General Health

BONE LOSS AND OSTEOPOROSIS

Like a silent thief in the night, you are unaware of the presence of osteoporosis, until something breaks suddenly – a window in the case of a burglar; or a bone in your body in the case of osteoporosis. What is bone? Although it looks like a rock-solid substance,...

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MEDICAL CANNABIS

"This year we will open up and regulate the commercial use of hemp products, providing opportunities for small-scale farmers; and formulate policy on the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes, to build this industry in line with global trends. The regulatory...

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SOME UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN MICROBIOME

We may not be aware that we live with 2 kg of microscopically small bacteria in our gastro-intestinal tracts (gut), which play a vital role in the functioning of our bodies. Bacteria are found on the skin, in the mouth, the nose, the urogenital system, but the vast...

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HOW MUCH VITAMIN D DO YOU NEED?

What is vitamin D? The natural form of vitamin D is produced in the skin when energy from ultraviolet B rays (UVB) in sunlight converts cholesterol in the cells of the skin into vitamin D3, a steroid hormone. The natural form of vitamin D from sunlight or fatty animal...

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BRAIN CHANGING EFFECTS OF EXERCISE

“Walking is man’s best medicine” This is one of the famous sayings attributed to Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek physician, born around 460 BC and widely regarded as the father of Medicine. It still holds true in the modern day and age, as countless studies have shown...

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GARDENING IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH

Direct exposure to nature plays an important part in our well-being and has been proven to have a calming effect on us. When the interaction with nature takes the form of gardening, it is an eye-opener to see how many substantial health benefits are available to us....

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INSIGHTS INTO THE SWEET DANGER OF SUGAR

It is hard to resist the instant gratification of a sweet tooth when all kinds of sweet temptations are readily available. Unfortunately, too much of a good (sweet) thing can be bad for the body’s chemistry. Harvard Medical School talks about “the sweet danger of...

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COGNITIVE DECLINE AND DEMENTIA

To many a layperson the word “dementia” may conjure up the image of a person who is seen as stark raving mad and locked up in a mental institution. Dementia, however, is not to be confused with mental illness, as it refers to the more serious conditions associated...

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BRAIN MYTHS AND SCIENTIFIC FACTS

Myths are falsehoods that are based on some element of the truth, or on misinterpretations of the truth. Some myths are widely believed and have over time become “common knowledge”. The human brain is an extremely complicated organ and it is only with the advent of...

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MEMORY

The brain is one of the largest and certainly the most complex organ in the human body. It consists of brain cells and more than 100 billion nerve cells (neurons), estimated to be equal to the number of stars in the Milky Way! Neurons in the brain are linked and...

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