HIDDEN DANGERS – A talk to the Allergy Support group 26th April 2013
I’m going to talk to you tonight about the hidden dangers in the food readily available on the shelves in your local supermarket. The term hidden dangers relates to the sheer amount of chemicals in most of our food which are making many people very ill, with diseases like cancers, diabetes, gastritis, and illnesses which affect the colon like Crohn’s disease, colitis and diverticulitis, and that’s apart from arthritis, raised blood pressure, cholesterol problems, migraines, irritable leg syndrome etc. I also believe that some of the chemicals in our food are having a chronic effect on the body’s nervous system, which is possibly a major contributor to the fact that we now have so much anxiety, depression and mental illness, and I believe certain chemicals contained in junk food eaten in large quantities could be very capable of making some people aggressive, which I believe is why so many of our young people are violent. I am a spiritual healer, counsellor, food intolerance advisor, life coach and author of “Is It An Omen” and awaiting to be published is my new book called “Freedom” which addresses the problems we are having in this country and around the world with chemicals in our food.
I became very interested, or shall I say obsessed, with food when I became ill seven years ago with a mild form of colitis. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s inflammation of the colon. Colitis is a very painful and debilitating illness which meant I spent a lot of time in the loo every day because my food went straight through me. I had all the usual tests including a test to see if gluten was a problem, but it wasn’t, although I had a problem with wheat. If I ate too much wheat I got a very persistent itchy cough. I have had an intolerance to wheat and dairy for many years and consequently I’ve substituted rye bread and goat’s milk. Because I am unable to take prescription drugs through having had pancreatitis in my late twenties it meant that I had no option but to eat myself back to health. As I’d eaten myself into bad health it made sense for me to eat my way back to good health which I did eventually, but it took a long time because I had to eliminate every single thing I ate one at a time and then re-introduce it to see what the effect that item would have on me. This included everything in my store cupboard from flour and gravy to the tins of salmon and tuna.
Once I’d eliminated the foods that didn’t agree with me I did the same thing with soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and the entire house cleaning materials, many of which contain dangerous chemicals. Also because I’d had pancreatitis I declined to have any invasive tests done on me, like a colonoscopy, because the consultant informed me the test could damage my colon which if it did would result in having to have part of it being removed, which I certainly didn’t want to take the risk of. Another major reason for not having it done was that if they’d found anything else more serious wrong with me than the mild colitis, I would not have been able to take any medication for it. The consultant at the hospital agreed wholeheartedly with me not having it done, but my GP was so annoyed with me he struck me off of his list!!!! This suited me because I prefer alternative medicine anyway, and have spent a good deal of my life going to osteopaths and an acupuncturist.
Out of interest, we had a young doctor stay with us a few years ago, whilst he was doing his G.P training, and he told me that when he was training he only received six hours of training to do with food. So the doctors never really associate food with illness.
I’d never been a junk food eater, so it surprised me somewhat to even think that I’d done this to myself. I’ve never smoked, I’d never been a drinker, the occasional Cinzano maybe but alcohol never really agreed with me so I gave it up totally. I’ve never eaten a curry or a chilli in my life as I don’t like the smell of hot spicy foods, and I also think something that is called a ring burner cannot be good for our stomachs and bowels. But years ago when I had my business, and I was working long hours, I was guilty of buying ready-made foods like pies, puddings, pizzas, cakes, biscuits, tubes of pringles, sweets and chocolate, all of which contain dangerous chemicals. In my desire for health and good healthy food I started off in Waitrose at Hailsham, where I found a good assortment of wheat free products like cakes and cereals and biscuits. They also sold what I consider to be the best goat’s milk and various goat’s cheeses, plus some sheep’s cheeses. It took ages to shop in the beginning because I wanted to read the labels on everything to see what ingredients were in them. I even read the labels on things I wasn’t buying and was constantly horrified at the amount of chemicals in them. No wonder people were getting ill. No wonder the NHS is in crisis. We sure have become a sick nation.
