<![CDATA[Sue Jobson - Blog]]>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 04:46:54 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[PKD awareness day]]>Wed, 04 Sep 2019 07:30:00 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/pkd-awareness-dayPicture

Today is Polycystic Kidney Disease awareness day.

My body has Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and my obsession is to inspire and support people to get their health, happiness and freedom back.

PKD is a rare mostly inherited genetic condition with no known cure. There are around 44k people in the UK with this. Around 10% of these are spontaneous mutations, meaning that there is no previous family history of the condition. This is me.  When I was diagnosed I was devastated. I knew nothing about the condition and neither did my family. 

Fortunately for me, the first renal specialist I saw gave me the hope that  planted a seed within me that my life was valuable and so worth living.

Despite both of my children being diagnosed with PKD, I am pleased to say they are in good health. They are both now in their thirties. Even though I was devastated to learn about their diagnosis I am confident that my positive outlook and inspiration will support them.

In the adult form, fluid filled sacs called cysts develop in and on the kidneys. These cysts then cause the kidneys to expand in size. Normal kidneys are about the size of your fist and in the advanced stages in PKD they can grow to the size of a rugby ball. As a result, kidney function deteriorates and for some people dialysis keeps them alive until a transplant is available.

If you know anyone with this condition, listen to them. Allow them the time to share their concerns and support them to get any help that they may need.

Having an invisible condition can be overwhelming and scary. Awareness is key. Encourage people around you to realise that life is so worth living and make the most of every moment. 

Listening is a valuable skill, practice it. All of your meaningful relationships will improve as a result.

Keeping your kidneys healthy is so vital for everybody. Eating healthily, keeping hydrated, limiting the toxins that you put on and into your body will keep your kidneys happy. 

#polycystickidneydisease #endPKD #healthforall 

<![CDATA[are you getting enough H2O?]]>Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:33:54 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/are-you-getting-enough-h2o
​The weather here in the UK is currently a sizzling temperature as we bask in the mini heatwave.
Many of us fry ourselves in the sun soaking up Vitamin D and toasting our winter weary bodies a shade or two darker to seek that holiday tan look.

Spare a thought for the inside. That wonderful machine that is our body. Bravely carrying on with the process of keeping you alive. 

How much water to drink? Keeping the body hydrated can be a balancing act. Just to keep the body hydrated in normal weather conditions 1oz of water per 2lbs of bodyweight is needed each day. This needs to be increased during hot weather or when exercising. So if you are 140lbs, that's 70oz water, fruit or vegetable juice just to keep alive each day in winter

​Dehydration can occur when you do not drink enough water to keep your body tissues healthy. Sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea all remove water from the body. If you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated. The thirst response diminishes with age so if you are over 50 you may not recognise that you need hydrating so easily. A regular drink of water every half an hour during hot weather will keep your body functioning. It is easy to forget when you are having fun at a party or making the most of the long warm days. Always look in the loo, yes I said it! the darker your pee the more dehydrated you are. Healthy urine needs to look pale yellow. 

Eating predominately cooked foods leads to dehydration. Your body is using its energy to digest and process. During hot weather keep to a light diet of fresh fruits and salads to assist your body to stay hydrated. Maximise the healing power of nature for the body to function at optimal level.

Dehydration causes your creatinine to increase and this lowers the result of your kidney function.

High creatinine levels indicate that the kidneys may not be functioning properly. This means that they have a reduced ability to remove and excrete waste products from the bloodstream.

Pace yourself in hot weather, exercise minimally, eat healthily and lightly, enjoy the sunny days and keep your body hydrated.

#adpkd #chronickidneydisease #health #kidney #nephrology #pkd
<![CDATA[The healing power of connection]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 16:24:58 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/the-healing-power-of-connectionPicture
If someone had said to me a year ago that I would be spending a few days in Norway with a group of people I hadn't even met yet, I would have laughed. Saying that, I have done nothing but laugh for the last few days. 
My health had been challenging me at times and I had settled on a relaxing life away from the hustle and bustle of fast paced existence.  I had isolated myself to such a degree that I spent many days alone.
I had lost my connections. 
My activities were limited to those that I had the courage to do and fear stopped me doing the rest. Fear of being away from medical support, fear of not being physically able to try something new, fear of an uncertain future.
The day I asked myself 'what is the worst thing that could happen?' was the moment my life re-opened again. I attended my first retreat with Harun Rabbani in October 2018 and I
haven't looked back. This amazing group of people - The Living from the Heart Tribe- has changed my life. We decided to meet our Norwegian members and spend a few days together experiencing the beauty of the coastline and fjords. 
In the book 'Connected' the authors talk about the power of your real social network, not your 'friends' on Facebook and other social media platforms. The average happiness level of the people in your life has a direct impact on your level of happiness. Even their friends friends will affect your happiness. Yes, that is people that you don't even know!
It makes sense to spend more quality time with those who can lift you up rather than drag you down.
In Harun Rabbani's book 'How to heal yourself' he explains the science of happiness. The fastest way to be happy is to be kind and loving towards others. When you are happy, aligned and abundant within yourself, you will enjoy harmonious health.
Over the last few days I have learned new skills, challenged myself physically, shared stories, slept little, meditated deeply and hugged a great amount. Don't let the fear of what you think may happen rule your life. The world is full of magical moments waiting to be experienced.

