Over eight years ago, I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis & Palindromic Rheumatism; and was prescribed lots of different drugs.
Eight years on I now take no prescription drugs and have not done so for the past five years.
When I was taking them, I had no energy, felt drowsy all the time, just wanted to lie down, curl up and go to sleep.
At that time, dealing with life, work, illness, and the pain was an incredibly depressing time in my life.
To cut a long story short, over two years, I rapidly went downhill until I ended up on anti-depressants as well, and this was how it was for a time.
Getting Through It All
After returning to work and another bout of depression, the unit manager came to me and asked if I was OK.
The truth was, I wasn’t as good as I could or should have been; anxiety and fears about returning to work had kept me awake for weeks.
Once I started getting back into the swing of things, I knew that the anxiety would subside, if only enough to keep me going for as long as it lasted.
My manager handed me a book; he told me to read and help him through some difficult times.
It was red; it looked new; it proclaimed it had a “secret” and looked interesting.
That Little Red Book
Thanked him, I said that I would certainly give it a read and return it to him in the condition given; he said: “no, you don’t need to return it; it’s a gift.”
It certainly was a gift, a gift I will never forget because that little red book changed my life forever.
The book taught me how to direct, focus, and concentrate my thoughts and mental efforts on fighting my arthritis and depression.
Eventually, I weened myself of all the prescribed drugs I was taking until I stopped taking them altogether.
The little red book helped me change my whole approach to illness and every other aspect of my life.
How I Cope With Pain & Illness
The only sign now that I may have had or have arthritis is the little finger of my right hand.
My lucky finger is how I consider it, no pain, no discomfort, just a little out of shape, that’s all.
Keeping myself as illness-free as I possible for the past five years appears to have been working.
Rarely do I become ill, and if I do become sick, I combat whatever it is by using natural remedies or over the counter medications as and when sometimes I need a little extra help.
If I need pain relief for anything on occasion, I take paracetamol for pain and temperature, ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
When and if I need something a little more substantial, I take co-codamol. These tablets all are over the counter medications.
I began incorporating vitamin and mineral-rich foods into my diet and supplements suited to my individual needs.
The Time Is Now
In March 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic motivated me to take more notice of my immune system.
After just a little research, it appeared that our immune system is the best line of defence we have at our immediate disposal in fighting C~19, influenza, and all the other harmful viruses, illness and disease out there.
Your lifestyle and what you eat directly impact how effective your immune system works.
These factors also affect how successful your immune system protects you from invading germs, illness, and disease.
It is also a significant contributor to you looking good whilst slowing down old age’s degenerative effects.
The immune system supports muscle tone, strong bones and teeth, healthy glowing skin and hair growth.
Lack of quality time-out, fresh air, exercise, healthy relationships is vital to your immune system’s overall health.
A deficiency in any essential vitamin or mineral can and will lead to an immune deficiency of some degree.
The Keys to Life 2021
Our immune system holds the keys to not only your physical but your mind too; it provides access to vitality (energy levels) and longevity (long life).
The better you do to protect and look after it, the better it will protect and look after you; it is that simple.
Moving into 2021, more so now than ever, you must take action around protecting yourself and your loved ones.
Do it in the best way you can, with where you are currently at, with what you now have at your disposal.
Conflicting, confusing information is abundant; it makes your head spin, so much “fake news”, “alternative truths”.
In referred scholars, historians, history, the lack of respect and belief in science is truly mind-boggling, dangerous and alarming.
You have to get above the noise, research, do your due diligence, don’t just take my word for it or anyone else’s, for that matter.
I believe that it is possible to fight and defeat any virus, improve your overall health and your mental well-being without the constant use of prescription drugs.
Most medications come with a long list of side orders that have damaging effects on other parts of the body.
The parts which suffer the most are usually soft tissue such as eyesight or your internal organs.
Some drugs can become highly addictive, hence another issue, addiction to pain killers.
Prescription drugs, in my opinion, do more harm than good; I am not anti prescription drugs.
They have their place on the table; we were blessed with the intelligence to create them and save lives.
However, as with everything, man tends corrupt and when money and greed kick in, its ‘game over.
Big Pharma, like any other business, depends on ‘returning customers’.
A Work in Progress
My mission is to share some of the things I have discovered along the way and the things I am still learning.
You should know that I am not a health guru or freak; I partake in a glass of wine or two, have a terrible sweet tooth, love chocolate, ice cream and milkshakes.
Not going to the gym is my weak point because I struggle with keeping up with any form of home exercise.
However, I promise always to keep my posts as accurate as I possibly can and only post articles that I believe to be factual, informative, and helpful.
I will always present my posts to you in a way that is maybe a little easier to understand and is provided solely for your information and well being, to do with what you will.
Please share any thoughts, comments or advice you may have; contributions to the conversation are always encouraged and always very much appreciated.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Stay Strong
*Please note that this post’s information for general information only and not a substitute for healthcare professionals’ expertise and judgment.