Cannabis-Oil lists only the most dependable CBD products of the highest quality in South Africa. Cape Town, March 12, 2019 - This new site has been launched, dedicated to those who not only want to become familiar with CBD oil, as well as guided and educated about the topic. cannabis-oil.co.za provides informative articles about the plant, as well as different kinds of strains. All articles on the site are written by marijuana and cannabis enthusiasts. Since the legal era is fairly new, the aim is to educate and notify the South Africans about the pros and cons of the cannabis oil products on the market today. The focus of the site is to educate the readers about CBD oil and products online, with all research supported by scientific papers. Moreover, the idea is to help you become familiar with the effective uses of this oil - ultimately allowing you to have a better, healthy life. Unlike other sites, Cannabis-oil.co.za explains how it can help people suffering from anxiety, insomnia, cancer, stress, and ADHD. What's more, you have the option to immediately purchase a suitable CBD oil. Even though the main focus is on CBD oil, the site also offers Hemp oil and clearly explains the difference between the two. Cannabis-oil is thoroughly explaining how to use hemp oil in the kitchen. Cooking with hemp is no different than using any other oil/herb. “My parents hated the fact that I smoked weed occasionally when I was younger. Anything related to cannabis was bad. Nowadays both my father and mother don't sleep a night without CBD oil and they even invest in some Cannabis related companies. I am happy to bring my expertise from the Netherlands to South Africa, to pursue my passion” —Olivier van Geenhoven (Founder) Finally, the site’s blog contains informative articles that manage to remain interesting and entertaining. The articles show controversial findings after multiple case studies but are also just really fun to read. There is a new . . .
Once you have done your PAP smear, one of the following things can happen: Your healthcare practitioner may tell you your results are “within normal limits” and they will see you when you are due for your next one You may be told to come in to discuss abnormal results, which require treatment of an infection or repeat of the smear immediately or in near future You may be referred to a gynaecologist (if the gynae is not the one who did the test) for further examination and possibly other tests. Should you receive unfavourable results, it is important to keep calm. There is no point in getting worked up about ‘what ifs and should haves’. Your nurse/ GP / gynae will guide you what to do next. LET’S BREAK DOWN AN ABNORMAL PAP RESULT: Inadequate for evaluation: This usually means the specimen was not sufficient enough to assess for abnormal cells. Usually the “endo-cervical component” is absent or scanty. This is the inner part of the cervix, where the abnormal changes usually occur, therefore it is important for this to be present. If it is absent, another sample may be taken immediately or in a few months’ time. Shift in normal flora: This simply means that there is too much of one or both types of the usual organisms that live in the vagina. There may be too much bacteria (Bacterial vaginosis) or too much Yeast (fungus)/ Candida (what is commonly known as thrush). You may need to take medication to restore the balance: an Antibiotic OR Anti-fungal OR a Betadine douche, which will kill both the bacteria and the fungi, and may help restore the balance. Evidence of Human Papilloma Virus infection: this means that the cervix has been exposed to HPV infection that has not been cleared. This is important to note as HPV infection can lead to cervical cell changes and eventually cervical cancer (read more in next article). HPV typing may be done to detect high risk types that commonly cause cancer. Atypical cells: This does not mean cancer. It . . .
