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NEWSLETTER for JULY - SEPTEMBER 2003

Welcome to our third edition for the year. The topic of discussion of this newsletter will be: ADD and ADHD. I will endeavour to address a different topic with each newsletter. Suggestions on topics will be appreciated, as I am trying to accommodate your needs for as much information as possible on each appropriate topic. I was thinking of discussing Diabetes and Hypoglycaemia in the next newsletter, as we have had a lot of positive feedback on the previous topic.

I have found that some of our clients do not know my work background. When I visit the different outlets, I have different responses from our clients and most think that I am a Dietician or have some medical background. So I thought, as there is speculation, that I may as well address the subject in an open manner.

I matriculated in 1972. I did general office work and computer programming for a year, but I found that was not what I really wanted to do. I had always been interested in helping others, listening to their problems etc. and I felt that going into the medical field, was the natural route to go. This is how my journey into studying and serving really started.

I went into nursing in the beginning of 1974. I was in the formal hospital setting studying for the next seven years. I became a staff nurse and from there qualified in General Nursing as a Nursing Sister, Midwifery, and Intensive and Critical Care. I left the formal nursing environment towards the end of 1980 and went into Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety. I designed and set up various Medical Centres for different companies while I studied at Tukkies doing my Occupational Health Diploma for 2 years and then the Pharmacology section at RAU for the next year. This is when I met my husband who is a Biochemist/Brewer/Master Brewer. We got married and after the birth of my daughter (now 18 years old) I started up as a Private Nurse Practitioner, offering Antenatal and Post Natal lectures and exercises. I did this over a five-year period, until 2 years after the birth of my son (now 15 years old).

We went into Expatriate living in the late 1980's, because of my husband's career with SAB. We did stints in places like, Swaziland, Transkei and other African countries. During this time I could not get work permits, so I became involved in starting up various community projects at grass root levels. Through one of these projects I started up a community based Ambulance Service, with helicopter back up. This project required that I study Emergency Medicine, which I started studying at The Cape of Good Hope Ambulance training College. From there I proceeded to Wits Medicine School (Wits University). I became involved with the Resuscitation of Southern Africa and the Heart Foundation, first as an instructor then as Instructor Trainer, assisting in teaching Emergency Medicine Updates, to Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics at Wits University. During this time I also studied Adult Education At UNISA.

I started experiencing medical problems as I was in burn out. That is when I started studying Health, Fitness and Nutrition to be able to assist myself to heal. Through my involvement in the community I realised that most health problem had a deeper root cause. This is how I became interested in studying PNI (Psycho Neuro Immunology). I did the personal course as well as the Practitioner's Course. I was constantly in a situation where people in the community came to me for medical help as well as psychological help. During these counselling sessions I became aware of the need to study and equip myself in a professional way in order to be of real assistance to those who came to see me. I enrolled into Counselling Psychology at UNISA in 1996 and graduated in October2002.

I started up a practice in Holistic Medicine in 1992 approaching health from a Medical, Dietetic and Counselling point of view.

Before my husband and I bought Reform Distributors, I was able to heal my body and assist my health with Lifeforce products. After experiencing the results in my own body, I started prescribing it for my patients, with the most amazing results. I have taken this knowledge and put them into the reformulations and new formulations that are being launched, with the valuable help of experts in each appropriate field.

A few announcements before we move onto the topic of discussion:

I will be assisting Pandora's Tin Cupboard in distributing their homeopathic range, which is made from 100% pure ingredients such as vitamins and essential oils.

The following products are available in this range:

  • Craig's Comfort Topical ointment
  • Floating soap for Adults and babies
  • Bath pearls.

Pamphlets are enclosed for more details.

We are having our first price increase in two years. We have been trying to absorb the cost ourselves for the new formulations, labels and other changes, yet we find that we are just putting more and more money into the company and products with little return. So please accept that there will be a price increase for most of our products, from the first of July 2003. The new pricelists with a letter of notification should reach all our clients via post, fax or e-mail.

All Lifeforce Honey has been sold and this range has now been officially discontinued.

We have had six successful training sessions since the start of our training this year. For those who attended the training, thank you for your valuable support, I found it an enriching process.

Future Training Dates:

If any of our Pretoria or Johannesburg Clients that would like to attend training, please join us at the following venues. Official invitations will follow:

Pretoria:
Saturday, 12 July 2003 from 17h00-20h00 at One Life Health Supermarket, Shop 4, Centurion Value World, Bloukrans Street, Highveld in Centurion, Pretoria.

