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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March 13, 2012

How does acupuncture work?

Posted in brisbane, health tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:40 pm by Margi Macdonald

RMIT University academic Dr Zhen Zheng explains how acupuncture works.

October 1, 2010

Is this what you’ve been waiting for..?

Posted in cooking, food, fragrance, health, life, love, music tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 12:29 pm by Margi Macdonald

When I grow up (______________)

Late 2010 – early 2011

A 21st century multi-media, interactive, self-paced course of ancient wisdom and sensory cultivation will be available by subscription.

This is a very special project, possibly one of the first of its kind, and I’m developing it now.

This course is for you if:

  • You’re interested in truly knowing your own mind and creating a life guided by your mind’s unique abilities.
  • You’ve struggled to find an exercise program and diet which suits your constitution and lifestyle.
  • You have chronic health concerns, or are recovering from major illness or surgery.
  • You’d love to plan holidays and adventures which enhance body and mind.
  • You’ve never felt comfortable or relaxed in your workspace or at home, despite making it as beautiful and functional as possible.
  • You know our ancestors had much to teach us, but you don’t know where to start, or how to weave ancient wisdom into 21st century health and well-being.

Sign up to receive course updates by email.

It’s for you, and it’s for life.


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July 7, 2010

How do you feel today?

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:50 am by Margi Macdonald

Have you reached a crossroads in your life, and need to take charge of your health? Contact Margi 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.

Image: Abstract Hand Chakra Elena Ray, sourced at BigStock™

Poll content: ©Margi Macdonald

February 3, 2010

Complementary medicine and cancer care in Australia – far from best practice

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:18 pm by Margi Macdonald

Recently I’ve reflected upon progress towards a greater integration of complementary therapies with Australian biomedical oncology practices and attitudes.

My reflections arose after a recent enquiry about my work.

Here’s my edited response to that particular heart-felt enquiry.

I can definitely offer appropriate therapies to help your friend through the rigors of  treatment, and the whole ‘thing’ of dealing with cancer.

Mine is a compassionate, gentle, supportive style of practice, which places the client and her/his unique needs at the centre of the process.

I have a brochure which outlines all of this.

This week, I am facilitating an information session with a cancer support group at a regional private hospital. The group is a satellite of a larger support program offered in Brisbane, where in times past, I’ve presented information sessions.

Two medical oncologists – mainstream – sometimes refer people to me, but sadly, they wait until people have very advanced disease.

I am definitely a Complementary practitioner; my work is informed by the work, research and programs offered in the USA for a decade now, at places such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston; Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in New York; and other centres such as Dana Farber, and Alta Bates Summit. I just dropped my membership of the US-based Society of Integrative Oncology. I attended the SIO conference in Atlanta in late 2008. Mindblowing.

I rarely prescribe herbal medicines or supplements while folk are receiving chemotherapy, and if I do, it’s in consultation with their medical oncologists.

Best practice oncology in the USA, and some European countries – which very definitely incorporates Complementary therapies – is ten years ahead of the antiquated practices and attitudes in this country.

I consider that given the emerging overseas evidence – clinical, empirical and anecdotal – Australian oncologists are bordering on negligence in their failure to actively seek to understand Complementary therapies, and direct their patients to credible practitioners.

I hope I am able to help your friend.

I wish it was different here, I really do, and I am perplexed and increasingly irritated at the blinkered vision and conservative attitudes which pervade the thinking of too many medical practitioners in this country.

I cannot understand why it is that most oncologists here, seem ignorant of the therapies, programs and facilities offered to cancer patents and their families in some of the world’s most prestigious, highly regarded institutions.

And what stage do we call attitudes and platitudes such as the ones below negligence, and not just plain ignorance, and a distinct lack of compassion and insight into the needs and lives of people living with cancer?

These comments were made to me by Australian oncologists within the last three years.

”I’m just too busy to find out about it”

“My peers would give me a hard time if they knew I was doing this”

“I let the patients figure it out and make the choices themselves”

I know that there remain equally disturbing levels of ignorance, and antiquated and blinkered thinking, in certain sectors of the natural medicine world. There are, sadly, still some absolute quacks out there, whose practices and attitudes are ego-driven, unkind, and negligent.

How do we integrate the best of biomedicine, with powerful and effective healing arts and sciences?

Do leave a comment.

This is important.

To see how the ‘big guns’ in cancer treatment and research are including Complementary therapies in their care of people touched by cancer, follow the links listed below.

