Friday, July 21, 2006

Medication errors in USA causes 3.5 Billion dollars!!!

I read this New York Times article with a great sadness. How better we can spend money. It is why I like Homeopathy which has not side effects and the wrong remedy will not harm. No matter what system of healing one uses there is always the chance of errors in diagnosing. It is why we all should look for a doctor with credibility, one that has been recommended by a patient if possible.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Summer and colds

today it is raining a soft summer rain when the cool air invades the warm house and it feels good. I spoke to my sister in law who lives up north in North Bay Ontario and is a very busy person making bee products for Boards Honey Farm which she owns with her husband Stefan who is my brother.
She wasn't feeling well and has been fighting a cold since Thursday and so I suggested she take some of the #8 remedy in my kit colobrina. It is for too much of anything and she really sounded like that cold was getting to be too much. i know that the remedy can also help colds and so I hope the remedy will bring her some relief. Maybe she will tell us in a post.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

National Holidays and what they mean

It is Canada Day today and we are 138 years old.

I was in Vietnam on May 1st this year and they have 4 days to celebrate which include celebrations of May Day and of their freedom and the American departure from the country. In Vietnam everything is closed on the holidays and people do come out in all the big cities to celebrate and enjoy the honour and pleasure of being Vietnamese and free and there are parades and all sorts of events.

America is under a siege mentality since 9/11 and I feel them closing ranks, as they should to try and find strength in being together. I always feel they are proud of being American in an overt way and this is perhaps good for it does tend to support the ideas of unity.

I went out today on my bike and found many of the stores along out main streets in Toronto open and doing business. It just does not seem so important, our country's birthday. It is not that we do not celebrate in Canada. But we are not as strong in our support and perhaps it is because our freedom is taken for granted as we have never been occupied by others and had to struggle our way back to autonomy.

Now our troops are being wounded and killed in Afghanistan and I see the young faces in the newspapers and see them smiling and laughing and feel so sad that we are involved in other countries and spend billions on arms and the army and not enough on education and health and the real welfare of those in poorer countries. We have so much to offer other than bullets. We have so much to do even at home to make our multicultural society harmonious. It seems that it all starts at school where the children can learn respect and acceptance.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dangerous superbug taking off in Canada

This is a terrible reality that all countries are facing. It is even a bigger problem in the USA. The problem with this bug is that it resists antibiotics. It came out of the hospitals where it came into reality through excessive use of antibiotics and now is in the public. As you read the article you will see that my kit can help combat the bugs effects. The Calendula cream #10and the Mystic Air #12 are two of the remedies that may help. Read the article and become aware of the problems and perhaps homeopathy can help in the solutions.

When I read the Times it illuminates

I read this article in the paper this morning and it speaks volumes about the problems with our medicines today.
Have a look.

It has some articles about side effects too. One of the horror stories about our so called testing periods for modern drugs is that the test time should be in many years not months. Most of the remedies in my kit have been used for more than 100 years and my use of them is for the same reasons that they were tested for. As "Like Treats Like" the way they find Homeopathic remedies and what they are good for is to give modestly large doses to test patients and catalogue how they respond to them. So that given large doses of coffee brings a hightened level of brain activity. So coffea the homeopathic remedy in my kit is for the overactive mind. Simple and straight forward and used for this for many, many years.

Monday, June 19, 2006

A Golf Story

David Marsh came to town this week end. He is working in St. John New Brunswick for the next few months. He does sophisticated computer programming. We intended to meet Saturday morning at 8.30. I went to his apartment overlooking the Toronto harbour and Island. He was not there. I left a kit at the front desk and wondered what had happened. It was a beautiful day and the drive down and the street car ride home were welcome.
About 11.00 I get a call. "I slept in. I didn't hear you knock. I was up too late partying with my friends. We are going to play golf at 1.00. I'll come by your house to say hello." I replied, "The kit is downstairs at the conceirge. Take #8 for your hang over".
At about 1.00 he appeared at the front door with his friend. Indeed they had all taken the Colobrina #8 and they were all amazed how good they felt. They were all smiles and laughter. His friend bought a kit. I suggested they all put a few drops of Tromos in their water bottles and see if helped them have a relaxed game went and send me the results. Here is what I got from Dave this morning.

