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.


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.


Image: pillz by bobpaclover7 at photobucket{dot}com

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

April 24, 2009

“Bad Heart Linked to Depression”

Posted in health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:34 pm by Margi Macdonald


So stated The Courier Mail last week.


What is a ‘bad heart’ anyway?

What makes a heart go ‘bad’?


Adiposity in excess?

Love gone wrong?

Existential crisis?

Being bitter?

Check back in a day or so for a Traditional Chinese Medicine, Care of the Soul, and Tarot-based interpretation of this important issue.

Today, and any other day, if you feel something is amiss with your heart, your mind, your body or emotions, please see an appropriately qualified and experienced health professional.

Margi Macdonald

A note about ownership of today’s image: the Three of Swords from the Tarot.

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