Good Health

There are too many boats for sale because someone spent so long getting ready for the big adventure and 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…

Well, that’s not going to happen now. 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 at the time of writing, I am 68 – which means I am awarding myself a life-expectancy of 118 years (let’s call it 120). How do I feel so confident? Because I have a “secret ingredient”- an all-natural supplement which I believe is so amazing 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 and after a while I added the vitamin complex at £11.50 a month – a total of £35.50 a month. Prices have risen since but not by much so it’s still hardly more than £1.18 a day ($1.53).

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 supplment, 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 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.

The Old Man

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?

But I have seen what this natural product can do.  I feel there is really nothing that it cannot cope with.