Nearly everyone experiences some sort of Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort at some point or another. It can manifest as abdominal pain and cramps, bloated belly and flatulence, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, acid reflux and nausea. Apart from the impact on quality of life, a third of those who suffer say they can’t find […]

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Male behaviour is to a large extent driven by testosterone. It’s therefore logical that the age-related decline in testosterone levels with age will bring about corresponding symptoms. However, the concept of male menopause is rarely considered as a potential cause of the physical and psychological changes that occur in men as they age.   Menopause […]

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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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The older people get, the more inefficient the metabolic processes become, and hence the greater the need for high-quality nutrition and supplementation. The elderly have their own specific health challenges because the body is in a constant process of ageing. Try to form an image of the ageing process, by imagining a factory that prints […]

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‘Allo Vera!’ – Joking aside – aloes are very special plants. These distinctive, robust succulents belong to an abundant botanical family, the Liliaceae. There are about 400 species of plants in the Aloe genus, with some, like the well-known Aloe vera and Aloe ferox, being indigenous to Africa. Although it may be the striking flowers […]

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Typical South African lifestyle patterns may impede our health and weight management, with stress as the central focus. Ian Craig discusses the benefits of exercise, the health ramifications of excessive exercise, and balancing fight-or-flight responses with relax and repair restoration. In the Palaeolithic times, we would walk large distances every day to collect edible plants […]

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Are you tired, overweight, anxious and despondent? Do you believe that no one can help you get better? Are you depressed because no one understands your condition? Do you feel as if your thyroid gland is underactive, yet all the tests are normal? Are you always cold? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these, […]

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Are statins really the wonder drug they are claimed to be? They do lower cholesterol, but at what cost? It’s important to weigh up the benefits and the adverse effects. This article takes a comprehensive look at the evidence. WHAT ARE STATINS? Statins are a group of drugs developed to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting […]

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Why can some people plough their way through platefuls of food and never gain a gram while others claim they merely have to look at food and they put on weight? The answer, it appears, depends on whether you have Metabolism A or B. Some people seem to be lucky, in that they can eat […]

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Q: Please advise what I can take to reduce my cholesterol naturally? Thank you. G.M. DR DAVID NYE REPLIES: Firstly, we need to put cholesterol as a risk factor into context. High cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. The main causes of a heart attack are stress combined with inflammation. Inflammation of the arteries causes […]

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