Always start with your diet as the 1st defense against illnesses.

  • Eat plenty of colourful, varied fresh fruit and vegetables, especially those that are orange (the more pips in a fruit the higher the Vitamin C content) red, and purple such as berries, sweet potatoes and red peppers.
  • Eat plenty of seeds (such as pumpkin and sunflower) as snacks, in salads and on cereal.
  • Include plenty of Vitamin C rich foods in your diet, such as broccoli, peas, cabbage, lemons, oranges, lemons and strawberries.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration – water is always best, but try nutritious fruit juices, vegetable soup and eat some fruit bars.
  • Drink Rooibos tea or other herbal teas daily.
  • Supplement with multivitamin & minerals and at least 1000mg – 2000mg Vitamin C (Chewy C / High C Powder) and an Immune complex (Immuno Aid Combo) on a daily basis. Your prevention levels regarding supplementation can be tripled when fighting a specific infection.
  • Don’t smoke, minimise alcohol, tea, coffee and especially diary products.


Your immune strength is totally dependent on an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals and other immune boosting nutrients. Since no nutrients work in isolation, it’s a good idea to supplement a good diet with a high strength multivitamin and mineral (such as B Right Special or Barley Grass Plus). This combination of nutrients at the even modest levels can have a strong effect on boosting immunity.

Scientific studies have shown that those on supplements have fewer infections, have a stronger immune system when measured by blood test determination of immune factors and are generally healthier than those on placebos or no supplementations.

As Flu Complications rank in the top 10 causes of death, you can consider having a flu vaccination if you are open to this form of therapy. There are some groups of people who are totally unsuitable for vaccinations though!

Do not get vaccinated if you are:

  • In the 1st trimester of pregnancy.
  • Hypersensitive to egg protein.
  • Have a high temperature or infection at the time of expected vaccination.

Speak to your health practitioner or pharmacist for more details.


Clumsiness - dropping things and bumping into things
Forgetfulness (memory lapses)
Fatigue (very tired)

Tips on how to heal your body without using normal prescription drugs

  • Start by using Zinc tablets, not in the usually prescribed manner, but rather break the tablet into quarters and use under the tongue every 2 hours until the infection is cleared.
  • Use 2 x SSS formula tablets, 3 x Magcal tablets and 1 x Magnesium Oxide tablet as one dose, every 2 hours during the day until you feel better. It is also advisable to take Slow K 600mg or Chelated Potassium 2 times a day during this phase.
  • High C Powder – take a ½ teaspoon every 2 hours until your tummy works very loosely. Then calculate how many doses you have taken up until then. Cut back by a ½ teaspoon and take that amount 3 times per day until the infection clears. Vitamin C increases the percentage of B-lymphocyte cells and enhances humoral (antibody) immunity responses.
  • Immuno Aid Combo 1 – 2 capsules every 2 – 4 hourly until infection is cleared.

The above treatment can be used together or individualised, as you prefer. If you have an impaired immune system it is recommended that you use all of the suggested treatments together.

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

Symptoms of a cold

  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Headaches
  • Coughing

A cold is a milder form of an upper respiratory infection usually due to a virus such as the Rhinovirus infection.

Flu symptoms

  • Fever
  • Respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, runny nose
  • Headache, muscle aches and often tiredness and fatigue.

Most people spontaneously recover from flu within a week, but can be very tired for some time after recovery.

If you have an impaired immune system you may develop serious and potentially life-threatening complications such as Bronchitis or Pneumonia. This can occur at any age, but the elderly, those under 5 years, as well as those suffering from chronic diseases are more prone to serious flu complications.

Flu weakens the natural defenses of the body and additional infections by other harmful microorganisms can occur, delaying complete recovery.

As you will notice our promotions can assist you to start preparing for this season. One of the ways would be through the added use of products such as ADE & Zinc, Garlic & Parsley, Zinc Gluconate, And Balanced B Complex, Chewy C, High C Powder

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 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 labeled ‘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 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, lose 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 math’s.
  • Generally very distractible and they are frequently inattentive, excitable and unpredictable.
  • Do not obey instructions.
  • Has 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.


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.


  • 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.



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.


Clinical studies demonstrate that mental performance – how quickly you can remember something, how sharply you can concentrate and focus, and your overall abilities to learn - can be improved with specific nutritional supplementation.

Refocus is a nutritional supplement with combination of 16 vitamins, 23 minerals, 50 trace elements, 19 amino acids & 3 essential fatty acids (1 unusual fatty acid - 10hydroxy-2-decenoic acid), herbal extracts & strong anti-oxidants.

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

  • Stimulating the production of neuro-transmitters – those specialised chemical messengers in the brain – that contribute to mental alertness, concentration and optimal brain function
  • Improving blood flow to the brain
  • Restoring brain cell metabolism to more youthful levels

Medically created to improve memory and accelerate mental performance, Gingko Biloba extracts, Vinpocetine and Acetyl-L- Carnitine, have been included to increase blood supply to the brain and boost oxygen uptake and glucose utilisation for greater recall.



  • 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


  • Make yourself as knowledgeable as possible on this condition.
  • Keep yourself updated on the latest developments in this field.
  • 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.
  • Ask your Health Provider as many questions as possible on the subject.
  • 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.
  • Discuss the options as a family. No one person in a family unit should carry all the responsibility.
  • 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.
  • Relieve one another from time to time of responsibility of being a caretaker. Allow time to break away on your own for quality time.
  • Remember to reverse the roles. Both partners should be allowed to have this quality time.
  • Spend quality time together daily as a family, doing something constructive and enjoyable for everyone.
  • 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.
  • Each person has a different talent. We are all good at different things in life. Make these allowances for one another.
  • Be realistic about your expectations of your child. Remember his/her age and the milestones that go with it.
  • 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.



Many people who complain of unexplained tiredness tend to have a lower than normal level of sugar in the bloodstream. Glucose is the most important nutrient for the brain, and in order for our brains to work effectively, we need a steady supply. Low blood sugar - also known as Hypoglycaemia - causes tiredness, because without sugar, the body cannot generate energy. Any imbalance in the supply of glucose to the brain results in a range of symptoms including depression. Low blood sugar can occur even in those who have long-term energy stores in the form of glycogen or body fat, but who, for some reason, cannot convert these stores into sugar for use as energy. It is a bit like having a blockage in the fuel line to the engine of a car. The tank may be full, but the car still won’t start. There are a number of possible causes of low blood sugar.


It is normal for blood sugar to become depleted if you miss a meal, or if you have expended a lot of energy without additional food intake. Some people have an inborn tendency to this type of problem. Most types of low blood sugar can be avoided by eating the right kind of food and by keeping to regular mealtimes.


Insulin helps turn sugar into energy. Some people do not make enough insulin, other produce too much. Those who do not make enough have to have either insulin injections or tablets to assist in the production of insulin.


  • Periodic problems with moods, depression or irritability. Low sugar supply to the brain can commonly produce changes leading to depression or irritability.
  • Food cravings, especially sweet and /or starchy foods when blood sugar is low are natural for the body to demand foods that release sugar quickly into the bloodstream. Cravings for chocolates, biscuits and other sugary foods are common features of low blood sugar.

Medical Diagnostic Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

Adrenergic symptoms:
Pallor, sweating, tremor, palpitations and gnawing 'hunger' pain in the epigastrium.

Neurogenic symptoms:
Light-headedness, poor concentration, dysarthria (difficult, poorly articulated speech), in coordination, diplopia (double vision), peri-oral tingling or even epilepsy, transient pareses (slight or partial paralysis), and ultimately coma.
In older people it presents as failing mental function.


