Monthly Archives: July 2013


castleWhen I was a little girl I believed in fairy tales.  Good triumphed over evil and everyone lived happily ever after.  Then when I started being bullied at school for being fat my castle started sinking into the moat and I realized that I would have to do something to stop myself becoming sad.  At first I became the bully as a way of defence.  I was still sad.  I kept reading my fairy tales and living in a fantasy world of fiction until I started to identify with the underdog of every story.  And I wanted so badly to help the underdog, who I understood to be myself.  So it was then that I first started giving myself pep talks.

mkThese days I believe it’s called meditation.  Although generally thought to be a calm piece of time for reflection, my mediation is generally nothing of the sort.  If I’m feeling the stress or am at a very low ebb, I turn up the volume on my problem and fixate on it.  And whilst doing that it generally helps me to focus better with an upbeat song played LOUD in the background.  I imagine myself overcoming the problem.   Sometimes I’ll listen to Martin Luther King just for the passion and the will in his voice.   And although my struggle is different, the end is the same.   I become my own preacher.  You CAN!  This WILL work!

And growing as a person all the time, I thought at each junction “Now this is when I needed the positivity.”  When I got divorced I thought “Yes.  This is when I need it.”  When my beautiful son was diagnosed with autism then I thought “It must be now?”  When I was made bankrupt, “Now?”  When my son was diagnosed with stage four cancer, “Surely now?”  Yes.  Resoundingly yes.  Now.  Seeing my child wheeled down the stark corridor of nuclear medicine.  Watching him intently having all of his scans, I would fixate on him and mediate.  Over and over.  “Come on Charlie, come on Charlie.  You can do this!  You can do this.”  Tapping my foot to the beat of the music I was listening to (he was sedated), chanting to the rhythm under my breath.  I could have lit up the hospital with the energy I found in myself.  And I willed it into that child.  Every.  Single.  Day.  Because I went into the hospital with him oak-treeknowing I would be bringing him out with me.  And everyone thought I was crazy.  Everyone.  He very nearly died three times along the way.  Once he was unconscious and slipping down the rabbit hole and I laid my hands on him, felt the heat, and spoke to him, calmly but positively and within five minutes he sat up.  The second time doctors had told me they were going to stop giving him the four different blood products that they had been giving him every day for the last three weeks and that I should prepare myself for his inevitable death.  That night again I put on my music, talked to myself until I was at a certain frequency then laid my hands on his sleeping body I whispered to him that he must not leave me.  That he must heal.  And do you know that in the morning that same doctor came to me and said that this was the first morning he had seen any improvement.

So sometimes meditation or visualization or pep talks can be noisy, chaotic, urgent.  But needless to say if I wasn’t convinced before about the power of positive thought than I am now.  Not only it is character building, it is life saving.   Vital to how you and yours sit in the world.  Every day I am inspired by other people.  And every day I look to music, art, literature, the environment around me and the good people are doing and there is always a scrap of positive even on the grimmest of days.   At the moment my Charlie remains clear of his cancer and I have changed our lifestyles to heal his body with nutrition and natural therapies.  Every day is a day for learning more.   But positivity abounds and yes, I do have a dream.  Because in life, bad things happen.  And how you deal with it has bearing on the outcome.   Now I no longer think my castle is sinking.  I see it standing like the oak of a tree against the storms of the seasons.  Standing sharon woollystrong against the trials of our lives.

Guest Post from Sharon Woolley


by Alyx Kerr,

weededeCannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.

Cannabis – whether Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis, male, female, hermaphrodite, wild, bred for fiber, seeds or medicinal resin – is a vegetable with every dietary essential we can’t synthesize: Essential Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Essential Cannabinoid acids and hundreds of anti-Cancer compounds.

Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of bud and leaf juice of any Hemp plant, 5 mg of CBD per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC daily, divided into 5 doses with an Arachadonic acid source, such as Hemp seed oil.

“If you heat the plant, you will decarboxylate THC-acid and you will get high, you”ll get your 10 mg. If you don’t heat it, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams & use it as a Dietary Cannabis. . . and push it up to the Anti-oxidant and Neuro-protective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams,” stated Dr. William Courtney.

