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 an awful diagnosis,  your doctor has told you there is little hope for you, someone tells you there are some great treatments out there, you say, “Oh sure,” then why doesn’t everyone know about it?” Good question!

Most people are channeled into the medical system for their healthcare – that’s what governments accept, and insurances pay for. For those whose treatment options are running out though, it can be worthwhile finding out from the people from all over the world who are successfully using differing treatments from orthodox medical treatment. While they are called ‘alternative’, many have been developed by medical doctors with research published in the medical journals. People tend to persist with what they are familiar with, no matter how well-educated they are.

We have all been told that autoimmune diseases, cancers, neurological diseases, autism, allergies and the like have no cure. The posts in Treat Yourself will lead you to people who stepped outside the medical world and survived the unsurvivable. The posts lead you to websites, books, DVD’s, research and online patient forums, offering reliable information and support.

Everyone with serious illness has the right to have access to potentially helpful therapies.

Wishing you wellness,

Nyema Hermiston



In my 30 year career as a nurse and natural therapist I’ve always wanted to know what makes the difference between seriously ill people who survive and those who don’t. I’ve discovered that those who survive against the odds, use different therapies from standard medical treatment.

I interviewed dozens of people from 7 different countries who successfully used different therapies to recover. They really wanted to tell their story to help others who are in the situation they were once in. They were so generous in agreeing to reveal their stories and I’m thrilled and privileged to help bring them to light. The stories show how treatment options do exist even if an illness is judged ‘incurable’, and recovery is possible, but, often no one dares to believe it.

A devastating diagnosis is overwhelming; the last thing you feel like doing at that point is investigating treatment options other than doctor’s recommendations. In Good News for People with Bad News, I’ve done the legwork for you. The stories show how many effective medical, nutritional and natural therapies there are out there. When you see people surviving from pancreatic cancer, you realise there must be something worth knowing about. 


Standard treatments too often fail, while lesser known approaches often achieve what standard medical treatment cannot. There really are many scientifically-proven therapies available you don’t hear about, so there is always a choice of treatment. My core message is to encourage people to take control of the treatment of their illnesses and investigate other avenues, especially if their current treatment is not working.

Too many people are suffering for the want of better treatment. Worse, it is a well known fact in the medical profession that thousands of people around the world die every day because of their treatment. It’s time for people to go to their doctors and ask for different treatment. We have to start educating our doctors and tell them what we want.

I really like the research coming out of Stanford University in the US about successfully treating disease:

“To properly treat illness, the cause has to be found, different treatment approaches used, the patient manages their own treatment and health professionals share their knowledge (and divide authority) to achieve the best outcome for the patient.”

Integrative medicine is beginning to become standard and often best practice. Illnesses can be complex and we often need to try more than one treatment. These approaches can get to the root of a problem, helping a person not only recover but thrive. Drugs, radiation and surgery are not the only course. Knowing this is the starting point. Don’t accept ‘incurable’. Look further, there are treatments available, proven to be highly effective and safe. Find one of the growing number of doctors practising integrative medicine.

No matter how much you believe in any single treatment, putting your eggs all in one basket may not get the result you need, especially when you have been told there’s no more treatment available for you. People who reach out to a variety of treatments are the ones who are most likely to recover. There’s so much scientifically proven treatment out there that you might never find out about unless you go looking. Good News for People with Bad News helps you start that journey.




Parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) go to great lengths to give their children healthy food and provide a non-toxic environment. So what do you do when your child has immune challenges? Ear infections, tonsillitis, infected skin rashes, coughs, colds, all require some kind of intervention, but ASD kids need to avoid drugs, especially antibiotics. And what do parents do when their child is in pain? It seems like there is no choice other than give pharmaceutical drugs when it comes to dealing with infection and pain.

The side effects of both paracetamol and antibiotics, particularly when given in the first year of life, (eg allergies) continues to appear in medical journals. Given that both autism and childhood allergies are rapidly increasing in incidence, avoiding common childhood medications where possible, is becoming more and more important.

