Posted by: Carel | 2004/10/29

Weight gain

A 85-year-old diabetic,my father needs to increase his weight rather urgently;please suggest a logical strategy to pursue,e.g. the services of a naturopath or a specialist you may regard as appropriate.Thanks!

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Hello Carel

It is always advisable to see an experienced homeopath. There are numerous natural remedies that can benefit him greatly.

Attached is more info for you on diabetes and the natural way to treat it as well as a healthy nutrition guide. He must have small meals often throughout the day, drink lots of water and take his Bio-Strath Tablets 3x per day ongoing.

Kind regards.



1. Insulin dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM). A severe type of sugar diabetes, known as Type I. This condition develops when the pancreas becomes dysfunctional and does not produce any insulin.

2. Non-Insulin dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM). Approximately 80% of diabetic people suffer from Type II sugar diabetes. This condition develops when the body is still producing some insulin, but it is either poorly functioning insulin or the quantities are not enough.

Do you suffer from?
• Sugar in the urine
• Raised blood sugar levels
• Constant dry mouth
• Excessive thirst
• Excessive urination
• Constant urge to want to urinate
• Always hungry
• Muscle wasting
• Weight Loss
• Feeling of weakness
• Dry Skin
• Itching
• Rashes
• Numbness of limbs
• Tingling in hands and feet
• Nerve pains in hands and feet
• Poor circulation
• Cold Feet
• Poor eyesight
• Poor kidney function
• Gangrene in limbs
• Lactic acid build-up
• Sweet smelling breath

Some useful information:

- Diabetes can be caused by a typical Western diet of excessive refined starches, sugar, fizzy drinks, sweets and fruit juices.
- Excessive consumption of saturated animal fats also contributes to the onset of diabetes.
- Nutritional deficiencies suffered by the body for years due to a diet of refined foods will ultimately cause the breakdown of vital organs.
- Excessive stress together with lifestyle habits of smoking, drinking alcohol, large amounts of coffee will contribute to a reduced flow of blood to the pancreas, ultimately resulting in diabetes.
- Severe shock, restricting flow of blood to vital organs, can often result in diabetes.
- A sedentary lifestyle, obesity and lack of exercise, together with worry and bad food habits, all lead to destruction of vital organs.
- Pancreatitis, an inflammatory disease of the pancreas, caused by alcohol consumption, excessive intake of fizzy drinks and sugar, can be the forerunner of diabetes later in life.
- Cancer of the pancreas, or pancreatic tumours, can also be the cause of elevated blood sugar levels.
- General toxicity and poor elimination can contribute to the development of sugar diabetes.
- Pregnancy requires extra insulin. A latent diabetic state can be triggered by pregnancy.
- Severe infections, whether viral, bacterial and fungal, can trigger a diabetic reaction due to the body’s increased insulin requirements at this time.
- A genetic predisposition can cause you to be more susceptible to this condition.

Some useful Advice from Dr Vogel

Next to the liver, the most important organ in our digestive system is the pancreas, yet it weighs only about one-twentieth of that of the liver. This small, elongated gland is located above the navel between the posterior stomach wall and the spine; below it lies the horseshoe-shaped loop of the first part of the small intestine. The left end touches the spleen and the left kidney. Small it may be, but it performs two important functions, producing an external secretion to be poured into the duodenum and an internal one to be poured into the blood.

Embedded in the pancreas we find some peculiar cell formations, shaped rather like blackberries. They are actually small glands, but not in the least connected with the other glands. Like islands in the bigger gland, they are called the islets of Langerhans, after their discoverer, Paul Langerhans, The vital substance insulin is produced in these small glands and sent straight into the blood, not the small intestine. If these islets do not manufacture sufficient insulin, the glycogen, the sugar stored in the liver and passed on to the blood in accordance with the body’s need, will not be burned up, so that the blood sugar level rises. The excess is excreted through the kidneys, which is why sugar is found in the urine. This is a symptom of the disease known as diabetes.

Proper Care of the Pancreas

Diabetics and anyone who has bad digestion need to know what to do to help the pancreas function efficiently. Since the blood carries nutrients and remedial substances to the parts of the body it can reach, the primary requirement is to stimulate the circulation. Take hot showers or apply moist hot packs for this purpose; herbal packs are especially good. As regards medicines, only few are known to act specifically on the pancreas. One such, sour whey as contained in Molkosan, is rich in vegetation, rennin and lactic acid and gives good results.

