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Im not going to say much here. I just want to add a link to the Government website that links in a code of practice for handling requests in a reasonable manner. Its easy for everyone to understand if they want too. Read this if you are a working parent and need some flexibility with your working life…..   Flexible working

Mel on a Microwave Mission

In 1989, a Swiss food scientist called Dr Hans-Urich Hertel made some worrying discoveries. The study showed that blood could change after eating food that had been cooked or warmed in a microwave. Especially at risk were babies drinking milk that had been warmed in this way. However initially this information was covered up by the order of the Swiss courts.

I first came across this information around 15 years ago and shocked by what I read I threw my microwave away and never looked back, to the amusement of many a visitor! Until now….

Due to my Paleo lifestyle I spend a lot, yes an awful lot of time in the kitchen, often preparing food for the next day. And the next morning I spend yet again more time heating the prepared food for us all to take with us to work or school. I often think about how easy life would be if I could just pop a container into the microwave and warm it in a ping.

I keep telling myself that 15 years ago I did not have a wifi’d object in every corner of the house. Surely these are just as bad? Maybe they are far, far worse? Maybe the risks from a microwave are a drop in the ocean compared to the time bomb’s we have in our house’s today?

So I am adding to my list – research the dangers of living with and eating food from a microwave oven and then decide how these risks compare to what surrounds us every day.  Maybe the safest place is with the  Bruderholf community ……  But would they have me ?!

…and in the news today.

So many things in the news today that caught my eye. ‘Homoeopathy can cure Ebola’ I totally agree that this is possible, having used homoeopathy for the past 15 years, avoiding conventional medicine, I have seen for myself how fantastic it it. It just doesn’t earn these massive pharmaceutical companies huge sums. It never has done which is why, soon after it was founded by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) it was made illegal. Everything is on this planet for a reason. Don’t knock it until you have tried it! If its good enough for the royal family…. yes, thats not talked about often is it?

Homeopathy to cure ebola

‘The UK has fewer stomach cancer survivors than some third world country’s’
Yes, I get this. Im guessing that they don’t throw sugar or artificial sweeteners down their necks before or after diagnosis. One of the worst things for our stomachs.

‘The fry up not as bad as we thought’

Carbs are sugar. Simple.

The Bruderhof Community

I was fortunate to face paint at an event in the summer where some locals from Dover were helping at the event by marshalling and running children’s activity stalls.

These people live in a Bruderhof Community and on chatting to a few of them I quickly formed the believe that we can learn a lot from their way of life and beliefs. They were giving away their book called ‘Their Name is Today’ which I am so pleased I took the time to read.

Having previously studied and worked with the EYFS, the national framework for children’s development I noticed that a lot of what they say is similar… minus the push push push mentality that we force on our youngsters. These people don’t live and die thinking about money or their next purchase. They purposely wear extremely simple clothes because these are what others associate with poverty.

These people spend quality time with their young and old. They don’t have the latest gadget or cash for a quick takeaway when they have been working ridiculous hours or simply because they can’t be bothered to cook… or worse, don’t know how. What they have is what they need. They looked happy, relaxed and certainly not rushed or stressed like a lot of us. They don’t have the pressures on them from the media to spend vast sums of money at Christmas or any other time, come to that. In fact they can’t because they don’t have money. They get provided with what they need.

I actually came away quiet envious… No, very envious. I absolutely recommend this book. I can guarantee that you will take something away from it.

