The book that is changing the way women see childbirth Author Sonia Killik announces the release of Birth: f*ck yeah! The anticipated book debunks the myths surrounding modern childbirth and seeks to provide the information that doctors are unwilling to. In this highly entertaining, informative and illustrated book, Sonia uses her humour and wit to uncover the truth about medicated births and the impact it has on both mother and child. Sonia is a Metaphysician, Life Coach, mother and passionate advocate for normal childbirth. She pulls no punches in this immensely readable and comprehensive book. It is both a searing indictment of the medical profession and a detailed and inspiring guide to not merely surviving, but thriving on the challenges of childbirth. Birth: f*ck yeah! Is available at Amazon global as well as via print-on-demand. “5 stars! An absolute must read for every woman and her birth partner preparing for birth. I am a firm believer in knowledge is power, and this book is so empowering! Killik covers every aspect of childbirth, looking at it from many different angles and returning to history and how the way we used to birth has changed so drastically. The author has a wonderful way of likening birth events and choices to everyday situations we are familiar with, making it almost impossible for this book not to open your mind. Her book is extremely well laid out and well written. The author speaks right to you and keeps you hanging on every word, wanting more knowledge, more information, and more empowerment. We need more honest, real, well-researched books you can relate to on birth like this one.” Dr. Dani Nelson / Pediatric Chiropractor and Mother Author: Sonia Killik from Sonia Killik Author. More Info link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018EB87OM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B018EB87OM&linkCode=as2&tag=sonkilaut-20&linkId=FKJIYDOI7P6PLNID Twitter: . . .
South Africa is fast becoming an overweight nation, which is causing an increase in type 2 diabetes, says Dr Zane Stevens, a specialist physician and endocrinologist practising at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town. “Diabetes is an absolute epidemic. It is probably one of the most important health issues the world is facing at the moment, and it is driven by the parallel pandemic of obesity.” November is Diabetes Awareness Month but for thousands of South Africans the disease remains undiagnosed for years. In the process their elevated blood sugar levels gradually damage their eyesight, kidneys, nerves and circulation, thereby putting them at risk of stroke and heart attack, according to Dr Stevens. One of the reasons this medical condition goes undetected is a lack of routine screenings. If the disease is diagnosed early and managed properly, the chances of the sufferer developing complications later in life are much slimmer. “It is really important that once diagnosed, the patient is actively managed, in combination with the necessary treatment and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of complications developing over time.” Symptoms of both types 1 and 2 diabetes include fatigue, persistent thirst, slow-healing wounds, weight loss, blurred vision, a frequent need to urinate, and thrush or genital itching. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The body destroys its own insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body’s cells to absorb glucose, which provides the energy we need to function. In type 2, the ability of the body to produce insulin diminishes over time. Dr Stevens says in South Africa the prevalence varies between population groups. The Indian population, for example, has a strong genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes, and up to 10% of individuals in this population group is affected by it, while the average is between 5 and 6% percent for the population in . . .
With the world celebrating International Children’s Day on 20 November, the vision of creating a specialist healthcare facility, that will complement the current healthcare system in Southern Africa, is rapidly becoming a reality and a landmark for all to be proud of. Construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, began on April 22 2014. The state-of-the-art hospital will have a specialised paediatric facility that will provide the children of Southern Africa with quality medical services irrespective of their economic status. The hospital is the first of its kind to be built solely on the generosity of the world’s citizens: ordinary South Africans, global philanthropists, corporate institutions and even children themselves, as part of the For Kids by Kids initiative, have given donations. Making this hospital is a unique partnership between public sector, the private sector and civil society. The hard work of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) and compassion of the all the donors, both locally and abroad, have thus far raised R700 million. All efforts are focused on raising the balance required in time for the hospital’s opening at the end of 2016. “Since its inception, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust has gotten support from donors, partners and various stakeholders who took it upon themselves to make sure that this, a living statue for Madiba, is built. And as we look towards its completion, we ask everyone to come together and help us finish this building.” says NMCHT CEO, Sibongile Mkhabela. Project Overview: Fundraising • To date R700 million has been raised towards the R1 billion target. • R1 billion target includes building, equipment, training, interior design, way finding as well as other capital costs. • Major donors include Islamic Relief, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DG Murray Trust, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Macsteel. • The hospital is the first of . . .
Last week, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced that they were going to classify processed red meat as carcinogenic to humans “based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.” Globally, public and media reaction was immense and overall there is a sense that humans need to rethink their meat consumption. Whether a flexitarian or passionate meat eater – moderation and conscious consumer buying behaviour can now be seen as active health benefits in the fight against cancer. Says Tammy Fry, International Marketing Director of Fry’s Foods. “As a family we have been vegetarian for over two-decades. My parents started Fry’s Family Foods in their kitchen in 1991 in an attempt to find healthy, delicious meat-free alternatives. They knew then that a meat-heavy diet was not good for your body or for the environment. Science is now agreeing with them.” Fry’s Family Foods’ product range is entirely vegan and is made from grains and legumes. As complete proteins, they contain all 8 essential amino acids. They are also NON GMO and have zero cholesterol. The fact that they are tasty and appeal to non-vegetarian palettes is an additional bonus. “I believe that WHO’s report had a massive impact on everyday consumers around the world because it dealt specifically with processed red meat,” says Fry. “People lead increasingly busy lives and convenience food has become the norm. But convenience doesn’t have to mean unhealthy eating. Fry’s products and recipes are specifically designed for ease-of-use and versatility. Our food is easy to prepare and delicious. For example our quick meal section on our website has loads of recipes, like this Delicious Deconstruction, which is an epic burger designed to satisfy the most-meaty of hungers,” she adds. The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) also emphasis the role that diet and . . .