GetSavvi Health (Pty) Ltd. was created with a belief that quality and affordable healthcare should be available to every South African. The company aims to establish its name as a leader in the primary healthcare sector. The company has always strived to offer aid to individuals who are forced to rely on state medical institutions as the traditional medical instruments are beyond their reach. To bridge this gap, the company tries to provide its members complete access to a vast network of service providers, creating an affordable medical environment. Health Plans offered by GetSavvi: 1. Primary Care Plan – GetSavvi Health offers a primary care plan that covers the day-to-day medical expenses of a person. The plan is not limited to individual members and can be expanded to encompass family members too. The Primary Care Plan covers doctor’s visits, dentist visits, X-rays and blood tests, medication expenses and much more. One can avail the plan at a cost of R560 per month for a family or for R340 per month for an individual. 2. Primary Care Plan + - The beneficiaries of the Primary Care Plan + receive all the benefits of the Primary Care Plan with added hospital cover benefits. Priced at R750 per month for families and R460 per month for individuals, the plan offers emergency casualty, emergency stabilisation and personal accident benefits. Along with the day-to-day consultation charges, the plan also covers blood tests, X-rays, dentistry – basic and emergency, acute and chronic medication, and offers many other benefits. 3. Get Care Plan - The Get Care Plan is primarily a hospital care plan that covers the hospital costs of an individual or a family during an emergency. The plan offers cover for both in-patient and out-patient programs, while also covering accidental treatment costs. The plan is very affordable at R250 per month per family and covers even minute costs like first-aid. Other Services offered by GetSavvi Health: • All medical plans . . .
Cape Town, South Africa: From the Barkery, a bakery which makes customised biscuits, treats and accessories for pets; has launched a new product designed to heal /alleviate a variety of ailments. After Owner Ceri’s dog, Bentley, was diagnosed with a lung tumour and given just days to live, it was suggested that they try CBD oil which could help with making Bentley’s last stretch a little more comfortable. They saw an immediate improvement after trying it. Ceri wanted to create a new range of products aimed at old, sick or anxious dogs using the CBD oil and other products derived from Hemp (THC-free), which they would actually enjoy. While baking their regular treats, they played around with different formulas. They learned a lot working with Green Engineering Solutions. The taste of the oil is quite bitter and not so palatable for animals, but after some dedicated work the delicious CBD Peanut Butter Biscuits were created. Bentley lived on for another year, comfortably, spoilt with love and Green Canna Treats! Now, From the Barkery has made these treats available on their online store and at local stockists. “People often get confused between Hemp and Marijuana”, Ceri says. Hemp and Marijuana (commonly known in South Africa as Dagga) are both part of the Cannabis plant family and, though they do share similarities, they are different. Cannabis plants contain a variety of different compounds called Cannabinoids. Two of the most dominant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Both Cannabinoids have shown to provide profound benefits to humans and dogs alike; however, THC induces psychoactive effects (they will get you and your dog “high”) while CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties. Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, while Hemp has a negligible concentration of THC (is THC-free) but is filled with CBD. Marijuana, and products made from it, is not legal to import and distribute. CBD oil derived from Hemp and other Hemp products are. So . . .
By Aida Persian, Clairvoyant Positive thinking - it should be one of the easiest things we do, yet like with losing weight and living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t seem to matter how much advice we are given, maintaining it feels almost impossible at times. Switch on any TV news channel or open any newspaper and we become easily bombarded with the negative – road accidents, criminal acts, war, terrorism, hunger, poverty, incurable diseases and the list goes on and on! Despite all that has been said and written in the past about this topic, I honestly believe that the power of positive thinking is still one of the most fundamental truths remaining misunderstood by many people throughout history. To answer this question in a simple, logical way I have used some examples to help grasp this primary truth. I hope these are able to help you to create a more joyful, productive, energetic, meaningful and even more purposeful life. Everything that has ever been created in the history of mankind was first a thought! Every piece of architecture, every design, every invention, every poem or book that has ever been written was inspired or started by a thought process more often than not rooted in a not so positive experience, but rather a catastrophic event, natural disaster, loss of a loved one or loved ones, divorce, bankruptcy and so on. The depths of despair often inspire a choice that gives birth to an idea, a thought that allows us to turn that painful event into a more positive creation, a glorious artistic foot print! Behind most breakthrough discoveries or invention there is some sort of life challenge, traumatic experience, pain or suffering and also a need, the need to elevate pain, to make a difference, to have a better life, and that’s not only for the discoverers, creators or the inventors themselves, but also for the rest of the world around them. We all know about Thomas Edison’s learning difficulty at school which lead his mother to . . .
