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Choose Wellness -- Oct/07
October 09, 2007
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Family Reunion

Thought I'd start by telling you about our recent visit to Toowoomba to attend a family reunion. For those of you not familiar with our part of the world, Toowoomba is about a 90min drive from Brisbane, where we live.

My husband, Geoff, has always been interested in history in general, and in particular, family history. He has been collecting info and researching all branches of our families for many years now - so, of course, we were keen to get to meet some of the rellies that we had not previously met.

I won't go into great detail here but if you are interested you can read about it by clicking on Powell Reunion at our family website. There is a great collection of photographs on the site and Geoff would be thrilled if you left him a message of encouragement.

Toowoomba is famous for its annual 'Carnival of Flowers'. It was the last weekend of the festival but we managed to get to see quite a few of the beautiful gardens amazing array of flowers considering the drought that has been affecting us in this part of the world. While we were there we popped into the Cobb & Co Museum we could have spent hours there they had some wonderful old coaches, drays and all sorts of interesting historical items from days long gone.

Try It Emu Farm

We made a stop on the way to Toowoomba at the Try It Emu Farm at Marburg. We had tried Emu Oil previously and I was keen to try some more of their soft gel capsules as they are a great natural source of omega fatty acids. Stephen & Sarah have a huge range of 'emu' products now from the original 'Emu Heaven Golden Emu Oil' to Shampoo and Skin Care products. When I first met them many years ago they had only a few products.

The story goes that eleven years ago Stephen Schmidt was given some emu oil to rub in to his aching joints. He was amazed at the difference it made to his aching knees and shoulders and decided then & there to change from his truck driving business to emu farming. He originally sold his emu oil for use on horses. (Marburg is a very horsey town and apparently lots of horses suffer from what is know as the Queensland Itch). When he heard that testing was being carried out in America using emu oil internally for dissolving cholesterol, he decided to try it himself. He was not in good health so first consulted with his doctor before embarking on the experiment of drinking the oil. Both he and his doctor were amazed at the results and so began the production of his Golden Emu Oil Capsules.

Simply by word of mouth he now boasts thousands of customers within Australia and overseas. You can find out more by visiting the Emu Heaven website.

Sleep Apnoea

We all know the great feeling of having a good night's sleep. Deep sleep rejuvenates us and when you receive adequate sleep, you will look and feel better.

Medical evidence suggests that for optimum health and function the average adult should get 7-9 hours of sleep daily. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and memory loss.

So! do you get a good sleep most nights or are you plagued by some of these symptoms?

  • Does your partner complain about your snoring?
  • Do you wake in the morning with a headache?
  • Do you often feel very sleepy during the day?
  • Are you more irritable than you should be?
  • How is your memory? - especially short term.
  • Do you experience breathlessness during the day, or at night?
  • Are you a restless sleeper?
  • Do you suffer from heartburn at night?
  • Do you need to frequently get up to the toilet at night?
  • Do you experience personality changes or often feel depressed?
  • Do you sometimes wake in the night feeling that you are choking?

If you can answer 'yes' to some of these questions, it could be that you are suffering from 'Obstructive Sleep Apnoea'. You should see your GP to discuss the problem and a diagnostic sleep study may be ordered.

I have a friend who is a Clinical Nurse working as a CPAP (stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Consultant in a Sleep Laboratory. I was amazed when she told me just how common this disorder is, but pleased to hear that there are ways to relieve the situation.

I asked her to explain just what is 'Obstructive Sleep Apnoea' and what can be done about it. I won't go into a lengthy description here but just in case you are like me and haven't had a lot to do with this condition, you can read more about Obstructive Sleep Apnoea here.

Have you heard this story about Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who are camping and pitch their tent under the stars and settle in for a good night's sleep? Sometime in the middle of the night, Holmes wakes Watson saying "Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce."

Watson looking up, says with great insight "I see millions of stars and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life."

To which Holmes replies: "Look again, Watson. Our tent has been stolen."

What price healthy skin?

It takes cleanser, moisturizer, make-up and a favourite lipstick to ensure the average woman is ready to face the world each day.

But a daily routine like this could leave her with more than a polished appearance.

She could absorb almost 5lb of chemicals through her skin every year.

Some of these man-made compounds have been linked to cancer, while others may irritate the skin or even cause it to age prematurely.

Biochemist Richard Bence warned that the chemicals found in everyday beauty products could be doing untold damage. Mr Bence, who has spent three years studying the ingredients in cosmetics and toiletries, said: "There is a growing amount of research questioning the ingredients found in conventional beauty products. We really need to start questioning the products we are putting on our skin and not just assume that the chemicals in them are safe. We have no idea what these chemicals do when they are mixed together. The effect could be much greater than the sum of the individual parts."

Sounds like a good time to try a completely preservative-free skin care system. If you'd like to experience what a difference it can make to your skin, have a look here.

A sign of healthy skin is not a lack of wrinkles but a good elasticity. As we age, we lose collagen and elasticity. Use natural products so that skin pores will not become clogged. To improve skin elasticity and look younger, ensure you are well hydrated with fresh water, consume healthy fats such as fish oil or olive oil and do daily facial movements (move all the muscles of your face).

Be Your Own Woman

Just had a note today from Bev Ryan, Editor of Honestly Woman Magazine asking me to spread the word about the Mini-Expo to be held on Saturday 20th October at the Carina Leagues Club, cnr Creek and Stanley Rds, Carina, Brisbane.

The theme of the expo is "Be Your Own Woman". There will be some great speakers and workshops around the themes of financial and personal responsibility, wealth awareness, money skills, employment and business opportunities, investment and wealth creation and attitude change.

Worth going to if you are a local - all events that I have attended have been very worthwhile. You can get more details at Honestly Woman.

And finally ... while we're talking about women ... here are five stages that women go through.
  1. they grow up
  2. they fill out
  3. they slim down
  4. they hold it in
  5. to hell with it

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Until then keep well and remember 'healthy cells = healthy bodies'.



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