Good Health

Some people cherish a dream all their lives and then one day, when it’s too late, find that ill-health has overtaken 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:

For a more professional opinion, Dr James Le Fanu,  the medical correspondent of the London Daily Telegraph, wrote an article entitled “All those pills could be making you ill”. You can view a pdf version here:

So, 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 in May 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 – all 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 .

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 persistent fatigue, the wrecked 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.


The Updates: As time goes by, there will be quite a few of these. You don’t have to read them all. If you like, you can skip straight to the end and find out how to buy the stuff.

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

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.

Update March 2018: Eyetest confirms “slight improvement”. Decide I do not need to wear glasses anymore. Seem to be able to see well enough.

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, did not take off my shirt for three days. Consequently, I failed to notice an enormous bruise developing. 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 (remember, I carried no medicines). 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!

Update January 2019: After discovering that my driving licence requires me to wear glasses, went for an eye test: “Significant improvement over the past year in the distance vision of both eyes.” Do not need glasses for driving. Brilliant!

Update March 2019: The first cough since 2016 – I used to get them every winter (sometimes twice) and they would always turn into a chest infection with that horrible green phlegm. The doctor always insisted on antibiotics (might turn into pneumonia).

This time, I just took three helpings of the food supplement instead of one. The cough went in about ten days – longer than with antibiotics. But no green phlegm – and no pneumonia!

Update April 2019

A little bit of showing off: I am now, officially, over 70 – and still skiing on my original 70-year-old knees and hips.

However, on the first day I fell – as you do – and wrenched my ankle. It didn’t hurt as long as it was in the skiboot because that won’t let the ankle bend. But as soon as I got back to the hotel and tried to walk in shoes, it was murder.

Of course, the reception desk could have made me an appointment with a physiotherapist but instead, I took an extra helping of my food supplement. What happened next was rather weird: I woke up at 2.00 a.m. with the ankle throbbing horribly. Moving it helped a little but the pain kept me awake until 4.00 a.m.

But in the morning everything was back to normal. Is it possible that the tendons repaired themselves overnight – and that was what had kept me awake? Did it have something to do with the supplement? I have no idea. Still, was a great week.

Update November 2019

No longer have to get up in the night to pee.

Actually, this was one of the early benefits of the supplement but I had to delete it from this list about a year ago. Then, recently I discovered the US developer of the supplement and read his book which explains that as you get older, the body finds it harder to absorb nutrients, so you need to start taking more.

Once I did that, no more getting up in the night!

Update March 2020

A bursitis on my elbow: Google advised that if it did not subside in a few days, I should go the doctor to have it drained. I doubled the supplement and waited… and waited. It didn’t subside. Eventually, after about six weeks (and reading that the elbow might become immobilised permanently which would be disastrous for sailing), I relented and made an appointment. However, although the doctor offered to stick a needle into my elbow, he thought the fluid had begun to calcify and I was too late. Amazingly, after four months, the elbow appears to be completely back to normal. Natural healing takes a long time…

Update June 2020

After hearing that a solution of the supplement applied with a perfume spray turned out to be good for sunburn, I started using this instead of sun lotion. It was less greasy and seemed to work just as well. Then I burned my thumb on a charcoal heater. This was extremely painful. I applied running cold water but could see that the skin was discoloured across the whole ball of the thumb. I expected an enormous blister. However, after applying the solution and rubbing it in, the next morning there was no sign of burn or blister.

Update December 2020

This was the year of Coronavirus. I haven’t had it but I have increased my daily helping of the supplement as a precaution (and yes, the vaccine is one pharmaceutical product, I will take. I consider it my civic duty.)

Meanwhile, there have been other benefits to the increased dose.

If you have read the post you will understand that for 42 days, I  did not sleep for more than an hour at a time – usually much less.

Also,  you may have read in these updates that I credit the supplement with ending the old man’s curse of night-time trips to the bathroom. Obviously, if I was not even attempting to sleep for eight hours at a stretch, there would be no chance of being inconvenienced by such “visits”.

It was only when I arrived back in Falmouth that I realised I was completely out of practice at “holding it”. Indeed, when my first run ashore coincided the beginning of the end of lockdown, I was unprepared for finding all the pubs shut and the public conveniences barricaded with plastic hazard tape. This meant that I found myself “caught short” and suffered what can only be called an “accident” in the street. It is probably true – you can die of embarrassment.

So imagine how I felt to wake up one night and find my sleeping bag warm and wet…

I began to spend hours trawling the internet looking for answers. It made depressing reading – incontinence pads, tubes and bags, surgical techniques, medication and of course, any number of natural treatments with videos of ageing celebrites holding up the product in the hope that people would miss the eye-watering price tag…

I increased the daily helping of the supplement again – and, for good measure, sent off for something called Saw Palmetto which was supposed to help with this sort of thing. I kept a log of how many times a day I visited the loo. Nothing changed. It was just as well they opened the pubs again – and the public conveniences. Meanwhile, I bought myself a little expresso cup and took my after-dinner coffee in that rather than the builder’s mug.

