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People & pets:

True treasures Can you believe it’s March already! How is it going with your plans to live a healthier life? We strive to inspire you to take a small step towards health every day to build your most important insurance policy. The easiest way to incorporate health into your set of values somehow, is to remove something (the croissant in the morning or that extra cup of coffee) and add something healthy back in, such as a veggie juice. See page 64 for some inspirational juicing ideas and discover your juice type. I encourage you to read a fascinating article on the truth about ‘ripe’ food and what nonsense we have come to believe – read Richard Graupner’s article on page 59. Food for thought! David Wolfe with his article Wild Food, page 52, echoes his message.

tension, page 68, explaining how complementary therapies offer hope where conventional medicine fails to control the condition effectively. I just love researching the brilliant minds and great hearts in our industry – present and past. That is why I started the column Pioneers in the Natural Health Movement. Avicenna is now on my list of pioneers to feature in an upcoming issue. This issue we present the father of homeopathy, Samual Hahneman. Have a look at the picture of him and one of his descendants, Charles Tankard Hahnemann, page 10: the similarity in their features, 200 years on, is uncanny.

WELCOME HONORABLE MENTIONS I am so honored to have the brothers Khosh as contributors this month. They received their Doctorates of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University (Seattle) and get this… they are direct descendants of the universally known Avicenna in Persia (980 – 1037)! Also known as Ibn Sina, his most famous works are The Book of Healing – a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and The Canon of Medicine, which is among the most famous books in the history of medicine. The Khosh brothers were trained from childhood in natural healing by their ancestors. They share their experience in the management of hyper-

We welcome a new face to our Experts Panel – Robyn Sheldon. Robyn is a midwife who specialises in connecting pregnant parents to their unborn babies in trusted and loving spaces. Her book, The Mama Bamba Way, brings her birthing approach to thousands of expecting parents worldwide. Read her lovely article The Foetal Experience on page 46.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE Recently my Beagle Savanna and I went for a walk in the mountains of Stellenbosch before work. She picked up the scent of something and was off. Not unusual for a Beagle at all, except for the fact that she

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didn’t return. It was hard to leave the mountain without her. Many friends, family and flyers… but hours turned to days… still no Savanna. A Facebook message announcing a sighting miles away led to more hours of searching into the night. I was not expecting the tears as she’s not even ‘my’ dog but my daughters’. And that’s another thing: a dog should not have an owner…. Finally, as I was about to abandon the night search and once more face the fears of not knowing where she was, I stopped one last time to listen.… And then I heard her. First faint but then louder crying, calling, whimpering and running all mixed into one sound – that of Savanna pounding towards my car from far away. The point of the sharing: you never truly know the value of something until it’s lost. I never thought I would experience the emotions I was reading about in the same week during proofreading the article on page 118: The Morality of Dogs – but there you have it. We also just happened to start an Animal Health page this month, and believe it or not, before Savanna got lost, we decided to feature the plight of Beagles in animal testing. See page 30 and please sign the petition. Follow me on Twitter @DaleenTotten

Paula Begoun is a consumer advocate and bestselling author known worldwide as the ‘Cosmetics Cop.’ As well as giving advice on the beauty industry and publishing several books, she has her own range of skin care products called Paula’s Choice. I tried the Earth Sourced line and highly recommend it. This range is small and focused, consisting of a Cleansing Gel, Refreshing Toner and an Enriched Natural Moisturiser. I found the cleanser fresh and clean, the toner gentle on my skin with no astringent smell or feel, and the moisturiser non-sticky and easy to apply with a squeeze tube. To top it off the packaging is functional, the sizes are substantial and complement each other in use – not to mention looking great in my bathroom. Oh yes, how could I forget – It smells heavenly too! Paula’s Choice products are available online at: Tel: 071-647-6922 Customer Care: General Information:

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PIONEERS in medicine by the Editor This month's pioneer in the Natural Health Movement

Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843)

Samuel Hahnemann, Father of Homeopathy, established the basic principles of the science and art of that system of alternative medicine. He is also called the Father of Experimental Pharmacology, because he was the first physician to try out medicines on healthy human beings.

Dr Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, was the founder of Homeopathy. During his medical studies in Leipzig and Vienna, Hahnemann was highly critical of established medical practices such as bloodletting, finding them cruel and barbaric. He considered it improper to suppress symptoms of disease, believing that the body should be given a chance to heal itself. After earning his doctorate at the University of Erlangen, Hahnemann tried to find ways in which the patient’s internal powers of self-healing could be supported. Hahnemann married and eventually had 11 children! He abandoned medical practice around 1784 and worked as a translator of scientific and medical textbooks. He was proficient in a number of languages, including English, French, Italian, Greek, Latin, Arabic and Hebrew. While translating a book by the Scottish physician William Cullen in 1789, he stumbled upon the discoveries that lead to the beginning of homeopathy. In this book, he found the description of a malaria remedy known as cinchona or Peruvian bark, which he tested on himself. He discovered that, when taken by a healthy person, this cure for malaria produced symptoms similar to those of malaria. He began exploring this rediscovery of the ancient ‘law of similars’ by experimenting on himself and his family and friends.

Dr Hahnemann used a process of dilution (one part of the remedy to 9 parts of absolute alcohol), which was followed by agitation or succussion (vigorous shaking). The aim was for the remedies to remain therapeutic, but cause no side-effects or harm to the patient. In contrast to the conventional understanding of dilution, this process enhanced the effectiveness of the substance as opposed to weakening it. This led Hahnemann to postulate a healing principle: ‘That which can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms.’ He first used the term homeopathy six years later when he published his findings in Christoph Hufeland’s respected medical journal, in an essay entitled ‘Indications of the homeopathic employment of medicines in ordinary practice’ (see Pioneer of the Month, issue 102, page 10 for more on Hufeland). The medical establishment did not accept Hahnemann’s findings. Pharmacists did not comply readily with his directions for preparing the minute doses of medicines he prescribed. When he began dispensing his own medicines without an apothecary’s license, he was

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arrested in 1820 and forced to leave Leipzig. He moved to Kothen, where the Grand Duke Ferdinand supported homeopathy and allowed Hahnemann to dispense his own medicines. Despite the opposition from the ranks of orthodox medicine, homeopathy continued to grow in popularity. Hahnemann remained active to an advanced age. When he was 80 years old he moved to Paris, where he started a new and successful practice. Hahnemann’s three major publications are the Organon of Medicine (revised six times), Materia Medica Pura, which records the exact symptoms of the remedy proving, and The Chronic Diseases, Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homoeopathic Cure, in which he showed how the natural diseases become chronic in nature when suppressed by improper treatment. Hahnemann treated thousands of difficult and chronic cases that defied the best care from allopathic medical doctors all over Europe. He became so famous that physicians from Europe and America came to him for coaching in the new science and art of healing called Homoeopathy. He continued practising and researching homeopathy, as well as writing and lecturing, for the rest of his life. He died in 1843 in Paris, at 88 years of age.

Mr William Herbert Tankard Hahnemann, the great, great, great grandson of Samuel Hahnemann, died on 12 January 2009 (his 87th birthday) after 22 years of active patronage of the British Institute of Homeopathy. The line continues with William’s son Charles, the 7th-generation descendant (Wikipedia). Charles, pictured here, wrote this message to the teaching staff and students of the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, London: ‘All homeopaths should learn and adhere to the historic and fundamental standards set down by Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. The education of homeopaths should be ongoing so as to keep up with any honest advances, but there is no safe practice without a true knowledge of the fundamentals of Homeopathy.’

