Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ackel Zwane 3. SUGAR 4. DELI MEATS

…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. cloud­ 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

Inat­u­ral­ 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.

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