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About our Natural Medicines

Natural medicine has been used as a reputable method of healing for over 60,000 years based on archaeological evidence.
Today, the World Health Organisation states that three quarters of the world’s population use natural medicines and herbs for basic healthcare.
Natural Medicine is very much intrinsically tied to achieving optimal overall wellbeing, healing and holistic preventative action. The overall effect of these benefits can be life changing when used properly.
This means only taking medicines overseen by a natural medicine doctor or working with a professional health practitioner.
Here are the major benefits of using natural medicine.

Optimal Recovery

Natural medicines are a completely safe approach to prevention, recovery, healing and health support. Used in the right dosage, individually prescribed for your needs, they are a safe and effective way of, in some instances, opting away from or helping to support pharmacy medications.
When used properly there are very few, if any, downsides to including natural medicines as part of your health regime.

Mitigated risk of side effects

Unlike a lot of pharmacy medications, there are far fewer side effects when natural medicine is used as prescribed.
The formulations are designed to support and strengthen the body in an ongoing capacity. Despite their high efficacy, they have significantly less instances of dire reactions, dependency and complications. If you decide to pause your use of natural medicine, you will not experience debilitating withdrawal symptoms but, you may experience the return of the symptoms you were seeking to stop with the natural medicines.

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The Science

In the not too distant past, the only health care that was available to the common man was self-care. While medical science existed in a very rudimentary state, it was by no means as prolific as it is today, nor was it based on anything we would recognize as scientific.

Modern medicine indeed has undergone the most remarkable revolution and rises above the dense clouds of superstition on the pillars of science and reason.

But…according to the American Medical Association Journal, over 100,000 Americans die in hospitals every year due to the side effects from regularly-prescribed medications. It’s a truly shocking and deeply disturbing statistic.

Throughout America, an unbelievably vast amount of medication is prescribed on a daily basis. The medical community openly acknowledges the fact that it does not have any cure for a range of common diseases that affect large numbers of people.
Most conventional medicines produce side effects that can range from mild to severe. The reason for this is that most of these drugs contain toxic properties. This explains why there have been so many examples of prescription drugs being withdrawn from the market after enjoying years of FDA approval.

Functional and alternative medicine expresses the philosophy that natural health is a consequence of a variety of different influences operating in harmony. Thus, it seeks to combine the best features from various options in order to promote good health. It accomplishes this worthy objective by focusing on the strong points, preventing the weak ones, and generally advocating a lifestyle that is naturally healthy.

The core belief of the vast array of natural medicinal systems is that all issues related to health, sickness and healing can be overcome through simple means like prevention and a change in individual lifestyle. Natural health follows the oldest rule of medicine: Prevention is better than cure. In view of this, natural medical systems are intended to be totally in control of the individual rather than the doctor or therapist. There is within this concept a clear expression of the importance of personal responsibility for one’s health and wellbeing.

The “natural” in the term natural medicine literally refers to the physical world in which we live, or nature. This is but another way of saying that according to natural health therapy all disease and illness is nothing more than a natural reaction to some other natural action.

At its most basic level it can be said that natural health therapy refers to only one thing: the fundamental biological factors of health, especially as they apply to everyday life in Western society.

Having said that, what natural health therapy firmly implies is that the human body possesses a complete capacity to heal itself from most forms of sickness, mostly through prevention. So as far as natural health thinking goes, all healing is basically self-healing and this is considered to be a basic property of all things alive. Obviously, a broken bone requires treatment and a suitable cast rather than a change in lifestyle to achieve the required and successful healing! But the essential principles of natural healing apply to most situations.

This is one reason why a new generation of doctors is now beginning to recommend complementary, alternative treatments, like herbal therapies and treatments.

Here are some interesting facts:
The annual profits made by pharmaceutical companies through drug sales in the United States alone is over $100 billion.
More than 25% of all prescription drugs available contain plant derivatives.
More than 80,000 types of plants are used globally for medicinal purposes.
Over 75% of the global population depends on herbal remedies for treatment of physical disorders.

