Our health is a consequence of many factors, a lot of which we can control – starting with our food intake. Elson Haas moves from the need to avoid the usual bad stuff like alcohol, nicotine and caffeine, to common foods that may cause unexpected reactions.
Hay fever season leaves many people feeling miserable with streaming eyes and noses and itchy throats. During this period those with heightened allergic potential also tend to suffer more from other allergens such as food allergens. Patrick Holford offers some good medicine solutions to these irritants.Eating the right foods and taking the right supplements will give you bright eyes and a clear nose during hay fever season.
A Shona African community healed their damaged ecosystems by restoring their springs, rebuilding their soil and regenerating their agriculture. In doing so they alleviated poverty and malnutrition. Permaculture farming has proven effective all over the planet.
Solar energy has gained tremendous popularity during the past few years and there has been a strong focus on renewable energy sources worldwide. The sun is not only renewable, but also a constant. It is a gift that has been bestowed upon us and can be a solution to many of the problems associated with the way we generate energy.
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.