Weekend Read 30 January 2021

Weekend Read 30 January 2021

Dancing on the world stage, as we do, there is an ever-increasing need for each of us to hold it together with strength, dignity and compassion.  This is no easy thing, that much I know, but my messaging has not changed since the onset of the current pandemic, in that we will get through this together.  So as I welcome you to another Weekend Read, I know that my words are often repetitive, but we have to believe in the power of collective consciousness for the better good of each of us, ignoring, as much as we can, the constant divisive messaging of the media.  Across all things. 

It is in this space that I suppose we have become our own media channel, which suits me perfectly actually.  With each passing day the rewards are, and have always been, in the sharing of pioneering concepts and products and although Shabir will probably die a thousand deaths when he reads this, this is more important to me than our bottom line.  Most especially under prevailing circumstances.

And it is under the current prevailing circumstances, that I become repetitive yet again in my choice of this week’s lead supplement treat.  I make no apology for this because it remains of paramount importance that we keep our immunity in check and I do so with our bestselling immunity supplement, Daily Immunity.  All I really need to do here is to tell you that if you go to the product page, you will find six articles that Shabir has written on the subject and that I am taking the price of Daily Immunity down from £26 to £20 and this offer will stand across the weekend, ending at midnight GMT tomorrow, Sunday 31 January, or whilst stock lasts.  Please take this comprehensive supplement.  If you can.
Daily Immunity £20 for 60 Capsules (the discounted price will show up on the checkout page)

Staying on the subject of immunity, I have, over the course of the past few months, often written about the efficacy of Elderberry.  So I am here to tell you that researchers at East Kent Hospitals are investigating whether Elderberry could be an effective treatment in the fight against Covid-19.  The team are the first in the country to trial the use of Sambucol Black Elderberry Liquid in patients who are being treated for coronavirus and the study was proposed after learning about previous research which showed Black Elderberry fruit or extracts had antiviral properties against flu and a type of herpes.

Having been adopted by the National Institute for Health Research, Jessica Evans, the director of research and innovation at the Trust stated the following: ‘We are all very excited to have been given approval to start this trial, which could have huge implications for the treatment of coronavirus.  A previous study with flu patients showed people who took the extract had significant improvement in their symptoms within two days, compared to six days for those who did not’. 

The study began earlier this month and in Shabir’s words: ‘Elderberry extracts have been shown to inhibit viral replication.  This inhibiting property may also extend to other viral infections which is why it has often been recommended for flu.  Elderberries are also highly nutritious containing a variety of vitamins and minerals to support the body during infection.  They are said to be a powerful antioxidant in their own right and can also help combat free radicals and relieve inflammation’.  We are currently in stock, but I somehow feel a Sambucol famine coming on.  Strong.  And it could well happen by the end of today.
Sambucol Liquid Original Formula £8.99 for 120 ml

Let’s do skincare.  And in fact let’s do Derma E skincare.  I am going to drill this right the way down to their Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches.  Whenever I write about these rather magnificent gel patches, they fly out the door and invariably we then go out of stock because the demand is so high.  These are the patches that help cool, hydrate and de-puff tired and dehydrated eyes.  They are also the patches that I rather infamously placed all over my body in an experimental test.  I don’t think Shabir has ever forgotten that, but the results were most satisfying, not that he ever got to see them.  As if.

Anyway, the thing is that I have a limited volume of Derma E Gift Sets to give away with every purchase of the Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches.  With the focus thrown on Vitamin C, this gift set includes their Vitamin C Daily Brightening Cleanser (44 ml), Vitamin C Concentrated Serum (15 ml) and Vitamin C Intensive Night Cream (14 grams).  There is only one gift per customer and I doubt this gift will last very long.  And if that’s the case, blame Shabir.  He did the ordering, not me.  Go.
Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches by Derma E £20 for 60 Gel Patches

Might as well continue on the Vitamin C theme, so with this one (or maybe two) liner, I will have another moment and take the price of Liposomal Vitamin C down to £35 from £39.99.  For today only, Saturday 30 January, ending at midnight GMT.  Done.
Liposomal Vitamin C by YourZooki £35 for 30 x 15 ml Sachets

Reverting back to immunity for a moment, our lymphatic system is the home of our immune system.  The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system within the body and is a network of vessels, glands, spleen, thymus gland and tonsils, which carry a clear fluid called lymph.  Lymph’s constitution is similar to blood, except that it does not contain haemoglobin, nor any blood proteins.  The lymphatic systems consists of organs, ducts and lymph nodes, which act as filters for the removal of toxins.  Without this system, life could not exist.