A number of food items must be avoided completely, for example all boiled protein foods and the combination of fat, protein and sugar, either cooked or fried. Hot spices should also be avoided; use culinary herbs from the garden instead. The protein foods best tolerated are sour milk products. Prepare salads with a little cold-pressed oil and Molkosan. Of curative effect are bilberry (blueberry) juice, blackcurrant juice, weak herb teas, and occasionally a little buttermilk.

As already stated, fasting is an excellent means of resting the pancreas. Moreover, whatever the patient eats, it is important to ingest small quantities, chew everything thoroughly and in-salivate well before swallowing. These are inexpensive ways and means of supporting the pancreas in the healing process. If you feel a slight pain after eating, you have probably had something that did not agree with you, did not chew your food well enough, drank too fast or ate too much. The answer to the problem is in the patient himself; he should watch himself carefully to avoid unpleasant reactions.

Regular deep-breathing exercises, with diaphragm-breathing, practised in the open air, are also effective and promote the healing process at the same time. In conclusion then, breathing exercises, together with a proper diet, warm water therapy and moist hot herbal packs, will help to rectify any condition where the pancreas is weak or upset. Many a serious, chronic ailment can be prevented if its proper function is restored. All it needs is a little understanding and perseverance with the treatment.

Advice on how to handle Diabetes:
• Diet
• Exercise
• Blood Glucose monitoring

These are the most important aspects of diabetes management

• The diabetic diet is not a special diet. It is a normal healthy diet which should be high in fibre and low in sugar and in fat. The food you eat directly affects your blood sugar levels. Following a healthy eating plan will assist to control and to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
• Eat regular meals which contain small amounts of unrefined carbohydrates throughout the day. For example, eat regular small quantities of oats, mealie meal, maltabella, brown rice, lentils, barley, etc. Avoid white flour products.
• Reduce fried and salty foods. Replace with steamed, grilled, baked or boiled foods. Use cold pressed oils, natural unsalted butter instead of margarine and other heated and refined cooking and salad oils. Regularly eat raw seeds and raw nuts to provide adequate quantities of essential fatty acids which is often lacking.
• Avoid sugar and fruit juices altogether. Rather develop a habit of drinking water or weak herbal teas. Try not to develop a liking for artificial sweeteners as they are chemically based with potential harm to the body.
• Do not overeat. Excessive hunger is typical of diabetes which often leads to obesity. Rather eat small quantities of good food often.
• Use Dr Vogel’s Herbamare and Trocomare as a seasoning salt. Excessive consumption of table salt will lead to the further depletion of vital minerals in diabetics. Dr Vogel’s herbal salt will be very good to flavour food in an appetising way while providing traces of vital elements due to the unique composition of herbs, sea salt and sea vegetables.
• Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach. Alcohol will increase blood sugar levels and should therefore be used on special occasions only, with meals.
• Learn to eat natural foods in the least tampered way. Special diabetic foods are costly and not always as nourishing as natural foods.
• Fruits can be eaten in moderation. Green apples and Kiwi fruit is of special value together with ripe berries when in season.
• Protein foods such as lean cuts of meat or grilled or steamed fish can be eaten in moderation.
• Remember, a diabetic diet is not any different from a diet followed by a healthy person wanting to keep well. The same rules apply. Please carefully read the Healthy Living Diet Sheet.

Regular daily exercise is essential to maintain a healthy body. Exercise does not only improve general wellbeing, it also enhances the body’s sensitivity to insulin, thereby ensuring proper assimilation of this hormone into cells. Exercise also lowers levels of blood glucose, aids weight loss, and lowered blood pressure. Patients on insulin should exercise on a regular predictable schedule. Do not engage in very strenuous exercise if your blood sugar is poorly controlled.

Regular Blood Sugar Monitoring
It is vital for you to know what your blood sugar levels are every day. Invest in a good glucometer to read the blood levels daily. Keep proper records, daily, of your blood reading. The long-term danger of diabetes is the effect it has on the nerves of the eyes, affecting eyesight. It is also damaging to the kidneys causing renal failure. Poor circulation to the hands and feet can lead to amputations. All of this needs to be prevented by the proper treatment and control of blood sugar levels. You can only treat and prevent damage if you know your blood sugar levels! Take it easy!

