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regulars 4 EDITOR’S LETTER 6 MEET OUR EXPERTS 8 AUTHOR GIFTS 10 LETTERS

children's corner 36 Teaching children good nutritional habits By Dr Elson M Haas

natural nutrition 42 WELL-STOCKED KITCHEN By Daleen Totten

12 NEWS & NOTES 20 ASK OUR EXPERTS 28 WORLD EXPERTS QUOTED 34 BOOK REVIEWS 56 SUBSCRIPTION

improving health 50 Detox with the docs By Dr David Nye 58 Allergies – an integrated approach By Dr Elson M Haas 66 Out, damned spot! By Jenni Davies

72 BLOOD SUGAR CRAZE By Dr Arien van der Merwe

82 GIFT SUBSCRIPTION 113 NEXT ISSUE

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natural living 78 Milk formula and corporate interest By Glenn Ashton

natural remedies 84 mineral magic By Giulia Criscuolo 92 EDITOR'S REPORT By Daleen Totten

natural therapies 06 The ancient healing 1 art of cupping therapy By Dr Maroula Lambis

mind, body and soul 110 Spring-clean your life By Kate Emmerson

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cover stories 14 sex drive killers 28 world expert on prostate cancer 42 well-stocked kitchen 50 detox with the docs 58 allergies – an integrated approach 72 blood sugar craze 78 a closer look at formula milk 110 spring-clean your life

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EDITOR’S letter

DETOX, ALLERGIES AND TIPS FROM THE OLYMPIANS A MUST-READ in this issue is the article ‘Detox with the docs’ by Drs David and Sandi Nye (page 50). I have read so many articles on detox and this is one of the best! I am actually following the detox at the moment and will give you some feedback in the next issue. ALLERGIES As the pollen count rises, we move into the allergy month of September – but most people suffer from food allergies all year round. If the immune system is on constant alert combating food allergies, stress, toxins in the environment, and even prescription medications, it begins to lose its ability to distinguish between dangerous invaders and relatively harmless things, such as pollen or dust. Dr Elson Haas shares his thoughts and advice on managing your allergies naturally on page 58. I made a special effort in my article ‘The well-stocked kitchen’ (page 42) to list allergy-free alternatives. I even found a cheese alternative. We explored the aisles of Wellness Warehouse and Dis-Chem, scouting for glutenfree, wheat-free, dairy-free alternatives for those with allergies or food sensitivities. We were overwhelmed by the choice on offer! I have recently had my food intolerance test done by Synexa Life Sciences (www.synexagroup.com), and the preparation for this article has come just in time. I am intolerant to dairy, eggs, wheat and yeast. I also discovered that I am sensitive to kidney and lima beans, plums and even peas! I have been on an allergy-free diet for 2 weeks now and it’s not that difficult. Rice milk in coffee as opposed to my much-loved cappuccino takes some getting used to! The rest is so easy with the big choice of alternatives we have available to us.

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Olympic winner and new world record holder for 100 m butterfly, Dana Vollmer – who also happens to have food allergies – says: ‘Wheaties is not the breakfast of champions.’ She tweeted that the meal that won her the race is ‘rice w/almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and milk! I ate this before my swim last night! #GF #eggfree.’ She said she used to load up on carbs before swimming, so ‘the hardest things for me to give up were pasta and eating eggs for breakfast.’ Instead, she tries to eat lots of lean meats, veggies and rice. She broke the 56-second barrier, finishing in just 55.98 seconds, setting the new world record. Four years ago, Vollmer finished fifth in the 100 m butterfly. OLYMPIC TIPS Supplements – most athletes use supplements to bolster their dietary intake, everything from everyday vitamins/minerals such as magnesium and iron to products such as whey protein, creatine, carnitine and branchedchain amino acids (BCAAs) specifically aimed at improving performance and recovery. BRANCHED-CHAIN AMINO ACIDS (BCAAs) Overtaken by creatine in bodybuilding popularity, these three essential amino acids – leucine, isoleucine and valine – are not made in the body. Whey powder, derived as part of the process of making cheese from milk, can provide high levels of BCAAs. Best for: strengthening, building and repairing muscle after weight training. Avoid leg cramps – almonds are a great source of magnesium, and when combined with the potassium in dried fruit, these snacks can combat even the most intense cramping. Olympic gold medal gymnast, Shawn Johnson, reportedly carried nut and fruit bars on her at all times to snack on and ward off cramps. Dried fruits

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EDITOR S LETTER WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT CREATINE? Creatine is an organic acid that supplies energy to all of the cells in the body, especially to the muscles. Creatine can help prevent injuries when taken in proper doses, according to a report by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), which said the supplement can increase capacity for high-intensity exercise and improve lean body mass.

