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

Immunity is Everything

This week in the UK is Spinal Awareness Week, so I have spent the past few weeks either busy in my clinic, or busy on my clinic. I have been writing press releases, being asked to give interviews on radio for an upcoming event that I am facilitating, meeting with a marketing expert, updating my webshop and generally doing lots of creative stuff around my business.

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Once the week is here I expect my telephone to be red hot, as all these press articles get people understanding what it is that I do, and ringing to make an appointment and get themselves checked out. Then after a few hectic weeks, I shall be taking a well earned rest, to go away somewhere sunny and write an e-book entitled

“How to Naturally Improve your Immune System”.

How does that grab you, is that something that you might be interested in getting your hands on? Absolutely Free, and for Nothing!

With the gloom and doom news in the UK, as a result of the General Election results last week, and the threat to our NHS, now might be the best time to learn to see if there is anything that we can do to enhance our immune system, and lessen the risk of succumbing to those opportunistic bugs that are everywhere.

If this is something that might interest you, then keep your eyes peeled and pop back soon, or even better still, follow my page and get regular updates as soon as they happen.

Happy Spinal Awareness Week.Poor computer posture

The Longterm Effects of Carrying your Child

Congratulations to HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Birth of your gorgeous Daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, almost as good a sounding name as Holly Katrina Rose, even if I do say so myself.

There has been a lot in the press over the past few days about Princess Diana. Bet the media love it don’t they? Kate and Diana, sell papers, there’s no doubt about it. So I will add my slant to things too, well why not? Would be silly to miss out on the trends wouldn’t it?

This classic picture of Lady Di grabbed me, as I was reading Slick Mummy’s blog. lady di see through1I was reading it because Slick Mummy loves proto-col’s Moisturising Gel, but that’s another story. What I was drawn to in this picture, is how she is adapting in her frame, to rest the young child on her right hip. Now how many of you have done that, or know someone who has? Come on, own up, most of us have at some point or other, no big deal Joy.

I will admit, at this point I was in “jump on the royal baby bandwagon mode”, so I googled for this picture, but what struck me was another 1 that I found.

Look closely at the second picture and what do you see? Look slightly lower than the waistline, at the level where you would put your hands on your hips. Can you see anything? Can you see that her right side is still higher than the left, even without a child on her hip? And the left leg kicked out to the side, to compensate for the drop on the left, is still needed. Not to the same degree, I admit, but it is still there.

lady di see through2I see this everyday in my clinic. Women who carry young children around on their hips, put their pelvis’ out of alignment. These pictures show that rank and status does not make you immune from this.

Can anything be done about it? Of course there is, it is what I do everyday. I realign the structure of the body by adjusting the framework, or the skeleton. Then I give you advice Not to do this habit again. Of course that is not easy, habits are hard to break, especially if the young child is tired and crabbit, you are hungry and you need to get the dinner on. So my advice is, if you continue with the bad habit, you will continue to need to be straightened out, at least as long as your child is carried on the hip. But that is not the only thing we carry like this is it? We might put the laundry basket on there, or heavy items at the supermarket.

So my message to the new Mum is try and not get into the habit, but if you do, just keep the telephone number of your local McTimoney Chiropractor handy, they will save you from heartache in many years to come.

Please feel free to add a comment, I would love to hear how many of you carried a child or children like this on your hip?

What do consciously birthed babies look like when they grow up?

What do consciously birthed babies look like when they grow up?


Admirable words and thoughts.

Originally posted on birth without boundaries:

Within the first few hours of discovering that I was pregnant with my first child, back in 1983 – after the “dust settled”, I was overwhelmed with an enormous sense of TIME, and HISTORY that was being created right then. I knew that I was literally holding the future in my belly, and in my body.

Through the tears, I remember praying that this child would do great things for humanity and for all life. I set about to do the BEST that I could for him, fostering this sense of responsibility and love and concern for LIFE.

Many years have gone by now. I’ve since given birth now to 6 more children, each experience and birth going a bit deeper, and stronger into what I felt was the best for them. It wasn’t until my last 3 that I had the awareness of the importance of the pregnancy and…

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Nutritional & Green Magic

Nutrition: How important is it? How good body is designed to feel

Have you heard the saying, “We are what we eat”?

If you want your body to perform well, then you need to give it the right fuel to run on, simple as that. You wouldn’t expect a car to run on a poor quality petrol or gas, so why treat the body any differently?

Good nutrition is at the forefront of good health, and it is therefore a subject that I investigate whenever anybody comes to see me. As a McTimoney Chiropractor, just about everybody who comes to see me has an inflammatory issue somewhere, an -itis of some joint, or tendon or ligament. ginger

Google “foods for treating inflammation naturally” and you will get a plethora of herbs, spices, and all manner of alkaline foods all extolling their virtues as an anti-inflammatory, and so they are, but this post is about why I recommend Green Magic by Proto-col. If you want to read more, look up Ross Bridgeford known as the “Alkaline Diet Guy”. He has over 10 years experience of it.