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KEEPING in touch RISE OF THE CLEVER BRUTES Ideas have legs. Some ideas can outrun a racehorse. Some ideas keep running for centuries, slowly soaking through the fabric of society. Allow me to take you on a brief time warp. Not far, just to the dawn of the Modern Age (and no, it didn't begin with the Beatles). Modernity is actually not that modern at all. It crystallised some 400 years ago in the writings of one man – another stale, pale male – the genius mathematician René Descartes. His statement, ‘I think, therefore I am,’ changed the world forever. At first glance, that statement sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? But what was being replaced by this thought? For some 2 000 years before this, people believed in three sources of truth: Authority, Reason and Experience (in that order of importance). Theists (Jews, Christians, Muslims) added a fourth source of truth (Divine Revelation) as a special kind of authority. But here's the point: none of the ancients, regardless of religious view, questioned these sources. What Descartes did (apparently unwittingly) with one stroke of his quill, was to elevate Reason to the top spot (‘I think’) while knocking Authority way, way downstairs.* The rampant abuse of authority had reached crisis proportions in Europe. As a result, Descartes' ideas spread like wildfire. Think of this as the medieval version of Woodstock (minus the music and the herbs). If our (somewhat shop-soiled) Modern Age can be captured in one phrase, it is this: Reason trumps Authority. Authority would henceforth only exist (grudgingly) at the mercy of Reason. For us, this is such a basic fact of life that we never question it. Finding identity (‘I am’) and truth by means of introspection is second nature to us, but we are not often aware of the effects this has on our lives.

‘So what does this have to do with health and wellness?’ I hear you ask. I'm glad you asked… Every single aspect of health has been impacted by this approach. Solving health issues by reason brought tremendous advances, but those advances came at a steep price. If you reject authority, you also reject history. But, without history, we become little more than savage brutes. We see this happening all around us. In medicine, as much as anywhere else in our society, we have seen the rise of the clever brutes – the highly intelligent barbarians who demand our unquestioning obedience in the name of Reason. Our age lives under the tyranny of unreasonable reason. Finding a new path to wellness that avoids unquestioning allegiance to both dictatorial Authority and tyrannical Reason is the challenge I face daily. It is all too tempting (and easy) to choose one extreme and steer my course by it. Even this very temptation to fanaticism is a product of Modernism, an almost obsessive desire to be unique and different – a mania to be Me. As I learnt to redefine my own wellness (and that of my patients) in terms of community and history, rather than in terms of mind and body, I came face to face with a very, very rare creature: Joy. But more about that in a future letter. To your health! Doc Frank * Interestingly, Descartes admits that his writings on Reason were inspired by a divine revelation… DR FRANK MÜLLER, MB CHB, MMED SC (PHARMACOLOGY)

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DEALING WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF DIABETES I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My symptoms developed slowly over time and included excessive hunger and thirst, fatigue and weakness, frequent urination and visual problems. My doctor recommended diet and lifestyle modifications to control my blood glucose levels. What could have caused this, and what are the top natural products you suggest? B.Y.

its to include more whole foods and fewer processed carbohydrates helps by bringing blood sugar levels under control and reducing weight. Aim for a diet rich in vegetables, whole complex carbohydrates, fibre and lean animal products, and low in fat and simple or refined carbohydrates.

THE EDITOR REPLIES: Diabetes is on the rise, and type 2 diabetes may account for 90 - 95% of all diagnosed cases.

Sometimes drug therapy is warranted, however. A person with type 2 diabetes may need oral medication that works by stimulating the pancreas to make more insulin, helping cells use insulin and glucose better, keeping starches that are eaten from being broken down into glucose, and reducing the amount of glucose released by the liver. But the overall rate of achieving adequate control with drug therapy is said to be only 20 - 30%. In addition, these drugs can cause side-effects.

Type 2 diabetes, often called adult-onset diabetes, is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism characterised by high blood sugar levels. This increase in blood sugar results from defects in insulin production, insulin function, or both. Insulin is a hormone that helps control blood glucose levels, and glucose is the main form of sugar in the body. When the body cannot control its glucose levels, it has difficulty converting food into the energy it needs to function. Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, those with type 2 diabetes may produce healthy or even high levels of insulin. But because their cells do not use it effectively, blood glucose levels rise. This condition is called hyperglycaemia, and it is dangerous if untreated. The high blood sugar levels seen in diabetes are the consequences of toxicities of foods, environment, and stress. Obesity is a major contributing factor; in fact, about 90% of adults and children with type 2 diabetes are obese. Other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being older than 45; having a high-density lipoprotein (HDL) level; having high blood pressure and being sedentary. Food choices such as refined, fibre-depleted carbohydrates are thought to induce diabetes in susceptible people. The cornerstones of diabetes treatment plans are dietary and lifestyle modifications, which can often bring the condition under complete control. Changing eating hab-

Daily exercise also helps normalise blood sugar levels and promotes weight loss.

Several natural therapies show promise in controlling blood sugar levels, but please consult your integrative doctor. Some with strong evidence of efficacy are alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), a powerful, natural antioxidant; cinnamon; chromium, an essential trace element; and fenugreek seeds. Glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fibre derived from konjac root, delays stomach emptying, causing a more gradual absorption of dietary sugar that can reduce the post-meal blood sugar elevation typically associated with diabetes. Researchers showed that people with diabetes had lower post-meal blood sugar levels when they were given glucomannan in their food, and that overall diabetic control is improved with glucomannan-enriched diets. Numerous other nutritional and botanical medicines are promising for treating diabetes and its associated conditions. These treatments include various antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, essential fatty acids, bitter melon, Gymnema sylvestre, and Ginkgo biloba. Discuss any complementary medicine you plan to try with your doctor.

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NATURAL OPTIONS FOR ARTHRITIS TREATMENT Thank you for a lovely publication! What a pleasurable read to look forward to every month. I am feeling a bit down and want to ask you to please publish an article on arthritis. I have some joint pain, and that’s what I think it is. The pain gets worse when I eat sweets. Who can I see to confirm this? The last thing I want to do is go to a GP and be put on a pharmaceutical drug! I believe that when you start taking these drugs, you will end up needing others to help with the symptoms and side-effects they cause. My neighbor is 67 years old and already on a variety of drugs. Right now though I’m finding it difficult even to clean my house, and I’m proud of having always done my own cleaning. What are the natural options, if any? Patsy THE EDITOR REPLIES: I’m glad you enjoy the magazine. We have published three articles on arthritis only last year (issue 92; issue 96 and issue 97). It is quite likely that certain foods are making your symptoms worse, and it would definitely be worth your while to consult a dietician or nutritionist.

Doctor or therapist? The conventional doctor who usually treats rheumatoid arthritis is a rheumatologist, who has been trained to diagnose and treat arthritis and related diseases that affect the joints, muscles, bones, skin and other tissues. Having said that, it’s not only medically trained doctors who can treat arthritis! ■ Physiotherapists use various techniques such as exercise to help the patient improve the function and mobility of the joints. ■ Occupational therapists educate patients on the various ways and techniques to conserve energy, minimise pain and protect joints. ■ Acupuncturists use acupuncture techniques – the insertion of needles into the skin – to improve physical function and reduce pain. ■ Naturopaths treat their patients through natural means only.

■ Homeopaths specialise in holistic, natural and safe treatments for a number of illnesses and ailments. ■ Herbalists have many different ways of treating their patients, including herbal supplements, leaves, crude plants, seeds and dried roots. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, causing pain and inflammation. If left untreated, this inflammation can cause joint erosion and permanent damage. The earlier it’s treated, the better the outcome. According to an article published in Medical Daily on 22 January, ‘People living with RA are twice as likely to be depressed as others’ and ‘… depression is a very real side-effect of the disease, that may have a significant impact on the overall well-being of the patient depending on how severe the symptoms are’. According to the Arthritis Foundation (, the following are common symptoms of arthritis: ■ Regular morning joint stiffness ■ Persistent joint pain that does not improve ■ Joint pain that gets worse over time ■ Joints that are swollen, red, tender or hot to the touch ■ Joint pain accompanied by fever ■ Several affected joints ■ Joint problems that affects your ability to move or function.

When you are receiving treatment for arthritis, view yourself and your doctor or therapist as a team. To ensure the best care.

Some natural remedies Complementary medicine offers various remedies, including, but not limited to, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate, pine bark extract, rosehips, green-lipped mussel extract, cat’s claw, fish oil, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), hyaluronic acid and ginger.

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TIPS TO HELP WITH HOUSE WORK. ■ Instead of a dedicated chore day, clean just one room a day. ■ If squeezing a spray bottle or lugging a heavy bottle is difficult, look for easy-to-handle packaging. ■ In a two-story house, stash a complete set of cleaning solutions and tools on each floor. ■ When making your bed, use a wooden pizza paddle to help you tuck in sheets and blankets and use a large,

light-weight bedspread or comforter that can be slipped over your sheets easily. Just smooth your sheets and throw the comforter over them. ■ When cleaning the house, wear an old pair of gloves or socks on your hands for dusting. I hope this is helpful – and please consult a professional to confirm the diagnosis so you can start treatment. The sooner the better!

