pointspace’s August roundup | 5 Most Common Side Effects of Acupuncture

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It’s been a slow start, but this summer was fabulous. I returned from my holiday to Hong Kong wonderfully recharged and refreshed, and London was basking in its post-Games glow. The Indian summer came as promised, what a delight it was to feel the warmth of the sun. For many people summer is the easiest time to be healthy, either through food or exercise, so carry on the good work through September!

Honey mangoes are delicious and juicy, so make sure you get some before the season ends in September. Don’t be fooled by imitations in supermarkets, the Pakistani ones are the best so seek them out at your local market or ethnic shops.

When I was in Hong Kong I spent a few days in Guangzhou, a city 3 hours train ride away in southern China. I met up with a family friend who had retired early last year. She told me about the upcoming tennis competition in the senior league that she was a member of. Before, she used to play tennis once a week; since retiring she had increased it to five days a week, 2 hours each time. Another friend in Hong Kong mentioned how he played tennis for two hours before work if he happened to have a late shift.

1. When you think of Asia and exercise, images of organised crowds of seniors slowly going through the moves of Tai Chi often come to mind. But it’s not just slow fluidity, it appears that any kind of activity is encouraged and embraced in China. London 2012 is meant to inspire a generation, presumably of future Olympians, but as the BBC reports, it should also inspire the over-70s.

2.  British cyclist Bradley Wiggins is the first person to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year. He was spotted this month having a cigarette while on holiday, and he’s not the only athlete to be seen smoking. So what impact does it have on their performance?

3.  Concerns about iron deficiency have eased with the wide availability of iron-fortified foods and drinks. Now more attention is being paid to the opposite problem: iron overload, which can cause serious problems, particularly in older people.

4.  Acupuncture does have side effects. The unintended consequences of acupuncture, while not life-threatening, should not be overlooked. The side effects of acupuncture occur frequently and can seriously impact on your quality of life. Read the five most common side effects of acupuncture.

5.  There’s something about black and white public service films. Poor Adralene can’t figure out why she’s unpopular, slouching into her chair at a party. “Her party dress is just as pretty, just as becoming as the clothing the others are wearing. And Adralene has a sense of humour…” What is it about Adralene? Turns out it’s her poor posture!

This film and others can be found at the Prelinger Archive.

6.  And now fast forward back to technicolour 2012 and here’s the ultimate guide to good posture: office edition.

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Pointspace’s March roundup | Is meat bad for you and one easy step to improve your posture



Can you believe March is almost over? This year does seem to be flying by at an incredible rate. With the spring like weather, I have rediscovered the joys of Greek yogurt: with smoked salmon and avocado for a refreshing breakfast, or drizzled with honey and sprinkled with almonds and hazelnuts for a yummy snack. Later on in the year it will be delicious with some juicy blueberries or succulent sharon fruit. 


1.  A new study has shown that those who eat red meat (especially processed meat) have a higher risk of getting heart disease and cancer. While the debate continues on whether we humans were meant to eat meat, I do know that there are those who incorporate meat into a healthy diet and others who shun meat but exist on pizzas and fries. The important thing is to try to eat less smoked and cured meats and enjoy your food, whatever your preferences.


2.  Those of you who know me may have heard my traffic jam analogy when explaining how acupuncture works. I often tell my patients that the body is like the M25. Dr Zhen Zheng from RMIT University uses the same concept here in her short video.


3. Symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome include fatigue, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, difficulty concentrating and emotional problems. There is no cure for Gulf War Syndrome but one doctor believes traditional acupuncture may provide relief.


4.  Feel yourself slouching more and more lately? Here’s a really simple way to improve your posture with almost minimal effort.


5. Finally, does birth order determine your personality? Do you think the order you were born influences who you are?

Photo credit: chris bartnik photography via Flickr

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