Government Supports Advertising Standards’ Declaration that Menopause is ‘a Serious Medical Condition’

Well ladies, it’s finally happened – a woman’s transition through menopause has been defined as ‘a serious medical condition’. This ruling was published by the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) on 18 September 2017.

The Advertising Standards Authority Limited is deemed by the Government to be the ‘Established Means’ – a quasi legal term, not sure what it really means – and it has declared that menopause is a serious medical condition and treatment should only be carried out by a medical doctor. This is all done with the full support of the Government, according to Margot James, MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility. So, no going off to your local health shop or complementary health practitioner to mention the word menopause because they are going to have to tell you that it’s serious and you must go to your GP.

How can a Minister for small business and the Advertising Standards Authority be supporting or making decisions about stages of life and turning them into medical conditions? I though this was the domain of health Authorities – with a capital A!

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is such an authority that I thought provided this type of guidance. Their definition of menopause is as follows:

Menopause A biological stage in a woman’s life that occurs when she stops menstruating and reaches the end of her natural reproductive life. Usually it is defined as having occurred when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months (for women reaching menopause naturally). The changes associated with menopause occur when the ovaries stop maturing eggs and secreting oestrogen and progesterone.

from https:// www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23/chapter/Recommendations#individualised-care

… and I’m not seeing anything about it being a serious medical condition. Perhaps the ASA would also like to rule on Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and puberty? Are they to be considered as serious medical conditions too?

What also makes me wonder about this declaration is that there are no references. If this were something that we should sit up and take note of surely it would reference NICE or another medical authority? I didn’t think the the ASA employed expertise of this nature or that its remit was to include changing the medical status of natural stages of life to serious medical conditions. Interestingly, Baroness Deech has observed, “The ASA is not a government agency, not elected, and not overseen … It is not accountable to anyone outside the [advertising] industry.” There are also a number of MPs who are on record as being unhappy with activities of the ASA and they include: John Glen (C), Holly Lynch (L) and Jim Shannon (DUP). But, this is an official declaration by the ASA and as Lord Smith, Chair of ASA, has said in the Houses of Parliament, the few challenges to the ASA have been almost entirely unsuccessful. NICE had better adjust its wording regarding menopause and bow to the superior knowledge of the ASA.

What does it mean for ‘women of a certain age’?

Does it mean that you could go to your GP and point out this Ruling, ask to be signed off for the next 5 years and claim appropriate benefits?

Is the Government rolling this out so that it becomes an official medical decision?

Is the Government really stigmatising women of a certain age as living with ‘a serious medical condition’? This could potentially impact a significant percentage of the UK’s workforce.

Something else to ponder is that the ASA has also recently widened its remit to include being a ‘gender monitor’ for advertising and media. What is this declaration saying about its ability to be a gender monitor when it doesn’t mention anything about andropause – the male menopause? (Andropause is when a man reaches middle age and starts to notice the effects of his testosterone levels dropping.) In order to be fair to both sexes I think the ASA should make a ruling about andropause too if it is to be raised to the level of health advisor to NICE and the NHS.

What do you think?


Staying Young: hormonally speaking


I’m at the Holistic Health Show this weekend at the NEC.

Do you really believe that creams and potions are going to be the only way to maintain youthful skin, glossy hair and strong nails? Did you know that real efforts to maintain these signs of youth and beauty start on the inside?

If you are seriously stressed – and so many of us are nowadays – cortisol, your stress hormone will age you by breaking down tissue, particularly collagen.

If your thyroid hormones aren’t working properly – you’ll struggle with your weight management, have low energy, dry skin and even toxic constipation.

If you’re living a high carb low fat lifestyle you’re depriving your body of essential fats and oils – they don’t have to be fattening!

Staying Young is not just about having a wrinkle-free face it’s about feeling and being vibrant and vital.

I’m going to share some top tips to support your hormone health, which will support a youthful skin, better energy and weight management, glossy hair and how to get the best beauty sleep.

Join me on Sunday 21 May at 2pm at the NEC.

You can register for free entry tickets here – http://www.holistichealthshow.co.uk

I hope to see you there!

Warm wishes



Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 – Mufty Day!

Thyroid problems are very common and they can affect you physically with weight management issues and mentally and emotionally with depression and/or anxiety. 

