What is "Success"?
What do we mean when we say that treatment here at
the center resulted in a successful outcome for a patient?
Are we referring to longevity? Or improvement in quality of
life? It depends on the patient's condition. Whether it is a cancer
patient, a child with food allergies, or a woman dealing with menopause, we
think optimal quality of life as well as a healthier and longer life are
What is our philosophy?
What do we mean when we say we
practice Integrative Medicine?
Briefly, it means we integrate
the best that conventional medicine has to offer along with the best, most
effective Alternative Medicine therapies which may include diet, nutrition,
herbal supplements, acupuncture, and intravenous treatments, among others.
What do we mean by Complementary Medicine?
It means that
appropriate alternative therapies can enhance or complement many conventional
therapies. If a pharmaceutical drug is the best choice for a particular
patient, we will use it. If we think vitamins, minerals, herbs, or
phytonutrients can better resolve a condition, we choose them. Or maybe, a
combination of these approaches.
What do we
mean by Mind-Body-Spirit?
It means we treat the whole person, not just the
physical body. For example, we encourage patients to develop coping
strategies to minimize stress, to meet with counselors, and to include bodywork, exercise
and spirituality in their treatment plan.
To further help answer these questions, we
are posting some of our patients' success stories to show what kinds of
experiences they've had at the Schachter Center. Names are kept anonymous
because of confidentiality, but we'll give a brief history and explain how the
patient is doing. Some patients have chosen to write their own story in
their own words.
Patient Stories as told by our practitioners...
Patient #1 - What A Difference One Visit Makes
An elderly gentleman, age 79, came with a
diagnosis of bladder cancer (likely Stage IV--not a favorable stage for those
non-medical folks). He had received one chemotherapy treatment from his
oncologist and he decided further chemo was not for him. "It
almost killed me," he said.
His cancer had contributed to a significant weight
loss and decline in energy and endurance. He weighed 115 lbs. at his first
visit (he is 5 feet, 11 inches tall--rather slender!). His appetite was
down and he could only walk one block without having to rest from fatigue.
The Schachter Center practitioners ( MD, PA, and Lifestyle Counselor) made
suggestions about diet - he was told to avoid
artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates. He was given a fairly
extensive list of supplements with potentially more as his laboratory work and/or symptoms
By the second appointment (4 weeks later), he reported an
improved appetite, he had gained 8 pounds, and had been able to walk three miles
without any problems. We've suggested other possible therapies with our psychological
counselor, our acupuncturist, and perhaps if and when the time is right,
intravenous antioxidants. (11/06/01)
Patient #2 - Integrative Medicine Is A Good Idea
A 57-year-old woman first came to our office
last year. She had been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer and although
surgery was attempted, it was not done at that time because the area was
affected by extensive cancer. Chemotherapy was suggested and she opted to
do that along with a healthy diet which included fresh juices and a nutritional
supplement program as outlined by our office.
After she completed the
course of chemotherapy, a CT scan suggested surgery might then be an
option. When the surgeon operated, he found there was no evidence of
visible cancer and the lymph nodes were also negative showing there was no
metastasis. This occurred earlier in the year.
She tolerated the
chemotherapy well, maintaining her weight and energy, and was able to continue
her normal activities. This is a common observation of the patients who
combine supplements with chemo (apparently in this case the supplements did not
interfere with the chemo -- a concern often expressed by some oncologists).
When seen about two months ago, she was feeling well, staying on a
"clean" diet, taking her supplements, and had had a CT scan in
September which showed no cancer. She will continue to be carefully
monitored by her oncologist---and by the center! (11/13/01)
Patient #3 - When We Treat The Whole Person
This gentleman in his late 50's came to our
office primarily to address a diagnosis of Chronic Hepatitis C.
commitment to have decisions for treatment based on the whole
"picture", a comprehensive history was reviewed and documented.
