Do you want to become the happiest, healthiest you? Have you ever thoughts the anti-ageing skincare is the answers? We speak to Jayney Goddard, one of the world’s leading experts in the natural anti-ageing and complementary medical fields to discover how we can get that youthful glow.
Jayney is a hugely popular author, and she has written several books, including the ground-breaking bestseller “Rewind Your Body Clock: The Complete Natural Guide to a Happier Healthier Younger You”. She writes the Natural Anti-ageing column for Natural Health magazine. She is President of The Complementary Medical Association and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Respected worldwide as a keynote Speaker and Lecturer, everything Jayney recommends, although natural, is based on solid scientific research, so that you know that everything is safe and really works.
Hi Jayney, can you please tell us what is your mission, and how are you looking to help people?
First and foremost, my mission in life is to empower people to understand that they have so much more control over their lives and their future health then they might actually realise at the moment. For example, our levels of happiness are highly malleable and can be dramatically improved by making small lifestyle adjustments. This also applies to our cognitive function and the way our bodies operate – from a physiological standpoint. While we are actually living longer, we are becoming chronically ill at ever-younger ages. So essentially, our lifespan is increasing, but our health span is decreasing. We definitely don’t just have to accept this. In fact, we can turn it around very easily and enjoyably. This really is the essence of what I share in my latest book ‘Rewind Your Body Clock: The Complete Natural Guide to a Happier, Healthier, Younger You. Get a copy of the book here.
Why did you decide to specialise in anti-ageing?
I specialise in teaching people about an ‘evidence-based’ approach to natural anti-ageing. I have to confess though, that I don’t actually like the term ‘anti-ageing’ as it makes it sound as though ageing is a bad thing. The truth is that we will always continue to age, from a chronological standpoint. We can’t stop that from happening but what we can do is to age really successfully. This is why I prefer to talk about ‘biological age reversal’, which is the way for us to halt and even reverse our ageing process, and this is what will allow us to age healthily and happily, long into our future.
The reason I’m so passionate about this field is that I became extremely ill at one point in my life about 20 years ago. I have rheumatoid arthritis and at that time I went through an enormous flareup that was so serious and so dangerous that I was admitted into hospice care because I really wasn’t expected to survive.
At this point, I was bringing friends in, who were also complementary medical practitioners and we were trying everything including nutrition tweaks, hypnotherapy, spiritual healing and more in order for me to try to get well. One of my friends came in with a biological age testing system that they had just bought. At that time, I was 37 years old they tested my biological age and it came out at 55. Obviously, this was pretty shocking and so I started to research what could possibly be done to reverse the damage that my body had sustained from this horrendous illness.
I started to read deeply into the topic of anti-ageing and discovered that ultimately the best steps to take to stave off ageing and to halt and even reverse that process are natural lifestyle approaches including diet, mindset, gratitude, exercise, socialisation, sexuality, and so much more. Based on the research I did, and the discoveries I made, I managed to not only survive but to get out of the hospice and continue on my wellness journey.
I have now got the point where my chronological age is now 55, but because of the way that I live and the lifestyle choices I make on a day-to-day basis, I maintain a biological age of 27.
What misconceptions can you see in the field?
There are many misconceptions in the ‘anti-ageing’ field in. One of the big mistakes that are being made at the moment is the medicalisation of ageing. I understand that pharmaceutical companies and even the more naturally focused nutraceutical companies need to make a profit.
Everybody is trying to find that one ‘magic bullet’ that will lead us to the fountain of youth.
However, these scientists fail to see that we humans are entire ‘biological systems’. And, because we are so complex, we need an entirely holistic approach to address the problem of ageing. Conversely, I teach that our bodies, minds and spirit are all one, and without a deep realisation of this, no true progress is going to be made within the anti-ageing field.
When should we start thinking about “how We Want to age”? Is there such a thing as being “too early”?
This is such an interesting question; in fact, you are never too young to start thinking about how you are going to age. The problem is, that when we are younger, we have no sense of our own mortality. Truthfully, it isn’t until you stare death in the face that you get a sudden wake-up call and you realise that life is actually quite brief. There is no doubt that people who are fit and healthy when they are younger do tend to age more successfully, so I would like to see much more of an emphasis being put upon health, happiness and fitness from a very young age – have a look at these top tips for staying healthy.
There is a real problem in schools in all industrialised nations at the moment because they are cutting into some of the most important developmental sessions that will dictate the way that future generations age.