I found a book called “Eat Right For Your Type” by Dr.Peter J. D’Adamo to be a very valuable guide to what to eat, and I used it on myself and I use it on my patients. It says which foods are right for which blood group. Eg group A should be vegetarians, and so on for each blood group. Although I have to say that you cannot divide the world into just four categories, so it’s a bit more complicated than that. But a “must have” book for anyone with food allergies and intolerances.
We have recently had the horse meat fiasco, where horses were driven to Eastern Europe to be slaughtered, then the carcasses were driven hundreds of miles to meat processing factories in Western Europe and then packaged as beef products. It’s not that horse meat is not a good meat to eat, it is, they eat a lot of it in France but it did highlight the fact that food labelling is not always correct. That was just one incidence of the food fiasco we now find ourselves in. How can we be sure what we are eating if the labelling is incorrect? We need to shop like they used to years ago. If you eat meat, try to go to a butcher, especially for chicken, because chicken in supermarkets although it says on the label that it’s British it isn’t, chances are it’s from Eastern Europe. It’s only packaged in Britain and because of that they are allowed to call it British. Chicken from a butcher has no smell, and tastes delicious. Chicken from the supermarkets has quite a strong smell, and tastes quite chemically. You’re ok with fish from a supermarket but if you can get to the wet fish shop so much the better, and you can be assured that it is really fresh.
Milk used to be delivered daily by a milkman and it went off after two days. Now it’s so full of chemicals it lasts for seven days. Same with the bread. It used to be collected daily from a baker or delivered from a bakers van. The bread used to go rock hard when it was a few days old. My mother used to soak old bread to make if soft so that she could make bread pudding. Now the bread just goes mouldy. One good thing about sliced bread is that if you run out of Polyfilla just squeeze the bread in the palm of your hand and it will form a little grey ball. The only suitable thing to do with it is fill holes in the walls.
Try not to buy ready-made pies puddings and cakes etc. Make your own instead, and you will then know exactly what’s in it. And it won’t contain huge amounts of fats sugar and salt either. Simple food is best, organic and locally grown vegetables, along with locally reared and locally slaughtered meat is best.
I’m always horrified when I watch t/v chefs because they use so much sugar, cream, alcohol and chocolate in their recipes. Casseroles do not need alcohol in them. We have become a nation where drinking alcohol is as common now as a cup of tea. The thing is though that tea won’t give you liver disease. Deaths from alcohol poisoning in our young is far too high, and alcoholism has reached epidemic levels.
The Chinese baby food fiasco of 2008 when melamine was found in the baby formula was nothing short of evil. The industrial chemical melamine found in the baby food resulted in 6 babies dying, with a further 300 thousand babies becoming ill. Now in 2013 it has been discovered that out of date baby food has been mixed with imported formula and has jinxed the parents to the point where they no longer trust what is for sale in their country, and are now having British baby food flown out to China, and some are buying it on e-bay which is not a wise thing to do but parents are desperate.
I picked up a children’s birthday cake in Sainsbury’s on Thursday just out of interest to see what was in it, and I couldn’t believe the amount of ingredients it had in it. I lost track after counting to forty five! If I make a cake its flour, Bertolli, eggs and sugar, plus some icing sugar and butter for the filling, with some jam, and icing for the top which again is icing sugar and water. That’s seven ingredients, not 45! What were the other 38 ingredients? They were chemicals! I picked up a packet of egg sandwiches in Costa coffee on Tuesday and read the label. To my shock horror it had Demerara sugar in it. It’s all nonsense!
Jamie Oliver has summed it up whilst in America recently. 0.8% deaths from homicides and over 60% deaths from food related illnesses. And typical Jamie he said” And no-one is doing an effing thing about it!!!” No wonder we all have allergies and food intolerances. If the food was pure none of us would have a problem. We’re not weirdoes because we can’t tolerate this food. The normal body just cannot deal with the sheer amount of chemicals pumped into it any more. But we can learn to eat well again by using different flours, different milks and by trying different food generally. I found my way around it when I was ill. Now I help many people with all sorts of health problems get back to full health with eating superb unadulterated food. I know as a very spiritual person and healer that God is very concerned about what is happening in his world to his people, and I’m going to do all I can to try to change the food industry and the way they make food. And all kids at school need to learn to cook. I was arrested once for helping prevent someone who was innocent go to prison, so if I’m arrested again for being a nuisance to food manufacturers so be it.