#ADPKD  #chronickidneydisease  #health  #kidney  #nephrology


<![CDATA[The power of fruit]]>Fri, 31 May 2019 08:31:05 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/the-power-of-fruit
What did you have for breakfast today?
I started my day with a feast of watermelon. Lovely sweet seeded organic watermelon. I find that if I start my day with fruit, my head is clearer and my energy level is greater. Melon is the one fruit that you need to eat on its own as they digest very quickly. If eaten with other foods their sugars are held up in the stomach and ferment raising blood alcohol levels.

​Do you ever think about the energy of the food that you eat? 
Taking supplements of vitamins and minerals never cures. The power of individual constituents can never match that of a whole food complex. In nature all things work together . When you separate the nutrition in food, and only give back certain parts, you miss the synergistic properties of the whole. This causes a loss of proper utilisation. Are the foods you are eating full of energy, or have you destroyed the energy and nutrition in your food by cooking or altering it in some way? The higher the energy a food has, the greater healing ability it has. Understanding which foods have the highest energy is vital. Energy is another word which can be used to describe awareness or consciousness. All life has an awareness or consciousness to it. Each type of food has its own unique individuality and reason for existing.

Fruits have the highest electrical energy of all foods. Volt-ohm meters and electromagnetic meters can measure this energy. Fruits are brain and nerve foods as well as the cleaners of tissue. Vegetables are the builders, which are suited for muscle and skeletal tissue. Nuts and seeds are structural foods and are strengthening to the body as a whole.
Electromagnetic energy is measured in angstroms. The higher the quantity, the higher the energy of the food. When you eat foods picked fresh from nature and eat them without cooking or processing, the high electromagnetic energy of that food is transferred to your body and its cells.

Fresh raw fruit                    8000 to 10,000 angstroms
Vegetables (fresh raw)  8000 to 9000 angstroms
Vegetables (cooked)       4000 to 65000 angstroms

Milk                                              2000 angstroms
Cheese                                      1800 angstroms
Refined white flour        1500 angstroms
Cooked meats                     0 angstroms

As homo sapiens we need at least 6000 to 7000 angstroms of systemic energy at all times to even begin to smile, no less to be happy and healthy. According to Christopher Bird in his book The Secret Life of Plants, at approximately 4500 to 5200 angstroms, you are more susceptible to cancer or other seriously degenerative issues.

​The lower the energy of the food you eat, the lower your systemic energy becomes. This creates hypoactive or underactive tissues. The more energetic the foods are that you eat, the more vibrant and healthy you become. The body is a tremendous machine, fully aware of itself, with self-healing and cleaning mechanisms already built in. 

I know what I choose to be, healthy and full of vitality. What about you?

#kidney #health #chronickidneydisease #nephrology

<![CDATA[What is creatinine?]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:45:20 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/what-is-creatinine
What do my Renal Consultant and my hairdresser have in common?
They both inspired me to write this blog!

Last week I had an unexpected call from my Renal Consultant to request a repeat of my recent blood tests. During our conversation I had a lightbulb moment of realisation as he linked dehydration with the result of my creatinine level. I always went to my appointment straight from travelling up to London and definitely had less fluid that morning to limit my precarious trips to the loo on the coach. Honestly, you take your life in your hands! Dehydration causes your creatinine to increase and this lowers the result of your kidney function. Well, this was news to me. Interestingly, I can view all of my results going back several years and I noticed that on the days I travelled, the results were less positive.

