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Saturday, October 8


Reaveled: Cancer Is Not A Disease But Business!

Reaveled: Cancer Is Not A Disease But Business!

The word called cancer is a lie…
You might not believe this but cancer is not a disease; it is a business.

Cancer has become widespread; it has affected the old, young, baby and everyone.

Sharing this wonderful post will expose many of the hidden hands of the world’s manipulators and annoy them.

Do you know that the book “World Without Cancer” has up till now been prevented from being translated into many world languages?

Know this: there is no disease called cancer. Cancer consists of only a deficiency of vitamin B17. It is nothing else.

Avoid chemotherapy, surgery and or taking medicines with strong side effects.
You would recall that in the past, quite a large number of seamen lost their life to a named disease (scurvy); a disease that took the life of numerous people as well. And a number of people got an enormous income from it. Afterwards, it was discovered that scurvy was just a deficiency of vitamin C. That means it wasn’t a disease (illness).
Cancer is also just like that! The colonizing world and the enemies of humanity established the cancer industry and made it into a business. from which they earn billions in income.

The cancer industry flourished after world war II. To fight cancer, all these delays, details and enormous expenditures are not needed. They only go to line the pockets of colonizers, especially since the cure for the condition was found long ago.

The prevention and cure of cancer will be obtained simply through the following strategies:

Those who have cancer should first try to know what cancer is. Do not panic! You should investigate the condition.

Nowadays does anyone die of an illness called scurvy? No. Because it gets cured.
Since cancer is only a deficiency of vitamin B17, eating 15 to 20 pieces of apricot stone/nucleus (fruit stone) everyday is enough.
Eat wheat bud (wheat sprouts). Wheat bud is a miraculous anti-cancer medicine. It is a rich source of liquid oxygen and the strongest anti-cancer matter named laetrile. This matter is present in the fruit stone of apple and is the extracted form of vitamin B17 (Amygdalin).

The American medicinal industry has started implementing the law forbidding laetrile production. This medicine is being manufactured in Mexico and gets smuggled into USA.

Dr. Harold W. Manner, in a book named “Death of Cancer” has stated that the success of cancer treatment with laetrile is as high as above 90%.

Sources of Amygdalin (Vitamin B17)
The foods containing vitamin B17 include the following:

-The fruit stone or grain(seed) of fruits. This contains the highest amount of vitamin B17 in nature. This includes fruit stone of apple, apricot, peach, pear, and prune (dried plum).

-Common beans, corns(grains), which include bean, lentil sprout (lentil bud) Lima (Lima beans) and pea.

-Kernels: Bitter Almond (Richest source of vitamin B-17 in nature) and Indian almond.
-Mulberries: almost all mulberries such as black mulberry, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry.

-Seeds (Grains): sesame and linseed (seed of linen/flax seed).

-Groats of oats, barley, brown rice, groats of block wheat, linseed, millet and rye.
This vitamin is found in grains and fruit stones of apricot, brewer’s yeast, rough rice (paddy) and sweetmeat pumpkin.
List of Anti-Cancer Foods
•Apricots (kernels/seeds)
•seeds from other fruits like apples, cherries, peaches, prunes, plums, pears
•Lima beans
•Fava beans
•Macadamia nuts
•Bean sprouts
All are the highest sources of absorbable vitamin B17.
Ingesting dishwashing liquids (used in the kitchen) and hand washing liquid (used in the restroom) bis the main cancer causing factor so your eating of them should be restricted.

You will surely say that we do not eat them!
However, you daily wash your hands with hand washing liquid and wash your plates with dishwashing liquid.
The liquid is absorbed and will not leave the plate with washing. When cooking or eating food, the soap in the plate or dish gets attached to the hot food and so we end up eating the dishwashing liquid with our food. Even if you rinse the plate hundreds of times, that will be of no use.
But the solution is to pour half of the dishwashing liquid and hand washing liquid and top it up with vinegar.

It is as simple as that.
Do not eat blood cancer causing agents and also save your family from this danger.
Similarly, seriously desist from washing vegetables with even a few drops of dishwashing liquid because irrespective of how much you would rinse them, the chemicals would have already entered the tissues of the vegetable and will not get rinsed away.

Instead, soak fruits and vegetables with salt and then rinse with water. And to keep them fresh, add vinegar.

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Saturday, October 1


Living with Diabetes

Living with Diabetes.

