Hope

As I walked around the field in this cold and frosty Winter morning, I came across this gorse bush.  The yellow flowers are in bloom all year round and, if we look for them, even in Winter.

It made me think about the Bach Flower Remedy, Gorse, which is for hope in times of deep despair.  Dr Bach called it the sunshine remedy.

No matter how cold and bleak things may seem, there is always a way.  Hope helps you find it.

Highest pollen count ever – there is no cure – wrong!

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflo...
Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory Ipomoea purpurea, hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis). The image is magnified some x500, so the bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I watched BBC Breakfast this morning with great interest and lots of frustration.  It featured a small boy playing football in his garden with his mum – both of whom suffer with hay fever.  The mother was interviewed back inside her home and showed how she was using an inhaler and anti-histamine to prevent coughing.  She also had very red, inflamed and itching arms after ‘just being in her garden’.

At the end of the article the report exclaimed emphatically – “there is no cure for hay fever”.   “That’s so wrong” I cried.

It’s so wrong on two counts.  One it’s wrong because no one needs to suffer with hay fever so my exclamation came from a knowledge that I can help those sufferers and two, because there is a ‘cure’.  My frustration is that I know not everyone will take what I say on board and come to see me to get it sorted out.

I spoke to two people on Saturday – both suffering badly – but neither sounded like they would actually call me, they were both going to take another anti-histamine in the hope it would stop the agony.  I absolutely respect their choice and I know what I do seems strange to some people.

What I don’t understand is if they are suffering that much why wouldn’t they give it a try.

I offer a 60 day money back guarantee on products -no quibble!  Try taking your empty packet of anti-histamine back to the chemist and asking for a refund.

Why is the pollen count so high?

Most people are aware by now that we have had the coldest Spring in many, many years and the result of that is that rather than a staged pollen release of trees, grass and then weeds and flowers which happens naturally – the sudden burst of warm weather after such a cold Spring meant that everything released it’s pollen at the same time!  There was so much pollen in the air that hay fever sufferers found that they had to take more medication or that the medication just wasn’t working any more.

Pollen is released when the temperature gets to around 15 degrees but really gets going at 17 degrees.  The pollen levels usually affect people early in the morning and late in the day because in the middle of the day the warm air currents keep the pollen ‘above nose level’ .  When it is really windy those air currents distribute the pollen at lower levels.

Bee PollenWhilst taking Bee Pollen is not a ‘cure’, in that it will not stop you being susceptible to hay fever when you don’t take it – it will stop it if you take it when you do.  But you could say that about any medication couldn’t you?  So the use of the word ‘cure’ is interesting.

What is a ‘cure’ exactly?

Collings English Dictionary has several definitions:

1 to get rid of (an ailment, fault, or problem); heal

2 to restore to health or good condition

8 any course of medical therapy, esp one proved effective in combating a disease 9 a means of restoring health or improving a condition, situation, etc

Based on this definition, I’d say you could describe a solution to hay fever as a cure couldn’t you?

Whether to take anti-histamine or steroids is, of course, a personal choice.  Having been a hay fever sufferer (allergies and eczema very often go together), my personal choice was not to.

Histamine is the chemical which your body releases to try to combat the exposure to the allergen – it is your immune system responding to protect you – so logically why would I want to supress that if there was another way? It is the histamine which causes the itching, sneezing and inflammation. Anti-histamine does stop the symptom, it supresses the immune response.  However, over time, people find they need to take more and more anti-histamine as the body tries to fight back to restore the immune system.

Texas Aloe Plantation
Texas Aloe Plantation

Another way of balancing the immune system is by drinking aloe vera juice. It restores the immune system to normal levels and is very effective in reducing inflammation in all areas of the body and so can be very helpful with hay fever. You can find out more about aloe vera here.

The therapy of Kinesiology uses a strategy which is to strengthen the immune system and to de-sensitise the body’s energy system to the allergen so that the histamine isn’t released.  When the body no longer perceives the allergen as a threat, it doesn’t release the histamine.  All you have to do is find the allergen.  That sounds difficult? – it really isn’t if you know how – and yes, you guessed it, I know how.  If you don’t know exactly what you are allergic to, it’s not a problem.  I have over 500 potential allergens in my test kit – and if your allergen isn’t in there, we have other ways of finding it.  In 99.9% of cases, the process only has to be done once.

