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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Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast. ~ (William Shakespeare, Macbeth II.ii) There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to make you feel tip-top. We ‘sleep on it’ when there’s a […]

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Caring for ourselves and finding ways to handle our stress are important practices for assuring our long-term health. They are definitely key aspects of Preventive Medicine, along with the right nutrition and exercise programmes for our body, getting proper sleep, and maintaining a positive attitude toward ourselves, others and the world. Learning the individual path […]

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Wholefoods provide us with all the necessary nutrients to maintain good health, and fermented kefir is no exception. This cultured, natural probiotic is tasty and fun to make in the comfort of your own home. Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your inner ecosystem. It is a creamy, […]

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Birth control pills or oral contraceptives (including those used to treat acne) frequently lead to deficiencies of the following nutrients: folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, vitamin C, and minerals including magnesium, selenium, zinc and the amino acid tyrosine. Dr Arien van der Merwe looks at the effect of low levels of these […]

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