So This Is Christmas

So this is Christmas
It’s the 26ths of December, Boxing Day, they Sydney to Hobart. My best friend Don and I have found ourselves in brisbane.

A four day road trip to reach Brisbane intime to be at Woodford folk festival by the 26th.

On the way here from Sydney our adventure started leaving from palm beach.

Loading up the van, Trent, with an esky, a bag of ice (which only finished melting on Christmas day), $150 worth of food (mainly canned), a tent, a bed, pillows and doonas… Am I forgetting something…
Oh right four different cookers. paranoid one of them would break, my favorite is the gas stove top.
And we were off!! Myall lakes Here we come!






That last picture was taken as we were driving over a bridge.


Technically our first port of call was the gas station.


Then we were back on the road again




As we found our way back onto the tourist drive we drove through HawksNest.


When we finally arrived at Myall lakes at 6:30 at night, by chance we got lost on a firetrail and ended up bush driving.



20121226-072422.jpgwe ended up staying the night further on after the amazing sanddunes.

Our first night out of Sydney and the beautiful driver Donna decided to kick back aussie style with a beer and a smoke.
Half way through the night it poured…and when I say poured I mean it was a mini monsoon! The water was ankle deep when I got up at three am to wind the widows up… Turns out I wasn’t fast enough( the seats were wet the whole next day). It was I think one of my favorite nights!




The next morning we were off… After we had our cup of tea of course… and I saw a dingo!!!
We took the five minute car ferry across the water that was fun only $4 for the van.

The next day we aimed to stay at crescent head… Mate it was packed. After taking a dip, a shower and a few steak sandwitches it was time for a to move on. WAY TO FULL AND BUSY!
We ended up that night at nambucca heads. THIS PLACE WAS THE BOMB





Believing What You Read?

Some ways that you can find out whether the information in articles is accurate.

First off, dont always believe what you read! Where is the evidence?
But Elysium, there is a study! It must be true!
Oh really? is there? one study? and you are going to believe it? What are the chances, the study was done with an ulterior motive in terms of the result? (It is actually pretty high).


In my opinion, magazines have content that will sell, while  it may based on an idea of truth, believing what you read in them without question in  it is silly.
Magazines are designed to sell copies, they aren’t filled with all the bad stuff because people don’t want to know that what they are doing is harming them.
Sure in this case the aim of the article is to point out the negative things to avoid, but how much of that is fact?
Who wrote it? Is that author an expert in the field? Do they have the qualifications that say that they can give advice? Where are the facts and figures? Where is the evidence that any of this is true? References? Do magazines even put them in? are they above plagiarism?

I think if you are reading something regarding your health, do your own research, having one ‘study’ that says something isn’t enough to change your lifestyle.
When reading an article it is important to know whether it is from a reputable source, but keep in mind, the people who check it to be ‘reputable’ may have no clue about the topic and validity of the article that they are going to publish.

How old is the information in the article? Chances are it could be already out of date if it is in a magazine. The time taken for the research or article to be published, it could already be outdated by new studies and findings.

But most importantly do your own research. Find other articles in scientific journals to back it up.


Return of The Captain

It’s funny how a stranger can reappear in your life faster then when they left.
I met a boy two weeks ago last year and fell head over heels in love with him.
20121215-022742.jpgClingy doesn’t suit anyone but I wore it well. We started dating and everything was at the speed of light. Never a moment away from each other. He knew my family and I knew his. He had a set of keys and his mum showed me the back way into their house.

Then I wasn’t enough and he met someone new. After 3 months of trying to win him back with my body and a whirl in my own pity party I got angry at him rather then wondering what I could have done.


I still have the strongest feelings a year later.


Now here he is again at my doorstep asking to hangout for a bit of “;)”… I’ve learnt my lesson.

No guy will stick around and respect you as the capable woman you are when you let them have it


I sometimes think that the more I take away any shield to hide myself the more that I am opening myself up to get hurt. which is true but in the long run I would rather experience those strong emotions for such a short about of time and have it end in tears than never have a chance to know what it could have been.

This time it’s payback, we’ve all made the mistake before But this time I’ll play the game.

For me games of the mind an heart are silly. I don’t want to play games. I want to chase. It’s funny how the guys I don’t like chase me and the ones I do I end up chasing.
Man after man, they are all emotionally unavailable.
So I’ll take a step back and let them come to me.
It has worked with the captain, a year later and we are exactly where we started. He doesn’t want a relationship and I do. But life is a learning curve I guess I’ll just have to see if I can change his mind.

significant illnesses of19th Century

Significant illnesses that affected mankind in the 19th century.

The first thing I found when I first started doing research on the disease and illnesses of this time was the cholera outbreak.

