By April 2000
most of my body was in spasm, the muscles flooding and my HD symptoms became intrusive.
Grant Morgan eventually gave me an Acuhealth
unit, which is an electronic, self-treatment acupuncture
stimulator used on Volls Points for nerve degeneration. The response was
immediate. I used it for 18 months. It also had points for allergies. After stimulating
them I no longer get carsick and can stand loud music!
My body was
normal. There were no tight muscles. I had balance and co-ordination I had never had
before. I could resume a normal life so much so that by April 2001, with my Physical
Trainer and my planning I was fit enough to ski for 4 magnificent weeks in Europe.
On my return Dorothy Tortell, the Social Worker for the
Wellington HDA, asked me to find some information on herbalists and things like that,
because some of her clients were asking for that information. We agreed that she could use
it herself, publish it in the Newsletter and place it on our web site. 12 months later I
finished it. Naturopathic Medicines and
Natural Therapies is now on the web site and Dorothy asked me to speak on it at
this Huntingtons conference, September 2002.
In August 2001 my
brain was clear, but by September and my 60th birthday things started
deteriorating again. Bridget, my daughter, suggested I find a homoeopath, because when I had had my predictive
test results, she found her homoeopath very useful in being able to talk things over with.
My osteopath suggested Gwyneth Evans, the principal of the
Homoeopathic School in Tawa. I arrived at her clinic, my muscles were in spasm and were
deteriorating fast, with all the old HD symptoms, and insomnia. Her remedy was 2 drops of
Plumbum daily, a homoeopathic medicine.
In February 2002,
taking the advice from the HDLighthoue, I started taking Creatine tablets.
Since 1993 creatine has been a popular supplement for endurance athletes.
Creatine was shown to
protect against chemical induced HD in mice in January 1998. Now it is shown that creatine
also protects mice carrying the mutant HD gene. Mice that have creatine as 2% of their
diet live about 17%longer. More creatine decreases the gain. It is a good bet that creatine
will help HD in humans wrote Jerry Lampson, HDLighthouse.
But the sodium in
my tablets accumulated in me and helped caused the stress symptoms I have been
experiencing. I was making slow progress with my HD symptoms and my sleeping hormones were
slowly developing. By March 2002 however things were deteriorating. I was unable to
participate socially, my HD symptoms were back, my muscles hurt, and my brain was slowing
down. To help me sleep I took 2 Imovane but woke 3ish. My mouth and throat were
continually irritating. I was ravenous all the time.