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My Health Blog Page

Welcome to My Natural Health Blog Page. Written by me, your Natural Health Hippie Guru!
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Disclaimer:- All the information/advice given here is purely based on my own personal experience and as we are all different I cannot accept any responsibility for it. If you should decide to follow anything I tried myself . It is my own personal guide only and always check with your Doctor before changing any of your diet. I AM NOT a Doctor. If you are on any medications do please consult your Doctor..

WARNING: Some of the blogs may have graphic references/language regarding health etc.

Introduction to my Beliefs

I am going to cut to the chase in this blog simply because I cannot easily have access/time/programs necessary to be able to write lots and also because I know whenever I watch videos on any topic of interest it can become most annoying when 20 minutes of watching they still haven't covered the topic question you watched it for!
Right, here is a synopsis of me

Virgo=star sign concerned with HEALTH
Believes in= natural medicine and cures/prevention and only would use conventional medicine as a last resort even for a headache.
To Date= Sickly early childhood, meaning I took strong interest in health so as not to be ill as I knew it was NO FUN ever.
Lastly, I found that due to three accidents in last five years I have been told I have bad kidneys, something on my liver (unidentifiable) and they think possible ovarian cancer too! I have been through all the tests I want to be put through.
So far that all sounds pretty bad doesn't it?

My next part of this story takes me back about 10 years ago, as I got shingles to my forehead and outer area of my eyes. Although I had to rush back to Doctors one day as shortly after taking anti-viral tablets of a low strength, my eyes started to swell up with one closing. The Doctor I saw had to phone through to ophthalmic dept. of hospital to check it hadn't entered my eyes as I was told then I could be blinded.
It hadn't! I took the stronger tablets prescribed and it eventually got better but because it was caught late it had done damage to my hands. I went back to my Doctor for advice as I couldn't stand to be in the cold without my hands changing colour- white/blue or completely numb fingers. The Doctor told me I had nerve damage and because of this I would need to take a tablet everyday for good! 'Because if you don't you could faint that is why your hands change colour, your circulation is bad now'
However, my Doctor went onto say that the tablets I would have to take had a side-effect that is they can also make me faint, but without warning!. ' Damned if you do, Damned if you don't ' I thought and said 'Thank You but I will find my own cure as I could be driving the car or riding the horse'. He looked at me with uncertainty at my ability.
Time was not on my side as I had by now got a secondary infection of reynauds syndrome , meaning my knuckles on my hands were swollen, cracking and bleeding. I was scared. I needed to find a cure so researched online. I found a 'NATURAL' cure and immediately cut out 'Caffeine' from my diet. I have never known what it must be like to go 'COLD TURKEY' until I cut out a lifetime of caffeine. I loved coffee to drink and ice-cream, my favourite flavour is coffee, and as kid I never drank water, but always drank coca-cola (more caffeine as the other newer versions minus caffeine weren't invented then) So it was the strangest sensation ever to suddenly stop.
I got better and my hands got about as good as I felt they would ever be to normal again.

Later as you will see above I have found I have possibly many problems since various accidents, followed by tests, x-rays, scans. Which resulted in me having to take anti-biotics due to a bladder infection to kidneys as again it was not caught in time so it was progressing for a whole year before my collapse and rush to hospital then six months later it got worse again rushed to hospital but this time they asked for what they hadn't the first time around six months prior- a urine sample which by this time was bright red and I thought I was a goner for sure as surely it is not right to pee what looked like nothing but blood! Anyway, the antibiotics worked! BUT for the last few years during the diagnosis and anti-biotics episode I have suffered terribly with my digestion. It has affected my sleep, appetite, what I can eat as I got pain to my kidneys/pancreas/ shoulder/appendix you name it! Which brings me to why I am writing this BLOG.
Because I have had to find a way to make myself better through using myself as a 'test dummy' as I only like 'Natural' cures by using correct/healing foods and diet and regime to do it. So I set about using all my past 'Natural' food knowledge to achieve this goal.
I found out myself by using my own body that it seems to me if 'our digestion is not working right, then nothing in our bodies will be working right' so we will be ill as I was, and still now it is a fine line each day. I realised our GUT and what we eat/drink defines us.
However as I say at the start of this BLOG I am NOT a Doctor and wanting to prove wholeheartedly that I am on the right track of the culprit for all our ills being our GUT (except Other external causes i.e. broken arm /leg.) I tried to find may be just one Doctor that is like-minded to prove to myself I am right. Well, I would have been happy to say I found one! BUT I have now found TWO. Both have a huge following, and one was a top heart surgeon in America before like me using himself to test out his theories, and although both have different eating ideas to me and each other they both have videos online stating it is OUR GUT that we need to look after. So on seeing/reading this I was ecstatic as a top ex-heart surgeon shares my beliefs!!! OMG, and I am not a Doctor,
Doctor Eric Berg, please checkout his books/videos online also says fasting helps the body although his diet includes meat so you meat eaters out there can check him out but in general like me you veggies/ vegans should do too as he is full of knowledge on how our body works, which of course I am not . Now this I never knew but oddly enough I generally have something light for breakfast then a meal in the day and that is it until the next day so I have already been doing the fasting all my life but never knew it!
The other ex-heart surgeon a Dr. Stephen Gundry I have only just found and still need to read his best selling books to find out more about him. All I can say is like me he did tests on himself and came to the same conclusion our GUT has to work right.
So there ends my first blog. Next time-I have some exciting news on my latest test I carried out on myself as I was so pleased my GUT Instinct HA, was right, it spurred me onto try something I knew about but had not tried........


