Weekend Read

Weekend Read

As I welcome you to another Weekend Read, I think it was rather inevitable that I would begin where I ended last weekend. I have to tell you that I was in two minds whether or not to send a dedicated email mid-week because I have rather a lot to say about Secrets and Lies. With balance, I have chosen to jump onto my self-appointed podium, so please forgive me for another longer than usual Weekend Read, but these things are important. They always have been. And of course I need to give you the feedback. It was staggering, in its truth. But that’s the thing really, you cannot argue with the truth, which goes across all things in life.

In some ways, I am quite tempted not to write about products at all this week, but as ever there are so many things to share with you and so that’s what I’ll do. Share. And I will begin with hair thinning and hair loss. Again. Look, I make absolutely no apology for this because the issue is ongoing and I will not ignore it. I remember way, way back, when I first wrote about the extraordinary benefits of Fulvic Acid in topicals, such as shampoo, I received an email from a customer.  It made me cry. But then I think you all know by now that my emotions run close to the surface. 

Anyway, this lady had Graves’ Disease. She had lost all her hair. I had been writing about Phylia, which is of course where Fulvic began, Sarah wrote about it in YOU magazine (at the time) and thinking she had nothing to lose, this beautiful woman started to use it.  After 13 weeks of use, she sent me an email saying that she thought she would never have hair again.  Except it had started to grow.  It wasn’t just about her hair growing, it was of course about the deeper psychological fact that she felt feminine, after so many years of trying to come to terms with her condition.  Her words on this will live with me forever because this is the stuff that really matters and really makes a difference.

I am forever writing caveats, because I have to. We are all different and I will not tell you that this is the magical panacea for hair thinning and hair loss. I cannot and will not do that. What I will say is that these things don’t and can’t happen overnight. But with perseverance perhaps, in some way, they can. So with those words, a treat. I have created a twin pack of Fulvic Acid Shampoo. Together they cost £50, but I am taking £10 off, which makes the cost £40. 

But I’m not quite finished yet. Because I am always writing about the importance of supplementing topicals, I am going to include the 120 ml size of Fulvic Acid Elixir, which is worth £7.50, as part of this offer.  No further words needed on Fulvic Acid Elixir.  At least for this week. Instead the logistics. To receive this offer please click on the Fulvic Acid Shampoo Treat below. It will go across the weekend and will end tomorrow at midnight BST (Sunday 20 September), or whilst stock lasts. Debatable said Shabir. Let’s see. If I get egg on my face I’ll just wash it off. I have enough cleansers in my bathroom.
Fulvic Acid Shampoo Treat £40; The Elixir of Life 

On the subject of cleansers, please allow me to introduce you to a new skincare range. There are four products, one of which is of course a cleanser.  The brand is Ameliorate and I think it was a given that this would happen one day. That day has arrived and of course having launched the brand all those years ago, I am thrilled to see their expansion into skincare.  And I think you will be too. I’ll take them as they come, and in no particular order, here they are:

Resurfacing Facial Cleanser: With the inclusion of Ceramide Therapy, Resurfacing Facial Cleanser is a super-mild, non-foaming, pH balanced cleanser, which has been clinically proven to increase moisture levels for up to 12 hours.  It helps comfort and relieve dry and dehydrated skin issues, while gently exfoliating and resurfacing.  It does of course include Ameliorate’s unique formulation, LaH6, which not only relieves dry skin, but helps eliminate that taut feeling. It can be used morning and evening and watch it transform into a milky lotion.  These things make me happy.  But then I’ve always loved Ameliorate’s Softening Bath Milk Oil. It sings to me.
Resurfacing Facial Cleanser by Ameliorate £20 for 200 ml; Softening Bath Milk £19 for 250 ml 

Replenishing Facial Cream: This powerful facial cream continues the theme of helping to relieve dry, taut skin with nourishing ingredients, helping it to feel calm.  It arms your skin with the necessary barrier function needed to cope with environmental aggressors.  The LaH6 element, together with Hyaluronic Acid helps to hydrate and boost the skin’s natural water content.  Use morning and evening after cleansing.
Replenishing Facial Cream by Ameliorate £22 for 75 ml 

Transformative Facial Serum: With a blend of active PHA’s and AHA’s, this serum was formulated to gently exfoliate dry, rough, bumpy and dehydrated skin.  Once again, it has been clinically tested to help support intense hydration and cell renewal.  It should be used in the evening and it can be layered with either the Replenishing Facial Cream or the Restorative Facial Mask, which is coming next.
Transformative Facial Serum by Ameliorate £33 for 30 ml

