World renowned heart surgeon, Dr Dwight Lundell, with 25 years’ experience (having performed 5 000 open-heart operations) and author of the book “The great cholesterol lie” says that diets to lower cholesterol and severely restrict fat intake are not helping to cure or stop heart disease.

Inflammation in the artery walls is the real cause of heart disease. This discovery is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated in future. Mainstream diets are low in saturated fats and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, thus causing repeated injury to blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation, leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and eventually even Alzheimer’s. Excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils, like soybean, corn and sunflower, found in many processed foods, causes an imbalance between omega-6 and omega-3. One should eat natural (unprocessed) food – more protein, fruit, vegetables, olive oil and butter made from grass-fed animal milk (received via email on 6 January 2015).

The “sandwich generation” is people who are sandwiched between the demands – also financial demands – of their children on the one hand and their elderly parents on the other hand. About 40,5% of retired people find themselves in this difficult position. Grandchildren (44%), children (43,6%), extended family members (20,2%), parents (12,8%) and spouses (11,1%) have all become dependent on retired people. In the words of tax expert, Matthew Lester, “Don’t expect to inherit from your parents; you are going to inherit your parents” (Huisgenoot Leefstyl, 12 February 2015).