Mickel Therapy

There Is a Cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Article: Queensland Scientists Make Chronic Fatigue Breakthrough

Linked below is an article outlining that Queensland scientists have made a world first breakthrough in discovering a link between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and  a dysfunctional immune system.

More specifically, “Griffith University’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases identified a defective cell receptor that appeared to be central to the development of CFS and the related myalgic encephalomyelitis.”

Queensland’s Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said; “This discovery is great news for all people living with CFS and the related Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), as it confirms what people with these conditions have long known – that it is a ‘real’ illness – not a psychological issue.”

“CFS and ME are notoriously difficult to diagnose, with sufferers often going for years without getting the proper care and attention they need.

“Currently, there is no effective treatment.”

The two diseases are believed to affect 250,000 Australians, with diagnosis, treatment and management estimated to cost more than $700 million annually.

This is a fantastic breakthrough given the anguish and frustration so many sufferers go through in tying to even get a diagnosis or recognition for their ails.

However I take issue with one comment made by Ms Enoch. That is that current there is no effective treatment.

Is that based on their research. But, have they researched all treatments?

I am just a clinician at the coal face of CFS who has specialised in treating it for almost 20 years now, and I lack the time and resources to conduct my own studies, but I definitely do my own research to better treat my clients, and I do believe there are extremely effective treatments. Dare I say it, even cures for CFS.

I am very comfortable in saying that Mickel Therapy which I adopted as a clinician 3 years ago, is one such cure. This technique takes a major paradigm shift by taking the attention or search for the cause of CFS to higher levels in the brain, which regulate the rest of the systems in the body.

Mickel Therapy, developed in 1999 by a medical doctor (Dr David Mickel) which seeks to address problems with the Hypothalamus gland in the brain. This gland which normally regulates everything in the body becomes overactive creating a wide range of symptoms.

Another way of putting it is Mickel Therapy works by identifying the emotional, mental and behavioural factors which drive the hypothalamus into overdrive, and consequently create physical symptoms.

From the evolutionary medicine perspective, the Mickel technique looks at what should be a harmonious working relationship between how we process emotion and how we think (therefore how we process stress), and makes significant, action based change with the effectiveness of this relationship, or how we process stress.

I have been very humbled by guiding and witnessing dozens of complete recoveries from CFS, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, depression and IBS using this technique in this time.

If you suffer from CFS, fibromyalgia, IBS, anxiety/depression, auto-immune illness (or know someone who does) feel free to contact me and discuss whether Mickel Therapy would be suitable for you.

 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/02/21/queensland-scientists-make-chronic-fatigue-breakthrough

 

Mickel Therapy

Mickel Therapy. A potent cure for CFS, Fibromyalgia, IBS & Anxiety. Also fantastic for Performance

Article: Why it’s time to eliminate ‘should’ from your vocabulary.

In Mickel Therapy we show how being guided by our Primary emotions can lead to health & wellbeing. It’s amazing how little words like “should” “must” and “have to” can prevent us from taking the action that feels right in our gut. This is an excellent article that highlights the danger of a little word like “should”.

http://coach.nine.com.au/2016/12/08/13/55/attack-of-the-shoulds

Since I’ve taken on Mickel Therapy as a modality nearly 3 yeas ago, I’ve seen more complete recoveries in clients suffering CFS, fibromyalgia, IBS and anxiety than I’d seen previously in my 16 years of practice specialising in treating these chronic ailments, or that I’d heard from other practitioners, including integrative doctors.  It is also fantastic for performance, relationships, work-life balance etc.

The results have been a wonderful surprise. After investigating it and understanding it properly, I knew it made sense, bu I did not expect it to yield such outstanding results. It shouldn’t be a surprise in theory, given it gets to the root cause by targeting a hypothalamus in overdrive (in perpetual fight or flight) and dealing with how we uniquely process stress as individuals. Stress, especially internalised stress, then adversely affects the performance of all other vital functions that influence our health – nutrition, sleep, how we move and stabilise, breathing, all automatic functions, how we rest and rejuvenate, and how we think and emote.