Restorative Face Mask: This is an overnight mask; loaded with Hyaluronic Acid and with Polyhydroxy Therapy, it also includes a ProRenew Complex based on probiotic technology, which helps stimulate the cell renewal process.  It acts to help enhance the barrier function, protecting the skin.  Essentially, all four products have been formulated to help hydrate skin with different applications.  This mask should be used once or twice a week or for an instant boost of moisturization, apply for ten minutes and then rinse thoroughly.  As you do.
Restorative Face Mask by Ameliorate £30 for 75 ml

Lets do health. Actually it is an abdication to Shabir who explores the numerous benefits of garlic, which include its role in helping to reduce homocysteine levels in the bloodstream, promoting heart health. Research also indicates that garlic can help boost circulation, maintain blood pressure levels and can help to normalize blood sugar levels.  It may also help stimulate the immune system and some studies have indicated that garlic can help fight infections that are often resilient to some antibiotics. 

I will refer you to Shabir’s article where you can read so much more about garlic, but please note that because garlic has blood thinning properties, if you take anticoagulant medication, then please consult your GP before taking any garlic supplementation.  On a different note, eating raw garlic can irritate the digestive system, which is why Shabir recommends garlic supplementation.  Over to him.  Him!
The Health Benefits of Black GarlicBlack Garlic by HealthAid £8.99 for 30 Capsules 

And talking of him. He has a habit of loading new products onto our site without telling me.  And then I’ll see an email talking about said products, which I know nothing about.  I think he runs his own secret society, the purpose of which is unclear to me, but what do we expect.  He is only a man.  Anyway he has just done it again.  The product is Tonic Health High Dose Vitamin Drink.

So this warm drink is loaded with vitamins C and D, together with Zinc. The flavour is Elderberry and Blackcurrant and according to Shabir, it is 50% stronger than comparable products, basically because it contains real fruit as opposed to synthetic flavouring. As such it contains no added sugar or artificial sweeteners and it is suitable for Vegans. Of course we still recommend immunity supplementation, but this triple action soothing drink should be used as an adjunct to supplementation and it might be a very good idea to have it stashed away for the moments when. So many moments.
Tonic Health High Dose Vitamin Drink £6.99 for Ten Sachets 

A few weeks ago I wrote about supplements for teenagers.  And now I want to write about teenage skin.  With a treat attached.  And that treat comes from 31st State, a West USA Coast brand that has it covered with hair, body and face products. The bestselling product of the range, Overnight Clearing Pads, was designed with congested teenage skin in mind, although that said, I know that they are extraordinarily popular with so many who are not teenagers. Congested skin. A big issue. So is the elimination of spots. Spot Control Gel rocks up in second place. By the tiniest of margins.

Right, let’s do the treat.  With every order for any of the 31st State products, we will automatically include their 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash (250 ml), which is worth £8.99. This will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice, but will be included in your order. There is only one gift per customer, lest this goes out of control and I have a feeling it may well just do that. This is only applicable whilst stock lasts. Go. 31st State. Go.
31st StateFood-Grown Multi Nutrient Teengirl by Wild Nutrition £26.50 for 60 Capsules; Food-Grown Multi Nutrient Teenboy by Wild Nutrition £26.50 for 60 Capsules 

As so many of you know, we are huge fans of Aduna, not least their teas, which we have shared with some of you over the past couple of months. If I may I would like to refer to another one of Shabir’s archived articles where he takes a look at Aduna’s Moringa Green Superleaf Powder. Several years ago Moringa was featured in a documentary where it was called the most nutritious plant on Earth. Highlighting its attributes in parts of Africa where dried Moringa leaves are added to diets to help overcome the vast issue of malnutrition, it was dubbed as the Miracle Tree.  That’s quite something.
Moringa Green Superleaf Powder by Aduna £13.99 for 275 grams; Is Moringa Powder The New Superfood? 

