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Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that has long been regarded almost beyond the possibility of successful treatment. For many patients a diagnosis of MS has meant the end of a normally functioning life. Not any longer.

Celeste Pepe was a vigorous 42, a busy chiropractor and naturopath, when she got an MS diagnosis.

What does an expert in alternative medicine do when she gets seriously ill? Dr. Pepe realized it was time to put her deep belief in alternative medicine to the test. She resolved to find and employ effective natural ways to reverse this condition and restore her health. She did, and her multiple sclerosis is now a thing of the past.

Dr. Pepe's remarkable healing odyssey took her through many disciplines, theories, and practices in the world of natural medicine, and into the depths of her own body and mind. In the end, she distilled her successful treatment into a program that any MS patient can follow to restore health. She explains this with clarity, medical precision and a strong measure of encouragement.

Using her own healing experience, Dr. Pepe explains the steps that can help the MS patient turn the corner on this disease: detailed nutrient testing and fortification, bee venom treatment, allergy testing and dietary changes, personally tailored nutritional plans, the use of specialized supplements, chelation therapy, regular exercise, and the replacement of mercury amalgam dental fillings. "I truly believe that if you diligently apply these healing protocols, which I have learned, you will no longer be known as an 'MS victim,'" says Dr. Pepe.

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Acknowledgments

By Celeste Pepe, D.C., N.D.

There comes a point in each person's life when a crossroads is reached, and a decision must be made that will change the course of life as they have known it until that moment. My moment came shortly after I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I had a choice: to accept the prognosis of conventional medicine and resign myself to a steadily declining quality of life, or to fight, to refuse to accept what I had been given as fact and find a way to alter what was considered to be inevitable. I chose the latter, and began a five-year journey into the world of alternative healing, searching for what I knew had to be out there somewhere: a means to rid myself of this unwanted disease, a way to cure MS.

Through perseverance, diligence, and an almost obsessive refusal to quit and resign myself to my fate, I was ultimately successful. Some of the damage left by the disease remains: an occasional weakness in my leg and other minor traces. But even these continue to fade with the passage of time. I believe that they will one day vanish completely. I believe myself to be well, having achieved health through the scientific application of natural substances and cleansing therapies. During the course of my journey, several people were essential to my success and overall well-being. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all that they have done.

First and foremost, I would like to extend my love and appreciation to my beautiful daughter, Sara. From the first moment in Hawaii when my illness became apparent, to the long hours spent composing this book, Sara has always been there for me. In my darkest, most frustrating times of searching, her bright smile, warm hugs, and a wisdom and compassion far beyond her years have kept me going. Although others may have had their moments of doubt, Sara never wavered. Her faith in me was safe harbor in the midst of my medical storms. I love you, honey. You have always kept Mommy's heart singing.

Love and thanks also to my companion, Jerry Kessler, to whom this book is dedicated. Jerry has enhanced and completed my life. His warmth, intelligence, and inner strength gave me an emotional pillar to lean on. He has kept me grounded with his insightful opinions and solid common sense, made me laugh when no one else could have, listened to me vent, and comforted my fears. Though he sometimes questioned the options that I chose, he always believed in me. For all that he has done for me, and for all he continues to do, I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Without him, my healing and this book that I have written to help others, would not have been possible. I love you, Jerry. You are a gift to my life, and I thank God for you.

I'd also like to thank my mom, Ramona Pepe, for the love and support she has shown throughout my illness. Mom often brought me articles and information that she could find on MS and its treatments. It was she who first brought me the research on MS as a virus, a piece of knowledge that proved instrumental in my final victory, and many other clues that ultimately led to my success. There is a bond of love between us, as mother and daughter, which has given me strength and comfort always. Thanks, Mom. I'm so glad I have you in my life.

My sincerest appreciation also to my friends, Leanore Izen and Christa Peterson, for all of their assistance and support. Leanore helped me to use spiritual principles to view my MS as a challenge rather than a blow, as a mission rather than a sentence of doom. In the earliest days of my illness, she helped me find the courage to begin my search for healing. If she had not been there to counsel and encourage me, I might never have made the decision to try and find a cure. Christa is also a wonderful friend. I am so fortunate to have such an experienced nurse as a close personal friend. She was so vital to my successful experiences with bee venom treatment, assisting with the therapy while helping me deal with the emotional battles that are so often a presenting symptom of this disease. Thank you both, my good friends.

