In the late 1930s, the word 'psychosomatic' was added to the medical dictionary. It's purpose was to explain illnesses in the body with psychological causes. It was useful back then, but it's an abstraction - an 'idea'. It's not a concrete fact. It's not quite 1930 anymore, and this little word has become somewhat of a nuisance. However, it's wedged itself...

It doesn't matter what exercise you do - whether it's CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, aerobics or gymnastic training: all of them can damage your body - badly! On top of that - if you're in a class of 20 people, the trainer can not possibly be mindful of your unique form. So you need to know your body pretty well...

By Dr. Albert Viljoen "Then why on earth are you hosting a diet-show?" Yesterday, DSTV launched a new program, Die Eet Oorlog (Eating War), in which I facilitate a coaching-process with three very brave women, on their journies to weight loss. The three ladies wanted to go on three different diet-plans: Banting, Paleo and the Mediterranean diet. This is the challenge with...

You have a physio on speed-dial, and pain-killers in your back pocket. You’ve been to an acupuncturist, a chiro, a reflexologist, an energy-healer, and - to your shame - even tried that horse-cream your grandmother swears by. You follow the latest blogs on ‘living healthy', swallow a handful of ’natural’ supplements with your morning-coffee and spent half of your income...

You are one incredible creature.  The discoveries we’ve made in the last couple of decades about how humans work are mind-blowing! For a moment, though, I'd like you to forget what you know about your body: all the illustrations and diagrams on where your lungs are, how your mind looks and what your blood-cells do. Put out of your mind those...

We just love running after extremes, don’t we? Something is either the absolute worst, or heaven on earth. Don’t say it is ‘good in these ways’ and ‘bad in those ways’ : it’s too complex, and our eyes glaze over. But, in the words of Chesterton : "A dead man swings, a live man stands solidly on the ground.”   Why chase the...

The Fads are Confusing: It's virtually impossible to stay on top of all the latest fads in nutrition. In the last 60 years, we've already gone full-circle; from whole-fat, to low-fat & and back to "butter is best". So, what is the truth? Why do the "expert" opinions play merry-go-round? (And, what's up with the latest coconut-water craze!?) There's a complex system...