In the early 1990s I discovered that I had contracted a disease called Raynaud’s Syndrome which causes a reduced blood flow to the extremities of the body, (hands and feet), and makes the fingers and toes go blue/purple or white depending on the severity of the disease.
On a cold winter’s day I ventured into my garden and found a couple of my fingers, from the second knuckle, had gone white as if all the blood had drained from them. I quickly went inside and placed my affected hand into a bowl of warm water, which after a minute or two helped to re-heat my fingers and bring the colour back into them.
Because my fingers were ok again, I just made a note of it and forgot it happened, until a couple of weeks later it happened again. At this stage I realised I had a medical issue and visited my doctor, who explained I was suffering from Raynaud’s disease which is an incurable illness, and I should take precautions like wearing gloves in the cold etc, and if it gets worse come back and I can be prescribed drugs for it. Sadly it seemed I had this for life!
Of course like most people I really didn’t want to take drugs for any ailment, and I just went on with my life ensuring when I was in the cold I would always wear gloves to protect myself.
Sometime I forgot my gloves and got away with it, though on other occasions when the Raynaud’s took hold I would head for the nearest warm place or hot tap, which usually fixed it. I don’t think my Raynaud’s was that severe because it didn’t impact my life too much.
During the winter of 2013 I got a cold, just a normal cold that made my nose run and generally made me feel awful for about a week. Nothing special really, except this cold gave me an horrible cough in which I was often coughing up mucus.
The cough continued well after the cold had gone and I couldn’t stop it. I wasn’t coughing all the time and only when I had a build up of mucus.
Eventually I visited the doctor to get some treatment, and the doctor suggested it was just part of the cold I’d had and it would eventually go. I lived with the cough for another month or two and went back to the doctor, and this time they suggested I needed antibiotics to clear it up, which was ok for me, and I went away with a course of pills to take.
Generally you can tell within a few days if the antibiotics were working and I felt the cough was just the same, it had not improved. I finished the course of drugs and eventually went back to the doctor who suggested I leave it a bit longer to give the cough time to settle.
By this point it was spring the next year and I was moving to a new city and eventually a new doctor, and in any case the cough had settled down and I didn’t get the mucus so much, and by now it didn’t really bother me.
As spring turn into summer and then autumn I noticed the cough had started to come back, and I found taking antihistamines helped it a lot and stopped the production of mucus and also limited the cough. This was great and I felt I had a long last go a hold of of it.
Everything was fine and I lived with the infrequent coughing for some time, months perhaps, and it didn’t really impact my life, though I did notice over the winter when the weather was cold and damp it had worsened.
The next spring and summer was fine and I found the illness had receded quite a bit during the warmer months, though once again as the autumn came round the coughing restarted. I finally decided to visit the doctor in my new city and he suggested I use a blue salbutamol inhaler to ease the issue, which I did when the it was more acute, which helped.
I lived with this for sometime until even this didn’t help and another trip to the doctor and a different medic prescribed me with a steroid inhaler and this had a pretty much instant impact, completely clearing up my issue.
To cut a very long story short I ended up visiting the doctor 18 times, including 2 x-rays at the hospital and two blood tests, and had an appointment with a specialist who finally diagnosed me with late onset Asthma, and in 2020 I was prescribed a full course of steroid inhalers, twice a day.
Hooray I was finally fixed and life was ok, albeit having to take steroids for the rest of my life.
I turns out that both of my diseases were known as autoimmune diseases which I did not have when I was young and which there was no family history, somehow I had contracted these diseases.
An autoimmune disease happens when the body’s natural defence system can’t differentiate between its own cells and foreign cells, which causes the body to attack its normal cells. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases that affect a wide range of body parts.
Of the 80 autoimmune diseases I had about 3% of them, bad luck, and autoimmune disorders in general cannot be cured, there is no cure for them, once you have them it is for life and you either live with them or take drugs.
You can search the list of autoimmune diseases though sadly mine don’t show as very common disorders!