Buy their book

The Bruderhof Community Website

Tapioca Flour

This week I set about finding a ‘Paleo’ flour that would make a great bread. I settled on Tapioca as the pearls make an apparent fantastic pudding (yet to be tested by the family). I then set about buying this flour online as in my recent experience many of the ingredients I want are not available in my usual health shops or sadly cost much more than I can buy them on the internet. I found that a company selling tapioca flour in 3 kilo bags was great value and I considered that it would last me a while without going off. The service was fantastic and my flour arrived the next day. Oh, two 3k bags. I ordered double by mistake. I start praying that we all love the stuff. Saturday arrives and my daughter makes rolls for us all to eat with homemade Celeriac and sweet potato soup. I was delighted with the results. It was the best bread we had eaten so far. Not sweet like the coconut bread… not rich like the almond bread. A little on the heavy side but delicious all the same. We ate it hot with butter on and dipped it into the soup for lunch. Maybe I’m a little suspicious at this stage as in my experience any food I really really love has a sinister side to it. Enter Doctor William Davis, author of Wheat belly. He tells us all those reasons why wheat should be avoided like the plague, then goes on to tell us what we should replace it with. Fruit.. tick, Veg…tick.. In fact all those foods I’m eating stacks more of on my Paleo journey. He then tells us what we should not replace wheat with, and there it was. Tapioca flour… happily sitting in that list. Why? It spikes the blood sugar higher than wheat, which if your interested, two slices of the stuff will spike our blood sugar higher than a Snicker bar.

So… The tapioca flour is most certainly not going in the bin, I’m far too tight for that but it will be coming out for those times when a bit of comfort food just can’t be replaced with a vegetable… however beautifully its been dressed but I am thinking i may not need to buy any for a long time to come!

One more kick…. its not even strictly Paleo because it undergoes so much processing… 🙂

Anti-Bullying Month

November is Anti-Bullying month and the perfect time to bring up something that is really close to my heart. Bullying is something that I, along with millions of others worldwide can not abide. I don’t need to explain why people feel this way. Sadly it is something that cause’s heartache to many. Worst case senarios have seen the victims of bullying kill themselves because they can no longer see a future without the fear and pain their perpetrator brings them. Bullying goes on in all sorts of environments but It seems that institutions are where victims of bullying and their perpetrators are commonly found and this is not just restricted to children. Adults in Prison, and not just the vulnerable ones, can be just as likely to be the victim of bullying as can the younger generation in education settings.

I plan to add regular posts supporting anti bullying but one observation I have made over the years is this.

It seems that whilst bullying is more commonly deemed to be unacceptable, ‘grassing’ (a word i totally despise) on the perpetrator is something that is almost taboo. Lets be honest, it unlikely that this person or group of people have just the one victim.

I say, lets ‘out’ the Bullies and I don’t mean in a ‘hang, draw and quarter’ way, as, like the proverb goes, two wrongs don’t make a right. No, I mean if someone is being bullied, they should be hailed as the hero for standing up and pointing out their bully. There should be no fear of being labelled a grass and no stigma attached, certainly no reprisals or further bullying from outsiders following the ‘outing’ of a perpetrator.

It seems to me that from the bullies point of view, its ok for him or her to make life rubbish for their victim but its not ok for the victim to speak out. Really? I think not.

Lets not pay lip service to stamping out bullying. Lets say…  “don’t protect the bully and hail him as some sort of hero and award him animosity, lets name him and stand firm.”

Spread the word…

Stand Up To Cancer

Like many of us I watched Stand up to Cancer last night and humbling it most certainly was. I am the sort of person that try’s to appreciate every day. Even the naff ones where i am having a rotten time in my ‘day job’. I will smile and do my best to work through a tricky situation. However like many of us i sometimes sweat the small stuff and have to give myself a rain check…. but then i remind myself that its not always sensible to literally live very day as if it were my last and i forgive myself and accept a balance has to be made.

Programs like Stand up for Cancer are fantastic for raising vast sums of money to find cures for this horrendous disease as are the latest craze for raising cash on Social media in the form of silly activities like the ‘Ice bucket challenge’ and the ‘No make up selfie”. And best of all it does not involve that awkward moment of asking your Aunts, Uncles and work mates to sponsor you. All good, especially when breakthroughs into curing cancer are constantly being discovered and the chances of survival are on the increase. But….

How many research outcomes are actually being released into WHY Cancer is on the increase. And I don’t mean the statistics that are always being harped on about. Alcohol use, obesity and smoking. These are the sorts of cancer causing reasons that the government can safely blame on their public. However i’m pretty sure i’m safe in saying smoking must cause far fewer cancers than it did a few decades ago. There was a time when most of us were lighting up and it was positively the coolest, most healthy thing to do. However the Government still loves a good smoking debate. Even though they quietly count the money from the high level of tax they gain from the sales of tobacco.