The sessions or classes that are being cut include sports and the arts, including music, painting, drawing etc. If we don’t connect people to their bodies, increase fitness levels through sports, cultivate the imagination and sense of connectedness that we gain from art and music, those children are going to age very poorly and will develop the chronic diseases that we so wrongly associate with ageing, at much younger ages.
Do you think it’s time for us to re-evaluate what ageing really means?
Yes, I do think it is time to re-evaluate what ageing really means. Until quite recently, most people believed that you were at the mercy of your genetics. What I mean by this is that people tended to think that if their mum had died of a heart attack and their dad had died from cancer that they too would inevitably inherit these conditions, or they might at least be at a higher risk of doing so. In fact, the relatively new science of epigenetics looks at those factors that influence genetic activity and it has been shown that our genetic expression is surprisingly malleable.
Researchers, including Dr Michael Greger et al., have very clearly demonstrated that lifestyle plays a hugely important role in switching on or off genes that code for cancer, for example. He and his team have produced several papers on the topic and epigenetics is certainly the buzzword of the moment when it comes to really think about the impact that lifestyle has upon the way we age.
Why did you create The CMA, and what is the aim of the organisation?
I have been in practice for over three decades and I founded the Complementary Medical Association 26 years ago. At the time, there was nothing being done to protect the public from “cowboy practitioners”, and there were very few standards set within the profession. Also, there was nothing being done to promote practitioners who were genuine, dedicated professionals, and who had spent many years gaining their qualifications.
There was also a big gap in the training side of things, whereby there were some absolutely excellent courses that were simply being overlooked because they didn’t have the ability or wherewithal to promote themselves.
Conversely, there were courses that were simply akin to ‘diploma mills’ where people would send in money and receive a certificate back, for doing absolutely nothing. The CMA had to exist in order to set standards right across the board in complementary medicine so that practitioners were all practising from a standpoint of excellence, and courses were adhering to high standards.
What has been one of the biggest accomplishments for The CMA?
Since I founded the Complementary Medical Association, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, we are now the world’s largest and best-respected professional membership organisation in this field. We now have a reach of over 100,000 practitioners, schools and supporters. We have worked with many governments globally to help them set standards and most recently, I worked with the USA’s White House Committee for Integrated and Complementary Medicine. I testified in front of the White House Committee and my recommendations were accepted unanimously.
How do you keep learning throughout your professional career?
I make a point of attending a great many conferences worldwide every year. I’m extremely fortunate in that I am often invited to be a keynote speaker at events, so I get to sit in and listen to my fellow presenters who are also acknowledged leaders in the field. I also constantly research for the latest breaking news items in the field of complementary and conventional medicine as The CMA has a fantastic weekly e-newsletter that is a roundup of the latest breaking global health news, so we can ensure that we keep our members and supporters right at the forefront of all the developments in the field.
Of course, I’m also a consistent writer, so I always have yet another book on the go.
Everything I talk about and everything I teach is fully evidence-based. This means that everything I ever claim or recommend in any of my books or any of my articles (for example in Natural Health magazine, and in my latest book, Rewind Your Body Clock), is fully grounded in robust science. This means that my readers can depend upon the information and be assured that whatever I’m recommending is safe and actually works.
Do you have a mentor, and if so, what have they taught you?
I have a number of mentors, mostly teachers from the training that I have undertaken over the years. For example, my mentor in the mind-body medicine field is Dr Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School under whom I had the immense privilege of training.
From an academic standpoint, my mentor would be my research and dissertation supervisor Dr Jean Duckworth. I credit her with helping me to develop my academic rigour, which is so important within the field of complementary medicine.
I learned camera technique from Dame Maggie Smith (back when I worked in the performing arts) and this has proven to be exceptionally helpful for my YouTube videos and my online courses. My partner, Dr Frank Sabatino also has to rank as a great mentor of mine. He is one of the world-leading doctors in the natural health movement and is one of only two doctors in the USA who is qualified in water-only fasting supervision.
If you could impart only one piece of knowledge to the online world (professionals and consumers alike) what would that be?
There is so much that I would like to share, however, if I’m tied down to just one piece of information or just one statement, then this would have to be it:
“The choices you make on a day-to-day basis dictate your future health and happiness for the rest of your life. Choose well my friends”.
You can find out more about Jayney and her natural tips on Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter and via on her online website. She has even set up a private Facebook group. You can also search through The Complementary Medical Association for more online and on Facebook.