So carrying on from my last Blog, You now know my beliefs and that as far as I am concerned our health inside our bodies is governed by our GUTS even if it is this headache or that pain in my kidney. Also with all my digestive problems due to accidents (external forces on my body) that left me bruised and with I imagine swelling internally, due to the pain I was experiencing afterwards and then the courses of anti-biotics for infection although eventually I have felt much better. I know that the anti-biotics I took, kill ALL the bacteria in my GUT they are not selective. Meaning I have still had to watch what I ate and drank and still have been suffering with a lot of symptoms everyday. I am not going to tell you what they are yet so read on.
As you now also know I have found two Doctors that also think the GUT is responsible for our health and as I have told you a fair bit of my ordeal with my digestive organs being affected, I have recently decided to start on a 'NATURAL' health cure that I had read about years ago and have always had in mind, but hadn't resolved to try it, unless I was sure it wasn't just my kidney being bad or just my liver etc But these two Doctors speaking on the GUT had made me think 'I was right and if this is the reason my organs and digestion are 'playing me up' I know what I can try to sort this. Something that will, like a kitchen scales/balance it , it should be possible to get my GUT back into the right balance and to my mind it should mean I can eat/drink and hopefully not have all the pain and more besides. So I have tried it, and this is why I was desperate to share with you my findings from the test on myself and give you a list of my ailments and what the response has been by my guts to this 'NATURAL' Cure!! I wouldn't have believed it and at the time of writing I have not even informed the producers of what I already think is a little 'natural' miracle in a bottle.

Now, me. being me, I didn't follow the advice of amount to take per day and for the time being I am now not taking it as I am all too much aware of our body being a fine balance, but my plan is, should any pain or any digestive/organs etc happen in future I would take the amount as I have this time for however many days I feel I need to, to get my body working as it should again. So I took half a teaspoon in a cup of water for five days on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
All I was hoping for was some pain in one or two organs to go away, but I have to report all that has happened. So much that I really could not of foretold, and even an answer to an age old question my Grandmother used to ask me all the time. I don't know why she used to ask me, I should have asked her, but may be it was because even when she was alive, I was, as I have told you all ,interested in 'Natural Cures/Preventions' for all our ills from a young age. 'Grandmother I have got your answer, at last, X'.

Now follows a list of all the observed changes in my body since taking ....

AILMENT- Bloating All the time but especially after eating/drinking- (Something I had never suffered from before my health issues/accidents but have since)-
RESULT NOW- Much better than before

AILMENT-Due to Shingles even though the colour of my hands was corrected by Stopping Caffeine, Since digestive/organ issues I had noticed my hands were pale, even skin under my nails. so much so the half moons had disappeared.
RESULT-Already some half moons on my fingers are visible again!

AILMENT- Had a lot of sugar cravings, hungry more than I know to be my normal and not only that but noticed I don't seem to get that 'I am full up now' feeling when eating, to know when to stop.
RESULT- I am not getting any cravings and my 'you are full up internal alarm is restored, if anything I am not hungry as much as I was even normally!

AILMENT- Always tired and not much energy
RESULT- Got energy levels back and now not tired until bedtime

AILMENT- Creaking in bones/joints and at times feeling like they are bending or about to break if I carry heavy object/weight
RESULT- GONE! bones/body feels good strength once more

AILMENT-Absent minded/ memory not good
RESULT- Clarity restored with full purpose! Don't you all agree???? HAAAA

AILMENT-pains in lots of organs internally
RESULT- GONE (for now and I hope for good depending on my food diet)

AILMENT- I had noticed when I pass urine it wasn't loads. Did you know? the average time spent dong this is 21 seconds!
RESULT- I immediately noticed a change of timing as my bladder due to not being bloated (SEE ABOVE RESULT) must suddenly be able to hold more and so it is much longer at 40-60 seconds

AILMENT- irregular bowel movements
RESULT- regular and more consistent (enough said or more than enough)

AILMENT- SKIN on back of hands seemed very thin and shiny in appearance like I was 200 and something HA
RESULT- already gone back to a matt appearance and more elastic and healthy looking

AILMENT- (THIS ONE IS FOR YOU GRANDMOTHER if she were alive to read it) Her question to me was always 'why do we get wrinkles and lines around our mouths and how can I get rid of them? I used to say 'I don't know, try some moisturizer and I think it is just that our gums around our teeth must recede with age meaning the skin around our mouths sags in.' THIS WOULD NOT BE MY ANSWER NOW< here is my answer
RESULT- the plumpness of my top/bottom lip has been restored to I would say teenage perfection with lines hardly visible OMG!!!- YES REALLY!- all you ladies out there if ever I could give you helpful advice to looking as good as you can it is this one

AILMENT- Nail colour seemed pale/yellow
RESULT- Look like a French manicure colour now.

I am just sorry that with some of the ailments I did not take before and after photos but even I didn't expect such a range of rapid or varied body response results. PLEASE NOTE I have used this product because I felt I had LOW stomach Acid.

I am so convinced already by this bottle of 'natural cure' I feel like it is like the 'Mac and Jack' wonder potion video for 'say say say'.
But seriously, I can't think of any other ailments right now but that was enough for anyone HA. I just wasn't expecting to see such rapid changes and I just had to share my experimental experiences with all of you so that you can decide for yourselves.
I will say this has worked for me as I was trying to put more acid back into my GUT to activate it to work efficiently. From my research I now know it can help with pre-diabetes/ bloating/ cholesterol/supress appetite which can help with weight loss/Fatigue and a multitude of problems. So do Google/ research it yourselves to see if this product is something that could help you.
My huge Thanks has to go to WILLY's Apple Cider Vinegar with LIVE MOTHER (very important you get the' live mother') I have only purchased the original variety.
When I followed them recently on Twitter I was stunned that the whole world isn't following them already!
I will just add that I am not being paid to mention/advertise this product whatsoever. It is just too good a product not to shout about it. Good Luck and Good Health X
I did just want to add that if you are on any medication or not DO PLEASE check with your Doctor First

