Q: I am tired of the side effects of oral medications. Please tell me a bit more about transdermal patch treatment and what it can be used for. N.I. DR SANDI NYE REPLIES: A high absorption rate, directly into the bloodstream, can be achieved with many substances that are delivered transdermally, without the risk of […]

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My ex-wife’s new partner smokes, and I’m worried about the effects of passive smoking on my children. How serious is the risk? Liam   DALEEN TOTTEN REPLIES: Exposure to cigarette smoke is harmful to children and has been linked to a number of problems, including glue ear, asthma, infections and even some childhood cancers. Let’s […]

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Q.: I read somewhere that increasing my kelp intake will help me manage my weight. Is this true? Pamela ANDREA DU PLESSIS REPLIES: Kelp is well known for its role in supporting weight management in cases of an underactive thyroid gland. Kelp is one of nature’s richest sources of iodine, which is essential for the […]

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Q.: Can excess fruit acids affect your joints? I eat lots of tomatoes and am getting pains in my hands and knees – could they be the cause? Oliver DR SANDI NYE REPLIES: Thanks for an interesting question. The short answer is yes. Excess fruit, and other dietary-source acids, are capable of affecting the joints. […]

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Q What foods are most beneficial for the brain – and what is best avoided? WC A SALLY-ANN CREED REPLIES: Brain food is found in various places. Sunshine is one interesting source – the vitamin D3 your body forms when you are in the sun contributes to better memory and an improved mood, quite apart […]

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‘The area where we experience our greatest discomfort is also the area where we can potentially grow the most.’ Editor Daleen Totten explores Arjan Bogaers’ insightful words in an interview with him where he explains how time spent with a life coach can bring personal enrichment. DALEEN: Arjan, over the past few months, I have […]

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Q.: I need advice on how to treat itchy pompholyx (or vesicular) eczema on my hands. I have a history of atopic eczema – it disappeared when I went abroad for 10 years, but 3 months after returning to South Africa I developed intensely itchy vesicles on my fingers. This was 3 years ago. I […]

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Q.: I have an 8-year-old son who battles to concentrate and focus in class. He can’t keep still, and fidgets a lot. I’ve been told he must go on medication, but I’d prefer the herbal way. Please help, I’m desperate! Thato DR SANDI NYE RELIES: It must be very challenging for both you and your […]

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Q: CAN I HAVE HYPOGLYCAEMIA WITHOUT DIABETES? Katie DR SANDI NYE REPLIES: The short answer is yes, it is possible to have hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, without being diabetic. I’m not sure how much information you want, though, since you have not stated whether you’ve been properly diagnosed with the condition or not. For […]

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Q.: I am 38 years old, vegan and have bipolar. I have tried every natural remedy or treatment plan for my bipolar but unfortunately chemical medicine works best for me. I am on Wellbutrin and Carbamazepine. Even though it has kept me stable for the past eight years it is very harmful to my liver […]

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