Viruses/Bacteria – how to eliminate naturally


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A simple, straight-forward 40 day recipe for restored health

For the next four weeks consume raw organic fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on keeping fat intake low.

Limit salt intake, only a sprinkle of Himalayan salt to a dish as needed.

Stay hydrated with plenty of water, coconut water, herbal tea and or fresh juices. Drink one cup at a time as the body cannot absorb more.

This is just a sample menu, you can swap the lunch and dinner dishes. Or eat two salads. Or have a smoothie for lunch or dinner. Eat as many greens as you like

BREAKFAST Make a fruit smoothie for breakfast.

A good blend is:- three bananas, two dates, and one cup of berries. Papayas, pears and mangoes make delicious additions. Other healthy smoothies include greens like spinach, kale, or cilantro, celery or barley grass juice extract powder.

MID MORNING  Have another fruit smoothie or make two servings in the morning and have the second now.

LUNCH  Make a salad with spinach, lettuce, and cucumbers as the base, and then toss in the fruits of your choice. Berries sliced mangoes, papaya chunks, grapes, and orange or grapefruit segments. Add garlic or ginger to taste.

SUPPER Spinach soup, as an example choice:- here you combine two bunches of spinach, three medium or large tomatoes or equal quantity of cherry or grape tomatoes, the juice of one orange, one stalk of celery and a small handful of cilantro and clove of garlic. Add basil or other herbs that appeal. You can serve this over cucumber noodles. If you are still hungry after dinner; snack on apple and date.

This is just example menu – the idea is no flesh foods, and no fat or dairy for the four weeks. During this process your cells will release toxins. You may experience unpleasant emotional and physical sensations as part of the detoxification. The bloodstream will purify itself. Your Liver will start to do its work.

You will need extra rest during this period. After you finish this healing protocol, introduce foods slowly, but keep to pure and natural (no processed). Humankind depends on fruit for overall good health.

The Tree of Life was an ancient symbol of interconnection, fertility and eternal life.  Fruit is part of our essence, a basic element of who we are. We cannot survive without fruit on this planet. It outweighs the nutrition of any other food. We have the understanding to avoid processed sugar because diseases can potentially feed on it, but the trouble is that too many people see fruit as a source of harm because of the sugars it contains. Fruit is anti cancerous, it actually fights cancer more effectively than any other food, and anyone with cancer or overcoming any ailment who removes fruit from their diet is giving up their most powerful natural weapon against the very disease they are trying to eliminate. Not only does fruit fight cancer, it kills all types of viruses and bacteria, and certain fruits such as bananas, wild blueberries, apples and papayas are the most powerful natural destroyers of viruses on earth.

It is vital to ensure gut health, which is essential to a healthy immune system. For example the pectin in apples, and the skin pulp and fiber in figs and dates are exceptionally effective at destroying and/or clearing out anything that doesn’t belong in the intestinal tract, including fungi such as Candida, (yes fruit kills candida cells) worms and other parasites. Another misconception is that fruit sugar hinders the liver.

Almost all liver diseases are protein and fat related, because viruses thrive on protein and fat. The best way to get someone over liver diseases and or hepatitis C is to feed them solely fruits and vegetables.

Hypoglycemia often starts because of a dysfunctional liver that’s lost its store of glucose due to a diet too high in fat and protein. Women need enough fruit so they can avoid fatigue, cancers, tumours, viruses , and other illnesses.

So whatever you may be suffering from, or healing from, a s your body to eliminate stored toxins, chemicals and diseased cells. It will leave you feeling far more energetic and ‘light’. As with any detox program, you may experience headaches or other symptoms as your body adjusts.


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Detox – why ?


  • To eliminate unwanted toxins
  • Keep the inside of the body clean as well as outside

Full article below – please take a read.   In the meantime here are some of the wonderful BIO-SIL products which would help with detox:



Open up a health magazine and you are bound to see an article on detox.
Visit a health shop and you will see dozens of detox products…

In the previous newsletter we asked you if you are ready to make 2017 your healthiest year yet.

Today we talk about the first step towards that goal:

Why are people and companies from
all over the world talking so much about it?

