Taking A Holistic Approach


Hi, I’m Mitch the co-founder here at Immune System Explained.Com, I would firstly like to thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

Just over 8 years ago I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis & Palindromic Rheumatism and was prescribed lots of different drugs and lots of physio, I now take no prescription drugs.

Kinda chuffed with myself because I’ve not had to take any for the past five years and in that same time frame have only had to visit the doctor twice.

I have no underlying health conditions, although diagnosed, I was under a consultant at my local hospital and took lots of time off work.

I visited my doctor and different departments at the hospital regularly for over 3 years for many, many appointments.

That Was Then, This Is Now

The only sign that I may have had or have any form of inflammatory arthritis is the little finger of my right hand.

My lucky finger is how I consider it, as it gives me no pain, no discomfort just a little out of shape that’s all.

The backlash to suffering from arthritis at the time that I ended up suffering with depression, and even more drugs came into play.

The good new’s is, again I no longer take any prescription drugs, no anti-depressants and haven’t done so for the past four years.

Hydroxychloroquine Was the First Drug Prescribed to Treat My Arthritis.

I was put on a lot of medication including the most controversial drug of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, hydroxychloroquine, it was the first course of medication they put me on.

In fact, it actually did a great job with elevating my symptoms which included the swelling of my joints,chronic back pain and restricted mobility and oh my gosh the pain!!

The downside to the upside however were that the acute side effects, for me it was the loss of smell and taste, I just couldn’t live with that, I love my food too much, right, can you imagine?

Hydroxychloroquine has been used in the treatment of Malaria for decades and had shown to have various immunomodulatory effects.

The drug is well established in the role of managing rheumatic diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases and in the treatment of chronic Q fever.

A doctor holding a package of prescribed hydroxychloroquine medication which is a immunomodulatory drug.
Hydroxychloroquine is well established in the role of managing rheumatic diseases.

I’m guessing that’s why it is being talked about so much by Donald Trump and others conversations around the possibility of it being used in the treatment of COVID 19.

It works by suppressing the immune system because it mistakenly begins attacking the normal cells in your body.

Feeling Drugged Up All the Time Is Not A Good Thing!

I was put on different a medication which seemed to do the trick in the short term, especial with pain and mobility.

But in the long term the side effect of that particular drug was damage to my eyesight which was already not that great at that point in my life.

Managing pain and disease with prescribed medication and strong pain killers was not a good experience at all.

I had no energy, felt drowsy all the time and just wanted ti lie down, curl up and go to sleep, dealing with pain and side effects is really depressing.

I had a young family, a mortgage to pay, and a full-time job to maintain, working with kids in care, how would I be able to carry on?

I truly Loved my job and the diverse range of people I worked with, having worked with babies, children, young people and their families for over 20 years.

It was an emotionally demanding job that sometimes effected me deeply, it was not a good time, I was not in a good place and I slowly but surely I began to become depressed.

To Cut a Long Story Short

Over a 2-year period I rapidly went downhill and ended up on anti-depressants along with all the other medication I was being prescribed.

I was even on medication to counteract all the other medication I was on…Crazy!!

I took so much time off work that I eventually had to resign for health reasons and my sanity  that was 5 years ago.

Since then I have been travelling between the UK, America, Grand  Cayman, Jamaica and Bermuda.

But that’s another 2 or 3 other stories of which I plan to share so be sure to look out for those in the future.

I’ll talk more about my adventures, experiences and how it came about that I decided to say no to repeat prescription drugs and have so far managed to do so.

Viruses Are Not to Be Feared they Need to Be Understood

I have over the past years had to really take stock of my physical and mental health.

I guess you could describe me as that annoying kid that keeps asking the question over and over and over again, “why”?

However no longer a child by any stretch of the imagination, I research instead, I have to know, how it works and why it works, or I just don’t get it.

I like to check things out, “if you don’t understand it in the first instance, put it neutral until you find out”.

A sensible approach to take these days I think, that makes really good sense.

T- cells attacking cancer cells.
T- Cell immunotherapy adds a new weapon in the fight against cancer (NCBI).

