Defence against the Dark Arts or Ebola, Whichever you feel the Need.

You can hardly have failed to miss the scaremongering that is going on around the Ebola virus at the moment. I have personal views on the situation itself, but this is not the time or place to go on about that. What would be more helpful is information about how you might be able to protect yourself from it, naturally. So what can we do to help our immune system from not only this virus, but any number of viruses that abound in the winter months?

Well I came across this great article written by Dr Dave McCarthy, and he writes so eloquently what I believe to be true, so I won’t re-invent the wheel, and will let you read the ful article here

He explains that the late symptoms of being infected with the Ebola virus, is very similar to scurvy. In the  late stages of both of these 2 diseases,  a haemorrhagic stage persisits, where the body has multi-organ failure and bleeding  from multiple sites, ultimately leading to death. The treatment may be the same in both of these diseases too. Vitamin C, pure and simple. Dr McCarthy explains why.

When a human experiences a demand for Vitamin C (ascorbate) that cannot be met by intake and the stores become utterly depleted, cells are unable to be repaired or replaced. Organs initially struggle to function and ultimately fail. Viral infections routinely deplete vitamin C stores. Some viruses are particularly adept at quickly reducing the stores of vitamin C. Certain common medications, such as acetaminophen, interfere with the production of glutathione, which is required for the recycling of inactivated vitamin C. As vitamin C gets expended in the fight against the virus, the use of agents that deplete glutathione, hasten the end.


I believe that when vitamin C levels are checked in patients with end stage Ebola, the levels will be undetectable. Given the high load of viral particles nearing the end of the disease, use of oral vitamin C would be futile, as the demand would exceed the ability to absorb it. If administered early enough, intravenous (IV) vitamin C could demonstrate remarkable efficacy.

Now for those of you who may be reading this in the US, the penny may have already dropped, but for my UK readers let me point something out here. Acetaminophen is sold in the UK under the name, Paracetamol!

Ok so let’s just take a look at that again.

Paracetamol interferes with the production of glutathione, which is required for the recycling of the inactivated Vitamin C.  ie as Vitamin C is used by the body to fight the virus, the use of medications that deplete glutathione hasten the end. Now go take a look in your medicine cabinet, if you have one, and have a look at the list of ingredients in your Lemsips, or any other ‘flu remedy that you may have in there. Do you see Acetaminophen/Paracetamol as 1 of the ingredients? Can you guess what I think you should do with those remedies now?

So how do you lower your risk of becoming ill to the usual viruses that abound at this time of the year?

Let us look at our immune system. We have 2 types of immune defence. 1 is “Adaptive defence” which utilises the pre-formed anti-bodies and anti-viral cells, and 2 “Innate Defence”. This second type of defence allows us to defend an attack by an organism previously never encountered by our body. Both defences are highly reliant upon the availablity of Vitamin D3. Let me remind you, if you need reminding that Vitamin D is often referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because it can be made via the skin, when we are exposed to sunshine. Now do you begin to see the relationship between winter ‘flus, coughs and colds, and the Vitamin levels in our bodies? When the sun is limited the virus’ come out to play.

So my advice to those of you who live in the Northern hemisphere, where the nights are about to get longer with the clocks going back to GMT this weekend, is to make sure that you are having adequate intake of Vitamin D and keep your levels of Vitamin C up too. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so a regular intake is required.

As a good all round immune boost with an extremely high ORAC score, I highly recommend Green Magic. Seriously, I have not had a cold for 2 years since I started taking a teaspoonful a day.

Keep Happy and Keep Healthy.
Dragonflies and Lotus Flowers

Dragonflies and Lotus Flowers

You may have noticed that over the past week, I have changed my logo from an abstract one that was designed for me, to that of a dragonfly over a lotus flower.

My work and business is going through a transformation, and, although being a McTimoney Chiropractor is very much my main business at the moment, I am also aware that as I enter what might possibly be my last decade of being a McTimoney, I needed to look forward to an income when I no longer see clients in my clinic. And so I set about looking for that new venture and to incorporate it into my business.

