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VIAGRA CAUSES DEAFNESS and other stories…

Impotence medication may cause hearing loss!

Viagra has changed the lives of over 35 million men around the world in the past ten years mostly because of the ease of treatment.

With the help of Viagra, erectile dysfunction has become more understood in the medical realm as a vascular disease. Viagra allows more blood to flow into the penis by dilating the blood vessels – not surprising as the active ingredient Sildenafil was originally intended as a cardio-vascular medication – until it was discovered to have an interesting side effect!                                                      Prior to the advent of this little blue pill, medical treatments included urethral suppositories (ouch!), surgically inserted prosthesis (ouch!), or painful injections into the penis (OUCH!), so one can easily understand why the oral medication has become so popular…

While hailed as “wonder drugs”, more and more new evidence is emerging of the dangerous side effects of “impotence drugs”. Now it is said that Viagra and other commonly prescribed impotence drugs may cause deafness. Because so many men who are prescribed these drugs are over 60 yrs of age, many think that hearing loss is a natural part of their ageing process. From what I have read in the press, the makers of Viagra, Pfizer, have included hearing loss as a side effect in their package insert. (How many of our clients actually read those things?)

Just to add fuel to the fire, it has been reported that in the US many herbal remedies for the same problem contain the very active ingredients that are found in the allopathic medications! Health24.com reports in an article dated Nov 2007 that: “James Neal Kababick, the director of Oregon based Flora Research Laboratories, said that about 90% of the hundreds of samples he has analysed contained forms of patented pharmaceuticals – some with doses more than twice that of prescription erectile disfunction medicine…in the past year the FDA has orchestrated eight recalls of herbal pills that contained the ingredients found in Viagra, Cialis or Levitra, or their unregulated chemical cousins…”

For many men, erectile dysfunction is something they would prefer not to discuss – even with their healthcare provider. The internet has also enabled the availability of black-market drugs for those who are too shy to speak to their healthcare provider and seek a more permanent solution. The many new medicines on the market today are often blamed for preventing men from seeking the cause of their erectile dysfunction, because the “quick fix” is too appealing. Many feel this is a problem which should be looked at in a holistic manner because when approached from a mind, body and soul perspective the root cause of the problem (for example: diet, etc.) can be addressed.

However, with new evidence of possible hearing loss (29 reported cases to the FDA thus far) as well as the other side-effects associated with these drugs, perhaps a holistic approach to this issue will become more commonplace in the future. Be prepared!

 

As promised in previous issues, a more detailed explanation of a health technique that is very new to South Africa but which has been around for a very long time in Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK…

 

Buteyko explained:

 

Buteyko has been around for over fifty years in other countries, with Australia pioneering it’s use outside of Russia. But South Africans have hardly heard of it, so what is it exactly?

The Buteyko Institute Method of breath re-training is a gentle, non-invasive method which addresses the root causes of hyper-ventilation that may cause asthma, (or mimic it’s symptoms leading to misdiagnosis) sleep apnoea, panic attacks, allergies, chronic blocked nose, to name but a few symptoms, without the use of drugs. It is an education programme developed by Dr. Constantin Buteyko, a russian doctor who observed asthmatic children in the former USSR and soon realised that conventional approaches were not truly effective. In response, he developed the Buteyko breathing method which was astoundingly successful. Clinical trials conducted in Australia, New Zealand and the UK have showed that the Buteyko method is able to dramatically reduce the symptoms associated with asthma.

After a short period, over 90 percent of those in the Buteyko group were able to stop using their inhalers. While Buteyko is a complementary approach which does not seek to replace drug therapy, it is significant that many medical doctors are recommending the Buteyko method in the countries where it is readily available, as a complement and sometimes as an alternative to conventional treatments. In fact, many medical professionals are becoming Buteyko Practitioners themselves.

 

About Jennifer and Russell Stark:

 

Russell Stark and his son who were both severely afflicted with asthma, attended a Buteyko course for asthma in 1993. Russell and his wife Jennifer, both decided to train as practitioners of the Buteyko method with russian Buteyko teacher Alexander Stalmatski. They also did advanced training with Dr. Buteyko, Ludmilla Buteyko and Andrey Novozhilov. They were instrumental in Buteyko’s development in several other countries by training over eighty new practitioners who teach the method throughout the world. They have taught over 7000 people who have learned to overcome their asthsma, allergies, blocked nose, sleep apnoea, panic attacks, etc. with the help of the Buteyko method. Both Russell and Jennifer are founder members of the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health (BIBH) in Australia.

