"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

Issue 27

by the Biophile Team

FILED IN: Current Issue · Issue 27

Never say “It’s Just a Weed!”
Those “weeds” in your garden can be highly beneficial.

Holy Powder
The wonders of Turmeric.

ARV’s vs Nutrition
Nutrition versus antiretrovirals - an orthomolecular approach.

Competition - Making Everyone the Enemy
The unhealthy nature of competitive behaviour.

Opening Pandora’s Box - Nuclear Costs & Consequences
More evidence of the unsustainable nature of nuclear power.

Globalization vs Protectionism
Another alternative to the new world order economy?

Awakening the New Permaculture Economy
Fixing our global economics requires a fundamental shift in personal attitude.

Travelling Raw
If you are a “raw-foodie,” best prepare when travelling.

Health Matters
Topical issues affecting our well-being.

Message from SaLuSa
Insight from a distant traveller.


  • Thre Great Awakening The consciousness of this earth is currently undergoing a revolutionary change. It is a renaissance, an enlightenment, an awakening like no other. It is the...
  • Eating for Peace All things need food to be alive and to grow, including our love or our hate. Love is a living thing, hate is a living...
  • Fill fundamental functions first I was recently asked,”What sort of livelihoods would you like to see people preparing for and getting involved in now, so that we have a...
  • Issue 21 Editorial My journey to “Re-Empowering” myself, both outside and in… It was actually not that long ago that I realized how damaging the whole centralized monopolistic...
  • About the PBMR The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor is a nuclear power plant that derives its name from the type of fuel that it consumes and the incremental,...
  • Issue 26 Editorial My news year’s resolution is to try and strive for excellence in EVERY area of my life! This is quite a challenge as it embraces...


  1. Dear Anthea

    We would like to find out more about your bio gas generator mentioned in your editorial. Could you please supply us with, for instance, a contact name or number.

    Thank you

    Comment by tom von bratt

  2. I really love your magazine, and will always recommend it as a must-read to anybody seeking alternatives….

    Comment by Permaculture Man

  3. Recently I participated in a course called the art of living. http://www.theartofliving.co.za
    The course teaches you some breathing exercises and how to stay in the moment. I can only recommend this course as it fast forwards you to be ready for change. Change is upon us, we can join millions of people and moan, worry and give up ore accept the fact that things are changing and become pro active and think positive. The power of the word can bring the change we need. Observe your surrounding, a lot of people only talk about negative things, we use negative phrases like, I am dying for a coke(you actually are), I am sick and tired of politics a.s.o. What are we actually saying? We are manifesting what we say! If we become conscious about the word, the power of the word, we will change things around. Just try it on yourself, you will see how your immediate surrounding will change, people will be attracted to you because your words are positive, you do not have to listen to negative people, next time somebody talks about crime, malema, mugabe, just say stop, I do not want to hear it, lets change subject, if people continue, just walk away from it, it is your choice if you want to listen to negativity ore not. No body is forcing you to switch on the Radio, TV, the Internet, it is your choice what you want to hear or see. Already in the morning take some minutes in meditation and say to your self, I am happy, I am loving, I am compassionate, I am truth full, I am gentle, I am kind, I am full of joy and laughter, I am positive, I am tolerant, I welcome change and like Obama says, yes we can do it! That is how simple it is. Just do your self a favour and try, because we have everything to loose! Be positive, it will make you feel sooooo good.

    Comment by Marc Baar

  4. I was reading the articel “the angel of financial death”, and that has made me ask myself where do I stay in all this turmoil? I need to simplify my life, use local resources as in organic food use sustainable energy and set myself up independent of money institutions and energy and water suppliers. My question is, what will happen to the housing market? I have a very large house and still owe on the bond. Should I sell my house now while it is still worth something and buy a smaller house for cash? Or should I still hold on and hope that the market will recover? Am I fooling myself? Maybe it is time to sell and become dept free? If any body has an opinion on the house market, I would love some input.
    Thank you all

    Comment by Marc

  5. Hi Marc,

    I am in a similar situation except that i had an offer and went through, si i bought another place and then the bond grant fell through. I have been in touch with many estate agents and they will just try and make as much money from you as possible. The market is weak as i hear and will improve, there are people buying and money is out there, with a large house guaranteed that you will loose some money-or what you expected, The question is what happens next, you rent, and pay half of what you ow on your house you just sold and then you have no more assets, but in the same time you dont want to run into great bebt. I would suggest if you can keep your place for one more year, cut down your other expenses, keep the house neat and reasonable. Sell in one year as the market will pick up, bond rates going down slowly as the government need us to spend money to pay back huge loans borrowed for the World Cup. Then downgrade to a place that is safe, less maintenence and closer to work, then it all falls together. I hope this helsp and the magazine is on my list of ones to buy. Regards Wayne

    Comment by wayne allcock

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