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Are we living dangerously?

A book I recommend to read is “Living Dangerously” by Pat Thomas. It makes you stop and think about things which many people don’t want to do but I think its something we all need to do rather than just accepting everything we are told or have been taught.

Are everyday toxins making you sick by Pat Thomas, it is just one of many books and its amazing how you find so many books and people all saying the same thing. In this book it says environmental pollutants are particularly dangerous threats to our health causing subtle damage to our bodies often years before producing recognisable symptoms.

FACT – We don’t get sick for no reason. There is always a reason.

GP’s treat the symptoms we present with but don’t usually look any further than that. In my opinion prevention is much better than having to find a cure so it makes sense to do your own research and gather facts so you can make your own informed decisions.

Our everyday lives are now full of different potentially harmful chemicals and pollutants hounding our bodies everyday, chemicals in toiletries, in cleaning products, in laundry products, pesticides sprayed on foods, preservatives and additions added to foods we buy, Wifi and Electro magnetic fields – all reported safe in small quantities but do we just use one product a day or eat one item of food only a day, of course not we use several toiletry items, several cleaning items and laundry items a day, everywhere we go there is Wifi and so on. Its actually quite a cocktail we subject ourselves to each day.


Who determines what is an acceptable risk? When there is a choice surely cutting down the risk to a minimal level makes sense? Its about damage limitation in my view as nobody can live healthily on an unhealthy Planet. Its time to wake up and realise what we are doing to ourselves and to the beautiful place we call Home.

Finding the cause.

After suffering almost continuously with yeast/fungal infections since my teenage years a few years ago I started doing my own research when medication would relieve the symptoms but would came back after the course had finished.  My sinuses also started causing me totally misery So I decided rather than just treat the symptoms it was time for me to start finding the possible cause and to find if maybe they were linked.

Doing my own research really opened my eyes and I realised that the regular thrush problems I experienced, the ear and sinus problems and even my regular headaches could actually all have the same root cause.

Yeast overgrowth which starts as an intestinal imbalance and apparently nearly every autoimmune disease has a yeast overgrowth component!  In my simple terms I understood that yeast overgrowth starts in the intestine and can infiltrate outside and go systemic, heading for all those moist areas of the body where it can thrive, like the sinuses, ears etc. It made total sense to me and I started researching what I needed to do to get my body back in balance. Why had I suffered for years and not once did anyone try and find out why I had repeat problems, it was just the symptoms being treated each time so of course it would return.

I read lots of articles and read lots of books, in fact everything i could find on the subject and came across information on Candida. Yeast overgrowth can affect your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from your body , there can be a lot of conflicting information out there and i think everyone needs to do their own research and find what works for them.

With Gary my husband having a Cancer diagnosis it speeded me along on the journey as I found common links but that will be another blog post.  The biggest thing I learnt was about the effect of sugar as yeast loves sugar and that again is another story,  just how many products you wouldn’t even think have added sugar and salt especially the processed and tinned variety.   I limit my fruit intake but have upped my vegetable intake, particularly greens and have found cutting out foods such mushrooms, vinegar and too much bread seems to have helped too.

Good gut health is so important and I’ve learnt about its connection to inflammation in the body which is a major factor in most illness and disease.  I have been taking a  probiotic and have enjoyed my journey experimenting and making water kefir using organic kefir grains which both help keep the gut bacteria balanced.

I have also taken the steps to eliminate other trigger factors for my sinus issues in the environment around me such as plug in and spray air fresheners and highly scented household products and have chosen to use Eco-friendly products which are not only better for me and my family but also for the environment too and have felt so much better with very few issues for several years now which is wonderful when it felt like an ongoing battle before.

It can feel like opening a can of worms when you start doing your own research and one thing can lead you onto another thing and so on but when you want more than just symptoms to be treated you really need to start looking at reasons why they are happening in the first place and that is what our journey is doing,  its difficult to realise that what you have been doing and treating as normal for decades has actually contributed to your problems and that is the first step which can then help you onto the next step which is changing things.

I will be doing a post on hidden sugars shortly and our experience. Most things seem to come down to two words which have become my favorite MODERATION and BALANCE.

There are way too many articles and books to list that i have read on this topic but heres a couple of articles i think explains things very clearly and simply which is what we all need initially before we start researching.




Eat Healthily

We have come to the conclusion that back in the 1940s was probably the last time the Planet and people were at their healthiest, animals grazed naturally, were fed normally and being grazed on grass was considered normal, there were not as many pesticides, produce was local grown and consequently fresher when we get them on our plate which has to be a good thing from a nutritional point of view which seems to be overlooked over convenience and price!

An increase in population means more pesticides have been developed to increase yield, animals have been given growth hormones and fed differently to ensure a higher yield, people have become cash rich but time poor so many have turned to processed food to save time, fresh produce has travelled many miles to the supermarket before we buy it or has been treated to preserve it longer.

Short cuts ALWAYS have a price to pay at some point.

We have also decided that you can’t live totally healthily on a “sick” Planet as we can’t control things like environmental pollutants There are many factors which affect our immune systems, diet, stress, pollutants, chemicals as well as environmental factors.  We now have a lot of radio waves transmitting around us, wireless networks, mobile phones and so on and we won’t know for many years how and if these are affecting us in a negative way  but we can limit the damage by doing what we can and we believe it is something everyone should think about.  Two factors we can can control is what we put on and in our bodies.

Many tinned and processed items have hidden sugars so its always wise just to glance at the label and see how much sugar it contains, when I started doing this it was a real eye opener.  Watch out for another blog post on sugar soon.

Basically our way of life and diet in the Western World has led to our immune systems being compromised and without a healthy immune system you are more likely to develop disease and be ill.

A good general rule to go by is eat lots of colours, a rainbow diet and include raw foods.