After having a career change from Nursing, to Massage Therapist and then McTimoney Chiropractor, over 20 years ago, I started out being very excited that I was able to help people improve their health, in a way that being a nurse didn’t. I witnessed people’s health improving as they implemented the tips that I suggested to them when they consulted with me. These tips were to eat more healthily, drink more water, take more moderate exercise and to develop a spiritual aspect to their lives, and to take ownership and responsibilty of their health, and not hand over the responsibility to others, namely Doctors. Transformations came about which I was privileged to be a part of.

When Chiropractors became registered in the UK, I started to become disillusioned with my profession, but I continued. Over the 17 years of being a McTimoney I have seen my profession be reduced to being “bad back specialists” That is so far from the truth that it saddens me. Chiropractors are Masters of Innate Intelligence. They ensure that the spine is aligned so that they nervous system can function optimally, and that health can be expressed as a result. When I started out on my Chiropractic career I was so intune with my own Innate Intellligence, after nearly 20 years, I find myself so bogged down with what the “scientific bods” think that we do, that I am less enthusiastic about my career as I once was. But that is changing.

I used to naturally incorporate in my work a spiritual aspect, sometimes the client was aware, if during record taking I sensed a spiritual part of their life, and often covertly if they did not seem receptive to it. However I feel that I have strayed from this path and now I am returning to it.

So what do the dragonfly and lotus flower symbolise?

The dragonfly is symbolic of change and transformation.

Dragonflies start to grow in water and then move into the air and fly. When this spirit animal shows up in your life you may be called to transform and evolve. Symbol of metamorphosis and transformation, it inspires those who have it as a totem to bring about the changes needed in their lives in order to go to reach their full potential.
When this spirit animal shows up in your life, it’s an indication that it’s time for change. Just like the dragonfly changes colors as it matures, you may be called to live and experience yourself differently. Stay open to the enfoldment of your personal journey.

So me, and my business are transforming. Watch this space as you witness the emergence of a new venture take flight. Peace and Blessings

Grace holds The Key

Every once in a while, you come across someone or something that has a profound effect on you, and therefore your life. This weekend just past was one of those times, where I met so many fantastic people, and it was all down to 1 exceptional woman having an exceptional vision, and another exceptional woman taking that vision and making it into her own dream, and then sharing that with so many more fantastic people.

Do you know those times when words just cannot do justice to something? Well this is just a time.

People make Glasgow, and Glasgow is full of Amazing People = Glasgow is Amazing!

People make Glasgow, and Glasgow is full of Amazing People = Glasgow is Amazing!

I have read so many self help books, I know the theory, but this weekend was looking at it all in a completely new light and then taking steps to put it all into action, and what an amazing and emotional journey it was, and I know that it is just the first few steps on what will be an even more amazing journey.

Christine reading from her Book "Grace"

Christine reading from her Book “Grace”

I have made some lifelong friends, people that 48 hours ago I did not even know of their existence. But you know when you meet someone and just click, well that happened to me this weekend, and I know that my life will be enriched through meeting these people.

New Found Friends

New Found Friends

If you are in Ayr on 25th Nov, I seriously recommend that you make your way down to the Carlton hotel on that evening.

You will find me and my new found mates in the bar, whilst Lauren reaches out to Ayrshire to bring new hope to you. Will you reach out and grab with both hands? I can guarantee that your life will change if you do, this is only for the bravehearted.

I must be honest that I have yet to read the book. I am saving it for the right moment, I know that the author will understand that I will know when the time is right for me to read the book. There is a time for everything, a time to sow, and a time to reap. A time to participate, and a time to reflect. A time to make new friends, and a time to catch up with old ones. Bless you all, for spending the time with me this weekend and reading this. I appreciate the time and energy that you have spent on it. You are all Diamonds. Shine On!

Laughter, the Best Medicine.

Laughter, the Best Medicine.

Collagen, What is it? Which Type do you Need?

Have you thought about taking Collagen and if so, why?

It can be confusing trying to find the Collagen Capsules which will best suit your needs.  Some people may not even realise there are different types of collagen!  The question you should be asking yourself is “Why am I taking Collagen in the first place?

Collagen the facts?