Sanofi Genzyme South Africa Supported 12th Annual Rare Disease Day On the last day of February each year, Sanofi Genzyme joins hundreds of organisations globally to recognise International Rare Disease Day, with a view of raising awareness around rare diseases and its impact on patients' lives. Sanofi Genzyme has been a proud supporter of Rare Disease Day since it was established by the European Organisation of Rare Disorders (EURORDIS) in 2008. The 2019 theme for International Rare Disease Day is “Bridging Health and Social Care,” which is focused on bridging the gaps in the coordination of medical, social and support services to tackle the challenges that people living with a rare disease and their families around the world face, every day. Sanofi Head of Medical, Dr Alicia McMaster, concurs that Rare Disease Day provides an important opportunity to shed light on the impact that these frequently debilitating diseases have on patients and their families. “Given their rarity, these conditions are often difficult to diagnose and treat, and patients often endure a long odyssey involving many doctors, tests and numerous misdiagnoses.” In 2017, Sanofi Genzyme launched a global initiative called Pledge4Rare, aimed at bringing together the global rare disease community to raise awareness of the more than 7,000 different rare diseases that collectively affect more than 350 million people around the world. The goal, this year, was to reach 7,000 miles, representing the more than 7,000 rare diseases. Dr McMaster says in South Africa, where medical infrastructure and patient support is often a challenge, Sanofi Genzyme’s aim for Rare Disease Day 2019 is to advocate for timely and accurate diagnosis and early intervention, thereby enhancing patients' health and quality of life. “We will announce an exciting initiative in the coming weeks that highlights exactly how our company has put this year’s EUCORDIS Rare Disease theme into action.” Country Head of . . .
Saved from a life-threating condition by an advanced in-utero keyhole blood transfusion procedure at 25 weeks while still in his mother’s womb, baby Mihle Biyela’s parents were overjoyed last week to take their healthy and bouncing son home from Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, where he was born on 12 February this year. Mihle’s parents, Mr Phiwayinkosi Biyela and Mrs Ntombenhle Biyela, say that they regard their little boy as a “miracle baby”, as they had been warned that the foetus suffered from a life-threatening condition known as hydrops fetalis, which was characterised by a fluid build-up around the heart, lungs and other locations, and was unlikely to survive. Fortunately, Mrs Biyela sought a second opinion from gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Bongani Mazibuko who practises at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital, after it was recommended that her pregnancy be terminated. Dr Mazibuko in turn contacted foetal specialist, Dr Ismael Bhorat, KwaZulu-Natal’s only foetal specialist in private practice, for assistance and they commenced investigations into what was causing the condition. The diagnosis of the foetal anaemia was made using advanced sonographic and Doppler techniques investigating the peak flow velocity in an artery in the brain. “Hydrops fetalis can be caused by a variety of different underlying conditions, which can result in a myriad of potential complications. The prognosis for the foetus is dependent on establishing the exact cause and then treating it early and appropriately. Without this, the condition is almost invariably fatal for the foetus,” says Dr Bhorat. Dr Bhorat, who practises at Netcare uMhlanga Hospital, led the team who performed a life-saving in-utero keyhole blood transfusion procedure called an IUT (intrauterine blood transfusion), when the foetus was only 25 weeks. Grateful for their little survivor, the Biyela family decided to name the baby “Mihle Imisebenzi kaNkulunkulu”, which translates from Zulu as . . .
