Monday, 27 May 2013

Optimise your child’s immune system before the winter months

Kids love to share germs, so you may ask, how do you keep them healthy and their immune systems on high alert? Regular hand washing, adequate rest and a healthy dose of activity is a good place to start, but to put up a good fight their immune systems may need more.

The common cold is the most prevalent and widespread illness known to man.
“Germs generally only lead to illness when the body is out of balance and immunity is weakened,” says PharmaChoice spokesperson, pharmacist, Liezl van Tonder.“Simply put, supplementing your child’s diet with additional natural nutrients play a crucial role in supporting the immune system and are needed as the basis for avoiding nasty flu bugs.”

Van Tonder says, “The fact is that schools are ‘danger zones’ for potentially infectious bacteria and viruses, causing more than 20-million school days lost due to the common cold.” 
“We like to think our children have a nutrient rich diet but the truth is they are probably not getting their optimal requirement just from their daily food intake,” she adds. “Research shows that poor nutrition can weaken the ability of the immune system to fight off infections with this in mind the easiest way to boost their immune system is by giving them a supplement containing immune boosters...”
Containing some of the most highly-rated ingredients provided by nature such us; Echinacea extract, green tea, rosehip, vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D and E, folic acid, Biotin, Pantothenic acid and Selenium, to help reduce the susceptibility to cold and flu infection, helping recovery and reducing the duration and severity of colds and flu.

van Tonder provides you with 4 preventative measures to help keep those bugs at bay and aid in building a stronger immune system: 
  1. Make them germ aware: Teach them to wash their hands properly (20-seconds in warm soapy water) before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after touching animals and when they are in public spaces. A good idea is to send your child to school with a waterless hand sanitizer and show them how to apply it and when they should use it.
  2. Early to bed, early to rise: Children are always busy and fatigue increases their susceptiibility to illness, which means they are more likely to catch a cold if they do not get enough sleep. Although researchers aren’t exactly sure how sleep boosts the immune system, it is clear that getting adequate amounts (usually 8-10 hours for little one’s is essential part of health.
  3. Eating right: Reduce your children’s intake of ‘foods’ that are high in sugar, like soft drinks. Also reduce trans fats and any foods that are significantly processed and contain artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners and preservatives. Try to increase their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and the amount of whole foods in their diet. The best snacking foods are fresh fruits second to this is giving them dried fruits, nuts and seeds.
  4. Keep them active: Kids spend most of their day sitting at a desk in school. It is extremely detrimental if they then spend the rest of the day doing sedentary activities like homework, watching television or playing video games. It is your responsibility to make sure that they get a minimum of one hour (preferably two) of moderate physical activity per day. Playing sports is great, but not all kids are interested in sports or enjoy competitive activities. So get outside with them, kick a ball or have their friends over.

For more information read :
Optimise your child’s immune system before the winter months
Bona Magazine

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The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/

Pregnancy & Childbirth : Caesarean (C-section)

Gynaecologist Dr T. Mokaya explains the two cuts you might get while bringing your newborn into this world.

Caesarean (C-section)

WHAT IS A C-SECTION?
A C-section is the delivery of a baby through a surgical cut that your doctor makes on your stomach and womb. In some cases, a C’section is planned in advance, while with others it's done because of an unexpected problem.

CASES OF A PLANNED C-SECTION
  • Sometimes it's clear that you will need a C’section even before you go into labour.
  • This happens if:
  • You've had some kind of surgery, including a C’section. Having more than one C’section increases the risk that your uterus will tear if you choose a vaginal delivery.
  • You're carrying more than one baby. Some twins can be delivered vaginally, but more often multiple babies during birth require a C’section.
  • Your baby is expected to be very big.
  • Your baby is in a breech (bottom mrst) or transverse (sideways) position.
  • You have placenta previa (when the placenta is so low in the uterus that it covers the cervix).
  • You're HIV’positive and blood tests done near the end of pregnancy show that you have a high viral load.

CASES OF UNPLANNED C-SECTION DELIVERY
Doctors perform a C’section because of problems that you might have during labour.
These include:
  • Your cervix stops dilating (expanding) or your baby stops moving down the birth canal.
  • The umbilical cord slips through your cervix. If this happens, your baby needs to be delivered immediately because the cord can cut off his oxygen supply.
  • Your placenta starts to separate from your uterine wall, which means your baby won't get enough oxygen.
  • You have a genital herpes outbreak when you go into labour. Delivering your baby by C’section will help him avoid infection.

HOW IS A C-SECTION DONE?
After local anaesthetic the doctor will make a small cut above your pubic bone (near your hipbone). She will cut through the underlying tissue, working her way down to your uterus. When she reaches your stomach muscles, she'll separate and spread them to expose the baby.
The doctor will then reach in and pull out your baby. Once the cord is cut, you'll have a chance to see the baby brieny before he's handed to a paediatrician or nurse. While the staff is examining your newborn, the doctor will begin the process of closing you up.
After the surgery is complete, you'll be taken to a recovery room, where you'll be monitored for a few hours.

You can expect to stay in the hospital for about three days.

WHEN CAN I HAVE SEX AGAIN?
After having a C’section, you still need to wait about six weeks before having sex. Your doctor or nurse should give you the go ahead as they will want to ensure that your cut is healing and that your bleeding has stopped.

Episiotomy

WHAT IS AN EPISIOTOMY?
An episiotomy is a surgical cut in the area between the vagina and the anus. It is made just before delivery to widen your vaginal opening, allowing the baby to be delivered more easily.

Read more about the Episiotomy here.

Both these cuts are manageable and will heal as long as you take care of the wounds. Contact your doctor if you think there might be a problem while you are still healing.

Cuts of life: C-Section
By Amanda Ndlangisa
Bona Magazine

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The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease, infertility and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic infertility treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/infertility_homeopathy.html

Pregnancy & Childbirth: Episiotomy

Gynaecologist Dr T. Mokaya explains the two cuts you might get while bringing your newborn into this world.

Episiotomy

WHAT IS AN EPISIOTOMY?
An episiotomy is a surgical cut in the area between the vagina and the anus. It is made just before delivery to widen your vaginal opening, allowing the baby to be delivered more easily.

IS IT BETTER TO TEAR NATURALLY OR HAVE AN EPISIOTOMY?
Women who tear naturally generally recover quicker with fewer complications. Women who have an episiotomy tend to lose more blood at the time of delivery, have more pain during recovery, and have to wait longer before they can have sex without discomfort.

WHY I MAY NEED AN EPISIOTOMY?
If your baby is very big and your doctor needs extra room to work.
If your baby’s heart rate is high and he isn’t handling the last minutes of labour well, your doctor may decide that an episiotomy will help speed up the delivery.

