Mickel therapy

Mickel Therapy looks at why the symptoms of illness are being generated then by working with a Mickel Practitioner provides the tools and guidance to allow the body to stop sending them. This results in a return to health.

What is Mickel Therapy?mickel-therapy-logo

An overview

  • Mickel Therapy is an approach to health which involves looking at the symptoms of illness in a different way than we have been taught in traditional western medical thinking.
  • Mickel Therapy has returned more than 5,000 people to health and was researched and devised by Dr David Mickel a GP working in the North of Scotland.
  • Mickel Therapy involves working with a fully trained and supervised Mickel Practitioner either face to face or by phone, Skype and email sessions.
  • In the first Mickel Therapy session we look at the science behind what has gone wrong in the body to generate symptoms. Then we look at why this happens and identify why it happened.
  • Over the following Mickel Therapy sessions we provide the tools and guidance to help you to learn to listen to the symptoms of illness and learn how to respond to them in such a way as to allow their removal, facilitating a return to health.
  • The average number of Mickel Therapy sessions it takes to recover is between 7 and 9. You will have the tools to use at any point in the future should symptoms occur once more.

What illness does Mickel Therapy help?

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  • ME
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Post Viral Fatigue.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety

Clients have reported that the symptoms of fatigue accompanying other illnesses may be reduced or cleared.

Mickel Therapy Explained

Mickel Therapy was devised by Dr David Mickel who was working as a GP in Elgin.

He was finding it frustrating that so many people were coming to his surgery with ME and related illnesses which at the time he felt he could do little to help.

After reviewing the available research he was able to work out what was happening in people who were suffering from ME, chronic fatigue conditions, IBS, and fibromyalgia.

Dr Mickel then developed a way of treating and removing the symptoms of these hugely debilitating illnesses.

Mickel Therapy involves listening to the symptoms generated by these illnesses in a different way and responding to them in such a way as to stop the symptoms being produced.

Dr Mickel has named these illnesses Hypothalamus overdrive as this more accurately describes what is going on in the body.

Mickel Therapy is a talking therapy but is should not be confused with counselling nor psychotherapy and in fact could called a process of education or re-education.

Clients have reported that they have found Mickel Therapy very successful in returning them to symptom free health. The average number of sessions this takes is between 7 and 9.

More about the therapy

Mickel Therapy looks at why the symptoms of illness are being generated then by working with a Mickel Practitioner provides the tools and guidance to allow the body to stop sending them. This results in a return to health. It also means you will have been fully trained in the use of the tools should you experience a return of symptoms at any point in the future without the need of returning to see a Mickel practitioner.

A simple example of a similar response in everyday life would be when we get a headache. If the reason for the headache is we have not drunk enough fluids a symptom of illness is sent in the form of a headache to alert us to the fact that we need to drink water, in other words to get our attention. Commonly we make the mistake of taking an analgesic. It will stop the headache but taking a painkiller is not going to restore our fluid levels. Only drinking water will do this. By taking the painkiller we have inadvertently taken the wrong action and are left with the underlying problem of being dehydrated.

Ultimately the Hypothalamus gland becomes overworked leading to severe symptoms of ill health and the group of illness characterised by ME, CFS, PVF, IBS and Fibromyalgia and anxiety states. Hypothalamus overdrive can also present as many other illnesses some of which are commonly attributed to stress.

Mickel Therapy refers to symptoms of illnesses generated in this manner as Hypothalamus overdrive.

Dr Mickel's made some exciting process in explaining what is going wrong to produce symptoms which he calls the neural pathways to health.

The thinking brain which we also call the head intelligence is actually the part of our brain situated in the left cortex where thought occurs.

The emotional mid brain sits at the bottom centre of the brain and is where emotions are generated.

As we go about our daily lives our mid brain produces emotions. This happens spontaneously from the day we are born. The emotion is sent to the thinking brain along a healthy neural pathway in order for us to think about the situations we encounter in life. What should then follow is that we use the emotion as a guide to decide what action to take about the situation we find ourselves in.

We are born with the innate ability to do this but it is a skill that needs to be developed in a similar way to learning a language. We are emotionally intelligent beings. Unfortunately our culture leads us to not always listen properly to our emotions and even when we do we are often guided away from taking the right action for us. Think of all of the sayings we have such as `put your head down and get on with it`, or `don’t rock the boat`. There are dozens of them all of which lead us to suppress our emotions.