Why is there this ‘hype’?

Is it just another trend or is it
something we should all be doing?

To answer these questions we must go back to the beginning.

We must look at the intelligent system that is our body…

 Detoxification is not a foreign concept to the human body. The body undergoes numerous detoxification processes naturally and continuously in order to rid itself of unwanted toxins which we have accumulated through our environment (food, water, air, etc).  Detoxification is a primary function of the body and works alongside all other bodily systems in order to keep us alive.

At this point you may be asking:

If my body is detoxifying itself, why should I intervene?

The need for detoxification programs arose because it became evidently clear that humans were being exposed to massive amounts of toxic chemicals which they previously never needed to deal with. The quality of water we drink, air we breathe and food we eat is not what it used to be. We could go into details here regarding pesticides, heavy metals and genetically-modified crops, but the point today is that our bodies do not recognize these foreign toxins and dealing with them may cause many other health-related problems. Simply put, the body has become overburdened.

Detoxification programs, however, offer solutions to this challenge the body faces – they were designed to help support our bodies with this process of waste elimination…

​​​​​​​ But are detoxification programs actually effective?


We take great care to keep ourselves clean on the outside – we wash our bodies, our clothes, our homes.  It is easy to see if something is dirty or untidy on the outside, but what we don’t see is what goes on inside our bodies!


Just how clean is your blood?
And how clean are your organs?

The liver, colon, lymphatic system, kidneys, lungs and skin work hard to filter and eliminate waste, but because we are being exposed to all of these unwanted foreign chemicals our organs might not be able to keep up. Think of it like this: a car engine needs to be kept clean and all the parts need to be serviced on an ongoing basis. The fuel also needs to be pure so it can flow through the car system with ease. It’s the same concept with our bodies. We need to service our bodies and keep our blood – the fuel – clean. The only difference in this comparison is that a car’s parts can still be replaced. It is not always so with our organs which means we need to take extra care when it comes to choosing the kind of fuel we put into our bodies!

When we decide to start a detox program we are choosing to support our bodies with the process of elimination. Not only is such a program an extremely effective and easy way to do so, but it has numerous other health benefits such as speeding up your metabolism, clearing up your skin, reducing allergies, improving sleep and strengthening your immune system.

When we look at detoxification in this positive light – remembering that we are simply imitating what the body is already doing (but might need help with!) –  it only makes sense to make detox and cleanse protocols an integral part of our lives! 

In the upcoming newsletters we will delve into the wonderful workings of multiple organs of detox. We will also provide you with effective natural remedies which will support the different organs in the best way possible!


Wishing you immeasurable health, love and laughter!


Dr Janey & The Team





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Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’

Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’

Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'

For example:

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anti-Cholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor








For further information, please do read on:

This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic’s pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists.

Benefits of Black Seed

The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial.  While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed, which is at the very least an accurate description of its physical appearance. The earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt.

Black seed oil, in fact, was found in Egyptian pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb, dating back to approximately 3,300 years  ago

[i]  In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the “seed of blessing.” It is also believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed said of it that it is “a remedy for all diseases except death.”

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Many of black cumin’s traditionally ascribed health benefits have been thoroughly confirmed in the biomedical literature. In fact, since 1964, there have been 656 published,  peer-reviewed studies referencing it.

We have indexed salient research, available to view on on our Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) page, on well over 40 health conditions that may be benefited from the use of the herb, including over 20 distinct pharmacological actions it expresses, such as:

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anti-Cholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor


These 30 pharmacological actions are only a subset of a far wider number of beneficial properties intrinsic to the black seed. While it is remarkable that this seed has the ability to positively modulate so many different biological pathways, this is actually a rather common occurrence among traditional plant medicines.

Natural RX: Greenmedinfo


Our project has identified over 1600 natural compounds with a wide range of health benefits, and we are only in our first 5 years of casual indexing. There are tens of thousands of other substances that have already been researched, with hundreds of thousands of studies supporting their medicinal value (MEDLINE, whence our study abstracts come, has over 600,000 studies classified as related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine).

