Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition of increased number of bacteria present in the small intestine. SIBO is a subset of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). SIBO affects between 10% and 15% of the population globally. It is estimated that over 50% of patients diagnosed with IBS actually have SIBO. SIBO is caused by […]

GUT Microbiome

GUT Microbiome by Vanita Dahia The gut microbiome is a complex community of microbial organisms living in the small and large intestine. This microbial community is made up of a hundred trillion microorganisms containing more than 1000 different species. The microbiome is made up of bacteria predominantly, together with yeasts, viruses and parasites all collectively […]

The Power of Amino Acids in the Magnificent Egg

The Power of Amino Acids in the Magnificent Egg by Vanita Dahia A chicken egg is considered to be a nearly perfect amino acid food. Amino acids are central to virtually every function of the human body. The pool of amino acids is highly dynamic, changing moment by moment by shifting the flow of metabolic […]

Exercise, Hot Flushes, Sweating and Iodine Deficiency

Exercise, Hot Flushes, Sweating and Iodine Deficiency by Vanita Dahia Doesn’t it feel amazing to have a good sweat after a session of exercise? Fed up of sweating during menopause? Constantly sweating irrespective of the temperature? Generally, most people tend to sweat when they have exerted themselves during exercise, live in humid environments, or are […]

The importance of glutamate before you eat that next piece of steak

by Vanita Dahia What does aggression, schizophrenia, motor neurone disease, seizures, ADD have in common? Glutamate from your humble steak! Gluatamate is the most powerful excitatory neurotransmitter that is released by nerve cells in the brain. Over-excitation of these neurons can cause cell damage and and cell death, or as some would say, “the brain […]

The Impact of Mould on Allergies and Health

The Impact of Mould on Allergies and Health Allergic reactions of progressively increasing not only to food but also to environmental pollutants, volatile solvents, dust mites, plant pollens and mould. An allergy is a hyperactive response of the immune system which will initiate a histamine mediated inflammatory response. Typically, symptoms may occur within minutes to […]

Nerve Agents Affecting Your Health

Nerve Agents Affecting your Health?

Nerve Agents Affecting Your Health? We are all on alert following recent deaths after exposure of nerve agents. The airtime attests to the lesser of publicity, awareness and subsequent political changes. Let’s get the scary part of nerve agents out of the way… Nerve agents, previously known as nerve gases were originally developed for the […]

Pharmacists’ Support Services Charity Dinner for Chinese New Year

Pharmacists’ Support Services Charity Dinner for Chinese New Year Pharmacists’ Support Services (PSS) offer a listening ear for pharmacists in times of stress,  as close as your phone. The Pharmacists’ Support Service is a free service run by pharmacists for pharmacists. It is an independent incorporated association supported by the profession which provides support to […]

Indigestion vs Hypochlorhydria

Indigestion vs Hypochlorhydria by Vanita Dahia Seeing, smelling, tasting or thinking about food signals the appetite regulatory hormones in the brain to stimulate hunger, salivate, and initiate the release of digestive enzymes. The anticipation of eating begins the process of digestion with biliary, enzyme and acid secretions. Digestion plays a key role in preparation of […]