Monday, June 02, 2008

02 June 2008 – Health

On the first weekday of June we had an interview with Nelmarie Du toit from the Child Accident Prevention Foundation - we spoke about Child Injuries. June is Child Protection Month so most of our interviews will focus on that. It is reported that Children and adolescents are at high risk for many injuries that can lead to death or disability. Drowning is said to be the second leading cause of injury death among children 14 years and younger. But Nelmarie gave us a breakdown in terms of common child injuries and preventative measures that parents or caregivers need to take. If you want more information you can contact their offices on (021) 685 5208 or visit This interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union.

Also joining us was Dr. Andro Theart a pediatrician and together we looked at abdominal pain in children. According to Health 24, Recurrent abdominal pain is common in childhood, occurring in at least 10 percent of preschool and school-age children. It further states that in children younger than two-years-old, there is usually a cause which can be found and treated. But in older children only about 10 percent of cases with abdominal pain have a so-called organic cause. Dr. Theart explained more. For more information you can contact (021) 930 5522 or visit for a listing of pediatrician near you.

Speaking to us about the dangers of detox dieting was Shân Biesman-Simons, a registered dietician and the Director of Nutrition and Education at the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. According to an article issued by the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, people who turn to a detox diet as a way of ‘cleansing' or ‘detoxifying' their bodies can damage their immune system. Experts say there is little evidence that extreme regimens such as the Master Cleanse or Fruit Flush do anything more than lead to unpleasant, unhealthy side effects. Shân explained more on such diets like the famous cabbage soup diet or Beyoncé’s lemon juice mixed with maple syrup concoction. Remember, healthy people already have a built-in detoxification system. By including fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of fibre (like I do), lean meat and fish high in omega 3, low fat dairy products and plenty of water in your diet, your body will naturally detox itself. For more information on a healthy balanced diet and heart healthy habits contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 or visit


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