2006: The Year I Got My Life Back!

2006 was an amazing year for me, and one filled with a great health adventure, which I have called My Serrapeptase Adventure, which continues to this day. 2006 was the year I got my life back! I learnt about a ‘Miracle Enzyme’, called Serrapeptase, and it was a year filled with the kindness and support of people from around the world.

It was not until January 3rd 2006, following careful and detailed research that I started to take Serrapeptase. No one expected the amazing improvement in my health which started within just two days, and which continues to amaze me, and all those who know me, every day since.

January: I first took Serrapeptase on January 3rd 2006, and I was a little sceptical, but not for long! By January 5th, I knew things were changing. That evening I coughed up a large amount of thick, yellow ‘gunge’ over a period of several hours. It was distinctly unpleasant, but somehow very satisfying.

By the following morning, I was already feeling considerably better, but I had no idea how much things would change. Over the following few days my stomach pain reduced, then disappeared (except when eating). Within a day or two, I was sleeping much better too.

February: By mid February, my lung capacity had improved immensely, from an average peak-flow of 310 – 350 litres per minute, before Serrapeptase, to an average of 490 – 560 litres per minute.

I also began to be able to eat small amounts of food without pain. Although I still coughed a little during and after eating, even this was reducing. My energy levels lifted, slowly.

Throughout this time, I reduced my prescription medication to almost nothing, but I still had most of it available, should I need it.

From mid February, my lung function was great. It was now no lower than 500 litres per minute, and usually around 530 litres. It seemed to me that it might well be settling. My heart rate remained normal, and even the condition of my skin seemed improved.

I completely stopped all my prescription medication and I continued to feel stronger and to eat and sleep better.

I also started enjoying fresh fruit and also fresh fruit and vegetable juice (an acquired taste) for the first time in many years.

March: By mid March, after the dramatic developments in my improving health during the first few weeks of My Serrapeptase Adventure, things settled down a little. Although the drama was exciting, I enjoyed being able to assume that I would feel well and healthy rather than having to hope that I would be able to make it through the day.

My lung function continued to be excellent, with my peak flow being consistently above 530 litres per minute. My heart rate remained stable, and my energy levels were good.

The only major new development I noticed was not dramatic, or quick. Since having surgery in 1984, I have had red keloid (raised, irregular) type scarring, which simply refused to be reduced. Now, nearly 22 years later, these scars appeared to be fading in colour and smoothing out a little. I had no way of knowing how effective Serrapeptase would eventually be, but I was amazed to see any improvement at all, after such a long time.

April: Since My Serrapeptase Adventure began in January 2006, interest from around the world continued to grow. The first hint of worldwide media coverage came on February 22nd, 2006. When Robert Redfern of Naturally Healthy Publications, appeared on a radio talk show, in the United States, called The Power Hour, he was taking his regular part in a phone-in.

A caller rang in asking for information about natural health products, which would be useful for a child with Cerebral Palsy. My Serrapeptase Adventure was still in its early stages, but Robert gave a brief outline of my story so far.

On April 11th, I had the pleasure of speaking with Joyce Riley, host of The Power Hour Radio Show.

Because of my conversation with Joyce, she invited me to appear on the following days show.

Those of you who have asthma will be used to measuring your peak flow both regularly and frequently. I continued to do this (three times a day) despite being free of symptoms for several months and free of medication for almost as long. I found it helpful and encouraging to remind myself that the impact of Serrapeptase on my improving health is actually measurable.

During The Power Hour interview, broadcast on April 12th I said that my peak flow, that day, was at 580. The remarkable thing, for me, is that it remained stable ever since.

May: By the start of May, I noticed a welcome, but unexpected, development in my health. My weight seemed to be dropping. Since I have to be weighed sitting down, I was not sure, at that time, exactly how much weight I had lost in terms of the number of pounds, but the number could not be insignificant. My waist measurement dropped by approximately an inch in just three days.

I was not able to get medical confirmation of what was happening but these changes seemed to be dramatic and certainly unexpected. The advice that I have received so far suggests that this change could have occurred simply because my metabolism has speeded up. If this is the case, I believe that it was linked to the fact that Serrapeptase continued to remove more and more inflammation from my system and that the range of foods I could eat was increasing for the first time in many years, making general nutrition easier to manage.

