Bladder Issues in Dogs or What Options are There When Conventional Medicine Fails?

Bambi is my paraplegic boy and due to that is not able to empty his bladder  correctly so needs regular voiding. Dogs like this are at risk of kidney problems but also bladder issues resulting in difficulty elminating urine even with assistance – a few months ago I started having difficulty voiding Bambi which is done by suprapubic pressure – several urine tests prove negative but we tried antibiotics anyway and although there was a transient improvement that only lasted 2 to 3 days after and after two courses of antibiotics and an ultrasound scan we were still no better off.  

The scan revealed thickening in the bladder so we were a bit stumped what to do as antibiotics had not helped so I turned to my trusty essential oils Bambi  was already on On Guard, the protective blend but I added in DDR Prime (DDR Prime is a proprietary blend that supports healthy cellular integrity and protects the body systems and cells from oxidative stress ) and a topical blend over his kidney’s and bladder area  as well as Aromatouch in a massage also over his bladder area a few mins prior to voiding to assist in relaxing the muscles.  

Within days I was starting to see a real and sustained improvement and I was overjoyed to see his stream was once again capable of hitting his siblings on the paw.  

Now we are just on maintenance oils of On Guard & DDR Prime – this stuff works!

The oils I used are certified therapeutic grade and for internal use.

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Why I Ditched The Curly Girl Method OR How I Fixed My Hair!

So about a year ago I heard about the curly girl method – a way to enhance our natural curls and bring an end to the circle of straightening with GHDs and/or poor dry hair etc.

I was really excited about this although my very long hair to my waist was actually in very good condition.  I rarely dried it preferring to leave it to dry naturally although I did straighten it on occasion.  Anyway, I set about with gusto following FB groups and individuals checked the products I was using when a few months in my hair definitely did not look like the lovely pics on FB and IG I persevered asking and getting advice and adjusting what I was doing accordingly.

Me and my hair a few months after starting the curly girl method

My hair although getting curlier was becoming more and more tangled every day and didn’t feel soft and like it had before the CGM but dry and coarse.  I noticed more and more hair coming out in the shower and the hair washing days I was using more and more conditioner to detangle my extremely knotted hair.  By lockdown I was going to give up as a few friends had also had similar experiences to me and had already abandoned the method.  

Anyway, the need to wash my hair daily after shifts due to the rish prompted me to ask my neighbour -who with no hairdressing training did a pretty good job of cutting my hair off at my shoulders.  My long tresses were no more.  It was then that I was able to appreciate fully the extent of the damage my hair had undergone by trying this method to enhance my curls.  My hair was so much thinner and broken all over – I was truly shocked.  Also bizarrely, the shorter hair far from enhancing the curl as I thought it would allow it to spring up the curl more or less disappeared to be replaced by gentle waves.

So my new method became a quest to repair the CGM – a few months in I can now say my hair is improving – curls are springing up and it is feeling soft and looking more healthy – there is still some way to go but improving all the time.

doTerra shampoo and conditioner has been of great benefit in washing and conditioning my hair but hair repair needs to be approached from both the inside and out and the inside was covered with LLV a potent mix of vitamins, minerals and plant botanicals and omega oils it has ensured I am getting the nutrients to enhance my hair along with DDR Prime to enhance cellular repair.  For drying I make an anti-frizz balm with rosemary oil which has long been known for its hair- rejuvenating benefits.

It is always good to try things but you also need to know when to quit and now I return to my previous way of managing my hair and I quite like the shorter look.

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We Finally Visited The Isle Of Mull

So I have just got back from an amazing holiday holiday on the Isle of Mull – it was an 8 day trip for me and my 6 dogs and after stressing about the ferry crossing which was actually fine I could not believe I had put off such a trip for so long.  I am now forging ahead with other trips I have wanted to do and put off and the saying “action cures fear ” is so very true.

Ready for the off!

The key was research and prep – which definitely takes a lot of anxiety out of something new – I have never driven on a ferry and obviously not taken my dogs on there either- plus the trip was our  longest one to date.  But with detailed organisation I was ready and extremely excited.