Johannesburg:
Friday, 15 August 2003 from 13h30-17h00 at 9 Pine Valley Avenue, Lammermoor (near Lanseria Airport).

Should anyone wanting to attend the training have transport problems, please feel free to contact us for assistance.

Product Promotions:

Lifeforce, in conjunction with the Diabetics Association and the ADD Support Groups, will be holding morning promotions as follows:

Lifeforce Refocus and ADD/ADHD Support Group Promotion
6 July 2003 from 10h00-14h00 at One Life Health Supermarket, Shop No 4,Centurion Value World, Bloukrans Street, Highveld, Pretoria.

Lifeforce Glucose Tolerance Factor Plus (GTF) & Diabetics Association / Support Group
26 July 2003 at 14h00, at One Life Health Supermarket, Shop No 4,Centurion Value World, Bloukrans Street, Highveld, Pretoria.

In August and September we will be holding the above-mentioned promotions in the Sandton area (Galleria Pharmacy Village Walk) and in the West Rand (Galleria Pharmacy Westgate). Once the dates and times have been confirmed we will advise all our clients accordingly.

The majority of our products are already in the new packaging and lables. There are only 10 of our products still in the old label. As we reach the end of each of these batches, we will replace them with the new lables. Towards the end of the year we should be fully into the new look of Lifeforce.

During the month of July we will be launching our new ranges they are:

CARDIOVASCULAR FORMULA:

LIFEFORCE CARDIO ARTERIAL GUARD CAPSULES

A nutritional supplement with Herbal components, amino acids & anti-oxidants:

  • Cardio-Arterial Guard is a multi-functional cardiovascular formula.
  • It enhances the performance of the heart and blood vessels with a precise, combination of synergistic factors.
  • The Flavonoids compounds support normal blood pressure and serum.
  • It prevents cholesterol deposits in the arterial wall and improves heart contractions.
  • Co-Enzyme 10 provides critical support for cardiovascular bioenergetics and myocardial functions.
  • Taurine modulates the activity of cyclic AMP and calcium in the heart.
  • L-Carnitine enhances oxygen utilization, myocardium energy and normal heart contractions.
  • L-Arginine improves coronary circulation and lowers cholesterol.

Indications:
Prevention of Cardio Vascular diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Arteriosclerosis
As well as Irregular heart Rhythms.

IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTING FORMULAS:

LIFEFORCE IMMUNO AID COMBO CAPSULES
A nutritional supplement with Barley Grass, Brown Rice, Kelp, Omega 3 & 6, natural plant sterols and sterolins, pre and pro-biotics, colostrum (lactoferrin) and amino acids.
¢ Barley Grass consists of natural chlorophyll contains 16 vitamins, 23 minerals; more than 50 traces of other minerals, 18 amino acids and numerous digestive enzymes - alkaline ph factor.
¢ Combined with natural plant sterols and sterolins that increase the function of t-cells, which control and fight illnesses thereby known as being an Immune booster.
¢ Added pre and pro-biotics to restore balances in the lower intestinal system.
¢ Lactoferrin is nature's greatest enhancer of a strong immune system. Lactoferrin affects biochemical processes in lymphoid tissues and is involved in fighting infections. Taken during flu season, or everyday like a multivitamin, Lactoferrin can turn your immune system into a fortress for superior protection against bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
¢ The amino acids found in this formula have been isolated to perform as anti-oxidants. These molecules attach themselves to the free radicals and help to excrete and dissolve them.

Indications:
Lowered Immune Functions, Chronic infections, Systemic Candida, Fatigue, Stress, Swollen glands, Muscle & joint pains, weight loss, allergies

BONE AND JOINT SUPPORT:

LIFEFORCE JOINT COMBO CAPSULES
Joint Combo capsules are a powerful, effective joint-health formula combining Kelp, Calcium Pantothenate (Vit.B5), Turmeric, Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulphate, Devils Claw, Celery Seed Extract, Boron, Resveratrol, Ginger Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Stinging Nettle extract, Amino Acids: Phenylalanine, Cysteine, N-Acetyl-Glucosamine

  • In nature, certain nutrients and extracts can dramatically improve joint health. These substances show remarkable abilities to soothe the pain and soreness associated with Arthritis and joint pain.
  • Studies have shown that it can assist with the repair and rebuilding of the cartilage, and possibly with the restoring of flexibility to arthritic joints.
  • Chondroitin restores flexibility to stiff joints and increases shock-absorbing abilities.
  • Glucosamine actually repairs and rebuilds cartilage.
  • Recommended use in conjunction with MSM (1,000mg 4x daily) and Omega 3 (1000-3000mg daily).

