Some of the ‘bread-and-butter’ treatment goals:

To feel truly well again

Restore Wellness Rather than  just ‘treating disease’

In terms of positive goals this means

Sleep-Related Health Goals

Restorative Sleep: To wake rested every morning after a reasonable amount of sleep.

Some people need seven hours, some people need nine hours. Many of the people who come to see me on their first visit remark I ask about their sleep  “I  could sleep for Ireland  but I wake each morning feeling as if a truck has run over me”.

Other aspects of restorative sleep are:  to have the capacity  to begin normal activities reasonably soon after awakening and not to have to spend two hours ‘ waking up ‘.

To be able to stay sleep:   Some people have great difficulty  staying asleep when the ought to.

Many people remark  ” I have no difficulty getting off to sleep – I am totally tired at the end of the day but I wake up after two hours and find it very difficult to get back to sleep. I toss and turn until 2 AM/3 AM/5 AM ( T varies hugely from person to person ).  Then I find  about 7 AM I get off into a nice deep sleep and the alarm rings at 730 and I feel absolutely awful ”

Good Night Sleep

To feel truly well again

Energy-related health goals

You have enough energy for work, family, hobbies and social life.

Many years ago a 55-year-old lady, separated public servant living in a household of one made the following reply concerning her energy : ” I go into work  on Monday and I cope.  By Wednesday I am exhausted. By Friday I am on my knees. I spend the whole weekend in bed and then begin the whole performance again on Monday morning “.

Some individuals have almost zero  energy: They  wake in the morning and they go to bed they struggle energy wise.

Some individuals have a fixed but very limited energy budget ‘  – in other words  they may have enough energy to go till mid morning, sometimes to lunchtime, sometimes till late afternoon.  Once that the time of day comes there energy is ‘ shot ‘  and they may be waiting anxiously for their partner to come home cook supper, poor children to bed et cetera.

Many individuals who fall into either of the two groups above may also have fluctuating blood sugar and find that there energy levels fall precipitously every hour to and the need to keep themselves stoked up on coffee, sweet items et cetera.

Needing Sleep
Needing Sleep

Mental clarity

Everyone needs to have a properly functioning brain which can remember with reasonable accuracy the important things from day to day. To be able to remember appointments. To be able to read an article and not have forgotten what was in the first paragraph by the time they have got to the second paragraph

 Brain-fog‘  and poor short-term memory generally are mentioned as a health problem by 50 to 70% of the patients whom I see. In my experience generally it is possible to resolve this situation – now  remember we are talking about people who have themselves decided that there mental sharpness is not what it was. These are not individuals who have been diagnosed to have progressed to a immensely a situation. These are people who are struggling to remember names of friends and acquaintances,

Functioning Digestive system

We all need a functioning digestive system

My goal is to be able to help people to respect the digestive system but to be able to forget about it most of the time

I see part of my role as helping people to once more establish normal digestive function. Not to have nausea after meals, not to have constipation, not to have to rush to the bathroom suddenly whether to pass urine or to pass a stool. Not to be constantly troubled by abdominal pain and spasm.

Human sexuality

Human beings need intimacy and if people are in conjugal relationships where sexual expression is involved they need to have some libido (so that they interest in being expressive towards their partner), and ability to participate in the sexual encounter and also an ability, if possible, to orgasm so that they enjoy the encounter and get positive feedback from the experience. Unrecognised vaginal dryness can be a huge damper on normal sexual activity.

Some other miscellaneous but important items

 Includes decent bladder control, to resolve issues such as dry eyes, very frequent trips to the bathroom, urinary leakage coming up to periods or during menstrual periods which can be a very significant problem for females in their 30s and 40s

Things that people need to ‘get rid’ of to feel well again

Get rid of the recurrent coughs, colds, pneumonia, sinus infections.

Manage and get rid of chemical sensitivity to perfumes, smells chemicals.

Recognise and manage food intolerance.

 

Last but by no means least

Treat Pain and manage or get rid of chronic pain  – nobody can lead productive or happy life if they are a slave to persistent pain and soreness