  • If Hypoglycemia is suspected measure your blood sugar; if below 3mmol/l have something containing glucose/honey/sugar to eat as a snack or a drink. This can be fruit juice or tea with honey.
  • Re-check your blood sugar in 15 minutes to ensure that it has risen above 3mmol/l.
  • If you are Hypoglycaemics and confused, aggressive or going comatose your relatives or workmates must give you an oral injection of glycogen/glucose/honey under the tongue (1mgm - the contents of 1 vial) using a clean, unused syringe.
  • You should respond within 10 minutes. If not, urgent hospitalisation is called for, as intravenous glucose must be given.
  • If you respond to glycogen/honey/sugar, then eat a snack immediately as all your muscle and liver stores of glucose will have been exhausted and must be replenished.
  • NB: Whoever may be called upon to give you glycogen should be allowed to practice giving oral injections (squirting the liquid slowly under the tongue) so that they get used to this method of doing it.
  • If you have required glycogen, you need to see your diabetes physician. You must also replace the used vial immediately.


Eating the right diet is essential in overcoming low blood sugar. People who have a tendency to the problem should eat little and often to ensure that the blood sugar level never gets the opportunity to drop into the danger zone - ideally, allowing no more than three to four hours without eating. The diet should be based on foods that release sugar slowly into the bloodstream.


The rate at which foods release sugar into the bloodstream is quantified using a measure called the glycaemic index. Foods that are digested rapidly have a moderate or high glycaemic index (more than 50). Sugary and some starchy foods tend to have a high glycaemic index, whereas proteins and vegetables have a low glycaemic index. The ratings of a range of common foods according to the glycaemic index are displayed in the tables of Glycaemic index foods.


  • Base your diet around foods of low glycaemic index. This means eating mostly fruit and vegetables, whole grains, beans, pulses, and some meat and fish.
  • Avoid foods of high glycaemic index because of their tendency to induce low blood sugar some time after their ingestion.
  • If you eat high glycaemic index foods, combine them with foods of lower glycaemic index. A baked potato, for instance, could be eaten with cottage cheese, tuna or chicken and salad and vegetables.
  • Do not skip meals. Eat three meals a day with healthy snacks, such as fruit, in between if necessary.


If the person can swallow:

  • Give the person something containing sugar/honey/glucose. (Do not use sugar-fee or diet soda or sugar substitutes because these do not contain sugar)
  • Let the person sit quietly or lie down.
  • Phone or have someone phone an emergency contact person, (Doctor or Emergency Services 10177 on cell 112) if the person is not feeling better within 10 minutes after eating or drinking something containing sugar.

If the person becomes unresponsive:

  • Phone Doctor or Emergency Services 10177 / Cell: 112
  • Do not give this person anything to eat or to drink
  • Do CPR as required


The primary ingredients that the body uses to generate energy are glucose (sugar) and oxygen. However, the mechanisms that enable the body to convert sugar and oxygen into energy also require a variety of vitamins and minerals. For example, the red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen around the body depend on certain nutrients for their manufacture. Yet more nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of the muscles.


Vitamin B1, B2 and B3 Role
Essential for the reactions that convert food into energy. They are also known to compensate for the effects of stress. Sources: Unrefined whole grains (brown rice, whole meal bread etc). Liver, green leafy vegetables, fish, poultry, eggs, red meat, nuts, beans, pulses.

Vitamin B5 / Calcium Pantothenic Acid
Necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat. Also needed for red blood cell production. Eggs, saltwater fish, pork, beef, milk, whole meal bread, fresh vegetables.

Folic Acid & Vitamin B12
Necessary for the production of red blood cells. Involved in protein metabolism Beef, lamb, pork, chicken, green leafy vegetables, whole meal bread, bran.

Essential for red blood formation. Necessary for energy production Meat, poultry, eggs, green leafy vegetables, whole meal bread

Important in glucose metabolism and for maintaining blood sugar stability Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, meat, cheese

Needed for transmission of nerve signals and proper muscle function in the body Milk and milk products, salmon, sardines, seeds, green leafy vegetables, seafood

Involved in transmission of nerve signals and necessary for proper muscle function Dairy products, meat, fish, green leafy vegetables. Seeds

Necessary for nerve transmission and muscle function Fresh fruit (especially bananas) and vegetables.


GTF is Chromium, an essential trace element required for normal carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. GTF Plus contains Chromium in two forms (Chromium Picolinate and Glucose Tolerance Polynicotinate) supported in a comprehensive base of multi-vitamins, multi-minerals and amino acids, teamed with Ginkgo Biloba extract for superior nutritional support. Antioxidant protection is provided by Taurine, N-Acetyl-Cysteine and Glutamine. GTF Plus is used as a healing tool in Diabetes and other health problems such as Hypoglycemia, Cancer and Heart diseases.


There are four main categories of foods that are important for sustained energy release. This may be because of the quality of energy giving “fuel” they provide and/or because they contain nutrients that play vital roles in the processes that support energy production and activity in the body.


Fruit provides a ready supply of carbohydrate for conversion into energy in the body.

  • Rich in the mineral potassium, important for proper nerve and muscle function.
  • High in water, which has an essential role to play in almost all body processes.
  • Easily digested - so it does not sap the body of energy.
  • Generally releases sugar quite slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar


Some - mainly root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and parsnips - provide a ready supply of carbohydrate for immediate conversion into energy in the body. Others - the green leafy vegetables - are rich in calcium and magnesium and play an important role in nerve and muscle functions.

  • Rich in the mineral potassium, which has an important role in nerve and muscle function.
  • High in water, which is essential for almost all body processes.
  • Easily digested - so they do not sap the body of energy.
  • Generally releases sugar quite slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar stability.
  • Some (mainly the green leafy vegetables) are rich in iron and folic acid, both essential for
    health blood cell formation.


These provide a ready supply of carbohydrate for conversion into energy in the body.

  • Generally release sugar quite slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar stability.
  • Rich in Vitamin B that play a role in the reactions that convert food into energy.
  • Rich in chromium, essential for sugar metabolism and blood sugar stability.
  • Rich in iron and folic acid, both essential for healthy red blood cell formation.


These contain high proportions of carbohydrate for conversion into energy in the body.

  • Generally release sugar slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar


While some foods have a positive effect on general levels of energy and vitality in the body, there are undoubtedly some that have quite the opposite effect. Some foods are renowned for their energy-sapping ability, the main culprits being coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, sugar and alcohol.


Caffeine in the diet comes from a variety of sources including coffee, tea and some soft drinks. Chocolate also contains caffeine-like substances that have a similar effect on the body. While caffeine can certainly improve energy levels in the short term, the boost in normally followed by a period of increased fatigue. Often, caffeinated soft drinks, coffee and tea drinkers find they become dependent on a certain level of consumption to maintain their energy levels. Excess caffeine consumption can lead to problems such as palpitations, anxiety and insomnia.


The consumption of high-sugar foods and drinks, such as confectionery, biscuits, cakes and soft drinks, usually spell disaster for energy levels. These foods cause rapid rises in blood sugar which can cause the body to over compensate, leading to problems with low blood sugar (Hypoglycaemia) and low levels of physical and mental energy later on. In the long term, sugar may deplete the body of nutrients that have an important part to play in the generation of energy in the body. Reduce your cravings for sugary snacks by ensuring you eat regular meals, thereby avoiding low blood sugar. If you need a snack, choose a low sugar alternative.


Alcohol can contribute to lethargy even when intoxication has worn off. Alcohol releases sugar rapidly into the bloodstream and may therefore also lead to problems with low blood sugar later. Many alcoholic beverages contain substances called congeners that contribute to hangovers and also deplete the body energy. Try some of the alternative drinks suggested in the Table given below. Or, if you don’t want to cut out alcohol altogether, try diluting wine with water or adding extra non-alcoholic mixers to spirits.