Despite every website which lists an autoimmune disease suggesting that there is no cure I currently no longer suffer from either of my illnesses.
Recently I was scrolling through YouTube and found a video from a youtuber called Laura Try, who claims to have cured herself from Raynaud’s disease having suffered from it since being a teenager. Being sceptical and interested I watched the whole video and was interested in what she had done.
Laura Try found that a combination of herbs and cold shock therapy has rid her of Raynaud’s. She ate ginger and cinnamon with her food and also took ice baths, which have become quite popular.
Being interested I watched more videos on cold shock therapy and all those connected to Wim Hof, and because I didn’t have the ice or a suitable tub to have a cold water bath, I decided to try cold showers to see if it would help with my Raynaud’s.
I tried a cold shower – wow it was super hard. I don’t think I have ever properly had a cold shower before, and didn’t really know what to expect. I put the tap to cold, pointed the shower to my body and head and turn it on.
Whack, the cold hits you like a brick and within a second I was hyperventilating and screaming like a baby. Of course what I was feeling wasn’t pain it was just shock and discomfort, the sort of unpleasant feeling I would normally avoid, especially suffering from Raynaud’s.
Happily my fingers stayed red, though my whole body was red too, as my blood seems to have lit up my skin with colour.
Despite the shock I stayed in the shower a good couple of minutes and after about 30 seconds, and when I’d completely soaked my whole body, I felt fine and the cold seemed to subside a bit.
After I’d got out I felt exhilarated, it felt great and it wasn’t long before I wanted to do it again, which seemed crazy.
I continued with the cold showers, though each time I had nervous anticipation of the shock I was about to receive, though I knew it was only for a very short time.
I am still having a daily cold shower, and I think I will continue to do so from now on.
One evening after the fifth day of cold showers I took my camera out into the cold to take some photos, and noticed that I had a bit of Raynaud’s in the very tip of one finger, which considering I had thin fingerless gloves on I was quietly surprised, and would have expected my fingers to be much worse. I was able to clasp my finger around my fist and it soon warmed up and I didn’t have any other issues for the nest 90 minutes.
After day 8 I ventured out into a frosty morning, without gloves on and cleaned the ice off the screen on my car and didn’t have any issues with Raynaud’s and the next day I was out on a very cold day with no gloves for 2 hours with no problem.
I seems that cold showers had had a positive impact on my Raynaud’s.
After day 8 of my cold showers I missed a day of my steroid inhaler, I was away and forgot to take it. I didn’t notice any negative impacts of this, and I put this down to the fact that taking puffs from a steroid inhaler is cumulative, and it builds up the dose with each puff, meaning you could miss some doses without noticing.
This felt different though and in the past if I missed a day I would feel something, I would have expected to have a bit of a chest, albeit very light, but in this case I felt nothing, no issues.
By day 10 I decided to completely stop taking my asthma medication, and I haven’t had any mucus or coughing episodes since. I am now free of Asthma, that incurable disease and no longer take medication.
I’m not a doctor or a medical scientists, and I can’t explain what has happened to me, I can only suggest what might have happened based on what I have read online and what I can guess, though in truth this is complete guesswork.
I believe the cold virus I contracted had damaged the DNA in my cells, some of the 100 or so strands that affect the immune system. This is why I think I contracted Asthma, and in the same way medical scientists use a virus to change a person’s DNA to rid them of genetic diseases – I think this happened naturally for me, though in a negative way.
The cold shock from the showers, activates a number of proteins in our cells that are used to protect the body from the shock, and these proteins, YBx1 etc, have repaired my faulty DNA and reset the fault causing the Asthma.
This repair process may also be true for my Raynaud’s though I’m not so certain, and I believe the regeneration of Brown Fat Cells, which we all have when we are young and lose as we grow, has helped to reduce the amount of blood flowing back to my vital organs when I feel cold and thus reducing the affect of Raynaud’s.
This is my story of curing myself from incurable diseases. Please let me know in the comments if you have any of these diseases and if you have managed to cure yourself, or DM me on instagram.