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
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
- 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.
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:
Saturday, 12 July 2003 from 17h00-20h00 at One Life Health Supermarket,
Shop 4, Centurion Value World, Bloukrans Street, Highveld in Centurion,
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.
Lifeforce, in conjunction
with the Diabetics Association and the ADD Support Groups, will be holding
morning promotions as follows:
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.
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
During the month
of July we will be launching our new ranges they are:
ARTERIAL GUARD CAPSULES
A nutritional supplement with Herbal components, amino acids & anti-oxidants:
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
- Taurine modulates
the activity of cyclic AMP and calcium in the heart.
enhances oxygen utilization, myocardium energy and normal heart contractions.
- L-Arginine improves
coronary circulation and lowers cholesterol.
Prevention of Cardio Vascular diseases, high cholesterol, high blood
As well as Irregular heart Rhythms.
IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTING
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
¢ 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
¢ 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.
Lowered Immune Functions, Chronic infections, Systemic Candida, Fatigue,
Stress, Swollen glands, Muscle & joint pains, weight loss, allergies
BONE AND JOINT
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.
restores flexibility to stiff joints and increases shock-absorbing
actually repairs and rebuilds cartilage.
use in conjunction with MSM (1,000mg 4x daily) and Omega 3 (1000-3000mg
Inflammatory conditions, joint stiffness, all forms of Arthritis &
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
- Increasing energy
levels and reducing fatigue
- Reducing stress
- Enhancing immune
- Lowering cholesterol
- Lowering blood
pressure, strengthening the heart
- Increasing memory
- Reversing muscle
- Improving brain
- Elevating mood
- Enhancing sexual
Aging, lowered immune functions, chronic infections, fatigue, stress,
swollen glands, muscle & joint pains, heart diseases, blood pressure
problems, intolerances and allergies.
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
- 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
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)
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
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.
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.
As toddlers, such children are easily frustrated and quick to break
They want their demands met immediately. Cry easily, with whining and
clinging behaviour, possessive of mother's attention, tactile defensive
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Help from a
child psychologist or family Counselor may be suggested.
- Tests should
be done to check for food allergies, toxic metals and hypoglycemia.
often disappear at puberty but the problem is sometimes carried on into
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.
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.
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 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 treatment would include the use of remedies such as tarentula
hisp, veratrum and nux vomica.
Might check lymphatic draining, and raise the foot of the bed, among
other things. There will be Counselling and balancing.
- All Artificial
- All Artificial
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.
the chemicals have been eliminated, reactions to certain natural foods
with high salicylate content are examined, as mentioned above.
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.
is extremely important in starting this programme. Use or add additional
- Evening Primrose
- Fatty Fish Oils
We have launched
an alternative product for ADD treatment: 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.
and amino acids can actually heighten and sharpen your cognitive performance
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.
to improve memory and accelerate mental performance.
- 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 is required
as a structural component of the brain and the retina of the eye.
- Increases blood
flow and oxygen to the brain
- Improves mental
- Improves memory
- Improves circulation
and vitamin B5 stimulate the production of Acetylcholine, an important
- Promotes the
formation of neurotransmitters required for memory
- Increases cerebral
- Enhances oxygen
and glucose production
- Relaxes smooth
muscles in vascular wall.
- Increases blood
supply and flow to the brain
- Enhance mental
- Often used to
treat Alzheimer's disease.
- Assists in improving
memory and learning.
- Improves cerebral
- Alleviate depression.
- Elevates mood.
- Increase blood
supply to the brain
- boost oxygen
- 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
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
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
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