March 15, 2017

About Susan Rever

The Starfish Story

An old man was walking along the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance, he could see someone moving like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman picking up starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean. "Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I do not throw them back into the ocean they will die" she said. "But young lady, there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish. You cannot possibly make a difference." The young woman listened politely, then bent down and gently picked up another starfish and threw it back into the ocean." I made a difference for that one."

Adapted from the original by Loren Eiseley


Everyone can make a difference. It just starts with one person at a time.


We must become the change we wish to see in the world.   Mahatma Ghandi


My name is Susan Rever (The Organictarian). Welcome to my website/blog!!!



My life went in a completely unexpected direction in 2010. I am a professional biologist and was working for the government at the time when I experienced one of the worst years of my life. One night in February I was sleeping when my heart started to race. It felt like it was going to explode. I went to the emergency room where I was hooked up to a heart monitor. Thankfully I just had my annual physical exam the week before.

It turned out I developed hyperthyroidism. I was put on thyroid medication and beta blockers. My hair started to fall out. I developed insomnia. It felt like someone had turned up my internal furnace to maximum overdrive!!! My feet were swollen. I was a mess. After my appointment with my endocrinologist, I found out the cause of my hyperthyroid was the autoimmune disease Grave's Disease.



I figured my year could not get any worse, but in July I started experiencing really sharp pains in my lower left abdominal area. The pain was excruciating. I spent the next two months going in and out of the emergency room. I was told by various doctors that my pain could be due to a bladder infection, ovarian cysts and/or appendicitis.

I finally told my doctor that I wanted to have a pelvic ultrasound done. It turned out I had two large masses, one on each ovary. They were unable to determine whether the masses were cancerous, so I was scheduled for a MRI. The MRI was unable to detect with certainty whether the masses were tumours so they wanted to perform laparoscopic surgery. I remember being in the recovery room after my surgery still groggy from the anesthesia when my surgeon came into the room and told me I did not have cancer. What a relief!!!


It turned out I had stage 4 endometriosis. After I recovered from my surgery, I wanted to know what I could do to prevent my endometriosis from reoccurring. Endometriosis often reoccurs after surgery and is very painful. Doctors do not really know what causes endometriosis or how to prevent it.



Afterwards, I realised I had to listen to what my body was trying to tell me. My medical doctors had no solutions for me for reversing or improving my conditions, just how to live with them.


This is where my passion for health began and how I discovered certain ingredients in my personal care products and certain ‘health’ foods I was eating actually mimicked hormones and disrupted my endocrine system.

I threw out all of my personal care products I was using at the time and replaced them with healthier alternatives. I changed what I was eating.



I am happy to report that it has been over 4 years since I have reversed all of my conditions and gone off my medications!!!


I am a biologist (MSc), botanist/herbalist (BSc), holistic nutritionist, clinical aromatherapist, horticulturist, academic and have been teaching in academia for over 15 years. I am also an environmentalist so want to make sure the products that I am using i.e. food, cosmetics, skin care, cleaning supplies etc. are eco-friendly. I enjoy using my education/knowledge and experience to help other people become healthier from the inside out and live a more healthful lifestyle. 

I decided to become a representative for Miessence and goDesana because their products are truly pure, safe and beneficial. They are certified organic so you are guaranteed that only organic ingredients were used in their products. No harmful chemicals!!! No hormone mimickers or endocrine disruptors!!! No carcinogens!! And their superfoods are amazing.