Nature’s Solution

A Vogel’s Diabetisan Herbal Drops contains extracts of various herbs which will assist the normal functioning of the pancreas. Dr Vogel had a good understanding of this gland and has prepared Diabetisan Herbal drops as a first line approach together with a healthy diet and lifestyle, to help the diabetic.
Note: Never change your diabetic medication on your own! Always consult with a professional practitioner who understands the full implications of a diabetic state.

A Vogel’s Molkosan is particularly useful to address the digestive upsets which often accompanies diabetic states. Take one teaspoon in a glass of water with meals to assist the pancreatic enzymes and to aid in proper digestion.

A Vogel’s Urticalcin plays a vital role to provide the depleted diabetic with easily assimilated calcium in an organic form. Calcium is the cornerstone of a healthy body and should be taken in daily to provide adequate quantities.

A Vogel’s Hyperiforce Herbal Drops will nourish and calm the nervous system in those diabetics who have a lot of stress and worry in their lives. Hyperiforce is a herbal nerve tonic which will serve you well while you restore your body with good nutrition and rest.

Bio-Strath Herbal Yeast Tonic in the tablet form will bring quick results to a body system under siege. Use 4 tablets daily to provide the body all its nutritional requirements in a form which is completely natural and beneficial. Bio-Strath Herbal Yeast Tonic contains the extracts of 50 different herbs to fortify and to strengthen and restore an ill body.


Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in younger people. It can be called the disease of civilised man; civilised man who lives off denatured foods, making his living in a stressful world. This is a condition best avoided! Live a lifestyle of calm, quiet, eat natural foods in a simple way. Diabetes can be controlled if not cured. Adhere to simple lifestyle changes, take daily readings of blood sugar levels, take medication regularly and you can live a good life.

Remember the interplay of pancreas, liver and adrenals. Always eat, drink and live with these major health regulators in mind. Walk slower, talk slower and less, eat slower and less, sleep well, but not too much, get enough exercise, but not too much. Live a life of moderation. Good luck!

Diabetisan Liquid. Application No. U608 (Act/Wet 101/1965) contains Vaccinium myrtillus Ø 22,2%, Phaseolus nanus Ø 22,2%, Medicago sativa Ø 22,2%, Juglans regia Ø 11,2%, Potentilla tormentilla Ø 11,1%, Cardamine pratensis D2 11,1%, Alcohol content 60% v/v

Urticalcin Tablets. Application No. U959 (Act 101/1965). Each tablet contains Calcium carb. Hahnem. D4 0.50 mg, Calcium Phos D6 0.50 mg, Natrium phos D6 0.50 mg, Silicea D6 2.50 mg and Urtica D1 10.00 mg in a tablet base composed of lactose, potato starch and magnesium stearate.

Hyperiforce Tablets. Each tablet contains 40 – 75 mg dried extract of fresh young shoots of St. John’s Wort (hyperici herba recentis extr. Sicc 3,9 – 5,0:1) with 0,33 mg of total Hypericin as well as auxiliary substances.

Hyperiforce Liquid. Application no. U916 (Act 101/1965) contains Hypericum perforatum .

* Lenoir S, Degenring F.H, and Saller R. Hyperiforce tablets for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Schweiz. Zschr. GanzheitsMedizin 1997: 9(5):226-232

All products are available from Pharmacies and Health Stores

For more information please contact:

SA Natural Products (Pty) Ltd
P O Box 2, Botha’s Hill, KZN, 3660

Customer Care lines:
Tel: 031 7838000
Fax: 031 7838080

This leaflet is not intended as a medical diagnosis, and in no way excludes the necessity of a diagnoses from a health practitioner. Its intent is solely informational and educational.