Thanks to Dr. Jonathan Wright and Dr. Mitch Cantor, good friends who are learned men in their respective fields. Jonathan introduced me to Dr. Bradford Weeks, who became instrumental in my final success. He also recommended the fatty acid testing that became one of the first steps toward restoring the imbalances in my body. An accomplished medical professional and noted alternative healer, Jonathan provided me with much insight and valuable suggestions during my search. Dr. Mitch Cantor's commitment to keep abreast with the latest developments in human dentistry was the reason I became familiar with the work and practices of Dr. Hal Huggins, and later, Dr. Steven O'Dell. He initially recommended the mercury filling removal and the DMPS chelation therapy that became vital protocols in removing the excess mercury and other heavy metal toxins in my body. Both of these men contributed significantly to my awareness and choice of therapies that led to my healing. I thank them both for their friendship, insight, advice, and knowledge. I will always be grateful to them.

I'd also like to thank my Zaca Lake family, Rose Farrington, and Melody Pierson Foster for their endless hours of transcription and compilation of the materials that would become the basis for this book. They worked hard without complaining and gave me invaluable assistance. Thank you, ladies. I appreciate all that you have done to help make this book possible.

Two of the people most instrumental to my success are clinical nutritionists, Robert Santoro and Albert Weyhreter, founders of BioCybernetics Inc. and developers of the BCI analysis system. Bob and Al taught me the BCI system long before I had MS. My familiarity with it led to my reasoning that if perfect elemental balance were achieved, then by definition, no illness or imbalance condition could exist in that system. They also provided me with the beef concentrates that ensured I received the proper amounts of essential amino acids while I was experiencing dietary restrictions, and the Sphyngolin Myelin Beef Protein so crucial to diverting the virus away from the myelin it was previously attacking and destroying in my system. I have always valued their friendship, and have benefited immensely from their knowledge and skills in the field of nutrition.

My endless appreciation is also extended to the learned medical men who treated me during my search to find a cure for my MS. Dr. Hal A. Huggins and Dr. Thomas E. Levy, for their work on my mercury fillings and their education on excess metals trapped in the body and their effects. I thank them also for their introducing me to DMPS chelation, so necessary to the removal of excesses in my system. My thanks to Dr. Steven O'Dell for taking up where they left off, completing my chelation and working with me through my fatty acid testing and ozone therapy. He gave me many valuable insights that would prove excellent clues to my proper course of action. I was fortunate to have the expertise of so learned a trio at my disposal.

Much gratitude to Dr. William Crawford and Dr. David Watts for their treatment of my MS as a virus, one of the final keys to unlocking the hold the disease had on my system, for their work with EBV, and their research into its relation to multiple sclerosis. They have contributed so much to my healing process. Dr. Crawford's experience with the Nieper protocols and calcium orotates helped to bring the virus under submission, to begin to push it from my body, and to restore the elemental imbalances in my system. Dr. Watts's superior analytical skills and his extensive knowledge of nutrient therapies were key to restoring my body harmony and optimum function. Their continued work with me has been instrumental in the restoration of my overall balance and health.

Special thanks are due to Dr. Bradford S. Weeks, for his work with vitamin and nutritional therapies, and his vast knowledge of apitherapy and bee venom treatment. His recommendation of BVT therapy led to the restoration of mobility and feeling in my leg, numb for nearly four years at that time. He also prescribed my vitamin and hormonal replacement therapies that halted the progress of the disease and were also instrumental in restoring my body's nutrient balance. Thanks also to him for taking the time to read this book while still a manuscript, and for his comments and compliments. I am privileged to have him for a doctor and a friend.

Recognition and appreciation are also due to Dr. Matthew Van Benshoten and Dr. Joseph McSweyne, accomplished acupuncturists and masters of the ancient arts of Chinese herbal medicine. Their treatments kept my body mobile and my system clean of impurities, and they introduced me to the Zero Dairy, Zero Sugar protocol that was to become such a large part of my nutritional plan during much of my healing process. Their combination of the old and new ways of medicine has greatly benefited me and others who suffer from a broad base of autoimmune dysfunctions.