HOW CAN I AVOID AN UNNECESSARY EPISIOTOMY?
Five to six weeks before delivery try doing a perineal massage (massaging a pregnant woman’s perineum – the area between your vaginal opening and the rectum). This may help in making it less likely that you’ll tear or need an episiotomy.

HOW IS AN EPISIOTOMY DONE?
Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area around the vagina so you will not feel any pain when the cut is made. After you’ve given birth, you’ll get another shot of anaesthetic to ensure you’re completely numb before the cut is stitched up.

RECOVERING FROM AN EPISIOTOMY
If you’ve had an episiotomy (or a tear), you’ll have stitches and you’ll need time to heal. Your stitches won’t have to be removed though; they’ll dissolve on their own seven to 10 days after delivery.

WHEN CAN I HAVE SEX AGAIN?
Your perineum should be completely healed four to six weeks after delivery. If your doctor gives the okay and you’re up to it, you can try having sex. At first you might feel some tenderness and tightness. Try taking a warm bath and leaving plenty of time for foreplay. Using a good water-soluble lubricant will help make sex more comfortable.

NB: If you try these methods and find that sex is still too uncomfortable, wait a while longer. If the pain continues months after you’ve given birth, be sure to talk to your doctor about treatment.

Caesarean (C-section)

WHAT IS A C-SECTION?
A C-section is the delivery of a baby through a surgical cut that your doctor makes on your stomach and womb. In some cases, a C’section is planned in advance, while with others it's done because of an unexpected problem.

Read more about a C-section here.

Both these cuts are manageable and will heal as long as you take care of the wounds. Contact your doctor if you think there might be a problem while you are still healing.

Cuts of life:Episiotomy
By Amanda Ndlangisa
Bona Magazine

Medical Disclaimer
The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease, infertility and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic infertility treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/infertility_homeopathy.html

Pregnancy : Myths vs Facts

MYTH: YOU CAN’T EAT CHEESE
FACT: The concern with eating cheese is the presence of bacteria called listeria found in soft, mould-ripened cheeses (such as brie and camembert). Listeria can cause an illness called listeriosis, which can lead to miscarriage or loss of a baby at birth. You don’t have to get rid of all cheese – just stick to hard cheeses like cheddar, feta and Gouda. Soft, processed cheeses like cottage and cream cheese are also fine.

MYTH: YOU CAN’T CONTINUE TO EXERCISE
FACT: Exercise is good for your health and for your growing baby so keep at it. Activities like walking, swimming, Pilates (a form of exercise focused on core strength and flexibility) and low-impact aerobics are good options. However, if you’re generally not active, pregnancy isn’t the time to start. And even if you’re a seasoned gym-goer, you should avoid exercises where you could slip and fall.

MYTH: YOU’RE EATING FOR TWO
FACT: Yes, you’re eating for two, but that doesn’t mean two adult-sized portions are necessary. The average woman with a normal weight before pregnancy needs only about 300 extra calories per day to promote her baby’s growth. That’s about the number of calories found in a glass of skim milk and half a sandwich.

MYTH: YOU CAN’T HAVE CAFFEINE
FACT: There doesn’t seem to be any relationship between having caffeine and preterm birth (a baby born before 37 weeks). If a pregnant woman drinks less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day, there’s no clear evidence she faces any increased risk of miscarriage or low birth weight. So enjoy your coffee, but stay within the recommended limit per day.

MYTH: EATING ORANGES GIVES YOUR BABY JAUNDICE
FACT: Jaundice (a yellowish staining of the skin and whites of the eyes) is actually caused by too much bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that’s produced when original red blood cells are destroyed. This often happens after birth, and not when you’re pregnant. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and are not bad for you to eat when pregnant. They certainly won’t give your baby jaundice either.

MYTH: YOU CAN’T EAT FISH
FACT: Eating two servings of fish per week can be healthy for mom and baby. Coldwater fish (like tuna, salmon and sardines) contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids which help with your baby’s brain development. But you should try to avoid raw fish (like sushi) as they contain parasites and bacteria.

MYTH: DON’T HOLD YOUR HANDS ABOVE YOUR HEAD OR THE BABY WILL GET WRAPPED IN THE CORD
FACT: Baby’s cords being wrapped around their neck happens in about one third of all births. It has to do with the twists and turns that your baby makes while in the womb. About 25% of all babies are born with the cord wrapped around the neck, and many are born with cords around their legs. Some cords are tied into knots. There is nothing that you can do or not do to cause this.

MYTH: BATHS ARE BAD FOR BABY
FACT: Baths are very good for you and is often the most comfortable place to be towards the end of your pregnancy. It’s the temperature of the bath that you need to worry about. Very hot baths are not a good idea as they can cause your body temperature to rise, and this can cause problems for a developing baby, particularly in the first trimester.

MYTH: HEARTBURN DURING PREGNANCY IS A SIGN THAT THE INFANT WILL BE BORN WITH A FULL HEAD OF HAIR
FACT: Heartburn is common in pregnancy and is caused by the hormone that is produced by the placenta. This hormone is meant to cause the muscles of the womb to relax yet it sometimes affects the valve separating the esophagus (tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from the mouth to the stomach) from the stomach and this causes the stomach acids to go back into the esophagus which results in heartburn. This has no effect on your baby’s hair growth.

MYTH: YOU CAN’T COLOUR OR CHEMICALLY TREAT YOUR HAIR
FACT: It’s important that you look and feel good about yourself, but if you’re in doubt, consider whether chemically-treating your hair will make you feel your best, or simply make you worry. If you do decide to continue, it’s best to avoid home hair processing and rather go to a professional. Some moms prefer to avoid the chemicals altogether, while others avoid them during the first trimester and then keep it to a minimum.

MYTH: SLEEPING ON YOUR BACK CAN HURT THE BABY
FACT: For years, pregnant women have been told to place a pillow under one side of the back, because if you sleep on your back the pressure from the baby can cut off your blood flow and possibly kill you. This is not true: A pregnant woman can sleep in any position which makes her feel comfortable. However, in the case of a high-risk pregnancy (if your baby has an increased chance of health problems) sleeping on the left side is sometimes recommended.

MYTH: IF YOU EXPERIENCE ACNE WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT, THAT IS A SIGN YOU ARE HAVING A GIRL
FACT: No research has proved this. Pregnancy acne has nothing to do with gender and is only a sign of natural hormonal changes in the mother.

