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ME/CFS/FM Support Association Queensland Inc..

Tropical North Queensland Support Group
No 12, May 2006.Newsletter.


As we march into 2006, we pause a moment to remember the unwelcome visitor forced upon us in the tropics:- a big wind called LARRY. Fortunately, no one was killed. Phone calls have been attempted to everybody in our area, but we have not been able to reach everybody. While most of the media attention has focused on Innisfail and the coast, the Tablelanders also suffered, especially the southern area. Most of us just quietly got on with the cleanup, helping others less fortunate.

  • Thanks again to Rosa Lee Long for her support and assistance.
  • Thanks to all the organisations that have donated the use of their meeting rooms.
  • Thanks to the media who gave us free publicity for our group and our meetings.
BOOKS and information We have reviewed and purchased a copy of “How can I use herbs in my daily life?” by Isabell Shipard. This magnificent book is filled with ideas for plants you can use to improve your health.
  • We have received a number of pamphlets from the Coeliac Society. These will be available at meetigs.
  • We have also received information about Arthritis, and several support groups in the Tropics.
  • Ask Neil about his experiences with olive leaf extract, aloa vera, kombucha, and apple cider vinegar.

The Queensland Association needs our support. The CFS organisation can only operate successfully if we join with them as financial members.


The Tropical Support Group has amalgamated with the remnants of the “Chronic Fatigue Information and Support” group formerly operating in the Smithfield area. Several of their members had already started attending our group. We welcome their decision to amalgamate, and the passing of funds to our group. Thanks especially to Rosanne and Patricia.

  • Contributions to this newsletter are always welcome: recipes, jokes, personal stories etc.
  • Especially welcome are stories about your personal struggles and victories over illness.
  • If you don’t want to receive this Newsletter, or are not interested in our health issues, please mark the Newsletter “return to sender” and send it back to us.
  • We attach information pages about an Arthritis Seminar, healthy food (?) and foods for Fibromyalgia.
  • The State Association is no longer able to subsidise our postage, so donations towards the costs of printing and postage are welcome.
  • We need to reduce our postage costs. Please let us know if you have email. If you don’t have email, but know somebody else who can receive and print the email for you, please tell us.

A number of Power Point presentations are available for meetings. If there is any particular presentation you would like to see, please phone the presenter, Neil Reynolds, to ensure he brings the Laptop and Projector to the meeting! Subjects available at present:

  • Health and the environment
  • CFS: causes and options
  • CFS and nutrition
  • Stress management
We have difficulty keeping up with all the needs of coordinating this growing support network. We already have lots of Area Contacts, and a Webmaster. We need some volunteers:-
  1. A Newsletter editor, and help with distribution and postage of the Newsletter
  2. Collecting and collating new printed information
  3. Maintain surveillance of the Internet for new and relevant information.
Any Volunteers please?

Please note: There are a few changes to meetings.

Innisfail: Thankfully this venue is still functioning.

Ravenshoe: The former Outcomes venue is no longer available. For May, we have been offered the hospitality of the private home of Angela deHaas, 167 River Road, Millstream Estate.

Cairns: Change from Stratford Community Hall to the Training Room at Irelands, Mulgrave Road. A map will be sent with the meeting flyer to everybody in the Cairns area.

Cardwell: Change from Friday to Mondays subject to confirmation

Please help us with our meeting publicity by finding a place to display the enclosed Meeting Notice.Your ideas and input are always welcome for these Support Group meetings. Please advise if you have special needs, or issues you would like to have raised at meetings.

Our TNQ support group has TWO websites that will gradually merge:
The Queensland Association website is
The Australian Society website is
The Victorian Society website is
The NSW Society is


Peter has arranged a “Forum” for us to post ideas and questions, and to send messages to each other. This is available on the TNQ Website. Simply log in, register, and we can save phone calls and postage !


