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Get your back into it: Sciatica pain 

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 September 2015, Muscle and joint
sciatica pain

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Sciatica is the lovely name given to a condition wherein compression of the sciatic nerve leads to severe, stabbing pain that spreads from the buttocks to just below the knee—normally just on one side of the body.

The causes of sciatic pain are variable and encompass a wide range of underlying conditions like osteoarthritic bony spurs, disc herniation, trauma, narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal tumours, and chronic inflammation. Because nerves control muscle contraction, movement, pain, pressure, temperature any condition that affects a nerve will lead to a decrease of function in these areas (e.g. numbness, weakness, sharp/shooting pain etc.).

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Hyperactivity or normal behaviour?

by Sonia Chartier, on 10 August 2015, Children's Health, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep

co-written by Irma Schutte

The noticeable change in the behaviour and performance of our school children is giving cause for concern. This change does not necessarily mean that children are less gifted than they used to be. There is no doubt that it arises largely from our changed environmental conditions, especially the ever increasing flood of stimuli to which they are exposed today.

These behavioural problems also spill back into their family lives. Anxiety, aggressiveness and opposition to any form of discipline are becoming more apparent in preschool children.

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Eating for the wrong reasons? Keep cravings at bay!

by Sonia Chartier, on 10 August 2015, Digestion, Healthy Eating

Hippocrates said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”  As we have all heard it before, being reasonable and living a well-balanced lifestyle can unequivocally reduce stress and sickness.

Here and now, that’s easier said than done!  Most families need two working parents to afford living more or less comfortably.  This in itself places stress on every family member. The parents, most of all, for having to juggle between work, household chores and parenting and the children because of earlier social involvement and reduced free playtime –without a screen that is.

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Lactic acid:  Good for your gut but not for your muscles?

by Sonia Chartier, on 22 July 2015, Digestion, Muscle and joint

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Lactic acid is a normal byproduct of muscle metabolism, but it can irritate muscles and cause discomfort and soreness.

On the other hand, lactic acid is good for your gut…how come?

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Restless legs

by Sonia Chartier, on 6 July 2015, Healthy legs - varicose veins, Stress and sleep

How annoying it is to find that as you lay yourself down to sleep your legs decide to twitch and jump and generally carry on as if being bitten by stinging ants.

Reasons other than poor circulation such as high histamine levels or calcium/magnesium imbalance can cause the legs to have a life of their own.

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