July 2021 Volume 3 / Issue 159

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Editor’s Letter

Watchful Waiting 

After hearing from a reader, I would like to share a few lines from his story, so similar to many reader letters we receive.

‘I was hospitalised and given a drip containing antibiotics and anti-epileptic medication for a viral infection. I was ignored when I questioned the treatment protocol. I was still asking him if there were definite signs of bacterial infection when the nurse proceeded to stick a needle in my arm. I continue to protest as the arogant physician walked away: “I have no such symptoms” and “surely its viral” and “I don’t think I need an antibiotic”, in ran the antibiotics, anti-epileptic medication to prevent a “migraine attack”, and pain medicine. The specific anti-epileptic medication is contra-indicated for asthmatics. I am an asthmatic. I discharged myself the next morning. A subsequent consultation with an ENT specialist confirmed that there were never any signs on the MRI of a bacterial infection. I know enough not to have allowed this!’

If in any doubt, you have the right to demand answers. Pause, wait, make them wait, and get more tests done and another opinion if you think you need it.

Reconsider if diagnosis (giving name to a disease) is as important as understanding the history of the condition, the side-effect of the drugs and the contraindication if used with other prescription drugs and natural remedies. Should disease be seen as punishment? How about a watchful waiting process rather than active intervention?

In the words of Australian Dr Dennis Richards (chiropractor) ‘…the patient is seen as the passive, helpless victim of an invasive force which must be hunted down, attacked and destroyed by the physician-rescuer…’

THANK YOU TO OUR EXPERTS

Our authors receive no payment or any other form of remuneration from us or from the industry. They take time out from their busy schedules to write articles – and then we insist that they meet our deadlines, submit extra references, answer endless queries from reviewers and copy editors, and respond to the letters we receive from you, our readers. Here’s to all of them! May their tireless and tremendous efforts bring them well-deserved rewards.

Yours in Healthy Living

Daleen Totten Signature

From Here to Maternity – an introduction to aromatic pregnancy

By |2021-07-21T19:41:35+00:00November 2nd, 2017|

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Since my field of special interest is aromatic medicine, and I’ve assisted many patients in using essential oils appropriately during their pregnancy, I have a particular love for the use of natural aromatics in maternity care – before, during and after birth – preferably in the form of organic essential oils. An aromatherapeutic pregnancy and birth is an adventure of great delight in which as many women as possible should luxuriate.

Practising Yoga off your Mat and in your Life

By |2021-07-14T09:34:06+00:00November 10th, 2017|

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One of the most beautiful aspects of yoga is that it provides the perfect platform from which to reach out to others and give back, enabling you to develop your spirituality while serving others. When we talk about taking yoga into our lives we are referring to maintaining that ‘yoga high’ – the sense of peace, calmness and happiness that you feel after your session.

Argan Oil ~ a Liquid Treasure

By |2021-08-03T11:28:42+00:00July 13th, 2021|

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Argan oil is one of the rarest and most expensive fixed oils in the world yet it is the current buzz ingredient in the skin care world, thanks to its incredible moisturising and cell-rejuvenating properties. Argan oil is ideal for products such as hand creams, body balms and lotions, and regenerative creams for around the eyes. Argan is not greasy and is even safe for baby skin, and for those with sensitive skin. It can be used in any cosmetic product as an active principle or as a carrier in the oily phase, without any proportion limit.

6 Natural Answers to Insomnia

By |2021-07-21T19:40:52+00:00July 20th, 2021|

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Sleep (six to eight hours in darkness and quiet) is critical to health, general sense of well-being and longevity. It is a vital physical need to restore and replenish our bodies and minds. We require sleep for survival just as we need food, water and oxygen. There are a number of herbal and homeopathic remedies you could try, but the most important ‘remedy’ is to learn to relax before you go to bed.

About the Author:

As editor, publisher and founding member of Natural Medicine Magazine, Daleen has been researching and publishing on natural health spanning over 25 years. She has an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of health and natural products. She has a passion for knowledge and strives to share the work of the brightest minds and biggest hearts in healing. She is the mother of three children.
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