My name is Taetske and I would like to tell you a bit about myself


Taetske in Puerto Banus

Taetske in Puerto Banus, Marbella in the south of Spain


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I was born in 1950 and in 2003 I happily entered my menopause.  I had no symptoms, like hot flashes or similar, so I was very happy to have reached this point.  No more periods or buying feminine hygiene products.   In 2007, with my annual checkup, I was told that something was slightly out of order and that I had to have a color Doppler scan performed. The results ended up with me having an Endometrial Ablation (scraping the lining of the uterus) and an order to return in 6 months.

At my next visit, my gynaecologist informed me that in 6 months, the lining should not have exceeded 6 millimeters and mine had grown 10 millimeters.  He told me “it is as if there is a party going on in your uterus.”  He then stated, “In my experience, in five to maximum 10 years, you will have cancer so I advise you to have a total hysterectomy.” This operation was scheduled towards the end of 2008.


My unusual proposal

As my gynaecologist is open to unusual ideas, or I should say he is used to me coming up with unusual things,  I told him I wanted to calculate the most convenient date for this operation since it was not an extreme emergency.  I wanted to consider the moon phase and my astrological sign.  He was so kind as to accept one of my suggested dates and arranged for the operation.  I started to fast on Sunday (the concept behind this is you can save the energy used for the digestive process and expand it on healing.)

I was admitted to the hospital on Monday and operated on Tuesday.  When they rolled me into the operating room, I asked them if I could keep my bed socks on because I have cold feet.  There I was being operated on with my red bed socks knitted by my Mother.  I do not remember much about Wednesday because they kept me sedated.  On Thursday, I was wide awake, picked up the tubes and marched off to have a shower.  The nurses were worried about my not eating but I insisted on fasting.


My gynaecologist has a problem

My gynaecologist showed up and said, “I have a problem with the nurses because you do not eat.”  So I said, OK, does this hospital produce some broth.  He said yes, and I said breakfast, lunch, and dinner is to be broth. All were happy.  On Friday, the gynaecologist said I was healing so nicely that I would be released the following day (Saturday).

Then he stated “you were the talk of the operating room because, with this kind of cut (20 cm in length), I normally need to use 10 to 14 cotton swabs but in your case, I only used 3.  Then I explained to my colleges of your wish to have the operation when the moon was past full and waning.”  The same as in nature, when you prune a tree, the moon should be waning so the tree does not lose its life force.


An unnecessary operation

Had I known at that time what I now know I would not have had this operation. I now listen more carefully to what my body is telling me.  My hormones were not balanced, this is, of course, normal during the years of menopause. If I had taken steps to get this balance back this operation could have been avoided. Each year more than half a million women are operated in the U.S.It seems that 90% of these operations are not necessary. Before you have a hysterectomy investigate the alternatives.

I came home and within a relatively short time I started feeling awful, I started talking to myself in the kitchen in a loud voice (Taetske this is not you) and within 3 months, I had put on 9 kilos (20 pounds).  When a woman says, I have nothing to wear and her wardrobe is full of clothes, men usually smile, but in my case, it was the absolute truth because I had increased 1 to 2 sizes.

I went to my general practitioner, stood in front of him and said: “doctor, I am a nervous wreck.”   He looked at me, smiled and said, Senora; I think you will be able to manage.  What I thought at that moment, I will not put in writing but for sure, it was not nice.  I understood that I had to take care of my own health.  My gynaecologist offered to give me some hormonal substitute, but as these were not bio-identical hormones, but a chemical abomination, I declined.


The show on Larry King

During these three months, on a Sunday morning, I happened to watch the Larry King show.  At that moment, he was discussing with the author, Suzanne Somers, her book “Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness”.  This book is about Nanotechnology, anti-aging, and hormone therapies.

I said to myself, do I know anything about this, no I don’t.  So I ordered the book.  ( I really think that all men and women should read this book, in some cases, it might be lifesaving and at least it will provide valuable health information.)  You can find this and many of her other books at this link.
Suzanne Somers

This book was an eye-opener. I read it very carefully, underlining many passages and also putting big exclamation marks in the margins.  I learned a lot of important things but one very shocking bit was that for decades, women worldwide have been fooled into taking a hormone replacement which is made from the urine of a mare.

Although the hormones which are harvested are nearly the same as human hormones, the difference is molecular (on the scale of one or two atoms.)  One would think that this is so small that it won’t make a difference but it does.  It is not identical to hormones made by the human body.  In the long run, non-bio-identical hormone replacement has serious side effects and has been tied to increased cancer risk.


