Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Benign Fasciculation Syndrome has all the characteristics and whole marks of PTSD.  Meaning that the sufferer has reached their threshold when it comes to stress tolerance.

My Story and MissionThe small stuff once experienced as water off a duck’s back suddenly becomes the difference between low level and high-level symptoms in the BFS, PTSD and CFS sufferer.

This acute sense of reaching one’s threshold for those with PTSD, CFS and BFS implies that individuals with these conditions are so close to the tipping-point that when it comes to coping with stress their nervous, endocrine, HPA (pituitary, hypothalamic, adrenal axis) systems are literally pushed with a single finger over the edge.  It becomes THE difference between feeling fine, and capable coping (one minute) and a cascade into a literal nightmare and barrage of twitching, fatigue, shooting pains in the limbs the next.  The reasoning being that since biological systems function best at the brink of chaos, it’s when the communication between these systems affecting our ability to adapt sufficiently breaks down that the torrent of symptoms arises.

It’s for this reason that ‘the small stuff’ then becomes the big stuff!

It’s also for this reason, that when one realises they have a stress-related condition, external systems for coping with stress are not only important but IMPERATIVE.

The systems I have chosen to incorporate into my daily practices are as follows;

Daily morning yoga, EFT (throughout the day, as and when issues show up), swimming and jogging 2-3 times a week, reading – me time, a gratitude journal, meditation and visualisation 3-5 times a week (wish it were more!), FIR saunas, with more around equinoxes.

Further too, I support my body with correct nutrition and extremely good quality supplementation.  I have worked with glandular therapy both in practice with clients and applying it within my own health regime for years.  In the early stages of BFS condition to rebuild tissues I used Lung, Liver, Thyroid, Adrenal, Pituitary, Hypothalamus glandulars all with huge success.

Glandular therapy is very different from working with nutrients alone since ether raw material is present to the body literally replacing like for like.  In this was rebuilding tissue is much faster.  I also nutrients relative to these systems so that I can bank my glandular credits optimising the investment further.

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The first time I noticed my body twitching out of the ordinary was directly after experiencinMy Story and Missiong a shock to my CNS system.  The first assault was in the form of an emotional stressor, my son had just experienced an accident.  The second assault came only a couple of months later, which was a double dose of dental anaesthetic.  the symptoms came on almost immediately. First I had shooting pains down my left arm, which then went numb.  My heart then started to cramp. Within 24 hours, not only these symptoms but twitching like I could have never imagine ensued.

My eyelids, face, throat, tongue, torso, limbs, fingers, toes, all twitching thousands of times per second.

Pains began to shoot up my arms, and my heart would cramp every few minutes.  As I lay in bed focusing on my breath, which I considered might be my only hope of staying alive… I decided that I could get through this I would do whatever it takes maintain my health.

Benign Fasciculation Syndrome is virtually unheard of.  Diagnosis is complicated by the lack of understanding of what might be the causative factors responsible for this condition, within mainstream medicine.  It’s believed to be a variety of Fibromyalgia but often mistaken for ALS or MS.

 

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When I discovered that it was a DNA transcription error that inhibited a key …

Detoxification enzyme to function within my liver,band therefore to hold onto some of the most deadly toxins known to man, I did not know whether to laugh or cry.  Finding out the cause for one’s lifelong struggle with health could be akin to experiencing a divine effigy at the point of no return. If only I had known before the onset of Benign Fasciculation Syndrome 2 years ago, or Chronic Fatigue 20 years ago!!!  But still … better to learn these things late than never! And so with a firm commitment to the belief that everything is reversible, including irreversible conditions such as BFS I will now work with the new information in hand to my advantage.

This blog is all about how our genetic heritage could be the underpinning factor within your complex or unexplained illnesses … Benign Fasciculation is virtually unheard of even within medical circles.

So with the disease paradigm of complex health issues; Chronic Fatigue, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Gulf War Syndrome all fast on the rise.. we need to go beyond looking for single nutrient deficiencies or resorting to any linear thinking.

These complex disease states present multiple symptoms that cannot be commonly explained by mainstream medicine, but instead, due to their complexity require a complex adaptive approach in terms of understanding and treatment.

Thus far, these conditions have bewildered mainstream medicine for over two decades, acknowledge.  And as we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases of those affected, colleagues, loved one, family and friends, concern over finding both reason and cure becomes all the impending.  Stress is well understood from a systems biology approach and linked to be one major causative factor between the spectrum of complex disease states.

However, it is a newly emerging science known as Epigenetics that acknowledges our genetic predispositions and heritage. And it is this exciting field of expertise that explains DNA transcription errors and role to underpin areas of compromised health.

What this means is that the genes we carry significantly affect our health.  As in how robust we are, or susceptibility to various chronic diseases.  Then we have Nutritional Genomics, which explores the relationship between your diet and your genes with far-reaching potential in preventing diet-related diseases.

So what can you do?  What did I do? Get tested!

My advice to clients who have one or more complex health condition is to get tested.  Since genes do play central role in a number of metabolic processes being key factors in the onset of chronic disease.  You only need to complete this test once and the information given will benefit you for life.  What’s more, you could also note emerging patterns between yourself and any children and get them tested too.

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