Welcome to ‘Treat Yourself’.
This is a solutions-based blog
offering well researched, yet little-known
therapies for serious or ‘untreatable’ illnesses.
You deserve to know about them.
You get sick, go to your doctor and receive treatment. If all goes well, you recover. If not, you may be told there is no other treatment available for you. Chances are though, there are treatment options available – you just don’t know about them. This blog is designed to inform you about scientifically-verified treatments with a long track record of success.
After being given little hope of recovery from their doctors, many people from all over the world are successfully using these treatments. These treatments have been developed by medical doctors, yet remain relatively unknown within the medical community, even though the research has been published in leading medical journals.
Most of the treatments, including those for mental illness, are accessible and simple to use. The list of treatable illnesses includes autoimmune diseases, cancers, neurological diseases, autism, allergies and more. The posts will lead you to survivors’ websites, books, DVD’s, research, and some online patient forums.
Everyone has the right to have knowledge of, and access to potentially helpful therapies. Believe it or not, many thousands of people have already benefitted from these unconventional treatments, and so can you.
Wishing you wellness,
As the saying goes: “healthy body, healthy mind”. Dealing with physical health issues really can affect mood changes, negative thoughts, being irritable, poor sleep, brain fog, and that ongoing fatigue.
There are no tests to diagnose mental health problems – just your symptoms, which are interpreted differently, depending on your practitioner.
Depression has many different causes. When the reason for depression is unclear, and nothing can reasonably explain it, it may not be ‘you’ – it may be your health that is the reason for the way you feel, so treating your health may lead to your full recovery.
If you feel irritable and anxious (or just plain anxious) when you can’t eat right away – ditch the sugar! Avoiding sugar means your moods can be more balanced and fluctuate less. This means, for the most part, preparing your own food – which is well worth the effort, because you can notice improvements very quickly. Stick to fish, meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit, along with whole grains, if you are able to tolerate them.
Foods to avoid to begin with, are wheat and dairy. Gluten, soy, and corn may also be allergenic foods, not least because of the way they are grown and processed. If any of these foods are foods that you ‘just have to have’, it can indicate that you may be addicted to them and they are wreaking havoc with your body chemistry.
Have your nutrition checked out by getting your levels tested for iron, vitamin B12, iodine, and chromium. If found deficient, remarkable improvements can occur once depleted nutrients are replaced – all for the body’s need of a vitamin or mineral!
Low thyroid function or imbalance can cause anxiety, depression, brain fog, weight gain, poor concentration, cold sensitivity, dry skin, constipation and hair loss. With appropriate treatment, thyroid function can be normalised – and so will you be!
The three tests you can have done to check your thyroid function are:
1. A full thyroid profile test – not just your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which often shows up as ‘normal’ when your thyroid is not functioning normally at all.
2. Have iodine levels checked. Iodine is essential for normal thyroid function.
3. Have your tendon reflexes checked with a practitioner who uses the Thyroflex machine. Before blood tests were commonly used for diagnosis, doctors used a symptom picture and reflex tests to diagnose thyroid problems. The good ones still do!
Find out more about how you can avoid going onto antidepressants and get to the bottom of your mental and emotional issues by reading ‘A Mind of Your Own’ by Doctor Kelly Brogan.
This is the way to find a real solution for the way you feel right now.
You complain to your doctor that you suffer from chronic widespread pain and abnormal tenderness. After much testing and no improvement from treatment, your diagnosis ends up as “fibromyalgia”. You are told “you will just have to learn to live with it.” You try various treatments, which may include antidepressants, and painkillers. Therapies that can be helpful are massage, chiropractic care and nutritional supplements, but they do not cure fibromyalgia.
Surely though, the cause of this debilitating condition is worth investigating? Fibromyalgia researchers say they don’t know the cause of fibromyalgia, have never gotten a patient well, and have nothing but pharmaceutical medications to offer.
However, the late Doctor John Lowe from the American Academy of Pain Management and Director of Research of the Fibromyalgia Research Foundation said that the symptoms of hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia are similar, and he found that treating fibromyaliga using targeted thyroid hormones enabled fibromyalgia sufferers to recover.
The symptoms that fibromyalgia and low thyroid function share are: fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, dryness of hair, skin and eyes, excess muscle tension and slower reflexes.
Deficient thyroid hormone regulation results from two conditions – an undiagnosed deficiency of thyroid hormone and the resistance of patients’ tissues to thyroid hormone.
The four most common causes of low thyroid function are nutritional deficiencies caused by poor diet, poor physical fitness, and some medication. Some patients also have deficiencies or imbalances of other hormones, such as cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone. Doctor Lowe describes this phenomenon in his book The Metabolic Treatment of Fibromyalgia.
Diagnosis of thyroid hormone health is best left to health professionals to analyse, but it is worthwhile to know that the standard test to measure thyroid health, the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone test or TSH, may not reveal all problems people may have with thyroid function. If you have fibromyalgia, it may be worth asking your doctor to have a full thyroid hormone profile done to eliminate the possiblity of low thryoid function that hasn’t shown up through the usual testing.
Some of the nutrients beneficial for normal thryoid function are zinc, iodine and selenium, so a healthy diet that includes meat, seafood, seaweeds brazil nuts, mushrooms, brown rice and sunflower seeds. Exercise is helpful too.
It makes sense that, rather than accepting that you have a chronic and untreatable condition with no known cause,to go looking for an underlying cause or causes to find a reasonable explanation. Conditions like this do not strike people without a cause – they always have an underlying cause.
Given the degree of debility and misery that fibromyalgia causes, digging deeper is worthwhile. Google ‘fibromyalgia and thyroid link’ and you’ll be surprised at all the research you see about it. One case study by Doctor Lowe here is worth looking at.