“The amount of Cannabinoids we need would be difficult to get through smoked Cannabis without feeling the intoxicating effects,” said Kristen Courtney.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) maintains our biological systems by regulating each cell tissue. It uses Arachadonic acid/Omega 6 to make Endo-Cannabinoids: fatty molecules that communicate harm between cells. Dietary Cannabis mimics the ECS by providing Cannabinoids when there is an Arachadonic acid deficiency or Clinical Cannabinoid Deficiency.

The body regenerates best when it’s saturated with Phyto-Cannabinoids, which takes 3 months of Dietary Cannabis use.
Patients exceeding 4 decades need Dietary Cannabis daily.

Patients using blood pressure, birth control, Epilepsy, Anti-psychotic or any Cardiac medicines need more Dietary Cannabis to elevate their serum Cannabinoid levels.

Oxidative diseases and Amphetamine, radiation or Alcohol damage can be prevented or treated with Cannabinoid therapy.

Cannabinoids are particularly effective in the treatment of oxidative associated diseases of the CNS because they cross the Blood Brain Barrier and exert their anti-oxidant effects.

Hemp juice has lowered blood pressure an average of 10 points within 2 hours.

Patients suffering from end stage Cancer need to eat buds whole.

Plants sprayed with anything shouldn’t be juiced, but some pests are edible, such as Spider mites.

To prepare leaves for a juicer, avoid rinsing – soak them in water for 5 minutes.

Masticating juicers are efficient for leaves, buds and sprouts; a centrifugal juicer may need additional vegetables to chop fibers.
To preserve juice fill containers so that air is minimized; a dose of juice frozen in an ice cube tray retains medicinal value.

A sprout’s prophylactic, analgesic, anxiolytic, anti-oxidant and activities peak within 1-2 weeks.

For CBD without dysphoria from THC psycho-toxicity, heat bud to 166 degrees with a heat gun – the longer a bud is boiled, the less THC remains.

D9THC boils at 157C, D8THC boils at 175C, CBD boils at 188C.

Drinking heated juice for THC is more potent because there is less vaporization, adhesion and degradation to decrease potency.
When calculating a dose of heated juice from a new strain make sure to begin with smaller doses: the amount of THC in a cup of juice can exceed 100 joints worth – which could leave one unconscious for a number of days – and even heated leaves can be psycho-active.

A 20 mg dose of THC causes most patients to stagger, after 30 mg THC most are unable or unwilling to stand.

“The Hemp plant is actually an excellent plant because the THC content can be low, that’s if you’re treating a condition for which appears CBD food supplement is in order. . . The plants we’re using in Luxembourg have only 1% CBD, a 1% CBD plant is providing you with 19 times more CBD per pound than Oranges provide you of vitamin C. A 1% is an excellent source, you can make tremendous concentrates you can eat the plant raw – and the absence of the THC – you can heat Hemp, which you can’t do with other strains because the THC acid comes out and you end up with a psycho-toxic substance,” says Dr. William Courtney

Viable Hemp seed from the detoxyourworld, happilyraw and websites approach pure CBD.

Steam or UV sterilized Hemp seeds sprout at a lower germination rate; such as seeds from Nuts dot com, Avian Organics and Persnickety Parrot websites.

Canadian Hemp seed oil contains 10 mg per kg of CBD; Swiss and Finland sourced Hemp seed oil can contain up to 50 mg of THC per kg.

Swiss Hemp “essential” oil contains 540 mg of CBD and 3 mg each CBD, CBG and CBN per kg with no acids.

Raw Cannabis produces non-psychoactive acidic Cannabinoids. It’s medicinal at lower doses than heated preparations because constituents have an Entourage effect when they act synergistically. 90% of the medicinal constituents are destroyed with heat – such as terpenoids, which can greatly prolong the amount of time a Cannabinoid affects our body.

“It’s the poster-child for raw food.”