Dr. Wayne Miller and his father, Dr. Robert Miller, continue to help me strengthen my body and return it to its former flexibility through the latest in chiropractic medicine. Working with non-force treatments and an exacting awareness of the relationship between the skeletal and neurological system, they have been responsible for the mobility I enjoy today and for the restoration of my athletic abilities. I continue to work with them regularly, and hold an intense amount of respect for their combined skills in a field I know very well. I am grateful for their medical advice and professional camaraderie.

I must express my appreciation to Dr. Theodore Cherbuilez for all the help he has given me in the completion of this project. His gracious interview, input, and suggestions on BVT were invaluable and crucial to the completion of that portion of the book. Thanks also to all of the learned doctors and scientists who contributed so significantly to my final nutritional plan that I follow to this day. Dr. Roy L. Swank, Dr. Barry Sears, and Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo are a credit to their respective fields and some of the most brilliant minds in medical science. Their knowledge of nutrition, elemental food substances, and blood and cellular composition were the final keys to my success. Applying the principles of these internationally recognized experts was the final step in my journey. I appreciate their years of research and thank them sincerely for choosing to share their knowledge with the world through their books.

The final two people that I would like to recognize provided crucial assistance to my ultimate victory and the writing of this book. First, my very warmest thanks to Mrs. Pat Wagner. Pat made it possible for me to find the courage to try BVT and to continue the therapy until my leg was restored to full feeling. She taught me the practice of BVT, answered my many questions, and provided comfort and emotional support. I thank her also for her generous contributions to this book. Despite the demands on her as a BVT practitioner, lecturer, and grandmother, Pat made the extra time to complete her informative interview and aid in the compilation of the chapter on BVT and apitherapy. Thank you, Pat, for your help and your friendship.

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to extend my very special thanks to my writer, Lisa Hammond. I have felt throughout this chapter in my life that I have been divinely led through many circumstances and decisions. Seemingly out of the blue, as these things usually are, I found my way to Lisa. I don't think that I could have made a better choice in a writer. From the first day that I spoke with her, as she listened so intently to my story and the vision I had for this project, she has been an irreplaceable asset. Her exceptional writing skills and expert research abilities enabled me to present my personal story and the scientific data in this book in a way that the reader can understand and enjoy. Throughout the long hours we spent together, I have valued her keen intelligence, cynical New York humor, and innate ability to see clearly what I wanted to present and make it happen. I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again in the future and am glad to have been her client. Thanks, Lisa. You have made this book a victory to be proud of.

Celeste Pepe, D.C., N.D.

    Solvang, California

Acknowledgments

By Lisa Hammond

The first contact I had with Dr. Celeste Pepe was via the telephone on a cold and crisp morning in March of 1999. Despite the mountain of work upon my desk, I was to spend the next three hours listening to this pleasant and cheerful Californian voice tell me a most amazing story. I must admit, my first reaction to this complete stranger who announced that she had found a cure for MS was a silent, Yeah, right! My second reaction was far more visceral, as I continued to listen, waiting with typical New York skepticism for the flaw, the catch, the payoff pitch. There was none. No one could doubt the sincerity in that voice. I agreed to take a look at the project.

An extraordinary aspect of operating in the capacity of ghostwriter is the diversity of projects to which one is exposed. I may compose a political speech this month and edit a murder mystery the next. The caveat to the job is that one must choose carefully, as only one project at a time can be written. I have a writer's penchant for immersing myself in the work at hand, much as an actor in a film or play. During the time of the undertaking, I become a temporary expert on the subject at hand, especially on a project such as this one.

After my initial review of Dr. Pepe's materials, I decided to accept the assignment: to write the personal story of one woman's courageous journey from incurable illness to optimum health, against all odds and the prognostications of futility and doom from the medical community. I began to see the importance of the message behind the story: that multiple sclerosis, a disease that cripples over 300,000 Americans, and countless others worldwide, can indeed be cured. That in itself is incredible.

Far more sobering was the thought of the benefit that could be derived by others afflicted in a similar way. Not only would they have the possibility of success, they would be able to accomplish their own victories in far less time than the five-year period of Celeste's own healing, because they would have readily at hand the treatments that she spent the time and energy to search for and embrace. The impact of the book would be twofold. It was to be Dr. Pepe's uplifting and inspirational story of victory, certainly. However, ever the consummate teacher, Celeste decided to add additional chapters that would effectively serve as instructional materials for the reader. It was her desire to share her story with others afflicted with MS, and to educate as well, to show the readers in clearly understandable steps how they could accomplish the same triumph for themselves.

