Feet and Footwear

Only a small percentage of the population are born with foot problems. Neglect, lack of awareness or proper care and ill-fitting shoes that bring on the problems. (1) Who is interested in Feet these days? What is there to say about our Feet? What is the real job of our …

World Eating Disorders Action Day

Dear World, Are we clued up with what Eating Disorders are? Does anyone know about this World Day? Do we know what it means for us on the street? Do we know anyone who has an Eating Disorder? Do we fit the categories mentioned but don’t yet know it? WHY …

World Hypertension Day

WHY on earth do we need a World Hypertension Day? WHY are the world and its mothers and brothers popping pills for Hypertension? Do we even know what Hypertension means? Are we interested or bothered about Hypertension? For the purposes of this article, Hypertension and High Blood Pressure are the …

World SLEEP Day

What on earth is World Sleep Day? WHY do we need a World Sleep Day? WHY is Sleep such a big deal? WHY is Sleep super important to us? WHY do we ignore the value of sleep? WHY do we bang on about wanting more sleep? WHY do some of …

World Kidney Day

Dear World Have we heard of World Kidney Day? What is this all about? Are we interested in our kidneys? Do we know how our kidneys actually work? Do we know anything really about our kidneys? Do we know what Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is? World Kidney Day is a …

World Cancer Day

Dear World Are we aware that it is World Cancer Day on 4th February? How do we feel about the big C word? WHY is cancer such a dreaded word? WHY is cancer on the rise? WHY is there so much unknown about cancer? WHY is our greatest fear losing …

Common Cold

For the purposes of this blog, we will only be presenting the common cold. Flu will be another blog, another time… So what is the common cold? Do we know the facts? Are we aware how we get a cold? WHY are colds so common? WHY are colds more common …

World Diabetes Day

by Bina Pattel Dear World Since 2007, the United Nations recognises Diabetes as a Global threat and designates November 14th each year as World Diabetes Day, in honour of Frederick Banting’s birthday. (1) Diabetes is a very common disease, which is rapidly growing. In the past it was a problem of industrialised nations, …

World Suicide Prevention Day

Dear World There are more deaths from suicide than from war and homicide together. (1) Are we up to date with what is going on? Did we know we have a World Suicide Prevention Day? Are we aware of this? What is this all about? Why is suicide a global …

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

So here we go again – another awareness day for our world. What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day? What does that mean to us on the street? Have we even heard about this syndrome? What is a syndrome? What are the medics saying about it? What is this really all …