Weekend Read

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In this ever-changing world, it is all we can do to continue to hold hands and support each other as we take the steps needed to encompass the change that is so prevalent in all that we do and all that we are.  Our health and wellbeing remains a priority for so many of us and it is in this space that we have walked together into the ‘unknown’ for several months.  As we continue this journey, I want to say that we are far from through the difficulties we have faced, individually and as one.  So as we morph into one, let’s take a look at upholding the things that matter and I’m going to do this, in part, by taking a retrospective look at some things and products that have helped along the way.

I am laughing to myself as I write this because I know you are going to think – oh, here she goes again; she’s going to write about Fulvic Acid Nail Cream.  I’m not actually, save to say that if you have discolouration, including white patches, on your nail bed, these will fade after a few weeks of use.  No, no, lest I become boring (or bored with myself), I just want to say that as important as our immunity is, and it really is, there are other things, not least the fact that Shabir has created the first treat of this missive.  Can you believe.  No more eye-rolling from him and I live another day.  Which is just as well because there are more treats further down.  If he makes it that far.
Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £10 for 30 ml

Look, I don’t want to overdo it in my praise of Shabir, but I can’t get away from the fact that he formulated and created each of the Garden of Wisdom products.  I am not a formulator.  I am not a pharmacist.  Actually I’m not too sure what I am, but he is both.  Perhaps the three best-known products from the range are the two Vitamin C’s and Neurophroline.  Not withstanding that, the new Azelaic Acid is having a moment, basically because it is a ‘grit-free’ formulation and of course Hyaluronic Acid remains one of the bestselling serums.

So, the treat.  When you buy any two products from the Garden of Wisdom range, we will automatically throw in a free Hyaluronic Acid Serum (30 ml) which is worth £10.  I really don’t know if this will cover all orders over the weekend, or whether it will all be over today (Saturday 20th June), but in any event this will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice, so please don’t fret and as ever it is only one gift per customer.  We like to keep things fair.  I think that’s all.  Hit that keyboard. ** this promotion has now ended **
Garden of Wisdom for VH

I know that I’ve just written that there are things other than immunity, but, if I may, a couple of lines here to say that it remains our recommendation that we should all be taking some form of immunity supplementation for the rest of this year, and actually beyond.  It doesn’t matter which supplement you choose, but please take something.  This can range from Daily Immunity (which we love and take), Vitamin C or Zinc and of course we would further recommend supplementing your chosen supplement with Vitamin D3, or D3 and K2.  Just want to keep us all on track.  And healthy.  The mission.
Daily Immunity £26 for 60 Capsules; Liposomal Vitamin C by YourZooki £39.99 for 30 x 15 ml Sachets; Zinc Caps by Life Extension £8 for 90 Capsules; DLux 3000 Spray £7.95 for 15 ml; DLux+ Vitamin D+K2 Spray £9.95 for 12 ml

The very last thing I want to do to you on a Saturday morning, or actually whenever you are reading this, is to make you recoil in horror when I tell you that it is estimated that 80% of us have intestinal parasites in our gut.  But we need to talk about these things, so I will tell you that there are 3200 species of parasites, which can be found everywhere in our environment, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink and in the food we eat.

Common parasites include round worms, pin worms, hook worms and tape worms and rather than go into any form of detail about worms, I will refer you to Shabir’s article on the subject, which actually makes important reading; preferably when you are not eating your breakfast.  Anyway, skipping the detail for now, clove buds are one of the key herbs used in Ayurvedic medicines for the treatment of gastrointestinal infections and for worms.  Cloves contain a powerful oil, eugenol, which has been studied and found to help in the eradication of numerous pathogens in the gut and it is believed to be the only oil that has the ability to destroy almost all parasites.  Let’s leave it there.  Not the worms within.  The subject matter.  Thanks.
VH Editorial: Most Of Us Have Internal ParasitesClove Bud Complex £16.45 for 90 Capsules

Moving on, rather rapidly, I am about to do another one of my ‘all change’ moments, albeit a temporary change, or who knows, it could be a permanent change-over for some of you.  From the very first moment we listed and wrote about Apple Cider Gummies by Goli Nutrition, they started to fly off the shelves (several shelves, we get through loads) and they have never stopped.  Except every now and again, the product becomes unavailable and it takes weeks to replenish.  We are in one of those moments now and I think we may receive stock in two to three weeks, but these days nothing is ever set in stone.