Collagen is the primary structural protein found in the body, making up over 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.  It is abundant throughout the body and is found in connective tissue, bone, all organs and especially skin where it makes up to 90% of the structural protein.

Collagen is the main component of connective tissue.  Collagen, in the form of elongated fibrils, is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendon, ligament and skin, and is also abundant in cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral disc. It is like a superglue, holding us all together. Unfortunately we start to lose it from the age of about 25, and the results of collagen loss start visually, the changing shape of your face, loss of skin elasticity, formation of line and wrinkles, but it’s the internal issues that we really have to worry about.  The loss of strength in ligaments, tendons, cartilage and of course bone, which long term could contribute to Osteoarthritis.


Let’s take a closer look at the three main types of collagen found in the human body.

Type I Collagen

Type I Collagen is the most common type of collagen found in the body.  It’s found in tendons, skin, artery walls, cornea, and the organic part of bones and teeth.  Type I Collagen is good for improving your skin and hair as well as being an overall balanced collagen type.

Type II Collagen

Type II Collagen is found in Hyaline Cartilage and makes up 50% of all cartilage protein.  It’s also found in the Vitreous Humour of the eye.  This collagen gives our body its structural strength and stability.  Although very beneficial the source of type II collagen in an edible form is still restricted to fish collagen, and although available there is no scientific evidence that it can deliver the potential benefits that we require.

Type III Collagen

Type III Collagen is the collagen of granulation tissue and is produced quickly by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized.  It’s also found in muscles, artery walls, skin, intestines and the uterus.  This makes us strong, it is the collagen structure in the muscle that is torn during exercise and is responsible for repair of the muscle.

proto-col’s new Bioactive type I & III collagen. The Proto-col range have a variety of Collagen Capsules and tablets available. 

The new bioactive collagen peptide containing type I and III collagen is a triple helix structure and combines the three most repetitious amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.  Collagen type III is a form of granulation tissue, and is produced quickly once stimulated by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized.  The new bioactive peptide of this sport collagen has been optimised so that it also covers all the potential benefits of type II collagen without actually being type II in a raw form.

By delivering all three required types of collagen requirements which are naturally found in our body, our “body and joint formulation” becomes a ground breaking new formulation of collagen hydrolysate that can be used both by the elite athlete and the health and well-being enthusiast.

All you need to know now is which proto-col Collagen Capsules are right for you. The following table should help assist you in your selection for the right Collagen Capsules. They can all be purchased here

Product Type I Collagen Type II Collagen Type III Collagen Hyaluronic  Acid, Vitamin A,C,E and Zinc CollagenDosage perserving (mg)
Proto-col collagen capsules           Skin Care Range Yes No yes No 1200
Proto-col collagen Body and Joint Capsules Sports range yes Yes Yes No 1200
*Proto-col Skin Plus Range Capsules Skin Care Range Yes No yes Yes 1065
Proto-col Sport’s Nutrition Collagen Tablets-Sports Nutrition Range yes Yes Yes No 5000
Proto-col Pro Gold Protein Chocolate or Strawberry contains BCAA’s yes Yes Yes No 5000

A note on *proto-col skin plus

Ingredients include: Hyaluronic  Acid one of the key chain molecules in the key – responsible for skin maintaining a youthful complexion.

What is special about Hyaluronic Acid?

It is the biggest among the molecules that surround skin cells and it absorbs moisture up to 6000 times its weight.  Maintaining sufficient quantity of these special molecules, which decreases with age, is one of the key factors to stay young and radiant.  Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc which are all vitamins and minerals that are known to aid skin health.

Why choose proto-col and what makes proto-col the market leader

Proto-col is the only collagen brand on the market that works with CRI (The International Collagen research institute).  Proto-col guarantee to use only the highest quality collagen in the world and the only material that is backed with clear and conclusive clinical research and data.  proto-col’s sports collagen product is also HFL tested for elite athletes to use. Available here:



Book Review:  Grace by Christine Friel McGrory

Book Review: Grace by Christine Friel McGrory


So excited to be getting my copy tomorrow hopefully, as I am attending The Key event in Glasgow.

