Back in about July 2017 I reached a milestone, I recovered from the flu naturally.
Since 1983 (yes 34 years) I had consistently NOT recovered from any cold, flu or
virus, have gone downhill, have developed a secondary infection, and have taken pain
relief and antibiotics without exception. Between 6 and 10 courses of antibiotics per
I had been slowly and steadily studying, following the RCP and the Magnesium
Advocacy Group’s ideas and recommendations for about 10 months. My inner voice
said “Your body has an elegant set of processes which will perform well if supported”.
I had an HTMA and blood test, I had given blood, I had for ten months been supporting
my body with the AC, magnesium, footbaths with magnesium, borax and bicarbonate, taken
DE in short periods, taken taurine, liver (by way of pate and dessicated), taken
Rosita’s cod liver oil, bee pollen, drank magnesium water, cooked with ghee and used olive
oil, and eaten a lot of citrus (including a fair amount of lemon, mandarin, grapefruit
and other things like whole-food-C powders such as Acai and innate response and
I have used turmeric (see Doug English’s research and recipe for Golden
Paste), added coconut water to diet, added potassium as Cream of Tartar, added
potassium bicarbonate (tip – stir in water for a while to allow bubbles to dissipate,
otherwise you get pain from gas pressure), eaten bananas and learned about foods
which increase potassium. I refused pharmaceutical products except magnesium
chelates – and of those I have rejected most as many include added Vitamin D, added
calcium, citrates or ascorbates.
I frequently use magnesium gylicinate.
I no longer take iron tablets or infusions or listen to my doctor’s suggestion that I
am low in iron. That was difficult but, over time, accompanied by (privately
organized) blood tests which indicate low ceruloplasmin levels, I felt more confident
to say that instead of iron I’d prefer to eat liver. More than just liver is required to
address what the doctor describes as iron deficiency, but for the sake of saying no to
iron pills, I have insisted on liver ‘pills’ instead, in the doctor’s rooms.
In my opinion
the reason for my health problems was lack of bioavailable copper, iron burden and
insufficient salts. Ceruloplasmin transports iron into bloodstream. I didn’t have
enough. When I worked to increase production of ceruloplasmin with Cod Liver Oil,
grass fed organic beef liver, and Whole food vitamin C (and omitting things which
decrease copper – such as ascorbic acid), my set of symptoms began to dramatically
To start with the change was shaky. Now, in June 2018, I am confident,
relaxed, well, and have a clear mind, no health issues and no fatigue.
By October 2017 I had not visited my doctor in a long time. Here are my comments
from that time: I have more tolerance towards myself and allow a little time and
instinct instead of delegating my authority to my doctor. My children are simply not
getting sick. I have not required assistance with my workload as a parent of three
young children, house, cooking, grocery shopping, economics of the family or
their school and sports commitments, and I have more than doubled my own
I feel I am expressing my own capacity to a high performance level
and am proud and surprised by that. I drink salty water often and add extra Camu
Camu powder when I am unwell or tired. I take Innate Response C-400 twice per day.
I have more than doubled my fluid intake. I no longer have any cravings for salts or
chocolate, and I sit and rest more often, letting my body do it’s work. If I feel pain I
rub magnesium lotion at the site. I no longer suffer migraine, headache, dark urine,
chronic fatigue, air hunger, infections, swollen ankles, sleep paralysis, feelings of
anxiety, feelings of melancholy, repetitive obsessive or paranoid thoughts, apathy
or lack of motivation. I am enjoying reading fiction occasionally (a marker of joy
and satisfaction, no?!).
I now (October 2017) have enough energy and desire to exercise. (Previously, for
more than two decades I would become sick culminating with an infection within two
days of exercise, starting with a taste of blood in my throat). I now realize that was
severe adrenal fatigue.
I no longer suffer hypoglycemia after eating. I no longer have blind spots and
lightheadedness. My night waking has decreased and my sleep is restful. My
menstrual loss is normal/light, lasting only about three days, manageable without
discomfort or accidents, and not clotted. Previously it was exceedingly heavy,
disturbingly clotted, perhaps described better as a hemorrhage lasting a week, and I
would not be comfortable going out without access to a bathroom.
I still suffer
occasionally with mild restless legs and sensory aura, but from a chronic
permanent condition to a less than once per 6 weeks slight occurrence – and with
full confidence about how to treat when it occurs.
The ‘official’ western medicine diagnoses which I have recovered from are Atypical
Migraine; Insomnia with non specific mood disorder; Reactive Hypoglycemia;
Histamine Intolerance; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Anxiety Disorder, Restless Leg
Syndrome, recurring Glandular Fever, Ross River Virus, and Shingles.
The unofficial (natural medicine/alternative medicine) conditions I have recovered
from are Adrenal Fatigue, Panic Disorder, Suspected (not diagnosed) Lyme,
The symptoms I no longer suffer are a long list. I had what you would describe as
fibromyalgia but not as a stand-alone diagnosis, rather a set of symptoms – and in my
case attributed by the doctor to the viral/infections diagnoses. I was intolerant to wheat
and dairy, caffeine, chocolate and wine. I can tolerate all these now. But there was a
time at the height of my health crisis when I could not move my leg or hand on one
side. I was being brain scanned and in the hospital to explore whether there was
demyelination which would indicate MS.
I could not sleep for longer than about three
hours, I had sleep paralysis, I was hallucinating, I was manic and energized at
night with eyes popping out of my head. I suffered badly. I was in despair due to so
many symptoms and the chronic lack of sleep. Within the Australian health system I
was managed and medicated with prescribed pharmaceuticals (for anxiety and
migraine), paying two general practitioners (western medicine doctors), two
neurologists – one private practice, one public health system hospital emergency care
and outpatient follow ups, a professor of neurology and stroke, and an
I was also being treated by multiple supportive and alternative therapies including two
naturopaths, a nutritionist, acupuncturist, kinesiologist and osteopath.
My health costs were easily in the hundreds of Australian dollars per week.
severe crisis lasted three years.
Now, in June 2018, I wanted to return to update my testimony. I was recalled to see
the doctor for an unrelated standard check up for women’s health, and she asked to
review my bloods due to my chronic history of fatigue and iron deficiency. I said I
didn’t want to take iron tablets when she called back to say the bloods showed ‘low
iron’. We discussed liver. I felt exasperated with her lack of recognition that I have no
fatigue or other symptoms anymore. I left on the agreement that she could send a
blood request to me every three months to track my iron without supplementing, and continuing with the liver.
Recently I wrote a letter explaining and requesting that if I
were to get the iron studies done, then would she please add ceruloplasmin to the
pathology request? It is good to feel confident enough to speak like this to a doctor,
however it has been two years and nine months now and there is no need for me to
feel I cannot speak my mind. I look forward to a review of my ceruloplasmin and
hope it has increased, to quantify the felt sense of full recovery. I attribute my history
of ill health to both severe lack of bioavailable copper, and magnesium and potassium
deficiencies, coupled with an iron burden. My tip is to pursue health and trust the
body can recover over time.