Public Presentations in May 2017: 10 Year Anniversary

In 2017, the Natural Health Centre celebrates 10 years in health, wellness and disease management within homeopathic and natural medicine principles to the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions. As part of these celebrations, Dr’s Alta Vogel and Kristian Leisegang are offering a series of public presentations to the local community, aimed at education related to pertinent health and wellness topics. .

  • Cost: All evening talks are free of charge to the public (R350 for Saturday 26 May)
  • Time: 19:00 – 20:00 each evening (09:30 – 12:30 for Saturday 27 May)
  • Venue: Natural Health Centre, 63 Dorp St, Stellenbosch.

Below is a list of the talks to be offered, with more detailed information further below:

  • 24 May 2017: The Reasons you can’t Loose Weight (Dr Kristian Leisegang)
  • 25 May 2017: Supplements: The good, the Bad and the Ugly (Dr Alta Vogel)
  • 26 May 2017: Taking Responsibility for your Own Health (Dr Kristian Leisegang)
  • 27 May 2017 (09:30 – 12:20): Developing Immunity in Children (Dr Alta Vogel) –  R350 per person; includes material, light lunch and discussion session (see below for further details)

Space is limited, so please RSVP with Yolanda Joseph at 021 887 2177 or to secure your seat. 

The schedule and brief synopsis of each talk is listed below:

The Reasons you can’t Loose Weight (Dr Kristian Leisegang)

24 May 2017 (19:00 – 20:00)

Obesity is almost a side effect of modern living lifestyle, dominated by generally poor nutritional offering, sedentary lifestyles (including office work) and an general over-stimulated and over-stressed environment. However, weight gain, obesity, and relevant complications are increasingly considered a normal component of life, with the ideal that eating less and exercising more is the solution. Within in this simplistic overview, we find a complex and relatively poorly understand metabolic crisis that occurs in obesity, and this is termed the metabolic syndrome in some academic circles. This metabolic dysfunction underlying weight gain and obesity is directly linked to the increased risk of heart diseases, strokes, diabetes, numerous cancers and many other degenerative diseases increasing in recent decades.

The underlying metabolic dysfunction is represented by some well defined medical phenomenon, such as insulin resistance, systemic inflammation, hormonal dysfunction and other changes. It is these underlying components that result in the traditional risk factors such as increased cholesterol and other fats, increased blood sugar and blood pressure, for example. The risks factors are signs of underlying dysfunction, and traditional approaches in recent decades aim to control the symptom (or warning signs), with no effect on the underlying problem.

Furthermore, these underlying problems, specifically insulin resistance, make reduction of weight increasingly difficult. At some stage, the metabolic derangement’s result in your body turning carbohydrates into fats more efficiently, and further blocks the breakdown of fat for the use of energy. This makes the ideal of eating less and exercising more a difficult solution, especially in the short and medium term, within the context of modern dietary advice.

This talk will explore weight gain, obesity, and what is termed the metabolic syndrome, in terms of underlying phenomenon that promote all the clinically observable changes. Included will be assessments and blood tests not commonly done, but are considered critical risk markers, as well as the basics in this complex story.

Weight gain is easy, weight lose is difficult, and this talk will explain the reasons for this, as well as offer potential advice and solutions to consider in overcoming this burden.

This presentation is for those who have experienced the battle to loose weight, the yo-yo effect, and those that are looking for education and understanding of the complex nature associated with obesity and relevant complications, and those that wish to avoid or reduce the risk of obesity and related complications. This presentation is also for those with diabetes, or concerned about diabetes, and other complications in this context. It must also be noted, that this concept of metabolic syndrome can be observed in patients that are not overweight or obese (approximately 15% of the time), so this presentation is also aimed at those with ‘healthy’ lifestyles and weight targets that may be interested in further insight into these increasingly common detrimental health outcomes.

For more information, please review the article on Metabolic Balance. For information on the presenter, please review the biography of Dr Kristian Leisegang.

Supplements: The good, the Bad and the Ugly (Dr Alta Vogel)

25 May 2017 (19:00 – 20:00)

Supplements come in many different shapes and sizes, promising various results. Some of the most popular supplements are daily multivitamins, minerals, herbal extracts and other botanicals, amino acids, probiotics and essential fatty acids. While most supplements are safe and have positive impacts on our health, this is not true of all supplements.

As health care providers, our patients frequently ask questions about what supplements could help their health problems. Some supplements may be helpful for overall health, but others may be deleterious or just a waste of money.

