Patient Stories

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Yoga Ended Menopause Misery for My Patient Yvonne

Yvonne had taken early retirement from a safe, secure job as a dental hygienist so she could start a jewelry-making business and work from home. “Being my own boss had been my dream for so many years,” she explained in | Read More…

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PQQ Solved Jennifer’s Memory and Energy Problems

“I’m really worried about getting older, doctor. Every year it seems like I have less energy and less ability to learn and remember things. I know it’s impossible to stop aging, but I’m just hoping there’s something you can give | Read More…

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EECP Helped Ryan Post-Heart Attack

When a middle-aged individual with a family history of heart disease wakes up at 5:00 a.m. with “the worst heart burn ever,” it’s time to call 911. Fortunately, that’s what my patient, Ryan, did. At the hospital, he learned that the | Read More…

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Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief: My Patient’s Story

Michael came to my clinic about two years ago, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He was only in his 50s, and a very talented musician, but he was unable to work more than an hour or two a day. The | Read More…

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Drink Fiber for Weight Loss instead of a New Diet

Like so many middle-aged patients, Jody had been steadily gaining weight since her early 40s. And even though she worked hard to hold the pounds at bay, Jody was losing the battle. And her job as a teacher wasn’t helping. | Read More…

Diabetes Defeated by Dirk

Diabetes Defeated by Dirk

Dirk was one of those patients who was just not sold on the need to take vitamins of any kind. When he was in his 40s, his wife managed to get him to take a daily multi-vitamin, but other than | Read More…

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The H. Pylori and Ulcer Connection

Jesse had been my patient for some time. She had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was in her early teens, so insulin was mandatory. And since she refused to follow the basic dietary guidelines for diabetics, she | Read More…

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Vitamin D & Melatonin Helps with SAD

Many of my patients have been to multiple doctors without getting good results. So, it’s not at all unusual for me to see a patient who has been diagnosed and treated for several different illnesses and still is miserable. That | Read More…

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Frozen Meals Contain Hidden Sugar

Like many of my middle-aged patients, Ralph was having problems maintaining a healthy weight. Each time he came to see me, there was more Ralph than the previous visit. He wasn’t happy about it, and neither was I. But Ralph | Read More…

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Genetic Testing & Breast Cancer

Nikki was a “friend of a friend” who originally came to my clinic simply because she lived nearby. She was in fairly good health, had a wonderful marriage, and was very happy with her job behind the scenes on a | Read More…

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My Patient’s Back Pain and Her Kidneys

Wendy had been a patient for a few years when she came to see me about a backache that was troubling her. “It came on so quickly, just a couple days ago,” she explained. “I was hoping it would go | Read More…

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Probiotics for Heartburn? My Patient says it Works

Here’s a good example of how the best intentions can lead to bad outcomes. Ellen came to me with serious constipation alternating with diarrhea. At the same time, she was experiencing troubling heartburn symptoms, with frequent vomiting and nausea. As | Read More…

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My Patient’s Fight with Statin Side Effects

There was only one word to describe Abel’s life: chaotic. With a job as a geologist for an oil company, Abel traveled constantly. His work was physically demanding and exceedingly stressful, with multi-million-dollar decisions riding on Abel’s reports. Not surprisingly, | Read More…

Overcoming Unemployment Anxiety, My Patient’s Story

Manny’s problems with anxiety began about five years ago, when he lost his job as a mortgage broker during the recession. His wife, Linda, had just taken early retirement, but Manny was hoping to put in a few more years | Read More…

Cortisol & Insulin Resistance, My Patient’s Story

Like so many patients, Bert’s blood glucose levels climbed steadily higher over the years, until he reached the point in his mid-50s where he needed insulin to get through the day. Every time we discussed lifestyle improvements, Bert would swear | Read More…

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Diet Changes Helped My Patient’s Osteoporosis

When I first met Allie, her overall health was good, but she described a long history of emotional ups and down that were being treated by a psychiatrist and various medications. I saw her every year or so for a | Read More…

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Prostate Biopsy Alternatives