So most people think it's easy living with Diabetes and it's really not. I have an aunt who's been living with this chronic disease for over 20 years now. I've lived with her and I've seen how difficult life really is for her. Diabetes is a chronic disease meaning it can't be healed but it can be managed. Most people plan their own funerals once they are diagnosed with the illness. It's not as bad as it seems, Diabetes is a disease that limits you from sugary things,I think it's been said that those with diabetes have an abnormally high level of sugar. They have more sugar than needed in their systems.

I asked my aunt if she ate a lot of sweets as a child because I needed to prevent getting it in future. And her answer left me astonished,she doesn't have a sweet tooth and she never did. She wasn't a sugary things person. I was curious and asked how come she got it then,she told me it's not contagious but it's most certainly hereditary. She inherited it from her great grandmother and it's possible that her great grand kids might inherit it from her since all her kids are tested negative from it.
It scared me a little when she added that even I could get it or my kids could get it since we are all blood relatives.

How she manages Diabetes.
She's a type 1 diabetic and she relies on injections on a daily basis to sustain it. She uses an injection called Apidra to reduce her sugar level and it also provide glucose to her as a person with diabetes have little glucose in their system,if she eats too much then she has to inject herself with Apidra to keep her sugar levels balanced.  Apidra and Actraphane do the same jobs. Then there's Lintel which she's not certain what it does to her body but she was told it's a necessity and she inject her self once a day as soon as she wakes up. She relies on this two to keep her sugar levels balanced.

Diabetes is not a death penalty it can be managed. Don't be afraid.
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Thursday, September 29


How to ease period pains.

How to ease period pains.

Every woman's worst nightmare is that time of the month and it's worse when we experience period pains. Lucky are those who never experience the trauma. I experience period pains a day before my periods. I become weak, numb and all I want to do is roll on the floor naked because the pain drives me insane. I vomit, get rash on my entire body and lose appetite all day. I become grumpy and quick to anger there for I don't want anyone in my room for that day. What I do to ease the pain is pour water in hot water bottle and press it hard on my belly. It helps, I also boil hot water and ginger roots together and drink it,it helps a lot.

I always make sure I have pain killers in my house. When the pain gets unbearable . I  take an overdose of the pills. The Doctor said I should take just two but I take four tablets so it helps me sleep.  My sister used to get the same kind of pain but she would get hers on the first two days of her periods,she used to sweat a lot,vomit and complain about a headache. But she had a baby three years ago,gave birth through C - section and she has never again experienced the period pains. I gave birth the natural way two years after her and I still get the pains.

How to ease period pains.
-Hot water bath

-Rooibos tea with lots of sugar and no milk.
-Boiled water with ginger roots.
-Hot water bottle (press it on your belly ).
-Rub vinegar on the painful area.

-Eat even when there's no appetite and take two pain tablets after every meal.
-Lie on your tummy on a cold surface
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How to lose belly fat.

How to lose belly fat.

A lot of people of people struggle to lose the tummy fat /pouche. When losing weight the tummy fat is usually the hardest to lose and the very last fat to go. You could lose a lot of body fat in about two months and take almost a year to flatten your tummy. Here are tips to help you get a flat tummy fast.

2lires of water
1/2 cucumber
6 mint leaves.

Cut the cucumber and lemons and throw them in the water together with the mint leaves. Leave it in the fridge over night and drink it the next day.  Replace all your liquid intake with this detox water for faster and effective results. Also try one cup of warm water and a slice of lemon every morning before eating anything.
Tummy exercises

What better way to get the flattest and toned abs than doing a  few crunches? No better way at all. Give your self a 10minute ab exercise at least three times a week.
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Monday, August 22


Boiled Mango Leaves Cures Diabetes

Boil Mango Leaves And Say Goodbye To Diabetes Without Taking Any Medications

Mango leaves are very beneficial for our overall health, because they are rich in vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and many other minerals.
Diabetes is a common condition that affects many people all around the world. It happens when your pancreas stop producing insulin or when your body is not able to properly use the insulin which is present in the body. It is as common as it is deadly.
• Urinating more often than usual, especially at night
• Feeling very thirsty
• Unexplained loss of weight
• Itching around the penis or vagina
• Cuts or wounds that heal very slowly
• Blurred vision
• Feeling very tired
When ignored or left untreated, Diabetes can lead to a series of other serious illnesses such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, erectile dysfunction (in men). With processed food and fast food readily available, the number of diabetic people increase by the day. So, what can we do to cure diabetes if we don't have money for medication? Simple: a few mango leaves, and a pot of water.
Here is how:
First take 10 to 15 tender mango leaves, then boil them in one glass of water and leave them to stay overnight. In the morning filter the water and drink it on an empty stomach. For best results you should use this method for two or three months with patience.

