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It’s a new year and many people are in the mood for making a fresh start. And that often means giving something up (cigarettes, alcohol, junk food). Unfortunately, the odds of sticking with new year resolutions are not good. Come February, 80% of people will have given up giving up. So what can we learn from the 20% who make it? Some might just be lucky, but most – whether they realise it or not – will be using techniques based on scientific evidence. While you might feel you have little in common with people who overcome drug dependency, you can benefit from the techniques that have been shown to help this group.

The two Ps Perseverance underpins most stories of successful change, and it can take anywhere from six to 30 attempts to quit for those dependent on drugs to become abstinent. While these numbers might seem off putting, it’s important to be realistic about the need to persevere. Incremental change is known to be superior to overly ambitious targets – appealing as they might be. This leads to the second “p” - planning. Conventional wisdom suggests that planning improves the chances of success, but there is evidence that unplanned attempts to quit smoking can be just as successful. Good news for anyone embarking on an impromptu attempt to change.

So although spontaneous attempts can be successful for smokers, picking the right day to start changing other habits is likely to play a part. We know that motivation and energy fluctuate, so

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think about when you will have maximum levels of both. Starting well gives the initial encouragement needed to get to day two.

Learn from lapsing Having a lapse shouldn’t be viewed as a failure or used as an excuse to give up. It can be tempting to view change in a binary way - success or failure. Instead, view a lapse as an opportunity to gain insight, reflecting as honestly as possible on why the lapse happened and how this could be avoided or counteracted on the next attempt at change. Research has repeatedly shown us that these processes are crucial for changing ingrained habits, so much so that in the world of addiction, treatment is often referred to as “relapse prevention”, to acknowledge that treatment is as much about preventing the negative as it is accentuating the positive.

High levels of self-efficacy (a belief and confidence in personal ability) when trying to change behaviour predict ultimate success. Factors that increase self-efficacy include self-talk (“I can do this”), previous success at changing other behaviour or habits, and affirmations from others. Cultural differences can influence how comfortable and skilled an affirmation is. The way Americans routinely affirm each other is in contrast to those in the UK who tend to be suspicious of affirmations. Believing change is possible can be undermined by “anticipatory anxiety” – when a person expects and fears withdrawal symptoms when changing a habit, such as smoking. The anticipated discomfort is usually greater than the actual experience but can paralyse any attempt to test reality. Rather than focusing on what you are losing by giving up smoking or alcohol, think of what you will gain (more money, better sleep). A useful exercise to help assess personal benefits is the decision balance sheet.

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Tell someone what you plan to do, you won’t want to let them or yourself down. Weight Watchers employ this type of social contract in some ways to encourage but also as a deterrent to relapse. Shame and guilt are powerful emotions that most people will try to avoid.

So when it comes to adopting a scientific approach to change, the evidence provides some helpful tips. Be prepared for several change attempts, don’t be too ambitious, don’t keep your change a secret and allow yourself to be complimented and encouraged. Finally, today might be the right day to start. If you’ve only just decided, with motivation and energy on your side, your chances of ditching that bad habit are just as good as those who’ve spent weeks preparing. Making a change is relatively easy for most of us, maintaining that change is evidently a lot tougher. So while some might be lucky enough to make a change and stick to it, most of us will have to keep trying, the science suggests we’ll get there in the end.

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Active vs Passive Listening By Paula Quinsee,

There’s a saying that goes “We have two ears and one mouth – so that we can listen more than we speak”. And there definitely is a difference between listening and hearing. Has there been a time when you have been speaking to someone and they’ve answered you completely out of context to what you said or just gave you a one worded answer? This is passive listening. In other words the other person is not fully present in the moment giving you their undivided attention. They may be distracted, thinking of something else, are not interested in the topic on hand, or may just plainly not have much time for you. Considering that 7% of our communication is verbal, 55% is visual (i.e. body language) and 38% is voice (tone, inflection, etc) there are a lot of cues to be looking out for when interacting with someone. Active listening is being fully present in the moment. It means being aware of where you are at in your own head (your emotional state), how you are

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contributing to the conversation (body language etc), and your impact on the other person (is it positive or negative) and how the other is impacting on you (your reaction). When we are fully present in a conversation, not only are we giving that person our undivided attention, we are also showing them respect and that we value them as a person and what they are sharing with us.

They say that 90% of problems in relationships (personal or peer) is due to the lack of communication – either what is not being said (fear of not feeling safe to share, retaliation etc) or what is not being heard (lack of understanding, not being able to see things from the other person’s perspective). Most of the time we listen to respond instead of really hear what the other person has to say. We are so busy preparing our response that we miss vital pieces of information that are coming our way.

This primarily has to do with how the brain is wired, to look for the negative. Our brain reacts more strongly to stimuli it deems negative – this stems back to our early days where it was all about survival (and still is today). One way to ensure you are fully present and tuned in to what the other person is saying is to use mirroring. Mirroring is a psychological phenomenon in which people mimic speech patterns, gestures and nonverbal behaviours of others. Research has shown that people who use mirroring effectively tend to build a good rapport with the other person and can be seen in a positive light.

The more the relational space (i.e. the space between two people) is safe and open, the better the relating that will take place – in other words, the better the quality of the conversation, communication and the relationship as a whole.

Paula Quinsee is a Relationship Expert, Tedx speaker and author of self-help guides ‘Embracing Conflict’ and ‘Embracing No’. Paula works with individuals and organisations to cultivate healthy relationships in both their personal and professional arenas by focusing on emotional skills and personal growth and development. She regularly appears in the media and consulted to ‘Married at First Sight SA’ TV show. More information:

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Dealing with Financial Infidelity By Paula Quinsee,

I hear many stories of where couples have hidden their spending or debt from each other and this has caused conflict in their relationship. In other words there has been financial infidelity. Couples don’t intentionally start off hiding their spending or debt from each other. Rather this has evolved over time as situations or arguments about money have arisen resulting in one or both partners not being completely honest with each other when it comes to their money habits. This usually stems our upbringing and where we learned our money values from i.e. how our parents managed money and the principles they passed on to us or that we experienced growing up. Therefore when it comes to a relationship, one of you may be a spender and one of you may be a saver which can create conflict when it comes to relationship money matters. So how important is it to disclose your financials with each other? Relationships that have a strong foundation can overcome any challenge they are faced with and Trust is a big factor when it comes to building a strong foundation in a relationship. Our background plays a large role in how we feel about money, how we manage money and what our money values are. If partners have different perspectives about money based on their upbringing, it can cause conflict and result in partners hiding their money.

You shouldn’t have to disclose every penny you spend, however there should be transparency on earnings, who is paying for what when it comes to household or lifestyle expenses. This should be discussed relative to each other’s income levels so that is deemed fair. Financial infidelity can have a huge impact on a relationship or marriage When partners have had numerous discussions around finances and assume there is a common

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understanding or that they are on the same page where managing money is concerned only to find out later this is not the case, can have some serious impact on the relationship. It can cause a lot of anger, resentment, hurt, pain, betrayal and trust issues as well as severe financial implications should there have been reckless spending or debt incurred.

What are the implications when it comes to hiding debt or unwanted spending behaviour from each other? Depending on the type of relationship (e.g. married via ANC or In Community of Property), if a partner has not been transparent with their money management, they may well have created a situation that puts not only the relationship at risk but also the credibility of their partner due to being reckless or making hasty decisions. This can result in the loss of their assets (e.g. home), as well as have the innocent partner liable for debt that they had no idea about, was not involved in or had any part in the process leaving them being black-listed and paying off unwanted debt for years to come.

How do couples start the conversation about finances and when is the right time to talk about it? Money conversations should start early on in the relationship once it has progressed to a more serious level (e.g. being mutually exclusive, moving in together etc). However there are some common signs or red flags one can look out for in the beginning stages of a relationship: • • •

When you go out, notice and observe who pays for what. Does your partner always wait for you to take out your wallet, do you split the bill/go dutch, do you take turns paying etc? Notice your partners spending habits, are they always shopping for the latest gadgets, fashion or trending items? Observe how your partner speaks about money issues eg. savings, investments, managing debt. Observe how your partner tips when it comes to restaurants, petrol attendants etc

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Money conversations should really happen before a couple moves in together, there should be transparency on who is earning what and how that can be used as a guide to share household expenses e.g. you can expect your partner to pay half of everything when they earn a substantially lower amount than you (it should be split proportionately).

Couples can even go as far as drawing up a household budget, allocate who pays for what, perhaps even open up a joint expenses account where they deposit their portion into and the balance they keep as their own individual money that they are free to spend as they wish however, there should still be ground rules and discussions when it comes to large purchases, loans or other such money topics to prevent any nasty surprises. What are your options should you find yourself in a situation where there has been financial Infidelity? Have a discussion with your partner that requires complete transparency. You may need to do a complete review of your financial situation and seek legal input if necessary (e.g. debt review, legal obligations/consequences etc). Reset the boundaries going forward in your relationship as to how each of you will conduct your financial contributions and money management. If couples cannot have this conversation themselves they may need to seek the help of a professional to assist them with the process.

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Love Your Body Appreciate Every Inch of You

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Little babies love every inch of their bodies. They have no guilt, no shame, and no comparison. You were like that, and then somewhere along the line you listened to others who told you that you were “not good enough.” You began to criticize your body, thinking perhaps that that’s where your flaws were. Let’s drop all that nonsense and get back to loving our bodies and accepting them totally as they are. Of course they will change—and if we give our bodies love, they will change for the better. The subconscious mind has no sense of humor and does not know false from true. It only accepts what we say and what we think as the material from which it builds. By repeating these positive affirmations over and over, you will be planting new seeds in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind, and they will become true for you.

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I Love My Body My body is a glorious place to live. I rejoice that I have chosen this particular body because it is perfect for me in this lifetime. It is the perfect size and shape and color. It serves me so well. I marvel at the miracle that is my body. I choose the healing thoughts that create and maintain my healthy body and make me feel good. I love and appreciate my beautiful body! When you practice affirmations to Love Your Body, stand in front of the mirror and repeat each new thought pattern ten times. Do this twice a day. Also write your affirmations ten times during the day. Work with one affirmation a day. You can also write your own positive affirmations. Then if there is any part of your body you still dislike or have a problem with—use that particular affirmation daily for at least a month, or until positive change takes place. If doubts or fears or negative thoughts come up, just recognize them for what they are—old limiting beliefs that want to stay around. They have no power over you. Say to them gently, “Out! I no longer need you.” Then repeat your affirmations again.

Where you stop working is where your resistance is. Notice the part of your body that you don’t want to love. Give this part extra attention so you may go beyond the limitation. Release the resistance. In this way, within a short time, you will have a body you really love. And your body will respond by giving you excellent health. Each part of your body will be working perfectly as a harmonious whole. You will even find lines disappearing, weight normalizing and posture straightening.

I love and appreciate my beautiful mind. I love my eyes. I see clearly in every direction. I love my nose. I am the power and authority in my world I love my back. I am supported by life itself. I love my hips. I carry myself through life in perfect balance. I love my legs. I move forward in life, unencumbered by the past. That which we constantly affirm becomes true for us. Louise Hay was an inspirational teacher who educated millions since the 1984 publication of her bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, which has more than 50 million copies in print worldwide. Renowned for demonstrating the power of affirmations to bring about positive change, Louise was the author of more than 30 books for adults and children, including the bestsellers The Power Is Within Youand Heal Your Body. In addition to her books, Louise produced numerous audio and video programs, card decks, online courses, and other resources for leading a healthy, joyous, and fulfilling life.

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What Is Adrenal Fatigue? Plus 3 Steps to Overcome It Naturally By Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS and Reviewed by Marcelle Pick, MSN, OB-GYN NP, Pediatric NP

Did you know that chronic stress can affect your body’s ability to recuperate from physical, mental or emotional stress? This is likely why most people have dealt with adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. Many proponents of this condition estimate that almost every person can experience adrenal fatigue, also known as hypoadrenia, to some degree at a particularly stressful point in his or her life. Because the adrenals influence many parts of the body, symptoms of adrenal fatigue can mimic a number of disorders and isn’t always easily recognizable. Adrenal fatigue symptoms, like brain fog, moodiness and trouble sleeping, can be indicative of many disorders and are often overlooked by doctors. But more and more people are starting to realize that a combination of these health issues often indicate the onset of adrenal fatigue.

