My Serrapeptase Adventure

Mike Tawse:
The Health-Care Survivor

I was born with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which affects everyone slightly differently. For me, it has restricted my mobility and muscle control, and my eyesight and visual perception were severely limited.

I grew up reassured by the knowledge that cerebral palsy was a stable condition, which would not degenerate. In common with many people with congenital (lifelong) disabilities, in the UK, I was put through a mix of Special and mainstream education, and I was treated by a succession of doctors, surgeons and therapists of all kinds, many of whom added to the toxic cocktail, usually called prescription medication, of which they all seem to be so fond. Therefore, once I accepted my limitations and overcame or managed some other difficulties, it should have been possible to live a life, which was not dominated by my health… or the lack of it.

By the late 1990s, cerebral palsy was ready to remind me that it often has a sting in its tail, about which very few people are told until it strikes. It is true that the underlying brain damage which caused it had not changed, but the cumulative effect of the wear and tear caused to every system of the body by merely living with it, combined with years of toxicity from prescription medication had begun to overpower me and to send my health into a relentless downward spiral. In December 2005, I had finally accepted that this would be my lot for as much time as I had left and that there might not be very much of it.

So much has changed since then; I am now seeing the world with fresh eyes. My return to naturally sustained good health, since January 2006, continues to amaze me every day, and it is my privilege to share it with you.

Real medicine is natural medicine, not the pharmaceutical alternative.

Mike Tawse

My Serrapeptase Adventure is the remarkable story of “The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme”, Serrapeptase, which gave me back my life in January 2006. It goes on to chart the four life-changing years in which I learnt that many of the symptoms from which Serrapeptase has rescued me were, in fact, known, and even expected, side effects of the toxic cocktail of prescription medications, which I took before I knew about Serrapeptase and to which I have never needed to return.

Since I learnt about Serrapeptase, I have been able to move away from medically controlled symptoms, towards naturally sustained good health.

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 maintain 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.

Mike Tawse

Just before Christmas, 2005, my life was about to change. One of my friends told me about “… an amazing food supplement called Serrapeptase“. As part of my research, at the time, I learnt about the work of the author, broadcaster and natural health advocate, Robert Redfern, The Serrapeptase Guy. Amongst the information, which I found were highlights from interviews, which Robert had given to The Power Hour Radio Show. These recordings were a real gift to me because reading was challenging for me; they enabled me to find the information, which would change my life. In a very few weeks, the show was to become an integral part of my own story, which it still is today.

On January 3, 2006, with my sceptic’s hat firmly on my head, I took Serrapeptase for the first time, sat back, and waited for the results. I did not have to wait for long. Within just 48 hours, my lungs began to clear and over the following few days, my lung capacity improved and stabilised. In the following weeks, my heart rate returned to normal and remained stable, and my digestive system returned to normal. Before the end of February 2006, I was able to stop taking all my prescription medication, and my condition has been stable and continued to improve since then.

By November 2006, my eyesight and visual perception, which were damaged as a direct result, an integral part, of cerebral palsy, had also begun to improve. My vision is now within the normal range, and the improvement continues to this day. Does this mean that the remarkable enzyme, Serrapeptase, can overcome the impact of congenital brain damage? I do not have a complete medical answer to this, but I am enjoying the challenge of finding one. There is now some research, based upon studies of newborns, suggesting that inflammation may be amongst the underlying causes of cerebral palsy. One indicator for this was the elevated level of inflammatory cytokines. I am not yet sure that it is possible to extrapolate from this that reducing the level of inflammation in adulthood, could help to mediate the effect of congenital damage, but am sure that it is a question worth asking and that the answer will be a fascinating one to find.

I want to understand the processes by which a proteolytic enzyme, Serrapeptase, started and sustained, what I am sure is a life-saving cascade of changes, by which I have returned to and surpassed the excellent health I once enjoyed.

In July 2006, US edition of Serrapeptase News (Naturally Healthy Publications), Robert Redfern wrote:

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 realize 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 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’.

Robert Redfern

The 2009 and 2015 editions of The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme is Serrapeptase, by Robert Redfern, includes The Mike Tawse Story – From Wheelchair To wings.

My return to good health and my improved eyesight mean that reading is becoming a useful pleasure, for the first time in my life. Although fluency is still a challenge, I am sure it is one, which I can meet. Being able to read, independently, enabled me to return to the research and writing, which I started before I became preoccupied with my own health, but now without the need for someone to read every word to me.

I am looking forward to the opportunities, which lie ahead, and to the challenges through which I will continue to learn on my way towards reaching them.