I find my anti-aging doctor

Through this book, I got to know about anti-aging and was lucky to find a doctor close by who prescribes to this philosophy.  After thorough tests, including a DNA study of my ancestral health risks, I was put on a regime of hormones-supplements and I regained my vigor.

I started going in a new direction and slowly but surely, my eating habits and lifestyle changed. (more about this later.)


3 Years later

My website has grown during these years and now holds quite a few posts which are health-related. I have also learned a lot as when you investigate while writing your post you often come across interesting information. Something which I have often stated is that we have to take more care and be more critical of what we eat. Man-made foods are bad for us, the closer we eat and live to nature the better.


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John ツ

Thanks for sharing your experience Taetske. Like you, I am a firm believer that your body should be treated the natural way. Nature knows better than medications. Of course it is always recommended to see a medical practitioner if you have a problem, but if you respect your body in the first place, you will not need to see a doctor anyway. I wish the very best and I look forward to reading more of your articles and advice.
John ツ

May 21.2017 | 11:45 am


    Good afternoon John,

    Thank you for visiting my website.Nature is definitely the wiser one of us all. Things that were known ages ago are being rediscovered by science, it seems that Mother Nature provides so well for her children, the problems is that we do not look. I hardly ever have to visit a doctor and I plan to keep it that way. Since 1981 I am green here on the farm in the south of Spain. There is nothing nicer than to sit on the patio at 13.30 and eat oranges/grapefruits and mandarins from one’s own orchard.

    Regards, Taetske

    May 21.2017 | 12:59 pm

david ansley

Like the old saying goes, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.I was moved by your story. You have been through quite a bit.But it also appears you came through stronger and smarter.
You have created an incredible, very informative site.Thank you.Also, I was intrigued by the section on Himalayan salt. Do you know where I might get it here in Florida.?

Jun 12.2017 | 06:54 pm


    Good evening David,

    Thank you for visiting my website and your kind words. Hopefully, the older I get, I pick up valuable information along the way. I like to pass it on to all who care to listen. I get my Himalayan salt in the Health shop here in Spain. I Googled where to get it in Florida and am happy to be able to tell you that quite a few options appeared. All the best. Regards, Taetske

    Jun 12.2017 | 07:36 pm


Hi Taetske,
Thanks for sharing your story. It must be fate that I read this blog because my daughter just had a full hysterectomy about 10 days ago. She is only 23 years old. About 3 years ago she had ovarian cancer and the doctors removed a 9lb tumor, her left ovary and Fallopian tube and her appendices. Ever since the surgery she has been miserable. They had her taking hormone treatments and 2 years after the surgery she went into menopause. The risk of uterine cancer was so great that she elected to have the full surgery done. She is happy about her decision, but no she is looking for more natural remedies to help with her health. Because of the situation she is in, her body has aged over night. She now has the bone density of a 80 year old and she feel like one, too. She is now hoping to get her life back through alternative medicines.

Jun 24.2017 | 02:34 pm


    Good evening Ashley,

    What a sad story, I really feel sorry for your young daughter, much too young to have gone through this ordeal. From my experience, I can only say go and find a good anti-aging doctor who will be able to help her. I do not know where she lives but with the internet, it is so easy to find out where such a doctor is close by. I would also tell her to read that book by Suzanne Somers, a real eye opener. I am convinced she should not give up hope as most of her health will come back if she takes the right steps. Wishing you all the best.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jun 24.2017 | 05:41 pm

Jean Garant

Dear Tastske : Congratulations for your nice work in this new longevity website, all the sharing w ill helps us better to understand our body and to improve our quality of life ! keep on this good Track!ª Drj. Marbella

Jul 06.2017 | 12:44 pm


    Good afternoon Dr. Garant,

    Thank you for visiting my website. The more people know about all the possibilities that exist to stay healthy the better. Traditional medicine only offers cures in the form of some chemical pill or treatment which tries to cure the symptoms and not the origin of the problem and on top of it, these treatments have nasty side effects.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jul 06.2017 | 01:34 pm


I like your thinking, I just do. I like the way you look at life and health too. You inspire me.

Aug 05.2017 | 09:35 am


    Good Morning Danielle,

    Thank you for your visit and also the compliment, you make my weekend.
    I hope you had time to read the post on Eastern perspective and why we should be eating fruits.
    I love discovering new things on health, the more I advance the better I feel as I at least try out the new things I find.
    If they are good I will add it to my lifestyle and like that, over the years, I have changed the way I eat and what I eat.
    Hope to reach 90 in a good shape.

