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What makes a good multivitamin?

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What makes a good multivitamin?

Biolife Multivitamin + Antioxidants has been developed to incorporate all important vitamin & mineral ingredients in quantities in excess of the minimum recommended daily requirements. The product is suitable for vegetarians.

The immune system

The immune system plays an integral part in ones well-being. Immune simply means that you are protected from acquiring something. Essentially, when one is in good health one’s immune system is working optimally.


If one ate five portions of fresh vegetables daily in addition to following a good eating plan, exercised 3-4 times a week, was stress free, emotionally well-balanced, and lived in a pollution free environment, then supplementation would be unnecessary.

It is however believed that the manner in which we ‘work, eat and play’ within a polluted environment, may necessitate supplementation with vitamins. A balanced approach to exercise, work and nutrition will certainly also play a part in remaining healthy.

Magnesium Oil – It is not a miracle it is a science!

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Every athlete gets injured from time to time, and most athletes want to heal naturally and quickly without having to resort to drugs or surgery. “There is no greater way to accomplish this than by using transdermal Magnesium Chloride,” says Dr Carolyn Dean, author of the book The Magnesium Miracle.

Trans-dermal (absorbed through the skin) Magnesium Chloride oil enhances recovery from athletic activity or injuries.  It reduces pain and inflammation while propagating quicker regeneration of issues. It increases flexibility, which helps avoid injury, and it also increases strength and endurance.

On the performance side, Magnesium provides a valuable buffer for lactic acid produced by strenuous exercise. Accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles can impair performance, endurance, and cause athletes to “hit the wall”. Magnesium will help prevent this. Magnesium therapy is not just healing, it’s preventative too. Hamstring injuries can be avoided through Magnesium supplementation because contraction and relaxation are dependent on adequate cellular levels of Magnesium.

A Magnesium oil sports massage helps increase flexibility and muscle tone, and therefore reduces the risk of injury. Other benefits are breakdown of scar tissue after injury, improved blood circulation and increased oxygenation to the tissues which provides general relaxation and stress reduction and improves sports performance. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to over-exertion and/or overuse, a Magnesium oil massage can break them down quickly and effectively.

A Magnesium oil sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an elite athlete or a once a week jogger.

Health Matrix Magnesium Oil is a trans-dermal solution of pharmaceutical grade Magnesium chloride and pristine Kalahari Crystal Salt in ultra-purified, re-vitalized water. It contains approximately 600mg of elemental Magnesium per level teaspoon (5ml).


The Year of the Water Snake – 2013

Year of the snake 2013


 The year of the Snake is 6th in the Chinese calendar & follows on after the Dragon. 2013 is the year of the water snake. Feng Shui master, Debra Duneier has these tips to share…

  1.  If thoughts are negative, there is stress, fear or doubt in the mind, shift them all aside as the year of the Snake will provide all that is needed.
  2. As it is the year of the water snake, welcome the year with water energy represented by the colours black, navy blue or dark green.
  3. To reap the generous rewards of the snake energy, caution in business, real estate dealings & personal partnerships is advised. Investigate all angles & be well informed before making any major decisions.
  4. The water snake is black like deep water, bringing personal reflection & unexpected changes. This is a time when planning ahead is most valuable, so allow spontaneity to step aside.
  5. The year of the snake will be a prosperous year if talents are used with conscious intention &  the budget adhered to.

Snakes shed their skin & in various cultures are symbolic of new beginnings & transformation. They are also twined around the healer’s staff. The Chinese believe that their family will never go hungry in the year of the snake.

Zeta Lewis, local Feng Shui practitioner shared her take…

The Water Snake ushers in a period of transformation. Think of a snake shedding it’s skin. It finds a quiet, protected space & sloughs off it’s layer of dead skin. Symbolically, we can relate this to the release of old, restrictive patterning & behaviours. With it’s shiny new skin, Snake is sensitive & needs time before getting on with it’s normal life.

This will be a period of heightened sensitivities, gracefulness, powerful emotional healing & major shifts.

Also the beginning of a new Lou Shou (known as the magic square) meaning that in the new year we return to the original form for Feng Shui and the ‘Flying Stars’.

