My Serrapeptase Adventure is the remarkable story of “The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme,” Serrapeptase, which gave me back my life in January 2006. It is a great, continuing, health adventure, enabled by the sharing of information on the Internet, the airwaves and in print. It is a story of personal determination, inspired by the kindness of people around the world.
My Serrapeptase Adventure charts the four life-changing years in which I discovered that many of the symptoms from which Serrapeptase has rescued me were, in fact, understood, and even expected, side effects of prescription medications
When I first heard people describing my return to naturally sustained good health and then Serrapeptase itself, as a ‘miracle,’ I was concerned. At the time, in the summer of 2006, it was not at all clear to me that my improving health would be sustainable. I was thrilled that other people were so confident, but it took me some time to begin to agree with them.
Now, I am in no doubt at all that my return to health, and therefore, Serrapeptase is a miracle. For me, the miracle of Serrapeptase is that it stabilised, and then improved my condition to such an extent that I was freed from the toxic cocktail of prescription medication, to which I have never needed to return. It also taught me the most valuable lesson of all: health is the body’s natural state, even when one has a permanent and irreversible underlying condition, like cerebral palsy.
My Serrapeptase Adventure has convinced me that it is prescription medication, and the global 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 support that balance or to return us to it, as naturally as possible. This approach still allows for medical and surgical treatments, when they are necessary, but they should be considered useful alternatives, and not assumed the only acceptable options.
Serrapeptase has not cured cerebral palsy, but my health has improved so much that I have returned to the cerebral palsy of my childhood. It was then, and is now, a daily challenge to be managed and overcome. Cerebral palsy is no longer the condition, dominating my life, which it had become in the decade before the start of My Serrapeptase Adventure, in 2006. Most importantly, I remain free of the toxic cocktail of prescription medication, which I believe damaged my health and quality of life, far more than cerebral palsy ever has done, or is ever likely to do.
Life is still a challenge, but it is one to be met, welcomed, and overcome.
2006: The Year I Got My Life Back!
2006 was a fantastic year for me, 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! It was the year 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 on 3rd January 2006, following careful and detailed research that I started to take Serrapeptase. No one expected the fantastic improvement in my health, which began within just two days, and which continues to amaze me, and all those who know me.
January: I first took Serrapeptase on 3rd January 2006, and I was a little sceptical, but not for long! By 5th January, I knew things were changing. That evening I coughed up a large amount of thick, yellow ‘gunge’ throughout several hours. It was distinctly unpleasant, but somehow very satisfying.
By the following morning, I was already feeling better, but I had no idea how much things would change. Over the next 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 tiny 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 excellent. 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 healthy, 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 (under medical supervision).
I also started enjoying fresh fruit and 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 significant new development I noticed was not dramatic, or quick. Since having surgery in 1984, I have had red keloid (raised, irregular) type scarring, which just 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: My Serrapeptase Adventure began in January 2006, interest from around the world continued to grow. The first hint of worldwide media coverage came on 22nd February 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 first stages, but Robert gave a brief outline of my story so far.
On 11th April, 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 often. 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 measurable.
During The Power Hour interview, broadcast on 12th April, 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 must 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 it cannot be insignificant. My waist measurement dropped by an inch in just three days.
I was not able to get medical confirmation of what was happening, but these changes were dramatic and certainly unexpected. The advice that I have received so far suggests that this change could have occurred merely 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.
My energy level was still stable and, if anything, it was increasing. 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 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 started to reduce some time ago, but the stiffness of my muscles and joints remained. It is, of course, still there and always will be, but my range of movement is more comfortable.
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 have begun to experiment, standing again, using my crutches, for short times. In the last few days, I have been able to stand for longer and longer periods, sometimes for as long as 10 minutes. I was still a long way from having the confidence to try to walk yet, but I am sure that this will develop with time.
24th May 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 and that even the sort of exercise that many wheelchair users do, should 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. Still, 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 13th June, 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.