We had a great game of golf and didn't even need to take the Tromo because
we were all so relaxed and laughed so much that we didn't need it! It was
the best round of golf I've played in awhile!

Colobrina is great for too much. I know Dave has a great wonderful energy and has close friends and the parties go on until the wee hours as they catch up with each other's busy lives. Too much and hung over the next day. But Too Much is the guiding symptom. So whenever you have had enough whether its too much computer work or too much headache or even too much cold then try it. One pill is all. Read the booklet on my site. It is a wonderful remedy.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

What does Homeopathy and the Hollywood Survival Kit offer you?

Every once in a while I like to remind myself about what I am doing, and why I am doing it, and what am I doing it with.

I came to Homeopathy over a number of years of occasional use. It slowly crept into my consciousness until it absolutely awed me when it brought my arthritis under control. It took about 10 years of using Homeopathic remedies and the Bach Flower remedies on the film sets, where I work as an Assistant Director, to convince me I wanted to reintroduce this way of healing to the general public where it was front and centre at the turn of the 20th century (1900).

Thus the Hollywood Survival Kit is created for the general public. If you can read you can use it. If you can feel, you can note the symptom you are feeling, and get a remedy to allay it with ease and speed. It's safe for babies and for the elderly. it has no side effects and it does not interfere with prescription drugs.

The kit deals with a wide range of symptoms - the remedies are proven effective through successful use since C1850, and through my personal experiences for 15 years - the remedies speed the healing process - the remedies in the kit have no side effects - the index system is excellent - it is clear and simple to select the right remedy - it has an accompanying guide book that is educational, instructional, includes both a formal understanding of each remedy and also some of my own experiences - written in plain English - the remedies come in a sturdy plastic case that is easy to carry.

From a buyers standpoint - the kit has an attractive price point - great for people who want to try something different regarding acute health care and want a simple way to discover and test remedies for themselves, at work, at play anywhere.

It is a unique, helpful and lasting gift for yourself or for others. The Kit will be appreciated and the remedies successful or I will give you your money back.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

A letter worth receiving

Hello John,

I was given the wonderful gift of your kit by friends of mine in Toronto. I
noticed theirs when I was visiting and thought it was fabulous. I had
intended to buy one - but then it was given to me instead. I have enjoyed
using it and feel it has kept me healthy this year and most aches and pains
at bay. I'm in awe, as I type this, of the huge bruise I got today virtually
disappearing before my eyes with the arnica gel!

I have been perusing your website and I'm glad to see I can order online -
I know what everyone is getting for their birthday this year.

Judi Patson
even DESIGN inc.
+1 (604) 732-7248

it is nice to see the kit appreciated. The #7 remedy Ledum is also great for heavy bruises. It is ofen used in conjunction with Arnica gel and globules where the bruising is bad and ice has been used to take down the swelling. I have it in my kit because this and its use for bad sprains, insect (bee stings, spider bites, mosquito bites) and animal bites.

Have a look at Judi's web site and see some lovely jewelry.

Another NY Times article about antibiotic testing

If we spent 1/10th the amount of money on testing Homeopathic remedies for these same symptoms, the FDA would give us great reports, and the best would be that there are no side effects in any of the remedies given. I am amazed that the American people are so brainwashed and complaisant that they do not demand research into alternative remedies in an effort to find less invasive ways to treat themselves. America is the most drugged country in the world due to the efforts of the Pharmaceutical companies and the compliance of the medical profession. Isn't it time to change this? I think so and all my experiences with Homeopathic remedies confirm my thoughts.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Calendula - A summer helper even in the garden

Today in Toronto it is one of those beautiful sunny days of summer, almost 80 degrees and the air quiet. I was reminded as I passed a bed of marigolds how useful the plant is. Insects do not like the plant and so it is used in vegetable gardens to keep them away. The plant is used to make the homeopathic remedy Calendula. It is antibacterial, soothing and healing. Before Penicillin it was used on battlefields as a dressing for wounds. I have used Calendula cream on set for many years. Not only is it great for scrapes and rough skin; it is also excellent for minor sunburns and burns. It's very soothing and healing for babies diaper rash too. It can help get rid of dish pan hands too. I recommend it highly and it finds a place in the Hollywood Survival Kit as the #10 remedy.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Use of Antipsychotics by the Young Rose Fivefold

