When I noticed
that my sister-in-laws family avoided colds and flu, she told me about AGE, a homoeopathic remedy that you could buy in
some Health Shops. If you feel you are getting a cold, 2 tablets every few hours staves it
off. I buy mine from the Healthy Living shop at the entrance to North City Mall.
Herbal Medicine is an ancient, world-wide system of medicine using
plants to prevent and cure disease. To the medical herbalist, a herb is a plant of
In NZ today there are 2 companies, Healtheries who make their own herbal medicines and
Blackmores who distribute the Blackmore range of
products. Both have full websites to which people go to educate themselves before they
buy. They also have information for those who have to avoid wheat, gluten, preservative,
artificial colourings, dairy or MSG.
In 1994 I had my
predictive test to find I have 45 cag repeats. At 55 I retired from teaching, but
continued as a self employed teacher of Tikanga Maori in a few local schools. I loved
In 1995 I discovered my osteopath, Grant Morgan, in the
Sports Medicine Clinic at my gym. When I started with him I had a muscle in my arm that
had gone into spasm, then it moved to my neck, shoulder and relentlessly through my body.
I had to have weekly appointments. I was the only patient he could not cure.
Osteopathy is a
complete system of health care based on the relationship between the structures and
systems of the body and the effect they have on the overall function of the person. You
consult an osteopath for lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headache, cranial problems,
sinus, OOS and tendonitis.
During that time
we discussed my insomnia caused by my sleeping hormones not turning on until 6 am. For
years, Dr Vic Allcock from the Mana Medical
Centre has prescribed sleeping capsules and after they were no longer available I had to
go onto Imovane tablets containing a hypnotic drug. This was the only time I could not
find a naturopathic medicine to work. It did
not solve the problem but I did get some sleep, sometimes.
At the end of
1999 I was muscle bound and unable to participate fully
in either the yoga or stretch classes. After struggling through the Stretch
class I asked the instructor, Jim Oakley, if he could help me. He was only too pleased to
help. I gave him a copy of Dr Ed Chius Chapter 5 For Physiotherapists
from which he has compiled my work with him since then to counter the physical and mental
conditions inherent in HD. He is my Physical
Trainer and we have met weekly till June this year and now fortnightly.
participate in the Yoga class I found the book
Yoga for Common Complaints in the
Porirua Library. This contains a really effective Warm Up routine that I have used since
and practice of yoga evolved in India. It aims to unite body, mind and spirit for health
and fulfilment. Practising the postures tones the muscles and stimulates the circulation
to improve overall health. Techniques for relaxation and breath control help to calm the
mind, increase concentration and develop the ability to cope with tension. It can be a
complete system for personal development, promoting total physical and spiritual well