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and nuts are also easily portable and nutrient-dense, which makes them a perfect snack for travel. Bananas and dried fruits provide rich sources of potassium, combating mineral deficiencies that lead to cramping.

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Replenish and refuel – food choices both before and after workouts can make or break energy levels. Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres drinks chocolate milk after workouts. Chocolate milk is the perfect combination of carbohydrates and protein to replenish glycogen stores and rebuild muscles. Some high-level athletes will actually eat ice cream for the extra calories and sugar.

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Making the final push – beetroot juice is purported to increase stamina by increasing the nitric acid in the body, which reduces the energy requirements of muscles. Olympic marathon runner, Ryan Hall, found beetroot juice to be the solution to his chronic fatigue. Honey provides immediate energy as it is an easily digestible carbohydrate.

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CARBS There are two kinds of carbohydrates: (i) complex, which take longer to digest, but help sustain energy for hours; and (ii) simple, which digest quickly, providing short bursts of energy. Complex carbohydrates can be found in foods such as wholegrain breads, potatoes, rice, cereal and pastas and should be consumed no later than 3 - 4 hours prior to competition. Simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, fruits, milk, honey and sugar, can be taken during competition in small amounts if an athlete is feeling low on energy.

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Dr Lynette Steele

Lee-Ann van den Berg

Dr Arien van der Merwe

Frances van Reenen

Dr DP van Velden

Damian Wood

Dr Craig Wright

Mandy Young

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Dr Maroula Lambis

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I know that it is often difficult to improve your habits for the benefit of others; this life-enhancing process needs to be something you do for yourself. However, if anyone can make positive changes, it is parents for the sake of their children. Improving your children’s health and helping them start with good habits begins with you. Here are my top 10 guidelines for parents who want to teach their children good nutritional habits.

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The most effective way to get children to eat healthfully is to set a good example! Young people are most influenced by what they see and experience, not by what they’re told. Therefore, what you do – how you live – has the greatest effect on shaping your childrens’ behaviour and their diets. Remember that the habits your children form while they’re young will probably be with them for life.

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Feed your children a balanced diet. Natural tastes for food develop early. If children eat real food and develop a taste for fruits, vegetables and other delicious flavours from Nature, they won’t depend on the stronger and enhanced flavour of processed food. Prepare tasty foods and make sure your

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GOOD NUTRITIONAL HABITS

children eat their nutritional foods first before allowing treats or desserts. A balanced diet for you and your children includes 70 - 80% wholesome, natural foods. Limit treats and watch out for excess sugar, caffeine in sodas and chocolates, and heavily processed foods laced with chemicals like coloured dyes and preservatives.

treats. You could give them a budget, like R40, to spend on good choices when they help you shop for family groceries. Most children will appreciate learning to prepare food that they like. Younger ones will be enthused about playing ‘kitchen’ and ‘restaurant’ with the bigger children or their parents. Be creative – together you may find some new taste treats.

Don’t bribe your children with sugar and other treats; rather encourage them with healthy foods and snacks. It is so easy to forget to take the time to deal with children’s true needs – which are really love and attention. When you’re busy, it’s a temptation to give them sodas, sweets or whatever (even TV), instead of you. This can create the habit of satisfying emotional needs with food or material things, so don’t get into the pattern of substituting food and sugary rewards for other needs.

This involves helping your children learn about the Earth and gain the personal, first-hand experience of growing their own food. Plant a garden with your children if you have the space, or if not, join with neighbours in a community garden. If you have only a patio or small deck, you can use planter boxes or hydroponic equipment to cultivate organic, fast-growing produce, such as tomatoes, strawberries, herbs, and lettuce. It’s magical for children to watch things grow and eat foods fresh off the vine. Or get your children to help you make tasty, nourishing and vital sprouts from seeds or beans, such as alfalfa, sunflower, lentils or mung beans.