New York Times June 6.
Pretty shocking isn't it. But the figures are there. 275 per 100,000 in 1993; 1,438 per 100,000 in 2002. This is a huge difference and the article is clear. i suggest if you have a child in need of help you look at the Bach Flower Remedies and Homeopathy as techniques of healing that do not have side effects and are not addictive.

Monday, June 5, 2006

A Baby Boomer's gift.

I got a cute email today from-
They market to people born from 1946 to 1964, which is the defined period for boomers. So, all you people between 40 and 60, and getting older by the day, belong to this market segment. It is 25% of the buying public. I wonder how many children and grand children are loved and often cared for by boomers. I know I have two sons and 3 grandchildren. I worry about myself getting old in our current medical system. How are my children and their children going to deal with health issues in a more fragile world and government health systems that are inadequate? And then of course, we have the cornucopia of drugs that glut the market with high cost, modest results and often dangerous and debilitating side effects.

For over 15 years I have been using Homeopathy on film sets that are beset with the stress of long hours and detailed work. Accidents, colds, flu, sleeplessness, upsetting moments and nervousness are always just around the corner. Somewhat like any household, where kids go to school and adults have to worry about how to keep it all together. Homeopathy has been a boon to actors as it has no side effects and is fast acting in acute cases. It has meant that a cure can be undertaken and the actor will not lose focus or emotional balance due to side effects. It is cheap, which in this time of rising drug costs, means a whole lot.

I am overjoyed as I watch people pick a remedy and then find it was just what they needed. They are the remedies in my kit: the ones most used on my sets.

I have made the Hollywood Survival kit with the idea that the buyer is not experienced in the use of Homeopathy. The kit is super simple to diagnose with, as it has a numbered symptom index right inside the cover. You can quickly see what number of remedy you need. I have included a guidebook that details every remedy from a practitioner's point of view. It also has actual cases from my own experiences.

I can assure you this kit is a great present if you care about the health of yourself, your children and grandchildren. Homeopathy is a gentle way to wake up your body to heal itself, and once you experience the remedies you will know this is a great way to come to terms with disease and injury. Give the remedies an honest try. I am sure you will be a happy camper. I am confident enough to offer the kit with a money back guarantee.

Sunday, June 4, 2006

A gift well received and used too

The house warming was fun. It rained and so we all spent time inside meetng each other. Dancers and business people and relatives. The prize of the day was the forms the new owners had neatly laid out; questions about the possible directions renovations or improvements could take. Everyone had ideas of how to make the house their own in every way. Flowers here, a new couch there. Hedges in front to replace the wire fence. Walls to come down and new designs for a better kitchen. It was an idea worth passing on.

The dancers eyed the kit and read the booklet. One man there was writing books about steroid use in baseball. A largish lady limped by with a wrenched knee. "I have some Arnica with me." I said and her eyes lit up. I gave her a pill and she put some arnica gel on her knee joint and boy did she smile and make oohing sounds. We talked about different Arnica creams and what to really do to help her knee.

It is interesting to find out that most people know exactly what to do to help themselves but its not always so easy to change a lifestyle habit of any sort. So often I remind myself how hard it is as I struggle with the nicotine habit. I know from one of my earlier blogs that one woman used Tromos (Bach Rescue Remedy) to keep herself emotionally steady as she gave up Praxil. It is possible to make moves like developing proper eating habits and the food we eat, or beginning to exercise, or do yoga, or take long walks to get the body healthier and the mind more at ease. We can all love ourselves more. It is possible. Try it. Enjoy the luxury of feeling better about oneself and life itself.

Saturday, June 3, 2006

A healthy house warming gift!

