‘Genetics loads your gun your lifestyle pulls the trigger’

Tuesday September 03, 2019 Written by Published in Health
Cheryl Marsters (far left) and Barbara O’Neill demonstrate the use of an onion to help with flu for children at the Sinai Hall yesterday. 19090202 Cheryl Marsters (far left) and Barbara O’Neill demonstrate the use of an onion to help with flu for children at the Sinai Hall yesterday. 19090202

Cheryl Marsters and her family believe in natural remedies and they live it every day.


Since first meeting Barbara O’Neill, an international speaker who runs a health retreat programme in Australia, they have lived a full plant diet.

They don’t consume any animal products.

“We just eat plants, have our own garden at home and if we get sick at home we only use natural remedies no pharmaceutical products,” Marsters said.

O’Neill is all about helping people to have good health and live a sensible lifestyle with sensible choices.

She teaches how to use an onion for curing ear aches, or how to use ginger for gout.

“You just heat up half an onion and put it close to your ear and put some of the juice in the ear,” Marsters explains.

Salt and water help with the kidneys.

And for ginger, she says: “If you are affected from gout, just grate ginger put it onto a fabric, wrap it and the ginger will soak into the skin reducing the inflammation from the gout.”

Marsters says they’re not opposed to medication.

“It’s about telling people that yes we have pharmaceuticals and yes we have doctors, there is always a right place for that, but there are things we can do at home to help ourselves, so we don’t have to always rush to the hospital and get a Panadol. There is something we can do at home.”

Most of things that will be demonstrated at the one programme are not foreign to Pacific Islanders: eating healthy food, good nutrition, exercise, drinking sufficient water every day, getting sunshine and saying no to unhealthy things, breathing in fresh air – especially for those surrounded by air-con every day at work or home.

Also, getting sufficient rest and being a Christian island using God as a restorer of our health.

O’Neill has been invited by a women’s group to speak to the island on all common lifestyle sickness such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and also giving information on how the liver and digestion works.

She hopes the programmes will encourage people to stop believing in genetic predetermination.

“It is about encouraging people that the body can heal itself when given the right conditions. Others says sickness is genetic and we have inherited it.”

O’Neill answers it by saying: “Genetics loads your gun but it’s your lifestyle that pulls the trigger.”

·         For more information on the programme contact Stella Marsters on 71978



  • Comment Link Yolanda Wednesday, 27 May 2020 05:44 posted by Yolanda

    Really!! Wow what about coca cola process food roundup Monsanto why not close them up. Fracking ect. Poisoning our waters. Ect I can vote on n on. Please it's our decent thing to do go to basic. Oh sugar please

  • Comment Link Ken McLeod Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:51 posted by Ken McLeod

    Barbara O'Neill has been investigated by the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission and is permanently prohibited from providing any health services, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

    The Commission’s investigation found that Mrs O’Neill does not recognise that she is misleading vulnerable people (including mothers and cancer sufferers) by providing very selective information. The misinformation has huge potential to have a detrimental effect on the health of individuals as Mrs O’Neill discourages mainstream treatment for cancer, antibiotics and vaccinations.

    On the basis of the above evidence the Commission found that Mrs O’Neill breached the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Practitioners in that she:

    Failed to provide a health service in a safe and ethical manner
    Held herself out as able to cure cancer
    Dissuaded clients from seeking or continuing treatment by a registered medical practitioner
    Engaged in misinformation in relation to the services she provides
    Failed to keep records of consultations

    The Commission is satisfied that Mrs O’Neill poses a risk to the health or safety of members of the public. The Commission therefore makes the following prohibition order:

    "Mrs O’Neill is permanently prohibited from providing any health services, as defined in s4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (the Act), whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. "

    See https://www.hccc.nsw.gov.au/Hearings---decisions/Public-statements-and-warnings/Public-Statement-and-Statement-of-Decision-in-relation-to-in-relation-to-Mrs-Barbara-O-Neill

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