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Have healthy snacks around the house for your children – organic sliced apples, oranges, grapes or bananas; raisins or dates; almonds or other nuts; yoghurt; pieces of cheese with healthy crackers; good chips and guacamole, salsa. It’s a good practice to offer your children healthy snacks at least a couple of times a day, such as mid-morning or in their school lunchbox, and then after school. Some parents call the time around 3 to 4 p.m. the witching hour – recognising that their children become cranky and irritable, but not realising that they may simply be fatigued or have low blood sugar. Make a ‘healthy snacks’ list for your family’s needs.

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Get your children involved in shopping and preparing the foods that they like. When you go grocery shopping with them, allow them to choose a few appropriate

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Organise your refrigerator and pantry in a way that allows the young ones easy access to the foods that they want or that you want them to have. Make it less easy for them to get to the treats that you want to control. Even if they eat too much junk when they’re visiting friends or when going out, encourage them to eat well whenever they can, and keep setting a good example. It will be worth it for you too in the long run!

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Help your children to avoid or to limit their intake of foods with unhealthy additives. The basic additives to watch for and minimise with regard to children are: ■ Artificial food colours in sweets, drinks, and many other coloured foods.

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DR ELSON M HAAS is a practising physician of Integrated Medicine, and Medical Director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, where he specialises in family and nutritional medicine, detoxification and individualised health programmes. He is author of the classic preventive medicine text Staying Healthy With the Seasons (1981, 2003 updated edition), Staying Healthy With Nutrition (1992, 2006), the recipe book A Cookbook For All Seasons (2000), The New Detox Diet: Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality with Recipes & Menu Plans (2004), and The Staying Healthy Shopper’s Guide. Other popular books are Vitamins for Dummies and The False Fat Diet. Visit www. elsonhaas.com for more articles and health tips on a wide variety of subjects.

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When inspired to opt for a healthier life, we fill our shopping trolleys with health foods but end up with a pantry full of our best intentions and no clue what to do with them. We do this because we don’t realise how simple healthy eating can be. An integrative approach to health starts with choosing a variety of foods that are worthy of being eaten. To make healthy eating as easy as our experts claim it should be, Natural Medicine talked to nutrition experts, doctors, and chefs to come up with a variety of foods that are both great for your health and easy to make. DALEEN TOTTEN

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- Must-haves for your pantry Canned beans (red kidney, sugar), lentils and chickpeas (4-bean mix – especially good for a quick salad) • garlic and onions (best kept in a dark dry cupboard or drawer with potatoes, butternut and sweet potatoes) •organic tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes • organic short-grain instant brown rice, brown basmati rice • seaweed • organic chicken and/or veggie soup stock • rolled oats, glutenfree rolled oats • raw organic cocoa powder • quinoa • millet • amaranth • hemp, flax seeds • chia and pumpkin seeds • a variety of unsalted nuts • green and white tea • Eve’s Honeyed Ginger Tea • rooibos - Carmien varieties: buchu, vanilla, chai, etc. • dried fruits (organic looks brown because it has no sulphur sprayed on it, except mango which usually holds its colour quite well) • dried mushrooms • oils: extra-virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, pine nut oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil • coconut milk and cream • maple syrup • raw honey • gluten-free pasta, gluten-free baking mix (for waffles!), buckwheat flour (gluten-free - for wraps), baking flour (rice flour) • gluten-free energy porridge • goji berries • goji granola • protein bars • cocoa wafers • gluten-free rusks • xylitol • miso paste

Editor, publisher and founding member of Natural Medicine. For Daleen natural medicine is more than taking a pill for an ill philosophy. She has a passion for knowledge and believes that the physical body is the last manifestation of disease. Natural medicine also encompasses nutrition, lifestyle, spiritual health, exercise, and emotional and mental wellbeing.