Russell and Jennifer believe very strongly that anyone with the skill or desire to teach can become a Buteyko practitioner, and that there should be no discrimination when it comes to choosing potential candidates for training. “A plumber can make a better teacher than say, a nurse, for example” says Jennifer.

 

The Challenges of Training in SA:

 

In Australia and New Zealand, and most other countries where Buteyko is taught, potential training candidates have had some experience of the method and are motivated to train as practitioners because of it. South Africa is different as there is so little use of Buteyko here.

That is why it is a huge leap of faith to set up a training course here, but due to the huge interest and growing awareness, Jennifer has, with some persuasion, agreed to a “pilot project” of sorts.

Next year she will be coming to SA to conduct a full training course in Cape Town for those who wish to become some of the first Buteyko practitioners in our country. Only ten can be chosen at first, as this is the maximum number that can be taught at one time, and the costs for her travel, etc will be split between them – working out to around R11000 each. (This is a huge reduction in cost, as the full course usually costs US$2000, not including your travel costs to Australia or Canada or the UK, accomodation, etc.)

Training will be conducted full time over 21 days and include an apprenticeship of sorts where trainees will be able to see the method being taught to clients. The course will equip trainees to effectively run, market, and maintain a full stand-alone practice and provide support via the internet from the Starks themselves. Accreditation will be from BIBH, until such time as the South African affiliate is up and running. Those first candidates will be in the position of pioneering this amazing health technique in South Africa.

Do you want to become a Buteyko Practitioner? Mail me: m.mmitchell@mweb.co.za for an application form, or check the Starks’ site: www.buteykoworks.com for more information. Also see www.buteyko.info for the BIBH’s site.

 

New Happenings at the Health Path: 

Are you bewildered by the endless variety of wholegrains, beans, pulses, sea vegetables and condiments available in your local health shop? What are these products, what are their benefits, and how do you cook them? If these are questions you frequently ask, join myself, Janet Steer, and The Health Path, for a…

 

INTRODUCTION TO WHOLEFOODS

COOKING COURSE

5 Wednesday Evenings over 5 Weeks: 6.30pm for prompt 7pm start

Commencing Wednesday 13 August

Followed by 20, 27 August & 3, 10 September

Cost: R700 for course OR R150 per evening

 

Booking is essential. To reserve your place, a deposit of R250 for the course or R50 per evening is payable when booking. Full payment is required prior to commencement of course. Space is limited and preference will be given to those who commit to the entire course.

 

The course will introduce you to a range of natural foods and quality ingredients and provide new insight into the myriad of vegetables available to us. The course will be held in The Health Path kitchen… so be prepared to get your hands dirty and have lots of fun. Each class will end with a sit-down feast.

 

Week One: GRAINS

Week Two: VEGETABLES

Week Three: BEANS and BEAN PRODUCTS

Week Four: SEA VEGETABLES

Week Five: SNACKS and SWEETS

 

Menu includes*: Pressure cooked brown rice with wheat berries; Apple crumble with cashew cream; Quinoa salad; Winter-style fried rice; Sauerkraut green rolls; Vegetable cobbler; Lentil soup with miso and ginger; Baked tofu with peanut and lemon sauce; Rosemary and sun-dried tomato butter beans; Sweet arame with carrot and corn; ‘Coffee’ mousse; Roasted squash pesto and pasta; Seed and nut balls; Wheat-free carrot and banana muffins * Subject to change

Join Irene Neumann for the launch of a new ORGANIC range of BABY FOOD on the 20th of August – places are limited!

and the monthly Holistic Practitioner’s Networking Breakfast on the 19th August at ten am, cost R50 (includes breakfast). This is always informative and fun!

PHONE THE HEALTH PATH NOW ON 021 790 5231 TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE

 

Also, herewith the first submission from a subscriber, Sue Eloff of Mystic Cove:

Mystic Cove – magical place & experience.
By Róisín O’Connor

As you approach the cream-white two storey building at the end of New Street, near the heart of Durbanville, there is little to show on its serene façade, the dynamic exchange of energies going on within. As you walk in through the door, you are met by a waft of perfumed air curling up from incense and soft music. A well-stocked, cosy library shares its space with candles, crystals and other artefacts, books and magazines on sale or for free. Isis observes you enigmatically from her sculptured post against a wall covered with esoteric artist Berto Voigt’s colourful and life-affirming canvases. If you are attending a film, course or talk, the wooden stairs seem to transport you to not just to the upper floor, but to a different dimension. Since doors opened in 2005, hundreds have explored Mystic Cove’s library, activities, sessions, courses, films and attended presentations from a variety of international and local authorities on cutting edge discoveries in holistic wellness, health and the body/mind/spirit reconnection. “We are a safe space for people to explore new avenues of thought” says Sue Eloff, founder and director of the centre. “We started at first as an outlet for our friends products and services, and it has grown massively over the past three years into a centre of learning, education and lively discussion.”

