Groundhog CHRONIC – the starting point to treat any chronic infection AND to live to our full potential
(By Dr Sarah Myhill and Craig Robinson)
Stylistic note: Use of the first person singular refers to me, Dr Sarah Myhill. One can assume that the medicine and biochemistry are mine, as edited by Craig Robinson, and that any classical and mathematical references and quotes or historical and linguistic notes are Craig’s!
As we age we acquire infections. My DNA is comprised 15% of retro virus. So is yours. I was inoculated with Salk polio vaccine between 1957 and 1966 so I will probably have simian virus 40, a known carcinogen. I am probably carrying the chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella viruses because I suffered those as a child. I was also a bit spotty so proprionibacterium acnes may be a potential problem. At least 90% of us have been infected with Epstein Barr virus. I have been bitten by insects and ticks from all over the British Isles so I could also be carrying Lyme (borrelia), bartonella, babesia and perhaps others. I have been a cat owner and could well test positive for bartonella. I have suffered several fractures which have healed but I know within that scar tissue will be lurking some microbes – feed them some sugar and they will multiply and give me arthritis. I have had dental abscesses in the past and have one root filling which undoubtably will also harbour microbes. In the past, I have consumed a high carb diet which inevitably results in fermenting gut. On the good side, my puritanical upbringing means I have been free from STDs (thank you Mum!).
As you will have read in my book "The Infection Game - life is an arms race", we now know all these microbes have the potential to drive nasty diseases such as leukaemia, lymphoma, dementia, Parkinson’s, heart disease, auto-immunity, cancer and so on. I cannot eliminate them from my body, I have to live with them. I too am part of the Arms Race. Of course, this is a race I will (eventually) lose, but I will settle for losing it when I am 120. I am hoping that Groundhog Chronic will handicap my assailants and stack the odds in my favour.
So, as we age and/or we acquire stealth infections, we all need Groundhog Chronic. It is an extension of Groundhog Basic. Most will end up doing something between the two according to their health and history. But as you get older you have to work harder to stay well.
“Youth is wasted on the young”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Diagram of how the Groundhogs 'work'
|WHAT to do||WHY||My patients always ask me what I do. I am no paragon of virtue…..I may have to become one eventually!|
| The Paleo-Ketogenic diet – high fat, high fibre, very low carb. Probiotic foods like kefir and sauerkraut
No dairy or grains. 2 meals a day. No snacking.
|See my books “Prevent and Cure Diabetes – delicious diets not dangerous drugs” for the WHY and “The PK cookbook – getting the best of both worlds” for the HOW .|| Yes. I do the PK diet 95% of the time.
Glass of cider at weekends! (Courtesy of my 'pusher' - Craig! (Sarah pays me in pork! Craig)) Other liberties if eating out or socialising. But my friends are all becoming PK adapted too!
|Eat daily food within a 10 hour window of time…..||…so 14 hours a day when stomach is empty – this keeps the stomach acid and so decreases the chances of microbes invading. Maintains ketosis.||Nearly there……. breakfast at 8am, supper 6.30pm|
|Consider episodic fasting one day a week||This gives the gut a lovely rest and a chance to heal and repair||I do this some weeks. The trouble is I am greedy and love food!|
|A basic package of nutritional supplements – multi-vitamins, multi-minerals and vitamin D|| A good multivitamin and Sunshine salt 1 tspn daily with food.
A dessert spoon of hemp oil
| Glutathione 250mgs daily
Iodine 25 mgs weekly
|We live in such a toxic world we are inevitably exposed. Glutathione and iodine are helpful detox molecules (some people do not tolerate iodine in high doses)||Yes|
|Vitamin C to 90% of bowel tolerance, including 5 grams last thing at night. Remember this will change with age, diet and circumstance||With age, influenza becomes a major killer. With Groundhog you need never even get it!||Yes. I currently need 8 grams in 24 hours. BUT I never get colds or influenza.|
|Lugol’s iodine 12% 2 drops daily in water.||Swill round the mouth and swallow last thing at night||Yes|
|Make sure your First Aid box is stocked - see Groundhog ACUTE||So, you have all your ammo to hand to hit new symptoms hard and fast||Yes – even when I go away I take this – often to treat sickly others!|
| Sleep 8-9 hours between 10pm and 7am
Regular power nap in the day
| More in winter less in summer
Good sleep is as vital as good diet
| Exercise within limits. By this I mean you should feel fully recovered next day.
If well enough, once a week push those limits, so you get your pulse up to 120 beats per min and all your muscles ache. It is never too late to start! BUT CFS/ME sufferers please see Exercise - the right sort in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
| No pain no gain.
