Back From The Brink: How Serrapeptase Changed A Life

I am very grateful to Molly Allan, for the following article, in which she offers a concise introduction to My Serrapeptase Adventure, together with her own commentary upon it.

Losing control of one’s health is most people’s worst nightmare. Even when we’re ill, we hope to maintain a reasonable quality of life. Without that, life becomes an endless array of doctors, pills and desperate attempts to manage symptoms. That was the state in which Mike Tawse found himself in 2006.

About Mike Tawse: One Man’s Story

Born in the U.S. and raised in the U.K., 44-year-old Mike Tawse has had cerebral palsy since birth. For those unfamiliar with this condition: cerebral palsy (CP) is a non-progressive condition that affects a person’s movement and motor skills. The extent of this disability varies greatly among individuals, and secondary symptoms, such as decreased lung and heart function, trouble digesting food, trouble sleeping and painful joints and muscles, are common. Some people with CP also experience vision problems and/or seizures. Extreme sensitivity to sound and light as well as vision problems also often go hand-in-hand with CP. Although the condition itself doesn’t worsen, the symptoms often do get worse as a person ages. In addition, the medications commonly prescribed to manage the symptoms of CP can have side effects of their own that patients have to deal with. There are more than 17 million people worldwide living with cerebral palsy.

By the time Mike started taking the enzyme Serrapeptase in 2006 to help alleviate his symptoms, CP had been dominating his life for more than a decade. Just imagine having to take 14 different drugs each day, some of them more than once. In addition, imagine not having any energy, not being able to enjoy food or get a good night’s sleep. All this while being in constant pain.

Mike’s Experience With Serrapeptase

Mike calls 2006 the year he got his life back. That was the year that he began to use Serrapeptase to help manage the symptoms of his chronic condition, cerebral palsy. Before he started taking the enzyme Serrapeptase, Mike was relying on a “cocktail” of 14 different prescription medications that left him feeling worse than the disease itself. Mike calls these drugs “toxic” and from his account, it certainly seems that they were. Below is a timeline of Mike’s journey from merely existing to living a full, active life:

January, 2006: Mike started taking Serrapeptase on January 3, 2006 along with his regular medications. By January 5, he already knew that things were changing for the better. Over the next few days, his stomach pain lessened and gradually disappeared altogether (except when eating.) He also started to sleep better, all within just a few days of starting to take Serrapeptase.

February, 2006: February brought even more positive changes. By mid-month, Mike’s lung capacity had improved by more than 50 per cent. He also had more energy and was able to enjoy foods like fresh fruit and vegetable juice that he hadn’t been able to eat for many years. By the end of the month, he had stopped taking all of the prescriptions prescribed for managing his symptoms and he was feeling stronger each and every day.

March, 2006: Although the dramatic, new improvements stopped coming quite so fast and furiously, by March, Mike was feeling so much stronger and healthier that he found himself looking forward to each new day, rather than just hoping that he’d be able to get through it. In short: he had regained a quality of life.

May, 2006: By May, Mike’s energy level was still gradually increasing. He also started shedding pounds, something he’d been unable to do for years. He even started experimenting with standing using his crutches, increasing the amount of time he would spend on his feet each time. (Mike had walked using crutches as a child, but had been limited to a wheelchair for many years.) He even surprised himself by taking 20 steps to answer a ringing telephone. While 20 steps may not sound like a lot to you or me, to Mike, it seemed like he’d just run the Boston Marathon.

July, 2006: In July, a full six months after Mike began taking Serrapeptase, he went for a regular check-up by his physician. The good news was confirmed that Mike’s overall health had improved dramatically and that he had suffered no ill effects as a result of taking the enzyme, Serrapeptase. He also was officially done with the prescriptions that had plagued him for so long. Although he hadn’t been taking the pills for months, after his doctor’s appointment, he no longer had any “back-up” prescription orders from his doctor. He was a “free” man.

Mike also started taking the dietary supplement Curcumin in July to help complement the Serrapeptase benefits and promote his general good health. (See more about Curcumin below.)

September, 2006: By September, Mike’s health had improved to the extent that he was looking forward to starting physical therapy to help him get in better shape and to help him gain muscle tone. Before Serrapeptase, Mike’s lung and heart function made it difficult, and even dangerous, to exercise even a small amount.

Because of the way the British public health system is set up, Mike had to wait several months for his first physical therapy appointment. He used this “down” time to meet with a nutritionist and work on a healthy eating plan. Eating had been such a struggle for Mike before Serrapeptase that he had lost touch with what makes up a healthy diet. Kudos to Mike for realizing that he needed help in this area and calling a professional.

Mike and his nutritionist also worked together to devise some simple exercises for Mike that would help him gain additional muscle strength and stamina.