A few days later I was chatting to my hairdresser and catching up on both of our lives. I shared that I was busy writing without going into too much detail. She then shared that she was following a vegan diet and I asked what led her to try that. "I have a problem with my kidneys" she said. Well, that's interesting, that's exactly what I am writing bout! I told her. We talked about creatinine, diet, hydration and I promised her a copy of my upcoming book. She is one of many who rely on internet information and find it completely overwhelming. I could see the tears starting to form as she talked about managing her condition. 

What is creatinine? 
Creatinine is a product of a breakdown of  creatine.  Creatine is used for skeletal muscle contraction and strength. Creatinine is excreted entirely by the kidneys and can be an indicator of kidney breakdown. Increased levels can be an indicator of inflammation of the kidneys, urinary obstructions, dehydration, CHF, diabetes, shock or trauma. Creatinine increases with muscle mass so men usually have higher levels than women.

How much water to drink? I recently found a helpful tip that suggested you drink 1oz of water for every 2lbs of body weight daily to keep hydrated. This will need to be increased if you exercise strenuously.

What  factors cause high creatinine levels?
  • Dehydration or inadequate water intake
  • Kidney problems
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Strenuous excercise
  • Chronic diseases like kidney disease, diabetes, high blood presure and thyroid disorders
  • Medications like ACE inhibitors, NSAIDs like ibuprofen and aspirin, chemotherapy
  • Eating large amounts of meat, muscle building and taking creatine

Dandelion root can lower creatinine levels, flush out toxins, relieve swelling due to water retention and improve kidney function. In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture Food Chemicals, researchers found that participants who drank chamomile tea have decreased creatinine levels. Eating grapes are a great tonic as their phytochemicals bind into waste that the kidneys have trouble filtering.

Try drinking herbal tea instead of fizzy drinks and tea or coffee. Avoid eating dairy products, high protein foods and other dietary sources of creatine until your creatinine levels reduce. 

According to World Kidney Day, you should get your creatinine levels checked every year if you have type 2 diabetes or have had type 1 for more than 5 years. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. In many countries, half of all people starting dialysis have kidney failure caused by diabetes.

High creatinine levels indicate that the kidneys may not be functioning properly. This means that they have a reduced ability to remove and excrete waste products from the bloodstream. 

Eat healthy, be healthy, live healthy 

<![CDATA[Why does the body produce cysts?]]>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 10:55:16 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/why-does-the-body-produce-cysts

Do all cystic conditions in the body have the same cause? Is there an underlying reason why the body produces cysts? Being a person who has Polycystic Kidney Disease, I have been researching all I can to make sense of why some people develop these conditions.

Cysts are abnormal lumps or swellings , filled with fluid or semi-solid material, in any body organ or tissue caused by acidosis, mucus and in some cases excessive hormones. A bold claim for some people to understand. 

There are many 'poly' (multiple) cystic conditions. The one that most people will have heard about is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is medically thought that the cause is an imbalance in reproductive hormones which then causes the ovaries to make extra amounts of testosterone. Some of the symptoms being irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, excessive hair growth and weight gain. Interestingly, there is some evidence that it is a genetic disease that appears to be inherited (from one parent) in an Autosomal (non sex chromosome) Dominant (abnormal gene shown in the individual) fashion in common with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Now this gets me excited! Both of these conditions have no known cure and all that is offered is support with managing individual symptoms and advice on lifestyle changes. 

In both conditions, the body develops cysts. In Chinese medicine, cysts are considered to be an accumulation of phlegm and/or blood stagnation. Predominately Yin energy. If you control what you put into your body, don't you also think that reducing the amount of mucus in the system  will free up a new sense of well-being? We can do this by restricting those foods that cause a lymphatic response of the mucosa, namely excessive mucus production. Dairy, refined carbohydrates, toxic chemicals, foreign protein (meat etc.) all play a part. Once the body becomes over-bombarded with this mucus from the lymph system, the mucus itself then becomes the problem, it can block proper cellular function, causing hypoactivity of the respective organ or gland. Cleaning out the body and strengthening the cells are the only ways to bring about genuine healing.

So, if your physical body is a genetic imprint of your family tree and your cellular strengths and weaknesses come from your genetic history, how can we turn this around? As we mature, we either make our weaknesses weaker or stronger depending on our lifestyle - that is, by what you eat, drink, breathe, what is absorbed through your skin, and what you think and feel (emotions). Are we going to allow ourselves to be a victim of our genetics? Detox and clean your body. Maximise the healing power of nature. Alkaline forming foods cool and soothe inflamed tissues, heal ulcerations and enhance cellular functions. Let all your unwanted emotions be carried away or replaced with love.