There happens to be a simple, often controversial therapy that addresses most kids needs for common infections – homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is controversial not because it is unsafe or expensive, just because it is not well understood how it works. Many parents around the world use homeopathy for common infections and injuries quite successfully, as explained on Extraordinary Medicine and Homeopathy Worked For Me  The medicines can be given at home, in place of analgesics, antibiotics, antihistamines, cortisone and other medications.

Properly prescribed, homeopathic medicines work quickly. When parents have homeopathic medicines on hand at home, they can treat the problem in its early stages, avoiding the need for a trip to their health professional. It can take time to learn how to apply – but it’s easy to learn. Often there are Homeopathic First Aid courses close by. If not, ask a homeopath near you to run a course.

Homeopathic medicines come in drops  for babies and young children and small white pills for older children and adults. Homeopathic medicines are completely safe for babies, pregnant women, children and adults. There are absolutely no toxic effects.

Acute conditions homeopathic medicines can treat:

  • Pain
  • Tonsillitis
  • Ear infections
  • Fevers
  • Colds
  • Coughs – including whooping cough
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Cystitis and other ‘itis’s
  • Injuries: bites, stings, cuts, grazes & bruises


  • Easy to give – children like them. They can be put into a little water so there is no taste.
  • Cheap: each medicine costs $10-15. These bottles keep for several years. Pilules last indefinitely.
  • Safe to use
  • Reduce the need for harmful medication
  • Do not produce allergic reactions
  • Reduce the need to visit practitioners for acute problems
  • Compatible with other medicines – won’t interrupt medical treatment

Conditions parents can treat at home:

  • Ear Pain: Aconite, Belladonna, Pulsatilla and Chamomilla
  • Ear Infections (Otitis media) –the most frequent reason a child is prescribed antibiotics. The infection often starts with a runny nose. This is the time to begin treatment:

Runny nose – Ferrum Phos and Kali Mur tissue salts

Sore throat: Ferrum Phos

Symptoms after exposure to cold: Aconite

Sudden onset of symptoms: Belladonna, Aconite

Established symptoms (after a few days): Mercurius, Pulsatilla


  • Colic and Reflux So many ASD kids start life with colic and reflux; these respond very well to homeopathic medicines like Aethusa, Lycopodium and Nux Vomica and help children to avoid medications.
  • Colds The first stages of a cold, where there is a clear runny nose often respond to Ferrum Phos and Kali Mur tissue salts, taken every few hours. Pulsatilla and Lycopodium are used for more established colds, where there’s a thick runny nose.
  • Tonsillitis Commonly used medicines are Ferrum Phos, Belladonna, Hepar Sulphuris
  • Allergic reactions Homeopathic medicines can manage allergic reactions  – dose each time the reaction appears. Some acute allergy medicines are:  Allium Cepa, Arsenicum Album, Histaminum, Apis Mellifica, Natrum Muriaticum.
  • Gastroenteritis Tummy bugs generally respond very well to medicines like Arsenicum, Ipecac, Nux vomica and Podophyllum and shorten the period of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.


Once familiar with a few medicines, parents can treat acute problems at home.

When a homeopathic medicine doesn’t relieve symptoms, it means a different medicine is needed. Instead of thinking “this stuff doesn’t work” – take your child to a homeopath. Alternatively, make sure you have a good home prescribing guide, like Treat Your Child Yourself

Tissue Salts

Tissue salts are low-dose homeopathic medicines. There are 12 tissue salts, which can be used singly or in combination. You can purchase a little booklet as well, with prescribing information. One bottle of tissue salts costs under $10. Commonly used tissue salts are Kali Mur, Ferrum Phos, Mag Phos, Nat Sulph and Nat Phos.

Chronic, ongoing problems are best treated by a practitioner, as individualised treatment gives better results than a ‘one size fits all’ treatment.


Asthma affects over 300 million people worldwide and its prevalence is increasing. Why people develop asthma is the question of a UK study of over 3000 children who were followed from birth to when they reached 11½ years.

The researchers concluded that young children who watch television for more than two hours a day double their risk of developing asthma. Doctor Andrea Sheriff, from the University of Glasgow says that breathing patterns associated with sedentary behaviour could lead to developmental changes in the lungs and wheezing illnesses in children. The study potentially links asthma to obesity and lack of exercise.