My energy level was still stable and, if anything, it was increasing. With this in mind, I hoped to be able to start regular physiotherapy (physical therapy) and to get back up on my feet using crutches in the next few weeks. Although an earlier assessment was positive, I was only able to undertake regular treatment in December due to the great British phenomenon of the waiting list.

My heart, lungs and digestive system continued to work well and I even began to get used to the idea that they may continue to do so. The level of pain I experienced due to the spasms of Cerebral Palsy began to reduce some time ago, but the restricted movement of my muscles and joints remained. The restriction is, of course, still there and always will be, but it is completely pain free! Within the range I do have, movement seemed to be easier.

As Joyce reminded me in my Power Hour interview, I have known what it is like to walk, although it had been a long time (a matter of years) since I had been able to do it with any regularity.

I had begun to experiment again with standing, using my crutches, for short times. Gradually, I was able to stand for longer and longer periods, sometimes as long as 10 minutes. I felt I was still a long way from having the confidence to attempt to walk, but I was sure that this would develop with time.

May 24th was a big day for me. For several weeks, I had been experimenting with standing (with crutches) but not had the confidence to walk. After recovering from a stomach bug, I got back on my feet, thinking I would stand for a few minutes, and that would be that. After about five minutes, my phone rang so, without conscious thought, I found I had taken the 20 steps (with crutches) needed to answer it.

This might not seem like much, but for me it may as well have been miles. For several years, physiotherapists and a multitude of medics had told me that it was too dangerous for my heart and lungs to continue with any form of mobilisation outside of a wheelchair, and that even the sort of exercise that many wheelchair users do, should probably be avoided.

The truth is, of course, that before I learnt about Serrapeptase, they were right! The best way to manage Cerebral Palsy has always been, and continues to be, with carefully monitored exercise, but my breathing and heart rate could only be relied upon for their unreliability, something that scares people rather than encouraging them to work out treatment plans.

June: On June 13th, I had the pleasure of being invited to appear on The Power Hour again to update the program’s listeners with my progress. I was also delighted to appear on the program with Robert Redfern of Naturally Healthy Publications.

July: July 3rd, 2006 marked six full months since I first took Serrapeptase. Therefore, I visited my Family Doctor (GP) for a regular check-up. Despite the amazing improvements in my health, since January, I did not expect the dramatic news, which I was about to receive.

You may remember that I stopped taking my prescription medication in February and that I had no ill effects from doing so. Although I had not used my prescription medication for several months by this time, my repeat prescriptions were left in place. This meant that if my health deteriorated or my condition changed in any negative way I could reorder the medications (a limited number of times) without the need for a face-to-face meeting with the doctor. This was intended to give me a safety net, if I needed it.

Five months after stopping my prescription medications, it was finally agreed that I am very unlikely ever to need them again and even less likely to want them. Finally, it seemed, the medics had accepted that, at best, my health may continue to improve and, at worst, it was expected to remain stable.

After careful, detailed, checks of my heart function, blood pressure and lung function, were ALL confirmed as NORMAL, my repeat prescriptions, finally, were stopped! The significance of this is hard to overestimate. Although its content changed many times, I had some form of repeat prescription for as long as I could remember. In simple terms, this meant that for the first time in many years the medical profession had accepted that I do not need regular medication of any kind.

I continue to be grateful for the ongoing support of my Family Doctor (GP) and her colleagues and for their willingness to support me in taking what must have seemed to them to be something of a risk.

In the summer 2006 edition of Serrapeptase News (Naturally Healthy Publications), Robert Redfern writes:

I have renamed my book, as The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme is Serrapeptase. I did not do this lightly; as I think, the word ‘miracle’ is generally misused and too easily thrown around, especially in the nutritional field.

If you have read my book and followed my newsletters, you may realize why I am so enthusiastic about this enzyme. I was finally convinced to not only change the name of the book but to also create a web site www.themiracleenzyme.info to go with it, when the story of 36-year-old Mike Tawse first surfaced. Mike, a cerebral palsy sufferer since birth, revealed that life was so bad at the end of 2005 that he felt he could not endure another year on 14 drugs that hardly made a difference. I thought I had heard it all with Serrapeptase, but his story impressed me so much, I knew that Serrapeptase was deserving of the name, ‘The Miracle Enzyme’. You can read his full testimony on page 3, but remember it is only up to this point in time.