​As Bruce Lipton says "You are not controlled by your genes. You are controlled by your beliefs"
You can turn off disease producing genes, and turn on genes which promote healing.
HEAL Documentary currently available on Netflix.

In Lynne Mctaggart's recent blog, she explores  reversing your genetic destiny.  

#adpkd #pod

<![CDATA[Full moon madness?]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:30:00 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/full-moon-madness

Whilst I was pondering on a subject for this blog, I had a sudden realisation. "Today is the full moon and I feel great!" That may sound a bit odd to you. For the first time, for as long as I can remember, my energy has felt heavy for a few days around the full moon. I felt like I had the world on my shoulders. This time I feel like any other day in between. Is it coincidence that the full moon was triggering me?

Over the last few months I have cleared a lot of emotional baggage that had been holding me back from living my truth. I have been releasing layers of fear and grief that my body had been holding onto. My body feels lighter and the regular full moon spikes in my blood pressure have gone away. For someone with kidney disease this is a breakthrough for me. I am so grateful for my body that has allowed me to release and let go.

April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. The name comes from pink flowers that bloom in the early spring, known as phlox. This month's full moon has also been called the full Sprouting Grass moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon. The Pink Moon has a spiritual meaning as well. It represents focusing on new and exciting things that could bloom up in your life this season.

During a full moon, ocean tides are higher than usual from an increase in the gravitational pull from the moon and sun. Considering that the body is 80 percent water, scientists and astrologers have often thought that similar effects happen in the body, almost creating a “human tidal pull” that can affect brain function.

A 2013 study on physical fitness index, heart rate and blood pressure, found that the gravitational pull of the moon on the earth is not the same in all phases of the lunar month and that this may affect the cardiovascular functions of the human body.

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Urology found that kidney stone pain increased significantly during a full Moon. And in another study, English researches found that generally, more patients were admitted to hospitals with urological emergencies during this time. Interestingly, the new Moon caused a “calming effect” for people with these conditions.

Coincidence? Maybe not. One theory behind these conclusions is that the kidneys, like other organs and the human body itself, are made up of about 60 percent water, and just as lunar activity can affect our oceans, creating powerful and predictable tides, the Moon may affect the workings of these organs, causing a noticeable ebb and flow in times of calm and pain.

A 2013 study published in Current Biology reviewed the sleep patterns of participants over three days in which they were allowed to fall asleep at will in a controlled area that had neither clocks nor outside light. When the data was compared to the phases of the Moon, researchers determined participants not only had lower melatonin levels during bright Moon phases, but they also took 5 minutes longer to fall asleep, slept 20 minutes less in general, and had 30 percent less REM sleep. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, your health suffers.

​The full moon is the perfect time to release what no longer serves you. Allow feelings to rise to the surface. Let them go with love. During this time you can add power to your intentions to release and let go of any old energy and make space for the new.  

Take it easy this full moon, be aware of your body and what it needs. Take time to relax. Allow your body to release at a pace that is right for you. Know when it is time to reach out for support and guidance. Eat mindfully and take time to meditate. Above all, choose to be healthy.


If you would like to experience a taster of the amazing healing that I have enjoyed  
This event with Harun Rabanni and Julie Amaliksen is not to be missed.

<![CDATA[World Kidney Day 2019]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:00:00 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/world-kidney-day-2019 Picture

 Have you ever thought about your kidneys?

Like most people, I didn't really give them much thought until I found out I had a rare kidney disease. I was in hospital with a Multiple Sclerosis relapse and given the news. Having had no knowledge of what was normally an inherited condition, I was in shock. Up until then, I trusted that my kidneys were working away merrily without any particular attention from me consciously.
If, like me, you were suddenly diagnosed, would you know what to do to maximise a healthy life?

What can you do to help them keep healthy? 

On this World Kidney Day, spare a thought for these two organs that keep you alive.
​The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the body. They serve vital functions like filtering the blood, eliminating toxins, absorbing minerals, producing urine, producing hormones and neutralising acids.

The kidneys are tough and capable of functioning with as little as 20% of their capacity, so damage and decline often go unnoticed for a long time.

If you are not drinking enough water you can become chronically dehydrated, waste and toxic matter can start to accumulate and cause damage to the kidneys.

Excess salt causes the blood pressure to rise, putting a lot of stress on the kidneys to function properly. These days we can see on any packaging how much salt products contain. Aim to avoid any high salt foods that have a red indicator.