Today I am going to a house warming. Two sisters, one a dancer and the other an active business person, have bought a house. I have known them since they were tiny. What to get them was actually a shoo-in. After considering a homeopathic remedy book I decided instead to give them a kit of remedies with instructions that would be useful in their house. What could be better than something for colds and flu and hangovers and headaches and sore throats and burns and sprains and bruises and best of all a remedy for calming down and even two for sleeping. The only kit in the world that can do that with quick diagnosing and remedy selection is, the Hollywood Survival Kit. Have a look at it. I can tell you from personal experiences that span over 15 years that the remedies and their uses are valid and that they have no side effects and are speedy in their results. Good for babies and old people too.
What better gift could there be? A first First Aid kit. Remedies that help your body identify and come to terms with the problem at hand. I am always amazed, when I use Homeopathic remedies from my kit, how proactive they are. How quickly the remedies are able to wake up the body to deal with the negative situation, be it mental or physical. Just two days ago I visited a woman who has a son who used to have asthma and now does not, but his lungs are weak as she describes it, and he is prone to colds in the winter time. He used the Echinacea throat spray at the first sign of a cold coming into his lungs and never had a cold last winter. She bought a refill. It is the #11 remedy in the kit. Quite wonderful in its actions.

When you go to your next house warming party think about a unique gift like the Hollywood Survival Kit that will bring you gratitude from your friends for a long time. You can't go wrong.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

You may honestly feel grateful...

You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy
survived the attempts of the allopaths to destroy it.
- Mark Twain

I can easily say. "I rest my case." but then who is Mark Twain in the scheme of things. I think homeopathy is just rising its head again as a system of healing that is positive to the immune system and has no side effects. I am always in awe of how gentle and unnoticed it does its work and how the results are most often completely satisfactory in the acute situations that I mostly deal in.
this week I used #8 Colobrina to help me get over my jet lag. It was really hard to get back to a North American cycle after being so long in Vietnam. I also used Arnica on a calf muscle that decided to spasm and not really release and it made my leg sore up to my knee where the underside was tender. I thought I had torn a ligament. Four days it took to subside completely and another 3 days to be totally pain free. I was worried I would not fix it with Arnica but that stuff is magic.

Friday, May 26, 2006

ADHD and where to find answers

Yesterday I posted an article about the woes of medications for kids who are hyperactive and this morning I was speaking to a business acquaintance who has a very intelligent son who seems to be all good except unfocussed. We talkeed about the sugar in his house and how his son loves it and then about all the diet the child had. I remembered a book I was recommended called RITALIN FREE KIDS. HERE IS HE WEB SITE.
If you are having trouble with your child and it is all about focus then you might look at this site and see if there is help for you. Remember that homeopathy unlike Ritalin does not have side effects. Homeopathy is not addictive. I know that even using tromos #1 from my kit and taking your child off sugar you will begin to see change. My friend is trying some Coffea with his child and I look foreward to reading how it along with the TROMOS will help his son come to a better place so he can really explore his intelligence in a calm way.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

ADHD in the news, not so good, maybe coffea,0,1308672.story?coll=sns-ap-health-headlines

Study: ADHD Drugs Send Thousands to ERs

Associated Press Writer

May 24, 2006, 10:56 PM EDT

Accidental overdoses and side effects from attention deficit drugs likely send thousands of children and adults to emergency rooms, according to the first national estimates of the problem.

The rest of this story is pretty sad really. I wonder why not so many years ago we did not have so many kids on drugs, for what might just be a little overactiveness. Unfortunately, we now do not have parents as interested in rearing kids, and it seems easier for kids to wander off into worlds that lead to a fractured focus. I often wonder if Coffea which is really for an overactive mind might not help kids settle down and focus enough to be seen as normal. I'd love to find some kids whose parents would like to try Homeopathy and Flower remedies as gentle, no side effect, ways of solving the ADHD problems. Getting kids out of any sense of responsibility for their actions which is what drugs do, seems to me the beginning of a kind of dependency that we all would prefer to aviod.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bruce's overactive mind at bedtime - Coffea the answer

