Smoking is the most preventable cause of ill health that we know, and every effort should be made to stop this destructive habit. Some people find it extremely difficult to stop this addiction, and clinicians are faced with the dilemma that they may have to opt for the second-best option by limiting the damage done by cigarette smoke inhalation. Since smoking initiates powerful oxidative processes in the human body, research concentrated on limiting oxidative stress by adding antioxidant vitamins to the diet.
Everyone loves a clean house. But have you counted the cost? And I’m not referring to how expensive they are but how cleaning products affect your health. Most household chemicals contain toxic chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, propane, butane, phthalates and many others – all ingredients known to be harmful to our health. It has been said that chemicals on the skin can be absorbed by the body within less than a minute. This is scary since we are exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis.
With the ever-growing concern about chemicals and pollutants in our water supply, should we be willing to consume tap water, opt for bottled, or consider investing in a water filter?
Many of us stumble from one self-help programme to another without getting any real results. Why is this? Are the programmes ineffective? No. People go on to the next quick fix or magic pill because they are counting on the external item to do all the work and provide eternal happiness, while simultaneously healing or curing them. This isn’t going to happen! Self-help means taking personal responsibility. You have to apply what you learn.
Governmental regulations get tighter each decade as we learn more about the environmental hazards and increased health risks associated with dry-cleaning chemicals, while industry representatives continue to deny any adverse health effects. Rose-Marie Williams reports on the situation.
'I know all the mind games smokers play, all the defence mechanisms they employ to continue their habit, as well as the frustration and low self esteem of not being able to give up such a bad habit’. Writing from the ‘inside’ with the passion of one who knows, Dr Lowies describes the physical and psychological effects of smoking. He shares successful and practical ways to quit.
The healing power of music has resonated through the human soul and body from the time of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle to the present day era of cognitive science. Use the beauty of truly great music to unlock a world of emotional experience.
A greater number of health conscious consumers are spending time, money and consideration selecting food for optimum health and well-being. After all, seven of the top 10 causes of death are linked to diet.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, the nation is in the grip of a countrywide obesity epidemic. Somewhere between Banting, The Blood Type diet, green smoothie cleanses, Paleo, maple syrup cleanses and the Holford Low GL Plan, we must be doing something wrong. It is time to face the stats and learn more about weight management.
Cell phone use has increased dramatically over the past 30 years with more than seven billion subscribers worldwide. This growth has raised questions over the long-term health threats these devices may pose.