I knew one of my dogs would struggle being in the van, so I got him a passenger pass and once onboard up the very steep steps we went out on deck and I applied Balance blend to in between his paw pads and back of his neck and by the time we were away from the port he was chilled on the floor.

After Balance blend

The trip was a real testament to the many uses of oils as I used them for relaxing my dogs for the ferry crossing and also for my dog with hip dysplasia who with his diminutive springer sister Evie ensured we had a solid 2nd place both Saturday and Sunday in his first canicross event back since the diagnosis.

With Scottish hills – I am not used to in Manchester – and rain – which I am definitely used to in Manchester it was a muddy and wet course – technically challenging with some steep drops as well not good for my fear of heights a definite mix of fun and fear and springertastic for the dogs. 

The end of Saturday I was aching but a warm shower and liberal application of deep blue oil on every aching muscle meant when I woke the next day I was ready for action and we retained our second place and had an excellent run.  

The oils have also been used extensively for Rowan utilising the Deep Blue Polyphenol complex which is chock full of anti-oxidants to help combat inflammation and boy it must have worked as I was back to my normal screaming of “steady” on the downhill sections and I can neither confirm nor deny the use of expletives when I was scared!


Rowan with 2 of my 3 disabled dogs – Maz the 2 legged wonder from Afghanistan and Bambi my little Romanian paraplegic warrior

Rowan (who got diagnosed with hip dysplasia in May) was running absolutely beautifully – all thanks to Deep Blue Polyphenol complex which was the only thing I added in when he got the diagnosis – he was already on frankincense and copaiba for pain relief and having regular massage, strength and conditioning exercises and red light therapy and although he was doing brilliant he just was not ready to return to running and no one was sure what was wrong.  When we could finally get xrays following lockdown and the diagnosis was discovered enter the deep blue polyphenol complex and the changes were awesome – I knew he was doing well but this weeked really was the proof in the pudding.

Deep blue is suitable for dogs over about 18kg 1 per day.

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What My Dog Taught Me About Toxin Free Living

It literally all started with my beautiful dog Toffee and her skin my poor beautiful girl had terrible inflamed and itchy skin and gut intolerances.  I didn’t know much but I had this sense that what I used in the home had an effect so I started researching and going back to basics.  By eliminating common household products and going back to natural ones I helped her skin heal and food adjustment did the rest.

Over the years as a doctor I have seen many patients present with rashes we call contact dermatitis – this is inflamed skin that is caused by something it has been in contact with..  When you talk about what people use around the home you always find a new laundry detergent or something fabric spray or shower gel and the list goes on. 

We are now bombarded on a daily basis with products that cause our protective layer  -our skin – to break down and are continually inhaled in the air we breathe and ingested on our hands or via the food we eat 

We know that there has been a 3 fold  increase in allergies in the last 30 years in humans so it is not hard to assume a similar figure for our pets.  

1 in 3 humans have a chronic illness associated with an allergy such as asthma or eczema

There are many factors associated

  • Unnaturally refined diet
  • Double glazing
  • Exposure to chemicals
    • Build up in  the home – building materials
    • Foam furnishings
    • Fire retardant tx
    • Carpets
    • Paint
    • Cleaning and personal care products
  • Inside out homes 90% of the time

This constant onslaught on our immune system causes it to be overwhelmed and we develop an intolerance to products and in addition the harshness of the products affect us in a variety of ways.  

And in actual fact it has been found that the air in our homes is 2 to 5x more polluted than outside – scary!

Now we may not be able to do a lot about some factors such as building materials unless we can fully embrace the eco life but we can do something about cleaners and personal care by switching to toxin free solutions which is so easy to do and also so much cheaper too.

Whilst I was at medical school I also worked as a dog trainer and did a lot of puppy classes and so often owners would ask my advice about their puppy’s rash on its tummy – I would always ask what they were using on their floor either to mop or to clean a carpet.  Every time it was something mainstream to promote a sparkly floor or a fragrant carpet – kids crawl on these floors too.