His history included medications for high blood pressure for 10-15 years and our
laboratory assessment showed evidence of mercury excess (the usual source of
this toxic element is from certain contaminated fish and from amalgam dental
fillings in the mouth -- the latter was evident on the physical
examination). A blood test showed elevated homocysteine, indicating risk
for arteriosclerosis ("hardening of the arteries").
He was put on a treatment program that included dietary
recommendations, oral vitamin supplements, intravenous therapy, and a detoxification
program for mercury.
Within 4-6 months, his homocysteine became normal, he
was able to slowly lower his blood pressure medication and get off of it altogether
without experiencing an increase in his pressure. His liver enzymes returned
to normal. He is feeling very well and will continue to monitor the status
of the hepatitis C via laboratory tests, signs and symptoms, viral loads and
periodic liver biopsies with his primary care physician. He'll continue
the mercury detox program with frequent monitoring of those levels through our office. (11/20/01)
Patient #4 - One Woman's Defiance in the Face of
Two years ago this “mom”, wife, and businesswoman
developed severe fatigue, tingling in her feet, dizziness, palpitations,
insomnia, nausea, blurred vision, and eye pain. Testing resulted in a diagnosis of
The neurologist presented her with a number of possible medications for
She began to
investigate alternative treatment modalities on her own; she became pro-active
in respect to her own health. She began to work with a nutritionist who gave her hope along
with suggestions about diet and supplements. He also addressed the bigger picture of her overall health, not just the
neurological system. He evaluated
her immune system and tested her for heavy metal toxicity. When he found abnormalities he either treated these or
referred her for treatment.
she was first seen at our office the following year she had begun to feel
significant improvement. However,
she was still feeling tired, not sleeping well and continued to have blurring of
Within three days of
starting a specific liquid multivitamin and a liquid mineral, she felt an
increase in her energy, the blurred vision went away completely, her sleep was
much more restful, and the tingling in her feet began to occur much less
is now functioning very well and “in control” of the symptoms of Multiple
Sclerosis: she knows how to manage
them if they occur. She has helped
others along the way, sharing freely of her knowledge and experience. She has taken charge of her life -- Multiple Sclerosis is not in charge
Patient #5 - Success Builds Upon Success
This woman came to our office for a Wellness Evaluation.
She had already become committed to healthy eating, was exercising daily,
and would not miss her Yoga or Meditation without good reason.
She had been given some nutritional supplements by other practitioners in
the past (and had used some on her own), had been able to stabilize her weight
and mood, and successfully gotten off medication.
After feeling very well for four years, she found she was going off the
diet and some of the supplements with a subsequent weight gain and mild mood
shift. She felt she might be perimenopausal and also wanted to be
evaluated for possible hypoglycemia.
We did some basic blood tests,
adjusted her diet (and reinforced her commitment), reviewed her supplements, and
made changes specific for her health concerns and symptomatology.
With these changes, she reported an increase in “energy and mental
vitality.” She will continue her
marvelous commitment to movement (exercise) and breathing (Yoga) and we will
evaluate her nutritional needs as needed (monitoring change in hormonal status and/or
if any health concerns arise). With such a team effort, she will continue to build on her
Patient #6 - Treating Heart Disease Without Surgery
Five years ago this gentleman, in his mid 60’s, decided to challenge his
symptoms of angina (chest pain) and failed stress test with something other than
the suggested cardiac catheterization and possible angioplasty. He began to educate himself about alternative treatments for heart
disease and sought Chelation Therapy from this office.
He began a series of these intravenous treatments along with specific
recommendations about diet, exercise, and therapeutic nutrients. He took prescribed medication from his cardiologist as well.
He did very well with this regimen reporting
increased energy and diminished chest pain.
About 2 years ago he had a repeat stress test and was able to last the
full protocol (as compared to 6-7 minutes in the past). About the same time this gentleman decided to slowly go off of his heart
medications (he felt they were contributing to early morning fatigue). He has remained off them to the present and, indeed, has resolved the
Approximately 1 ½ years ago he added 35 treatments
of External Counter Pulsation to further improve coronary blood flow. This drugless, non-surgical treatment has been demonstrated to be
efficacious in the treatment of blocked coronary arteries.