 For more information on how Mickel Therapy could help you, please contact me. I would be happy to offer a fee 15 minute initial chat to see if it resonates with you and could help you.

‘Self Silencing’ Will Make You Sick – Especially in Women

Article: “When Silence Isn’t Golden”

Linked is a terrific article focusing on how research into a personality trait called ‘self silencing’ adversely affects women’s health.

Self silencing refers not only to not speaking one’s mind or bottling up feelings, it also refers to a chronic mindset which is conditioned in most women, a habit of staying quiet and putting your needs second to those of everyone else.

The article highlights a few research studies which reveal links between self silencing and several common chronic ailments including IBS, depression, eating disorders etc.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/02/when-silence-isnt-golden/?smid=fb-share

Definitely an interesting article that is worth a read. And something I see regularly in women when working on overcoming chronic illness using Mickel Therapy.

Silence, or suppressing one’s own needs over others, can often lead to suppressed emotions which send the hypothalamus into overdrive. Whilst symptoms are very real, they are often impossible, or extremely difficult to remove unless you get the hypothalamus out of over-drive, by reversing sub-conscious, self limiting patterns, such as not communicating or meeting one’s needs.
The key to Mickel work is an action based technique that addresses these patterns and restores ideal function in the hypothalamus. When the target action is appropriate (and you will know from the body’s reaction), symptoms start to resolve in chunks.
I have seen many cases of complete resolution of previously immovable cases of chronic illnesses, including CFS, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, IBS etc. using this wonderful technique.
It’s also fantastic for removing self-limiting patterns that hinder performance, weight loss and general happiness.

Look at the information on this website or contact me if you’d like to discuss Mickel Therapy further. I offer a free 15 minute chat or consultation for those interested.

 

 

 

 

Diagnostic Criteria for CFS/ME – All Explained by the Hypothalamus in Overdrive

Diagnostic Criteria for CFS/ME

Looking at the medical diagnostic criteria below (in italics) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME, every single symptom or criteria can be attributed to the hypothalamus gland in the brain stem being in overdrive.

The hypothalamus is a gland that acts as a link between the body and the brain and it’s job is homeostasis. That is, it regulates the functions of many systems and areas of the body, including all automatic functions (controlled by the autonomic nervous system – digestion, metabolism, breathing, circulation, urinary, lymphatic etc.), the stress response, the immune system, sleep cycles,  endocrine glands, cognitive function and neurotransmitters. It could be described as the general of bodily function.

Unless the hypothalamus in overdrive is reversed or corrected, then treating at the level of bodily symptoms will always struggle to yield significant or complete recovery from CFS and ME. This is why so many sufferers struggle for years or decades, and go though multiple practitioners of various modalities to get a resolution, yet often end up frustrated and in despair due to the lack of the result.

Taking the hypothalamus out of overdrive is the primary objective of Mickel Therapy and explains why the successes using this technique are so frequent and complete.

It does so by addressing the mismatch between the body we have inherited and the world we have created for ourselves.  It targets how we process stress, and how our brain integrates messages that come from our primal, instinctive emotional brain with the rational, thinking brain (or the data control system). It is a bit of a paradigm shift for many clients initially, and very often feels quite foreign, but, with persistence the techniques are easy to implement, and yield extra-ordinary results. Not only for resolving illness; also for performance of all kinds and the feeling of happiness and freedom internally.

It is worth a try.

  1. The individual has severe chronic fatigue for 6 or more consecutive months that is not due to ongoing exertion or other medical conditions associated with fatigue (these other conditions need to be ruled out by a doctor after diagnostic tests have been conducted)
  2. The fatigue significantly interferes with daily activities and work
  3. The individual concurrently has 4 or more of the following 8 symptoms:
  • post-exertion malaise lasting more than 24 hours
  • un-refreshing sleep
  • significant impairment of short-term memory or concentration
  • muscle pain
  • multi-joint pain without swelling or redness
  • headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity
  • tender cervical or axillary lymph nodes
  • a sore throat that is frequent or recurring

Article: “It’s Time Doctors Apologise to Their ME (CFS) Patients”.

