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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.