The point is that prevention always was and always will be better than any cure, whether the cure follows the mainstream or an alternative course of treatment. One of the great advantages of herbal remedies is that they encourage an individual to move towards a lifestyle that is more geared towards prevention and cure in the early stages of any affliction.

Pharmaceutical drugs are designed to work only after the problem has manifested its effects in the body. They are typically not intended to prevent problems because that would compromise the manufacturing companies’ business model. They have to make a profit. It is, after all, the inescapable nature of business. But if the enormous expense of prescription medication still fails to prevent disease, we have to question the commercial and ethical viability of an industry that prefers to act after – rather than before – the event. This is where herbal remedies leave the mainstream drugs industry far behind. This is why so many people are turning to herbal therapies. Unlike conventional drugs, herbal remedies treat the cause of the disease rather than the symptoms. Herbal remedies also have the advantage in that they present almost no side effects.

People have been using herbs for thousands of years to treat all types of illnesses, diseases and physical disorders. Throughout history we can find examples from countless cultures of their use of herbal remedies. The ancient Egyptians, for example, used herbs for healing and for treating illnesses and their traditions of herbal healing were already considered ancient even in those distant times. There are hieroglyphics that beautifully depict the use of herbs on their ancient tombs and temples. In ancient China and India, herbs were an important part of healing and are still used extensively today in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

In our modern age, more and more people are turning to herbal remedies to cure anything from headaches to skin conditions to colds. You can find an herbal cure for just about anything that ails you. As well as using herbs to heal, there are many herbal remedies that are used specifically as preventative agents to neutralise many types of illnesses before they strike.
It’s a testament to the curative power of herbs that a growing number of conventional medical doctors are also getting involved in the ancient traditions of natural, herbal cures.

Usually, herbal remedies are milder than traditional medicines and have fewer side effects. They are considered as completely safe when used as directed. The body can build up a resistance to some medications, such as antibiotics, especially when they are over-prescribed. There are many ways to use herbs as effective treatments.

Research & Development

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After a research program lasting 11 years, conducted with our esteemed laboratory partners in the USA, we successfully created our own brand of highly effective natural medicines called GEN-X Health.

After launching and working with Gen-X it became apparent to me that the way forward was to use the functional medicine concepts and my Ph.D. in Natural Medicine to create a new and unique range of medicines designed to work symbiotically over a broader range of health conditions and challenges.

A medicine that would offer profound anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, detoxification and psycho-active benefits became an obsession and I realized that this had been my lifelong dream to contribute a new and powerful addition to the exciting new Natural Medicine Movement.

I also felt a very strong calling to visit my home country of South Africa to start a research program into indigenous plant medicines.

It was after the sudden and unexpected death at age 54 of my beloved younger brother Bruce, whose passing was an enormously painful moment of realization that we must never take our health for granted and always strive for new natural answers to the stress and health changes of the 21st century.

This painful experience led to some deep conceptual thinking about the latent power of plant medicines and it moved me so much that I started to feel that we as a species had simply not made use fully of the enormously intense healing properties of plant medicines and especially indigenous South African species …and so started my incredible journey and deep connection with the idea that plant medicine needed to be contributing even more effectively towards our health.

The excitement and feeling of great anticipation started to grow inside me after speaking to several talented and passionate ethno-botanical specialists. One day I decided to start a conversation with a talented young man from South Africa, Jean-Francois Sobiecki B.Sc. Hons. Ethno Bot, who had made it his life’s work to deeply investigate the incredible potential of the botanical kingdoms of South Africa.

His knowledge and passion encouraged me to seek and explore even further this new and exciting plant medicine idea that started my own intense and substantial scientific research and investigation.

Then followed a period of traveling to Cape Town and going up the mountains with various plant medicine specialists to understand exactly what plants and plant processes had been used over hundreds of years by the famous bushman tribes of South Africa … the most knowledgeable of all human species about plant medicine and how to use it.

I was taken by a local friend to meet and talk to the famous bushman Piet Berense (see https://youtu.be/TIVoSv-NWsU) and started to understand so much more about the ethos and micro-metabolic assimilation and philosophy of this unique and centuries old ancient but effective approach to plant medicine. I also realized this approach and method was the key to bring about natural healing on so many levels for us all.

