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OUROBOROS, TRANSFORMATION & some other serpents…


The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a serpent devouring its own tail, the word being of Greek origin meaning ‘tail devourer’. This symbol has its birth in several ancient cultures nameably in the Egyptian book of the dead, the Silk Road & even a mention by Shakespeare. There is reference in the America’s, Europe & West Africa.

Ouroboros is seen in several ways, one being the uniting of the conscious mind with the subconscious. Jung held the view that Ouroboros was hermaphroditic, compounded of opposites, & at the same time a unifying force…something akin to the Yin & Yang. In Celtic mythology, the wyrm (serpent) symbolizes continuity or infinity. And, a circle of protection. Certain philosophies hold that it is a dynamic, evolving process leading towards a higher level of existence…our beginning & ending. Two most diametrically opposed destinies spiralling, meeting & fusing. Alchemy? Definitely points to ponder on in this year of the snake, from beginning to end.

The Aboriginal culture has their Rainbow Serpent, which participates in the creation of the world in their myths of the Dreamtime. Named for the snake-like meanderings of water across a landscape. In these myths, the serpent is female & called the creation into being from the Dreamtime. Most fitting for this year of the Water Snake.

Then there is the Cadaceus, often confused with the Rod of Asclepius. The cadaceus, or herald’s staff represents Hermes or Mercury, symbolic of commerce & negotiation. In his article ‘On Tradesmen’s signs of London’, A.H Burkitt notes that among the very old symbols still used at that time, which were based on associations between pagan gods & professions ‘we find Mercury, or his cadaceus, appropriate in trade, as indicating expedition & Esculapius, his serpent or staff for professors of the healing arts’.

The Rod of Asclepius, most well known symbol of medicine (the cadaceus has 2 winged serpents entwined around a staff) is a combination of the snake, held to symbolize rebirth, fertility & rejuvenation with it’s ability to shed skin & the staff, symbolic of resurrection & healing. Asclepius, another deity of Greek origin was specifically associated with the medicinal arts.


– a through or dramatic change in form or appearance

– a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal

So many more snakes pop up in myth & culture…right back to the original Garden. To this day there are cults built around faith healing & the handling of snakes…so we share a long history. Frankly, I like the Ouroboros & Rainbow Serpent for what they symbolize.


The Benefits of Enzymes by Prof Celene Bernstein

There are 2 kinds of enzymes – Proteolytic Enzymes that break down proteins into their smallest elements, and Digestive Enzymes that help us digest our food. Systemic proteolytic enzymes, however, have a completely different purpose to digestive enzymes, because they pass through the stomach or intestine lining and enter the circulatory system. This is why they are called “systemic” – once they enter the circulatory system, they circulate throughout the body.

Why are systemic proteolytic enzymes important?

The most important thing that systemic proteolytic enzymes do is to break down excess fibrin in your circulatory system and in other connective tissue, such as your muscles. These enzymes bring nutrients and oxygen-rich blood that removes the metabolic waste produced by inflammation and excess fibrin. Systemic Proteolytic enzymes improve the flow characteristics of the blood and increase the flexibility of red blood cells, improving their ability to pass through the arteries. They inhibit the aggregation of platelets and increase the fibrinolytic activity in the blood to help prevent abnormal clotting.

Systemic oral enzymes have a regulatory effect on the immune system. They activate macrophages and natural killer cells. The result is that the body’s immune system is better equipped in numbers to deal with inflammation by cleansing itself of cellular debris and to quickly neutralize errant cancer cells. They regulate the metabolism of cell mediator substances such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukins. These tough agents kill dangerous cells and tissues circulating in the body-including foreign proteins, and inflammatory debris.

The dangers of too much fibrin:

The body uses fibrin to help heal itself after injury or surgery. This is normal and healthy. The only problem is that with poor blood flow and a lack of enzyme activity, that fibrin will start to accumulate. If the area in question is slow to heal, an excess of fibrin will appear as clumps of scar tissue in the muscle or at the surgical site. Once this happens, the acute condition becomes chronic.