Cholera’s appearance in the 1800s can be explained away by the public health practices as a result of the industrial revolution, the movement of people into cramped cities away from rural settings. Cholera causes painful cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea and bad dehydration. The blood thickens as a result and the associated ‘blue’ skin tone occurs. Originally thought as a disease or sickness associated with the exposure to the new chemicals of the environment. Climate and geography was a factor, as was exposure to filth. The poor, who lived in the slums of the cities in squaller and filth suffered from it more commonly than those who were well off. It was widely believed that cholera was not contagious as a treating physician didn’t get sick. In 1855, John Snow demonstrated that cholera spread through contaminated drinking water.

With the wonderful use of the microscope by Robert Koch, 1883, he was able to isolate the bug (cholera bacillus) with a microscope, he developed the idea that disease was from bacteria, this alone was enough to be considered stepping away from the theory that disease was an inbalance of the humors. (Germ Theory Developed)  but the matter of the carriers was still around.

Treatment for this disease through the 19th century didn’t change, bleeding and opium were used by physicians. As many people know, this is where Homeopathy had its time to shine. Homeopathic treatments were more commonly used by the upperclass. At first migration was said to blame, well more so travellers from Germany and Ireland had the blame lumped on them from the US for bring the disease with them.


I think next to Cholera as a remarkable disease, who’s transmission left people baffled for a while is Typhus. Like Cholera, it is associated with the poor and filth that they live in.

Typhus can start with a rushed hit ten days after being infected, with a Headache, body pain, fever and chills, as the days go by, 4th day, a rash usually appears. Typhus is a bunch of diseases, not just one. Ticks, fleas and lice are the more common carriers, then followed by rodents and other animals, but it can be transmitted by many things, usually associated with filth. These carrier insects go hand in hand with overcrowding, lack of hygiene and sanitary behaviour, don’t forget the poor standard of living.  The disease is usually had its fun by the 12th day, but if not looked after properly, gangrene, pneumonia and kidney failure can happen then cardiac failure.

It wasn’t until 1897 that a vaccine was developed by Almroth Edward Wright.

An important scientific discovery in terms of healing was by Claude Bernard, and his discovery of the multiple functions of the live, not to mention the association of diabetes with the pancreas.


Medical Discoveries – The Renaissance

Discoveries that are important in the Renaissance period in relation to the development of the History of Healing

After playing on google and youtube and doing some research, I have found a few medical related discoveries of the Renaissance period.

The Renaissance was a period of new discoveries in a wide range of fields, medical, food, and technology.

New Ideas were thought up, old mistaken interpretations were fixed through the new techniques and the wonderful illustrations of Andreas Vesalius and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Through the slight move of medicine away from the church, bodies were able to be opened up for inspection, (I know this is a bit unrelated but whenever I think of the dissection of someone I always think of the movie Sleepy Hollow – and all the odd instruments that they used).

In any time previous I think that Vesalius and Da Vinci’s work would have had them in a lot of trouble with authorities and the church.

While during most of this time the church wasn’t the biggest fan of dissections, they were still practiced, but rarely, usually with a large audience of medical students. Due to not being able to constantly dissect bodies, Da Vinci’s and Vesalius’ illustrations of the body were a helping hand in learning, the detail and type of drawing was amazing.

New ideas were being challenged again the old widely accepted views.

With the printing press invented in Germany. These new ideas and changes to old methods were more easily done.

I believe that studies into the spread of infectious diseases started as well as Ambroise Paré finding less damaging ways to cauterize wounds, stepping away from boiling oil. While on the battle field when the oil ran out, he is said to have used egg yolks, rose oil (?) and turpentine. He accidentally created two test groups, the ones cauterized with scalding oil healed less quickly then with the ones with a mixture of egg yolk and turpentine. He is also known for the introduction of new surgical techniques.

William Harvey, proved that the heart is a pump for the blood, pumping it all around the body, hurrah for the circulatory system. Harvey’s book was criticised as it contradicted Galens theory.He also wrote a mass produced medical encyclopidia.

The exploring while it brought with it new diseases, it also brought a great many wonderful foods, like potatoes, which now are usually linked to Ireland, not where it originated from. With the introduction of quinine, the gin and tonic was a wonderful thing, I always admit I enjoyed a gin and tonic knowing that it has a counter for malaria.



Personal understanding of self worth.

Self Worth in my opinion is the value we place on ourselves. It can be impacted by other actions towards us as well as our own actions.

Self-concept is self-worth, is made up of our self image and self esteem. If we have high self esteem and love our self to pieces, bordering narcissism, I think that an individuals self worth will be high. Our physical attributes can have a great impact on our self worth if we let them, for example I have often visited a great aunt of mine, whom is in her late 80’s, she is very active and still does ballet and performances in acting. She holds herself in high regard, where her neighbour who is significantly younger is often stuck wallowing in self pity. She thinks she is ‘old’ at the age of 50. In my opinion, it has to do with the value that we place on the importance of things.

