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Flea bits - cure as well as cause?

Posted by
Nick Whetstone on September 16, 2003 at 03:00:11:

I've been ill for a long time (most of my life actually), but particularly so since I returned from a two-year round-the-world backpacking trip in 1981. I am now 53.

In 1987 I got a diagnosis of ME and was promptly demoted to 'not worth bothering with' status by the NHS. I got progressively worse until I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid in 2000. Even then, it was not until I got the thyroxine replaced with T3 that I started to show any sign of improvement. Unfortunately, after two years on T3 I am still not well.

Now the story that relates (I believe) to this thread.

Around 1991 I took in a stray cat. Its owners had moved and it had got left behind so I looked after it for a couple of weeks. It was late summer and the cat had fleas, lots of them and I got quite badly bitten.

I remember going to bed one Wednesday night and could not get to sleep due to the itching. I didn't actually get to sleep until well after four in the morning and expected to feel even worse than I usually do when I wake up.

But at around six thirty I woke up and actually wondered if I was dead! My body was totally relaxed, there was no pain, my head was clear and I felt absolutely wonderful. I thought about a nice long lie in whereas normally I ache so much I have to get out of bed and move around. But just after seven I felt so energetic that I just had to get up.

After breakfast I did some housework and at eight thirty decided to walk the two and a half miles to my friends' house. It was a lovely late summer morning and I felt on top of the world. There was a spring in my step, I didn't feel as though I had to consciously support my body; it just stayed up on its own! When I arrived at my friends' house they were quite surprised to see me, even more so to hear that I had walked out there! I stayed a couple of hours and then walked home. Normally after a short walk, I would need to sit or lie down for a couple of hours before even tackling the simplest of tasks but as soon had a I arrived back home, I went off shopping.

This feeling of wee-being lasted all day. The next morning I woke feeling pretty good although not as good as the day before. Sadly within three or four days, I was back to feeling tired and achy with the fuzzy head.

But something had made a dramatic change in my health. I am not talking about one of those days when I feel a little bit better; this was WELL with a capital W. And the cause was obvious; the cat flea-bites had caused a reaction. Well, of course, I eventually recounted this tale to my GP who just laughed it off! Well he didn't have ME so why was it of any importance to him? But surely it does need investigating further and may be somebody should take this more seriously.




Re: Flea bits - cure as well as cause?

Posted by Jean on September 16, 2003 at 06:13:49:

In Reply to: Flea bits - cure as well as cause? posted by Nick Whetstone on September 16, 2003 at 03:00:11:

Your story reminds me of a friend She has severe chemical sensitivity and fatigue. One day she was stung by a wasp curiously a little bit after that she started feeling really good ( at least better than she had in a while) and she had a really good day for a change. She related this to me. We thought maybe the wasp sting had kicked in some reaction in her body that is needed but kindof depleted or something. VERY STRANGE. I know people with arthritis have used bee stings as a temporary cure.
I don't beleive it is specifically the fleas, but the bodies reaction to a toxin or somthing. Maybe the immune system kicking in.
On a similar note I have a cold or something right now and I have noticed that many times when I do, my anxiety disorder seems to be a little less debilitating. Like I have a natural drug in my system.
Anyway, I believe you are correct to say that there is something worth investigating.
Jean



Re: Flea bits - cure as well as cause?

Posted by Sally on September 16, 2003 at 08:30:53:

In Reply to: Flea bits - cure as well as cause? posted by Nick Whetstone on September 16, 2003 at 03:00:11:

Fascinating story. I heard about this a few years ago: they introduced a virus to cancer sufferers and more or less had that same result. It may be the type of testing hard to find volunteers for though.

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Re: Flea bits - cure as well as cause?

Posted by
michele on September 16, 2003 at 12:19:48:

In Reply to: Re: Flea bits - cure as well as cause? posted by Jean on September 16, 2003 at 06:13:49:

Does the body release endorphins when stung/hurt? That would explain a lot...
Athritics also respond well to yoga/exercise which would do the same for them...

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Re: Flea bits - cure as well as cause? (Archive in wellness.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 17, 2003 at 07:27:15:

In Reply to: Flea bits - cure as well as cause? posted by Nick Whetstone on September 16, 2003 at 03:00:11:

Hi, Nick.

Your body is proving to you that it knows more than your doc!

Obviously your immune system was stimulated, temporarily, by this episode. That same process explains what Sally, Jean & Michele are talking about.

If you want this response to be permanent you have to learn about the 3 legged stool of wellness and practice it seriously. Let us know how you are doing in 3,6,9 & 12 months. See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms, the home page for "How to be Healthy" and the archives until you begin to understand what you are doing.

Walt

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