He is now 70 years old and enjoys
an active life without medication and without surgery.(12/11/01)
Patient #7 - When
After six months of feeling dizzy and nauseous (sometimes to the point of
vomiting) with Meniere’s syndrome -- and with little to no response (or feeling
worse) to a number of medications -- this woman decided to seek alternative
One of the goals of
alternative therapy is to help without creating new problems with the treatment
itself. Another is to treat the
Whole or Gestalt. With these goals
in mind several treatment modalities were suggested based on a comprehensive
history and examination. With
a combination of intravenous vitamin and mineral injections, acupuncture, and
some changes in lifestyle and diet, this patient had relief of symptoms within
3-4 weeks i.e. no dizzy episodes nor use of medications since the first office
Although this patient has
had occasional, brief dizzy feelings since that time, they are much less frequent
and severe and can be traced to certain triggering factors. She not only feels much better, but can better control her symptoms when
they do occur. (12/26/01)
Patient #8 - Food Allergies and Irritable Bowel Syndrome --
A Volatile Match
This gentleman presented to our office with a one-year history of
intermittent loose stools and diarrhea. Tests had revealed diverticulosis
(a common finding and a
chronic condition) and he had been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome --
diagnosis used when nothing else shows up (i.e. ulcers, colitis, cancer, etc.). He was using medication rather frequently to keep stools under control
and was anxious to address this bothersome condition. He was also on medications for
high blood sugar and high blood pressure.
tests revealed mineral deficiencies, a vitamin B12 deficiency, food allergies (severe
to rice, wheat, and eggs), elevated
homocysteine (a risk factor for cardiovascular disease), and excess levels of
the toxic elements arsenic and mercury. He
met with a nutritionist for aid in establishing a diet with his food allergies
He was given supportive nutrients both orally and by
injection to treat the nutritional deficiencies and to promote healing of the
With adherence to this protocol,
he had relief of the loose stools (requiring much less medication), his blood
sugar levels began to come down, and he was able to lower his medications for that.
His energy improved, homocysteine and B 12 levels improved, he lost
weight, and his levels of mercury began to decline. He also had improved blood pressure readings.
He now returns for periodic
evaluations. At this time we talk
about motivation more than education. He
knows what to do -- he just needs reminders and reinforcement. As for most of us, old habits can return rather easily. We also recheck tests as needed -- it’s great to feel better but also
very nice to have a piece of paper as a visual aid as well as confirmation.
His retirement is better and
better as he is able to feel his best. (1/2/02)
Patient #9 - Avoid Surgery With
Acupuncture -- A
Possibility? An Actuality!
This woman was told she would need both hips replaced
chronic degenerative condition. In
addition to this, there was some concern about the surgery itself because of a
vitamin deficiency. She had heard
about alternative medicine from some friends, so she decided to see if there was any
hope of using alternative therapies instead of surgery.
When she first came here five
years ago, she was walking with a cane and on pain medications for the pain in
her hip. At our center, she began to get acupuncture and trigger point therapy and
after 3 treatments experienced relief of pain and was able to discontinue her
medication. She was also given a
vitamin program for her needs.
did not return again until 3 ½ years later when she came for another series of
acupuncture treatments and to resume appropriate vitamins. She had been able to remain off pain medications during that time period and
was still walking fairly well.
Recently a family member reported that she had now
avoided surgery for 5 ½ years and was planning to come in for another series of
treatments. If she does eventually
need surgery, we will be able to support her through the procedure and with
post-operative healing with vitamins and acupuncture. (1/8/02)
Patient #10 A New
Perspective On Thyroid Disorders
The current practice of conventional medicine involves
laboratory “tests”. Often the
decision of what and how to treat is based more on the lab report on a piece of
paper and less on the body on whom the tests were done. In a practice like ours where the person’s symptoms and story are
usually the most important information, time is dedicated to developing a
thorough history. The
recommendations regarding treatment try to include the whole picture (i.e., the
history AND the tests).
