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Recovery in Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Hollyrebecca, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Hollyrebecca

    Hollyrebecca New Member

    Not my own recovery story, but I thought it was interesting as I’m sure Jack has mentioned Costa Rica being good for redox, etc. This account is taken from the Phoenixrising boards...

    ‘This is the account of a remarkable cure of what seems well diagnosed ME/CFS, which I pass on to you from Jan, the writer. She is a member of our local, Victoria BC (Canada) group. I have not met her or her son, but have had several phone conversations with her, and we have exchanged many emails. I am convinced that she is an intelligent, caring and responsible person, and fully believe her story; when I suggested she post it, she asked me to post it for her, so here it is, in her own words.
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    "My 19 year old son, Paul, no longer has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms! And it is because of Costa Rica. I had recently read that Michael J. Fox had lost his Parkinson's Disease symptoms while visiting Bhutan in the Himalayas. Perhaps there is something about certain areas of the world, for certain illnesses, and for certain individuals.
    When my son was 12 years old in 2006, I planned a six month trip to Asia for us both, departing July 1, 2006. Before departure, he became ill with a Mononucleosis type illness that did not test as Mononucleosis. He was exhausted, weak and spitting up mucous all the time. The illness was with him about four months.
    Close to our departure date he still was not recovered, so I delayed the flight for three extra weeks. He improved during that time, but was still feeling tired and weak. I had booked us in a resort on the ocean in Thailand for ten days to start our trip. While there, Paul recuperated entirely. From there, we backpack travelled, including two treks in the Himalayas in Nepal. Paul did fine and we put that bout of illness behind us.
    We returned to Canada and two months after our return, both Paul and I contracted a terrible flu that was circulating; the worst flu I had ever experienced. We were both completely flat out for ten days, unable to move. Paul never came out of it. He continued to be exhausted. After about eight or nine months of this illness, he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He could not attend school and began distance education. I bought him a guitar as this gave him something to focus on while lying down all day. He would lie on the couch and play for five or six hours a day. He is now playing at an advanced level.
    As other Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients likely know, we tried numerous, numerous possible cures; went to naturopaths, stopped eating wheat, ate lots of dark chocolate etc. etc. Nothing worked. After five years of social isolation, and inability to live a normal life, I started to worry that Paul could possibly be going into a depression.
    I decided to take him to a change of scenery to lift his spirits, and chose a two week vacation in Costa Rica. We had visited the country ten years prior and I thought the wildlife and the climate might pick up his mood. It was a risk, as I was concerned that Paul might be too weak to leave the hotel room and that spending two weeks, isolated in an air conditioned room in a beautiful country might send him hurtling down, emotionally.
    Upon arrival in Costa Rica, Paul experienced a crash. After about four days, he started going out more. I took him sailing and he was able to stand, steering the sailboat for 90 minutes without feeling like he had to sit. He said that his legs were not shaky. Normally with the CFS, his legs would shake after about ten minutes of standing. Into the second week, he was going on lots of outings, was standing taller and not slouching, and he looked radiant. He said that he felt wonderful. His description was that of a 2/10 level of exhaustion in Canada and an 8/10 level in Costa Rica!! I decided that we needed to return to Costa Rica for a lengthier time, to see how he would respond.
    We returned to Costa Rica about five weeks ago and will be staying another four months. Once again, after about four days, his energy increased significantly. He started taking 15 minute walks on the beach, gradually increasing to hour long walks. He started doing sit-ups and is now doing about 120 (two reps of 60 a day). He has joined the gym in town and is working with a personal trainer to deal with his atrophied body.
    He cooks, cleans, showers twice a day (used to have difficulty getting in two showers a week!). He has played in a band. He goes on outings daily. He has stated emphatically, that he feels completely normal. There is nothing he cannot do. There are no limitations upon him. He does not get exhausted. He is extremely happy and is making plans to attend the University de Costa Rica to become a music teacher in an International School here in Costa Rica.
    A few days ago, I suddenly remembered the loss of his illness when we went to Thailand. I looked on the world map and noted that Thailand and Costa Rica are both at almost exactly the same latitude on the earth. The climate is similarly hot and humid and there are lots of beaches on the ocean. Both geographic regions also have jungle, although the foliage in Costa Rica is far thicker and greener and full of wildlife.
    I am unable to explain why this has happened. It feels miraculous and watching the transformation was both baffling and exhilarating. Frankly, I don't really care why. The reason does not matter to me. All that matters is that my son is going to have a life; that he is happy again, joining in socially, participating in life and following his dreams. What more could a mother ask for?
    This is, however, in my mind, an important experience and information to share. If it helps even one person to gain health again, then it is worth it. If it causes someone to investigate the reasons and build on understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, that would be wonderful. I understand fully how it is to be living with an illness no one understands and for which there is no cure. Our cure was stumbled upon. Perhaps it will help others.
    But of course my son's cure is something individual. I have also heard while being here in Costa Rica, of a woman who came to Costa Rica to live and contracted Chronic Fatigue Syndrome while living here. It is difficult to understand what has transpired for my son, while the same environment has had the opposite effect upon someone else. I have no answers, but consider this information important nonetheless.‘
     
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  2. Sue-UK

    Sue-UK Gold

    Do you know what area of Costa Rica Paul was in and what water he was drinking, and where the other person was and what water they were drinking? :)
     
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  3. shah78

    shah78 Gold

    i posted similar stories on Phoenix rising. I was tarred and feathered by the vast majority.IMPOSSIBLE! :)
     
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  4. Alex97232

    Alex97232 Gold

    Impossibly sad. They don't want to know.
     
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  5. Novah

    Novah New Member

    Thanks for sharing such a great story!

    Here's another interesting one - chiropractor who was developing health symptoms in the USA that went away in Costa Rica:

     
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  6. Oskar Q-NRG

    Oskar Q-NRG New Member

    I struggled with CFS while I was living in Australia. I started running barefoot on these long beaches they have. At first my heartrate went through the roof in half a kilometer but in few months I was able to run well over 5k at a time. That took away the most disturbing physical symptoms, the rest I'm still in the process of figureing out.
    In 2019 I went to Israel Dead sea region twice and felt phenomenaly good there, the extra oxygen pressure, sun and saltwater (and possibly stronger magnetic field also?) works wonders.
     
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  7. Hollyrebecca

    Hollyrebecca New Member

    I wish I was well enough to travel! Unfortunately my symptoms are very severe, and I can’t walk, let alone run. I’m following as much of the protocol as possible and it’s slowly helping, I think. Glad you have improved.
     
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