Health And Beauty Blog3

If you are wondering why my Health Blog is now showing a blog about 'Beauty' All will become clear and it has nothing to do with me- far from it! .
Today I want to tell you all about how I became aware of the fact that some of our 'make-up ', the very items we use to help us to look as good as we can, do not all have very beautiful ways. I am of course talking about 'Animal Testing' and 'product ingredients' . Now although I knew about animal testing and ingredients with long names that I was wary of, years ago, there were not at the time as far as I knew about anyway, any alternatives as there were only magazines/newspapers/books for information. Until I watched a romantic comedy series on television that is. As a and still am 'singleton' following the on /off romances/trials and tribulations of the character 'Jenny' I became hooked on this TV delight! The part of Jenny (Russell) was played by the most stunningly beautiful long blonde-haired, perfect voice sounding, clever Actress called Carol Royle, so quite why or how 'Jenny' would ever be in such predicaments is still baffling.
I soon found out a lot more about this admirable lady as she shares a passion of mine -ANIMALS (and the protection of) . Not only this, it is completely due to Carol that I was able to find a 'Make-up collection' that is completely NOT ANIMAL TESTED and
IS CRUELTY FREE, and Vegetarian/Vegan and contains only NATURAL ingredients which is not only good for you, but also for the animals and the planet. WIN,WIN. Carol was the Lady advertising the 'Beauty Without Cruelty' collection. Here is a photo of Carol advertising the range of products as the face for 'Beauty Without Cruelty' and you can see why, as she proves 'Beauty' comes from within and by her choice to use animal friendly cruelty free products.


Carol Royle as I found out, is what I think of as a real 'earth angel'. Somebody who is helping the world by showing us all, there is a way of living in harmony with our fellow creatures with kindness and compassion without making a detrimental impact on animals and the environment . This Lady is also, as her Links Page https://www.carolroyle.co.uk/Links of her official website attests, a true animal defender and they need her, so long may she continue. Because of this very fine Lady I had to write this article, to say a huge 'Thank You' from me for helping me to keep animals from harm and keep my 'Natural' beliefs by using ingredients that are good for my skin/health but also to introduce Carol Royle to all of you in the hope that all of you too, will, like I did, be able to change to more healthy and animal friendly make up products. I think Carol Royle is so deserving of the highest of accolades- an award from Her Majesty The Queen and I would go so far as to say one from The Church too!. for all she has done for animals this Lady is a SAINT!
Please do check out the Carol Royle official website - https://www.carolroyle.co.uk/ and her links page above as it has a link near the end of page to inform you all about Cruelty Free Products. Promotional Photo courtesy of and by kind permission of Carol Royle .

Dog Food Health and Allergies BLOG 4

I have had a French Bulldog puppy for about 4 years and during that time I have had an absolute nightmare of a time because very early on my vet and I discovered he had allergies to his food. Noticeably his ears were swollen and this was causing an infection to ears by means of a brown waxy discharge. I started to try alternative dry complete dog food to what I fed my other dogs in the hope of a cure for his ears. This has led to me finding out that as he was definitely allergic to wheat, I changed to grain free BUT he was also allergic (as new allergy showed itself as time and food changed) to fish, chicken, lamb, duck, pork, and I just want to say here that having spent an hour in large Pet stores and smaller Pet stores that I found out very quickly that as business acumen goes pet food manufacturers are not to me the brightest dog biscuit in the bag! Because they are ALL competing against themselves in the wheat biscuit range as apart from the branding they are pretty much at least to my opinion the same across the range. Gosh if only I had the business acumen myself I would be bringing a product out for exactly the type of dog mine is-Allergic. So there was nothing left- except a grain free biscuit complete dry food,. Unfortunately it made not a lot of difference to his ears and I was finding out more things he was allergic to, even little things like seaweed. I decided having tried all the dry foods to put him on Human food. This was a breakthrough I found white rice NOT brown (brown isn't even so good for us-arsenic in ground, the rice is grown in, is more prevalent in the brown stuff for a start. Note here this may be why I saw a video recently by Russell Brand on baby food having a problem as it is is the ground the food is grown in how do you get it out? ) Good enough reason to ensuring you rinse it well until water runs clear before even boiling/steaming/or making risottos) Did you Know- Jane Austen's glasses had traces of arsenic on the frames, whether she consumed much rice I know not!-I digress. So, keeping a dog food diary I noticed within a mere three days into his white rice diet his ears stopped being swollen and there was a great improvement in his gait as he had always walked with what I would describe as stiffly as if having consumed a little too much food. However the brown ears was still there, not as bad. I started to introduce vegetables by trial and error so that I could know what he could and couldn't eat for sure . I stayed on the rice and veg with him for the longest time but ultimately he needed I felt more nutrition at least in the form of vitamins/minerals. I introduced a multi-vitamin and found he was allergic as his ears swelled got hot and browner again. It had a yeast as the basis. This I felt was just fuelling the fire. I stopped and decided due to his now loss of weight on this diet I would have to put him back on a balanced dog food but what now???? I bought a tinned grain free meat with just vitamins/minerals added he seemed okay for sometime but suddenly I felt he was ill. Was it the food again? I gave a tiny amount to another of my dogs and suddenly she too was looking uncomfortable. Oh NO! It must be the food again as I had had dodgy one off cans in the past for other dogs so recognised the signs- I stopped and decided to feed him the only option left to me in dog foods- RAW!.
Now being vegetarian myself this for me really IS the last resort as opening a tin of cooked dog meat is bad enough for me but this is the ultimate No No but if it gives the dog what he needs to be well so be it! This brings you right up to date as at this moment I found he was allergic to turkey and beef too so much so he is drastically ill and I actually had to rush him to the vet last week as he is fighting just to survive now as an infection has compromised his immune system and is eating his skin. He has also lost use of back legs, but since vet trip one leg is now working and the other I am praying for. The vet advised me to go back on the white rice and vegetables diet asking why I took him off that?. The answer to that I have explained above. Certainly IF he pulls through he shall not be having any dog food because for allergy dogs like him there is nothing suitable. Please Note- dog food manufacturers. This week .could be my final week with him as like us all during this pandemic he is fighting for his survival . I hope he wins! As I write this he is asleep at my feet. I will keep you all updated on his progress. I hope any of you out there having found a similar problem with your dog can read this in the hope it may help you in your own plight although like us every dog is different so my disclaimer applies above VET advice first. I felt urged to write this today as I read an article saying scientists have found a strain of bacteria in raw dog foods that is resistant to anti-biotics.
Update I am sorry to report I lost my little dog despite his ears being perfect.