Take turmeric, for example. We have identified research indicating its value in over 600 health conditions, while also expressing over 160 different potentially beneficial pharmacological actions. You can view the quick summary of over 1500 studies we have summarized on our Turmeric Research page, which includes an explorative video on turmeric. Professional database members are further empowered to manipulate the results according to their search criteria, i.e. pull up and print to PDF the 61 studies on turmeric and breast cancer.  This, of course, should help folks realize how voluminous the supportive literature indicating the medicinal value of natural substances, such as turmeric and black seed, really is.

Black seed has been researched for very specific health conditions. Some of the most compelling applications include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Two grams of black seed a day resulted in reduced fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function, and reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in human subjects.[ii]
  • Helicobacter Pylori Infection: Black seeds possess clinically useful anti-H. pylori activity, comparable to triple eradication therapy.[iii]
  • Epilepsy: Black seeds were traditionally known to have anticonvulsive properties. A 2007 study with epileptic children, whose condition was refractory to conventional drug treatment, found that a water extract significantly reduced seizure activity.[iv]
  • High Blood pressure: The daily use of 100 and 200 mg of black seed extract, twice daily, for 2 months, was found to have a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.[v]
  • Asthma: Thymoquinone, one of the main active constituents within Nigella sativa (black cumin), is superior to the drug fluticasone in an animal model of asthma.[vi] Another study, this time in human subjects, found that boiled water extracts of black seed have relatively potent anti-asthmatic effect on asthmatic airways.[vii]
  • Acute tonsillopharyngitis: characterized by tonsil or pharyngeal inflammation (i.e. sore throat), mostly viral in origin, black seed capsules (in combination with Phyllanthus niruri) have been found to significantly alleviate throat pain, and reduce the need for pain-killers, in human subjects.[viii]
  • Chemical Weapons Injury: A randomized, placebo-controlled human study of chemical weapons injured patients found that boiled water extracts of black seed reduced respiratory symptoms, chest wheezing, and pulmonary function test values, as well as reduced the need for drug treatment.[ix]
  • Colon Cancer: Cell studies have found that black seed extract compares favorably to the chemoagent 5-fluoruracil in the suppression of colon cancer growth, but with a far higher safety profile.[x] Animal research has found that black seed oil has significant inhibitory effects against colon cancer in rats, without observable side effects.[xi]
  • MRSA: Black seed has anti-bacterial activity against clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.[xii]
  • Opiate Addiction/Withdrawal: A study on 35 opiate addicts found black seed as an effective therapy in long-term treatment of opioid dependence.[xiii]

Sometimes the biblical reference to ‘faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains’ comes to mind in connection with natural substances like black seeds. After all, do seeds not contain within them the very hope for continuance of the entire species that bore it?  This super-saturated state of the seed, where life condenses itself down into an intensely miniaturized holographic fragment of itself, promising the formation of future worlds within itself, is the very emblem of life’s immense and immortal power.

If we understand the true nature of the seed, how much life (past, present and future) is contained within it, it will not seem so far-fetched that it is capable of conquering antibiotic resistant bacteria, healing the body from chemical weapons poisoning, or stimulate the regeneration of dying insulin-producing beta cells in the diabetic, to name but only a fraction of black seed’s experimentally-confirmed powers.

black seeds

Moving the mountain of inertia and falsity associated with the conventional concept of disease, is a task well-suited for seeds and not chemicals. The greatest difference, of course, between a seed and a patented synthetic chemical (i.e. pharmaceutical drug), is that Nature (God) made the former, and men with profit-motives and a deranged understanding of the nature of the body made the latter.

The time, no doubt, has come for food, seeds, herbs, plants, sunlight, air, clean water, and yes, love, to assume once again their central place in medicine, which is to say, the art and science of facilitating self-healing within the human body. Failing this, the conventional medical system will crumble under the growing weight of its own corruption, ineptitude, and iatrogenic suffering (and subsequent financial liability) it causes. To the degree that it reforms itself, utilizing non-patented and non-patentable natural compounds with actual healing properties, a brighter future awaits on the horizon. To the degree that it fails, folks will learn to take back control over their health themselves, which is why black seed, and other food-medicines, hold the key to self-empowerment.




