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Spring Blog 2021

“Long Covid”/ “The Long Haul.”(very similar to ME/CFS/Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome) and the naturopathic approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Long Covid is a term we will all increasingly come across, the ‘new epidemic’ in fact. For those who have unfortunately suffered from Covid and been ill at some point during the last year, it is now being reported that 70-80% of survivors leaving hospital have not recovered five months later.
The commonest symptoms are: muscle pain, fatigue, physical slowing, impaired sleep, joint pain, limb weakness, breathlessness, chronic cough, memory loss and brain fog.
So what has happened to cause this? When ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome first appeared in the 1980’s research revealed it was associated with changes to the immune system and a state of chronic inflammation. During this last year scientists, such as the brilliant Dr. Jeff Bland, have been pointing out that those who are suffering from Long Covid have had injuries to the immune system. Studies have indicated that ageing and co-morbidities linked to alterations in the immune system have been associated with increased disease severity. It is now known that infection from the virus has accelerated the ageing of the immune system and caused damage to the immune cells.
During this epidemic many have advocated ‘boosting the immune system’ and this has now shown to result in adverse outcomes in some people with altered immune system function and they may require more than just immune support to get better.
So to treat this problem first the damaged cells need to be removed by the body (autophagy) and then a programme of immune system rejuvenation introduced to completely reset the immune function. This will vary from individual to individual depending on their physiology, genetics, and general symptoms. Some lab testing may be necessary. The use of specific phytochemicals found in various foods and herbs will be part of any treatment.

Wonderful quote I read recently:
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life”. Wayne Dyer.
Happily I am managing to do what I love in life.
My warm wishes to all who are reading this.

Blog Winter 2020/2021

As I explain to many of my patients, when you have worked in Alternative Medicine for as long as I have, I have learnt that there is always another side to the story and this may be the same with the current ‘epidemic crisis’.

But in the meantime, we all need to stay healthy and make sure our immune systems function well. Have you heard anything about the Immune System on the ‘news’ or in the papers? I wonder why not? It is a very important part of our body and is there to protect us from bacteria and viruses. To do this we need to eat a healthy diet and supplement on at least 1-2 grams of Vitamin C, 2000iu (50mcg) of Vitamin D and 15mg of Zinc daily. Exposure to sunshine to obtain enough Vit D through the skin for most people is usually not sufficient, especially if sun screen has been used!! And as we get older our skin does not absorb it well. The conventional recommended dose for Vit D (400iu) is far too little and does not raise blood levels at all, or give us enough protection! Studies from around the world show that Vit D is important in the prevention of Coronovirus. Please make sure you take enough! Despite the scare stories it is very difficult to take too much.
Everyone should be supplementing on extra Vitamin C & D and the mineral zinc. They help protect us from many health problems.

Please email me if you have any questions.
Happy reading and my very warm wishes to you all.

And finally the healing results achieved by many hundreds of Power of Eight groups here in the U.K. and around the world have been nothing short of amazing. If you’d like to join a Power of Eight Group here in Swansea, please contact me. We meet on a Wednesday evening. And if you haven’t read Lynne McTaggart’s book of the same name, please do so.

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