And gradually, I accepted that I was going to be making a nocturnal visit somewhere around four in the morning. It was not ideal but what can you do?

Besides, I had something else to think about. Each evening, I practise the clarinet, playing along to recordings by people like Pee Wee Russell and Woody Allen. I do this standing up and, as I have improved, so I play for longer. By the late summer, these evening sessions were lasting an hour or more – and I began to experience a pain in the inside of my right thigh. There was nothing to see but I wondered if this might be some sort of thrombosis – at any rate, I imagined this was what it might feel like. Standing still for long periods was what set it off.

Of course, I wasn’t going to take it to a doctor: A doctor would give me pills or – pandemic permitting – wheel me off to hospital for “tests”.

Instead, I did what I always do when something seems to be wrong. I increased my daily dose of the supplement yet again.

I am writing this from home a few days before Christmas. Last night our new neighbours invited us in for a socially-distanced Christmas drink. For more than two hours we stood around their kitchen with glasses in our hands.

There was no pain from my leg – and although I noticed that just about everyone else excused themselves at one time or another, I didn’t feel the need – even though I never once refused a top-up.

Come to that, I’ve been sleeping through the night as well. Maybe I just needed more of the stuff. I am a bit startled by how much I’m taking compared to when I began – but it does seem to do the trick…

Update February 2022

For the first time, I visited a doctor and took a course of antibiotics. This was an extraordinary event but I must include it here for the sake of honesty. I don’t believe it has any bearing on the efficacy of the supplement. You can read a full account on the blog post

Update August 2022

In the UK, if you don’t go to the dentist for three years, they can drop you. So I went yesterday – after a gap of two years and eight months.

He poked around a bit, took a couple of X-Rays and said: “All good. Come back in nine months.”

This was so unusual that I thought it worth asking for a list of my previous treatments since I started with the practice in January 2013. This is it:

Fillings: 9

Inlay: 1

Root canal extirpations: 2

Root canal fillings: 2

Crowns: 2

Also, there were regular X-Rays and appointments with the hygienist. Prices ranged from under £20 to £246. There was, of course, a whole separate list with my previous dentist – including implants which involved a bone transplant in the early noughties – that came to something over £7,000. Also, I’ve still got a 1970s bridge. It’s of architectural interest.

In other words, I’ve had bad teeth for as long as I can remember.

Until now. Since my last crown in December 2019, until yesterday, I have visited a dentist once – in the Orkney Islands – to get one of the crowns glued back on.

The only thing that I can imagine which might have brought about this dramatic change is the supplement I started taking in 2016. Admittedly, I still needed treatment for the next three years – but since then, nothing.

Evidently, these things take time.

Update November 2022

Well, finally, I caught COVID. I would never have known but for a slight cough and taking a test because I was going to spend the weekend with Tamsin, who looks after her 91-year-old  mother, and our son, the medical student who works in Warrington hospital. The good news was that the cough was the only symptom (no weariness, temperature, loss of taste etc.) It lasted about ten days. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it in the old days.

Where to buy the supplement:

Because of the regulations regarding advertising and unsubstantiated claims for health products, I prefer not to include direct links on this page but, instead, send the information by private email. If you would like to know more, please contact me via with the subject Good Health

And finally, a picture of the healthy old man in his skimpies (all sailing bloggers have a picture in their skimpies…)


37 Responses to Good Health

  • Hi John Just downloaded your book Old Man Sailing… looking forward to start reading it this evening.
    Appreciate if you could send details of your magic supplement..Sounds wonderful!
    Many thanks from a small catamaran owner looking to get cruising again this summer! Based here on the south coast of England. You are inspirational !

  • HI John, can you please email me the supplement too? thanks.

  • I started taking the mineral supplement in the middle of last year and didn’t really notice much difference…until I went to give blood. I am usually on the borderline of having sufficient iron to donate. Not this time. The little drop of blood plummeted like never before. Clearly my system was benefiting from the extra help.

    I had noticed some aching in my hands after writing for half an hour – probably arthritis. This has disappeared since taking the supplement. I am also aware of a creeping sense of wellbeing – I feel good in myself and, despite the pandemic and its restrictions, find myself waking up ready for action. This may not be related, but I have quietly given up alcohol without any sense of loss.

    I am 66 and feeling fitter than ever. What can I say? Try it…

  • Hello John. Please, let me know too what is the name of the supplement. Thank you.

  • I have been listening to you and reading your health section.As I have metastatic cancer, I feel I need to be as healthy as possible to cope with the treatment.Please could you let me know more about your supplement.

  • Hi John any info on the supplement would be gratefully received. Safe travels

  • Hi John, would love to hear more about the health supplement you use. Thanks, Hilary.

  • Top stuff many thanks. Can you email me the supplement details please?

  • Hi John, So interested listening to your conversation with Jeremy Vine. Beats sitting at home through lockdown like we all have. Would love to know the supplement you refer to so please send me details. Can’t wait to read your next blog so keep them coming. Happy sailing !!!

