We might hear the term schizophrenia relatively often but do we really know what it’s all about?
Is it a disease or a personality disorder? How many people suffer from schizophrenia? What are the symptoms that indicate schizophrenia? Are there certain ‘triggers’ that can cause the development of schizophrenia?

One of my regular radio guests, Psychologist/Counsellor Genevieve Milnes M.App.Psych, MA (Couns), B.Ed, B.Div, from the Belmont Counselling Clinic, joined me again today during my morning programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM.

We started a discussion on schizophrenia today. We’ll be looking at the subject over the next few weeks as we move towards discussing treatment methods and the steps that people need to take to regain their mental health. We’ll also look at what to do if you know someone with schizophrenia and what you can do to help.

If you’d like to hear the first part of our series you can click on the media player below.

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Being robbed blind

Being a teenage mugger can be a risky career choice.

A seventeen year old thug who tried to steal a carton of cigarettes from a blind man in a German railway station got a lot more than he expected recently. The victim just happened to be the former world champion in blind judo.

Police said the youth demanded the pack of cigarettes before punching the ex-champion in the face.

The blind man sprang into action, throwing the mugger to the ground and holding him down until police, who were called by another commuter, reached Marburg Station.

I hope he’s learnt just how bad cigarettes can be for your health.

Posted by Rodney Olsen

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Getting in shape for summer

That’s it. Enough is enough.

I won’t say that I’m not in shape at the moment, it’s just that the shape I’m in is not a particularly good one. The kilos have been creeping on and it’s time to bite the bullet, without swallowing it of course, and take action to get ready for the coming summer months.

The cold, dark mornings have got me completely out of the habit of riding extra kilometres before work. I’m still riding to work every day but it’s not really far enough to keep me as fit as I need to be. With the sun starting to rise a little earlier I need to take advantage of the extra daylight to put in a few more hours on my bike each week.

Nutritionist / Naturopath Philip Bridgeman of Wisdom for Health devised his Daniel’s Diet some years ago and many people have used it to great effect as a way to kick start a healthy long term eating plan. It’s a ten day detox diet that helps weight to drop, energy to rise and minds to think more clearly.

I tried Daniel’s Diet before with great results but human nature being what it is, I didn’t follow through in continuing to eat a healthy diet.

So what kind of results do people get on the Daniel’s Diet? There are several stories of the help that people have received through the diet on the Wisdom for Health webpage but here’s a few comments from one of the more outstanding cases.

“My mother took me to consult with Philip. I was very overweight and couldn’t seem to lose it. I felt bloated and “puffy” as well as having no energy. Due to all this I was lacking in confidence and had a poor self-image. On Daniel’s Diet in 10 days I lost 10 kg. I was feeling so good I continued on following the diet. In 3 months I lost 25 kg and regained all my energy and self-esteem. My Mom is so impressed she is now following the diet.”

So the time has come for me to detox.

For the next ten days I’ll be eating a range of fruits, nuts and vegetables. I’ll be cutting out coffee, dairy products and all sorts of processed foods.

I’ve had a healthy breakfast and I’m now sipping my last coffee for at least ten days. It’s a magnificent long black created with the finest coffee beans from Five Senses. It’s magnificent but I’ll have to go without my favourite drop for the next little while.

I’ll keep you informed of my progress and let you know if it’s working for me.

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