BEWARE THOSE OF FLASHY FOOD SUPPLEMENTS – DR. JONATHAN DLAMINI
…giant food supplement distributors coupling their trade with religion and quack expertise in the likes of Dynapharm are major culprits in misleading the public, courtesy of government’s reluctance to upgrade its laws and enforce controls
anzini based medical practitioner Dr. Jonathan Dlamini has decried the sudden upsurge in advertising of food supplements that purport to offer short cuts to everlasting cures especially of non-communicable diseases. This also comes in the wake of announcements by the ministry of health in collaboration with World Health Organisation that treatment of noncommunicable diseases would now be available at clinics. This was made known by WHO Health Promotion Officer Dr. Kevin Makadzange on Wednesday.
Dr. Dlamini says the advertisements in print, electronic and oral media that promise excellent and disease free living at face value with no side effects of their products are misleading by all means. He advises that people must simply stick to their everyday balanced fresh food diet. He says under normal circumstances food supplements are recommended by qualified medical practitioners for a specific reason, say in the event a patient suffers from anemia. He explains that the human body only needs a certain amount of the supplement for that specific reason and all the other pile up of supplements would be eliminated by the body.
He blames the proliferation of the trading in manufacturing and distribution of supplements on the race after money. Sellers in the quest for cash invest huge sums in educating people about supplements in order to make them dependent because of the psychological processes associated with advertising and convincing people. In the end people become dependent on the supplements which are also made available even by the very medical practitioners and pharmacists in the quest for business at the expense of health.
“Now the food supplements are the buzzword. This country has a long history of this type of indoctrination, from African potato, Golden Products, to Ubhejane people have believed that these substances can replace a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle that also involves exercising the body. These products don’t cure any disease.”
Dr Dlamini says in some instances the distributors of these supplements pose as doctors by making patients touch certain objects that will diagnose a host of diseases that these supplements can cure but then if this is true why do doctors spend so many years studying the use of such gadgets as CT Scans if there are these short cuts. In some instances young girls are sent for two week crash courses and return to diagnose and apply the supplements as medicines to desperate patients. The doctor says the state has a responsibility to defend the public from such dubious practices by the use and enforcement of appropriate legislation. In mainstream hospitals, clinics or health centres qualified medical practitioners do recommend the use of supplements and they do so appropriately not haphazardly for the sake of profit. He says he is particularly against people being misinformed, adding that it pains persons of his calibre when patients reject appropriate prescriptions all because they have been brainwashed by persuasive advertising for certain quack drugs especially for those suffering from such diseases as diabetes, cancers or HIV. “Surely we need to regulate and control distribution and marketing.” He further observes that most of the distributors of the drugs are not registered with the Dental and Medical Council but only with the ministry of commerce and therefore subscribe to no ethical conduct.
A ‘medical’ prescription from Dynapharm International Eswatini with the motto “health, wealth and freedom” for the ‘treatment’ of herpes has nine different types of supplements that amount to E2 007 and must all be swallowed or applied by the patient at different times of the day with suggestions of behavoural practices that will enhance the potency of the ‘drugs’. Yaegano capsules 2x3, 30 minutes before meals at E340; Ginali capsules 2x2 before meals at E370; Prolina 1x2 before meals at E530 or E342; Spirulina 5x3 20 minutes before meals at E330; Sea Cucumber Jelly 1x2 am at E400[apply on the wound]; Gano Coffee E200; Gano Soap E114; Gano Lotion?; and Feminine Wash E53. On the ‘prescriptions note there is the human anatomy with arrows pointing at every part of the body where the ailments emanate from and at the head of the skeleton it is written “patient’s/client’s complaints and nutritionist observation’ with Dynapharm recommended products: vascular resistance+elasticity+t; myocardial o.c.+t; slight sugar increase, herpes; painful periods; immune system positive; obesity. Reduce weight, exercise; eat small regular meals, take at least eight glasses of water daily; practice hygiene; avoid re-infection.
For further consultations and restocking contacts of one Joseph Kipsang are provided on the ‘sick note’ with a patting note at the bottom “the power of one, the power of all”.
Boosting immunity is one of the top goals of people who take supplements. Many are convinced that supplements can prevent colds and other health disorders.
In South Africa, almost half of the population, or 46 percent, take some form of daily nutritional supplement. Those who don’t take supplements cited different reasons for their decisions. About 22 per cent admitted to confusion about which supplements to take, and 18 per cent mentioned that the prices were too high. Nevertheless, the supplement business is booming in South Africa where the industry generated R48m in a year just for immunityboosting supplements. The overall supplement market in South Africa has increased from E2.9 billion in 2014 to E3.8 billion in 2016, which is a growth rate of 13.5 per cent annually. This growth occurred despite sluggish growth in other areas of the economy.
Supplement safety should be each consumer’s overriding concern. You should check with your health provider or pharmacist before beginning any supplement therapy. ‘Natural’ doesn’t mean safe–there are many ‘natural’ poisons. Some herbs can harm the liver and prove dangerous to pregnant or nursing women.
You should always determine the potential health benefits and risks before beginning supplementation. Take the proper dose for the recommended intervals. If you don’t know the answers to your questions, wait until you can get the information you need to make an informed decision about taking supplements. Supplements can strengthen immunity, build muscle and prevent certain medical disorders if you research their efficacy and take them as intended.
Did you know that there are foods you are eating every day that are killing you slowly? Most of us have a number of these foods on our menu, but if you combine all of these, you’ll get a deadly combo and you need to start making changes to your diet. So analyze what you eat and start making the right choices today. Here’s the list of 20 foods that are killing you slowly.
Try to avoid or limit the intake of these foods as much as you can.
Some of these foods lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Not to forget obesity and all the anxiety and depression that can come with it. cloudfront.net f you have a sweet tooth, there are much healthier ways to satisfy your cravings. Sugar is highly addictive, and other than spiking your glucose levels and
Inaturalnews.com eli meats such as salami, ham, bologna, etc. are full of nitrates, sodium, preservatives, and additives. All these substances can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease,
Dcreating fat, it can lead to heart disease. Avoid sugar as much as you can to decrease the risk of diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease, and much more. Enjoy a bowl of fruit or add honey to your recipes instead of sugar. diabetes, and even behaviuoral problems and learning difficulties in children.
To decrease the negative effects, opt for deli meats from your local butcher instead of those from supermarkets. Or even better, learn to avoid them.
GURU: Dr. Jonathan Dlamini.