January 28th, 2024 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
In Part One
I explained how as a teenager I began to develop a pragmatic approach to personal health. I embraced trial and error, exploring, researching, and refining personal well-being and what works for me. Often this meant quietly pushing aside peer or societal pressures and medical norms. Over the decades, I continued seeking out pragmatic health tools that best fit me.
Until the past year, I still looked first for help from the U.S. “sick” care system, which repeatedly failed to help me during Covid and Long-Covid. Read More
October 4th, 2023 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Reconnecting these days, friends will inevitably ask, “so, how’s your health?” In short, my transformation has been amazing given my serious health struggle – shared in earlier blog posts
. My recovery meant embracing what some might call “crazy” holistic practices
. With the perspective of time and feeling good, I now think of this journey as a radical new commitment to deep “positive health.”
Coming out of the weeds of the ongoing efforts to recover, a new friend and fellow author Jane Doyle
recently re-framed my health journey. Read More
January 1st, 2023 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Though frequently referred to as “little Chicago” by folks from Illinois, the “Cream City” (so called for the hue of the local brick) has a distinct culture and identity.
A case in point, Milwaukee water fountains are called “bubblers”. And the local NPR radio series answering listener questions in Chicago called “Curious City
” (on WBEZ) in Milwaukee entitled “Bubbler Talk
” on WUWM. The origins of this odd term and public radio series offers an interesting dive into Milwauke history
. Read More
October 15th, 2022 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
That’s right, “Milwaukee or Bust”
. So, while not literally driving a beat-up Model-T cross-country for the promise land, echoing back to 1930s Dust Bowl days, the metaphor helps dramatize my move and internal travails to find a new home. Temporarily living in “God’s Country” (as my cousin’s refer to Wisconsin) shifted my mindset, which has evolved over the past couple months as a post-pandemic, 50s-something.
My June blogpost “Exit Chicago”
detailed uprooting myself from Chicago to try out Wisconsin while still buzzing back to the city one-day a week for appointments with Back to Natural Health
and catch friends. Read More
June 19th, 2022 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
It’s been too long, since Thanksgiving that I sent an email update. Much has happened.
Most dramatic on November 30th Jim Sugrue and Doc. Lynda probably saved my life by getting me to Illinois Masonic Hospital. I was unable to think clearly or form words and later learned low-sodium spurred by a second bout of Covid (Delta or Omicron, who knows?) and my mistakenly pushing too much water. This gave me a front row seat to learn the old adage is true: Ignorance really IS bliss, for I didn’t suffer and have only fleeting, dazed and confused memories of the initial 36-48 hours. Read More
November 24th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
The narrative current over the past 11-months has been overwhelmingly in support of vaccines. The same time I was pursuing a regimen of repurposed, off-label prescription
drugs, a modified diet
, and boosting vitamins to fight off long-Covid. In retrospect, from my experience, thousands in online support groups, and front-line doctors it is clear these medicines indeed work. Today, I am no longer suffering from crushing fatigue, shortness of breath, malaise, and am beginning to really live again. Although still not 100% these treatments have made a huge difference. Read More
October 23rd, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
I contracted Covid in March of 2020. I was never hospitalized but I experienced four weeks of fatigue, difficulty breathing, tightness in my chest, malaise, exhaustion, brain fog, and a complete loss of productivity.
I am a 57-year-old writer and athlete. Feeling better, I got back on my road bike and four weeks later had logged 520-miles. Then BAMM! With no warning—on May 15, 2020—Covid returned and laid me out. Month after month I struggled to manage life’s basics, occasionally able to accomplish some half-days of work. Read More
September 21st, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Just before midnight three Monday ‘s ago I awoke — not with the realization of society’s systemic racism, but a realization as basic and personal. I was struggling to breathe alone in bed (so no cops were involved). This had happened once before 18-months ago. After a few minutes of deep breathing assessing my body and calming my mind I contemplated what to do. The tightness in my chest and constricted feeling at the back of my throat made breathing a conscious effort. Read More
March 10th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
My frustration now has a new focus. The crying shame of the U.S. medical establishment is resistant to recognizing Ivermectin as a remedy to mild, severe, and long-Covid-19 symptoms — particularly as huge segments of the population wait for vaccines and continue to get sick and many die.
There is a lot of good information to share
with doctors about Ivermectin. Certainly, IVM may not work for everyone, but with little or no side effects and the potential upside against Covid-19 why not try it? Read More
March 9th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Fast approaching a year of dealing with Covid I am finally starting to feel better thanks to a friend of a friend and a Nobel prize winning substance, known in medical shorthand as IVM. My journey is not over, but IVM has offered a major path to recovery which has been thwarted from the start
. This is my story…
Mid-morning on March 23, 2020, I was knocked down with fatigue, slept for 2-1/2 hours and awoke to a growing malaise and brain fog. Read More