Good Health

There are plenty of good boats for sale for the saddest of reasons: Someone spent so long getting ready for the big adventure that finally ill-health overtook them.

If you’ve read the “Old Man’s Story” page, you will know how close I came to the same fate: The falling asleep at the wheel – the constant courses of antibiotics…

If you haven’t seen the video, watch it now:

This means that I have every intention of spending most of my time on this boat for the next 50 years.

Yes, that is not a typographical error. And yes, at the time of writing (2017), I am 68 – which means that I am awarding myself a life-expectancy of 118 years (let’s call it 120). Why do I feel so confident? Because I have a “secret ingredient”- an all-natural nutrition supplement which I believe is so effective that I do not carry any pharmaceutical products on Samsara at all – not even an aspirin.

Let me tell you the story:

I started taking this supplement on February 3rd 2016 because of Arthritis in my hands. Within a few months the pain eased and then disappeared – and I have had none since.

Meanwhile I realised that a patch of skin on my nose which had never completely healed suddenly did so.

Various other unexpected benefits became apparent:   I started waking up before the alarm, feeling that I might as well get up.

I could drive for four hours without feeling drowsy.

A lacerated leg from stepping on barbed wire healed remarkably quickly without the need for antibiotics (during the previous year I had spent so much time on antibiotics that I ended up in hospital having them intravenously because I had banged my elbow.)

Periodic episodes of Optical Migraine ceased completely.

Obviously, since I was buying this new supplement, I discontinued all the others I had been taking.

For the record this was the list:

Glucosamine 1500 mg

Centrum 50+ vitamin & mineral supplement for the over 50’s.

Feroglobin iron supplement.

Aspirin 75mg

Cod liver oil.

The total cost was £42 a month and I still had all the troubles listed above.

The new supplement cost £24 a month.

It occurred to me that this might all be psycho-somatic – I was expecting an improvement and I got one – so I conducted what I like to think of as my own scientific test:

Eleven weeks after starting the supplement, I went to give blood. Normally mine would just scrape through the iron test. That was why I took the iron supplement – and on donation day I would take two capsules. It didn’t make the slightest difference.

After eleven weeks on the new supplement, I thought it worth recording the results. You can see them at https://youtu.be/3RqOsQg-KJ8 .

Now it has been suggested that I should stop taking them and see if I start going downhill. At least then I could do a “before and after” blood test.

But no; I still remember what life was like before this extraordinary preparation: The endless antibiotics, the falling asleep on the wheel – I wrote off a brand-new car – the need to stop typing or playing the clarinet and massage my hands every 15 minutes… the constant reminders of approaching old age…

The fact is that I will do anything not to go back there – even if it means taking this stuff for the rest of my life.

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Update: February 2017: Now the liver spots on my hands have disappeared!

Update: July 2017: Stopped wearing glasses – seem to be able to see well enough.

Update: November 2017: Amazing – no longer have to get up in the night to pee!

Update January 2018: Decided that I shall not take any pharmaceutical products on my boat when I sail singlehanded from Scotland to the Azores this summer.

Some people may consider it sheer folly to dispense with the benefits of modern medicine when so far from land.  What happens if I injure myself or get appendicitis?

Update September 2018: On the return leg from the Azores, I trapped my arm between a rope and a wire but, because of bad weather, didn’t take my shirt off for three days. Consequently, I didn’t realise that an enormous bruise had developed. By the time I discovered it, the whole of the inside of my bicep was the same horrible colour as it had been some years ago when I had been ended up in hospital having intravenous antibiotics. Immediately, I tripled the dose of the supplement but, the next day, the infection had spread below the elbow and I was really worried. However, on the day after that it stopped spreading. For several days it remained static and then – very gradually – it began to fade. Total recovery took about three weeks which was much longer than it had been with the antibiotics. However, this was natural healing and far preferable. I suppose the message is to have faith and be patient!

There are certain contractual reasons why I cannot provide details of where to buy this supplement on a public website such as this. But if you would like to know more, please get in touch at john@oldmansailing.com

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The Old Man

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