This was my challenge: to develop Dr. Pepe's notes and audio lectures into a cohesive work that would potentially benefit thousands of persons afflicted with this debilitating disease. From it stems my short, but important, list of those to whom I am most grateful.

First and foremost. I would like to thank those whom I love most: my family. My teenagers: son, Thomas, and daughter, Casey, who carried on bravely while their mother remained sequestered with mountains of research, crumpled wastebaskets of paper, and the ever-present tape recorder, frequently unable to tear myself away from the project. Casey plans to become a chef. At fourteen and a half, she is, admittedly, a far more proficient cook than I shall ever be. Little girl, you do make the best coffee on Earth, so help me. Thomas, considering a career in law enforcement or the military, maintained order in our home with an efficiency that belied his nearly seventeen years while still finding the time to pursue hockey, honing his already considerable skills in that difficult and physically demanding sport. He also unfailingly cared for my considerably overweight and aging Norwegian Forest cat. Tom, Indy is undoubtedly alive and fat today because of you. Thank you, with all of my heart. I am so proud of you both. You are, and will always remain, my very best works.

My eternal gratitude to accomplished musician and writer Jim Siegrist, my companion and confidant for so many years. He was always there to listen, encourage, and support me, and temper my bouts of self-pity while I was trying to understand unbelievably difficult medical terminology, at times overwhelmed by the task of explaining the concepts in lay terms the average reader could understand. Possessing a brilliantly creative mind in his own right, Jim well understands those periods all writers endure, when one stares at the ceiling and cannot compose a grocery list, juxtaposed by others where the gift flows and the sound of the keyboard echoes until the rosy fingers of dawn appear on the horizon. Thank you, ‘P.’ I love you dearly and will always be your number one fan.

I'd like to thank my staff at URI, my own firm, particularly Bob Kirkswieller and Lily Fanning, who untiringly manned the office, took my messages, and reminded me constantly when I was supposed to be elsewhere.

Special thanks to Claire Newcomb, Ed and Cindy Triggs, Lloyd Crain, Crystal Joyce, and John Muuss for their unfailing moral support. Thank you, my friends. You have been my buffer between sanity and the world of the budding psychotic.

My sincere gratitude to Dr. Theodore Cherbuilez and Mrs. Pat Wagner for their efforts generously donated to this project, for their forthright and detailed interviews so essential to the chapter on bee venom treatment (BVT). I shall always appreciate the charm and Old World courtesy of Dr. Cherbuilez throughout our several conversations, and the time expended by this learned and internationally respected member of the medical community in answering my questions and assisting with my overall presentation of this important chapter. Mrs. Wagner's warmth and cheerful demeanor were a most welcome experience as she constantly made herself available to me despite the demands on her time as a grandmother and full-time practitioner of BVT.

My appreciation and thanks are also extended to Robert Santoro, C.N., head of BioCybernetics, Inc., for his patient and detailed explanation of the BCI analyses and their significance to the healthy person and the MS patient. His input and guidance were essential to my successful explanation of the BCI procedures in clearly understandable terms.

I would also like to sincerely acknowledge the assistance of the following: Michelle Ferris of Ferris Apiaries for her expertise in beekeeping and the wonderfully useful materials she graciously provided; The Linus Pauling Institute and Oregon State University for access to their materials on the life and works of the late Dr. Linus Pauling; The A. Keith Brewer Science Library and the German MS Society for access to their materials on the life and works of the recently departed Dr. Hans A. Nieper; MedLine; BioMedNet; the University of California and the USDA for access to the medical information, studies, reports, and articles so essential to establishing the credibility and scientific feasibility of Dr. Pepe's treatment choices.

Thanks also to the many scientists, researchers, and medical professionals who have devoted their lives to the eradication of disease and the betterment of the human condition. Their constant exploration of the uncharted regions of science and medicine has allowed Dr. Pepe and others to achieve that which was once thought to be impossible.