Reggie had been a patient of mine for more than a decade, until he moved out of the area. So you can imagine how surprised I was to see him in the exam room one day. It turned out, Reggie had | Read More…

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Lifestyle Changes that Lower Blood Pressure

Like so many patients with high blood pressure, Roger, a retired college professor, was not very enthusiastic about making lifestyle changes. He enjoyed his meatball sub lunches, the heavily salted snacks served on poker night, and cruising around the golf | Read More…

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Metoprolol & Memory Loss, My Patient’s Story

After more than 20 years as a judge, Madeline came to me distraught and miserable. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t remember anything,” she confided in my office. “I sit in court all day, listening to | Read More…

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Acupunctire Helped My Knee Pain, A Patient’s Story

“I was just about to give up, and then I thought – hey, maybe acupuncture would help.” That’s the short story of how a patient I’ll call Mary came to my clinic. The longer version starts with her spending nearly | Read More…

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Unable to Urinate, a Patient Took this Advice

One evening, after giving a talk at the local health food store on cancer prevention, a man in the audience approached me with a question. He introduced himself as Wade and said that he was concerned about prostate cancer. His | Read More…

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CoQ10 Can Increase Your Energy Level

David came to my clinic at the urging of his son, Bill. When I first met him, David was 78 and not doing well at all. The first thing I noticed about David was how frail he was. By the | Read More…

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A Celiac Diesease Story: Symptoms & Diagnosis

This story describes the experiences of a child of one of my friends. I did not treat this young boy but found his story compelling enough to share with my readers. Our family’s story began in March 2005. That month, | Read More…

How Ted Overcame Sleeplessness

Ted had been a patient of mine since the early days when my clinic first opened. During that time, Ted had weathered several health crises, but we had always managed to find and fix the problem. When Ted confided in | Read More…

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High Cholesterol or Low CoQ10: Gene’s Story

When I first met Gene in my office, I could see right away that he was suffering from heart failure. He was so weak he could barely stand up, and his legs and feet were badly swollen. When I asked | Read More…

William’s Joint Renewal Feedback

I have been using Joint Renewal for about three months now. I began to feel improvement in my knees – my right was shot and needed replacement according to my doctor – after about 3 weeks. There seems to have | Read More…

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Pancreatitis & Omega-3s: Shelley’s Story

Shelley had been a patient of mine for more a decade. After her career as a flight attendant ended, she decided to follow her lifelong dream of learning how to fly her own plane. With the full support of her | Read More…

Jonah’s Chemical Overexposure

You probably know someone like Jonah. Although he was only in his early 40s when he first came to see me, Jonah seemed much older. For the past decade, he had been suffering from joint aches and pains, headaches, dizziness, | Read More…

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Monica’s Story

During my 20-plus years of practicing medicine, I’ve seen thousands of patients discover the benefits of integrative medicine. Sometimes the ones who benefit most are those who were so dubious to begin with that they would not even discuss alternatives | Read More…

Lou’s Evacuation Emergency

A few years ago, Southern California wildfires forced hundreds of families to leave their homes. While local agencies did an outstanding job of setting up shelters to house those who were displaced, many people found out the hard way that | Read More…

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Joan’s Struggle with Back Pain

There is good evidence that many health conditions are linked to unresolved emotional issues, and back pain is no exception. So after our best efforts, a patient sometimes discovers that, until he or she tackles a difficult emotional situation, remedies | Read More…

Sean’s Testosterone Trouble

A few years ago, Sean came to my office with a complaint that has become more and more common. Although he was newly married, he was having what he referred to as performance problems in the bedroom. So naturally, he | Read More…

How George Overcame Joint Pain

Another patient suggested George see me for a physical because he was experiencing joint pain. Although George was in good health for his age (nearly 70) and had minimal signs of arthritis, there was room for improvement, especially in the | Read More…

Stephen’s Heart Attack Close Call

Like so many of my patients, Stephen was doing everything he could to stay healthy. He exercised nearly every day, quit smoking, cleaned up his diet, and devoted time for meditation every day to reduce stress. In the eight years | Read More…

