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Letting Go of Leo
by Simi Botic
The Big Fat Surprise
People think you have it all together. What these people don't understand is how exhausting it feels to make it look that way. The pressure to keep it all going is intense. You feel unfulfilled and don't believe you measure up to others.
 
Use It Or Lose It
by Paul McIntyre
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In Use It or Lose It Paul McIntyre, host of ABC Radio's Medical Matters, sorts the fact from the fiction and reveals the practical measures we can all take to keep our body in good shape and our brain sharp and alert
 
You Are What You Eat
by Sally F. Jackson
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In this self-teaching book, you will learn the basics of body function in relation to food, and what your body can and can't do with the foods you eat - all using basic and easy-to-implement concepts.
 
The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory
by Corey White
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In 2014, Corey performed his debut stand up show,The Cane Toad Effect - a staggeringly personal story of his experience growing up in foster care, surviving domestic violence, recovering from drug addiction and dealing with mental illness.
 
A Better Death
by Dr Ranjana Srivastava
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We don't have a choice in how we enter the world, but we can have a say in how we leave it.
 
 






  WHAT'S INSIDE THE DEC/FEB 2020 ISSUE?

NEWS BYTES AND RESEARCH

Long Road Ahead in Minimising Opioid-Related Harm

Australia's leading causes of death in 2018 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals that opioids accounted for just over three deaths per day. The majority of these opioid-induced fatalities were unintentional overdoses in middle aged males involving the use of pharmaceutical opioids, often in the presence of other substances.

Research Reveals Australia is One Big Niggle Nation
Blackmores is calling on all Australians to start listening to their bodies as they're working harder than we know, with the latest consumer research revealing Australia is a niggle nation. Currently, 15 million Australians (79%) are experiencing some type of pain or niggle, whether this be a sore neck, stiff joint or cramping muscles. While a small discomfort may seem like nothing, these ongoing niggles can have a big impact on our wellbeing, with three in four Aussies (74%) currently frustrated at the impact they're having on their physical bodies. Despite this, almost a quarter (23%) never seek advice for their niggles.

Medicine Hat Closes In on Functional Zero Chronic Homelessness
The Medicine Hat in Alberta is helping us understand what it takes to reach, achieve and sustain functional zero chronic homelessness. Working closely with The 20,000 Homes Campaign, they are zeroing in on ending chronic homelessness in their community by not only recognising where they've had success, but where they've made mistakes.

Climate Changes Faster Than Animals Adapt
Climate change can threaten species, and extinctions can impact ecosystem health. It is therefore of vital importance to assess to which degree animals can respond to changing environmental conditions, for example, by shifting the timing of breeding, and whether these shifts enable the persistence of populations in the long run.

Art Provides a Window of Relief for Stressed Workers
Displaying art in workplaces can reduce stress levels and mental fatigue by up to 40 per cent, a South Australian study has shown. The three-year study by University of South Australia researcher Bridgette Minuzzo involved 91 people across 18 work sites where there were no windows or direct views of nature.

Lower Back Pain? Self-Administered Acupressure Could Help
A recent study finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. "Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, pressure is applied with a finger, thumb or device to specific points on the body," says Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine and lead author of the study.

Sea Snail Compound Reduces Cancer Risk

The remarkable ability of a small Australian sea snail to produce a colourful purple compound to protect its eggs is proving even more remarkable for its potential in a new anti-cancer pharmaceutical.

How to Beat Stereotypes by Seeing People as Individuals
It might seem hard to argue with the idea that we should focus on what individuals say and do and believe, instead of unthinkingly inferring those things from their group membership, but in fact, we use group affiliation to evaluate individuals all the time. What psychological forces drive us to do that, even when stereotyping other people is against our values? How can we teach ourselves to overlook group stereotypes and instead listen to individual stories? We can find some answers in the research ...


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Is Yoga Good For Any Body?

Ann Marie Johnston is the founding director of the global yoga platform YogaMate, and the founder of Global Yoga Therapy Day (21 June). For more than half her life Ann Marie suffered from chronic depression. She felt she had no light and little inspiration. In 2008, Ann Marie was introduced to mindfulness and how to 'be in the present' rather than constantly reliving the past or projecting forwards. This was a monumental shift for her. She found yoga by learning about specific kriyas (breathing techniques) and in 2012, after experiencing profound shifts to her health and wellbeing, Ann Marie went on to complete her yoga teacher training. Through the regular practice of mindfulness, breathwork, meditation, physical yoga and a healthy diet, she was able to overcome her depression and has since dedicated her life to sharing these tools with the world.

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PROFILE/INTERVIEW: Architect, Jaya Kader

Married at 22 and graduating with a Masters in Architecture while nursing her daughter and pregnant with her son, Jaya Kader's life became a constant juggle between her two roles as homemaker and mother on one side, and architect on the other. She thought she had managed to merge both roles into a 'perfect life' when she set up a studio in the attic of her home, but after many years of battling back and neck pain through medical interventions, Jaya eventually found tools through her architectural practice to look within and re-design her life.


mental healing

FEATURE: PSYCHEDELICS

Recent research has shown that psychedelics, used in a therapeutic setting, in combination with psychotherapy, can reduce suicidality, ease end-of-life anxiety, and offer a road out of both depression and addiction - all with as few as one or two doses. This is in striking contrast to traditional pharmacotherapy, which usually requires daily dosing of a pharmaceutical medication such as an antidepressant or anxiolytic for extended periods. However despite the growing recognition of psychedelic medicines in science, their broader acceptance has been limited by cultural misconceptions. Awareness, education and better therapeutic solutions are required if we are to alleviate both the suffering of individuals and the burden of mental health disease on society.

MDMA
In 1986 Rick Doblin, a trainee therapist with a PhD from the Harvard Kennedy school, founded the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to overturn the decision by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the United States to criminalise MDMA use. MAPS opted for medicalisation, taking MDMA through several phases of clinical trials to establish its safety and therapeutic efficacy. "I just knew from personal experience, from working with patients, that MDMA was so different from the way the government was trying to present it, so much better ..."

Psilocybin
Psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychoactive mushrooms, has provided the spiritual and cultural bedrock of many great civilisations. The Aztecs referred to it as teonanacatl, which translates as 'divine mushroom.' Modern neuroscience has revealed how psilocybin interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain in order to produce a range of consciousness-altering effects.

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The 3rd Wave Recreational Drug Epidemic

Fentanyl is one of a crop of new drugs called novel psychoactive substances (NPS). NPS are synthetic, and intended to mimic the effects of traditional drugs. They are made in laboratories and often sold over the Dark Web using Bitcoin in anonymous transactions where the drugs are delivered directly to the customer's door. In the recreational drug setting, NPS are replacing traditional drugs like marijuana, cocaine, LSD, and ecstasy. In America they are also killing more people annually than any drug in history, as well as growing numbers in Canada, Europe, the U.K., Australia, and beyond. In this interview we talk to Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc., who spent four years investigating the use and production of fentanyl and other drugs.


Anorexia:The Hardest Thing

The hardest thing I had to learn was how to deal with the impotent rage that stalked my every thought when juggling work, family and the demands of caring for a very sick child.



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