The writing is on the wall. We are now paying the price for cheap food, and the price of cheap food is illness and costly healthcare. There is no doubt that the NHS is in crisis. How much longer can it continue to treat the sheer number of people needing help. It’s up to each and every one of us to take more responsibility for our health. We must stop buying this contaminated food. Food manufacturers will only stop making food with chemicals in it if we the public stop buying it. So read the labels on every item of food (and soft drinks) that you buy and let’s see if we can change the way that food is made in this country.
26th April 2013
I was horrified to learn that as many as a fifth of our children leave school unable to read and write proficiently enough to either read a medicine label or write a cheque. How can that be right in the twenty-first century for kids to go right through the system of eleven years of schooling and end up illiterate? I think education should be bespoke. Obviously everyone should be able to read and write and do simple arithmetic, but apart from that, the curriculum could possibly be more tailor made. Children who go to public schools probably need literature mathematics sciences and languages to equip them for the jobs in government the civil service, law and medicine etc. Comprehensive schools could be split into two categories like they used to be, but without the old stigma of the grammar schools and the secondary schools. We could call them the academic comprehensives, and technical comprehensives. The academic schools would be for those who want to go into a profession like their public school contemporaries, or management jobs, teaching and general office work etc., but for all those kids who don’t need that sort of education many of whom need to be encouraged to go to school in the first place, and for whom school needs to be a bit more interesting- a bit more hands on maybe, but who do need to be able to read and write in order to apply for jobs and to be able to do all the form filling required in this life, they only need to be able to do simple arithmetic they don’t need algebra for example. They also need valuable life skills which maybe haven’t been taught them at home. Because these kids are looking at different types of jobs very valuable to our society jobs, like plumbing, bricklaying, electrical etc. car mechanics, factory and maintenance jobs, hairdressing and the service sector, chefs, they all need the technical comprehensives where they actually learn to do the job that they want to do as part of the curriculum. And perhaps because of late development the age at which kids are split into different schools could be thirteen instead of eleven years of age. Then they would all come out of school with qualifications, either GCE’S and A Level’s or a recognisable certificate from whatever trade they have learnt. I think many kids would enjoy going to school a lot more and perhaps truancy would not be such a problem. We also need to bring back domestic science, to teach the kids how to run a home and teach them to cook, boys and girls! I know of so many girls who can’t cook how can they in turn produce healthy children if they have to feed them on ready-made food. The foods with the additives in them! We have created an enormous social problem with deprived kids on a scale I never thought possible when I was growing up in the fifties. There is not enough for the kids to do, youth clubs and boys clubs which were everywhere in the fifties and sixties are mostly closed down, would be brilliant brought back now, all with computers, plasma televisions to watch football with their mates and a football pitch where they could have inter club matches. Get our kids off the streets make them feel worthwhile. Give them back fathers so that they don’t have to form gangs in order to protect themselves.
Do you remember that well known song “Why can’t a woman be more like a man” from the film “My Fair Lady” by Frederick Loewe and sung by Rex Harrison? Well why can’t a woman be more like a man when it comes to clothing?
Would a man tolerate the hem of his trousers moved up and down every year? Would he tolerate shoulder pads in one year and out the next? Would he wear cropped shirts, and heeled shoes? When you see a man dressed smartly in a suit he looks like a substantial person, a person who is business like and reliable. When you see a women dressed in a suit with a sensible length skirt on or just below the knee, a well cut jacket, a blouse and small heeled shoes she also looks business like. In fact you might guess (because it’s so rarely you see a smart woman) she is either a lawyer or a business woman. But that doesn’t mean that if you’re not a professional person you cannot look smart.