Things go awry if we do not listen properly to the emotion generated or if we do not quite take the action that is needed to resolve the situation. What occurs is that a suppression neural pathway is created to the hypothalamus which is situated close to the emotional mid brain. This is an unhealthy neural pathway as it results in the hypothalamus becoming over worked and to the generation of symptoms.

Because the hypothalamus is responsible for homeostasis or keeping everything in our body working well and in balance the overworking of the hypothalamus results in the generation of symptoms.

In Mickel what we do is work back from the symptoms to the emotion generated by the mid brain and then work out what action is needed to allow the person to return to symptom free health.

Hypothalamus in Overdrive

In health the hypothalamus is responsible for keeping everything within the body in balance or homeostasis.

In this disorder the hypothalamus malfunctions and starts to work at a much increased rate.

This has a number of effects upon our body. What follows is an explanation of some of the more common symptoms that arise from this. Not everyone will get all of the symptoms, and they will not necessarily be present at the same time. This should be looked at in conjunction with the Hypothalamus overdrive diagram.

Brain Centres

Brain Fog

When the hypothalamus starts to over work it sends out alot more signals to the body than normal from its place in the centre of the brain. These signals interfere with the way the brain processes thoughts. This causes the brain to dismiss what we had been thinking as if it makes no sense. It is rather like a radio station being out of tune, when you only pick up some of the words being said the meaning will be lost. The result is poor memory and brain fog.

Sleep Disturbance

In Hypothalamus overdrive the Ultradian Rhythm is affected. During the 24 hours of the day we go through periods of being more alert and periods of being more relaxed. These periods usually happen every 30 to 90 minutes. When the hypothalamus malfunctions this rate speeds up to as much as every 2 to 10 minutes and can result in the early stages of being stuck in a rest phase so we may sleep more and find it hard to wake up. Later on we get stuck in an arousal phase so that even though we feel very tired it is difficult to sleep and we wake easily throughout the night. In the morning it feels like we have not had enough rest.

Normal Ultradian Rhythm 30-90 mins Speeded up Ultradian Rhythm 2-10 mins

Not Depression

This condition is easily mistaken by some in the medical profession for depression however a great deal of research has shown the brain chemicals of those with this condition and those of people with clinical depression are completely different.

Temperature Flux

An important function carried out by the tissues of the hypothalamus is the regulation of body temperature. When the hypothalamus is overworked it can over react to the temperature of our environment. The result of this is that we can swing from being too hot to being too cold as we over compensate for minor temperature changes around us.

The Autonomic nervous System

There is so much increased communication through the hypothalamus that it starts to act as if the body is under threat and in effect it activates the `fight or flight response`. Physiologically our bodies react the same to a perceived threat now as when we were cavemen. Our body gears us up to either physically fight or actually run away from the perceived threat. This has a number of effects on different body systems.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

One of the side effects of this is that the gut may behave as if the food we eat is harmful to us as the body becomes concerned it contains toxins or an infection.

The gut reacts in a specialised way to this in order to protect us.

First of all food is kept in the stomach for longer than usual and more stomach acid than normal is produced so that the infection or toxin can be destroyed. The side effects of this can be acid reflux or indigestion, nausea, bloating, discomfort and sometimes pain.

As the contents of the stomach pass on into the duodenum the body perceives that they are more acidic than normal so acts to buffer them, or neutralise them. The body then over compensates due to the action of the hypothalamus and the contents of the duodenum become too alkaline. This is the ideal growing conditions for Candida otherwise known as thrush so an over growth occurs. This has the side effect of producing bloating particularly following the ingestion of foods containing yeast and sugar. It can also seem as if we have developed food intolerances as an effect of this.

Broken down food then continues its way through the small and large intestines where the body speeds up peristalsis which is the rhythmic movement of the gut. It does this in order to speed its passage out of the body in case its earlier defence mechanisms have not dealt with the potential problem. This can have the side effect of producing cramping pains and diarrhoea and sometimes constipation.

Autonomic and Endocrine Systems

The next group of symptoms involve both the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system. Remember the body is reacting in fight or flight mode.

The hypothalamus is sending out signals that the body is under threat. It does this because it believes it is actually is under threat due to the increased communications between the body and the hypothalamus. It is rather like asking a question of a room full of people who all shout the answer at you. You can’t make out the reply so keep repeating the question as they all keep shouting the answer at the same time.

