I lived the first 58 years of my life in IGNORANT BLISS. Growing up, I honestly cannot remember the first time I really watched the news or read a newspaper. As children this was never encouraged, besides we were always in bed when the main news of the day aired. Thinking about it now I guess being shielded from the unpleasant facts was the first step towards the conditioning that was to eventually, control me as an adult.
I was born the same year as the NHS so of course have not known life without it, but my parents and grandparents did. When struggling to earn enough to keep the big families they had back then, it would have been almost impossible to pay for a doctor when anyone got sick, so they depended on what nature provided to help with the common diseases. They also knew how to build up immunity to problems such as measles, mumps, chicken pox etc. (those parties continued for a while before slowly dying out)
Mothers must have been so relieved to be able to get help from the doctor as and when they needed it. It took away the huge responsibility of caring for a sick child alone, as she no longer had to worry she may be doing the wrong thing. A trip to the doctor was all that was needed for a diagnosis, and a bottle of medicine to cure whatever ailed the patient.
As a child, I was always busy, weekends and holidays were filled with exciting adventures, I would be outside with friends making our own entertainment. I lived near the sea so we learnt to swim at a young age, we climbed, played “rounders” on the green, we investigated caves – Life was bliss! The thought of drowning, falling, getting caught in a cave never occurred to us, we had freedom without fear. We would strap on our roller skates, get out the scooter, or, when we were lucky enough to get a bike off we would go. We would be out all day without thought of danger, only going home when we were hungry. The weather didn’t bother us we played in sun, wind, rain, and snow Life was bliss!
We didn’t know what a rapist was, never feared being taken away or set upon by other kids with guns, knives or bottles of acid. We would talk to anyone and make new friends, we were children enjoying life whilst learning how to communicate, plan, solve problems, deal with challenges, and so many more skills that we would eventually need as adults. Life was bliss! Generally, mothers then, would be working at home, or in the gardens, out talking to neighbours, or walking to the local shops, wherever we were if we were in trouble there would be someone else’s mother who would come to our aid. Sadly our children today no longer learn these invaluable skills to prepare them for the move into adulthood.
Moving forward: I left school at 15 and soon started work as a clerical assistant for around £4 a week. I rode 3 miles to work every day on my bike, listening to the “Beatles, Supremes, Elvis, blaring out of my pink “Dansette” radio which was always hanging from the handlebar (my radio came with me everywhere) and then home again Life was bliss!
Although I was now working, life was still very much controlled by my parents. A 9pm curfew was set and this remained (although broken a few times when I started going out with the man I would eventually marry a week after my 18th birthday) until I left home to start a family of my own. I spent the next 16 years looking after my husband and 3 amazing children. We actually had a choice then, which young mothers, sadly don’t have today. The next 26 years until retirement I decided to go to work myself, my previous clerical experience got me a number of jobs where I worked mainly in men based company’s. I was 40 when I decided I needed to find somewhere who employed women (now that was a shock!) I stayed at my job in Canterbury Hospital until I retired.
As we get older sadly things change, our parents get older and we have to prepare for the inevitable. Watching my mother deteriorate from a very independent women to the frail, confused, little old lady she became, due to, what I consider, the worst possible dis-ease of the body called Alzheimers.
It made me realise, if I was to escape, what most of us believe is the normal cycle of life, “degenerative disease” I had to start now! I was 58 when I read a book that would turn my life upside down! that book was called 7lbs in 7 days by Jason Vale. The following 2 years were spent reading, researching, studying, until finally in March 2008 I qualified as the first Independent Natural Juice Therapist In July of that year. This was my first ever qualification and for me an amazing achievement. I retired in July 2008 and so began my journey into the amazing world of Health and Wellbeing. Life is bliss!
What I have learnt during my life so far is, The realisation that the decisions I had made during my adult life were not actually of my own choosing but influenced by others beginning with my parents, teachers (what an important job they have) siblings, friends, husband, doctor, dentist etc – they have all had an influence in winning my unfailing trust that their way was the best way.
My passion to learn continued to grow, and with it the desire that everyone needed to know about my discoveries, women especially needed to know they had a right to freedom of choice. We all have a right to that. The problem was you cannot possibly have the freedom of choice if you don’t know what the choices are. So right or wrong I felt everyone needed to be educated on the subject, and began with the alternatives available to maintain health and wellbeing. After all we can only make our informed choices if we know what alternatives are available. Of course everything I have written, every workshop I have done has all been about my TRUTH, what I had come to believe. It was never about telling anyone they had to do it my way, my aim was that they take on what made sense and follow through with their own research which would lead them to their own TRUTH.
I have learnt to listen to my body, reconnect with “me” I am still a wife, mother and a grandmother but I am also enjoying being “me” the girl who got lost along the way. I make my own decisions about my health and wellbeing, and above all else I live in a body that I know, if treated right, can take me from birth to death – disease free, this is how I was designed, I was never designed to get sick. If it fails then I only have myself to blame I know exactly what fuel my body works best on.
I also discovered that It doesn’t make any difference what name we attach to what disease.
“Alzheimer’s” isn’t a disease, (nor is any other) it is the name of the Dr who, in 1906 noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behaviour.
If we look at the body holistically, with the brain as the control centre, sending messages throughout the entire body. It is easier to think about dis-ease of the body rather than a specific named disease. It makes total sense to me that treating the body holistically rather than fragmentally is the way to go. Of the many systems making up the body We have a truly amazing immune system which protects the body from harmful influences from the environment and is essential for survival.
The immune system is made up from different organs, cells, proteins, and aside from the nervous system, is the most complex system that the human body has. As long as our body’s immune system is running smoothly, different groups of cells are able to work together and form alliances against just about any pathogen (a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.) So the immune system has to be compromised for dis-ease to take hold. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025680/
To end then, I believe too much emphasis is placed on finding a solution to the “dis-ease” when in fact what we should be looking for is the “CAUSE” – if you find the cause (a compromised immune system?) the disease can be eradicated.
As I move toward my 70th birthday in July 2018 I can happily confirm my Life is continuing on its blissful path! I still don’t watch the news, nor do I read newspapers. Obviously I am aware of what is going on in the world, with social media there is no escape, but what i consume with my eyes, ears and mouth are of my choosing and my choosing alone!
The clip below is Jason’s Goldfish Bowl if you haven’t seen it already its worth a watch.