Doctors Finally Beginning to Acknowledge that CFS or ME is not a Psychological Condition.

Linked below is a great article on CFS or ME.

Having suffered from CFS and having been told that I was making it up, or it is all in my head, I definitely feel the frustration that many or most of the clients I treat with CFS, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue experience when they are told similarly by their doctors or apparent ‘learned’ friends or family.

And like me,  most of the clients that I encounter or speak to experience a low mood, depression or serious and chronic frustration as a result of no-one being able to acknowledge or relate to what they re going through and the inability of the medical fraternity and many natural health practitioners to provide a solution to their ailment.

A quote from the article highlights this: ‘And a major report from the prestigious US Institute of Medicine has recently concluded that ME is a “serious, chronic, complex, systemic disease that can profoundly affect the lives of patients”. ME is not a psychological problem’.

This is at least an acknowledgement from the medical field that ME or CFS is a real, physical ailment.

As to the solution, this comes from understanding cause, and there has been much speculation about the cause – mental illness, post infection (virus, gut bacteria), chronic stress, adrenal exhaustion, dysfunctional mitochondrial energy production. Most treatments focus on one or more of these suggested causes.

The article suggests; “the time has come for doctors and scientists to apologise for the very neglectful way in which ME has been researched and treated over the past 60 years. Doctors need to start listening to their patients and there must now be increased investment in biomedical research to gain a better understanding of the disease process and to develop treatments that these patients desperately need.”

It is great that more doctors and recognising the need for biomedical research tying to identify physical cause rather that writing CFS off as a psychological condition, however it has been my experience and that of many colleagues and experts worldwide that this approach is also near sighted, or is missing the actual cause at a higher level.

In my clinical practice, the more I investigated more effective solutions to CFS, ME, fibromyalgia etc, whilst I saw some great results by focusing physical interventions via nutrition and fasting, herbal medicines, sauna therapy, graded exercise and more, they were rarely complete or 100% resolutions. And the more I began to feel that the cause and solution to these ailments lies at a higher level in the body (or brain).

I was fortunate to discover the wok of Scottish GP and psychiatrist, Dr David Mickel who suggests that the actual ‘root’ cause of CFS, ME and fibomyalgia lies at the level of how we process primary (pre-thought) emotional communication, or stress, from our body at higher levels, and the impact of this on our hypothalamus – a gland in our brainstem that regulates many (or most) body functions; including sleep cycles, many cognitive functions, neurotransmitter function, how we process stress, our immune system and digestive systems, all automatic functions, our endocrine system amongst other things.

The role of the hypothalamus is to keep us regulated or alive via homeostasis and could be described as ‘the general’ of the body. In a way, it is the link between our brain and our physical bodies.

D Mickel found that there was increased blood flow in the hypothalamus of chronically ill patients, and speculated that this indicates that it is in overdrive.

And a hypothalamus in overdrive, as is the case with those suffering from CFS, ME, Fibromyalgia and many other chronic ailments, will cause multiple areas of the body to be poorly regulated and lead to a vast array of varying symptoms, depending on the genetic make up and circumstances of each individual client.

With Mickel Therapy we target the hypothalamus and aim to take it out of overdrive by focusing on how we process stress (or primary emotions) internally using a methodical, talking based approach that does not require any or excessive amounts of drugs or supplements to implement change. This is a radical shift in thinking and practice. But the results are surprisingly potent.

The results of Mickel Therapy really need to be seen to be believed.

My experience since taking on board Mickel Therapy has been that this is the most potent or successful treatment for chronic illness that I have witnessed or heard of. The results I have witnessed have echoed those experienced by Dr Mickel and many colleagues, have led to many, many complete resolutions in clients who have suffered from CFS, ME and fibromyalgia (as well as anxiety, depression and IBS) for many years (in some cases several decades) and had previously tried many, many treatment solutions, all focusing either a mental or purely physical cause, without success.