Originally posted on Just Be V:

Kripa (trans Grace) – the ultimate key towards realizing the spiritual path of self-realization. (Wikipedia)

Every now and then a book comes along that makes you feel like the author wrote it with you in mind.  The words appear like personal messages to you, at exactly the time in your life when you need to hear them.  You feel like the heroine or hero in the book is discovering the very things that you are at the same time; it is as though you are both on the adventure together.  You think to yourself:  “Aha!  I knew that”.  Grace is such a book.

The story is of an ordinary, everyday, completely miserable western woman called Grace who takes the wrong bus and meets a mysterious “Old Lady” who takes her on a journey through the ages to understand the concepts of creation, energy, love, desire and the universe.  Grace strips…

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Winter draws on!


I don’t know about where you live, but the weather here in Scotland has taken a turn for the worse. High winds and gales, which can all play havoc with the skin, drying it out giving rise to more lines and wrinkles. So today’s special offers are designed to moisturise the skin to keep your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth.

Moisturising Facial Gel   

A luxury daily moisturising gel with the highest quality ingredients that make this product a highgrade anti-ageing treatment. Rich in vitamins and other plant based ingreients, this moisturiser is firming, lifting and hydrating leaving your skin feeling soft smooth and supple.

The packaging of this products makes it suitable for both men, as well as women. It is non-scented, unlike many moisturisers, again suiting the male market. It will not compete with perfume or aftershave worn by the individual. Normally

Key Ingredients

As with many of the products in the Proto-col range, plant derived collagen is one of the main ingredients, along with Aloe Vera. See Cleanser on previous posts.

This product also has Royal Jelly as an ingredient.

Royal Jelly Well known for being the food of the bee colony. It is rich in amino acids, that help fight free radical damage and natural enzymes that help protect, balance and invigorate the skin.

Hydrolysed Silk Protein Has moisture binding properties that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth with a beautiful glow.

In our make-up range we have our colour correct.

Colour Correct Colour-Correct

The correcting powder diminishes blemishes, redness, shine and tired looking sallow skin whilst natural hypoallergenic ingredients soften and help to restore the natural pH balance to the skin. A unique unisex product, proto-col baked mineral colour correct combines anti-inflammatory properties to combat problem areas whilst helping to improve skin hydration and skin elasticity. Banish skin concerns and reveal a confident, radiant skin tone. Excellent when the wind has made your skin a tad red.

Created using natural ingredients, this unisex product is designed with an anti-imflammatory to combat problem areas for the skin. Proto-col colour correct helps to soften the skin and restore its natural PH balance with the natural hypo-allergenic ingredients. Developed alongside top UK make-up artists, cutting edge technology has been used to create a flawless product that will help to diminish blemishes, redness and shine as well as improve tired looking sallow skin. Containing lavender, green tea, thyme, rosemary and magnolia bark, the pastel coloured product is ideal to calm skin tone and promote radiance.

Here’s a testimonial from the Proto-col website .   View here how to apply the colour correct.

As someone who has always suffered with red, blotchy skin, this product is amazingly good at covering up those blemishes, and making my skin an even tone. I am confident enough to go without any other make-up on at times. I no longer see photos of myself at parties and wish my face didn’t look so red, because now my skin is an even colour. Amazing thank you and I only hope that people with similar problems will give this a go! It works, it corrects the colour.

Posted On Saturday, April 12, 2014

Both these products are part of Day 3’s Bonfire Bonanza proto-col party girl


Wedding Fairs and Make Up

A week ago, 2 colleagues and I got together to bring an event to our local town, aimed at educating people about skin care, and how important it is to not only use the right products on your skin, but also to have good nutrition. It is true that a good complexion starts with good nutrition, we are what we eat.

I colloborated with an events co-ordinator, Sarah, from Sarah’s Creative Occasions, and Charmaine from Charmaine Gittens, Photography and MakeUp, both based in Ayrshire, SW Scotland.

Charmaine loved the Baked Mineral Shimmers. She created a fabulous look on her model, which was a complete relief to me as she had never used the products before. I am hoping that she will share her photos from the evening, and when she does I will share them with you, so that you can see what a fabulous look can be created using the Proto-col make-up range.