I would suggest elimintating the product and sure enough the rash was then eliminated.  The same thing occurred when I did my GP rotation a new rash on someone always corresponded with a laundry detergent on special offer that had optimcal brighteners in it, these products fool you into thinking they get your clothes cleaner by making them appear brighter than they are but it is all an illusion and they do nothing to aid cleaning and can irritate our skin when exposed to bright light, also they are not readily biodegradable and so are a hazard to aquatic life.  


Other items to avoid are  ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate  (SLS) that is present in a wide variety of products often utilised as the foaming agent in soaps and shampoo amongst other things such as toothpaste and cleaning products is used to remove oily stains and break down surface dirt but it has been linked to a variety of skin conditions not least eczema – and bizarrely it features as an ingredient in many common emollients – not surprising really that some eczema worsens the more these products are used.  

Fabric conditioner is also fake as it works by placing small molecules of a lubricant between the fibres of the clothes so they feel softer but you are wearing the chemical and the actual fabric is not altered at all but can leave you with headaches and organ damage as they are absorbed by your skin and in the air you breathe.  Biological washing powder with their enzymatic action  and enhanced cleaning powder can irritate the skin the VOCs contained in cleaners and also air fresheners and baby shampoo  are formaldehyde which is a preservative but can cause skin irritation and respiratory issues

So what about all those anti-bacterial cleaners they must be good surely?  Well triclosan and that is the anti-microbial ingredient contained in them has been linked to endocrine disrupters & other health concerns and the FDA state that there looks to be no enhanced benefit over just using soap and water and there it is also thought that these anti-bacterial products  contribute to antibacterial  resistance which causes a huge challenge to treat many bacterial infections.  

Phthalates – in detergents and personal care products such as nail varnish, hair spray, after shave lotion, soaps, shampoo and perfume are endocrine disrupters and can have quite profound effects.

Finally don’t be fooled into eco products not having these harmful constituents many do – green doesn’t mean safe and many if these so called eco products have just as many toxins and many of these so styled as fragranced with essential oils utilise solvents in their production which are irritants to the skin and respiratory tract. 

By using a few base ingredients you can easily make your own products at a fraction of the price and are so much safer.

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Why I love Essential Oils For My Skin

Skincare is how I started using essential oils.  I had this hyperpigmentation and was aware that it was unlikely to go without some form of dermabrasion an expensive somewhat harsh therapy I wasn’t bothered enough to do, but still thought it would be nice without the dark patches on my skin.  So I though I would investigate some other ways to see if I could eradicate it.

Essential oils came up first in my searching and first of all lemon which I used in a skin toner, I also made a serum using frankincense, myrrh and lavender for use at night.  This combination really saved me a huge amount of money – I had always used good quality, high end products from a natural based company but it had had no effect on the pigmentation and to be honest my acne was flaring as well – but my DIY products really started improving my skin.   These homemade items cost a fraction of what I had been spending on my skin and were making significantly more difference to it.

From here I started experimenting more and more and went from serums to moisturisers and lip balms and even soap.  It was not long before every skincare product in my home became a DIY product.  Not only was I saving money, huge amounts of money in fact I was reaping the rewards as my hyper-pigmentaiton was disappearing, acne way gone as well, I really could not believe it.

I was using more and more oils and finding the results amazing.

In March I had a free gift with my monthly doTerra order (doTerra do this every month it is a great benefit to being a member) of Salubelle and although I was happy with my skin I thought I would give this blend a go.  It is a mix of frankincense, helichrysum and other wonderful oils as a blend designed for its beautifying effects.

For 2 weeks I used it but to be honest I thought it was crap – my skin felt dry and not like its normal feeling when I used my DIY serum.  Then I looked in my downstairs mirror – you know the mirror that that you use for applying your makeup the one with the best lighting that holds no bars, the one you don’t want to look in when tired but there I was looking at my skin and very much aware that fine lines had gone and wrinkles lessened.   I literally could not believe it, even the residual hyper-pigmentation was less.  I realised the dryness I was experiencing was exfoliation – prior to that I did exfoliate every night but that had not made the difference I experienced with Salubelle.  On reading some of the reviews I diluted the products down with fractionated coconut oil to 50% so being more cost-effective but with no perceived difference in efficacy.  