No caffeine, no alcohol drinks

  • Herb and fruit teas
  • Fruit juices
  • Spring water
  • Sparkling herb drinks Low-sugar snacks
  • Fresh fruit
  • Whole meal crackers
  • Rice cakes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Raw vegetables

Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar

  • Fluctuating energy levels with fatigue being worst on waking and in the afternoon. Energy can be low in the morning despite adequate sleep because the blood sugar level tends to fall overnight. Low blood sugar can occur in the middle or late afternoon because the body can often over-compensate for the increase in blood sugar after lunch, leading to low blood sugar some hours later.
  • Weakness, light-headedness or irritability if a meal is skipped or delayed failing to provide the body with adequate fuel on a regular basis will tend to cause the blood sugar level to drop. Weakness, light-headedness and irritability are symptoms indicative of a brain and body starved of their essential fuel source.


80% of our Westernised population have raised cholesterol levels. 4 Million South Africans suffer from some form of heart disease; most of them don’t know it. You could be one of them (South African Heart Association). Did you know that Cardiovascular Disease (disease of the heart and blood vessels e.g. Angina, Stroke and heart attack) is responsible for 19.8% of all deaths in South Africa? 1 in 3 Males and 1 in 4 Females have some form of heart disease. 1 in 2 Males and Females will have some form of Cardiovascular Disease in their lifetime (American Heart Association).

Chronology of medical illness and disease

Many diseases progress slowly over several years and produce few, if any, symptoms during the early years. As the disease progresses, the symptoms become more frequent and more severe, usually forcing the person to seek medical treatment. The person will either present with acute, chronic or periodic symptoms. Knowing your medical history and that of the disease, will aid you in discovering the cause of your symptoms and living a more responsible and healthy life.

In which ways do Cardio Vascular Diseases manifest:

Through conditions such as:

Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), Hypertension (high blood pressure), High Cholesterol (deposits of a fatty substance), High Homocysteine Levels, and Heart Diseases such as Mitral Valve Stenosis, Angina Pectoris, Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest.

Lets briefly discuss what each condition entails:


Commonly called “hardening of the arteries,” the inner layer of the artery walls becomes thick and irregular because of deposits of a fatty substance (Cholesterol). As the interior artery walls become lined with layers of cholesterol deposits, the arteries become narrowed. This narrowing reduces the flow of blood through the arteries and decreases their ability to dilate when needed to supply more blood to the heart (e.g. during exercise or stress). It had developed slowly over decades. It often goes unnoticed until the first life-threatening heart attack occurs. Studies have shown that school children have already shown signs of heart disease risk factors.


As blood flows from the heart out to the blood vessels, it creates pressure against the blood vessel walls. Your blood pressure reading is a measure of this pressure. When that reading goes above the mentioned point, it is called high blood pressure / Hypertension. Hypertension is defined as a blood pressure with a reading of greater than 160/95 mmHg. In the adult population prevalence varies with the decline of age, sex and ethnic group.

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance (lipid) that is carried in the bloodstream and plays an essential role in the tissues and cells of the body. What you may not be aware of is that, at healthy levels, cholesterol is vital to human life. At unhealthy levels e.g. high levels, it can be fatal.

High Homocysteine Levels

Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body – when the levels get too high they are harmful to the body. Normally the body rapidly converts homocysteine into a harmless substance, but certain factors such as a vitamin B deficiency, may reduce our ability to keep homocysteine in our blood within normal range. So elevated levels of amino acid homocysteine are a risk factor for cardio vascular disease. Influencing Factors: Aging, as mentioned, the Vitamin B factor, some drugs such as (Methotrexate, Corticosteroids, Fibrates), smoking, Oestrogen deficiency, Hypothyroidism, strict Vegetarianism, genetic traits, alcohol, lack of physical activity, excessive coffee and tea intake - all have an effect on your levels.

Heart Disease

Develops when blood flow through the coronary arteries (feeding the heart muscle) becomes insufficient. Blood flow is diminished if an artery is narrowed by a build-up of fatty deposits (cholesterol) on its inner walls. This is called atherosclerosis. While it occurs in all arteries, the coronary arteries are especially prone to it. It manifests itself in shortness of breath and, in more serious cases, persistent chest pains (Angina Pectoris). Complete blockage of blood flow is often a result of a blood clot blocking a narrowed artery. This stops the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, resulting in a heart attack – where part of, or all of the heart can die. When arteries become blocked, blood supply to the heart is stopped, causing part of the heart muscle to die.

Common Symptoms and Signs to recognise a problem developing:

Symptoms (What the person will experience):

  • The person will complain of Chest Pains, (severe, crushing like pain) behind the breastbone.
  • The pain may radiate to the arms, or even up the neck and to the jaw.
  • Shortness of breath, or breathing heavily.
  • There may be nauseousness and vomiting. One or the other or both.
  • Sweating, the person will become cold, pale and clammy.
  • They may even feel that they are about to die.

Signs (What you will be able to feel and observe):

  • Pulse abnormality
  • Low Blood pressure (Hypotension)
  • Cyanosis (bluish colour of the skin)


  • Raised Blood Cholesterol – levels above ideal can increase your risk by as much as 4 x
  • Smoking – when high blood cholesterol is combined with another major risk factor, the chance of CHD increases even more e.g. if you have high cholesterol and you smoke, your risk increases to as much as 8 x
  • High Blood Pressure – if you have high blood pressure as well, your risk increases by more than 13 x
  • High Homocysteine levels - high levels damage and thicken the walls of the arteries. This increases the risk of abnormal blood clotting which can lead to heart disease and strokes. Your risks of Heart Attacks increase by 16 x and Strokes by 24x and Deep Vein Thrombosis by 25x. It also reduces the body’s effectiveness in producing certain chemicals that would normally help reduce our risk of developing a variety of conditions and diseases.


  • A Family history of CHD before age of 50.
  • Not enough exercise.
  • Stress.
  • Diabetes.
  • Being overweight

It is important to know that these risk factors increase each other’s effects, the effects of two or three together is more than just adding their separate risks. That is why the concept of Total Risk must be taken into account. It is possible to be just a ‘little’ high in several factors but to have an unacceptably high total risk. For this reason attention should always be given to all the risk factors. Efforts to improve one, which is particularly high, should be accompanied by efforts to eliminate the others when they are present.

Take the first steps towards protecting yourself and your family’s hearts today. Even the youngest child can only benefit if you start your family on the road to healthy living now.

Start by:

Looking after your general health – make sure that you get regular medical check-ups. Stop smoking.
Exercise regularly - moderate and often is best.
Lose Weight if need be
Use poly-unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats wherever possible.

You can enjoy being healthy
Food that is good for you CAN taste good. Fruit and vegetables are healthy. Eat low fat meats. Buy meats like veal, poultry without the skin, fish and ostrich meat. Trim away all the fat you can see. Be aware of hidden fats found in processed foods – read the labels carefully.

The poly-unsaturated fats found in flaxseed oil, evening primrose and starflower oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and certain margarines are good for you. They have a vital role to play in normal cell functioning, in controlling blood cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.

These essential fatty acids are essential because the body cannot synthesize them. Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E, a power anti-oxidant that boosts the immune system.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension):

When a person becomes anxious, angry or frightened, his heart beats faster and his blood pressure rises. If his arteries are already narrowed by atherosclerosis, the heart will be placed under strain because extra effort is combined with a reduced flow of blood in the coronary arteries – the arteries that feed the heart muscle. This can lead to a heart attack.

The biggest problem with controlling high blood pressure is that it is not normally noticeable to the person suffering from the condition. If you are worried, have your blood pressure checked at your local pharmacy, clinic or doctor. It is simple, painless and only takes a minute. If high blood pressure is diagnosed, it can be effectively treated with weight loss, supplements (Cardio Arterial Guard) and other supplements that will assist are Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Omega 3 (all included into Cardio Arterial Guard) and allopathic drugs.

