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