2016

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

My Health Organiser

There is something permanent and robust about a paper diary/organiser. There are only a few copies left. A great way to communicate with and between your health practitioners Communicating with Your Doctor or health practitioner By Kaye Brand - Fibromyalgia Support network. Recently I was reading an article from the University of CaliforniaPersonal health record [...]

By |July 25th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on My Health Organiser

Pain the Knee

In a study on pain in osteoarthritis of the knee mindfulness was shown to moderate the influence of pain on stress, which suggests that mindfulness may alter the way one copes with pain. http://tinyurl.com/gor9o69 An effective treatment with no side effects. Once the techniques are mastered , the practice pays dividends forever. Next More Than [...]

By |July 20th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Pain the Knee

Dark Chocolate -a little is a good thing

A bit of dark chocolate may do more than just tickle your taste buds. Eating 2-3 small squares of dark chocolate "relaxes" blood vessels which could help protect cardiovascular health. So go ahead and indulge, but don't overdo it; dark chocolate is still has some sugar but the fat is good. Try 85%. It takes [...]

By |July 17th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Dark Chocolate -a little is a good thing

Exercise Emerges as Most Effective for Fibromyalgia

as determined by the The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). This publications updates the recommendations for managing fibromyalgia which were last published in 2007. An article that summarises the findings has been published by the Rheumatology Network.

By |July 16th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Exercise Emerges as Most Effective for Fibromyalgia

Heart Rate Variability testing: a window into the nervous system and the mind body connection

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) assessment is becoming an extremely useful tool for measuring the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and the impact of arthritis, inflammation, Stress, Heart issues, Fibromyalgia ( FM), Chronic pain,Chronic Fatigue( CFS) and many other disease states. A low heart rate variability has been linked to poor sleep, anxiety, pain and thinking processes. [...]

By |June 28th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Heart Rate Variability testing: a window into the nervous system and the mind body connection

Vaccination for those with Inflammation and arthritis

If you have inflammation and are taking anti inflammatory and immune suppressing medications you are at higher risk of infection. Those with Inflammatory arthritis such as; psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or lupus need to have regular vaccinations and stay up to date with them. The flu vaccine is required yearly and takes approximately [...]

By |June 27th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Vaccination for those with Inflammation and arthritis

Fibromyalgia: A comprehensive review of the research published in the last year

Fibromyalgia: A comprehensive review of the research published in the last year. http://tinyurl.com/h8zwuag There is a lot being done and much more to do.

By |June 22nd, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Fibromyalgia: A comprehensive review of the research published in the last year

How To Appreciate The Present Moment—Even When It’s Painful

by James Brown This article which I found on the internet is beautifully written. To learn how to access the present moment the next More Than Meditation course commences 14 July. For all details and to how to register for this course click here >>>>. or call 95349495.

By |June 4th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on How To Appreciate The Present Moment—Even When It’s Painful

Fish oil or Krill oil ?

According to some recent research, if the dose of the oil, ie the EPA and DHA amounts are the same then there is no difference in the effect on the blood levels of the oils achieved. ( you will need to look at the smallprint on the labels) If you have inflammation or autoimmune issues [...]

By |April 16th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Fish oil or Krill oil ?