You can find the pollen count in your area with a really helpful page on the Met Office website, it’s sponsored by Benadryl (a product I don’t support) but it has really good information.

If you would like to have a chat about how I can help you so that you don’t have to keep your fingers crossed for a sneeze free Summer then please contact me.

May be there is a ‘cure’ for you after all?

The Bee’s Knees

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There are two types of pollen, which is the plant’s male seed.  One form is light and is blown by the wind to other plants.  The other, is the heavy sticky pollen which sticks to insects and is gathered by bees on their legs for food – hence the customary expression ‘The Bee’s Knees’ meaning ‘the very best’.

Forever owns some of the world’s largest beehive resources in pollution-low environments and uses state-of-the art patented equipment to gather and preserve the ingredients, in conditions as nature intended.  Forever Bee Pollen is made without the addition of flavourings, artificial colourings or preservatives.  Honey is used to bind the grains together to form tablets.

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Once known as Ambrosia, bee pollen was ‘the food of the gods’ because it is virtually the perfect food substance.  It is thought that man, with enough water and fibre, could live on bee pollen alone.  Bee pollen contains more nutrients per calories than any other nutritional supplement.

USES

Multi-vitamin and Multi-mineral Supplement

Reduction of stress: the extraordinary presence of B vitamins in pollen builds up our defence shield.

Hay fever Prevention and Relief: one of the main reasons to take bee pollen is that it can prevent or reduce the symptoms of hay fever.  Bee Pollen conditions the individual and can modify an allergic or hypersensitive immune response when the pollen count is high.  Dr Peter Atherton recommends 2-6 tablets a day, taken regularly from April – June, before the anticipated onset of symptoms.  Once the pollen count is high, he recommends that the dose be increased to 3-12 tablets per day.

Fantastic Source of Antioxidants: these are necessary to help fight the damaging effects of free radicals, which can be responsible for minor to serious conditions, including cancer.  As well as containing the antioxidants vitamins A, C and E and selenium, zinc and iron; bee pollen is one of the best sources of antioxidant bioflavonoids.  Reducing antioxidants increases longevity and reduces aging and wrinkling.

Increase in Strength, Energy and Stamina: bee pollen can be valuable for anyone who needs extra energy in special circumstances – during long meetings, in exams, etc – and can be extremely helpful for serious athletes.  In fact, bee pollen is regularly consumed by Olympic athletes.

It provides a quicker recovery from exercise, returns the heart rate to normal and increases muscle growth and definition.  The British Sports Council recorded increases in strength by as high as 40 to 50 per cent in those taking bee pollen regularly.  Even more astounding, the British Royal Society has reported height increases in adults who take bee pollen.  Antti Lananaki, coach of the Finnish track team that swept the Olympics in 1972, revealed, “Most of our athletes take pollen food supplements.  Our studies show it significantly improves their performance.  There have been no negative results since we have been supplying pollen to our athletes.”  (Source: Superfoods, David Wolfe)

Prostate Health: evidence supports improvement in prostate health.  Bee pollen is able to antagonise the effect of the hormone dihydrotesterone which is a factor in developing the enlargement of the prostate.  Bee pollen is a potent aphrodisiac and has fertility-improving properties.

ANIMAL HEALTH  

Convalescing Animals: bee pollen is readily absorbed from the digestive system into the blood, boosting blood sugar levels, which makes it very useful for convalescing animals.

Allergic skin conditions in dogs.  Dr David Urch recommends starting the dog on the bee pollen tablets in the winter months before the allergy develops, an average 30kg dog needing one tablet twice a day.  In chronic cases, the dog should stay on bee pollen permanently.

COMPOSITION

35% Protein – half of this is in the form of 22 amino acids, including all eight ‘essential’ amino acids which the body cannot manufacture for itself.
40% Carbohydrate
5% Fats
3% Minerals – including calcium and phosphorus in an almost perfect 1:1 ratio as well as zinc, selenium and iron.
Remaining 17% – vitamins, trace elements, enzymes and hormones – this includes all the vitamins of the B-complex and vitamin C (water soluble and so need to be taken daily). Bee pollen also contains vitamins D, E, K and beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A).

IMPORTANT TEST DOSE

Forever advises that a test dose of 1/4 tablet is taken before trying a whole tablet, in case anyone or any animal does have a reaction to the pollen itself.

