Gowthorpe


Regarding steroid treatment, if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true. My chest consultant took a typical, conventional NHS view that alternative therapy was of doubtful benefit and quite literally described the recovery of my lungs and my ability to dispense with steroid treatment as “miraculous”.

In January 1992 I developed arthritis probably after a cold... It spread rapidly from finger and toe joints to ankles, knees, elbows and shoulders. It was so acute that the consultant sent me for cortisone injections and physiotherapy. I was unable to drive as I could not grasp the steering wheel...it exacerbated the carpal tunnel problems in both hands. I was awoken by cramp and pins and needles in my fingers soon after dropping off to sleep.   The injections helped but over-exercise of the hands at any time caused the problem to come back; I underwent wrist operations to ease this carpal tunnel problem. Chest x-rays revealed that inflammation had spread to my lungs resulting in severe shortness of breath, diagnosed as pulmonary fibrosis. High dose Prednisolone cleared the lung problem and the arthritis within 2-3 days and my lungs returned to normal. I was unable to reduce the dose though without the arthritis and fibrosis returning and was advised to remain on Prednisolone for the rest of my life – a depressing prospect. 

In May 1995 I took on Margaret Hills diet, mineral and vitamin supplements, coupled with hot Epsom salt baths. I was at a very low ebb but started a very slow reduction in steroid dosage and finally came off them in March 1997. All inflammation gradually reduced so that by 2000 I had minimal symptoms. I have been able to resume all my normal activities and I run, swim, go to the gym and go fell walking. It is worth mentioning that despite lifelong problems with asthma and some dermatitis, I now have no significant problem with either of these. I cannot thank you enough...