I started writing this blog several years ago, basically borne out of frustration with a comment made by my doctor.
You see, I had been ill. Several things had happened to me. I got sick with meningitis. A headache from hell and ten days in hospital. Then from that experience I became even sicker with a illness called Guillain Barre Syndrome. The following is an extract from Wikipedia.
“Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) (French pronunciation: [ɡiˈlɛ̃ baˈʁe]; in English, pronounced /ˈɡiːlæn ˈbɑreɪ/, /ɡiːˈlæn bəˈreɪ/,etc. [pronounced ghee-LAN bah-RAY]) an autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system, usually triggered by an acute infectious process. The syndrome was named after the French physicians Guillain, Barré and Strohl, who were the first to describe it in 1916. It is sometimes called Landry’s paralysis, after the French physician who first described a variant of it in 1859. It is included in the wider group of peripheral neuropathies. There are several types of GBS, but unless otherwise stated, GBS refers to the most common form, AIDP. GBS is rare and has an incidence of 1 or 2 people per 100,000. It is frequently severe and usually exhibits as an ascending paralysis noted by weakness in the legs that spreads to the upper limbs and the face along with complete loss of deep tendon reflexes. With prompt treatment by plasmapheresis or intravenous immunoglobulins and supportive care, the majority of patients will regain full functional capacity. However, death may occur if severe pulmonary complications and autonomic nervous system problems are present. Guillain-Barré is one of the leading causes of (acute) non-trauma-induced paralysis in the world.”
Yep, that’s right I became partly paralysed. I know all about ascending paralysis. Long story short – 5 weeks in hospital – came home on a walking frame. I was lucky.
Then, believe it or not, a couple of days after I got home from hospital, I suffered a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in my left leg. Back to hospital for another 10 days.
When I finally got over all these acute problems I asked my doctor “what else can I do to improve my health?” – his answer – “NOTHING”
I was stunned.
From that moment on I knew I had a responsibility to act. To do something for myself and others. To improve my health and show others they can do something too. I also believe that nature and not pharmaceuticals were the answer.
This is why I write this blog.