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Fear and Loathing in a Lost Vagus

Well I had to give my blog that title – it’s brilliant isn’t it! Actually it’s very apt because when your vagus nerve (the largest nerve in the body – also called the wanderer for how far it goes) is ‘lost’ i.e. dysregulated, nothing works. Not your digestion, your heart and...

Magic pills part 2 experience of the mental health system

Continued testimony from my client Carlie at how she ended up on high-dose multiple medications in a psychiatric ward after going to her GP with depression. See Part 1 here. I tried moving counties in the hope of a fresh start and new beginnings.  My “mental health” problems followed me.  My...

towards a new view of mental health

There has been much talk recently of increasing awareness of mental health issues1 – but of course most of the discussion is centred around mental illness – not health. There are valid points to be made: we need more resources on a par with physical health. We need to...

The Importance of the Appendix

The human appendix, a narrow pouch that projects off the caecum in the digestive system, has long been known as a vestigial organ with unknown function. It is largely ignored until it gets inflamed (causing appendicitis) when it can cause high fever and a lot of pain leading, usually, to...

Breaking the sleep deprivation/anxiety cycle.

One of the worst symptoms of anxiety, sometimes preceding it, is insomnia – a difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep. When I was suffering from my CFS in my mid-30’s, this was the first symptom to arise. I now know, my stress ‘cup’ was overflowing and my adrenals...

Epigenetics and detoxing the cell

Recently I got my genome sequenced by the company 23andme.com – on the advice of a nutritional therapist who is helping me look at my genetics – specifically how it interacts with the environment. Working on the ideas of Dr Ben Lynch, author of the course and book ‘Dirty Genes’,...

Being a specialist practitioner

I was recently asked by ME/CFS Recovery organisation, The Chrysalis Effect, to record a ‘warts and all’ expose of  my journey to becoming a specialist practitioner and I agreed as, although it may seem like we therapists ‘arrive’ fully formed in our new roles, in fact it’s often a long...