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Salmon • hake fillets • organic chicken • frozen organic mixed berries • frozen chopped mango (from summer) • frozen organic veggies (spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, peas) • sliced health bread/gluten-free bread/rye bread • butter • nuts (keep best in freezer if bought in bulk) • wholegrain tortillas/rotis/buckwheat wraps (home-made)

Fresh salmon • pomegranate or tart cherry juice • organic yoghurt with live active cultures • mixed baby greens • nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew) • fresh veggies • basil, rosemary, dill, coriander • lemons and limes • hummus • pesto • avocado • omega-3 eggs • mushrooms • cheddar cheese • smooth fat-free cottage cheese • sprouts

- Must-haves for your freezer

- Must-haves for your fridge

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DETOX

Spring is known as the time for new beginnings and rejuvenation, and for the shedding of winter sluggishness and the traditional concept of ‘spring-cleaning’. It is also an ideal time to engage in cleaning up the internal environment of the body. Environmentally we live in a relatively toxic soup – whether we like it or not. Our air, water and food are full of pollutants, and even if we try our best to minimise exposure, many unavoidably remain. So even for those who consider themselves to be in the best of health, the organs of detoxification often struggle to cope with the load. Therefore, from time to time, it is worth considering a detox programme to assist the body.

to detox for 7, 14, and 28 or 49 days – or longer. In Ayurvedic medicine, specific detox routines are advocated for the start of each new season. These regimens all have their proponents, and many are based on sound naturopathic principles, which have often been tried and tested for centuries. There are also many specific detox programmes that claim to cure almost any condition, including cancers.

A detox plan is particularly important for those who suffer from excessive or chronic fatigue, muscle aches, difficulty with concentration or memory, or feelings of malaise. For those who suffer from fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivities or chronic fatigue syndrome, such a plan forms an essential part of the journey back to optimal health.

THE BIOLOGY OF DETOXIFICATION

There are many ways to detoxify the body; juice fasting, water fasting, detox baths and spa treatments, enemas and raw food diets are some of the better known ones. Then there are more targeted detox programmes that require professional guidance, since they need to be conducted in a specific manner. These include heavy metal detoxes, gallbladder, liver and kidney flushes, plus colon and intestinal cleanses. Other detox plans are more exotic sounding, and perhaps less well-known, such as the lemonade diet, the hallelujah diet, the mucus-less diet, the grape cure, the lemon juice and maple syrup cleanse, or the watermelon diet. These, and a slew of others, make regular appearances in the media – especially at springtime. It should go without saying: dump the junk (food and behaviour) – particularly during a detox! Some detoxes can be as short as a juice fast for one day, while others are designed

First let’s have a quick look at the biology. There are five organs of detoxification and elimination: the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, the colon and the skin. The lymphatic system acts as an accessory to the detox organs. Exogenous toxins (xenobiotics) are those ingested or inhaled from our environment, e.g. food, drugs or other noxious substances. They can include heavy metals, pesticide residues, industrial pollutants, etc. Endogenous toxins are those resulting from normal metabolic processes within each cell of the body. The liver is the primary organ of detoxification. It filters 30% of the body’s total blood volume every minute and has to process all toxins passing through it – including the 90% coming from endogenous sources.

BROAD PRINCIPLES OF A DETOXIFICATION PROGRAMME The first aim is to minimise the intake of, or exposure to, environmental toxins and pollutants, in order to give the body a break from the influx. Secondly, the channels of elimination must be opened to facilitate the expulsion of toxic compounds from the body. Thirdly, in tandem with the first aim (toxic burden reduction), it is imperative to ensure proper nourishment is established. This can be achieved by supplying all the necessary

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INFANT MILK FORMULAS

Breast is best. Yet why have so many mothers embraced the concept of infant milk formula products? This article exposes the motivation behind the marketing strategies that helped to change the practice of breast-feeding, and outlines the reasons why the trend is swinging back to the natural, scientifically proven, best method of infant feeding – the breast. The last few decades have seen a gradual return to breast-feeding after a strong move away from this traditionally tried and tested method of rearing our young. So just how and why did people move away from breast-feeding and towards breast milk substitutes? Some historical insight is useful to place this issue into perspective. The early twentieth century saw a profound change of public perceptions regarding science and the social acceptance of a deterministic, Cartesian perspective of our world, allied to a sharp shift towards a materialistic consumer society. This has resulted in a movement away from traditional values toward accepting the implications that scientific reductionism is superior and therefore trumps both common sense and traditional knowledge systems. This was spurred by scientific progress as manifested in things like electricity networks, telephones, radios, and mass-production methods, all dominated by an omnipresent, technocentric media presence. This, allied with a marked shift away from holistic perceptions of humans and their place in the world, has led people to perceive themselves to be part of an almost artificial, mechanistic world. Few issues were, and continue to be, more indicative of this shift than the move away from the important natural mother-child bond toward the supposed ‘convenience’ of bottle-feeding infants with corporate-devised formulas.

