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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf-uzDM-300

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 – 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 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 at 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 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 March 2018: Eyetest confirms “slight improvement”. Decide I do not need to wear glasses any more. 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 my shirt off 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. 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!

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At this point you might expect me to give you the name of this wonderful product and website where you can order it. However, when I started looking into natural remedies, I discovered that the people who regulate this industry put all sorts of obstacles in the way.

For instance, with a naturally-occurring product, there is no guarantee that every sample will contain the exact same elements in the exact same proportions – in which case the company is not allowed to list any ingredients at all.

Nor are they allowed to make any claims as to the product’s efficacy or publish any testimonials from satisfied customers.

The only way to avoid these restrictions would be to go through the full testing procedure required for synthetic drugs produced in a laboratory – and that takes between ten and fifteen years and all the resources of an international pharmaceutical company.

That is why most health supplements are sold through health food shops – the fact that a well-known chain has chosen to stock a particular product gives it credibility. However, many of these preparations are not natural at all but made from rocks or clay or come from by-products of the oil industry. As such, they cannot be digested unless other synthetic compounds are added to force the body into treating them as food.

The product I have been taking is different. It is made entirely from plant matter. To put it on a shelf with ordinary health supplements would be to make it appear less than unique.

So that leaves only word-of-mouth. The regulators have no control over what people tell each other in the privacy of their own homes – or, come to that, their email boxes.

So, if you would like to know more, send me an email and I will give you  access to a private Google Docs folder containing four documents:

  • A list of the ingredients analysed from a typical sample.
  • A history of the company and the product.
  • An article published in The Oldie Magazine by Dr James Le Fanu, medical columnist for the Daily Telegraph, explaining how “polypharmacy” has become deeply entrenched in medical practice and why this is making the nation less healthy.
  • Advice on which product to order and how much to take.

Send your email to: john@oldmansailing.com

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The Old Man

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