Stepping Back From Sugar

There’s little doubt in my mind that industrial sugar is poison.

Granted, we need a certain amount of sugar to power our bodies, but it’s really very small compared to our daily intake.

The problem is that we eat a lot of processed foods nowadays and these contain a huge amount of sugar. If you start looking at the composition of what you are eating, I guarantee you will be truly shocked. Often, an apparently savoury product contains as much sugar as you might expect in a sweet one.

Sugar is highly addictive. Like any addiction, you need more of it as you go along in order to get your fix. Any company that has enough money to advertise on TV will run extensive testing before putting their product on the market. As people become increasingly addicted to sugar, the version with more sugar tends to be the most popular in testing and that become the definitive product ending up on the supermarket shelves. It’s a vicious circle.

What to do?

Ultimately, we need to re-educate our taste buds. We need to get back to a state where we can actually recognize the taste of sugar. We’re so used to it that we don’t even really taste it any more. And that’s the problem.

So how can we step back from sugar?

Here is a small suggestion.

Drink a glass of water with a little lemon juice in it every day.

It’s particularly effective first thing in the morning or last thing at night before going to bed. I personally have a glass of lemon water on my bedside table at night.

If you’re a sugar baby, you probably won’t like it to begin with, so you are going to need a little will power. But persevere.

As the days and weeks go by, try to increase the dose of lemon in the water so you really get a good strong taste of lemon. And try to drink more water instead of Coke or other sweet drinks!

If you can’t justify this course of action on a taste basis, then be aware that lemon juice exerts a number of valuable effects on the body.

It’s a great source of vitamin C, of course, but it’s also a formidable digestive, helping you to reduce acidity and reflux after meals. For those of you with heart problems, it also acts as a blood thinner. Fresh lemon is obviously best, but if you can’t be bothered to squeeze a lemon, you can buy flasks or bottles of pure lemon juice at the supermarket and use that.

As time goes on and you become used to the taste of lemon, you will find that your perception of the taste of food in general will gradually change. You will learn to identify the taste of sugar. You will start to enjoy the taste of real food. And you will start to wonder why so many products are so sweet.

You will end up by realizing that the taste of sugar is perhaps not really so pleasing after all.

Have a great week.






On Decision Making

A long time ago, as I reached the end of my teacher training, I started going to interviews for my first job. It was the end of the 70s and people were already going on about high unemployment and a shortage of jobs.

In the end I applied for something like 35 jobs and went to 18 interviews. I still remember things about a lot of those schools. The one in Cornwall where you could look from the playing fields down over sheep grazing on the hills to a glimpse of the sea. The one with incredibly narrow corridors where the students had to turn sideways to pass each other. The one with cherry trees in glorious pink blossom in early May.

But the one I go back to in my mind is the one where I got offered the job and couldn’t make up my mind. I sat in the headmaster’s study in an agony of indecision. It was late in the day, and everybody had gone home, including the other candidates for the job. There was just the headmaster and me and my indecision.

After a while, he said to me that he had to go and check on one or two things and lock up. Then he would come back and I would have to give my answer. That would give me a few minutes on my own to make my decision.

I was still no nearer to a decision when he came back in.

And then something clicked in my mind and the situation suddenly became clear. And I said to the headmaster, “If I have to think about it as much as this, then the answer must be no.”

And I walked out of there with a sense of relief.

I’ve never regretted that decision.

I had another situation recently where someone made me an offer and it was going around in my mind. Lots of arguments for, but did I really want to do it? And then this incident came to mind again and I knew the answer had to be ‘no.’

I share this little story with you in the hope that it may ease a difficult decision for you in the future. Just remember, if you have to think about it, then the answer’s probably ‘no.’ The best decisions are the ones you don’t even really think about. You know exactly what you’re going to say.

Another pointer: we often have a lot of different voices and motivations going round in our heads and it can be difficult to know which of them really belong to us and which are those of our parents, loved ones, friends or simply the one that doesn’t want to upset the person in front of us.

Try to decide what’s you and what isn’t.

And then ask what you really want to do.

It’s you that will have to live with the decision, not someone else. So don’t get trapped into saying what you think other people want to hear. You’ll be selling yourself short and ultimately, you’ll be selling everybody around you short as well, even if they may not recognize that immediately.

Have a great week.





A little while ago, I listened to an interview between Gabrielle Bernstein and Jessica Ortner in the context of the Tapping World Summit 2016 (See also my post Healthy Comment).

I thought the content was valuable so I checked out Gabrielle’s site and stumbled on this quick one minute recentering process video, which I thought I’d share with you:

What’s intriguing about Gabrielle is that she looks like an angel, but she has a voice that indicates she hasn’t always been one!