Only in the closing years of the twentieth century was there any tendency to return towards a more holistic perception of ourselves and our relationship to the natural world. In the intervening years, the products of industry were increasingly geared to fulfil the perception that we needed human scientific advances in order to keep our bodies healthy; notable among these were the pharmaceutical and food industries that evolved from small, disparate companies into massive conglomerates by the end of the twentieth century.

FOOD CORPORATION STRATEGY Nestlé is now the world’s biggest food corporation. Nestlé played a crucial role in weaning humans off breast milk and initiating a shift toward a replacement industrial product that could and did generate immense profit. Nestlé was founded upon its thrust into what is today known as the breast milk replacement market. In Switzerland in the 1860s, Heinrich Nestlé launched what is now a multinational food conglomerate, selling his newly developed baby feeding formula. Nestlé almost immediately moved into marketing its products internationally. Their aggressive marketing methods aimed to persuade mothers that this modern innovation was superior to the natural product evolved for the young of all mammals. By the middle of the twentieth century, breast-feeding had plummeted from being the primary choice of

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GLENN ASHTON is a writer and researcher working on health, food safety and security and environmental issues. He has written extensively on the topic of genetically modified foods and is considered an authority on the subject. He contributed a chapter to and edited the recent book A Patented World? The Privatisation of Life and Nature, published by Jacana. View his website at www.ekogaia.org for more of his writing on this and many other subjects.

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Mineral magic Dietary minerals (also known as mineral nutrients) are the chemical elements required by living organisms, other than the four elements (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen) present in common organic molecules. Did you know that each and every mineral that exists in the earth also exists in us and in all living things?

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MINERAL MAGIC

Many different minerals play a large part within the body, including but not limited to the following: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Boron Calcium Chloride Chromium Cobalt

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Copper Fluoride Germanium Iodine Iron

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MACRO-MINERALS AND TRACE MINERALS There are two different kinds of minerals that your body needs for health: macro-minerals and trace minerals. Macro-minerals are needed in larger amounts by your body than the trace minerals, and this group of minerals includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulphur. Trace minerals are minerals that the body does not require much of; even though trace minerals are needed for the body to function, only a small amount of each is actually necessary. Both macro and trace minerals are essential for optimal health. Minerals in the trace mineral group include iron, manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt, iodine, fluoride and selenium.

Lithium Magnesium Manganese Molybdenum Phosphorus

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Potassium Selenium Silicon Sodium Sulphur

■ Vanadium ■ Zinc

WHAT DO MINERALS DO IN OUR BODY? Minerals are essential in the diet and each one plays a unique and often multi-factorial role as they act at all levels of the body – cells, tissues, organs, and the whole organism. Most of us think of minerals as being necessary for strong bones and teeth, but minerals do much more: ■ They provide structure in forming bones and teeth. ■ They help maintain normal heart rhythm, muscle contractility, neural conductivity, and acid-base balance. ■ They help regulate cellular metabolism by becoming part of enzymes and hormones that modulate cellular activity – the only thing that will catalyse or activate an enzyme is a mineral!

THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF ABSORPTION Most of the minerals that the body needs can be taken from the food that we eat on a regular basis. Please refer to the table on p.90 for food sources of minerals. As we can`t make minerals in our body, we must ingest them either in our food, our drinking water or in supplements.

The absorption of minerals primarily takes place within the small intestines. As food matter passes through the intestines, minerals transfer into the blood stream through the walls of the intestines by way of the villi. Stomach acid helps ionise the minerals in foods, which enables the mineral to be fully absorbed.