July: 3rd July 2006 marked six full months since I first took Serrapeptase. Therefore, I visited my GP (family doctor) for a regular check-up. Despite the fantastic improvements in my health, since January, I did not expect the exciting 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 has finally been agreed that I am unlikely ever to need them again and even less likely to want them. Finally, it seems, the medics have accepted that, at best, my health may continue to improve, and, at worst, it can be expected to remain stable.
After careful, detailed, checks of my heart function, blood pressure, and lung function, which were all confirmed as normal, my repeat prescriptions, finally, were stopped! The significance of this is hard to exaggerate. 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 has accepted that I do not need regular medication of any kind.
I continue to be grateful for the ongoing support of my 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.
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 realise 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’.
Serrapeptase News (USA issue) 4th July 2006
On 15th July, 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 24th July, my local pharmacy finally collected all my old, unused medication. So now, 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 tremendous psychological boost.
August: On 29th August, I was informed that I should not even receive a letter telling me I had a physiotherapy appointment before 6th November and that treatment may not be for as long as six weeks after that.
I am glad I knew my health was improving. 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 11th September, I received a telephone call telling 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 while 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 the fitness coach, Ronnie Natali, for advice. Ronnie designed an exercise programme, which would not replace physiotherapy, but which would complement it.
Throughout many years in which illness and physical pain had dominated my life, food had become something to be dealt with and managed, but which I was unable to enjoy. I lost much of my confidence, and 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 21st September, 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 earlier 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 straightforward thing to do. So, what was so dramatic and exciting? The programme devised for me included a mixture of exercises, some of which could be performed in my wheelchair, and others 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. Still, 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 clear 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 that it would be a privilege to help me.
On 26th October, it was, of course, I who was privileged to meet with Robert, and his colleague David. It was great to meet them face-to-face for the first time, after months of phone calls, e-mails and even appearing on the radio together.
We spent most of the time talking about the incredible impact that Serrapeptase continues to have for me.
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 stable, and my heart rate was steady.
I was pleased to be able to share all this with Robert and David, and to get even more tips from them, including more information about Curcumin, which I now take every day.
My introduction to HealthPoint was brief but fascinating. I am looking forward to learning more, and I am convinced I will gain a lot from it, although I have to get someone to help me with it because my coordination is not quite good enough for it, yet.
November: Although I had been taking Curcumin regularly for some time, it was not until the middle of November that I began 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 efficiently and smaller print sizes than I used to. This may seem a minimal gain. 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 typical best point.
I had, of course, read about the impact that many people have had on their eyesight when taking Curcumin. Still, I did not expect this to apply to me because the problems with my sight have two distinct causes, one of which is the underlying brain damage which caused my cerebral palsy. The second might be described as a mechanical one, 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 learning as much detail as possible about what may be happening.
On 27th November, I tried an 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 (AMD) which, thankfully, I do not have.
Before taking Curcumin: I could see the grid and dot clearly 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: 4th December 2006 was the day of my first physiotherapy appointment since regaining my health. 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 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 keep 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.
When I showed him some of the exercises Ronnie taught me, he was surprised at what I could do – but he showed no sign of wanting to build on it. Thankfully, My Serrapeptase Adventure meant that I knew he was wrong! 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. 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.
2006 was a fantastic 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 fantastic 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, and The Power Hour, who know the awesome power of positive thinking and effort.
I would like to thank everyone, from around the world, who continue to support and inspire my ongoing search for good, improving health, by sharing their knowledge and experience.
2007: The Year The World Looked Different
2007 has been a fantastic year! A year in which the smallest detail became a visual feast and the awe-inspiring beauty of open spaces was shown to me with crystal clarity for the first time in my life. It is inspiring to see that the glint in the eye of a smiling friend is as beautiful as the best-known natural wonders of the world.
January proved to be a quiet start to 2007, but steady improvements continued.
I have been thrilled that the improvements in my eyesight, which I reported in November (2006), have been sustained. I have also found a small, but useful, improvement in the usefulness of my right (weaker) eye. This has not made a significant difference to my distance vision, but it has made reading more accessible.