If you have adrenal fatigue, it can have significant effects on your overall health. Luckily, you can improve this common issue naturally by focusing on your nutrient-intake and lifestyle choices.

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What Is Adrenal Fatigue? A relatively new term, “adrenal fatigue” was proposed as a new condition in 1998 by Dr. James L. Wilson, a naturopath and chiropractor. His assumption was that an overstimulation of the adrenal glands (or “adrenals”) by long-term stress could lead to an inconsistent level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the bloodstream. In addition to this overload or improper stress hormone levels, people with adrenal fatigue often don’t have enough DHEA, the “parent hormone” responsible for the creation of many necessary hormones in the body. Dr. Wilson describes the unique progression of adrenal fatigue throughout the day as follows: • you wake up and are unable to function without a significant amount of caffeine • you finally feel a boost of energy during the early part of the day • then your energy levels crash around 2 p.m., rise around 6 p.m., fall again around 9 p.m. • your energy finally peaks again at 11 p.m.

Is adrenal fatigue real? The major issue with recognizing or diagnosing adrenal fatigue is the inability to distinguish its symptoms and patterns from other disorders. The parameters for this condition are nonspecific which, unfortunately, has led to a great controversy around this topic, even though the very nature of cortisol and bodily hormones is that their effects are far-reaching. A diagnosis for this condition is difficult because stress hormone levels typically fall in what conventional medicine would call “inside the normal range,” although the symptoms are clear to those suffering from the condition.

People who believe that adrenal fatigue isn’t a real health concern often state that consistent levels of chronic stress have no effect on the adrenals and the only true endocrine disorders are those caused by other diseases and direct damage to the adrenal glands. However, many practitioners of natural medicine know, from experience in a healthcare practice and supporting scientific evidence, that hypoadrenia is very real and associated with a number of complications.

In addition, adrenal fatigue treatment is relatively non-invasive and is beneficial to your health, no matter the diagnosis. Of course, you should be under the care of a qualified medical professional, such as a functional medicine doctor, you trust and see them about any symptoms you experience (of any disease) so that they can determine appropriate treatment.

What Are Your Adrenal Glands? Your adrenal glands (adrenals) are two thumb-sized organs that sit above your kidneys and are part of the endocrine system. Also known as the suprarenal glands, they’re involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function, many of which are essential for life.

The adrenal glands work closely with the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in a system known as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis).

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Adrenal glands play a huge role in stress response. Here’s how it works: • Your brain registers a threat, whether emotional, mental or physical. • The adrenal medulla releases cortisol and adrenaline hormones to help you react to the threat (the fightor-flight response), rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles. • The adrenal cortex then releases corticosteroids to dampen processes like digestion, immune system response and other functions not necessary for immediate survival.

Your adrenal glands are also responsible for balancing hormones.

Comparisons When discussing problems with adrenal function, it’s important to understand that adrenal fatigue is not the same thing as adrenal insufficiency, Addison’s disease or Cushing’s syndrome/Cushing’s disease.

Here’s a quick breakdown of these conditions and how they are different than adrenal fatigue:

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Adrenal Insufficiency and Addison’s Disease • Symptoms found in adrenal insufficiency that are not found in adrenal fatigue include major digestive issues, weight loss, low blood sugar, headache and sweating. • Primary adrenal insufficiency is what is known as Addison’s disease and occurs when the adrenal glands are damaged by some type of trauma and can’t produce enough cortisol or aldosterone. • Secondary adrenal insufficiency (which is more common) occurs when the pituitary gland stops producing adenocorticotropin (ACTH). ACTH is what stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. • What differentiates this condition from adrenal fatigue? More often than not, adrenal fatigue is modeled by an overabundance of stress hormone levels, often at the “wrong” times, while adrenal insufficiency is a consistent inability to produce cortisol. • The largest difference between them is that people with adrenal fatigue usually have cortisol levels that fall in “normal” levels but not “optimal,” while adrenal insufficiency patients have cortisol levels consistently outside the normal range.

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Cushing’s disease is an extremely rare disease that involves the overproduction of cortisol, outside the normal levels, that most often affects women between 25–40. This condition is sometimes the result of tumors and in other cases, there is no known cause. Cushing’s can be reversed and is defined as a “curable” condition by the National Institute of Health. Unique symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome (called Cushing’s disease when caused by a pituitary tumor) include abdominal/facial weight gain, male impotence, failure to menstruate, increased risk of miscarriage, high blood sugar and high blood pressure.

Causes Adrenal fatigue is a condition where your body and adrenal glands can’t keep up with the tremendous amount of daily stress many people experience. Sometimes misunderstood as an autoimmune disorder, adrenal fatigue can mimic some precursors to other common illnesses and disease. Wellness doctors and practitioners believe that an episode of acute stress or prolonged (especially for over a year), ongoing stress can cause adrenal glands to become overloaded and ineffective, then improperly release cortisol. They believe that hypoadrenia can be caused by: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Stressful experiences like death of loved one, divorce or surgery Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness Negative thinking and emotional trauma Lack of sleep Poor diet (including crash diets and inconsistent nutrition) and lack of exercise Pain Food sensitivities Adverse events in childhood Surgery Reliance on stimulants like caffeine or energy drinks Rheumatoid arthritis Diabetes/impaired glucose levels

Can stress cause extreme fatigue? Yes, it absolutely can. One study found that students undergoing chronic, long-term stress when prepping for medical exams at the end of their educational careers impaired the students’ cortisol awakening response.

By limiting this surge in cortisol that naturally occurs every morning when you wake up to help you feel alert, stress inhibits your ability to wake up fully, no matter how much sleep you get. Another study, released in 2005, found that students diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome had “alterations in adrenal function,” particularly in females, suggesting that their adrenal glands were no longer receiving a normal amount of stimulation.

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Depression may also play a role in the development or effects of adrenal fatigue. Research shows that after a major depressive episode, cortisol responses do not easily readjust to normal levels and might be somewhat responsible for a recurrence of depression. And there’s research suggesting that hypothalamic dysfunction is common in multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease. Researchers are evaluating why dysfunction of the hypothalamicpituitary-adrenal axis is common in multiple sclerosis, but it’s believed to be linked to abnormal cortisol secretion.

Symptoms What happens when the adrenal glands stop producing hormones efficiently?

Every bodily function is affected, and as adrenal hormone levels ebb and flow abnormally, even the normal “get-up-and-go” you get from them disappears. Studies indicate that adrenal fatigue symptoms include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Autoimmune conditions Chronic fatigue (always feeling tired) Brain fog Hair loss Hormone imbalance Weakened stress response Insulin resistance Lightheadedness Decreased sex drive/libido Moodiness and irritability Depression Muscle or bone loss Skin ailments Sleep disturbances/sleep apnea Weight gain Sweet and salty food cravings Loss of appetite

As you can see, there are a number of symptoms that might be related to other underlying disorders, including some very common women’s health issues. Fortunately, the ways to combat these issues are very similar and will benefit your overall health. If you’ve experienced any of these adrenal fatigue side effects, take heart, for there are now many natural ways to treat and support your adrenal system.

Diagnosis Many people go for some time without consulting their general physician or endocrinologist about some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. This is one major reason why diagnosis of this condition is uncommon.

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However, experiencing high cortisol symptoms over a long period of time can really take a toll. In addition, some symptoms can be indicative of more serious conditions.

It’s probably time to visit the endocrinologist if: • •

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You experience one or a combination of adrenal fatigue symptoms for an extended period of time Your symptoms have begun interfering with normal life relationships and/or activities, such as work, family time or school Dietary and lifestyle judgments have not significantly improved your symptoms Your sleeping patterns have shifted into insomnia and/or you are no longer able to get restful sleep, no matter how long you’re in bed You experience hyperpigmentation, or patches of darker skin on your body You are a woman who has ceased menstruating You experience dizziness and/or overall weakness for multiple consecutive days with no explainable cause (such as flu, concussion or excessive exercise) You are unsure of how or unable to study adrenal fatigue supplements to safely take them, or unsure of how to structure an adrenal fatigue diet

Adrenal Fatigue Tests Tests for adrenal fatigue are, unfortunately, another source of confusion for many. You should know ahead of time that these tests must be done by someone who understands the nature of adrenal fatigue and that tests for adrenal fatigue are rarely definitive.

The most common of these tests include testing bodily fluid for cortisol. Blood tests are almost never helpful in this regard, but a 24-hour salivary panel may help your doctor recognize abnormal cortisol patterns, including a lack or overload of stress response. Many doctors also test thyroid function in conjunction with cortisol levels because of the way these hormonal systems are interconnected. Other tests that may be used to help diagnose or confirm adrenal fatigue include: • ACTH Challenge • TSH test (thyroid stimulating hormone) • Free T3 (FT3) • Total Thyroxine (TT4) • Cortisol/DHEA ratio • 17-HP/Cortisol ratio • Neurotransmitter testing There are also two safe home tests you can try, which include: • The Iris Contraction Test: The theory behind this test is that the iris will not be able to properly contract when exposed to light in people with weakened adrenal function. The test involves sitting in a dark room and shining a flashlight briefly across the eyes repeatedly. If you have adrenal fatigue, it’s possible that the eye contraction will last no more than two minutes and the eyes will dilate even when still exposed to direct light.

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Postural Low Blood Pressure Test: In healthy individuals, blood pressure rises when rising from a laying position. Using a blood pressure monitor, you can test your pressure when laying down and then after standing. If you see no rise or a drop in your levels, it’s possible your adrenals have been weakened.

Conventional Treatment Because of the controversial nature of this condition, you may need to seek out a naturopath who will help you treat adrenal fatigue with a combination of dietary advice and supplement recommendations, as well as any hormonal or other medications necessary. Studies indicate that an oral dose of 20 milligrams of hydrocortisone is recommended by some for routine cortisol management, while an occasional dose of 50 milligrams may be prescribed, but should not be taken regularly or in higher doses.

Your physician or endocrinologist should help you understand the potential side effects of this and any other medication they recommend.

Natural Treatments Treatment for adrenal fatigue involves: • reducing stress on your body and your mind • eliminating toxins • avoiding negative thinking • replenishing your body with healthy foods, supplements and ways of thinking If you’re asking, “How can I help my adrenal glands?” the answer may be closer than you think — adrenal fatigue treatment looks a lot like the healthy, healing diets to help combat the underlying issues causing a number of conditions.

1. Follow the Adrenal Fatigue Diet In every case of adrenal recovery, diet is a huge factor. There are a number of foods that offer adrenal support, helping to replenish your adrenal energy so your system can come back to full health. But first, you must start by removing any hard-to-digest foods and any toxins or chemicals in your environment. The idea behind the adrenal fatigue diet is to remove anything that taxes your adrenals.

Foods to avoid include: • Caffeine: Caffeine can interfere with your sleep cycle and make it hard for your adrenals to recover. If you must drink coffee or a caffeinated beverage, then have a limited amount in the morning before noon. • Sugar and sweeteners: Try to avoid as much extra sugar as possible. This includes avoiding high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners as well. Avoid sugary foods, cereals, candy and sweets. Be aware that sugar is an additive in many breads, condiments and dressings. Seek raw honey or stevia as an alternative, and always moderate your use of sweeteners of any kind.

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Carbohydrates: While carbohydrates aren’t all bad for you, the inflammation they can cause is particularly problematic when experiencing adrenal fatigue. Many people crave carb-heavy foods when they’re stressed, which offer a momentary satisfaction but end up taxing the adrenal glands more. If you’re overwhelmed and stressed out, try kicking the gluten and starchy carbs for a period of time to see if that may regulate your tiredness and energy levels. Processed and microwaved foods: First of all, the microwave has its own dangers, but additionally, most microwaveable, ultraprocessed foods have many preservatives and fillers that are hard to digest and wear out your body’s energy and digestion cycle. Try to buy food on the outer walls of your grocery store and prepare your own food whenever possible. Processed meats: An overload of protein can stress your hormones more than you might think, and the added hormones and lacking nutrition in conventional, processed meats (particularly red meats like beef and steak) can throw your system out-of-whack in quick succession. When buying meats for adrenal support, stick to grass-fed beef and free-range chicken or turkey, and eat these protein-heavy meats only in moderation. Hydrogenated oils: Vegetable oils like soybean, canola and corn oil are highly inflammatory and can lead to adrenal inflammation. Try to only use good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee.