You see the thing is that I’m not sure how many more wait lists any of us can take, so back to the research where we discover a brilliant alternative and this one is sugar-free.  Yep.  It also contains ‘Mother of Vinegar’, which is a very good thing according to Shabir.  In fact these are now on his desk, so I suppose that means he has changed over.  Actually there is no choice right now.  But sugar-free is singing to us.  The choice, as ever, is yours.
Sugar-Free Apple Cider Gummies by New Nordic £17.95 for 60 Gummies; Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies by Goli Nutrition £15 for 60 Gummies (I’m holding the price, but I’m told there will be a price increase very soon – not my fault!)

I love candles.  Always have.  Always will.  Whenever I write, I have a candle burning on my desk.  It’s a ritualistic thing.  I have always thought that candles can uplift mood and certainly they bring a sense of calm, which we all need.  And so a special offer.  Enlightened Space is inspired by the Mediterranean and contains zesty lemon, clementine and elderflower, with lemon verbena, a splash of bergamot and juniper berry.  This candle is normally £28, but whilst stock lasts, you can buy it for £14.  It may go mad, so we’ll put a note on the site when the offer is over.  I suppose it’s the next best thing to dangling my legs in the Mediterranean.  Kind of.
Enlightened Space by Temple Spa £14 for 200 grams (Limited Time Offer)

Let’s have a chat about alcohol because I think alcohol consumption may well have risen over the recent past.  My friends tell me this, and it’s not that I’m perfect (I bet Shabir will snort when he reads this), it’s just that I don’t like alcohol.  A few sips of champagne is about as far as I get, but I’m so lightweight it virtually finishes me off.  And then I can’t walk straight.  If I’m wearing heels (actually do any of us wear heels any more), it’s over.

Anyway, we all know that alcohol dehydrates our bodies, and the first place it will show up is on our face if we over-indulge. Guaranteed.  When skin is dehydrated, it looks sallow and fine lines become more pronounced.  Whilst drinking water may seem obvious, this may not help immediately so I am here to tell you that Derma E’s Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Gel Booster is a super hydrating face and neck serum and the alkaline water within works effectively to hydrate skin in a rather rapid way.  Of course you don’t need to have consumed alcohol to benefit.  Seems a good thing to do anyway if you have thirsty skin.  I do.
Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Gel Booster by Derma E £19 for 30 ml

As many of you know, Trinny (love her) and Shabir often do live chats together and they have even managed to do two remote chats during the pandemic.  But it’s not those I want to talk about, I want to go back further.  We are currently receiving an abundance of emails about the menopause and all that it brings.  This includes concerns such as hot flushes, stress, sleep disturbances and vaginal dryness, which seems to be in a pandemic mode all of its own.  I have linked the video below, but if you go to the front of our site you will also find Trinny and Shabir smiling at you.  There you will find all the live chats they have done together covering many, many subjects.  So when you’re bored with Netflix, you can watch the entire and ongoing series. The life and times.  And the products that help.  A lot.
Shabir and Trinny on Menopause; The SeriesSage Complex £25 for 90 Capsules; Physicool Rapid Cooling Mist £12.99 for 125 ml; Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil by Pharma Nord £19.95 for 60 Capsules; Yes OB Personal Lubricant £9.99 for 80 ml

This week on Health Notes, Sarah talks to GP Dr David Unwin whose Merseyside practice has helped revolutionise the treatment of Type 2-diabetes with a pioneering low carb diet programme. The dramatic increase in obesity is accepted as the biggest risk factor for Type 2-diabetes, with three in five adults in England now overweight or obese. Over the last seven years in Dr Unwin’s small practice of 9000 patients, 49.7% of those with Type 2 diabetes who follow a low carb diet are now in remission.  That’s 82 patients from a total of 165.  If you have Type-2 diabetes, this is a fascinating read, but as Sarah writes and Dr Unwin implores, a major dietary shift should always be discussed with your prescribing doctor. Please do that if you are affected and want to take this further.
Diabetes And The Low Carb Diet by Sarah Stacey