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GIULIA CRISCUOLO, BPHARM, qualified as a pharmacist and has a diploma in homeopathy. Involved in education and training on all matters related to supplementation, health and wellness, she joined OTC Pharma in 2009. Giulia is passionate about exploring all dimensions of awareness and the flowering of the human spirit. She enjoys spending time in nature and loves dance and movement, Tantra, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, adventure racing and yoga.

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c pping therapy Cupping therapy has been practised across many cultures over thousands of years and continues to be an effective treatment for a myriad of health concerns. Having spanned the Eastern and Western worlds, cupping therapy has been performed in China for over 3 000 years. The ancient Egyptians also treated using cupping, and from there it was passed onto the ancient Greeks and into the Middle East where it was advocated by physicians like Hippocrates, Galen and Avicenna. Having lost popularity in the West for some time, the treatment has recently resurfaced as a highly effective and beneficial therapy. 1

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WHAT IS CUPPING THERAPY? The process involves placing cups onto specific points on the body. These areas vary depending on the condition being treated, but may be either on local points where pain is felt, on the meridian lines, or on areas directly above the organs. The cup is placed via a vacuum onto the body, and the skin beneath it is gently drawn up into the cup, releasing toxins, congestion or inflammation. This allows for increased circulation to the area

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where nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood flows to facilitate the healing process. There are various types of cups and techniques used in cupping therapy. The first known cups were animal horns and plants such as reeds, bamboo and gourds. These days usually silicone, plastic or glass cups are used. The popular cupping techniques are: Dry cupping: The cups are placed directly onto the skin and left for 5 - 20 minutes. The pressure in the cup varies from light to strong, and depends on the condition being treated. Many conditions are successfully treated using this method. Wet cupping: The skin is lightly lacerated or pricked with a needle and a small amount of blood is collected into the cup. This method is usually employed for severe hypertension, high fevers and to discharge pus from boils. Moxa cupping: This method is employed by traditional Chinese medicine doctors and acupuncturists. The herb Artemesia vulgaris (mugwort – a warming, bitter herb) is used in conjunction with acupuncture and cupping. Massage cupping: This method involves sliding the cups along the oiled skin. It is beneficial in treating many types of conditions and is especially effective in cases of muscular pain where stress and tension are the cause of neck, shoulder or back ache. It is also an excellent treatment for cellulite if done on a regular basis.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A CUPPING SESSION A cupping session lasts 30 - 45 minutes. The therapist uses appropriate oils to massage the area being cupped, increasing the circulation and preparing the body for the process. The cups are then applied to the skin and left on

for 5 - 20 minutes. Varying degrees of suction pressure may be used, but cupping should not be painful. Many people experience a deep sense of relaxation while the cups are on their bodies, and often fall asleep. This deep sleep is therapeutic and highly beneficial to the healing process. Sensations of heat or tingling may be felt at the cupping site, and this is an indication of increased circulation to the area. The therapist may note some condensation in the cups, and this indicates either excess heat being removed from the body (in cases of fever or inflammation), or excess moisture being removed (in cases of asthma, sinusitis, productive cough and some digestive disorders). Upon the removal of the cups, a degree of skin discoloration will be evident. This too is an indication of the state of the body – the darker the marks, the higher the level of toxicity, stagnation or poor circulation in the area. These cupping marks are normal and fade within 3 - 8 days of treatment. It is imperative to drink 1.5 - 2 litres of water following a cupping session, as this helps to flush out toxins from the body. Bathing, intimacy and exercise are not recommended for at least 12 hours after the session. A small, light, healthy meal may be taken 1 - 2 hours after treatment. Because of the deep sense of relaxation after cupping, I usually encourage my patients to take it easy for the remainder of the day. Generally, one sleeps very well after a cupping session.

CONTRA-INDICATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS OF TREATMENT Cupping therapy is considered to be a safe treatment with no noted side effects. However, it is not suitable for children under the age of 3, the very old or frail, or pregnant women. Cupping should never be done over the eyes, open wounds, tumours, varicose veins, burns, sunburn, fractures, torn ligaments, or recent trauma. Those taking anticoagulant

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DR MAROULA LAMBIS, BSC CHS, BCM Unani Tibb, currently practises holistic natural medicine and cupping therapy from her private practice in Cape Town. She has worked at clinics in previously disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, and has lectured Unani Tibb modules at the University of the Western Cape and for the Certificate in Integrative Medicine at Stellenbosch University. Her beliefs lie strongly in the mind, body and soul connection and this forms the foundation for her treatment of patients.