And finally, I'd like to thank Dr. Celeste Pepe for allowing me the opportunity to work with her on this project. She has truly been a delight, witty and irrepressibly cheerful. I found her to be a beautiful, classy, and absolutely sincere individual. We are quite opposite in style and personality, but I think that the balance of her California sunshine and my New York night have combined to create a book that the reader will learn from and enjoy. Thanks, Celeste. I am proud to have been a part of it all.

Lisa Hammond

    Southampton, New York

Prologue:

What Constitutes

Controversial?

What constitutes controversial? Is it that radio personality poking irreverent fun at society's luminaries? Is it the rock star whose choreographed sadomasochism gyrates across the stage to platinum dance tunes? Is it that new wonder drug that miraculously reduces our larger friends to knife-hipped fashion statements? Is it an automobile that runs on solar power, gay parents, neo-Nazis, abortion?

The answer, quite obviously, is yes. All of these can be described as controversial. The list of persons, activities, and topics that create controversy is as endless, and as diverse, as human nature itself. That is as it should be. For, defined at its lowest common denominator, controversy is change.

Change. A departure from the mainstream, the accepted, the familiar. A new thought, action, or creation that redefines an existing condition. Change is as ancient as Socrates, as current as Scientology. Change is seldom initially popular, and not all changes are good, decent, or beneficial. And, throughout the vast expanse of human history, change has brought with it controversy.

Controversy is a healthy extension of the process of change, the interaction of human minds, cultures, and morals. History teaches that often the greatest changes in the human condition were brought about only with immense controversy, often violent and deadly: the Crusades, the French Revolution, the Second World War.

Not always violent, controversy has also paved the way for some of the most beneficial changes mankind has effected in the most fundamental areas of culture and society. Socrates taught in the peristyles of the Greek aristocracy, Columbus sailed at high tide, Edison worked late in an attic. And, one morning, on a beach outside of a little town called Kitty Hawk…All of these events created great controversy, but each resulted ultimately in the positive progression of human existence.

Perhaps the most current controversy has been created in the field of medicine, the treatment of the human biological condition. Explore the history of medicine and you will find nothing but controversy in every instance where great change was effected. When Florence Nightingale walked into a battle tent and knelt beside a wounded soldier, society was horrified. Today, the nurse is one of the most vital components of successful medical practice, indispensable to both the doctor and the patient. Colleagues laughed at Alexander Fleming and his moldy bits of bread. Now, millions of people owe their lives to the wonder of penicillin.

This book serves a dual purpose: It will present the story of one woman's courageous battle and ultimate victory over one of the most dreaded afflictions in society today It is also an instruction manual, a step-by-stepprocedural, a prescription for victory.

The list of pioneers who dared to brave the voices of controversy and pursue their ideas is long and proud. Against sometimes seemingly impossible odds and opposition, these courageous individuals persevered, and the quality of human life was improved tremendously.

Medicine today is a particularly volatile field. Debates rage over a variety of treatments, procedures, and medications, from birth control options to the use of experimental drugs in the war upon chronic illness. Utilizing the lightning advances of modern technology, medicine has adapted in the pursuit of its ultimate goal, the eradication of ailment and disease.

Modern medicine faces several challenges in the search for cures to the most serious of illnesses prevalent in society today. Although the killers of the previous two centuries, such as polio and measles, have been rendered ineffective and all but eliminated or neutralized, the world today is faced with a fresh set of horrors. This list is long as well, but far more deadly: AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ebola, herpes, Parkinson's.

Millions of global citizens suffer and die from a host of diseases presently labeled incurable. Billions of dollars have been spent in the search for the keys that will unlock the secrets to the causes of serious afflictions. Although advances in the treatment, or more accurately, management, of these afflictions are made, no cures are found.

Why? Perhaps that is the most controversial question of all. Why aren't these diseases already eliminated? With all of the funding, and all of the state-of-the-art facilities, hasn't anyone been able to find even one cure?

Perhaps the cynically sinister explanation could be that modern affliction is big business, a tremendous source of revenue for a myriad of corporations across a broad expanse of industries. Keeping people alive, allowing them to cling to their existence, even in the most limited form, is an extremely lucrative enterprise. The pharmaceutical industry is a powerful government lobby, as are the medical equipment manufacturers, the health care insurance industry, and the elder care field. A cure for a major disease would eliminate the need for the drugs that manage it, the specialists who treat it, the equipment necessary to live with it, and the billions paid to insurance plans that cover it. Perhaps the influence of those interests has shifted the emphasis to management under the misnomer of treatment, and away from elimination, or cure.