MYTH: PREGNANT WOMEN WHO CARRY LOW ARE HAVING A BOY
FACT: How a woman carries the baby depends on her body type and whether she has been pregnant before. It does not show gender. Taller, thinner women appear to carry higher, while shorter and fuller women appear to carry lower. Also, in a second pregnancy, since abdominal muscles may be looser, the pregnancy may appear to be lower.

By Amanda Ndlangisa
Bona Magazine

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The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease, infertility and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic infertility treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/infertility_homeopathy.html

Pregnancy at various ages

Pregnancy In Your 20s

THE GOOD NEWS
If you’re healthy at this age group, you’re more likely to experience an easy pregnancy. For starters, you ovulate (release eggs from your ovaries) more often which means you may fall pregnant quickly. There are also less chances of miscarriage as well as less risk of medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
The other advantage of the 20s being the best age for pregnancy is that you’re still physically active and less likely to be overweight. Being overweight at any age is a serious pregnancy risk as it’s linked with the risk of infertility (inability to have a baby), and if you do fall pregnant the risk of abnormalities, diabetes and high blood pressure is increased.

THE BAD NEWS
However, younger is not always better. At ages 20 to 24 and as a first-time mother, you have a slightly higher risk of preeclampsia (a dangerous pregnancy condition that causes high blood pressure and protein in the urine). Doctors are unsure why some women get preeclampsia. The condition is a serious one, it can slow down the baby’s growth and lead to early delivery. Bad lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking, not getting prenatal care (regular medical care for pregnant women) and a poor diet can be associated with women in their early 20s. This increases the chance of having a baby with a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg). Low birth weight babies also have a greater chance of health problems and disabilities. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk by cutting out smoking and drinking, eating well, taking a multivitamin and getting good prenatal care.

Pregnancy In Your 30s

THE GOOD NEWS
One of the advantages of pregnancy in the 30s is that you tend to be more financially, emotionally and socially stable, all of which are important for a good pregnancy. The 30s can be divided into early 30s and late 30s (35+). There are similar advantages and results of pregnancy in your 30s as in your 20s. However, at this age you may take longer to conceive as you ovulate less regularly.

THE BAD NEWS
Fertility tends to start slowing down in your early 30s. Although many women give birth to healthy babies at 35+, complications for both baby and mother increase. At this age, fertility begins to decrease even faster, and more women in this age group take longer to conceive and suffer miscarriages. If you’re 35+ and struggle to conceive after trying for six months, it’s best to consult your doctor. Many fertility problems can be treated.
Another concern in your 30s is a higher risk of abnormalities (like Down Syndrome and Turner Syndrome). The risk of Down Syndrome is three to four times higher after age 35. Babies tend to be bigger too (often influenced by the mother’s weight), and may have birth complications that call for a Caesarean section (C-section). Early prenatal care and good medical treatment can fix most health issues at this age.

Pregnancy In Your 40s

THE NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS
Although you may still have a healthy baby, pregnancy in your 40s can come with challenges. Similar to the late 30s, you may take longer or even struggle to fall pregnant. After the age of 40, all the problems mentioned in the 35+ age group, such as pregnancyrelated diabetes, increase. Research shows that women over 35 also have an increased chance of having twins, which may further complicate pregnancy, making it even more risky.
You may also have more problems during delivery, such as failure to progress (cervix not dilating or baby not descending) and foetal distress (baby not coping well during birth), which may help explain why first-time moms older than 40 have the highest risk of C-section (43%, according to a recent Harvard Medical School study). Special medical care and treatment is advised for a healthy pregnancy.

When Not To Fall Pregnant?

IN YOUR TEENS: Although physically the body is ready to carry a baby after the start of periods, teenage pregnancy is not a good idea. Pregnancy can have negative effects on the growing teenage body and teens tend to experience many complications, ranging from increased risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) caused by pregnancy, and an increased rate of C-sections. There is also the lack of emotional readiness that may affect the teen mom and baby negatively.

TIP: It’s a good idea to plan your pregnancy. A full physical check-up is recommended in order to make sure you do not have anaemia, high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. Also, you should know your HIV status, as there is a risk of infecting the baby. HIV is also the leading cause of maternal deaths in SA. If you are HIV+, you may need to take antiretroviral treatment in the course of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy through the ages
By Sbu Mpungose
Bona Magazine

Additional sources: How Stuff Works (www.howstuffworks.com), Discovery Fit & Health (health.discovery.com).

Medical Disclaimer
The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease, infertility and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic infertility treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/infertility_homeopathy.html

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a colour fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red colour so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent. These are alarming numbers. Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite.

Sodium nitrite appears predominantly in red meat products (you won’t find it in chicken or fish products). Here’s a short list of food items to check carefully for sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate (MSG), another dangerous additive:
  • Beef jerky (Biltong)
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs
  • Sandwich meat
  • Frozen pizza with meat
  • Canned soups with meat
  • Frozen meals with meat
  • Ravioli and meat pasta foods
  • Kid’s meals containing red meat
  • Sandwich meat used at popular restaurants
  • Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theme parks

If sodium nitrite is so dangerous to humans, why do the FDA and USDA continue to allow this cancer-causing chemical to be used? The answer, of course, is that food industry interests now dominate the actions by U.S. government regulators. The USDA, for example, tried to ban sodium nitrite in the late 1970′s but was overridden by the meat industry.5 It insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to “ban bacon.”

Today, the corporations that dominate American food and agricultural interests hold tremendous influence over the FDA and USDA. Consumers are offered no real protection from dangerous chemicals intentionally added to foods, medicines and personal care products.

You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules:
  1. Always read ingredient labels.
  2. Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.
  3. Don’t eat red meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions.

And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.

Source: http://dreamhealer.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/

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The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/

List Of That Antidepressants Cause Sudden Death Growing

The list of antidepressants that can cause sudden death is growing exponentially, with citalopram – under the brand names Celexa and Cipramil – the latest such drug to be added, according to a new study.

The research, published recently in the British Medical Journal, revealed that the drug tends to cause a lengthening of the Q-T interval, a part of the cycle of heart beat measured by an electrocardiogram, or what is more commonly known as an EKG or ECG. Indeed, a number of drugs are known for creating this phenomenon, the most notable among them being methadone, which has been documented as causing sudden death in some patients, especially when dosages are increased too rapidly.

“There are no symptoms indicating a risk. A perfectly normal person will literally drop dead,” writes Heidi Stevenson at GaiaHealth.com.

A silent killer

The heartbeat is regulated by a series of electrical pulses, and key points of the pattern printed on an EKG are labeled P, Q, R, S, T. If the time between the Q and T waves is lengthened, it is referred to as “Q-T elongation,” or a prolonged Q-T segment; the only way to know if it is occurring; however, is with an EKG.