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’m very inquisitive always have been, it has to make clear sense to me for anything to be believable.

Serious concerns with regard to COVID-19 has instigated a real urgency within me , regarding to the health and survival of me and my family.

Taking everything that has happened so far in 2020, moving forward into 2021 and considering my age has seriously motivated and inspired me.

I am on a mission of self discovery in learning more about our amazing immune system, seeking out better ways of improving it effectiveness and performance.

I’m petty susceptible to stress as I’ve mentioned, another health factor that needs taking into consideration, a symptom caused not by the COVID – 19 virus.

The Effects of Stress, It Takes it’s Toll

Stress to the mental health is also caused by the wearing of masks and by the series of lock downs, restrictions, social distancing and isolation from close family, friends, those we Love.

I want to share some of my experience over the years, the research I’ve done and the things I have learnt, along with lots of factual information and super beneficial tips.

Travelling has really helped with this, I’ve evolved into a bit if a “fact checker” trying to wade through all the lies, alternative information and the overwhelming act of deliberately spreading  mis- information. 

Final Thoughts

I think it’s important that I mention a few things at this point, I am not a doctor, or health guru.

I come with my own knowledge, life experiences and that of those whose opinions, research and findings I respect.

I partake in a glass of wine or two after a long day working or not working X;-). and I love the occasional steak, ribs, fries with all the trimmings.

I do however need to introduce more exercise into my lifestyle as this too contributes very much towards attaining a much healthier lifestyle and immune system.

I Promise You This

To always keep it real, to be honest, and deliver to you what I believe to be factual, informative and beneficial to you.

Presented to you, solely for your own information, good health and general well-being to do with whatever you so wish.

I hope you decide to join me on this somewhat unknown journey of self improvement, things have certainly changed out there and we need to get ready and be prepared.

Protecting our health and sanity as best you can is a sensible solution and the best place to start, right now in my opinion would be with your immune system.

Please leave any comments, advice or suggestions, your contribution to the discussion is always encouraged and always very much appreciated.

Many thanks for staying with me thus far, be good & hope to see you again real soon.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong.

About Mitch the Founder of Immune System Explained in Bermuda

Mitch X:-).


*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for the purpose of general information and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgement of healthcare professionals.


4 thoughts on “Taking A Holistic Approach

  1. Barry Canada says:

    You sound much like a doctor… are you certain you’re not one?
    I wish that I could say that I am as healthy as you. I just turned 50 and my immune system is just as weak as ever. I get the flu every winter, last year to the point where I couldn’t get out of bed — slept through Christmas day. I take allergy pills daily along with my normal regimen of pills to control my HBP, Cholesterol, Diabetes, and LD aspirin to prevent stroke. I don’t particularly appreciate taking all of these medications; however, they work for me now.
    And speaking of the now, for now, I believe that I will hang around here for a while to see what I can learn from you about my immune system.

    1. Mitch says:

      Hi Barry 🙋🏽‍♀️

      No not a doctor 😊 just a keen interest in navigating through this mine field we call life.

      I enjoy it immensely regardless and want to fully partake in it for as long as I possibly can with the least amount of collateral damage to Body, Mind, Soul & Spirit.

      Deep I know, but lacking in one manifest itself in the others.

      I’m concerned to hear about your health issues being of mixed Jamaican decent I understand and have dealt with all of them either personally or with family members, friends and my community as a whole.

      A brother who is very precious to me,also suffers from the same conditions as you,diabetes is no joke!

      Unfortunately, he had to have his left leg amputated twice earlier this year during the pandemic, it was a living nightmare, a story in itself.

      I just wish I had known what I do now about how about diabetes and the immune system years ago, and what can be done just by focusing all your energies on that, I have many close acquaintances who have the condition.

      I am truly convinced his outcome could have been so different.

      I also suffered from really high Cholesterol levels when my health had hit rock bottom, it was just above 9 mmol/litre. I and was put on a dose of 40mg Simvastatin, the same dosage if you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke.

      I cut out full fat milk, chocolate and Lucozade a high glucose energy drink sold in the UK, I consumed all these excessively, I also drank more alcohol then too, that had to also be cut down.

