Step Two: Come to Believe

“Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity” CPA for Anxiety Welcome to Step Two of Chronic Pain/illness Anonymous (CPA), which I am currently “working”. I am not sure I have yet graduated step one: surrender. I am pretty sure I have not. I am changing things up a […]

Getting to Know my Vajajay: My Journey in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

WARNING! This post covers private things in private places.  Sensitive minds and eyes should leave now. So why might ones Pelvic Floor need rehabilitation?  There are many reasons; they all boil down to pelvic pain.  This may be a result of illness, child birth, interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome), years of pain and pelvic floor […]

Step One: Surrender


“We admitted we were powerless over chronic pain and chronic illness – that our lives had become unmanageable” CPA I am working the famous 12 steps.  Yes the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of you might be disappointed to know I am ‘working’ it on chronic pain/illness, not booze. Today I am ‘working’ step […]

Raising Rock Bottom: Anxiety Through a Different Lense.

A dear old friend of mine’s sister was a drug and alcohol counselor whose philosophy was focused on ‘raising rock bottom’. Sometimes the idea of clean, straight and narrow is too much, at least at first and that is were raising rock bottom comes in. If rock bottom was once a weekend bender, that involved […]

SIBO Part C: The Trauma of Food.

Why are we here? This is part 3 of a 4 part series looking at Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). The series also covers what SIBO is, the latest views from experts, and my personal treatment journey. This blog will compare some of the main SIBO diets available online. Why diet matters so much to […]

SIBO Part B: What the Experts are Saying

Sibo Monster

Warning: This blog is information intense and entertainment light. The focus here is Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and will discuss some highlights from two very different (yet oddly similar) conferences.  One by Naturopaths and Functional Doctors in Australia and one by Research Gastroenterologists in America. See SIBO Part A for an overview of this […]

SIBO Part A: A Long, Winding and Painful Saga.

SIBO A Long and Winding Road by Rose 10

This is the first part of a four part series on Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).  I will cover what it is, what some experts think, the latest diets and my personal treatment program and process. SIBO is like it says on the tin; an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. Your small intestine […]

Part 4 of 4: Do try this at home; monitoring your own vagus nerve

Welcome to part 4 of a 4 part blog on the Vagus nerve. Here are the parts: Part One: The Wanderer – A Brief Introduction to the Vagus Nerve (our Hero). Part Two: How to improve the health of your Vagus Nerve – based on scientific evidence. Part Three: Vagus nerve stimulation; can you really […]

Book Review: The Four Agreements.

Don Miguel Ruiz – Amber-Allen Publishing,U.S. (1997) I downloaded The Four Agreements on my Kindle about 24 moons ago.  Admission: I did not get past a few chapters.  It is not the easiest read, full of unusual language and metaphors. It is based on the philosophies of the Toltec people (an ancient civilisation from Central […]

If You Are Going Through Hell – Keep Going!

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional” So said someone terribly Zen like (no-one seems to know or agree quite who). This was a bitter pill for me to try and swallow this month when things in my health story took a turn for the worst. I was already living in a way that I had […]

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