Getting as many green leafy foods into you is simply the best way to increase your input of alkaline foods, and thereby combatting inflammation, the leading cause of disease in the Western World, but it is very difficult to get enough concentrated nutrients in our diet due to our deficient and depleted soils. For a therapeutic effect we really need to concentrate the nutrients into food supplements. Green Magic was developed by Dr Larry Milam, President of the Universtity of Natural Health, California. It is a quick and cost effective way of increasing the right type of food into your diet. Just 1 heaped teaspoon of the powder, mixed into water, fruit juice or smoothie, is all your 7 a day just there. Now how easy is that? It works out at about 50p per teaspoon too.

You can read the full ingredient list with more information here.

You may have noticed the word “therapeutic” above. What does that mean? It means that if you are wanting help to heal some -itis or other, or you have repair that needs to happen in the body, then you are looking for a therapeutic effect. That is why top athletes take Green Magic. The MD, James Greenwell, of the proto-col company is an elite athlete, and trained to Olympic level, and still competes on the International stage in Triathlons and Bi-athlons. He sponsors athletes like Laura Massaro, 2014 World Squash Champion, and Victoria Barr.

Laura Massaro @ljmassaro  ·  Nov 18

@Morganmassage @joyofhealth96 @HolHealthZone @swimstar2008 the green magic particularly helps with energy levels and illness prevention!

That’s what Laura tweeted about GM.

Victoria Barr, another great athlete tweets

Victoria Barr @vicbarr82  ·  Nov 18

@joyofhealth96 @protocolUK @Teamprotocoluk @Morganmassage yes,after a year with proto-col collagen it has helped recovery +injury prevention

If you think that Green Magic could help you recover from injury or illness, or if like Laura and Victoria, you would like to add it to your training regime,then click here, to be taken to the shop on my website. Sorry UK shipping only.



 Spirulina and Chlorella, high in Protein, Icelandic Kelp for Minerals, Green-Magic-200gKamut Juice, Minerals Calcium and Magnesium

CoEnzyme 10 Anti-oxidant and energy,Nova Scotia Dulce for Minerals,Lactobacillus acidopholus, Probiotic,Jerusalem Artichoke Powder, Probiotic, Royal Jelly, Enzymes and Minerals amongst others

The algae found in Green Magic has a high Chlorophyll content, which is the life blood of the plant kingdom and one of the planets cleansing, detoxifying and healing substances. It has a molecular substance similar to haemoglobin, and has at its core, magnesium.

 Chlorophyll deodorizes breath, stops the growth of anaerobic yeasts and fungi in the digestive tract, counteracts inflammation, revives tissue, activates enzyme, boosts immunity, promotes healing of wounds by stimulating the production of connective tissue.


The planets 2 highest sources of protein, spirulina and chlorella.

High pectin apple fibre which traps cholesterol and helps remove it from the body.

2 sea vegetables which contain over 28% natural minerals and trace minerals.

Royal Jelly one of the highest sources of Vitamin B

 Only 12 calories per serving.

 Why do we need Green Foods?

 Folic Acid

Vitamin B12


Minerals (calcium, minerals

help alkalize the body)

Trace minerals


Cancer fighting agents

Natural Iron

Are great detoxification

Help clean excess oestrogens

bile acids

Many contain GLA

 Suggested Use

 Serving Size = 3 grams (1 rounded tsp.)

Add to water, juice, food, or smoothie.

Regular use – 1 to 2 servings per day in purified water or juice or smoothie drink

For quick alkalizing of the body – 3 to 4 servings per day

As a detoxifier – 4 servings per day

Super Therapeutic Use (cancer, blood disorders,

immunity) up to 8 servings per day

Green Magic has NO added sugar. It is gluten free. Who wants to give it a go?  Buy it here

It’s Blue Monday Apparently


Champagne at sunset for my Birthday


Pessimists amongst us, will try to tell you that today is the most depressing day of the year. Pinterest has already told me, and if you want to believe it, then please feel free. However if you believe that everything begins with a thought, then protect yourself from these negative thoughts, and try positive thinking instead.

Some time ago, there was a phase of “gratitude posts” on Facebook, and other social media platforms. It probably started one New Year as someone’s Resolution, and was quickly taken up by others. One of them involved putting a wee note in a jar every day of the year, so that at the end of the year you had 365 (hopefully) grateful notes to look back on. I will be totally honest here, I have not always been entirely grateful to my husband. I haven’t written notes to myself, to remind me of the things that he does for me, but I do take a lot of photographs, and every now and again I flick through the old albums on my laptop, and remind myself of where we have been in the 8 years that we have known each other.

So in an effort to cheer you up on a wintry Northern Hemisphere Monday morning, here are a few snaps to brighten your day


Champagne Breakfast on my Birthday, in the Bahamas


Snorkelling in the Bahamas


Oh look Over 4000 miles away from Home!


Ready to snorkel and Diet!


Chillin’ Place



Full Moon in Bahamas Jan 2015


Full Moon from our balcony abourd the Carribean princess


Get away from it all


How Bright and Cheerful everything appears. Bet they are not thinking of today as Blue Monday, unless they’re describing the sunbeds.




Pre-Birthday Dinner Champagne

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The Sanctuary Pool

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Chilling out on my Birthday in the Sanctuary

Colourful Map of the Bahamas

Colourful map of the Bahamas

The Bahamas




Tropical Fish