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Case Studies

A Change in Lifestyle

Adrian’s mother conceived him after a previous pregnancy was lost at 35 weeks’ gestation. She was subsequently diagnosed with Thrombophilia, related to the MTHFR gene mutation and was placed on Lovenox to prevent clots. During the pregnancy, she ate whatever she wanted, as was her Italian family’s tradition of “feed your cravings.” This led to a 63-pound weight gain by the time she was induced at 38 weeks as a precaution due to her previous miscarriage. Her glucose tolerance test was normal. After 31 hours of labor, Adrian was born via emergency C-Section, because his arm was stuck and he could not progress further in the birth canal. His birth weight was 8 pounds, 3 ounces. From the start, he had difficulty latching and sucking. Adrian was primarily fed pumped breast milk because of his feeding issues, and evening soy formula because of dairy intolerance. He gradually started to become fussier and began spitting up. At 2 months, he had a choking episode and turned blue. Adrian was diagnosed with “silent” GERD and was placed on an antacid, which relieved many of his symptoms. His mother also removed dairy and wheat from her diet, and by 3 months, she was able to stop the antacid. He started home cooked solids, mostly vegetables and meats, at 4 months, and by a year old, he went back on dairy and wheat products without any apparent digestive distress. Over the next 2 years, he started having:

  • Recurrent bouts of croup and respiratory illnesses

  • Dark circles under his eyes and skin rashes

  • Large, bulky stools

  • Poor growth for both weight and height

  • Hyperactivity and broken sleep patterns

Adrian’s behavior worsened until he eventually bit his 7-month-old sister’s finger. At this point, his mother was at her wit’s end–something had to change.

Treatments and Testing

ADRIAN’S DIET HISTORY AND TESTING REVEALED

  • Consumption of high quantities of carbohydrates that included many gluten free snacks loaded with soy and corn, as well as cravings for fruits.

  • Stool testing revealed candida overgrowth, as well as many food sensitivities, suggestive of a leaky gut.

  • The paradox was that many foods that mom thought were healthy for Adrian were actually harming him (gluten free products, many fruits, and night shade vegetables.

THE PLAN FOR ADRIAN:

  • At first, he went through a sugar “detox,” but after a few weeks he adapted well to a Paleo diet

  • Began seeing a chiropractor 2 times a week

  • Began supplements to address the MTHFR gene mutation

  • Added enzymes that addressed digestive issues with certain foods high in phenols and salicylates

AFTER 7 MONTHS ON THIS REGIMEN:
  • Amazing skin and behavior

  • Sleeping comfortably

  • Grew 8 pounds and 3 inches

 

Rechecks of Adrian’s stool test and food sensitivities showed that his gut had healed, there was no more inflammation, and he no longer had any sensitivities. Problematic foods were able to be reintroduced without any reactions.

When we spoke to his mother about the changes in her son, we asked what she believed was the most beneficial.

“Our little boy suffered so much, but after hard work and dedication, he was able to push through. Today as a family we are 100% gluten, dairy, and corn free, as well as no refined sugars. We eat non-GMO and organic fruits and vegetables. We only eat grass fed beef, lamb, and organic chicken and pastured raised eggs. Our grocery bill is always high, but our medical bills are low because of our lifestyle. His body is now well enough to fight off infections on its own in 1-2 days. He has never had croup again and I take pride in knowing we healed him naturally.”

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Gastrointestinal Disorder

Grace is an eight-year-old girl with a past medical history significant of gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting and constipation as a young child. At two and half years old, she started with sinus and ear infections, leading to multiple antibiotics. She was referred to an allergist and was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, but because there was no anaphylactic symptoms, she was not advised to remove the allergens from her diet. A year later, Grace progressively started to develop rashes, which were treated with antihistamines and reassurance. By four years old, she started having vague elbow pains that progressively migrated to other joints, eventually elading to debilitating hip and knee pain that was now accompanied by fever.

HER FULL WORK-UP AT A REGIONAL PEDIATRIC CENTER REVEALED:

  • Cultures, x-rays, sedated MRI, and hip joint aspiration came back normal

  • Elevated white blood cell count

  • Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Followed by an ENT and surgical placing of ear tubes recommended to address hearing loss.

CREATED INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR GRACE:

  • Eliminated allergen foods

  • Removed dairy

  • Implemented an organic, non-GMO diet

  • Stopped all over-the-counter medication

  • Added probiotics, chlorella, krill oil, magnesium, and a multi vitamin

  • Started taking local honey and apple cider vinegar to help with allergies

  • Started taking Garlic Mullen drops to help with ear symptoms

  • Begun seeing a chiropractor

ONE MONTH LATER:
  • Chronic cough and runny nose cleared up after removing dairy

  • Rashes and joint pain cleared after removing gluten

  • Antibiotics no longer needed

  • Bathroom irregularities cleared

  • Hearing normalized

SIX MONTH LATER:
  • No longer on allergy medication

ONE YEAR LATER:
  • No longer on an asthma or allergy medication

TWO YEAR LATER:
  • Has perfect attendance in school

  • Attends dance and drama classes

  • Lives an overall active and healthy lifestyle

When we spoke to her mother about the changes in her daughter, we asked what she believed was the most beneficial. Removing allergens, over-the-counter medications, and letting her immune system do its job with proper nutritional support made the biggest, life-changing difference.

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Asthma & Allergies

Matthew is a 9-year-old child with medical history significant for allergies and poorly controlled asthma despite multiple asthma/allergy medications, including an epi-pen. He was also diagnosed with ADD and developmental coordination. Most recently, he developed motor tics in the form of whistling, snapping and blinking.

HIS FIRST PHYSICAL EXAM AND BLOOD WORK REVEALED:

  • Allergic “ shiners” and Wheezing on exam

  • Nutritionally Deficient Diet

  • Food Allergies to wheat, corn, egg white and peanuts

  • Low Vitamin D, Iron

  • Low Cholesterol

  • Genetic Mutation (MTHFR) related to impaired folate metabolism resulting in elevated Vitamin B12 levels

  • Elevated ASO, DNase Titers (PANDAS Markers)

CREATED INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR MATTY:

  • Cleaned up diet by removing processed foods and preservatives

  • Removed specific allergenic foods

  • Added probiotics, increase fats, decrease sugars in diet

  • Started Vitamin D, Multivitamin, Cod Liver Oil, MTHF

  • Begun antibiotics for strep, followed by tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy to address PANDAs

ONE MONTH LATER:
  • Stopped wheezing and tics, mood improved

  • Saw nutritionist to maintain healthy diet; overall less carbohydrates and an increase of beneficial fats

  • Still received occupational, physical, and speech therapies

SIX MONTHS LATER:
  • Asthma and allergies controlled on one medication

  • On an organic diet

ONE YEAR LATER:
  • No IEP services needed in school

  • No longer on an asthma or allergy medication

TWO YEARS LATER:
  • Achieved a spot on 5th grade honor roll

  • Accepted into 6th grade gifted and talented class

  • Reads, bike rides, and made competitive swim team

  • Goes camping with Boy Scout Troop without any fear

  • Motor skills, strength, and confidence improved

When we spoke to his mother about the changes in her son, we asked what she believed was the most beneficial. She thinks that all measures were effective, but the change in diet was especially helpful. Even on a budget, she finds a way to continue an organic diet, by prioritizing the purchase of organic meat and dairy, and not eating out as much. This wasn’t a change for Matty but his whole family now maintains, this healthy lifestyle.

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