MEMORY CONCERNS I am a 36-year-old woman, and I truly suspect that something is wrong with my memory. I often get frustrated because I’m on my way out then need to run back into the house to get my phone – and then half way down the road I have to go back to fetch something else I have forgotten. I waste so much time! Yes, I’m busy and have a stressful life, but is this normal? I also have to re-read things many times because I can never remember what I've read. Could stress have something to do with this? O.Y. THE EDITOR REPLIES: You are probably experiencing distraction because of the stress you are under, an overly full schedule, and multiple demands on your time and energy. This distraction might be one reason why it is difficult to retain information. If you are really concerned about memory loss, talk to your doctor. He or she can determine whether you are experiencing true memory loss related to a medical condition. Dendrites play an important role in the overall function of a neuron, and are stimulated by learning new information. Stress does the opposite – high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, makes dendrites shrivel up, according to Professor Sapolsky of Stanford University, whose research found that this effect became noticeable after as little as two weeks of stress. Fortunately dendrites grow back once cortisol levels decline. Another way to enhance your memory and mind, and protect yourself from memory decline, is to ensure that you are taking in optimal levels of the following memoryenhancing nutrients and supplements, from which your

body can make key brain chemicals: DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), choline, pyroglutamate, phosphatidyl serine, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), glutamine, Gingko biloba, ginseng and Bacopa monnieri, B vitamins. These are becoming widely available, and can be found in combination in state-of-the-art brain-boosting supplements. The simple step of developing a habit of actively paying attention can save much frustration. It takes no more than a minute to stop and say to yourself: ‘What do I need to have with me as I leave the house: keys, glasses, phone, water bottle, handbag…’. Use a small window of opportunity in the day and morning, to make a list of everything you can think of that you need to do, who you need to call, and so on. You will feel more in control and save yourself valuable time Another great help is to have fixed places to put all medications, important phone numbers and papers, useful tools, keys, wallets and glasses. You will minimise those frustrating searches for a misplaced item. Increasing blood flow to the brain will help keep your neuronal networks healthy. In addition to physical exercise, you can try brain exercises like crossword puzzles or computer memory games. Reading and discussing what you’ve read with people will improve your ability to retrieve and remember information. It's important to know that many factors other than ageing can affect memory, including depression, toxic chemicals and thyroid problems. Medication can also affect memory.

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Recent research carried out by Dr Gregory S. Berns, director of Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy in Atlanta, shows how reading can help define a person by improving connectivity in the brain. The study involved 21 students who were instructed to read sections of the 2003 novel Pompeii by Robert Harris over nine nights. The students’ brains were scanned every morning after and then again daily for five days on completion of the book. The collated data revealed heightened brain connectivity in the left temporal cortex – the area of the brain associated with language comprehension – and in the central sulcus, which is associated with sensation and movement. According to Dr Berns, the reconfiguration in the brain’s networks after reading lasts for at least a few days and, he says, ‘It shows how stories can stay with us. This may have profound implications for children and the role of reading in shaping their brains.’ Reference Berns G. S., et al. Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain. Brain Connectivity. 2013; 3(6): 590-600.


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Welcome news! Johnson & Johnson, one of the world's leading personal care products companies, has honoured its promise to reformulate its baby products to phase out a toxic formaldehyde-releasing chemical. Sold with an ‘improved formula’ label, Johnson & Johnson's popular ‘No More Tears’ baby shampoo no longer contains quaternium-15, which releases small amounts of formaldehyde inside the bottle to serve as a preservative. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. The company also says it has reduced levels of a suspected carcinogen, 1,4-dioxane, to traces in both its baby and adult products. It has pledged to remove more chemicals from both its baby and adult product lines by 2015.

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FIND OF THE MONTH SMARTHEART – DEVELOPING EMOTIONALLY EXPRESSIVE KIDS SmartHeart is a board game which has been developed by psychologists for children to: ■ Stimulate a child’s ability to identify and communicate their feelings appropriately ■ Facilitate and foster mental and emotional health ■ Create the gateway for children to talk about serious issues in a playful manner ■ Encourage children to think for themselves and create solutions to their problems ■ Help to normalise what children may come faceto-face with on the playground, in the classroom, at home, and in other social contexts. Haley Rogoff, an occupational therapist at Professional Minds, says, ‘We have experienced the wonderful SmartHeart game and found it to be highly therapeutic and a wonderful tool for supporting, encouraging and developing kids emotionally.’ The SmartHeart board game is available directly from Charts4Hearts at a cost of R399. For more information visit or email


New research from Western University in Canada has shown that foetal nicotine exposure from either smoking or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has long-term adverse health effects on the baby, including the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Lead researcher Professor Daniel Hardy says, ‘We knew smoking was bad during pregnancy. But the problem is one fifth of pregnant women in Canada continue to smoke, and 30 prospective studies have shown us that babies born to smoking mothers have a 47 percent increase in the odds of becoming overweight.’

Iron Depleted levels of iron may lead to anaemia and weakened immune function. Symptoms of anaemia include dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, a pale skin colour, and possibly an irregular heartbeat.

In laboratory research, conducted in collaboration with Professor Alison Holloway, Hardy proved that the amount of nicotine an average smoker would consume resulted in smaller offspring and an increase in liver and circulating triglycerides, a hallmark of obesity.


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ALUMINIUM TOXICITY Propolis is one of nature’s wonderful ‘fixers’ and is produced by the tireless honey bee. It not only benefits the bees, but us too! Bees create propolis from collecting resins from various plants and crops. They use it as a hive disinfectant, to seal cracks, and to build panels. We ourselves are able to benefit from the antimicrobial effects of propolis.

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Researchers from Jiwaji University, India have now shown how propolis can treat aluminium toxicity, which is a real threat as aluminium is everywhere: in cans, pots, foil, deodorants etc. Aluminium accumulates in the liver, lungs, thyroid and brain and can compete for important minerals such as calcium, and interfere with the central nervous system leading to mental disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminium toxicity may also raise uric acid levels, cholesterol and urea levels. Balanced urea levels are important for metabolic processes and high uric acid levels are a risk factor for gout. The researchers studied the protective effect of propolis against aluminium-induced toxicity of the liver, kidney and brain cells. The study results were positive showing that the administration of propolis helped restore cells and mitigate oxidative stress. Improvement was seen in liver, kidney and brain function. Importantly, the propolis helped restore nervous system tissues in the forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain. Source Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India

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In an eight-year study, 400 men who had suffered a recent cardiac event, were split into two groups. One group was instructed to continue with their normal diet while the other group was instructed to avoid saturated fats but include more safflower oil — a rich source of omega-6 fats. The data, which was published in the British Medical Journal,¹ was surprising: the men who cut back on saturated fats were more likely to have heart complications and die from all causes. The researchers believe the problem lies with omega-6, an unsaturated fatty acid which is highly prevalent in the typical Western diet. A high consumption of omega-6 is linked to inflammation, blood clots and plaque formation. The American diet has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 8:1 whereas we need an optimal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of no greater than 4:1. Omega-3 fats halt inflammation, have a blood-thinning effect and protect against plaque build-up. There is no need to avoid all omega-6 fats and vegetable oils – just reduce the amount of omega-6 in your diet by monitoring your intake of vegetable oils like soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, and sunflower oil as well as eggs, milk, beef and chicken which are rich sources of omega-6 fats. Rather use olive oil and increase your intake of omega-3 rich food sources with salmon, sardines, flax seeds and walnuts. You can also always supplement with omega-3 fish and algal oils (derived from algae). Reference 1. Ramsden C.E., et al. Use of dietary linoleic acid for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and death. British Medical Journal. February 2013; 4:346.