Homocysteine levels:

Using the right combination of nutrients and adopting a healthy lifestyle can lower Homocysteine levels, simply and inexpensively. Homocysteine accumulates in the body because enzymes, chemical workers in our body, aren’t working properly. Enzymes keep your brain, liver and other body organs functioning optimally. Enzyme helpers don’t work alone, but have essential helpers, such as isolated B vitamins (Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid) and Zinc, and are the primary homocysteine lowering nutrients. Vitamin B2, B6 and Zinc make Cystathionine Beta-Synthase, and Cystathionine with the final breakdown produced being Glutathione. You will be able to maintain healthy homocysteine levels, as well as dramatically lowering homocysteine with the above-mentioned supplements. A good diet is essential and should include eating more fruits and vegetables (especially leafy green vegetables). Good sources of dietary folate include many breakfast cereals (Muesli), lentils, chickpeas, asparagus, spinach and most beans.

Lack of Exercises:

Regular, moderate exercise burns up kilojoules and is known to lower blood cholesterol without straining the heart. Keep as physically active as you can. Take the dog for walks, stroll to the shop for the paper, climb stairs instead of taking the lift. Aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, cycling, swimming, jogging and dancing are the best, as they make the heart work harder and increase the oxygen in your bloodstream and releases energy. All you need is 20-30 minutes, 3 – 4 times a week to improve your health and that of your family. But remember that anyone completely unfit may actually trigger off a heart attack with sudden strenuous exercise. Rather take it easy to start off with and build up to moderate regular exercise. If you are over 40 or concerned that you may be at risk, discuss it with your doctor first.


Being overweight results in greater constant physical exertion, and that means strain on the heart. Being overweight also increases blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. You are what you eat, they say, so losing weight is simply a matter of changing your eating habits for life.

Plan your menu sensibly. Make sure your diet is rich in dark green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds – all high in heart health nutrients. Eat more fish and seeds, especially flax seeds, high in Omega 3 and Vitamin E. Cut down on fatty and fried foods and refined foods like sugar, pastries, white bread and alcohol. Replace them with lean meat, poultry, fish, jacket potatoes, brown rice, fruit and green vegetables. You should regulate the amount of food you eat with the amount of exercise you do and energy you burn up.


75 – 90% of visits to physicians are stress related. Research on the link between stress and heart disease is not conclusive, but it does appear that stressed people have higher blood pressure. Stress increases your levels of hormones causing an increase in salt retention, and a loss of minerals and can lead to “burn out”. Identify what creates stress in your life. Then, if you can’t change the situation, try changing your attitude towards it. Remember that success will not come from a half-hearted effort, nor will it come overnight. It will take determination, persistence and time. Some suggestions may help immediately, but if your stress is chronic it may require more attention and/or lifestyle changes.

Tips to relieve stress:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’t take work problems home or vice versa.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve every day. Shed the ‘superman/woman’ urge.
  • Complete one job properly before you start the next.
  • Laugh a little – smile a lot.
  • Visualise, use your imagination and picture how you can manage a stressful situation more successfully.
  • Ensure a good night’s rest. Refrain from having a heavy meal within 3 hours of going to bed.
  • Hobbies – take a break and do something that you really enjoy.
  • Share your feelings, stay in touch with friends and family, and don’t try to cope alone.
  • Go easy with criticism. Remember, everyone is unique, and has his or her own virtues, shortcomings, and right to develop as an individual.
  • Give in occasionally and be flexible, make allowances for other’s opinions. In doing so you may reduce your stress and find better solutions to your problems.
  • Make sure you have regular holidays and breaks.

Cigarette Smoking:

When you inhale cigarette smoke, your arteries become smaller and the heart has to work harder to keep up the flow. Apart from this, smoking is also known to raise cholesterol levels. If you smoke, you must face the facts – you are increasing your risk of heart disease by up to three times. It is NEVER too late to stop smoking. By stopping, or even cutting down, you reduce the risk almost immediately.

Why is smoking so dangerous?
Tobacco smoke has three main components – nicotine, carbon monoxide and the cancer agent, tar. The first two components act to increase the heart’s need for oxygen while reducing its supply. Nicotine speeds up the heart, so it requires more oxygen. Nicotine also tends to shut down blood vessels, slowing flow through them and increases the chance of a clot forming. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen from the blood stream, and a pack of cigarettes a day reduces the heart’s oxygen supply by one tenth. All these compounds (Carbon monoxide, Nicotine and Tar) may damage the inner lining of arteries and contribute to Atherosclerosis. Smoking can also help precipitate a heart attack by increasing the tendency for a clot to form in a narrowed coronary artery.

High Blood Cholesterol:

Blood cholesterol is, without doubt, the best-known and possibly best-understood risk factor of CHD. It is a fact that the fatty build up in the arteries of the heart is mostly made up of cholesterol. High cholesterol levels in the blood signify a greater risk of heart attack – at least as much as smoking or high blood pressure. 4,8 million South Africans suffer from raised blood cholesterol levels, increasing their risk of heart disease. High blood cholesterol can affect people of all age groups. The Heart Foundation of Southern Africa recommends that every person should have their cholesterol checked by the time they are 20 years old. If there is a history of high cholesterol in the family, members of all ages should be checked regularly.

Cholesterol is carried in the bloodstream by two proteins called lipo-proteins. Low-density lipo-protein –LDL – is known as ‘bad cholesterol’ because it releases cholesterol into the blood where it begins to build up on the walls of the arteries. High density lipo-proteins - HDL – is called ‘good cholesterol’ because it helps remove excess cholesterol from the blood and arterial walls, transporting it back to the liver to be excreted.

High blood cholesterol levels are linked to diet, which is why the World Health Organisation and the Heart Foundation of Southern Africa, strongly recommend that people in affluent societies should change their diet to help control their blood cholesterol levels. Research has shown that there are 3 basic categories of food, which influence cholesterol levels.

Food that increase Cholesterol levels:
Your body gets cholesterol from two main sources – from cholesterol foods, which are absorbed into the blood (foods such as liver, kidneys, dairy products, and meat), it also manufactures its own cholesterol. Saturated fats cause the body to produce more cholesterol. Foods that are high in saturated fats are fatty meat, dairy products, cooking fats and shortenings. A high intake of these foods can increase blood cholesterol levels, therefore, eat less of these.

It is important to remember that many foods, which do not appear to have much fat, often contain high levels of saturated fat. Foods such as hamburgers, pastries, sausage rolls, biscuits, usually contain a great deal of saturated fat and should be avoided or minimized.

Foods that can lower Cholesterol levels:
Polyunsaturated fats and soluble fibre have been shown to actively lower blood cholesterol levels. Some vegetables oils contain polyunsaturates, but not all vegetable oils are high in polyunsaturates. Olive oil and Sunflower oil is particularly high in polyunsaturates and is one of the few sources in an average person’s diet. Since these foods actively lower blood cholesterol, they are recommended to replace saturated fats.

Foods that are neutral:
Monounsaturated fats have little or no active effect on blood cholesterol (e.g. soft tub margarines which clearly states that it is high in polyunsaturated fats) on their own they are neutral. They do, however, help to lower blood cholesterol when eating in place of saturated fats.

On to the next step and that is from being at risk to becoming Healthy, Happy and Radiant! How? By using the right product to assist you in your journey towards Optimal Health.


Can medicine look to Nature for effective control of heart diseases, blood pressure and cholesterol?

Research has recently uncovered compelling evidence that natural dietary supplements, may act as effectively as prescription medication. Cardio-Arterial Guard was designed and developed as a tool to improve your lifestyle and the health of your heart. It contains special nutrients to help promote and then maintain a healthy heart and circulation. This is an advanced doctor-designed formulation that can assist in the restoration of arteries to a younger state and improve overall health. This formulation assists in enhancing the performance and restoration or your heart and blood vessels to a more natural state, with a precise combination of synergistic-acting complexes and factors. Research has proven that ingredients in this formulation, reduce blood cholesterol levels, remove calcium from hardened arteries as well as arthritic joints and remove toxic heavy metals from the body.