You can also dry the leaves in a dark place and ground them. Use half a teaspoon of this powdered mango leaves two times a day.
Mango leaves tea can is beneficial to our overall health. They can treat many health conditions such as: fever, diarrhea, insomnia, varicose veins, asthma, bronchitis and colds. Also these leaves can lower your blood pressure and strengthen your blood vessels.
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Thursday, January 28


Zika virus - has spread over to 20 countries

Zika Virus Is Spreading  Explosively like a nuclear bomb.

Zika virus had been discovered in 1947 but it had never had much impact on the population like today.The world health organisation(WHO) predict that over 500.000 to 1.5 million people have been infected to this threat (zika).

THe threat had been prove to be spreading via mosquito bite however most people wont develop the syptoms of this threat. It causes babies to be born with extremely small heads.
The republic of United state announced that they hoping to begin human vaccine trials before 2016 could end.

The threat has attacked a lots of Brazil population(the worst affected country) and the head of international Olympics siad "steps are been taken to protect the Games in Rio de Janeiro",so that players and visitors are safe From acquiring thease disease.

I  bilieve the world is going to an end, the virus that are discovered this days cannot be cured like hiv and aids.Last year was ebola trending as a dangerous disease and now is zika.

People should make sure they dont have moquitos at their houses by cleaning the yard and the house regularly and either buy anti - mosquitos to eliminate the transfer of this disease/virus.

stay safe mzansi readers.

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Thursday, January 21


Don't let germs threaten your health

Wage war against germs

germs vs health

part 1

Many people are aware of th tiny, disease-causing germs around them and now they need to know more about what to do with these 'enemies'. You should be equipped for battle and more aware of your 'defense' against diseases.

Your skin is your first line to defense against disease. It forms a covering around your body and prevents germs from getting inside. However, if you fall off your bicycle or trip over something and fall and injure your skin, germs may enter your body through the break in the skin. Washing and covering the broken skin with a plaster or clean bandage can help keep the germs out of your body.

Your eyebrows, eyelashes and eyelids help to protect your eyes from germs. When you are outside on a windy day, blinking your eyes will help to keep the dust from entering your eyes. Your tears also contain a substance that protects your body against the germs.

Suppose you inhale dust, then the tiny hairs in your nose trap the dust and keep the germs from entering your body. Sneezing will help get rid of the germs. If germs enter your body through your mouth, the saliva in your mouth and the acid inside your stomach help to destroy the germs.

Sometimes germs enter your blood or your body cells. Then your white blood cells help to protect your body against these germs. They surround the germs and destroy them before they can cause any harm.

Knowing this, you don't have to be afraid because most of the time you will keep well even when germs do enter the antibodies in your body. When, for instance, a germ enters your body, antibodies will be produced to kill that germ. You will then get well.

Another way to develop immunity is by receiving a vaccine. A vaccine causes th body to form antibodies against a particular disease. A vaccine can be given by a doctor or nurse by injection or by mouth.

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Diabetes - life time threatening diseases

A health threat

diatetes disease 

part 1

Many people in South Africa suffer from diabetes. It is a disease in which the body makes too little or no insulin, the substance that changes sugar in the body into energy.
When the body cannot use sugar, diabetes develops.

People with diabetes have insulin injections or take medicine in order to maintain the proper levels of insulin in their bodies. Eating smaller meals, as often
as six times each day, helps to keep the disease under control.

There are different types of diabetes, some are found in adults and some are also found in children. Children with diabetes can take part in normal activities, but must follow a careful exercise and diet plan.

People with diabetes must make a lifelong commitment to
control the disease. Once the symptoms are detected, the should
visit the nearest clinic or doctor.

Healthy behavior can contribute significantly to preventing
the harmful effects of this disease. If people take their medication,
and adopt a healthy diet, they can live a normal life.

The symptoms that diabetic people portray include, blurred vision, fatigue, abnormal thirst, weight loss despite enormous appetite, tingling and numbness in hands and feet, slow healing of cuts, frequent urination, weakness and drowsiness.

