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We all want connection. We all want to be seen, to be truly known, to be treasured and feel valued. As women, (and men) we especially look for this in relationships and sometimes fall into the trap of trying to make a physical relationship into an intimate one. Well, it takes intimacy to build a long-lasting relationship in the sack and beyond. Thi…
 
Over-the-counter (OTC) medication can be purchased without a prescription. It is easy to buy and the abuse of OTC often goes unnoticed. On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, a concerned parent in crisis needs answers to battle her son’s addiction to lean or purple drank. Social worker, Denise De Beer shares her insights on combating addiction t…
 
Failure is a part of life, and we must learn to accept it says educational psychologist Sandile Radebe. He joins this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame to share insights on the psychological impact of failure and how to deal and move on. Failure is real, and it hurts, it also cuts deep and can separate those who go on to achieve success and t…
 
On this week’s episode of the Sisters Without Shame podcast, a curious friend in crisis says that he is ready to test the vegan waters, but rather confused about where to start. So, we hooked up with communications for ProVeg International in Mzansi, Arleen Nel, to give clarity on plant-based lifestyles. ProVeg International is a food awareness org…
 
Worried about the New Year? Mzansi, finding yourself tired of the endless “New Year, New You” messages? Well, Jozi clinical psychologist Danielle Broadley has some tips to help you feel more prepared and less anxious about this year. She shares her advice for dealing with New Year anxiety and more on this episode of Sisters Without Shame. Through h…
 
On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, a friend in crisis says that she is living in constant pain and suspects that she might be suffering from uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are benign tumours that grow in and around the walls of the uterus. Pretoria-based diagnostic and interventional radiologist Dr Andrew Lawson, shares his insights and …
 
The festive season is usually a time of joy and celebration, but for many it is the one time of the year where they can no longer run away from two “despicable guests”: stress and depression. On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame, Paarl-based clinical psychologist Luc Scheepers shares some tips for coping with stress, anxiety and depressi…
 
Drug and alcohol abuse take their toll on thousands of South Africans every day, but no matter how hopeless the situation seems, it is never too late to turn things around by seeking help. On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame, Samantha Lehoko shares insights into her journey of sobriety after battling addiction. Through the 12-step progr…
 
The same way you nurture and foster healthy, loving relationships with family, friends, and lovers, you need to do the same with the food you eat. A good relationship with food means giving yourself unconditional permission to eat the foods that make you feel good physically and mentally, says Gqeberha clinical dietitian Roslyn van Schoor. Van Scho…
 
While antiretroviral treatment is not a cure for HIV, these pills can reduce the amount virus living in the body of a person living with HIV. On this week’s episode of Sister’s Without Shame, women’s health activist, Lucy Khofi unpacks the triggers behind defaulting HIV treatment in Mzansi. According to Khofi, the burden of HIV is disproportionatel…
 
It is a miracle to make it out of an abusive relationship. Abuse whether physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual can have a long-term effect on your mental health. On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, psychologist Amina Mwaikambo unpacks the trauma of intimate partner violence. Mwaikambo is a licensed Psychologist, and a Mental Health and Psych…
 
People with disabilities face many barriers in accessing good healthcare in Mzansi. On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame Alan Downey the founder of Disability Info South Africa (DiSA) unpacks the most common barriers faced by communities of people living with disability and possible solutions for improvement. Disability info South Africa…
 
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have symptoms that many find relatable like difficulty sitting still or being easily distracted. At one point or another you may even find yourself saying something like “I am so ADHD!” to describe your own experience. This just does more harm than go to those who are diagnosed and undiagn…
 
Stroke is a major health problem that can have devastating consequences on your life. President of the Neurological Association of South Africa (NASA), Dr Patty Francis joins this episode of Sisters Without Shame to share her insights on causes and treatment of stroke. Francis has a special interest in stroke treatment and is part of an acute strok…
 
Ladies it is important to understand that you are not alone in your breast cancer journey. Cancer warrior Lorraine Govender joins this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame to share her insights on coming to terms with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options you can explore in Mzansi’s public health sector. Never lose hope and continue to f…
 
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be life altering says Sunward Medical Park’s, Dr Angela Murphy. Whether it is type 1 diabetes where the body does not make any insulin at all or type 2 when the pancreas makes some insulin but not enough, diagnosis means making changes to your lifestyle that you may not be ready to commit to. Murphy joins this week…
 
It can be potentially lifesaving to get used to the way your breasts normally look and feel. In Mzansi breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting 1 in 27 women of all races. On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, Dr Liana Roodt who is the founding surgeon of Project Flamingo shares her insights from risks to treatment and management and w…
 