The Flavonoids compound supports normal blood pressure and Serum Cholesterol deposition in the arterial wall and improves heart contractions. Cardio Arterial Guard helps remove excessive levels of calcium, metals and metal compounds from cells. Natural chelating of the orotates and asparates of potassium and magnesium and the enzyme Bromelain produce clinically observed effects on protecting and improving heart functions. Co-enzyme Q10 provides critical cardiovascular energy support while Forskolin works to lower blood pressure. The rest of the ingredients work synergistically to support healthy coronary circulation and healthy cholesterol levels. Please see pamphlet on Cardio Arterial Guard or contact our offices for more details.


Cardiovascular disease results from a complex interaction of genetics, diet and lifestyle choices. While there is no simplistic picture of heart disease, blood pressure and cholesterol, it is encouraging to know that Nature can supplement and assist your cholesterol and high blood pressure efforts with a safe and effective option.


Stress and ways of managing it.

We released a Stress Combo towards the latter part of 2003 and through this newsletter would like to introduce you to it

We all know what it feels like to be stressed. But what is stress really? Stress is a word commonly used in our fast paced society. No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress. Short-term stress is not necessarily bad for you, as it is a vital part of life. However, often-daily demands placed upon us accumulate to a point where it is almost impossible to cope.

Common Sources of Stress:


  • Threat of bodily harm
  • Exaggerated fears and Phobias
  • Ongoing threats to present lifestyle (E.g. Retrenchment, material separation)
  • Low Self Esteem linked to Constant lack of recognition and approval from others Extreme demands
  • Job pressures, deadlines, family arguments, relationships and financial pressure are common examples of stressors
  • Frustrating situations e.g. Traffic Jams
  • Demanding environment e.g. Noise, overcrowding
  • Lack of Balance
  • Change:
    Welcoming change of situations like: Marriage, promotion
    Unwelcoming change of situations like: Divorce, separation, and unemployment
    Long term Change e.g. Retirement and bereavement Relationships:
    Difficulty in Communications e.g. getting people to understand you and your situations
    Family arguments, relationships
  • Unreal Expectations
  • Loneliness and lack of support
  • But stress can stem from anything, which creates a disturbance within the body, including toxins.

Symptoms of Stress

Through Mood:

  • Anxious, Nervousness, ill at ease,
  • Feel keyed up or over excited
  • Worry excessively
  • Confusion, forgetful
  • Difficulty in Concentrating
  • General irritability
  • Depression
  • Bored and apathetic

Symptoms in the organs:

  • Heart pounding
  • Rapid breathing
  • Upset stomach i.e. loose stools because of stress and nervousness
  • Perspire easily
  • Light headed and faint
  • Mouth and throat becomes dry
  • Experience cold hands and feet
  • Urinate often
  • Diarrhoea / Constipation
  • Face feels flushed
  • Blood Pressure problem

How it manifests in the muscles:

  • Tremble in hands and fingers
  • Nervous twitches
  • Cannot stand or sit still
  • Muscles are stiff and sore
  • Stutter or stammer when speaking
  • Clench jaw or grind teeth
  • Suffer from headaches or eye tension
  • Low back pain

Behavioural Manifestation:

  • Short tempered
  • Feels like withdrawing
  • Levels of achievement becoming less
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Withdraw through sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Have become minor / major accident prone
  • Make mistakes
  • Increase in usage of medication
  • Use drugs, alcohol

We are geared to adapt to these stresses every day, but with prolonged or extreme stress these adaptation measures may become harmful. Prolonged chemical, emotional and physical stress places an increased demand on many organs and weakens the heart, blood vessels, adrenal glands and immune system. Long-term stress also causes depletion of micronutrients and protective glucocorticoid hormones secreted by the adrenal glands. These hormones are essential to regulate your blood sugar levels. Together these harmful processes increase your risk to developing diseases of lifestyle such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and chronic fatigue.

It is important to have the right nutrients that repair and regenerate the adrenal glands, as many disorders related to stress are not a direct result of stress itself, but as a result of nutrient deficiencies caused by long periods of stress. People experiencing and reacting to stress need to maintain a nutritious, well balanced diet with special emphasis on replacing nutrients through supplementation to counteract the likelihood of deficiencies. Stress symptoms can vary from irritation, anxiety to fatigue and insomnia. Adrenal exhaustion is the progressive decreased function of adrenal glands and these glands need support to reduce stress symptoms.

How an individual copes with stress plays a major role in determining their level of health. A comprehensive approach to stress management is important in order to maintain or attain Optimal Health in today’s demanding world.


Getting the most out of life requires good health, energy and vitality. Positive lifestyle habits including balanced nutrition, supplementation, adequate exercise and relaxation help you reach these goals. Stress Combo is a specially formulated micronutrient supplement which together with a healthy eating plan, adequate exercise and relaxation help combat the damaging effects of chemical, emotional, and physical stress. A healthy body enables a healthy mind, spirit and soul, ensuring complete holistic health.


  • Reduce stress by thoughtful and deliberate self-nurturance. Develop a healthy lifestyle, which nourishes your mind, body and spirit.
  • Reduce stress in all your relationships
    • Improve your communications skills
    • Develop a mature, assertive style of interacting with the world
  • Run your life more effectively:
    • Learn to set goals
    • Practise time management
    • Use a problem solving approach
  • Know yourself:
    • Examine your self concept and your belief system
    • Understand how you have learnt ways of responding to life events in the past.
    • Choose to develop your own life plan based on consciously understood beliefs and conscious decisions taken in the present.

The following lists of actions to take and attitudes to adopt can be used as a constant reminder of how to manage stress

Read this list and circle each item you find valuable for you. Place this sheet in a conspicuous spot to remind you of these new actions or attitudes.

Actions to take:

  • TALK IT OUT – Share it with someone else
    Others will welcome your trust
  • WRITE IT OUT – Put it on paper. It’s easier to see it in perspective
  • SHRUG IT OFF – Raise your shoulders then drop them. Relax your whole body.
  • BREATHE IT AWAY – Inhale deeply, exhale heavily a few times. Calm your thoughts
  • SORT IT OUT – List practical options. Weigh, decide and then ACT.
  • DELAY IT – Set 15-minute aside as worry sessions and only stress, worry or panic then.
  • WORK IT OFF – Do something physical. Clear your head. Divert your energy.
  • RESERVE IT – Consider taking an opposite approach. Explore alternative angles.
    Attitudes to adopt:
  • LAUGH IT OFF – Lighten it with humour. Be generous with smiles
  • DISTANCE IT – Imagine a few years from now. How much will it matter then?
  • BALANCE IT – Consider the good consequences and feel glad about it
  • CANCEL IT – Think positive thoughts. Don’t’ let the negative pull you down
  • EXAGGERATE IT – Picture the worst that can REALLY happen. How likely is it to happen?
  • WIN THROUGH IT – Imagine yourself being successful and feel good about it.
  • HOLD IT – Say ‘Stop”, pause, ready your thoughts, now take a fresh look
  • ESCAPE IT – Notice something enjoyable around you. Get into the present.

***Taken from J. Ritchie: Teaching people to unwind.

Specialists, Doctors, Homeopaths, Dieticians and other Health Professionals trust Stress Combo for its unsurpassed quality and therapeutic properties. Top Dietetic and Medical brains in South Africa have scientifically formulated this unique product. Stress Combo combination has been extensively used in practices over the past 31 years as a vital tool to assist patients to supplement in the safest, most scientific way.

