Kapi-Mana News : August 9th 2011
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 9, 2011 OPINION/NEWS Take Care of Your Pain Should women take a pink pill and men take a blue pill? Research suggests that men and women respond dif- ferently to pain. Which begs the question, should there also be different medications for men and women? What we do know is, that different types of pain are best treated with different types of pain medication. There are varying types of pain from headaches to backache, nerve to joint pain. Taking the wrong medication won't help your pain. For example, a ten- sion headache may be best treated using a non-steroidal anti- inflammatory such as diclofenac or ibuprofen. Whereas chronic joint pain, like that caused by osteoarthritis, may intially be better treated using paracetamol. "Of course, it also very much depends on you, the person suffering the pain, as to which medication might be best" says Graeme, pharmacist at Waitangirua Care Chemist. That's why it's best to talk to your Care Chemist pharmacist about which medication might best suit you, rather than picking up a product from the supermarket. As well as pain medication, there are extra steps you can take to help ease your pain. Many painful conditions may be relieved by applying heat. If you are suffering with period pain or joint pain, try applying heat such as a hot water bottle or wheattie bag. "Did you know that pain often responds well to physical activity?" says Amanda, pharmacist at Titahi Bay Care Chemist. "One of the best things you can do for back pain is to keep moving. Research shows that staying in bed can do more harm than good. Staying active will mean that you get better sooner and will have less problems in the long-term." Glucosamine is a nat- ural therapy that may support joint comfort and mobility for stiff joints. Glucosamine can be found naturally in your body. It is used by your body as one of the building blocks of cartilage. Glucosamine can also be taken in pill form as a supplement to your diet. Studies indicate that persistent pain maybe linked to depression. Pain can cause depression and depression can cause pain. If you have signs of depression, such as constantly feeling down, hopeless or having little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy for longer than 2 weeks then contact your health professional. Graeme is a pharm- acist at Waitangirua Care Chemist, 201 Warspite Avenue in Waitangirua and Amanda is a pharm- acist at Titahi Bay Care Chemist, 24 Whitehouse Rd in Titahi Bay. For references see www. carechemist.co.nz/painreferences How often do you find medications in your cupboard and wonder what they are for or discover they are simply out of date? Care Chemist is launching their first "Brown Bag Day" nationally so you can bring along your pain medication for review. You'll find out how to best use your medication and what to do with unwanted medications. It's a FREE service available to you. The Brown Bag day will be at your local Care Chemist in Waitangirua and Titahi Bay. For Waitangirua Care Chemist ph (04) 235-9340 for your FREE appointment. For Titahi Bay Care Chemist phone (04) 236-8410 for a FREE appointment. Advertorial TAPS PP1135 Brown Bag Day Graeme, pharmacist Waitangirua Care Chemist Amanda and Tony Titahi Bay Care Chemist Caring for you For temporary relief of local pain and inflammation Voltaren Emulgel General Sales Medicine. Contains diclofenac sodium 1%. Medicines have benefits and some may have risks. Always read the label and use as directed. Novartis Consumer Health Australasia Pty Ltd. Auckland NZ. Toll free 0800 700 222 ®Registered trademark. Offer ends 27/8/2011. While stocks last. pp pain relief to the All Blacks $29.99 100g Supplier of pa Great Value INGOT METALS BUYERS OF ALL SCRAP METALS & MACHINERY Email: email@example.com 37 Raiha Street, Porirua (04) 237 5322 •0274 454 725 3596010 • Steel • Copper • Aluminium • Brass • Old Cars • Electric Motors • Batteries • Whiteware 3646611AB Will it be a two-horse race? TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Theoretically, with National and the Greens now focused purely on the party vote, the Ohariu electorate should be a two-horse race: Labour's Charles Chauvel versus the incumbent, Peter Dunne. However, as I discovered years ago during a brief stint advising the Green Party, politicians often don't do as they're told. Voters can be even more contrary. At the 2008 election, 10,000 centre-right voters picked National's Katrina Shanks, even though National leader John Key had asked them to support Dunne. I've always thought it was going to be a two-horse race,'' Dunne told me. Does it [the deal with National] change things? No, not really.'' Well, could Dunne win Ohariu without the recent endorsement by National? Oh absolutely. In fact, our polling over the last year has shown us in a far stronger position.'' Spare a sympathetic thought in passing then for Katrina Shanks. Not only is her own leader preferring someone else entirely -- but is the beneficiary of Key's endorsement really saying that the sacrifice isn't necess- ary? We will never know whether it was necessary or not,'' Dunne replies. But on the basis of the [polling] evi- dence we saw, we were in a very good position and have been for more than a year.'' Has he ever felt like telling the National Party -- don't worry, I'm OK? We had some pretty robust discussions. But I must confess the announce- ment last week [by National] took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting it at this time.'' Dunne has a novel expla- nation for the decline in his majority in 2008. We suffered, because we had been associated with the previous government.'' So, rather than capitalising on 2008 being the high tide for the centre right, he feels he was tainted by association with Labour? Yes, I think so.'' His prior loyalty'' to Labour cost him dearly. I think people saw me as a min- ister in a Labour-led govern- ment. I think they saw that as a negative.'' Quite a different story, this time around. Part of Dunne's brand is his Mr Reasonable persona. Not that he could exercise any meaningful restraint on National -- but is there any- thing in its likely second term agenda that Dunne could not support? Wholesale privatisation,'' Dunne says. The sheer, com- plete sale of state assets for the sake of ideology. A very punitive regime [of welfare reform] that said for instance, welfare payments were time limited and after that, you're off the cliff. If the welfare safety net was being pulled back to say it would be for a particular period only and in certain situations only, that would be clearly a step far too far.'' And Dunne wouldn't vote for it in Parliament? No. If we got a return to Richardson- style economics, that would [also] be a step too far.'' Despite the portents, losing in November is not something Dunne has seriously con- sidered. Still, if this election does turn out to be his last hurrah, Dunne won't be lacking in interests beyond politics: such as family history, sailing, taking classes in languages, art appreciation. For now though, survival in Ohariu is his fulltime concern. Gordon Campbell is an experienced political journalist and columnist who has written for The Listener and Scoop. New Zealander of the Year starts Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger says the recent mass- acre in Norway was a reminder of what could hap- pen when cultural diversity was not celebrated. He was speaking at the launch in Wellington of the 2012 New Zealander of the Year awards. The aim of the awards is to acknowledge outstanding individuals and groups who make contributions to the positive future of our New Zealand,'' said Mr Bolger, the awards patron. The performance by Star- Jam was a highlight of the launch, which was held in Wellington on July 28. StarJam is a group that encourages young people with disabilities to explore the performing arts. It was a finalist last year in the com- munity category of the awards. The nominations are open until October 14. Winners will be announced in February in the five categories -- New Zea- lander of the Year, Senior New Zealander of the Year (for people 60 and over), Young New Zealander of the Year (for people aged from 15 to 30), Community of the Year and National Hero (drawn from Local Hero nominations). In addition, 250 local hero medals will be awarded. This is the third year of the awards, for which Kiwibank is the chief sponsor. Previous New Zealander of the Year winners have been Sir Ray Avery (2010) and Sir Paul Callaghan (2011) For information, go to nzawards.org.nz.
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