News
September 19, 2018

Weed is legal now. Here’s What you need to know

Today, the court legalized private use and possession of weed (cannabis / ‘dagga’) for South Africans. What exactly is legal? You can now grow cannabis in “a private place”. You can smoke weed in the privacy of your home. What is still illegal? You cannot sell weed to anyone, in any form. You cannot smoke weed in public. So, we can smoke as much weed as we want to, as long as we're at home? Not quite. This is only the first ruling in the process. In the next 2 years, Parliament needs to sort out the following details: *…
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Energy
September 18, 2018

Boost your health by treating your mitochondria

Your mitochondria are tiny little batteries for your body. You can find them inside the cells in your body, acting as power plants within your cells that keep your body working properly. They do this by generating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an organic chemical that we need to do basically anything we do: talking, walking, digestion - everything that requires energy. Mitochondria are made up of two membranes. The inner membrane folds many times and creates layers. The outer layer is shaped like a bean. To generate energy, they also break down carbohydrates and acids. Besides playing a role in the vitality you…
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Chest & Lung
September 18, 2018

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an umbrella term we use to describe any progressive lung disease. It includes chronic bronchitis, stubborn, unmanageable or severe asthma and emphysema. Chronic: It’s a long-term condition and doesn’t go away. Obstructive: Your airways are narrowed, which makes it harder to breathe out quickly. Pulmonary: It affects your lungs. Disease: It’s a medical condition. Symptoms The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness (a “need for air”), chronic cough, and mucus production. COPD develops slowly and becomes apparent after the age of 40 or 50 years. As the condition gradually worsens, your usual activities like…
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Sleep
September 18, 2018

Why you may need a new pillow

We all have that special pillow that helps us fall asleep. But, did you know that your pillow could hurt your health? The right pillow plays an important role in helping you fall asleep. Pillows and pain According to Harvard Medical School, a pillow that's too soft or too firm often leads to neck pain. This happens when your neck is bent in any way for an extended period that causes discomfort. Positions If you sleep on your side with a soft pillow that doesn't provide enough support under your neck, your head has to extend sideways to meet the…
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Tests & investigations
September 18, 2018

Do I need an X-ray for my ankle sprain?

You're carrying your groceries up the stairs when BAM! You miss a step, tumble down the steps, and feel a shooting pain up your ankle.  Is it a sprain? Or worse, a fracture? Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries. They can be very painful, and make you wonder if something might be cracked. Most of the minor ankle sprains don’t need X-rays or surgical treatment, but with more serious injuries, there can be fractures of the bones of the ankle as well as the foot. Here is a quick way to figure out if you need an…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
September 18, 2018

Dry mouth? Here’s what you can do about it

Saliva plays an important role in your health. It has the ability to lubricate which helps to protect the oral tissues in your mouth against sores, ulcers and other movements that come with eating and speaking. It also helps neutralise acids and defend your mouth against conditions like tooth decay and bacteria. Think of saliva as your tasting and digestion friend. When saliva isn’t produced enough and properly, these functions become impaired and dry mouth happens. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition where the salivary glands don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth…
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Child HealthParenting
September 18, 2018

How to produce more breast milk

Being a new mother can be scary! Even more so, if you a low milk supply. There are different reasons for this condition, including waiting too long to start breastfeeding, not breastfeeding enough, breast surgery and certain medications. Other factors may include premature birth, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and maternal obesity. If you're struggling with producing enough milk for your baby, here are some things you can try: Latch on If your baby has a poor latch, he’ll struggle to remove the milk from your breast. To check that your little one is latched on properly, make sure his mouth…
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Gut & digestion
September 18, 2018

Do you have food poisoning or gastro?

You feel a sharp pain in your stomach and nausea washes over you. Did the burger you just ate give you food poisoning, or do you have a stomach bug? Two of the most common causes of stomach discomfort is food poisoning and gastro. Let’s take a look at the differences between them. What is 'gastro'? Commonly known as the stomach flu, gastroenteritis (also called 'gastro'), is caused by a viral infection that attacks your digestive system. Different types of stomach flu are caused by different things. Stomach viruses are very contagious. You can get gastro by: Eating food or…
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Gut & digestion
September 18, 2018

Is milk bad for you?

We have bee told "Milk is good for you!" since we were children. Our mothers, and advertising ingrained this nugget into our minds for years. But should milk really be part of your diet? Milk is a whole food which provides 18 out of 22 essential nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and protein.  Unfortunately, though, about 75% of the world’s population isn’t able to break down lactose; a core ingredient in milk. Despite its benefits, milk may put you at risk for some conditions. For example, research shows that countries with the lowest rates of dairy and calcium intake also…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
September 18, 2018

What causes the feeling of pins and needles?

Have you ever felt like your arms, legs or feet have fallen asleep after being in a position for too long, followed by a tingling sensation, as if you were being pricked by tiny needles? Also known as paraesthesia, this prickly, burning, tingling, numb, itchy sensation is usually harmless. In in some cases, though, it can be a sign of something more serious. What causes the tingling? It usually happens if you lean or lay awkwardly on your arm or leg. This can put pressure on a nerve or reduce the blood supply to the area you’re resting on. It usually…
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