    Regards, Taetske

    Aug 05.2017 | 11:01 am

Angela Newell

Hi Taetske,
I was trying to leave a comment on your post about the Sacred Plant but for some reason the comments section was not to be found on that page. I wanted you to know that my daughter did a lot of her own research into the use of cannabis and had been using it for quite a few years to combat her Developmental PTSD and her adult ADD. It really helped her get to a point in her life where she was beginning to improve in her levels of anxiety combined with Neurofeedback sessions weekly with a trained professional. She recently had to stop taking it altogether due to financial reasons and was a bit worried if she would be able to cope without it. She has managed to get through more than 3 months cannabis free now and did not find the process too difficult. I believe the cannabis set a lot of things right in her head prior to giving up, she just needed to believe in herself more. We used essential oils to help with any anxiety that started to arise after stopping. I see you are writing about many controversial topics. It’s great to see that more and more people are becoming aware. Thank you for contributing to this trend of helping others become aware of the things that are being kept from us. Really loved reading your posts.

Aug 20.2017 | 03:13 pm


    Good afternoon Ange,

    I am sorry you about the hiccup, this has been rectified now so one can leave comments on the Sacred Plant page. How worrisome to have a dear child with this problem. I do think her use of Cannabis must have really helped her. Good to hear her health has improved over the time.
    Yes, I love writing about things that are being kept away from us people be it by big Pharma, FDA, and family. I hope to see you again as I publish a new post each week. With best wishes to you and your daughter.

    Regards, Taetske

    Aug 22.2017 | 01:56 pm

Deanna Henderson

Dear Taetske,
I had a hysterectomy and took hormone treatment for about 10 years. I found out you were supposed to be on them for only about 3 years. I was having 13 hot flashes a day when I stopped using the Estratest. At my local health food store I inquired about anyone in the area doing bio identical hormone replacement therapy after reading Somer’s book. I found a Dr. and have been on them for 14 years and never felt better. I have told several of my friends about them and they have been really happy with the result also.
Best regards, Deanna

Sep 09.2017 | 01:53 pm


    Good afternoon Deanna,

    Even if we listen to our doctors one still has the responsibility to think for one self. I also found out the hard way. It is a big price one pays for not being well informed but I hope it will never happen anymore in my life. I write about these things wishing people might read it and thus be spared a stupid and unnecessary operation. Thank you for visiting my website.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 09.2017 | 02:23 pm


Thank you very much for this message

Nov 22.2017 | 07:03 pm


    Good evening Keisi,

    Thank you for visiting my website. As you can see I have gone through my personal evolution. When I stopped working in 1986 I had time to learn about healthy things, what foods to eat. Slowly but surely I tried many different things and through error and trial, I found out what is good for me. I always say, keep an open mind.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 22.2017 | 07:42 pm

Sylvia Mann

Dear Taetske,
I read your story with a heavy heart since I know how awful it is for a woman to go through a hysterectomy.
You are absolutely right that this operation is 9 out of 10 totally unnecessary and cruel to the woman.
In my former profession, I was a Nurse and trained in the medical science way, I thought for many years that doctors should and do know best. After an aunt of mine went through it herself and I could see how slowly she had lost her vitality, she wasn’t herself anymore.

They also started her on HRT, this was in the late 70s and early 80s. She seemed to come around, in the beginning, but have ended with stomach cancer just a few years later.
This was also about the time where I too changed my understanding of allopathic medicine vs. homeopathic treatments.
For me, personally, I learned a lot about bioidentical progesterone by reading two amazing books from the late Dr. John R. Lee MD “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre-Menopause” and “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause”.
Both books were an eye-opener and I always highly recommend them to any woman to read them, no matter what their age right now.
I am glad you are on a better path and I do wish you only the best to come.


Mar 14.2019 | 05:25 pm


    Good evening Sylvia,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    When I look back, even if it would have been better not to have that operation, I now understand a lot more things. Because of what happened I started to read more. Then, by the end of 2013 I got a computer, rather late in life. Having a computer I followed Summits and Masterclasses and in 2017 I started with writing for my 2 websites.
    There you see, one thing lead to the other and it is good like it is.
    I realize when one is caught in the health system it might not end well. Better make an effort to stay healthy and that is what I am doing. I soon will be 69, I am still learning new things and if I think these things have value I will add them to my lifestyle.
    I have gone through my personal health/food evolution and really think I am in better shape than compared to 40 years ago.
    Thank you for your kind wishes, I also wish you a healthy and happy life.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 14.2019 | 08:48 pm

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