Recently, I have done a number of videos and so many people have commented on how great my skin looks – well this is why!

Not only that but I have not suffered  the effects of wearing a mask with spots all around the mask line like so many regular mask wearers are.  I credit salubelle with this too.

So many natural alternatives that prove time and time again to be more effective than lab produced items.

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How to Feel Better in 30 Days

Giving your body a spring clean is a great way to  rebalance your body after illness or stressful events, assist in weight loss, get you back on track after a blow out and even help with skin and sleep and so much more.

Our health is a function of what we put into our bodies whether that is from eating, breathing or applying products to our skin.  Whilst we often look at what we eat and the importance of regular exercise and sleep we often forget out the effect of toxins on our bodies.  A toxin is any substance that places undue stress on the body, how they accumulate within your body and the burden they place on vital organs is referred to as toxic load.  Minimising this toxic load can influence your health as much as any other controllable factor.  We are exposed to countless toxins on a daily basis with everything we do and from many sources we may not be aware of – from the air we breath, the food we eat, any chemical (natural or synthetic) that we come into contact with while cleaning our home or ourselves exposes us to substances that can negatively affect our health.  Lungs, digestive system and skin are the most vulnerable pathways.

So first thing is to reduce the toxic load and our body has a number of defensive mechanisms which are destined to protect our vital body systems. 

So lets with the mucus membranes that line our nose (and the hair there too which is why nasal waxing is not a good idea), mouth and throat and help trap foreign particles.  As we progress down our digestive tract there are trillions of micro-organisms “probiotics” that maintain digestive efficiency and support our immune system and enable it to respond to toxic threats.  Finally, the liver and the kidneys work to identify and eliminate toxic substances from our blood. 

When our body is functioning properly it is a very efficient toxic load minimiser and the key to keeping these vital mechanisms maintained is three-fold.

 Minimising exposure

Supporting vital organs

Protective processes through healthy diet and regular detoxification

A 30 day detox is a great way to address your detoxification needs and support the vital organs that work to keep you healthy.  

Before I got interested in essential oils I made up my own regime but now I can recommend the Cleanse and Restore 30 Day plan as it is so much easier for clients to manage and addresses even more than I ever did.

I have always had a “thing” where I only recommend stuff I have tried and loved or in some cases read a load of evidence to support recommendation.  In the case of the 30 day I have done both and really feel the benefit of the detox and in all honesty it is so much easier than loads of blending  and juicing I would do for a normal detox programme!

The foundation of doTERRA’s detoxification program is the Cleanse & Restore Kit, a combination of several innovative products and an easy to follow 30-day regimen designed specifically to help you naturally minimize toxic load.*

30-Day Renewing and Cleanse Plan

Days 1-30

Support Healthy Digestion and Metabolism*

  *   DigestZen TerraZyme®: 1-3 capsules with meals daily

Cleanse*

  *   Lemon Essential Oil: 1-3 drops in water 3-5 times daily

  *   Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex: 1 capsule 2-3 times daily

Days 1-10

Support Filtering Organs*

  *   Zendocrine® Softgels: 1 softgel 2-3 times daily

Days 11-20

Cleanse Intestinal Tract*

  *   GX Assist®: 1-3 softgels a day with meals

Days 21-30

Support Healthy Digestive Function and Immunity*

  *   PB Assist®+: 1-3 capsules a day with meals

Support Cellular Health*

  *   DDR Prime® Softgels: take 2 softgels daily with meal

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How to Have Good Mobility and Pain-Free Living Throughout Your Life.

So one of the things I see as a doctor and coach is chronic pain and poor mobility as a result and far from it being just the way it is there is actually a lot that can be improved.

This post is one of a series but for today lets talk about nutrition.