A supplement should be used to fill in the gaps of your diet where you might be lacking in nutrients. Any other use is likely to cause more harm than good to your health.  One needs to educate oneself on the manufacturing process,  learn about the purity, potency and safety of the supplements available on the market today. The reality is that most just aren’t up to par, and that’s why supplements very often is a waste of money, not giving results or even worse, not good for your health in the long run.

There’s no denying that multivitamins can have a positive effect on the human body (just make sure they actually contain the vitamin, food, or herb advertised and the correct dosages as shown curative in research).

Most multivitamins are a collection of isolated nutrients selected and combined by the company making the product. Many natural health authorities have pointed out that when nature does the selecting and combining, the end product is a whole food with a much better nutritional profile. The natural route in the end and the common sense in that, so to say, are so much better.

This presentation will focus on information related to supplements the good, possibly good, the bad and the ugly. Learn how to choose the best, most important, safest, and most effective supplements for you and your family. Some real facts about the state of our health and the small tweaks we can add up to make huge differences.

Taking Responsibility for Your Own health (Dr Kristian Leisegang)

26 May 2017 (19:00 – 20:00) 

In the modern medical and ‘healthcare’ environment, many people are under the influence of the practitioner. Within this context, there is evidence that there is possibly even an over reliance on medical intervention for prevention and even management, of chronic disease in particular (but also acute diseases). This seemingly results in people dependent on the medical professional to the exclusion of responsibility for healthy living and lifestyle.

Furthermore, ageing and age related disease are increasingly coming to the fore, with an increasing proportion of the population entering middle and elderly age groups. Although modern medicine claims sole responsibility for increased life span, this is not entirely accurate, as other determinant of health as stipulated by the World Health Organisation as rated equally important for health outcomes as access to primary health care (this includes access to quality food and water, sanitation, housing, education, etc.). So the life expectancy and the health outcomes of a population are not solely the responsibility of modern medicine, and there is evidence that modern medicine is increasingly becoming a risk factor in itself (disease and death due to appropriate medicine is ranked 3rd in many modern societies as a cause of death, behind cancer and heart disease). There is also some predictive statistics indicating life expectancy may be declining in these areas, due to the modern burden of lifestyle and often preventable diseases.

This presentation explores life expectancy statistics over the last 110 years in modern societies, and surprising reasons for the dramatic increase and predicted decline, as well as reasons why health and wellness should be a responsibility of individuals, and not a healthcare system that is focused on treating sick patients. In addition, key underlying causes of increased ageing rates and risk of so-called dreaded diseases are presented and discussed, and basic lifestyle amendments that can be employed to target these mechanisms (including inflammation, glycation and oxidative stress). Ultimately, the aim of the presentation is to provide reasons and insight into why the responsibility of healthcare resets, at the very least, equally on the shoulders of each individual, and not solely on the medical prevention and/or management of disease.

For more information on the speaker, please review the biography of Dr Kristian Leisegang.

Developing Immunity in Children (Dr Alta Vogel)

27 May 2017 (09:30 – 12:30)

R350 per person; includes material, light lunch and discussion session

We are delighted to offer this course again, thank you for your interest. Many of you have had experience with homeopathy and some have had the Children’s Homeopathy kit for some time and doing very well with your remedy selections, but there are some moms who are completely new to homeopathy and find it all very confusing, no doubt!  For those of you eager to learn more, for those with more questions and those just excited about the effect it has had on your children, this is your opportunity to come learn more.

The Course Material:

Immunity development in children is very important, and requires interaction with infections in order to achieve this optimal development. The immune system adapts and develops through infections. It is common for children in their first year of playschool to have up to 20 common colds a year and this is considered normal. If your child has had antibiotics medications for most colds and secondary infections (such as ear infections or tonsillitis), then the immune system may not be developing appropriately and immunity still lacking.  Homeopathy offers an alternative treatment that allows the immune system to appropriately respond to the infections, as it is a useful first line approach in infections.

Come listen to our discussion of common ailments we see in children, together with the discussion on the homeopathic home treatment of these. Learn what to look out for, when to worry and bring your child in for a consult and examination. I will explain in common terms when to be concerned and when I refer for conventional intervention.

You could also purchase your 30 remedy Toddler /Children Kit with 70 page booklet for  R1250. Please do let us know in advance whether you would be interested in purchasing a kit as we have to place an order for making of the leather holder before hand.

PLEASE  RSVP to Yolanda, 021 8872177 or For further information on what we do, follow the link,  to the insert on Holisitic Healing and Immunity that was filmed at our practice and broadcast on Kyknet Dagbreek Program on the 30th of July 2014.

We are so grateful to be working with the body as it has been wonderfully created, we are proud and very excited about helping more and more children in the future by gaining an optimal immune system, and hence having the correct foundations in place for a healthy future devoid of chronic disease.