Until as recently as the twentieth century, the field of medicine has not been financially lucrative. Driven not by currency but by compassion, the pioneers of medicine labored under sometimes appallingly impoverished conditions to complete their experiments, their research. With very little fanfare and even less monetary gain, tremendous achievements were realized. Today, the inverse seems to hold true. Billions are spent, but few breakthroughs are seen. Is big business the obstacle to progress? Or, is the true obstacle simply viewpoint?

Perhaps the reason that this trend prevails is not so cynical a one after all. The mainstream of researchers may indeed be oblivious to the influence of these factors. These medical detectives are truly committed to the elimination of modern-day illness. They may simply be looking in the wrong places for clues.

Around the globe, brilliant minds are beginning to seek elsewhere for the answers, probing other courses of action, looking simultaneously forward and backward in history. There is a growing movement toward the past, a return to, literally, our roots. And to plants, vitamins, proteins, and minerals, the most basic building blocks of the human body.

Are the diseases we face today truly modern? Or, are these diseases out of control because of modern medicine? Does the answer to the elimination of these killers lie in our future, in some as yet undiscovered wonder drug that, like penicillin, will cure these ailments? Or, does it lie in our past in arcane natural remedies older than recorded humankind?

This growing school of thought and practices is painted with a broad and often scathing brush labeled alternative medicine. The term implies questionable credibility an image of flaming torches and old women, of carnival barkers on the back of wagons, of communes full of barefoot people who grow their own wheat germ and keep chickens in pyramid-shaped coops. Although over 48 percent of Americans have tried some form of these healing methods, alternative medicine, in the eyes of the mainstream medical community, is often understood to mean caveat emptor.

It is an image as absolutely incorrect as it is undeserved. Today's pioneers of alternative medicine are Nobel Prize winners, eminent scientists, physicists, physicians, and nutritionists. More than just advocates for a return to nature, these individuals have begun to back their claims with something that the mainstream medical community has had in short supply: results.

The fact of the matter is that alternative medicine works. People are being cured of diseases presently considered incurable. Persons once too debilitated to exist without constant medical care are returning to normal, active lives, often healthier than they were prior to the onset of their illnesses. Could it be that these modern-day practitioners are performing feats of herbal magic, creating the illusion of health? Not likely.

Quite the reverse. These respected professionals are blowing the dust from the volumes of history, reaching into our natural past. They have not discovered a new miracle drug or therapy. They have instead changed their viewpoint. When faced with scaling the sheer face of the mountain that is modern medicine's route to a cure, they have simply chosen to walk around to the other side of the mountain, and choose a path that, although overgrown and ancient, is still the surest route to the pinnacle: a cure for the condition they are fighting.

As expected, their methods are a source of controversy. Whether from financial interest or accepted school of general thought, the bulk of the medical community is either uneducated or dismissive of many of these methods of treatment and eradication of disease. Some may react with indifference, some with resentment or even hostility. Why? Because alternative medicine is change, the catalyst of controversy.

This book serves a dual purpose: It will present the story of one woman's courageous battle and ultimate victory over one of the most dreaded afflictions in society today. It is also an instruction manual, a step-by-step procedural, a prescription for victory. It is controversial on two fronts.

First, this book will give you a glimpse into my personal life over a five-year period: from the time I was first diagnosed with MS to my present-day state of health. It will also take you through significant incidents that occurred earlier in my life, prior to the onset of the illness, as I strive to discover the root cause of the disease. On the face of it, this doesn't appear to be all that controversial. After all, I have never been an international spy or a member of a royal family in exile. I am a doctor, in two fields. And therein lies what some may consider controversy.

In an effort to help those suffering now as I was then, I let the reader get to know Celeste Pepe, the person. Many of my medical colleagues will disapprove of this approach, arguing that allowing the reader access to my thoughts, fears, and emotional conflicts compromises my credibility. They believe that in order to achieve the proper relationship with patients, a certain distance must be maintained. I disagree. Although I pride myself on my professionalism, I felt that it would be far more helpful for the MS patient reading this book to know that, even though I am a medical professional, I experienced many of the same fears, doubts, and frustrations that they are feeling. Many times, I felt unsure, confused, or alone. I battled with the mood swings and emotionalism that is often so much a part of MS and any serious illness. I struggled with willpower when giving up some of the things I enjoyed during various therapies.