[i] Domestication of plants in the Old World (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. 2000. p. 206. ISBN 0-19-850356-3.

[ii] Abdullah O Bamosa, Huda Kaatabi, Fatma M Lebdaa, Abdul-Muhssen Al Elq, Ali Al-Sultanb. Effect of Nigella sativa seeds on the glycemic control of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2010 Oct-Dec;54(4):344-54. PMID: 21675032

[iii] Eyad M Salem, Talay Yar, Abdullah O Bamosa, Abdulaziz Al-Quorain, Mohamed I Yasawy, Raed M Alsulaiman, Muhammad A Randhawa. Comparative study of Nigella Sativa and triple therapy in eradication of Helicobacter Pylori in patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia. Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jul-Sep;16(3):207-14. PMID: 20616418

[iv] Javad Akhondian, Ali Parsa, Hassan Rakhshande. The effect of Nigella sativa L. (black cumin seed) on intractable pediatric seizures. Med Sci Monit. 2007 Dec;13(12):CR555-9. PMID: 18049435

[v] Farshad Roghani Dehkordi, Amir Farhad Kamkhah. Antihypertensive effect of Nigella sativa seed extract in patients with mild hypertension. Braz J Med Biol Res. 2006 Apr;39(4):421-9. Epub 2006 Apr 3. PMID: 18705755

[vi] Rana Keyhanmanesh, Mohammad Hossein Boskabady, Mohammad Javad Eslamizadeh, Saeed Khamneh, Mohammad Ali Ebrahimi. The effect of thymoquinone, the main constituent of Nigella sativa on tracheal responsiveness and white blood cell count in lung lavage of sensitized guinea pigs. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Oct 29;126(1):102-7. Epub 2009 Aug 8. PMID: 19711253

[vii] M H Boskabady, N Mohsenpoor, L Takaloo . Antiasthmatic effect of Nigella sativa in airways of asthmatic patients. Phytomedicine. 2010 Feb 8. Epub 2010 Feb 8. PMID: 20149611

[viii] M Dirjomuljono, I Kristyono, R R Tjandrawinata, D Nofiarny. Symptomatic treatment of acute tonsillo-pharyngitis patients with a combination of Nigella sativa and Phyllanthus niruri extract. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008 Jun;46(6):295-306. PMID: 18541126

[ix] Mohammad H Boskabady, Javad Farhadi. The possible prophylactic effect of Nigella sativa seed aqueous extract on respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function tests on chemical war victims: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Nov;14(9):1137-44. PMID: 18991514

[x] Elsayed I Salim, Shoji Fukushima. Chemopreventive potential of volatile oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa L.) seeds against rat colon carcinogenesis. Nutr Cancer. 2003;45(2):195-202. PMID: 12881014

[xi] Elsayed I Salim, Shoji Fukushima . Chemopreventive potential of volatile oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa L.) seeds against rat colon carcinogenesis. Nutr Cancer. 2003;45(2):195-202. PMID: 12881014

[xii] Abdul Hannan, Sidrah Saleem, Saadia Chaudhary, Muhammad Barkaat, Muhammad Usman Arshad. Anti bacterial activity of Nigella sativa against clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2008 Jul-Sep;20(3):72-4. PMID: 19610522

[xiii] Sibghatullah Sangi, Shahida P Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Channa, Muhammad Ashfaq, Shah Murad Mastoi . A new and novel treatment of opioid dependence: Nigella sativa 500 mg. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2008 Apr-Jun;20(2):118-24. PMID: 19385474

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

Lyme Disease – a silent and largely undiagnosed epidemic

Colloidal Silver and Lyme Disease  

(Borrelia burgdorferi)


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Experts agree that Lyme disease – an infection-based chronic degenerative disease caused by a tick-borne bacterial spirochete known as Borrelia burgdorferi, is one of the most crippling (and often baffling) diseases of the modern era


It’s also one of the fastest growing diseases in the Western world.  More than 300,000 people are diagnosed with the dread disease each year in the U.S. and more than 65,000 cases are year are diagnosed in Europe.

