I am not going to name any of my doctors because there could be the one reader out there that is looking to shut alternative practitioners down. I am infinitely grateful to my doctors for saving my life and I profoundly respect their battles against the for profit medical industry, the federal and state licensing boards, and the insurance companies. I owe them too much to be the one pointing the finger. They are also busy, with full practices, and often teach as well.
Most of my readers will be sympathetic. Some will be seeking help. So do know that these people have students. Some are on the internet. There are no guarantees, but your best bet is an osteopathic doctor. They have the same schooling as an MD, they can prescribe medications, AND they are trained to look at the body as a whole and will usually work with you. Do your own research and support your local healers. Because what it comes down to is: It is your health and your responsibility. You live with yourself 24/7. The best of healers cannot help you if you are not willing to do your part.
DMPS has been used to bind mercury in workers exposed through industrial accidents for decades. It can be helpful in heavy metal poisoning if you find a doctor who knows how to use it. What my doctor told me about his protocol was that patient response was varied and he could not predict where I would end up. Apparently, about half of the people who completed the protocol reported feeling better after treatment, but he could not document statistically significant laboratory changes while 25% reported no subjective changes. For the other 25%, the treatment was life saving. I ended up in the life-saved category. But I was only willing to try it because of his direct and honest approach.
The same doctor also told me that in a blind study where a hundred x-rays were given to back surgeons to diagnose, the surgeons completely failed to predict who felt pain and who didn’t. Some people who had terrible x-rays were subjectively fine and physically active. Some with apparently normal x-rays were in agony. Long term outcomes of surgical interventions for back pain have a very low success rate.
I found neural therapy or injecting local anesthetic into trigger points and scar tissue helpful for relieving muscle spasms and maintaining my range of motion. Scar tissue doesn’t metabolize well, and can build up toxins and a distinct electrical charge that interferes with the process of moving nutrients into the cell and toxins out. Local anesthetics like Novocaine are not terribly invasive or long-lived, but they can disrupt the unhealthy patterns and open a path for the body to heal itself.
Prolotherapy, which is injecting glucose or plasma from the patients own blood into torn ligaments and tendons to promote healing, worked wonders for me. The ligaments around some of my vertebra were so damaged the bones could be pushed out of alignment with a fingertip. I was an exceptional case, but it only took one set of injections to stabilize my back.
I do take two prescription medications now, including low-dose-naltrexone. Naltrexone is an opiate blocker and in properly timed micro doses it can remind your body that it should make its own endorphins. This works for me. It is actually the ONLY medication that has ever even come close to relieving my chronic pain. The drawback with the protocol is that your body has to have the raw materials to make endorphins. So if you are not willing to take a serious look at your diet, your sleep patterns, and practice mental and emotional hygiene, don’ t bother.
Just remember that NSAID’s (aspirin, Tylenol etc..) fry your liver while opiates are extremely addictive. Oxycodone or Vicodin is the most commonly available opiate, and is usually combined with Tylenol, a truly deadly mix. And guess what- your body learns the best way to get its opiate fix is to ramp up the pain factor. That’s right, if you take opiates for any period of time you will rapidly have MORE pain plus all the side effects of opiates.They are great in an emergency or if you are dying. Otherwise, pass them up. The same advice goes for cortisone and other steroids. They are a miracle in an emergency, a great aid if you are dying, and not worth it for the living.
I also have a multi-generational history of hypothyroidism and am now taking Armour thyroid. I am an atypical patient, and my story does not apply to most hypo-thyroid sufferers even though hypothryroidism is endemic in the USA today, mostly due to environmental factors. Fluoride is a toxic waste product of certain manufacturing processes and was once the treatment of choice for the over active thyroid. Now it is in most municipal water supplies and toothpastes and for some reason the mainstream medical profession just can’t understand why we have currently have untold numbers of people suffering from under active thyroids! Since my story is not likely to help you, I encourage any one interested to get out there and take a look at the available information.
Other than that I take an over the counter antihistamine now and then if my allergies get out of hand, but I do keep in mind that iatrogenic illnesses are one of the top three causes of death in America. Iatrogenic means caused by medical treatment. We have a profit driven medical system.They make their money from your diseases and suffering. If you want to be well, or even just stay alive, you need to beware of the system.