Stress Combo can reduce the body’s elevated levels of amino acid homocysteine, a risk factor for cardio vascular disease. Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, & Folic Acid are the primary homocysteine lowering nutrients. Balanced B Complex (Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Folic Acid) – supports a healthy nervous system. Vitamin C and Citrus Bioflavonoids are important antioxidant nutrients, which protect against free radical damage and support the immune system.

We’ve teamed nature’s greatest stress relievers together to create an effective non-prescription alternative to dangerous anti-anxiety drugs and their unwanted side affects. The combination of ingredients relieves the symptoms of stress, anxiety and tension, including chest pains and tightness, neck and back tension and insomnia. This formula can be used synergistically with other Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids.

Special combinations of nutrients can actually improve your mood. Lifeforce is pleased to provide natural elements that can enhance mood, fight stress and improve your outlook in life. There’s no smarter way to put a smile on your face!

Stress combo contains a blend of natural vitamins, minerals and trace elements that work as nutrients to improve the body’s response to stress, thereby boosting mood and relieving depression. It also improves other mental functions such as memory, concentration, alertness and recall. An ideal supplement during exams.


What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of one or more joints. It is a degenerative disease of the joints that affects millions of South Africans.

Symptoms of Arthritis include:

  • PAIN

There are approximately 200 kinds of Arthritis, the two most common being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. For the benefit of those interested, Lifeforce will discuss 3 forms only: Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Rheumatism is a general term used to denote any disorder, which causes pain and aching in the muscles and bones. The term is used by the layman, rather than the professional, and covers a large number of medical conditions in which suffers experience pain and stiffness in various parts of the body and, if symptoms are confined to the joints, Arthritis. It occurs at any age, although it is more common in the elderly. Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an uncommon form of Rheumatism, which tends to affect the elderly; it is of sudden onset and causes severe stiffness and pain in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, hips and thighs.

Causes and symptoms

As the term ‘Rheumatism’ is a catchall word, the causes of which are diverse. However, conditions, which may present with the above symptoms include:

  • The symptoms of Fibrositis or Fibromyalgia are widespread aches and pain, aggravated by cold and stress and are associated with poor, unrefreshing sleep caused by stress or emotional upset.
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arthritis affect those over 50 and are related inflammatory conditions. The former causes pain, stiffness and weakness in the shoulder and pelvic girdle muscles, and the latter headache and tenderness of temporal artery, with the risk of blindness.
  • Polymyositis is an inflammation of the muscles that causes pain and weakness. It can be severe, but is uncommon.
  • Endocrine disorder Hypothyroidism causes aching muscles and stiffness. Hyperthyroidism may cause muscle weakness.
  • Vitamin D deficiency causes bone pain and muscle weakness.


Osteoarthritis is believed to be a degenerative disease that develops as a result of wear and tear of the cartilage in a joint. Cartilage or ‘gristle’ provides a smooth a smooth surface for bones to slide against, allowing painless and easy movement. When the cartilage is worn away or damaged, the bones rub together causing pain and stiffness, especially during damp weather or the morning after strenuous activity.

Causes and symptoms

  • Primary generalised Osteoarthritis attacks previously normal joints. It runs in families and can be recognised by the bony deformity and swelling on the second joint of the fingers.
  • Secondary Osteoarthritis affects previously normal joints. It is more common on weight-bearing joints. Those who have had previous joint problems of damage are more likely to experience secondary Osteoarthritis. Obesity may accelerate the progress of the condition, especially in the knee.

People with Osteoarthritis should improve their diet by cutting down on highly refined and processed foods, saturated animal fats, sugar and salt, and by eating more wholegrain cereals and fresh fruit and vegetables. A healthy diet boosts the immune system and provides the suffer with extra energy to fight the disease


Obesity increases the risk of developing Osteoarthritis by putting undue stress on the joints. Knees and hips, for example, will not cause as much discomfort when they have less weight to carry. Some form of gentle exercise, such as swimming, cycling or walking, together with a sensible, low-fat diet will therefore help to prevent Osteoarthritis, or minimise symptoms if you already have the condition.


Regular exercise can play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of all forms of Arthritis. It strengthens the muscles responsible for protecting the joints, and helps to prevent stiffness. But you also need to respect you body’s limitations in order for exercise to be beneficial.

  • Try walking or swimming every day for 5 - 10 minutes, gradually increasing the amount of time you exercises.
  • Try stretching exercises, such yoga, for movement and posture.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and are designed specially for the activity you are taking part in, well-cushioned soles reduce stress on weight-bearing joints.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard. Too much exercise - particularly anything that jars the knees, hips or other joints - can lead directly to Osteoarthritis
  • If you experience extra pain, you may be overexerting yourself and you should cut back or change to a less physically demanding activity.


Rheumatoid Arthritis is what is known as an ‘auto-immune’ disease - the body’s immune system mounts an immune response against its own tissues, causing inflammation and diseased tissue.
In the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the part of the body affected is the tissue that lines the joint, known as the Synovium. It usually starts in early adulthood or middle age, but can sometimes start in childhood. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 2 - 3 percent of the population and about 75 percent of suffers are women. The cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is unknown, but there is some evidence that it may be triggered by food.


Rheumatoid Arthritis is a mysterious inflammatory disease in which the immune system turns on itself and starts to attack the joints. Although this progressive condition can strike at any age, it most commonly occurs between the age of 25 and 55. It is three times more likely to affect women than men.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is characterized by inflammation in the joints of the fingers, toes, wrist or other joints of the body. The affected joints become swollen and stiff and may become deformed in the long term. People with the condition are also likely to feel generally unwell. Rheumatoid Arthritis often lasts for many years, with painful periods being interspersed with times where suffers are relatively symptom-free (remission).


The complications are numerous and include Anaemia, joint infections, damage to the peripheral nerves, eyes, lungs, heart and ulceration of the lower limbs, as well as side effects brought on by treatment.


  • Avoid foods that tend to cause inflammation. There are some foods we eat on a day-to-day basis that seem to promote the processes that cause inflammation in the body, for example red meat, sugar, yeast and coffee. Cutting back on these foods, or eliminating them altogether, may help to reduce the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Avoid foods to which you may be sensitive. In some individuals, the immune system activity that causes Rheumatoid Arthritis seems to be triggered by certain foods. It is thought that partially digested food leaks through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, triggering the immune cells to react. Common culprits in these reactions include: wheat, corn, dairy products and citrus fruit. A significant number of Rheumatoid Arthritis suffers find that identifying and eliminating problem foods from the diet can lead to significant improvement in their symptoms.
  • Cut down on highly refined foods, saturated fats, sugar and salt for Osteoarthritis


For some people who develop Rheumatoid Arthritis, allergy intolerance to particular foods may be a contributing factor. Pinpointing the culprit foods may be difficult, but common suspects include: dairy products, eggs, wheat and cereals. One of the best ways to identify problem foods is to follow an elimination/exclusion diet, but this should only be done under medical supervision.

Fish Oils

Scientific evidence has now emerged to show that fish oils can prove helpful to people who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Salmon, trout, snoek, mackerel, sardines, cob and pilchards all contain polyunsaturated fats called omega-3 fatty acids, which can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the joints of some Arthritis suffers. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to arthritic diseases, causing pain, swelling, redness and heat.

People with Rheumatoid Arthritis can try eating fresh oily fish at least 3 times a week, or they can take fish oil capsules (or in liquid form if this is more manageable) keeping to the recommended daily dose. Tinned oily fish (such as pilchards and sardines - but not tuna) also contain these omega-3 fatty acids. Signs of improvement are normally seen after a period of two to three months.

People who need to take anti-inflammatory drugs may be able to reduce their dosage (with their doctor’s permission) by about one-third if they eat oily fish regularly. This reduces the risk of the drugs having any unpleasant side effects.