It is advisable that people with diabetes take part in sport and exercises that will help to keep their bodies fit and strong so as to slow down the damage diabetes causes in a person.

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Sexually transmitted diseases

Diseases are not romantic to your health

sex disease

part 1

Sexually transmitted infections are also communicable- but they can very often be prevented. As indicated by their name, these diseases are transmitted mainly through sexual intercourse.

 These diseases include gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, pubic lice and scabies. The symptoms usually include itching sores in or around the genitals, discharge from the vagina or penis and burning sensation during urination.

 It is important to realize that sexually transmitted diseases are different from other diseases because the body does not build up immunity to any sexually transmitted disease.

 There is also no vaccination available to prevent these diseases.
 Since sexually transmitted diseases are spread by sexual contact with an infected person, the only sure way not to contract such a disease is through abstinence from sex. More and more young people are recognizing this choice as the only choice that is 100% effective.

A few sexually transmitted diseases are also transmitted through contact with the blood of an infected person. People who use illegal drugs run a high risk of contracting these diseases when they share needles that have been contaminated with the blood of an infected person.

Drugs such as alcohol also play an indirect role in spreading sexually transmitted diseases. People who drink too much alcohol may not think clearly and may make choices that they later regret. For instance, they may engage in sexual behavior that places them at risk for infection with sexually transmitted diseases.

Every person should behave in a way that prevents the spread the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and also not put themselves in line to contract such health threatening diseases.

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Healthy and harmful stress

Keeping a cool head


part 1

Stress is a necessary part of living. Without stressors and the demands they make, you might not face many of the challenges that lead you to complete tasks. Harmful stress i necessary. Stress can help you get things done. Healthy stress is stress that improves your mental, social and physical health.

Although stress is part of your life, it does not have to control your life. You can control the effect stressors have on you. Managing stress helps to keep a balance in one's life and prevents stressors from taking control and making you ill. In a sense, everything you do to maintain your health is a way of managing stress.

Eating well, exercising regularly and expressing your feelings are all ways in which a healthy person manages stress. Engaging in physical activities like cleaning your room, taking a walk, or just taking a break are ways of releasing tension when you are under stress. By doing something physically active you provide your body with a healthy outlet for built-up energy.

At the same time, you are able to take your mind off your problems and give yourself a chance to relax. If you are not able to do physical activities, creative activities like art, music, writing, drawing and painting will also help to reduce tension. Expressing your creativity in these ways provides an outlet for excess tension.

Humour can also be an effective way to deal with some stressful situations. When you laugh, you release built-up stress. This does not mean that you do not care about what happened, but simply that you have chosen healthy way to deal with the stress of that particular situation.

If used in moderation, humour allows you to deal quickly with a stressor and keep it in proper perspective. If, however, a person uses laughter to cover up his or her true feelings or if a person laughs inappropriately at a serious situation, humour may be an unhealthy way of coping with stress.

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Managing depression and leading a healthy life

Live beyond the bitterness


part 1

Every person experiences ups and downs. Normarlly, the 'downs' do not last too long and something usually happens to cheer us up. However, people often respond with strong feelings to traumatic experiences or crises. They might say and do things that they have never said before or never done before.

Depression is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. It is not a sign of weakness or mental instability. Like a fever or a stomach ache, it is a symptom of a deeper problem, a sign that something is not right and needs attention. Your strongest weapon against depression is the development of a realistic, lasting feeling of self-esteem.

If someone you love dies, you will probably experience a period of deep sorrow known ad grief. During this time you may experience various emotions. You could feel numb and deny the death. Then you may feel angry towards the person who has died because you may feel th person has abondoned you.

You may also feel guilty about your angry feelings, because you know that the person could not help dying. Finally, you may feel depressed. All these feelings are normal reactions to the death of someone you loved. It may also happen that you expect too much of yourself. You may never be satisfied with yourself.

The media present teenagers as beautiful, handsome, slender, bright and successful. Often these icons may leave you feeling that you do not measure up to others. Realistically, very few people measure up to these idealised portrayals of teenagers.

Sometimes on may feel as though their life is spinning out of control. While they cannot stop the spinning sensation, they can slow it down and take control of it.

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Eating disorders

Anorexia nervorsa and Bulimia nervosa


part 1

This eating disorder occurs mostly among adolescent girls between 12 and 18 years old, but can also occur among boys and older people. Adolescent girls become conscious of their bodies and start believing that they are too fat, even though they may be within the healthy mass for their height.