When I began my own earnest search for a place to meet, connect and work with people in this field, the name “Mystic Cove” suggested safe anchorage, where as a new adventurer I could wade carefully onto unexplored shores of the more mysterious aspects of knowledge and wisdom, without pressure or fear. Sue is quick to point out that “Everyone who works with us is eager to help, to share and also to learn from their clients, students and colleagues. Nothing is forced on anyone and people can choose their pace.”

I can attest to that. Jaded from my attempts to try to fit my right-brained self into the left-brained world of academia, I quit. Armed with a folding massage bed and my recently acquired knowledge of Tai Chi and Shiatsu Massage, I began work alongside the other practitioners of Shiatsu, Reiki, Massage, Kahuna Massage, Indian Head massage, Footology, Quantum Touch, Pranic Healing, Angel card readings, Reflexology, Third eye activations, colour therapists… the list goes on!

I sampled a variety of classes from the full program at Mystic Cove that offers old and new. Classes in Middle Eastern dance, Yoga and Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong rub shoulders with the modern and groundbreaking Nia Dance, Seon Meditation and creative NLP Tuesday night meditation classes. I attended, sometimes hesitantly, talks and films on topics ranging from Animal communication, Circle of the African Moon Wiccan traditions, Colour therapy, Mediumship, Channelling, to UFOs, Water Crystals and Sacred Geometry.

“This eclectic mix educates people about the alternatives on offer in health, wellness, and personal development and also tries to answer their deepest spiritual questions.” says Sue. “I’ve felt a huge shift personally,” reflects Valerie, an administrator from Cape Town “at first physically from attending the Tai Chi classes, and then in getting to know different viewpoints from attending different talks, courses, films and events advertised in their online newsletter. The best thing however, is the deepening understanding I have developed about my own spiritual nature and connection to God. They have a great little shop too!” she laughs.

Denny an NLP practitioner & hypnotherapist who guides the meditation classes remarks “I’ve particularly enjoyed the ambiance, which bubbles up from the like and open minded people, Sue’s open attitude towards everyone, the relaxed warm surroundings and the high level of professionalism from the staff working there.”

By 2007, I was feeling the effects of this ambiance. My sensory perception began to expand to new levels of awareness, information and healing ability. My self-knowledge and understanding was deepening; I became kinder to myself and consequently, more compassionate towards others but also, more discriminating. The practitioners and teachers at Mystic Cove were incredibly supportive and informative even if they did share knowing grins! Soon I was training with the Doreen Virtue Angelways School something I would have laughed at a year before, and growing more confident about sharing my insights with the others.

Sue calmly elaborates on her non-biased approach. “We promote a cross-section of talent, both local and international. I like to be on the cutting edge of research. This also builds and develops our own unique South African take on the mystical, esoteric and alternative ways to heal.” One of the most controversial areas is the reported sightings of UFOs and abduction stories of ET encounters, constantly scorned by the military-industrial complex and academics worldwide.

“I’m promoting awareness in people about the excellent and verifiable information there is available on UFO’s and the Extraterrestrial phenomenon,” says Christo Louw, founder of the South African UFO Research association (SAUFOR) “Many people have had unnerving experiences, and many are in significant positions within the military and scientific circles, but are too afraid to talk because of the threat of ridicule and intimidation. Our weekly forums allow them to share, connect and learn more, in particular, how encountering ETs transforms and expands our consciousness.”

Allison Scott, a Durbanite relocated to Cape Town teaches her courses on Conscious Channelling and The Art of Abundance all over South Africa and in the U.K., U.S. and Canada. Her fresh take on South African spirituality and the channelling process shifted my old, fear-based reactions to communicating with the higher realms. “South Africa is way ahead when it comes to the spiritual. The very first mind-body-soul fair that they held in Durban had speakers from all over the world like Susi Holbish and Jann Weiss. They said that this country is amazing and seemed to think that we were getting it right here. When I went overseas, I was amazed at how closed Americans were towards it, despite all the great work of some of the people there.”

