Daleen Totten interviews molecular biologist Dr Daniel Meyersfeld on genetic testing, specifically Nutrigenomics ​(​ personalized nutrition ​) and Pharmacogenomics ​(​ personalized ​drug prescription). ​They discuss the benefits of genetic testing for personalized healthcare interventions​ ​ and how to access these services in South Africa. Please follow and like us:

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The body’s ability to adapt successfully to stress is a hallmark of good health. Substances called adaptogens have a remarkable ability to help our bodies modulate the stress response and adapt effectively. Rhodiola is one of the most well-studied adaptogens, and its effects on human health are remarkable.   Rhodiola or golden root grows in […]

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The Mediterranean and Paleolithic diets have been interpreted as diets but they are not diets. They are lifestyles and eras. Paleo supposedly excludes grains and dairy, but other information shows grain and dairy use during the Paleolithic era. Food content of The Mediterranean diet consists of a lot of vegetable matter grown locally, fish from […]

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Most people are aware of the importance of healthy fats and oils in the diet. The ‘fat wars’ have been waged relentlessly in print and social media and books – but what makes a fat good or bad? In the past, there has been much confusion over fats and oils, with people even selecting vegetable […]

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Healthy fats are not fattening – they’re de-fattening. Healthy proteins are not fattening – they’re de-fattening. All starches are fattening; all forms of sugars are fattening. If you are in very good health, yes, you can continue to have your fruits but try to consider a healthy protein, for example, cheese, before you have blueberries […]

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Q.: As I approach the mid-50s, I realise more and more that ageing isn’t equal. Some people are really active in their 60s and 70s while others in the same age brackets really struggle with flexibility, low muscle mass and weight issues. I am a workaholic and I know I need to exercise. The thing is […]

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Yes, coconut does contain a certain amount of saturated fat. How has this formerly ‘forbidden food’ redeemed its reputation? In recent years we have discovered that the coconut is a superfood in many ways, with an enormous amount to offer in the form of water, milk and oil. COCONUT WATER Coconut water is full of […]

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Once you’ve started smoking, it’s very hard to quit. Nicotine is addictive stuff. In fact, it’s more addictive than heroin. But you can cut your cravings – Patrick Holford tells you how. Nicotine produces a stimulating effect, even in small doses, and in large amounts acts as a sedative. This is its attraction: on the […]

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Healthy fats are not fattening – they’re de-fattening. Healthy proteins are not fattening – they’re de-fattening. All starches are fattening; all forms of sugars are fattening. If you are in very good health, yes, you can continue to have your fruits but try to consider a healthy protein, for example, cheese, before you have blueberries […]

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In the list of common chronic disorders of digestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ranks high in the ability to wreak havoc on the sufferer’s social life, occupation and personal comfort. The symptoms that accompany IBS (also known as spastic colon or mucous colitis) – constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and flatulence, searing abdominal pain spasms – can […]

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