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  • laura

    When I woke up one morning with a cold, I didn’t really think too much about it. I didn’t realise that my whole life was about to change. I went to work as usual and, when I started feeling worse, took some tablets and got on with what I needed to do. In spite of swollen glands I went out to dinner with a friend but the next day I felt so ill I actually stayed home in bed. I didn’t go back to work for four and a half years.

  • jane

    I am forty one years old. When I was twenty years old we had just got married, had brought a derelict house and we were running our own business. I would write great big lists and not allow myself to go to bed until everything was done. We worked six markets and had one day buying stock. Our days started at 3:30am and finished late.

    I started to get really tired. Customers would be talking to me and I would have to hold my eyes open as I felt I was going to fall asleep on the spot. One day after travelling home from the market I went to get out of the van and I couldn’t move my legs! It took all my effort to speak. I felt so ill.

  • I first became involved with Alex Howard’s Optimum Health Clinic 3 years ago. I was then almost totally housebound and had severe cognitive impairment. For 2 years I had phone consultations with the nutritionist and made slow but steady progress. I was no longer housebound and my brain function had improved. However I was still pacing vigorously, resting 2 hourly.

    From the clinic website I heard of many inspirational stories, although initially sceptical I decided to get involved with the psychological side of the clinic. The clinic uses a combination of techniques influenced by The Lightning process, Reverse Therapy, N.L.P. and Hypnosis. In March 09 I enrolled on “the 90 Day Programme”. This involved attending a 2 and 1/2 day London course, follow-up during the following 90 days with conference calls with the group and one to one phone calls with one of the clinic psychology practitioners Anna.

  • With hindsight, I believe my ME started in c. 2003. I suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks, and had to have a general anaesthetic as a result. After that, I started to have occasional woozy moments but thought nothing of it. In 2004 I was offered redundancy while pregnant, which I took without hesitation! I then had my first child, and was told I reacted to the pethidine with an unusual rash. I was obviously very tired with a new baby, and the days seemed to blend in to one another. After a few months I felt I needed to do something for me, and so started a tiny part time business from home doing something I love. This gave me a different focus for a short while which was psychologically invaluable, but did increase the pressure on my time. I started to have odd moments of feeling like I was sitting on a boat on a choppy sea, I suffered with more and more colds, and even though I grabbed chances to sleep whenever I could, I was still permanently tired.

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The problem with miracle recovery stories

The video below explores the area of why ‘miracle’ recovery stories inspire but can also be a source of slowing ones progress down. Alex explains what the difference is between a ‘miracle’ recovery and a sustainable recovery.  Here at the OHC we take the view that recovery is a process made up of many smaller steps that go towards achieving […]

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Exercise is a conversation not a lecture in ME/CFS recovery.

In this short video Alex talks about introducing exercise into your recovery path and when this might be appropriate. One of the key points that Alex makes to treat exercise as a dialogue with your body rather than something to push through regardless. Click on the video below to view more.

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Taking a rest on your recovery path

This video explores the challenge and discipline of taking rest on the recovery path.  In fact, Alex makes the point that actually resting takes more strength than pushing through.  If you have a tendency to not listen to your body and rest when needed, this video will be particularly helpful.

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Why do we teach the 90 Day Programme in a group format?

The 90 Day Programme is the OHC’s flagship psychology programme, and a very powerful way to immerse yourself in the clinic’s psychology approach in a supportive and empowering way.  You can find out more about The 90 Day Programme here

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Secrets to Recovery Live – David Butcher Part 1 & 2

Part 1 Alex Howard interviews OHC Chairman David Butcher,  exploring his recovery from ME/CFS and OHC’s latest research plans. Part 2 Having had so much wonderful feedback on the recent session with OHC Chairman, David Butcher, and his recovery story, we decided to do a follow up session – specifically to answer your questions!

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OHC Announces Randomised Controlled Trial with University of Surrey

We are extremely proud and excited to be announcing a 3 year collaboration with University of Surrey to complete a Randomised Controlled Trial (the gold standard of research) investigating the OHC approach treating ME/CFS.  To find out more about the study, and the related fundraising campaign, click play on the below video with OHC Founder […]