Healthy Nutrition

Health begins with good nutrition, but how are we to decide what is good and what is not in the face of so much consumer health advice? The first thing to remember is that each of us is unique, with unique nutritional needs. A lifestyle and diet that benefits one person may not necessarily benefit another; there is no such thing as a single correct diet. But is there a universal guideline we can adhere to? Perhaps one: wholefoods – in as close to their natural state as possible. Having undergone minimal, if any, processing, wholefoods are without exception, more nutritious than refined foods. We are not able to improve the quality of food by exposing it to a process. We don’t have any processes that can add life to anything; we can only take life out of things. The fewer steps the original food type has gone through, the more nutrition is left in it. After all, we evolved in harmony with our environment, where the process of eating and digesting became compatible with available food, which consisted of specific balanced combinations of nutrients. The process of refining and processing food changes the balance of nutrients, and thereby compromises its nutritional value.

The following recommended diet is intended only as a guideline. Above all, learn to listen to your body’s response to the different foods you eat, and develop your own healthy nutritional plan!


 Rice cakes/Rye Vita with cottage cheese/avocado OR
 Freshly cut seasonal fruit OR
 Oats (preferably rolled) OR
 Mealie-meal porridge OR
 Maltabella (preferably stone-ground) OR
 Millet porridge (cook on stove for about 40 minutes in a stainless steel cooking pot with water and salt)

Add to cooked, cooled porridge the following:
 A drop of honey, half a teaspoon of unsalted butter and one teaspoon of each of the following:
 Raw sunflower seeds
 Raw sesame seeds
 Raw linseeds
 Raw almonds (chopped)
 Raw pumpkinseeds (crushed or ground in coffee grinder). This seed/nut mixture should be added to a fruit salad or to cottage cheese spread on rice cakes)

Snacks or light meals:

 Rice cakes and/or Rye Vita biscuits with any of the following: avocado pear, feta cheese, tomato, sardines, cucumber, tuna, Marmite or honey OR
 Fresh fruit: eat fruit by itself or in-between meals OR
 Figs and cashews/macadamias/pecans/un-sulphured dried fruit/dates/almonds

Lunch and supper:

 VEGETARIAN: fresh tofu, soya mince and frozen soya products
 FISH: Steamed, grilled or baked – not fried! Served with lemon butter and herbal salt
 LAMB: stewed, grilled or baked – not fried!
 FREE RANGE CHICKEN : – baked, grilled, steamed or stir-fried

• Serve any of the above with brown rice, or Basmati Rice, lentils, barley or dried beans (cook well on stove in a stainless steel cooking pot with water and salt)
• Fresh vegetables should be eaten at least twice a day

• All vegetables should be steamed, baked, grilled or served raw – not fried! Flavour with herbs, and/or A Vogel’s Plantaforce, Herbamare or Kelpamare

• SOUPS can be made with any of the above

Recommended dairy products:

 Cottage cheese
 Feta cheese
 Unsalted butter
 Maas
 Organic milk in moderation

For salad dressing:

Cold pressed oil (preferably virgin olive oil) mixed with:
 Fresh lemon juice
 Garlic
 Ground black pepper
 Herbamare
 Kelpamare

Healthy tips:

Use honey sparingly. Have no more than two cups of the following teas a day – Rooibos, fennel, fruit, chamomile, peppermint, green. Remember to drink water and avoid drinking fruit juices; rather eat fresh fruit.

Avoid all:

Processed and refined wheat products, pork, cold meats, beef, battery eggs, milk, yoghurt, yellow cheese, alcohol, coffee, tea, sugar, processed fruit juices, reheated foods, fried foods, microwaved foods and homogenised milk.

Do have:
 Raw honey
 Rye bread
 Soya milk/rice milk/oat milk
 Water
 Carob
 Bambu
 Popcorn

Instead of:
 Brown/white sugar
 Whole wheat/white bread
 Cow’s milk
 Fruit juices/carbonated fizzy drinks
 Chocolate
 Coffee
 Potato crisps

Always drink:

2 litres of water a day to ensure the complete hydration of every cell in your body.

All products are available from Pharmacies and Health Stores

For more information please contact:

SA Natural Products (Pty) Ltd
P.O. Box 2
Botha’s Hill, KZN, 3660

Customer Care lines:
Tel: 031 7838000
Fax : 031 7838080

This leaflet is not intended as a medical diagnosis, and in no way excludes the necessity of a diagnosis from a health practitioner. Its intent is solely informational and educational.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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