The effects of this on the body are;-

Heart Flutter

In order to prepare the body to fight or run away the hypothalamus instructs the heart to pump harder in order to pump more blood to the muscles. This can occasionally be noticed as heart flutter or a feeling of the heart pounding. It should be emphasised that no damage is done by this mechanism.

Low blood pressure/dizziness

When the hypothalamus sends more blood than normal to the muscles what it is doing is working the muscles chemically so that the nanosecond the body needs to fight or run away it can do it. It is like having a clockwork toy race. The one that is already wound up and ready to go at the start of the race will win. As the muscles, particularly those of the arms and legs make up a large volume of the body, when more blood than normal is sent to them there is less blood than normal in the core of the body and the head. This can result in the blood pressure being slightly lower than normal with less blood going to the head and so a feeling of light-headedness or dizziness can result.

Muscle weakness fatigue and pain

The constant working of the muscles chemically has a number of side effects. It is kind of like running a marathon 24 hours a day. The muscles first use up glycogen which is the fuel stored in the muscles to power them. As fuelling the muscles in a survival situation is vitally important when the glycogen is used up the muscles will then grab blood sugar, resulting in low blood sugar. The constant working of the muscles results in a build up of lactic acid which is felt as muscle aches and pains. As the muscles are constantly being worked the nerves running through tendons to the joints become irritated and can result in joint and muscle pain which can be very severe and is often diagnosed as fibromyalgia. When all of the muscle energy stores and available blood sugar have been used there will be a feeling of weakness and fatigue. This can be present all the time and at other times can feel like your energy has washed out of your body into the ground.

Low Blood Sugar

As mentioned above the body will use any available blood sugar to keep the muscles ready to respond to any threat. When this happens it will add to poor concentration and memory as there will be less blood sugar available to supply the brain.


This is a result of the muscles being worked chemically. The muscles under the scalp are anchored above the eyebrows and around the temples following on around the base of the scull. This means that the muscles are constantly slightly contracted which results in nerve pain at the anchor points often felt as a tightening of the scalp or a band like headache.

Visual Disturbance

The eyes are moved by muscles and the iris is also a muscle. These can become sluggish as energy stores are depleted resulting in difficulty focusing. Eyes also become more sensitive to light as an effect of this.

Immune System

Resistance to infection

The hypothalamus is sending out signals to the body telling it there is a threat so each system in the body will respond to this in its own particular way.

The immune system when being told there is a threat responds by working much harder than normal. In the early stages as the immune system is working much harder we actually fight off viral and bacterial infections better than normal although we are unlikely to be aware of this at the time.

The immune system is unable to sustain working at this higher level indefinitely and drops below normal levels. At this point we get an opportunistic infection. By this we mean something we are exposed to in the environment. It seems like this is when the illness started but it is an effect not a cause.

Tender or swollen glands

This is part of the immune response. Our immune system produces and stores more antibodies than normal to fight any potential invader and stores them in our lymph glands which can become swollen and sore.

Sore Throat

This is also part of the immune response. The throat is an important gateway that infections can enter the body. What the immune system does here is to engorge the throat with blood so that the white blood cells can attack and destroy any pathogens that land on the throat. The area engorged with blood is hotter than normal so dries out more easily and so becomes dry and can become very sore.


As part of the immune response the body produces more mucus than normal to trap particles and allow the immune system to deal with any invading organisms. The sinuses can become full of mucus and cause discomfort and pain.

Hearing Disturbance

The Eustachian tubes which lead from the back of the nose to the ears can become full of mucus. These tubes are normally full of air. Mucus is a more effective transmitter of sound than air and so the hearing can become more sensitive. Some people find loud noises disturbing and some get tinnitus.

Hypothalamus overdrive Diagram

hypothalamitis Diagram

How the therapy is provided

There are two ways of doing the therapy, either face to face or by telephone and email.

After Dr Mickel I am the most experienced practitioner providing Mickel Therapy by phone and email and I have over 6 years experience of providing Mickel Therapy in this way as well as face to face.

I also do face to face sessions at the Centre for Complementary Therapies in Inverness.

The Cost

Face to face
The 1st half hour consultation is FREE!
This is £75 per session.

Phone/skype and email

The 1st half hour phone consultation is FREE!
£90 per session.

To book an appointment or enquire for more information please contact Clare on 07731 685 006 or email: clare@acomplementarytherapist.co.uk

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