Category Archives: knowledge

Coxsackie,yuppie flu, post viral fatigue


Anybody who has not witnessed firsthand or experienced this evil is willy-nilly able to say that this vile vulgar viral disease is “all in your head”. I can tell you that there is no-one on this green earth who voluntarily goes through the ordeal that comes with this virus. It literally flattens you in more ways than one.

I have seen countless patients afflicted with it and whilst “science” on many levels questions this disease (instead of getting on with more accurate diagnosis) it is a disease that no-one wants and is more than happy to get rid of the day it leaves their bodies.

I have to ask though why the medical profession at large is sceptical and ridiculously pathetic when it comes to diagnosis as well as treatment (of which there is little). And once again in my mind it goes back to something similar to semelweiss. The washing of hands idea disdained by so many pompous egotistical physicians turned out to be one of the most important discoveries of science and prevention of transmission of disease. Why are we so arrogant? Who gave us this “god” complex?

When we don’t fully understand something or don’t know we simply say it must not/can not exist and therefore the patient themselves must be “mad” ????????????

Surely surely we have gone past this aged way of thinking ?

No, alas it seems we have not. We will not admit we don’t know. Rather make it the patients added problem.

I think it is sad and poor.

I only hope that none of these arrogant physicians ever actually come down with it as they may lose their egos in the process.viruss

Google the semelweiss history – it’s interesting and very very sad. Sad because why can we not drop ego and rather try to understand what the very truth of the matter indeed may be.

Pump for me or not for me?


Report back : We had a marvellous discussion about pumps on wednesday evening. Highly enjoyable and informative, even our pump patient learnt something.

JOIn us today : On wednesday night 530 pm in Hilton Pietermaritzburg we will be holding an informal hour discussion about pumps -insulin pump therapy. What is pump therapy ? Who “qualifies”? What is the benefit. Is it for everyone who injects insulin?

Feel free to join us for free for an hour to explore the “pump market” in south africa and get first hand feedback from “pump” patients 😉

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.

Women uniting


One thing’s for sure it seems that women have found a voice and their inside beast has been shaken and woken. Riled. No longer will we put up with atrocities of the past and trying to be silenced by patriarchy.

It is not ok to carry on the way Donald Trump has on videos etc and think that this can be swept under some great big male carpet.

It is not ok to break down years of progress made by women at large in terms of struggles fought on many levels.

I am delighted to see woman globally uniting and voicing their own truth.

It’s almost guttural and certainly from a very strong deep place inside. It’s certainly pro unity and taking a stand.

From madonna to Ashely Judd to Michael Moore. From the USA to australia. Unity.

Yes we are diverse. Yes we are a rainbow. Yes we are not the same. But yes we are united.

So where these odd men think they can sit around a table and legislate things that they will never understand.

A man will never understand the process of bearing a child. From conception to death of that same child.

And interestingly there is not a man on the planet who was not birthed through the channel of a women- and they dare to speak of respect – oh my word!

I would love for this to change biologically and maybe someday it will. When hormone patches were put onto men in a trial (perimenopause trial) 100% of them became unstable and unhappy to say the least, so it will truly be an interesting day if that does happen.

I am glad women at large have been riled and are speaking out. I do hope that there will  be ears that will listen and at the very least engage in debate and try to understand what it is that has riled womanhood.

I was riled yesterday to the point of boiling over into this article. Luckily in my case reason did prevail and I am very grateful. I will take this a a great positive step forward.

 

Diabetes -wish it would trend like Trump- in an ideal world (sigh)


Diabetes is a scourge of modern day living. Why are we not winning ?

This is a simple disease – type 2 that is perfectly PREVENTABLE and perfectly treatable and yet we are losing this battle left right and centre.

Dialysis, amputations, blindness abound and really should not.

WE have the tools but we do not have political will or the will of the people.

We live in an age where as humans we choose easy street time and time again. Easy street in eating, easy street in not exercising, easy street in unhealthy choices.

One hundred years ago we were skinny and ate half of what we do currently and guess what we had a almost nil type 2 problem. Fast forward to 2016 and the numbers are staggering (like a drunkard) – out of control.

