In my clinic I work with two other osteopaths, a functional medicine practitioner who specialises in the treatment of chronic fatigue and two rehabilitation experts.
The reason I developed this programme is that I have had long covid since May 2020 after contracting Covid in March 2020. Since then I have sought help from my doctor but have received none because – let’s face it – no one knows what causes Long covid. There are theories and theories now emerging, but they are just that – untested theories. And all the while we are suffering from a life-changing illness that, in many cases, is not getting better despite everything we try.
All long haulers are sick and need help now. And while millions of pounds are being pumped into research to find the causes of Long covid and, perhaps one day, a drug, or supplement or gummy bear, that actually works, this research is only just beginning and it will take about 3 years before we know the results. That’s 2024. What do we do in the meantime? Our lives have been taken away from us by this silent, new, disease.
I asked for advice from my doctor from the start. She would say that I couldn’t know if it was Covid and Long Covid because I hadn’t had a test! There were no tests in March 2020! I knew it was Covid I’d had so, due to being a key worker, I ordered an anti-body test. It was still positive for antibodies 9 months after contracting the virus. This is a feature of Long covid – the persistence of natural antibodies months after infection.
I believe that is why we are still sick. I think we are still fighting the virus. Yes, we may also be attacking ourselves due to the chaos the initial viral infection, and maybe also previous bacterial or viral previous infections, have caused. And yes, some damage may have been done to our organs or blood vessels during the initial infection. But, in a nutshell, it is my opinion that we are either fighting something - microbial, or bacterial, viral, plant or animal origin, metal or chemicals – anything which has entered and now resides in the body and is harmful to it or poisonous (I will refer to these as toxins and if they poison the brain, neurotoxins - – or we are unable to fight it and that is what is making us sick.
These toxins have entered us via the air, the food we eat, the water we drink, the soil, solvents and cleaning materials and even toothpaste and hairspray.
Different toxins affect different organs but this will affect the whole body, the whole person. And if we are stressed some of these will cross into the brain and cause symproms such as fatigue, brain fog and short term memory loss.
Back to my story for a moment – after asking my doctor for help in April 2020, almost one and a half years year later, in late August 2021 I had a phone conversation with an occupational therapist from the Post Covid Assessment Service, funded by my local healthcare trust (that’s the NHS). I was asked lots of questions, the first of which was “What expectations do you have of this phone call?” My answer was “none.” The lady went on to say that she was glad because there was no magic bullet and no treatments available, but that she could give me some handouts – one on the importance of excersise, one on relazation and one on managing fatigue. After the phone call she sent these as well as a summary of our conversation. In the summary she stated that in her opinion I was depressed!
I couldn’t believe that this professional working at the long-awaited NHS Long covid service had done this. It didn’t help, it made me feel worse. I thought – Oh great, not only have I got long covid but I’m depressed too? Two conditions for which there is nothing anyone can do.
Since January 2021 I have been researching and trying working on a support programme for fellow long haulers. I have tried and tested most if not all of the supplements suggested, changed my diet numerous times, I have tried graded exercise, tried relaxation, stretching, yoga, breathwork and the Perrin technique, an osteopathic approach to chronic fatigue syndromes like Long Covid and M.E.
Over the year I have developed what I believe to be the most effective protocol for the management of Long Covid, bearing always in mind that the cost of supplements is high and that many of us long haulers are either unable to work at all and have had to resort to benefits, like I did for four months in 2020 or aren’t able to work anything like the amount of hours they did before developing long covid. So, I have, in as many cases as possible, developed a strategy that is a lot cheaper than supplements to get the extra nutritional support we need and I have devised a programme which once you have learned it will cost you nothing to continue until you are completely well again. I have costed the programme as low as possible whilst paying the experts who are helping me to run it and produce the materials and provide you with one-to-one guidance at the beginning. These professionals have given up well-paid roles as osteopaths to join me in the programme.
My program will include the following elements:
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF LONG COVID
HOW TO SLEEP WHEN YOU ARE ILL
HOW TO BREATHE WITH LONG COVID
HOW TO MOVE WHEN YOU ARE ILL
TO EXERCISE OR NOT TO EXERCISE?
BEING MINDFUL OF BEING ILL
UNDERSTANDING THE VAGUS NERVE
BALANCING THE VAGUS NERVE
PHYSICALLY PUSH OUT TOXINS FROM YOUR SPINE, HEAD AND BODY
WHAT TO EAT WHEN YOU ARE ILL
WHAT NOT TO EAT WHEN YOU ARE ILL
HISTAMINE - BASOPHILS AND EOSINOPHILS RELEASE HISTAMINE AS IN MCAS AND BOOST NATURAL KILLER CELLS & TH1 TH2 & TH17 CELLS WHICH ARE AUTOIMMUNE AND ATTACK THE SELF
THE BASIC SUPPLEMENTS TO TAKE
USING BREATH TO HEAL LONG COVID
YOGA FOR LONG COVID