 According to the Daily Mail, “Lyme disease is known to wreck lives and strike when people least expect it.  Transmitted from ticks, it can take years to diagnose, leaving people suffering painful and debilitating symptoms doctors are unable to explain.” 

 These symptoms can range from overwhelming fatigue to crippling muscle and joint pain and inflammation, severe muscle weakness, “brain fog” and other serious cognitive impairments, sleep disturbances, headaches and more.

 While there is said to be no real “cure” for the disease, natural health experts agree that symptoms can be dramatically reduced and victims of the disease can return to a relatively normal life if they understand how the pathogen behind the disease works… which natural, infection-fighting supplements can be used to help conquer or suppress the pathogen…and which additional nutrients can help the body repair the damage caused by the pathogen as it spreads.


 Here’s what we know so far…

Source of article : Steve Barwick for The Silver Edge

Probably the best book on the subject of colloidal silver and Lyme disease is Dr. M. Paul Farber’s book, The Micro-Silver Bullet: A Scientifically Documented Answer to the Three Largest Epidemics in the World: Lyme Disease, Aids Virus, Yeast Infection, and the Common Cold.

His book has probably done more to educate Lyme patients about the use of colloidal silver for this condition, than any other.

In his book you’ll see the clinical research evidence he presents demonstrating that colloidal silver does indeed kill the pathogen that causes Lyme disease, which is to say the bacterial spirochete known as Borrelia burgdorferi.






According to Dr. Farber:

“Two studies have been conducted with colloidal silver and its effectiveness against Borreliaburgdorferi.  The first study conducted at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, showed growth inhibition in low concentrations (2-10 ppm) and much faster action in higher concentrations (15-75 ppm).

 The Department of Health and Human Services, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, tested cultured spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi…using 150 ppm and 15 ppm colloidal silver…none of the treated cultures contained live spirochetes after 24 hours.”


 In other words, in test tube studies concentrations of colloidal silver as low as 15 ppm wiped out the Lyme disease pathogen.

Dr. Farber later claimed to have witnessed “a 100% killing effect of the Lyme pathogen, Borreliaburgdorferi, “within less than five minutes of exposure” to a colloidal silver preparation.

He went on to say that “Studies by Margret Bayer, Ph.D., at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have shown that the growth and replication (spread) of Lyme disease bacteria Borreliaburgdorferi are measurably slowed or stopped” by a colloidal silver preparation “when viewed in a laboratory test tube.”

Finally, he states that researchers Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, Ph.D. (the scientist who actually discovered the Lyme disease pathogen) and Dr. Tom Schwan, Ph.D., while working at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories of the National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, United States Department of Health and Human Services, found that silver was “uniformly deadly” to the Lyme pathogen and a related fever-inducing pathogen.







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Zeolite – Nature’s Detoxifier



Zeolite: What It Is + Why It Can Detox & Cleanse Your Skin Like Nothing Else Hero Image

1.      Zeolite for Health  –  ‘Nature’s Detoxifier’ : an amazing mineral that


* Eliminates toxins, free radicals and heavy metals.

* Boosts the immune system.

* Helps reverse radiation damage.

* Safe and effective for natural chelation therapy.

* Balances the body’s pH level (Unhealthy cells can not survive in a balanced pH environment)


For detoxification or general well being take 1 measured teaspoon once a day stirred into a glass of water or juice or mix into food.

For an acute health problem, take 1 measured teaspoon 3 times a day until resolved

Continued use shows increased benefits

Thanks to the honeycomb-like structure, a zeolite works at the cellular level to trap allergens, heavy metals and harmful toxins.

In fact, because it is one of the few negatively charged minerals in nature, a zeolite acts as a magnet, drawing toxins to it, capturing them in its cage and removing them safely and naturally from the body

This unique ability to remove dangerous toxins is well documented:

It was used by the Russian government to absorb radioactive chemicals and other harmful toxins after the Chernobyl disaster.