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SPRING-CLEAN YOUR LIFE T RID OF CLUTTER – GE

One step forward, two steps back. Doesn’t life often feel like we are wading through mud and getting nowhere fast, fighting the current incessantly? We daydream helplessly yet hopefully about less work, more holidays, improved energy, increased earnings and constantly accumulating more ‘things’ on our never-ending quest for ‘more’– all things that are considered a normal part of existence as we chase our dreams. Yet, how often do we consider the more natural order of life, the concept of letting go before we add another layer? The concept of creating ‘space’ so that we can move forward in our lives? You would never apply night cream to a dirty face, or expect buds to blossom before the old leaves have died off, or to see the full KATE EMMERSON (aka the Quick Shift Deva) will bounce into your life to help you to live light, live large. She is an expert in large-scale clutter work in homes and offices, inspirational speaker, writer, life coach, and runs mastermind groups and e-courses on clutter. Find out more on http://www.kateemmerson.com

DEFINITION OF CLUTTER How do we make sense of clutter and contemplate the ways that clutter that affects us so that we can put them together in one definition that works for it all? We need to look at the underlying energy of clutter. Whether we are referring to outdated clothes, messy paperwork, limiting beliefs that clutter our mind, a congested lymphatic system or bad circulation in our bodies, we can put all clutter under the same useful umbrella definition: ‘Clutter is anything that no longer serves you, for whatever reason.’

Physical clutter – inspired to get started? Here are some basic rules for all your physical clutter: ■ Each room has a MAIN FUNCTION – e.g. your bedroom is just that and not a dumping ground for everything else. Keep what is relevant for its function in that space, and nothing else if possible. ■ Every item you own has its OWN HOME – i.e. the place that it lives and everyone who lives in the space KNOWS its proper home. ■ You always keep and store LIKE WITH LIKE – e.g. all the animals’ stuff together, all batteries together, all linen together, all gift wrap/cards/sticky tape together, to keep it easy on the mind and eye. ■ Use small plastic/wooden/wicker CONTAINERS to keep like with like and to stop all things morphing and meshing together in a drawer. ■ You store stuff for RETRIEVAL – it doesn’t matter how much stuff you have, but that you KNOW where it is and can find it in your mind’s eye – and thus physically – within about 30 seconds. It should take not an ounce of energy or thought to locate what you need.

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moon without the sliver – why then do you expect to always be getting ‘more’ without releasing the old? It’s time to make space and live large.

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This definition of clutter is all-inclusive, regardless of shape or form. If anything is not adding any value in some way to your life anymore, it is classified as CLUTTER! When I give public talks, I always pose the question at the beginning: ‘Who has clutter?’ On average 65% of the audience put up their hands. However, when I ask again, after sharing the definition and the three categories with them, this shifts up to 98%. We all have ‘stuff’; it just comes in different forms.

THREE CATEGORIES OF CLUTTER It never matters which category you choose as your point of entry for transformation, as they are all inextricably intertwined. Your outer world reflects your inner world, so choose one area to start, and get stuck in. Physical clutter – defined as the stuff we can see and touch. This category is usually the easiest to start with because we cannot deny it, although we may ignore it. It is all around you as disorganised chaos, mess, piles, too much stuff in too small an area. It also means that belongings are not in their correct ‘home’, as everything that you own ideally has a place where it lives. ‘Like’ lives with ‘like’ and it should take you no more than 30 seconds to be able to locate an object you are looking for. The average time wasted looking for things every day is 55 minutes! Imagine what you could be doing with that time and energy. The easiest place to start is your bedside table, as it can be accomplished in an hour and you will see instant rewards of a clear space. Your bedside table is one of the most intimate spaces, and is often the only space that is truly yours, where no one else will venture, but be careful to have only that which belongs next to your bed inside it. And a maximum of two books! >>

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