Consuming sugar in excess can play a huge role in the health of your kidneys. It has been scientifically shown that people who consume two or more sugary drinks daily end up having protein in their urine, which is the first sign of poorly functioning kidneys.

Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables  ensures that you are getting all the nutrients needed for the body to function at optimal level. 

Eating large amounts of meat, particularly red meat, increases the metabolic load on the kidneys and causes them to overwork, which eventually leads to kidney damage and dysfunction. High protein diets put extra pressure on the digestive system as the body focuses on processing rather than maintaining health.

Alcohol is a toxin, so consuming it regularly overworks the kidneys and leads to kidney damage and disease later on.

Just like salt, caffeine also raises blood pressure levels and puts stress on the kidneys, increasing the risk of damage later on.

Taking painkillers puts stress on the kidneys and causes harm or damage. Try out natural remedies such as, essential oils, herbs or spices.

Sleep gives the body time to heal, recuperate, and recover, including any damage done to the kidneys. Sleep deprivation keeps the body from being capable of healing and eventually leads to further stress and damage to these organs.

As you can now see, we all need to think about the long term health of these two organs that keep us alive. Without which we would not be here. 

Send love to your healthy kidneys, thank them for filtering the waste from your blood. Look after them and they will look after YOU. 

​Make your kidneys smile today :)

#WorldKidneyDay #ADPKD

<![CDATA[Going with the flow]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:37:15 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/going-with-the-flow
Finding yourself with two weeks of freedom from any commitments, with a challenging cash flow situation, may feel a bit uninspiring. Being able to go with the flow and know that whatever happens will be what you need right now takes trust.

"I have everything I need as I follow my higher path" Wayne Dyer

Some would say that it's easy for you if you live in a place that you love and I would agree. The weather can sometimes dictate what activities you decide on especially if it is a beautiful day and all plans are abandoned to bask in the sunshine. 

Having an attitude of gratitude will enable you to look at all around you with fresh eyes and wonder at the beautiful world that we live in. Every new day is a blessing.

"Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most" Buddha

You are in control of your own happiness. If you wake up with a negative thought about your day, that is exactly what you will have. Get out of bed with a warm heart, be grateful for a new day to start over and live each one as if it is your last. Say to yourself that today is a wonderful day full of love, joy and new experiences. 

As you walk or sit in a place you find inspiring, say thank you to the universe for being able to see, hear and feel what is surrounding you. If you are on a beach, as I am now, feel the sun on your body, listen to the waves as they crash against the shore. With every incoming wave, feel the love and joy they bring. On the outgoing wave, sense any negative thoughts and sadness from your mind wash away. Feel the breeze on your skin, the sand under your feet, the chill of the sea as you paddle in the flowing water. Watch the dogs race to the shore and delight in their playful games, eagerly greeting anyone on their way. Feel the happiness of couples walking hand in hand, feel the love they radiate all around them. Hear the happy squeals of delight as children jump the waves and find creatures and shells with their fishing nets. Create a vision in your mind and know that you can recall this image when you choose.

There is always something beautiful in this world of ours if you open your eyes fully and be grateful for what you do have rather than focussing on what you do not.

Go with the flow today. Gratitude is the secret to a joy-filled life. Find what's good and wonderful in every moment.

"This is a glorious time to be alive, and I am so grateful" Denise Linn

<![CDATA[Be yourself]]>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:47:35 GMThttp://sue-jobson.com/blog/be-yourselfPicture
http://www.sue-jobson.comAs I walked along the seafront this morning I was overwhelmed by the sheer joy of life and how far I had come compared with my life 10 years ago.
Health and relationship challenges totally held my focus. Having learned that what you focus on is ultimately what you get, I have continually been working to overcome the many blocks that put my life on hold.
I wouldn't say that the road has been smooth and easy, far from it. When you acknowledge that you cannot do this alone and seek out the person or in my case, people, who support your goals and aspirations life becomes sweeter.

As I walked along to a local seafront cafe for breakfast, I was filled with such gratitude that I was living in such a beautiful place, that I now call home. I could feel the tears in my eyes as I think about the future and living life to the full. I noticed that  people have time for each other, greeting strangers and sharing smiles. As I watched people jogging, walking, children fishing in the rock pools and just sitting admiring the scenery I was filled with gratitude that I am able to see, hear and experience nature at its finest.

My mission is to support and inspire people with long term health conditions to love life.
​If I can do it, so can you.