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Meat and Eat With Professor Tim Noakes

By | January 22nd, 2013|Mind & Body|

Farmers can keep on eating meat but they need to drop the rice and potatoes. That’s the word from Professor Tim Noakes who believes that it is not proteins and fats but rather carbohydrates and sugars that are the culprits of ill health and obesity. […]

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Making Sure you and Your Children Survive a Divorce

By | August 30th, 2011|Mind & Body|

Any Divorce, however amicable, is hard on children. They suffer collateral, or inadvertent, damage.They lose their sense of security, they probably have to move from their family home, they may not enjoy the same standard of living and they may even be uprooted from schools, neighbourhoods, friends and families. […]

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New Year, Bad Woman

By | January 27th, 2011|Mind & Body|

“Do you get angry?” Doctor Bolotovsky, the iridologist, enquires. I’m sitting in his consulting room with my right eye gummed to his oculist scope as he peers into my iris. The reason I’m here is because it’s a new year. I am done with last year’s tears, fears, self-sacrifices and self-worth woes. This year my soul will soar. […]

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Health Massage

By | January 25th, 2011|Mind & Body|

Mongolia is a long way to travel for a health massage. Fortunately my friend Tracey is extremely intrepid and will journey to the ends of the earth in search of one. “Ulaan Bataar is where I wish to receive my next massage,” she stated the day she departed. Ulaan Bataar or ‘UB’ to those who know it is the capital of Mongolia. […]

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Silent Retreat

By | January 24th, 2011|Mind & Body|

She said: “I had to phone you when I received this invitation because I immediately thought of you. Of all the people I know, I’m sure this will be a dramatic turning point in your life.” When a friend calls to tell me this, I am interested; I’d go so far as to say I am very interested. What could it be? What unforeseen invitation has placed itself on my life path to forever alter my destiny? […]

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Positively Great Advice!

By | January 20th, 2011|Mind & Body|

If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts and talking negative talk you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay. Highly negative speech, whether it’s spoken to yourself (self-talk) or to others, holds you back, drags you down and can destroy your dreams. ‘Women tend to be inclined to negative speech, thoughts and self-talk because we’re socialised this way,’ says Johannesburg psychologist and life coach Stephanie Vermeulen, author of Stitched-up: Who Fashions Women’s Lives? (Jacana Media). […]

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How Stem Cells are Saving Lives in SA

By | January 20th, 2011|Mind & Body|

When you raise the subject of “stem cells”, a hushed silence often follows as people imagine brains, hearts and limbs cultured from embryos. While this is certainly one type of stem cell (known as the pluripotent stem cell), there is another altogether different type known as the committed stem cell, which has been saving lives in South Africa and around the world for 20 years. […]

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The String of Pearls Syndrome

By | January 20th, 2011|Mind & Body|

A string of pearls is widely regarded as a beautiful thing, with one exception. If the string has more than 10 pearls and it’s lining your ovaries, it could jeopardise your ability to bear children. “When we do an ultrasound of a woman’s ovaries and a string of 10 or more pearl-like cysts are visible just below the perimeter lining of either or both ovaries, then we need to start investigating for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS,” says reproductive specialist Dr Stephan Volschenk, who has treated a significant number of women with PCOS who could not fall pregnant. […]

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The Knight of Sight

By | January 20th, 2011|Mind & Body|

For the past 27 years, Grant McLaren has driven the long, straight road into Soweto to the St John Eye Hospital at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital. The professor is the full-time head of the eye hospital and, together with his team, they attend to 250 to 300 eye patients a day. With skills that would earn him a senior place in private practice, McLaren elected to work at St John as he regards his work in Soweto as a vocation. “I am wired to serve and I derive great pleasure out of helping people to improve or regain their eyesight,” says McLaren. […]

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Endometriosis the Hidden Epidemic

By | January 18th, 2011|Mind & Body|

It affects millions of women,but can go undiagnosed for years, so enigmatic is the condition called endometriosis. One of its enigmas is that one in three sufferers have no symptoms at all, says Dr Merwyn Jacobson of the Vitalab fertility clinic in Morningside, Johannesburg. “In other women, endometriosis may cause severe menstrual cramps, pain during intercourse and even infertility,” says Jacobson, who has identified and treated endometriosis in many women. […]

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