Battling hay fever (and other inflammatory ills)

Child crying with hand over eyes

I’ve never really suffered with allergic hay fever reactions. The same cannot be said for everyone in our household. The runny nose and itchy-scratchy-want-to-rip-them-out eyes have regularly been a curse that has just about been held at bay by the highest dose of over-the-counter medicines. Sometimes we resorted to prescription…

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The power of peace to set you free

Peaceful view

I met Chris Wark in London recently when he was speaking at an event aimed at those facing cancer but wanting to use natural therapies to heal themselves. The pinnacle of Chris’ talk resonated with me and was reminiscent of this, this and this post I wrote a while back.…

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UC Support

I am not a doctor nor do I have certifications of any kind. I don’t prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. So how can I help you? Having been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2003, what I have to offer is years of experience that I can share with…

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Why a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough

Man running

If you live well, eat good food and partake in physical exercise you will be healthy. Right? Wrong. I was recently with a friend who, like us, believes in healthy living. As we talked about some of our lifestyle changes he sounded a note of caution. There was something that…

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UC – The book

Writing

It’s out NOW on Amazon Kindle! There’s not much that compares with spending time with someone, seeing their hopelessness dissolve and the light of life return to their eyes. In the U.K. alone there are 300,000 people affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Hundreds of people are diagnosed with UC every…

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Ulcerative Colitis

Frog sitting on a toilet

Ulcerative Colitis is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the other being Crohn’s Disease. A person with UC will experience inflammation and ulceration of their large intestine (colon) and rectum. Often the ulceration will result in the lining of the bowel producing a great deal of…

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas 2015

Christmas Eve carries a significance beyond the familiar for my family. In the autumn of 2003 I became seriously ill with Ulcerative Colitis and convinced that I was living out my last days. However, from mid-December I started to respond to the treatment and, at about 5pm on Christmas Eve…

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I have UC – My Story

Surgery

In September 2003, at the age of 25, I started bleeding. Every time I went to the toilet and opened my bowels I lost more blood. Being slim I was already at the bottom of the healthy weight range for my height, yet I lost 25% of my weight over…

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