I have told my personal story here as if speaking to a good friend, holding nothing back. I want those who have MS to know that I did not attain my healing through some special strength or superior ability to handle a crisis because I am a doctor. I achieved this victory because I was willing to make a commitment, to fight for what I wanted, and to never, ever give up. I want them to know that they can realize their own success and improved health by following the steps that I have taken, and that they, too, need to persevere, By revealing the highs and lows, the triumphs and setbacks, the joys and despair that I have experienced, other MS patients will know that they are not alone. Maybe, knowing that someone else has gone through what they are dealing with and has emerged victorious on the other side could give them the courage to pursue these healing protocols for themselves. If I can convince just one MS patient to try these healing techniques, then the efforts and expense incurred in the writing of this book will have been well worth it.

In the second section of this book, I will show you, through actual analyses, test results, and verbatim interviews with eminent physicians and others successfully treated with these alternative healing methods, that MS can be reversed, and cured. It is my desire to open a door of hope to millions of MS patients and those with other life-threatening diseases who search desperately for a cure in a world that presently offers them no other option than resigned acceptance of their fate. Using the chapters in the second section will allow MS patients to duplicate the steps that I have taken and achieve their own optimum results using the alternative healing methods that I have learned.

My purpose is not to fly in the face of mainstream medicine, or to point a finger of accusation at the medical industry, government, or practicing physicians. Regardless, undoubtedly some of those entities will indeed take exception to the contents and term them controversial. Even some of the members of my own field of naturopathic medicine may take exception to some of the substances that I review and recommend, or the choices that I made in certain situations. I never began this search considering what other members of the medical community or people in general may think of my decisions.

No, after my own diagnosis, I refused to accept the pronouncements of conventional medicine that insisted that my return to health was an impossible hill to climb. I simply walked around to the other side of the mountain. I sought for, and found, the answer on another road. My five-year journey began as I set out to find the cure on an alternative path. A journey the MS patient today can also choose to undertake. A journey to wellness, to victory. A journey to a cure.

Section I:

My Personal Road to

Recovery over MS

If you are ever diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, you must pursue, with all of your might, every doctor, of all varieties, with every healing modality known to them, and never give up, until you find the ones that heal you.

—Celeste Pepe

1

Why Me, Lord? A Life

Turned Upside Down

It wasn't raining, but it should have been. The gray California sky hung leaden, threatening, the tired clouds heavy with their unreleased burden. I should have taken it as an omen, but of course I didn't.

The day had begun innocently enough on our beautiful, sprawling ranch in California's canyon country. Recently back from a trip to Hawaii, I had started the morning in my usual way, with meditation and exercise. I felt good, actually better than I had in days. Much better than I had in Hawaii, where I had suffered the mysterious and frightening episode that sent me to several doctors for a battery of tests upon my return.

The trip to Hawaii was supposed to be special. More than just a much needed vacation from the busy schedule I kept as a practicing chiropractor, this was to be an adventure with the person dearest in the world to me, my ten-year-old daughter, Sara. Her father and I had divorced some time before, and she made her home with him in New York City. Being on opposite coasts did not allow us to spend a lot of time together. We had planned to spend every day doing something new and exciting.

One of the events we had planned was a day-long hike up the mountains of Kauai. Sara had never been hiking before and was excited by the prospect of this new adventure. We had begun on a beautiful crystal clear morning, the kind that Hawaii seems to have the exclusive patent on. The mountain was not overly challenging, but the climb was long and somewhat strenuous, especially as we began to reach the higher altitudes along the face. Victory lay at the top, of course, and all of the exertion was worth it as I shared the wonder in my daughter's face as she stood surveying the wonder of God's Earth that is that stunning ring of volcanic islands.

It was during our descent that the nightmare began. My legs began to feel numb, the muscles sluggish, unwilling to respond with their normal strength and agility. I put it down to exhaustion and pushed on, believing that some well-earned time in a hot bath and a good night's sleep would soon cure what ailed me. It soon became apparent that my problem was far worse.