Blog 5- Garlic, and Sauerkraut and Cinnamon

I got a call and a text from two different pals around the same day and time asking for advice. Which sounds weird I know as you are well aware and so are they that I am not a Doctor. However, I am quite a geek when it comes to all things 'natural' and although they had different problems I recommended Garlic to both as one had high blood pressure the other had Gout.. So today I am going to tell you about the power of Garlic first- It belongs to the Onion family so if you can't eat onion (avoid this). If you can, eat it , use no more than 1 clove in one day as it is quite powerful and use in cooking, never raw as it can burn your oesophagus One crushed or chopped it realises allicin a powerful ingredient. It can help with lowering blood pressure, it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and even anti-parasitic for some conditions. It is also anti-inflammatory and I have found again like the ACV in my second blog here, that is has helped me no end with stopping bloating. Look this up for yourselves as it is a little miracle worker. I am not covering a supplement type of Garlic here as this may surprise you BUT I am NOT a supplement believer. My Natural beliefs stem from the believe of us being what we eat, and by solely using the food we eat as a way to aid natural health. As I believe IF you are eating the right foods, supplements should not be necessary, in a fit and healthy body.

In a similar line of thought I want to tell you about Sauerkraut a fermented raw white cabbage which I personally eat hot/warm and I have also found this to help me no end too and like with Garlic I can see a noticeable decrease in my waistline the day after consuming either of these as they really do help the digestive system and reduce inflammation and bloating and sauerkraut is probiotic and can help with good bacteria in the gut it also provides fibre and vitamin C and K2 (healthy bones). It can also help food cravings as it makes you feel satisfied for longer which can also help with weight loss It can help constipation but too much can lead to Diarrhoea. So you have been warned- this is good in small quantities. Like anything I talk about here.

Lastly Cinnamon and Diabetes type 2- we all love a cinnamon flavoured treat and I was bought up on cinnamon German biscuits, which I still love today but in actual fact sugar and cinnamon could not be a better pairing, as too much sugar as we all know can lead to diabetes and there is no stopping that unless, you reduce your consumption but the good news is- combine sugar with cinnamon, and the cinnamon actually helps to maintain blood sugar levels and reduce blood pressure . Is like Sauerkraut and Garlic in it contains anti-inflammatory anti-fungal abilities but also contains antioxidants. People with Liver problems be more wary. It can potentially lead to early Alzheimer's Disease too. Again, there is much to be said about Cinnamon so do look it up for yourselves.

Blog 6 SALT
Recommended daily dietary requirement 1teaspoon approx.
SALT When I was very ill in last few years I cut out salt as much as possible until I felt better. Also if you watch my bread making video you will hear me talk about being careful with how much salt you eat. What I did not say was I think it is more to do with the type of SALT you eat.
TABLE SALT- This is purely salt (sodium) as opposed to Rock or Sea Salt which also includes other minerals from sea water. Rock Salt being the supposed best for health purposes than the cheaper sea salt.
Back to Table Salt- I have in the past so still have- purpura's or blood spots on some areas of my skin mainly front torso but this is one on my arm see photo.
purpura (blood spots)

I remember asking Doctor about these and was not given any reason for them or why I had them! It wasn't until I did some research and a Doctor was talking about how table salt in particular being nothing but salt as ingredient with its grainy consistency that eating too much of this form would cause the veins to be scratched and could lead to bleeding through the skin! OMG! Finally I had my answer, because I was and do love ready salted crisps! What type of salt do they use?, oddly enough most packets do not state!! Hands up, who thinks it will be the cheapest variety- the Table Salt!
I cannot prove my theory and it is only a theory but it would make sense as it is the grains he said that act like sand paper on the artery walls.
I therefore think that all crisp manufacturers should have to state what type of Salt they are using.So that we can make an informed decision which to buy.
Another Product to lower you salt intake is a 'Reduced Salt '
As for reduced salt varieties- yes that would be a good thing BUT what is in place of a percentage of salt?. More other types of sodium! and potassium. Not something I have tried. However if it is replaced by a potassium those with kidney,heart or high blood pressure (although it may help to lower blood pressure as it does the reverse of salt it may not be good for heart.or kidneys in those with problems or on medications.
Salt is generally added/hidden in a variety of foods we eat from bread to biscuits . Something to bear in mind when you eat any ready made item as if you see at beginning of this topic I have given you the daily recommended intake, although I do think we are all individuals and a lot depends on exercise as if you are highly active or sweating you will lose salts in the sweat. However too much can lead to high blood pressure, even though sea water is supposedly the same consistency as our own bloodstream. Salt along with other minerals is even in Spring Water and tap water!
Salt- acts not only as a preservative (from Victorian times before refrigerators or freezers) But also as a flavour because salt or sugar (another topic I will come to in another blog) is one of the easiest for our taste buds to recognise giving a food flavour.
I may add more to this topic as I think of something more I would like to say in future.

