In days gone by if you didn’t pay attention in class you were whacked or rapped on the knuckles and any signs of anxiety were instantly quashed. Immediate silence, concentration and regurgitation of facts were expected and woe betide you if you got it wrong. Are you chewing fingernails, taking long breaks in between study […]

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The basic function of any joint is to allow for movement. When joints swell, it’s because fluid has accumulated in the joint. Bleeding in the joints usually follows some form of trauma and micro-trauma can occur due to repeated action of a joint, most frequently the wrist, fingers or elbow. Because joints contain many pain […]

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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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Q.: I read Dr Sandi Nye’s article on grain consumption with interest, and was shocked to learn that she considers legumes, nuts, dairy products, potatoes, tomatoes, brinjals, peppers, peas, lentils and peanuts undesirable foods because they contain lectins. What are vegetarians to eat if they cut all these foods out of their diets? I was […]

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With this edition’s article on insomnia we pay homage to World Sleep Day which, on 17 March, celebrates the undeniable link between enough sleep and good health – both physical and mental. If you suffer from insomnia, it can be incredibly irksome when those around you seem to nod off effortlessly. Sometimes it can be […]

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Dr Arien van der Merwe discusses natural treatment options and stress management tools to relieve irritable bowel syndrome. This approach will help alleviate symptoms of any disorder or disturbance in digestive tract function. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a functional disorder affecting the bowel or parts of the gastro-intestinal tract. After colds, […]

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Painkillers may banish the symptoms of a headache, but they do not treat the cause. Nutritional guidance can play an integral part in headache management, and the results of a change in diet are likely to be lasting and rewarding. Chronic daily headaches account for around 40% of patients attending headache clinics and can include […]

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