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Dry skin, dandruff, heartburn, a burning bladder, gout, stiff, sore joints or just a general feeling of constantly being a bit under the weather can be signs of a lifestyle that creates too much acid in your body?


ack in school we learned about pH and how acids had low numbers, alkalines had high numbers and the middle, or neutral pH was 7. Most of us couldn’t see how it was relevant in day-to-day life, yet it is. Our internal pH levels are critically important to our long-term health and all our body fluids need to maintain a different pH balance, i.e. saliva is neutral, while gastric juices are acid. Our typical Western diet is too low in fruits and vegetables and too high in animal products that generate acid-forming chemicals in our body. While the body has a sophisticated buffering system to protect it from an overload

Dairy may be rich in calcium, but most dairy foods also produce an acid yield. When acid-yielding foods lower the body’s pH, the kidneys coordinate efforts to buffer that acidity. Bones release calcium and magnesium to re-establish alkalinity, and muscles are broken down to produce ammonia, which is strongly alkaline. Over time, calcium and magnesium losses can equate to deficiencies, with many implications. Both minerals play essential roles in bone formation and normal heart rhythm. Low magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps, arrhythmias, and anxiety. Fruits and vegetables are rich in calcium and magnesium as well as potassium salts, a natural buffer and a mineral that helps protect against hypertension and stroke. Eating too few of these foods deprives us of potassium, a mineral that protects against hypertension and stroke.

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It can take years to develop complications associated with long-term depletion of this nutrient. Irritability, weakness, numbness, anaemia, loss of appetite, headache, personality changes and confusion are some of the signs and symptoms associated with a lack of vitamin B12. Low levels of this vitamin may also be associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, heart disease, brain disorders and birth defects.


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ANIMAL health

by Natasha Bolognesi

EPILEPSY IN DOGS Epilepsy is a common disease in many breeds of pedigree dogs. It is genetic and can be passed down from one generation to the next. It is believed that the epileptic fit is due to an abnormal burst of electrical activity in the brain. Before the seizure, or grand mal episode, occurs, some dogs develop an ‘aura’ during which time they may whine, demonstrate anxiety, seek affection or seclusion. The dog will then collapse and become unconscious demonstrating abnormal movements from rigid legs to ‘paddling’ as though he were swimming. The dog will salivate and may even urinate or defecate. The fit normally lasts about two minutes, after which time the dog will be disorientated, restless and vocal. The recovery time lasts about four times the length of the fit.

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talk to the dog calmly and stroke him cover him with a blanket do not move the dog do not attempt to free the tongue remove other dogs from the area remove hard or sharp objects from the area time the seizure observe all signs the dog exhibits, noting too whether the pupils look the same

If the fits occur rapidly and continuously the dog should be taken to the vet.

This month’s ‘paws’ for thought Pets are often prescribed for depression: no one loves you more unconditionally than your furry friend. Your pet, especially a dog, will listen to you for as long as you want to talk and at no cost! Stroking a dog or cat is extremely therapeutic. And grooming or exercising a pet transports you out of yourself and creates quality time for yourself.

Save the Harlan Beagles Harlan Laboratories is an international company who supply animals, including Beagle dogs, for use in scientific experiments. Harlan breed Beagles in the United Kingdom. They also offer their clients the option of purchasing ‘surgically-modified’ animals. This means that some Beagles undergo surgery on Harlan premises so they are experiment-ready before being transported to a client’s laboratory. Save the Harlan Beagles is headed by a group of professional women who believe that breeding Beagles for use in vivisection* is morally reprehensible and who understand that experiments on any non-human species – as claimed predictive for humans – perpetuates failed science which adversely affects human health. The organisation aims to close Harlan’s UK Beagle breeding/donor sites and end the scientifically-failed and cruel testing of human medicines on animals. To help, sign the Save the Harlan Beagles Petition: * vivisection: the practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research

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DON’T FORGET THE DANDELIONS! ASK YOUR HERBALIST CATHY SKIPPER Twitter @cathyskipper2 skipper.3) English-born Cathy has lived in rural France for the last 20 years. She obtained the herbalist diploma from the Lyons School of Medicinal Plants where she now teaches botany field study, healing with plants, and herbal gardening. She also runs the international herbal network Herbalistes sans Frontières. Her personal philosophy, that each of us find our true personal alignment with ourselves, with nature and then ultimately as healers, underlies all her work. She has recently co-authored the book Aromatic Medicine.


I read with great interest your article on ‘Local Herbalism, Pick Your Own’ in last month’s issue in which you discussed the properties of nettle. I am curious about the health properties of dandelions, if any? A.G.


CATHY SKIPPER REPLIES: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) is commonly known as ‘pissenlit’ (piss on bed) in French, referring to its strong diuretic action. Dande-

lions grow everywhere, especially on lawns and grassy areas, and the leaves, flowers and roots are used depending on the time of the year and the action we are looking for. The other day I wanted to eat salad and as we didn’t have any fresh lettuce in the house, I spent ten minutes in the garden collecting young dandelion leaves, plantain leaves, and chickweed. I then added some crushed brazil nuts, garlic, and shallot, made a dressing of walnut oil and balsamic dressing, and it was better than any lettuce and far more nutritious. Dandelion roots stimulate the kidneys, but unlike many diuretics, rather than creating a deficiency in potassium, they are full of the stuff and so increase potassium levels. Dandelion roots also decongest the liver and gall bladder making an effective digestive tonic, and are also very interesting as an autumn cure to detoxify the digestive system before the onset of winter. Here in rural France, the habit of eating huge dandelion leaf salads in spring thankfully still exists among some local people. The leaves are often used as part of a spring cure to help move the waters in the organism, stimulate bile, unblock the build up of crystals in joints, and are extremely nutritious as they are very rich in vitamins. Dandelion flowers make a great jam, which we call dandelion honey. Although the jam is made with sugar, the dandelion flowers give it the uncanny taste of honey. So yes, the health benefits of dandelion are many, with the added bonus of some culinary secrets!

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DO I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA? ASK YOUR INTEGRATIVE DOCTOR DR SIMONE SILVER, MB, BCH She obtained her medical degree from Wits University in 2007. After graduating, she completed two United States Licensing Examinations, a course in Good Clinical Practice, her internship and community service in Johannesburg. Fascinated by the intricate interplay between the physical, psychological, societal and environmental factors in establishing and perpetuating disease, she is the first female doctor in Cape Town to be practising functional and anti-aging medicine. She has developed a special interest in the pathophysiology of stress and disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, is a faculty member of the South African Academy of Integrative Medicine and lectures frequently.


I have been suffering from widespread chronic pain for over a year now. I am constantly exhausted and have trouble sleeping. I am becoming increasingly frustrated as after three visits to different doctors I still do not have a diagnosis. I have been reading up on fibromyalgia and fear I have the condition which may have been triggered by my own environmental stressors (I am recently divorced from a man who abused me verbally for five years). I would like to know if I can get a clear diagnosis and what treatment options are available. Thank you. G.M


DR SIMONE SILVER REPLIES: Fibromyalgia is a chronic and often distressing health problem that can cause pain all over the body and often a number of other associated symptoms such as sleep problems, changes in memory, irritable bowel and bladder symptoms, headaches and sometimes even mood changes. The diagnosis is usually made on clinical grounds by a physician as no single diagnostic test exists. However, your doctor would usually perform a panel of blood tests to rule out other conditions which can mimic the symptoms of fibromyalgia. These may include, but are not limited to: low thyroid, autoimmune diseases and other diseases affecting the muscles and nervous system. For a patient to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the following criteria should be met: ■ Widespread body pain of a certain severity level (this is based on pain scores) that may include areas of tenderness to the touch (trigger points) ■ Patients may also suffer from fatigue, unrefreshed sleep and memory or concentration problems ■ Symptoms should be present at the same level of severity for at least three months ■ No other medical condition adequately accounts for the presence of symptoms. I suggest you consult with a rheumatologist or doctor who has a special interest in fibromyalgia, how to diagnose it and how to treat it. There are a variety of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment options that will help control your symptoms although there is currently no known cure for the disease. Sending you best wishes for improved health and recovery!

