Fibromyalgia, Weight Gain, Hot Flashes Resolved
A female patient, age 62, came to my office in 2009 with medical assessment of Fibromyalgia. In addition, regarding her weight gain, her doctor had said it was “just her metabolism slowing down.” There was no other factor the doctor could find. The patient was not happy with this diagnosis. She had many troubling symptoms, including rapid weight gain, constant trigger point pain, hot flashes, and failing eyesight with high ocular pressure and a family history of glaucoma. A history taken in my office indicated that she had been unable to reduce and maintain weight loss despite strict caloric restriction. Night sweats and poor sleep along with a recent shingles outbreak were noted as well. Additionally, her failure to fully recover after the shingles left her fatigued and easily overwhelmed. After being a mother and homemaker for many years, she had recently resumed work in the Financial Management field with colleagues mostly 20 years her junior. This situation further contributed to her being overworked and lacking confidence. She also suffered from inability to hold chiropractic adjustments.
My assessment indicated adrenal fatigue with environmental heavy metal toxicity. The screening and tests done by my office as well as the patient history suggested low thyroid function (type 2) and environmental complications. Her husband worked long hours on his hobby, auto repair, in a garage attached to the house, which I suspected was creating a toxic environment inside the home. The client agreed to have blood work done at a local lab and then analyzed by my selected consulting healthcare professional known for his deep, comprehensive interpretation of results. These tests confirmed bromide toxicity, lead and cadmium poisoning, and compromised thyroid and adrenal function. My client was given a specific nutriceutical protocol allowing her to eliminate night sweats, increase sleep, balance her hormones, and detox safely. Nerve pain following shingles was also reduced. Subsequently she lost 22 pounds, when previously the most she could lose was 10 pounds. She also reduced her cholesterol and improved her eyesight with the protocol. In fact, her eye doctor was amazed that after running at about 25 for 4 or 5 years, her ocular pressure had dropped to 18! She told him that the only change she had made since last seeing him was losing 22 pounds and following the nutritional program I had set up for her.
In 2010, this client concurrently came to me for counseling. She had been separated from her husband several years before but had returned to him when there were deaths in her family. Now she was suffering from depression, anxiety, and unresolved anger in the marriage. Over a period of months, she came to the decision to end the marriage, and I supported her during the process of separation and divorce.
Neurontin-Free Recovery After Twenty-four Years of Neuropathy
A male, age 48, had the chief complaint of severe, unrelenting pain throughout his body for 24 years, with no tangible relief from prior treatments or drugs prescribed by M.D. The medical assessment was “Peripheral Neuropathy.” At the time of our work, the client was taking 3600 mg. of Neurontin daily. His daily life was severely restricted due to pain.
After taking a thorough case history including health questionnaire and environmental risk assessment, the client was asked to make some simple dietary changes. Within 2 weeks of implementation, he experienced a dramatic reduction in pain, which he described as 50% improvement. At this time he was also given a specific nutriceutical protocol which reflected my assessment of mercury toxicity and leaky gut syndrome. Four months into the healing process, the patient was feeling well enough to consider a major career change, something he had wanted to do for some time but had lacked the confidence to implement. He now felt that the pain was reduced by 80%, and he had even had several days of no pain whatsoever. He had also, of his own volition and with his M.D.’s permission, begun to reduce his medication considerably. However, he had yet to follow through on my referral to consult a biological dentist.
Because he felt so much relief from the dietary changes and supplemental regime reducing his symptoms, he vacillated another 4 months about the dentist. Then, seemingly by accident one day while surfing the Internet, he came upon a medical website that allowed him to take tests, describe his symptoms, and get a quick response from the M.D. associated with the website: “You have mercury poisoning and should see a dentist schooled in proper removal.” Significantly, the website gave him the same names of dentists I’d given to him, and these were not local dentists but specialists located in another part of the country.
Feeling liberated and as if he’d struck gold, he — without my knowledge or his doctor’s — took himself off the Neurontin completely. He also finally took steps to have his dental mercury removed. The Vega protocol and other dental tests did reveal significant levels of mercury. With the toxic metal removed, he finally recovered his health completely. He had this to say about his experience: “Highly professional, knowledgeable, dedicated, present, and compassionate, Rita Roberts is absolutely and fully committed to improving the health and well-being of her clients—this much I know from personal experience. . . . Rita has given me first-class care and counsel. I would recommend her to anyone experiencing perplexing health issues.”
“Up All Night” - Sick Building Syndrome Resolved
A 58-year-old neonatal nurse devoted to her career of over 35 years felt forced to take a leave of absence when a sudden and mysterious illness struck. Plagued by constant fatigue exacerbated by sleeplessness and migrating pain, particularly in the hip area, she was no longer able to withstand the intensive nature of her work, which included caring for infants that often did not survive past the one year mark. Working within the Boston medical community, she had access to, and actually consulted, many medical experts, but to no avail. Despite rigorous testing, no one could give her an actual diagnosis. Forced to abandon the work that she considered a true calling, she sought help. Facing the precariousness of her job situation, with her benefits about to expire and no hope of improvement, she had grown despondent. Three years into her health crisis, she was referred to me for assessment by a 70-year-old social worker, herself a former patient of mine.
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Due to this nurse’s conservative mindset and her own traditional medical training, seeking help from a holistic health professional was a hard step for her. During the consultation she openly discussed what she deemed the hopelessness of her situation, mirroring her nursing friends’ feelings that she was too sick to visit them, lamenting her loss of meaningful work, and vocalizing her mistrust that if the top Boston physicians could not find the cause, how could I, or any other alternative practitioner?
After evaluating the written physician-designed tests I utilize and conducting a thorough interview regarding her health history, personal living circumstances, and other relevant factors, I had a sense that the problem was environmental in nature. I persuaded her to examine the possibility that her house had a toxic mold present. I provided her with ample information and research that I kept on hand, then gave her the name of someone qualified to do in-depth testing. Both because of the research I’d provided and her firm desire to make sense of the elusiveness of her illness, she followed through and had her house tested. She was highly impressed with the company I had recommended to do this job for her.
The mold was in evidence not only in the usual areas, but also in her bedroom, livingroom, and basement, which was badly in need of reconstruction to remove the source of the mold, a costly proposition. As Spring approached and her symptoms worsened, she acquiesced to the house overhaul. Due to the release of toxic residue; I, along with the company representative, urged her to relocate while the work was going on. I had initially wanted her to do this early on as a means of having her test, firsthand, if she felt better right away. Now that she had a concrete reason to evacuate, she went to stay at a nearby family member’s home, also near the water. Within 3 nights of being away from the mold, her sleeplessness abated.
She also finally became willing to implement the nutriceutical protocol I had suggested so that her immune system could repair itself. This protocol included a gentle liver cleanse complemented by adrenal support, as her cortisol levels were visibly affected. Her early attempts, despite being a nurse and understanding the importance of using a supplement protocol and adjusting herdietary intake, had failed, as she was sporadic in her approach and had been a finicky eater her entire life. Now she became receptive and compliant. Three years of chronic and constant symptoms began to resolve in a relatively short time, even though the ongoing mold exposure had affected her health profoundly.