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Next, you want to add nutrient-dense foods that are easy to digest and have healing qualities. Foods to add to your diet include: • Coconut • Olives • Avocado and other healthy fats • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.) • Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon) • Free-range chicken and turkey • Bone broth • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds • Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia and flax • Kelp and seaweed • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt • Fermented foods rich in probiotics • Chaga and cordyceps medicinal mushrooms • These foods help overcome adrenal fatigue because they’re nutrient-dense, low in sugar and have healthy fat and fiber.

2. Supplements and Herbs Another major change to overcoming adrenal fatigue is taking the right supplements using supporting herbs. Because it can still be a challenge to get enough of every nutrient you need every day, supplements can be used to ensure that you are getting the vitamins and minerals that are vital for adrenal support. In addition, there are certain herbs, spices and essential oils that can help to fight adrenal fatigue and support an energetic, vibrant life. •

Adaptogenic herbs ashwagandha, rhodiola rosea, schisandra and holy basil: Research shows that adaptogen herbs may help to lower cortisol levels and mediate stress responses within the body. By using these herbs in food preparation, you can alleviate some of the strain on your adrenal glands.

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Licorice root: This spice is available in extract form and has been shownto help increase the DHEA in your body. Licorice root is associated with some side effects and may sometimes be avoided by taking DGL licorice. Research suggests that pregnant women and those with heart, liver or kidney problems should avoid licorice root. Don’t take it for more than four weeks at a time. Make sure to monitor blood pressure, as levels can increase in some patients. Fish oil (EPA/DHA): There are a large number of benefits of supplementing with fish oil (or, for people on vegan or other plant-based diets, algal oil). Several of these include counteracting a number of adrenal fatigue-related symptoms and complications, such as diabetes, mental dysfunction, arthritis, immune system function, skin issues, gaining weight and anxiety/depression. Magnesium: Magnesium is one of the necessary nutrients for fighting adrenal insufficiency. While the mechanisms of this aren’t fully understood, you may benefit from supplementing with magnesium if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue. B-Complex vitamins: Research finds that vitamin B12 deficiency may be associated with stress on the adrenal cortex in some animals. Vitamin B5 is another commonly deficient vitamin in people with adrenal stress. Especially if you’re reducing or eliminating meat from your diet in order to fight adrenal fatigue, it may serve you well to take a high-quality Bcomplex vitamin supplement. Vitamin C: Known as a “stress-busting” nutrient, vitamin C appears to minimize the effects of stress on people as well as reduce the time necessary to bounce back from stressful events. Vitamin D: In addition to maintaining homeostasis between magnesium and phosphorus in the body and supporting strong bones, vitamin D may impact other conditions, including adrenal dysfunction and disease. Selenium: At least one animal study finds that selenium deficiency can negatively impact adrenal function. Lavender oil: Human and animal studies show that lavender essential oil has a calming effect that can reduce stress. Research also suggests that it may lower high cortisol levels when inhaled. Rosemary oil: Rosemary essential oil (along with lavender) may decrease cortisol concentrations and reduce oxidative stress on cells.

Remember to use whole-food-based supplements from reputable companies and use only 100 percent, therapeutic grade, USDA Certified Organic essential oils. Make sure you trust what you’re purchasing.

3. Reduce Stress The last and most important key to restoring your adrenal function is to heed your mind and stress needs. Pay attention to your body and try the following natural stress relievers: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Rest when you feel tired as much as possible. Sleep 8–10 hours a night. Avoid staying up late and stay on a regular sleep cycle — ideally, in bed before 10 p.m. Laugh and do something fun every day. Minimize work and relational stress however possible. Eat on a regular food cycle, and reduce your caffeine and sugar addiction.

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Exercise (even moderate exercise and walking can help). Yoga, in particular, can help to improve quality of life and reduce stress responses. If you feel tired after exercise, it’s sometimes beneficial to only walk until adrenals are sufficiently healed. 8. Avoid negative people and self-talk. 9. Take time for yourself (do something relaxing). 10. Seek counsel or support for any traumatic experiences. Let’s talk about “self-talk” for a minute. Our bodies are made to heal. However, the words we say have a great impact on our body and our ability to heal. Regardless of what diet and supplements you take, your environment is one of the most important components. So, be kind to yourself. Try to avoid saying negative things about yourself and others. It’s important to choose to be around positive people and stay positive about yourself as well. Many people roll their eyes at such advice, but it’s scientifically proven that it’s possible to reduce pathological worry by practicing “thought replacement,” a positive self-talk practice that involves verbally reciting positive outcomes to stressful situations.

4. Recovery How long does it take to recover? It’s not an easy question to answer because adrenal fatigue recovery time has never been studied. Recovery for adrenal fatigue can take a little while, though. After all, it took months, maybe years, to wear out your adrenals; so it takes a little time to build up their strength again. For full adrenal recovery, you can expect it to take: • 6–9 months for minor adrenal fatigue • 12–18 months for moderate fatigue • Up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue The best approach is to make solid changes to your lifestyle for lasting results. Some people notice a difference in their overall well-being after just a few weeks of better foods that aid in detoxification of the body and adrenal fatigue supplements. If you aim for a balanced lifestyle with a healthy level of sleep, exercise, fun and a positive environment, then you are most likely to keep your adrenal system going strong!

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Risks and Side Effects First, remember that any new dietary regimen or addition of supplements in your lifestyle should be implemented under the supervision of a physician/naturopath you trust. In general, introducing more plant-based foods into your lifestyle and eliminating stimulants, sugary foods and processed items with a ton of sodium or chemicals added to them is going to help you feel and live better, regardless of conditions you may or may not have. The larger concern comes when referring to herbs, spices, supplements and essential oils used to combat adrenal fatigue. Don’t blindly use any new supplements, herb or essential oil without medical supervision or proper education on how, how much, how often and how long to use these supplements. There are several herbs that should not be used when pregnant or breastfeeding. This includes medicinal mushrooms, adaptogenic herbs and some essential oils.

Final Thoughts Adrenal fatigue is a controversial condition considered to be an “in-between” state of health, before reaching a state of diagnosable disease. It’s said to be caused by high levels of chronic stress that lead to a taxing of the adrenal glands, forcing them to overproduce or underproduce cortisol, the stress hormone, at the wrong times. Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include severe tiredness, brain fog, decreased sex drive, hair loss, insulin resistance and others. To naturally fight adrenal fatigue, remove inflammatory foods from your diet such as sugar and excess carbohydrates, and eat plenty of colorful, plant-based foods, free-range lean meats such as chicken or turkey, and lots of healthy fats.

There are a variety of herbs, spices, supplements and essential oils that may be used to combat adrenal fatigue. These should be used under medical supervision.

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The number of Australians living in high-rise apartments doubled between 1991 and 2011 and that trend has continued since then. The quarter-acre dream is fast disappearing and larger blocks and family gardens along with it. As more people move from country areas to the city and as land to build homes near the city centre becomes scarce, we’re getting further and further away from nature. It turns out this isn’t great for our health. The change in urban environments because of development, associated with a rapid increase in chronic disease, is a global phenomenon in developed countries. In the past children grew up running on bare soil and grass, explored backyard farms and gardens, climbed trees and were exposed to a high level of bacteria. And the diversity of the bacteria can change if an individual is exposed to different environmental conditions. One of these conditions is living in a high-rise apartment far away from land, soil, trees and plants. Being close to nature is linked to positive mental well-being – and people living in urban areas have been shown to have a disadvantage in processing stress. This can be at least partially attributed to increased exposure to air pollution and heat stress, and decrease in exercise and fitness through lack of access to a garden or nearby park. The less exposure to nature we have, the less diverse the bacteria in our microbiota. The microbiota is the community of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live in our gut and on our skin. We need a diverse exposure for our body to fight inflammation effectively.

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Alteration in the human bacterial communities, including the disappearance of ancient microbiotic species, is thought to cause inflammation in the body. These ancient species were known to encourage development of cells that regulate the immune system (T-cells). When our immune system stays on high alert all the time, instead of resting when no threats are present, this causes inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease.

Where plants come in The bacteria we have are similar to those of plants in that we both carry trillions of good and bad bacteria. The diversity of the microbiota is measured by how many families of bacteria are present. We know the diverse plant microbiome influences plant growth, and humans benefit by eating plant foods. An important research question remains: do we gain another benefit simply by having contact with plants? Plants also remove volatile compounds from the air including ozone and carbon dioxide. They turn the carbon dioxide into oxygen, meaning air quality is drastically improved. Higher oxygen levels inside a small apartment mean well-being may be improved for the occupants. Viewing plants reduces stress and is pleasing to the human eye. Nature therapy (shinrin-yoku), first invented in Japan, has proven beneficial for our health by lowering blood pressure and boosting mental health. This is done by simply going for a mindful walk in the forest.

It has also been established that plants confer positive changes in the brain’s electrical activity, muscle tension and heart activity.

Some plants that are beneficial in the home Peace Lily: if this plant is placed in the hallway it will reduce many toxins such as benzene, ammonia, acetone and ethyl and will prevent toxins from spreading between rooms in the apartment.

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Aloe vera and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue: these plants placed in the bedroom emit oxygen, which improves sleep quality.

Gerbera daisy: if placed in the laundry these plants remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air, which are in common household detergents.

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Devil’s Ivy (Golden Pothos): this plant can be placed in low light and cool temperatures such as an air-conditioned office or an outdoor garage. It will remove ozone, which is found in car exhaust fumes.

How about plants outside apartment buildings? Outdoor plants such as trees and shrubs help to shade our buildings and streets, cooling our concrete jungles. They also help with water runoff, preventing flooding and nutrient dispersal. Suburbs with more canopy cover have a perceived higher quality of living and attract better property prices. Outdoor plants and soil have an abundance of ecological communities compared to indoor environments, a higher diversity of microbes, and therefore increase the numbers of insects, birds and other fauna. Viewing and being among large parks and green areas has been shown to improve the mental and physical well-being of people living in urban areas. With backyards becoming increasingly rare, diversity is decreasing in urban areas. In response, the City of Toronto has written into local law that all new buildings must have green roofs that include vegetation, drainage, waterproofing and slope stability. The reasoning for the law was that green roofs provide: energy savings from better solar reflectivity, evapotranspiration and insulation, green roofs last up to twice as long as regular roofs, and green roofs can beautify and add value to Toronto’s buildings by providing scenic views and recreational areas in dense urban areas. A similarly bold strategy here would benefit not only the health of our apartment dwellers, but also the environment.

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WHEN YOU LOOK GOOD, YOU FEEL GOOD Does your reflection in the mirror bring up emotions for you? Skin problems can make you feel self-conscious and perhaps even irritable or anxious. These negative emotions could have an impact on the quality of your day, your decisions around healthy choices and even on your relationships. On the other hand, clear and radiant skin can help boost your confidence and mood. This strengthens your feelings of self-worth, makes it easier to connect with those around you, and helps you make good choices to further your health and well-being. You are likely to end up being kinder to yourself and others.

Healthy skin necessities The face is the first thing others see of you, so put your best face forward with a regular skincare routine. But don’t be neglectful – looking after your entire skin is just as important. It is sometimes said that your skin is a window into your well-being. Our skin is the biggest organ and often reflects our state of health. Acne, rashes, dryness, puffiness and even a pale complexion can be signs that all is not well. So, complement your skincare routine with holistic health and wellness actions.