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What does it take to be happy ever after? Can I be in the moment and just take life as it comes without attachment to results – and if I fail, try to remember to let it go? L.E


DR JOHN DEMARTINI REPLIES: Some will claim happiness is a happy relationship, others say if they won a pile of money they would be happy. Ask a hundred different people, you’ll get a hundred different answers. But wait just a minute – what if I told you that winning the pile of money or having a great relationship won’t keep you happy indefinitely and might actually lead to the opposite half the time. That might come as quite a shock! So why can’t happiness be yours forever? The answer is short and simple: because happiness by itself is only half of the equation of life. It alone, without its partner – called sadness – makes for a fantasy or an illusion; and ‘happy-ever-after’ is also an un-spirited fairytale. From this one illusion is birthed some of the most prevalent social ‘concerns’ of our era – stress,

suicide, heartache, hopelessness, anger, resentment and depression. The hope for happy-ever-after is one of our greatest psychological and social delusions. So beware. If you set yourself up with the expectation that you are going to somehow be magically happyever-after, you are checking yourself into the Heartbreak Hotel for life. The reality is that everlasting happiness does not exist. It goes against the nature of our true and balanced nature. Our purpose in life isn’t just to pursue happiness. It’s about loving the two sides of life’s winding road that leads us all to places in our hearts, minds and physical experience that are a blend of happy and sad, nice and mean experiences, as we walk through our spiritual journey to awaken true gratitude and love. As we progress along the course of our mystical voyage, we will experience natural cycles of highs and lows. When we experience these cycles, the secret to a wonderful, rewarding life is not to be found by flying high on the up cycles and sinking down to the lowest depths on the down cycles, but, instead, by creating an ability to appreciate every one of life’s experiences (both happy or sad) and learn and grow from them in a fulfilling and rewarding way. Learning to see the magnificence of life (no matter what form of high or low it takes) is a secret that I teach in my programme entitled The Breakthrough Experience®. This secret is uncovered and found through the use of The Demartini Method®. This amazing process provides a simple means to help you instantly find the blessings and be grateful for whatever it is that life confronts you with, whether you are dealing with a high or a low. So, while you may not be able to remain happy-everafter, you can, however, become more grateful-everafter for each aspect of your life.

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HOW TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL NATURALLY ■ Lpa, a hereditary risk factor ■ Homocysteine ■ Vitamin D3

ASK YOUR INTEGRATIVE DOCTOR DR DAVID NYE He practises integrative medicine together with his wife, Dr Sandi Nye, in Pinelands, Cape Town. As a registered medical doctor, homeopath and acupuncturist he has a special interest in chronic illness, especially when conventional medicine fails to help. He uses a variety of modalities and tests in his quest to find the best solutions for the patient.


All of these can be measured with a simple blood sample. The LDL is generally regarded as ‘bad’ cholesterol, but it can be further divided into fluffy particles (which are good) and dense particles (which are bad), but unfortunately this cannot yet be measured in South Africa. A raised level of triglycerides is often hereditary, or may indicate a lot of fat in the diet. HDL is the ‘good’ cholesterol, and if it is too low, it can be raised by exercise and omega-3 fats and a variety of natural supplements.

Please advise what I can take to reduce my cholesterol naturally? Thank you. G.M.


DR DAVID NYE REPLIES: Firstly, we need to put cholesterol as a risk factor into context. High cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. The main causes of a heart attack are stress combined with inflammation. Inflammation of the arteries causes rough patches, which then allows the cholesterol to stick to these, resulting in atheroma plaques. When severe stress is experienced, the compromised artery may narrow due to spasm, which blocks the blood flow, which leads to a heart attack. So, when one wishes to measure one’s risk of getting a heart attack, one needs to look at a range of risk factors, not just the cholesterol. These risk factors include: ■ The components of cholesterol: LDL (low density lipoprotein), triglycerides and HDL (high density lipoprotein) ■ usCRP (ultra-sensitive C-reactive protein) as a measure of inflammation in the arteries

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usCRP can be reduced by avoiding inflammatory foods in the diet, such as sugars, refined starches and poor quality, or burned, oils. Smoking is a big contributor to raising inflammation i.e. usCRP. Homocysteine is a by-product of the Krebs cycle in the cells, which produces energy. When one has insufficient B-vitamins and folic acid in the diet, homocysteine is produced. A raised level in the blood is a signifi cant risk factor for heart disease, strokes and cancer. It can be lowered by increasing the intake of B-vitamins and folic acid. Vitamin D3 is made under the skin with sufficient exposure to sunlight. Unfortunately, everyone is now too scared of sun exposure, and cover up or use block-out creams. The result is low levels of Vitamin D3 (ideal = 40-70ng/ml). D3 has hormonal actions on every system in the body, so it is important to get your level up into the optimal range. Having put the cholesterol risk factor into context, we can now address how to lower cholesterol. Cutting down on fat in the diet can contribute to lowering cholesterol, but if you eat too little, the liver will manufacture it anyway. Avoid eating low fat foods, such as yoghurts, as these often have high amounts of refined sugars, to compensate for the taste. These sugars will contribute to inflammation, and increase your cardiac risk! Also avoid hydrogenated fats (trans-fats) often found in baked goods or margarines, as these contribute to inflammation. Increase your intake of vegetables, fruits and legumes, which all provide soluble fibre. Garlic and olive oil have also been shown to reduce cholesterol. Increasing exercise is another factor responsible for healthier cholesterol levels. Natural supplements to help lower cholesterol include red yeast rice, guggulipid, green tea, fish oils, policosanol, phytosterols, vitamin B3 (niacin) and artichoke leaf. Good luck!

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CHRONIC FATIGUE & BATTERED BOWEL ECOLOGY PROFESSOR MAJID ALI, MB BS (PUNJAB), FRCS (UK), FACP (USA), FAAEM (USA). He is a surgeon, pathologist, immunologist, allergist, and teacher in self-regulation. He is deeply committed to a medicine that reverses chronic disease and preserves health using non-pharmacological molecular protocols of nutrition, allergy and chemical sensitivity, self-regulation and fitness. He has written many books including The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine (available from and has had more than 154 papers published in various medical journals.

The bowel ecosystem teems with life. Shrouded in metabolic mists, it is as rich in biological diversity and as broad in biochemical inter-relationships as any ecosystem on our planet. The ancients seemed to sense this intuitively, but today many of us have forgotten it. Professor Majid Ali investigates the connection between clinical disease and abnormalities in the bowel. The bowel ecosystem is always damaged in chronic states, and its restoration is the second core thrust of my management of chronic fatigue – the first being a global strategy for reducing oxidative stress.

THE GUT IS A MISUNDERSTOOD ORGAN In conventional medicine, treatment of symptoms directly related to the gut consists of suppression of those symptoms with drugs. When the symptoms are not directly related to the gut, any suggestion that they may be caused by a damaged bowel ecosystem is unceremoniously dismissed.

In my view it is remarkable that such a vast number of clinical problems seemingly unrelated to the bowel spontaneously resolve when the focus of clinical management turns to issues of bowel ecology. How often do symptoms of persistent debilitating fatigue clear up when an altered state of bowel ecology is restored to normal? How often do troublesome mood swings subside when therapies focus on the bowel? How often does joint pain and stiffness resolve when bowel issues are addressed? How often do we successfully prevent chronic headache, anxiety, palpitations, incapacitating premenstrual symptoms,

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recurrent attacks of vaginitis, asthma and skin lesions, by correcting abnormalities in the internal environment of the bowel? The answers to these questions vary widely. Physicians who neglect the bowel (and those who didn’t understand the issues of bowel ecology in the first place) will dismiss the questions with scorn. None of this has been proven with double-blind cross-over studies,

we get a chance to bask in the sunshine? What do we get through our lungs? All our ancestors ever received through their lungs was oxygen; now we receive – unwillingly and under severe protest – a heavy load of environmental pollutants. Everything else that enters our biological system comes through the gut lining (of which the mucosal linings of the mouth, oesophagus and

The integrity of human molecular defences cannot be preserved except through preservation of the gut ecology they will strenuously protest. Other physicians, who have learned to respect the bowel – as the ancients did – and care for their patients with a focus on bowel issues, will readily and unequivocally validate my personal (and fairly extensive) clinical experience.

stomach are essentially extensions). The states of health and absence of health are expressions of the dynamics of foods within the gut ecosystem – the effects on foods of the digestive-absorptive processes as well as the various life forms in the gut.