Do you blame it on the thyroid or hadn’t you thought about it? Is it the reason for your low mood and lack of will power or your lack of strength and energy to eat more healthily or to exercise?

Seriously though, if you are trying to make health improvements and failing, the process may be exposing the inadequacies of your thyroid health or treatment.

Support Thyroid UK – I am on their Advisory Panel and our work is about raising awareness and educating people about their thyroid health. It’s such an important little gland … think purple this week and support our work.

This year we have decided to ask people to hold a “Purple Mufty Day” (also known as non-uniform day or dress-down day).

We are asking people to donate £1 to Thyroid UK and wear something purple on Friday 21st October 2016. You can wear purple tops, trousers, dresses, socks or shoes etc. To really stand out you could wear a purple hat or fascinator! Purple nails will really finish the outfit off!

You can take selfies and post them onto your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and then share them with all your friends and family to spread the word! Make sure you mention Thyroid UK and we can then share them too!

If you have any queries, please email volunteers@thyroiduk.org.uk


Thank you!

Warm wishes

World Mental Health Day! Thinking about your contraception

Today is a day to stop and think about your mental health.  How are you feeling?  Happy, content?  Or, is it more like depressed, anxious and stressed with mood swings?

These problems are all aspects of self that we might think are purely down to our mental state of being, something we can (largely) control or overcome.  Have you stopped to think about how these problems could be as a result of hormone imbalance?


For example, a major new study was published very recently on how the birth control pill is linked with depression.  More than a million Danish women were subjects of this 18 year study and the conclusion was that hormone contraceptives (combined pill) are linked with a first diagnosis of depression and subsequent use of antidepressants – particularly among younger (adolescent) women.

This substantial body of work and its outcome does not surprise me in the least as there are clear hormone links between oestrogen and depression:

– higher oestrogen levels (often caused by hormone birth control) will increase secretion of Thyroid Binding Globulin, which binds up thyroid hormone making it less available to the body, creating a low thyroid situation.

  • low thyroid (not necessarily clinically detectable by your doctor) can be a direct cause of depression.

– higher oestrogen levels will also cause fluid retention (oestrogen encourages retention of fluid) and also weight gain because of a slower metabolism linked with the low thyroid.

  • if you put on weight or have problems with water retention your birth control pill may be affecting your thyroid hormone function.

This may also make you feel quite miserable.

Also, if you are a woman who suffers with PMS and have tried the Pill, it is known that about one fifth of women with PMS will suffer with depression as a result of being on it.  This was concluded in a 1982 survey of PMS sufferers.

The Pill and HRT are the same type of drug given to women at different times of their lives and according to the work of Dr Katharina Dalton, women who had hysterectomies and ovary removal because of PMS are often unable to tolerate the oestrogen replacement therapy prescribed to overcome the sudden drop into menopause; and, even then 98% of these women experience a return of their PMS symptoms within 3 years.

Unless there is a real psychological reason for your depression you may find that it was your hormones all along.  The Pill can cause a problem and it’s worth remembering that there are other alternatives.  After all, it has also been concluded that the Pill can completely squash libido as a side effect, which can result in distance and a loss of intimacy in your relationship that may also be causing feelings of isolation and depression.

Give a thought to your hormones when you think about your mental and emotional wellbeing.

The HRT & Breast Cancer Debate

The news this week that HRT can TRIPLE THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER should NOT come as a surprise, unless you forgot, or were unaware of, the Million Women Studyin 2003, which concluded that use of HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and that HRT-related breast cancer is more likely to be fatal.  The study also noted that the effect, or risk, was higher on combined HRT than oestrogen-only.  These results swiftly followed the Women’s Health Initiative Studies (Risks and Benefits of Oestrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Menopausal Women, 2002) that also concluded increased risks of breast cancer.

Cancer Graphic

Now, let’s pour a little more fuel on the fire.  Another study published in 2002 was ‘Are some progestins genotoxic liver carcinogens?’ and it reviewed synthetic progesterone (in other words progestins that do not include natural progesterone or human progesterone), which are classified as carcinogenic (cancer causing) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.  The study concluded that these progestins could raise the risk of liver cancer and, interestingly, it noted that it was known that oestrogen’s are carcinogenic because they can increase the risk of endometrial cancer and possibly breast cancer, which is not readily acknowledged in this new study.