“There are generally no external clues, so outside of testing, you would have no way of knowing that you’ve been affected,” Stevenson writes.

Researchers, in their report, were specific about the risk of sudden death associated with Celexa; the larger the dose, the greater the risk. Also, they noted that the Food and Drug Administration has said, “Citalopram causes dose-dependent QT interval prolongation. Citalopram should no longer be prescribed at doses greater than 40 mg per day.”

That claim is supported in Medscape’s drug reference for citalopram. “Doses above 40 mg/day are not recommended because of risk for QT prolongation without additional benefit for treating depression,” says the reference.

In performing their study, researchers examined 38,397 adults who were either taking an antidepressant or methadone at some time between February 1990 and August 2011, a period of more than two decades. Antidepressants taken during that period by the patients involved in the study include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), amitriptyline, bupropion (Zyban), duloxetine (Cymbalta), mirtazapine (Remeron), nortriptyline, and venlafaxine (Effexor).

Each participant received an EKG 14-90 days after they had taken their prescribed medication. Researchers found that all antidepressants affect the A-T interval in some manner, though methadone affected it more significantly by a great amount.

In one drug, however – bupropion (Zyban) – had the opposite effect. The Q-T interval was shortened. But a shorter Q-T interval, by comparison, can also cause heart arrhythmias and fainting, conditions which can also lead to sudden death.

Source: http://www.undergroundhealth.com/list-of-that-antidepressants-cause-sudden-death-growing/

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The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/

Friday, 24 May 2013

Baby Breastfed By Vegan Mother Dies

by SARAH, THE HEALTHY HOME ECONOMIST on MARCH 30, 2011

An 11 month old baby exclusively breastfed by a vegan mother has died and the parents are charged with neglect after an autopsy indicated the baby suffered from deficiencies in vitamin B12 and Vitamin A – both known to be critical to a child’s development.

Vegans have long been advised to take B12 supplements as long term veganism runs the huge risk of serious B12 deficiency as well as other nutrients only found in animal foods such as true Vitamin A.   Beta carotene is not true vitamin A nor does it easily convert to adequate amounts of Vitamin A in the body.

While I’m not sure I favor charging the parents in this tragedy as it smacks of Big Brother far too much for my comfort level, it does communicate a clear message to other vegans:  abstinence from all animal foods is a danger to one’s health and most particularly, your baby!

It also sends a clear message that what a breastfeeding Mother eats definitely DOES affect the quality of her breastmilk. Many breastfeeding advocates insist that breastmilk will include all a baby needs despite what the Mother eats, but clearly this is not the case.

Traditional cultures took great care to ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers consumed ample amounts of animal foods rich in vitamins A, D, E, K and of course B12. These foods included grassfed butter, pastured eggs, liver, seafood, and fish eggs. Notice that none – NOT ONE of these traditionally sacred foods is plant based!

If you are pregnant and breastfeeding and would like to learn what foods will maximally support the health of your baby while nursing, please check this link for the complete listing of traditionally sacred foods for optimal fetal and baby development. These foods will also ensure the preservation of your own health during pregnancy and lactation which can easily deplete a Mother’s nutritional stores leaving her vulnerable to exhaustion.

*Update:  The vegan parents whose baby died as described in this article were convicted by a French court to 5 years in prison due to the imbalanced vegan diet the mother ate which led to nutrient poor breastmilk and a failure to thrive child who eventually fell ill from severe nutrient deficiency and died without the parents ever seeking proper medical attention.

For more information on how a vegan diet devastates the health of children, read about how a 12 year old vegan was diagnosed with the degenerating bones of an 80 year old.  Dr. Faisal Ahmed MD, a pediatrician treating the child, said that the dangers of forcing children to follow a strict vegan diet need to be publicized.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, author of Get Your Fats Straight

Sources:
Vitamin A Vagary
Vitamin B12: Vital Nutrient for Good Health

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The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease and treatment options.

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The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Why Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Harmful To Your Health

By Dr. Ben Kim

On January 12, 2007, a 28-year old Californian wife and mother of three children died from drinking too much water. Her body was found in her home shortly after she took part in a water-drinking contest that was sponsored by a local radio show. Entitled "Hold Your Wee For A Wii," the contest promoters promised a free Wii video game machine to the contestant who drank the most water without urinating.

It is estimated that the woman who died drank approximately 2 gallons of water during the contest. When she and other contestants complained of discomfort and showed visible signs of distress, they were laughed at by the promoters and even heckled.

This tragic news story highlights the importance of understanding why drinking too much water can be dangerous to your health.

Whenever you disregard your sense of thirst and strive to ingest several glasses of water a day just because you have been told that doing so is good for your health, you actually put unnecessary strain on your body in two major ways:

1. Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system (your circulatory system), needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels.

2. Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your circulatory system. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli can get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage.

Putting unnecessary burden on your cardiovascular system and your kidneys by ingesting unnecessary water is a subtle process. For the average person, it is virtually impossible to know that this burden exists, as there are usually no obvious symptoms on a moment-to-moment basis. But make no mistake about it: this burden is real and can hurt your health over the long term.

Forcing your body to accept a large amount of water within a short period of time - say, an hour or two - as several contestants did during the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest can be fatally dangerous to your health. Here's why:

If you force large amounts of water into your system over a short period of time, your kidneys will struggle to eliminate enough water from your system to keep the overall amount at a safe level.

As your circulatory system becomes diluted with excess water, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood will drop relative to the concentration of electrolytes in your cells. In an effort to maintain an equal balance of electrolytes between your blood and your cells, water will seep into your cells from your blood, causing your cells to swell.

If this swelling occurs in your brain, you'll experience increased intracranial pressure i.e. your brain will get squeezed because the flat bones that make up your skull don't provide much give. Depending on how much water your drink in a short period of time, you could experience a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from a mild headache to impaired breathing. As occurred in the tragic water-drinking contest, it's quite possible to die if you drink enough water in a short period of time.

This information is particularly important for parents to pass on to their children. Foolish drinking contests are not uncommon among high school and university students, especially while playing cards.

So how much water should you drink to best support your health?

The answer depends on your unique circumstances, including your diet, exercise habits, and environment.

If you eat plenty of foods that are naturally rich in water, such as vegetables, fruits, and cooked legumes and whole grains, you may not need to drink much water at all. If you do not use much or any salt and other seasonings, your need for drinking water goes down even further.

Conversely, if you do not eat a lot of plant foods and/or you add substantial salt and spices to your meals, you may need to drink several glasses of water every day.