On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, a friend in crisis wonders if she will ever overcome the traumatic events in her life. Quraisha Baig, a clinical psychologist joins this episode to unpack trauma and finding healing. Trauma is to the human mind and spirit what a physical wound is to the flesh explains Baig. Generally speaking, trauma is an …
 
All women should be concerned about their vaginal health, but what constitutes a healthy vagina? On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, Centurion-based fertility specialist Dr Qinisile Diale joins to unpack some of our most pressing vaginal woes. While a healthy vagina depends somewhat on a woman’s age, the vagina generally has an acidic pH, con…
 
Mzansi there is no way around it: the death of a loved one is insurmountable, and funerals are difficult. A final gift can however save multiple lives and bring healing to other families. Through organ donation something positive can come out of the pain. Tanya Bothma has been on both spectrums in the emotional process: as a recipient and as the fa…
 
There are currently about 4300 adults and children are awaiting solid organ and tissue transplants in Mzansi. This according to Samantha Nicholls who is the executive director of operations of the Organ Donor Foundation of South Africa. Nicholls joins this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame to answer all our burning questions about organ donat…
 
On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, Polokwane Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist Dr Lorraine Masotja comes to the aid of a parent in crisis from Vryburg who needs more insights on the treatment of glue ear. Glue ear or otitis media happens when the middle ear becomes inflamed due to infection. It is most common in children and can follow a …
 
On this episode of Sisters Without Shame, a friend in crisis needs advice on how to deal with Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) can be described as a health problem that is similar to premenstrual syndrome but is more serious. PMDD can cause severe irritability, depression, or anxiety in the week before your pe…
 
Stem cell transplants are medical procedures performed to replace bone marrow that have been damaged or destroyed by disease, infection, or chemotherapy. This according to Dr Candice Hendricks a paediatric haematologist who joins this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame to unpack the common misconceptions of stem cell donation in Mzansi.…
 
Blood stem cell transplants are often the only hope to treat blood cancers and disorders in Mzansi. On this episode of Sisters Without Shame Thabo Maleka who lives with aplastic anaemia and Unathi Mtengwana, a blood cancer fighter detail their journey’s searching for blood stem donation. Maleka from Polokwane and Mtengwana from Zeereust have spent …
 
On this episode of Sisters Without Shame a friend in crisis has lost all hope in the weight loss process and is interested in exploring weight loss surgery as a last resort. Registered dietitian Mariam Forgan shares what we need to know about weight loss surgery and bariatric procedures. Forgan works alongside endocrinologist Dr Jocelyn Hellig in t…
 
On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame lactation specialist Emma Numangolu unpacks the emotional and psychological benefits of breastfeeding. Parenthood is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. From hormonal changes to sleep deprivation to feeding choices for your baby, your life and emotions may seem to be all over the place all the ti…
 
On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame a friend in crisis wonders why she feels down in the slumps after eating certain foods. We all have those days where we feel so miserable that we cannot even force ourselves out of bed to face the world with a little bit of enthusiasm and energy. Western Cape dietitian, Jo-Anne Roets unpacks the links…
 
In a landmark decision on June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade a nearly 50 year law protecting the right of women to medical privacy and safe legal abortions. The policy allows abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at risk, explains women’s health specialist Kayla Beare who joins this week’s episo…
 
There is surely a lot going on in Mzansi. Eskom, fuel, food prices? If your adult emotions are feeling down in the dumps, just imagine what the impact must be on our adolescent citizens of Mzansi. A mother in crisis from Kraaifontein asks how she can deal with her moody teen in the holidays. Cape Town social worker Tamsyn Alfino joins this episode …
 
This week a worker bee from Bloemfontein wonders if the work life is really her cup of tea and if she shouldn’t just find a sugar daddy and call it a day. Work will often take precedence over everything else in our lives forcing us to focus on success and neglect our mental health. Gauteng clinical psychologist Kelebogile Mojanaga talks finding wor…
 
We have heard of the physical consequence of carrying extra weight including lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis. But not as much spotlight is given to the impact of extra weight on our mental and emotional health. On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame, Dr Mothomang Diaho unpacks the psychological impact of …
 
On episode 47 of Sisters Without Shame, a friend in crisis has become increasingly frustrated with her elderly uncle’s hesitancy to visit a doctor. Common reasons for men’s hesitancy to visit their GP include embarrassment, discomfort, and not wanting to change their diets. This is according to Men’s Foundation founder Garron Gselle.…
 
