August 6th, 2008
The following is an excerpt from a recent comment made by a reader pondering the effectiveness of currently funded community projects in addressing the root of the many chronic health problems faced in our community, a question worth opening up in a new thread for discussion:
Building Healthy Communities is meant to concentrate on improving the outcomes of chronic disease processes, but seems to focus on lifestyle health issues to a certain degree. I am on the steering group so hope to have an impact on some research into the real issues of chronic disease here.
One question which keeps popping up in my mind is, the big “WHY” we are being guided into believing that all out health problems are related only to our lifestyle, without the baseline parameters yet to be identified.
Why is there a chronic alcohol problem? Why is there a high rate of asthma and other breathing problems? Why is there an extremely high rate of cancer in this area? Why is there a high rate of kidney disease? Why are there many kids here with ADHD and learning difficulties?
OK…we know nutrition is a problem, [and] is being addressed in BHC. We know that lack of exercise is a major factor in obesity, and that is being addressed. We know that addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs and gambling is rife… depression and mental illness is also high… but how are we to address this issue if we don’t understand the reason?
Di, August 2, 2008
July 28th, 2008
Ho-Ho! Ha-Ha-Ha! So who wants to join the Laughter Club of Copley? If you haven’t heard of the amazing Laughter Club of India, have a read of this overview (source):
Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the Laughter Club of India, has started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world. This Allopathic Physician and ex-registrar at the Jaslok Hospital (Bombay) in Internal Medicine and Cardiology has thousands of people laughing their way to better health, more happiness and deeper friendships. This jovial medicine man from India has developed a new technique of Laughter Therapy based on YOGA called LAUGHTER YOGA. Dr. Kataria explains, “In a nutshell, laughter yoga is a combination of self-induced laughter, yoga exercises, yoga breathing and stretching exercises. With a little bit of playfulness it turns into real laughter. Our body produces a similar response to what we get from spontaneous laughter.”
He said the “idea of a laughter club came to me like a divine light. In 1995, I was writing an article for my health magazine and remembered that ‘Laughter, The Best Medicine,’ from Reader’s Digest had always fascinated me.” During his research for the article, Dr. Kataria discovered a large amount of scientific literature on the benefits of laughter on the human mind and body. “I was very impressed by the American journalist Norman Cousins, whose book Anatomy of an Illness, describes how he laughed his way out of an incurable disease of the spine – Ankylosing Spondylitis. Cousins said, ‘What was significant about the laughter…was not just the fact that it provides internal exercise for a person…a form of jogging for the innards, but that it creates a mood in which the other positive emotions can be put to work, too.'”
So while Dr. Kataria was thinking and pacing the floor of his apartment one morning at 4:30 am, it hit him. “If laughter is so good, why not start a laughter club?” Several hours later he tried out the idea with the regulars at his local park who initially reacted with, “Doc, are you OK?”, “Are you crazy?” He eventually motivated four of them to start laughing in a corner of the park. Others laughed at the concept and ridiculed the idea but were converted when the health benefits were explained. Attendance grew and the rest, as they say, is history. There are now hundreds and hundreds of Laughter Clubs all over the world, including India, USA, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, France, Malaysia and Dubai… and Copley!
July 5th, 2008
Check out this delightful short film – and keep dancing and laughing!
Sent in by Gina 🙂
July 2nd, 2008
ROWAN RAMSEY MP
Member for Grey
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said while he welcomes the State Government’s announcement that Minister Hill is back-tracking on his decision to downgrade 43 country hospitals, he said it is a clever manipulation of the resulting outrage by rural communities. (more…)
June 25th, 2008
This following was taken from Di’s comment on Community Planning Workshop but I have opened it as a new thread for discussion – amt
Wednesday was a very busy day, firstly with the rally concerning the Leigh Creek Hospital’s future direction…..
The strategic plan for SA Health has been posted on their website at http://www.health.sa.gov.au/countryhealthcareplan dated 19 June 2008.
A feedback form is available on that site. Use it to express your concerns about your access to health care at Leigh Creek Hospital.
Information sheets, a petition and feedback form were available at the rally. If you have not signed the petition, it is available at the hospital and around Leigh Creek businesses. If you are in other affected towns, then request that petition be available in your town or find out where you can sign it.
Things to think about are:-
*Hawker will be the closest 24 hour emergency GP assisted hospital.
*The importance of getting help within that first critical 1-3 hours.
*Costs for getting ill and injured people and their relatives to and from the Country General Hospital and Whyalla or Port Augusta.
*Stresses on the RFDS to fly people out to the major hospitals.These are just a few questions which need to be asked.
If you have more then write them here or on your feedback form. Apathy will not change anything, being vocal just might.
May 2nd, 2008
OACDT and Dr John Charles are offering vetinary consultations at Copley Hall on Monday May 12th. This includes free cat and dog desexing and general health checks.
Pass the word around and don’t miss out on this rare offer!
Make an appointment from Monday 5th on 08 8648 5970
April 6th, 2008
Perilya representatives offered a shunting information session in Copley today on the first day of shunting zinc at the railway station to be collected by the NRG Flinders coal train. A group of peaceful protesters gathered with concerns about the following:
– The possibility to shunting of other toxic minerals in the future
– Spillage contingency plans
– Zinc toxicity
– Railway safety
– Lack of community consultation on shunting
– Reasons for not shunting at Parachilna
– A call for a Beltana railway loop
Perilya representatives and community members are invited to respond to these and raise other issues in this open discussion. See also the post on zinc.
April 6th, 2008
PUBLIC HEALTH STATEMENT ON ZINC
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
What is this substance?
What happens to it when it enters the environment?
How might I be exposed to it?
How can it enter and leave my body?
How can it affect my health?
How can it affect children?
How can families reduce the risk of exposure?
Is there a medical test to determine whether I have been exposed to it?
March 25th, 2008
I’ve had a plea from an infested reader for tips on how to control cockroaches that have gotten out of hand. (Not you’d want them in hand…) They’ve outnumbered the baits and good hygeine isn’t enough as the population grew out of control when the house was unoccupied. Any tips, prefereably non-toxic, would be greatly appreciated!
March 25th, 2008
Leigh Creek Station have recently laid dog baits. Dog lovers please be careful around the perimeters of the commons!