Now to me, a nobody in the research world, the real increase in cancer is obvious. We only have to look at what we have now that we did not have a few decades ago. Well, certainly not to the extent we have them today.

Mobile phones and the many mobile phone masts that are popping up outside our house with absolutely no need for public consultation as long as they do not exceed a certain height.
Internet and more specifically the Wifi providing it
3. Chemicals and other junk added to our food
4. Microwave ovens
5. The numerous vaccines given to us which are all ‘great’ for our health and survival rates.
6. The overuse of Fluoride
7. The overuse of medicines….. namely antibiotics.

Do I need to go on….. ?

These are all foreign bodies that do nothing to lower our risk of cancer.

Any why doesn’t the Government talk about these subjects? Well, I’m not saying that these things do no good. Certainly there are great benefits to having vaccines at our fingertips, medicines and internet. But do we need these things to the extent that we have them? I for one don’t own a microwave and have done absolutely fine thank you for forty something years without zapping instant food. I personally don’t routinely vaccinate my children. and have done fine with this as well. I appreciate this is an individual choice.. although many people forget this. Whether these things have benefits or not we were not born requiring them. This makes them a foreign object and my strong belief is that they can all increase our chances of getting cancer. It is also safe to say that all of the above are huge money spinners in one way or another. The pharmaceutical world alone makes vast sums for the Government..

So, how about a bit of honestly and integrity from people that govern the laws that should be protecting its people.

I shall be revisiting in detail many of the above topics as i am passionate about living in a modern world whilst attempting to minimise the risks associated with it.

Anyone out there?

Keep IT Kind @KeepItKindUK have just followed me on twitter. Is this a coincidence or has someone read my blog? No idea… I could be chatting to myself but hey, ill carry on talking just incase.

Keep it kind say they produce a natural based range of deodorants specially designed for pre & early teens that effectively combats body odour, and are apparently available from Boots & Tesco. I don’t want the earth, just a simple product that is not all about chemicals. I think i will be checking this deodorant out asap!


Pic of the day!



Now three months in to our new diet I am not so new at shopping for our meals. Sadly it still surprises me how much my shopping bill has increased. I buy nothing pre prepared with the exception of the odd dark chocolate bar or carton of passata yet I can safely say my bill has gone up at least thirty per cent just because we live entirely on fresh food. Not really an incentive is it?

I do a lot of things that are considered unusual by my friends but often do them without even thinking, so when a friend made a joking reference to me yesterday about the fact that I won’t give my children anti-perspirants I thought I would put it out there.

“Cancer-causing substances in antiperspirants are absorbed through razor nicks from underarm shaving. These substances are said to be deposited in the lymph nodes under the arm, which are not able to get rid of them by sweating because the antiperspirant keeps you from perspiring. This causes a high concentration of toxins, which leads to cells mutating into cancer,”


We are all much more aware these days that products on our skin can actually penetrate into our bodies. However there has for many years been speculation regarding anti-persirants and breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. The main cause of this is linked to the use of Aluminium-based compounds within the product as well as the preservatives,”

Now, I’m not the biggest researcher… I tend to have a little look, use a bit of common sense and make up my own mind. Let face it, the multi million pound cosmetic industry is not going to be keen for me to stop buying their products, and I have no doubt that if they can have a hand in publishing a non damning report against such a massive money spinning market then I suspect they will.

No, I prefer to ask myself if there is an alternative to a potentially risky product… and of course, as always the answer is yes.

The most obvious answer is to use nothing..but clearly this would not suit everyone !

I would say avoid the supermarket and have a look in your local health shop but check those labels for aluminium, alum or any words that are similar, we know how they can be jazzed up…

Personally, I have always been a fan of mineral sticks. They are made of salt and work brilliantly. (My work colleagues have never told me differently!) However some articles state that they could be just as bad! Oh!

What to do? Dilemmas eh? Spray can full of chemicals and perfumes or a stick of mineral salt. Which too choose when I am now now so confused.

I don’t think the cosmetic giants are going to like my decision ! 🙂