We are often told: “If something is too good to be true, it probably is”. After being in the medical and alternative therapies field for almost 30 years, I have come to understand that for most illnesses, most of the time, there is a viable treatment solution. The problem is, most people never get to find out what might help them, other than standard medical therapy. You may think this sounds fanciful, yet many people survive impossible illnesses when they break out of the mould and dare to use unconventional, alternative, or complementary therapies.
When you think about it, conventional treatment offers one kind of therapy – that of orthodox medicine which is drugs or surgery. If this helps – great! You’re healed and you can get on with your life. However, as you will read on this blog, there are many treatment options that have helped many people recover from illnesses they had been given no hope of recovering from.
If you are at the end of the road and still looking for a treatment, have a look at the movie Quantum Leap. Just have a look. In this movie you will learn about a substance called MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution). Yes, I raised my eyebrows too, and probably rolled my eyes as well when I heard this, and chances are you are doing this right now. Fair enough – but why not take a look a the movie? It’s about one hour long. See what you think after you have seen it.
Whenever I come across a treatment that promises to do wonderful things, I always ask myself: “What is the motivation here?” In this case, I am convinced that the motivation of the movie makers is simply to get a message out that could help people who have been given up on by their doctors and maybe even by themselves. The treatment is simple and affordable to anyone.
If you are in the category of ‘tried everything but nothing has helped’ from any disease, MMS is really worth a look. If your doctor offered you another medication – you’d probably take it – so why not consider this? The testimonials are gobsmacking.
The notion that herbs, spices and healthy foods are less potent than medication is not necessarily so, because culinary herbs and spices can address infections, including women’s health issues very effectively. There is masses of research to support the health benefits of garlic – sometimes called the “stinking rose”, yet it’s benefits in infection are usually underestimated.
While some people are concerned about it’s aroma, others don’t care and can’t get enough of it. Garlic is documented as being beneficial in conditions like cancer, stroke, infections, atherosclerosis and diabetes. It’s documented to have 57 pharmacological effects on the body.
Garlic has potent antibacterial powers and may be something medicine will need to turn to with growing problem of multi-drug resistant bacteria. Studies show that garlic can address both viral and bacterial infections.
Garlic can also help with fungal infections for women’s health. One study used two 500 mg garlic tablets or two 250 mg doses of Flagyl (metronidazole) for women with vaginal infections, commonly known as ‘thrush’. After seven days the garlic reduced the active infection by 70% compared to 48% for the drug – without side effects.
Even though eating garlic is a good idea, few of us are willing to consume a clove of garlic every day. Even if we love eating raw garlic, the social impact may deter us! (Chewing raw parsley is said to neutralise the odour of garlic.) We do have garlic supplements to turn to, but there’s nothing like consuming the fresh herb. Adding crushed garlic to salad dressing, steamed veggies potatoes is one way to get your garlic dosage up. Garlic bread would be the most popular (easy on the butter though), and make the bread wholemeal. Delicious! It is great to use it in cooking, but fresh, raw garlic will deliver the most health benefits.
The notion that herbs, spices and healthy foods are less potent than medication is not always the case. Sometimes culinary herbs and spices can address health issues very effectively. There is masses of research to support the health benefits of garlic.
Garlic is sometimes called the “stinking rose.” While some people are concerned about it’s aroma, others don’t care and can’t get enough of it. Garlic is documented as being beneficial in disease conditions like cancer, stroke, infections, atherosclerosis and diabetes. It’s documented to have 57 pharmacological effects on the body.
Here are some evidenced-based reasons to eat more garlic every day.
• Garlic Cuts Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Garlic has a beneficial effect on triglycerides, blood pressure and blood clotting. Garlic use is associated with a 38% decreased risk of heart problems in general.
German researchers found that garlic resulted in a reduction heart attack and stroke by more than 50%.
• Garlic Slows Atherosclerosis
Studies show garlic inhibits the formation of arteriosclerotic plaque.It also fights arteriosclerosis, calcification of the arteries, and plaque.
• Garlic Lowers Blood Pressure
A groundbreaking study in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences compared garlic tablets with blood pressure lowering. It found that garlic in daily doses ranging from 300 to 1,500 mg significantly reduced blood pressure. How? Sulfur compounds in garlic enter the red blood cells and dilate the blood vessels, which helps boost blood flow and so reduces blood pressure.
Chinese researchers recruited 125 stroke patients and asked them how often they ate garlic. The average was 2.9 grams per day – about one clove. Then they measured arterial blood flow using ultrasound. Amazingly, the researchers found they could accurately predict blood flow based on the amount of garlic the patients reported eating.
• Garlic Fights Infection.
Garlic has potent antibacterial powers and may be something medicine will need to turn to with growing problem of multi-drug resistant bacteria. Studies how that garlic can address both viral and bacterial infections.
One study used two 500 mg garlic tablets or two 250 mg doses of Flagyl (metronidazole) for women with vaginal infections. After seven days the garlic reduced the active infection by 70% compared to 48% for the drug – without side effects.
Even though eating garlic is a good idea, few of us are willing to consume a clove of garlic every day. Even if we love eating raw garlic, the social impact may deter us! (Chewing raw parsley is said to neutralise the odour of garlic.) That leaves us with taking garlic supplements, but there’s nothing like the fresh herb. Adding crushed garlic to salad dressing, steamed veggies potatoes is one way to get your garlic dosage up. Garlic bread would be the most popular – easy on the butter, and make the bread wholemeal. Delicious. Use it in cooking, but fresh, raw garlic will deliver the most health benefits.