February: 18th 2007 marked exactly one full year since I stopped taking all prescription medications. I am thrilled to have reached this point.
March: I was determined to put the disappointing response of the physiotherapist behind me, therefore, on March 12th, I joined a local gym, where I met with someone keen to help me and monitor my progress face-to-face!
On March 28th, I completed my first-ever full gym workout. I was able to manage an hour and a half of exercise, and I now have a programme, which I can use on an ongoing basis. An hour-and-a-half may not seem like much, but for me, it is like running several marathons at once.
April 9th, I took my first few steps outdoors, and I was able to climb two steps! To top it all, I was visiting someone for the first time, so I was in unfamiliar territory as well. This was the first time that my strength, balance, and confidence had been good enough to deal with steps, using my crutches, either indoors or outdoors, since the early 1990s!
Some of you might remember that I have handled stairs indoors, some time ago, but it has taken until now to be confident enough to do the same thing outdoors. When I must cope with stairs indoors, I do not use my crutches. Instead, I hold onto handrails, which means it is less likely that I will fall because I am holding onto something attached to the wall. Using my crutches is a different process because I have no fixed point to hold onto. This means I am entirely relying on my own strength and balance — something that, very recently, I thought I would never get back.
May: My eyesight has improved, yet again. In November 2006, I was thrilled to report that my sight had improved significantly since taking Curcumin regularly. At that time, I was able to read eight-point print, for the first time ever.
I can now read six-point print! For those of you who are not familiar with print sizes, or merely prefer traditional measurements, six-point print gives an actual character size of one-twelfth of (1/12) of an inch. You might think that My Serrapeptase Adventure should have taught me to expect the unexpected, but I am still surprised, excited, and grateful for every bit of progress
July: One of my friends noticed that I was able to read things from a distance, that I never had before and that I was able to recognise faces in photographs, better than I ever had. I had a formal eye examination on July 31st.
The optometrist was happy to confirm this improvement but was not able to explain it. This is because my poor eyesight had two distinct causes. One is the biomechanics of sight (which are tested in an optometrist’s examination) the other, in my case more significant problem, is caused by the same brain damage (which cannot be measured by an optometrist) that is responsible for cerebral palsy.
For this reason, medics have always asserted that my functional vision would never improve because a significant part of my problem was caused by brain damage, which is thought to be fixed and, therefore, unchanging.
Since then, I have been allowed to see the results of the earlier examination so that I can now make a direct comparison. As always, the results were given in medical terms, with which I do not have any expertise. Later, I was able to ask an optometrist, who was not involved in either examination himself, to look at both sets of figures and give me a clear comparison.
The results are as follows:
- All the individual tests show an improvement
- The average improvement for all tests is 10%
- The improvement in distance acuity is 30% or 4 lines of acuity on the Snellen Acuity Chart (most used in the UK)
These figures may not seem very impressive, but the critical thing to me is not the raw numbers. For me, it is the stability and reliability of my eyesight, together with my improving visual perception, (which current medical knowledge says should not be possible) that is far more significant than any simple measurement. My Serrapeptase Adventure continues to amaze me, and I am privileged to be able to see the beauty of the world around me in vivid detail, which I had never thought would be possible.
August: On August 6th, I had the pleasure, once again, of joining Joyce Riley on The Power Hour, to tell the show’s listeners about the latest amazing improvements of my eyesight.
October: I have been fortunate to live in some of England’s most beautiful places and, in the years before I became ill, to visit many others around the world. Although I always enjoy travelling and meeting new people, much of the world’s natural beauty was hidden from me, or limited to my imagination, based on the descriptions given to me by other people, because of my poor eyesight.
Now, of course, everything has changed. I have been writing about the improvement in my eyesight for almost a year now, but so far, I have concentrated on how well I can read, how well I can see over a measured distance under test conditions. I have even discussed the test results, which proved to me that prevailing medical opinion, which argues that such improvements should not be possible, is wrong.