Routine is your friend Implementing a daily skincare routine that works for you and your skin type is paramount to lifelong healthy and beautiful skin. Your face is always open and regularly exposed to toxins and pollutants in the environment, and although you can’t see it, these impurities sit on the skin or are sweated out through the skin (read our blogpost Unburden Your Body). This is why a night routine is just as important as a morning routine. Your skin needs to be able to breathe and must be nourished to aid the repair and regenerating process that happens while you sleep. A good cleansing is vital, but moisturising afterwards can make all the difference in skin texture and appearance. A moisturiser is a delivery system for active ingredients that feed, nurture and renew the skin. We are advocates for plant-based skincare and its health giving benefits. Our skincare ranges include: •

Revive Cleanser and Revive Moisturiser, for dry, mature or tired-feeling skin. You will enjoy a scene of youthful radiance with this combo. It moisturises deeply while helping to reduce sensitivities, improve firmness and stimulate the skin for a radiant complexion.

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Refresh Cleanser and Refresh Moisturiser, for oily, combination or acne-prone skin. Experience balance and harmony. The set of products minimises congestion and breakouts, refreshes and refines the skin and promotes a healthy complexion.

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Taking a holistic approach to looking and feeling good is key. “Holistic” simply implies that the parts that make up a whole are interconnected and that’s why the whole should be treated and not just one aspect. So, how do we improve our health and skin in a holistic way? You’ve heard it all before, so go ahead and apply these tips: • • • • • • • •

Maintain balanced nutrition by eating healthy whole foods and avoiding processed foods Use supplements if you are lacking in certain areas. Consult your doctor for guidance. Promote healthy gut bacteria to strengthen your immunity (read our blogpost Get Healthy Skin By Caring For Your Gut) Assist your natural detoxification process with plenty of good quality water Get the blood flowing with regular exercise to increase circulation of bodily systems Keep your stress levels in check through techniques like tai chi, yoga, or meditation Detoxify your environment by choosing natural personal care and household cleaning products A little bit of sun goes a long way to lift your mood and create some vital Vitamin D

How is your skin making you feel? Set the stage for looking and feeling good. Take care of your skin through a proper skincare routine and by taking steps towards holistic health.

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by Anne Hahn, as published on Ozone therapy is not about trying to restore the holes in the ozone layer, it's about tapping into the health benefits of this pure gas. Here's what you need to know. Oxygen is needed by every cell in the body for oxidation – the process which breaks down toxins and destroys damaged cells so that they can be excreted in sweat and urine. The chemical formula for ozone is O3 which means it’s made up of three oxygen atoms instead of the two that make up the oxygen (O2) we find in the air we breathe. Ozone is known as ‘activated oxygen’ because it not only has a detox effect, but is also able to kill micro-organisms such as yeasts (for example, candida that causes thrush), moulds and fungi (responsible for allergies), bacteria (which can cause infections) and viruses (ozone is effective against Epstein-Barr and cytomegalovirus, common in chronic fatigue syndrome). Ozone therapy is also used for inflammatory diseases including arthritis, and for improving circulation in heart conditions, stroke and diabetes.

How ozone therapy works Oxygen is passed through an ozone generator to produce ozone that can be administered as: • A sauna – ozonated steam is used as a detoxification process to stimulate circulation and boost the immune system. Your head stays outside the sauna cabinet because the ozone is absorbed through the skin and not breathed in. • Injections – into muscles, veins or under the skin. • Autohaemotherapy – this procedure involves taking 100-150ml of the patient’s blood into a sterile container, mixing it with ozone, then using an intravenous drip to return it to the patient’s bloodstream. • Local treatment – ozone in a plastic bag is passed into the rectum, vagina or bladder to treat infections. Burns are treated by covering the area with a plastic hood containing ozone. • Ozonated olive oil – used for dry skin, wrinkles, sunburn, cuts and bruises.

Hyperbaric therapy Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been around for centuries. It involves the administration of oxygen in a pressurised container. This therapy is routinely used for deep-sea divers with ‘the bends’ (decompression sickness caused by coming to the surface too quickly). It has been found to have beneficial effects for conditions ranging from carbon monoxide poisoning (from inhaling exhaust fumes) to burns, skin grafts and wounds (such as diabetic foot ulcers). Healing is enhanced because oxygen gets to the affected area quickly and in high concentrations. The treatment involves going into a closed chamber in which the atmospheric pressure is increased. The patient inhales 100-percent oxygen through a mask and is instructed to breathe the chamber air at intervals. The number and duration of treatments depend on the condition being treated.

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By Louise Hay, courtesy of

Your heart is the center of your power. I have learned that you can create easily and effortlessly when you let your thoughts come from the loving space of the heart. Here is a Heart Thought for you. May it guide you today in ways that are best for you: I am a yes person. I know that I am one with all of Life. I am surrounded and permeated with Infinite Wisdom. Therefore, I rely totally on the Universe to support me in every positive way. Everything I could possibly need is already here waiting for me. This planet has more food on it than I could

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possibly eat. There is more money than I could ever spend. There are more people than I could ever meet. There is more love than I could possibly experience. There is more joy than I can even imagine. This world has everything I need and desire. It is all mine to use and to have.

The One Infinite Mind, the One Infinite Intelligence, always says yes to me. No matter what I choose to believe or think or say, the Universe always says yes. I do not waste my time on negative thinking or negative subjects. I choose to see myself and Life in the most positive ways. As such, I say yes to opportunity and prosperity. I say yes to all good. The biggest part of healing or making ourselves whole is to accept all of the many parts of ourselves. The times when we did well, and the times when we didn’t do so well. The times when we were terrified, and the times when we were loving. The times when we were very foolish and silly, and the times when we were very bright and clever. The times when we had egg on our faces, and the times when we were winners. All of these are parts of ourselves. Most of our problems stem from rejecting parts of ourselves—not loving ourselves totally and unconditionally. Let’s not look back on our lives with shame. Look at the past as the richness and fullness of Life. Without this richness and fullness, we would not be here today. When we accept all of ourselves, we become whole and healed.

I am a yes person living in a yes world, being responded to by a yesUniverse; and I rejoice that this is so. I am grateful to be one with Universal Wisdom and backed by Universal Power. Thank you, God, for all that is mine to enjoy in the here and now. To learn more visit: and

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By Eric Richardson-Freeze

Some years ago, I was discussing the concept of ‘karma’ with a friend. At some point he used the example of a gay man being raped to illustrate how ‘bad karma’ from a past life affects our experiences in this life. Like others who have tried to explain why bad things happen to good people, his explanation was an attempt to justify why someone might manifest such a horrible experience. Our conversation got quite heated as my friend suggested that in a past life the raped man was ‘probably a rapist’. Although I could not disprove his theory, it seemed to me that the rapist was the one with power issues. Of course, it might well be that the gay man’s soul chose to develop certain virtues through the traumatic experience, but the thought that the victim might be the cause of his own suffering gave me pause for thought. If everything happens for a reason, perhaps the rape happened because the rapist had developed a kind of dangerous hypermasculinity threatened by homosexual masculinity? What if the souls had not agreed to the experience of rape, but the abuser, stuck in the ego-mind, violated the sacred contracts anyway? In that case, perhaps the person violating free will would incur ‘bad’ karma in a ‘what goes around comes around’ kind of way? Since then I have reflected a lot on the law of cause and effect, or what some call ‘karma’, especially in relation to my understanding of how consciousness, based on subconscious beliefs, creates reality. I have come to accept that even if we did plant so-called negative karmic seeds in a past life, that does not necessarily mean that our growth in this lifetime must include suffering. Yes, we are born wanting to learn certain lessons, and sometimes this means we experience hardships because we believe (often subconsciously) that that is the only way the Universe can get us to learn. But what if it could be easier? What happens if we gain the understanding through enlightenment rather than pain? Does the universe say "No, I'm sorry but you have

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signed up for another four hundred years of drama, so you are not allowed to do it the easy way?" No! The universe says "You are done. You have now graduated." Once you have learned the lesson, you no longer need to repeat old patterns.

When I meet with a client, I establish if there is anything that is impacting them ‘negatively’. We then use energy healing techniques to determine what subconscious belief programmes are holding certain patterns in place. Some of these limiting beliefs will be ancestral or from past life experiences. We do some digging work to establish how these beliefs may still serve the client. If the client then sees that they can now resolve the issue, then we use energy healing to do that. For example, a client may say that she is unable to manifest abundance. Some intuitive digging work and a visit to the Akashic Records may reveal that in a previous life she was a nun who took a vow of poverty. Some ‘digging’ may reveal that the vow is still protecting the client from greed and keeping her close to God (as defined by her religion in that lifetime). Being abundant is then in violation of her vow and creates guilt which feels bad. Later in the session and if she wants, we can then teach her subconscious mind that she can be safe, abundant and still close to God. If we shift her beliefs that ‘abundance is wrong’ or that ‘God will punish me’, she may then release the vow energetically as it is no longer needed. Required feelings can also be downloaded to the client. The shift in vibration will then shift the quality of her experiences. Facilitating healing does not bypass her lesson, it simply helps her understand what she was learning and grow more quickly. Yes, every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in some way - our souls (and spirit helpers) want us to be aware of our issues. Fortunately, we have tools at our disposal to change our beliefs and our behaviours, resolve old karmic debts (which are simply a divine opportunity for growth and better understanding), remove past-life curses or oaths, forgive and be forgiven, heal and grow. We can make choices that will result in us vibrating energy which attracts positive-feeling experiences and people into our lives, to make our experience on Earth school more fun and enjoyable. We just need to be mindful of what energies and messages we are putting out into the universe so that we have more control, if you like, of what we manifest.

** Eric Richardson-Freeze is a well-known speaker, teacher and intuitive healer with degrees in education and metaphysical science, and training and experience in several magical modalities. Since childhood, he has been aware of his connection to the spiritual realms through the gifts of psychic functioning and mediumship. In 2020, Eric will be teaching new workshops to assist soul tribes with accessing divine guidance through the Akashic Records, developing their psychic abilities, learning how to heal, awaken spiritually, manifest abundance, and master personal transformation. He will also be presenting his unique Gender Consciousness seminar wherever he is invited, to help the collective consciousness heal from centuries of patriarchal wounding. Subscribe to his newsletter at, visit, and email him at to get your free copy of the ebook “Heal Yourself”.

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Arcon Tisane – The Start Of A Success Story Daily routine often brings about decisive innovations:

The active substance combination of fenugreek seed concentrate and essential hair effective vitamins selected by Arcon is unique as an effective hair treatment. This nutritional supplement is a milestone with regard to hair loss amongst men and women of all ages. What is globally sold today started with an almost accidental occurrence in Singen (a town on Lake Constance in Germany). The company founder Heinz Mai – a convinced supporter of naturopathy – suffered in summer of 1982 a stubborn bout of bronchitis which he wanted to combat with an ancient recipe of herbal tea. He especially acquired fenugreek seeds for this tea. He persistently drank this very aromatic-tasting tea for several months and noticed – in addition to the alleviation of the bronchitis – a surprising additional effect. His hairs in the temple region became thicker and receding temple hairs lesser. This was not only noticed by his wife, but soon the hairdresser also noticed it.

As a consequence of noticing this phenomenon, years of research and exchange of views with scientists internationally on the fenugreek plant and its seed followed. The result was a fundamental knowledge of the fenugreek plant as well as a consistent and lasting development of the active substance combinations till today. Worldwide patent applications and an initial study in close cooperation with scientists and pharmacists followed. A fenugreek seed concentrate was developed with the support of renowned experts under the premise of careful processing. After lengthy experiments, the fenugreek seed concentrate – enriched with essential hair effective vitamins – came onto the market for the first time in 1987 in the form of soft gelatine capsules under the name “Arcon-Tisane Hair Vitamin Capsules”. The start of a success story

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Subtle Energies In The 21st Century By Carol Levin of Aurixia

"Energy Never Dies it Transmutes" In my 20's I became a vegetarian. Every night when I ate dinner I would visualise each vegetable in the field, deep in the soil or above the ground. Imagining the wind and the rain that had caused my food to grow. What I realised was that I was actually eating sunlight. By eating plants, I was flooding my body with light through the chlorophyll and colours that I was digesting. I realised that we are filled with sunlight. Photonic resonance. Newton brought us the idea that we live in a mechanical world. That our bodies are designed like machines. Everything works like cogs in a machine and that the entire universe operates in this way. Modern medicine is based on this. It broke things up into parts and took us away from "the whole� Einsteinian theory is one of oscillation. All cells vibrate. Nothing is stable and nothing is predictable. This is the basis of quantum physics. Quantum physics formulated nuclear plants as well as silicone chips which power our computers and phones. It seems to be more predictable through mathematics.

