By Rachit Shah
“The treatments themselves do not cure the condition; they simply restore the body’s self-healing ability.” Alternative Medicine ~ Leon Chaitow
As promised, I am dedicating another article to my pissed off attitude towards Healing by expressing my commitment towards alternate therapies, some tried and tested and others worth a mention. From a macro perspective, alternate therapies have immense potential but this article reiterates their scope pertaining to Isaac Syndrome.
It was in the month of June’19, when my entire house was immersed with a rare form of fever which overshadows many souls and minds, once in four years, the Cricket World Cup carnival. It was an electric afternoon which brought my cousins and friends under the same roof showing off their V-necks representing the teams they supported. The idea was to watch their favorites perform and play Poker as well. I caught all eyes as curiosity was in the air and for me the entire atmosphere was a pleasant change from the humdrum of daily routine.
Q) How have you been Rachit? Are mainstream medicines preparing your body to be hit by some tsunami as you look a little drained? asked Vishal (a confidante and close family member).
Yes you’re right, consuming mainstream prescriptions for long can increase the rate of side effects as active ingredients in various preparations can quietly clash and invade our system in low tones.
Q) Does that mean, you had some side effects?
Yes, but due to timely managing the situation, there are no major traces left behind.
Q) Were you lucky or is it something else?
Alternate therapies offered enough protection from the long term negative effects of mainstream medicines.
Rohit (a support system in crisis) cut me short and asked everyone to join for some school styled lunch in the dining area. It seemed an interesting destination, with all known faces trying to grab their midday meal simultaneously preparing for some entertainment. There was another reason to feel vibrant and alive as together we congratulated Vishal, on the arrival of an adorable little creature wrapped in renewed spirits whom he named Divisha.
As soon as we were done, the place had two different sets of people, one wanting to delve into the purpose of invitation and the remaining wanting to put their inquisitiveness at rest by continuing our discussion. It goes without saying that, I was expected to be a part of the latter one.
The topic was of immense interest to our two doctors, Ruchi (a friend and an orthopedic with great cooking skills) and Ravil (a cousin and a physician who has a sincere golden heart).
So I gathered my steam and started to narrate.
I was injected with heavy dosage of Steroids which increased my sugar levels and simultaneously swelled my hunger, weight and tiredness. The future intensity and impact of these levels sent sensitive signals to my treating doctors and they immediately started me with insulin shots. Considering the complexities, it seemed the best decision.
I still thank my amazing sister for introducing me to alternate treatments which resulted in reducing my insulin dosage by ¾:- Strict diet chart, juices of bitter gourd and Indian gooseberry, jamun fruit ground seed – a tablespoon on empty stomach, magnetic acupressure and homeopathic medicines. Though it seems a long list, it synchronizes fast with daily routine.
Today anyone and everyone seem to know about everything when it comes to healthcare, religion and politics. Suggestions even poured in from people who never had anything to do with medicines.
Ravil, being a doctor was expected to add his comments for sure, and he did. That’s great; I think you should initiate a mobile application to reach patients of local and international domain and spread a word of help, he said.
And what about your body pain, one of the major symptoms? asked Rohit.
For pain management, I have a piece of raw garlic early morning, my homeopathic medicines, magnetic acupressure along with my mainstream medicines.
Oh, that’s interesting; I didn’t know that a piece of garlic can work wonders in such intense pain.
Garlic supposedly has a bouquet of medicinal qualities with scientific evidence on anti-inflammatory responses and its ability to boost our immune system.
To complement alternate therapies, I even worked hard on SRP (systematic reduction plan) by regular monitoring and reducing my daily dosage of immunosuppressant, pain killer, insulin and medicines in consultation with my doctor (from 42 pills a day to 18 now).
On the other side, the game of Poker was in full swing. Cheering amplitudes were vibrating in the house when I was asked to join and share my experience.
Q) What do you think are some other miscellaneous helpful changes you tried your hands on? asked Apurva (an investment banker and a spiritual landmark to many).