WINDOW ON THE WORLD A cell looks at the world around it through its cell membrane. It is this membrane that separates the cell’s internal order from external order. The cell membrane or its counterparts carry the primary responsibility for preserving the biological integrity of the organism. The gut mucosa would be expected to be the primary host defence organ. This is indeed the case when one looks at health and disease from a holistic perspective. In a biological sense, our gut lining is our window to the world around us. What do we get through our skin but a little vitamin D when

HUMAN MOLECULAR DEFENCES EXIST AS PLANTS IN THE SOIL OF THE BOWEL CONTENTS The ancients appear to have known the above intuitively. We seem to have taken a very circuitous route to grasp this most fundamental of all aspects of the immune system. I remember that the hakim (folk-doctor) in my village always prescribed laxatives for a headache. He prescribed remedies that seemed to work on the bowel for problems of the skin, joints, liver and other


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organs. Of course I, then a medical student, found it very amusing. It never occurred to me why folk-doctors would prescribe, year after year, remedies that couldn’t work. I also never wondered why people accepted those remedies year after year if they afforded no relief. I was into the science of medicine then, not into finding out what worked and what didn’t.

tion – colitis in common jargon – I wondered where and how it might have started. We pathologists know quite a bit about how a damaged bowel looks, but little if anything about the initial molecular events that set the stage for tissue damage. What is the cause of ulcerative colitis? Pathologists will tell you it is not known. What is the cause of Crohn’s colitis?

Disruptions of bowel ecology can be arrested and reversed only with a gardener’s sense of tending to the soil, nurturing the plants, and respect for the sunshine Now I question the science of the average family practitioner when he prescribes drugs for chronic bowel symptoms, the causes of which, by our own admission, we do not understand. How scientific is his use of antacids for symptoms of burning or pain in the pit of the stomach, his use of antispasmodic drugs for abdominal cramps, his use of anti-diarrhoeal drugs for diarrhoea? How scientific is the use of anti-inflammatory agents, anxiolytic -drugs, anti-depressants, anti-spastic agents, anti-histamines, and of course broad-spectrum antibiotics?

THE BOWEL PERPLEXES A PATHOLOGIST For many years I have studied a host of clinical syndromes in which the symptom complexes can be related to events occurring in the bowel. As a hospital pathologist, I have had the opportunity to examine more than 11 000 bowel biopsies during the last 25 years. Every time I peered at a bit of bowel through a microscope and saw inflamma-

Unknown. What is the cause of irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colitis? Unknown. What is the cause of microscopic colitis and collagenous colitis? The answer is the same. Why is it that we do not know the cause of any of these types of colitis? Because we search for answers in the damaged structure, rather than in the events preceding the damage. None of these ‘diseases’ can be understood other than through ecological thinking. As a clinician I have cared for many patients with auto-immune and immunodeficiency syndromes. Microscopic, immune, molecular and clinical observations — as disparate as they appeared in the clinical setting — began to take form before me. I began to recognise that events taking place in the bowel were clearly related to many clinical syndromes that seemed to have nothing to do with the bowel according to the prevailing concepts of pathogenesis of disease. The single most im-

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portant insight into the workings of the human immune and non-immune defence systems for me has been this: the integrity of human molecular defences cannot be preserved except through preservation of the gut ecology. My clinical work with chronic fatigue states has allowed me to test and validate this fundamental concept with therapies founded on my view of injured bowel ecosystems.

RESTORATION OF BOWEL ECOLOGY Disruptions of bowel ecology can be arrested and reversed only with a gardener’s sense of tending to the soil, nurturing the plants, and respect for the sunshine. The sun-related factors – chronic anger, hostility, conflict, and a sense of being a victim – both slow down bowel transit time and significantly reduce perfusion in various parts of the alimentary tract. Those anatomically mediated responses form the core of the so-called stress response. Seeding is the repopulation of the gut with microflora that have been destroyed by indiscriminate use of antibiotics or crowded out by the unrestrained proliferation of yeast and bacteria. The ‘guardian angel bacteria’ for bowel ecology belong to the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species. Some other species also play protective roles. In health, these organisms provide the necessary counterbalance to the growth of yeast and pathogenic bacterial organisms. Beyond this, these organisms produce several molecules that play critical roles in our molecular defence systems. Feeding with growth factors such as biotin, pantetheine and vitamin B12 encourages the normal bowel flora to flourish. Cold hands and cold bowel are the result of oxidatively damaged thyroid enzymes (underactive thyroid gland), oxidatively damaged

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autonomic nerve cells and fibres or an oxidatively overdriven adrenal gland. None of these problems can be managed effectively with yeast-free diets and Nystatin. Of course there are other essential issues – nutrition, environment, food and mould allergy, and fitness. In

crisis may be looming or there is a risk of serious complications. ■ Patients managed with natural agents should be prepared for slow and sustained recovery over weeks and months. It is my practice not to abruptly withdraw drugs pre-

The ‘guardian angel bacteria’ for bowel ecology belong to the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species the management of battered bowel ecosystems, it is essential to consider the biological individuality of the patient. An integrated, long-term approach is needed, addressing all relevant issues of bowel flora and parasites, bowel transit time, etc. Physicians who are not familiar with natural therapies for managing chronic bowel and gastric disorders are in for a pleasant surprise. A very large number of effective natural agents are available to them. Extensive clinical experience has convinced me that for chronic disorders that are not life-threatening, natural therapies are far superior to the huge array of drugs that are foisted upon us.

INTEGRATIVE MANAGEMENT OIF BOWEL DISORDERS The following are important principles in my integrative management of chronic gastric and bowel disorders: ■ All patients should be offered standard drug therapies for acute disorders when a clinical

scribed by other physicians. Rather, I aim for gentle restoration of the bowel and gastric ecologies. When patients sense improvement – within days or weeks – they ask me if they should begin to reduce the dose of drugs they are taking, and I provide guidance on how to do this gradually. ■ My patients are required to attend a fullday workshop at which I give detailed information about the devastating impact of internal and external environments on our biology. Nutrition and exercise classes are given by the nursing staff. ■ All patients are managed with an overarching philosophy of holistic molecular relatedness in human biology. This is an essential point – the very essence of the new medicine that is needed to solve the problems of the 21st century. ■ Finally, of critical importance, a self-help approach to health requires guidance from a knowledgeable professional. Safety first is the foremost principle of molecular medicine, as for all other areas of medicine.

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In short, intra-uterine bonding does not happen automatically: Love for the child and understanding of one’s own feelings are needed to make it work. When these are present, they can more than offset the emotional disturbances we are all prone to in our daily lives. DR THOMAS VERNY, EXPERT ON PRENATAL PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT

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Modern technology presents consistent proof that the foetus is a highly sensitive being and that the treatment of our babies while they are in the womb could play a role in their post-natal emotional development. Until recently it was believed that babies only began to feel, think and dream after birth. However, recent evidence shows that not only is the birth often traumatic and crucial in forming life patterns, but that prenatal experience is also formative to future life. As a result of studies undertaken by prenatal and perinatal psychologists, scientists are now conceding that babies in utero respond to complex biochemical influences such as movement, light and sound. An international congress of prenatal and perinatal psychology of North America was established in the 1980s and researchers such as Dr Stanislav Grof and many others have made important contributions to this field of inquiry.

movie. The foetus was as upset as the mother.1 It makes rational sense that this should be so, since we know that the mother’s hormones, that is endorphins or adrenaline, pass through the placental barrier.


According to Dr Thomas Verny on The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, continued stress, particularly when linked to our partners, can be damaging to the emotional security of a child. However, short periods of stress are not likely to be problematic, and most of us experience at least some of that in our pregnancies, particularly in first pregnancies, when all sorts of unexpected adaptations to our situation arise and when it slowly begins to dawn on us what having a baby really means in terms of lifestyle changes. If our emotions have long-term impacts on our unborn children, it seems virtually impossible for us not to harm them. This is earth, after all.

