Our names are André van der Hoven Comrie and Moray Comrie

We are both South Africans who have worked and studied at home, in the U.S.A. and in the UK. We have been married since 1978 and currently live in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Andre’s story:

My undergraduate and Masters degrees in Biochemistry were completed in South Africa. After post-graduate study at the University of California. San Diego and research work at the Natal Institute of Immunology, I completed my PhD in immunology at the University of Iowa in the USA.

Later I undertook research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Health Sciences Centre at Dallas, Texas, before joining the faculty of Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

My particular interest in health and nutrition was sparked in the early 1990s when my doctor made the diagnosis that every woman dreads – breast cancer.

After massive surgery I was put on the most drastic course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy that medical science could then provide. At that time our sons were just 5 and 8 years old and the doctors reckoned this would give me the best chance of surviving to care for them.

While all this was going on, I started taking some basic nutritional supplements. Bit by bit, I began to realize that I was coping better with the treatment than the other patients in the same situation. In fact, sadly, many of them have since died.

As life returned to normal, the whole family started paying more attention to nutrition. The boys’ childhood ailments stopped being a problem, and Moray, my over-stressed husband, found he could cope better with his job on the management team of a large college of education and play the role of Dad at home.

Over time, my personal experience has been supported by research into the science behind nutrition.

I have since made a thorough (and ongoing) study of the literature on the subject and have been interviewed on national radio and invited to speak at several seminars on the subject.

With nutritional supplementation as literally my life-or-death insurance policy, I use my scientific training to ensure that I and the family take the best possible care of our health by taking only products of the very highest quality.

Moray’s story:

I obtained my initial degrees and teaching qualification in South Africa, then a Master of Education degree from the University of North Texas. After teaching in schools in South Africa and England and then lecturing in teacher education, I retired from the office of the Vice Rector at the South African College of Open Learning (formerly the Natal College of Education).

My post-retirement activities have included being the chairperson of the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society, an editor of Natalia, journal of the Natal Society, and contributing a weekly opinion column to the editorial pages of Pietermaritzburg’s daily Witness newspaper. And I, together with André, have set up this website and now run a home-based business.

Incidentally, our two sons, Russell and Graeme, are now young adults, both holding degrees from South African and British universities. Russell is a mediaevalist and Graeme is a writer.