A quote from a fellow colleague of mine and senior Mickel Therapy trainer, Kim Knight of NZ, pretty much sums up my feelings on this article and the general medical approach to CFS:

“It still STAGGERS me that despite the fact that the real cause of ME, CFS and other related chronic illnesses are now well evident and understood by therapists such as myself, the medical community is STILL looking for a physical solution to a non-physical cause. Staggering. But at least we are making some progress.”

I am available for Mickel Therapy with clients in person in Torquay, Geelong and Melbourne (by appointment) and via phone or Skype for anyone around Australia or overseas.

Contact me via tim@timaltman.com.au or 0425 739 918.

 

 

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/12033810/Its-time-for-doctors-to-apologise-to-their-ME-patients.html

Article: The Real Cause of Depression and Anxiety May Have Nothing To Do With Your Mind

The Role of the Hypothalamus in Overdrive in Depression and Anxiety

A good article on depression and it’s causes – linked below.
Having worked with depression using systemic approaches for a number of years, a couple of observations from scientists and doctors mentioned in the article seem a little obvious to me, and raised the ire in me.

But at least they are starting to investigate chronic illnesses from a systemic or whole body approach now. Hallelujah!!

These observations include:
1. “Depression is not a condition that is isolated in the mind, and that the body may play a primary role in causing or preventing depression.”
2. Doctors and scientists are “starting to question whether the pharmaceutical solutions even works” – well how about that!!                                                                                                                                                                                          3. “I don’t even talk about it as a psychiatric condition any more. It does involve psychology, but it also involves equal parts of biology and physical health.”

The article talks a lot about the role of inflammation in depression and the effectiveness of good nutrition and certain nutrients to combat inflammation.
Terrific. We’ve also seen plenty of research come out on the influence of gut health on the immune system and on neurotransmitters that influence mood, sleep etc.

However, these approaches, whilst effective rarely yield complete results (in my observation and experience).

In looking for the ultimate or root cause of depression and anxiety, my belief is that scientists would also benefit in directing their attention higher (in the body or brain-stem) to the hypothalamus for it’s role in influencing inflammation, neurotransmitter levels, gut function and the immune system.

The hypothalamus is a gland that regulates all automatic functions of the body (including the gut and immune system), endocrine function, many higher brain functions including sleep cycles, cognitive function memory and neurotransmitter function.
In fact, you could say the hypothalamus is the general. It’s job is maintaining homeostasis (or balance/health in the body). In other words, it there to keep our bodies and us alive and functioning efficiently.

Effectively the hypothalamus is the link between our mind and our body.

And a hypothalamus that no longer woks harmoniously can significantly alter homeostasis in the body – depression and anxiety being one of the many resultant symptoms of a hypothalamus in overdrive.                         Many doctors and scientists (including Dr David Mickel – founder of Mickel Therapy) are starting to discover that in most people in the modern world, the hypothalamus does not wort optimally – it is very often in overdrive, especially in chronic illnesses such as depression, anxiety, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and many auto-immune conditions.

A hypothalamus in overdrive sends out regulatory signals to the body at a pathologically accelerated rate that can severely disrupt homeostasis in the body and results in a vast array of symptoms, including anxiety and depression. And it can severely disrupt gut function and exacerbate inflammation, further increasing these symptoms.

It has been suggested that a hypothalamus in overdrive may well be the ultimate or root cause of depression and anxiety.

To rectify this we must start at the level of the hypothalamus or the general and create harmony in the function of this link between body and mind.

Mickel Therapy addresses this by starting with correcting the communication between our primal emotional brain centres (or body-mind which serves to keep us happy, safe and comfortable with relationship to our environment by sending us primal or ‘pre-thought’ emotional signals), and the thinking or rational brain (or the mind which is the data control system for our body and serves to interpret and create action based on these emotional signals sent by the body-mind).

A healthy neural pathway or relationship between these two intelligence centres keeps us happy, safe and comfortable and we maintain homeostasis.

When this relationship breaks down, as it so often does in the modern world due to the mismatch between the world we have created and the bodies we have inherited, we internalise these emotional messages, and therefore stress, and the hypothalamus goes into overdrive; eventually producing symptoms. Effectively, we end up permanently in ‘fight or flight’ arousal.

