How to Stop Feeling so Awful

All extracts copyright 2000 Dr David Collison

It is a depressing fact that conventional medicine fails to cure a significant number of the patients who seek help at general practitioners' surgeries. Frequently, all that is offered is one or more drugs to relieve (suppress) the symptom or symptoms complained of. And why not? Medicine is derived from the Latin word Medico, and the literal translation of this word is "I drug".

But why should headaches and general aches and pains, arthritis, lack of energy, depression and anxiety, sleep disturbance, irritability, and a host of even more serious problems just be accepted as part of everyday life in the modern world?

Clinical ecology is concerned with environmental illness, illness caused by what we breathe, eat, drink and absorb through our skin. It is well accepted today that some people are allergic to grasses, pollens, moulds, house-dust (mite) or cat fur. Clinical ecologists know that patients with real and often devastating symptoms, for which no cause could be found, are, in fact, suffering a different kind of allergic reaction, an intolerance rather than a true allergy, to everyday foods and common chemicals, and that they are often addicted to the very things that are causing their illness.

In "How To Stop Feeling So Awful", Dr David Collison explains, in easy-to-understand terms, how and why the human body reacts adversely to a variety of substances, in particular foods, and chemicals both in the foods and in the environment. Dr Collison gives practical advice on how to identify possible troublemakers. Once the offending food or chemical is identified, the cure is eminently straight forward - no drugs, no unwanted side-effects, or unpleasant treatments - just eliminate or neutralise the cause.


CONTENTS


Introduction.

Prologue.

Chapter 1.....The Failure of Modern Medicine.
Chapter 2.....The Seven Requirements for Health.
Chapter 3.....How Healthy Are We?
Chapter 4.....Making Sense of Illness.
Chapter 5.....Understanding Ecological Illness.
Chapter 6.....Stress, Addiction and Food Intolerance.
Chapter 7.....The Symptoms of Ecological Illness.
Chapter 8.....How to Identify Food Intolerance Reactions.
Chapter 9.....All About Fasting.
Chapter 10...Managing the Fast.
Chapter 11...The Challenge Test.
Chapter 12...After the Fast and Challenge Test.
Chapter 13...The Rotation Diet.
Chapter 14...Alternatives to Fasting?
Chapter 15...Suspect, Exclude and Reintroduce.
Chapter 16...Sugar and Hypoglycaemia.
Chapter 17...The Problems Caused by Chemicals in Foods.
Chapter 18...Sensitivity to Chemicals in our Environment.
Chapter 19...Testing for Chemical Intolerance.
Chapter 20...Is More Required ?

Appendix 1...Food Questionnaire.
Appendix 2...Chemical Questionnaire.
Appendix 3...Food Testing Form.
Appendix 4...Guide Lines on Filling out the Food Testing Form.

Index

INTRODUCTION

Good health is the most fundamental of rights. Implicit in that, is that each of us has the right to expect that medicine will provide us with the means to get better when we are sick and to remain in good health when we are well. So why is it that at least 50 per cent of patients, who go to their family doctor looking for a cure for their ills, find that he or she can offer them nothing but a prescription for one or more drugs, which, as often as not, leave them feeling worse than before? What other profession could live with a failure rate of one in two? Would we employ an engineer to build bridges, if half of his collapsed?

Clearly, there is something very basic missing from the doctor’s armoury, something that is not taught at medical school, something that could explain this abject failure rate. It is to be found in the most logical place of all – in the food that we eat and the myriad chemicals that beset us. But not in a straightforward way, that we could have seen at any time simply by opening our eyes.

This was a brilliant discovery – brilliant because it wasn’t obvious, brilliant because the increasing numbers of health professionals who now practise it believe that up to 80 per cent of all those symptoms and illnesses, that at present get no help from orthodox medicine, can now be properly treated. And brilliant because it is also a means by which we can all safely and responsibly heal ourselves and then remain at the peak of good health.

This new approach to the management of illness and disease is called Clinical Ecology. Clinical Ecology is concerned with environmental illness. Illness caused by what we eat, drink, breathe and absorb through our skin.

This book explains how and why the human body reacts adversely to a variety of substances and provides practical advice on how to identify possible troublemakers. Once the offending substance is identified, the cure is remarkably straight forward – no drugs, no unwanted side-effects, or unpleasant treatments, just eliminate or neutralise the cause.

You will agree, when you have read this book, that this approach has a great deal to offer everyone of us, especially if we want to and seek to overcome illness, sickness and disease in a natural way without the need to turn to the “Medicine” way – poisoning our bodies with drugs.