Evening Primrose oil has also been found to have anti-inflammatory effects, and is therefore particularly useful for anyone who does not eat fish. Vegetarians can get omega-3 fatty acids by including plenty of Soya beans and Tofu in their diet. In fact, several studies have found that a vegetarian diet helps to relieve some of the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.


While some foods tend to encourage inflammation in the body, others have the reverse effect. Healthy fats, also known as essential fatty acids, in the diet are metabolised in the body in substances that have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Foods that are rich in these healthy fats include: oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and trout, olive oil and pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, and increased amounts of these foods are recommended.

Helpful Foods:

  • Eat plenty of wholegrain cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables for Osteoarthritis.
  • Eat plenty of Soya beans and tofu, for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • For any form of Arthritis eat plenty of Sardines, salmon, cob, pilchards and trout. Eat three or more times a week.
  • Green vegetables are a source of beta-carotene, calcium, folate, iron and vitamin C. Eat raw or lightly cooked, 6 - 8 portions per day.
  • Bananas provide a good source of potassium and vitamin B6. Eat three or more times a week.
  • Broccoli is a source of Beta Carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron and potassium. Eat raw or lightly cooked, every few days.
  • Carrots are excellent sources of beta-carotene. Eat raw or cooked, as often as you like.
  • Celery is an anti-inflammatory agent and source of potassium. Eat raw, three times weekly.
  • Ginger is a food that helps reduce inflammation because its natural anti-inflammatory agents. The recommended quantity is approximately 5 grams. It can be incorporated and added to stir-fry and other dishes, twice a week. It may be taken as an infusion or ‘tea’. Steeping some freshly sliced or grated root ginger in hot water makes this.

Homeopathic supplements that Arthritics can benefit from:

Lifeforce Joint Combo – Reimbursable through Medical Aids.
Recommended dosage: 2 Capsules 3x per day before meals. If pain is severe, use 2 Capsules every 4- 6 hrs until joint discomfort and pain is manageable.

Essential Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 (at least 3,000mg daily) to be taken ½ hour before meals.

Vitamin E 400 - 1,000IU daily before breakfast,
Lifeforce B6 Plus - 2 am and 2 pm,
Lifeforce B2 Plus - 1 to 2 tablets 2x per day.

Lifeforce Balanced Minerals & Salts - 1capsule before breakfast
Lifeforce Tricalcium Phosphate - 3 tablets midmorning or Lifeforce Magcal Plus - 2 tablets 3x per day.
Lifeforce Chelated Zinc Gluconate Plus -1 am and 1 pm.
MSM 1000mg - 2000mg 4x per day for best results.

Joint Combo is a unique natural combination of vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts combined with specially selected, specific amino acids to treat joint problems at grass roots level. Joint Combo is Lifeforce’s premier formula to improve the health of joints naturally. It is the most powerful and effective joint–health formula available and can actually assist in the repair and rebuilding of cartilage and restore joint flexibility.

In nature, certain nutrients can dramatically improve joint health. Joint Combo capsules provide a combination of Kelp, Calcium Pantothenate (Vit.B5), Turmeric, Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulphate, Devils Claw, Celery Seed Extract, Boron, Resveratrol, Ginger Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Stinging Nettle extract and Amino Acids: Phenylalanine, Cysteine and N-Acetyl-Glucosamine. These substances show remarkable abilities to soothe the pain associated with Arthritis and other joint problems.


Those with

  • Inflamed, painful joints
  • Stiff joints
  • All forms of Arthritis
  • Muscular pains
  • Concerns about developing Arthritis
  • People over the age or 40 years
  • All who actively participate in sport



The Immune System protects the body from disease and is the body’s first defense in maintaining health, preventing illness and hastening recovery. It can detect dangers, and neutralise or destroy them. Each individual handles these dangers differently, depending on their genetic make-up and how their immune system has responded and matured. It is important to understand how this powerful and complex defence system functions in order to comprehend the many ways in which it can go wrong.


We have several innate (or natural) defenses; one of which is a complex system, which protects the body against pathogenic organisms and other foreign bodies. The immune system incorporates the humoral immune response, which produces antibodies to react with specific antigens and the cell-mediated response, which uses T cells to mobilise tissue macrophages in the presence of foreign body. It also protects the body from invasion by creating barriers and inflammation. The local barriers provide chemical and mechanical defenses through the skin, the mucous membranes and the conjunctiva. Inflammation draws polymorpho nuclear leukocytes and neutrophils to the site of injury where these phagocytes engulf the invading organism. The humoral response and the cell-mediated response develop if the first line defenses fail or are inadequate to protect the body. The humoral immune response is especially effective against bacterial and viral invasions and employs B-cells that produce appropriate antibodies.

The principal organs of the immune response system include the bone marrow, thymus and the lymphoid tissues. The system also employs peripheral organs, such as the lymph nodes, spleen and lymphatic vessels. The antigen-antibody reactions of the immune system activate the complement system, which removes antigens from the body. The complement system contains several discrete proteins, which function to produce lysis of the antigenic cells. The humoral response may begin immediately upon invasion by the antigen or may start as long as 48 hours later.


Phagocytes - cells that engulf and digest foreign organisms
Complement - proteins that bind to foreign cells and help attract phagocytes
Natural killer cells - that destroy abnormal cells
Interferons - chemicals produced by cells, which inhibit the replication of viruses

More sophisticated, adaptive, defences (antibodies and lymphocytes) develop in the early years of life. These defensive agents adapt to new challenges by generating a diverse range of specialized receptors and antibodies, which recognise and combine specifically with proteins on new disease-producing organisms. The immune system develops ‘memory’ which improves the response the next time the body is exposed to the foreign antigen (an important feature in vaccination).

In addition, individuals have a unique ‘tissue type’ (HLA – Human Leucocyte Antigens), which helps the immune system to differentiate foreign dangers from ‘self’ and is used to present new antigens to the immune system.

As with most complicated and essential defence systems, however, this can sometimes go wrong.


Becoming immuno-deficient is an abnormal condition of the immune system in which cellular or humoral immunity is inadequate and resistance to infection is decreased.
The Immune System contains lymphatic glands that help to filter out infection. Infections enlarge the lymph nodes causing them to swell up with millions of lymphocytes as the body mounts an immune response to kill the foreign organism. The glands also prevent germs from infecting other body organs. Infections enlarge the lymph nodes; particularly noticeable are the neck glands after a sore throat or other respiratory infection (for instance glandular fever, a viral infection transmitted by saliva, causing painful glands for weeks). The presence of painless large nodes is more serious. It is associated with Cytomegalo and the stabbing pains experienced are Epstein Barr Infections (One of the ME / Yuppie Flu Viruses) HIV, Aids and Cancer.

An understanding of the mechanisms that control our immune responses, and how these mechanisms can go wrong, is crucial in recognizing and diagnosing a range of conditions.

Immunology is the study of disease that deals with the body’s defence mechanisms and disorders of the immune system.

Symptoms of an oncoming infection:

  • Clumsiness - dropping things and bumping into things
  • Forgetfulness (memory lapses)
  • Fatigue (very tired)
    What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
    Cold symptoms
    • Sore throat
    • Sneezing
    • Nasal discharge
    • Headaches
    • Coughing
    A cold is a milder form of an upper respiratory infection usually due to a virus such as the Rhinovirus infection.

Flu - note to read top

Allergies, Hayfever, Asthma, Eczema and food intolerances.

Allergies - What are they?
Allergies erupt when the body overreacts to a specific substance, sometimes a harmless one that does not bother other people at all. The term comes from two Greek words, meaning ‘altered reactivity’. Any substance or organism that is foreign to the body is dealt with by the immune system, which produces antibodies against it. In this way, any invading virus or bacteria can be attacked and killed before it can cause damage. The body remembers which invader encouraged the production of which antibodies and when those invaders appear again, it is quickly recognised and attacked. This efficient system can go wrong, however, becoming overactive and causing the body to react in an extreme way to normal substances. The body deals with them as though they were harmful invaders, creating an allergic reaction. This is an exaggerated version of the body’s normal response to invasion.