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We know that the Fibonacci sequence is a numerical sequence that underpins our very existence. 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34 it goes on and on infinitely . Leonardo Da Vinci observed this sequence and we see it in his life works. It is a common thread seen in everything. We see it in art and music. From a tiny flower bud into the cosmos itself . When you eat a sunflower seed you are eating that golden ration. But maths aside strange phenomena exist inside our cellular structure. Our cells have the capacity to spin in both directions at once, which is difficult to imagine. But on a quantum level, this is what helps the MRI machine to look into our bodies. We have had sonograms and laser medicine for a while now, also using the quantum field of sound and light.

Water: Last issue we wrote an article on water that showed how water holds memory. That it is the same water since time began. We saw the that an imprint in water can be projected around the world in real time. And that we are 70% water. Let’s look at the Plant Kingdom. The energies within the plant kingdom are known as the Devas or the Devic kingdom. Sometimes plants appear seemingly randomly in our gardens. If we pay attention, we will see that they are offering the very nutrient we are lacking.

Findhorn in Scotland began in a very sandy caravan park. Despite knowing it was the wrong soil, a couple decided they wanted to grow roses. They recognised the life force in plants. They knew that if they spoke to the spirit essence of the plants, nurturing them with love, respect and kindness the plants would flourish. And they grew. This expanded to giant, healthy vegetables.

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Word got out and they drew others who wanted to learn their secrets. Findhorn attracted like minded thinkers and seekers, who were interested in the subtle energies . Later it grew into one of the seminal centres on the planet. They ushered in our new way of thinking which was called "The New Age" in the 80’s .

More recently we see the resurgence of essential plant oils. We know these have a direct affect on our neurology and physiology. That they talk to our cellular systems. For thousands of years the cannabis plant was used as a solution to a range of medical problems. Recently it has become legal in many parts of the world and recognised for its healing properties. Homeopathy is on the rise again. Homeopathy has been using vibrational medicine all along. And that's why the pharmaceutical companies methodically eliminated this field in America in the 50's. Lets look at Animal Communicators They quieten themselves into a meditative state. And connect through their hearts to the heart of the animal. Creating an imprint of love. Within this deep love and respect for the individual animal, they ask it questions. And Listen. In effect they are merging with the other being. There is a running theme here. The recognition that all things are alive. Everything is equal, vibrating, oscillating matter. Everything is living, thriving and dying. We are all connected and deeply affect each other. The carbon dioxide we breath out is metabolised by plants who intern provide us with oxygen. We are all symbiotically intertwined.

The interesting thing about the animal and plant kingdom is that in these extreme times, the 6th mass extinction, there seems to be an invitation from these realms to come closer. Both the animal and plant kingdom are allowing us in more than ever before, If we quieten ourselves and drop into our heart space instead of our rational minds. If we get out our own way and feel into them, the plants and animals have information to share with us. And are willing to do so Everything is connected. Like water, crystals also carry the memory from the beginning of time. These rocks are filled with light. This light and colour causes their structure to absorb, broadcast and amplify information. Each crystal formation and colour has its own frequency. This affects the structure and function of each crystal. Giving each one their own individual numerical frequency. Remember energy is a frequency. They too have an innate ability to communicate with humans, animals and plants. The simplest example is clear quartz which is used in powering watches, TV's Computers. Everything around us is alive. We are magnetic and electric, absorbing and broadcasting. So with all this in mind there is “World Wide Web “ so to speak. And as an aside, thank you to the worldwide web that has connected us with infinite amounts of information, studies and truth. If we slow down our breath, with our intention we can tune in and connect to all living beings. Be it plants, animals, rocks, water. We are all affecting each other all the time. Intention plays a very important part in our everyday lives. And this has a profound effect on the quantum field.

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Back to us homosapiens We are made of many subtle fields The chakra system, which is generates a huge field . Our emotional body is another one, our mental field , our auric field. Chinese acupuncturist work on the meridians. They are tuning into the electric and magnetic fields, often unblocking them and helping them to flow.

Our mind is often the source of our feelings .We think something and then feel it. Take guilt for example we replay that shamed memory reminding us to feel bad about ourselves. We go from mental, a thought, to a feeling, an “abstract thing� into more solid matter. On the contrary, When we listen to uplifting music or go into nature and connect, we can feel the impact on us and as a result our physical bodies. Louise Hay and Carolyn Myss were the forerunners of this philosophy in the western world. They showed us that emotions often cause blockages in the body. Which can later present as a disease or a physical ailment. And that's where kinesiologists, energy healers homeopaths work. They are clearing and releasing on those subtle layers before they coagulate into a cellular form. Bringing us back into balance and harmony...before they manifest into the solid. All of this information is something we all know on a very deep level. We can and do communicate with our bodies, animals, plants, rocks, water and our food. Let us be mindful of exactly what we are communicating. It is time to recognise this Truth as our potential and to use it. It will feed into that web and have an exponential affect. This is the era of high vibrational medicine. The Einsteinian way. The solid to the etheric....etheric into solid. We are etheric beings of light in solid form. It is being said that we, as a species are moving from homosapien to homo luminary. Lets us set our intentions and shine our lights.

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Using Bars to Release Old Patterns! by Penni du Plessis - There are many different energy modalities that shift your healing journey out of the traditional (and often sterile) western paradigm into what is often a gentler, more ethereal eastern paradigm and into the world of energy. Access Bars is a prime example of something so soft and gentle that can create massive shifts. Bars therapy works by stimulating 32 bars of energy that run through and around your head. These connect into different aspects of your life and store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs that you have ever had about anything.

This last sentence is worth emphasizing – the bars store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs you have ever had about anything. As humans we forget that what we think has an invisible energetic component which is stored in our bodies. We can get our minds around statements like “what you think about expands”, but not so comfortable with the fact that thoughts have energy. But what if it were true? What if you have stored the energy of every thought, belief, idea, attitude and decision you have had about anything? What if that stored energy is acting like an invisible anchor, preventing you from moving from where you are to a new energetic space? Simply touching the Bars on your head does just that - releases the stored energy locked up in that area or aspect of your life. There are Bars for every aspect of your life, for healing, body, control, awareness, creativity, power, aging, sex and money.

By touching a bar or series of bars you are able to clear away the energy locked up in that area or aspect of your life. When you touch bars in a sequence you clear up any issues and points of view about those two Bars in relation to each other. This ability to erase stored beliefs is critical. When you function from a preconceived point of view about what is possible in life and what is not possible in life you create a series of limits that are often impossible to shift. Even worse, you are unable to even see other possibilities, all you can see is what matches your world view.

Each thought, idea, attitude, decision or belief that you have fixed in place solidifies the energy and limits your capacity to create change in that area. If you can change the energy, you change how that part of your life shows up. This is the power of Bars – it opens you up to new possibilities. At worst you feel like you have just had the best massage of your life. At best your whole life can change into something greater with total ease. People often walk out of a Bars treatment feeling as if the world has suddenly lifted from their shoulders with more energy and a more positive outlook, ready to face the challenges in front of them.

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Makes you think, doesn’t it? Even better, bars does not require either the intensity of training that many other therapies require or any natural healing ability. The Basic Bars training is taught in a day, during which you are introduced to what Bars is, the concept of clearing statements (something you will quickly find yourself using every day) and then each participant both gives and receives 2 Bars sessions. Why not try it for yourself? Book a session with a Bars therapist or attend a Divine Space Bars course – I run them regularly, and the next one is on the 1st February 2020. At the very worst you will walk away relaxed. Even better, this could be the shift you need to really get into creating the life you want to love.

Penni du Plessis runs Divine Space - a Colour and Consciousness Training Academy, and is a registered Access Consciousness Bars and Body Process Facilitator and Teacher. For more information:

Welcome To The Angel Connection School of Africa The Angel Connection School of Africa, established as a non-profit organisation, for the highest good of all, will incorporate all forms of Spirituality continuing with the basic teachings of Angels, Ascension, Atlantis etc. which we all know to be Universal. The teachings of various modalities will however, be enhanced by adding the specific requirements of our culture and ethnicity, whilst retaining flexibility.

The mission statement of the school is:“To Light up Africa so that Africa can Light up the World”

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These Foods Burn Kilojoules and Are Packed With Nutrients Courtesy of Nature’s Choice

You’re probably watching what you’re eating and do not want to follow any fads. Ever pondered that there may be food that burns kilojoules and to add to this awesome benefit, contains favourable nutrients. We’ve compiled a list of some of these remarkable foods that you should consider adding to your grocery list if you’re looking to burn kilojoules with little effort. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of these foods to help you stock up your pantry. Chia Seeds It may seem like a fad, everyone is adding this superfood to their diet but there are numerous health benefits that chia seeds boast. Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3(but not as rich as fish), contain antioxidants, high in protein, long chain amino acids and are high in fibre. Chia seeds’ kilojoules are clean and assist in weight loss, provided you follow a balanced diet with low kilojoule intake. Ways to enjoy: Use chia seeds as a topping to salads or stir-frys. Add them to your granola cereal, oats or smoothies. You can even add to drinks like homemade lemonade or water.

Berries Berries are low in fat and are great for boosting metabolism, they are loaded with fiber and antioxidants which help keep your mind sharp. The water in the fruit helps to keep you fuller for

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longer and the delicious sweet taste contains only a few kilojoules. Strawberries have a high vitamin C content and blueberries and blackberries, in particular, have the highest levels of antioxidants. Ways to enjoy: Berries can be enjoyed in a number of ways, you can juice them, add them to your breakfast, smoothies or simply enjoy them as they are.

Cucumber Cucumber is probably at the top of the list of negative kilojoule foods. Cucumber is energyboosting and contains mostly water which, again, helps in keeping you fuller for longer and also have hydrating properties. Cucumber eliminates accumulated toxins from the bloodstream and gut. It is naturally low in carbs, kilojoules, sodium, cholesterol, and fat. Cucumber also contains lignan, which assists in fighting cardiovascular disease and assists the liver to remove impurities.

Ways to enjoy: Cucumber has to be the easiest ingredient to incorporate into your meals. Simply chop and add to your salad, mix with yoghurt, lemon, garlic and dill to make your own tzatziki or enjoy on its own as a snack.

Whole Grains and Legumes There are so many ways whole grains and legumes can be added to meal plans and their fibre content helps to keep you full for long. Whole grains and legumes are a great kilojoule-burning pair. They are fat-free and help to regulate the digestive tract. Legumes are a great source of protein and are low in kilojoules.

Ways to enjoy: Add legumes to your salads and wraps, simply boil them and add salt for seasoning. Swap your white rice for quinoa, barley or bulgur. For breakfast, mix oats together with assorted seeds and roast them for extra flavour.

Green Tea Green tea has a multitude of health benefits and can help burn kilojoules. Green tea has a high concentration of polyphenols which are the active ingredients linked to weight loss. They are said to prevent the build-up of body fat, in addition to increased body temperature which assists in burning kilojoules. Ways to enjoy: There are so many ways to enjoy green tea beside just adding hot water to a cup with a teabag. You can add green tea to your smoothies, enjoy it cold (ice-tea) or add lemon or mint for extra flavouring.

To assist these foods with the burning of kilojoules, regular exercise is always recommended. Exercise not only improves your health, it reduces the risk of diseases as well. You can start by taking a walk and as time goes increase your exercise regime accordingly. Keep in mind that results may vary as we are of varying body types, metabolisms and different goals for wanting to consume kilojoule-burning foods. Keeping a positive outlook will also make things a whole more fun.

