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

Autumn Walk

The autumn sun has been shining yet again, so I took my new camera out to the local park. Health and wellbeing is more than just not being ill or suffering from disease. Health is a state of mind. How good body is designed to feelI explain 7 tips on how to help yourself to remain healthy, and participate in your healthcare, they can be read here

So today I will share with you my walk through the park in pictures.


Are you paddling fast underneath a calm exterior?


Are you as serene as a swan?


Does life get you in a flap?


Think I need to practice with the light!


Lovely sculptures in Rozelle Park Alloway


The Duck Pond

Night night, sleep tight

This title might be a taunt to some people, for whom a good nights sleep is not easy to come by. It is something that I monitor with my clients who come to see me, and one of the frequent questions I get asked refers to matresses. Specifically what type of mattres should I get? The general advice that people have received in the past, from physiotherapists according to the article in todays Daily Mail entitled The Five Biggest Physios Myths BUSTED, is that type of mattress that you have will help you avoid back pain.

Myth number 1 “The type of mattress you sleep on prevents back pain”

The Daily Mail article states that according to the world’s largest physiotherapy clinical research website, PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database, they could find no well conducted trials to back this up. So do I agree with this?

Well my professional opinion is that no mattress is good enough to prevent back pain, if you are out of spinal alignment. A mattress will only support your spine in the alingment that it is in, it will not adjust you in the middle of the night as you sleep, so first a foremost get aligned. My initial consultation and assessment with a new client will involve how well they sleep, if they are restless in their sleep, or if they toss and turn. A good night’s sleep relies on the body being completely comfortable, so that it can relax and fall asleep. People who have misalignments anywhere in the body, cannot get themselves 100% comfortable, some part is always uncomfortable, and so they cannot fall into a good restorative sleep. Lying on their back, the low back may not comfortable. so they turn onto their side, here the neck is not comfortable, it may bring on pins and needles in the hands or numbness in the arms, and so they return onto their back, or turn onto the other side, only for the symptoms occur on the opposite side. Does this sound familiar. It is a story that is repeated often in my clinic. So what can you do?

First of all, get yourself booked in with your nearest McTimoney Chiropractor here in the UK. They will look at your whole body alignment and perform adjustments to bring you back into complete alignment. mattresses

Then if you want to invest in a new mattress, go and do some research. Go to your local bedstores and be prepared to lie on a new mattress for at least 20 minutes. Just lying down for less than a minute, and saying yes, that 1 is comfortable, is not giving your body enough time to settle into the mattress. Take your pillow with you. I was amazed at how different a mattress can feel, depending on the type of pillow that you are using on the bed. If you don’t plan on changing your pillows when you buy a new mattress, then take your pillow with you to the bedstore.

Your mattress should give enough for your bodily curves to sink into the mattress so that your spine is supported along it’s length, as this picture illustrates. Men can often tolerate a more firm mattress than a woman as they have less curves .

So now you have received McTimoney Chiropractic care to ensure that you are aligned, you have your new mattress, how do you maximize you chances of a good night’s sleep.

Don’t take a milky drink before you go to bed. Contrary to popular belief, milk maynot help you to sleep, in fact in could do the opposite. dairy can be mucus forming in some people, and will therefore cause them to snore, and keep waking themselves up.

Lettuce is soporific, so eating a sandwich with lettuce before going to bed could help.

Lavender oil is a great aid for those who cannot sleep well. Sprinkle some around the pillow, and breathe deeply. taking slow deep breaths will also assist you in getting to sleep. Once you are in bed, concentrate on taking deep slow breaths, breathing in as slow as you can, and out again, as slow as you can. Complete a few rounds like this and you should be asleep in no time.

Night night, hope you can now sleep tight.Does anybody know where this saying comes from?

Namaste and sweet dreams




Today’s Oil; Ginger

As we enter the cold months of winter, let’s take a look at this oil, popular for it’s warming abilities. ginger

Zingiber officinale. It has a warm, spicy aroma, with a hint of lemon and pepper.It is grown commercially in most tropical countries, with the best aroma coming from Jamaica Ginger apparently. It is a spice which has been esteemed throughout the ages, and was included in the Greek and Arabic pharmacopoeia. The dried root, or rhizome, was a popular condiment, an aromatic stimulant and a remedy against malaria. It has a long reputation in it’s ability to settle the stomach, and therefore ginger appears in preparations for travel- and seasickness.

It is warming to the emotions when feeling flat or cold. It sharpens the senses and aids memory. This is a very cheering oil, indicated for tirednes, stimulating yet grounding.

It’s warming properties extend to the physical too, so useful for aching muscles, especially after exercise, although a WORD OF WARNING HERE, this oil should not really be used on the skin, unless it is being used by someone with a qualification in aromatherapy, due to its stimulating nature.

My recommendation is to use this oil in a burner, on those cold wet days when the spirit needs warming. I absolutley love this oil with a citrus such as orange, tangerine or mandarin. I will also add a few drops or Eucalyptus when using this in the clinic setting to keep the air virus and bacteria free.

Hypermobilty Joint Syndrome and McTimoney Chiropractic


Day 2 of Social media challenge, answer a question. So my question is:
“Is it safe to receive Chiropractic treatment, because my doctor has said I should not go!”
Reblogging my previous post

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Something that I hear on a fairly regular basis is “I have been told not to go and see a Chiropractor!”

When I ask them what reason has been given, they so often have not been given one, or they have been told that it would be far too damaging to their joints. So let me try and explain for you what “Manipulation” is and an “Adjustment” which is what I consider McTimoney Chiropractic to be.

Let’s look at the rrange of movementange of movement, that we have in any joint. First of all we have the active range of movement. This is the range of movement that you have in a joint, or collection of joints. Move your head from side to side, and see  how much movement you have? That is a group of bones, the cervical spine, or your neck, moving actively. Shown by the denser green area…

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we summon the courage to make choices…


So true. I recently have become almost obsessed with something that I do not know why, this sums it up for me. “I refuse to be a bystander, even though I do not know where exactly my actions will lead”

Originally posted on JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project:

“There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.” – Howard Schultz

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