I fully believe that a wholefood plant- based (WFPB) diet is the way ahead here and the only way.  Meat and animal products are highly inflammatory and the root cause of all pain is inflammation therefore it is not hard to see why this might cause problems.  WFPB is widely acknowledged to be anti-inflammatory due to the high level of antioxidants it supplies to the body – these can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals which are unstable waste molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures including that caused by our diet.

Please see the here for the Plant- Based Health Professionals Guide to Healthy eating – whilst this may not be what you want to do completely – incorporating what aspects you can will only aid your health and skeletal system.

Good nutrition is essential and the Lifelong Vitality (LLV) supplement pack is definitely worth getting for  the abundance of multi-vitamin and minerals, essential fatty acids and the high levels of phytonutrients containing those amazing anti-oxidants – see separate info for full details on why adding in supplements is essential.

Protein especially soya is highly beneficial (2 portions a day – 1 can be soya milk with the other tofu), cows milk does not confer benefit but that is a whole other subject I will examine another day.

Omega 3 and 6 are the bone promoting fatty acids – due to concerns about fish stocks and also pollution personally I would advise using a vegan source such as that from flax-seed and algae – there is no agreed value on what level or omega 3 is beneficial for the body in general but 1000mg is widely used – just over that in LLV.

Prevent calcium loss by avoiding alcohol, fizzy drinks, antacids, stress, cortisol secretion, salt and sugar

To maintain bone health – weight-bearing exercise is essential – walking is not enough on its own while it does prevent loss of bone stock it does not improve density but if you add in a weighted vest or leg weights or backpack it will fit the bill, as well running, skipping, dancing are all good forms to do this.

Risk of osteoporosis increases due to micronutrient shortage of vitamin D which is also sequestered in fat and those who are overweight.

Protein needs – adults 0.83gm/kg, in the over 60s 1gm/kg for strength athletes 1.3-1.9gm/kg and for endurance vegan athletes 1.3-1.5gm/kg

Studies have shown that there is an increased risk of fracture with higher rates of animal protein ingestion but more study is needed.  We do know that plant-protein is more alkaline and therefore more bone promoting.

Other essential micronutrients are vitamin B12 – 167% of RDA in LLV also vitamin C and vitamin K again at recommended levels.  Minerals such as magnesium, boran and potassium are all vital for healthy bones and present abundantly in a variety of green veg as well as the supplements.

What about calcium supplementation? Well this is a tricky area as  actually too much can cause more trouble that it is worth with higher risks of cardiovascular disease and that of strokes and the evidence is unclear of how much is actually beneficial  – most multi-vitamin supplements don’t include it the LLV does at a level of 50% of the RDA.  Top up with low oxalate green veg to improve absorption such as broccoli, bok choy, kale, napa, cabbage, watercress, mustard and turnip greens – these all absorb at a rate of 40-60% whereas my beloved spinach has a low absorption of only 5%

To be continued

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How is your mental health?

I think lockdown for many has been challenging and it has certainly highlighted positives and negatives for many – we are now seeing an influx of mental illness through the A&E doors – some highlighted because of lockdown and some due to people putting off concerns due to not wanting to burden A&E – speaking as an A&E doctor – we never mind seeing you. Don’t ever be afraid to turn up and just ask for help – do it before it becomes worse.

That said I still find it frustrating how little we can often do for those with mental health challenges – in a crisis we are great but it is when people are just bobbing along that it becomes difficult to help. So to say I was excited about this duo arriving in the UK is no understatement – it has been available in the USA for sometime and when I say they are gamechangers for mental health support – I mean it. I have been using it for one of my dogs for some months (courtesy of my wonderful cousin in San Francisco sending it to me – a costly enterprise for me last package cost £130 thanks UPS but that is how much I valued it) – anyway I have also been getting the benefit of it and wow!