I have thought for years and years that women’s and girl’s clothing is getting sillier by the year. I know we’ve had mini- skirts since the sixties, I wasn't keen on them then and I'm not keen on them now. I have no problem with skirts just above the knee with tights if you are a young girl up to school leaving age but over that age it looks a bit ridiculous. Strange it should have been a woman (Mary Quant) to invent mini-skirts. She obviously never went out with the red blooded males that I knew! Girls wear the clothes that designers say they will wear. A lot of these clothes show too much flesh. These clothes are designed for high street shops and supermarkets for the mass market, and also they are incredibly cheap and as we’ve become so mindless now (hardly anyone thinks much anymore, it seems it’s too exhausting) these items are snapped up as something desirable when in actual fact they are highly undesirable. Too many of our girls look like hookers, with flesh hanging out from the top the middle and the bum. In came crop tops showing your belly button so then they had to have it pierced. Thongs replaced knickers. There was a reason why undergarments were originally designed - it was to mop up the leaks from our orifices! Heels have got to a ridiculous height. I like heeled shoes especially for evening wear but not very high heels for every day wear. Surgeons now have to repair broken toes because of these stupid shoes! Hair seems to be more desirable if it is hanging all over your face. If women want to be taken seriously in this world if they want to be seen as an equal to a man, they have got to stop dressing like bimbos. Britain has also become a very scruffy nation! A nation of obese and scruffy people. Before the eighties there wasn’t the amount of casual clothing around that there is now. Now it’s all jeans, cargo trousers, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, fleeces and anoraks! Now that’s ok for casual wear, we all want to be comfortable, but does it have to be all anyone ever wears? I love jeans myself with gorgeous sweaters and boots, but I also like long skirts with boots. And throw away your anorak, or else put it into the cupboard for those trips to the beach or a walk in the countryside, for which they were originally intended, and buy a nice jacket and a fun hat!
In the sixties it was miniskirts, hot pants and toplessness. I cringe when I think of those days, when women really were men’s playthings! In my opinion that horrible film “Alfie” with Michael Caine summed up the sixties. But it wasn’t the men who went to the unmarried mother and baby homes, many of whom had to have their babies adopted. They were horrible days that we certainly don’t want a return to. Then came the seventies and those awful flared trousers that only suited the tall and lean, with platform shoes and jackets with wide collars. Abba looked fabulous in it all but they were performers and on stage where anything goes. The eighties were quite moderate years. I remember buying nice smart clothing, when suits were fashionable again for women, and skirts were still worn more than trousers. It really started to change in the nineties, nearly everybody now wears trousers and jeans, and if you ever see a woman in a skirt, it’s such an unusual sight that you naturally assume that she must be going to a wedding! And why do some of the trousers hang on the pelvic bone and drag on the pavements making the hems ragged and filthy. And why would some people want to buy ripped jeans? Why not go the whole hog and buy ripped jumpers and jackets. Why not look like a real down and out while you’re about it!
I just want to see girls looking smarter, and acting sensibly, and not showing so much flesh. I want them to have more self-worth and pride in their bodies. Men would not walk about like the girls do. I want real equality for women which first of all is a good education for them all, it’s covering up a bit more flesh which she’s only flashing for the benefit of men not other women or herself, it’s enjoying a drink but not getting drunk and therefore being out of control of their senses! And its saying “No”.
Food and eating disorders:
You are going to be the sum total of what you eat and drink-whether you like it or not! Look around you -how many obese people are there? How many obese young people (those under 40) are there with walking sticks and mobility scooters? Being overweight leads to arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. Alcohol in moderation is ok but taken to excess it's causing liver disease on a massive scale, with many more youngsters waiting for transplants. I also think drinking too much alcohol accounts for the rise in Alzheimer's disease! There is a massive rise in the number of people with diabetes as well as allergies and food intolerances! There seems to be a general lack of common sense now when it comes to eating and drinking. Your body is a temple - treat it as such!