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Overnight Oats, the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Overnight Oats are the easy, take with you and go wellness trend to get you out of the breakfast rut. (Goodbye sugary cereals!) Simply combine the oats and the other bits in a bowl or leftover peanut butter jar, cover with liquid – almond milk, coconut milk, Greek yoghurt, etc. – and soak in the fridge overnight. It practically makes itself!

Soaking overnight breaks down the phytic acid in oats, ensuring the nutrients are bioavailable without cooking. It’s like slow-cooking but without the heat. This makes the oats much easier to digest. Plus, cooled starches contain higher levels of resistant starch which tend to act like dietary fibres and have similar health benefits: stabilises blood sugar, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and promotes gut-friendly bacteria. Learn more about resistant starches here. [] Overnight oats are so easy to enjoy because they are versatile, convenient, healthy and totally delicious! Conscious Life Magazine

AMARANTH & CHIA PORRIDGE WITH FRUIT COMPOTE Recipe courtesy of Nature’s Choice

For a delicious and energy sustaining and naturally gluten-free breakfast try this ancient grain.


Porridge 4. Rinse the amaranth in a sieve under a cold running tap to remove the saponins (natural compounds that leave a slightly bitter taste). 5. Tip the amaranth into a small pan, pour in 325ml water, cover and set aside. 6. The next morning, bring the pan with the amaranth to the boil, turn down the heat then cover the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes until the grains are tender and the Method: liquid has been absorbed. Fruit Compote 7. Stir in the chia seeds. 1. The night before having this for breakfast, 8. Stir half the yoghurt into the mix to make a put the dried apricots and cherries in a pan porridge consistency and spoon into with the ginger shreds, pour in 350ml shallow bowls. Top with the remaining water then cover the pan and bring to the yoghurt. boil. 9. Core and slice the apple into the compote 2. Simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the and spoon on to the porridge and scatter heat, add the tea bags and allow to infuse with the pomegranate seeds. for 2 minutes. 3. Remove the tea bags and squeeze the excess liquid from them back into the pan. Conscious Life Magazine • • • • • • • •

50 g Ready-to-eat Dried Apricots 25 g Dried Cherries 2 tsp Fresh Ginger (Shredded) 2 Rooibos Teabags 4 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds 85 g Nature’s Choice Amaranth 2 tbsp Nature’s Choice Chia Seeds 150 g Plain Yoghurt or Dairy-Free Yoghurt (x2)

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By Katie Dunlop, NSCA-CPT

You wouldn’t know it by looking at me today, but 6 years ago I was living a completely unhealthy lifestyle. For years I’d struggled with my weight and had no understanding of how to live a healthy, balanced life. I just wanted to lose weight and lose it fast, so I took extreme measures, trying every fad diet and insane exercise program out there, only to end up back where I started — or even worse off. Conscious Life Magazine

I believed that if I wanted to make a noticeable change in my life and in my body, it had to be drastic. I thought getting fit meant I had to hate every second of every workout and hope that it would pay off eventually. I endured hours at the gym, meal after meal of bland, boring food and a constant internal battle just to finally feel “normal.” Well, six years and 45 pounds later, I can tell you I was SO wrong… If you’re looking to finally get fit or just live a healthier life overall, creating a new fitness routine is the necessary first step — but it’s also the hardest part for most people. And whether you’re a student, a busy mom or a successful entrepreneur, finding time to work out can feel like one more (unenjoyable) thing you need to add to your to-do list. And, like I did, you probably feel that if you’re ever going get in shape you need exercise for hours at a time, doing repetitive exercises and boring cardio. The good news is that starting a new fitness routine is much easier than you think. You don’t have to sacrifice hours of your precious time in order to see results. In fact, spending just a few minutes each day getting your sweat on will relieve stress, increase energy and help you feel stronger and more motivated to take on life’s toughest challenges.

How to Start a New Fitness Routine My business Love Sweat Fitness is all about sharing workouts that are FUN, fast and super effective. No matter what anyone says, there is no magic bullet or secret workout must do in order to get results. It truly comes down to finding activities you enjoy doing and sticking with them — and if you don’t enjoy your workout, you won’t stick with it. The goal is to

also find things that you can do consistently over time that challenge you, but also allow you to feel confidant in doing so. Even if you only have five minutes to work out, it IS worth it! Following are some easy ways to add exercises into your day, and once you start to feel and see the impact those five minutes are having, you’ll easily want to make it 10 or 20. This will make setting (and achieving!) your goals that much easier, and you’ll also be more motivated to find and follow the get-fit plan that’s right for you!

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Setting Your Goals While it’s important to have big goals that you will achieve over time, creating smaller goals is even more motivational. Those small goals are what keep you going and allow you to enjoy the journey. Put together a list with your No. 1 goal at the top, followed by a bunch of smaller goals below.

For example, if your big goal is to lose 20 pounds, your smaller goals would include: working out five times each week, consistently; doing a sugar detox; replacing all the junk food in your cabinets with healthy nutritious snacks; and cutting down on cocktails. Having smaller goals that help you achieve your big ones will give you reasons to celebrate along the way, which gives you motivation to keep going!

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Finding a plan that’s right for you Goals are great, but having a plan will keep you motivated to make those goals happen! The Love Sweat Fitness Hot Body Sweat Guide & Meal Plan takes all the guess work out of improving your lifestyle. With 30-minute at-home workouts and delicious daily meals all laid out, you can’t go wrong! I created the Hot Body Guides to make it easy for anyone to work out at any time, anywhere. The guides are simple, straightforward and perfect for anyone who wants to create a healthier lifestyle, see results and still enjoy life. Having gone through my own 45-pound weight loss transformation, I know that if you to truly create a lifestyle change, you need to find workouts and meals that work for YOU! The best exercises in the world won’t make a difference if you don’t do them. So if you’re ready to dive into a new, healthier version of you, write down your goals, have a plan and remember: Good things come to those who sweat!

About Katie: Katie Dunlop is a Certified Personal Trainer, group fitness instructor and entrepreneur based in Orange County, California. She is the creator of Love Sweat Fitness, a health and fitness community that inspires women around the world to find their happy, healthy hot body! The LSF YouTube channel has over 9.5 million views and 220,000+ subscribers.

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South Africa Has Huge ‘Green Fuels’ Potential. But It Needs To Act Now South Africa needs to seriously start thinking about shifting its energy focus. This is for two reasons. The first is that the country’s important exports – coal and platinum – face potential collapse with the imminent shift of global energy markets. A number of factors are driving this. Conscious Life Magazine

The move away from vehicles powered by petrol and diesel to ones powered by electric batteries is gathering pace. Two thirds of the demand for platinum depends on combustion engines where it is used for the hardening of spark plug tips and in vehicle exhaust autocatalysts.

The second major reason that the country needs to refocus its energy situation is there’s a major switch from coal to renewables underway in the world. And South Africa itself can’t continue its current levels of dependency on coal. South Africa is the 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide, and on a per capita basis, the 10th largest emitter. It leads the pack in Africa, and already faces considerable environmental issues in Mpumalanga, where state energy provider Eskom’s coal fired power stations and Sasol’s coal-to-liquid plant are located. Sasol and Eskom account for more than 50% of the country’s carbon emissions. It can address both these challenges by pursuing a feasible solution waiting to be exploited. The country could make use of its natural comparative advantages in wind and solar power to generate electricity. By linking these accessible resources to technologies such as FischerTropsch, it’s in an ideal position to open another chapter in export-led economic development.

The Fischer-Tropsch technology was developed to exploit coal by converting the mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen – produced by heating coal at high temperature in a process known as gasification – to liquid fuels. The process was introduced into South Africa in the 1950s to reduce the country’s reliance on imported oil. Sasol is now a global leader in the technology and has more experience than any other company in the conversion of hydrocarbon gas to liquid fuels. Moving in this direction also presents a golden opportunity for South Africa to transition from being a key contributor to global warming to becoming a key contributor to global emissions reductions.

The technology South Africa can use its supply of solar and wind to produce hydrogen from water in a process known as hydrolysis. A cheap and reliable source of hydrogen is essential for the production of green fuels. To date, this technology has been too expensive. But advances in fuel cells have made large-scale hydrogen production cheaper and more accessible. More importantly, if the hydrogen is made with renewable energy, it is a “green” feedstock.

The green hydrogen can then be combined with carbon, captured from existing flue gas or from the air, to make liquid fuels and petrochemicals using Fischer-Tropsch technology. The present Sasol technology relies on coal as the source of carbon and is unsustainable. The possible innovation – which South Africa is in a prime position to exploit – will be to combine green carbon with green hydrogen to make liquid fuel. There are substantial export opportunities for such “green” fuels and petrochemicals. This market could generate export revenue to replace lost revenues from declining coal and platinum exports.

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The green hydrogen could also substitute fertiliser and explosives imports. About 60% of South Africa’s fertiliser is presently imported. The hydrogen could be combined with nitrogen from the air to make ammonia using the well-established Haber process, and the ammonia then converted firstly to ammonium nitrate and then to fertiliser and explosives. The hydrogen step undertaken with fuel cells would create local demand for platinum because the metal is used as the catalyst in hydrogen fuel cells. In addition, the renewable power stations could provide cheap power to supplement Eskom’s constrained supply. These new industries would have two knock-on effects: they would create jobs and the would move the country towards zero carbon emissions.

The jet fuel opportunity One of the “green fuels” that has huge potential is jet fuel. The aviation industry is under intense pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels and reduce its emissions. This isn’t surprising. The total global market for aviation fuel is about $300 billion and air travel accounts for 2.5% of the global carbon emissions. This is equivalent to 900 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This value could triple by 2050 and consume 25% of the global carbon budget. This demand could be replaced entirely by the advent of green liquid fuels, produced from green hydrogen and carbon captured from the atmosphere. The market for green aviation fuel is an attractive possibility for South Africa. To date, a viable solution has not been possible. Now, this outlook has changed with the possibility of fuel-cell hydrogen and technologies for carbon capture.

Three other technologies also matter: wind and solar power, as well as Fischer Tropsch technology. These are all well established in South Africa. The country’s renewable power bidding rounds have shown wind and solar power to be the lowest cost source of power. And Sasol has been operating Fischer Tropsch reactors for over 50 years. Unfortunately, South Africa’s public-funded research and development efforts have been directed mainly into how to use hydrogen, instead of how to make hydrogen. It has been focused on using hydrogen to beneficiate platinum (processing it to enhance its properties) for vehicle fuel cells instead of concentrating on finding a commercial source of hydrogen which could be used in multiple applications. For its part, Sasol has made a substantial research and development effort, but it is not looking at lowering the costs of hydrolysis. Government should shift the focus of research and development spending in partnership with Sasol to tackle this challenge and open a new cleaner, greener chapter in South Africa’s history. Internationally several pilot facilities are in construction or are being planned. But they don’t have South Africa’s natural advantage in wind and solar resources. Nor do they have South Africa’s experience with Fischer Tropsch technology.

Looking ahead South Africa has key ingredients it should be exploiting to fill an export gap, and to reduce

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emissions. It should seize a first-mover advantage.

But will the South African government and Sasol make the necessary moves? Given the potential for local employment, rescuing the platinum industry, reducing the country’s carbon emissions and earning much needed foreign exchange, it seems a logical decision.

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How To Use Coconut Oil For Dogs + The Top 8 Benefits By Christine Ruggeri, CHHC courtesy of

You’ve heard all about coconut oil benefits before and know that it serves as an amazing superfood because of its fatty acid content. But what about coconut oil for dogs? We want our furry friends to experience the same range of benefits, but it’s common to hesitate before adding any new food to your dog’s diet. Here’s some great news: Not only is coconut oil safe for your dog — it’s extremely beneficial too. According to a study published in PLoS One, when healthy beagles with the mean age of 9.9 years consumed coconut oil along with corn oil and reduced animal fat for a six-month period, the healthy fats appeared to counterbalance the effects of aging. There are several coconut oil uses for dogs. Adding a small amount of coconut oil to your dog’s diet can help boost his energy, support his digestion and fight infections. Plus, using coconut oil topically on your dog’s fur and skin works to reduce odor, soothe skin damage and freshen her coat. This is largely due to coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acid content, which is easy to digest and quickly used for fuel. These types of fats also are smaller in size, allowing them to permeate the skin easily. If you’re looking for a holistic approach to your dog’s health and well-being, consider adding coconut oil into your dog’s regime.

