I Walk On Beaches

About a month ago I was able to walk on beaches with my crutches. This is all thanks to my embracing of the brilliant Wahls Protocol. When first diagnosed with MS in 2003 I was told never to use existing pharmaceutical medications and lead a clean and relaxed life instead. At the time I thought I was invincible and carried on working despite suffering harsh symptoms. Within 6 weeks I had to give up working but started to eat a healthier diet. Someone suggested I use cannabis to escape any painful symptoms. It worked wonders. Sativex in those days was virtually non existent.

I receive a Sativex prescription now and I am so grateful for it. Without it I would be in agony and there would be little point in living. Despite it’s brilliance, Sativex did not stop the MS from increasing in it’s ferocity. My health continued to decline and my use of Sativex simply made dealing with this easier.

I fortuitously stumbled across a TED talk by Dr Terry Wahls in August 2013 and so much has changed in just 12 months. Not in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be able to stand straight and walk on beaches again. I did other things that week that would otherwise have been impossible including a visit to Hadrian’s Wall and a few historic National Trust properties. I felt amazing despite hauling myself up steps and hillsides with crutches. Anything hard work always appeals to me. I intend to rock climb again next year. After being dark for a decade, the future is now bright again.

The laws regarding cannabis have featured in the media again recently. Thanks to the Wahls Protocol, I have the strength to stand up for this issue again. Yesterday I had a journalist from The Times newspaper visit. They were looking for a middle class cannabis grower who also uses Sativex. As this was happening a team was erecting scaffolding for the instillation of solar panels. We may be dirt bags with a battered old house but it did confirm our middle class status perfectly. My grow room was photographed even though my plants were struggling to grow well. This proved my argument that the sick should never be expected to grow their own medicine.

Despite using Sativex, my health also improves from using medicinal benefits found in other cannabis varieties. I’ve always argued that Sativex has too much THC for me so I try to change the ratio of cannabinoids to enable easier driving and balance. I’ve recently started to use a hemp oil purchased on Amazon containing only Cannabidiol. It’s legal and very effective. It has steadied my vision, stopped my knuckles aching and strengthened muscles and joints. Sativex is an amazing medicine but it can’t fix everything for everyone. It has made exercise much easier and allowed me to improve my health in that way. The body always responds well to exercise if a patient has the means to do so.

Thanks to the Wahls Protocol I can walk on beaches again.

Thanks to the Wahls Protocol I can walk on beaches again.

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Side Order of Synthetic Cannabis Oil with A Paleo Diet

I’ve woken up knowing that I’ve been in a mood swing for the best part of a week. It’s a short stay prison really. The only reasons I can find are that I’ve eaten too much fruit and tried to do too much physical stuff. Too much fructose coupled with the need to exercise and get outside and rejoin society. It’s hard to control my impatience. I just want to be well again and I still feel the chains and torture of this illness.

I must remember to manage those moods. The left side of my body is consumed with pins and needles and pain. My descriptive term for what I’m experiencing is a ‘hangover in a hurricane’. With the Paleo diet improving my health, I still have challenges. This requires constant self assessment and unfortunately, I let my guard down. Being romanced by the amazing healing has resulted in a torture of my own making. I’m spending today in bed and will select a movie to remove me from current realities.

Before then I have to book a phone call to my doctor. With any luck, we’ll chat at lunch time and discuss a new prescription of Sativex together with a private prescription of a new cannabis oil. Sativex is simply a 50/50 mixture of THC and CBD cannabis compounds as the first attempt at a natural and organic tincture. It’s a stunning medicine but I’m now feeling a need to experiment with a different ratio of cannabis compounds.

I’m sick of the high that THC delivers despite it’s amazing pain relieving properties. CBD has pain relieving properties of it’s own but without the high. Many patients have rejected Sativex because they prefer a ‘straight head’ and I fully understand this. I don’t have children and I’m not holding down a job. THC would compromise the brain functions required for effective parenting. Me? I just want to be less dizzy, drive more easily again and have a better short term memory.

Sativex and other cannabis medicines are not the products of Big Pharma. Those involved, including myself, are so proud of this. I call it New Pharma or sometimes Natural Pharma. The political restrictions on cannabis have resulted in the production of synthetic cannabinoids and the CBD oil I wish to try comes in this category. A bottle of 10mL synthetic CBD, Oily Drops costs £300, plus a cost of around £50 as it has to be a private prescription. Pushing forward any new medicines comes with a cost. The human testing on myself is all part of the process too. With any luck, this new CBD oil will speed up my recovery. I’ll fully devote a blog entry to my findings.