Bruce came to Saigon to help me prepare the film I was producing and he is a heads down worker with a penchant for detail. I mean that is every scene dissected and pored over until all the information is correctly noted in the schedules. Gruelling work, that takes long hours of concentration and lots of detail to remember. Well Bruce loved Saigon except he has fair skin and cannot be in the sun and his favourite months are September/October when it is cool. Saigon at 80+ all the time was not comfortable and Bruce also needs quiet to sleep and Saigon is not quiet except from midnight to five AM. So Bruce suffered a lack of sleep and in desperation came to me to help. Naturally in his rush to come he had forgotten to bring his kit. What can I say, “Brains are not wasted on the smart." So I dug into my kit and gave him my vial of Coffea 30ch. "Take a pill a half hour before you go to bed." Well he did and the next morning he said he slept and like most people he said he could not be sure if it was the Coffea but he did take the vial home again and used Coffea again.

Coffea is a great way to understand the underlying principle of Homeopathy. "Like treats Like." Coffee in a large dose activates you and gets your mind going. Coffea cruda, is made from the coffee bean and is a minute dilution of coffee. Now we are talking minute here. We don't even have the instruments to measure that small. One drop in one 100 to the 30th power which is pretty small. You figure out how many zeros that is as I am poor with math. Anyway that is why there are no side effects and if it is the wrong remedy it just goes on by. Seems that Homeopathy triggers the body to do its work and as such acts like a catalyst. Neat thought that we can trigger our immune system to wake up and do the job but it is true and Homeopathy is better than any alarm clock.

Monday, May 22, 2006

My brother has an accident in Brazil. Yuk!

I just spoke to Henry, my brother, on Skype. He is in Brazil by the sea where he lives part time. He kayaks and is in good shape. Well, he misjudged the tide and a big rock and watched his kayak bust up, and with a paddle as a friend, he swam 3 miles to shore. His eyes, from the salt burn, took 4 days to heal. His body was a mess, and he was bruised and worn out. He took Arnica at the time to help him heal.

Now it is two weeks later and he is suffering from sciatica, and has trouble walking. And to add insult to injury, he fell down a hill when he was clearing palm fronds. He had accupuncture in Sao Paulo which brought some temporary relief. He does not get back here to Canada until mid June.

I told him to get out his Hollywood Survival Kit:

Take the following:

#1 Tromos in all his drinkng water: put 3 drops in your water bottle and sip it all day. It will help with the whole head space of the accident remembered and will bring a better perspective to the whole event both past and how he is relating to it now.

#2 Aconite for a few days. 3 times a day. Aconite is for sudden emotioal shock and the fear of death. Well, that was 2 weeks ago but maybe he is still in mental trauma. I mean it was live or die and at night in the end.

#4 Arnica Pill - 3 times a day: for the physical healing that is going on..

#4 Arnica Pill - Arnica every time it hurts, One pill can be repaeted at 15 minute intervals till the pain subsides.

#7 Ledum - 3 times a day. For the heavy bruising and the back damage. It can actually be alternated with Arnica 3 times a day.

#8 Colobrina for a few days. 3 times a day. It is a remedy for too much. That hang over feeling. Henry is still in too much as the accident has not gone away so to speak, so I think the Colobrina may help. It is also good for back pain.

# 9 Arnica Gel - on the back where it hurts and when it hurts. On the foot that you hurt playing tennis, at night and in the morning and during the day too if it is painful.

He will report back in five days.

I tell you this story to demonstate in a real way how to use the kit in accidents and injury. We so often think that pain, and discomfort, and long recovery periods, are how it is. But I assure you, this is not always the case, and proper use of Hemoepathy, which has no side effects, can make the painful, less painfull, and the recovery speedier.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Arnica: for pain and sore muscles - a movie story

i just got back from Saigon. I was there Producing a feature film called "Saigon Eclipse." but that is another story. This is about Betsy a wonderful lady from Manila who is the 1st Assistant Director of the film. She came home after the second day of filming and said her heels hurt. I got her to take her sock off and gently spread Arnica gel on her feet, massaging ever so gently. I gave her a pill of Arnica 200ch as well. Within minutes she said the feet were feeling better and her body not so sore. She took another pill before bed and a tube of Arnica gel to use on other tender parts. The next morning when she came in she said she had already applied some more gel. She did that one more night and then her feet did not hurt anymore nor did her body, and she never needed any more Arnica. So, even though she never slacked off work, and abused her body each day to the extent she did, and belive me the work is hard out there. Nothing easy on either brain or brawn. So, in spite of this, her body healed and she strengthened herself in 3 days, to take the grind and not hurt. Arnica is awesome and I could tell you my own story of being over 60 and in MIlwakee and going through the same painful ordeal 12 hours a day. Amazing stuff, Arnica.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Flu need not frighten you and need not harm you