Allergies are usually characterised by itching, sneezing, wheezing, a running nose, excess catarrh, bronchial spasm, urticaria and hives, among other things - all of which are known as a histamine reaction. Histamine is a substance produced by the body in response to an attack on it, for example, an injury. It increases the size of the blood vessels, allowing fluids to reach and repair injured tissue.


Stress is a word commonly used in our fast paced society. No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress. Short-term stress is not necessarily bad for you, as it is a vital part of life. However, often-daily demands placed upon us accumulate to a point where it is almost impossible to cope. Stress can stem from anything that creates a disturbance within the body, including toxins.

We are geared to adapt to these stresses every day, but with prolonged or extreme stress these adaptation measures may become harmful. Prolonged chemical, emotional and physical stress places an increased demand on many organs and weakens the heart, blood vessels, adrenal glands and immune system. Long-term stress also causes depletion of micronutrients and protective glucocorticoid hormones secreted by the adrenal glands. These hormones are essential to regulate your blood sugar levels. Together these harmful processes increase your risk to developing diseases of lifestyle such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and chronic fatigue.


Yeast infestation should be suspected if a number of the following symptoms/circumstances apply (not all will apply to everyone)

  • Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis.
  • Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis.
  • Persistent digestive symptoms such as: heartburn, indigestion, bloating, abdominal pain, gas, constipation, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Muscular problems such as numbness, tingling, weakness, lack of co-ordination.
  • Hypoglycemia with inappropriate drowsiness, tiredness, lethargy, depression.
  • Pain or swelling of the joints, nasal congestion, recurrent sore throat and cough.
  • Pain or tightness in the chest, spots in front of the eyes, blurred vision, fluid in the ears.
  • Severe general malaise, feeling lousy, sick or "poisoned".
  • Problems connected with the nervous system including poor memory, a feeling of unreality, irritability, headaches, and inability to concentrate.
  • Pre-menstrual tension
  • Hypothyroidism.
  • Irritation or burning of genital area, itching or soreness after passing a bowel motion, frequency, urgency or irritation on passing water.
  • Sexual function deteriorates in both males and females.
  • Fungal skin infections, athlete’s foot and thrush, a rash in the crotch area.
  • Worsening of symptoms on cold and damp days, and being bothered by smelling perfumes, chemicals fumes like petrol, diesel, tobacco smoke.

ME / Yuppie Flu / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Follows some form of viral infection or occasionally, a vaccination. The range of symptoms include muscle fatigue and pain, chronic exhaustion, flu-like symptoms, mood swings, poor concentration, short-term memory loss, depression and some digestive complaints.


Antibody deficiency and AIDS
has resulted in the greatest public health concern since the tuberculosis epidemics of the early 1900's. Viral infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the causative factor in the development of AIDS, resulting in irreversible destruction of the victim's immune system by destroying specialised white blood cells, known as T4 helper lymphocytes. Without these cells, the immune system function is greatly compromised.

An important distinction must be made between those infected with the HIV virus and those who demonstrate the signs and symptoms of AIDS. All patients with AIDS are HIV positive, but not all HIV positive patients have AIDS. People who are HIV positive can be asymptomatic, whereas people with AIDS exhibit the symptoms of the disease.

Patients with AIDS suffer from secondary bacterial, viral and fungal infections that would otherwise not occur in an individual with healthy immune system. These are known as opportunistic infections. Examples include: Pneumocystis Pneumonia, Oral Thrush, Toxoplasmosis, Histoplasmosis, Tuberculosis and Disseminated Fungal Infections (Candida). Some forms of cancer (Kaposis Sarcoma) are also more commonly seen in the AIDS patient.

Aids Symptoms:
The symptoms of AIDS can be quite varied. Swollen glands, weight loss, fevers, exertional cough, skin lesions, chronic diarrhoea and persistent sore throat (fungal throat infection) are all seen. Symptoms will vary in accordance with the type of opportunistic infection. Pneumocystis Pneumonia is a common complication see in the AIDS patient.

Evaluation will include a history to identify potential high-risk groups. A physical examination may reveal skin lesions or the fungal throat infection that typifies this disease. The blood test for HIV will be more definitive, although false positives do still occur. Further testing may be necessary. The test result remains confidential in most states. Most patients will also have a CBC, electrolyte profile, urinalysis and chest x-ray performed as part of their general evaluation. Home diagnostic test kits for HIV infection are in the process of being marketed to the general public.

Some of the auto-immune diseases are: Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease


is known as an ‘auto-immune’ disease - the body’s immune system mounts an immune response against its own tissues, causing inflammation and diseased tissue. In case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the part of the body affected is the tissue that lines the joint known as the Synovium.

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 2-3% of the population and about 75% of suffers are women. It usually starts in early adulthood or middle age, but can sometimes start in childhood. The cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is not known, but there is some evidence that it can be triggered by food.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a mysterious inflammatory disease in which the immune system turns on itself and starts to attack the joints. Although this progressive condition can strike at any age, it most commonly starts between 25 and 55. It is three times more likely to affect women than men.

Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by inflammation in the joints of the fingers, toes, wrist or other joints of the body. The affected joints become swollen and stiff and may become deformed in the long term. People with the condition are also likely to feel generally unwell. Rheumatoid arthritis often lasts for many years, which come in waves, with painful periods being interspersed with times where suffers, are relatively symptoms-free (remission).

CROHN’S DISEASE is an inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 15 and 35. Symptoms of the disease usually fluctuate in severity and may include: internal pain, fever, diarrhoea and weight loss.


DIABETES is due to lack of insulin and the islets of Langerhans stop working. The cause may be auto-immune or hereditary. Symptoms are: weight loss, thirst and frequent urination.

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin that it does produce. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is released into the blood stream when the blood glucose level rises (after a meal). Insulin allows glucose to move into the cells where it can be used for energy production. Glucose is a carbohydrate and is the body's main fuel.

When the body is unable to produce enough insulin, or use the insulin it does produce, cells cannot use glucose for the energy they need. When this happens the blood glucose level will become high.


is caused by an over-active thyroid, which means that the thyroid gland produces excessive amounts of the two main thyroid hormones, with the result that many of the body’s processes (such as the heart rate) speed up. The overproduction of thyroxine (Hyperthyroidism) causes weight loss, increased appetite, palpitations, anxiety, tremor, irritability, dislike of or sensitivity of heat, bulging eyes, sweating and infrequent menstruation. Because of the increase in their metabolic rate, people with over-active thyroid burn up kilojoules and use nutrients much faster than normal.

HYPOTHYROIDISM is the term the term used to describe an under-active thyroid gland, which causes the body’s metabolism to slow down. The illness develops slowly and apart from Goitre, early symptoms include tiredness, forgetfulness, dry skin and hair and as the disease progresses it causes apathy, dislike of cold, hair loss, fatigue, muscle aches, constipation, heavy periods, weight gain, depression and a hoarse voice. Hypothyroidism is prevalent in the elderly, but it can affect people of all ages. An under-active thyroid is a common cause of raised blood cholesterol levels in women. People with thyroid diseases have a reduced capacity to convert beta-carotene (found in some orange coloured fruit and vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables) into vitamin A. This results in a build-up of carotene in the blood and tissues, giving a yellow tinge to the skin. If left untreated, hypothyroidism in children may cause growth and mental retardation. As a precaution, babies are now usually screened at birth. In severe cases of hypothyroidism, the sufferer can become very cold and drowsy and may lose consciousness.


Infections and diseases of the brain
Infections and diseases of the cardiac system
Infections and diseases of the lungs
Infections and diseases of the kidneys
Infections and diseases of the liver

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