January 23, 2014

How do you feel today?

Posted in health tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:49 am by Margi Macdonald

How’s your health? Take this 30 second quiz.

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Have you reached a crossroads in your life, and need to take charge of your health? ContactMargi Macdonald today for a gentle conversation.


Cautions and Care: The information provided on this page, and all other pages and posts on this weblog is for your information, and is never an alternative or substitute for medical assessment, diagnosis or treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, or that of a friend or family member, please be sure to visit a medical practitioner.

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January 16, 2012

What is healing, really?

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

My definition of healing is coming to terms with things as they are, so that you can do whatever you can to optimize your potential, whether you are living with chronic pain or having a baby. You can’t control the universe, so mindfulness involves learning to cultivate wisdom and equanimity— not passive resignation—in the face of what Zorba the Greek called the full catastrophe of the human condition.

Read more at Time Magazine Healthland

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November 25, 2010

Do you really need your over-the-counter pain-reliever today?

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:55 am by Margi Macdonald


If we simply think of it as ‘getting up and doing something’, we inevitably want to do it more and more often.

It’s free, it can make us laugh out loud, it’s entertaining, and it doesn’t come with a long list of potential medication-induced, life-threatening side-effects.

What are you doing after you read this?


Cautions & Care: This article and video do not replace medical assessment and care. If you have a health concern, or have persisiting pain, visit  an appropriately qualified health professional. The activities shown in this video may not be suitable for everybody. Please use your commonsense, or seek the guidance of a specialist exercise professional.

September 27, 2010

Pain and prescription medication

Posted in health tagged , , , , at 3:02 pm by Margi Macdonald

Tonight the ABC’s Four Corners program is screening this program The Hidden Epidemic of Prescription Drugs.

Without yet seeing the program, my comment is that chronic pain is a multi-factorial condition which requires an holistic approach on the part of a team of health practitioners who specialise in caring for people who are living with chronic pain.

That there are too many people living with poorly managed pain – with or without the added distress and stigma of medication-related concerns – is because the medical paradigm in this country doesn’t “do” chronic pain very well, and essentially leaves thousands of people floundering and struggling with pain, distress and disability.

Adequate pain relief is a basic human right. No one should have to live with chronic, poorly managed pain or medically induced substance abuse.

It’s time to re-visit a recent post here about chronic pain.


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July 20, 2010

Pain is the biggest moral issue in Australia today

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:05 am by Margi Macdonald

Professor Michael Cousins, AM, a world authority on pain and its management considers pain is the biggest moral issue in Australia today.

For people living with chronic pain, life becomes so much more than managing pain-relief medication, and ‘getting on with it’, as you can see in the image here.

Ours is not yet a culture which supports people living with persistent pain, a condition which can be severe and disabling, and which affects people physically, personally, and socially.

Last week I was accepted as a member of APMA – Australian Pain Management Association Inc

APMA’s work involves ‘providing practical health information, social, workplace and training support’.

APAM members are people living with pain, their families and friends, and health professionals.

There’s much we can do to help people who are affected by chronic pain.

Why not take a few minutes to explore the APMA

If you know someone who is struggling with pain persisting beyond three months, let them know that pain relief is a basic human right.

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