With Mickel Therapy, we use a set of tools that targets the reason for the breakdown in communication between these two intelligence centres that is specific to each individual, then start taking action to reverse this breakdown, or create a healthy neural pathway. The result being that the hypothalamus is taken out of overdrive and symptoms start to disappear and the hypothalamus can harmoniously regulate bodily function (including gut, immune, inflammation and neurotransmitter function) and create homeostasis or optimal health.

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/11/23/the-real-causewith-your-mind/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=PostShare&utm_campaign=TMU

Joel Spry

Chronic Fatigue and Anxiety Success Using Mickel Therapy

Another Resolution of Chronic Fatigue (CFS) and Anxiety via Mickel Therapy

I am very pleased that another client has experienced a complete recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), anxiety and panic attacks.

And, this was another client who I worked remotely with – entirely over the phone as Skype was not accessible for him. So, I have never met, nor seen him. Thus providing further Mickel Therapy works extremely effectively via this method as well as in person.

I will let his testimonial (below – which is a hybrid of two emails Joel sent me) do the talking. I’ve also included a photo he sent me and was accompanied with this text; “Check this out mate…..never would’ve done this without you and Mickel”.

Joel did all of the work. It is a privilege to guide any client through such a process. And very humbling to witness their recovery.

It constantly reminds me of the incredible power of the human body to heal itself when provided with the right environment or circumstances that allow it to function harmoniously in the way it is built to. When we understand this incredible healing capacity of our bodies, it becomes clear that the narrow focused and short sighted pill popping approach of the pharmaceutical industry and much of the natural medicine industry is very often fruitless and frequently more damaging to long term health.

Time for me to get off my soap box. This is about Joel’s success story. Below are his words:

“Hi Tim.  I am so bloody happy……as I’ve had a fantastic 3 weeks since we last spoke.

There’s been so much happen but overall, with the exception of one day, the 3 weeks have been amazing. I’ve been tested in a lot of ways and in ways that I haven’t ever been tested before. I’m still full of energy, motivated and have a desire for life again. More importantly to do things rather than think about them. I’m confident that I now have the tools to deal with situations that arise thanks to you and Mickel. Self fulfillment, balancing my days every day and communicating my needs in a way that isn’t confronting for the other person are my keys to energy.

The one day was when I talked to xxx in depth. I should never have picked up the phone. She was reaching out again and it really hit me hard. I was as flat and tired as I’d been in a while. Apart from this day, and maybe leading up to the skydive where I had some nervous feeling in my feet, I haven’t had any symptoms.

I’m also confident that knowing that long term comfort requires regular short term discomfort will help me going forward. I see this as a real winner for me and the next step towards being able to make relationships on all levels really work for me.

I’ve changed the way that I write my notes. I do them in the morning now. As soon as I can really. I do this because I find that it helps me address anything that is happening in my head and to make plans to deal with it. Often just writing about what’s going on in my head is enough. A little pep talk reminding me of what I need to DO during the day really helps me get the day off and running. I also make my bed to accomplish a task first thing as well as meditate when I can and drink my favourite Yerba Mate tea. Generally I’m bouncing into work and remain that way all day. I have flat spots that’s for sure but they are overcome pretty well by actually doing something on my list.

Work has been really tough for others the last 3 weeks since we’ve had our new program manager start. A couple of people have commented that I’m the only one keeping my shit together and therefore the team. Thanks to Mickel that is!

The skydiving was such an amazing experience…… Find the scariest thing you could possibly imagine and do it. It really is life changing. So much so that I’m going to do it again. If you ever need another Mickel therapist I’m prepared to do the training. What I’d really love to add in to the program is a skydive towards the end of the process. If I enjoy the next jump I’m seriously considering looking into what training I can do. To be able to help people overcome their fears in such a way would be a brilliant way to be in business!

