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To Bant or not to Bant

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Since half my family, my friends and my clients are banting, I thought it wise to go and listen to the most talked about man in Cape Town at the moment, Tim Noakes. Its difficult to have an opinion if you havent heard it from the horse`s mouth.

So off I went to the Sports Science Institute .After been enticed to try the nut granola, nutty crackers, sugar free cakes, carb free tarts and  delicious Fairview full fat yoghurt and cheese, me and the other enquiring minds crammed into the auditorium.

If I  have one opinion, its that the Prof speaks with 100% conviction. There is not a shadow of doubt in his mind that what he is saying is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He does not mince his words about the lies that the Americans have fed us about what we should or should not be eating. He is convinced that the USA will be bankrupt by 2026 because they will not be able to foot the medical bills needed because of all the illnesses due to incorrect eating and obesity. He backs  this up with many graphs and tables.

He has researched this well. He apologizes for encouraging us to carbo – load all those years ago.

This is what we can expect, he sais, if we follow his low carb, high fat diet:

  • more energy
  • fewer cravings
  • no hunger
  • weight loss
  • increased mental focus
  • better sleeping habits
  • enhanced athletic performance
  • better blood glucose and insulin readings

So throw out all the processed foods, the sugar, the grains, the seed oils, the refined carbohydrates,soya and anything low fat.

Bring on the eggs,the meat, the chicken and the seafood, the full and high fats, the nuts and seeds, the veggies(those that grow above the ground), the cheeses and creams and the odd berry here and there.

Love him or hate him…he knows his stuff, he looks good, as do the many who are following him and his book has got great recipes.




Mandela Day 18 July 2014

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Today is International Mandela Day, in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated on his birthday on the 18th of July. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in 2009.

The Mandela Day campaign message is:

"Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We`re asking you to start with 67 minutes.

We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconcilliation."

Mandela said at the time of the campaign`s launch that he would be " honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight pverty and promote peace and reconcilliation." 

The day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better.

All around the world and especially in South Africa, we all try and do our little bit for those who could do with some help.Some visit the old, the sick, the poor and the hungry. Others visit animal shelters,organise park clean ups, donate blood or empty out cuboards.

Whatever, you do, its always a good feeling, and so we are grateful today that Mandela inspired us to come together as communities, give a little back, make people smile and remind us to do these things more often, not only today.

In the cold and wet Cape, a group of moms and kids made pots of soups and sandwiches and headed out to Capricorn Park.

mandela day

Residents arrived from all corners,grateful for something warm and healthy at the end of their day. Children from different worlds connected and shared. A beautiful rainbow lit up the sky. Hearts and tummys were left full and as we drove away we noticed the number on the house..67.

67We have a given a little, but we all got alot more back!

Thank you Mandela..always in our hearts.




CPR course: Basic Life Support For Healthcare Providers

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Last week I attended a CPR course, Basic Life Support For Healthcare Providers, as part of our obligatory CPD points we have to get every year as a Physio.

I haven’t done a CPR course in years and so it was most enlightening. It was run by a wonderfully, enthusiastic woman from the Resuscitation Council of South Africa and I would highly recommend anyone to do it.

So here it is in a nutshell.

Assess the scene and make sure its safe for you and the victim

Tap the victims shoulder and ask them if they are alright. Check so see if they are breathing. If not, shout for help or phone the emergency number – toll free number is 10177 and 112 from a cell phone.

Check for a pulse at the carotid artery and if none is found, start compressions.

Its not ABC anymore, but CAB. Chest compressions now come first and should be started within 10 seconds of recognition of cardiac arrest.

Kneel at the victims side. Put the heel of one hand on the centre of the chest on the lower half of the breastbone. Put the heel of your other hand on top of the first hand.

Push hard and push fast at a rate of at least 100/min with a depth of at least 5cm for adults and children and 4cm for infants. Allow complete chest recoil after each compression. Tilt the head back and lift the jaw to bring the chin forward, thereby opening the airway. It is suggested that a barrier device is used when giving breaths, such as a face mask, but sadly, I don’t think most of us carry those in our handbags(which we probably should do). Give effective breaths that make the chest rise.

If you are on your own or there are 2 of you, do 30 compressions to 2 breaths for an adult.  For an infant,30 to 2 if you are on your own and 15 to 2 if there are two of you.

There`s a lot more, so get together with a few friends and do the course.

I really think it is something we should all be confident and efficient in doing.

Surviving Winter

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As we move from autumn to winter, I seem to see more and more people with coughs,colds,flu and chest infections. So here are a few of my favourite tips to stay healthy during these colder times. Stay warm – especially your feet, hands and head,so get out the gloves, socks and beanies. Lower levels of sunshine as well as the hormones melatonin and serotonin lower our immune system so we are more susceptible to catching colds.( and feeling a bit mis). Light lots of fires and candles,get out the blankies and happy huggers. hugger Steam – whenever any of my patients or housemates start with a cold, I steam. Fill a bowl with boiling water and add any or all of the following oils – eucaluptus,tea tree,olbas, lavender,menthol. Put a towel over your head and the bowl, close your eyes and let everything and anything pour out(not attractive). I tend to use this together or instead of the traditional physio nebulizing.If you have a willing mate, get them to bash your back with cupped hands to help loosen any phlegm in your chest. steam Drink plenty – we tend to drink less(water that is) in winter but its as important to stay hydrated as when its hot. Try hot water with lemon , ginger and honey or if you really want to be adventurous and healthy, add turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon.   honey Keep active –its not as easy to exercise when its cold and dark, but as important. Winter walks on the beach and forest, a dance class and remember to stretch… all time favourite yoga..done anywhere, anytime. yoga   Eat healthily and Boost your immunity –  make soups and stews with all the winter veggies and increase you supplements containing vitamin c, zinc and Echinacea. Eat lots of garlic – the best natural antibiotic!







So instead of dreading the winter, embrace it…the season of intimacy and reflection. The opportunity to hibernate….to stay inside and look inside.Snuggle up and stay warm!

Joining the Cyber Generation

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So here I am , in my forties, deciding that I need to join the cyber – generation, create a website for my business and write a blog. In my day,(how old does that sound?), neatly dressed in blue culottes and white shirt,we would take our business cards and do the rounds at the doctors offices. We may have had an advert in the yellowpages. Now I am told that people google everything and anything they need….so here I am.

I come across so many interesting people in my work and in my life….

I have a lot to say(so my children tell me) and a lot to share , and  so my thinking is that here I can write things that I come across and think others will be interested in and benefit from. It may not only be physio or cranio related, but things that I believe are worth sharing.

Pop in every now and again and see if there`s something for you.