What a day!!!!..

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I woke this morning at 5.00 and could hear a strange noise like water dripping, it was raining quite strongly so thought no more about it, then I noticed  the light on the internet booster that’s plugged in was off so I checked on my phone and saw the internet was out. This didn’t particularly bother me and just presumed it would come back on at some point. I got up at 7.30 and noticed there was no electricity on. I settled down on the sofa and waited till just before 9.0 to call the management company. I let Michelle know who arranged for an electrician to call in, as the natural light came into the room I could see water pooling on the table so in slight panic I called Michelle again. After a 20 minute conversation she assured me the electrician would get the power back on and arrange for a plumber if necessary. Long story short, two electricians came, got the power back on and helped mop up the water that had soaked the carpet and arranged for an emergency plumber. Two hours later he came, did some unscrewing and re-screwing then announced all he could do was get the water back on. Michelle told me that the boiler wouldn’t be fixed or replaced until Saturday which also means no heating or no hot water till then, bummer. But I’ll survive, no big deal just an inconvenience, just had a call telling me it won’t be Saturday it’ll be Monday…oh POOH.

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My adventure..

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Over the years I think we all do or don’t do things or at least admit to doing or saying them because of how we think others, our family and friends will respond to knowing about it. Well I’ve been thinking about it and in reality I’m at an age, 61 that it doesn’t matter to me anymore if someone disagrees or dislikes what I’m doing. This is my life and I’ve got to do what I believe to be best for me, what is going to give me the best chance at being able to live.

While working for Dr Huggins I talked to some beautiful people that enhanced my life in ways they’ll probably never truly know. Topping the list has to be Dottie and Ali on opposite sides of the country geographically. Kristina, Carroll, Jeffrey R  and Billie P sadly no longer with us, Felicia, Kirsten and Samantha, Chris P, and so many more, One person I honestly wish I could have done more for is an incredible lady and her husband, Linda and Bill, in Nova Scotia,  I love you both.

Anyway my point in this is what I’m doing and have done so far that has in all honesty kept me not just alive but with a genuine reason to be optimistic.

I’ve been to extremes and had a full dental revision that involved 10 ½ hours of dentistry with one of the best dentists ever, Dr Blanche Grube in Scranton, PA. I’ve had CCSVI in Bulgaria, that’s Chronic, cerebrospinal, venous insufficiency which in itself was quite traumatic. Being conscious and having a cut in the groin, then into an artery and a small camera inserted into it and threaded right along through to the heart then reversed and re threaded right up to my neck. All the time I was able to follow the progress on a really powerful doppler scanner above me, I’ve also had special Upper Cervical Chiropractic work.  On a supplemental standpoint I’ve drunk XanGo for 12 years and followed the recommendations on body chemistry re-balancing by Dr Huggins. I now use the Mighty90, a combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids, (Dr Joel Wallach).

Everything listed above worked to a degree just not permanently.

I meditate several times each day and pray, yes I believe meditation and having faith in God is acceptable.

I have a disease that I contracted I think in 1999, officially diagnosed in 04, at that time I would consider myself to be like 99.9% of the world population and that is as an “Uninformed” person. Since 07 I would like to think of myself as a more knowledgeable and better informed man that’s enabled me to make better more informed choices.  

In addition to these I’ve used many, many others that haven’t been successful but nothing I’ve done was without research, long and often boring but it needed to be done before I put this ailing body through more discomfort and pain. In 2010 and 2013 I did a Liver cleanse and again last night. Not without it’s difficulties, I didn’t sleep a wink last night and am struggling now.

But everything I’ve done before and will do in the future hasn’t been and won’t be in desperation, I live in this thing called Stefan, it’s been painful and frustrating for the last 16 years but I intend to make this adventure worthwhile.

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Is it ?

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I think we all have hopes and desires, obviously they are all going to differ in various ways and be biased towards yourself or your loved ones but I wonder if they can or ever will be achieved. I think that probably 99.9% won’t ever come to fruition and that’s sad because my desires are no more important or valuable than yours. But I honestly believe that mine will happen, I often meditate and repeat a mantra if you will, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy”. That, when looked at is completely wrong at this time in it’s entirety. But part of it is true now, I’m not whole or perfect, but I am strong, extremely powerful in my mind and although there’s no one in my life, I am loving, harmonious and happy. I often chant, I am fabulously wealthy and perfectly healthy..now that definitely isn’t true now but it will be, of that I am 100% certain.

Looking and grasping at straws, isn’t going to improve anything, instead of looking outside for potential options, I believe (and this is purely my opinion, nothing more) that by looking inside is the way to be. I believe 100% in me, it may not be be the right way for you but then again, Is it ?

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My day..?

