Here is a case study of one patient who was suffering from a whole host of health problems. You might be able to relate to this situation. All too often, when we have one health complaint such as fatigue, we also suffer from another health complaint like arthritis. These sorts of things seem to come in pairs. Now, imagine if you have two health complaintsâletâs say diabetes and urinary tract infectionsâdo the math and, in reality, you end up with at least four health problems.
But donât despair; this article isnât meant to be bad newsâin fact, itâs the exact opposite. Because, in the story weâre about to tell you, one patient with a whole litany of health problems was able to cure herself with just one treatment. Weâll call this patient âCase Report No.23.â
These were the health conditions she was suffering from on a daily basis:
â¢ Rheumatoid arthritis
â¢ Raynaudâs disease
â¢ Irritable bowel syndrome
â¢ Gastroesophageal reflux disease
â¢ Menopausal symptoms
â¢ Chronic urinary tract infections
â¢ Upper respiratory infections
â¢ Weight gain
Needless to say, patient No. 23 was taking a lot of medicationâand suffering from a lot of their side effects! She took âArthrotecâ for pain and inflammation. Noted side effects for this medication include life-threatening heart or circulation problems, such as heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long-term. This medication can also have serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole).
Patient No. 23 was also taking âFosamaxâ to treat her osteoporosis. The side effects for this drug include serious problems in the stomach or esophagus (those who take it need to stand upright for at least 30 minutes after taking it). In addition, the patient was taking âCatapres,â a hypertension-treating drug that can impair your thinking and reactions.
At the time of the trial, this patient had decided to discontinue taking âPlaqueril,â a drug that can cause irreversible damage to the retina when taken for a long time, against the advice of her rheumatologist.
So what happened to patient No. 23? How did she manage to recover from such a seemingly hopeless place? Basic lab tests were performed to identify imbalances in her body that were the causes of many of her illnesses. Then, the patient used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments to address each health imbalance. Dietary, nutritional, hormonal, and mind/body support were all used synergistically to improve her symptoms.
After one year of following these treatments, (after all, they take time to work and heal the body from the inside out), patient No. 23 was able to discontinue several of her medications, thereby avoiding the negative side effects. There was a notable improvement in her bone density. She also learned to identify and avoid triggers such as food and environmental allergies. The last piece of the puzzle was to utilize CAM therapy to reduce her stress levels.
Case studies like this one just show you that filling out a prescription is not always the best answer. You have to understand the underlying issues that affect your own health and treat those root causes, instead of just treating a symptom. This patient didnât completely neglect her medicationâafter all, there are times when itâs necessaryâbut she was able to scale back heavily, which made a huge difference in her life, her well-being and her own health.
This is a real success story and attests to the potential of alternative medicine to heal the body, given a little bit of time.
Source(s) for Todayâs Article:
Fitzgerald, K., et al., âA case report of a 53-year-old female with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis: focus on lab testing and CAM therapies,â Altern Med Rev September 2011; 16(3): 250-62.