HRT is a choice medication, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK may have down-graded the risks to the point of saying it was okay for women to have HRT, but hormones are powerful chemicals and in order for a pharmaceutical company to get a patent on a hormone product it has to have a different chemical structure than its natural cousin, which cannot be patented.

Speaking as a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago (no history of extended Pill use or HRT as I was only 38) it’s not a disease that should be trivialised.  Do we get lulled into a false sense of security because it’s easy to think of it as a localised tumour that can be chopped out?  I don’t know if that’s the case for some people, but what I do know is that cancer is a systemic disease of immune deficiency that also feeds on sugar much more actively than healthy cells.  Breast cancer is not all about oestrogen, even if it is oestrogen receptor positive.

If you would like to read more about cancer and how the propaganda machine works for pharmaceuticals check out an article I wrote for Positive Health in response to severe criticism about an article I worked on for the Daily Express – click here

In the meantime, balancing hormones before, during and after the menopause can do wonders for your health and wellbeing physically, mentally and emotionally.  You don’t have to knowingly increase your risks for cancer. This natural approach works quickly and effectively and will support you from a positive health perspective rather than taking drugs that offer you the opportunity to offset the risks against the proposed benefits they may bring, along with side effects.  My approach to cancer was to work more naturally, to support my body back to wellness.

Wishing you well,



Extract from My New Book!

Hello again!

You may have missed my blog the other day about my new book Health from the Bottom Up, which is currently available for a very short time on Amazon – FREE!  (By Kindle – you can download Kindle from Amazon for your computer, phone or tablet for free, you don’t need a Kindle Reader!)

I wanted to share a small extract with you – you might be amazed at what your gut is harbouring …

A Monster Within?

Elimination of waste is a fundamental biological need of all living things. Unfortunately, it’s a need that we tend to ignore too often. So why and how do we ignore our colons? If we put our hand on a boiling kettle we would do something to remove it from the pain very swiftly. So, how do we allow our colons to be stretched out of shape and permanently damaged by constipation? Why do we hold ourselves back from eliminating so that our colon can blow up like a balloon and in doing so put ourselves on a track of discomfort, illness and disease?


In his book Cleanse and Purify, Dr Richard Anderson recalls an encounter with a doctor,

‘I have spent twelve years working in the field of post-mortem diagnosis. I have seen many thousands of dissected cadavers. Everybody has it in there. We have a way of attaching a hose to the upper intestines and with the aid of powerful chemicals we literally blow the stuff right out of the intestines. I have seen the heavy ‘beer belly’ and so called fat people, lose all that bulk in five minutes. It wasn’t fat. It was the mucoid layer … and in that filthy substance we see all sorts of worms, bacteria, fungi and many unidentifiable things. It is almost unbelievable that people can live with that filth inside them. All these people were dead of course and it wasn’t hard to see why.’

In Dr Bernard Jenson’s book, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, he explains that in his experience,

‘One autopsy revealed a colon to be 9 inches in diameter with a passage through it no larger than a pencil. The rest was caked up layer upon layer of encrusted faecal material. This accumulation can have the consistency of truck tyre rubber. It’s hard and black.’

He also goes on to talk about another autopsy that revealed a stagnant colon that weighed in at a staggering (and he/she probably was staggering) 40 lbs.

I expect I have your attention by now!

Let’s just think of the implications of carrying around impacted faecal matter.

·  At best it will present extra weight that you just can’t shift.

·  You might suffer from regular constipation and flatulence.

·  Bad breath/halitosis are a periodic or constant problem.

·  Headaches and even depression impair the quality of your life.

·  Abdominal discomfort and swelling legs make you loosen your clothes, put your feet up and ultimately reach for the laxatives.

·  Body odour has you reaching for stronger and more effective anti-perspirants and deodorants.

·  Constant skin break-outs have you covering up with make-up or asking the chemist for the latest acne treatment.

·  Your hair is dull and your eyes are lifeless.

Do you feel like all the sparkle has gone out of your life? Are you suffering with a chronic complaint? Would you like to look better as well as feel better?


My little book will tell you more about what the above highlights and, most importantly, what to do about it!  A simple and ancient approach that can work wonders for your health.

Take a look on Amazon for Health from the Bottom Up and download your FREE copy before this one and only promotion expires!

See on Amazon as a Kindle book – downloadable to any device – click here

Be great if you would leave a review on Amazon – I appreciate your feedback.

