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:

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

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: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1goHVrEy1r86jdZexJNKGQw3stEoRxET9aDhX8sWwP7A/edit?usp=sharing

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 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 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.

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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 his read 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 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 minerals applied with a perfume spray was good for sunburn, I started using this instead of sun lotion. It was less greasy and seems 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.

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. Also, I recommend one company for the UK, Europe and Australia and another for the rest of the world, so if you would like to send me an email and tell me where you are based, I will send you the relevant information.

Please send your email to: john@oldmansailing.com 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…)

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33 Responses to Good Health

  • 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
    Anna

  • 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.
    Regards,
    Geoff

  • 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
    Tony

  • 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

  • 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 🙂

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