      I believe anything is possible, circumstance can be changed, rectified and improved, we just have to make efforts and continue to try no matter how difficult or how many times we fail.

      Each action no matter good or bad, big or small has a reaction, a direct impact on the greater cause.

      Oh, and haven’t you heard 50 is the new 40!

      & please, by all means do stick around, I’ll be posting lots on all the what you mentioned, the fact that my brother suffered so much when so much could have been avoided is my motivation.

      Thank you so much for your comment, you have given me so much inspiration to get as much as I can out there on these subjects so that I can help more people like you and my brother.

      So I Thank You 🙏🏽

      Have a blessed day and hope to see you again very soon.

      Stay Gold Always 👑

      Mitch X:-).

      1. Barry Canada says:

        Funny you should mention “this minefield we call life,” as it is the header of my Facebook page – Live your life. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Not sure of the quote’s author, but I love the meaning.

        Also ironic is that my youngest brother fell ill with complications related to diabetes just a few months ago. He eventually had to have one leg amputated to the knee, and they were considering doing the same to the other if circulation didn’t improve. Luckily, they didn’t have to go through with that. That was devastating because he never appeared to be sick, never went to the hospital for anything, and then the moment he does, it’s catastrophic. Later while in recovery, he caught the COVID. Today, he remains in recovery as he works to strengthen his body.

        So, yeah, what you are presenting is invaluable information for me and others who struggle to maintain a healthy body due to a failed immune system. I hope that I will continue to learn ways to turn that around. The alternative is just not all that pretty.

        Again, appreciate all of the work you have put into researching this topic and your genuine efforts to inform others.


        1. Mitch says:

          Hello Again Barry 🙋🏽‍♀️

          So, pleased to see you,

          Wow! Just goes to show there is so much of suffering out there that so many people have to endure.

          I am so sorry to hear about your brother.

          WOW! I wish him strength and a speedy recovery.🙏🏽

          This makes me sad & angry at the same time, if you trace back the history of diseases why is it that certain diseases appear to be in our DNA when they shouldn’t? Sugar cane comes to my mind 🤔🤨

          I’m no conspiracy theorist but I feel we have all been very much let down, I don’t quite get how the masses are so unaware of the power we possess, why have we been kept in the dark about what we as individuals are truly capable off, powers of nature I’m talking about.

          We have been provided from the greater good with all the natural defenses we need to ensure a healthy mind and body, which includes the most powerful of them all, our Immune System.

          We were also provided with an abundance of medicinal resources such as plants, rock (minerals) and water, all found in nature, all easily accessible, all free.

          Our fundamental needs and requirements to sustain and maintain Health appears to have been somewhat hijacked many hundreds if not thousands of years ago, tactics have just been moderated down through the centuries that’s all.

          Is there an agenda???

          Well, big pharma and certain medical institutions and individuals like any other business rely on generating an income, which means they rely on repeat custom, they need their monthly pay check just like the rest of us.

          They have bills to pay too and want to maintain the extravagant lifestyles they and their families are enjoying and are accustomed to, so if you think about it, we, regular old public, pay for every second of every day.

          From the second we are born somebody gets paid. 💵💷

          Thinking about how your brother appeared well and healthy before he became ill is something I have considered with regard to myself many times, I try not to think too much about myself becoming ill. (there is an energy in thought)

          However, I am aware anything that there can be things going on in your body that we are blissfully unaware of, goes undetected, shows no outward symptoms and presents suddenly out of the blue, I lost a really close friend in this way, fine one moment gone the next.

          Fortunately for me I have had 2 immigration medicals over the past 4 years, (US & Cayman) both were extremely thorough, they check everything and believe me they check everything, both were fine. I even got a raving review from one of the doctors so I have been able to keep some check on my health.

          Even though you may appear healthy does not guarantee there is nothing going on inside, going for a medical check periodically is defiantly the sensible thing to do as we may be able to catch the warning signs of any problems much sooner resulting in a better chance of recovery.

          Thanks Again Barry,

          Your insights and topics are interesting and invaluable.

          Have A Fantastic Sunday

          Stay Gold Always 💎

          Mitch X:-).


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