8 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs 1. Supports Metabolism and Weight Loss One of the most well-known coconut oil benefits is its ability to support metabolic

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2. Boosts Energy Because coconut oil is easy to digest and boosts your dog’s metabolism, it also helps increase his energy levels. The MCFAs in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver after they’re ingested, which is quickly converted into energy. If your dog has been sluggish or lethargic, she may benefit from consuming coconut oil once or twice daily.

3. Fights Infections The lauric acid in coconut oil works to boost immune function by fighting bacteria, viruses and fungi. Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet or applying it topically to his skin and coat can help fight infections naturally. It also helps reduce inflammation and enhance skin barrier function, according to a 2019 in vitro study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. This is a healthier alternative to constantly turning to pharmaceutical antibiotics and antifungals when your dog is fighting an infection.

4. Improves Digestion The MCTs in coconut oil help improve gut health by destroying bad bacteria and reducing inflammation. You can use coconut oil for dogs to help relieve digestive problems, including IBS and colitis, as it’s been shown to help with these conditions in rats.

Coconut oil also helps increase nutrient absorption, as many vitamins and minerals are fatsoluble and need fats to be properly absorbed by the body.

5. Supports Skin and Coat Health Coconut oil can be used to improve the texture and appearance of your dog’s coat. It has moisturizing properties and is easily absorbed into the skin. You can use plain coconut oil or a dog shampoo made with coconut oil to clean your dog’s coat and improve skin damage. Don’t be afraid to rub the oil into your dog’s paws and ears too.

Coconut oil for dogs also helps fight skin infections and speed up wound healing, as shown in a study done on rats. This is due to its antimicrobial properties. Plus, coconut oil may work to repel (and even kill) fleas and ticks in your dog’s fur.

6. Improves Dog Odor Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, so when it’s applied to your dog’s fur and skin, it can improve odors that have been lurking. Plus, unrefined, virgin coconut oil has a fresh, nutty and coconut aroma that will certainly benefit the smell of your dog’s coat. 7. Helps Eliminate Hairballs You can use coconut oil for dogs to help eliminate hairballs and ease a cough. The oil acts as a lubricant that will help your dog expel the hairball and soothe his throat. Also, if your dog has a cough, try giving him a small amount of coconut oil to fight bacteria and ease the discomfort.

8. Supports Dental Health Have you ever wondered if coconut oil is good for dog teeth? Because it has antimicrobial

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properties, you can actually use coconut oil to boost your dog’s oral health. Using a soft baby toothbrush, use a small amount of coconut oil to brush your dog’s teeth. This will help to eliminate bacteria and freshen his breath.

How to Use and Where to Buy Coconut Oil for Dogs How much coconut oil can I give my dog? If you plan to give your dog coconut oil orally, it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian about the right dosage. Generally, it’s smart to start with small amounts to make sure it’s welltolerated and then build up the dose slowly over time. A good starting dose is about ¼ teaspoon one to two times per day. You can then increase the dose slowly over time so the dog’s body can adjust to this addition to his diet. There are a few easy ways to add coconut oil to your dog’s diet. You can simply add the oil to dry or wet food once or twice daily. You can also make these Homemade Dog Treats that includes coconut oil, along with an egg, shredded cheese and gluten-free baking mix. You’ll also be able to find doggy treats made with coconut oil at your local pet store.

How do you use coconut oil on dogs’ skin? You can apply coconut oil to your dog’s skin and coat by adding a small amount to your hand and massaging your dog. You can run your fingers through your pup’s fur, including the paws and ears, or simply pat your dog with coconut oil on your hands. If you think her coat is too greasy after applying coconut oil, try a quick rinse or even use a light and gentle shampoo afterward.

What kind of coconut oil is good for dogs? Just like for humans, going with an organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. This is the least processed form of coconut oil, and when it’s organic, it doesn’t contain toxins that may cause adverse side effects when ingested or used topically. You can find a high-quality coconut oil in your local grocery store. There are also products like dry dog food with coconut oil and topical solutions meant for dogs available online and in pet stores.

Precautions Is Coconut Oil Safe for Dogs? Yes, coconut oil for dogs is safe. It’s safe to give your dog coconut oil orally and to use it topically on his skin or fur. Keep in mind, if your dog is ingesting coconut oil, it’s best to start with very small amounts. If your dog has diarrhea or greasy stools, you may be giving too much oil, and you should reduce the dose. It’s recommended that you consult your veterinarian before adding new food or regime to your dog’s diet. Some dogs may be allergic to coconut oil and experience an adverse reaction, so again, starting with a small amount at first is recommended. If you are using the oil topically for the first time, try it on a small surface area first to make sure your dog doesn’t have an adverse reaction. Also, dogs with pancreatitis may not react well to high-fat foods, so it would be best to avoid coconut oil in these cases.

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Ultimately, you are not a person, but a focal point through which the universe is becoming conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle. Can we change the old stories that haunt us, personally and collectively, that keep us locked in cycles of suffering, harm, fear and grief? The Buddha said, “Mind is the forerunner of all things.” What is this mind? Max Planck, father of Quantum Theory said, “All matter originates by virtue of a force, we must assume behind this force, the existence of a conscious, intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” At the heart of all evolutionary change there is a shift of consciousness. Within our planetary emergency, as we journey through shadow, loss, and dismemberment, there is an invitation. We are invited to co-create a new story. A story that can transmute old suffering and dysfunctional beliefs into the light of freedom, clarity, creativity, and love. We have the possibility of forging the more beautiful world already seeded within us. A world where, as said by Thich Nhat Hanh, we “awaken for the illusion of separation.” Join us as we draw from Dharma teachings, meditative practices, deep breath journeying, inquiry process, mantra practice, and explorations through art, writing and ceremony. Together, let’s focus 2020, a momentous year for planetary orientation, towards a more positive trajectory, generating a loving frequency that can resonant throughout the year. For more information, please go to

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An introduction to one of the most powerful psychological techniques available today and how you can use it to make positive changes in your life. In this book, leading life coach, therapist, presenter and bestselling author Ali Campbell explains how all our behaviour is a product of our state of mind. He presents techniques for making small changes on the inside that will make huge differences on the outside, because when you change your mind, you can change your life. Learn how to: - Change your emotional state quickly and easily - Overcome fears, phobias and frustrations - Transform even lifelong habits quickly - Communicate easily and effectively Heal emotional pain from your past - Reset your internal programming to change your future.

Learn how to heal all areas of your life with this comprehensive and accessible guide to the powerful practice of Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing system that can help heal physical, mental and emotional issues, and can also increase intuition and spiritual awareness. Torsten A. Lange describes Reiki as the most amazing discovery of his life - facing bankruptcy and homelessness, he used Reiki to help build a life of meaning and purpose. In this book, Torsten gives a clear and practical introduction to this powerful healing system. You will learn: - the elements of the Reiki system - how to connect to Reiki energy to heal yourself and others - how Reiki can help with relationships, illness, clearing spaces, making life changes and more - how to give a distant healing - the steps to becoming a Reiki practitioner.

This book was previously published under the title NLP (Hay House Basics series).

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Trains delayed, kids squabbling before bedtime, endless emails filling the inbox: everyone needs more calm in their life.

'A rare book that doesn’t just tell us how wonderful nature is, Into Nature helps us experience that wonder. A welcome, practical, and very enjoyable guide to the best show there is.' Tristan Gooley, New York Times–bestselling author of How to Read Water

The evidence in favour of calmness is huge. Practices like meditation and mindfulness improve life expectancy, productivity at work, health and even personal happiness. And you can reach Calm any way you like: take a walk with nowhere to go, savour a chocolate on the tip of your tongue, plant a seed, doodle pointlessly, notice the world around you. Smile, breathe and go slowly.

Based on his work with mindfulness gurus and neurological experts alike, Michael Acton Smith's unique handbook is filled with activities, inspiration and clearly explained research. It can be read in any order you like, encouraging every reader to find their own path to calmness.

Explore, record, observe, get creative and go wild! Cultivate calm with The Mindfulness Project. Discover the simple mindful ways to connect with nature every day.

Be inspired by over 70 simple exercises. Follow the guideposts to get the most out of your outdoor exploration. Use the field notes pages to document your findings and capture your insights.

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Discover the Japanese secret to a long and happy life with the internationally bestselling guide to ikigai - 'a refreshingly simple recipe for happiness' (Stylist Magazine) The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the lifechanging tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions. Bring meaning and joy to your every day with ikigai. 'Ikigai gently unlocks simple secrets we can all use to live long, meaningful, happy lives. Science-based studies weave beautifully into honest, straight-talking conversation you won't be able to put down. Warm, patient, and kind, this book pulls you gently along your own journey rather than pushing you from behind.' Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Happiness Equation

Maya Fiennes believes passionately that yoga can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old. Her unique style of yoga and meditation for modern living is based on Kundalini yoga, which works on inner energy centres ('Chakras'), combining poses, breathing, chanting and meditation for a full mind-body workout. Both deeply enjoyable and uplifting, it has made her one of the most indemand yoga instructors in the world. Whether you're fit and flexible or haven't sat cross-legged since childhood, Yoga for Real Life is an easy to use guide, packed full of yoga advice and insights designed to give the reader the confidence to deal with life's everyday challenges - and really make a positive change. From de-stressing and dealing with matters of the heart, to unlocking creative potential and coping with children, families and aging, Yoga for Real Life is an indispensable guide, sumptuously illustrated with the photographs by David Loftus - Jamie Oliver's photographer - to getting the most from your daily routine, for the rest of your life.

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The Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is a thatched, whitewashed lodge built high on a natural platform overlooking the Bushman's River and Giants Castle. Antbear Drakensberg Lodge offers various Drakensberg accommodation options in en suite double rooms, luxury suites, family units and also boasts a luxury cave too. Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is one of those smaller intimate kind places which has been lovingly put together. The natural setting of the accommodation is stunning and we have managed to encase all this beauty with an atmosphere of comfort and ease. The cottages are smartly appointed and individually designed and the fact that we are a small place makes for an intimate and personal accommodation experience. Each of the accommodation units are different and are decorated with uniquely eccentric and artistic wooden furniture. It is a bit off the beaten track and is more of an insider tip than just another bed and breakfast. We cater for small intimate groups and never have more than 45 guests at a time. It's a laid back, lovingly cared for kind of place where you feel a sense of happiness and peace. Honeymoon stays turn into anniversary commemorations just as guests become friends. Even foreign tourists return for a second and third taste.

Attractions Drakensburg Hiking Trails Bushman Rock Art Giant’s Castle Kamberg Weenen Game Reserve Royal Natal National Park Drakensburg Boys Choir

Horse Trails Injasuti Nature Reserve Monks Cowl Natal Midlands Tugela Falls Sani Pass Fly Fishing

Retreats The Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is the ideal retreat venue where we can provide all the services and accommodation for your retreat. Situated 4 hours from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban with easy access from the N3 Antbear Lodge is easy to get to but has the feeling of being far from the madding crowd. This wonderful place for group retreats offers spectacular views, vast spaces, wild winds, rain, sunshine, clouds and rainbows and in all of this – silence and peace. Retreat groups can book the whole lodge for their exclusive use. The Lodge can accommodate 44 persons in 15 separate accommodation units Antbear Drakensberg Lodge has a spacious dining room with a wood-burning fireplace, a comfortable lounge with a fireplace and spectacular views, a breakaway meeting room, a large veranda and a large meeting room for retreat, team building or training activities. We provide excellent meals and will fit our menu to your expectations.

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Because food is an important part of your stay Meals are part of the real surprises that the Antbear Lodge has to offer where home grown cooking is part of the deal. We like to use our own home grown organic vegetables and if we haven’t got, then we lean heavily on those local providers with similar attitudes to our own. Conny and Andrew both like cooking and are up to changing just about anything to suit tastes or philosophies. Our cooking experience is in part a journal, a record of events and memories expressed in recipes. In the course of our travels we have filed away many recipes and with them images of people and places and their lives. How food tastes has much to do with the associations we make and if you would like to hear the tales of our meals we would love to tell them.