Energy or Poison - Healthy eating - an alternative way
During one of the early morning conversations I had with God, He told me that food fell into two categories, Energy or Poison! Nothing in between. Food either nourished us (and would give us a healthy life)or it poisoned us (which would make us ill and perhaps take our life prematurely)! Wow that was very black and white wasn’t it? I was ill at the time with Colitis, and I was receiving a lot of help from God and one particular Angel, and I realised then what my destiny was going to be. I was going to learn all I could about food in order to help as many people as possible.
Much of the food on our supermarket shelves is making many people ill, and in some cases killing them prematurely. The food that used to be made in kitchens is now being made in factories that are akin to laboratories. By that I mean that with the amount of chemicals added to our food they might as well be laboratories. All the additives which include, e-numbers, preservatives, colourings and monosodium glutamate has caused many people to have quite major reactions to their food, and illnesses like cancers, diabetes, heart disease, colitis and Crohn’s disease are now not rare but commonplace. People’s immune systems are not functioning properly anymore, the chemicals have suppressed them so much they cannot function anymore, so the result is inevitable - illness. And that’s apart from the allergies and intolerances many people now have which years ago no-one had even heard of.
Because of my own illness I had to find a new way of eating. I have never been a junk food eater, in fact I always prided myself on my abilities in the kitchen, and have for many years grown a lot of our fruit and vegetables in the garden. But like most people I occasionally ate a ready prepared meal like pizza, quiche, some shop bought pies, certain cakes along with chocolate, some sweets and crisps. I had to eliminate one by one every single thing that I ate and drank, and replace it with something else. Everything that I used in cooking I had to replace as well with an alternative until eventually I knew exactly what suited me and what didn’t. It took a long time to get the balance right and eventually after many hundreds of hours, week after week, month after month, which turned into several years, of reading every label on everything that I purchased from different supermarkets, I discovered a new way of eating that made my body well and my mind as well much clearer. I don’t know why food manufacturers are allowed to make some of the food they do, except to say that I suppose a lot of it is customer driven, and if people demand highly flavoured foods, the manufacturers are going to supply it. The flavours of course aren’t real, they are all chemical. The more highly flavoured foods we eat the more our taste buds don’t work, so the food needs to get a stronger and stronger taste. It’s a bit like being a heroin addict for some people, and they end up craving the very foods that are eventually going to make them ill and possibly kill them.
Why did God want me to work in this particular area? Well why not me was the answer. As a practising spiritual healer and counsellor and my desire to make people well, this really was my forte. I have since helped many people with various illnesses recover. God has given us this wonderful opportunity of a life, he’s given us this amazing body to walk about in and what are we doing to it? We’re filling it up with junk food, and if that isn’t bad enough, some people are smoking, and drinking huge amounts of alcohol, and taking recreational drugs. We are here in this world to learn. This is the planet of learning. We queued up to get this valuable life and the opportunity to improve ourselves for our next incarnation, but a lot people are feeling so ill and depressed they can’t even function at the most basic level. Even some kids at school can’t function well enough to learn their lessons.
We have to take stock now, the writing is on the wall. The NHS is in crisis because of the illnesses caused by the chemicals in the food, they simply cannot deal with the amount of people demanding help, and to be honest most of them don’t know what is causing the illnesses because most doctors have never learnt enough about the effects of food on the body. One particular doctor friend of ours told me that they only did a small number of hours training on food. It won’t be long before the NHS is like our major motorways, clogged up with too many patients and insufficient resources to deal with them.
Take a good long look at yourself. Are you overweight, do you get headaches, do you have a chronic illness, are you depressed? Then learn to eat differently, eat properly. We also have a real crisis with obesity in the Western world, with many of our children eating junk food filled with chemicals which the body cannot break down easily. Whilst the rest of the world are undernourished and starving. I have just finished writing my new book “Freedom” which covers the problems of our food in great depth and it will be followed by a simple to understand cookery book, including which supermarkets to go to buy the best food. I’m now in the process of finding a publisher. The world needs to sort out its food problems sooner rather than later.
There is another way to live which must be consumer led, not government and scientifically led.