June 16, 2014

How can acupuncture help with pain?

Posted in brisbane, health tagged , , , , , , , at 8:35 pm by Margi Macdonald

Recently we sat down in the clinic, and had a chat about how I like to work with people who are in pain. Here’s part of that conversation. If you live in Brisbane, and acute or chronic pain is interfering with your life and well-being, come and see me at Brisbane Livewell Clinic in Wavell Heights.

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Cautions and care: this post and video are for your information, and are not a substitute for the assessment and care of an appropriately qualified and experience AHPRA Registered Health Professional.

March 24, 2014

Plum relish… a little tango for your tastebuds

Posted in brisbane, cooking, food, health, life, music tagged , , , , , , at 4:29 pm by Margi Macdonald

The late summer stone fruits are with us, and being late in the season, are not as gorgeous as their earlier siblings.

So here’s a little dish which straddles late summer and early autumn, when the evenings are still warm, and the days humid.

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Elegantly dice a couple of plums, and a couple of spring onions.

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Place in a bowl, and add apple cider vinegar and some cold pressed, extra virgin nut or seed oil.
Usual ratio of oil : vinegar (or lemon or lime juice) is 2:1
Grind in some pepper. I think pink peppercorns would work beautifully here.

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Add some chopped fresh dill.
At this point, decide (as I did) whether it needs a little seeded and diced cucumber.

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Select some kind of greenery, which is perhaps a little bitter, and tender yet firm.
I used baby endive.
Roughly, yet kindly shred it.

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Toss and serve.
Hey presto!
You have a cute little salad with piquant surprises in every mouthful.

It goes very well with a mackerel or salmon cutlet, and kipfler potatoes, boiled, sliced, and tossed in a little hot ghee and salt.

If your cardiologist faints at the thought of ghee, toss the potatoes in some very fine, “fruity” olive oil.

If you just want to make this as a fresh relish or salsa, add a little seeded, finely chopped chili, some freshly toasted ‘raw’ nuts, and some freshly picked coriander leaf (cilantro). You might like fresh lime juice here, instead of the apple cider vinegar. Fresh mint torn and tumbled through might be sublime.

I am hopeless at photographing cooked fish, so instead, here’s some excellent music; tight ensemble playing, fine musicians.

Enjoy!

March 19, 2014

Sleep…one of our most important “natural therapies”

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , at 7:42 am by Margi Macdonald


March 16, 2014

Welcome!

Posted in health at 5:01 pm by Margi Macdonald

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Just saying hello and welcome to each of you who recently became a follower here.
A blog is nothing without readers and regular visitors, and I’m so glad you’ve joined us!

Banis bilong susu- baskets of milk

Posted in health at 11:52 am by Margi Macdonald

Margi Macdonald:

An oldie-but-a-goodie; the all time most popular piece on this blog!

Originally posted on some energy thing:

Tits, boobs, puppies, girls, hooters, fun-bags, bazookas, boozies and norks. For the next few minutes, we’re peeking into bras, bedrooms and beliefs as we discover how marvellous and multi-faceted our breasts can be.

What’s in a name?

Plenty, it would seem. Is there any other organ which so visibly embodies what it means to be Woman? Have you noticed that names given to breasts sit on the continuum of love and affection which ultimately becomes derision and misogyny?

And what on earth is a ‘banis bilong susu’ Well, it’s Papuan Pidgin-English for bra. Literal translations include ‘baskets of milk’ and ‘walls for breasts’. Susu can be either breast, or milk. What could be simpler?

Letting the puppies off the leash

Burning the bra; early feminists may have been onto something. What was once a sociopolitical act of defiance may be conducive to breast health. The stagnation and extra heat generated…

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Change – The Secret Guide To Change

Posted in health at 9:39 am by Margi Macdonald

Margi Macdonald:

Here we have our friend and colleague  Sandra Venables with her contribution to our theme of  “change”.

Sandra shares some great ideas here, and the unexpected delight is her wonderful photos of kookaburras!