It is of course imperative to support our immune system, as we all know, but surely it would make total sense to ensure that to the best of our ability, our immune system is clean and in Shabir’s opinion, it is the key to optimal health.  Cleavers, also known as sticky weed, is thought to move, drain and filter cellular waste out of the body, whilst helping to stimulate killer cells, which are specialised white blood cells that engulf bacteria and viruses. 

Cleavers is not a forever-must-take supplement, but we recommend using it two or three times a year and right now would seem a rather good time to do this thing.  For further information, do read Shabir’s article, linked below, and two more things.  The first is that Shabir recommends dry-brushing to support the lymphatic system, which makes me smile because I have been writing about dry-brushing for the past two weeks and of my love of ‘Giving It The Brush Off’.  Secondly, and for today only, I am taking the price of Cleavers down to £13 from £16.65 until midnight GMT tonight, Saturday 30 January, so we can all join in and do this thing.  Together.
VH Editorial: The Lymphatic System; Cleavers by Viridian Nutrition £13 for 90 Capsules; Giving It The Brush Off by Temple Spa £16

It is some time since I have written about adrenal stress.  It is a much misunderstood syndrome that affects most of us to varying degrees and the trigger is stress, which can stimulate a cascade of hormone production by the adrenal glands, which includes adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol.  Cortisol, as most of us know, is the body’s ‘downer’ working to bring the body back into its normal healthy state when it has been revved up for too long.  And of course we are mostly revved up on an almost constant basis at the moment. 

I have written much about cortisol with regard to our skin, with Neurophroline being the hero ingredient for taking the signs of stress and inflammation down rather significantly.  So significantly that it has been one of our bestselling beauty products since we launched it nearly two years ago.  But going back to adrenal stress, whilst the adrenals are busy producing cortisol, they do not produce sufficient energising hormones, often resulting in tiredness and fatigue, which in turn can dramatically affect our sleep pattern.

Shabir does the lowdown on adrenal stress in his linked article below and recommends two products, Magnolia Rhodiola Complex and Multi-Guard ADR to help counter excess cortisol.  Magnolia Rhodiola Complex is of course our bestselling product to help alleviate anxiety and is a potent mood elevator, while Multi-Guard ADR addresses the body’s huge demand for water soluble Vitamins B and C, which are required for the manufacture of anti-stress hormones.  The thing with adrenal stress is that mostly we don’t know we have it, but the patterning of the symptoms is perhaps an indicator.  Hormonal balance is the issue.  We need to balance.  And so we will.
VH Editorial: Adrenal Stress; Magnolia Rhodiola Complex £28 for 60 Capsules; Multi-Guard ADR by Lamberts £27.95 for 120 Tablets; Neurophroline Serum by GoW for VH £18 for 30 ml

Campaigning is in my blood.  It always has been and it always will be.  All campaigns are of course different, but some of the most profound campaigns are those that make a stand for the truth.  And in this week’s Health Notes, Sarah investigates how a reader ended up with a serious reaction to her home gel nail polish lamp.  The story is of course pretty horrific, but more than that, gel nail polish, along with gel and acrylic nail extensions, has been a big concern of dermatologists for several years.  In August 2012 the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) issued a warning that methacrylate chemicals, the key ingredients in all three options, were causing a contact allergy epidemic in the UK and Europe.

Over the years, Sarah and I have campaigned about several issues, one of which was to ban certain eyelash growth products, so it is no surprise to me that Sarah’s article also refers to the fact that in a recent study, 73.3% of patients experienced ocular side effects after the application of eyelash extensions.  These two issues are beyond serious.  It’s all very well for the beauty industry to jump on yet another bandwagon, in a whole long line of them, but it is both irresponsible and dangerous to continue promoting these at-home nail kits.  This has to end.  Right now.
Allergic Reaction To Gel Nail Polish by Sarah Stacey; Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £12 for 30 ml

Right, on the subject of campaigning, my latest campaign is of course about Clinisept+ Mouthwash.  After my dentist banned me from using some of the leading brands in this genre because they often contained chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, colouring and flavouring, I am on yet another mission to ensure that we each obtain optimal oral health by using what I consider to be a best-in-class product.  These things matter.  For so many different reasons, not least because it means we will all have the same mouthwash in our bathrooms, which amuses me quite a lot.  As we clone.  Each other.