On October 6th, with two friends, I visited The Lake District, an area of stunning natural beauty in England’s northwest, which inspired the poetry of William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850). It was the first time I have been able to use my fresh new eyesight for pure pleasure.
When we arrived, I had in my mind Wordsworth’s poetic descriptions, which I had studied at school, but I had no idea what my eyes would allow me to see. The Lake District indeed is a beautiful place.
For me, however, the day was full of visual surprises. Not only was I seeing one of the most beautiful parts of England for the first time, but also, I was seeing everyday objects in entirely new ways and even seeing some things, which I had never been able to see before. There are far too many examples to give them all here, but among the most remarkable was a level of detail, which was completely hidden to me before, and the ability to see the textures which I used only to know by touch.
I was able to see the outlines of individual trees, in woodland, which was a dramatic improvement, when compared with the nebulous mass of green with which I was familiar with. The idea that texture could be visible, as well as tactile, has never made much sense to me before now. While taking a boat trip on Lake Windermere, I was able to see the ripples on the water caused by a very slight wind. I had never been able to see anything like them before. Ripples on water had been something I learnt about in physics, but not something I expected ever to see. Even the waves at sea have only been visible when the light was perfect, or the waves were huge.
December: My visit to the Lake District (in October) revealed the thrill of depth perception, (often called 3-D vision), something which I had never experienced before, by allowing me to see texture for the first time. Despite my excitement, the things I could see often confused me because even familiar objects did not look the way I expected.
By mid-December, I noticed that depth perception is possible even in low light conditions and that it is a new skill on which I can rely, and which will become more useful as it becomes more familiar to me.
Sceptics, who followed My Serrapeptase Adventure from the beginning, suggested that the improvements in my health, which have excited me so much, are the recovery of the health I lost in the years immediately before My Serrapeptase Adventure began. Although I do not share their view, I can understand it.
The development of depth perception (3-D vision) is distinctly different, even from the other improvements in my eyesight, which I have reported before. The reason I have never experienced depth perception before now is a direct result of the underlying brain damage of cerebral palsy. This means that my newfound ability to perceive depth and to begin to make sense of it cannot be described as a recovery. To the best of my knowledge, it is not possible to recover a skill, which was never previously available.
2007 has been a fantastic year! A year in which the smallest detail became a visual feast and the awe-inspiring beauty of open spaces was shown to me with crystal clarity for the first time in my life. My ability to see new things for the first time and familiar things with greater clarity is the most exciting and unexpected of all the gifts of My Serrapeptase Adventure, so far.
For the first time, I have been able to recognise the faces of friends from a distance. This has given me a curious mixture of the familiarity of established friendships, combined with the excitement of seeing someone for the first time; because they have literally looked different, each time my eyesight has improved.
I have been most excited by being able to find beauty in the most intricate detail and the magnificence of open space. It is inspiring to see that the glint in the eye of a smiling friend is as beautiful as the best-known natural wonders of the world.
2008: The Unexpected Becomes An Accepted Part Of Every Day
At the beginning of a bright new year, I found myself looking forward to the opportunities, which lay ahead, and to the challenges through which I would continue to learn on my way towards reaching them. 2008, was a year in which the unexpected became an accepted part of every day. It was another year free of toxins… a life to be lived and not just survived.
January 3, 2008, was the second anniversary of the first time I took Serrapeptase or the first day of my third year of adventure. This was a day, which, just a few short years ago, I could not have expected to see. My Serrapeptase Adventure has shown me repeatedly, how thrilling life can be when predictions are proved wrong, and the unexpected becomes an accepted part of every day.
In a recent interview, I was asked how it felt to look back at the time when I was so ill, in the context of my continually improving health and all that I know now. My reply was:
I feel like two different people… I can now talk about that person who was ill from the point of view of the person who is positively not ill.
I gave more time to the writing and researching, which I started so many years ago, and which I had to stop when my health became an all-encompassing preoccupation.