Mystic Cove also stocks books from Kima Global and Hay House publishers, and this connection has allowed us to meet with and host some great minds in the global alternative movement.

Dr. John F. Demartini, a U.S. American powerhouse in the arena of self-development, teaches his blend of carefully researched information and tested experience through his message of self-empowerment. In a brief conversation before he spoke, I asked him why he had chosen to work in South Africa. He told us that a South African medical doctor living in Canada, asked him to come to South Africa and educate people about their power to create the life they want. “You have everything here.” he said, smiling “I love visiting this country, and people are very open to my message.”

For the opening of our new venue at the end of 2007, Hay House arranged a talk with Dr. Eric Pearl, a successful LA Chiropractor who suddenly began to heal people without touching them and left his practice to go on a quest to learn what it was he was doing. His passionate take on how many alternative health care practitioners sell themselves short shook a lot of us. “The time you put into helping someone is valuable. They need to understand the value of what they are getting, as it’s an integral part of helping them to accept the healing. If you do not value your time, they will not value the healing, and they will not recover as well as they could have.” His take on being a healer was challenging to many of us. “You have to let go of techniques. You have to let go of the familiar. You have to step into your mastery and let the Reconnective frequencies do their work. You have to be ok with saying ‘I don’t know.’ You don’t need crystals, angels, artefacts or rituals – those are all training wheels. You trained to be a healer, not to follow a set of protocols. Like any medically trained professional, you cannot guarantee a specific cure. Let go and let the healing unfold in its own.” Several of us in the audience that day went to his life-changing seminars in Cape Town and more recently, Johannesburg and now practice through Mystic Cove.

“I found (noted Author) Wayne Herschel’s take on the link between the layout of pyramids across the world and even on Mars with star maps and his research on the human missing link interesting because he challenges the accepted, institutionalised, materialistic theories of academia” says Sue. “It’s healthy to think out of the box, and push the boundaries of thought and belief.”

We often get comments from people who visit us and chat after the various events and classes, on how important a place like Mystic Cove meet those of like mind, share, and grow. Who knew that when I walked into the shop that early April day in 2006, feeling so low about myself and totally unsure about my future, that I would be here, just over two years later, happy, knowing I’m doing what I love, making a living, and meeting, sharing and working with so many great people.

Go to www.mysticcove.co.za for a list of our practitioners and events; or sign up to our free newsletter.

Pick up a copy of eSpirit, our free magazine at 10 New Street, off Wellington Road, Durbanville.

Phone office hours 021 979 1933 or email us on mysticcove@mweb.co.za to book a room or facilities for your course, talk or services, or to advertise in eSpirit Magazine.

Remember, submissions to Clickholistic are printed verbatim, advertising is free and comments are always posted. E-mail me at: m.mmitchell@mweb.co.za .

The idea behind Clickholistic is to keep us informed, to share information and to learn from each other.

To those of you who have taken the time to get in touch with me I thank you for your views – it’s wonderful to hear from you and to hear that you are enjoying the newsletter.

Yours in Health and Wellness,

Melody Mitchell

 

To register with AHPCSA – or not?

In this exciting edition of Clickholistic, news and info page for South African Holistic Health practitioners, we get feedback from the Massage Therapy Association of South Africa, for those massage therapists who are in a quandary about registration with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA).

To quote from a recent article printed in the Star (June 19 2008, Pg. 3):

Changes may put Therapists out of work:

“There is a fear that scores of aromatherapists, reflexologists and massage therapists will be put out of business if proposed changes to the registration of therapeutic health practitioners go ahead.

The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPCSA) wants to petition the minister of health to change legislation so that the term “therapeutic” is removed from the names of the professions of Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy and and Reflexology.

This means that people in these fields would be known as practitioners. They would also have to register with the Health Council. Tracy Chambers of the SA Association of Health and Skincare Professionals said this would influence the entire industry, as anyone wanting to practise reflexology or aromatherapy would have to comply with council regulations.

The council said the reason for the change was to prevent people from practising as therapeutic therapists without registering with them.

Chambers said the distinction between therapeutic – meaning it was used for healing – and non-therapeutic treatments was misleading, as both required the same knowledge.

Registered therapeutic practitioners would also be barred from offering treatment in any circumstances other than medical referrals.

“It impinges hugely on the industry,” Chambers said.

