Category Archives: Health Topics

Chronic Illness & the Hero’s Journey Part 2

If you want to teach to your weakness, place yourself in challenging situations – this is a warrior trait. Everything that happens to you, if you take a warrior’s position, is simply a challenge. It’s not a good challenge, it’s not a bad challenge, it’s not a pleasant challenge, it’s not an unpleasant challenge. Those

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Chronic Illness & the Hero’s Journey

Whilst reflecting on my history with illness, I had the dawning realisation that the journey of illness and recovery follows the patterns as described by scholar Joseph Campbell in his ground-breaking book The Hero With A Thousand Faces. In that book, he provides a comparative analysis of various global mythologies and points out that there is

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Dying to be myself

Autoimmune chronic disease Fitzroy Brunswick Melbourne Apparently there is a whole gene of writing called “illness narratives” – true stories of peoples’ experiences, struggles, and successes with illness in some form. Doing a ‘quick’ search on the Internet for any illness will not only bring up entries from medical dictionaries, but blog articles written about

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6 WAYS YOU CAN PREVENT THE FLU

Prevent Flu Natural Fitzroy Brunswick Melbourne The colder months is time to start building up your Vital-Qi. Unfortunately in Victoria, we are exposed to strong cold winds and heavy rain, two precipitating factors for influenza to manifest. Leading into the cooler weather, it is essential to start increasing your immunity (Defensive-Qi) and the Lung & Spleen

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Living with Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Back Pain Fitzroy Brunswick Melbourne I’ve had issues with Chronic Back Pain for about 20 years now. It’s been the best it’s ever been in the last 3-4 years; however last week I had a recurrence of old problems. My recent work with Spinal Cord Injury has also highlighted how important it is take good care of

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Thyroid & Adrenal health with Chinese Medicine

Thyroid & adrenal health is common in our community, and Chinese Medicine is quite effective at treating these common disorders. How do I know this? Because I successfully treated Graves’ Disease (Auto-immune hyperthyroidism) in 2003 with the aid of my Chinese Medicine practitioner and GP who worked together to get this outcome relatively quickly and effortlessly.

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#Revitalise Day 27: the Empty Vessel

OK, so I’m off the clean diet, and slowly re-introducing certain elements of the eliminated foods which I know don’t normally have a negative effect on me. I haven’t done any Qi Gong for a couple of days, however last night’s Tantric Yoga really pushed me to a physical edge. We learned a pranayama practice

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#Revitalise Day 26: Mirror, Mirror

It’s funny how life works sometimes, is it not? According to the framework of Western Astrology, this full moon in Taurus highlights the areas of abundance, beauty and love in our lives. I don’t know if it is this, other factors, or combinations of all – there was an upswing of energy in the last

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#Revitalise Day 25: Loss for Words

I’m in my final week of the 4-week #Revitalise process. What a journey. Feeling like I’m coming out the other end of an intriguing rabbit-hole. After today, I will be ceasing the cleansing diet, and returning to regular eating habits, and introducing what I had eliminated one by one. Things seem a lot clearer today.

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#Revitalise Week 3: Lost and Confused on the Way

  It’s been over a week since I last wrote about going through the #Revitalise process. It’s also been the toughest week so far. I am in the full throws of the clean diet (although I will admit I cheated today and had hot jam donuts with my daughter), and the intense harmonising, clearing, and

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