Indications:
Inflammatory conditions, joint stiffness, all forms of Arthritis & muscular pains.

ANTI-AGING FORMULAS:

LIFEFORCE LONGEV COMBO CAPSULES
Planning on staying alive, healthy and youthful for longer than you ever imagined? This is possible by supplementing with strong antioxidants, essential fatty acids and hormone precursors such as the correct amino acids. Benefits include:

  • Reversing the effects of aging
  • Reducing body fat
  • Increasing energy levels and reducing fatigue
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Enhancing immune system
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Lowering blood pressure, strengthening the heart
  • Strengthening bones
  • Increasing memory retention
  • Reversing muscle waste
  • Improving brain functions
  • Elevating mood
  • Enhancing sexual performance

Indications:
Aging, lowered immune functions, chronic infections, fatigue, stress, swollen glands, muscle & joint pains, heart diseases, blood pressure problems, intolerances and allergies.

STRESS MANAGING FORMULAS:

LIFEFORCE STRESS COMBO TABLETS
This specialised formula has been scientifically designed to help offset the damaging effects of chronic and acute stress including allergies, chronic fatigue, inflammation, Asthma, Arthritis, Hypoglycaemia and Immune depression.

  • It provides the key combinations of micronutrients to help people cope, as well as boost the immune system.
  • SSS Formula assists in re-balancing the body and boosting energy levels.
  • Everyday pressures & stress are known to increase the body's need for the B Group vitamins, which work synergistically with one another.
  • The formula delivers beneficial amounts of B Complex vitamins and high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin H, Folic Acid, Magnesium and Potassium to aid in healing and energy utilisation.
  • Ideal for those very busy and stressed people facing a lot of demanding and challenging tasks.

Indications:
Stress and stress related conditions. Lowered immune functions, chronic infections, fatigue, swollen glands, muscle & joint pains, PMS, intolerances and allergies.

On to our topic: -

Attention-deficit (ADD) / Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Definition:

Severe and frequent problems of either or both attention to tasks or hyperactive and impulsive behaviour. Some symptoms must have been observed before the age of 7. May be of combined type with both types of symptoms or of either the predominantly inattentive type or the predominantly hyperactive-impulse type.

Hyperactivity describes a whole group of symptoms, which add up to a recognizable pattern.

It is either becoming more common or it is being diagnosed more often.

In Babies:
May be very active in utero. Cot rocking, other signs of hyperactivity include colic, prolonged screaming, head-banging and general restlessness. They are often labelled 'difficult' or 'high need'. Hyperactive children of any age are very exhausting and often frustrating for parents. Depressed immune systems, allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, eczema, rings under eyes, thirsty, sweats easily, abnormal appetites.

Toddlers:
As toddlers, such children are easily frustrated and quick to break into tantrums.
They want their demands met immediately. Cry easily, with whining and clinging behaviour, possessive of mother's attention, tactile defensive (touch sensitive).
Problems with speech, hearing and balance are common.
May be a delay in speech, stutter, have problems in pronunciation.
They may also be clumsy, bump into things, spill things, trip often.
Do not obey instructions.
Dislike colouring in, cutting, drawing, tying laces and buttoning.
Slow dressers, loose things, their bedroom are generally a mess.
Sleeping habits they find it difficult to go to sleep, experience night terrors, often fear going to sleep.

An Older, Hyperactive Child:
Immaturity (mainly boys), they are highly excitable, impulsive (actions and speech), unpredictable, frustrated, and want their demands met immediately.
Has an excessively high energy level, is restless, demanding, and fidgety.
Such a child has a short and selective, but not sustained attention span, cannot concentrate unless fascinated.
Difficulty with comprehension, and maths.
Generally very distractible and they are frequently inattentive, excitable and unpredictable.
Do not obey instructions.
Has a terrible handwriting.
Fidgeting in their seat, very busy, but achieving nothing. They may also be clumsy, bump into things, spill things, trip often.
Do not read body language, nor understand implications (jokes are taken to far and out of context).
Aggression, disruptive, destructive, disturb other children. Punishment only makes them more aggressive.
Their desks, bedrooms and suitcases usually are a mess.
Abnormal appetites.
Sleeping habits they find it difficult to go to sleep
While just as intelligent as other children, they tend not to do well at school, as often they cannot concentrate.

Estimates vary, but it is thought that between "two and five percent," of children may be hyperactive, with up to ten times as many boys as girls.