Gayl Hansen, director of the Cape Institute for Allied Health Studies said the proposed changes did not look at “the bigger picture” of the need for basic skills at grassroots level.

There is speculation that practitioners wanting to register with the AHPCSA would have to do a four-year degree – meaning they could practise on a clinical level.

“This is very short-sighted,” Hansen said. 

She said that the council needed to have multiple levels of entry and training in the heralth care industry so that therapists with basic training could still work in beauty salons.

Therapists with clinical training tended to work for themselves, not in a spa or beauty salons.

However the non-registered therapist without clinical training, but the skills to do reflexology or massage therapy, would be unable to practise.

Debbie Drake-Hoffmann, the registrar of the AHPCSA, said the change would not put therapists without clinical traing out of business.

“On the contrary, if spas employed registered tharapists it would ensure the public received standardised quality treatments

She said that the current legislation prevented council-registered practitioners from working for health spas or beauty salons, but that the council was reviewing these regulations. “

The period for comment on the proposed changes ends on 31 July 2008

Check out the article at: http://www.iol.co.za/general/news/newsprint.php?art-id=vn20080619055357728C23

Last month, I put ten questions to various organisations involved with Massage Therapy, at the request of those therapists who had liased with me. The questions are those of massage therapists themselves. They were answered in great detail by the (Massage Therapy Association of South Africa) MTA SA.  The other organisations I put the questions to have not yet got back to me, or have declined to comment. 

Herewith the questions – and answers from the MTA SA, verbatim:

1.Why do Aromatherapists and Massage therapists have to be accredited with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPCSA)?

All persons practising a statutory recognised health profession are legally bound to be registered with whichever statutory council governs such professions. Registration with the council is therefore compulsory in order to practise any of the 11 registered allied health professions within South Africa. A copy of the relevant legislation is available on the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa website at www.ahpcsa.co.za

Some of the benefits include:

  • Being lawfully permitted to practise for gain.
  • Being legally permitted to practise any acts that fall within the scope of practise of the profession for which a practitioner is registered.
  • Statutory and public recognition as a health professional.
  • Being able to indicate on his/her nameplate the profession for which the practitioner is registered.
  • Being participant in a reputable registered discipline that contributes towards South Africa’s vast health care needs.
  • Obtaining of a practice number which facilitates medical aid payments.
  • Access to insurance products on par with other health professionals such as professional indemnity and loss of income protection.
  • Regulation of education and training of massage therapists.
  • Establishing a research culture that contributes to the massage therapy body of knowledge. 

2. Are you aware if all therapists (massage or otherwise) have to eventually register?

All therapists who practise massage as a stand-alone modality (that is, not as part of a beauty treatment, or in preparation for a physiotherapy or a chiropractic treatment) are already legally obliged to register with the AHPCSA.  Neglecting to register is a criminal offence punishable by court. The same applies to any person who practises any of the ten other therapies represented on the council including Therapeutic Aromatherapy and Therapeutic Reflexology.

3. What is the cut off period for registration?

Before they are allowed to practise for gain, persons who have successfully completed a two year diploma course, as required by law, have to apply to the AHPCSA for registration.  In order to register they have to pass a competency examination.  These examinations are run twice a year, usually in March and August.  The deadline for registration of people who have qualified before the promulgation of the 2001 amendments of the AHP Act No. 63 of 1982, has passed.  People who had neglected to register at that time, are currently practising illegally and will also be required to write the council’s registration examination when they apply for registration.

4. What if therapists do not wish to register, what action, if any, would be taken against them?

Registering with the AHPCSA is not a matter of choice.  Any person practising without being registered is practising illegally and criminal charges can and will be brought against them.

5.  What is the difference, if any, between non-therapeutic and therapeutic massage, according to your association?

The MTA considers the distinction between non-therapeutic and therapeutic massage an arbitrary separation as all massage treatments, whether remedial in nature or whether provided for relaxation, relieving of stress, or in “to feel good”, are soothing and conducive to well being.  Therefore all massage therapy treatments are therapeutic in nature or have a therapeutic effect.  MTA also supports the AHPCSA’S and the intention of the Professsional

Board for Therapeutic Aromatherapy and Therapeutic Reflexology to petition the minister of health to to consider changing the name of the profession to “Massage Therapy” and consider dropping the word “Therapeutic” from the title.

The motivation behind the change of name is as a result of people who are under the false impression that they may choose if they want to be registered with the Council. By simply removing the word ‘therapeutic’ from the title, they maintain that they do not fall under the jurisdiction of the council. However, such persons continue to practise the acts of a Therapeutic Massage Therapist without registration.

