A bit about me…

Fiona Campbell-2

I think looking back, that being diagnosed at the age of 11 with rheumatoid arthritis was the start of my interest in natural healing – and how the word ‘incurable’ to me now simply means ‘we don’t have an answer yet’. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t one.

So there I was, with a passion for dancing and having just started secondary school in London. During the preceding summer holidays I had noticed that the balls of my feet were really tender with an achy pain. Nothing I did seemed to ease it, in fact it just increased. A few weeks later finger joints started to swell and become inflamed and very restricted in movement. My ankles were next, making walking very slow, painful and distressing. I remember the unbearable discomfort of the weight of blankets on my bed. There was no real respite from pain.

Visits to various doctors and consultants – diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis, treatment: give up my beloved dancing, and manage the pain with 8 aspirins daily.

Luckily I was born with a defiant spirit, and whilst to begin with, being vulnerable and in pain, I followed the given advice. I certainly didn’t accept that this was my fate. I took the aspirins and reluctantly gave up dancing with an inner vow to show that consultant a gold medal that I would one day be able to achieve.

For 18 months I dealt with the challenges that come with such a situation. Until one day, walking into a health food shop, I came across a book that was to change everything. I opened the book quite randomly and read a paragraph about the value of blackstrap molasses and how it was known (anecdotally) to help elderly people with rheumatoid arthritis. I bought a jar of the stuff and began having a spoonful of it in hot water every night. Within a few days I started to feel stronger, within 3 weeks, I stopped taking the aspirins, the pain eased and the story has a happy ending. I even got the gold medal with distinction a while later. It was like a miracle – but what I had done was to give my body a tonic, rich in vital minerals, which had enabled it to heal.

I learned later that molasses is a wonderful blood cleanser, a rich natural source of iron and B vitamins, and so feeds the nerves, it is also rich in copper, potassium, iron, and calcium. A deficiency in potassium is considered to be a factor in causing arthritis.

But the story doesn’t quite end there. 3 or 4 times over the next few decades I had various swellings of joints – at one time so severe that I couldn’t walk for weeks. Each time, I have ‘cleaned’ up my diet – enriched it with only good food that can benefit me, done some soul searching for the emotional causes of the condition, visualized myself better than before, and I have recovered. I am prone to inflammatory conditions – the ‘incurable’ ones like eczema and asthma – but they have all led me on a path of discovery and eventually greater health and happiness.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition of inflammation – and if we can reduce the inflammation naturally we can reduce the pain without the side effects of suppressive drugs. Sometimes inflammatory conditions are linked to emotional upset too, so by supporting and nourishing ourselves as much as possible at every level we can facilitate our body’s incredible ability to heal itself. We just have to give it real attention, the best nutrition we can, and lots of love.

Fiona

12 Facts About Your Liver

 

  1. Did you know that almost 30% of your body’s blood goes through your liver every minute?  So, in less than 4 minutes your liver handles every drop of blood in your body.
  2. The liver is the largest solid organ in our body.
  3. The liver affects nearly every physiological process of the body and performs over 500 different chemical functions.
  4. The liver stores the many vitamins and minerals as well as the iron reserves that we need.
  5. Our liver makes the bile to help us to digest our food.
  6. Our liver detoxifies chemicals we ingest like alcohol, drugs (prescribed or otherwise).
  7. Our liver also removes the poisons that we breathe in from the air, exhaust smoke and other pollutants that we would otherwise be poisoned from.
  8. The liver stores energy, keeping a reserve of carbohydrates, glucose and fat until we need it.
  9. The liver makes clotting factors that stop the bleeding when we have an injury that bleeds.
  10. The liver manufactures new proteins needed by the body to stay healthy and grow.
  11. The liver can regenerate itself. Even if only 25% of it is healthy, it can still regenerate itself into a full liver again.
  12. Your liver is made up 96% water – which is within the cells and blood. A big reminder that one of the best things we can do for our liver is drink enough water!!