With a scorching summer predicted, stay cool with Resolution Health Beat the heat to stay safe as temperatures soar With South Africa’s summer in full swing, temperatures soaring, and some experts predicting a particularly hot and dry summer, Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health) cautions the public to take measures to protect their health, and that of the elderly and young children. “We are fortunate in South Africa to enjoy a wonderfully warm climate, however this comes with certain dangers that we must learn to mitigate through behavioural change during hot spells, particularly in humid regions such as parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga,” says Resolution Health principal officer Mark Arnold. Dr Jacques Snyman, acting chief executive officer for Agility Global Health Solutions Africa (Agility Africa), the administrator of Resolution Health, warns that the elderly and young children are particularly susceptible to heat-related health conditions. “The elderly tend to dehydrate more quickly than other healthy adults, while babies and young children’s bodies’ internal thermoregulatory systems are not yet fully developed. People suffering from chronic lung and heart conditions and those taking certain medicines, which may impair heat regulation, are also particularly heat sensitive. This puts these age groups and individuals at great risk in the heat,” Dr Snyman explains. “Hyperthermia is a condition in which the body temperature becomes dangerously high and the body cannot dissipate heat in a hot or humid environment, especially while doing physical activities. We more commonly hear about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which are both forms of hyperthermia.” Heat exhaustion is a less severe form of hyperthermia, which can lead to heat stroke if not adequately treated. The health risks associated with high temperatures should not be underestimated as heat stroke, which happens when the body’s core temperature increases . . .
Health24 recently conducted a comprehensive survey into the health of every-day South Africans. The survey was sponsored by FedHealth Medical Aid and conducted exclusively online. The survey was completed by over 10 000 South Africans with a female response rate of 63% and 37% male. Overall – South Africans believe they are in good health. They also believe that they have a definite understanding of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. The more detailed results, however, tend to paint another picture. One in four of the respondents smoke. Happily, of those, three in four want to stop. This is higher than the global average of 21%, and in addition, 22% of the female entrants smoke, compared to the global average of just 7%. One in three of those surveyed don’t drink while 10% of the respondents are concerned about their drinking. 91% want to get in better shape for summer and while overall they don’t think they eat too much sugar, salt or fat, just over half think they eat too many carbs. One in five have tried Banting, but 60% have not tried any diets. While generally South Africans seem to feel they are healthy, there is very little to show for proactive health care. Only 19% of the women surveyed had recently had a mammogram. Overall, entrants were not up to date with the recommended screening tests, with the exception of blood glucose. 40% rarely, if ever, take medication, but one in four are on prescribed chronic medication – which equates to 25% of the respondents who are likely dealing with the lifelong management of a disease. 83% have a GP they see regularly, but only 56% of women have a gynaecologist. Stress and well-being came up as factors affecting ordinary South Africans. Only 54% say they sleep well. 34% find themselves waking up during the night. The average stress level is 5.8 out of 10, the average mood is 6.7 out of 10. Men rate themselves as about 10% healthier, happier and less stressed than women. . . .
Making the most of dialysis time at National Renal Care’s new Hillcrest premises Unit capacity increases threefold to meet demand for services Thursday, 29 October 2015, Given the fast pace of life these days, it is difficult to imagine how end-stage renal disease patients manage to find 12 hours every week for the life-saving dialysis treatment they need. Freelance journalist and National Renal Care (NRC) Hillcrest patient Ayanda Nkosi, 32, says that dialysis has become a part of life, which she has had to learn to embrace. “I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure last year July and it has been one of the most difficult experiences in my life, but also one of the most enlightening,” she explains. Ayanda has three dialysis sessions, each lasting four hours, per week at the NRC unit within the Hillcrest Private Hospital. NRC first established a unit at the hospital in 2013, but recently tripled its capacity when it moved to a larger suite in the hospital. “That’s twelve hours of my week spent undergoing dialysis. To some people, this might seem unimaginable and I am often asked what I do to pass the time during my therapy.” While many patients read a book or take a nap during haemodialysis, the majority make the most of the time by socialising with their fellow patients. “As we dialyse in groups, there is always a chance to meet and socialise with other people. The setup of our beds allows for interaction between patients so that no one feels isolated.” Up to 40 patients can be treated at the new unit, which offers haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and the Healthy Start programme, as well as dialysis for isolation patients requiring infection control measures. Haemodialysis is a life-saving procedure for people with kidney function impairment, involving a dialysis machine filtering the blood by providing an artificial purifying mechanism when their kidneys can no longer eliminate dangerous toxins from their bodies. Peritoneal dialysis is . . .