They start eating very little food. They lose weight very quickly and the success encourages them to lose more weight by eating even less. Their diet becomes the main focus in their lives. To lose more weight, they also increase the amount of exercise they do and usually exercise alone.

They become so concerned with what they eat, that they start collecting recipes or even start cooking meals for their family. They often focus so much on food that they constantly read about good and nutrition to gain as much knowledge as possible.
They have symptoms such as tiredness, hyperactivity, dizziness, etc.

On the other hand, people suffering from Bulimia nervosa usually have emotional problems. They eat large amounts of food, but immediately after eating they get rid of the food by vomiting. The also take laxatives to get rid of the food. Some sufferers will chew the food and spit it out before swallowing.

People suffering from bulimia nervosa eat vast amounts of food. They do not want to eat so much, but cannot help themselves. They are unable to control their food intake. This eating disorder is damaging to health.

This has been proven to affect a person's health tremendously, and research has proven that eating disorders can endanger one's health.

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Environmental health and diseases

Common diseases


part 1

Cold- normally known a light infection of the upper respiratory passages. It is most contagious where there are many people together; in classrooms, community halls, or in overcrowded homes. Symptoms include a blocked and runny nose, teary eyes, sneezing, coughing a sore throat, hoarseness and listleness.

Another common disease is flu; short for influenza. It is a severe viral infection of the respiratory system and is also very contagious. Symptoms include blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, nausea, weakness, and depression. In the critical stage one should stay in bed.

Tubercolosis is also widespread in South Africa. It spreads more rapidly where many people live together in a confined space. Symptoms include fever with chills, night sweat, weight loss, and the coughing of blood.

Doctors say that TB also spreads more easily when people do not get enough of the right kinds of food to eat. People are infected with TB from contact with other infected people. Cows can also contract TB. If a person drinks infected milk they can also get TB from the milk.

Another health threatening disease is cholera, which is caused by a bacterium. It infects people's intestines, causing diarrhoea, vomitting and leg cramps. Cholera is contracted when someone eats food, or drinks water that has been contaminated with the bacteria. Cholera could be mild or even without symptoms, but a severe case can lead to death unless there is immediate treatment.

The diarrhoea and vomitting brought on by the infection quickly leaves the body without enough fluid. The dehydration and shock can kill a person within hours. It can be treated effectively and very simply. If an infected person is given fluids immediately after the first symptoms show, the disease can be completely cured.

Simple water won't do, however. A mixture of sugar and certain salts that the body needs mus be mixed with clean water and taken in large amounts. If this cure is used as soon as possible, fewer than 1% of cholera patients will die.

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Health and fitness

The food you eat can affect your health

fitness in health

part 1

Heart diseases are common among people in countries with a Western lifestyle than among people who have other kinds of eating habits.

Scientists believe that the types of food the different nationalities eat can determine the kinds of diseases people get.
Heart disease, and cancer can be linked to diets high in fat and low in fibre.

Sometimes being overweight, or obese, runs in certain families. Some people's bodies use energy they get from food more slowly, in order to retain ad much fat as possible. If a parent suffers from this kind of obesity, the child has 40% chance of being overweight. If both parents suffer from this kind of obesity, the child has 80% chance of also being overweight.

Research has also proven, however, that controlling what you eat and how much you eat is important. One has to control their appetite from an early age, because obesity can b dangetous to one's health. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension), which in turn can lead to heat attacks, and strokes.

Obesity places a burden on the heart because it has to work so much harder. Some doctors believe diseases of the heart and blood vessels would drop by approximately 25% if obesity in Western countries wad eliminated.

Further research has also proven that a person with an active lifestyle loses weight more easily than a person who is not active. It is helpful to excersise when you want to lose weight.

Even a fast walk for half an hour each day is enough excersise to get rid of fat. Fat people, however, seldom take part in excersise, sport, because they find it difficult.

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Monday, January 18


Marriage and partnerships

Women fall prey to HIV riks in marriages

becoming one

part 1

Psychologist Erik Erickson described the central psycho-social challenge of early adulthood as the resolution of a tension between the drive towards intimacy, on the one hand, and isolation, on the other. This tension is referred to as intimacy versus isolation.

As part of their quest for intimacy, many young adults may marry in their mid-twenties, although this varies considerably across settings. For example, in many Western societies, there is a growing tendency for young adults to opt for cohabitation rather than marriage, and for marriages to take place later in life.

