Jo Wood said she was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s disease in the 90s (Picture: WireImage)Jo Wood has revealed a health scare in 1991 put her on a mission to save the planet.
Jo, 64, met a herbalist all those years ago who changed her way of thinking about the environment.
The TV personality was admitted to hospital with what was initially thought to be Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the digestive system.
It turned out that she had a perforated appendix, but it made her think more carefully about taking care of her body.
She explained to Metro.co.uk: ‘Years ago when I misdiagnosed with Crohn’s I met this herbalist called Gerald Green, and he sat me down when I was desperate to get better and get off my steroids, and said, “What do you eat?”.
‘And he talked to me for hours about the food I put in my body.
‘I thought to myself, “what the hell are we all doing eating rubbish, processed s**t that’s making us all ill?”
Jo with her son Tyrone (left) and actor Will Poulter, who are ambassadors of ocean conservation group Project 0 (Picture: Getty)‘It started with my food, then what I was putting on my skin, and all along that journey I learnt about what we were doing to our planet: genetically modified food, processed food that has no nutritional value.
‘It all came together about what the hell we are all doing, and we are messing up our planet.’
Jo, the former wife of Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood, has become an ambassador for Project 0, which will be hosting a pop up for World Oceans Day.
Project 0, which her son Tyrone is director of, campaigns to protect the world’s oceans, a cause Jo is very passionate about.
‘What Project 0 does is it finds ways to get rid of plastic and find alternatives,’ Jo said.
‘They’re an umbrella charity that pulls in other charity to help work towards cleaning up our oceans. Without the ocean we’d die.’
And the model more than does her bit to protect the planet, recalling once incident in a supermarket that caused a stir.
‘I bought all my organic vegetables in plastic which I can’t understand – why do they put plastic on it there’s no chemicals on it?
‘So I took off all the plastic in the shop and left it in the basket, and took my vegetables home. They were all panicking, it was great!’
The Project 0 pop-p shop will be at 3 Newburgh Street this Saturday 8 June on World Oceans Day.
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