"THE FILM SET IS A WORLD IN MICROCOSM:
JOHN BOARD'S KITS KEEP PRODUCTIONS AND ALL PEOPLE HEALTHY."
The Hollywood Survival Kit: How We Began
Tuesday, 13 January 2009 22:47

In 1987 I suffered from severe arthritis in my left hand, which was painful and crippling. At the time I was working in my home town, Toronto, on a TV movie called “A Christmas Wife,” which starred Jason Robards, Julie Harris and Don Francks. Around the corner, there was a homeopathic store, Thompson‚s, that had been in business since 1868. I decided to see whether they could help me. Within days of starting to take the homeopathic remedies I experienced a tremendous relief of my symptoms. I have kept my arthritis painless and under good control ever since.

My personal experiences sold me on homeopathy, and I decided to bring the remedies to the movies -- or rather to film sets where I work as a First Assistant Director. Making films requires intensive work, and a healthy crew is essential in order to produce at peak efficiency.

I bought some remedies and diagnosing books and began offering help to crew and cast members suffering from common ailments. Over time and with experience my kit grew larger, and included flower and herbal remedies as well. Due to the success of the remedies, “Dr. John” was often called for on the set. The remedies relieved many ailments: injuries; physical, mental and emotional distress; stiff muscles after stunts; performance jitters; and other problems caused by the stress of little rest or over-work. Today, my kit is an indispensable part of any set on which I work, and production managers are more than happy to pay for the cost of the remedies, because they are so successful.

Although I carry a large kit and several diagnosing books, there are some remedies that seem to be the most commonly used, whether in the production office, on the film set or in any abnormal physical or emotional situation that arises. With this in mind, I assembled the John Board Hollywood Survival Kit. It incorporates useful remedies for the common ailments that people experience most often.

It is my hope that more people will experience the benefits of the alternative remedies in this kit, and will be able to help themselves and others to well-being without facing any side effects.

DISCLAIMER Any form of self-treatment or alternative health program necessarily must involve an individual's acceptance of some risk, and no one should assume otherwise. Persons needing medical care should obtain it from a physician.

 

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