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.

Over eight years ago, I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis & Palindromic Rheumatism and prescribed many different drugs.

Eight years on at 54 years of age, I now take no prescription drugs which is something in this day and age.

I’ve not had to take any for the past six years and have only had to visit my doctor three times in that same time frame.


Although diagnosed, none of my underlying health conditions causes me symptoms I cannot live with.

I visited my doctor and different departments regularly for over three years for many appointments and took lots of time off work.

That Was Then  This Is Now

The only sign that I may have an inflammatory arthritic condition is the little finger of my right hand, It gives me no pain and no discomfort; it’s just a little out of shape, that’s all.

Living with arthritis, dealing with the constant pain and taking so much time away from the job that I loved slowly lead me to become depressed.

That’s when even more drugs came into play.

However, the good new’s is that I no longer take any prescription drugs, and that includes anti-depressants.

Hydroxychloroquine Was the First Drug Prescribed to Treat My Arthritis.


I prescribed a lot of medication, including the most controversial drug of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hydroxychloroquine was the first course of drugs they put me on.

It did a great job with elevating my symptoms, including my joints’ swelling, chronic back pain and restricted mobility.

The downside to the upside, however, was that the acute side effects I experienced.

For me, it was the loss of smell and taste, I couldn’t live with that, and I love my food too much.

Hydroxychloroquine has been used in the treatment of Malaria for many decades.

Its use is well established in the role of managing rheumatic diseases.

Conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosusrheumatoid arthritisskin diseases and the treatment of chronic Q fever.

It works by suppressing the immune system which begins to mistakenly attack the normal cells in your body.

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


My doctor prescribed a different medication, which seemed to do the trick in the short term, especial with pain and mobility.

Having to manage pain and disease with prescribed medication and strong pain killers was not a good experience.

Over two years, I rapidly went downhill and ended up on anti-depressants along with all the other medication I was taking.

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

I took so much time off work that I eventually had to resign for health reasons and started my own business.

Viruses Are Not to Be Feared They Need to Be Understood.


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

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

However, no longer a child by any stretch of the imagination. I research instead, I like 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 this advice that makes perfect sense.

2020 Was A Shock To The System!

Serious concerns about COVID-19 have instigated a real urgency to improve my health and my lifestyle.

It took everything that has happened in 2020 and moving forward into 2021 along with my age (54) seriously motivated and inspired me.


I am on a mission to learn more about the human immune system, seeking better ways to improve its overall effectiveness and performance.

I’m petty susceptible to stress and anxiety, another health factor that needs taking into consideration when improving immune system health.

The Effects of Stress, It Takes Its Toll

Feelings of stress and anxiety are common nowadays due to COVID 19 and the pandemic.

Wearing masks, the series of lockdowns, restrictions, social distancing and isolation from close family, friends, those we Love has been traumatic.

I want to share some of the experience I have acquired over the years, the research I’ve done and the things I have learnt.

I want to help improve health and alleviate stress by taking a holistic approach using a natural defence mechanism that is your immune system.


I will also be passing on lots of factual information and super beneficial tips.

Travelling has helped me with this; I’ve also evolved into a bit of a “fact-checker”.

Trying to wade through all the lies, alternative information, and acts of deliberately spreading misinformation can be overwhelming.

Final Thoughts

It’s a good idea for me to mention a few things at this point, firstly I am not a doctor or health guru.

In conjunction with life experiences; I do my research, seek out factual information, and take note of only those whose opinions matter.

Partaking in a glass of wine or two after a long day working or not working is something I look forward to.

My diet is varied, I love the occasional steak, ribs, fries and all the trimmings.

However, I do need to introduce more exercise into my lifestyle, this too contributes towards attaining a healthier lifestyle and immune system.

My intention is to always be as accurate as I can and present what I believe to be factual, informative, and beneficial to you.

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

Please feel free to leave any comments, thoughts or advice; they are always encouraged and always very much appreciated.

Many thanks for staying with me thus far, be good & I 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 in this post is intended for general information and not used as a substitute for healthcare professionals’ expertise and judgment.


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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