by Bob McCauley, ND
The pain started on the top of my head. It felt as though I had gotten a head pimple. Within a day, the pain had moved to my neck, then slid further into my shoulders, tightening the muscles so that I felt like I’d slept poorly and now had a stiff neck because of it. Then the pain started in my legs. I had been running the day before and thought at first I had sore muscles to prove it, although I was in good shape at the time so it was difficult to believe that I had gotten sore muscles from a typical six km run that I do daily.
Over the next 6 days the pain nearly incapacitated me completely.
I had very little appetite. I massaged by legs, neck and shoulders constantly, which did little for me. I couldn’t imagine what was happening to me. At one point I could barely walk. I am a raw foodist and a huge promoter of Ionized Water, Chlorella and Spirulina. I was in the final stages of finishing my work as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). People regularly came to me for health consultations, which I had been doing for years. I was the first person in the world with a daily radio show that was dedicated to natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Some health guru I was. I had no clue what was happening to me and it was getting worse by the day.
The pain in my shoulders and legs was excruciating at times, in particular the morning when I first woke. It nearly incapacitated me, especially just after waking when I could barely walk. I thought perhaps I had somehow been poisoned, either by heavy metals or herbicides/pesticides. I looked through my numerous health books, many of which were diagnostic books. I found a few possibilities of what my problem could be, but none of them exactly fit the description of what essentially was crippling me.
I stayed 100% raw the entire week, mostly drinking juices and fasting. The less I ate anything, even a raw juice, the better I felt. No surprise there since fasting is the healthiest thing you can do at any given time. By the end of the week I was feeling better, although it took a total of 10 days to get over it completely.
At the time I didn’t know what had made me so incredibly sick. I had never been through anything like that in my life. Being who I am, a health guru, the last thing I want to do is go to a doctor for help, although a blood analysis would have been useful. But I had gotten through it without doing anything other than fasting and staying on a raw food diet.
Six months later, the symptoms returned while on my 2011 trip to China. I had a 16 hour flight to Hong Kong followed by not getting enough rest because of the 12 hour time difference. By the time I took the next flight to Hainan Island my immune system defenses had been lowered enough to the point where I was again susceptible to the same disease that had attacked me in the summer. It scared the hell out of me to think I was going to go through all this this again. However, this time, just by chance, I had the cure with me. (To be continued . . .)