Ian Cleary

Thought Suppression – Don’t think about it

“Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.” Dostoevsky 1863   While you are not thinking of polar bears, whatever you do now don’t think of dancing jellybeans. And definitely don’t think that embarrassing thought […]

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What IS Neuroplasticity

July 29, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, NeuroplasticityComments Off on What IS Neuroplasticity

So what is Neuroplasticity?  You don’t have to understand Neuroplasticity to take back control of your health and understand that you are the most influential person in your life. Change can become easier when you understanding how brain function influences who you are and how you experience the world AND how you can influence brain […]

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Be your own Neuroplastic Surgeon

I wrote a recent post “If Pain persists BE your own Doctor”. This one could be  “If you are stuck BE your own Neuroplastic Surgeon”. To live a brilliant life you don’t need understand the brain at the level of a Neuroscientist like Michael Merzenich. But you would be foolish to ignore his message. And […]

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I’ve tried everything

Many people I see have been sick for a long time & come to me with a long list of failures, having ‘tried everything’. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible or even hard. It is just a comment on the approaches they have tried or how they have used the approaches. Maybe it means it’s time […]

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If Pain persists BE your doctor

June 3, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, NeuroplasticityComments Off on If Pain persists BE your doctor

Opioids have been in the news a lot lately. In the popular news with the death of Prince due to an overdose of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl. And in scientific news thanks to a really significant finding. Research is showing that Opioids, commonly used in treatment of pain and long known to be addictive ……. […]

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Happy ‘After ME/CFS Day’

May 13, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Neuroplasticity, Success StoriesComments Off on Happy ‘After ME/CFS Day’

May 12th was ME/CFS day.  Which makes today – “After ME/CFS Day”. That deserves its own day of recognition. Celebrating the effort and courage that goes into making ‘after’ ME/CFS possible. I love that these conditions are getting the attention they deserve – there are after all 60 000 sufferers in Australia. But there has been a slow and […]

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Is Brain Plasticity the key to healing?

April 20, 2016IanIn the News & Research, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Is Brain Plasticity the key to healing?

For those who can access Australia’s Radio National podcasts, this interview with Norman Doidge (author of ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ & ‘The Healing Brain’) looks at the concept of Neuroplasticity. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/new-document/7024946

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Getting better or just getting better at managing?

March 11, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, Lightning Process, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Getting better or just getting better at managing?

The understanding of NEUROPLASTICITY has become a valuable tool in working with both physical and mental health. NEUROPLASTICITY is the process where the brain alters its structure and function as an adaptation to experience. The implications of this are huge. One implication is that the things that people do to ‘manage’ their problem are also […]

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Neuroplasticity and the Sudoku myth

February 25, 2016IanInspirational & General Interest, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Neuroplasticity and the Sudoku myth

You may have heard that maintaining high cognitive function and memory is a simple as doing your daily Sudoku or crossword puzzle thanks to the wonders of Neuroplasticity. REALLY? Will doing Sudoku really change your brain at all?  It turns out that the answer IS yes…. but only because everything does. However if you think […]

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The Fibromyalgia Test and what it means

November 17, 2015IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, NeuroplasticityComments Off on The Fibromyalgia Test and what it means

The Fibro Diagnositic Test- Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick (because that would hurt EVERYONE). There is normally a large and exhaustive range of tests that people undergo on their journey to get a diagnosis. But the simple diagnostic test for Fibro is pretty straight forward. Prod someone in various […]

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