Regardless of what your diet looks like, if you sweat on a regular basis because of exercise or a warm climate, you will need to supply your body with more water (through food and/or liquids) than someone who does not sweat regularly.

Ultimately, the best guidance I can provide on this issue is to follow your sense of thirst. Some people believe that thirst is not a reliable indicator of how much water you need, since many people suffer with symptoms related to dehydration and don't seem to feel a need to drink water on a regular basis. My experience has been that most people who are chronically dehydrated have learned to ignore a parched mouth. If you ask such people if they are thirsty and would like a piece of fruit or a glass of water, they will almost always realize that they are indeed thirsty.

Some people suggest observing the color of your urine as a way of looking out for dehydration. The idea is that clear urine indicates that you are well hydrated, while yellow urine indicates that you need more water in your system. While this advice is somewhat useful, it's important to remember that some food additives (including some synthetic nutrients) and heavily pigmented foods (like red beets) can add substantial color to your urine. Thumbs down for synthetic nutrients, and thumbs up for red beets and other richly colored vegetables and fruits.

The main idea that I want to share through this article is to beware of mindlessly drinking several glasses of water per day without considering your diet, exercise habits, climate, and sense of thirst. And when you do find yourself in need of water, remember that you can get it from liquids and/or whole foods that are rich in water.

Please share this article with family and friends, as many people are regularly misinformed on this topic by mainstream media.

Source: http://drbenkim.com/drink-too-much-water-dangerous.html

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The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease and treatment options.

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The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Most Humans Are Dying From A Lack of This Vitamin, Says 2-Time Nobel Prize Winner

Linus Pauling discusses the vital importance of vitamin C in human health and disease, and why scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) is the most prevalent health problem of our time, underlying even heart disease as the #1 killer in the developed world.

Linus Carl Pauling (February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists of the 20th century. Pauling was one of the founders of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology.

For his scientific work, Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954. In 1962, for his peace activism, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This makes him the only person to be awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes. He is one of only four individuals to have won more than one Nobel Prize (the others being Marie Curie, John Bardeen, and Frederick Sanger). Pauling is one of only two people to be awarded Nobel Prizes in different fields (Chemistry and Peace), the other being Marie Curie (Chemistry and Physics).

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Inventor Of ADHD'S Deathbed Confession: "ADHD IS A FICTITIOUS DISEASE"

By Moritz Nestor, Current Concerns

Fortunately, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK, President: Otfried Höffe) critically commented on the use of the ADHD drug Ritalin in its opinion of 22 November 2011 titled Human enhancement by means of pharmacological agents: The consumption of pharmacological agents altered the child’s behavior without any contribution on his or her part.

That amounted to interference in the child’s freedom and personal rights, because pharmacological agents induced behavioral changes but failed to educate the child on how to achieve these behavioral changes independently. The child was thus deprived of an essential learning experience to act autonomously and emphatically which “considerably curtails children’s freedom and impairs their personality development”, the NEK criticized.

The alarmed critics of the Ritalin disaster are now getting support from an entirely different side. The German weekly Der Spiegel quoted in its cover story on 2 February 2012 the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, born in 1922 as the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease”

Since 1968, however, some 40 years, Leon Eisenberg’s “disease” haunted the diagnostic and statistical manuals, first as “hyperkinetic reaction of childhood”, now called “ADHD”. The use of ADHD medications in Germany rose in only eighteen years from 34 kg (in 1993) to a record of no less than 1760 kg (in 2011) – which is a 51-fold increase in sales! In the United States every tenth boy among ten year-olds already swallows an ADHD medication on a daily basis. With an increasing tendency.

When it comes to the proven repertoire of Edward Bernays, the father of propaganda, to sell the First World War to his people with the help of his uncle’s psychoanalysis and to distort science and the faith in science to increase profits of the industry – what about investigating on whose behalf the “scientific father of ADHD” conducted science? His career was remarkably steep, and his “fictitious disease” led to the best sales increases. And after all, he served in the “Committee for DSM V and ICD XII, American Psychiatric Association” from 2006 to 2009. After all, Leon Eisenberg received “the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research. He has been a leader in child psychiatry for more than 40 years through his work in pharmacological trials, research, teaching, and social policy and for his theories of autism and social medicine”.

And after all, Eisenberg was a member of the “Organizing Committee for Women and Medicine Conference, Bahamas, November 29 – December 3, 2006, Josiah Macy Foundation (2006)”. The Josiah Macy Foundation organized conferences with intelligence agents of the OSS, later CIA, such as Gregory Bateson and Heinz von Foerster during and long after World War II. Have such groups marketed the diagnosis of ADHD in the service of the pharmaceutical market and tailor-made for him with a lot of propaganda and public relations? It is this issue that the American psychologist Lisa Cosgrove and others investigated in their study Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry7. They found that “Of the 170 DSM panel members 95 (56%) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies. The connections are especially strong in those diagnostic areas where drugs are the first line of treatment for mental disorders.” In the next edition of the manual, the situation is unchanged. “Of the 137 DSM-V panel members who have posted disclosure statements, 56% have reported industry ties – no improvement over the percent of DSM-IV members.” “The very vocabulary of psychiatry is now defined at all levels by the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr Irwin Savodnik, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles.

This is well paid. Just one example: The Assistant Director of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School received “$1 million in earnings from drug companies between 2000 and 2007”. In any case, no one can easily get around the testimony of the father of ADHD: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

The task of psychologists, educators and doctors is not to put children on the “chemical lead” because the entire society cannot handle the products of its misguided theories of man and raising children, and instead hands over our children to the free pharmaceutical market. Let us return to the basic matter of personal psychology and education: The child is to acquire personal responsibility and emphatic behavior under expert guidance – and that takes the family and the school: In these fields, the child should be able to lead off mentally. This constitutes the core of the human person.

1 Human enhancement by means of pharmacological agents, Opinion No 18/2011, Bern October 2011. http://www.bag.admin.ch/nek-cne/04229/04232/index.html?lang=en 
2 Blech, Jörg: Schwermut ohne Scham. In: Der Spiegel, Nr. 6/6.2.12, p. 122–131, p. 128.
3 Blech, p. 127
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Eisenberg (6.2.2012) 
http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/newsarticle.aspx?articleid=107051 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Eisenberg (6.2.2012 17:59:25) 
7 Cosgrove, Lisa et al. Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry. In: Psychother Psychosom 2006; 75:154-160 (DOI: 10.1159/000091772)
8 Cosgrove, Lisa et al. Pp. 154
9 DSM Panel Members Still Getting pharma funds. URL: http://www.cchrint.org/tag/lisa-cosgrove/ (8.2.2012 23:21:29) 
10 http://www.emaxhealth.com/1357/7/35563/experts-who-write-dsm-have-financial-ties-pharmaceutical-companies.html 
11 Cf. http://www.cchrint.org/tag/lisa-cosgrove/

Source
http://www.worldpublicunion.org/2013-03-27-NEWS-inventor-of-adhd-says-adhd-is-a-fictitious-disease.html
http://www.currentconcerns.ch/index.php?id=1608

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The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Goat's Milk for Infants

What About Goat's Milk?