The excitement grew when I realized that this profound healing could happen on so many levels… biological, mental and emotional and of course most importantly, spiritual.

I also discovered the incredible Professor Patrick Bouic in my studies, a famous South African Immunologist whose distinguished medical career of intellectual brilliance at the University of Stellenbosch emerged after he had studied at the University of Lyon and returned to South Africa. He is a full Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch.

He had devoted over 20 years to this calling. I began devouring all his research project findings and conducted a period of intense studies after finding the most complete and well-researched reports I had ever encountered. It was clear it would be necessary to find even more opportunities for healing wisdoms from natural sources so that we as a species could benefit from nature at a time when health challenges and post-Covid awareness were at an all-time high.

What ensued was a process of incredible inspiration, discovery, investigation and profound excitement and joy at finding a plant medicine that not only had 20 years of scientific research behind it, but that was growing right there on the mountains and hills of the Western Cape peninsula – my beautiful home region within the most incredible natural, unspoiled and wonderful plant medicine kingdom.

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Immuno-Shield

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Vita D-Boost

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Your Health Index

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Steps and descriptions for each condition

1 – Cholesterol

Cholesterol is carried through your blood, attached to proteins. This combination of proteins and cholesterol is called a lipoprotein. There are different types of cholesterol, based on what the lipoprotein carries.
They are:
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.
A lipid profile also typically measures triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Having a high triglyceride level can also increase your risk of heart disease.
Factors you can control — such as inactivity, obesity and an unhealthy diet — contribute to high cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol. Factors beyond your control might play a role, too. For example, your genetic makeup might keep cells from removing LDL cholesterol from your blood efficiently or cause your liver to produce too much cholesterol.

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2 – Gut health

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Let’s get right down to the guts of the matter! Whilst countless diet books have focused on fads and fleeting feeding fashions, we’ve had to wait until now to discover that the key to successful weight control is hidden in our intestinal flora. Encouraging the right balance of microbes in our gut and enhancing natural digestion are two of the most important and positive contributions we can make towards generating great health and real weight control.
There is an ancient tradition in many cultures that our intelligence is not simply located in the brain. You might find it surprising that recent research is taking a fresh look at this unusual question and producing some unexpected answers.
Dr Natasha Campbell Macbride, an authority in this fascinating area, states “The importance of your gut flora, and its influence on your health cannot be overstated. It is truly profound. Your gut literally serves as your second brain and even produces more of the neurotransmitter serotonin – known to have a beneficial influence on your mood – than your brain does”.

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3 – Metabolism

Sugar metabolism is the process by which energy contained in the foods that we eat is made available as fuel for the body. The body’s cells can use glucose directly for energy, and most cells can also use fatty acids for energy. Glucose and fructose are metabolized differently, and when they are consumed in excess they may have different implications for health.
Looking at glucose first – when food is consumed, there is a corresponding rise and subsequent fall in blood glucose level, as glucose is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the blood and then taken up into the cells in the body.
Glucose in the blood stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, which then triggers uptake of glucose by cells in the body (e.g. Muscle cells) causing blood glucose to return to base levels. Insulin will turn off fat burning and promote glucose burning as the body’s primary fuel source. Any excess glucose ends up being stored as glycogen in the muscles, and it can also be stored as lipid in the fat tissue.
Fructose is also taken up into the blood from the gut, but in this case, the liver serves as a pre-processing organ that can convert fructose to glucose or fat. The liver can release the glucose and fat into the blood or store it as glycogen or fat depots, which, if sugars are consumed in excess, may lead to fatty liver disease and also increase the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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4 – Immune system

Your immune system protects against disease, infection, and helps you recover after an injury. It’s ready for anything you throw at it. But it can only handle so much.
Stress has a significant effect on your immune system. During stress, a series of events release cortisol, adrenaline, and other stress hormones from the adrenal gland. Together they help your body cope with stress. It’s important to find healthy ways to deal with your stress. This will decrease your risk of long-term stress and its related health problems.
Your immune system can adapt, which is why human beings have been around for so long.
Once your body comes in contact with a foreign substance, it attacks it and remembers it. If it comes back, your body knows what to do. This is most apparent with measles: One infection is usually enough to protect you for life.
The complexity of the immune system is second only to that of the central nervous system, although the immune system is older in evolutionary terms (1). Our immune system is often described as possessing two principal components: innate and adaptive immunity, which work in concert to defend the body against infection.