Verrucas and Warts BLOG 7

For as long as I can remember My Grandmother and My Mother had frequented a Chiropodist. In my Grandmother's case it was because she had bunions caused by her shoe choices/or not as a young girl. For both my Grandmother and Mother I always thought of these trips being a way to look after their feet, like they did with their hair by going to the hairdresser's each week. It is hardly surprising then that over the years I have never questioned any trips or why. My Grandmother is no longer around to go, but lately Mother happened to tell me that she had verrucas on her little toe .
My alarm bells started ringing in my head! What? Surely this cannot be right? Surely we all shouldn't just have to put up with a body malfunction as a symptom of old age!
The next thing I was astounded by was, she told me she has had this Verruca problem for (are you Sitting Down?) 12 years!!!
Yes, 12 years!
I asked Mother if she would be willing to try a new treatment as through my research I actually found out that verrucas and or warts are really just an area of skin that has a change to its PH through a small break to the skin or something else, which then allows a virus to grow and take hold culminating in the verruca/wart.
Mother agreed hesitantly but did say it had cost her a lot over the years so would be very glad not to have to go.
Step 1- The next few days I told Mother to wash and scrape off with a pumice stone or her nails and soap and water the silver nitrate black dye, but don't make it sore or break the skin- be patient. Around a week later Mother was ready for the next step.
Step 2- I told her to put half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with live mother (mentioned in one of my first blogs here) into a mug of water and stir well. Then with a cotton wool bud, dab it on the area where the verruca is and let it air dry. If it immediately hurts the mix is too strong so add more water and to stop if it goes red or is dry/ sore or if the skin breaks/bleeds. Then next day try to get the old dead verruca skin away/off with pumice or your own nails, being careful NOT to make it bleed or force the procedure. (finger nails not metal nails) I didn't want this to be a rushed approach as that could lead to skin breaks or burns from acid in vinegar. Also with my newly formed knowledge I knew it won't take me 12 years to get this sorted.
Now here Mother took over herself as unbeknown to me she had decided to treat this not the once a day I suggested but twice AM and PM. I can tell you now Mother is still doing this routine
At the start, after Mother had removed the black dye. I asked her to send me a photo via her phone. Here it is, on side of her little toe.

Before Toe

And here is the most recent photo after about a week!!!

Getting Better photo 2

I will update as soon as I get another photo from Mother but I can tell you Mother said it is a lot smoother and she can see, as can I, and I hope you all can. That it is nowhere near as pronounced as it was and does look smoother, because the acid changes the skin PH. Making it unsuitable for virus to grow. We both hope this true story helps any of you out there and saves you money! Also Mother cancelled her appointment. . As even, my Stepfather who was able to observe this experiment, could not believe his eyes- 12 years!

BLOG 8 The Pandemic and Covid Virus

I wasn't intending to write anything about the Covid Virus Pandemic but when I heard the latest news about Care Workers I feel compelled to write regarding this and all of my thoughts on this pandemic and the information via the radio news since the start of all this, but forgive me if I get the order in a muddle BUT I am pretty sure I will not forget what I heard as this forms the basis of my opinions as we go. I am just cross with myself for not writing it down as it happened.
Bullet points will be NEWS via scientific/Govt. advice but words in Brackets will be my own opinion on what I heard and thought at the time.
This is all not meant to mislead or inform anybody reading this blog on what they should or should not do, as it is only my opinion and as I say on my disclaimer that applies at the start of my health page I am not qualified in anyway so take from it what you will .
0) Virus supposedly comes from bats being infected by a pangolin in a Chinese wet market (very odd to me that after all the years that sort of thing has been going on that it should suddenly happen now but give them the benefit of the doubt as there is bird flu and swine flu etc)
1) Vaccine will stop you being infected or passing it on (Great News)
2)Vulnerable will be vaccinated first with other adults may be vaccinated later BUT there is no evidence of children or the young needing it or catching it (oops, sounds very odd to me, yeah, because we all know school is the place we all caught illnesses from)
3)Then it was- Actually it seems you can still catch it and pass it on, even with vaccine but less likely of being seriously ill or hospitalised (You are losing me now)
4) Then it was- Vaccine will protect you against Delta variant too (Good News )
5)Then it was-one more vaccination may be needed to fully protect a person
6)Then cases of vaccinated people appear and they are reported as Breakthrough cases (Because apparently that can happen! not so good news)
6)So having had two vaccines it was then said a booster may be needed within a year, which changed to 6 months which changed to may be 1-3 months (last I heard although as none of us have a gauge like a fuel gauge in a car built onto us to check for immunity this may be hard to monitor and to my thinking could lead people to be less cautious having been vaccinated twice or three times already thinking they are still safe from infection when in fact they may not be- always act to protect yourself is the key here I would say. OMG I get the feeling this is a case of a long haul journey for the immune system to take)
7) At the same time as coming out of Lockdown, Masks and social distancing were introduced (Best idea so far as far as I am concerned)

That ends what I heard on radio news what follows is other things I have read elsewhere or heard:
Israel has/did have at time of reading, the highest Covid rates. yet wait for it, at that time they were already up to vaccine jab number 4 . Is it working? who knows? but there must be people alive and well to keep having the boosters!
Other thoughts I had through this time were- when we found out where the virus may have come from, and the first time I do a test kit it says the very same country on the test (Makes no sense to me, they are having a laugh surely)
Also then I find out countries that don't even have enough vaccines for themselves like India are actually in partnership to make UK vaccines (it beggar's belief)
Lastly, the item I really wanted to mention is the UK Government and Care Workers- Having worked in this sector myself one thing I do know is that these women are used to dealing with medications are well trained and sensible, logical and very savvy individuals and IF there are any that do not want this vaccine. I would say with all their knowledge IF they do not want it? I would not question them for saying 'no' I would more question the reasons for 'why not?'
I end this Blog today with the incomparable words for a perfect end to anything my fave comedian of all did- And may your God go with you'

UPDATE VIRUS- Heard yesterday on the radio news 19/03/2022 that there is now going to be a forth vaccine shot. Arm Please! Kerching! shut that till. Because apparently the vaccine protection does not last so long in the vulnerable, and as they are the ones that need it most (not my words or thoughts just repeating what I heard) it is now time for number 4.
I have also heard recently of higher case numbers and hospitalizations. Whether these are just COVID19 or only variants? I cannot verify. However I do have a theory on what I have seen or heard and that is this:
Not as you know being a science expert or Doctor I am sure my theory will be dismissed
However here it is-
Since hearing of the variants like Omicron and the surge of the Vaccinated getting this and having had many pals that were vaccinated contacting me in a panic when they then tested positive after vaccine whether poorly or not, ( I said 'well you would test positive as you have just put it inside your body)
This has led me to one conclusion only and this is just my hunch-
I think that the vaccine once in the body does what any virus does and mutates in the host as it tries to overcome and survive and I think in doing so its resemblance is like a multicoloured gobstopper. It is going through changes not in colour but in variants and THAT is the reason people are seeing different variants in themselves after vaccine and nothing to do with their lack of protection (after-all they are vaccinated) and neither infection being contagious and spreading. I also think the people that have not succumbed after the virus to anything may well be the people that are strong enough to beat off any of these virus mutations and may not have got it even if not vaccinated (but now we will never know) The ones that have had the variants are among the people I feel would be more at risk but I still feel they may not have had any variants had they not had the vaccine at all but they may have got COVID19 (again we shall never know now) that is because the vaccinated are on that treadmill now and it is hard to get off of.
I do think as we saw in the very beginning that- yes, COVID19 exists as I said before here and is not something anybody wishes to suffer from and that the original is definitely contagious.
I just thought I would make my thoughts known here just in case it is later found that my trail of thought could in someway be considered right.