Bang. That’s me thumping my desk. No sooner had I written about Yacon Syrup last Saturday, it happened. Another wait list. I don’t really know what to say other than I’m sorry.  A few weeks ago I wrote about wait lists saying that we kept coming up against solid brick walls.  Well another one has appeared and I’m attempting to climb it. At the point of writing this, I have just been told that we are receiving a small consignment soon, whatever soon means, followed by a larger consignment soon after.  Soon. Sigh. Soon.
Organic Yacon Syrup £15.99 for 425 ml 

No issues whatsoever with Triple Flu Defense+. Taking away the treats on the last Weekend Read, this was in the top three bestselling products. Of course I am not surprised because it is a year specific homeopathic tincture that is an amalgamation of research from doctors across the globe in helping to establish efficacy against viruses. If you missed what I wrote, together with the essential caveat, please click here.

The other two bestsellers, well Yacon Syrup was one of them of course and I am so thrilled to tell you that the third was Sensitive Face Oil.  See, see, I knew it wasn’t only me who had issues because of the sensitivity of my skin, reinforced of course by my essential oil allergy. It is hugely problematic for so many of us. I do love solutions. Well done Willowberry.
Triple Flu Defense+ (2020-2021) by Dr Nenninger £27 for 30 ml; Sensitive Face Oil by Willowberry £26.99 for 30 ml (Vegan) 

I am so excited to write about this week’s Saturday only treat. Not only because I love sharing things with you, but because the efficacy of this product is something else. With several appearances across the press and with phenomenal feedback from you, I am of course talking about Ross J. Barr’s Healing Patches. So with every order placed today (Saturday 19 September) for £25 and over (excluding p&p) we will be sending you an individual Healing Patch for you to try, whilst stock lasts.

This will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice.  And I will say once again, name that patch. Seriously write your pain on your patch and slap it on. If it’s the name of a person, just do it. With feeling.
Healing Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 for Five Patches

I am not going to link to an article as I usually do at the end of each Weekend Read. Instead I want to write about last weekend. If I thought my emotions were on the line as I wrote what I felt compelled to write about mental health and bullying on the last Weekend Read, then that was nothing compared to the tears that rolled down my face as I read your emails. I am going to find it difficult to write these words because I am still pretty choked up, but the first thing I have to say is thank you for all your emails of love and support.  I think I have replied personally and individually to each of you, but if something slipped past me, then please accept my apologies.

I believe that when you stand up for the truth, your truth, it can be a catalyst for others to do the same.  And so it was. I think that somehow a safe space was created and in that space of love and trust, we shared. However painful, you spoke of your experiences of bullying both personally and of those closest to you. I find it inconceivable how anybody could bully an autistic child; I find it inconceivable that some have been tortured for most of their lives, too frightened to talk; I find it inconceivable that we are living in a world where this is allowed to happen and although it is extraordinarily powerful and cathartic to share privately, that is only the beginning. There has to be more.

And perhaps that more is an even greater awareness of the hideous dangers of social media. Many of you will know that I took down all our social platforms a few years ago.  I could not and would not condone the bullying that was so prevalent then, and it has got far worse since. I made a stand, my own personal stand, and it lasted perhaps two or three years.  In the recognition that not all social media is bad, I allowed the platforms to go back up again.  But I would take them down again in a heartbeat.

At this point, I feel a duty and responsibility to suggest and recommend that you watch The Social Dilemma.  It is a documentary, you can find it on Netflix and if you were in any doubt about the dangers of social media then please do watch this. It is shocking and it is traumatising.  And it is so dark that it will make you think long and hard about the very core of life itself, let alone the lives of our children. All of my worst fears are articulated in this documentary and this is where the bullies thrive.  Let alone the corruption, on which I could write a book.

I do want you to know that although I carry scars, deep scars at that, I will not allow these scars to define me. Karma dictates that bullies never win. And I’ll leave it there, but only for the moment.  I will not let this go.  For you, for me and for all those who can only remain silent in their trauma.

Anyway, on from that, I just need to tell you that on the subject of cows, as per last week, an amazing customer who lives in the Netherlands wrote to tell me that cows are sex symbols there.  I responded by telling her that my life was complete.  I have now officially become a sex symbol.  At which point Shabir phoned.  Shabir, I’m a sex symbol.  Silence.  Shabir, can you hear me, I’m a sex symbol.  Are you there caller?  Perhaps he fainted momentarily.  Who knows.

So let’s uphold what we are doing and let’s do it by singing and sharing.
The song is of course ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

And there it was, on The Last Night of the Proms after I had been singing it all the previous week when I was writing.

Serendipity. Or otherwise.
Our theme tune.

Once again, thank you for your extraordinary love, support and loyalty.
Have a peaceful weekend.

My endless gratitude and respect.

Gill x