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One Man's Triumph Over Raynaud's Syndrome, Lupus and RA with Dietary Changes

May 01, 2004 | 57,922 views

 

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Dr. Thomas Brown, mentioned in the story below, passed away 14 years ago. He developed an innovative alternative to the traditional approach to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) more than 50 years ago. He believed that RA was due to an infection with an organism called mycoplasma and used antibiotics as an alternative to treatment with the miracle drug of his time, prednisone.

He was able to help more than 10,000 patients recover from RA during his career. I have revised his protocol with diet, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and NST strategies and have helped nearly 3,000 patients recover from RA. However, I have always been seeking to avoid using the antibiotics to treat this problem. Although the antibiotics frequently worked and the six-month period of worsening that was part of Dr. Brown's protocol was virtually eliminated, I always felt like I had failed because I had to resort to the use of antibiotics.

Well, last year marked the transition in my version of the antibiotic protocol. The major change came from the use of nutritional typing. Since we have integrated nutritional typing with full use of EFT to address the stressors that seem to be universally present in RA, we have been able to cause RA to routinely go into remission without the use of antibiotics.

In the story below you'll read how John Kucharski, who was facing a type of RA, was able to greatly improve by following the program. In his case, low vitamin D levels were also a major factor. The inspiring story below really illustrates just how effective this method can be.

Contributed by John Kucharski

I was diagnosed with Raynaud's syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and was also facing chronic fatigue as a result. But after several years of unsuccessful treatments, many medications, surgeries and gloomy prognoses I decided it was time for something else.

I did not believe my doctors when they told me there was no cure. I refused to accept this.

I came across Dr. Mercola's name in a book called The Road Back. This book discussed Dr. Brown's antibiotic therapy. Dr. Mercola was mentioned as a doctor who also believed in this therapy. Upon seeing Dr. Mercola he advised me that he could produce similar results with diet.

At first I was skeptical, however, I soon saw improvements in myself that I had never achieved with any of the medications I had been on.

I've been following Dr. Mercola's dietary program for approximately five months. Dr. Mercola performed many of the same tests that my traditional doctor performed, however, what Dr. Mercola saw was very different. For example I was extremely deficient in vitamin D. My traditional doctor told me I was fine with my vitamin D--hmmm! So in addition to the diet I was also taking supplements such as vitamin D. I noticed significant change in my energy level within the first month. One of my biggest challenges with my condition was extreme fatigue; I noticed that I suddenly had much more energy.

Now the fatigue is almost completely gone and I can function as I had before. I don't want to go to bed at 7 p.m. anymore.

I made a conscious decision before starting this program that I was going to do it "right." This meant I would follow it to the letter. I spent several years not feeling well and I was tired of being tired. What motivated me to stay with the program was the fact that I saw such a tremendous difference in myself in such a short time. I thought if I felt this good in one month, how good would I feel in a year of being on this diet?

Essentially this is not as difficult as I initially thought it would be, it just takes some getting used to. Basically I have eliminated all refined sugars, have cut out grain, increased my intake of vegetables and I buy everything I can organic. Knowing my nutritional type helps guide me toward the type of foods I need to eat in order to feel good.

Everyone at Dr. Mercola's office have been very supportive.

I would encourage anyone considering this program to have a good support network--friends and family who know what you are doing, who are willing to help and who won't offer you that piece of cake! Meal planning is essential to keeping your sanity, if you don't have a plan it can be very easy to become overwhelmed and possibly give up. I encourage anyone trying this program to stick with it; it is worth it.

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