I myself have a ridiculously high value of self worth, sometimes the height of self-worth can be a bit of a delusion for some but I think as long as you have some belief in yourself and the value of ‘you’ being here, then you are on the right track.

My self worth comes from encouragement to strive to be the best I can be from friends and family, rarely have I entertained a negative thought about myself, even as a child if I had a negative thought for a second it was replaced by my desire to do it again until it was good. I know that others actions towards you can effect someone’s self-worth, you can see it with the effects of bullying, but I think that maybe the people whom are affected by this already have a lower vale of self-worth, that may be a reason why they are seen as targets. For example, the nurse in the UK who recently committed suicide after the prank phone call from the radio station. She may have had a significant low value of self worth as well as other issues unknown.

I think that aspect of mental health can affect your value of self worth, Today in the paper, The Daily Telagraph 11th December Tuesday 2012 page 10, I was reading an article on Eating disorders by Caroline Marcus. This may not be exactly related to self-worth, but in my opinion it is, Many of these disorders are impacted by a persons self worth,thoughts like : “I’m not good enough” or “I am still so fat” “Maybe if I was skinner things would different” can float around anyone’s mind but I think that the higher the self-worth the less chance of these things happening.

Not to say that if you do have a disorder you have to have low self-esteem, but I think that there is defiantly a connection. For example, People with Bi Polar, when they are in their manic high state, think that they can accomplish anything, when they are in their low state they can be suicidal. Situational depression, can bring down a individuals self-worth, even if they normally have a high, a man losing his health, losing money on the stock market and losing his relationship are all situations where this may occur.


Religion and Health Working together?

Religion and Health – from an historical perspective there is evidence that religious practices and belief may have influenced health significantly. Can this be applied today?

Hands down in the past Religion and Health go hand in hand. It is all there, whether or not it was for the best is another story. In our screen cast, the transition of medical beliefs is evident as it changes from a view where disease was from angered gods and sins to then being held by views of philosophy and science. The jump between having healing as chants and prayers to a plain and simple cure wasn’t easy with religious belief sticking side by side as new theories and developments occurred.

I believe that every culture has a supreme being which they place their faith in, there may be more than one or the idea that the supreme leader represents. The idea that faith governs many people gives them a good moral code but also a framework to live by. I believe that in the Jewish faith that it is generally advised that certain animals like seafood (BAR FISH), cant be eaten (many of the seafood like oysters are kind of like parasites which at the time may have been full of bacteria). Meat and dairy cant be consumed at the same time. DIET comes into it. So does the wellbeing of the individual, due to their faith. They were onto something, it was to do with the followers well being, so that they wouldn’t get sick.

This code for diet is popular in many older religions. In Buddhism, it is advised to keep a vegetarian diet, Once again this belief is looking after its followers, trying to help their bodies to health.

Hinduism promotes vegan or vegetarian lifestyles in some areas so does Jainism. Followers of Islam and followers of the Jewish faith are advised to not eat pork because at a time, it wasn’t healthy since they ate essentially rubbish. Both of those religions advocate a specified method of having their food prepared, Kosher and Halal, while also for religious reasons it, back in the ancient times, would have been seen as cleaner.

Religion hasn’t changed, it is seen as a way of protecting it’s followers, over time it’s associations have changed. Most religions advocate the avoidance of Alcohol, once again people simply take it as a guideline.

Bathing is generally something that pops up in religion, It’s the idea usually of ‘being clean from sin’ but also bacteria and harmful things that are around.


In my opinion, most of the ancient religions, while having their belief system that formed a moral code it was also designed to keep its followers healthy. When you are sick in many of the religions around the world today people pray to their god or the leader to heal them and make them better. Exorcisms, still around today, used by the catholic church, the general idea, common in many religions, ‘Expelling the demon’, this demon is usually what is making that person sick. We can see it in cultures all over the world, be it physical sickness or mental.

Pilgrimages to temples are still being made, I hope to one day do the Camino that runs from France to Spain. People all over the world used to and still do flock to one place in the name of their religion or for their health that is believed to improve once there. My own personal want to do the camino is not necessarily to see the saint who resides there, like many others it can be used to ‘find your way’ in life. The power of prayer can be seen when people place their belief so hard in something, it becomes psychological.

“There is no atheists in a fox hole”

I think this is still true, although I admit when working in aged care, I met some people who refused to claim to any belief, but they had given up all hope which was tragic to see, but it wasn’t the belief in religion that they had given up since they never had it but the belief that they would get better.