Don’t be put off by the word ‘meditation.’  I know that some people get a bit skittish when they hear it.  It’s a really good breathing exercise and a useful tool to help you recenter in a time of stress.  I heartily recommend that you give it a try.

There are so many situations where a bit of rapid recentering can come in handy – before exams, tests, difficult interviews or conversations, in the face of panic or anger, to name but a few.

I think you’ll be glad to have this in your toolbox.

Have a great weekend.





So you get out of the office after a really long, hard day, slump into the seat of your car and drive off in the direction of home. Almost immediately, the traffic snarls or stops completely, and you’re crawling along when you really only want to get home as fast as possible and put your feet up.

And what about that driver on a side road trying to push in? Doesn’t he realize what a hard day it’s been? ‘Hell, I’m going to give no quarter. There’s no way he’s going to push in front of me.’

Does this scenario sound familiar?

But wait a minute.

What happens if, this time, you react differently?

What happens if you not only let the guy in but smile as well? Suddenly all that pressure building inside you eases off a little. You’ve succeeded in letting go a bit. Of course, if the guy doesn’t thank you, you may not be quite so happy. There’s nothing more irritating than being taken for granted or just bad manners.

But you might just see something amazing happen. You might see the person you let in allow someone else in. And that person might let someone else in too. And suddenly, where you are, right now, doesn’t seem quite as frustrating as it did a few moments ago. You may even have a smirk on your face. You may even feel better about yourself.

And so you should. You’ve turned the world upside down and back to front for a moment and it’s a better place. You definitely deserve that drink you’ve been promising yourself when you get home….

This is what happens when you play dominoes.

Have a great weekend.




The Empire Strikes Back

I mentioned recently that I am a huge fan of Dr. Mercola and his site:

I have just left a comment on an article at that site and I thought it important enough to share both with you.

My comment:

“I keep saying to people that we’re in an “Empire Strikes Back” phase and they look perplexed. Yet it’s perfectly obvious to anybody who cares to look that the world is now run by previously unimaginably huge business corporations motivated uniquely by greed. Governments and politicians are controlled by these corporations – they do not have any real power.

We are a far cry from “Small Is Beautiful.”

The only comforting thought in times like this is that historically, no empire has ever survived. There is no particular reason to think that these will either, unless people are incapable of waking up from their technological dream. We must not underestimate the power of the individual, throw our hands up in the air and say,”But what can I do?”

We must vote with our feet. If you don’t like eating crap, then don’t buy it. If the good stuff is more expensive, then eat a little bit less. Put your money where your mouth is. Falling sales are the only thing that speak to these corporations.

This is an important article and should be read by a lot of people. The agro-industry, the scientists and the politicians will try to convince you that GE and increasing pesticides, weed killers and artificial fertilisers are the only way that we will be able to feed the planet in the future. Don’t believe a word of it. Try to inform those around you.

Only if people are properly informed will they be in a position to make a sensible decision.

Good luck to all of us.”

The article:

Regenerative Farming

Hope this is useful.





Sunglasses Are Cool?

I’ve worn sunglasses a lot over the years and then I saw this video which made perfect sense to me:

I now try to restrict my use of sunglasses.

Actually Andreas Moritz, whom you see being interviewed here, was a really interesting person with a highly individual take on health issues. Sadly, he died in 2012.  There are a number of videos with him on the Internet. Check out:

And the ihealthtube channel on YouTube or Andreas Moritz’s own site:

and his YouTube channel: just run a search with Andreas Moritz.

Hoping you’ll find this interesting and beneficial.

Have a great week.






Healthy Comment 2

I wrote a post recently about the most valuable health comment I’d ever heard:

Healthy Comment

Here is the second most valuable health comment I’ve ever heard:

“… you have to be sick in order to develop cancer. You know, you don’t get cancer and then you’re sick.”

*Dr. Véronique Desaulniers in Episode 2 of The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest, Ty Bollinger, documentary series, 2015.

Much as we would prefer not to think or talk about it, cancer concerns all of us. The current prediction is that 50% of men and 33% of women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.  And even if we don’t fall ill ourselves, we all have family members, friends or colleagues that we have lost as a result of this scary disease.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about cancer and much of the scariness resides, not in the disease itself, but in the so-called ‘cures’ that conventional medicine has to offer: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Your doctor will almost certainly not tell you, for example, that chemotherapy is useless in many cases or that the five year survival rate for patients that is attributable solely to chemo treatment is calculated as being 2.1% in the USA and 2.3% in Australia, according to a 2004 Australian study.

See also this article which seeks to put this study into perspective from an anti-alternative treatment vantage point.