The challenge of living with a disability always has been of great interest to me. My own experiences have taught me that living with a disability, while not being dominated by it requires a delicate blend of personal determination and the support of others. It often means combining one’s own knowledge and experience with support services provided by people whom one hopes, for their own sake, will never need to use them. It is a collaborative approach, which can lead as quickly to high achievement as it often does to conflict and misunderstanding.
In the early 1990s, I began researching and writing The Disability Maze series of books, which address many of these issues in the contexts of health, education, employment, and social care.
February 18 marks another fantastic milestone in My Serrapeptase Adventure. It is the first full day of my third year without prescription medication!
Although people might expect that I would mark January 3, which was the second anniversary of the first time I took Serrapeptase, for me, the second anniversary of freedom from prescription medication is, in some ways, even more significant.
As many regular readers will know, I discovered that many of the symptoms from which Serrapeptase has rescued me were, in fact, understood, and even expected, side effects of all the prescription medications, which I took before I knew about Serrapeptase.
February 18 was also the first day I was able to use the power of the HealthPoint machine by myself. I can do this, using the ‘ear clips,’ which come with the device, allowing me to overcome the limitations of manual dexterity, which are signatures of cerebral palsy. In a matter of minutes, I was experiencing a fantastic level of relaxation, which no ‘toxic cocktail’ of prescription medication ever produced. Even better, it works while I am fully alert. No prescription I have ever heard of can do that. I was very quickly reminded of the phenomenally relaxing effect of the HealthPoint machine, in expert hands, which I had experienced in October 2006. If it can continue to work as well as it has, despite my own lack of ability, then I will be thrilled!
March: On March 5, I began to make sense of the multitude of measurements, which I have been given during recent eye tests.
It became clear that the smallest print size that I could read (outside test conditions) is 4 point. For those of you who prefer traditional measurements, this means a print size of 4/72 of one inch.
For me, the most critical question to answer is what has led to this remarkable improvement, which has developed since November 2006?
I will be fascinated if a definitive medical opinion ever emerges. I believe, however, that the improvements in my eyesight and visual perception are among the most remarkable elements of My Serrapeptase Adventure.
April: On April 11, I had some photographs taken for my websites and some other forthcoming projects, by a local professional photographer.
For many people with spastic forms of cerebral palsy, it can be challenging to get high-quality photographs taken, because of our tendency to flinch and to blink in response to camera flash and to camera noise. The solution, it seems, is persistence and a little ingenuity. I am grateful to Matt (Matthew Seed Photography, Manchester) for having plenty of both. The results speak for themselves.
June: I have always known that maintaining good health means much more than merely being free of disease and prescription medication. It is equally essential to achieve and to support the best level of fitness. Once again, it was time to renew my gym membership, subject to necessary medical approval, and to look forward to my continuing progress towards improved fitness and even greater good health.
July: On July 24, during my regular gym session, I was allowed to use one of the abdominal toning machines (for crunches), without having someone standing next to me, for safety. This is a clear sign that my core-muscle strength has improved, immensely, which has positive implications for good health.
August: By August 25, with another Olympics over and the Great Britain team has its best results for one hundred years (since the London games of 1908); I was reminded that the most important measure of good and improving health is not personal drama. It is the ability to enjoy some of the pleasures of life, which people often take for granted.
Like many people, who do not think of themselves as dedicated sports watchers, I take more interest in the Olympics than in any other sports event. One reason for me never having taken much notice of sport before my eyesight began improving, in late 2006, is that I could not see well enough to follow many sports. It was always particularly difficult to focus on more than one person, or object, to make sense of the game. Although I have always enjoyed radio, I have never found the commentaries exciting, or detailed enough to be of much interest to me.
Since I have been reporting on my improving eyesight from November 2006, and that it has been ‘within normal range’ since 2007, you might think it had no more surprises in store. As I began watching the BBC’s coverage of the first day of sporting action, I noticed something different and, for me, exciting. I was, for the first time ever, able to recognise individual athletes and to follow them around as they moved. For the first time ever, I was following live sporting action and finding that looking at it makes things clearer.