I also believe unlike many others that it is Masking that will give the protection needed . Because if you can't breathe in the virus and are protected from others breathing it out into your face. I think that should cover it! (SERIOUS JOKE THERE) But the reason I say MASKING and not 'A Mask' is because I do not think one cloth or thin fashion mask is going to stop much as I have seen people with these below their nose/ mouth and even seen breath coming straight through a flimsy mask . I have always worn multiple layered masks and many at once. We all, can only do what we think best and I as I have said many times I AM NOT trying to influence anybody's decisions as this subject and the virus is too important and it is up to all of us to do whatever is best for us to feel safe and keep on going this is just my own thoughts and personal health journey account, In case it helps anybody else along the way.. .


We all do it!. We all decide on one resolution or another for the coming new year but likely as not we know we are not going to follow it even for a day. This is usually the case for me except this time I had decided to use myself as a guinea pig, once more to see if my theories really would make any difference at all. This is because besides some bad luck with various accidents or ill health (read other blogs for details) I knew my food weaknesses have done my body no favours over the years.
I have been vegetarian for many years (that is the good part) and even avoid dairy butter or milk but there are other foods I like that do me no good these are biscuits, chocolate bars (that also contain dairy milk, I do wish they didn't as I would be that much closer to being vegan) and one other item DAIRY CHEESE! now I am going to share a surprising fact I found out when I researched an illness for a friend worried he may have symptoms recently (he didn't) but I do suggest you look up prostate cancer. Because I am a woman, I obviously would not ordinarily research this but was glad I did as oddly enough the first thing I read was - the foods to avoid as they may increase chances of prostate cancer was- dairy, milk , yogurt, cheese !!! OMG I was shocked. Until I thought that yes, 'dairy milk coming from a cow is really only meant for its calves' in order to put weight on and give the calf all the nutrients and enable it to grow well, fit and healthy.' Excellent news- but when you consider it, it really is only good news for the calf as we are much smaller in stature and it is little wonder that I read it can cause us to have inflammation for one thing, and we hardly need to grow the size of a cow! Of course although us women can't get prostate cancer we can get similar problems to our female areas as the inflammation or cancer risks apply to us too.
I have never eaten much cheese as I use it very sparingly if I do, since I read all about it. Vegan alternatives to cheese are not for me as yet as I am not keen on taste of coconut oil and coconut is fattening and although I like cashews, I once watched what has to be done to them to make them edible and not poisonous to us, which they are naturally and that put me off. Lastly ready salted crisps as too much salt and fat is not good, and I like a packet every other day. So I decided to give up the following this year -
* Biscuits
*Chocolate Bars
*Ready Salted Crisps (reduce packets a month)

There you have it!!. A lot of different items to abstain from, and I wasn't expecting to be writing this BLOG with this news as we are now only into mid February so it has been a month and a bit avoiding the items listed but I have lost over a stone in weight and now weigh less than I did at school as I was always 8 and a half stone but was now always around nine stone. I now weigh just under 8.st Also I noticed a definite improvement in my eyesight too and although I still suffer with colour changes to my hands due to shingles to my eyes years ago that caused nerve damage to my hands. my hands are actually not as swollen as they have been either.
I can clearly see the areas where I had gained fat- now gone. This was something I was keen to achieve as it has undoubtedly led to problems with my liver and kidney, probably overloaded with JUNK over the latter years I am not talking about when I used to run to keep fit as then I also used to eat more healthily as when you run the last thing you want to do it on is a junk laden, full stomach and in fact I used to have a run and come back and think ' I feel like an avocado salad. This is 'food for thought' in itself as I never ran and thought afterwards 'where is a chocolate bar?' . If any of you are wondering why I stopped running?- two reasons 1) I used do charity runs but find it hard getting sponsor money 2) I had a bit of scare one morning I woke up with my mouth not working so good on one side and thought I may have had a minor stroke in the night. It was then I reassessed the running idea, as I figured we may be all only have so many heartbeats, in the way, a car only has so many miles in an engine.
Anyway, to prove my JUNK food theory I fell off the wagon this week but on purpose, and immediately gained half a stone back now 8 and a half. Therefore it has proved to me beyond any reasonable doubt that all the foods listed are the major contributors to my weight gain and led to my poor health SO will now stick to my resolution as I have proved to myself that it is the best way forward. I thought I would like to add that I wasn't an over-eater or eating packets of biscuits or chocolate a day. I am talking about 2 packets of biscuits a month, and two 4 pack chocolate bars and 2x 6 pk crisps and two packets of cheese at most per month. That is why it has taken a lot of years to do the damage to liver and kidneys etc. I am not a smoker or drinker. I had stopped both those traits by early 20's.
I was able to wear my classic Lara Croft outfit having lost a stone I did not mind wearing a very cropped top and small shorts , even though this has never been about dieting to lose weight, it is just about wanting to be healthy and not put my body, and organs under undue stress. so here is a photo

Me as Classic Lara Croft


I had always bought carton and bottled juices from the supermarket. Until the day I read that in order for the pre-made juice to be safe from bacteria etc, it needs to be pasteurised (similar to milk) before going into carton. This means that it is then safe to drink but in doing so, it loses all its vitamins and nutrients. What happens then? They put them all back in, but they are all artificially created. Also this type of juice may also contain sweeteners or sugar. Therefore if you are going to drink juice. Use the real thing and juice the fruit or vegetables yourself or just eat it fresh to get the real benefits.
I have another tip I found and that is- try a slice of lemon in water especially if you notice that your intestines are noisy as lemon is alkaline in the body (so are the intestines) and I have found it calms down any over gurgling in that area., not only that but lemon can clean up many organs in the body and help break up kidney, gall stones etc.