Asthma has long been understood to be ‘a disease of affluence.’ What this study doesn’t mention is what the children ate while they were watching TV. Other studies observe that incidence of asthma is higher in developed countries. The longer people from the developing world have lived in developed countries, the greater the likelihood there is of them developing asthma. Diet plays a huge role in the prevention and management of asthma. The more fruit and vegetables consumed, the better the outcome is for asthma sufferers. Other beneficial strategies are taking fish oil supplements and drinking plenty of water.

Another study, published in The Lancet suggests that using paracetamol in the first year of life is linked to an increased risk of asthma and other allergies.

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Mould – what’s the big deal? Mould can be responsible for whole families suffering from sinusitis, and other allergic symptoms, even unexplained and repeated flu. Moulds can play havoc with health as they produce compounds called mycotoxins, which if consumed over enough time, can cause serious illness, including liver cancer. “A lot of these compounds are carcinogenic,” says Dr Ailsa Hocking, of CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences. “Mould resides in most places and we really do need to know if we need to avoid it in our food and homes to stay healthy”.

There are many different types of moulds that grow on our food that can make us ill. The most common include Aspergillus and PenicilliumBotrytis is the fur you see on strawberries. Moulds are tough survivors; they can grow in the fridge and survive freezing, making them difficult to avoid.

Mouldy bread is better thrown away, because the mould would be growing beyond the areas you can see. “If you can see mould growing, there can be other microbes in it as well.” Hocking says. “If yoghurt is old enough to have mould, it could cause a bout of diarrhoea,” she says. You can keep the cheese after cutting off the mould though; the low moisture content and its hardness means the mould is only on the surface.

The key to judging whether to throw out food that you see with mould is the moisture content of the food. Foods like cooked casseroles, soft fruit and vegetables and soft cheeses can have mould growing below the surface, because moulds send branches and roots down into the food that you just can’t see. For this reason, all cooked food should be refrigerated two hours after serving. Porous foods like bread and cakes that you can see mould on should be discarded, as invisible moulds will have penetrated them. Some domesticated moulds as found in blue cheeses are safe, but if a soft cheese starts growing other types of mould, it should be discarded. You can tell by its different colour.

What about jam? The US Food Safety and Inspection Service says moulds on jam could be producing mycotoxins and the whole lot should be discarded.

Guidelines from the US Food Safety and Inspection Service are:

Discard the following if found with mould: 

Luncheon meat, bacon, hot dogs, yoghurt, sour cream, soft cheese, soft fruits and vegetables, bread, baked goods, peanut butter, nuts and legumes, jams and jellies.

Foods that you can rescue from mould are:

Hard salami – scrub mould from the surface.

Hard cheese – cut off at least an inch around and below the mould and use fresh wrapping. Firm fruit and veg – small mould spots can be cut off.

Airborne moulds

If you notice that your sinus and allergy symptoms disappear when you leave your home for a few days, and return when you come back, there is a good chance you have pinpointed the cause of your allergies.

Moulds grow on wallpaper, carpet, under the floorboards in heating and air-conditioning systems and produce spores, which become airborne after drying out or if disturbed.

About 20 per cent of the population is allergic to mould spores. Apart from being allergenic, some also contain the toxic mycotoxins. Mould spores can cause allergy, headache, fatigue, running nose, sneezing, coughing, pneumonia and asthma. 

Keeping houses and offices dry eliminates or slows the growth of most mould species. The best way to control mould growth is to fix leaks, attend to condensation, and increase ventilation. Dry any water leaks within 48 hours. The earlier the mould is discovered the cheaper and easier it is to get rid of the problem.

Not all moulds are dangerous to health, and not everyone’s health is affected by airborne moulds, but mould should be removed as soon as it is noticed. A simple way to reduce mould growth is to wipe surfaces, including the bathroom, with vinegar to prevent regrowth.

Do you really believe that medication can solve your mental and emotional difficulties? You may have been told your depression is due to a ‘chemical imbalance in your brain’ which needs to be treated with prescription medication.

girl-1064659_640As 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!

Thyroid function

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.