I doubt that I will ever become a confirmed sports fan, but it is a pleasure to be able to understand, at last, what everyone around me is talking about when they try to convince me how exciting their chosen sport can be.
November: By mid-November, as I began to look forward towards the exciting challenges, which I am sure 2009 will hold, I was given an unexpected and precious gift, which reminded me of how My Serrapeptase Adventure started.
Joyce Riley and all The Power Hour team have been, and continue to be, a constant source of information, encouragement, and inspiration. It was Joyce’s interviews with Robert Redfern, which gave me the information I needed, and the confidence to try Serrapeptase for the first time, in January 2006, long before my eyesight was good enough to read the information for myself.
On November 18, Joyce recorded her very personal view of My Serrapeptase Adventure, so far, and of the part, which she and all The Power Hour team continue to have within it.
2008, was a year in which the unexpected became an accepted part of every day. It was another year free of toxins… a life to be lived and not just survived.
2009: A Year Of Stability And Growing Confidence
This year has been one in which my medical condition has remained stable, with minor improvements, but it has been one in which my confidence has grown.
January 3rd marked the first full day of the fourth year of My Serrapeptase Adventure.
February 18th was another milestone. It was the first full day of my fourth year, free from the ‘toxic cocktail,’ popularly known as prescription medication.
I continue to be inspired by the fact that Serrapeptase began to free me from my symptoms within hours, and then, within weeks, from the medications, which I now believe may have been known and expected to cause or worsen them.
April: On April 17th, as part of my research, I visited my optometrist. I intended to discuss the technicalities of the test procedures used by optometrists in the UK.
As I have said before, it is often difficult to convert the scores given by visual acuity tests, into useful information for daily life. When one tries to apply this information to everyday life, it becomes challenging to find agreement, even amongst professionals, about the best way to do this.
After some detailed, and useful, discussion our conversation turned to my own condition, and I was offered an unexpected eye test. My improving eyesight is one of the most remarkable hallmarks of My Serrapeptase Adventure.
The tests showed that my eyesight has remained stable, with the possibility of a very slight improvement in my near acuity, used for reading. The optometrist suggested that although the mechanics of my sight were stable, it was clear that I was finding the reading test much easier, and that this might show an improvement in my visual perception.
For the first time, I am delighted that the optometrist suggested that the improvement in my visual perception is worthy of further research.
May: On May 6th, I received a reply, from The Institute of Optometry to some of my questions. The Institute is not able to offer specific advice about my condition or to comment upon the details of my adventure. Thankfully, the information I have received includes a detailed explanation of two widely used measures of distance visual acuity: The Snellen Chart and notation, most used in the UK and The LogMar Chart and notation, most used in North America.
The advantage of The LogMar rather than the traditional Snellen notation is that LogMar allows analysis of visual acuity scores more effectively and comparisons of results more precisely.
I am still hopeful that I will find an equally logical scale, which can be used to interpret near acuity results. I am always looking for an opportunity to learn more about the processes and impact of visual perception upon the way I can now see and understand the world around me.
June: The day that sparks flew was June 15th. I was narrowly missed by a lightning strike. Once I recovered from the shock of such an enormously loud sound, and a bright flash, I realised that even this drama was another opportunity to learn more about my improving health.
It is difficult to imagine that there is anyone who would not have been shocked by such an experience. cerebral palsy still makes me prone to jump (spasm) in response to unexpected sounds, or suddenly changing light levels, so, of course, I jumped at least twice… and it hurt for a few seconds. My surprise came when I realised what my body was not doing.
Since the earliest days of My Serrapeptase Adventure, I have been thrilled that I do not jump as much as I used to and that when I do, it does not usually hurt anymore. On this rare occasion, when I did have spasms, which hurt, I expected my body to respond similarly to the way it would have when painful spasms were a daily event. Thankfully, I was wrong. The spasms only lasted for a few seconds, rather than the several hours, with which I was so familiar. Even more surprisingly, they did not spread throughout my body or lock my spine.
