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



I first got the feeling for this book when I saw a movie called ‘First Do No Harm’ starring Meryl Streep. The story unfolded of a young boy who had life threatening epilepsy, with massive and repetitive seizures. He’d had  every medication, brain surgery, and was still having seizures. Eventually he was given a ketogenic diet (high protein, low carb) and promptly recovered. No more seizures.

Paediatricians and neurologists know about the ketogenic diet, but their patients are not told about the diet, just medications. Having been a nurse and natural therapist for  close on 30 years, I was struck by the fact that I hadn’t heard about this diet. Turns out it’s been around since the 1920s. My first reaction was: “I bet loads of people would love to know about this diet and this story”.

Next, I was attending an Autism Forum in Sydney. A paediatrician presented the case of a non-verbal nine-year old boy, said to have an IQ of 70. His parents had been told to have him institutionalised and get on with their lives. They took him to a biomedical paediatrician who treated him, and found his IQ was around 140. That was a pivotal moment in my career. No one dares to speak of recovery from autism, and here I was sitting at conference (10 years ago) that was teaching parents and practitioners how to treat autism and recover from it.

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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.  (read more…)

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 (read more…)

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.

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