"Look, Dr. Johnson", exclaimed Sarah as she entered the center nutrition testing treatment room at Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition. Sarah excitedly used her index finger to repeatedly and exuberantly poke her forearm.
What's the big deal with that, you may ask? For Sarah it is a huge deal. Just a few weeks earlier, Sarah who doesn't drive herself because of having had a seizure, entered my office with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. She was in so much pain that she couldn't stand anyone even LIGHTLY touching her skin anywhere on her body. For Sarah, giving or getting a hug was torture. The family cat laying on her was exceedingly painful even after a minute or two.
So, the fact that Sarah was poking herself in the forearm was a HUGE milestone. With an emerging sense of glee, I said, "Let's test this", and I wrapped my arms around Sarah and gave her a big hug and asked her if it hurt and she said, NO! Wow - no pain!
Sarah recounted to me that in the previous week she could give hugs, stand the cat laying on her and a number of other seemingly mundane things that were now a source of excitement and happiness.
In addition, Sarah stated she didn't bump into her Grandmother or Mom while shopping like she was in a drunken state....she used to, though, even if she was pushing a grocery cart.
What lead up to all these wonderful LIFE CHANGING improvements? Finding the cause of Sarah's symptoms! Instead of labeling my patients, I look for the underlying cause or causes that create the malfunction of the patient's body (and in turn cause the various symptoms they suffer with).
I start with an in-depth history and thorough review of previous tests that the patient has had in the past 6 months or so - a process I call a Case Review. Next I determine what specialized tests to order to understand what went wrong with the patients physiology.
In Sarah's case (and that of many other chronic condition patients) we found she was sensitive to gluten and other foods, had gluten genes and had autoimmune attack on the intestines, leading to intestinal barrier malfunction (AKA Leaky Gut). In addition I found functional imbalances in brain function that needed rehabilitation.
After implementing Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy which entails using diet and lifestyle changes, specific supplementation and brain-based therapy, Sarah's body responded in a very favorable way - just like I expected.
The treatments that we use are not complex, per se, but habits (diet and lifestyle) die hard, so I am very picky in who I select for my Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Treatment program. The applicant must be willing to do everything I ask for 6-12 months for the best long term results.
Results like Sarah is experiencing are what I live for in my professional life and I am overjoyed to be able to report this life changing story.