In good health and have a good weekend,


Health from the Bottom UP!

It’s been a while since I did my last post as there’s been a lot going on, so hello and I hope you are enjoying the Summer now that it may finally have arrived!

I just wanted to let you know that for the next few days my new book Health from the Bottom UP is available on Amazon for FREE!

What’s it all about?

Health from the Bottom Up is a short, practical book that will explain why your gut health is so important and how regular enemas (rather than expensive colonic irrigation) should be part of your life.  Good housekeeping should apply to your body as well as your home.

Yes, I know there are jokes and connotations about enemas and when I was going through the natural cancer therapy, which involved four coffee enemas per day, my daughters took great delight in telling me they’d never go into a Starbuck’s again in case I asked for my coffee black, with a straw!

But seriously.  Did you know that you could be carrying pounds of undigested food and guck around in your belly that you won’t pass.  (One guy I mention actually passed the ‘bluey’ marble he swallowed when he was five years old.)  Did you know that this intestinal muck will be generating toxins that are leaching through your gut and undermining your immune system?  Health from the Bottom Up has information on the whys and wherefores of enemas as well as how to do some simple ones with added ingredients for health benefits; and the preparation method for the famous coffee enemas completes the set.  (The coffee enema was found in the world’s best selling medical text book until the early 1970s.)

I often recommend enemas and shared this book’s previously edition with clients who have problems with constipation.  Enemas can set you free from this uncomfortable problem and I’ve had many an email expressing huge relief. Constipation is a problem for which people usually take a laxative – do you want to know why that’s not a good idea for your body and that it won’t resolve the stuff you carry around inside?  My little book will take you through all that and a whole lot more, with some humour along the way.

After the FREE promotion expires you can get all this for less than the price of a cup of coffee!  Bottoms Up!

See on Amazon as a Kindle book – downloadable to any device – click here

Once you’ve had a read I’d be really pleased if you could post a review.  Thank you .. and do share with friends

Don’t miss out as this one time offer expires shortly.

Wishing you good health, always


Ever wondered how the menstrual cycle really works?



Have you ever had some questions about your menstrual cycle? Here are a couple of resources for you:

There’s a video on my website that explains how the month progresses and what happens hormonally and you can view this here – it’s called Your Period


and following that if you want a bit more info I did an interesting interview with Harriet Seager of the Wellbeing Examiner and you can see this here:


I hope you find these films useful – let me know if you have any questions …


Medical Error 3rd Leading Cause of Death in US – so remind me, why do we go to doctors?

This breaking news makes an interesting update as it’s not the first time that doctor-caused death has been flagged as a leading cause, JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) reported this in 2000. The problem, however, is that very often medical intervention is not noted as cause of death because a disease or condition is what is referenced … because of the issue of liability?

The medical professional has an enormous amount of skills and knowledge that it can provide for us in times of need, but have you placed too much responsibility for your health in the hands of your doctor, expecting a magic pill or curative surgery to solve all your health problems?

Think about who you might be asking for help from.

A recent poll conducted in Britain by PureGym and reported in the Times of India found that:

– doctors are one of the most unlikely professions to exercise, almost twenty five per cent of doctors admitted to doing no exercise;

-doctors work and live with the least amount of sleep;

-doctors are often expected to work through a whole day without a sit-down meal.

Also, it’s estimated that one in six doctors are addicted to drugs or alcohol at some point in their career, a UK study found in 2015. (The BMA (British Medical Association) has also called for action to be taken on this.) It is estimated that doctors are three times more like than the rest of us to have cirrhosis of the liver, which is a sign of serious liver damage.

Finally, doctors have a significantly higher suicide rate than the general population – they have been estimated to be more than twice as likely to kill themselves.

For me, health is about feeling alive and vital through a good diet and lifestyle that doesn’t mean boring. After all, you have feed the soul as much as you nourish the body, so a glass of wine or some chips aren’t off the menu!
Being healthy is not about feeling drugged, sluggish and suffering with side effects. Drugs don’t cure, they mask and modulate symptoms. Many chronic conditions, such as Type II diabetes can be reversed with a sound natural health approach. People think that diabetes is just a sugar condition that can be treated with pills, but did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of amputation?

Taking drugs to ‘cure’ a health condition is just like eating sweets all the time when you’re hungry and expecting them to provide the nutrition your body needs. Food for thought?