A new minimally-invasive embolisation procedure to treat haemorrhoidal disease — a very common medical condition that impacts the lives of many South Africans — was recently performed for the first time at Netcare hospitals in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and is now being offered as a standard treatment option at these facilities for appropriate cases. Interventional radiologists Dr Gary Sudwarts and Dr Maja Wojno successfully performed the newly introduced rectal artery embolisation procedures at Netcare Park Lane Hospital and at UCT Private Academic Hospital (UCTPAH) recently. Dr Sudwarts says that the intervention has shown most promising results internationally in the treatment of haemorrhoids, or piles as they are often known, since it was first introduced overseas in recent years. “This approach, which has a number of advantages over the surgical removal of haemorrhoids, including that it is painless and recovery times are greatly reduced, is showing itself to be an invaluable new treatment option for haemorrhoidal disease patients in South Africa,” observes Dr Sudwarts. “Pleasing outcomes have been achieved globally with the minimally invasive embolisation procedure, which involves blocking the blood vessels that are supplying the haemorrhoids with blood, causing them to shrivel and die. The procedure is safe and has achieved a meaningful reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life for patients,” notes Dr Sudwarts. Dr Sudwarts, who practises at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg and UCT Private Academic Hospital in Cape Town, is now offering the procedure as a standard treatment option to appropriate patients. He explains that haemorrhoids are blood vessels situated in the muscles of the walls of the rectum and anus. The blood vessels may become debilitating and a medical problem when they are persistently swollen, causing pain, bleeding and/or severe itching in the anus. It is estimated that half of the population will experience . . .
MedicalAid.co.za is the popular online platform which offers a unique scope to compare different medical schemes and other health related covers. The experts at MedicalAid.co.za offer expert advice and guidance on the choice of products, so that customers can make an informed decision. Thus, users are assured of complete value for money when they select products from the specific company. Users of the online platform can save their effort and time as they obtain need based benefits and quotation online. Users can select the option, which seems to be the best and then signup with the help of necessary support and guidance from the consultant. Products: MedicalAid.co.za offers users complete access to some of the top medical schemes by some of the most established brands of South Africa. These brands are best known for offering effective health cover to thousands of members. Here are some of the leading brands which offer medical schemes for the benefits of users. • Discovery Health: This is one of the largest medical scheme and administrators in South Africa. The company offers cover to more than 2.7 million beneficiaries. There are several incentives offered by the company, aimed towards improving the lives of the members. There are more than 23 options available. • Momentum Health: This is the leading brand in the health cover sector. The focus of the company is on the financial health as well as journey of the members. The company offers six options, which help in saving money while offering maximum benefits to the members. • Keyhealth Medical Scheme: This is a popular health cover and medical scheme brand in South Africa. It is administered by PPS Healthcare. The company focuses on offering ‘pure medical aid benefits’. The objective of the scheme is to help members experience true value for money with smart health cover options. • Medihelp: Medihelp is one of the top medical schemes which covers more than 2 lakh lives. The company has more than . . .
The dramatic three-hour rescue of a newborn baby from a stormwater drain in Newlands East, just outside of Durban, attracted international attention and, once again, highlighted the issue of child abandonment in South Africa. Durban-based non-profit organisation, The Peace Agency, announced the intention to establish a new Baby Home in uMlazi South of Durban, to meet the ever-growing need for registered childcare facilities. They are appealing to the public to donate funds to purchase and establish the much-needed new Baby Home. The latest case is, tragically, one of the many cases of infant abandonment reported on an almost daily basis countrywide. It’s estimated that at least 3 500 babies are abandoned in South Africa every year, with KwaZulu-Natal experiencing a disproportionately high number of incidents. Just this week, a newborn baby was rescued from a medical waste bin outside King Edward Hospital in Durban. To assist Child Welfare in accommodating these children, non-profit organisations like The Peace Agency, have established homes for these babies in dire need of safe care. These facilities provide the necessary care and support for infants, with the ultimate goal being to home these children with adoptive parents. However, many of these homes are already overburdened and the number of babies needing a caring home merely increases. “The reality is that a disproportionately low number of babies are adopted annually, yet the number of children seeking a loving home, rises steadily,” explained Justin Foxton, founder of The Peace Agency. “The opening of our uMlazi Baby Home will assist in meeting this need, by providing a caring, restorative space for babies traumatised by the most horrendous experiences. We will also continue to lobby for increased adoptions in the province in an effort to provide these children with a secure, loving forever home as quickly as possible.” According to Marietjie Strydom, chairman of National Adoption Coalition of . . .