Holistic doc report


Posted by Delaine Inman , Jul 14,2001,21:58   Archive
FYI...I saw the holistic MD/ND last Wed. Interesting fellow...Heart surgeron from California who burned out. Went to Naturopath school in Oregon, acupuncture in Hong Kong, studied Neurology and Botanticals at Oxford and owns several farms that grow herbs all over the world. His wife is midwife and they live way out in the country and have a beautiful house and yard full of flowers and herbs. After letting me give him my medical history, he said he could tell my body was starving for protein, I was low in potassium, salt, and magnesium and my hormones were out of balance and I was anemic. He said all this from listening to me, looking at my skin, tongue, eyes, feeling my pulses and muscles. He said I was eating too many carbohydates especially in the evening and too much sugar especially in the morning and night and my blood sugar was probably bouncing up and down and I had to rest after lunch and was tired all the time. He then began to tell me what was going on neurologically from my brain to my muscles and I can't remember what he said to save my life, but at the time it made perfect sense. He gave me drops to take to balance my hormones, gave me a cream for my sore muscles, a protein powder to take twice a day and recommended I stay away from carbs after lunch and eat more protein the rest of the day and to eat a 1/4 tsp. of sea salt a day. He did acupuncture and the total cost including everything he gave me was $36. He says he wants to see me next Wed. and to keep seeing the massage therapist and chiropractor, because my spine is a mess(a fact I have seen on recent x-rays at chiro's office) and there is pressure at the axis of my neck where the spinal cord enters the brain and several other places along my spine. He said it will take a while to get things more in balance before I feel better. I gave him a brochure and he said he had treated a couple of BEB patients and many FMS patients and both are complicated to treat, but he thinks he can help me feel and do better. I'll keep you posted.

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Posted by Joanne Matuzas , Jul 15,2001,09:52 Top of Thread Archive
It's exciting to get a new perspective with regard to this disorder
and I wish you well with this new doctor. I really like the idea he
was a heart surgeon who burned out and wants to find a better, more
total way to approach the health of the body. You mention he is from Calif. What is his name and did he mention where he practiced or what hospital he was affiliated with? Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the
input. Joanne M. San Diego, CA



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Posted by Priscilla R , Jul 15,2001,13:09 Top of Thread Archive
Delaine,
I hope this holistic md/nd will help you out. It really never hurts to try and do something different. I went to a vitamin store and the woman knew about my condition and she gave me vitamins which in a month
really helped my condition. I'm not free of symptoms but they are not as bad as they had been when I was first diagnosed.
Also your doctor told you to to continue to see a chiropractor. Aa while back I heard of a procedure called upper cervical procedure. I tried it but it really never helped. But if they see a problem with you, you may want to ask about that.
Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

Praying for a cure.
Priscilla

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Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Jul 15,2001,15:03 Top of Thread Archive
Priscilla, I tried the upper cervical specific chiropractic therapy for 9 months. Started out going three times a week, then twice weekly, then once a week and then every two weeks. I did and do have a problem in the upper cervical area but did not see any change or improvement in my symptoms during that nine month period. I stopped going to see him when I had my surgery.
I would have continued for a while longer but some insurance problems and his billing techniques led me to stop seeing him. I found out about some things that his receptionist was doing with the billing quite by accident and things still haven't been straightened out yet so will not return to see him. Can we say double billing and insurance fraud? Boy can I pick them.

I wish I knew of a really good and trustworthy chiro in my area.

Shirley in AR.




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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Jul 16,2001,20:58 Top of Thread Archive
Sounds encouraging, Delaine. I hope you gain a lot of benefit from his advice and treatments. Keep us posted.

Sally in North Idaho




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Posted by Carolyn Smith , Jul 16,2001,21:29 Top of Thread Archive
Delaine,
This sounds so interesting and I hope any pray that everything goes well. You have got to keep everyone posted. I am originally from a town outside of Nashville and now live in Dallas but I come home often to see my parents. If you see any improvement, I would be interested in seeing him also. Is he in the area and how did you find him. Did you have to make an appointment far in advance?

