Review: ‘Secrets from Chuckling Goat’ by Shann Jones

Secrets from Chuckling Goat
How a Herd of Goats Saved my Family and Started a Business that Became a Natural Health Phenomenon
Shann Nix Jones


Published by: Hay House
Publication Date: 2nd February 2015
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9781401947484
PRICE : £10.99

Also available as an ebook


Shann Jones never expected to fall in love with a Welsh farmer at the age of 41. She didn’t anticipate leaving her city-girl existence as a radio talk show host in San Francisco to end up running a 25-acre self-sustaining farm in Wales. And she certainly didn’t expect to find herself locked in a desperate battle to save her husband’s life from a deadly superbug infection, armed only with natural remedies and the probiotic drink they make on the farm.

This is a true story, taken from Shann’s diaries. It’s about second-chance love stories, and happy endings that pop up when you least expect them. It’s a story about nature, and farm life, and ancient recipes. And most of all, it’s about the miracles that can happen when you refuse to give up hope.

My Review

I rather liked this book; normally I’m a bit leery about ‘natural health’ because so much of it is based on wishful thinking and any quest for a scientific investigation is discounted, the evidence discredited.

Not so Chuckling Goat; because the Jones’s are selling their kefir, milk, soaps and skin creams, trading standards insist on proper documentation. In this memoir, taken from Shann Nix Jones’s diaries from 2011 to 2013, Mrs Jones details experiments in cheese and kefir making, the problems involved in getting their new dairy up to inspection standards so they can sell their goats milk, and the dark days of Mr Jones’s post-surgery MRSA infection.

It was during this time that Shann turned to natural remedies, and after a customer sent her an article about the use of medical honey to fight infection. She also found and was inspired by a mediaeval recipe which had apparently been shown to work against MRSA. She later sent her CG Oil and the probiotic coconut kefir oil she’d experimented with to the same laboratory she’d used to safety assess her skin creams. The results were quite astonishing to her, the CG Oil was shown to be active against MRSA among other bacterias.

The book is very moving, I admit I cried at times. The inclusion of their recipes are an interesting addition, but it is the human story of determination to survive and thrive doing doing something they enjoy that I really found important.



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