Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your ears….Welcome….I am writing to you in the hope that you may find interest, advice or hope from my discoveries found along the road to health and wellness. There are a few weighty finds, some worth their weight in gold in fact. I have managed, through years of research and networking, to turn round my health and this blog is here for those of you with similar experiences, to stand as testament that it IS possible. It is a work in progress, but with dedication and commitment, you can too return to a wonderful state of wellness. We all need support in reaching our optimal health, but what many of us lack is the belief that we can also take our health into our own hands, take responsibility for the wonderful vehicle for the soul that have been blessed with; our very own magnificent body. First I want to go right back and tell you a little bit about my health story….
From a very early age I was quite ‘sickly’, often affected very much by moldy environments. If there was mold in the house it was me that would end up instantly with a chest infection. Of course back then everything was considered as bacterial and I was given many courses of antibiotics for this apparent chest infection. I would visit my dad at weekends, his trade was renting holiday flats to tourists in our seaside town of Bournemouth on the South coast of England I was always put in the room that had the mold, the room that could not be rented because of this mold. He bought and sold these houses over the years and I as a consequence I was regularly exposed to mold.
EPSTON BARR VIRUS
I was diagnosed with Epston Barr Virus (EBV) at the age of 14. There is some remarkable information about EBV and the immune system here After this point I suffered very intense fatigue, I could easily sleep 17 hours a go if I was allowed to. The fact that I left home at this age and had to work nights to pay my rent as well as go to school made life very hard for me. My schooling suffered and I did not receive a decent education.
After being sick for many years I began to unravel the complex tapestry of my life to try to understand why my body was so inclined to be this way. The medical establishment had offered no clues, nor support. I for some strange reason had an impressive list of mysterious diseases that they both knew little about, and could do little to help with. Dr Do-little was my practitioner and he lived up to his name.
EDS and FIBROMYALGIA
In the following years I suffered strange aches and pains in my joints, which upon numerous visits to doctors was told it was ‘growing pains’ or ‘double jointed-ness’ and by the age of about 30 I was diagnosed with Elhers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Fibromyalgia. I was confused, how could I have both? There was no blood test for either, rather a clinical diagnosis and no explanation as to what may have caused these ‘syndromes’. It seemed like there was a lot more going on that I wasn’t being told, but treated like a difficult patient when I asked questions. Later on after years of stomach pains, I eventually was granted an appointment with a nutritional therapist through the NHS, who diagnosed me with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), apparently caused by stress. I was advised to eat less vegetables.
This sequence of health events seemed to lay the foundations for a gradual decline in general health and well being, but to top it off I decided to put the nail in the coffin by travelling extensively around India for many years. It was never a consideration of mine or anyone’s it would seem, to ponder the possibility that a person who had received vaccinations was vulnerable to bugs and infections in a country like India, and certainly not even feasible in the UK or USA!
On my travels I was bitten by a tick, and suffered with a terrible fever until, after a whole week, when the tick was discovered and removed. I did not know what Lyme Disease was back then. I also had many other horrific bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, I had not yet grasped the seriousness of these pathogens inside my body and sadly I was not to learn until almost 20 years later. My health continued to deteriorate, but at the same time as being told there was nothing could be done about my vague diagnosis’s. One day, I decided to sit myself down and once and for all find out what was making me so sick, I had the internet now! There was no excuses anymore, everything I needed to know was there for me to discover, and I embarked upon the journey of a lifetime, the journey of self healing.
More recently I have discovered through DNA testing, that I have many genetic mutations, some of them very common in chronically sick people, people with illnesses such as Lyme disease, Morgellons disease and Biotoxin illness (also known as mold illness). Including several mutations of the MTHFR enzyme, and the ‘dreaded mold gene’; HLA (human leukocyte antigen).
The Human Genome Project (HGP), the international collaborative research program whose goal was the complete mapping and understanding of all the genes of human beings, discovered that our environment actually plays a much bigger role in our disposition towards illness despite what our genetic code may predict.
In other words what we expose ourselves to, such as toxins, pollution, diet, and stress can dictate our health. This in turn means that we can be in control of our health, to a degree, by making the right choices. This is known as epigenetics.
The issue is, and one that is discussed on the many health forums I participate in is; What came first, the genetic mutation or the illness? Could these illnesses could be causing the mutations, rather than the other way around. The jury is out. But watch this space.
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