If you are living with cancer, or love someone who is, consider asking the oncologists involved, why Australians don’t receive the levels of care available at these centres.

Place…of Wellness MDAnderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Integrative Medicine Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Complementary Therapy Programs & Support Groups Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California

Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

Cautions and care

These pages are for information purposes only, and are not a substitute for the correct care and attention of appropriately qualified and experienced health care professionals. If you have a concern about your emotional or physical health, seek the advice of your preferred health practitioner.

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July 27, 2009

Healthy self-sufficiency: grass roots health care reform

Posted in brisbane, health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:54 pm by Margi Macdonald

The other morning one of our cats received a nasty head wound in a neighbourhood stoush with another fiesty feline.

It must have been a tough fight, as he wouldn’t let us near him until late that night, not even for a touch of Reiki healing.

For those of you who don’t know, a cat’s bite is a hideous thing, as those sharp incisors are the next best thing to a hypodermic injection – except the injection is of all kinds of grotty microbes plunged beneath the skin.

Needless to say, our magnificent Bee Mai now has an abscess, despite our initial cleansing of the wound once he’d let us touch him.

Last night we had to intervene: we gently opened up the wound, and then cleaned and irrigated it, using a ‘magic-mix’ of river salt crystals, certain essential oils, freshly boiled water, and love.

The love is important! Cats – indeed any fearful being in pain – need to be approached gently when even a mini-procedure is in progress.

Time and patience, and focussed attention to detail are also important. Our cat’s health will depend upon us tending to his wound at least 2 times each day, and closely observing his general health and behaviour. Healthy self-sufficiency requires mindful attention. It is not the pop-a-pill-and-off-you-go health management typical of western medicine.

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So what’s a little veterinary-science-in-the-kitchen doing on this blog?

Well, obviously this is one of those ‘do not try this at home’ examples. Having said that, I firmly believe in empowering folk to care for themselves and their families using common sense, kitchen remedies, and wise and judicious medical and veterinary assistance.

Our family’s recent experiences of the public health system illustrated how over- reliant so many people have become on the western medical model of health care.  ER waiting rooms, and those of any general practice, are overflowing with folk who have never been taught – in any meaningful, coherent way –  the rudiments of preventative health, correct first aid, or safe, commonsense management of everyday health concerns.

No wonder our health systems are in crisis! It’s the same in the user-pays-and-pays-and-pays model of the USA, as much as in the seeping, groaning ‘free’ NHS models of the UK, and my home town.

I mean… crickey! We needed flying-pig-flu before most Aussies { and I’d suggest, a few too many public health officials and politicians and employers } understood that  staying at home, resting, eating right, staying hydrated, hand-washing, covering our mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing, and seeing a doctor when necessary, are the best defence against seasonal influenza and rhinovirus.

Get started as a self-sufficient health care consumer with this basic to-do list:

  1. Attend a comprehensive First Aid Course. Update your skills annually.
  2. Keep a First Aid Kit in your home, and one in your car.
  3. Drive safe. Drive sober.
  4. Live a moderate life.
  5. Keep your body moving.
  6. Know your body and mind; be aware of what’s ‘normal’ and ‘typical’ for you. Be sure to carry that same knowledge about your loved ones.
  7. Keep your body and mind unpolluted, and free of toxins and drugs.
  8. Expect the unexpected, and have a management plan for such events.
  9. Be sure you have a sensible, reliable family doctor whom you trust to hear and guide you. Have regular check-ups.
  10. Be sure you have a sensible, reliable natural medicine practitioner, whom you trust to hear and guide you. Receive regular guidance and treatment.
  11. Stay out of fights! {This applies to world leaders as well. Far too much money is diverted away from health during times of conflict.}
  12. Eat fresh food including all the wonderful greens, and yellows, and reds, and oranges and purples and browns. If a foodstuff has a label with a string of chemical names and numbers on it, and a shelf-life of months or years, or is packaged in styrofoam, chances are it’s not food… it’s food-imitation.
  13. Educate yourself.

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How do you practice healthy self-sufficiency?

Share your wisdom with a short comment below.

Cautions and care: I do not advocate that readers treat their pets or family members for abscesses, or any other lesions, infections, or health concerns, without having sought appropriate medical or veterinary opinions. I treat our cats, because I am competent and safe due to my training, education, and experience. Today- based on my observations of my cat’s wound –  I know there is a 50:50 chance we’ll need a trip to the vet.

Today, and any other day, if in doubt about your health and well-being, or that of another, always seek appropriate assessment and treatment.

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