“As you know, I was addicted to self-diagnosing on the internet, but I want you to know you are the reason I am ending my affair with the internet because I now trust that I am getting the medical help I need. I feel fortunate to have found Wellness Alternatives. I have worn a superwoman cape for 2 years because I didn’t know what was happening to me. My self-advocacy and survival skills were exhausted. I was tired, a little depressed, brain-buzzed and scared. None of my previous specialists were truly helpful and none could connect why I have four different inflammatory diseases. My immune system was pissed off and I needed to find out why. I knew my symptoms were not just bad luck. I knew I was not crazy! My symptoms are real and have deeply affected my life.
When I found that Wellness Alternatives treats patients with invisible illnesses, autoimmune diseases and cytokine induced sickness… I said this was ME! I have an INVISIBLE ILLNESS! I was shocked to find that you were nearly in my backyard and – OMG; I am so glad I called. Passion and Knowledge and Understanding leapt through the phone. I had never heard of the tests you offered to look at my immune system and no one had tested to see if hormones were involved. At first, I was hesitant because Wellness Alternatives is out of our insurance network, but I guess sometimes you get what you pay for.
After 30 days with 2 visits and 3 tests, I have hope for the first time in 2 years. My hair loss has subsided and I have baby hair growing in. I am on less thyroid medication, and I have a lot more energy. The dietary restrictions are not as hard as I thought and it is working- my constipation and diarrhea episodes are getting under control. I feel much more clear-headed and positive. 2013 is going to be a good year for me…. I may even train for the MS 150 this year and I have you to thank.” Sincerely, Stephanie
Over the next few years I had numerous tests: blood, urine, a barium swallow, an arteriogram of my upper extremities, doppler flow studies, stress testing, and the list goes on. I was evaluated by the top rheumatologist in town who is expert in the field of Scleroderma. I was also evaluated by a microvascular hand surgeon because not only did I have Reynaud’s but the arteriogram showed I was missing half the arteries in my hands and forearms (congenital defect). The vascular insufficiency coupled with the autoimmune condition, landed me in the operating room on three different occasions for sympathectomies….a peeling away of the sympathetic nerve chain from the artery to improve blood flow. My surgeon told me that my autoimmune system had turned on and was not able to turn off. Without the surgery I could lose my finger.
The autoimmune symptoms in my hands were severe….both hot and cold would trigger the symptoms…..my fingers would turn white, blue or purple…..the ischemic pain was severe, it was like having a heart attack in my fingers. I developed ischemic ulcers resulting in tissue death and would have to have surgery to stop the ulcers from growing. During autoimmune flare-ups (cytokine storms) my acrylic overlays would not bond to my nails. A manicure that should last for two weeks only lasted five days for me. There were times during my cytokine storms that some of my fingernails would partially detach from my nail beds. I also began developing similar vascular symptoms in my feet waking up in the middle of the night with severe cramps.
My Rheumatologist said that although I have a positive blood test for Scleroderma and also Reynaud’s I did not have all the diagnostic criteria for the disease. I asked how could that be and she said unfortunately there are probably a lot of people like me walking around with the same problem. I left with no answers to my questions feeling scared, frustrated, and sick. I felt like I was chasing my tail. It seemed as though every time I left a doctor’s office they were scratching their head with a puzzled look on their face and I felt hopeless.
Thankfully, I met Dr. Peterson!!!! He has given me answers, but more importantly HOPE! Dr Peterson is an expert in autoimmune diseases. He was able to identify the root cause of my condition, develop a treatment plan, and today I can say that my autoimmune system is quiet and I feel good. My ischemic symptoms are improving, my nails are reattaching, and the ulcers have repaired on their own and recently have stopped appearing. I no longer have cramps at night, and have not had to see the surgeon in over a year. I no longer feel scared and desperate. Thanks to Dr. Peterson, his knowledgeable staff, and my ability to understand how to care for my autoimmune condition I feel in control of my life again.
It has been two weeks and NO hip pain or even low back aches. It is amazing to feel so healthy again. I may even go ice skating thanks to you!
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
I’m glad to report that I really have not had belly ache for about two weeks. I still have no problem with walking 1-2 miles per day. My sleep is good, but I am using Benedryl (only one tab of Simply Sleep) about every third or fourth day. My bowels are good and no diarrhea, and I’m sharp and able to work every day. Sometimes as early as 8a. I do take a nap, but I’m not exhausted. I’m absolutely thrilled my body is responding so well. I will try to be consistent and add the alpha lipoic acid once a day. I just have a feeling that this is the beginning of a new body, and acceptance of the fact that I will be here a while.
Tell Dr. Dave that I’m so thankful that he could direct me a little and I look forward to more, as I get better.
I am so thankful for your services and the ways you’ve improved my health and the health of my family. I ran the Kansas City Half Marathon this past weekend. Faster and with more ease than ever before. My training in the past was always hindered with pain and injuries and no stretching or icing or even chiropractic care ever “healed” me until I came to you. I am amazed with how quick and effective your process of rehabilitation is. I cannot thank you enough for giving me the gift of a Fully Functioning body. Thanks for all you do.
P.S. Luca is thankful for a well rounded head too!!!
Routine blood work was done on Ben about 2 weeks ago. Once again, the results were good. All categories were very close to normal or they were NORMAL. The Doctors were concerned abut the creatinine levels (kidney function) which were normal for an adult but too high for Ben. The Doctor said that these blood tests can be off a little so the only way to gen an accurate reading was a 4 hour, 9 vials of blodd test which we did last Thursday. After speaking with the nurse yesterday at 4pm, she said the kidney function is NORMAL
I prayed for a miracle for this incurable kidney disease and got it. Thank you God. I also would like to thank God for sending C.G. to us – telling us about Dr. Dave, who uses Sacro Occipital Technique on Ben, which I believe is what took care of Ben’s condition. I would like to thank Ben’s brother, Christopher and My Dad for offering their kidneys to Ben in case he would need them. I know there are others that would have given their kidneys to Ben if they had been the right blood type.
I have to go to work now. I’m late as usual.
My sister says her body feels very good too and her jaw is completely relaxed. We are SO grateful! Thank you!!
I will do the blood draw for the Ion test early this week.
D.L. (This patient suffered from plantar fascitis for years. After one SOT treatment, she no longer suffered from this painful condition.),