To have these done specifically to enhance the next 12 years, consult a local Feng Shui practitioner…

Healthy Choices Issue 3

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Ecomo Homes

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This is an article that appeared in issue 3 of Vibrant Life; the previous incarnation of this magazine. I must admit, I’m still in love with the beauty and simplicity of this design. All the best to Pietro and his team.

The ecomo home is a compact home designed for modern, simple living in collaboration with nature. The design is based on basic sustainable, green design principles. The ecomo home offers a low-maintenance, modern, well-designed green housing alternative.

The ecomo home is a predesigned, prefabricated, customised home, offering numerous options in layout, size and finish. These custom designs allow unique solutions for unique sites and are sustainable, thoughtfully designed, modular systems built.
The ecomo home concept consists of three units:
1- Sleep
2- Play
3- Live
These three elements can be arranged to the client’s need or some of these elements can simply be added at a later stage. This offers a big freedom to simply increase the size of the house when needed.

This guarantees high levels of quality as construction takes place at an off site factory and offers a truly streamlined process, as well as predictable timeframes and costs for our clients. Further, through factory-based construction, impact on the new home site is minimized.

The ecomo home’s modular design means that it can be situated anywhere with little damage to the environment. A modular home also affords construction efficiencies, virtually eliminating waste materials that are normally associated with home building.
Through the use of renewable solar energy, the ecomo house does not depend on electricity lines, thereby reducing the long-term cost of ownership and widening the range of potential building sites.

For more information please contact Pietro Russo 072 445 9373

Golden Buddha, painted by Heine De Waal

What is Reiki?

Heiné de Waal received has Masters Initiation (Shiki Ryoho) in 1998. Additional initiations were later received into Karuna Reiki and traditional Japanese Reiki (Ryoho). Heiné can be contacted for treatments and tuition at 072 293 9478 or

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient method of natural healing dating back to the Far East. This technique was named after the founder, Mikao Usui – a Japanese theologist. He rediscovered this art of healing in the mid 1800’s through years of studying history and medical books; both Buddhist and Christian scriptures; psychology; Taoism and even the art of divination. Following a prolonged period of meditation, Mikao Usui acquired this ability of transferring Universal Life Energy, which he called Reiki (Usui Ryoho Reiki = Usui’s natural method of healing with Universal energy). He then committed to teach others how to act as channels for this energy.

Reiki is not a religion or doctrine, but more of a philosophy, a way of living. When a person undergoes a session of Reiki, they allow the energy to be taken with beneficial effects. This puts the recipient in an empowering position and not the practitioner. Those whom use Reiki regularly often find that they are more joyful, lively and their inbuilt energy is enhanced. It is almost as if their batteries have been fully charged!

There are many energy healing modalities and can be confusing to the lay person. Reiki is a simple and uncomplicated technique, requiring only your intuition and obviates the need for props. In order for technique to “qualify” as Reiki, it needs to consist of 5 elements:
• Five daily principles
• Breathing techniques
• Symbols with mantras
• Initiation/attunement
• Palm healing

The Reiki Treatment

Deep relaxation is central to a Reiki session. The extent to which Reiki can work is defined by the receiver of the energy, because only the necessary amount of energy is absorbed. If the receiver is not accepting of the energy or feels negative about it, then its effectiveness will be reduced.

How do I learn Reiki?

One does not need any previous experience to become a Reiki practitioner; however, you would require an attunement or initiation. This attunement (Reiju = blessing) can be done only by a Reiki Master (Teacher). The student should also have an open heart, the desire to receive the Reiki transmission and carry the intention to use it. Through the process of attunements, energy will automatically start flowing. The more you work with the energy, the stronger the flow of Reiki will become.

There are four degrees of Reiki. Reiki I is primarily for self-healing and hands-on healing to others.

The next level of Reiki focuses on emotional-, mental- and karmic healing. In this second degree the student is introduced to symbols and how to work with them. Healing with Reiki II adds considerable power to direct sessions. It also adds methods and tools for performing healing on a person or animal not physically present. This is referred to as distance healing.

The third degree of Reiki is an advanced level of this technique. It involves higher spiritual energy and achieves more spiritual healing. Reiki III is recommended especially to those who wish to make Reiki a major part of their lives.