Stress is a universal experience. Being adaptable to life’s challenges and difficult situations is key to overall well-being. Staying balanced in body and mind with the Adaptiv® System is possible. Adaptiv Calming Blend is the answer during life’s most demanding moments. Diffuse or roll on to promote feelings of calm confidence. This blend is rich in sequesterpenes and monoterpenes – molecules small enough to cross the blood brain barrier and get to the limbic system – where we process emotions – this helps to create a sense of balance and adaptability to every situation.

The Adaptiv system was created by the largest group of scientists that doTerra had ever put together and in their own clinical trial comparing maths problems carried out by participants from ages 12 and up in two rooms one diffused with Adaptiv the other with another oil – it showed that Adaptiv helped participants cope with psychological stresses as they increased in severity.

Get in touch if you would like to know how this amazing blend could support you. For people who decide to join as members I offer a free 1 to 1 consultation with a 90 day regime for you that looks at how to use the oils but also the importance of nutrition and exercise. I signpost you to different apps and services that will help your specific need plus with access to my private members group you can be sure of continued support.

Are your essential oils in the bottle what they say on the bottle?

When I first started learning about essential oils I realised it was a minefield out there with so many different choices it seemed impossible trying to figure out what the best one was to pick.  I also realised there was a lack of regulation so it was hard to sort the wheat from the chaff but I was realistic enough to realise that 10ml of lavender oil at £7.50 would not be worth buying.

I was prompted to write this after browsing an online shop for other items when I came across the fact they sold essential oils – £7 lavender was too cheap so I looked at the description and it was labelled 100% pure lavender oil – great you may think but no, read on and I will tell you more.

 It is estimated that 80% of essential oils are adulterated in some way either with pesticides or contaminants at distillation or being diluted so much so that the buyer at source may not even be aware and even if this is known lack of regulation means you the consumer don’t get what you think you are getting.  

There are several different methods of oil extraction some ensure purity and some methods mean solvent such as alcohol is left in the product.  For example real Rose Oil is extremely expensive.  It takes 242,000 rose petals to distill approximately 5 mL of rose oil making this an extremely costly oil to produce.  Rose Absolute that you may see labelled is a cheaper option but this is not a pure oil – it includes the solvent usually alcohol left at the end of the distillation process.  In fact some cheaper “rose oils” are in fact absolutes but poorly labelled.  This is the same for many of the expensive to produce flower oils.

And  in some distilleries or bottling plants  they will dilute the oil with some cheaper oil in order to maximise production but again you the consumer will often have little to no knowledge of this.

Going back to the lavender bottle – further giveaways that the aforementioned product might be less than pure were the words “for external use only”.  Lavender is a hugely beneficial plant internally yet this producer limits this as an option.  Why?  Further testing to achieve food grade is costly and that could be the reason they may argue but if the oil is pure why not embrace that.  So that definitely flags up concerns that it is not the purity that is suggested.

 The next thing I noticed on this other oil was the advice to avoid in pregnant women and babies – lavender oil is safe in both these groups and especially beneficial and the only reason to advise avoidance would be if the oil was not pure.  

I searched a long time to find oils that were good quality, ethical and fitted with my evidence based approach and doTerra oils do all that and so much more. All doTerra oils are batch tested and these are the tests carried out to ensure essential oil purity:

  1. Organoleptic testing
  2. Microbial testing
  3. Gas chromatography
  4. Mass spectrometry
  5. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  6. Chirality testing
  7. Isotopic analysis
  8. Heavy metal testing

Plus doTerra employ a third party to carry out further tests and what is even more credible about this latter round of testing is that doTerra are the only company to allow this third party to publish their results to the public.  Therefore you can be guaranteed that what you are getting in the bottle is exactly what is on the outside of the bottle.

This is why doTerra can seem more expensive than other brands because what you are getting is the proper stuff, another point to touch on is the fact that doTerra not only pay farmers fair wages, they pay promptly and help them grow their businesses and communities by provide a whole lot of support – but that is for another time.

Next time you look to buy a bottle of essential oil think about what is in it please get in touch to learn more and join one of my free essential oils made easy classes. 

Do we need supplements?

