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Issue 13

Issue 13 Editorial

A little boy came home from school and complained to his mother, ‘I’m not going back tomorrow. I can’t read yet. I can’t write yet. And they won’t let me talk!’

Our education system: How did we get here? Where are we going?

Not very long ago most of us were farmers, and our children helped in all aspects of farm work.

Teaching Through Empathy

Sun Mi Kim interviews Joanne Lauck. Rachel Carson, the “patron saint of the environmental movement,’’ said that a child “needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share [the wonder], rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.’’ In the San Jose school system, Joanne Lauck feeds children’s spirits with wonders from nature, particularly the insect world.

The Dream of Creativeness

I have a dream, to coin a phrase. It is that human creativeness will become the agreed objective of political economy.

An Educational Renaissance

It is becoming clear to everyone—teachers, parents, the government, and the experts—that education must change.

Why Ritalin makes me MAD!

Saturday afternoon at the Wits Club in Jo’burg and Dr Shabeer Jeeva steps up to the microphone. The audience of 50-odd therapists, parents and educators perch attentively on their blue plastic chairs as he launches forth at a machine gun pace on the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity (ADHD) in adults.

Dumbing Us Down

Diane M. Cooper interviews John Taylor Gatto, “the most famous teacher in the world”, New York State and New York City Teacher of the Year and author of many books on education.
Even though this is written for American readers, it still applies here in South Africa.

Concentration, Memory and Mental Sharpness

When it comes to exams, the stress associated to exams, or the need to focus while reading or driving or the need to work late to study without falling asleep, what can one do to ensure one’s nervous system and nerves in the brain are able to cope?

Essential Fatty acids

The Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) — Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 —found in seed oils play a vital role in cell to cell communication in the brain. With the absence of these fats, neurons “short out” and their communications do not arrive at their intended destination, thus causing symptoms of disorders like ADD/ADHD.

Flax vs. Fish Oil

In his book, Omega-3 Oils: A Practical Guide, Dr Rudin points out that most Omega-3 studies are based on fish oil.

An Emergent School Curriculum

Is school about learning how to become a lawyer or doctor? Or is school about learning a skill? Or is school just a ‘place’ in which learning happens?

Top 10 hazardous household chemicals

Air fresheners: Most air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent.

Compassionate Christmas

My wife Lynn and I have been vegans for approximately a decade, and vegetarians for much longer. We became vegetarians because we like animals and feel that it is wrong to eat them or have them enslaved so that we can take food from them.

M.E.R.C.Y. Animal rescue

M.E.R.C.Y. Animal Rescue began life as the Waterfront Cat Sterilisation, Feeding and Monitoring Project dedicated to the ending of the feral cat breeding cycle at the popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, as well as providing for the sustentation and medical care of these neglected creatures.

The Flip Side of Ambition

Getting the best balance in life is not easy… making the hard choices needs thought and planning.

The Denial Industry

For years, a network of fake citizens’ groups and bogus scientific bodies has been claiming that the science of global warming is inconclusive.

The Importance of Hydration

A well-hydrated body is able to respond to internal and external signals of change with ease and to the best of its abilities, thus helping to create optimum health.

Extended Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding beyond the first birthday is known as extended breastfeeding.

Cloth Nappies

For the past 20 years, most mothers have unfortunately considered disposable nappies as essential.

Bio-energy: dream or nightmare?

The rush to produce bio-energy crops is alarming for biodiversity outside Europe too. Some of the most promising crops for producing biofuels are oil palm and Soy, two rapidly expanding tropical monocultures which are amongst the chief causes of tropical deforestation… demand for biodiesel could drive even further the large scale clearing of forests in key biodiversity hotspots such as Indonesia or the Brazilian Cerrado.


Parabens are used in approximately 98% of personal care products as preservatives. They are the cheapest way for manufacturers of these products to control the microbes that would otherwise proliferate.


Cover of Issue 28

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I was just checking the website of the SEXPO which has just visited SA, this is what the Cape Town site says. . . . “The world’s largest Health, Sexuality and Lifestyle expo is coming back to Slaapstad and it’s bigger and sexier than ever! continue reading


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