Lupus, a Cruel Disease that Permanently Changed my Life
A Personal Journey of Living Positively with Lupus: In terms of the global health calendar, the 10th of May is designated as the LUPUS awareness day, and the month of May is also referred to as the LUPUS awareness month. As part of the LUPUS awareness efforts, our health blog article this week is a touching testimony of my dear friend, Mrs Milase Mzamo, whom I have known for almost three decades. She is sharing her personal journey of living with LUPUS, a chronic inflammatory non-infectious disease which occurs when one’s immune system indiscriminately attacks one’s own tissues and bodily organs. Milase’s inner strength, Zest for life, hunger for knowledge, access to top quality healthcare experts and facilities, as well as the strong support from close family and friends has made all the difference with regards to her relative triumph over LUPUS against all odds. … (1 comment)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): An Inconvenient Pain in the A**
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is mainly a chronic illness of the gastro-intestinal system, whose cause is still unknown in the medical profession. Research elsewhere in the world reveals that it normally affects about a fifth of the population and runs a chronic course with periods of normality and periods of suffering from mainly abdominal symptoms like abdominal pains, bloating, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea. Although there are very few specific treatment options available, most patients respond positively from use of medications to relieve symptoms like diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, bloating and constipation. There are also various natural products that have been scientifically well researched which have been found to be effective to control the IBS symptoms. Lastly, there is a close association of stress and IBS, as such it is important that an IBS sufferer deal effectively with underlying stress, and also adopt a number of other lifestyle changes for example avoidance of certain triggering foodstuffs. … (0 comment)

The Flu Season is Around the Corner: Please Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones by Getting Flu Vaccination Jabs!!!
It is that time of the year when a lot of people fall victim to the Flu epidemic, resulting in them being very sick, missing many productive days at work. Some of them even lose their lives from the related complications. All this Flu negative epidemic impact to society and workplace productivity could be prevented if everyone, especially those who are considered high risk for the complications of Flu can get Flu shots from their GPs, Pharmacies or Workplaces. Everyone must make it their business to protect themselves and their loved ones during the upcoming Flu season. If you are a member of a medical scheme, then most schemes will pay for the Flu vaccination and if you are not you can still get vaccinated at an affordable fee. … (0 comment)

Legalisation of Dagga for Domestic Use in South Africa: A Medical Practitioner’s Dilemma
Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the issue of criminalisation of dagga has been a hot topic amongst the various sectors of the South African population, especially from the Dagga lobby groups who see Dagga usage as part of their religious practices as Rastafarians. The Rastafarians saw the continued criminalisation of dagga usage as an act of discrimination against their legitimate religious practices, something which is outlawed in terms of our National Constitution. The recent landmark Judgement by the Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davies on the 31st of March 2017 which has legalised domestic usage of dagga has obviously brought elation to the Rastafarian community, as well as those who have also been pushing for Dagga to be legalised for medicinal benefits. From the medical community, this legalisation brings a bit of dilemma, because as part of our Hippocratic Oath, we are not supposed to knowingly advocate for use of substance or substances that can cause harm, and chronic dagga abuse does lead to severe mental illnesses. On the other hand, there is growing body of scientific knowledge that proves that some dagga active chemicals have medicinal benefits. … (0 comment)