The excess fibrin throughout the circulatory system will severely limit the amount of blood flow to areas that need it the most and the body tries to compensate for this restriction by forcing the heart to work harder and thereby increasing the blood pressure. The medical community has long known that excess fibrin presents a cardiac and stroke risk and finally, they have acknowledged a link between excess fibrin and chronic systemic inflammation, the true root cause of virtually every disease and painful condition know to man.

Which conditions do proteolytic enzymes help and how?

Systemic proteolytic enzymes accelerate the healing process They support the cleansing of the tissues, promote better circulation and stimulate the formation of new, healthy tissue.

The list below is only a sample of the types of conditions that can be addressed with systemic proteolytic enzymes that all have one thing in common – excess fibrin, which causes a reduction in blood flow:



Back Pain

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Pain

Fibrocystic Breast


High Blood Pressure

Herniated Disc



Spinal Stenosis

Strains and Sprains

Post-operative Scar Tissue

Traumatic Inflammation

Uterine Fibroids


How long does it take to start to work?

Enzymes go to work immediately. There are a number of factors that bear on how fast the enzymes will work for you, including dosage, quality of sleep, diet, and physical activity. Even the very treatments you are undergoing to try to get better could be holding you back.

Enzyme Process Africa have a solid and well established reputation in this country where their extensive range of products has been available for over 17 years. 


” We cannot chose what Life throws at us but we can choose how we react to it.”

We make choices in every area of our lives, in what we eat, what we wear, what we say and what we do. It is our own choice as to whether we make healthy or unhealthy choices. Our choices affect not only ourselves, but those around us, the environment and the planet.

Some choices are fairly obvious, such as not living on fast food and making sure we get enough rest and exercise.  Others are not so obvious, such as how we choose to react in a relationship or to a decision in our working life, and the ramifications of these choices are often only seen some time later. We make our choices based on past experience and any information we have on hand. Many of us spend years searching, knowing we want to make changes but not knowing how.

This is where a magazine such as Healthy Choices comes into its own. By presenting us with information on healthy lifestyles, we are enabled to make informed decisions and change the way we react to life’s challenges.  Healthy Choices enables us to take active steps towards maintaining our own body, mind and spirit health. Recipes, advice from professionals, information on health products, ways to recycle  – it is all there, easy to ready, ready and waiting to help you step into a better way of living!


Caroline Chaplin, founder of Renaissance Magazine. 

How to be a better consumer in 9 steps

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How to be a better consumer in 9 steps.

First of all, why would you want to be a better consumer? And why does it matter how you consume? Who cares if you buy from a mega supermarket instead of from a local supplier? Our actions influence the way the world is changing shape. Globalization is a reality and it means regional diversity is diminishing, along with our unique identity.

As a snowball starts with just one flake, so will revolutionary change start with a small gesture. If we want to get rid of mass consumerism, we need to start somewhere. We might not see the end of the road now, but if we stay focused and inspired, we will achieve greater and better things than we ever imagined.

–        Support local businesses. When you buy from local shops, you support your region financially, so that it can grow stronger and accommodate more businesses which means more employment and general growth for the region. In a world where communities are starting to look the same because of mass production, commercial chains and franchises, it is imperative to support smaller business. This will create strong communities that are built on long lasting and community inspired ties. This counters the trend where large corporations seek short term commercial gains without developing or supporting the region they occupy.

–        Eat seasonal. Seasonal vegetables and fruit taste better, are higher in nutritional value and they are cheaper, because more readily available.

–        Do it yourself. Try making your own candles, brewing your own beer, bottling your own pickles. It’s even more fun if you do this with your friends or family. You will understand better how much effort goes into the making of a product and what the true value of that product is. It will stop you (and your kids) that not everything needs to be disposable. It might save you money to make something yourself and it will give you a real sense of achievement to know you have made a useful product from scratch.