Even though it may seem miraculous, we are looking for greater changes and will keep you informed on the website.

Robert Redfern – Serrapeptase News (USA) issue 4th July 2006.

To read Robert’s article in full please visit Robert’s Serrapeptase Information website where you can download the summer 2006 edition of Serrapeptase News.

On July 15th, after a short break, I reintroduced Curcumin to my daily compliment of natural health products, which I understood, would reinforce the continued positive impact of Serrapeptase. I hoped that Curcumin would provide another element of support for my digestive system, circulation and joints.

On July 24th, my local pharmacy finally collected all my old, unused medication. So now, I believed it was official. Not only did I not need to use the medication, or get any more of it, I did not have to keep the old unused stuff either. It was a small step, but a great psychological boost.

August: On August 29th, I was informed that I should not even receive the letter telling me I had the physiotherapy appointment before NOVEMBER 6th and that the actual appointment may not be for as long as SIX WEEKS after that.

It was a good job I knew my health was improving and I do not intend to criticise doctors, nurses, surgeons, therapists or any other health care professionals.

It seems to me that the obsession of successive governments with management theories, targets and statistics, means that improving health and fitness is not what The National HEALTH Service is about.

September: On September 11th, I received another telephone call to advise me that I would be notified of my physiotherapy appointment within eight weeks.

I am still not sure whether this was intended to reassure or annoy me by reminding me of the waiting list, or if it was, the administrator’s way of convincing herself that she was doing something.

Once I knew my health was stable, it was time for me to get fit! It was for this reason that I asked for physiotherapy, which would enable me to improve my range of movement, strength and endurance, whilst taking full account of the limitations imposed by Cerebral Palsy. Once it became clear that it would take several months to arrange an appointment, I settled down to wait.

Following a conversation (off-air) with Joyce Riley (The Power Hour), I decided to contact Ronnie Natali, at WeCanTogether for advice. Ronnie designed an exercise programme, which would not replace physiotherapy, but which would complement it.

Throughout the many years of illness and physical pain, which had dominated my life for many years, prior to January 2006, food had become something which had to be dealt with and managed, but which I was unable to enjoy. In turn, this meant that I had lost much of my confidence and even, I think, some of the knowledge I had about how to plan a balanced diet. Thankfully, Ronnie worked with me to produce a detailed nutrition plan, which included daily menus and even shopping lists.

On September 21st, I had another consultation with Ronnie. Our conversation was, as always, positive, informative and encouraging. For the first few minutes, I thought it would be typical of the previous ones. Ronnie would describe exercises and dietary ideas and I would report my progress so far and get detailed answers to my many questions.

Our conversation began as usual, but Ronnie had a surprise for me, which would prove my progress to me in an exciting way, which even I could not question. I was asked to use my hands-free phone system so that I could undertake some of the exercises contained in my programme, while still being able to describe what I was doing and to hear specific instructions.

For many people this may seem a very simple thing to do. So, what was so dramatic and exciting? The exercise programme, which was devised for me, included a mixture of exercises, some of which could be performed in my wheelchair, but many of which required me to get out of it and work on the floor.

The exciting thing for me was that I was able to move from the wheelchair to the floor and back again several times to complete a variety of exercises, while still being able to hold a coherent conversation on the telephone without my breathing or heart rate being adversely affected.

The exercises caused my heart and breathing rates to increase, as they are intended to do, but both remained stable and well within normal ranges, allowing me plenty of breath control to concentrate on my conversation at the same time. I also noticed that my recovery rate had improved dramatically, so that my heart rate and breathing returned to resting rates very quickly once I had completed the exercises.

I was delighted with the improvements in my general fitness, which steadily developed since the very earliest stages of My Serrapeptase Adventure. The impact of Serrapeptase was obvious to me in a matter of just a few days. Many of my friends noticed it and we have all been thrilled to see it continue. However, the ability to undertake a level of physical exertion, which I had not been used to for years, to talk to someone throughout and to recover quickly, is something which none of them nor I can have expected.

October: Speaking on The Power Hour in June 2006, after my contribution was completed, Robert Redfern spoke of visiting me, saying:

…If I can just add just a little bit more to his adventure, then I’m privileged.

On October 26th, it was, of course, I who was privileged to meet with Robert, and his colleague David. It was great to meet them, after so many phone calls, e-mails and even, thanks to Joyce Riley, appearing on the radio together, in June.

