So. You’ve honestly accepted your situation and educated yourself to the point where your ready to take action? Fantastic. Now its time to come up with a plan that will get you well. For remember. ‘He who fails to plan, plans to fail’.
I personally believe left to its own devices the body is the most effective doctor we can consult. However occasionally it requires assistance to create the conditions for good health. We have to learn when to get involved and lend a hand and when to get out of the way.
This is my view. Your own plan will be most effective if its personally suited to the way you think and reflects YOUR own views on how best to heal. Though hopefully by reading how I structured mine (an ever evolving document) you will be inspired to create your own.
Whats it going to look like?
My plan fits onto one page. And I wrote it in 3 Steps.
Step 1- Split ideas into Foundations & Specific
When I first sat down to figure out how I was going to recover my health I split everything I could do into two sections:
1. The Foundations of Health – I asked myself what was necessary to build the foundations of good health in any human being. While researching came across the work of Paul Chek and was particularly inspired. He identifies 6 foundations to which I have added my own interpretations:
- Hydration – What fluids you put down your throat. = ie. Buy a water filter.
- Nutrition – What foods you put in your mouth = ie. Modify my diet.
- Mental State – What thoughts you put in your head = ie. Meditate once a day.
- Breathing pattern- How fast you put air in your lungs = ie. Practice yoga breathing techniques each day.
- Exercise – How often you move your muscles = ie. Minimal anerobic (ie weights) training each day.
- Rhythm – How in tune you are with your bodies internal cycles = ie. Eat 3 times a day and sleep before Midnight.
2. The Specific – I then asked myself what I specifically needed to do to overcome CFS/ME.
These largely came from the results of medical tests I had done. If your planning your protocol from scratch this section will not be very large to begin with. But odds are if your reading this you have already had an extraordinary number of people suck your blood, capture your pee and handle your poo in the name of science. Some examples of my specific issues included:
- An imbalance in Gut bacteria = ie. Need probiotics
- Low levels of certain Vitamins and Minerals = ie. Need Vitamin C and Magnesium supplements.
- Intolerances to certain foods = ie. Need a low fructose diet.
Step 2 Divide actions into 4 Quadrants
Then I took all the ideas I came up with from Step 1 and divided them into four quadrants to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.
- The Physical
- The Emotional
- The Mental
- The Spiritual (Yep. I’m going there)
So I reckon any truly comprehensive protocol addresses not just possible physical causes but also any imbalances in the other three quadrants.
Next I took an A4 piece of paper and by drawing a cross in the middle created four sections Physical (split again into biochemical & structural), Emotional, Mental & Spiritual. I placed everything I felt needed to be done including all the ideas from the Foundational and Specific into each one of the sections (sometimes an idea fitted in more than one box). For example:
Physical (Biochemical) – Hydration – 2 liters filtered water daily (NZ), Magnesium – 400 grams twice daily (NZ), Probiotics – twice daily (NZ) etc.
Physical (Structual) – Yoga daily (For Life), Weights daily (For Life) etc.
Emotional – Neuro Linguistic Programming (psychology) 3 sessions (NZ), Talking each month about how I’m managing with my Dad (NZ).
Mental – Meditation daily (For Life), Writing a daily affirmation (NZ)
Spiritual – Meditation daily (For Life), Yoga daily (For Life) , Reiki 4 sessions (NZ), Following my bliss (For Life).
Step 3 – Working Towards a Goal
I work much more effectively with an end point in mind. So I think its critical to have a date that you are working towards and goal you plan to reach. For me at the moment it is a trip to New Zealand (NZ) in January 2011. I’m giving myself the chance to be 100% better by then and so all my treatments are planned up until that point.
So type up your plan or draw it in a notebook. Keep it handy and update it as you go. Now your ready to cost it all out.