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I sometimes wonder  about the life I have now and if it’s all worthwhile, I mean a day is a day is a day to me. The differences tend to be primarily based on that I have to eat and what I watch on telly. So that being the case is what I do worth the frustration, the pain, the difficulty and hardship of being alive? Well before anyone jumps to what may seem as the obvious conclusion, Damn right it is.

Yes most days are fundamentally the same, but everyday to me is a challenge, a challenge to a half German scouser is like nothing else but a chest bumping slap in the face…. There is no way on earth that I could back down from that, never, never insult a lad brought up on the tough side of Liverpool. I am one of seven kids, I lived the first eleven years of my life in a 2 up, 2 down terraced house with an outside loo. We as a family struggled financially but my dad worked nights driving a truck, my mum did everything and more to put food on the table, actually we never had a table to sit around, it was plate on the lap for us. But I loved my childhood and at 61 I still love my incredible mum.

My life is difficult, waking up always brings a smile to my face because I know it brings another challenge, and I say to myself, “Yes another opportunity to beat this”, you never know, this could be the day, this could be My Day..

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Consistent…

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In February 2004 I was at Swedish Medical Hospital in Denver, Colorado when I was told by the neurologist that I had multiple sclerosis, obviously it was a shock especially when he told me it was an incurable disease. Now me being me, y’know made a steel and able to jump tall buildings otherwise known as a cocky scouse git, lol.

At that time I knew nothing in comparison to what I would learn over the following years. My thoughts at that time really were that it might well be incurable to them, as in the world of medicine but not to me.

Over the next seven years I’d tried numerous natural methods and in all honesty I’d definitely slowed the progression and was able to live a near normal life. The time between 07 and 2011 my knowledge expanded exponentially through working for the incredible Dr Huggins and meeting some quite amazing people Dr’s John and Blanche amongst a few others. Anyway my understanding of MS and its many debilitating symptoms never ceased to frustrate and sicken me. One day I’d feel so confident that I’d found a way through only to be completely demoralised the next. Days up and then down number at least a hundred, it’s been so hard it really has, I think writing these posts for my blog have been so inspiring for me. I’ve said a thousand time that I won’t be beaten and as I’m saying this something inside of me gives me added determination to not let anyone down, not let me down. I’m Stefan, I live in a physical body others recognise as that handsome witty, intelligent scouser, ok, ok, you might not think that way but it’s me.

Today was (Wednesday) a great day until about 5.30 when I seemed to go from feeling good to feeling really weak. Very confusing as I really couldn’t think of anything I’d done, eaten or drank that could have caused it, it just shows that as much as I think I know is really nothing when it comes to what this truly is. But it’s another day and another opportunity to understand this disease that is consistent, actually the only thing that’s consistent is that it’s constantly changing..

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Painful….

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When most people are asked a question about how they feel about pain I’m sure the majority will respond with a reply similar to “I hate it”. That’s completely understandable really, I mean unless you have a strange attitude or a “dark side” then pain isn’t a nice thing. But in reality there’s always going to be justifiable and understandable exceptions and here is where my personal situation comes into play. Me waking up in pain or me falling over as is sometimes the case isn’t what I’m referring to. Everyday is a physical challenge for me and I accept the difficulty, the pain and frustration, not accepting it as there’s nothing that can be done about it but more of a “bring it on, you aren’t going to beat me” sort of way. So knowing it’s trying to beat me into submission is a challenge and as I’ve said before, it’s not going to beat me.

Getting to the point, each day I know that a symptom of this illness is muscle atrophy meaning everyday the muscles in my body are getting weaker and weaker which obviously leads to completely debilitating condition. So the “German scouser” in me says ” not happening!!!” and refuses to capitulate. The pain I’m feeling right now is actually good because it’s coming from aching muscles due to multiple exercises during the day, I’m actually really enjoying it.

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Complex connections….

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It’s strange how we all take “living” for granted, I mean the millions of functions that take place every second of everyday just to exist. When you think about moving, even just blinking or swallowing there is a very complex process that happens  seamlessly that enables that to take place. Ok now I’ll try to explain this in a way that is easy to understand because it’s so important. When your brain, be it consciously or subconsciously wants to do something, a signal is sent to the appropriate organ or limb telling it what to do. Sounds straightforward, but the connection between the brain and everything in the body is via a very complex system of nerves, in fact there are hundreds of thousands of miles making up the nervous system. Now the nerves themselves are not absolutely complete, there are breaks, obviously I don’t know how frequently they occur but it’s going to happen thousands of times on each section. Now this is where it gets complicated, in order for the signal to jump across the gap and continue its journey when it reaches a break or gap  there has to be a combination of five elements. Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Sodium and Chloride, when the correct combination and proportions are present then a synapse takes place, a little explosion. This synapse enables the signal to jump across the break. Now when all elements are in the right combination and proportions then this all takes place in a nanosecond making it appear seamless.