We spent most of the time talking about the amazing impact that Serrapeptase continues to have for me. Although the ‘changes’ in my health were less dramatic, the improvement continued to build steadily.

By this time, my muscles were stronger and more reliable. I could get from sitting to standing without using my hands (This is something which I had not been able to do since I was a young child), but I do still have to hold on once standing. The thing to remember is that this had all happened without physiotherapy, which I was still waiting for. My lung capacity was still good and my heart rate was stable.

November: Although I had been taking Curcumin regularly for some time, it was not until the middle of November that I began, literally, to ‘see’ an improvement in my health, which could be linked directly to it. Since my general health had remained good, I had been quite happy to continue taking Curcumin, on the understanding that it was supporting my health, rather than making a dramatic difference to it.

I noticed a small, but significant, improvement in my sight. I was able to read more easily and to follow smaller print sizes than I used to. This may seem a very small improvement. I was convinced, however, that it was a change, which showed potential. The reason for my optimism is not the change of the print size I can read, but the fact it has happened at all. I have always understood that although my eyesight would fluctuate within its usual range, it would not improve beyond its usual best point.

I had, of course, read about the impact that many people have had on their eyesight when taking Curcumin, but I did not expect this to apply to me because the problems with my eyesight have two distinct causes, one of which is, as I have said, the underlying brain damage which caused my Cerebral Palsy. The second cause is what might be described as a mechanical one, that is, the fact that the muscles and tendons around my eyes do not function properly, which is also a problem, which is caused by Cerebral Palsy.

I had no idea, yet, which, if either of these causes had reacted to Curcumin, but I looked forward to having my eyes formally tested and to learning as much detail as possible about what may be happening.

On November 27th, I tried The Amsler Grid again (for the first time for months). The Amsler grid was developed by Marc Amsler to allow patients to test their own central vision for early signs of Macular Degeneration, so it may be treated sooner. This test consists of a grid of vertical and horizontal lines, with a dot in the centre.

I used the Amsler Grid because it gives a constant, against which I can measure my sight and not because of Macular Degeneration which, thankfully, I do not have.

Before taking Curcumin: I could see the grid and dot fine with my left eye, but with my right it was so blurred I could not make out the grid as a whole and I could not make out ANY of the lines or the small squares.

Now, with Curcumin: The Grid and dot are perfectly clear with the left ‘good’ eye and EASILY DISTINGUISHABLE with the RIGHT ‘bad’ eye. The right eye is not as good as the left – YET, but to have any improvement is mind-blowing.

December: December 4th, 2006 was the day of my first physiotherapy appointment since regaining my health, thanks to the support of Robert Redfern, (Naturally Healthy Publications) David Meyer, (Good Health Naturally), Ronnie Natali (WeCanTogether) and, of course, The Power Hour Team.

The day turned out to be disappointing, but not surprising. The therapist seemed surprised that, with my medical history, I was fit for, and wanting physiotherapy.

His basic advice was that I should accept the fact that my physical abilities would always be limited. This would mean that I could use exercise to maintain my current abilities, but I should not expect to improve them, and I was unrealistic to think I could regain those I lost over the years of illness. It would also be unlikely that I would gain any new skills.

Even when I showed him some of the exercises Ronnie taught me, his response was surprise at what I could do – but no sign of wanting to build on it.

Thankfully, My Serrapeptase Adventure means that I know he is wrong! I looked forward to encouraging him to see the genuine difficulties I do have as challenges to be overcome and not as blocks to progress.

The only sad thing, for me, is there must be so many people who do not reach the light of their own potential, because they live in the darkness of the expectations of other people.

I look forward to continuing to learn about the true potential of a natural approach to good health and to sharing the light of potential with others around the world.

2006 was a great year for me and I would like to thank you all for sharing the first year of My Serrapeptase Adventure with me.

I am delighted to remind you that the amazing improvements in my health, fitness and zest for life, which started within the first few days of 2006, have continued to develop. Life is still as much of an adventure now as it was then.

I am so grateful to have found such a supportive group of people at: Naturally Healthy Publications, Good Health Naturally, WeCanTogether and The Power Hour, who know the awesome power of positive thinking and hard work.

I would like to thank all the many people, from around the world; who continue to support and inspire my ongoing search for good, improving health, by sharing their knowledge and experience.

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