“Having been burdened with autoimmune diseases since my childhood, I suffered from Alopecia Areata, Thyroidism, and Vitiligo, I also had become a heavy smoker during that 30+ year time span. Over the years, I heard many doctors say, “Stress causes this. Try to eliminate the stress from your life”. Well, THAT’S easier said than done! On December 27th, 2006 I had just finished a cigarette, went inside to go to bed, and suffered a massive heart attack. The doctor called it a “Myocardial Infraction (MI) caused by a 95% blockage of my Left Descending Artery”. My surgeon told my husband that my blockage was fibrous, not fatty, and was caused by 110% from smoking. My cardiologist told us that, had my husband gotten me to the E.D. 5 mins later, they would have pronounced me D.O.A. Yes, THAT was the last cigarette I had.
During the subsequent 3 months, I worked hard at my recovery, stopped smoking, took all my meds properly, totally adopted the SAD diet, rested, and thought that all was going well. During the 3rd month, I developed gastrointestinal problems (voluminous, odorific gas, and chronic diarrhea) and I rapidly put weight on. The cycle of eating, diarrhea, then immediately becoming ravenously hungry, eating again, etc. exhausted me and kept me from living a productive life. I would wake in the middle of the night for 2, 3, 4 hours at a time, then hit a wall of exhaustion in the mid-afternoon.
When I complained, my doctor said, “We need to get your heart healthy before we worry about gas and weight gain. Besides, you are eating healthier and your gas is caused by your healthy diet. You stopped smoking and weight gain is natural with that. Remember, it takes time to recover from an MI. You need to rest in the afternoon”. I lived like that for almost 3 years. If, you can call “THAT” living. When I finally got over my embarrassment of the situation, I discussed this with some friends of mine who were patients of Root Cause Medical. In harmony, they said, “It sounds like you have food issues. You really need to go see Root Cause Medical”.
After attending the Celiac Forum in October, I scheduled my consultation. Dr. Vikki assured me that they could help me. I went on the Elimination Diet on November 2nd – a pivotal day of my life. It was the 1st day in almost 3 years that I didn’t have gas, diarrhea, ravenous hunger pangs, nor exhaustion. It was amazing how quickly I received comfort. We have discovered that I have sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, corn, and soy. My vitamin D levels were dramatically low and adrenal glands were exhausted as well.
Today, I feel better than I have felt in my whole life – and that is NO exaggeration. I sleep all night, I have rid myself of the SAD diet and am so nourished that my body never feels ravenously hungry. My cholesterol has gone from 165 to 143, triglycerides from over 600 to barely 240, AND I have lost almost 20 pounds to date! My cardiologist has taken me off of 2 medications and decreased the dosage of a 3rd by 1/2. I am able to work a part-time job and am beginning classes in April 2010 to study Holistic Nutrition. Root Cause Medical discovered the root cause of my body’s ailments and provided solutions that finally gave me results I had sought all of my life.
Thank you Root Cause Medical!! I have a life worth living!”
— Cesar K.
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