Charmaine especially thought that the 7 set make-up brush set was an absolute bargain for just £49.95, and the feedback that we have had from those that bought the kit on the night, has reinforced Charmaine’s approval.

I caught up with Sarah last weekend as she exhibited at a Wedding Fair at Culzean Castle which is a superb venue to hold a wedding. Here are some photos of that event to share with you, whilst I wait for Charmaine to provide me with some of hers.

Culzean castle and gardens Ayrshire Scotland

Culzean Castle and Gardens Ayrshire Scotland

Culzean Castle AyrshireScotland

Culzean Castle AyrshireScotland

Sarah from Sarah's Creative Occasions, Ayrshire Scotland

Sarah from Sarah’s Creative Occasions, Ayrshire Scotland

Wedding Fair @ Culzean Castle

Wedding Fair @ Culzean Castle

Wedding fair

Wedding fair

Sarah's Bits & Bobs

Sarah’s Bits & Bobs

Table Dressed for a Wedding by Sarah of Sarah's Creative Occasions

Table Dressed for a Wedding by Sarah of Sarah’s Creative Occasions

Look at that sky!

Look at that sky!

Remember, Remember the 6th of November

So today is day 2 of our Bonfire Bonanza, and today as sure as b follows c, then our offer to follow our wonderful creamy cleanser is the Coral Seaweed and Collagen Toner.

As well as the toner, we are also putting our Green Magic on offer today. Now this is likely to be a once in a lifetime offer.  

Do you ever wish that you had more energy, do you feel your concentration levels dropping by mid-afternoon. Do you do shift work and find yourself less alert in the evening with still several hours to go before you can knock off and get home to bed?

Well Green Magic was made for you. A blend of 16 different foods, which has no added sugar, is gluten free, lactose free, suitable for vegetarians it is designed to give you a sustained release of energy throughout the day, so no highs and lows anymore.

But it does so much more than that. I started taking it 2 years ago, and I have not had 1 single cold since I started taking it. My energy levels are much improved, and I no longer have the dips in energy after lunch, or crave sweet things. My skin is so much clearer and I feel healthier in general.

In my health clinic I hear so many testimonials from my clients who report health improvements in a variety of conditions. IBS symptoms of abdominal bloating is one of the biggest improvements and these clients will not be without Green Magic in their kitchen cupboard.

My Mother in Law broke her hip last year, and her recovery the family attributes to her taking Green Magic in her convalescence.

This offer is unlikely to be repeated, it is a once in a lifetime offer.

Normally £32.95 for 24 hours only, £24.75 HERE   proto-col party girl

Remember Remember the 5th of November. Bonfire Bonanza

This will be a 5th of November to Remember. Today is the launch of my very first Bonfire Bonanza which will be sending fireworks off for the next 10 days, getting your skin ready for the party season.

proto-col party girl

Today is the start of this Bonanza of Skin Care, Make-up and Nutrition, all courtesy of A Joy of Health, where you can get a massive 25% off items in just 24 hours.

We start with the start of all good skin care and make-up routines, Cleanser and Primer.

Our 120 ml cleanser normally retails at £13.95, but for 24 hours between 8 am on 5th until the 6th we have a whooping 25% OFF HERE. This is the link that you need to purchase our Bonfire Bonanzas.

Using a Primer is the first step in your make-up routine. It comes immediately after your skin care regime. The importance of a primer cannot be underestimated. It provides a smooth surface for you to apply your make-up and it will mean that your make-up will look as good at the end of the day as it did at the beginning.

Miracle Based Primerprod_miracle-base-primer_MBP12001

As the name suggests, this little gem is a miracle, creating a perfect base for foundation and make-up application, or it can be worn alone. With vitamin E to protect and aloe vera to nourish and calm the skin, this miracle base primer is key in your daily skincare routine. Top makeup artists would not be seen without a top quality primer in their kits and neither would I! Create a perfect base for foundation application with this silky formulation. Worn alone or under foundation to increase longevity, this miracle base primer leaves your skin looking and feeling silky smooth. . Suitable for all skin types. Normally £19.95, only £14.96 for 24 hours