Health and Beauty, Are they intertwined?

This is a good follow on blog from my last here. Are health and beauty really intertwined? Yes, I may have said as if you feel awful or are sick, certainly you may then hear people say 'Oh, you are looking a bit off colour.' Or 'yes, you are looking pale.' Etc. Also certainly as we grow in years we seem to age and it is said- if you don't age as fast as others of your generation, you are said to have good genes.
As you are all aware here by now. I tend to use myself as a trial test, in my quest for better health in whatever way it manifests itself. I would also say if I could solve EVERYBODY's ills I would be the happiest person on earth. Not just because I would be stopping all maladies of the body BUT because my ways are ALL natural so hopefully no nasty side-effects unless of course you are allergic to certain foods or drink or are already on medications. Normally, I say here whatever I write is for my use only . BUT My Disclaimer applies and you must accept that if it does not work for you I have done my best and in no way wish to be held responsible as remember I do not know everybody's eating/medical
history and what works for me may not for you and by buying my book you will be accepting responsibility for your own actions and agreeing to my conditions of sale . The old adage of 'one swallow does not a summer make' comes to mind because I have nobody else to enrol to test out my theory. However, I would certainly love to hear from any of you that have or do have success with anything I say here. Friends tell me, already. Also I would not be doing this IF I thought it would not work for the majority.
On with my blog.. So if you are up to speed on my health you will already know I suffered nerve damage due to a shingles infection to my eye area. My hands were badly affected and any cold would turn them blue/black or white. I also had cracking swollen bleeding skin on hand joints a secondary infection Raynaud's syndrome. I got that sorted by stopping ALL caffeine as that restricts flow of blood to extremities. It helped a lot but I still was getting a slight colour change to hands although nothing like I did then. It has now been hands turning red in the cold. Also the shape of my fingers had never been quite like they once were. All has changed although it is still early days on this new trial and I am waiting to see if it improves further with my newly gained knowledge. Sit down for this because I am about to tell you what I have found out and that all the clues for us have been in plain sight and may be we just haven't recognised them. I hadn't, but I certainly see things much more clearly now and I just have to share it with you.
Being a photographer I can turn the lens dial and bring images into focus. Sadly not something I can do with my eyes but I am always on a quest to help them be the best they can be. If I said to you ' my eyesight is now brighter although the focus is still somewhat distorted as that is to do with eye shape . The out of focus vision has lessened to a degree that I feel I no longer need glasses indoors for a short distance and the ghosting I even experienced at long distance has rapidly decreased, so much so I find myself lifting my glasses up and down again like Eric Morecambe just to gaze at windows that used to look like two separate windows are now one with just a slightly blurred frame. That does not stop me from trying to correct as much as I can. This was my reason along with my hands being red in cold that I decided to look for a way to improve both. I have noticed a huge improvement.
The other finding I was in no way expecting, was truly shocking in a good way and a ground breaking discovery even for me.
What if I told you all what I have long suspected to be true that our skin beauty really is affected by what we consume?
Also if I said if you eat /drink my regime you should not need to use skin creams again on your face, hands or feet or body.?
Of course as I have already pointed out if your skin is looking good/better that can only mean your inner workings are better too. That is why I think it will help all maladies to improve and I really want all of you that try this to get in touch with your results. I was not expecting such results and I then asked myself two questions 10 Do I know what I have done? and 2) Do I now know WHY what I have done/ achieved has worked? The answer was 'yes' to both. In fact the answer stood out a mile and was actually no surprise at all now that I understand it all.
The biggest surprise of this is- as I stated, I already had the age lines, wrinkles and jowls so to now think it is all BULL what we have been led to believe to be true that once you age that is it, only with the likes of BOTOX or Plastic Surgery will you stand a chance of looking like the you, you knew at the start. But since the trial test I have not used any skin creams at all (not that I ever really have on my face for the reason stated before I believe it is from inside only that you can make an improvement ) but I have seen a softening of my feet and hands AND not so defined wrinkles and facial lines and lifting and firming of sagging jowls (oh the joys of old age) although NOT yet disappeared completely have significantly lessened and I am totally flabbergasted.
I have now come off of what I was doing to see whether it continues by itself. Yes, you won't be stuck on some awful concoction.
It is like true Alchemy but it is all natural cures and if you have any ailment of the skin or skin joints, eyesight clarity. Everything you need is out there, trouble is I cannot be with everyone of you to guide you through the process to tweak it here and there depending on your history/ biology as you go forward day by day for the time you do this. This is why the most I can do is suggest you get the book then check with your Doctor and be aware yourself of any food allergies too but I have already decided to do a quiz in my book to help you decide which course of action will help you most. I am very in tune with my own body as I have been with it a long time now but know some people may not be as quick to grasp if something is not going to plan. If any of you are able to do this I feel sure I am going to give you the information that I feel should keep you healthy and looking your best aside from accident, serious injury or serious illness or pandemics !!!
Obviously, I feel this is such a big game changer for the first time I am not going to say here exactly what to do as I think this will be an apply via my contact form and for a price of £10 . This is the start of my pre sale and only when I feel I have enough people interested will I send info and stop the presale and ask for payment for my book. You will be purchasing book and nothing more from me although you will need to buy food items and my disclaimer applies to all info supplied in my book. I am hoping this is the correct way of going about this and in no way am I trying to deceive or mislead by my statements/info here.
I am already hesitant as the beauty/health/optician industries are big businesses and this is not going to make them happy. If as I believe that it will be as successful for all of you as it is for me.
But not bad for a girl that isn't big into science!