July: In July, I made it to my 40th birthday! Now, more than halfway through the fourth year of My Serrapeptase Adventure, as I look ahead to my fourth decade of life and beyond, it still amazes me to know that I have a future.
My joy did not come from reaching a certain age. It was drawn from countless gifts of time, kindness, and opportunities to learn, which My Serrapeptase Adventure continues to represent. I have been given a chance to reflect upon the awesome power and determination of people who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to make each day better and each person stronger.
July was also the time for me to renew my gym membership, which was another boost to my confidence.
August: On August 6th, I had the pleasure of being invited, to join The Power Hour, to update the show’s regular listeners with my progress. I also discussed my decision not to accept the swine flu vaccination.
On August 14th, my gym session was remarkably successful, and it offered me the best evidence, so far, of my progress.
The weight, or resistance, used in every exercise has been significantly increased, making the exercises more difficult and therefore, I hope, more effective. The most significant single increase has been to the resistance setting for the abdominal toning machine, which has been doubled.
For the first time, I was able to get out of my wheelchair to use one of the machines (known as a hand bike). Until then, it has had to be adjusted so that I can use it while staying in my wheelchair, for safety reasons. Although the exercise itself has not changed, the fact that I can use another one of the machines (in a seated position) in the same way as any other gym member would do, marks another milestone for me.
September: On September 4th I received information, from a qualified source, which suggests that I may, at least, have good enough reason to be relieved to be free of some, if not all, of the medications.
It is not at all surprising that the information I have been given is full of qualifications and caveats, but set against the background of my own experience, the message is as clear as I can expect it to be, in the circumstances.
My intention here is not to imply cause and effect between specific medications and the symptoms from which My Serrapeptase Adventure has rescued me, as this information is far too limited to form the basis of any firm conclusions. However, I do believe that it offers a fascinating glimpse of why my health improved so dramatically, once I was able, safely to stop taking prescription medication.
October: On October 14th, I was honoured to receive a video from Robert Redfern, author of The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme is Serrapeptase – The 2nd Gift from Silkworms. In the video, Robert discusses my adventure so far, and, modestly, gives a glimpse of his part in it.
On October 28th, I was thrilled to receive the 2009 edition of Robert’s book, which introduces my adventure with the title, From Wheelchair To Wings. It is a fantastic complement to have my story shared in this way.
December: By December 1st, I found the confidence to answer some recurring questions that people have asked, in several ways, since the start of my adventure.
I am often asked if I will want, or need, to take Serrapeptase and my other natural supplements for the rest of my life. My answer is:
… The years of My Serrapeptase Adventure, so far, have been filled with:
- Life-changing and measurable improvements in my health
- The opportunity to move away from medically controlled symptoms towards naturally sustained good health
- The gift of learning from remarkable people around the world
- The pleasure of seeing the awe-inspiring beauty of the world with fresh eyes in stunning detail, which I never thought would be possible
- The welcome challenge of looking forward to a future filled with opportunities, which I would not have dared to dream about before the start of My Serrapeptase Adventure
I am sure that most people would agree with me that these are reasons to celebrate, but I am confident that there are more to come…
I am left in no doubt that I will need, and be happy, to take Serrapeptase forever.
2009 was a year of stability and growing confidence. It has also convinced me that I am now ready to put my gift of naturally good health to practical use. Next year, I am looking forward to concentrating on research and writing.
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 global 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 support that balance or to return us to it, as naturally as possible. This approach still allows for medical and surgical treatments, when they are necessary, but they should be considered useful alternatives, and not assumed the only acceptable options.
Disease control and symptoms management have their place, and I have benefited, and suffered, from both, but they must never be confused with health care. It is crucial to defend the right of people to know the difference between health care and medical care and to be able to make an informed choice between them.
Defend your right to real, natural, medicine, and naturally sustained good health.
Mike Tawse: The Health-Care Survivor