I need to blame something on the fact that my April newsletter never materialised, so let's put it down to all the public holidays shall we? Five weeks in a row -if you count the protest marches on 7 April when even yours truly was out there on the streets with her placard, like a has-been hippy haha - we have had a public holiday or two every single week. This second week of May is going to be quite a shock to the system, having to suddenly cope with a 5 day working week!
May is my favourite month so let's kick off with some extra-special specials to celebrate this beautiful time of year in South Africa:
See Yourself Well Omega-3 Bonanza
Winter is around the corner which means we need to up our intake of Omega-3s. Should you need a reminder of what omega-3 fatty acids do for us take a look here.
See Yourself Well Omega-3 1200 - 300 softgels
Yes this is the Big Daddy of all the omega-3 supplements.
Sadly we are going to have to say goodbye to this amazing product when these last few bottles are sold. For ethical reasons to do with a responsible harvesting of krill policy (which I am all for anyway), manufacturing of this product has been discontinued.
The added CLA is great for reducing abdominal fat but this product has so many other benefits which you can read about here.
Only 9 bottles left and expiry date is Oct 2017 so don't miss out.
Normal Price: R395
While stocks last: R320
Remember shipping is free for orders over R2000, otherwise R75 to courier to your door.
See Yourself Well Vice Breaker - 60 capsules
May is the month that we hope all smokers out there are preparing themselves for World-No-Tobacco Day which falls on the 31st. Vice Breaker can make it alot easier to quit smoking completely before D-Day and so this special is for all you wannabe-non-smokers out there:
Normal price: R1350
Until 31 May: R1215
This is for a month's supply which is all a smoker should need to quit smoking for good, and includes door-to-door delivery. Please pass this message on to any smokers you know who really want to quit. I continue to get excellent reviews on a regular basis for this product from grateful ex-smokers.
Well that's the specials done and dusted. I do hope you find one that suits you, as heaven knows we could all do with a hand up in these challenging economic times when it becomes even more important to stay healthy.
Should ear infections be treated with antibiotics
After bringing up 3 sons I appreciate how difficult it is to watch a child suffering with earache. One just wants to do whatever necessary to relieve them of the pain. This is why, inspite of knowing that most ear infections will resolve safely on their own, we moms are inclined to gratefully grab that prescribed antibiotic without hesitation. Sadly, even though antibiotic treatment of ear infections is the norm, it provides limited additional benefit and comes with serious long-term consequences. I've harped on about the dangers of antibiotics ad nauseam in previous newsletters so I won't go into that now apart from a reminder that a child's gut microbiome may never fully recover after antibiotic use, thus leaving them susceptible to nasty pathogens and a compromised immune system.
Some ear infections are caused by a virus or food sensitivity in which case antibiotics will not help at all. However, reviews have shown that even when an ear infection is caused by a bacteria, which is about 70% of the time, antibiotics have had limited benefit and untreated children usually recover within 48 hours or less anyway.
So the alternative is to watch and wait which sounds insensitive I know. So as soon as your child develops ear ache try the following:
Garlic infused olive oil, warmed slightly and used as eardrops, will sooth and relieve the pain (not to be used if eardrum ruptured!)
Xylitol nasal spray to remove pathogens
A probiotic supplement will support gut and immune health.
Consider treating with herbal antivirals and antimicrobials which can heal without harm.
However, if there is no improvement after 48 hours, see your doctor and if antibiotics are prescribed don't despair. There are steps you can take to limit the negative impact of antibiotics.
There are also steps you can take to make your child less susceptible to ear infections:
A child with a strong immune system is less likely to get ear infections so ensure your child's diet is nutrient-rich and supplement to strengthen the immune system.
Ensure your child gets enough time in the sun or supplement vitamin D.
Breastfeeding for the first 6 months is adviseable where possible. Formula fed babies tend to get more ear infections.
Identify food sensitivities and eliminate them from your child's diet. Dairy is a common one.
Melatonin for GERD!
I recently listened to a training webinar on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, the most common symptoms of which are heartburn and reflux. The whole webinar was extremely informative, however what surprised me is the recent practice of using Melatonin to treat GERD. Melatonin is a hormone and its main role is to help us sleep. I take a 5mg melatonin supplement at bedtime when I have a big day ahead and my brain just won't shut down. Because of its action on the brain one would think of it as a hormone produced only in the brain. However the truth is that 400 times more melatonin is produced in the gut than in the brain! This is why it can assist with GERD and it does this by:
decreasing the rate of transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation
inhibiting gastric acid secretion (but not in the way a PPI does)
stimulating bicarbonate secretion in the duodenum
By the sounds of it, if you're struggling with heartburn and reflux, a 5mg dose of Melatonin in the evening is worth a try. See Xymogen Melatonin on the attached product list.
Please "Like" my Facebook pages
If you are a Facebook fan please take a minute to LIKE the following two pages:
The Orchards Nutrition Centre : This one is dedicated to promoting a holistic, drug-free approach to health. Each month I'll be giving away one bottle of omega-3 softgels to one lucky fan who liked this page. Delivery within South Africa only.
Vice Breaker SA -This one is dedicated to assisting smokers to kick the habit without the use of harmful prescription drugs.
Thank you in advance for "liking" the pages.
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings - Hippocrates.
The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.