People showed a 30% reduction in radioactive isotopes after the very first application of Zeolite!

For centuries, zeolites have been used as traditional remedies throughout Asia to promote overall health and well-being







2.    Zeolite as a Beauty Enhancer

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There are a few ways to use this all-star ingredient topically for your skin:

  • Mask: In a fine powder form, zeolite makes a wonderfully detoxifying mask. Mix 1 tablespoon of zeolite powder with 2 tablespoons of water to form a paste. Slather it on your face and leave it for up to an hour (I’ve found the longer the better). When you wash it off, be prepared for seriously soft skin and pores that are noticeably less noticeable! It’ll do a deep cleanse on your pores and help heal any existing blemishes
  • Cleanser: Mix the same proportions as for the mask but wash off after about a minute so as not to dry out your skin with daily use. For something more moisturizing, try swapping the water with your favorite face oil. Follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer 
  • Exfoliator: With its fine, sand-like texture, zeolite is a great gentle exfoliator. Place 1 tablespoon zeolite powder in the palm of your hand or a small bowl, and using a soft brush (a kabuki brush is ideal), gently work the powder into your skin in small, circular motions. Be careful around more delicate areas (eyes, etc.) and do not inhale the powder. Then, simply wash your face with warm water and a soft cloth, followed by a splash of cold water to reduce inflammation

When trying any skin care substance for the first time, it’s advisable to always do a patch test on your cheek or neck prior to use to be sure there’s no allergic reaction

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Daydreaming on the job?

The Surprising Day Jobs That Set Up These 10 Entrepreneurs for Success

The Surprising Day Jobs That Set Up These 10 Entrepreneurs for Success

It’s 4:30 PM on a Wednesday. You’re on the clock until 5, but you’ve finished the all of the sweeping or checked out your last customer or filed the day’s paperwork. It’s prime time for daydreaming: what would it be like to be your own boss? You close your eyes, and you’re running a little beachside tiki bar, or taking that leather-tooling hobby to the next level. It’s a good way to kill 30 minutes.

Ahh, the impossible dream!

But then I started thinking: is it so impossible? Most of the entrepreneurs I know didn’t go to business school, or take over a family company. They had no formal training, or mentor to help them. These small business owners come from diverse backgrounds – retail sales and law school and the TV industry. Unconventional resumes for people who now juggle marketing and customer service and design and shipping, right? Maybe not.

What is the profile of an entrepreneur? What’s the required skill set? A pinch of fearlessness, a lot of drive, the ability to self-start, a knack for business? It’s a mixed bag, partially learned and somewhat innate. And these many-hat-wearing folks, for the most part, gleaned their knowledge through an eclectic history of experiences, and things picked up from past jobs.

Can your day job help you kick start your dream job, too? Consider the following:

  • Does your company have a program to help subsidize the cost of educational workshops, courses, or conferences?
  • Can you identify anyone with mentor-potential within your organization?
  • Is it possible to take a risk-free unpaid leave or negotiate reduced hours while you work on building your business?
  • What other skills can you learn and what resources are available to you?

I spoke to ten Shopify merchants who started their careers as beekeepers and models and bankers. Their resumes, on the surface, may not seem relevant, but these entrepreneurs draw from their past work experiences every day.

Ten day jobs that have entrepreneur training baked in:

1. Former Career: Zookeeper

Entrepreneur skills acquired: Multitasking, juggling irregular hours, customer service

“I worked a lot with animals but it’s also very important to provide an education and to acknowledge the visitors – I gained a lot of my customer service skills and experience in that profession. I learned how to make customers happy with compromise (“No, you really can’t pet this bird; but I can give you a peacock feather to take home!”). I think having a unique job with weird requirements and hours helped me to prepare for the one-woman show I currently run. At the zoo, I was always on my feet, doing different tasks – no two days were the same. It’s natural for me to juggle multiple activities at once. My current lifestyle is similarly a very active job, not a typical 9-5, which is what I’m familiar and comfortable with. I don’t think I could sit at a desk or computer all day, everyday.”

