this present age of digital domination our lives are becoming ruled by "screens" and "likes". Just simply observing pedestrians and commuters over the next few weeks staring at their devices, will remind you just how much our lives have changed in 10 years. Our brains are now, more than [...]

By |December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on

What we know about health is being turned upside down.

Reading time : 2 mins Antibiotics were first introduced in the late 1930s. This began an incredible period of effective disease care.  Bacterial infections could now be treated. Subsequently pharmaceutical, surgical and a range of body therapies were developed to treat and manage a wide range of symptoms and diseases. Alongside this revolution in acute disease [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What we know about health is being turned upside down.

Thoughts and ideas for enhancing health

by Dr Daniel Lewis, Rheumatologist. 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 [...]

By |July 26th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Thoughts and ideas for enhancing health

When pain persists …. An inspiring story.

I am a lawyer in my late 20s who has had chronic pain in various parts of my body (back, hips and neck) for the last 5 years. The pain started after I underwent major back surgery to correct my curved spine (scoliosis) 5 years ago. The surgery technically went well. My spine is [...]

By |July 26th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on When pain persists …. An inspiring story.

A little tip for a better night’s sleep

It is essential to get enough good quality of sleep. Most of us do not appreciate this and take short cuts. There are lots of good ideas on how to sleep well. For example taking some time to find a position of comfort and relaxation with the right pillow enhances sleep quality. Having good [...]

By |July 26th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on A little tip for a better night’s sleep

More Than Meditation…. 5 weekly sessions.

You are invited to lean to learn to meditate with us. All details regarding the next course can be found here. The most recent course has just finished and you can read what participants said about their experiences here. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES 15 September. Registrations for this course are now open by calling 03 [...]

By |June 4th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on More Than Meditation…. 5 weekly sessions.

Do you have fibromyalgia?

A new research group at Deakin University is looking to undertake a program of work studying fibromyalgia from a cognitive-neuroscience perspective. At this stage, they are looking to set up their first study, which examines the relationship between physical activity and fatigue in Fibromyalgia compared to that in people with other chronic illnesses and healthy [...]

By |June 2nd, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Do you have fibromyalgia?

Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and eating dark chocolate – a little is a good thing

There is so much evidence that chocolate without a lot of sugar has significant health benefits. Dark chocolate has been frequently touted as a ‘healthy' indulgence thanks to its high levels of polyphenols and flavanols which work to protect the body from cell damage. Studies show that eating 45g of dark chocolate, containing 85 per [...]

By |May 24th, 2017|2017|Comments Off on Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and eating dark chocolate – a little is a good thing

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. The next More Than Meditation course begins • Thursday 1 June. ( Call 95349495 now to participate.) Click here

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
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