Using goat’s milk before 6 months or regular use between 6 and 12 months is not recommended. Goat’s milk is no more appropriate to give baby than cow’s milk. If you need to supplement and breastmilk is not available, formulas are a more nutritionally complete product. There are several comparisons of goat vs. cow vs. human milk in the links below. Using this information, goat milk is much closer in composition to cow milk than human milk. Goat’s milk is high in sodium (like cow’s milk) and is very high in chloride and potassium, which makes the renal solute load too high for babies. This can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and can result in anemia and poor growth (these problems are usually undetected until months later). Goat milk is also deficient in folic acid, which can lead to megaloblastic anemia. Also, infants who are allergic to cow’s milk protein are often allergic to goat’s milk too.

While it’s true that whole goats milk (and whole cow’s milk) was commonly used prior to the advent of infant formulas it is also true that the infant mortality and morbidity rate during the times of such substitutions was very high.

The developing digestive system of a young infant is specifically designed to digest mother's milk during the first 12 months. If breastfeeding is not possible, the next best choice is iron-fortified infant formula. Solid food should not be introduced until four to six months of age, at minimum.

Unfortunately, parenting advice shared by well-meaning family,  friends and sometimes even doctors, is not necessarily healthy advice for tiny tummies. The most common diversions from recommended feeding practices for infants include giving:

Cow's milk before age one.
Goat's milk as an alternative to formula.
Infant cereal to very young babies.

Any one, or more of these situations are quite common in households across the U.S. and beyond. However, parents should ponder more current medical findings and recommendations before deciding to practice them. Here's why.

According to G. F. W. Haenlein Ph.D. and R. Caccese, on the "Differences of Cow and Goat Milk," over 10 million cows are raised in the U.S. to provide more than 125 billion pounds of milk annually. Yet on a world wide basis, there are more people who drink the milk of goats than from any other single animal.

In his Agriculturally geared report, Haenlein suggests that goat's milk is a sufficient alternative for those with milk allergies. Yet, numerous other resources render this disputable.

While it is more easily digested, the basic composition of goat's milk is actually quite similar to cow's milk. It's feasible, that various constituents of cow's milk that cause an allergic reaction may also be present in goat milk. Studies by a group of European researchers, led by Dr. Luisa Businco of the University "La Sapienza," in Rome, concluded that goat's milk can trigger serious allergic reactions in infants who are known to be sensitive to cow's milk.

Goat milk is also touted as having exceptional nutritional value over cow's milk. For developed digestive systems there may be benefits, but for tiny tummies it just doesn't measure up. Though goat's milk has greater levels of vitamin A, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and niacin, the down side is less iron, zinc, B6, and B12, which among other considerations, makes it an insufficient alternative to formula.

Undoubtedly, there are numbers of children throughout the years that have thrived on goat's milk, however, Parents Place Nutritionist, Sue Gilbert, warns us that, "There is a real danger of dehydration if it is used exclusively for very young infants because of the solute load and the subsequent stress that it puts on the baby's kidneys."

Goat's milk is not indicated for use in infancy. Here is some rationale:

  1. Goat's milk is deficient in folic acid and vitamin B6.
  2. Goat's milk is higher in protein than human milk (1.0 gm pro/100 ml) and infant formula (1.4 gm/100 ml). It actually has 3.6 gm pro/100 ml, which puts an infant at risk for dehydration and a higher renal solute load.
  3. The reason many of the "recipes" for goat's milk for infants call for dilution (usually the recommendations are to dilute it to 2/3 strength, but in this case, it appears to be for half strength) is to decrease the renal (kidney) solute load. When it is diluted, however, nutrients including energy, are diluted. With this comes the risk of hyponatremia or water intoxication, which can result in seizures. Dilution of goat's milk to half-strength supplies about 10 calories per ounce. This means to meet the energy needs (98 kcal x 8.25 kg, which is the 50th percentile for a 7 month old boy), 80 ounces per day of goat's milk would be required.
  4. Goat's Milk Acidosis has been reported in the literature most likely secondary to the high protein level.
  5. It may be appropriate to try a formula that has no intact protein, milk, casein or soy and gradually introduce individual foods rather than rely on goat's milk which is not recommended for infants."

Maybe you know an infant who thrived and grew well on a goat's milk based infant formula recipe and we know that many infants have thrived. However, it is also true that as science evolves, we know that goat's milk is not the optimal nutrition solution for infants between the ages of 0-12 months old.

Fresh Goat's Milk for Infants: Myths and Realities—A Review

Many infants are exclusively fed unmodified goat's milk as a result of cultural beliefs as well as exposure to false online information. Anecdotal reports have described a host of morbidities associated with that practice, including severe electrolyte abnormalities, metabolic acidosis, megaloblastic anemia, allergic reactions including life-threatening anaphylactic shock, hemolytic uremic syndrome, and infections. We describe here an infant who was fed raw goat's milk and sustained intracranial infarctions in the setting of severe azotemia and hypernatremia, and we provide a comprehensive review of the consequences associated with this dangerous practice.

"The infant in this report presented with severe hypernatremia and azotemia in addition to other electrolyte abnormalities. Goat's milk contains 50 mg of sodium and 3.56 g of protein per 100 mL, approximately 3 times that in human milk (17 mg and 1.03 g per 100 mL, respectively).6 The estimated requirements of sodium and protein for infants <6 months old are 100 to 200 mg/day and 9 to 11 g/day, respectively.7 The infant described here was receiving ∼500 mg/day of sodium and 30 g/day of protein, with a total intake of 32 oz of goat's milk per day. The immature kidneys in very young infants have difficulty handling the byproducts of foods with a high renal solute load.8 Sodium excretion capacity matures more slowly than glomerular filtration rate and does not attain full capacity until the second year of life.9 Therefore, infants fed fresh goat's milk are at substantive risk for hypernatremia and azotemia, particularly in the face of dehydration (as in the case described here), which may in turn result in major central nervous system pathology, including diffuse encephalopathy, intraparenchymal hemorrhage, or thromboses10 as manifested in our patient...

