People who have serious health problems will try everything they can to get healthy again. Most of the time, this means going the usual route of pharmaceutical medicines and possibly even surgery before turning to alternative methods of healing. Here are the stories of four individuals who tried the conventional healing methods, found them lacking and then got the relief they were looking for through natural healing practices.
Kathy Simonik, a graphic designer from Illinois, suffered from severe spinal pain, even after several back operations and years of traditional therapy. The last surgical operation she went through was to implant a metal rod and six screws into her spine, preventing her from turning her head without turning her entire body. After this left her in as much pain as she was in before, she turned to local naprapaths – practitioners who focus on treating and strengthening the tendons around the spinal column, rather than focusing on the spine alone. After several years of the treatment, she now claims to be able to do back bends and 10-minute headstands.
Cindy Mott, a 39-year-old mum from Edenbridge, Kent in the UK, was crippled by debilitating back pain. Unable to move or even to go to the toilet, she found relief in a new herbal water product made from the leaves of an indigenous South African plant – Buchu. Within seven days of drinking Buchu water daily, she was miraculously out of bed. Although only able to hobble a short distance initially, it was a great improvement. The Buchu plant is used to treat a range of health issues, primarily by reducing inflammation and serving as a natural diuretic.
Traditional Chinese medicine
Dr Xiaolan Zhao is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, operating out of a small, exclusive practice in Toronto, Canada. She has treated thousands of patients, many of whom turned to her services after traditional Western medicine failed to treat their problems. Among her A-list patients are Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, both of whom sing her praises. One of her greatest success stories is that of Rob Cohen, a man who, after an emotionally wrecking divorce, suffered from double pneumonia and shingles. A combination of Chinese medicinal practices such as acupuncture, massage and an assortment of herbs, returned the patient to full health.
Interactive metronome for ADHD
Aaron Davis, a child from Topeka, Kansas, once found simple instructions like “turn the computer off” difficult to complete without becoming distracted. Even at school, he was known to have impulsive, unpredictable behavior, running out of the preschool classroom at seemingly random times. ADHD was the diagnosis. After being treated with central nervous system stimulants, Aaron still struggled to focus at school and at home, finding himself two to three years behind his peers. As a last resort, the Davises turned to interactive metronome treatment, in which the patient sits in front of a computer and claps in time to a beat, presented aurally by headphones and visually on the screen. The computer measures how close the claps are to the beat, and rewards the patient with monopoly money, which can be used to claim rewards like temporary-tattoo stickers and the like. This rewarding of the correct synchronization between auditory and visual stimuli helps to treat the root of ADHD, a problem similar to that of a TV that’s got its visual and auditory feeds out of sync, making it hard to stay focused on one event. After a few years of IM treatment, Aaron’s condition has improved vastly, and he has even been asked to be a class project leader.