Mindfulness in the time of pandemic fear - by Paul Carlos

With the dramatic emergence and rapid spread of Covid-19 currently causing global fear and widespread disruption, it seems that we all need some urgent relief and effective solutions to rebalance our-selves and counteract the psychic waves of fear and negativity. The Covid-19 counter measures taken by governments worldwide have forced us all into a condition of isolation, which we may well feel as an infringement upon our ability to express warmth and feelings with family, friends and colleagues. 

Ian Craig
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Coronavirus - a pandemic or simply pandemonium?

I’m sitting here in my Johannesburg clinic, watching hordes of people walk past my window wearing masks, as they head for the pathology lab around the corner. The sci-fi sensation that I am feeling simply reflects the current world mayhem, a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, and a few days after our president, Cyril Ramaphosa, outlined our country’s aggressive steps to suppress its spread.

Ian Craig
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The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis

The HPA axis used to be a bit of a well kept secret to nutrition and functional practitioners - it helped them to understand what was happening to the endocrine (hormonal) system of a stressed out client who was devoid of energy and was potentially struggling with their weight. Now the term ‘HPA axis’ has come into more common use in health language, but I’ll bet that the majority of you don’t actually know what it means, or at least what is significant about it!

Ian Craig
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My Dad - a tribute and a personal reflection

On the 8th of January 2019, two months ago by the date of writing, my Dad (Jim Craig) tragically passed away while cycling along the Braamfontein Spruit near my home in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was riding with me and his 3-year old grandson Alex, who travels with me on his child seat. My Dad fell as he rode through a storm water drain and according to the autopsy report, incurred a ‘blunt force trauma to his neck’, dying more-or-less instantaneously.

Ian Craig
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