 

Originally posted on Natures Healing:

Health & Happiness Collective

What is Change?

Change Mahatma Gandhi

What is Change?

Have you been saying things such as

  • why do the whales gets hunted?
  • why is there so much hunger in the world?
  • isn’t it sad to see so much war in the world?
  • isn’t it awful that those children were molested?

These questions make us dwell on what is not right in the world, or even in our world. Mahatma Ghandi stated that WE must be the change we wish to see in the world.

This is so very important when we are wishing for things to be different, we need to begin within, to make the changes we wish to see. One person can start a change.  Are you that person?

How do you begin to change?

Change Winston Churchill Quote

How do you change?

Change begins one step at a time.  I have been listening to some podcasts recently, and a couple…

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March 11, 2014

crazy little thing called change

Posted in health at 6:32 am by Margi Macdonald

Margi Macdonald:

Just one of the most stunning things I’ve read for a while… Do read this latest in our series about “change”, and then venture into your garden, or onto your balcony of little pot plants, with fresh eyes and a curious heart.

Originally posted on The Eloquent Garden:

Humans seem  fascinated, sometimes obsessed with change. In the name of change, humans embark on some fabulous,  interesting, and some might say quite crazy behaviours.

I’ve just read “Maddadam’ by Margaret Atwood. Now she’s an author who’s  terrific at imagining change. She  takes our fantasies, our dreams of change and details them in dystopian comedy-dramas. “God’s Gardeners” in charge of the world. Hmm. Not so practical, it turns out. And that marvelous  fantasy that males and females have –  ‘if only we knew exactly when someone wanted to mate with us’ –  that would save us so much time and heartache we think. It’s wonderful what Atwood does with that one. I won’t spoil it for potential readers, but it does involve spontaneous colour change of body parts.

And plants and animals  change too in surprising, fascinating ways.  Convergent evolution, where two unrelated species take on the characteristics of one…

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March 5, 2014

Change and the Fertile Body

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , at 9:10 pm by Margi Macdonald

Planning for a baby, and want to maximise your chances of an easy, natural conception?

Already trying and it’s just not happening?

My friend and peer Peter Kington has some wise, important guidance for you over here

I urge you to take a look, identify the elephant in your room, and change what needs to be changed.

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March 3, 2014

Winds of Change and a Little Pesto on the Side

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , at 10:17 pm by Margi Macdonald

Monet_Poplars_in_the_SunThis full moon just past – while making pesto – The Eloquent Gardener suggested we invoke The Winds of Change with a simple ritual. It’s amazing the flashes of inspiration which come when you’re in the kitchen!

After dinner, we headed off beneath the moon to the seaside and a fierce wind, all set with fragrant white flowers, salt, spring water and clear intentions.

We were ready to create and meet change head on.

Claude_Monet_-_Les_PeupliersIn the days which followed, I got to thinking about rituals and their role in modern life, and of change in general.

One of my recurrent observations in clinical practice, is the struggle which so many of us have with “change”.

For some, this can be grappling with the pain and incapacity of acute injury, for others it might be workplace change and stress, for others it’s the transition from one stage of life to another.

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With its roots in Eastern philosophy, the medicine I practice reminds us that change is inevitable. It’s the role of an acupuncturist to help people move through life with ease, resilience, and equanimity.

How do you meet change?

Do you make it happen, and does it excite you?

Do you dread it?

Do you risk-manage with plans and protocols, go with the flow, or put it all down to “fate”?

How do you mark your passage through the big and small moments in life? I’m beginning to think there’s a place for simple, meaningful rituals in daily life. My sense is a simple ritual can help us to focus our thoughts, settle our nerves, and to move with the times.

Wikipedia has an enlightening entry about rituals here.

And if rituals just aren’t your thing, this exercise in cognitive restructuring might be for you.

You might want to read Thomas Moore’s book The Re-Enchantment of Daily Life. 

And what happened to the pesto? I promise that’s coming in the next post.
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Images: All from Monet’s 1891 “Poplar” series. From The Wikimedia Commons

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