Best to you in this new adventure.
Carolyn




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Posted by Delaine Inman , Jul 16,2001,22:26 Top of Thread Archive
He practiced in a Kaiser Hospital and said it got to the point it was all about money and pressure from the powers that be to do surgery whenever possible even if less invasive might have worked. He also worked at Baylor in TX doing some teaching re: heart surgery/procedures. He also has done that at Vanderbilt here in Nashville. My niece saw him after a few of her friends had seen him and had improvements in energy and health. My niece had literally been on antibiotics for months for ear/sinus infections and had felt tired for months. She is usually high energy and was also having back pain since the birth of her baby. After that my sister who was having neck pain that the chiropractor hadn't helped went to see him and another niece and my Mom. My sister asked me to go and I figured I'd give it a chance. I believe the body was meant to heal and knows how to heal if given the opportunity. I think environmental toxins and toxins in foods and toxins from stress weaken our immune system and then the genetic weakness we have flare up into diseases and weird dystonias, cancer and the like. I believe that traditional medicine can work better when the body is seen as a whole system that is all connected and if one link is weak the entire body weakens. I think someday medicine will be practiced the way Hippocrates and Florence Nightingale meant for it to be. I think I have found an honest and gentle holistic chiropractor too. My body has been abused for so long I don't think there will be a quick fix, but I am believing that I can be healthier and feel better if I just focus on trying to be as healthy as possible and I will keep everyone posted. The protein shakes are yummy and I'm eating a lot of fresh veggies. Leaving the carbs and sugars off after lunch is not easy, but I'm trying. I love potatos, pasta, rice, garlic bread and of course chocolates, but I'm trying to do that for lunch only and in smaller amounts even then. I'm eating more broiled fish and soy products and green veggies in the evening. Fruit mid-morning and I'm eating a boiled or poached egg with soy cheese and bacon and no bread for breakfast. I had been eating bagels, cereal, wheat toast, sometimes bacon or sausage and fruit for breakfast and he said I need the protein not carbs and sugar for breakfast. I think I am already feeling better with higher energy after a week.

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Posted by coleen dennis , Jul 18,2001,19:24 Top of Thread Archive
Delaine,

I have been on a balanced diet of carbs, proteins and fats for the last couple of years. I actually came across it on a Fibromylgia site for pain relief. I did it for a few months and dropped about twenty pounds and found my pain decreased alot. I do not stick with it as well as I should lately due to the stress of the Blepharospasm also. I do find when I start to feel more pain and fatigue that I can go back to eating better and it really helps. I am being good now because I want to drop another 5 pounds before I see the surgeon about eye surgery. I find my eyes really droop when I lose weight but want to be a a good weight so when the surgery is done they can get all of the excess drooping.

I eat a balance of protein, carbs & fats. (nuts, olives or oils) at each meal and two snacks and works well for my husband and kids too.

This doctor of yours sounds like a really good fit for someone with Fibromyalgia and the Blepharospasm. Interested in hearing more as you continue to see him.

Coleen in PA who needs to get off and rest my arms from the computer....take care everyone.....




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Posted by kathy , Jul 19,2001,10:49 Top of Thread Archive
sounds very healthy. i had the same problem in the morning after only having toast an juice and coffee for years; my blood sugar would drop and i would crave protein an hour later. i now have peanut butter toast most mornings with juice and it lasts me til lunch.



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Posted by Joanne Matuzas , Jul 19,2001,14:16 Top of Thread Archive
Delaine, I appreciate your post especially the section about the diet.
I have been working with a nutritionist who also does acupuncture and
she gave me a diet very similar to yours about a year ago. Very little
starch before afternoon, same type of breakfast, and no sugar or sweets.
I tried it for some time, got discouraged as I didn't notice any substantial difference in my disorder and the way I felt together with
the fact that diet is rarely mentioned on the BB. I have been eating less sweets though. I am encouraged from your information and will
stick closer to the diet. I have a reverse problem from most in that I am getting too thin so I have to watch my weight in that regard. Keep
us posted. Joanne M. San Diego, CA



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