I am very excited about my website; I hope to use this blog page to communicate interesting snippets of information that I come across, and also some of my views on various aspects of health.

Each week I will try to spend a few minutes discussing topical issues that have come to the fore, or that I think are worth sharing. I do hope that you will enjoy it!

- Dr Ali


As we have been looking at problems associated with the menopause, I thought I would round off with an article on osteoporosis. This is a preventable cause of suffering in the elderly, both via painful spinal crush fractures causing the familiar widow's hump,fragile bones with break too easily when an old person falls, or spontaneous fractures of the femoral head [hip], from which many elderly never really recover.As usual, awareness is the 1st step to prevention!You can read the article here: http://www.dietquest.co.za/find-wellness/77-osteoporosis.html



Holiday time!

 A recent survaltey revealed that 65 per cent of parents claim that holidays are more stressful than being at work, and all mental health institutions recognise that there is a significant increase in the number of people seeking help at this time. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, so if your family gatherings usually end in tears, don’t expect any difference this year,- unless you try to change things! lets take a look at how you can adjust your approach to make things perhaps a little less stressful!

Read more at http://www.dietquest.co.za/find-wellness/73-a-holiday-survival-guide.html

Over eating and drinking seem to be a part of holidays, and perhaps my article of last year will be a good reminder of how to keep moderation in everything [including moderation!].read it at : http://www.dietquest.co.za/health-news/57-party-time.html


Diabetes alert

alt  Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic!Why has it become  so in the last 30 years? How do you know whether you have diabetes or insulin resistance? Have you been tested? Most importantly, what can you do to prevent and or treat them? Are there any natural ways of treating blood sugar problems? The answers to all this and more are in my latest post “Diabetes and Sugars”!  http://www.dietquest.co.za/find-wellness/68-diabetes-and-blood-sugars.html



A gremlin seems to have crept into the last newsletter, and it seems that the link did not work. For anyone who tried, please accept my apologies, here it is again:



postpregnancy bulges

 In this new year I thought it would be nice to look at some special situations regarding our health. To begin, what about that post baby bulge? How can you lose it safely? How quickly can you expect to regain that sylphlike figure, if ever? This article has a look at why you have to gain weight, and how to go about losing it again. http://www.dietquest.co.za/find-wellness/59-how-can-i-regain-my-prebaby-figure.html




Menopause.... we all know that women go through it around the mid 40’s, but what about men? Do they undergo physical changes, or is it simply psychological?
This article takes a look at the evidence for a ‘manopause’ and what can be done to relieve the symptoms.Find it here:




altMenopause is truly a time of change, but is it something to be feared? It is actually a normal part of aging, and if managed well, is just anotherphase in life, which can bring new pleasures and joys as the challeges of parenting and work fall away. What can you do to minimise the problems, and when should you seek help? see my article at: http://www.dietquest.co.za/find-wellness/70-menopause-truly-a-time-for-change.html for more information!


Food intolerance.

Do you have migraines, fibromyalgia, depression, chronic fatigue or irritable bowel syndrome?Are you battling with your weight despite restricting your diet? Do you crave certain foods?

Could you be eating something that is making you unwell?

Nutritionists are increasingly aware that some common foods may be causing us to be unwell, or even overweight, simply because they cause a reaction in the  body. This is not an allergic reaction, but a slower response that may take 1-2 days to appear, thus making the association with the offending food more difficult. This article looks at food intolerance, and how you can diagnose yourself.http://www.dietquest.co.za/find-wellness/65-food-intolerance.html


'A' is for Allergy


Some of you may have thought I had disappeared,or, perhaps from the  picture, gone nuts! But no, just a severe case of ‘writers block’. Not for lack of material, rather too much and trying to decide where to start. Eventually I decided on ‘A’ for Allergy, concentrating on food allergies, which can have a great impact on someone’s health and lifestyle.

Are you allergic to some kinds of food? Has it caused you to restrict your diet? What causes these allergies, and what can be done about them?

Read more...


Party time!


It’s the end of the year and the time to party! How are you going to enjoy yourself without undoing all that hard work that you have put into achieving your health goals all year? Here are a few hints to help you on your way:

Read more...

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