Muscle loss is part of ageing - exercise slows this right down Helps to physically dislodge microbes from their hiding places. I suspect massage works similarly
|Yes. Thankfully I am one of those who can and who enjoys exercise|
| Take supplements for the raw materials for connective tissue such as glucosamine.
Bone broth is the best!
|With age we become less good at healing and repair||Yes|
|Herbs, spices and fungi in cooking||Use your favourite herbs, spices and fungi in cooking and food, and lots of them!||Yes. Because I love food!|
|Consider herbs to improve the defences||Astragalus, cordyceps and rhodiola - see Infections: how to prevent and cure – first improve the defences and my book "The Infection Game - life is an arms race"||Sometimes when in stock and I remember|
|Address energy delivery mechanisms as below||See my book “Diagnosing and treating Chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalitis: it's mitochondria not hypochondria”||"Yes Craig– I’ve got the book!" (Note from Craig - often in consultations, Sarah answers my questions by saying 'It's in that book that we wrote together!')|
|Take the mitochondrial package of supplements daily vis: Co Q 10 100gs, niacinamide slow release 1500mgs, acetyl L carnitine 500mgs. D ribose 5-10 grams at night if you have really overdone things||With age fatigue becomes an increasing issue because our mitochondrial engines start to slow. The ageing process is determined by mitochondria. Look after them!|| Yes
I don’t take carnitine because I eat meat and my digestion is good
| Mitochondria may be going slow because of toxins.
Consider tests of toxic load to see if you need to do any detox
|A good allrounder is Genova urine screen with DMSA 15mgs per kg of body weight. You can get this test through Natural Health Worldwide||I have not got around to doing this but I know I should|
|Check your living space for electromagnetic pollution||You can hire a detection meter from|| Yes. The cordless phone has gone!
I never hold a mobile phone to my ear – I use the speaker Turn wifi off at night
| Review any prescription medication – they are all potential toxins!
The need for drugs is likely to be symptomatic of failure to apply Groundhog
|Ask yourself why you are taking drugs? See my book “Sustainable Medicine - Whistle-blowing on 21st century medical practice” Once Groundhog is in place many drugs can be stopped. Taking prescription drugs is the fourth commonest cause of death in Westerners.||I never take symptom supressing medication. This has allowed full and now painfree recovery from three broken necks (horses again).|
|Consider tests of adrenal and thyroid function since these glands fatigue with age and chronic infection|| Thyroid bloods tests and adrenal saliva tests available through
Natural Health Worldwide Core temperatures are helpful for fine tuning adrenal and thyroid function with glandular. See Conducting the CFS orchestra – how to put yourself in charge
|Heat and light||Always keep warm. Sunbathe at every opportunity. Holidays in warm climates with sunbathing and swimming are excellent for killing infections and detoxing|| I am a pyromaniac! My kitchen is lovely and warm with a wood fired range.
I work in my conservatory with natural light. I sunbathe as often as wet Wales permits Do not forget hyperthermia and light as a good treatment for chronic infections
|Use your brain|| Foresight: Avoid risky actions like kissing (see below!), unprotected sex
Caution: Avoid vaccinations. Chose travel destinations with care. Circumspection: Do not symptom suppress with drugs, treat breaches of the skin seriously.
| I have to say that with age this is much less of an issue!
No vaccinations. No foreign travel except to the continent to see my daughter and to do lectures.
Oscar Wilde knew the dangers of kissing, perhaps for different reasons than the risk of infection, when he wrote that:
“A kiss may ruin a human life”
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance (is there ever such a thing? Craig)
16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900
If you are tiring from Groundhog, be inspired by these quotes…
1-“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Idiomatic translation by Will Durrant in ‘The Story of Philosophy’ of the original,
2-“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation..”
Aristotle, 384BC- 322BC
3-“repetitio est mater studiorum” – repetition is the mother of all learning
Old Latin Proverb
4-“consuetudinis magna vis est” – the force of habit is great
Cicero, 106BC – 43 BC
(assassinated for his opposition to Mark Antony, Cicero’s last words were purportedly “There is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly.”)
- My book “Prevent and Cure Diabetes – delicious diets not dangerous drugs”
- My book “The PK cookbook – getting the best of both worlds”
- Ketogenic diet - the practical details
- Exercise - the right sort in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Infections: how to prevent and cure – first improve the defences
- "The Infection Game - life is an arms race"
- My book “Diagnosing and treating Chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalitis: it's mitochondria not hypochondria”
- My book “Sustainable Medicine - Whistle-blowing on 21st century medical practice”
- Conducting the CFS orchestra – how to put yourself in charge
- Groundhog BASIC
- Groundhog ACUTE
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