A general guide to how to begin healing from disease – step by step.
The idea is to slowly go through each step in order until significant positive changes occur. People with milder illnesses may not need to follow all steps before recovering their health, while those with severe and long-term diseases will almost certainly need to follow most of the steps on the list.
STEP 1: Read as much as you can about nutrition, orthomolecular medicine, healing and epigenetics from high quality sources. Making sure you have at least a passing knowledge of the basics before you begin can only be helpful.
STEP 2: Cut junk food, refined (or excessive) sugar and carbohydrates and highly processed foods and oils out of your diet. Begin eating a varied and nutrient dense diet of real food.
STEP 3: Make sure you are taking good care of your general health. Avoiding overexertion and managing or avoiding excessive stress is vital, as is proper dental hygiene, avoiding physical stress such as repetitive movements or poor posture which leads to pain, avoiding or minimising toxic exposures and getting good quality sleep.
Finding support online from other ill people in the same boat can help you cope and so help to reduce stress, particularly if you have little support at home.
(If you have the neurological disease M.E. the point about avoiding overexertion should be underlined and printed in bold bright red letters 104 points high! The importance of avoiding overexertion in M.E. cannot be overstated.)
STEP 4: Using an elimination diet find out which foods you are allergic or intolerant of and cut out those foods as well. Some of the most problematic foods are dairy foods, soy and wheat and other gluten containing grains.
Many severely ill people will do better on diets that are dairy, nightshade, grain and legume-free. Listen to what your body is telling you about the foods you are eating.
STEP 5: Particularly if extra digestive or gut-health help is needed investigate adding bone broths or cultured foods such as sauerkraut, kefir or homemade coconut or dairy yogurt to your diet each day, eating only cooked fruits and vegetables, avoiding nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant) and also perhaps taking digestive enzyme, Betaine HCl or probiotic supplements with meals.
STEP 6: Start taking a good quality daily multivitamin/mineral product plus some extra vitamin C daily. Good brands to look at include Life Extension Foundation, Thorne Research, Carlson’s and Allergy Research Group/Nutricology. Avoid poor quality supermarket brands such as ‘Centrum.’
Start with one gram of vitamin C a day and slowly work up to 5 – 10 grams or so daily in divided doses (or a bowel tolerance dose). The more ill you are the higher the dose of vitamin C that is needed.
STEP 7: Start taking vitamin E and a good quality cod liver oil supplement daily for vitamins A and D and omega 3s. Fermented cod liver oil is ideal as it is not processed at a high heat but high vitamin cod liver oil is a second best. If possible have your vitamin D level tested. Fish oils should always be taken with a good quality vitamin E supplement which includes all 8 types of vitamin E in the correct ratios.
STEP 8: Start taking a good quality B complex supplement daily. Sublingual and coenzymated varieties (such as the one sold by Source Naturals) may give a better result in the severely ill. A 50 mg product can be taken once or three times a day depending on your individual need for B vitamins.
STEP 9: Consider taking the vitamin C dose up to a bowel tolerance level. Adding some extra liposomal vitamin C (and/or GSH) may be helpful also.
STEP 10: Consider taking other supplements as needed including magnesium and calcium, iodine, reduced lipoic acid, CoQ10 as ubiquinol, liposomal glutathione (GSH) and carnitine. Consider other treatment options such as the use of FIR saunas, professional lymphatic drainage massage, magnesium baths, meditation or relaxation CDs, B vitamin IVs, etc. depending on your own needs.
STEP 11: If you haven’t done so already now is the time to enlist the help of a qualified orthomolecular or holistic medicine expert to help order the tests you need to determine where to go with treatment next and your own individual needs. Doctors trained in this field will be able to order the appropriate tests for you, but just as importantly, be able to interpret the results of such tests as well as arrange other treatments (e.g. dental revisions).
Some doctors in this field will also be GPs and so able to order standard tests as well as nutritional and functional ones, which may be useful for you. Giving your doctor a complete medical history is vital as this can often given the doctor clues as to how to help get you well or at least more-well.
Useful additional tests may include the Cardio-ION, vitamin D and iodine tests, tests of mineral levels, hair mineral analysis tests to check mercury levels etc. leaky gut tests and comprehensive stool samples, and many more. These tests can help to determine why you are ill and how to treat the causes of your individual disease state.
STEP 12: Adjust your regime continually over time (with the help of your nutritionally trained doctor), based on monitoring your body’s reactions to changes carefully.
Over time the dosages of many supplements will be able to be taken down to lower levels without a loss of benefits. The ideal dose of each supplement is not the highest possible dose but the dose your body responds best to.
Keep reading about nutrition and health if you can so you don’t forget what you have learned and can keep up-to-date with new developments.
The point of this site is to provide a starting point for health and healing research for ill people. This site provides recommendations, summaries and reviews of books but is not meant to be a replacement for actually reading some of these books if the reader is at all well enough to do so. (As well as getting individualised treatment advice and testing from a doctor that is also an orthomolecular medicine expert if possible). There is no substitute for reading as many of these brilliant books as you possibly can. The HHH site only really hints at their full brilliance. The amount of insight, scientific references, logic, intelligence, compassion and experience in these books will amaze you. One of the major aims of HHH is to encourage people to do their own reading and learning, and to make up their own minds.
This list is a brief summary of all of the best books I have read on this topic but could also be described as a paraphrased and added-to version of a step-by-step healing list given in one of the books by Orthomolecular expert Dr Abram Hoffer.
This a general list of fundamental and very common issues and does not take into account the unique features of your individual disease.
Each of the steps on the list is discussed in far more detail on other pages on the site. Use the navigation links on the homepage for more information on each of these topics.
Note that the aim of this site is to provide a starting point for health and healing research for ill people; especially very overwhelmed and disabled ill people. This site provides recommendations, summaries and reviews of books but is not meant to be a replacement for actually reading some of these wonderful health books if the reader is at all well enough to do so. (Plus getting individualised advice from a doctor that is also an orthomolecular medicine expert if possible). There is no substitute for reading as many of these books as you can. The HHH site can only really hint at their full brilliance. The amount of insight, scientific references, logic, intelligence, compassion and experience in the recommended books will most likely amaze you. HHH aims to encourage people to do their own reading and learning, and to always make up their own minds. All content copyright Jodi Bassett 2006 - 2014.