How often have you had a decadent dessert at a restaurant, and jokingly referred to it as “diabetes on a plate?” The thing is, diabetes – or Diabetes Mellitus, to give it its full medical name – isn’t something we should be joking about. It is actually second only to tuberculosis when it comes to disease-related deaths in South Africa, killing more people than cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. That’s a sobering statistic, and one that makes diabetes an […]
Hypertension is an increasingly common term and often appears on the list of bullet points under headings such as ‘lifestyle diseases’. What exactly is hypertension, and are we at risk?
In layman’s terms, hypertension is high blood pressure. As our heart pumps blood into our circulatory systems, our arterial walls flex as the force of blood passes through them. High blood pressure occurs when the force of the blood against the walls of the vessels is too high.
When arterial walls […]
In a world saturated with unseen toxins, stressors, sleep debt and poor diets, it’s no wonder people are looking for answers to why they feel the way they do: exhaustion, headaches, memory issues and heart palpitations are more common than ever. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) has been included in the growing list of inexplicable reactions to our modern life.
EHS is has been lumped under the pseudoscience banner by many in the medical field, claiming that there is just not enough […]
With its long and devastating history, breast cancer has earned its badges in new arenas – even coining new words for itself, like psychosocial aspects of breast cancer and psycho-oncology. Clearly, there are aspects of cancer that go beyond the diagnosis and treatment and move into a more holistic arena, which includes, lifestyle, psychology, social adjustment and the personal mindset of the one diagnosed. In this now well traversed playing field, alternative medicine has proven invaluable.
Signs And Symptoms Of […]
A diagnosis of prostate cancer leaves one feeling not only that one’s whole world has collapsed but also as if one’s whole persona has been blasted out of the water. For any male, to have ‘issues’ in this most up-close-and-personal arena is life-altering, to say the least. The biggest blow is not just coping with the physical symptoms and treatment to come, it’s the emotional impact that threatens one’s masculinity and manhood. Feeling afraid of all the unknowns and […]
“It’s probably the roadside kebab that I indulged in at 2 am on Friday”, you tell yourself. “Or maybe the curry that we had at Dad’s last week?” But, the bloating, stomach cramps and embarrassingly frequent trips to the bathroom seem to have settled into a rather nasty rhythm and don’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Friends point out that you may have IBS. Or IBD. Or both, considering this has been going on for some time now.
The Two Dominant Manifestations Of IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) – Crohn’s Disease And Ulcerative-ColitisJason Siddall
Anyone struggling with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) knows the agonising pain and immensely uncomfortable situations there are to cope with. Not to be confused with the much less serious IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which of interest, doesn’t involve inflammation. It’s the inflammation that alerts a Crohn’s or UC sufferer first. The Greek word for inflammation is rendered “to be set on fire” and that’s what the disease feels like – an internal state of impending combustion.
Among the many types […]
We have no doubt that you’ve heard the term “leaky gut.” It has, in fact, been accused of being the latest “trendy” disease of the day and has been belittled and even dismissed as a real illness. What is leaky gut really, and why should it matter to you?
The 2000 biographical film, Erin Brockovich, caused a global awareness of the contaminated water in the small town of Hinkley in California, USA. Chromium, a toxic chemical and known carcinogen from […]
According to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), cancer only has a 40% survival rate in this country. This is a general statistic for all cancers. The statistics for Stage 3 – 4 cancer survival is less than 4% on chemotherapy for solid tumours worldwide. In addition, therapy is expensive and comes with serious side effects. There are two possible reasons why more than 72 million patients in the USA (2005) used complementary and alternative medicine therapies for […]
Chemotherapy is the use of chemicals to treat disease. It is most commonly, of course, the name we associate with the treatment of cancer. By its formal definition, chemotherapy is “the therapeutic use of chemical agents to treat disease; especially, the administration of one or more cytotoxic drugs to destroy or inhibit the growth and division of malignant cells in the treatment of cancer.” Radiation and surgery can kill, remove or damage cancer cells in a particular part of the […]