Wishing you well


Pain All Over. Fibromyalgia – can it be helped?

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a condition, not a disease, and there is general consensus that it is a stress related condition without a specifically identifiable cause. However, we have to remember that stress is cumulative over your lifetime and over the years it affects you on physical (eg illness and trauma), mental and emotional (eg relationships, financial, work-related) levels. But, I can’t write a lengthy piece discussing what it is and how it may happen so I’m going to highlight some hormone health areas that are likely to be closely associated and can certainly contribute to the experience of this painful and debilitating condition.

Adrenal Function – it’s all about stress

The experience of stress impacts adrenal function and as we go through life our threshold, or tolerance, may start to diminish. This, in turn, means that our resilience in life is depleted and tension (physical and mental) will start to increase and this process can manifest with the development of depression, anxiety, sleep problems and muscular aches or pain. All of these problems will contribute to the experience of stress (physical, mental and emotional) and all of which will form a downward spiral unless it can be addressed effectively. Please don’t think that I am advocating a solution of anti-depressants and sleeping tablets because I’m not. These drugs do not resolve the issues, they merely mask them but perhaps can sometimes make day-to-day life more tolerable.

I advocate adrenal function support as an essential part of any recovery program and this has to address the underlying dysfunction as well as the stress and its symptoms, depression and anxiety, disturbed sleep and the manifestation of muscular pain.

Thyroid Hormone Form & Function

Another key area is whether the thyroid hormones are at a good level and are able to function effectively. The functional aspect is not one addressed by medicine because medicine views health from the reductionist level of individual biomarkers: hormones, enzymes, proteins, etc and their levels. We have to stand back and view the bigger picture so that we can assess how hormones may be able to function, not just as a level in a test result!

If you have adrenal dysfunction and sex hormone imbalances (FMS is known to impact women much more frequently than men), your thyroid hormones may not be able to convert properly and/or may not be able to connect with tissue effectively. This will essentially produce a functional hypothyroid state that your doctor will not identify through TSH and fT4 testing and levels may well be completely normal. However, low cortisol and/or sex hormones will result in poor tissue responses. In other words your thyroid hormone is unable to connect with its receptors to do its work. What are symptoms of low thyroid function?   … trouble sleeping, fatigue, depression, anxiety, joint and muscle pain, to name a few. The problem of chronic generalised muscular pain being related to thyroid system dysfunction is well documented – there is a journal article as far back as 1959 (1) as well as more recent research in 2008 (2).

Another hormone area that is worth briefly reviewing is the serotonin pathway. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter (type of hormone) and Russell has been a dedicated researcher of its relationship with FMS publishing a number of papers. It was in 1992 that he published specifically on low serotonin levels being closely related to increased perception of pain (3).

So, this too makes interesting reading as low serotonin can also contribute to low mood, or depression and anxiety. Good serotonin levels can also be supportive of better sleep quality too! If you go into the evening time of the day feeling more centred and less depressed or anxious, it will contribute to feeling less stressed (stress increases cortisol and keeps the mind active and will suppress the secretion of melatonin, your sleep hormone). Serotonin also converts to melatonin to support better quality sleep. It’s a much more rounded, or systems-based approach to supporting sleep, rather than using a benzo-based drug. A useful, more naturally way of boosting serotonin and melatonin level is to work with 5-HTP, a plant based amino acid that converts to serotonin with results that can be seen within a week if used properly.  (Do not use this if you are on antidepressants.)

In my opinion, having a multi-pronged approach to FMS, that naturally and safely supports your body’s systems, has a much higher chance of success than simply ‘pressing’ individual hormone ‘buttons’ that often, in themselves, will never provide an effective solution.

Wishing you well







1 Wilson, J, Walton, JN. Some muscular manifestations of hypothyroidism. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1959 Nov;22:3204

2 Sbrocchi AM, Chédeville G, Scuccimarri R, Duffy CM, Krishnamoorthy P. Pediatric hypothyroidism presenting with a polymyositislike syndrome and increased creatinine: report of three cases. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jan;21(1):8992

3 Russell IJ, Michalek JE, Vipraio GA, et al. Platelet 3H-imipramine uptake receptor density and serum serotonin levels in patients with fibromyalgia/fibrositis syndrome. J Rheumatol 1992;19:104-109.