The foetus has been found to be immensely sensitive and capable. This discovery has become very apparent with the advent of ultrasound scanning, where the baby’s movements can be clearly observed. Amniocentesis, for example, is performed with ultrasound these days, and the foetus can often be seen to withdraw from the intrusion of the needle into the amniotic fluid. Parents often describe an ultrasound of their unborn as a delightful event, not least because their baby was sucking its thumb or scratching its head. These activities are obviously chosen and are not simply reflex actions. Not only do babies in the womb partake of activities for pleasure, they also react to unpleasant situations, even to emotionally unpleasant situations. In a study undertaken in the States, Correia measured the effect on the foetus of a mother viewing brief portions of a violent

Babies are also sensitive to our emotions. This statement has the potential to engender feelings of guilt. Almost every one of us has moments during pregnancy where we are irritated, angry, feel ugly, unhappy or stressed out from work. Unplanned babies often experience an adjustment period when their parents are adapting to the idea of having them and when they may even be clearly unwanted for a while.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE SENSES We know that the senses of unborn babies develop early on in the pregnancy. As early as six or seven weeks in utero, the baby has body chemicals in place that carry messages throughout its system. By the time it is fully

ROBYN SHELDON Tel: +27 (0) 76 8886551 She is a midwife who specialises in guiding pregnant parents to connect to their unborn babies. Her birth preparation classes assist parents to create trustworthy, sacred and loving birth spaces for themselves and their babies. Robyn’s book, The Mama Bamba Way, describes her birthing philosophies and brings her practice to thousands of parents across the world.

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Electric foods are the most important component of healing. They make the body alkaline. These are all foods that are able to grow in the wild. COLLOIDAL BIOLOGY AND SECRETS OF AN ALKALINE BODY

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The foods we find in supermarkets today are largely lacking in the necessary nutrients and are often genetically modified. So bear in mind David Wolfe’s adage: ‘Perfectly ripe fruit picked fresh from the tree right to me’. ‘Wild food’ is packed with the vitamin and mineral punch needed to nurture good health. The basis of natural nutrition is wild, raw, plant food. The Germans call this ‘original food’. It has been the original food on this earth since the beginning of time. Wild food connects you immediately to the land. Eating wild food growing in your area acclimates you to the environment. I used to suffer from all kinds of allergies: hay fever, pollen, feline, etc. I completely conquered my allergies by undertaking The Sunfood Diet*, by eating wild indigenous food, using MSM powder in my drinking water, and through homeopathy. People who are allergic to the pollens of local plants can eliminate these allergies by eating local wild leaves, flowers, fruits, honeys and acclimating themselves to the environment. Many people never eat anything growing locally or wild in their life! This is not the lifestyle for which we were designed. Wild food is a revelation. When you eat wild food you will discover how domesticated standard food really is. As long as one is eating a wide variety of mineral-rich, wild, raw plant food, one stands ready to experience outstanding levels of clarity, compassion, vitality, health and connection with nature. Brian Clement, director of Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, has

reported that, based on his research, wild greens have the highest energy frequency of any food. I have experienced their energy firsthand by eating plenty of wild green salads. They send me into a new plane of thought. Evenings after eating such meals are filled with incredible clarity of thought and electricity. Seaweeds and sea vegetables of all kinds have never been cultivated. They are still in their wild unaltered form. They fit within the wild raw plant-food category, and are high in trace minerals. This is an important factor in a world where many are suffering from endemic mineral deficiencies brought about by consuming pharmaceuticals, chemicals, pesticides and cooked conventional foods that drain the vital energy.

WILD FRUIT Wild food is Sunfood – food grown in abundance under the Sun (and moon!), not under artificial conditions of any type. It is food as the Earth has given it to us in its normal state. Wild food is true to our Creator’s original intent. Store-bought fruitarianism is not workable in the long-term. Fruit enthusiasts should seek out perfectly ripe fruit. ‘Perfectly ripe fruit picked fresh, from the tree right to me’, is an unmatched experience.


Twitter @DavidWolfe With a master’s degree in nutrition and a background in science and mechanical engineering, David is one of the world’s top authorities on natural health and beauty, nutrition and herbalism. With over 15 years of experience, David has guided hundreds of thousands of people to higher levels of natural beauty, vibrant health and peak performance.

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High blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is on the increase worldwide and it seems as though conventional medicine falls short of controlling the condition satisfactorily. A more holistic healing process is offered through a natural approach. An estimated 50 million American adults (25% of all adults) have high blood pressure, but only 68% are aware of their condition, and only 27% have it under control.¹ Each year, two million new cases of hypertension are diagnosed.² The risk of hypertension increases with age in both men and women.³ Until age 55, more men than women have hypertension; the reverse is true for those over the age of 55.

almost complete meals within themselves, containing fibre, protein, complex and simple carboyhydrates, fats, vitamins and many minerals, which are essential for health.) Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, fish, fermented soy products, potassium-rich foods, and restrict salt. Fibre is important in blood pressure and to reduce cholesterol and prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). A diet rich in garlic and onion is as important as any other supplements.

TYPES OF BLOOD PRESSURE There are two types of high blood pressure: essential (primary) hypertension and secondary hypertension. Essential hypertension does not have a readily identifiable cause, and is the most common type of hypertension, accounting for 90% of all cases. Genes play a major role in essential hypertension. In secondary hypertension, the cause can be identified and is usually treatable or reversible. To describe blood pressure, two numbers are used: systolic (the upper number) and diastolic (the lower number). The systolic pressure measures the force that blood exerts on the artery walls as the heart contracts to pump blood. The diastolic pressure measures the force when the heart relaxes to allow blood flow into the heart.

Optimal blood pressure (BP) is 120/80 mm Hg or less.4

Minerals essential for good health include: ■ calcium ■ potassium ■ copper

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LIFESTYLE CHANGES Weight gain Being overweight is a high risk for hypertension. It is critical to lose weight in a slow fashion to control hypertension. Rapid weight loss is not advised. Many studies have shown that overweight-hypertensive patients can reduce their medication with weight loss.

Exercise Sedentary people have a 35% greater risk of developing hypertension than athletes do. Keep in mind that hypertension patients should always consult their physician before starting any exercise programme.5


Good sleep habits

A diet low in saturated fat and high in complex carbohydrates is recommended. Such a diet includes: whole grains (whole grains are

Insufficient sleep can contribute to high blood pressure in hypertensive people. A study suggested that lack of sleep in hypertensive patients


The Drs Khosh received their Doctorates of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle. They have developed several herbal and nutritional products and both submit articles to health related magazines. Both brothers have published numerous papers on naturopathic approaches to diseases. As direct descendants of the universally known Avicenna (980-1037) in Persia, the Khosh brothers were trained from childhood in natural healing by their ancestors who are held in very high regard for their healing skills.

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Exploring inner space As modern day living becomes more wired and frenetic and we have less and less time to look inwards and nurture our souls, the very real illness of depression pervades our lives with increasing intensity. It is time to face the alien within and explore the paths of natural healing.

ROGER METCALFE Twitter @RGCM47 He is a freelance journalist/writer specialising in the fields of relationships, technology, medicine and the environment. He is a television documentary producer and recipient of the SA National Cancer Association’s Award for Enterprising Journalism for his programmes on Breast Cancer and the MRI machine. He is a former diplomat and is currently an alternative energy advisor to architects, and is completing his Master’s degree in Communication.

What is it with us twenty first century humans that we suffer so much existential angst, pain and loneliness – conditions which often culminate in desperate escape mechanisms such as doing drugs, alcoholism, personal conflicts, divorce and even suicide as depression becomes more prevalent? So much stress, yet so little ability to grasp the essence of mental, emotional and spiritual self-management. Do we fear to go within and face our true selves? Do we even know how?

It’s hardly come as a surprise that the paragon of the West, the USA with its scientific, capitalist, Christian, technological, military culture, prescribes the highest number of anti-depressants in the world. Are we missing something here? What is so intolerable for so many of us in this consumer society is the sense of being outsiders, being left out, adrift and alone without any central meaning in the world. This is why we will resort to virtually any means to ease the pain.

WHY ARE WE DEPRESSED? Certainly we are far more comfortable exploring outer space and extra-terrestrial life than inner space. But what about the alien within? Whichever way we look at it we are an intrinsic part of this existential miracle we call life. The World Health Organisation estimates that by the year 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world, after ischemic heart disease.¹ Depression is without question a serious condition affecting humanity. What’s going on? What is depression?

More women than men suffer from depression. Experts are still debating whether this is due to societal expectations or to hormonal differences. That may be incidental to the real problem. Women are by their very nature more in touch with their emotions and themselves. Awareness is good, but too much awareness in a dysfunctional society can also spell pain. Certainly being subjected to continual waves of stress and trauma for a sustained period of time can upset the mind-body chemistry, cortisol, a

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Ages, stage s & supplement needs As our minds and bodies develop and grow in the early years of life, move through young adulthood to full maturity and eventually begin their decline into old age, each and every phase brings with it its own particular challenges. To help you meet them, we present extracts from a series of articles on health supplements for all ages by Dr Bernard Brom.