Reading CNN Health and this is what they said under flu symptoms.

The symptoms of the flu are similar to those of a cold, but more severe, and include:
fever (usually high)
extreme fatigue
dry cough
sore throat
runny or stuffy nose
muscle aches
nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also possible

Now tamiflu eases some of these symproms and Tamiflu is expensive and has side effects that may be debilitating. the Hollywood Survival Kit has remedies lthat are as effective at easing the symptoms but with no side effects, and inexpensive. I've listed the symptoms from the article and put some remedies from the kit beside each. Have a look.

Because you have opened the kit and you feel a change coming on, the flu, you should take #1, It's based on Bach Flower Rescue Remedy and it is a wonderful easer of the mind. Somehow it can take the edge off any situation from a funeral to an exam. I suggest it whenever you open the kit as it means you have some worry and it will help your perspective when selecting your remedy. Three drops on your tongue of in a bottle of water and sipped. It is very calming without altering your mental processes or your physical abilities.

Symptoms listed on CNN

The symptoms of the flu are similar to those of a cold, but more severe, and include:

the flu remedy in the Hollywood Survival Kit - Anas Barbaraae 200ch - It is the largest flu remedy sold in France under a specialty name Oscilloccocinum. Take it at the first sign of a flu and it will often just make it go away. If you have the flu then take it every few hours and it will ease the symptoms and the flu will pass quicker. Some people take Anas as a preventative once a month in the flu season but I have no direct experience with this idea.

fever (usually high) - #2 Anconitum 30ch - taken at first sign of a cold and any quick change in the body. It is also used when death is feared and good to ease the mind on trips to the dentist. For emotional shock.

headache- #8 Colobrina 30ch- a hangover remedy that is good for the headache that comes up the back of the neck. I suggest it if you have nausea. I use the guiding symptom of "too much" to lead me to the remedy. Too much booze or too much work, too much flu or too much of just about anything makes us cranky, with headaches and bad sleeping patterns. Colobrina is good to have around.

extreme fatigue - #4 Arnica 200ch - will pick you up a bit and keep you going if you have to keep going. Arnica is the first remedy for any and all physical shock. Indeed, a flu coming on is a physical shock.

dry cough- I would use - #11 - Echinacea throat spray which is antibacterial, - #12 - Mystic Air to sooth the lungs.
sore throat, runny or stuffy nose - #11- Echinacea throat spray

muscle aches - #4 Arnica 200ch - excellent for aching muscles or all sorts.

nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also possible - #2 Anconitum 30ch, #8 Colobrina, #5 Carbo Veg 6 ch, good for gas and belching and that over full feeling. It is also known as the great reviver and used in dire cases.

In my kit there are lots of ways to help you defeat the flu and get strong again. Homeopathy is like a catalyst in that it encoureges the body to do its work and believe it or not we have strong bodies and can be energized to handle our own problems.

John Board

Friday, May 19, 2006

Sprain an ankle and think of Arnica

I have been using Arnica cream and Arnica ch200 globules for sprains on film sets for over 15 years. It comes from a moutain flower; Arnica Montana. I use it on sore muscles and take a pill when my lower back gets painful from standng too long on the concrete floors of movie studios. Arnica pills should be used as quickly as possible after all accidents as a first remedy to ease pain and begin healing. You can take one every 10 minutes until the pain subsides. I have used it to control the pain of broken bones. Arnica if taken soon after a sprain may get rid of the sprain overnight. One pill at a time, as more will not make a difference. If your feet are sore after running, the Arnica cream will make them feel better and strengthen the body to do its work and heal the bruising. The cream is great on aching muscles but should not be used if the skin is broken as it may create a rash near the cut or scraped area. I promise you success. It is a mainstay in my kit.
Read the stories about the stuff on my web page.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Trouble getting off Paxil read this

Hi John,

So nice to hear from you. I hope you are well or better, I hope things are great for you.

