I’ve had my health problems over the years, and I was brought up with parents who believed that doctors were almost God’s and that they knew best with any matters regarding health. If my brother or I were ill, we were marched off to the surgery. Then in 2000, I was involved in a horrendous skydiving accident which further pushed me towards the conventional side of the debate. Amongst other things, I had a broken femur and badly smashed pelvis. I was told I would probably never walk again and it was two weeks before a skilled enough surgeon was found who managed to put me back together again.
Try and imagine how I felt and the emotions I experienced during that time. It would have been very easy to give up. However, I was determined that not only would I walk again, but I would go back to my passion and resume formation skydiving. Thanks to the wonderful care I received, one very skilled surgeon and a huge amount of willpower and determination I was back jumping 8 months later and went on to do another 500 jumps before retiring from the sport. If it wasn’t for conventional medicine, I would probably have died and at the very least been left unable to move. For the next 9 years I carried on with my life, and it appeared to most people that I had made a full recovery. I didn’t talk about the pain that was with me constantly; I was just glad to be alive.
Then I discovered a lump in my breast. I was told it was breast cancer. Every woman's worst nightmare. “Get the lump out – quickly” was my immediate reaction and surgery soon followed.
When I started looking into the long-term effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medication, I decided (after a huge amount of research) that I wanted more than the 5 years survival time that seemed to count as a “cure”. The long-term side effects of the treatments offered weren’t good, and I struggled for a number of weeks about the best decision to make. After all, I was only 45 and wanted to do so many things with my life. I wanted to live to a ripe old age without the side effects I was finding out about. During this time of inner turmoil, I spent virtually every waking moment on the internet researching cancer cures and talking to people who had already been on their journey. What I found out staggered me. So much so I took a real leap of faith and instead of having any further conventional treatment decided to make a number of changes to my diet and lifestyle. Walking or rather running out of the oncology department after telling the doctor was at the same time the scariest and most empowering thing I’ve ever done.
I had gone “alternative”. My parents and friends mostly thought I had gone mad, but all my research was revealing more and more golden nuggets that just made such perfect sense. Our bodies need many things to keep well including proper real food, pure water as well as love, companionship and a sense of purpose. We also need to avoid many things like toxins, excessive stress and electromagnetic fields all of which overburden our bodies.
I had confirmation that I had made the right decision when 2 Thermograms, 3 months apart showed a huge decrease in areas of inflammation. Thermograms are a wonderful diagnostic tool and show up areas of inflammation in the body or in my case the breast long before traditional screening methods. Indeed the mammogram I had didn’t even pick up cancer. The following 3 images show my 1st, 2nd and 3rd scan taken over the course of 18 months.
The difference between the scans was quite remarkable and clearly demonstrated the effect my continual changes were having on my body. I was especially overjoyed when the continual pain I had been in for 9 years following the accident melted away. My frequent debilitating migraines, digestive health problems, lack of energy all changed for the better as well. Unfortunately, Thermograms aren’t available on the NHS, but Thermalogica in Exeter offers a wonderful service.
So to answer my original question, which method of healthcare do I recommend or believe in? The answer is both. But it depends on what your problem is. Conventional medicine is incredible for putting us back together after accidents, but as far as chronic diseases go, I firmly believe that we should nourish our bodies with the things it needs. It’s not always an easy path, and there are many areas that need to be looked at but the payoff can be miraculous.
Use both systems wisely and take responsibility for your own well-being is my advice.