– Taylor Scarboro, Owner, Sugar & Succulents






2. Former Career: Case Worker, Social Development

Entrepreneur skills acquired: listening, customer service/care, versatility, problem-solving

“My job was to find a solution to people’s problems and at times they were life and death situations. I had to think fast under pressure while providing the best possible customer service. My time with the Ministry was the biggest training ground for me as I never had any formal education in business. Everything I learned, I’m able to apply to my business life: Spend more time listening than talking. In business if you’re not listening to your customer, you’re leaving a lot of business on the table and there is no room for you to grow and improve. Kindness and compassion – you may think this has nothing to do with business but I strongly believe they should be must-haves in all business cultures. At the end of the day without people, business is nothing, we are nothing. You need to be able to understand your customer from their perspective, you don’t need to agree but regardless you need to be kind and show compassion towards them. And, don’t be scared to try new things – in my previous job, things were never black and white, so I was forced to think of different ways to solve problems. In business you will need to get out of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done before. Yes it can be scary but you will never know otherwise.”

Gustavia Lui, Owner, Staavias

At the end of the day without people, business is nothing, we are nothing.

3. Former Career: Insurance Claims Adjuster

Entrepreneur skills acquired: organization, patience

“Working in insurance adjusting can be stressful in a catastrophe situation. For everyone. Most importantly, the people that’s been affected by a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster. You’re there to take care of them. Patience and organization is absolute key while you help someone get their lives back on track.”

Barcus Patty, Owner, Thrice

4. Former Career: Model

Entrepreneur skills acquired: photography, styling, marketing

“The way people should start businesses is to look at their lives and ask themselves, “What are the tools I’ve been given that no one else has been given, that add up basically to strategy where I win?” I modelled for Ford Models, and because of that, I know how to run a casting. I know how to run a photoshoot. I know what clothes look like on and off a person. And that’s the online marketing version of fashion.”

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, Founder, President and Creative Director, Vaute

The way people should start businesses is to look at their lives and ask themselves, ‘What are the tools I’ve been given that no one else has been given?’

Vaute Couture

5. Former Career: Business Development Manager, Food Industry

Entrepreneur skills acquired: curation, UX, branding

“Working in the food tech sector, my role was to identify key partners who would build and identify a brand then on-board them to our mobile apps, ready to promote to our customers. I realised the importance of curation. The importance to present customers with only the best products in an industry and brands can affect the UX for better or for worse. With my new knowledge of curation and my previous experience of onboarding brands I got to work contacting designers I wanted on our website in December and went from 15 to 50 designers in two months. I would say I am like most early business owners where in essence, you want everything to work right now, but I have learned through working with startups that the best thing to do is start slow, fix operational issues, push it a bit, fix more techy issues then push harder. A key bit of advice I was given when I decided to leave my job was to focus on getting people to love your brand than people to like your brand which is something I stick by and I am always reaching out to strike conversation with our customers. It helps me to really understand who they are but most importantly, they get to understand us, what we do and why we do it and hopefully start loving us!”

Lewis Phillips, Owner, The Pommier

6. Former Careers: Beekeeper / Tech Startups

Entrepreneur skills acquired: patience, perseverance

“I’ve been keeping bees since 2005 as my hobby and antidote to the stress of running several high-tech start up companies. Around 2008 my wife and I started experimenting with making lip balms and hand creams in our kitchen using the honey, beeswax and propolis from our bees. The main lesson I learned from my previous commercial life (and possibly the bees) was one of patience and probably stubbornness. I just knew in my gut that there was a market for our products and great feedback from our customers kept us going even though the business was not yet profitable – I sometimes think it’s a thin line between stubbornness and stupidity, but there will always be times where you will simply want to give up and walk away. Nothing comes easily and if you stick it out long enough,and if the product is “right” you will eventually succeed.”