6. Are there any conditions under which a therapist may not carry out a treatment on a patient/client? For example, any specific condition/ailment/disease?

A responsible and properly trained massage therapist will, prior to any treatment, complete a thorough medical history and visual asessment in order to design a patient-specific treatment plan. There are a number of conditions which contraindicated massage. It is therefore important to disclose any underlying medical conditions and concerns you may have to the massage therapist so that he or she can adjust the session to fit the body and patient’s profile.

With all of the following conditions massage is contra-indicated: fever, infection, broken bones, infectious disease, high blood pressure, tumours, open wounds, muscle ruptures, heavy bruising, herniation, burns, myositis ossificans, thrombosis and bleeding disorders such as haemophilia. Massage is also not recommended for people with severe heart conditions and some skin infections. Some gastro-intestinal complaints can also be complicated by massage, and at the very least, massage can be uncomfortable in these situations.

7. Under which circumstances would a patient need a Doctor’s referral letter in order to undergo a treatment?

Registered massage therapists are independant health professionals. A doctor’s referral letter is therefore not a pre-requisite for a massage treatment. However, in some cases where the patient has undergone surgery or suffers from some serious illness, the therapist as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, will liase with the primary care giver.

8. If a Therapist has a practise number, can their clients claim from their medical aid for treatments?

A practise number does not guarantee re-imbursement from a medical insurance scheme. A practise number is independent to insured payment for services rendered. It is vitally important that practitioners and patients appreciate that each insurance scheme has it’s own individual policies that decide on reimbursements for services – irrespective of practise numbers. Medical schemes, as private enterprises, have full right to set their own rules and regulations relative to any reimbursements.

10. What further learning, if any, is required by therapists who are registered?  Where are they to receive this training and what would the costs thereof be to the individual therapist?

As with all other health professions in South African national healthcare structures a mandatory continued professional development programme is envisaged. The collection of a prescribed number of points will be a pre-requisite for upholding registration. Therapists will collect CPD points when they attend courses, workshops, lectures, etc, but also for research related activities such as writing articles for journals, etc.

Many thanks to the MTASA for giving us their time and interest and answering our questions!

Go to: www.mtasa.co.za for further information and to ask any questions you may have, or post them to me at: m.mmitchell at mweb.co.za and I will liase with the MTSA on your behalf and post their responses on the site.

Also don’t forget that you can advertise any product or service or website address on this site. Feel free to write a short article on any aspect of your work or any interesting case history you may wish to share! This is YOUR page too, so use it!

These school holidays, The Health Path, (41 Victoria Rd Hout Bay), will be hosting a number of children’s art  workshops. Please call them on:          021 790 5231. Adults art classes will also be beginning soon, all given by Muriel.

Also at The Health Path are a variety of interesting morning talks given by various practitioners. Join them for a network breakfast with a difference!

Irene Neumann, an enterprising Swiss Gourmet Chef, has just begun her new business, cooking delicious nutricious and mostly organic meals for those with special health requirements. Each dish is prepared with love and care and can be ordered in advance for the freezer or 24hrs ahead. Also available are catering sizes for parties, etc. Call Irene, The Swiss Connection: 0732063999.

If you’re heading out past Robertson, be sure not to miss the Saturday farmer’s market twice a month. We took a drive past to pick up delicious organic veggies, homemade goodies and olive oil – farm fresh and only R50 per litre! Call their Tourism Bureau for further information.

Shani Boerstra, a well-known designer, is gearing up for the Matric Dance season. Give her a call for your son or daughter’s bespoke outfits, tailormade to suit – with a view to being worn more than once! 0741008956. Shani also offers a fantastic service – she will accompany you on your next clothes shopping trip to give you valuable advice about what NOT to wear! This service is a well-kept secret of many professionals – give it a try – you’ll be amazed at the impressive results – especially if you are stuck in a bit of a fashion rut.

Next year, Jennifer Stark of the Buteyko Breathing Institute in Australia and New Zealand, will be coming to SA to offer the very first training course ever offered in our country for the Buteyko Method. This is an exciting opportunity to become one of the first ever practitioners of the method in South Africa. Go to her site: www.buteykoworks.com for more info – also check out: www.buteyko.com

More info on this course can be obtained from myself – just drop me a line via e-mail.

Yours in Health and Wellness

Melody

 

 

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