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Diabetes cure?


There are various teams around the world – dedicated scientists and enthusiastic people working on all aspects of diabetes – trying to find prevention, cure, treatments – better, onwards and upwards. The diabetic scientific community at large strive for better quality of life.

There are also many snake juice paddlers as there are fake news folk. Do not be duped or sucked into some scam.

It’s a pity that in the light of such a huge and devastating epidemic there would be folk peddling snake juice and basically lying to a vulnerable subset of people. But that is life and ours the task to engage the brain and always question.

New treatments, closed loop technology and cures are on the horizon and I salute the many people working around the clock to accomplish that. Please the internet if FULL of rubbish – surf wisely.

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It’s a brand new year and great excitement after a really good rest and break.

I started using ryzodeg as it hit the shelf (I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival for months). I have reviewed most of the patients started on it now and wow!! incredible results. Even more incredible when combined with a libra pro sensor!!

This is cost-effective, accurate and well tolerated treatment for type 1. Most patients have stopped having hypos and certainly all have stopped having bad hypos. All of the patients average sugars have dropped significantly and variability come back to a much more acceptable range. Patients are happier, have better quality of life and generally walk in with a smile on their dial.!! Yay!! Yay yay!!!

I could not ask for a better way to start the year ­čÖé

This is a video link of how the new long-acting insulin works: on youtube: Tresiba® (insulin degludec injection 200 Units/mL) Pharmacology

Ryzodeg  (avail in SA) is part (1/3) short acting (novorapid) and part long-acting (48hour half life) degludec as in the video.

 

“Sugar” tax


One of the very few things our government have proposed this year that will have an excellent “effect” on its citizens in so many ways is the sugar tax. I could not honestly have come up with a better idea myself.

Is sugar the devil ? Indeed. If you would like to argue – honestly look around you and use that brain hiding between your two ears. Sugar is the devil in so many many ways. Reeking havoc with our children, learning, society, body image, depression, suicide, waste of resources. I could go on.

One hundred years ago – apparently – we consumed a LOT less sugar per day. These days we just pile it on in all forms breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and then supper some more. We exercise less, we eat more, we spend far less time “resting” and “relaxing”. We work too hard and to sustain it we use sugar. This is a toxic mix.

Not only a logarithmic rise in type 2 diabetes from children to the elderly, but a sharp rise in heart disease, cancer and a few other killers.

Our government – perceptive as they are – propose we try and curb the abuse of sugar by taxing it. Clever on two counts. If you insist on munching continuously you will be taxed and it will hurt your pocket, but also it will fill the government coffers.

I wish people would rub the sleep out of their eyes and stop the madness. Sugar is the devil. Wake up : exercise, eat vegetables, drink water, rest, relax, LIVE. Live a quality life.sugardevil

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On giving birth and what I have learnt


I believe that from the moment of conception something changes inside of you. Something that you can not quite put your finger on and something that eventually is what one might call motherhood. That in itself is a whole dimension of complicated intertwined emotion and a whole lot more.

From the moment I knew that I was essentially a “mom” I was changed and I wanted only the very very best for this little creature growing inside of me who was body, spirit, soul.

This, combined with hormones (and they were certainly not friendly to me) was a complicated mix of “stuff” to deal with.

I knew that conception is natural. I knew that for 1000s of years women delivered babies at home. I also knew the flip side (being a doctor) and that many things can and do go wrong. This was not a good combo for me personally.

I delivered two babies naturally with epidurals that only worked on one side (both times – apparently I have a filament). The first time was with a “doula” and quite an elating experience. The second was without ┬á(you can read my birth story for reason , I still wish I had had one rather). The second time around I was 39 and things really just never actually

went according to plan.

Long story short I had a near-death and out of body experience. The pain I had AFTER delivering was something I never ever wish to experience again. Despite being a doctor and complaining of pain I was treated unkindly (to say the least)(there are many other phrases I could use). I was eventually resuscitated and taken to theatre. It was unpleasant mildly put. I was not even able to really bond with my little for at least 48 hours. All of this could have been prevented. Recently I had surgery and realised that I had actually ruptured my uterus with the birth (this healed miraculously by itself). There are many miracles that happen every day. I thank God for mine.

I am writing this in part as catharsis and in part to women out there at large.

Lessons I have learnt :

1.) If you are in pain – you really are in pain and don’t let anyone tell you that you are not

2.) Pain (extreme pain ) always means that there is something not right and it needs to be figure out and fixed

3.) When you are over the age of 35 it may be better to cut your losses and have a caesarian section – provisor – if all goes 100% to plan at dates (term) and your labour progresses as it should by all means go for it. However if one requires induction, long labour etc have a caesarian section.

4.) Miracles do happen but medical science is very clever now make sure your “carers” do all they can in terms of what we know to date.

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety and fruit flies


There are many lovely TED talks about anxiety and mental disorders but I recently watched one about some research using fruit flies to determine brain function. So interesting to realise that the brain is superbly complicated and yet we can actually get to understand things at molecular as well as genetic level.

Can you untangle the mind of a fly and genetically modify the circuit? Well yes!

Who would have thought. And this has taught us – the human race quite a lot about the finesse of operations of the brain.

The brain is not a bag of chemical soup and we can not change the flavour of the soup to treat psychiatric disorders. This specific researcher likens using “broad spectrum” anti-depressants to treat disorders to pouring oil over the whole engine rather than into the oil holder. WE need to be more specific in order to get better results and have fewer side-effects.

On another note, the brain is also intuitive and there are many many ways in terms of anxiety that one can tone down or up. Deep “proper” breathing is one of them. Also our bodies are designed to move a whole lot more than we do these days and you will be surprised at how much you can unwind your mind by winding and unwinding your body.

Food for thought – fruit flies brains can actually teach us a whole lot about our wonderfully complex brains and yet some of the answers we so desperately seek are actually in front of our very own eyes.

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YOGA WORKSHOP


ONE DAY TO GO!!!

We will be hosting a yoga workshop 12-14 of July 2016 at 26 Hilton avenue.

Kaylee will be taking us through an introduction early on tuesday morning, level 1 on wednesday midday and level 2 with props in the early evening of thursday.

Spoil yourself and join us. Booking and payment upfront is essential.

033 343 1826 or 0833441641

Innate Hilton is a multi-disciplinary holistic integrative health centre where we like to help each individual allowing healing in all dimensions and aspects of your being.

We have a full range of practitioners available : podiatrist, biokineticist, dietician, educator, kinesiologist, GP, life coach and soon to have a registered nurse practitioner running clinics like occupational health, paediatric checks and immunisations.breathe