Problem Children:


It is claimed that approximately one in ten children show some degree of hyperactivity, with one in two hundred having severe problems. In these cases family life can be seriously disrupted. Hyperactive children are compulsive fidgets and suffer from poor concentration, never settling to a task. Their behaviour is unpredictable, so that they can suddenly become aggressive or tearful. Although hyperactive children are usually of average or above average in intelligence, they often have learning difficulties; partly because of the problems they have concentrating. Some also suffer from ECZEMA or ASTHMA, and most find it difficult to sleep.

CAUSES:

Many causes have been suggested, including:

  • Slight brain damage, occurring at birth, perhaps as a result of a prolonged or especially difficult delivery.
  • Allergies. A wide variety of possible allergens exist including dairy products, wheat products, vinegar, artificial food additives (especially dyes in sweets and sweet drinks) and substances with large amounts of salicylates in them. This includes most fruit (apples, (golden delicious are fine) oranges, grapes) as well as peas, vinegar and almonds.
  • Environmental pollutants - including cadmium from cigarette smoke, Aluminum, copper, mercury (including amalgam tooth fillings), fluoride, exhaust fumes and chlorinated water.
  • Candida infections (localized and systemic fungal infections)
  • Marginal deficiencies of important nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, Vitamin B 6 acts as co-factors necessary for the conversion of Essential fatty acids to prostaglandin E1 (PGE1).
  • The deficiency in Essential fatty acids (EFA's) or the co-factors will result in a PGE1 deficiency. PGE1 helps to control the immune system and has an influence on asthma, behavior and thirst. This may be as a result of an increased requirement, poor absorption, inefficient utilisation and or dietary inadequacy.

ORTHODOX TREATMENT:

  • Help from a child psychologist or family Counselor may be suggested.
  • Tests should be done to check for food allergies, toxic metals and hypoglycemia.

Hyperactivity will often disappear at puberty but the problem is sometimes carried on into adult life.

COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENT:

NATUROPATHY:
Can be a very successful treatment. Most practitioners regard food intolerance as the major cause and give priority to changing the child's diet - taking into account possible non-food factors as well. Simply eliminating high-additive foods and substituting those made from natural ingredients is known to be helpful.

ARTS THERAPIES:
Music and dance are helpful in focusing a child on social interactions, which they may otherwise be unable to maintain. Through dance, they can express themselves freely and without criticisms, using both music and dance to explore feelings and emotional problems.

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES:
Several may be helpful, including Vervain for the over-enthusiastic child, Impatiens for a talkative, over-eager, impatient child, Cherry plums if there is a loss of control, and Rescue Remedy in an emergency.

MASSAGE:
Massage may calm hyperactivity in children. If the child can be persuaded to lie quietly for a few minutes, both mother and child may benefit from the feeling of peace and calm during the massage.

HOMOEOPATHIC:
Homoeopathic treatment would include the use of remedies such as tarentula hisp, veratrum and nux vomica.

KINESIOLOGIST:
Might check lymphatic draining, and raise the foot of the bed, among other things. There will be Counselling and balancing.

DIETARY GUIDELINES:

1. AVOID:

  • All Artificial Colourants
  • All Artificial Flavourants
  • Antioxidant preservatives examples: EDTA, BHA, BHT, TBHQ
  • Calcium Propionate, Benzoic Acid, Sulphur Dioxide, Sulphates, Sulphites
  • MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). At all times avoid bought cakes and pies, hamburger patties, fish fingers, packets of soup and sauces, processed meats and polony, tea, cordials, fruit squashes and fizzy drinks. They usually contain the above additives. Try to find equally tasty, but healthier alternatives. The child should never be deprived.

2. Once the chemicals have been eliminated, reactions to certain natural foods with high salicylate content are examined, as mentioned above.

3. With the removal of the chemicals and high salicylate foods the child often calms down and copes far better. This improvement is monitored over a period of several weeks (12 - 16) until the child reaches a plateau and there seems to be little further improvement. Once the child has stabilised, the abovementioned fruits and vegetables are reintroduced, one at a time over a period of days. E.g. if tomato is being tested, the child would have grilled tomato once a day every day (it can be sliced, the next day put into a gravy and so on). If after a week, there is no deterioration in behaviour, health and concentration this foodstuff can be re-introduced into the child's diet on a regular basis, however if there is deterioration in behaviour, health or concentration it should be avoided and retested in a year or so later. If the child is still in a state of, wait until the child has stabilised once more and test other foods in the same way. Foods tolerated by the child become a regular part of their diet. Try to ensure that your child eats as wide range of natural foods as possible.