Four of the five elements tend to be present in abundance via reasonable nutrition in the diet but the magnesium is a little more complex, there are multiple forms of magnesium but it’s only one that the body truly needs and that is Magnesium Chloride which is not easy to come by.

There are approximately 800 separate enzymes, functions and organs that need magnesium chloride to function efficiently. Once a week I soak for about an hour or more in a bath with roughly a kilo of magnesium chloride flakes in, normally Sunday morning, after the soak I feel really good and would really like to do everyday but at £45 per tub it’s just not a viable option financially. Once a week is better than not at all and my body is letting me know it’s feeling good today.

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Softly, softly..

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softly, softly, catchee monkey

Proverbial saying, early 20th century, advocating caution or guile as the best way to achieve an end.

So often I’ve found myself getting mad when watching TV and a commercial comes on about a subject very close to my heart and that’s health. I reckon that at least a hundred times each there’s a commercial on telly promoting a drug, a food or dental product that they are saying is good for your health. The reality is that the makers of these products are blatantly lying. Some of the lies are worded in a way that you almost feel guilty if you don’t use or try them. Clever marketing no doubt, but I wonder if these people actually have a conscience, do they give a damn about the potential long term detrimental effects on someone’s body.

I can’t remember when it was specifically that cigarette packs started having a warning printed on the label, it didn’t stop all people from smoking but it did help.

If you say something often enough and make it sound feasible then gradually it’s believed.

Blatant lies are being advertised constantly about everyday products, some of the most dangerous are:

Sugar.

Cholesterol, as in foods low in.

Spreads like margarine.

Fluoride.

Soy beans

Artificial sweeteners

There are so many lies about foods that mislead people and guide them in the wrong direction, a direction that is slowly but surely damaging the lives of you and your kids.

They are very clever, softly, softly catchee monkey..

 

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Looking in the wrong place..

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Over the past 25 or 30 years there have been many changes, small subtle changes that have seriously changed the way we live. The ideas were initially thought of as being a way to better mankind so they were genuinely good. Sadly the initial motivation gradually morphed into something completely different, completely selfish. It’s now become so ingrained into 99.9% of the population that what’s being told is perfectly true and acceptable, “it has to be the truth!!! Surely”.

What am I referring to? The pharmaceutical giants, initially they were genuinely looking for ways to stop disease, to cure and enable mankind to live better lives. In order for us the people to know anything about the cures or preventative medicines we had to be told by the respected experts, the medical doctors.

All well and good at that time until there was a shift in the paradigm, the law was changed allowing the initially good people to make money, no, not just a good justifiable profit for all the time and efforts they were making, but disgusting sums of money. They achieved this in a few ways, inventing a disease, yes inventing a disease and a drug to combat a symptom of the disease. They invested very heavily in this then used very smart advertisers to promote their wares.

I know this sounds a bit extreme but it’s not, these pariahs spend multi millions doing this in order for them to make billions in profits. So many so-called incurable diseases have cropped up in the last 30 years and now it seems perfectly acceptable. ALS, MS, MD, Motor Neuron Disease to name a few. Degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, childhood diseases like ADD and ADHD then the most rapidly spreading problem of Diabetes these diseases didn’t exist. The rapid rise of disease isn’t because they weren’t understood and medical research has found a way to treat it, no it just didn’t exist until the crops were genetically modified and sprayed with deadly chemicals.

The media who make billions through clever advertising skills are happy to work for the pharmaceutical giants because it’s fantastically profitable.

Looking at ways to ease a symptom is done purely for profit, if they honestly wanted to help people then they should stop looking in the wrong places, they should be looking at what is causing the problem.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now because I know what they’re doing and that the vast majority will be thinking I’m talking out of my backside. Please don’t just ignore this, do your own research and if you spend the time you’ll see I’m telling the truth.

 

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No wishes or hopes…

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It’s a strange thing, life that is, it’s strange because the majority of people go through their life with a very different set of goals to me.  I’m not demeaning everyone else I’m just saying that I see things in a very different way. I’m not planning for the holiday away with the kids or making wishes about the future with someone or being somewhere. As you will have seen from my previous posts there is a massive limiting factor in my life. So in order for me to exist everyday knowing there’s a 200 lb gorilla on my back I have to have a different mindset. I can only believe, I can only have absolute unbreakable faith and confidence.

I can…

I will..

I am…

With this as my mantra I know that whatever obstacle gets in my way that there has to be a way past it, left or right, under or over or whatever, there has to be and if i haven’t seen it yet then I’m just not looking correctly. I honestly believe that anything is possible.

 

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