Acidic Cannabinoids are absorbed by our body 400% better than neutral Cannabinoids and do not require a Cannabiniod receptor to produce medicinal activity.

Neutral Cannabinoids are the product of aging, heat or light.
THC – the only psycho-active group of Cannabinoids – and all other neutral Cannabinoids are barely present in raw Cannabis.

There 16 possible classes of Cannabinoids and over one hundred Cannabinoids in each trichome; in a ratio that changes throughout development with variations between cultivars. Each act differently: CBD-acid has anti-biotic activity but CBD doesn’t.

Contact The Humboldt Patient Resource Center, Canna Culture Collective, Leonard Moore Co-op or ask local growers in a Cannabis forum for fresh Cannabis leaves.

For more info on Cannabis, visit

Alyx S. Kerr is a 24 year old Cannabis enthusiast who has no doubt that Cannabis is the most important biomass for Biological, Ethical and Environmental systems. Visit his website at

Image Credit

Source: Prevent Disease 

Healthy Kitchen Garden – July Week 1

IMG_6689 DSCF4534 IMG_6693 DSCF4542 DSCF4533 DSCF4532What a week it has been here in our walled kitchen garden. Those of you who have been following our Blog will know that we have been working tirelessly this year to produce as much fresh organic produce as possible. We spend a lot of time helping families that have children battling cancer or recovering from therapy and strongly believe in the power of nutrition to heal the body. Due to this our aim is to provide fresh, weekly vegetable box free of charge to any families in need of our help.

When we say organic we mean it!

Food is something we are all very passionate about here at Bobby’s Healthy Shop and we don’t cut corners when it comes to our produce. As well as not using any chemicals on our produce, the water used on our plants is spring fed and then filtered through a rhino home water filtration system to make sure it’s completely chemical free.

What are we sending out this month?

July is set to be a very exciting month for us here in the healthy shop garden as our first crop of many varieties of vegetables are ready to harvest. This month will see us sending out:

  • Swedes
  • Lettuce
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Strawberries
  • Beetroots
  • Brassicas (Broccoli & Sprouts)
  • Gooseberries
  • Fresh mint
  • Salad onions

We are also increasing our growing space within our poly tunnels by suspending new growing platforms from the ceiling. Making use of this additional vertical space will allow us to reap an even bigger yield from our modest plot of just less than one acre.


Our ancient fig tree that sits on the far wall of the garden has had another bumper crop this year, we have learnt from our past mistakes and this year surrounded the tree in netting. The sweet tasting figs seem to be a favourite of the local birds and other wildlife.

We also have hazel and walnut trees in the grounds that we hope will be delivering a plentiful bounty this year.

What problems have we been facing?

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of issues that we have managed to overcome first of which being slugs, it seems every slug for miles around has now heard about our little enterprise and they have been arriving to the feast in their hundreds, while we hold the firm belief that every creature needs to make a living something had to be done! By using natural organisms called nematodes we have managed to get a handle on the infestation, but what is a nematode?

Nematodes are one of the most abundant creatures on Earth; with a typical handful of soil containing thousands of these microscopic organisms. Over 20,000 different species have been classified. One nematode species – Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita – has adapted to infest the body of many common garden slugs. At 0.5mm (0.02”) in length, it’s virtually impossible to detect by eye. Within days, the ill-fated slug stops eating and retreats below ground to eventually die. The nematodes digest the decomposing remains, before producing a new generation that move off in search of new slug hosts. This is a completely holistic approach to pest control using the slugs natural predator to keep the numbers in check and it’s been working great!

Did you know it’s illegal to re-release a grey squirrel back into the wild once caught? Well the ones that end up in our humane traps always seem to escape once they are taken a few miles up the road. Like the slugs they are just out to make a living and bring up their kids and what right do we have to stop them?

What are we looking forward to in august?

Well august is when the harvest really begins for us with tomatoes, peppers and leeks all ready for the pot. As well as these we are looking forward to harvesting apples from our orchard which we will be turning into Apple Cider Vinegar as well as drying lots in our dehydrator which can then be used throughout the year.