For people receiving this Newsletter by email: this Newsletter is in “plain text” format. If you would like the full printed version, please ask for one at the meetings or from your local area contact.

Please feel free to call local contacts:
  • Atherton: Neil Reynolds 4091 2970 email
  • Cairns: Neville Pedler 4053 6187 email
  • Cardwell: Joy Dickson 4066 0178 email
  • Gordonvale: Irene Murgatroyd 4056 1148
  • Innisfail: Gwen Hammerton 4063 2334 email
  • Lake Eacham John Cuff 4095 3063 email
  • Mareeba: Christel Venturi 4092 3287
  • Mossman: Sue Dennis 4098 1637
  • Mossman: Helen Steley 4098 8143 email
  • Ravenshoe: Les Buglar 4097 0132
  • Smithfield: Peter Cummins 4057 5920 email
  • Townsville: Mara Hogan 4779 2478 email
  • Townsville: Ashley Hinds 4778 3560 email

Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided is given in people’s best interests.No Liability will be accepted, as the information is not intended to replace professional medical help and treatment.

Copyright: Information provided by this group has been given for the education and training of the disabled. This material may be subject to copyright, and as such the user is only permitted to retain documents for their own use. Any other use or copying must be approved by the copyright holders.

Chemicals: Many people attending meetings are sensitive to chemicals and scents. For the comfort of others, please refrain from wearing perfumes or strong scents. Please do not bring agricultural chemicals or tobacco odours to the meetings.

Please come and participate and share your needs.
We will offer another screening of the video ”Healthy at 100”, for anybody who has missed it.
  • Saturday 6th May Cairns, 9:30 am at Irelands Training rooms, Mulgrave Road.
  • Wednesday 10th May Mossman 9:30 am at the Community Health Centre
  • Wednesday 10th May Smithfield, 2:00 pm at the Marlin Coast Community Centre
  • Friday 12th May Cairns 9:30 am to 2:30 pm booth in Cairns Citiplace CFS Awareness Day
  • Saturday 13th May Atherton, 9:30 am at the Neighbourhood Centre, 38 Mabel Street
  • Saturday 13th May Mareeba, 2:00 pm at Presbyterian church,137 Walsh Street
  • Sunday 14th May Ravenshoe, 2:00 pm at 167 River Road, Millstream.
  • Tuesday 16th May Gordonvale 9:30 am at Warren Pitt’s, 94 Norman St
  • Tuesday 16th May Innisfail 2:00 pm at the Brothers Leagues Club
  • Thursday 18th May Townsville 12:30 pm at Ryan Community Centre, Morindo Drive, Kirwan.
  • Monday 22nd May Cardwell 2:00 pm at the Community Centre

This is only a schedule of formal meetings. We encourage you to start informal social gatherings and have “coffee club” type meetings. Feel free to arrange your own, but please advise your local area contact and Neil Reynolds on 4091 2970.


Physical exercise is good for you. We know that we should do it daily, but our bodies don't want us to do too much, so here's a program of strenuous activities that do not require physical exercise.

  1. ) Beating around the bush
  2. ) Jumping to conclusions
  3. ) Climbing the walls
  4. ) Swallowing your pride
  5. ) Passing the buck
  6. ) Throwing your weight around
  7. ) Dragging your heels
  8. ) Pushing your luck
  9. ) Making mountains out of molehills
  10. ) Hitting the nail on the head
  11. ) Wading through paperwork
  12. ) Bending over backwards
  13. ) Jumping on the bandwagon
  14. ) Balancing the books
  15. ) Running around in circles
  16. ) Eating crow
  17. ) Tooting your own horn
  18. ) Climbing the ladder of success
  19. ) Pulling out all the stops
  20. ) Adding fuel to the fire
  21. ) Opening a can of worms
  22. ) Putting your foot in your mouth
  23. ) Starting the ball rolling
  24. ) Going over the edge
  25. ) Picking up the pieces
  26. ) Exercise caution.

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