How many things am I allergic to?

18 Nov 2018 at 20:59 (Plastic Vegan, Random Randomness) (, )

After over four years of waiting, I finally got hold of some eggs from Stepney Farm! I gave up eggs shortly after giving up dairy, because I love baby chicks and knowing that every time I ate an egg, a baby chick was going to be killed was enough to make me stop. Stepney Farm takes in rescue hens, and they have cockerels too. I’ve visited a few times, and they are open six days a week, so anyone can go and see how they treat their animals. I’m satisfied they are taking good care of their chickens, and they spread awareness about the cruelty that’s still legal in the EU.

I was planning on using some of their eggs to make a vanilla cake, because, let’s face it, vegan vanilla cakes suck. Instead I ended up having egg and chips for three days.

And I really wish I didn’t.
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More hand-made moisturiser (vegan!)

25 Jan 2015 at 00:56 (Plastic Vegan, Random Randomness) (, , , )

As I mentioned in my body butter post, I was planning to make a home-made moisturising cream. Because the body butter is nice, but it’s purely fat-based, and I wanted something with water in it as well.

So I ordered my glycerine and emulsifying wax, and had a root through the various recipes I’d accumulated over the last 10 years (yes, that really is how long it’s taken me to get to this) and settled on this one I’d found recently:

Distilled water is not so ubiquitous here in the UK for some reason, and certainly not so cheap. So instead of the cold infusion recommended in the recipe, I just made regular old bush tea (rooibos) the old fashioned way (with boiling water) and left it to steep for a few hours (that part was unplanned. I just couldn’t get a free hob on the cooker for ages). Also, the recipe above doesn’t use glycerine, but I wanted to include it for its humectant properties.


As you can see, the bush tea gave it a really lovely golden hue.

So here is what I used (I wasn’t too exact with the solid ingredients):
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Nearly organic homemade body butter

11 Jan 2015 at 17:45 (Plastic Vegan, Random Randomness) (, , )

This dry winter air is really damaging my skin. Lately my hands have been so dried that the skin splits at the slightest thing. My hands are currently a mess of scars, scabs and cuts. I’ve had a bag of cocoa butter sitting neglected in a drawer for ages, so I thought it’s about time I used it. Looking at recipes online, they all used beeswax, which is definitely NOT vegan (however much some may like to kid themselves). So I went without. There was a vegan recipe online somewhere, but I couldn’t find it, so I winged it. Here’s my recipe, which is way quicker than the ones I found:
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Thoughts on Phytic Acid and Soya

22 Jun 2014 at 14:24 (Plastic Vegan, Random Randomness) (, , , , , , , )

There seems to be an awful lot of hate towards wholegrains from the online community. I believe most of this comes from fans of the Weston A Price Foundation (aka WAPF), an influential group who advocate a diet high in animal products (more of this later).

I hadn’t heard of this group at the time when I first started reading these articles about how soya and wholegrains are really bad for you, will give you osteoporosis and bad teeth and kill you in any other number of ways. I was intrigued at first, as these sites, such as Mercola and Wellness Mama, seemed to be in accordance with what I believed about diet, i.e. natural, minimally processed, home-made, organic is best. So I was curious about this info.

One study that seemed to crop up a lot was this one (I am quoting from

To prove this theory, the Drs. Mellanby did a study on children with existing cavities. The children were put into three groups:

Group One: Regular diet plus oatmeal (which is high in phytic acid)
Group Two: Regular diet plus vitamin D
Group Three: Diet low in phytic acid plus vitamin D.

And then this graph:


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No-poo hair washing and oil pulling

9 Feb 2014 at 18:09 (Random Randomness) (, , , , )

Note before you read: Oil pulling is best done with organic cold-pressed raw sesame oil. IT’s way more palatable and less likely to induce gagging. I personally use the ClearSpring brand from Real Foods. Coconut and sunflower are also good. Do not use olive oil, trust me.

Note #2: Do not use the bicarb no-poo, it’s REALLY bad for your hair. I now use Mistry’s Shampoo, or you could try making a decoction of soapwort/soapnuts/shikakai or a combination of those. Both should be allowed to soak for about 10 minutes before rinsing with vinegar water. That’s enough note.

I’ve been seeing a lot of websites extolling the wonder of the no-poo method for washing one’s hair. The formula is: 1tbsp of bicarb dissolved in 250mls of boiled cooled water. And you massage this into wet hair to clean it. You then follow it with a rinse of 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar dissolved into 250mls of water.

Well I thought, this sounds great! It greatly appeals to the hippie in me. I didn’t have any cider vinegar the first time round, so it was just the bicarb solution. I tried it and was very disappointed with the results. Let me say something: I envisaged a life free from the nasty chemicals of commercial shampoo. So I was VERY disappointed to find that after one brushing, my hair brush was covered, and I mean COVERED in a nasty dusty residue. I mean totally COVERED. This was like, 3 years worth of regular brushing dust in ONE go. Ew. had a comment by the author suggesting that it may be a result of not rinsing properly. So second time round, I made sure to have the vinegar rinse ready, and this time I made sure I rinsed everything out very thoroughly. I was rinsing ages, trust me. But again, the disgusting white residue. Not only that, I normally only have to wash my hair twice a week. It’ll only get really manky and greasy after about 5 days. I usually wash it every 3 to 4 days. But with the no-poo method, my hair was greasy and disgusting within two days. Yes, just two days and my hair felt disgusting, greasy and icky, like it hadn’t been washed for two weeks.