This is a long overdue blog. I decided to start drinking bottled spring water. Still not Sparkling as that contains carbon dioxide and that can play havoc on the digestive system for some of us. I found out that when buying spring water you need to also look for the words 'natural' or 'mineral' and the spring name too. To be sure it really is from the spring source because otherwise it could just be bottled tap water. Spring waters all have minerals and nitrates in different quantities. This in itself has led me to finding out something I was not aware of. When we boil a kettle of water, if some is left in kettle, I don't know about you but I had often left that in there during the day and may be even added to it before yes, boiling it all up again. No harm there it is boiled water! I was wrong- Apparently, from my research we should never re-boil water as the minerals and any contaminants -will be much more concentrated. OMG, we never want to be doing that then, ever.
The next thing I want to share with you all is- have you noticed how bare of water the shops seem to be? it seems harder and harder to buy bottled water. I went to a supermarket one week and returned the next purely to look for water and the shelves were still bare.


Because of the fact bottled spring water contains many minerals and nitrates and possible contaminants. I shall write another blog on these in more detail as you may be surprised what you learn. I pondered on this some more I decided distilled water may be better to drink as it would be free of anything but water, and found out an unlikely maker of this product is none other than Coca-Cola, with their product called 'smart-water'. However, leave out one thing and it seems you may gain another. As i recently read some manufacturers of distilled water had had their product tested and they were found to contain microscopic plastic particles!.. Oh dear me, what can we do? I shall carry on with my water quest, but it seems as my title suggests a case of - -Water, Water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil. Rapeseed Oil- Dairy-Free Spreads and more

Avoiding Dairy products if you want an alternative type spread to replace butter, I have researched and found it is very hard to find any product that does not contain sunflower oil, palm oil or rapeseed oil. It is in so many things It is stunning! and not in a good way to my thinking. Right, basically from what I have found out sunflower oil is the good one for cleaning out the bad cholesterol and cleaning the veins BUT only when I bought some real sunflowers and happened to somehow brush my skin against a part of one or other did I find I was immediately in pain and got a blister type burn from what I remember or rash. I immediately threw the flowers away. I don't ever buy myself flowers due to cost and always LOVE sunflowers. After seeing the Van Gogh painting how can you not? but although I love the sunflower image the real thing I had never had in the house before ever, and never would again. This event though got me thinking on 'How many products it is in? and what if I was allergic to the oil as well? as surely that would be doing me harm too internally. I found it on packets of dried fruit (sultanas, raisins) in nearly every spread, in some biscuits, crackers, Crisps etc. Now, if you weren't allergic fine. It is packed with vitamin E and helps lower blood sugar levels too. Yet what do we combine it with at the same time? brings me on to my next ingredient Palm Oil!. Palm Oil actually contains the type of fat that is bad for us. So one is there probably to counteract the other. Also, I have read that Palm Oil when cooked a high heats can have bad effects on heart, liver, kidneys and lungs. Next I come to Rapeseed Oil /Canola Oil- In food production it is said this oil contains LOW amounts of erucic acid. Which is good, because that can cause damage to the heart. I learnt about this plant years ago when I read how many dog owner's had walked through fields of rapeseed only to find their dogs had suddenly had heart attacks or breathing difficulties. It can also, I have read cause allergic reactions like runny nose and runny eyes etc. I remember a local neighbour Farmer found he was getting flu like, hay fever symptoms and I said one day on hearing this-'well, yeah, you grow rapeseed right around your house'. And I told him all I knew about it. He stopped growing it and hey presto-he was cured. This has always made me very wary of this plant but it is difficult to avoid! Much like the others are. You only have to read the food packaging labels! My blog today is to say that I found I was getting atherosclerosis and very enlarged veins (inflammation) which could have been from dairy products- cheese (already stopped that)and so I have also given up buying dairy-free spreads. What do I use on bread now? NOTHING!. I use the toppings like salad, tomato,, onion etc. The weird thing is I have seen such a dramatic improvement in what are in effect bad varicose veins (family curse) or is it really down to what we consume. It is taking time but I have noticed a decrease in vein inflammation starting at my wrists and will update if I get al of me improved. I do feel sure of one thing already and that is that (almost) NOBODY should need a vein surgery procedure. as diet is what needs to change first before even considering such drastic action. I know we are told we need this vitamin and that fat but after the recent pandemic advice I now question everything we are told about anything that is 'GOOD' for us. Especially as a person's worth is now only the price of a vaccine.

Dill- The Herb
Having even been mentioned by St.Matthew 23. It has sure been around a long time. Even having been used by magicians in their spells against witchcraft. My reason for trying this herb was because I had a long standing tooth problem, which had finally been extracted but because I feel it had been in situ longer than it should, had caused me all types of problems culminating in a hot eye and jaw above and even vertigo. Also, and this is why I delved into using Dill- I had a blocked sinus on the side of the dodgy tooth- now gum. It has helped kick start the unblocking of the sinus but as I found it has a multitude of benefits and of course side- effects if you are allergic to any of the carrot, parsley and celery family- avoid this, it can also cause breathing difficulties, nausea, vomiting and it is diuretic and more besides so be warned. My disclaimer applies as always that any advice here is tried at your own risk.
However, if you can try it? Here are some of the good things it can also do for you- it contains antioxidants that can help to protect the kidney against oxidative damage, It is also anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory which can help in wound healing.
It is good for heart health and is said to even help prevent strokes. It can help with alleviating hiccups and is anti-spasmodic on the stomach and digestion so can relieve wind symptoms or help a stomach-ache. It is good for urinary tract disorders too and can help lower cholesterol of bad LDL. Do read about it more for yourself to find out all the amazing things it can do!.
Is that all???? Have I forgotten something?(not anymore) NO, not at all, because the real reason I am writing about this herb is because I wanted to tell you all about what unexpected benefit happened to me alongside the unblocking of sinus. I found it has definitely helped with my MEMORY and much less need to write down lists of jobs to do ,to help me through the day, etc. I was so surprised by this that I checked out my big herbal book and sure enough 'Culpepper' says 'With its dominion in mercury, it is sure to strengthen the brain'. Me, being a Virgo, also ruled by Mercury, I agree. This to me, has to be the biggest help ever against memory loss.