July 27, 2016

Get out there! Health benefits from nature are real

Posted in brisbane, health, nature tagged , , , , , at 8:41 pm by Margi Macdonald

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With thanks today to Senator Scott Ludlam, who shared this juicy science on social media today.

Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose

We show that people who made long visits to green spaces had lower rates of depression and high blood pressure, and those who visited more frequently had greater social cohesion. Higher levels of physical activity were linked to both duration and frequency of green space visits. A dose-response analysis for depression and high blood pressure suggest that visits to outdoor green spaces of 30 minutes or more during the course of a week could reduce the population prevalence of these illnesses by up to 7% and 9% respectively.

Read more here: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep28551

July 12, 2016

Good sleep needs good design (among other things)

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

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Well, I had no idea last week, when I wrote this post, that it was Sleep Awareness Week.  Who knew?

Information-overloaded like so many of you, I almost missed this gem of an article.

There are so many good ideas here.

Let us know in the comments what’s most appealing to you.

July 6, 2016

Acupuncture for insomnia. Yes or no?

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

 

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Louise Bourgeois, #53 from the series The Insomnia Drawings 1994-95

Yesterday somebody asked me if acupuncture for insomnia has been proven effective, so I checked a meta-analysis, and quickly reviewed “insomnia”.

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep and/or the inability to remain asleep, with non-restorative sleep lasting for a month or more.
Anyone who’s experienced insomnia understands how this can affect their quality of life, their ability to work efficiently and safely, to concentrate, and to enjoy life and relationships without feeling irritable, frustrated and exhausted.
There are different reasons why people have insomnia, and there are different types of insomnia. Medical doctors understand that insomnia may be a “primary” or “secondary” condition, with the International Classification of Sleep Disorders listing more than 100 differential diagnoses of the condition.(1)
Acupuncture – as part of a comprehensive treatment approach which can include medical care, counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, a nightly bedtime routine or ritual, nutrition and lifestyle changes – may help some people to fall asleep faster, or to sleep longer, or to sleep with fewer awakenings during the night.(2)

As yet, the exact mechanism of action for acupuncture is unknown, but many acupuncture studies have shown that various biological responses may occur in the nervous system. In 2012 it was found that more research is needed to fully understand acupuncture’s efficacy for  this condition.(3)

Acupuncturists  who practice Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) know that there can be many factors contributing to insomnia.

An in-depth consultation at your first visit helps both you and your acupuncturist understand why you have insomnia.
A TCM pattern of disharmony is identified – according to the nature of your Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood – and a course of treatment will be suggested, tailored to your unique needs.

The language of TCM is quite poetic, and insomnia can be summarised as “Spirit not settled”.
As TCM is a holistic therapy, acupuncturists can also help you with lifestyle and nutritional guidance and support. Many of us are also qualified to prescribe herbal medicines for your specific pattern of disharmony.

Insomnia is a common and distressing concern, and I’ve blogged about it before. Go here  and click on the infographic about the importance of sleep, particularly for people living with cancer.

One of my areas of special interest is helping women through menopause transition, when sleep, exhaustion and hot flushes can become a vicious cycle. For most women, a reduction in the number and intensity of hot flushes and better quality sleep go hand-in-hand, and acupuncture may help with this.

You can make an appointment here (acupuncture in Chermside, Brisbane north) or here (acupuncture in Holland Park, Brisbane south)

Cautions and Care: If you or someone you know is suffering from a condition which causes concern, please see your primary health practitioner. This blog is for  information and educational purposes, and is not a substitute for the assessment and care of an appropriately qualified health professional.

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1,2,3: Cheuk DKL, Yeung WF, Chung KF, Wong V. Acupuncture for insomnia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD005472. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005472.pub3.

The image: You can read a little more about this series of works by the sculptor Louise Bourgeois here

 

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

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.


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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

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September 22, 2013

… loosen the hair and have a relaxed bearing

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , , , at 2:30 pm by Margi Macdonald

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September is such a busy month, with acupuncture and herbal medicine  seminars, peer reviews and renewed focus and energy for ideas and projects.

During a recent online forum, Robin Marchment shared this gem.

It’s a beautiful counterpoint to the busyness of the season.

Great discourse on the four seasons and harmonising the spirit

四气调神大论篇第

春三月, The three months of spring

此谓发陈,this is called burgeoning

天地俱生,heaven and earth both give birth

万物以荣。So 10,000 things flourish.

夜卧早起,Lie down at night and rise in the morning,

广步于庭,take long strides in the courtyard,

被发缓形,loosen the hair and have a relaxed bearing,

以使志生。and thus enable the aspiration to live.

生而勿杀,Let live and don’t kill,

予而勿夺,give and don’t take,

赏而勿罚。reward and don’t punish.

此春气之应,This corresponds to the qi of spring,

养生之道也。the right path to cultivate life.

逆之则伤肝,To do opposite will damage the liver,

夏为寒变。and in summer one will feel cold.

奉长者少。With insufficient basis to support growth.

Nei Jing, Chapter 2

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Image: © Margi Macdonald

Translation: Awaiting confirmation

Cautions and Care: As ever, all content on this weblog is for general information. If you are concerned about your health or well-being, please see an appropriately qualified health care professional.

March 20, 2012

How well are you? Really?

Posted in brisbane, health tagged , , , , at 12:30 pm by Margi Macdonald

Take the test.

Cautions and care: This poll is for your awareness and information only. If you have concerns about your health and well-being, please see your family doctor for a check-up. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture provided by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner is an effective complementary therapy, but it is not an alternative to medical advice.

January 3, 2011

2010 in review

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

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Well, the numbers are in! WordPress Bloggers all over have reviewed our blogging success for 2010.

Thank-you everyone who visited and re-visited, and to each of you who provided insightful and interesting comments.

Without doubt, articles about breasts, chocolate, cancer and pain are popular here at Some Energy Thing.

The big story of 2009 – Medical Negligence and the Meaning of Life – continues to receive many visitors. Most readers come from medical  and emergency medicine blogs, and this is a good thing. This powerful, compelling account of my Mum’s near-death encounter with the health system drew the attention of medical and nursing staff at the hospitals involved, and Mum has subsequently been invited to speak at ER conferences and staff training sessions. From horror and despair, came hope and change.

I was surprised – and kind of relieved – to see that two stories about men’s health, one starring Billy Connolly and his prostate,  the other featuring crabs were quite popular. We health professionals love it when men and their generally neglected health needs get some exposure, so to speak!

Roses, asparagus, cauliflowers and images of modern feminine beauty also gathered readers and some insightful comments.

I enjoy creating this little blog, and love that you continue to visit. Without readers, a blog really is just a lot of hot air!

I keep it meaningful, varied, challenging and entertaining. Sign up to receive updates by email or by RSS feed, and you’ll be part of the creative energy here.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 32 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 51 posts. There were 32 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 8th with 85 views. The most popular post that day was Banis bilong susu- baskets of milk.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mysticmedusa.com, mail.yahoo.com, networkedblogs.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cauliflower fractal, sun simiao, rose window chartres cathedral, bosch, and roses.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Banis bilong susu- baskets of milk March 2010
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Welcome April 2009

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Medical negligence, and the meaning of life May 2009
4 comments

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Sensual life: simple healing April 2009

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About April 2009


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

Exercise

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?

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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.

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