4. SUPPLEMENTATION is extremely important in starting this programme. Use or add additional

  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Fatty Fish Oils

We have launched an alternative product for ADD treatment: Lifeforce Refocus

LIFEFORCE REFOCUS
Available in a Natural Cherry Syrup, Capsule form & Chewy Tablet

  • Refocus is a nutritional supplement with combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids & essential fatty acids & strong anti-oxidants.
  • For the promotion of mood elevation & restful sleep.
  • Can assist with brain nutrition to improve memory, mental performance.
  • Aids with alertness, sociability and can assist against stress.
  • Clinical studies demonstrate that mental performance - how quickly you can remember something, how sharply you can concentrate and focus, and your overall ability to learn - can be improved with specific nutritional supplementation.

Select nutrients and amino acids can actually heighten and sharpen your cognitive performance by

1. Stimulating the production of neurotransmitters - those specialized chemical messengers in the brain that contribute to mental alertness, concentration and optimal brain function.
2. Improving blood flow to the brain, and
3. Restoring brain cell metabolism to more youthful levels.

Medically created to improve memory and accelerate mental performance.

OMEGA 6

  • Omega 6 Essential Fatty acids produces Prostaglandin's E1, assists in the aiding of the immune system and responsible for the control of every cell and organ in the body
  • Assist in ailments such as eczema, asthma, hay fever, thirst, behaviour and allergies
  • EPO avoids an enzyme blockage of Delta-6-desaturase enzyme. It is assisted by co-factors such as zinc, B6, B3, Vit C and magnesium
  • The ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is 2:1

OMEGA 3

  • Omega 3 is required as a structural component of the brain and the retina of the eye.

GINGKO BILOBA EXTRACTS

  • Increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain
  • Improves mental function
  • Improves memory and concentration
  • Improves circulation

DMAE (Choline and vitamin B5 stimulate the production of Acetylcholine, an important brain neurotransmitter).

  • Promotes the formation of neurotransmitters required for memory

VINPOCETINE

  • Increases cerebral ATP function
  • Enhances oxygen and glucose production
  • Relaxes smooth muscles in vascular wall.
  • Increases blood supply and flow to the brain

ACETYL-L-CARNITINE

  • Enhance mental quickness.
  • Often used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
  • Assists in improving memory and learning.
  • Improves cerebral blood flow.
  • Alleviate depression.
  • Elevates mood.
  • Increase blood supply to the brain
  • boost oxygen uptake
  • Glucose utilization for greater recall.

18 Amino acids with the combination of Vitamin B 12 enhances mental quickness and to stimulate the synthesis of RNA, the memory molecule.

WHERE TO START AS A PARENT

1 Make yourself as knowledgeable as possible on this condition.

2 Keep yourself updated on the latest developments in this field.

3 Get to know what the different drugs that are used, are composed of. What are they're advantaged and what are the disadvantages? What are the possible SIDE EFFECTS? This should be done before you decide on using any of the treatments available.

4 Ask your Health Provider as many questions as possible on the subject.

5 Take up the full responsibility of your child's treatment. You will be the best MANAGER OF YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH. If you are knowledgeable on this condition, then you will also be the wisest person to make decisions on what is right and wrong for your child. Remember you are created with a Center of Wisdom from within - learn to draw on this natural wisdom that you have.

6 Discuss the options as a family. No one person in a family unit should carry all the responsibility.

7 Work out a plan of action - as a family on how you could possibly deal with this condition and your affected child - together. The more brains involved in brainstorming the better the results are in the end.

8 Relieve one another from time to time of responsibility of being a caretaker. Allow time to break away on your own for quality time.

9 Remember to reverse the roles. Both partners should be allowed to have this quality time.

10 Spend quality time together daily as a family, doing something constructive and enjoyable for everyone.

11 Be patient and kind with each other. This is the greatest respect that we can show each other. Screaming and shouting at one another does not show any form of respect. It does not build character, it only breaks it down.

12 Each person has a different talent. We are all good at different things in life. Make these allowances for one another.

13 Be realistic about your expectations of your child. Remember his/her age and the milestones that go with it.

14 When your want your child's attention, stands back, take a deep breath in and out and face your child. Make eye contact throughout the conversation. Speak in a calm and caring manner. Make sure that your child understands what you're requiring from him/her. If necessary, repeat what you're requiring. Talking down on your child, or shouting does not help the situation at all. Be patient and calm. This will also be a learning curve for you.

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