On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame human rights activist Steve Letsike unpacks the increase in HIV/AIDS infections of young women and adolescent girls. Letsike is the co-chairperson of South African National Aids Council. With over 30 million deaths across the globe and no known cure, HIV/AIDS remains a looming threat across the globe.…
 
On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame, blood recipient Zukiswa Mpoka shares her story on how blood donation saved her life. June is dedicated to blood donors. Without them and their dedication to blood donation, lives would be lost. Did you know that only 1% of Mzansi’s population are active donors? Khensani Mahlanguis the communications …
 
On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame, registered dietitian Anne-Marie De Beer unpacks “hidden hunger.” According to De Beer hidden hunger is often overlooked and difficult to detect. It is a micronutrient deficiency that weakens the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and can even lead to death. De Beer is the Nestlé …
 
On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame, a parent in crisis needs advice on how to get her family healthy again. Following two years of restricted movement which saw the rise of living in screens and less outdoor activity, there is a concern that the childhood obesity problem may be exacerbated in Mzansi. This according to Western Cape diet…
 
As the nights start drawing in, chances are it's more than just your body clock that's being whacky. Tight skin, rough knuckles, chapped lips? Say hello to winter, it is about to wreak havoc from head-to-toe. On episode 42 of Sisters Without Shame Professor Carol Hlela, a dermatologist from the Ingress Medical Centre in Cape Town, shares practical …
 
Mzansi no pressure, but let’s talk about blood pressure. If you still think that high blood is a disease for boomers and old people, you’d be sadly mistaken. Dangerously high blood pressure or hypertension can kill if left untreated. And get this, the disease knows no age, says Sister Shirley Grootboom. The seasoned nurse unpacks hypertension on ep…
 
On episode 40 of Sisters Without Shame a future mom in crisis wonders if she is a bad mom for hating the “magical pregnancy experience.” Cape Midwife Natasha Stadler comes to her rescue and says that there are no universal rules of pregnancy. Sure there are no other organisms that grow up so fast and in such a complex way as a foetus, but everyone …
 
On episode 39 of Sister Without Shame a friend in crisis tells us that sleep is an enemy of her progress. In fact, if she could live without sleep, she wouldn’t mind. Experts in physiology, Dr Stella Lacovides and Dr Karine Scheuermaier unpack the importance of sleep. Sleep is an important function that allows your body and mind to recharge leaving…
 
On episode 38 of Sisters Without Shame a friend in crisis says that she is not ready to face the reality that her son might be autistic. Mary Moeketsi (69) from Pretoria shares her words of wisdom for parents raising autistic children. Moeketsi is the Regional Development Officer for Autism South Africa.…
 
Ever thought about what it takes to summit Africa’s tallest mountain? On episode 37 of Sisters Without Shame, sisters Bontle Moraladi (30) and Dineo Khumalo (43) unpack their journey up Mt Kilimanjaro. With mind in focus and fueled with purpose anything is possible these sisters say.Health For Mzansi
 
No matter how or why anyone’s body looks the way it does, we deserve to be respected and treated with care. A weary friend in crisis from KwaZulu-Natal says that she is nervous about going home for Easter over fears of being body shamed by her family. Pretoria-based clinical psychologist, Lumka Mabo joins episode 36 of Sister Without Shame to unpac…
 
If we were all born the same, then life wouldn’t be filled with the many twists and turns that make it worthwhile. This is the view of Shéri Brynard (40) from Bloemfontein. Brynard joins this episode of Sisters Without Shame to unpack life as a South African living with Down syndrome.Health For Mzansi
 
On episode 34 of Sisters Without Shame, a mother wonders if Mzansi is also feeling the pinch and struggling to put food on the table due to rising food prices. Andra Nel, KFC’s CSI joins this week’s episode to unpack child malnutrition in Mzansi.Health For Mzansi
 
On episode 32 of Sisters Without Shame, Cape Town paediatric dentist Dr Farrah Seedat shares simple tips and tricks to help prevent dental caries in kiddies. Dental caries are a common and tragic occurrence in children she says. Seedat has advice for a weary Kathu parent in crisis who wonders how he can stop the tooth decay train and improve his ch…
 
It's a ladies special edition this week on Sisters Without Shame. Radio news editor, Merentia van der Vent unpacks her journey living with endometriosis. March marks Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body, mainly in the abdomen.…
 
A friend in crisis is feeling burnout and like the world is weighing heavy on her shoulders. On episode 30 of Sisters Without Shame, Paarl based clinical psychologist Luc Scheepers shares some tips on how to make life choices that will prevent you from being overwhelmed.Health For Mzansi
 
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