October, 2006: The improvements to Mike’s health continued, albeit at a slower pace. In October, his leg muscles were strong enough that he could go from sitting in his wheelchair to a standing position without using his hands, something that he hadn’t been able to do since he was a child. (He does still have to hold on to something while standing.)

November, 2006: In November, Mike noticed a slight improvement in his vision, something he attributes to taking Curcumin. He began to be able to read more easily and to be able to read smaller type.

The year 2006 was truly a remarkable year for Mike, but his journey was not over yet.

Mike’s health In 2007

Building on his astounding health recovery in 2006, Mike celebrated being free from prescription medications for one entire year in February. That month, he also did something he thought he’d never do: he joined a gym and enlisted the aid of a personal trainer. (His public health physical therapist was less than supportive of Mike’s “get fit” plans, so Mike took a different route.)

Other milestones for Mike in 2007 included his being able to walk outdoors and his being able to climb a few steps using his crutches, something he had been unable to do since the 1990s.

Although Mike had been told for years that his vision would not improve outside of a fixed range, he proved the doctors wrong and started to be able to read even smaller (six-point) type and to be able to read and recognize faces at a distance. In October, Mike got to use his improved vision to view England’s Lake District and was amazed by the level of detail and depth he witnessed.

Mike’s Health In 2008

As the second anniversary of Mike’s being medication-free approached, he found himself settling into a comfortable state of knowing that these new health improvements and his new quality of life weren’t going to be disappearing anytime soon, that he could make plans and count on feeling well tomorrow, next week and even next year. I don’t think any of us who haven’t lived that kind of discovery can truly understand it.

Mike began using he new-found time and energy to resume research and writing on living with a disability, a subject in which he has always been interested, but which he had had to abandon when his health concerns became all-consuming.

Mike’s vision continued to improve in 2008 and by the end of the year, he was able to read four-point type.

Mike’s Health in 2009 And Beyond

As Mike logged another year in his journey to improved health, he continued to face many of the challenges most of us face, staying fit and maintaining a healthy diet. The newest changes to Mike’s health are a little more subtle than the initial, dramatic changes, but no less exciting. He no longer reacts so intensely and painfully to loud noises or bright lights as CP patients are prone to do, and the jolts he does experience last for a shorter period of time and result in much less disability.

Mike’s incredible story has drawn the attention of several people in the media. Mike was welcomed several times on The Power Hour radio show with Joyce Riley. His story was also the subject of several articles, radio shows and a book by author, Robert Redfern of Naturally Healthy Publications.

About Serrapeptase

Just what is Serrapeptase and how does it interact with the body’s natural systems? Serrapeptase is an enzyme that is found in the silkworm intestine. The compound is responsible for that creature being able to shed its cocoon. It has been used in alternative medicine circles since the 1960s as an anti-inflammatory agent. Today, Serrapeptase is widely available in capsule form.

Says Mike about Serrapeptase: “Taking this enzyme has brought me back to the cerebral palsy of my childhood. I still have the disease. (I’ll always have the disease.) But, the symptoms are so much easier to handle since I stopped taking prescription medications to manage my disease. Serrapeptase has truly given me my life back.”

Mike’s experience with Serrapeptase is not unique. According to a study by a group of Japanese physicians in 1984, patients taking Serrapeptase experience less post-operative swelling than those taking a placebo. Another study, this one by researchers at the Institute of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Naples, Italy. This study found that Serrapeptase reduces swelling and pain in ear, nose and throat patients. In addition, a scan of PubMed studies shows more than 40 publications about Serrapeptase, the overwhelming majority supporting the enzymes anti-inflammatory properties.

Adding Curcumin

As Mike’s health improved with Serrapeptase, he decided to add Curcumin to the mix in 2006. This compound is found in nature in the plant, Curcuma Longa and is used to make the spice, turmeric. It is Curcumin that is responsible for the spice’s distinctive yellow color. Curcumin is a part of the ginger family and has been used and a natural remedy for nausea. It also has been cited for its properties in improving vision and the tone of the muscles and tendons that surround the eyes. Curcumin has been used in India and parts of Asia for centuries as a natural remedy, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. The compound is just beginning to raise interest in North America and western Europe.

The Bottom Line

As astounding as Mike’s story is, his is not the only such story, and success stories about Serrapeptase are not limited to individuals with cerebral palsy. Those with conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to psoriasis to stomach disorders have reported improved health and lessening of symptoms after taking Serrapeptase.

Says Mike Tawse about his return to good health through natural remedies, “Health is the body’s natural state, even when one has a permanent and irreversible underlying condition, like cerebral palsy. It is prescription medication, and the worldwide systems designed to reinforce our dependence upon it, that should be called ‘alternative medicine’. If good health is our natural, balanced state, then the goal of health-care should be to maintain that balance, or to return us to it, as naturally as possible.” Well said Mike.

Molly Allen

Molly Allen, is an Ohio-based freelance writer.

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