I have thought of you since you were last here. I really wasn't myself and I think I resented your comments, albeit they were intended to be helpful, about the antidepressant Paxil that I was taking.

By the end of February, this year I was severely depressed and there was no question in my mind that it was chemically induced and that I was feeding them to myself. Nearly 1 in 8 commit suicide or are hospitalized because of Paxil (which I now know). I decided the little 'helping' pill was trying to kill me and made the gigantic acknowledgement that only by changing my life style would I be able to recover from all of the disappointments, divorce, life crap that is handed to us all.

I thought of you on my second day off Paxil and I took myself to a health store and bought a supply of Bach Rescue Remedy. If there was ever a time I needed it, I knew this was the big time. I drank it by the bottle full to ease the physical pain and mental anguish. It took me 8 days to get off of Paxil and I think kicking heroin would be similar. Family and friends were duly concerned, but only I could do the withdrawal. John, it was a hell I will never forget and can now only warn others about. You were right and I was mad at you because I wanted a pill to make my life better. I was simply tired of the fight to stay sane and needed to take what I thought was a 'free ride'.

My family and friends continually 'welcome' me back. I truly was a different person and frankly, I am so happy to be me again. I take the highs and lows and I cry and get angry and depressed, but I know now it is a part of the cycle of life and there are no 'free rides'.

Thank you for your continued friendship and you can add me to the long list of people that 'rescue remedy' assisted.

With love and appreciation,


THE KIT #1 REMEDY IS TROMOS ( based on the Bach Rescue Remedy formula)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Got Ashma then read this