Nicole has been a test for me that’s for sure. My notes will reveal that. She’s massivley into vulnerability as well as strength and confidence. Something that I’ve been looking into a lot lately. Whilst I’m confident that I have the tools to communicate effectively as well as deal with any emotional situations that arise there’s this thing around vulnerability and the actual depth of relationships with people that I know I struggle with. I know now anyway. Choosing courage over comfort and protecting yourself from shame and ridicule etc is really hiding who you are, are two things that have really resonated with me recently.

None of this would’ve been possible without you. There was definitely a reason for me sending you the original email as well as detailing some of the things I had endured previously.

I now have the responsibility to myself to keep this going and to further improve.

I’m a changed man.

I’ve filled out the form for you in your email to me. That in itself is a powerful exercise. Reflecting back on what was and what is now. I know now that I have a platform to base optimal exploration from. Zero point.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

 

Fibromyalgia Warrior

Testimonial – Post-viral Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Another Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Success

It is always very humbling to bear witness to and guide clients back to health following long term chronic illnesses. Below is a testimonial from another client who had suffered from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over 20 years, who can now look forward to a future free from illness, and full of happiness.

“Mickel Therapy really works!! When I first stated sessions 6 years ago, I had been practically bed ridden with post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I could barely walk to my letterbox, was too exhausted to even read and felt as though I was wearing a concrete body suit. I started off doing phone sessions with a therapist in England as there was no-one available in Australia at that time. Within a short time I was able to walk around the block and over a year later I had gained some quality of life back. However a further serious unrelated illness set me back and I let things drift for a few years before I realised I needed to pick up the threads again with Mickel Therapy. I found Tim via the internet and, once again, began to improve remarkably as I applied what I had learned. After 8 sessions my foggy brain has gone, I am doing two walks a day, and I am sleeping beautifully after years of sleeping problems. Tim has been very helpful and is easy to talk to, and I can thoroughly recommend both Tim and Mickel Therapy.”

Sue Judkins, 13/11/15

 

 

Mickel Therapy Case Study – Fibomyalgia

From severe Fibromyalgia to skiiing within 10 weeks via Mickel Therapy.

The following is a case study of a client and dear friend of mine who recovered from fibromylagia which had crippled her life and offered a very bleak future. We used this as a press release prior to a talk on Mickel Therapy at the Mind, Body, Spirit festival given by a NZ colleague of mine.

“Jude Beacham considered herself a normal active woman, who biked 12 kms at least 3 times a week and regularly went to the gym.
But over a period of a few months, she started to notice herself feeling unusually tired and achy.
The pain and fatigue grew over the next few months, and her ability to do normal everyday things lessened, until she was no longer able to dress herself, go to the bathroom or even walk without the help of her husband.

A specialist diagnosed her with fibromyalgia and prescribed medication to manage the pain, but symptoms persisted and worsened.
In her words “I thought to myself ‘this is crazy. From the outside I don’t look sick but inside I knew I was. MY LIFE HAD TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE! I thought to myself if this goes on I will end up in a wheel chair”.

A year and a half after battling with symptoms, Jude chanced upon a therapy which maintained it could help people recover from the pain and fatigue symptoms of fibromyalgia without medication or supplements.
She had nothing to lose and decided to give it a go.

Under the guidance of her therapist, Tim Altman from Torquay, Jude followed the steps she needed to take to reduce her symptoms.
She was taught the real cause of her pain and fatigue, and shown how to reduce her pain and fatigue completely naturally, by tapping into the innate wisdom of her body intelligence.

Two months after commencing therapy Jude’s symptoms had disappeared and she was back skiing.

Jude remembers how “On my first Mickel Therapy appointment I had to be helped walking down the stairs and my husband helped me out of the car. In August I went skiing for a week with my family”.

You might ask yourself ‘How is such transformation possible when most doctors and specialists still say they do not know what causes fibromyalgia and can only help patients at best to ‘manage symptoms’?

Most Mickel Therapists ask themselves ‘Why is it that thousands of people are diagnosed each year with chronic pain and fatigue conditions and sent home without hope, when the answers and solutions have been available for over a decade’?