Something was terribly wrong. My legs grew heavier, the muscles wooden, almost rigid. Silently, I began to be afraid. We were far from any portion of the resort where help could be easily obtained. The hiking trail, though well marked, had no handrail or walkway to assist the hiker, the assumption being made, naturally, that anyone who came this far would, by definition, be physically fit enough to make the return journey unassisted. Worse by far than my physical difficulty was watching the growing look of concern in my daughter's taut face, the increasing note of panic in her voice as she asked me what was wrong. Although I kept reassuring her that I was just getting old and tired, it was painfully apparent even to her young eyes that I was, to put it politely, lying through my clenched teeth.

Halfway down a mountain that I swore had doubled in height since our ascent, it happened. My legs refused to work at all. I fell to the ground, Sara's frightened scream echoing in my ringing ears. I could see that I had scraped some skin off of my knees and calves, but I couldn't feel it! I was effectively paralyzed. With Sara in tears and with an effort born of sheer desperation I made it down the rest of the way on my backside, propelling myself with my hands, tearing the skin off my palms and breaking my nails to the quick as I fought to control this sudden dead weight that was the lower half of myself.

By the time I made it down the mountainside, a great deal of the feeling had returned to my lower limbs, and I put it down to possible lumbar strain, brought on by overexertion and lack of oxygen to my muscles from the demands of the climb. Sara was overjoyed, and, although I had my doubts, I said nothing, relieved that her confidence and sense of security had been restored by my pronouncement of plain old back strain.

I wasn't so sure, however, and resolved to be examined in California as soon as I returned there. Unbeknownst to Sara, this wasn't the first time that my muscular lack of response had concerned me. I had been having some difficulty with the step aerobic portion of my routine for a couple of months. I kept falling off the step equipment near the end of my workout. My ankles seemed to invert, to turn on their sides as if I were ice skating for the first time. I had thought it was simply encroaching age. After all, I was 42, and my standard 45-minute step routine was strenuous.

At the local hospital facility in Santa Barbara, I was examined by Dr. Willis, the neurologist in residence. She suspected lumbar, or spinal, problems and took several tests, including an MRI of my lower spinal area to determine the problem. I underwent all of the tests she recommended, determined to get to the root cause of this creeping malaise. Dr. Willis's demeanor was clinically detached, virtually emotionless as I explained my concerns. I don't know if it was her personality, or the fact that I was a chiropractor that engendered this cold response.

Unjust as it most certainly is, a large portion of the medical community views chiropractic professionals as pseudo-scientists, a group of fringe shamans, either consummate grifters playing at being real doctors, or medical school failures who couldn't make it all the way. The truth is that chiropractic, in the hands of a dedicated professional, is as legitimate and exacting a medical science as heart surgery, or any other specialty field.

I underwent the procedures and returned home to the ranch to await the results. And so, the scene was set, the players perfectly positioned the morning destiny grabbed my life in an irrevocable grip, changing my world forever.

I was standing in our southwestern-style kitchen on this particular morning, the flagstone floor cool under my feet, the clouds obscuring the normally caressing sun, absently staring out of the sliding glass doors toward the corrals, watching the horses enjoy the freedom from a night in the stall.

Even on this overcast and gloomy day, the ranch was still breathtaking. I never failed to see the wild beauty of the landscape or realize the pure insignificance of man beside it. All of our lives in all of their moments mean less than nothing to mountains as old as time. They were here before us, and would stand, mute guardians of the oldest secrets, long after the memory of humankind was a whisper in the lone trees far above the timberline. And so, lost in thought, I didn't hear our cook, Kurt, join me at first. He called my name, and something in his tone made me turn and stare hard at him.

This came for you this morning. I was across in the office at the time, and they asked me to bring it over here for you. He held out a sheet of paper toward me, his face too carefully expressionless, his body too still.

I took it from him, automatically scanning the header. It was a fax from Dr. Willis's office at the clinic in Santa Barbara regarding the results of the tests that had been performed. My heart beating faster, I read the message, the cold, impersonal tone biting with an antiseptic sting.

FINDINGS: Multiple focal and confluent areas of increased signal on long TR and inversion recovery sequences are seen in the deep and periventricular white matter, predominately around the lateral ventricles but also around the fourth ventricle. The lesions are very extensive and patterned…. Frontal, parietal and temporal lobe involvement is shown. CONCLUSION: Findings strongly suggestive of multiple sclerosis.