There are several products that have kept me and my skin sane during the past few months.  I have written about many of them, so now it’s the turn of those rather fabulous Micro-Needling Plumping Patches by Vice Reversa, which have been taking up residence on my skin.  I’m not sure how many times I have written this, but I don’t do those ‘other’ needles and I never will.  Slightly off topic, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read of a plastic surgeon in LA who has started a drive-through Botox (or whatever) shot service from his basement garage. Let’s move on rather rapidly (words fail) because I’m about to do a treat.

At the time of launching Vice Reversa, micro-needling patches were a relatively new beauty category, but as always happens there are now a plethora of brands available, but they are not all created equally.  They couldn’t possibly be.  I think one of the most important things to note is that each Plumping Patch ‘needle’ is fully loaded with several ingredients, as opposed to single ingredient needles.  The ingredients in each of the Plumping Patch needles include hyaluronic acid, amino acids and peptides to help brighten, improve elasticity and they plump from a depth.

It is recommended that you use these patches twice a week, but of course I rarely conform and go in phases of using them more often.  They make me smile.  So please smile with me as I have put together a Micro-Needling Plumping Patches twin pack.  The Micro-Needling Plumping Patches are £34.95 for eight patches.  The twin pack is worth £69.90.  Except, whilst stock lasts, I have just made them £50, which is a saving of £19.90.  I didn’t tell Shabir I was doing this.  So now my smile grows even bigger.  And he probably won’t talk to me for an entire day.  Peace on earth.
Micro-Needling Plumping Patches Twin Pack £50 (Micro-Needling Plumping Patches £34.95 for Eight Patches)

Excuse me, but do you mind if we talk about the Foot File again.  The ever-so-brilliant Foot File that Lisa Armstrong wrote about in The Telegraph and then I think I must have written about it for several weeks in a row.  I tend to do these things when I get over-excited about something.  And let me also tell you that I recommended using it on wet feet (against all expert advice) and I have been flooded with emails ever since.  See, see, it’s revolutionary.  A customer asked if it came in any other colours.  And it does.  Dark Blue.
Foot File (Pink) £11.95; Foot File (Dark Blue) £11.95

And so the weekend treat.  This is a Saturday only offer, so with every order placed for £20 and above today (Saturday 20 June), you will automatically receive a 30 ml size of Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, which is worth £29, whilst stock lasts.  This advanced night cream is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, unless you have an allergy to essential oils, which it contains. It may go mad, in fact I know it will go mad, but I’m doing it anyway as I spin out of control.  Again.

A few more words.  I would love to tell you that all things are back to normal, but we are still far from that.  We continue to receive products which have been on waiting lists for a very long time.  I think it will still take a few months to normalize everything, so please be patient because so much of this is out of our control.  There are still some delays with the post, most notably international orders, but they are getting through, albeit somewhat delayed in a lot of instances.  We are looking at this for future orders, but these things take time.  Please bear with.

That aside, who knew that Shabir’s Veggie Wash would be one of our bestselling products last weekend.  As I said it’s the simple things.  And who knew that so many of you are patients of Ross J. Barr.  Waving to each of you as Ross tells me that he received emails from all over the world after reading the Weekend Read.  This would be after we launched his new range of fertility and pregnancy supplements. And on countdown to the next Ross launch.  It may be next week.  It may not.  It’s all about the shipping. And my copy deadline. I’ll launch him if the delivery doesn’t arrive.  With love.  Of course.
Veggie Wash Fruit Too £3.99 for 750 ml; Ross J. Barr  

Sue Peart stands on the editorial platform this week where she explores several platitudes and her own personal reaction to them.  Of all the platitudes, and there are several, the one she dislikes the most is ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.  Really, asks Sue, since when.  Not in her book and it may not be in your book either.  A viewpoint from the former editor of The Mail on Sunday YOU magazine.
What Doesn’t Kill You by Sue Peart

Finally.  The End.
Wishing you a restful weekend.

With love

Gill x

The contents of this newsletter are not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal direction should be provided by a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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