of Good Health: By 1979,
I had become so ill I thought I would die, and then I found the
modest little clinic of Dr. Harold Dick, N.D., in Spokane, Washington.
Thanks to his diagnostic work and therapy, I recovered from several
"incurable" chronic/degenerative conditions in a matter
of weeks. It was a rebirth--"Like I'd gone to a body factory
and got a new one," as one patient said. Between 1979 and
2000 I enjoyed remarkably good health.
in late 2000 and early 2001, following a period of unexpected
financial devastation, harassment from a company with an illegal
contract--now subject to a group action lawsuit--and a long period
of unrelieved stress until an attorney stepped in, my adrenals,
followed by my thyroid "crashed" so to speak. Adrenal
exhaustion and the resulting liver congestion led to 23 months
of the worst case of hives I've every heard of,
swelling from kidneys that were shutting down,
and many other symptoms that go with systemic failure. I developed
arthritis in a back injury that wouldn't heal,
and a couple of "lumps"
that I removed with escharotics
(and no pain medication). I also suffered terribly from hypoglycemia
that affected me almost like narcolepsy. One day I actually passed
out while reading to a class I was substitute teaching and fell
off of a stool (Dr. Joel Wallach
of "Dead Doctors Don't Lie" fame claims the actual condition
of narcolepsy is just extreme hypoglycemia).
Adrenal-related conjunctivitis made my eyes
itchy and blurry. I developed non-specific pain in
my arms from the shoulders to the elbows, and suffered from brain
fog, frequent memory loss and depression
to the point of becoming agoraphobic (couldn't
leave the house). Chronic fatigue made normal
function difficult, as did the night-time insomnia
that always made the following day a misery. My emotions ran amuck,
and when adrenaline was called for but not available, I experienced
gut-wrenching "pins and needles" pain
Gallbladder attacks I successfully self-treated
with herbs in 1999 came back with a vengeance in 2001, and now
reacted to stress rather than just fatty foods. In fact, during
a difficult class I was subbing in where the students had gotten
unusually loud and rowdy, I developed chest pains and feared a
heart attack. The school nurse checked me and found my heart and
blood pressure normal, but the pain later dropped and centered
on my gall bladder, so I knew it was back. (My father
and brother had theirs removed. I'm keeping mine.)
When I finally got to my new naturopath, Dr.
Letitia Watrous, the daughter of my old doctor, Harold
Dick, N.D. in the middle of all of this, she diagnosed
adrenal insufficiency, which included high
blood pressure, low stomach acid, B
vitamin deficiency (treated with nutritional yeast, not
vitamins), C vitamin deficiency, sodium deficiency
(the kidneys try to compensate for low adrenals and use up sodium
in the process--other forms of kidney disease would NOT require
sodium, particularly in the form of table salt.) Also a calcium
deficiency, which is hard to supplement because the usual
form of calcium supplementation involves "metallic minerals"
from rock or shell sources that are hard or impossible to assimilate
properly. At one point my exceptional chiropractor, Dr. Troy Binfet
of Grandview, Washington (much into natural healing), agreed with
my naturopath's findings after doing a diagnostic analysis created
by Standard Processing Laboratories, but added thyroid
deficiency to the list (adrenals affect thyroid function--it
got worse after I saw Dr. Watrous), tested my pH
and found it to be around 6--dangerously acidic. Later, I developed
periodontal disease in previously healthy gums,
probably due to stress and low adrenals, according to the most
excellent dentist, Dr. Robert Larson of Sunnyside, Washington.
In spite of the serious conditions resulting from the systemic
affects of glandular deficiency, some of the most devastating
"symptoms" were more cosmetic--much of my former mane
of hair fell out, I gained weight without
any change of diet, and my previously youthful skin
changed in texture and appearance. On top of pain and illness,
I was emotionally mortified. I didn't realize my own vanity until
I lost what I expected to have until I died. (My mother at 81
still has a mane of hair and good skin.)
Dr. Watrous gave me instructions: a 3-day fast
that took over a year to finish because I couldn't get past the
second day on my own. It finally happened later when I got "knocked
out" for oral surgery on a molar that disintegrated (calcium
deficiency?), and after sleeping for two days I finally made it
through most of the third day, although though fasting needs a
full 72-hour period to bring on a detoxification process (according
to research I've done since then). She instructed me to do hydrotherapy
at home (a page of instructions will be added later). Adrenal
glandular protomorphogens helped, as did the extra Celtic
Sea Salt and more supplements or special foods for the
other deficiencies she mentioned. I also did a separate program
for arthritis on my own, involving the use of MSM, cherries,
alfalfa, calcium taken in a special way, cod
liver oil and peanut oil. That developed
after I saw the doctor, also. She gave me the tools for healing,
but other complications developed and it took a long time for
me to put it all together.
I went through a number of other healing modalities on my own,
including detoxification programs, liver-gallbladder
cleanses, super foods, the Budwig
protocol briefly, carrot, celery and
beet juice on occasion, selenium,
probiotics, etc. But in spite of making good
progress without resorting to hormone replacement--prednizone
in the case of adrenals, and thyroid hormones for that deficiency,
both of which cause atrophy and permanent dependence, as well
as terrible side effects in the case of cortisone use--I think
a person who "crashes" to the degree that I did remains
"sensitive" to stress and must remain ever vigilant
and continue with whatever maintenance treatment is called for.
Summer-2005, I was substantially improved, but still
had some debilitating symptoms. My pH remained dangerously low.
