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Case History
Heavy metal toxicity: A man in his 60’s had a severe rash. It was very itchy and was like small sores or ulcers especially on his arms and legs. (more)...
An engineer in his 40’s had brain fog so severe he had trouble forming sentences. (more)...
A 40 year old professional with tingling, burning, and numbness in her limbs (more)...
45 year old woman with relentless severely itchy hives had been evaluated and treated for allergies with no relief. (more)...
A 48 year old woman had had sleeping difficulties since the birth of her child at age 38 (more)...
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My Story


       I had always been interested in health and fitness and after seven years of hard training won a national championship in an eight-oared shell with College Boat Club out of Penn in 1978.  During that time I had very strictly taken care of my health getting plenty of sleep, not touching sugar for years and more, all because I knew that would further my goal of winning a national championship.  The following year I returned to college and ran track and cross-country being able to run a mile in 5:20.  All of that changed in February of 1980 when I got influenza.  I never recovered from it.  That year I continued to have symptoms of the flu with swollen glands, fever and sore throat.  I developed asthma and in November got pneumonia and broke three ribs from the coughing.  During this time I also developed endometriosis and had 40 or more plantar warts on my feet.  I could no longer exercise; if I tried I would become weak and shaky and two days later the fever, sore throat, and swollen glands would be much worse.  I didn’t sleep well and had trouble concentrating.  A number of doctors scratched their heads at this and prescribed medications to try to help me feel better.  I have always pushed myself too hard perhaps but after 5 years of working in science labs at Yale Medical School , entered medical school in 1982.  I graduated in 1986, and got through three years of residency (with help from my fellow interns and residents) and a fourth year of Chief Residency.  I was able to get through each day with monumental effort.  It became apparent that this had also affected my fertility as I was unable to become pregnant.  In 1990 I was blessed with the help of a chiropractor who practiced applied kinesiology and integrative health care along with her manipulation.  She herself had recovered from liver failure.  She identified a Candida problem, nutritional deficiencies, and problems with liver metabolism.  Of course I hadn’t learned about any of this in medical school but I was quite open to any thing that might help.  My health improved dramatically; I no longer had the fever and sore throat each day.  The next huge turning point in my recovery came when I saw Dr. Blanche Grube, a wholistic dentist who specializes in the safe removal of mercury amalgams from teeth.  I strongly recommend against anyone having their amalgams removed unless it is by someone who is using Hal Huggins’ approach.  He is a dentist who has spent over 30 years studying how this can be done safely.  This was a huge change for me.  Within two months incredibly I could exercise again.  I had been unable to exercise for almost 20 years.  I have not had a viral infection since the amalgams were removed nine years ago (unless I take amino acids).  My chronic nasal congestion went away immediately.  The next huge breakthrough came when I began to use cortisol to treat very low cortisol levels (some call this “adrenal fatigue”).  I had been unable to accomplish much after noon each day; after starting the cortisol I could be functional right up until bedtime.  Because of these health “challenges” I have always had to work part-time and am lucky enough to have two beautiful children to raise as well.  To this day I continue to work on ridding my body of mercury and other heavy metals, improving nutrient deficiencies, hormonal deficiencies and continue to improve.  I have been one of the hardest cases I have run across in my practice and feel that helps me to be a better practitioner.  The practitioners I have most to thank for my progress have been

Ginny Shapiro, D.C., Sidney Baker, M.D. (“Detoxification and Healing” and more),  Blanche Grube, DMD, and Ann McCombs, DO.