Sustainable & responsible tourism is our social responsibility and what we do to give something back to our community and environment We believe in sustainable tourism and social responsibility. We live is a spectacularly beautiful place called the Drakensberg and our standard of living here is exceptional. But around us lie contrasts of poverty and lack of development. If we are to keep our way of life then it surely follows that we must do everything in our power to contribute to the upliftment and prosperity of this rural area. We believe that the future of South Africa is linked to the prosperity of the people, and that upliftment is linked to education. And as such we have chosen to support our local primary school called Vulakani Primary School.

Pet friendly accommodation Drakensberg One of the few pet-friendly places in the Drakensberg. Beautiful, vast views of the Drakensberg with plenty of ground for my dogs to roam. Walk for hours. Your dogs will be happy with lots of dams to swim in and horses to discover. One of the accommodation units at Antbear Lodge is fenced in so its really easy to leave your dog behind if you would like to explore some of the sights where pets are not that welcome. If country life is for you and you would love to take your pet with you then Antbear Lodge is a great accommodation choice. Your hosts will advise you on all the activities available. Antbear Lodge prides itself on being both family-friendly and petfriendly.

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The Buddhist Retreat Centre, where people of all religions, and none, come to experience peace and tranquility. How to Retreat The Buddhist Retreat Centre offers various types of retreats, ranging from those investigating Buddhist thought and philosophy, through to practice retreats where the emphasis is on meditation; as well as retreats featuring bird watching, cookery, drumming, pottery and photography. At first glance the latter might appear to be unrelated to Buddhism but even these retreats will contain some element of meditation, of mindful awareness, refracting the chosen subject matter through a Buddhist lens. People from all walks of life come to these retreats with a variety of motivations and expectations. Perhaps they want to deepen their meditation practice, to take some time out from a hectic working life; to reflect on a tense domestic situation; to consider the trajectory of their lives; to make a decision about a way forward. Maybe they just want to learn how to take a good photograph. Each person will have a different reason for going on a retreat. Different paths will have led them to this place.

We all need to make an appointment with ourselves from time to time. To re-connect with who we are; to maintain balance; to recharge exhausted batteries. To make time to go on a retreat is a necessary and healthy step for anyone.

General Information The Centre has been established on an exquisite 125-hectare country estate near the village of Ixopo, KwaZuluNatal 90 kilometers south of Pietermaritzburg, one and a half hours’ drive from Durban.

Set in hilly grasslands amongst dams, indigenous bush and forests, it overlooks one of the great valleys in the Umkomaas river system. CNN featured the BRC as one of the ten finest retreat centres in the world. It was awarded Natural Heritage status by President Nelson Mandela in recognition of its success in establishing indigenous vegetation on the property and providing habitats for wildlife to return, including the endangered Blue Swallow. It is a birder’s paradise with more 160 species recorded. Walks lead to many interesting sites and viewpoints on the property, including evidence that Bushman lived there and Voortrekkers and Settlers passed through. In 2000, the BRC facilitated the founding of Woza Moya, the community-based NGO, located in Ufafa valley. It continues to support the organisation in a variety of ways.

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Accommodation Fifty retreatants can be accommodated in single and twin-bedded rooms, en-suite cottages and thatched chalets overlooking the secluded valleys on the property – a short distance away from the dining room, office, library, studio and meditation hall.

The Centre is justly famous for its fine lacto-ovo vegetarian cuisine which is featured in its own bestselling recipe books, Quiet Food, The Cake the Buddha Ate and Plentiful: The Big Book Of Buddha Food. The BRC menu includes organically grown vegetables and farm-baked bread.

Observances The Retreat Centre offers a tranquil environment for the study and practice of philosophy, psychology, meditation and the arts associated with Buddhist culture. The Centre therefore encourages adherence to traditional Buddhist moral principles during retreats, such as respect for all forms of life and abstinence from alcoholic drinks and hallucinogenic drugs. Noble Silence is maintained from the last meditation at night until the first session after breakfast in the morning. During some retreats, Noble Silence is maintained throughout. Pets are not allowed at the Centre. Only some retreats are suitable for children: please check with the Administrator.

Forthcoming Retreats: For full details of each retreat please go to the website page:

Email: Tel: +27(0)39 834 1863 or 0878091687 Mobile: 082 579 3037

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The Beautiful Hopi Indian Labyrinth at Thirsty Falls Guest Farm

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Help us bring hope to girls without and choices to those with none. Founded in 2000 by Khanyisile Motsa, and run under her diligent care ever, Home of Hope for Girls is an autonomous, self-started initiative to provide real care for exploited, trafficked and abused children in the city of Johannesburg. It is more than just a residential shelter; it is a loving home where dignity is restored, the past is healed and the girls are given the tools to take control of their futures. Home of Hope also reaches out to the community offering the most vulnerable members support, practical help and a lifeline.

The Background to Home of Hope An estimated 10,000 children are prostitutes in Johannesburg and this figure is increasing. When Khanyisile Motsa relocated to Hillbrow she was shocked to observe girls as young as nine working as prostitutes and selling drugs on the streets at night. The truth about these forgotten children is: • •

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Child Prostitute. Photo by Tseliso Monaheng

Criminals pay agents to recruit children They usually target often orphans or/and those from very disadvantaged rural communities Victims are trafficked or seduced to leave with lies about a life in the city Their IDs are frequently taken from them to make escape and identification difficult Their IDs are often sold on the black market ‘Owned’ by their exploiters they are prostituted, abused, made to sell drugs

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Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In South Africa and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

We need your help to ensure that no child is left behind. In a tough funding environment, we have ensured we have multiple avenues of funding and are proud to have 11,000 generous individual donors contributing monthly. We will continue to be innovative in securing funding to enable us to reach more children and will work on increasing unrestricted and consistent funding streams. You can help us make a difference. Even just by becoming aware of our work by reading our annual report. To download and read the full annual report, click here.

Help us do whatever it takes to save the children.

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Hotel Hope Ministries is a fully registered South African non-profit organisation established with aim of ensuring that each and every child is brought up in a safe, happy and healthy home so that they can grow up and develop into responsible and positive adults. Although children are our main focus, we have a holistic approach to the problem of orphaned and abandoned children. We realise that we need to focus on the cause of the problem too and not only the symptoms. So we have projects to focus on assisting Mothers and Fathers, so that they can look after themselves and their children. We group our projects under three focus areas: BABIES IN NEED Creating and supporting several small family style foster homes for orphaned and abandoned babies.

MOTHERS IN CRISIS Providing young mothers facing unplanned pregnancies with counselling, guidance and practical support. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Helping Mothers and Fathers to help themselves by providing jobs and skill development opportunities through our fundraising and trading projects.

As a fully registered South African charity we are registered with the following authorities: · Section 21 company without share capital - 2010/006792/08 · Non-Profit Organization (NPO) number – 084 289 · Public Benefit Organization (PBO) number – 930 034 387 Mission statement: To engage the local Church Worldwide to embrace its God given responsibility of taking care of destitute mothers and orphaned and abandoned children.

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Our fundraising model: We have a unique funding model in place where we are able to generate funds to cover 100% of our administrative costs through our Charity Shop(s) as well as the output of our carpentry workshop and sewing workshop. We are extremely committed to Social enterprise as it creates employment in South Africa, funds for the Charity, volunteering opportunities as well as a lowpriced outlet for customers from low-income groups. Furthermore we can assure donors that 100% of their support will directly benefit the children in our care as well as mothers in crisispregnancy situations. Thank you to our donors and corporate sponsors: As an organisation we are incredibly blessed to have many active supporters, individuals and corporates, who make it possible for us to do what we do and to make a difference. People often comment that it must be difficult to work in our environment hearing sad stories all the time, and it is sometimes hard, but it is also so rewarding to see those stories turning into stories of hope and it is so inspiring and such a privilege to witness people, like our supporters, coming forward to help and to give so generously. There are amazing people out there in the world, click here to see who some of them are and how they have made a difference‌ Click here Our Sponsors:

DONATE FINANCIALLY Deposit or Electronic transfer directly into our account First National Bank Account name: Hotel Hope Account number: 62194003382 Branch: Melville, Johannesburg Branch code (sort code): 256505 Account type: Cheque account SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ (For international deposits) Reference: Donation (your name) OTHER WAYS TO DONATE/HELP US Conscious Life Magazine

Dear Reader, Because of animal lovers like you, Humane Society International is working around the clock to fight the gruesome dog meat industry – to end it for good.

We’ve slammed the doors permanently on nine dog meat farms in South Korea and rescued more than 900 dogs. Not only that, but we’re lobbying hard for better laws throughout Asia to fight the cruelty, transition farmers out of the business of cruelty, and so much more. Here is one transformation that we can't stop smiling about. Sophie was rescued just this year from a horrible life on a dog meat farm. Now, she is running free and playing in the grass, surrounded by the love of her forever family:

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This kind of ending never gets old, but so many other dogs still need you.

You can make a difference for dogs caught up in this brutal industry: Sign the dog meat pledge today.

With you by our side, we're committed to this huge fight against the dog meat trade. We’re closing farms and rescuing the animals; we’re raising public and political awareness of the cruelty involved; and we’re growing substantial support for a phase out and ban of South Korea’s dog meat farms. Become a part of the global campaign to end the dog meat trade—sign your name right now. Thank you, for protecting animals from cruelty all across the globe. Sincerely, Kitty Block President Humane Society International

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Who we are: The Monkey Helpline, started in 1995, is a volunteer group, based in Westville near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, but operating throughout the province and also anywhere else in South Africa and abroad where our assistance and advice are requested. Our team of dedicated rescuers and rescue assistants, veterinarians, educators, monitors, fund-raisers, administrative assistants and supporters is what makes this project the success that it is today. Monkey Helpline is a registered NPO. 130-166 NPO

What we do: As a team we devote our time to educating people about the reasons why the monkeys are here, why monkeys behave the way they do, the things people should do or not do when monkeys are around, and how to humanely keep monkeys away from those places where they are not welcome. Just knowing that monkeys will NOT attack and bite people, and that they DON’T carry rabies, is usually enough to change antagonism and fear into tolerance, and frequently into appreciation. We also run a rescue operation and a “high care” unit. We rescue an average of three monkeys every two days, and their injuries range from wounds sustained during fights with other monkeys, dog bites, being run over by motor vehicles, electrocuted, snared, trapped or poisoned, shot with airguns (pellet/BB guns), catapults, paintball guns and firearms, as well as being caught or injured on razor-wire. Many are babies who are orphaned or injured when mother monkeys are attacked by dogs or other monkeys, or are severely injured or killed in human-related incidents. Over eighty percent of the monkeys we rescue, irrespective of the reason why, have got air-gun pellets lodged in their bodies. Lead pellets cause terrible pain, suffering and a lingering death and no person, adult or child, should ever shoot monkeys, or any other animals, with an air-gun. As the only dedicated monkey rescue project in KwaZulu-Natal, the Monkey Helpline is available to do rescues 24 hours a day, every day! On any given day we are treating ten or more monkeys in our home-based high care unit – frequently in excess of twenty monkeys! Once they have recovered from their injuries these monkeys are released back into their home territory, transferred to a rehabilitation facility or placed in a sanctuary. Education is a vital tool in our hands and we distribute thousands of information leaflets, and visit many schools (at least two schools per week) to do educational talks about the monkeys. During 2009 we spoke to over 40 000 school learners and their teachers. We also do talks to many other interest groups such as police cadets, garden clubs, public service groups, conservation bodies, body corporates, etc. In addition, we advise farmers, businesses, hotels and casinos, housing and golfing estates, botanical gardens etc on the best ways to manage human/monkey “conflict”.

Monkey Helpline networks with a number of other Vervet-related individuals, groups, and general primate- and animal-care NGO’s. NB. There is no charge for the services we offer, but donations towards the cost of running the project are welcome. Without your support we would not be able to change attitudes and legislation in favour of the monkeys nor would we be able to rescue the hundreds that we do every year and alleviate their suffering.

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