...The main benefit claimed by proponents of fresh goat's milk for infants is that it is less allergenic than cow's milk and is a suitable substitute for infants who are allergic to the latter. However, evidence shows that most infants who are allergic to cow's milk are also allergic to goat's milk. In vitro studies have shown that there is an extensive cross-reactivity of sera from individuals who are allergic to cow's milk with proteins found in goat's milk.17,–,19 In 1 study, 26 children with immunoglobulin E–mediated cow's milk allergy also had positive skin test responses to goat's milk, and 24 of 26 had positive double-blind, placebo-controlled, oral food challenges with fresh goat's milk.20 There have been case reports of severe life-threatening anaphylactic reactions after the ingestion of commercial goat's milk preparation in infants with documented cow's milk protein allergy.21 Furthermore, infants and young children may have signs, symptoms, and serology positive for goat's milk without being allergic to cow's milk.22,–,25 In a retrospective study, children presented with severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, after consumption of goat's milk products but tolerated cow's milk products.26

Folate deficiency with anemia in infants fed homemade formula based on goat's milk has been described.27,28 In fact, “goat's milk anemia” was the name given to the macrocytic hyperchromic megaloblastic anemia observed in infants fed goat's milk in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s.29 The anemia was thought to be more severe than that associated with exclusive cow's milk feeding and was cured by giving supplements of liver extracts. The concentration of folate in goat's milk is 6 μg/L in comparison to human breast milk, which contains 50 μg/L.30 Infants younger than 6 months of age need 65 μg/day of folate, and the recommended daily allowance increases with age.30

There have been reports of infections such as Q fever, toxoplasmosis, and brucellosis associated with feeding raw goat's milk.31,–,33 Consumption of unpasteurized goat's milk has also been implicated in the development of Escherichia coli O157:H7–associated hemolytic uremic syndrome.34,35 Although raw goat's milk is a proven vehicle for pathogen transmission, the belief persists that raw dairy products are healthier and that pasteurized products are less beneficial and even harmful.5" - Reference

Cow's Milk

A number of studies, indicate that the early introduction of cow's milk may contribute to the development of IDDM (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus). Among these, was a report regarding "Infant feeding practices and their possible relationship to the etiology of diabetes mellitus," by the American Academy of Pediatrics Work Group on Cow's Milk Protein and Diabetes Mellitus (Pediatrics 1994;94:752-4), which states that, "avoidance of cow's milk protein for the first several months of life may reduce the later development of IDDM or delay its onset in susceptible individuals." Susceptible individuals are those in families with a strong history of IDDM, and particularly when a sibling has diabetes. The report concludes that, "Breastfeeding and avoidance of commercially available cow's milk and products containing intact cow's milk protein during the first year of life are strongly encouraged."

another policy statement (Pediatrics Volume 89, Number 6 June Part 1, 1992, p 1105-1109) by the AAP, extensive studies reflect that babies given WCM (whole cow's milk) take in lower levels of iron, linoleic acid, and vitamin E, and excessive levels of sodium, potassium, and protein. Infants who were fed breastmilk or iron-fortified formula during the first year, generally maintained healthy iron levels. 

Additionally, the studies indicate that the high levels of calcium and phosphorus, and low levels of Vitamin C in whole cow's milk actuallydecreases absorption of iron from infant cereals and other dietary sources.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Guidelines for Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Iron Deficiency takes the stand against cow's milk a bit farther, by recommending children aged one to five years don't consume more than 24 oz. of cow's milk (or soy and goat milk) each day.

Another consideration focuses on infants who are at high risk for food allergies. According to nutrition professionals from the Manitoba Milk Producers site, the prevalence of cow's milk allergy is highest in infancy. A predominate factor leading to food allergy is the early introduction of food allergens, therefore, feeding an infant cow's milk before three to four months places the child at greater risk for intolerance.

Freezing and Thawing Goats Milk

"My friend has been having trouble when thawing her frozen (raw) goats milk. It appears curdled and is sometimes in thick, tough lumps that won't separate when shaken. Blending it breaks up the lumps but does not make it smooth. It won't go through her baby's bottle nipple. I tasted it and it tastes ok. The texture was like the cheese we make by putting vinegar into hot milk and curdling before straining. We've tried bleaching the jars and plastic bottles we freeze it in, we've tried thawing slowly and thawing quickly. Nothing seems to make a difference. Does anyone know what causes this and how to avoid it? She's been using the thawed milk for cereal and it seems ok and tastes ok but it's not pleasant to drink with all the curds. I don't freeze milk very often so I haven't had the problem except with milk that's been pasturized for the kids in the spring, which I never drink. This problem is with raw milk. Is it how it's frozen or how it's thawed? Any suggestions?" Thanks, Ann

Raw milk does not stay fresh very long, especially if it's not cooled in a water bath quickly after milking.

The fat solids and the liquids freeze and thaw at different temperatures and are then separated.

After taking it from the freezer, leave it on the kitchen counter (not in the sun) for a while until about half of it is melted and then finish thawing it in the refrigerator. Goats milk just thaws that way.

It also depends on how long it has been frozen. Milk put in the freezer to cool quickly thaws out without separating, even when frozen solid. Milk not thawed out for a month or more always separates, but only little tiny curds or cream globules.

If one puts it in a warm water bath to thaw, it will separate. Shaking it very vigorously or putting it in a blender before warming it will restore the milk to its original form.

Sources
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/milk-supplements/
http://web.archive.org/web/20010219121629/babyparenting.about.com/parenting/babyparenting/library/weekly/aa021399.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20010629142350/babyparenting.about.com/parenting/babyparenting/library/weekly/aa021399a.htm
http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/goatsmilkforbaby.htm#.UZOVWfEW1wY
http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=004jr2
http://www.thegoatspot.net/forum/f193/frozen-milk-118143/
Fresh Goat's Milk for Infants: Myths and Realities—A Review
URL: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/4/e973.long
http://paleohacks.com/questions/113155/goat-milk-versus-cows-milk-for-infants-and-babies#axzz2TNgxFhSz

Further reading
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-infants-toddlers/goat-milk
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1444683/
http://www.babycenter.com/400_anybody-raising-their-children-on-goat-milk_7046528_937.bc
http://foodforkidshealth.com/can-babies-drink-goat-milk-instead-of-commercial-infant-formula/
http://foodforkidshealth.com/making-home-made-infant-formula-for-babies-sensitive-to-dairy-formula/
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-homemade-milk-based-baby-formula/

Medical Disclaimer
The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical or health care advice or treatment for any medical or health conditions. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or health issues, promptly consult your professional registered / licensed health care provider.
The information contained in this blog and related website should not be considered complete as it is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge of diet, health, fitness, nutrition, disease and treatment options.

Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest, most established homoeopathic practice in South Africa.
The practice, situated in Pretoria, was established in 1956.
To learn more about homeopathy, homeopathic treatment and the legal requirements for practising as a homeopath, visit:
http://www.biocura.co.za/

Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Dangers of too Much Sugar: What the Sugar Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

by Elizabeth Renter

For years, the sugar industry has had to fight negative publicity – and for good reason. Sugar and all its sweet goodness has been blamed for childhood hyperactivity, cavities, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, among other things. But fought back the industry did, and they were largely successful, distracting consumers by blaming other culprits and spending heavily on positive marketing.

The Sugar Industry’s Lies

But the research continues to pile up. In an extensive Mother Jones piece, we learn just how much effort was put into the sugar industry’s campaign to keep the truth from us. Effort and money. The sugar people spent loads of cash on investigating the negative effects of sugar substitutes. And while we aren’t here to say things like aspartame are good for you, the sugar industry’s efforts were far from noble.

For instance, way back in 1942 a document was circulated among sugar cane and beet producers, giving them help in countering the anti-sugar campaign that (gasp!) was encouraging weight conscious women to forgo the sweet stuff. From 1975 to 1980, the Sugar Association spent over $650,000 funding 17 studies that would ultimately support the sugar industry. These studies suggested sugar may be good for depression and even weight management. And the list goes on.

Sugar is natural. But at the rate it is consumed by modern Americans, it is anything but healthful. The average American is said to consume about 70 grams of fructose each day. Children consume 7 trillion calories of sugar from beverages alone every year.

So, what’s the issue? Why should sugar consumption really matter?

SA Doctors Dump Patients to Moonlight

Doctors play dirty
May 12 2013 at 10:45am
By Zohra Mohamed Teke.

At least 101 state doctors raked in R22 million from one medical aid, claimed while moonlighting when they should have been attending to patients at public hospitals. Investigators have called for criminal charges to be brought against the medical practitioners.

The medical scandal is part of a report presented to KZN’s Department of Health. It exposes the widespread neglect of patients in state care.

According to the report, seen by the Sunday Tribune, the full-time state doctors were openly working in private surgeries, but also claiming millions in overtime from state hospitals for hours not worked.

In some cases, particularly in rural areas, more than one-third of full-time doctors in state facilities were guilty of the practice, leaving their patients in hospitals either waiting or unattended for days.

State doctors in KZN are not allowed to do paid work outside their official duties, or to use state resources for such work, yet the report found 354 state doctors had private practice licences, which they obtained by submitting bogus or residential addresses when applying to the Board of Healthcare Funders.

Italian Court Rules MMR Vaccine Caused Autism - "Controversial" Research Replicated and Accurate

by Dr. Mercola

Many parents don’t think twice about taking their children in for routine vaccinations, as they are an integral and heavily promoted part of the conventional medical system. But this decision has had life altering, and sometimes life-ending, ramifications for more children than you might expect.

Many hard core health activists are distressed that I do not promote the avoidance of all vaccines outright. Instead, I strongly urge you to invest the time to educate yourself about the potential benefits and risks of each vaccine prior to vaccination, and to make educated decisions based on what you conclude is likely to be the best course of action for your child.

While some vaccines appear to be safer than others, it’s important to realize that each vaccination carries a certain amount of risk and vaccine risks can be greater for some than others due to biological and environmental factors, and the timing and types of vaccines given. The risks of vaccination may be exponentially increased when revaccination takes place after an individual has already had a previous vaccine reaction, or when multiple vaccines are administered at the same time.

There are vaccines that historically have been associated with more side effects than others, and the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine – MMR shot – is one of those.

Blood Protein Rejuvenates Aging Heart

By Dan Cossins

A molecule found only in the blood of young mice dramatically reverses thickening and stiffening of the heart muscle in old mice.

Using proteomics in combination with a 19th-century surgical technique in which the circulatory systems of two mice are joined together, researchers have demonstrated that a protein found only in the blood of young mice reverses the effects of aging in old mice, according to a study published this week (May 9) in Cell.

“I think it’s a stunning result that, for the first time, points at a secreted protein that maintains the heart in a young state,” cardiologist Deepak Srivastava of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco, who was not involved with the research, told Nature. “That’s pretty remarkable.”

Cancer's Favorite Food - Fructose - Found in Everything You Eat?

Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, according to a study that challenges the notion that all sugars are the same.

Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways. This could explain why other studies have previously linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types.

According to MSNBC:

"Americans take in large amounts of fructose, mainly in high fructose corn syrup, a mix of fructose and glucose that is used in soft drinks, bread and a range of other foods. Politicians, regulators, health experts and the industry have debated whether high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients have been helping make Americans fatter and less healthy."

Fructose Speeds Up Cancer Growth

Research just published in the journal Cancer Research shows that the way the different sugars are metabolized (using different metabolic pathways) is of MAJOR consequence when it comes to feeding cancer and making it proliferate.

According to the authors:

" Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different... These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation."

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Strange spirals found in the South African desert

Strange spirals found in the South African desert south of Upington, west of Prieska, the massive new rival to the Nasca lines

A google search resulted in nothing but the information that they apparently did not show up on Google Maps' 2006 images.
"Wind erosion has lead to an incredible discovery through google maps.
Comparable to the Nasca Lines in size, and even more impressive in intricacy, a potential massive lost city or site has been revealed in an area of the “verneukpan” an inhospitable area of salt flats in southern Africa .
For over a year now, a young determined Dutchman has been using Google earth to map the world’s ancient sites, very much a crowd-sourced project, with over 900 place markers so far of sites that are known about and links to Wikipedia articles about them.
Archeomaps is the brainchild of Jaimy Visser, who posted this image yesterday on his facebook page www.facebook.com/Archeomaps after Shaun Kirwen brought it to his attention.
Jaimy had found that in his research he was finding many unexplained circular structures around the globe and started project “Esthar”  to try and map these as well, in the process he has found huge areas of desert with evidence of similar ancient civilizations around the globe though none quite as striking as these which bear resemblance to carvings at Knowth, Newgrange, Malta and various other pre-historical sites.
The complex in the image is over five square miles, with less striking patterns spread over around twenty square miles at least."
Source: http://www.exposingthetruth.co/lost-city-found-in-kalahari-desert/

Scroll down through the images and check out the area for yourself at -30.006010, 21.106024 or just click in the link below.

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Link to the SKA site:
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