For a disease that is preventable and treatable.

A sugar above 10 has an effect much like coke on the floor – everything becomes one sticky stuck together mess – that’s a poorly controlled diabetic’s body.

Keep your sugar below 10 and voila – no problems in fact, keep your sugar at target and you live longer than a non-diabetic !

Easy peasy lemon squeezy – but we are not doing it ?

I urge you to look after your body – the only one you have – check your sugar regularly -pick up diabetes early and treat it. Better still eat healthily and exercise and skip it. It is possible. It is really possible – however if you would rather just be fat and still – have some diabetes.

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Dubai Diabetes


I was extremely privileged to attend the META (middle-east Turkey Africa) collaborative diabetes conference in Dubai at the weekend. Wow!

I was treated like an absolute princess, divine food! International speakers were out of this world and I thank Boeringher-Ingelheim for a superbly organised time in this wonderful place. I am a big fan of Dubai! (now).

I met 2 new friends and such a rare sparkling gem to have spent this time together. Thank you!

The talks focused on a new class of diabetes drug not yet available in south africa (maybe next year) for type 2 diabetes – SGLT sodium glucose transport inhibitor drug which causes you to pee out the glucose (sugar). This new drug not only has great sugar control BUT prevents heart attacks as well as has a positive effect on kidney disease.

There has been so! much research in the last few years and it is really so exciting to be a part of being able to treat diabetes more efficiently effectively and with fewer

side-effects.

Trump cards! How diabetes relates to bad politics


Do we really know what is the truth and what is a lie? It seems to me that the political arena no matter where on earth is filled with half truths and a very interesting dynamic by which the truth is evaded in very clever ways.

Unfortunately this knocks -onto things like budgets and specifically budgets for health care. At the end of the day the vast majority of patients rely on some form of state care and vastly across the whole world the “care” afforded to the masses is in a severely sorry state. Never mind the state of the nation, the state of the health care of citizens across the world is dire and is not going to improve in the near future.

For me this is a travesty.

Donald Trump thinks he is a hero because he can avoid tax and that makes him “clever”. Well it also knocks on to other consequences like budgets and indirectly health care. I don’t even begin to understand american politics. In my own naivety I thought Obama was trying to do a good thing with Obama care. But being a humanitarian also imparts delusional greater good thoughts.

AT the end of the day money talks. Slush. Finish and “kla” as we south africans say.

The majority of citizens I am afraid are not humanitarian (in my humble opinion don’t even have brains to think that Donald Trump is even up for election) or else we would have far more “white helmet” brigades mopping up messes all around the world. The majority of citizens actually are quite selfish. Nevertheless I feel the majority should be able to access good health care.

Diabetes is a crazy disease -well type 2 at least in that it is ENTIRELY preventable as well as treatable! and yet we have scores of folk dropping dead of heart attacks related in part to diabetes combined with stress. And guess what? It’s a log curve. No sign of it abating, not even a sign of a slow down?

We have some very clever folk on this green earth and if funding could be funnelled to the right places we could actually win with diseases like diabetes and cancer. But somehow “funding” is controlled by the likes of the politicians (not even mentioning ours and our state of corruption). Politicians who think they are heroes standing up in public asking for a reward for dodging tax legally.

I say MORE!

I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces. ” (Gerald Manley Hopkins)
Truly speaking each one of us is accountable in the end. Truly speaking the more influence you have over masses of people the harder your job on the day of accountability which you can dodge for as long as you like but I somehow think dodging death is the ultimate superhero trick that has not been mastered by anyone yet.
There is no trump card that wins in the end. In the end humanity IS responsible. We have grown “fat” on our own sense of self importance and supremacy. Whilst countless lives (lives less important) suffer sometimes in silence (like in Syria) sometimes with a voice but most of the time at the hand of another. Even in the case of diabetes and the lack of answers for the “guiltless/blameless” type 1 children.

We are not stupid, we have brains, big brains developed over the tract of time. And yet we are actually very stupid and I think we shall remain that way seemingly by our very own choice.