Anyway, I have to tell you that I received so many emails on the subject of dentists after my musings last week, so let me just say this.  I promise you that I’m no hero and I had made a pact with my dentist that if I was having all that work done on my teeth, then I would need to be sedated.  There were many fabulous moments associated with sedation, including the story my dentist told me of another patient who, in her sedated state, instructed her driver to stop at Gucci on her way home.  She apparently bought four pairs of shoes and didn’t realise until the next day when she was compos mentis.  I love that.
Clinisept+ Mouthwash £6.49 for 400 ml

More feedback from last week, and it would seem that not only do we have the same mouthwash in our bathrooms, but we also have Aduna’s Hibiscus Powder in our kitchens.  And of course I completely under-estimated the demand for this product, but it is now back in stock, thankfully.  Hibiscus is a rather amazing superfood with many attributes, including being rather good for our gut health.  I am kind of obsessed and this week I have been mainlining Banana and Hibiscus smoothies.  Two bananas, two teaspoons of Hibiscus Powder.  Add milk.  Any kind of milk.  And blend.
Hibiscus Superfood Powder by Aduna £13.99 for 275 grams

There are so many hand creams on the market, but if we are talking about hand creams that help to get rid of dry, cracked skin, most especially after using alcohol-based sanitisers, then I would have to recommend Gloves In A Bottle.  It is one of those epic products that I have been writing about for nearly two decades and I doubt I will ever stop because of its brilliance.  It is available in two different sizes.  And I really don’t need to add anything else, other than we launched it in the UK, it was one of the first shielding products available and it is like wearing an invisible pair of gloves.      
Gloves In A Bottle £10.50 for 240 ml; Gloves In A Bottle £5.15 for 60 ml

A new product launch.  In fact it’s another new product from Ameliorate.  A limited edition launch and it is the bestselling Transforming Body Lotion with Warm Amyris.  Warm Amyris has notes of White Magnolia, Warm Tonka Bean and Velvet Musk.  I rather like the thought of this being a warming fragrance, but of course it is still loaded with optimum levels of Lactic Acid, helping to leave your skin softer, smoother and intensely hydrated.  Another one to add to the collection.
Transforming Body Lotion Warm Amyris by Ameliorate £24 for 200 ml

Before I do the Saturday only treat, let’s have one last fling.  I’ve done it before and I’m doing it again because last time I did it, it flew out the door, so I thought I would give each of you another opportunity to try Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser in its introductory size.  The cost is £22 for 50 ml, but I’m taking it down to £11, as I did before.  The caveats are that there is only one Miracle Cleanser per customer and I do this so that it can reach as many of you as possible.  It is a limited treat and once it is over, it is over and you will not be able to put it into your basket.   Amen.  To that.
Miracle Cleanser Introductory Size £11 for 50 ml

And here is the Saturday only treat.  The hero product of the It’s A Ten haircare range is their Miracle Leave-In Conditioner and we will include the 60 ml size of this Leave-In Conditioner with every order placed today, Saturday 30 January, for £25 and over (excluding p&p) whilst stocks last.  I think you will enjoy using this, most especially if you have dull, damaged hair.  It also helps eliminates frizz, restores shine and it comes in an easy to use spray bottle.  Voila.

We are now at the end of another weekly bulletin and after we danced to Bruce Springsteen together last weekend, I want to end this Weekend Read with another song.  I truly believe the words of this song epitomise this very moment of time.  It was first performed in 1999 and in many ways it is an anthem of everything I have written and shared over the past year.  And before.

The words are profound.  They may well make you cry.  But crying is cathartic.  Dreams will not be thwarted.  Faith will be rewarded.  The song is Land Of Hope and Dreams.
Land Of Hope And Dreams by Bruce Springsteen

My love to each of you.

Gill x



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