The last level is the Master level. A Reiki Master is simply a teacher of Reiki and one who has mastered the discipline. No ego or ownership should be involved in this title.

You don’t need to be a therapist to use Reiki. Most people use it on themselves, family and friends, even plants and animals. It can promote a better quality to life and greater harmony with the environment. Some practitioners of Reiki see it as a form of art.

Issue 2 is now available for your reading pleasure

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Good news for lovers of Absolute Organix’s Omega Pure

Absolute Organix Omega Pure – a 100% vegan source of the Omega-3 essential fat DHA – is being relaunched later this month.  Omega Pure has been absent from the market for over a year because of supply problems. We are now sourcing from a brand-new producer in Switzerland who has assured us of continuous supply.

Using a proprietary fermentation process, the DHA in Omega Pure is extracted from micro-algae, Nature’s original source of  this essential fat which is usually obtained from krill and oily fish.

Omega Pure is  an especially good choice of Omega-3 for pregnant  and breast-feeding women (DHA is the key brain-building fat for infants): the algae are grown under pristine conditions in ponds completely free of any ocean contaminants like mercury and dioxins or, in the case of farmed fish, of antibiotics and growth hormones. Of course, that makes Omega Pure a smart choice for everyone!

And unlike marine oils which require intensive cleaning/heating in order to extract the fatty acids, the oils in Omega-Pure are cold-extracted, so the quality and bio-availability of the DHA is of the highest order.

Omega Pure will be available in glass bottles of 60 vegecaps each containing 200mg of DHA.

Note: the algae used to produce the DHA in Omega Pure are guaranteed non-GMO.

Trace elements and Neuropsychological problems as reflected in Tissue Mineral Analysis (TMA) Patterns

Excerpts from the conference of “Research Strategies for Assessing the Behavioral Effects of Food and Nutrients” appeared in Science in 1982. The paper stated, “The effects are subtle, but a number of scientists are finding that people do react to the food they eat.” In 1983 Wurtman stated in Lancet, “most drugs that modify normal and abnormal behaviors do so by changing the amounts of particular neurotransmitters present within the brain synapses or by influencing the interactions between transmitter molecules and their post synaptic receptors. If a food constituent can be shown to cause similar changes in the release or actions of one of these neurotransmitters, there is every reason to expect that the nutrient will also be able to influence behaviour.”1 To further quote Dr Wurtman. “there is no longer any real controversy over whether nutrients can affect behavior.”

Dr Wutman began studying the effects of food on brain biochemistry over ten years ago. His work focused mainly on amino acids as the precursors to neurotransmitters. However; vitamins and especially minerals are also known to affect brain function. Approximately twenty years prior to Dr Wurtman’s reports, Dr Hoffer, Dr Osmond and co workers were pioneering the biochemical basis of mental illness. Their work has led to an effective nutritional treatment of serious mental disorders – a treatment that is continually expanding in its application.

Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury are found ubiquitously in our environment: therefore, exposure is not uncommon. Excessive body burdens of heavy metals are known to contribute to emotional changes and neurological impairment. Studies have shown that emotional status of an individual can affect the absorption and excretion of minerals .2 Trace minerals have been shown to influence hormones at several levels of action, similarly, hormones have been shown to affect trace mineral metabolism, including excretion and transport.

Since it is well known that psychic factors can trigger an increase in mineral excretion and/or absorption, it is reasonable to assume that chronic emotional stress may be reflected in TMA patterns. Thus far TMA research has found significant findings on mineral and heavy metal relationships. 34

1 Wurtman RJ,Behaviouraleffects of nutrients – Lancet May 1983

2 Hathaway ML: Magnesium in human nutrition USDA Washington 1962

3 Rimland B: Hair mineral analysis and behavior; analysis of 51 studies. J.Learn.Dis May 1983

4 Lester ML: Refined carbohydrate intake, hair cadmium levels and cognitive function in children. Nutr. and Behavior 1:3 1982

H.E.S. Trace Minerals; Trace Mineral: Natural Balance, Perfect Solution


Dr. Alexis Carrel, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1912, states,
“Soil is the basis of all human life and our only hope for a healthy world…. All of life will be either healthy or unhealthy according to the fertility of the soil. Minerals in the soil control the metabolism of cells in plant, animal and man….* Diseases are created chiefly by destroying the harmony reigning among mineral substances present in infinitesimal amounts in air, water and food, but most importantly in the soil.” * Even the American Medical Association recognizes the importance of minerals in our diet. “Variations in the distribution of certain minerals in the environment are known to have an effect on health.”