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VALUE FOR MONEY

Forever Bee Pollen (code: 26) retails at £12.56 for 100 tablets.

If you wish to purchase bee pollen click here

Simple protection from colds and flu

Although it’s not officially Winter yet (December 21st and the Winter Solstice is the official start of Winter apparently) – remember immune support is really important at this time of year especially with the winter vomitting bug around, but mostly to avoid colds and flu.
Vitamin C  is a great anti-oxidant – it fights free radicals.  Zinc also fights free radicals and helps immune cells reproduce.  Vitamin D (especially needed at this time of year) strengthens the immune cells.  You can get vitamins from food of course but at this time of year you would have to eat a great deal of oranges for instance to get enough Vitamin C for adequate protection.  We make Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight – that’s sunlight not sunshine – being outdoors with hands and face exposed for around 20 minutes every day will top up your vitamin D reserves but at this time of year most people are inside with the heating turned up or toasting marsh mallows on an open fire – or is that just my romatic side coming out :-)).  You can also top up your Vitamin D from egg yolks but again you need much more than that.
//gallery.foreverliving.com/gallery/GBR/image/products/Forever-immublend---200x200.gifSo supplementation is a great idea at this time of the year.  I recommend Immublend – it has protected me when I have been exposed to sneezing and wheezing people on the train and when sitting at a conference.  I don’t leave home without taking it in the Winter months.
You can also support your immune system by making your own Rosehip Syrup – it’s not too late – you can still find hips in the hedgerows.  Some people have asked me about the sugar content of the syrup – sugar being an anti-immune substance.  Well I don’t have an answer for that.  Maybe the Vitamin C content cancels out the negative impact of the sugar.  All I know is that it seems to work.

50 Not Out

50 Not Out is a heading on an article in the latest FSB magazine ‘First Voice’ which caught my eye this week.  4,000,000 people aged 50-64 in the UK are classed as ‘workless’.Unfortunately, a large number of this section of people have been made redundant several times in the last few years or have realised that their pension will not be sufficient to live on.  The article tells us that they are having to deal with the shock of redundancy and are struggling to come to terms with changing personal circumstances resulting from it.

For the over-50s, the biggest obstacles to overcome are often rebuilding self-confidence and a fear of not having the necessary skills.  So why is it that around 400,000 people in this age bracket want to work for themselves as sole traders or by setting up a business?

Perhaps it’s because we are told our life expectancy is increasing and along with that, we realise that with the changes in retirement age, we are going to be around longer and working but the current economic climate is not encouraging or allowing us to find work.  If you are over 50, starting your own business might be the only way to make a living but if you have always been employed, this could be quite scarey.

Encouragingly, the article also tells us that “A business started by someone over 50 is more likely to survive five years than one started by someone in their 20s or 30s”.  Perhaps this is because we have experience and a bit of know-how?  I recognise that even though I am over 50, I still have a lot to give and a lot to do.  I have dreams, goals and ambitions.  True they are different from the dreams, goals and ambitions I had when I was in my 20s and 30s but I am still going forward.

I am very interested in hearing from anyone reading this who is over 50 and would like to start their own business.  I have the perfect vehicle.  Have a look here and get in touch if you would like to have a chat about how I can support you to build a great business, with the full backing and support of a stable, global organisation.

If starting your own business isn’t something you want to do but you are feeling the effects of redundancy or lack of confidence then there are many Bach Flower Remedies which can help with that.  Contact me and give me an idea of what you are experiencing and I would be happy to recommend some remedies for you.

Just as a rough guide, here are a few:

For getting over a setback – Gentian

For dealing with shock – Star of Bethlehem

For backing off from something you really want to do but you lose your confidence – Larch

For dealing with changes in your personal circumstances or lifestyle – Walnut

You can buy the Bach Flower Remedies from good health stores or I can make a remedy and send it to you.

Totally natural cough remedy

I’ve met many people over the last couple of weeks who have a stubborn, irritating cough, sometimes left over from a cold or flu virus.

Here’s a natural remedy which really works:

1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp honey
1 tbs cider vinegar
2 tbs water

Mix together. I use a small screw top jar and shake it.

Take 2 tsp when needed.

I find it best to take the second dose quite quickly after the first and then take as needed.

It’s not for the faint hearted but it really does work.

Oh PS it only works if you take it 🙂