Rhonda’s Tension Headache Cure

Poor Rhonda! She came to me a few years ago, complaining of headaches and overwhelming anxiety. And no wonder — her husband, Ben, had passed away only a few months earlier. Despite that, her three children, their spouses, and their | Read More…

Elinor’s S.A.D. Story

Many of my patients have been to multiple doctors without getting good results. So it’s not at all unusual for me to see a patient who has been diagnosed and treated for several different illnesses and still is miserable. That | Read More…

Ava’s Surprising Non-Diet Diet

I had to hand it to Ava, a longtime patient who had probably tried every diet known to mankind. She was very careful about following diets and always lost weight. But as soon as she reached her target and stopped | Read More…

Roy’s Unexpected Headache Cure

After 20-some years as a police officer, Roy had grown used to having a headache just about every day. “It’s my afternoon companion,” he told me with a grim smile. Roy had come to me for a physical a few | Read More…

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Marty’s Weight Loss Success Story

“I hope you don’t expect me to join a gym and work out with a bunch of 20-year-olds,” Marty told me after I suggested he get more exercise. “Because I don’t think they make leotards in my size.” Marty had | Read More…

Ralph’s Stress Problem

A patient I’ll call Ralph was having a difficult time with Alex, a woman he had been seeing for several years. It’s a familiar story. She didn’t want to make plans for a future together, and he felt frustrated and | Read More…

Jake’s Food Addiction

Poor Jake! Some patients have such good intentions but have a hard time acting on them. That was Jake. Not only was he obese at 345 pounds, but it seemed that no matter what he did, he just kept gaining. | Read More…

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Connie’s Broken Bone Solution

A patient I’ll call Connie came to me after breaking her foot in a skiing accident. The break was bad enough to require surgery. After the operation, Connie developed a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Symptoms include | Read More…

Gina’s Struggle with Constipation

For as long as Gina could remember, she had been dealing with constipation. As a child, Gina’s mother gave her enemas to help maintain regularity. In her teens, a doctor recommended laxatives, and Gina found relief. For the next 20 | Read More…

How Mark Overcame Adult ADD

For as long as he could remember, Mark was fascinated with cars — toy cars, real cars, handmade models, it didn’t matter. Mark just loved cars. He earned a very good living writing sitcoms for various television shows, so he | Read More…

Brian’s Experience with Parasites

“The oysters on the half shell were the specialty of the house,” Brian explained, “and as much as I love raw oysters, I knew they could make me sick, so I didn’t have any. In fact, that’s what bothers me | Read More…

Aileen’s Lesson on Vitamins

Most of my patients come to me after discovering that conventional medicine has little to offer other than drugs that suppress symptoms, so they’re open to vitamins and other nutrients. Not Aileen! She was not just skeptical about vitamins, she | Read More…

How Ned Overcame Depression without Drugs

Often, patients assume that the doctor they see for one condition does not need to know about other health issues. I understand why an individual may think that, but whenever medication is involved, it’s best to be cautious. Ned, for | Read More…

Jenny’s Weight Loss Victory

Like too many patients, Jenny was looking for a way to lose weight that was fast and easy. Whenever I mentioned my standard advice about exercising and eating more fruits and vegetables instead of fast-food burgers and microwave meals, her | Read More…

Ted’s Memory Mystery

I first met Ted when his daughter, Helen, brought him to see me. Helen was concerned about her father’s ability to care for himself. At age 84, Ted was a widower who lived alone in a condominium complex. Neighbors had | Read More…

Andy’s Story of Sleep Apnea

Nearly 10 years ago, Andy first came to see me at the urging of his wife, May. She was very upset over her husband’s constant loud snoring that had already driven her from their bedroom to a guest room. But | Read More…

Gerald’s Surprising Cholesterol Discovery

“I was talking to my wife one evening when my left arm started feeling strangely wooden, like it was numb. Then my wife mentioned her sister, Debra, and I thought to myself, ‘Who the heck is she talking about?’ “As | Read More…

Toni’s Frightening Fainting Spell

A longtime patient, Toni is a remarkable woman, who raised three children while running her own printing business. She was one of the first women to get an athletic scholarship to college. As a member of the university track team, | Read More…

