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Charity starts at home

My job is medicine and I love giving out medicine to make peoples lives better at my Castle Walk and Castle Ridge pharmacies and in my mobile pharmacy called Clinics 4 Jesus. The daily job of a pharmacist is to listen to so many problems and to come in contact with patients carrying very dangerous organisms in them but at the same time find solutions that work. Most patients I work with are wealthy people with medical insurance and they spend lots of money to stay healthy and even more money when they are sick to make sure they are healthy again. They spend even more money to stay young!

In my pharmacies I also see a few poor patients and with medicine that became cheaper over the past decade it is not difficult to treat patients on a strict budget or someone with only R20 or about 1 dollar in his pocket. One day a clearly heard the voice of God in a dream I had telling me to take my pharmacies to the poorest of the poor. He showed me a white panel van with lots of medicine in it and that is how I take my pharmacies to the poor in my mobile pharmacy until today.

I visit poor communities in and around the capital of South Africa, Pretoria. I do a visit with my mobile pharmacy to suburbs where there are in most cases no nearby pharmacy. The local government clinics are totally inadequate and the service levels can not keep up with a rising demand in health care.

The poor in South Africa are used to bad service and getting almost no medicine at a local clinic or hospital. It gives me great pleasure to welcome these patients in my mobile pharmacy with the same passion and love like I treat my wealthy patients in my Castle Walk and Castle Ridge Pharmacies in the city.

Where will the money come from to treat these patients the same way I treat my patients in my pharmacies everyday?

The Lord is providing every kilometre the past 14 years for me to carry on the work I do to provide healthcare to the poor.

I want to invite you to come with me on a Tuesday when I visit poor communities and with your smile and willing hands you can also give healthcare by just being there and give basic advice on daily life matters.

If you cannot go out with me please see what you can donate and I will gladly give it out on your behalf. You can also do a donation into this Non Profit organisation or bring anything to my pharmacies which you want me to give out.

The bank account is:

Clinics 4 Jesus

Nedbank – International SWIFR code NEDSZAJJ

Account number 2517036705

Contact me on 0123478497 at Castle Ridge Pharmacy or visit my website.

Allergies are now worst than ever!

This year like every other year spring created watering eyes and sneezing because of all the dust, latex, smog and pollen we breath in. Your immune system actually cope very well with all these allergens and your body produces histamine that improves blood flow that makes sure your blood reaches every part of your body to clean up these allergens that enters your body through your mucous membranes.

Did you know your mucus is your first layer of defence against inhaled allergens. Make sure you take enough vitamin C cause your body needs lots of vitamin c to build healthy mucus membranes. The epithelial layer which we call mucous membranes replaces itself every four days inside your mouth. Vitamin c is the building block for your body to create healthy mucous cells inside your mouth and everywhere else in your body. Go big and drink at least 2000mg vitamin C everyday this time of the year. A strong mucous membrane is your best barrier against allergens but also against viruses and bacteria that might also go and sit on your mucous membranes as you are in contact with nasty bugs all the time in a big city and township like around Pretoria and Tshwane. Vitamin C also keeps you young because healthy bones, joints and cartilage needs vitamin c to keep your binding tissue in the body strong until you reach 113 years of age like the old folk now reach. They say the babies that are now born will probably reach 150 years. Can you think how much vitamin C that will take to keep binding tissue strong that long!

The second simple thing to do is to wash your mucus clean daily with saltwater. In my Castle Ridge pharmacy I sell my snottie mix that is simple mix of salt, glucose and Bicarbonate of soda. Cleaning your mucus layers daily washes your mucus membranes clean so that these allergens do not enter your body.

There are also antihistamines for those who have an immune system that totally over react and we have to calm down their immune systems by giving an antihistamine. So many people take old generation short acting antihistamines like dexchlorfeniramine that works only 6 hours and they make you sleepy. Most people in my pharmacies buy it as a sleeping tablet to take at night. Rather take the long acting new generation antihistamines that work 24 hours and they do not make you drowsy. Remember to take one every day at the same time every day.

A nasal spray works well and some customers prefer the natural sprays that also help stabilise the mucus layers in your nose and throat and most cortisone nasal sprays are now available over the counter at all pharmacies. Cortisone like fluticasone acts like an anti-inflammatory that brings down swelling on the mucous membranes and calms down your immune response that cause your immune system to keep fighting all the time to clear the onslaught of allergens entering the body.

With homeopathic remedies you can also treat very successfully if you prefer the natural stuff. One of the most impressive treatments is when you desensitise your immune system with a mixed allergen tablet that contains many allergens in a very low dilution of D200. Your immune system is so amazing to then counteract by producing antibodies against these allergens but because this is such a low dilution your immune system gets used to these allergens and then do not over react to cause a severe allergic reaction like a blocked nose, watering eyes and red itching spots on your skin.

Remember the best treatment is to prevent the onset of allergies so take your antihistamine regularly and early in the season to prevent the allergies to start that so easily leads to complications like sinusitis.

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