This is my first blog post for the …pr@xis?.. PROBIOTICS website and it comes in the form of a slightly uncomfortable yet hopefully healing admission. For the last 8 years I’ve had an increasingly abusive relationship with alcohol. For someone that passionately and proactively promotes probiotics and the importance of gut health the hypocrisy and irony doesn’t escape me. As a result of much reflection over the last year or so I have finally decided to take action.
A milestone came when my father Tony Jones was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014. I immersed myself in research seeking advanced treatments and potential cures which is when amongst other things I learnt about the primary importance of gut health, boosting the immune system, 70% of which is located in the gut, as well as the potency of probiotics and various other tried, tested and effective life saving approaches. My father opted for the conventional approach of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy then sadly passed away on October 8th, 2014.
This paradoxically sparked the birth of …pr@xis?.. PROBIOTICS as well as the exacerbation of my drinking problem. I continued to up the dosage of my self-medication to alleviate the pain of losing my sole remaining parent, who joined my mother Mary Jones, who also died of cancer in 1984 when I was 3 years young. I find it tragic how the traumatic aftermath of losing loved one’s to cancer so often leads to those grieving adopting cancer causing coping strategies. I don’t want a diagnosis of my own.
So, on October 8th, 2018, I began a year (at least) long journey of sobriety mainly so I can steer clear of the potential pitfalls that prolonged alcohol abuse can impose on one’s path. My aim being to heal the damage done to my body and mind during this time whilst striving for optimal physical and mental health so that I can thrive and fulfil my potential as a person plodding this planet. I’m also going to take this opportunity to try and raise as much money as I can for Active Cancer Therapy Support Network ran by Robert & Susan Olifent who organise free monthly seminars and support people one to one that are affected by Cancer.
Please help me raise £5’000 for Robert & Susan Olifent who volunteer tirelessly for Active Cancer Therapy Support who do truly life saving work without any funding.
Over recent years there has been an exciting increase in awareness regarding the central role that gut health plays in overall health with an oft stated accompanying mantra, first espoused by Hippocrates 2000 years ago, that ‘all disease begins in the gut.’ I don’t personally view alcohol dependency or addiction as a disease although I do believe that healing the gut whilst focussing on how using food as medicine can be a central part of a holistic protocol that helps individuals beat their addictions.
I want to educate myself as much as I can about alcohol dependency, the addiction process more generally, the root causes and holistic approaches we can take as individuals and society as a whole to treat, prevent, heal and transform. I shall document the journey with an aim of raising awareness, hoping to empower others experiencing similar struggles, breaking down stigmas, informing misconceptions as well as making the most of the process to heal and develop myself, with a little help from my friends. We can all thrive, together.
I shall be blogging regularly over coming weeks and months documenting my findings and experiences as well as interviewing the many people who so kindly help me along this path. Please get in touch with your own stories, experiences, ideas and anything else you’d be willing to share. I personally believe that community is key, none of us are islands and in order for us to fully thrive, we’d be wisest doing it together!
Solidarity & Sauerkraut
Jonezy aka …pr@xis?..