The Board of Health

Jeremy Shell, Age 20, Toronto/Vancouver March 1, 2005

I am part of an ever-ailing, over medicated generation. Born in 1984, I found myself in a numbed state where pain was thought avoidable and loving parents could not abide suffering. And so my place was set in an empathy-fueled whirlwind of modifiers.
At age 18 I found myself groggy, weighing 356 pounds at 5'7". I had severe Eczema, causing unconscionable discomfort and leaving me swollen and irritated. The suffering Eczema caused was a major factor in my obesity. I would often go to school in shorts in winter, as the sensation of burning on my skin was eased by the fierce cold.
I had Asthma, worsened by my obesity. Strange as it seems, I was still quite a good athlete, playing high school rugby and experiencing a AA hockey career as a child.
Three doctors saw me a combined eight times annually: my general practitioner, for illness and referrals, a dermatologist for my skin and a specialist for my Asthma.
I was prescribed a cocktail of medications. I took two puffers, one for daily use and one for emergencies. In addition to this, I took daily pills; Singulair to improve breathing and Claritan. Several Eczema remedies including Bethamasone cream, Protopic cream, Nivea cream, Vaseline, Atarax Pills (fatigue agent) and Polysporin were used in combinations daily. Additionally, I used Advil for headaches and soreness and cough syrup when ailing with a cold.
Miraculously, I decided to move out to Vancouver to attend UBC after high school. The Western climate, far more accommodating to my skin, provided me a life of greater comfort than I had ever known. My skin became far less agitated, although still constantly itchy, and did not bother me nearly as severely. Periods of sweating or wearing irritating material (which can be cotton at times of agitation) remained problematic. I ceased to ever use Atarax and my cream consumption decreased drastically. Suffice it to say, I still had breakouts and constant itch, but at far more tolerable levels. Also, my skin did not appear as bad, with less visible dryness, redness and abrasions everywhere. This vastly improved my self-esteem.
I joined the UBC Rugby program, the country's best, and was allowed to stay, upon agreement to get in shape. Coupled with an improved diet, my exercise regime allowed me to lose 118 pounds in two years. My breathing had improved drastically as well as my skin.
Although my health had greatly improved, I still wheezed and was restricted in my play by Asthma and Eczema, which hurt my concentration on the field and cause me to scratch viciously.
Having come so far already and feeling as if I had so much farther to climb, I hit a wall. Eczema and Asthma remained bitter realities in my life. And then I met John Board 6 months ago.
Through a caring mutual friend, John and I were introduced. We spoke at great lengths about my afflictions and John suggested that I try his Hollywood Survival Kit. Willing to experiment, I undertook the expense. I was certain that the potential benefits outweighed the cost of the product.
An honest trial was in order. I ceased to use my Asthma puffers entirely for a period of two weeks, replacing them with the Kit's Mystic Air Spray whenever Asthma became an immediate issue. For the same period, I replaced Cortisone creams with Calendula cream from the Hollywood Survival kit. I also employed a smattering of the Kit's other remedies in appropriate situations. I was off conventional remedies and into the house of Board.
At the end of two weeks, my rugby game-minutes had increased from 40 to 72. I had never felt fitter and was ceasing to hyperventilate as easily. I wheezed slightly, when waning off of puffers, but that stopped after the first days. To this day I use Mystic Air Spray and no pharmaceuticl puffers.
I quickly found the Calendula cream had a soothing texture and consistency. It relieved itch and dryness. I appreciated it‚s non-greasy nature greatly, as did my cleaning bills. I use this product to this day, although I still require strong Cortisones for period of harsh skin outbreak. Unfortunately, Calendula cream is scarcely available in large quantity. The best value I've found for the product is in Board‚s Hollywood Kit.
The Coffea remedy proved a favourite of mine. It claims to hold properties of calming the mind and allowing one to focus. I began taking them while restlessly battling impending schoolwork. I do not know if this drug is a placebo or not, but it worked for me. It seemed to allow me to focus, by what nature I do not know. I use this product weekly.
Arnica Gel was the most pleasant surprise of the kit. The soothing gel relieves soreness from bruises and sore muscles. I enjoyed the healing properties of this gel so much I bought a sample for the rugby team. Several members of the team now keep it on hand, as well as the training staff.
I found that treating colds with a combination of Aconite from the Kit and Echinacea throat spray was most effective. Usually, my Asthma worsens dramatically with cold or flu. However, the Echinacea throat spray relieved the tension in my throat and eased the congested feeling of my lungs allowing me to fend off worsening Asthma due to cold.
As I would increase puffer dosage, when sick, I did the same thing with Mystic Air with excellent results. In addition to this, Arnica gel and Arnica pills aided in keeping sore muscles caused by illness at bay.
In my pursuit of rugby glory, I have employed the Hollywood kit as a major first aid player. As mentioned before, the Arnica gel is a wonder, calming inflammation and pain in bruising and light sprains. Calendula cream proved excellent for soothing irritation from medical tape. As well, Dr. Bach‚s stress formula proved its worth when it calmed a player emerging into shock from a combination of a severe knee sprain and cold.
In my daily life, where I am a common offender against my own body, several remedies have made my life better. Firstly, Carbo Veg. In my constant endeavour to overeat dramatically, Carbo Veg. aides in settling my stomach and easing the bloated feeling.
Aside from food, drink is another vice of mine. Being a university student and a rugby player to boot makes the bar a second home. The Kit's, Nux Vomica is the best hangover relief out there. It alleviates a great deal of the mental fatigue I feel after doing the town, as well as lessening the physically ill feeling in my stomach.
I currently find myself in better health than I have ever known, under the influence of drastically less medicine and subject to less expenditure. I still use prescription medications to treat Eczema, but I require them far less frequently. I have also begun to see a Homeopathic doctor to see if he can help. John Board told me that his brand of homeopathy could compliment modern medicine, not have to replace it. This brand of moderate thought has allowed me to add homeopathic weapons to my treatment arsenal and to realize a better state of being than ever before.
Upon reflection of my experiences over the last six months, I can state wholeheartedly that I am feeling better because of the properties of the Kit. I suggest it to anyone as an excellent first aid tool or as an effective treatment for Asthma. I make this suggestion because today, I feel good.