Your doctor will also certainly not inform you of any conflict of interest involved in prescribing a chemotherapy treatment. In many countries, such as the USA and France, doctors receive a significant financial kick-back from pharmaceutical companies when they prescribe such drugs.

But there is hope.

There are many alternative treatments and natural protocols out there, many of which work astonishingly well.  It’s just that people lack the knowledge to make informed decisions about how to deal with cancer and perhaps even more important, how to prevent it.

Ty Bollinger of * The Truth About Cancer lost seven members of his family to cancer and its conventional treatments, and as a result, he has made it his life’s work to discover the truth about cancer, to reveal the misinformation inherent in the health industry as we know it and to inform the general public about alternative and natural cures and preventative protocols.  His website, films and work literally save lives and give real hope.  As he says, a cancer diagnosis need not be a sentence of death.

I do heartily recommend that you visit the site:


to find out about the real causes of cancer and what you can do about it.  Your life or the life of a loved one may depend upon it.

Watch and/or buy the films that Ty has produced:

*The Truth About Cancer: The Quest For Cures
*The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest

The films contain numerous interviews with specialists, from all over the world in the case of “A Global Quest,” and cancer survivors.  The documentaries are extremely well-researched. I can guarantee that you will learn many things from the experience, some of them truly shocking.

But the most important thing you will carry away from them is hope.

I wish you a wonderful week.




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How To Spot A Toxic Person

I just wanted to share a video with you that I
discovered last night and that I think you might

One of the fastest ways of making life an
endurance test is hanging out with toxic people,
so recognizing how to spot them is really useful.

Pay careful attention to the conclusion. It may
be hard to say, ‘No,’ but you owe it to yourself
to avoid wherever and whenever possible people who
don’t make you feel good about yourself.

Vanessa Van Edwards has a lot of charm and her
savvy and expressive use of her hands as she speaks
is a joy to watch.

Check it out:

Have a great week.




Healthy Site


This is just a heads-up for a really good health site:

If you want to know more about how to keep yourself healthy, there’s no better resource on the internet.  I strongly encourage you to sign up for the free newsletter, which arrives every day.  The articles are fascinating and very informative.

As Dr. Mercola points out, there are about 200 medical papers coming out every week and who has time to read all of that?  He keeps you up to speed with the latest research on nutrition and health, as well as important environmental issues that ultimately affect everybody.  His remarks are naturally geared towards the situation in the U.S.A. as he lives in Florida, but most of the problems he talks about are relevant wherever you live.

For example, genetically engineered (GE) crops and clear labelling of food is a current concern in the U.S. but it really concerns all of us.  Here in Switzerland, we have a moratorium on GE crops until 2017, but you can bet your bottom Swiss franc that misguided scientists, politicians and representatives of the food industry will once again try to convince the general population that GE is safe when it comes time to vote on renewal.

Dr. Mercola is a proponent of a holistic approach to health and suggests many natural solutions to health problems. He represents an alternative to the costly and destructive drug-based treatments currently imposed by so-called ‘traditional medicine’ and big pharma. You owe it to your health to look into what he has to say.

Incidentally, if you have a pet, there are also articles on common problems which you may find very useful.

Just to underline my own enthusiasm for this site, I should tell you that I frequently add comments on the articles myself under the name ‘invisipics.’

Need I say more?

Have a great week!





Healthy Comment

The single most valuable comment I have ever read about health is the following:

“…the question to ask is not “What’s wrong with my body?” but rather “What is my body trying to tell me?””

The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner, Hay House 2013, p. 14.

If you have still to discover EFT (short for Emotional Freedom Techniques) or “tapping” as it’s known for short, then I heartily recommend checking out The Tapping Solution site itself.

Briefly stated, tapping is a holistic remedy in which you tap physically on eight meridian points on the face and body while making statements aloud that define your dis-ease and then work towards their resolution. It’s absolutely free, requires no equipment or medicine, and it’s something you can easily do at home on your own, which means that it’s in total contrast to all those expensive drug-related treatments that send the cost of your health insurance spiralling.

I discovered tapping through the above site a couple of years ago and have got into the habit of doing a round or two just before getting up.  A couple of weeks back, for example, I had a really severe sore throat which made it extremely painful to swallow.  I tapped on this problem for a couple of days and it went away without developing or going down on the chest, which it would undoubtedly have done without any intervention.

It’s a good time to explore this extraordinary health tool because the Tapping World Summit 2016 will begin on 22nd February.  There are lots of fascinating free interviews and talks during a ten-day period every year and I guarantee that you will feel uplifted simply by listening to one or two, even if you are totally sceptical about the whole thing before you start.

Have fun!