Jeanette’s Immunity Lesson

Some patients are more challenging than others. Jeanette was one of the difficult ones. An elementary school teacher for many years, Jeanette was continually coming down with colds, most likely due to sick children turning up in her classroom. The | Read More…

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Anthony’s Hearing Diagnosis

After a second divorce, Anthony, who had been a patient for several years, began taking antidepressants. When he came to see me for a physical, I asked if there were any health problems we needed to talk about. “Everything’s pretty | Read More…

Keith’s Lesson in Sun Safety

“There’s just no way I can stay out of the sun. I mean, I’ve never even had an indoor job!” That’s what my patient Keith told me during our first visit. After working as a lifeguard to put himself through | Read More…

Abby Overcomes Prediabetes

Some patients seem determined to ignore advice, even when it comes from their own doctors. Abby, 52, whom I’d been treating for years, was a talented designer who spent hours every day working on a computer. Ever since I began | Read More…

Wayne’s Embarrassing “Senior Moment”

After watching his father struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, Wayne was understandably concerned about whether he might develop the condition. Despite that, Wayne’s lifestyle left an awful lot to be desired, especially his habit of binging on fast food and sitting | Read More…

Bert’s Dangerous Drug Combination

A perfect Southern gentleman — that’s how I would describe Bert, who I have known socially for many years. Bert is from Georgia, and he is one of the most gracious, thoughtful, and kind individuals I’ve ever known. Even though | Read More…

Nick’s Estrogen-Insomnia Connection

Nick came to see me a year or so ago with a complaint common among middle-aged male patients — he had to get up at least once each night to urinate and then couldn’t get back to sleep. Having his | Read More…

Vanessa’s Weight-Loss Wake Up Call

Vanessa had been a patient for about ten years. At first, her only problem was maintaining a healthy weight. After a great deal of fad dieting and the birth of two children, Vanessa told me she had given up on | Read More…

The Surprising Solution to Patty’s Joint and Cholesterol Problems

“I hope you know how to fix my knee without knee replacement surgery, because I really don’t want to do that, since I’m only 42.” Patty was a new patient who had come in for a physical. Like so many | Read More…

Sonia’s Metabolism Fix

Sonia was in her late 50s when she came to see me with a long list of symptoms. She had seen several other doctors over the years. All had prescribed various drugs, but nothing seemed to work. “I’m so tired | Read More…

Gary’s Fatty Liver Problem

Gary had been my patient for about six years, and during that time, he steadily gained weight. Every time I mentioned it, Gary shrugged it off or made vague promises to “do something” about it. Finally, when his blood work | Read More…

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Alicia’s Detox Discovery

Like many of my patients, Alicia came to see me because a friend told her I was good at diagnosing “mystery ailments.” Alicia was suffering from a long list of symptoms, including headaches, muscle spasms, digestive distress, repeated upper respiratory | Read More…

Doris’ Circulation Success Story

“I’ve had cold hands and feet all my life, but this is something new,” said Doris, a retired accountant, who had come to my clinic because she was experiencing numbness in her hands. Although the feeling always returned, she was | Read More…

Jeff’s Blood Pressure Close-Call

Jeff became a patient a few years ago after his twin brother, Jerry, had a stroke at age 67. Jeff and his brother both had high blood pressure and both had made only token efforts to control it. Now Jeff | Read More…

Phyllis’ Experience with High Cholesterol

Phyllis was a successful family-practice attorney who was proud of the fact that she had built her own thriving practice from nothing. But over the years, her devotion to work led to a slow deterioration of her health. The most | Read More…

Sarah’s Bladder Battle

Sarah, 47, had suffered from bladder problems for years. Doctors repeatedly prescribed antibiotics, which Sarah took without question. But the UTIs kept coming back, and they were often followed by antibiotic-induced yeast infections. “The year before I went to see | Read More…

Brian’s Extreme Physical Stress Reaction

After several trips to the emergency room, Brian came to my clinic because he was having terrible digestive problems. No matter what he ate, he developed painful cramps and nausea. The tests done in the hospital looked fine. But if | Read More…