Many women suffer severely from premenstrual syndrome with period pain, but there aren’t many GPs or gynaecologists who really take these problems seriously. Nutritional and lifestyle changes, as well as neutriceuticals and herbal remedies, provide many options to manage your health challenge. DEFINITION OF PMS A varied group of physical and psychological symptoms, including abdominal […]

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It’s not only your lungs that are compromised by smoking – every organ in your body can be adversely affected. Statistics show that tobacco kills more people than AIDS, drugs, accidents and alcohol together. But even after many years of smoking, quitting can reduce smoking-associated health risk.  Many years ago, while working on carcinogenic compounds […]

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Smoking is the most preventable cause of ill health that we know, and every effort should be made to stop this destructive habit. Fortunately, in South Africa great strides have been made to curb this habit, and the Department of Health has to be congratulated on their efforts to protect the public including children from […]

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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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I know all the mind games smokers play, all the defense 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 […]

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‘Pass me the salt and pepper please!’ This all too familiar phrase rings clear at every family meal. Has it become habit or is it numbed taste buds driving us to salt overuse and abuse? Or is it perhaps ignorance of the effect that salt has on our health?   Initially, salt was used as […]

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A tailored training and nutrition programme that lies within your personal limits can go a long way to improving your performance. Coming from the sporting field, I have always been thoroughly aware of the term overtraining. It’s something I thought might be a problem for elite athletes who were routinely training two to three times […]

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Does your mind slow down or speed up your recovery from an injury? Ian Craig thinks it does, and supports this theory with a convincing literature review.. Injury is one of the biggest challenges that an athlete (whether elite or recreational) will face in his or her athletic career. It is a barrier to successful […]

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Bipolar mood disorder is a serious and chronic condition that requires recognition, understanding and empathy. By coming to terms with and managing this mental illness the sufferer and their loved ones will enjoy a better quality of life. Imagine spinning in and out of severe mood shifts, from the highs of mania to the extreme […]

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If you are a teenager and your mood is down or if you know of a teenager who may be suffering from depression, you need to read on. With double the incidence of depression in teens compared to adults, research¹ further shows that anxiety disorders and depression are particularly high in South African teens. Although […]

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