By Fiona Campbell

 

The Miracle of Coconut Oil

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Did you know that coconut oil may be one of the best things you can eat to protect against heart disease? That coconut oil does not increase blood cholesterol levels and that because it stimulates metabolism may in fact, promote lower cholesterol? Perhaps you have been led to believe that coconut oil being a saturated fat is a dietary villain and to be avoided – replaced with low fat /no fat margarine (which by the way without colouring is black, never needs refrigerating because its so close to plastic it can’t go mouldy and your body can’t break it down!)
Coconut oil has received a really bad press over the last few years, often condemned as containing ‘artery-clogging’ saturated fat. But many facts say otherwise. Studies on people living in tropical climates with a diet high in coconut oil, show that they are healthier and have fewer incidences of heart disease, cancer, digestive complaints, and prostate problems. Whereas here in the West – with our diets high in hydrogenated vegetable oils, and low in coconut products these diseases are all on the rampage.
When coconut oil is eaten our amazing bodies transform the unique fatty acids into a powerful antimicrobial force able to defeat some of the most notorious disease-causing microorganisms. The unique properties of coconut oil make it a natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiprotozoal food.
These fatty acids that make coconut oil so effective against germs are the same ones that nature has put in mothers milk to protect her child. Most fats that we eat, if we do not use as an energy source, are stored as fat tissue in our bodies. Coconut oil being made up of medium chain fatty acids are broken down and used predominately for energy production and seldom end up as fat in the body. They therefore do not have a negative effect on blood cholesterol and help protect against heart disease. Coconut oil, along with butter and ghee is one of the safest oils to cook with, due to the fact that it is high in saturated fat, extremely stable and can be used to cook at high temperatures without oxidising and causing cellular damage.
Coconut Oil
Wow! Coconut is so amazing!
Someone once said to me ‘don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t be prepared to eat’ – at the time I thought that was a bit extreme. But now, knowing about the amazing healing properties of coconut oil both outside and in – it seems to be the perfect skin treatment too.
It can be put on fungal skin infections, ie athletes foot, eczema, psoriasis, dry, sensitive skin. It can be used as a sunscreen – without the horrid carcinogenic ingredients that are in so many branded ‘sun protection’ products. With the added bonus of not blocking the wonderful Vitamin D that the sun provides, and that these products block.
Just think of those beautiful Polynesian people with their soft, youthful appearance, in the hot sun all day and not a wrinkle in sight!!
Use it as a lip balm, hand, body/face moisturiser and even on hair. Using coconut oil as a hair conditioner can help to control dandruff. Just a couple of teaspoons of the oil massaged into the hair and left either overnight or for a couple of hours and then washed off can work wonders!
Just a note to say that I am referring to organic virgin coconut oil which is unrefined, pure and delicious! 

By Fiona Campbell Nutrition

Water Water Everywhere

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Our amazing human bodies are made of 70% water and 30% solid matter – the same ratio of land to ocean as our beautiful planet Earth.Water is life and without it no creature can survive. Given our profound reliance on this, our reaction to lack of it can have deep effects on who we are at both cellular level and through the manifestations of disease in our body.  Hydration is the cornerstone of a healthy body.

Many things can contribute to dehydration apart from the obvious of not drinking enough water. Stress, whether internal or external, medication, excessive caffeine and sugar and lifestyle choices can play havoc with our wellbeing. Even being surrounded by wi-fi has an impact – so it’s not difficult for our sensitive bodies to be thrown off-balance and left struggling for health.When we become dehydrated our bodies make cellular changes as a means of defence, each cell membrane will become covered with a layer of cholesterol to protect itself from further loss of fluid. But this layer of cholesterol whilst encasing the cell and protecting it – will also cause the cell to become more isolated – losing its connection to the other cells and to the bigger picture.

If our cells are restricted just think how small our vision may be. This disconnection from the higher aspects of ourselves can manifest as a loss of direction in life, the inability to get out of a repeatedly stressful situation or a loss of creativity and motivation.The more our cells are coated with this cholesterol layer, the more disconnected they become from each other, they become colder and darker and more cut off. Which is a microcosm of how we can feel when deeply dehydrated.

So what can we do…we can deal differently with situations that are causing us stress – we can eat in a less challenging way and choose hydrating foods and oils.When we really work on our hydration it can be amazing to start feeling energised again, connected to our better /higher selves and alive with creativity and motivation. Ways to do to this are obviously to increase water intake, but also the food we eat makes a big difference too. Vegetables and fruits we know are hydrating, grains and refined foods much less so.

Choosing to have an abundance of good quality fruit and vegetables and a minimum of refined foods will support our bodies at a cellular level in its daily cleansing. Drinking fresh water and getting enough sleep and fresh air and enjoyment in life will all effect our hydration levels, allowing our cells to open up again and re-connect with their surroundings. This will lead to a more connected self – able to hear who we really are and the messages of universal wisdom.

Fiona Campbell Nutrition