  • Hi John, Very interested when I heard you on Jeremy Vine. What a fantastic adventure. Please send me details of your health supplement.

  • Hi John<
    I am also a transplant but living in sunny Colorado, USA. I enjoyed hearing your story on Jeremy Vines BBC2 show and had to learn more of your life story.
    I relate to your failing health issues as I am experiencing similar issues at the ripe age of 56, very keen to hear about the supplement that allowed you to rediscover your active lifestyle.

  • Hi John, I really enjoyed listening to your interview on the BBC, I watched your video on you tube as well, very inspiring. Please could you forward details of the supplements by email? Keep on enjoying your adventurous life. Thank you

  • Hi John, inspired by your story, and motivated to finally learning to sail, although at 66 could take me a little longer than the youngsters, but if not now, when? A donf, as Ellen MacArthur says! Very interested in your supplement, would appreciate it if you could send me some details.
    Many thanks

  • Hello John, I am an English transplant living in the US (North Carolina – Raleigh no less!) and after 22 years of living here, still listen to BBC Radio 2 (good way to keep the accent)……I heard you piece on the Jeremy Vine show a free days ago and so subscribed to your blog to find out more. Very interesting, I shared with my wife who is facing possible thumb joint replacement surgery (she is 60 – due to RA), which I had never heard of before but is now quite common apparently. We are now both very interested in knowing more about the Good Health supplements.

  • Hi John, I would be interested in the supplement info.

  • What a great escape from lockdown! Heard you on the radio and had to learn more. and now catching up on your blogs. Very interested in your supplement, please send more info. Best regards and fair winds. Andy

  • Hello John from another east anglian enjoy your continued travels. Could you forward details of your supplements also,
    Many thanks Ann.

  • Hello John I am only a landlubber but at 70 am planning a long distance cycle tour when this virus thing is scuppered, is that an appropriate nautical term? You supplement sound like it would make my legs work better. Could you please send info.

  • Hi John, very inspiring, to leave the land behind spending time sailing and living aboard is also a dream of mine but at the moment with 3 children we have to limit ourselves to sailing holidays and dreaming.
    I would be interested in more details of your supplement so I can stay healthy long enough to live out my dream !
    Thanks Neil

  • Hi please could you send me the info for the supplements. Just watched the video. Thank you!

  • Hello John, loved your interview with Jeremy Vine yesterday and have been completely absorbed in your blog today (have subscribed and look forward to future instalments). I wish my Pa could have had the opportunity to read it.. he would have loved it.

    I would be really interested to learn more about the health supplement please…

    Fair winds and safe travels.

  • Hi John, enjoyed the radio interview. Just watched your video as linked above. You talk about plant based supplements and mention spending £24 a month on one now. Can you give more detail please ? Thanks

  • Hi John, heard your wonderful tale yesterday and am enthralled by reading your blog. Please can you send details of the supplement? – would love to alleviate my elbow problems and sail my laser again!

  • Hi John – I also enjoyed reading your blog and hearing you yesterday on the Jeremy Vine Show. We hope to retire in the next year and take our Passport 40 “across the pond” so it is great to read your experiences. Again, I would love to know the name of the health supplement as we are of a similar vintage to yourself! Remember, the beatings will continue until the morale of the crew improves!

  • Lovely interview at lunchtime.I think my husbands already let you know that Largo is in the FALMOUTH area. Please could you send me the link to the supplement too.
    Regards Lyn Horne

  • A fascinating story and a highly entertaining blog – power to your elbow.
    Dave Asprey, author of Superhuman suggests that we can live to 180 years in good health and intends to do so as he describes in his book. I hesitate to suggest he is a beacon of light but he is one of a small and growing band at one extreme of a scale which has Big Pharma at the other extreme rather like a black hole consuming all before it. I know which ship I would rather sail on.
    Hope our wakes cross in a marina somewhere.

  • Hi I loved listening to you today and now have subscribed so look forward to reading more. I wanted to ask I cant see the name of the supplement you now take please can you let me know what it is called thank you so much and have a wonderful trip. Very envious

    • Thank you for your kind words. I’ve sent you the info by email

    • Hi Jo. Thank you. I’ve sent the information about the health supplement by email.

    • Hi John , we have just sat and watched you on YouTube you are very inspiring. I have improved my health over last four years but could still be better, could you please let me know what supplement you have been taking .
      Keep doing whatever it is you are doing .

  • Thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog, i wish i had half your motivation and lack of fear, And please in the name of god tell me what supplement you take !!!!

    • Thank you.I’ve sent the information about the health supplement by email

      • Hello John. Great interview on JV. Would love info re the supplements. Thanks, Carolyn

      • Hi John, I so enjoyed reading your blog after hearing you today on Jeremy Vines show. You are truly inspirational and find your story and you awesome! I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading all about your new adventures. Please can you let me know the name of the health supplement you take. Enjoy the next part of your fabulous adventure 🙂