Watch as Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC reveals some information about genetics, autoimmune illness, his family and himself. Knowing the reasons behind someones motivation and drive can help you seredipitiously with your own health.
Hi, this is Doctor Karl Johnson and I’m here today just to talk to you a little bit about myself and why I like to help people with chronic conditions and what’s in my background that prompted me to do so. First let me tell you that when I grew up my dad had Parkinson’s disease. At a very young age prior to kindergarten, he was at home due to being disabled and my mother worked. Now, his dad also had Parkinson’s disease, as did his mother. So my grandmother, my grandfather on my dad’s side and my dad all had Parkinson’s disease.
Now, that’s for those you who know, Parkinson's disease is an autoimmune disease, which isn’t good, because usually they could be passed down the family tree. My mother also had quite a few health challenges herself. She had rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and I believe Hashimoto’s too. Mother also had colitis and it was quite disturbing to me, even at the young age of about you know, why all this illness was in my family? Even though I wasn’t that old at the time, it still was one of the strange things that always stuck in the back of my mind.
It turns out that my grandfather on my mother’s side was a healer from Sweden. He had a place in Detroit called the Bloom Health Institute and he helped a lot of people with polio and other disorders through the various means that he knew and that he learned in Sweden.
Unfortunately grandfather Bloom died of brain cancer prior to me being born, but my mother always talked about him, saying that he was quite a man and he was able to tell what was wrong with people is by touching them. She said he was well loved by his patients. In fact at his funeral, she said that one of the people who attended came over to the casket, actually picked him up out of the casket – not totally of course – and gave him a hug and said if it wasn’t for this man, he wouldn’t be alive and functioning the way he was today.
Mom's story about my grandfather always stuck with me and eventually I become a healthcare practitioner myself, graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Now, over the years I found that I was drawn more and more towards people with serious (not as in life threatening), but serious in terms of it really affected their health type health problems and those are the type of people I really wanted to help.
My chiropractic training was a stepping stone to lead me to other in depth training I earned post graduately. Eventually, one of the things that I learned was in depth testing is necessary to find out the root cause of what’s going on with these people. So, I did these tests on myself several years ago and found out that I had a celiac gene. I had a gluten sensitivity gene. I had a autoimmune attack about some conditions in my body that were being attacked.
You might imagine that for a few days I wasn’t real happy with the results of my tests and well, frankly I looked at it from two different ways. I mean basically, I could look at my test results from a standpoint of "dang, I’m going to end up with the same types of problems my parents and my other relatives did" or I could do something about it. So, this led to some of the treatment methods I use with the patients who I currently serve. I look for underlying causes for health problems and then deal with those underlying caused in order to help the body heal itself.
So, I’ve been there. I’ve done the treatment necessary to help myself to help my body heal the areas that were being targeted for destruction and as a result, I’m now able to really be a good guide and mentor for my patients, who have these same conditions or similar. And also, I’m able to help my children, because of the information we now know about this genetic link between gluten intolerance and various autoimmune disorders and how the immune system can cross react with other foods that don’t have gluten and thus trigger immune system irritation.
All the different strategies that we employ here at my office are geared towards locating causative factors and then dealing with them with diet, lifestyle changes, specific supplementation and brain based therapy. I call these combined treatment methods Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy. I wanted to give you some background why I do what I do, so that perhaps you have a better insight as to what Doctor Johnson is all up to here on this blog. So I’ll talk to you later.
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