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Vitamin D deficiency is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially now that dermatologists have put the fear of sunlight into us all! We need sunshine or vitamin D supplementation.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR CHILDREN Children grow rapidly and are often in too much of a hurry to think about eating, or they may be snackers who are constantly nibbling junk food. Far too many children still consume a diet high in fats, sugars and salt – think confectionery, soft drinks, crisps and savoury snacks, fast foods and pre-sugared breakfast cereals. In short, few have a really great diet with sufficient nutrients to provide optimal nutrition. Junk food must be reduced to a minimum, but at the very least children will also need a good-quality vitamin/mineral supplement.

Some important vitamins and minerals Lack of iron is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world, partly because of its poor bio-availability. Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron.

Vitamin A deficiency is a problem worldwide, mainly affecting children. It can cause irreversible corneal damage and blindness, and contributes to childhood mortality from measles and diarrhoea. Zinc is another important micronutrient with major effects in the body. Iodine deficiency is the single most important cause of preventable brain damage and mental retardation. The iodising of table salt has helped to reduce its incidence.

What to do? I am convinced that because of the high metabolic needs of children, our high levels of stress and the overwhelming number of toxins in the environment today, children The US Organic Association has stated that children receive up to 35% of their entire lifetime dose of cancer-causing pesticides by the age of five, so optimal nutrition is required to detoxify the system.

AGGRESSION AND HYPERACTIVITY IN CHILDREN A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed that children who experienced malnutrition at a young age had a striking increase in behavioural disorders as they grow older. They showed a 41% increase in aggression by age 8, and a 51% increase in violent and anti-social behaviour by age 17. Four primary nutrients were missing from their diet – zinc, iron, B-vitamins and protein. This major study could indicate a possible remedy for our very aggressive society. And how many children have a ‘meal’ of a doughnut and a coke? Hyperactivity, inattention and restlessness are serious problems in schools. But instead of better nutrition and food choices, large numbers of children are given Ritalin, antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs.

DR BERNARD BROM, MB CHB (UCT), CEDH (HOMEOPATHY, FRANCE), DIP ACUP (SINGAPORE). He is Chairman of the South African Society of Integrative Medicine (SASIM). Dr Brom started his practice in 1976 using a holistic approach incorporating natural medicines, homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and lifestyle management. His special interests include energy medicine, integration of the art and science of medicine, development of intuition, questioning the nature of health and healing, and a deeper understanding of the nature of Spirit in the practice of medicine.

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accelerate healing In this, the first of a two-part article, the benefits of four non-invasive therapeutic radiances – near infrared lasers, a magnetic field, colour light and ultrasound – are discussed. I often watched as my father, a professional artist, would become inspired by the play of colours in nature. Rich and strong, or subtle and whispering, the emotional impetus echoed in me whenever I looked at his paintings. Later, when I was working as a research scientist, I studied how colours in nature carried information about the health of a tree or the mineral content of rocks. But it was only after I started my research with Coherent Multi-Radiance Therapy (coMra-Therapy) that I came to a deeper understanding of colour as a universal language, and its ability to connect not only people, but even vastly different types of intelligence: for example, human thought, emotion and even the innate ‘instincts’ of cells that make up our body. CoMra-Therapy uses colour in concert with near infrared laser light, a magnetic field and ultrasound, and all four of these components are held together by the central idea of cooperating with the body in the healing process.

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COOPERATING WITH CELLULAR INTELLIGENCE Today, we are faced with overwhelming mountains of data on molecular, genetic and signalling processes, and this escalating complexity prevents us from understanding even the simplest forms of life.¹ We seem to have reached a stalemate: if all our hopes of health and wellbeing are pinned to multi-billion dollar research programmes aimed at deciphering the complexity of the body, why do they inevitably lead to more expensive but less and less effective healthcare? Is there a viable alternative?

Addressing the needs of cells Imagine if we approached the body, not as a chemical/mechanical robot, but as a highly evolved and intelligent entity that not only knows best how to maintain homeostasis, but also knows how to heal itself after an injury. Accept the concept of the ‘Healer Within’ as at least a working hypothesis. The aim of healing then shifts from fixing ‘broken’ individual chemical processes, to finding ways of how to help the body in its task of self-healing. This aim instructs us to focus our medical research on studying how the needs of diseased cells can be met. The healing of injured cells involves restoring their structure through the synthesis and degradation of cellular building blocks. The speed of these processes, jointly known as metabolism, depends on many factors, but of particular importance is the availability of energy that is required to drive these cellular processes, as well as functions such as the workings of the immune system. Cells are also constantly engaged in ‘conversation’ through neural and chemical cross-talk. This requires specific messages to coordinate their joint activity towards healing. And lastly, the speed of transfer of molecules between different sites of chemical transformation can benefit from a gentle mechanical stimulus to cells.

NON-INVASIVE THERAPIES We have considered several key challenges of diseased cells that can be addressed if we find therapies which avoid grossly invasive manipulation of the body’s chemistry or mechanics. In this context the uses of a magnetic field, ultrasound, colour light and near-infrared lasers are of great interest. These radiances have proven their therapeutic benefits and have developed into therapeutic modalities in their own right.

Phototherapy – a universal language Phototherapy is the application of light for healing. We can experience quickly for ourselves the effects of phototherapy by simply observing our emotional responses to colour. For example, the colour red excites and stimulates, whereas indigo-violet calms and relaxes. Closely following our emotional state are changes in our physiological responses: such as heart rate, breathing and muscle tone. Therefore, with careful observation one can match colours to certain physiological responses and then use this knowledge for healing purposes. Naturally, the principles of phototherapy can be best demonstrated on the healing of eye related diseases. In the 1920s Spitler pioneered syntonic optometry: the application of colour light directly to eyes to treat visual dysfunctions, head trauma, headaches, problems with learning and behaviour.²,³ He collated his experiences with more than 3 000 patients and formulated a set of guidelines that prescribe certain colour filters to normalise (syntonise) emotional, mental and visual disorders. Red and orange colours stimulate the sympathetic nervous system (‘fight or flight’ response). Indigo and blue colours activate the parasympathetic nervous system (‘rest and digest’ response). In the mid-section between these two opposites, the yellow-green colour promotes physiological balance. Pupil and visual field testing allow objective measurements of the healing progress.


He is the Director of Research and Development at Radiant Life Technologies. After spending years in government-funded research (Russia and USA), he could clearly see that the research community, generally speaking, does not fully meet its responsibilities towards human, plant and animal life. In his search for an alternative way, Arzhan discovered RLT, a group of likeminded individuals who came together to develop technologies that are fully life-supportive.

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Appreciati ve inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry can lead you to insights that will help you recognise the value of your life, and see that it was often the difficult times, the losses, the setbacks and the hardship that resulted in the development of your greatest strengths and abilities.

The human condition always enfolds between the realm of the real and the realm of the ideal. For example, we experience who we are and we experience who we could be. We experience circumstances as they are and we experience circumstances as we would ideally want them to be. Whenever we experience things as we think we don’t want them to be, the immediate reaction is to resist those things, to disagree with them or to reject the current scenario. In other words, a situation that we consider to be ‘negative’ will be exacerbated by our own negative response to it. Yet no situation or event is ever only ‘bad’ or only negative. In fact, a negative quality is attributed by us. In that sense, we make a choice, albeit unconscious, to regard a situation or event as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

CHANGING OUR RESPONSES But we can make a different choice. Admittedly this may take some effort, since we have to ‘undo’ the habit of attributing negativity. This effort can take place in various ways. One way of developing a different response is through an exercise called Appreciative Inquiry. In this approach you work with questions that can reveal the hidden strengths and benefits in events and situations that otherwise would only appear to be setbacks, losses and disappointments. By doing so, you may discover positive developments that come out of times of hardship and traumatic events.

ARJAN BOGAERS Facebook: arjan.bogaers heartandsoul.arjan@ After working as a hospital nurse in Cape Town, and later as the in-house massage and Reiki therapist at Temenos in McGregor, Arjan qualified as a Certified Life coach with New Insights. Through his practice, HEART AND SOUL, he offers personal coaching in the Breede River region of the Western Cape and internationally as an on-line coach.

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