Willowbridge Shopping Centre together with Goji Spa and The Barnyard Theatre hosted a breakfast on Monday 26 October 2015, to raise awareness around breast cancer. Prof Justus Apffelstaedt, Head of the Breast Clinic at Tygerberg Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Stellenbosch will be giving a talk on “What you always wanted to know about Breast Cancer and were too afraid to ask”. The talk was open to the public and around 40 women were in attendance. All of the funds raised at the event were donated to the Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic Transport Fund. “About 50 women per month are diagnosed with breast cancer at the Clinic and 70% of them have a very low income - if they have one at all. Although treatment costs are covered by Government, their transport costs to and from the hospital for regular radiotherapy sessions often become a barrier to entry.” Says Apffelstaedt. “We are always grateful for any donations made to the Transport Fund and every bit goes a long way.” Professor Apffelstaedt debunked common myths and misconceptions that women have around breast cancer; the audience was engaged and asked many questions which were answered frankly. It became a safe space for the women to ask the questions they were always too shy or scared to ask. “As part of our on-going commitment to help less fortunate women diagnosed with breast cancer, all proceeds of the breakfast will go towards making a difference to women at Tygerberg Hospital’s Breast Clinic, and we are happy to donate the R2100 raised at the event”, says Karen Fox of Goji Spa. “Our hope was that this talk would make a difference for those already suffering from the disease, as well as for the ladies who still have a chance to prevent it.” “Out of the 40 or so ladies in attendance today, 5 of you already have breast cancer or will develop breast cancer. That is how prevalent this chronic disease is, so we need to ensure that all women are empowered with every . . .
Ever wondered what separates the best from the rest? If you want to excel in anything, discipline and determination need to be at the top of your list. It's been said that if you make your passion your career, you will never feel like you are working. So if you are passionate about health and fitness, and want to become a top personal trainer, you will be driven always to progress and improve. So what does it take to get to the top of the personal training field? 1. Be organised, professional and follow the necessary procedures, health screenings and tests. 2. Do not cut corners to try and get clients faster results. Be ethical: put your clients' health and well-being first. 3. Find new ways to keep workouts interesting and your clients motivated. This will not only benefit them but will also help you keep them in the long term. 4. Be firm during sessions. Your client pays you for results, not counselling sessions or to catch up on the latest gossip. Save the chit-chats about the dog, the kids or last night's TV schedule for afterwards. 5. Give every client your undivided attention. Put your phone away and pay attention! Your client is paying you for your time after all. 6. Be the embodiment of health and fitness. You might know your textbook back to front, but unless you look the part prospective clients will not have faith that you can help them. 7. Stay knowledgeable. By reading every day, you can keep up to date with fitness trends and the latest research findings. Continue to complete short courses and broaden your knowledge in your field of expertise. 8. Learn how to read people and actively listen to your clients. A large part of the job comes down to people skills - master this and you will be sure to build good, lasting relationships with your clients. 9. Market yourself. Social media is an excellent, free tool you should use. Create your own website and keep testimonials as well as before-and-after photos. This goes a long way to instil . . .
Kriel Technology Group (Pty) Ltd introduces the Checkme Pro Health Monitor to Southern Africa. An ECG machine the size of a business card? Crazy! Nope, innovation is here to amaze all of us. Innovative, advanced and versatile electronic monitoring device, the Checkme Pro is a ‘must have’ for today’s health conscious people aiming to live healthy lifestyles. On the classic Star Trek TV series, the Enterprise crew carried “tricorders” that were multipurpose scanner and analysis devices. Dr. McCoy had a special version that could diagnose injuries and disease. Now a Chinese company has released a multi-function health monitor that comes close to rivaling the Star Trek’s gear. The Checkme from Kriel Technology Group is a Swiss Army knife of home diagnostic tools; it may not be a wearable device but it is small enough to carry in a pocket. The Checkme Pro fuses functionalities of several monitoring devices into one compact hand held monitor, representing an ‘all in one’ revolutionary approach to health awareness. Call it the “Pocket Doctor” if you wish. A daily check of the measurements below takes approximately 20 seconds. The device is controlled via its touchscreen that displays all the charts and numbers. The user can record a voice memo to save along with the readings as a reminder of what was happening around the time of the test. The device has Bluetooth connectivity and comes with an iOS and Android app that can be used to pass on the readings to one’s doctor or family members. Checkme Pro performs several monitoring functions: ECG monitor – with or without leads Pulse oximeter Thermometer Systolic Blood Pressure Monitor Daily check – all measurements done at once Sleep monitor Pedometer (step counter) Calendar and clock Reminder The Checkme Pro Health Monitor is perfect for use by families at home. It is also suitable for use in professional settings, such as clinics and care institutions. Portable, multifunctional and easy to . . .