In other societies, in India, for instance; marriages involving teenagers are not common. For many young people, marriages enhances their relationships with their partners and also enhances their sense of identity and fulfillment. Indeed, studies have shown that married people appear to be more contented and satisfied with life than single people.
The most contented are married women in their early twenties who do not have children.
Nonetheless, for many young adults marriage could also result in relationship conflicts, disillusionment with partners, constraining attachments, and even violence. Indeed, in South Africa, women face extraordinarily high levels of violence and sexual assaults from their partners.

It has been reported that as many as one in every three women is abused by her partner.
Additionally, these women frequently face an indifferent judicial and police system routinely denies them assistance and redress. Obviously, family violence will influence a young adult's development and expression of intimacy, as well as his/her general psycho-social development.

Currently, violence is not only potential threat to the expression and development of intimacy. Given the interconnections of intimacy in adult sexuality, the high levels of HIV/AIDS infection in this country, particularly among-st young people, may also have a profound impact on the expression and development of intimate partnerships during early adulthood.

However, in-order for any definitive statements to be made regarding the relationship between the current high levels of HIV/AIDS infections and patterns of intimacy during early adulthood, there is a need for more focused research that specifically examines this relationship.
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Health fact

A certain amount of personal distress is healthy

true health

part 1

Suffering often accompanies psychological disorders. In cases where anxiety and depression are the prominent symptoms.

People often struggle with unbearable negative thoughts about themselves and their world. In these cases it is fitting that personal distress is associated with what constitutes a mental disorder.

But once again there are exceptions. Individuals who suffer from antisocial personality disorder (APD) often do not feel appropriate forms of distress .

 Individuals with APD are likely to find pleasure in inflicting pain on others and they are often violent and abusive in their relationships with others.

In addition to this, if personal distress criterion of abnormality, this also implies that all personal distress is inappropriate and unhealthy; but is not the case.
Distress is often a normal response to difficult or dangerous situations. For example, we would expect an individual to endure an immense amount of personal distress if they were to lose a loved one.

This, however, is clearly a healthy response to the situation where distress is an important part of bereavement and the mourning process

. As has been shown in using the criterion of statistical deviance, maladaptiveness and personal distress, there is no clear cut answer the problem of what is normal and what is not.

This is an ongoing problem in the field of psychology, and is reflected in how boundaries of what constitutes normality have shifted throughout history.

 Homosexuality, for instance, up until relatively, recently, used to be a diagnosable mental disorder because there was no longer been regarded a mental disorder.

This is because there is no clear link to be found be between mental disorders, abnormality and homosexuality. Broader political socio-cultural forces have been shown to have an important impact on how we view mental or psychological disorders.
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When to know there is a loose screw

Schizophrenia shares a number of symptoms with some indigenous forms of so-called illness in South Africa, such as ukuthwasa (ancestral calling) and amafufunyana (spirit possession).

This has led to a lot of debate around whether to understand the present symptoms from within the context of the indigenous healing system- where traditional healers such as inyangas and sangomas would be used or from the perspective of the biomedical model, where the individual showing the symptoms would be diagnosed with schizophrenia.

It appears that the answer lies in being able to make use of the strengths of both models.
Schizophrenia is a condition characterised by disorganised and fragmented emotions, behaviours and cognitions. One of the most common misperceptions about schizophrenia is that it refers to people with a split personality.
So-called split personality is a disorder usually called dissociative identity disorder and refers to a condition in which an individual develops two or more seperate identities or ego states. Each identity exists seperately and had its own set of emotional and behavioral characteristics.

However, this phenomenon does not occur in schizophrenia. Schizophrenics suffer from a mental disorder that is more correctly characterised by the splitting of emotions and thoughts. The schizophrenic condition is characterized by gross distortions of reality testing, leaving such individuals feeling disoriented and fragmented, a condition most commonly called psychosis .

Schizophrenic symptoms can be divided into two categories: positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms refer to the presence of behaviours and feelings normally not present while negative symptoms refer to the absence of behaviours and feelings normally present in a normal individual.

The most common symptoms associated with schizophrenia are delusions and also hallucinations, which are defined by false sensory stimulus for example, one claiming to have seen aliens or that the radio is giving him a command.
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Cerebral malaria and Bilharzia

paraites are dangerous

part 1

Even if not fatal, cerebral malaria may cause severe and sometimes permanent structural damage to the brain and nervous system. Furthermore, both malaria and bilharzia considerably weaken and fatigue the body, which affects an individuals mental health. The effect on children and feotuses is particularly devastating.