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5 – Inflammation

Inflammation is a biological response of the immune system that can be triggered by a variety of factors, including pathogens, damaged cells and toxic compounds. These factors may induce acute and/or chronic inflammatory responses in the heart, pancreas, liver, kidney, lung, brain, intestinal tract and reproductive system, potentially leading to tissue damage or disease. Both infectious and non-infectious agents and cell damage activate inflammatory cells and trigger inflammatory signalling pathways.
RESOLUTION OF INFLAMMATION
To prevent progression from acute inflammation to persistent, chronic inflammation, the inflammatory response must be suppressed to prevent additional tissue damage.
Chronic inflammation occurs when acute inflammatory mechanisms fail to eliminate tissue injury, and may lead to a host of diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancers. Understanding the common mechanisms that orchestrate dysfunction in the various organ systems will allow for development and production of improved targeted therapies.

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6 – Menopause

Women’s reactions to menopause vary widely. Some enjoy the change, while others suffer from problems like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, heart palpitations, and mood swings, often for years. But if a woman is healthy, active, and well-nourished, her adrenal glands will usually respond to menopause by creating precursor hormones such as Pregnenolone and DHEA, which are then converted into estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. And if she takes natural steps to encourage this process, it is likely that she can avoid harsh and possibly dangerous medications altogether.
We believe that every woman must be addressed individually. Optimally, it is best to get a hormone test done to find out which hormone imbalances you may have. Saliva testing is a good option. For women with mild to moderate symptoms of menopause, it is generally recommended in functional medicine to use diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements, especially herbal and homoeopathic remedies to alleviate these symptoms. The beauty of this approach is that these natural supplements balance the hormones without the use of risky pharmaceuticals. In addition, the use of natural progesterone appears to be very safe and effective when a stronger approach is needed.
For women with extreme symptoms that are unresponsive to nutritional supplements, the use of natural hormone replacement may be required. This is particularly true of women who had their ovaries removed at an early age or for others with moderate to severe osteoporosis. This is, of course, best done with a doctor who is knowledgeable in natural hormones.

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7 – Nutrition

What we eat is hardly a new idea, but many, if not all, of the menopause symptoms, can be addressed, reduced and even eradicated by altering our dietary habits.
There are foods which seem to trigger or intensify certain menopausal symptoms and transversely there are foods which, when added to our regular diet, help to relieve symptoms.
A balanced, healthy diet is conducive to optimum health at any time of life, but it is especially important for women going through the menopause.
Eating healthy will help control weight gain and contribute positively to your well-being, but what’s more, there are specific foods which seem to alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause.

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8 – Skin

Essentially, as any person ages, the face begins to gradually match the mask less and less. This of course is not an overnight phenomenon, but as a rule, is gradual, occurring over a period of years. This “face ageing” is actually a function of several physiologic changes that occur with time.
The collagen in the face becomes less elastic and allows the soft tissue features of the face to sag inferiorly. In addition, facial fat is generally lost with age, making the facial soft tissues thinner. Finally, the facial soft tissues gradually atrophy compounding the visual “thinning” of the facial soft tissues, as well as making the facial bones appear more prominent.
The Bio-Lift formula combines five different treatments into one – it essentially eliminates the need for multiple time-consuming skincare products. Biolift provides a high dose of hyaluronic acid, retinol, Vitamins A, C and E, natural proteins, and Collagen, the key ingredient – targets every aspect of ageing skin.
The Bio- Lift System ensures proper penetration to make the treatment as effective as possible. Biolift is 100% cruelty-free, paraben-free and hypoallergenic so it’s safe for all skin types, even sensitive. The formula targets five signs of ageing skin: wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, dark spots / pigmentation and dullness.