So if you had asked me this 6 months ago I would have firmly said NO if you have a good balanced diet.  I ate a great diet, I was very nutritionally aware and incorporated daily the necessary food sources to accomplish that.  And as a vegan I didn’t take any vitamin B12 supplements either, prefering to source my requirements from nutritional yeast and yeast extract and my bloods were all easily in the right range and my vitamin B12 had actually increased since adopting my daily yeast consumption.  

So what changed? February I didn’t feel 100% – winter is never great for me and my Greek heritage, I need sunshine, anyway I noticed that a few people who had started on the supplements I sold without any recommendation from me I should add commented how much better they felt.  So I thought what the hell let’s give them a go!  With a 30 day money back guarantee I couldn’t exactly go wrong.  

Within 2 days I felt more energised and well, it was remarkable, now not everyone gets such an obvious response sometimes they don’t notice til they stop them thinking they are doing nothing and then wham they realise that they did and start back on them!  So I was pretty hooked but the medical side of me said did they actually match up?

I then, coincidentally, started my diploma in nutrition and so I went through the supplements I sell with a fine tooth comb and found that yes they in fact do!  

So why if I had this amazing diet did I benefit and don’t think it is because my vegan was not healthy -the science is there to prove that it is and I could wax lyrical about it but let’s stick to the case in point, so what I found from doing my nutrition diploma was that how our soil fertility has decreased massively and estimates are that within about 40 to 50 years the soil fertility will be completely eroded.   

Why is this? Well modern farming methods employ the use of tillage that is where you see those heavy ploughs going around and turning over the soil – what they actually do is only turn over the top 18 inches of soil and actually compact the area underneath.  This means that the biodiversity that we need in the soil to provide fertility is massively reduced because there’s only 18inches now because the underneath of it is compacted like concrete from the impact.  This also means that for this area of soil the rainwater can’t be absorbed in the field and is one of the contributing factors to the reason we have got so many flooded areas when we have periods of intense rain because the soil can’t drain away as the water is effectively lying on something akin to concrete.  This floodwater also washes away the nutrients in the soil.  It’s been proven that this intensive farming method actually yield less produce due to the reduced nutrients in the soil and reduced nutrients means less going into the fruit and vegetables that we actually eat. 

So what can we do?   Well, switch to organic produce yes but not all organic farmers employ no tillage methods and definitely look towards smaller farmers as well that will help the environment and your health.  Interestingly the no tillage methods are popular in the USA but the UK still slow to embrace the change.

What are these methods?

1. Continuous no or minimum mechanical soil disruption

2. Permanent mulch on soil surface to protect and feed soil life

3. Diversification of species – through rotational, sequences or associations

This combination promotes efficiency and resilience and profitability for max output with minimum input.

So what this means is that even with the best will in the world and adherence to good quality produce it is very likely we will still be lacking in essential nutrients plus our bodies are subjected to more toxins in the environment than ever before from the pollutants in daily life meaning that we need extra support than we can currently always get.  It would be great if we could all live somewhere by the sea or in the countryside breathing beautiful fresh air and eating from our gardens but that sadly isn’t  always possible and although, I grow a lot of my own stuff I live in a city centre subject to the air pollution plus the soil is poor quality from old building rubble.  And even if we are not lacking in nutrients (I wasn’t) stress and other factors that can affect our well-being all require a bit of a boost at times.

So supplements are worth having but not all supplements are created equally and for further investigation I decided to look at all the supplements that were for sale in a well known chain store and compare them.   So regulations state that as long as you have a certain level of ingredient in the supplement you can put that on the label and that doesn’t have to be the recommended daily allowance level.   Therefore, all multi-vitamin & mineral supplements are not created equal. I was quite shocked with the results.  

So let’s use Vit D3 as an example the recommended daily allowance is 600 international units daily for men and women rising to 800 international units for the over 70s the vast majority of these supplements had 400 IU or even less and I found one product only had 100 IUs in them.  

Yes I sell supplements and so I have a vested interest in promoting them but this is what I have come to learn after a lot of research, and a bit of eating of humble pie as I was totally and utterly against them.  

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