Psychologically, there can be little doubt that parasites affect the cognitive development and the socialisation of children. Being rundown and/ or bedridden leads to absence from school and being unable to take part in social interactions and events.
Developmentally, parasite infection may negatively impact the acquisition of skills in various domains in pre-school years, and the later development that normally follows on from these foundations. For example, motor development precedes and facilitates the development of language and skills, which involve the exchange of ideas and viewpoints and enable the formation of concepts.

Thus, the damage to psychological functioning is likely to be linked to the time of acquisition of the infection, it is intensity and duration. It is, however, difficult to find evidence clearly linking parasitic infections to cognitive deficits in contexts that are fraught with other risk factors for development such as poverty and poor nutrition.

The evidence is mounting, however, and a recent pilot study tracking school-based control of bilharzia as well ad other parasites, in endemic areas showed that there was an association between grade repetition and high parasite load.
A more recent publication looked at the energy cost of parasitic infections in young children.

This showed a negative correlation between infectious disease and IQ at a national level. Further research is needed to establish a casual relationship.
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Tubercolosis (TB)

A health Alert

tb can kill

part 1

TB is a contagious disease, which spreads through the air. The most common form is pulmonary TB which is known as the TB of the lung. When an infected person sneezes, spits, talks or coughs, that person releases TB germs, known as bacilli, into the air. Only a small number of bacilli needs to be inhaled for a new infection to occur.

However, people infected with TB will not necessarily become ill. The immune system protects the body against TB , and bacilli can lie dormant in the body for years.

When a person has a weakend immune system, they are more likely to become ill. Drug to cure TB have been available for 50 years.

Currently, th best known are isoniazid and rifampicin. In order for the drugs to work, however, they have to be taken regularly for a long period of time which lasts from six to eight months.

If people take the drugs for a short time and then stop, or take the drugs irregularly, strains of TB develop that are resistant to those drugs.
There are now increasing rates of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), which is defined as TB that does not respond to isoniazid and rifampicin. These drug-resistant strains of TB can be spread to other people. This can have very serious consequences, as it risks MDR-TB becoming a potentially incurable epidemic.

Every year, 450 000 new MDTR-TB cases are estimated to occur globally.
In addition, MDR-TB treatment is very expensive and causes severe side effects.

TB spreads rapidly in poor countries, for complex reasons. Although TB is a well understood physical problem, the factors that contribute to it its continuing spread are economic, social and psychological.

These factors operate at range a range of levels. Poor people are exposed to unhealthy working and unhealthy living conditions, and are often poorly nourished. This makes them vulnerable to becoming infected with TB. Poverty also limits access to, and utilisation of medical treatment.

In South Africa, both poverty and TB have been divided unequally along racial lines. As a result, hard workers, particularly black workers, have been hardest hit by the disease. This was fuelled by migration, urbanisation, and overcrowding.
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Sunday, January 17


Nutrition is a vital aspect of our health

Healthy nutrition enhances a healthy lifestyle

The risk of nutrition-related health problems increases in later life, either as a result of impaired food intake or reduced nutrient utilisation. At this stag of life, th stomach mucosa (lining) deteriorates, which results in less acid and pepsin secretion and, ultimately, a reduction in the bioavailibility of calcium, iron, folate and vitamin B 12.

Post-menopausal women need increased calcium to protect against osteoporosis as their oestrogen levels drop, resulting in greater bone loss. Overall, older adults needed similar intakes to younger adults of most vitamins and minerals, but they usually need less energy-dense food as their activity levels decline.
Therefore, a nutrient-dense diet is a high priority for older people. Nutrient deficiencies in older adults can exacerbate both physiological and cognitive deterioration.

Adolescence is considered to be a nutritionally vulnerable phase for several reasons.

Firstly, there is an increased demand for macronutrients and micronutrients to meer dramatic increase in physical growth and cognitive development.

Secondly, changes in lifestyle, body esteem and food habits affect adolescents' eating nutrient intake.

These shifts may result in pathological eating behavior, which environmental influences may impact on dietary practices.

Thirdly, there are special nutrient needs associated with participation in sports, adolescent pregnancy, development of an eating disorder, excessive dieting and the use of alcohol and drugs.
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