–        Recycle. This is the obvious one and we all know we should, but sometimes it’s just easier to throw everything in the same bin than to separate dutifully. Make it easier for yourself by setting up a recycle infrastructure in and around your house. Make a separate bin for glass, paper and plastic and make sure everyone in your household knows what to recycle and how. If you have a garden, make a compost heap. You’ll be surprised to see how little normal waste you have at the end of the week.

–        Be the change. Set an example for everyone around you, teach your kids. Practise what you preach. It is not enough just say you will change your habits, you need to put it into practice.

–        Reset your priorities. Do you really need everything you buy? Maybe you can wait another season  before buying a new set of clothes. And why not book your holiday a bit closer to home?

–        Study the way your forefathers lived and see what you can learn from them. Times were simpler then, household items were homemade and durable and being overweight was an exception due to the physical labour that came with everyday living. No need to go Amish, but there might be a clue there to a healthier life.

–        Buy morally; look at the countries that supply the goods you buy. Do you really want to support these countries, do you know and support their politics? Global consumerism comes with a conscience and you must be aware of the choices you make.

–        Think about wastage, plastic bottles and bags. A way to make a difference while shopping is to take note of the packaging. A reason for buying a product can be the fact that the packaging contains less plastic. A glass bottle can be reused and recycled.

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Astrology – Navigation by the stars


The paths of Pluto and Uranus “square” each other 7 times between 2012 and 2015. On our earthly journey this heavenly configuration symbolises road signs reading “change of direction” and “sharp turn”. If we don’t heed these signs, we’re likely to end up in a cul-de-sac.

Uranus symbolises change. Disruptive or exciting, it has an awakening and illuminating effect. It embodies liberation and breaking free in order to become more independent, authentic and true to ourselves.

Pluto symbolises transformation. It tears off our labels and removes the structures that became our crutches. It brings to the surface what lie hidden – negative complexes or untapped potentials. Pluto represents the principle of purification and renewal, “death and rebirth”.

We can thus travel in fear, hobble on our crutches and don’t change our cloaks. We keep going, head down and pass the road signs on the way. We may head for a mud swamp or a deep chasm.

Or along the way we can rid ourselves of crutches and outworn cloaks, embrace the changes in direction. We can visit the roadside spring of cleansing waters. Our journey may be a refreshing and exciting experience, leading us home to our true selves.

Hettie Malan


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Some quotes inspired by The Purpose Fairy – Find her on Facebook!

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The secret of the greatest fruitfulness & the greatest enjoyment of

existence is to live dangerously.

– The Joyful Wisdom:- Friedrich Nietzsche

One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

If you cannot be the king, be a healer.

– Ancient Sinhala aphorism from an ola manuscript of 500 BC

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

– Tao Te Ching

Hatred & bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can

do that. Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love

harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

– Martin Luther King

Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.

– Warren Buffet

Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.

– Anonymous


Gluten Free Melba Toast

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Find Di on Facebook at “South African Gluten Free Recipe Exchange”

Her email is

 “Here is a very easy recipe for making crunchy, delicious Melba Toast that is Gluten Free and Vegan. It makes the perfect ‘dipper’ for hummus or guacamole or your favourite spread. Munching on a piece of Melba Toast instead of salty crackers is much healthier!”

1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

1 Tbl apple cider vinegar

3 Tbl ground linseed

1 Tbl olive oil

1 ¾ cup white rice flour

¼ tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp bicarb

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

Sesame seeds for sprinkling.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius Gas 4.  Lightly oil a baking sheet.

In a bowl stir together milk and apple cider vinegar. Let sit for a minute, then stir in linseed and let sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir in the oil.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, xanthan gum, bicarb, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the middle, pour the wet mix in and stir.

Mix with a strong spoon until it comes together in a dough or use a mixer.

Shape dough into an oval shape and place on baking sheet.

Brush with extra olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Allow to completely before cutting into very thin slices and arranging over a baking sheet.

Bake at 130 degrees celcius for 90 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.