As said that ‘a charging bull always looks at the red cape and not at the man with the sword’, I decided early to keep my eyes fixed on this armed man therefore agreed to make small miscellaneous changes by keeping surroundings green, paying attention to body postures, inculcating a self motivating attitude, wearing surgical mask while in a crowded place, taking up a sport as a therapy, wearing loose clothes and sticking to a positive attitude.
Q) Loose clothes? Are you serious? Was it a personal choice or is there something around it?
Tight clothes can cause nerve compression and I realized that wearing loozies made me feel lighter and relaxed.
Wow dude, didn’t expect you to dig the well so deep. This is getting interesting.
I was advised to have mild body massage often which was effective to reduce my stress levels, helped in pain management, eased stiffness and improved my flexibility. Along similar lines is Music Therapy (a math to convalesce), an effective tool which helps bridge gaps between emotional, spiritual and mental needs. I initially, focused on a variety of music engagements and zeroed down on customizing some to my palate.
Q) You did mention about Magnetic Acupressure? What’s that all about? Was it effective? asked Ravil.
It’s a science that stimulates and influences the acu points in the body to balance the accurate flow of energy integrating with individual organs rather than co-coordinating with the entire system to generate results. The benefits were easily measurable. It helped me reduce high sugar levels and back pain, leveled my BP and capped excess flow of protein from urine.
Q) Is it important to know what sort of person has a disorder than to know what sort of disorder a person has? asked Vishal.
I respect the prowess of modern medicine but alternate therapies were adapted as a science to stay NATURAL. I never cared whether a therapy derived from some ancient medical literature or a test tube instead the safety, durability and its effect. It is very individualistic in nature.
Q) But how do you gather enough evidence about these therapies before trying your hands on?
I relied on anecdotal experiences more than evidence. I connected with patients who demonstrated the power of their experience and got hints. These therapies integrated well with my allopathic medicines and most importantly I got a green flag from my treating doctor. I kept reminding myself that I had much more to gain if these therapies fell in place than to lose if they don’t.
Q) Did your doctor support this holistic approach to your treatment?
Before, I could add, Ravil amicably mentioned that today any doctor rigorously supports the theory of Caveat Emptor and denies putting their skin in the game when the premise sounds too good to be true.
It was time for some food again, nobody bothered about the match anymore as it was getting recorded for the fanatics. To relive the old memoires, three of them got behind the kitchen counter, one arranging the ingredients, one making toast and the last one trying to create a difference with some locally roasted freshly brewed coffee beans from Coorg. The association of tasty snack and good times lasts a a lifetime. Oh…. it was nostalgic. In no time everybody was stuffed when Rohit asked if I follow any specific protocols immediately after waking up?
Yes, very much. Apart from the activities mentioned earlier, getting enough Sunlight is full of muscular energy. It has powerful impact on neurological disorders generating Positive Thinking.
Having a healthy breakfast is important as it’s the first meal of the day. That reminds me of what Mark Twain once said that the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
Taking care of what, when and how we consume food is the key for e.g for me a gluten free diet generated positive results (some people react to gluten differently by sensing that body has toxins and
causes trouble for the immune system. Removing it might reduce symptoms of leaky gut and lowers inflammation).
Another treatment I follow rigorously is based on nature’s law of cure that takes a holistic approach towards treating the root cause of the disease rather than having a short term attitude called Homeopath. The remedies are normally based on natural and non-addictive ingredients which gel well with the immune system.
Kushal (a motivational speaker) inspired me to stay occupied as an active mind for sure cannot exist in an inactive body. During his lull period he learnt a language, took up a study course, tried completing his pending work, pursued a hobby and learnt a music instrument. Serious involvement in any activity would engage the mind and body to think constructive and be healthy. To support an interesting theory called Sports Medicine, I initiated table tennis.
A lot was discussed as the day was coming to an end and so were my Spoons.
Treating pain is hard as it isn’t just physical; therefore I hope these techniques can add to the fighting spirits of my readers.
We all are fighters and don’t wish to be remembered as someone who easily surrendered. Let’s together keep finding solutions for a better tomorrow.