Mickel Therapy understands exactly what causes extreme symptoms of pain and fatigue, and has solutions to help people recover their health.
Over the past 15 years, thousands of people have recovered from conditions such as chronic fatigue (CFS), ME, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel (IBS), post viral fatigue, anxiety, depression and more by using Mickel Therapy. It has even been shown to have success with MS (multiple sclerosis).

The paradox is, despite the fact most doctors do not understand these illnesses, Mickel Therapy was developed in the 1990’s by a Scottish GP, Dr David Mickel, who worked out the cause of chronic illnesses such as CFS, IBS and fibromyalgia after seeing hundreds of clients with the same conditions. He wrote about it in his book ‘Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia – the long awaited cure’. In it he describes how an over-active hypothalamus may be causing a myriad of symptoms, and what he feels sends this tiny gland in the centre of the brain to go into ‘over-drive’.”

This is a text that Jude sent me 10-12 weeks after starting Mickel Therapy. It included the video of her skiing (mentioned above) as verification of her recovery:

“Check this out Tim. Thank you for giving me my life back. Jude xxxx”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuWGhpOK2Tk Jude Skiing 22nd August 14

 

Busyness As Usual

Addiction to “Busyness” and It’s Link to Unhappiness and Symptoms of Illness

Generation overstimulation? Generation Y’s addiction to being busy.

A fantastic article (linked below) shared by Laura Walsh at Quay Osteo in Torquay. I highly recommend Laura’s services to anyone on the Surfcoast and neighboring areas. Her awareness goes beyond the mainstream
This addiction to busyness is something I see regularly in the Mickel Therapy work I do with clients with chronic illnesses such as CFS, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression and IBS, amongst many others.

But this addiction affects most of us. Not just gen Y’s.

And I believe the addiction to busyness is one of the primary reasons that most of us end up chronically hyper-vigilant or in ‘fight or flight’ responsiveness.

This creates an internal disconnect between our thinking or rational brain (our mind – or the voice in our head) and our more primal emotional brain centres or our intuitive body-mind (which sends pre-thought emotional signals to our body to keep us happy, safe and comfortable with relationship to our environment). These two intelligence centres exist in all animals and, ideally, or in harmony, work together.

When we become addicted to busyness, we get stuck in our head or rational mind and a disconnect occurs, meaning that we internalise or suppress stress, and resulting in our hypothalamus (in our brain) going into overdrive. As our hypothalamus is involved in homeostasis or regulation of most automatic bodily functions (including sleep, mood, cognitive function, temperature regulation, digestion, immune function, our endocrine systems, circulation, respiration, and the stress response), when it goes into overdrive for too long or too much, symptoms, and eventually syndromes or chronic illness can be the result.

This addiction to busyness is not a conscious thing. It is most often the result of a self-limiting pattern that has resulted from our childhood and is therefore sub-conscious and habitual.

Put simply, we develop a sub-conscious relationship between stress or busyness (interesting the similarity between busyness and business!!) and safety. As a child, if you are threatened physically or emotionally, a way to stay ‘safe’ (remembering that children haven’t developed a strong rational brain yet) is to be ‘on-guard’ or hyper-vigilant. Keeping yourself busy achieves this, and it helps you stay protected from physical or emotional pain. As an adult, this pattern becomes habituated and sub-conscious, yet it defines our life.
However this pattern no longer serves us as adults. We are no longer as unsafe or vulnerable as we were when we were children. Yet this pattern persists as it has no other choice – it is sub-conscious.
And, whilst it continues to do so, it continues to dis-regulate homeostasis or balance in our bodies and makes us unhappy, unfulfilled, far from optimal wellness, and predisposes us to many chronic illness.

When we break this pattern with clients, by an action-centred approach using Mickel Therapy, it is very common to see complete resolution of the symptoms of many chronic illnesses.

And it works beautifully even if you are not chronically ill. Both performance and relationships improve, and clients feel more free and happier than they have for most of their lives. Well, since they were young children before they felt threatened and contracted.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/generation-overstimulation-generation-ys-addiction-to-being-busy-20150625-ghxsde#ixzz3imYQAYbB