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I have heard that it’s best to feed dogs a grain-free diet as it can affect their digestion. Is this correct? How does it affect them and what are the alternatives? M.K.
As I approach the mid-50s, I realise more and more that ageing isn’t equal. Some people are really active in their 60s and 70s while others in the same age brackets really struggle with flexibility, low muscle mass and weight issues. I am a workaholic and I know I need to exercise. The thing is that I am just too tired when I wake up in the morning and also too tired after work. So I do nothing. But this will lead me to age early with inflexibility and low muscle tone. Where do I start? What is the healthiest exercise for someone like me? Maybe I have adrenal fatigue, CFS or burnout? P.B.
TheSouth African Journal of Natural Medicine conducted an interview with Dr Binu Kuruvilla from Arjuna Natural Extracts in India, the manufacturers of BCM-95 (bio-available curcumin), to find out what makes this compound tick and which health benefits it offers.
My 15-year-old daughter is suffering from Candida. We have tried absolutely every conventional product and the problem goes away for a few weeks and then returns again. She stays off sugar and all grains and must be so uncomfortable. Please do you have any natural suggestions that may cure this problem and prevent it from ever bothering her again? E.G.
Dr DEREK JOHNSON replies for the College of Natural Health: I am going to assume that this condition (candidiasis) has been diagnosed as Candida albicans.
First I need to explain that Candida albicans occurs naturally in the gut and intestine. What your daughter is experiencing is the very uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing uncontrolled overgrowth of this fungus (known as a diploid fungus). This is an immune compromise and is always found in people whose bodies are out of balance for whatever reason. A few examples could be stress, hormonal changes, diet, and excessive exercise.
know that ageing is an inevitable part of life but as I see it, there are two ways: You can age gracefully and then just die one day, or you can age slowly, suffer from one or more of the many dreaded diseases and live a poor quality of life and die slowly! Any tips to rather ageing gracefully? J.P.
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