– Simon Cavill, Founder, Bee Good Skincare


7. Former Careers: Brand Manager, Healthcare / Relationship Manager, Banking

Entrepreneur skills acquired: branding, networking, negotiation, accounting, communication

“It helped to have worked in 2 very different industries (banking and healthcare) and in different roles (finance and marketing). To run a small business, you need to know a little bit about everything. You also need to understand how the different parts of the business work together. I constantly draw on experiences that I had in my prior roles. Even though the industries were totally different from pet products, the fundamentals are similar. Accounting classes and my prior career in banking have been invaluable in teaching me how to forecast, budget, determine pricing, and run scenarios. You have to know what is driving sales, costs, and margins in order to build a business strategy and optimize your business.”

Diane Danforth, Owner, Pawdentify

To run a small business, you need to know a little bit about everything. I constantly draw on experiences that I had in my prior roles.

8. Former Career: Set Decorator, Film Industry

Entrepreneur skills acquired: sourcing, curation, networking

“My job back then was to source very specific things for films. They would say ‘We need a yellow couch’. I would go everywhere to find something that would do. My whole job was to familiarize myself with the city and all the corners, all the places. I began to know what’s in all the stores. I have fairly good visual memory because of that, and it comes in handy now. As I was doing that job, I was building my resources for film but was also finding interesting things that I was using in my own life. I said, ‘I want to get out of film. I want to use the skills I’ve acquired of taking the best options and creating something cohesive and beautiful and useful.’”

– Sophia Pierro, Owner, Present Day Gifts

9. Former Career: Broadcasting

Entrepreneur skills acquired: writing, photography, strategy, goal-setting

“For 10 years, I’ve worked for a major TV broadcaster, as a news and documentary script editor, narrator and occasional news reader. My training in strategic planning helps me envision the big picture, identify goals and the steps needed to get there (and switch gears, as necessary). We actually cut the cord with regular 9-to-5 employment some time ago and have made a decent living as freelancers, so our mindset is pretty entrepreneurial. The TV writing experience has helped me learn how to write concise, compelling stories and pick the right images to illustrate them. That helps when I’m writing blog posts and catalog copy. It’s made me a better visual thinker. And taught me that I always need to view what I’m creating through the eyes of the audience.

Virginia Sorrells, Co-Owner, Ajimi Ichiba

My training in strategic planning helps me envision the big picture, identify goals and the steps needed to get there.

10. Former Career: Real Estate Broker

Entrepreneur skills acquired: negotiation, hustle

“The cutthroat Manhattan real estate business was an amazing course in negotiation, hustle, and remaining focused on the end goal of putting together and making a deal work. These skills have come in very handy with suppliers, vendors and designers, especially in a start up with very little capital. Managing all the different personalities and finessing situations to get the deal done comes into play every single day managing Hamptons Glow.”

– Rachel Thompson, Owner, Hamptons Glow

The cutthroat Manhattan real estate business was an amazing course in negotiation and hustle.

Suddenly, mid-daydream, you snap back into a reality: you don’t have any clue how to run a business, right? But maybe you do. Inadvertently, your career is giving you the skills to forge out on your own.

Don’t quit your day job just yet, though – get paid to learn while you work on your side hustle.

What did you do before you were an entrepreneur? Share your story in the comments below.

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Dayna Winter is a Storyteller at Shopify. She follows more dogs than humans on Instagram and isn’t a real redhead.

Sutherlandia (Cancer Bush) for Dogs too

The Benefits of Sutherlandia for Dogs


Sometimes science works forwards, by hypothesising how a molecule will help a
disease according to its structure. And sometimes science works backwards, looking to history for inspiration. This is what happened with Sutherlandia.

Sutherlandia frutescens is a scrubby little bush, fond of the most arid regions of southern Africa. What makes this plant extraordinary is the way in which African tribes have used the leaves for centuries to treat cancer, ulcers, anxiety, flu and arthritis.

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When scientists took this plant into the laboratory they found it to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It also (quite famously) stops wasting in cancer patients.

The next question to answer was how this plant had these effects. Sutherlandia frutescens, when analysed, was found to contain L-canavanine, pinitol, GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) and asparagine.

Amongst other therapeutic effects, the leaves are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immuno-modulating. It also seems to be very safe and well tolerated.

This is exactly what is needed to alleviate your pet’s itchiness and that is why we have included this herb in our Itch (Allergy) Formula.

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