Keeping minerals in proper balance throughout the body while providing all of them in sufficient quantities needed for optimal health is complex. This is further complicated when using a bullet approach based on the latest research that finds specific deficiencies and then supplements the diet with just that particular nutrient: The complexity of the mineral imbalance problem is apparent. It is apparent that our understanding of the mechanisms of mineral imbalances is fragmentary. New inter-relationships are constantly being discovered. We are presently recognizing and correcting only a small fraction of the mineral imbalance problems plaguing animals and man.

Imbalanced interactions cause many problems when we consistently consume single processed or refined minerals that are out of proportion with the other minerals and trace minerals. This is particularly evident when it comes to the most commonly refined mineral that South Africans take into their diet, sodium chloride (table salt) and it’s effects on hypertension.

Clearly, nutrients function interactively both in the body and in their impact on blood pressure regulation. Whenever the consumption of a single nutrient is significantly altered, an entirely new dietary pattern is created. Nutrients occur in clusters in the diet and may therefore act synergistically to alter physiologic variables such as blood pressure.

These relationships can, however, have an equally profound benefit on human health when minerals are consumed in proper ratios. Certain minerals and trace elements, when found in proper balance, can serve additional non-classical roles such as acting as antioxidants. Minerals and trace elements can also help each other in the process of assimilation and add additional safety buffers for minerals that have the potential of being toxic to human health.

Within the blood stream, lymphatic fluid, cells and extracellular fluid, minerals and trace elements can be found completely dissociated into solution , which can also be called electrolyte or ionic form. In this state, they all have specific positive or negative electrical signatures that cause a dynamic equilibrium to take place. The body can use minor changes in this equilibrium to create proper osmotic pressure and move nutrients to the areas that need them most and create electrical impulses that run the entire nervous system.

This same equilibrium can also be found in the seas around the world where minerals and trace minerals have collected and concentrated in liquid ionic form for millions of years. It is astounding to realize that the dynamic equilibrium that takes place with liquid ionic minerals and trace elements has created the same basic balance in sea water that is found in healthy blood plasma and lymphatic fluid.

Utah’s Great Salt Lake, where Mineral Resources International harvest Low Sodium ConcenTrace® Ionic Trace Mineral Drops, is ten times more concentrated than sea water, and the largest body of concentrated sea water in the world and is particularly rich in certain minerals and trace minerals like magnesium, selenium, lithium, and boron which are vitally important to human health.

“The Great Salt Lake [has] concentrated many of the same minerals found in the sea through geothermal and evaporative processes. These natural sources of the elements can provide a rich source of minerals compatible to human physiological needs.” 1

“Because of it’s high concentration, the dynamic equilibrium has caused the Great Salt Lake to be uniquely low in certain toxic, heavy metals: … The total soluble concentrations of heavy metals in the water are extremely low. The heavy metals in the lake, along with clays, organic materials and carbonates, are precipitating to the sediments and deep brines where anaerobic conditions and sulfide formed by sulfate reducing bacteria immobilize the metals. The lake thus avoids accumulation of heavy metals and is nontoxic and self-cleansing.”

Like Your Body, It Only Lights Up with “Ionic” Trace Minerals
Every second of every day your body relies on ionic minerals and trace minerals to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Without these impulses, not a single muscle, including your heart, would be able to function.

Your brain would not function and the cells would not be able to use osmosis to balance water pressure and absorb nutrients. In fact, “many vital body processes depend on the movement of ions across cell membranes. Recent research indicates that minerals may play a significant role against a variety of degenerative diseases and processes.* They may also prevent and reduce injury from environmental pollutants and enhance the ability to work and learn. They can also protect the body from the effects of toxic minerals.