It didn't even register on testing strips that started at 6. My
eyes got blurry again from adrenal-related conjunctivitis after
I submitted to treatment following toxic smoke inhalation from
a chemical fire in the town where I was teaching. The eye drops
I was prescribed were cortisone-based (I carelessly didn't read
the label) and I think affected my adrenals. I still had some
sleep problems. My hypoglycemia was improved but only slightly.
The arm pain which started months earlier was severe. My injured
back was stiff and sore from the waist down and I had daily pain
in the sacroiliac regions of each hip, despite a long term of
chiropractic care and the mostly successful arthritis program
I followed. I still suffered from occasional bouts of "brain
fog" though not as severe, and memory lapses--especially
short term. My hair hadn't grown back, and losing the weight I
gained seemed a "losing" venture. My skin texture remained
dry, wrinkled and roughened also, though mainly from the neck
The seawater treatment:
I knew Ocean Plasma was considered a "mineral drink"
that helped to remineralize the body, balance electrolytes, and
normalize the pH, as well as being "energizing." But
I had also become familiar with the historical use of "The
Marine Treatment" as a far more serious therapy.
(My report on this site
.) So, while I had some hopes, I still had few expectations, especially
concerning my all-important pH. No amount of alkaline-forming
foods, raw lemon and lime juices, calcium, or other efforts or
alkalizing products had budged my pH since 2001, when my chiropractor
tested me in the course of doing diagnostic work. (His findings
were exactly the same as those of Dr. Watrous, except that the
thyroid deficiency was now more pronounced.)
I started on the "juice" in the fall of 2005, just
a few weeks ago. The first night I didn't feel any different,
but stayed up all night working and went through the next day
normally, for probably the first time in 20 years. It wasn't insomnia--I
just felt like writing. I didn't feel "buzzed" or anything,
like from a stimulant, just awake and alert. The next night I
fell asleep without staying up to watch tv as normal and slept
through the night without thrashing around and waking up off and
on as I usually did and then resorted to watching tv infomercial's
until I could sleep again, sometimes hours later. A pattern developed.
I went to sleep and slept soundly all night, or if I felt like
I wanted to work (I've always been a night owl who also loves
being up at the crack of dawn) I was able to stay up by choice.
Having a choice was the strange part.
Then I noticed my eyes had changed. Instead of only being able
to work on the computer for minutes at a time, it became hours.
It happened so naturally I didn't realize what was happening at
the time. That's the way all of the changes have taken place,
slowly, naturally, and almost without notice at the time.
Then I realized my back wasn't hurting, and most of the stiffness
was gone. I don't even know when it stopped. Also, the pain in
my arms had reduced by about half.
Then I checked my pH (I always forget to do it in the morning
first thing, before any food or drink). For the first time, it
was creeping upwards toward the slightly alkaline range. It has
a way to go, but nothing else had budged that baby into the color
zone (light green instead of dead yellow). It hadn't even changed
the color of the yellow testing strips since I got it. I ran out
but will test it again soon. If for nothing else, this would have
been worth the effort.
Then I noticed my bladder--not something one wants to be "aware"
of. I won't go into embarrassing detail except to say I had previously
considered having corrective surgery for what may be a prolapse,
or whatever leaky middle-aged and old folks sometimes get. The
problem is mostly gone. No more thoughts of surgery.
Then I noticed my appetite. It wasn't terrible before, but with
a weight gain after the thyroid deficiency that has so far resisted
"fixing" and hypoglycemia which sets up cravings and
crashes, suddenly realizing that I have an appetite thermostat
and an only moderate interest in eating, I wonder if I've
come across a whole new use for seawater. In the historic photos
above, most seriously ill people were thin and emaciated, and
gained weight. But on the other end of the spectrum, it also might
work to normalize weight. After all, it's known that food cravings
and binge eating can arise from mineral deficiencies and the need
to restore them.
Then I noticed my brain--also not something one generally wants
to be aware of. But I've noticed a kind of clarity I haven't experienced
for several years. Also, the memory lapses seem to disappearing.
I think so anyway--can't remember for sure. (Just kidding.)
And then I noticed my blood sugar. I've had a couple of dips
(after starches) but no crashes that landed me on the floor, or
even in bed.
Dec. 8th: About 4 years ago I spent several
days bent over a computer without much relief. It put such a burn
on the muscles across my shoulders that it became agonizingly
painful to bend over like that since then, after the first few
minutes. My eyes improved enough recently so once again I could
spend hours instead of minutes working online, but that aggravated
my strained shoulder muscles. The only thing that helped before
was Dr. John Christopher's famous "Tissue & Bone Salve,"
but we were out so I ordered more, along with the recommended
Cayenne salve which helps it penetrate deeper (Cayenne has amazing
vaso-dilation properties and a high Vit C and calcium content
also). However, by the time the salves arrived today, the pain
was gone. It hasn't returned, even with many hours a day spent
on the computer.
Feb. 26, 2006--the healing effects of my seawater consumption
seem to have leveled out, so I am now just hoping to maintain
the improvements. One symptom returned--ringing in the ears. Otherwise,
everything else seems to have stabilized without change. My energy
levels may have improved a little more, because I seem to be getting
more work of a physical nature done, but I feel the same. Improvements
happen so gradually they are hard to discern during the process.
can't guarantee others will have the same results. I had diagnosed
mineral deficiencies, low pH, severe fatigue and other problems
that responded to the treatment, but I can only speak for myself
as far as people go. However, I do speak for Chloe the Dog.