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Issue 15

Issue 15 Editorial

In this issue we have a great article about the plastic bag, often called the ‘national flower’ here in South Africa! I realised when I was reading it that the whole culture of plastic, and bags in particular, mirror so perfectly the state we have got ourselves into.



Genetic Warfare and Heavy Metals

We humans are certainly living at a defining moment in our history. Moreover this critical moment is being shaped by forces not generally foreseen.

The Perils of Plastic Amnesia

Convenient, flimsy, costly, cynical, manipulative, wasteful, deadly… We’ll never forget the plastic bag!

Animal Sacrifice

My father was the Chief Justice in Botswana in the late sixties and early seventies and I remember walking into his chambers, as a young woman, and being concerned for the anxiety that was etched on his face. I asked if something was wrong and he showed me the court document he had on the desk in front of him.

What is Ayurveda?

The 5,000-year-old life science of Ayurveda still holds the power to mesmerize the world. International interest has led to a truly universal application of Ayurveda and its capacity to alleviate suffering worldwide.

Why Eat Local?

13 lucky reasons to buy your veggies from a farmer’s market or your local organic shop…

Poisoning Generations: the Terror of Paediatric Medicine

By the time you reach the final page of this book you will understand its title and the fact that pediatric medicine is one of the worst things that ever happened in the world of babies and young children.

Organic Living Recipes

Delicious recipes from Cape Town’s leading organic deli.

The Genius Laboratory

The Genius Lab is a “playground for exploring the genius around you and inspiring the genius within you”, says Claire Janisch.

The Ubuntu Youth Project

Lerato is a bright, pretty girl who consistently wins prizes at school for her academic progress. Like most of her fellow students, however, she comes from a very impoverished background. Her mother is unemployed and Lerato manages because of help from family members who are all in similar circumstances.

The Hidden Truth about Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Part One)

Ever since CHD (coronary heart disease) moved into first place as a major killer in the West, scientists have once again been busy concocting and testing prevention theories. In the absence of an understanding of the cause, the risk factor concept has been involved to deal with the problem: the main risk factors identified being smoking, high blood pressure, raised serum cholesterol, diabetes etc.

A Sound Education: the Value of Music in Schools

At the end of a recent music session with 6-7 year olds, I took out my flute and played some slow, improvised melodies in a minor key (known as a sad key). I asked how they felt after listening to this music.

An Allegience to Tofu

I am a vegetarian. I am also an atheist and a feminist. But of the three philosophies which largely inform my thinking and determine my conduct, it is my decision not to eat wobbly-kneed calves and squint-eyed pigs which has got me into the most trouble.

A Natural, Wholesome Diet For Your Pets

The concept of a natural, diet for our pets is no new revelation. Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, certainly would have fed our pets some delicious and nutritious meals from left overs from the table.

Circle Gardens: a discovery par excellence!

Save water and increase production with a new way of gardening. I first read about ‘ecocircles’ (‘circles of cultivation’) in a Land magazine dating back to 1998. The article was written by Anthony Trowbridge of Applied Natural Sciences at Technikon SA.

My Near Death Experience

In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable, and any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a vegetable and I was given six to eight months to live.


Cover of Issue 28

Issue 29 of Biophile is going electronic and will be available soon. It will also be available to our international readers. Stay tuned or contact us for more details! find out more


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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