So that was the end of the no-poo method. I do like the vinegar rinse though, so that has stayed. If any of you have tried it and have an idea why it produced such gross results on me, please let me know! I am thinking now I might want to try a mild castile-based shampoo. I really like the look of the Mistry’s shampoo (have a look at the ingredients list to see why), but at £3.49 for 200ml, I don’t think it’s going to be very affordable. So it’ll probably have to be castile.

Now on to oil-pulling. This sounded really cool, and slightly gross, too, so I thought I’d give it a go. I have a hard enough time keeping mouthwash in my gob for the full minute, so this was going to be a challenge from the start. I tried it with coconut oil yesterday, and despite gagging twice, I managed to keep going for 5 minutes before that everlasting cough forced me to spit it out. Stupid cough.

Today I tried it with EVOO (that’s Extra virgin olive oil) and ewwwwww I can still taste it. I did manage to keep it going for 10 minutes before gagging. I don’t really know how much good this is doing me, to be honest. It’s supposed to be good at clearing out mucus, but being realistic, I think I am beyond help on that one. I’ll keep trying it for a week or two and see if I notice any difference in my general wellbeing, but somehow, I think I am setting myself up for disappointment again 😦

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The Truth about the Bates Method

6 Oct 2009 at 17:05 (Random Randomness) (, , , )

Yaiiieeee! Okay, my eyes are definitely better since I stopped wearing glasses (a thousand curses upon you, ye treacherous pieces of glass!). I know this because I found my old specs – the ones that caused me to discard them forever – and good gracious! They were so strong. But still my eyesight is far from normal and now I think I know why.

It was pure chance that I came across a negative review of Quackenbush’s book on Scamazon and noticed he himself replied and it turns out, you know, I was doing it wrong all along. Here’s what he said, anyway:

Here are some facts, instead of fiction:

  1. Thousands of people have improved their eyesight with the Bates Method. (See the 132 magazines in “Better Eyesight: The Complete Magazines of William H. Bates” for many documented case histories. I have personally watched thousands of students improve their eyesight for nearly 25 years of teaching. In fact up to 80% of my students have been referrals from satisfied students.
  2. The basis of the Bates Method is not “exercises.” The fact is most people who have approached the Bates Method using exercises have failed. For the Bates Method to be successful, one needs to re-establish correct, natural, relaxed vision habits “all day long” [Bates]. This is what Dr. Bates actually stated and taught. After he died in 1931 his teachings have been distorted and misunderstood as exercises for 20 minutes a day. If you keep wrong vision habits, you will not succeed.
  3. The Bates Method has never stated that accommodation (focusing near and far) occurs by the cornea changing. Dr. Bates believed the external eye muscles produced accommodation. This is mostly wrong; but is irrelevant. The lens is the primary mechanism of accommodation. It is controlled by the ciliary (internal) eye muscle. If this muscles is not functioning normally, then accommodation will likely not occur. (There are some reports of lensless accommodation.) Who cares what the mechanism of accommodation is when people improve their eyesight naturally?
  4. There are many people 60, 70, 80, 90+ who still accommodate. I have watched hundreds of people improve their so-called old-age presbyopia. So, getting reading glasses obviously not necessary.
  5. No one has ever stated the Bates Method is a “quick fix.”
  6. Eye glasses ruin eyesight, a common experience of almost everyone who wears them. It is strangely curious that most eye doctors prefer to not talk about this fact. What is your vision like after wearing glasses for an hour or two? Most people say they see worse than before they put the glasses on. Optometrists and ophthalmologists (I have taught both in my Bates classes) are taught that people are helpless—that poor eyesight is either genetic or due to old age. So they will give you glasses, drugs and surgery (sound familiar?), which can never remove the ***cause*** of blurred vision, and which make your eyesight worse. This is one reason it never gets better! The conventional solution for eyesight makes eyesight worse.
  7. Natural vision students are encouraged to have their eyesight monitored by an eye doctor.
  8. It is impossible to prove a negative proposition. Every highly trained scientist knows this.
  9. “They can’t teach you what they don’t know, and they can’t lead you where they won’t go.”
    Have you ever seen your eyesight fluctuate? Down at times when you have more stress; up at other times when you are more relaxed? Almost everyone I have asked this question to for the last 25 years has said, “Yes.” If you say “Yes” also, then your own experience contradicts virtually every eye doctor in the world who keep telling people “Eyesight cannot improve.”

Think for yourself, and benefit from it. Follow the solutions from eye doctors and you will never see naturally clearly with your own eyes: Guaranteed.
Let’s get the facts, not fiction, before drawing conclusions.

Tom Quackenbush, Author of “Relearning to See: Improve Your Eyesight—Naturally”, the world’s best selling natural eyesight improvement book

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