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9 – Stress

After hundreds of years of research, it has been concluded that people suffering from stress-related disorders tend to show hyperactivity in a particular “preferred system,” or “stress-prone system,” such as the skeletomuscular, cardiovascular, or gastrointestinal system. For example, chronic stress can result in muscle tension and fatigue in some people. For others, it can contribute to high blood pressure, migraine headaches, ulcers, or chronic diarrhea.
The relationship between chronic stress, disease, and ageing is another fascinating area of research. Experts in ageing are examining changing patterns of disease and the increased appearance of degenerative disorders.
Over just a few generations, the threat of infectious diseases such as typhoid, pneumonia, and polio has been replaced with such “modern plagues” as cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, respiratory disorders like asthma and emphysema, and a pervasive incidence of depression. As you age normally, you expect a natural slowing down of your body’s functioning. But many of these mid-to late-life disorders are stress-sensitive diseases.

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10 – Toxins

We are exposed to more than 10,000 different forms of toxin and they are almost everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe, the water we drink and wash in, our daily cleaning materials, cosmetics, and, of course, our precious food supplies. If you add the daily quota of toxic chemicals we consume in the form of artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers such as MSG, pesticides, preservatives, caffeine, over-the-counter medications, alcohol, nicotine, and damaged fats, the list of daily toxic consumption could give you nightmares. But beyond the discomfort of a nightmare, these toxins are harming your body. We should also include those naturally occurring toxins produced by the body as a result of normal, essential cellular functions.
There are five important mechanisms that are harmed by toxins:
– Hormone regulation
– Neuro-regulatory mechanisms
– Immuno-regulatory mechanisms
– Mitochondrial function
– Oxidative stress
Toxins alter thyroid hormone metabolism and receptor function, leading to a slowdown in metabolic rate. Slower metabolic activity means more fat retention. It isn’t difficult to see the connections between constant exposure to toxins and lots of nasty little health problems, unintended weight gain being one of the most obvious.
However, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because we can provide you with the tools you need to start taking action.

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11 – Your weight

Obesity And Toxicity: What Is The Real Connection?
If you’ve ever attempted a weight loss programme, you’ll probably recognise the familiar plateau phase where many people lose a few pounds but then find it really difficult to shed the rest.
People with a higher body mass index (BMI) have a larger volume of places to hold onto toxins. They store more toxins because they have more fat. Those toxins interfere with many normal aspects of metabolism, including reducing thyroid hormone levels and increasing excretion of thyroid hormones via the liver.
Toxins also compete with the thyroid hormones by blocking the thyroid receptors and competing for the thyroid transport proteins. We all know that toxins are bad news for our health but clearly, we need to have an effective strategy to deal with the effects of toxins leaking into the system as we launch our weight management system. The good news is that we’ve got a great strategy for handling this problem!
Eat foods with very few ingredients and no additives, chemicals, sugars or flavourings. Better yet, eat foods with no ingredients listed at all because then they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
So many people find that even when they’ve managed to lose some weight, it goes back on in a flash. We did not evolve to be chronically overweight. Nature equipped us with incredibly efficient bodies. Clearly, we need a better approach to this problem. We need an approach that works. We need a method that will give us sustainable results. So let’s take a look at some of the more recent supplement innovations in weight control technology.

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12 – Your hormones

We are completely dependent on our hormones for a normal, healthy and balanced life. But, when the hormonal system is out of its natural alignment, that’s when problems occur. Hormonal imbalances can lead to a host of serious health problems, including inflammatory diseases, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia and many more illnesses and serious health conditions. Once we recognize the nature of the problem, here’s how to regain your health by getting your body back into balance.
The hormone and neurotransmitter system is yet another one of the body’s core functions that we must address in order to prevent disease and boost our vitality levels.
All of our hormones and our essential brain-messenger chemicals must work together in a finely orchestrated symphony to keep everything in harmony and balance.
Indeed, when our hormones become imbalanced, the health consequences can be severe. There are three major hormone-related epidemics in the modern world today: too much insulin (from sugar), too much cortisol and adrenaline (from stress), and not enough thyroid hormone. These all interconnect with and affect the other major category of hormones — our reproductive hormones.

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