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, I now take no prescription drugs.
I’ve not had to take any for the past five years and have only had to visit my doctor three times in that same time frame.
Although diagnosed, I have no underlying health conditions that cause 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.
Having arthritis and dealing with the pain and time of work lead me to become depressed, then even more drugs came into play.
However, the good new’s is 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, and oh my gosh, the pain!!
The downside to the upside, however, was that the acute side effects.
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 erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases and the treatment of chronic Q fever.
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!
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.
Having no energy, feeling drowsy all the time, I just wanted to lie down, curl up and go to sleep. Dealing with pain and side effects is depressing.
With 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 slowly but surely, I began to become depressed.
To Cut a Long Story Short
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 my sanity six years ago.
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 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 the advice that makes perfect sense.
2020 Was A Shock To The System!
I’m a curious person always have been; it has to make clear sense to be believable.
Serious concerns about COVID-19 have instigated a real urgency to improve my health and my lifestyle.
It took everything that has happened so far in 2020 and moving forward into 2021 along with my age 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 your 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 act s of deliberately spreading misinformation can be overwhelming.
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.
*Please note the information in this post is intended for general information and not used as a substitute for healthcare professionals’ expertise and judgment.