The thyroid gland is primarily responsible for
regulating the general body metabolism and, if not functioning properly, can be
a factor in numerous health disorders. The
primary tool for evaluating thyroid function in conventional practices are the
standard thyroid blood tests. No
treatment is usually initiated without abnormal tests. complementary practices, it is customary to use information in
addition to the tests to determine whether or not to treat.
After this rather lengthy introduction, I will now share one woman’s
response to the evaluation and treatment of thyroid disorder based on symptoms
and body temperature.
This 39-year-old woman presented with numerous
symptoms suggestive of an underactive thyroid: weight gain, fatigue, difficulty with memory and concentration (such that
she had interrupted further studies in her profession a year earlier),
diminished sex drive, cold intolerance, subnormal body temperatures, headaches,
joint and muscle aches, and fluid retention.
Her thyroid blood tests were normal. However, in keeping with the philosophy of treating the whole patient and
not the paper, it was decided to give her a therapeutic trial of thyroid
medication. We first checked her
EKG to assess heart status. Thyroid
medication has a stimulating effect on the body and can be a potential problem
if there is an underlying heart condition; also she was complaining of some
chest pain with exertion. However, the
cardiologist determined there was no underlying heart disease and we began
treating her with medication.
Her response to the prescription was
dramatic. Within a short period of
time, she began to lose some weight, her aches and pains diminished, she resumed
her studies, her energy improved, she felt warmer and her body temperatures
improved, her sex drive began to improve, and her headaches resolved…and her
blood tests did not change!
In this particular case the medication used
was a special form of T3 (thyroid hormone) based on Wilson’s Syndrome
however we have also used a natural combination of T3 and T4 with similar
results. But, no matter which
avenue of treatment is pursued, the underlying philosophy is one in which we
treat the whole story/patient, not just the test results. (1/25/02)
Patient #11- A Happier
Mom With“Major/Minor” Diet Changes
This mother of two young children came in tired, feeling
easily irritated, and having difficulty losing weight since her recent
pregnancy. She wanted to feel better not only for her two children but
hoped to have another child and wanted to be in the best of health for another
A recent office visit with another physician resulted in the
use of medications (a diet pill and an antidepressant) to treat her symptoms.
She had deliberately consulted with this practitioner who promoted himself as a
doctor who focuses on diet; indeed, he made no mention of diet -- just prescribed
medications. This did not help with her tendency to feel irritable!
Most of our patients seem to do relatively well with the guidelines of Dr. D'Adamo’s
concept of the relationship between foods and blood type; Eat Right 4 Your
Type is his book describing this approach. Since this patient knew
her blood type already (in most cases we have to order the specific blood test
to check this), we suggested she begin to implement the suggestions for her type
as well as begin a specific nutrient program based on her history.
appointment with a nutritional counselor was useful not only for information but
for motivation (the latter becomes most important after the initial
“teaching” session -- we all can use cheerleaders!). She was asked to
return in three weeks to review both our test results as well as hers (i.e. her
reported response to treatment). Within that time she began to make
appropriate diet changes and introduced the supplement program.
office visit she reported 70% improvement in energy and along with improved
energy there was less irritability. With elimination of wheat her bloating was
better. Now we continue the “cheerleading”; like many of us, it is too
easy to return to old habits. Now, she can comfortably plan for another
addition to the family! (2/1/02)
#12 - History, Documentation, Relationship: Keys In This Success Story
This 52-year old woman returned to us after
an 11-year absence. She was experiencing palpitations, extreme fatigue,
unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms, muscular aches and pains, throat burning,
an irregular menstrual period, hair loss, and weight fluctuations. These
were similar to the symptoms she had experienced 11 years earlier when she was
diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
At that time, her endocrinologist
had prescribed thyroid medication (synthroid) and many of her symptoms greatly
improved. She'd also had benefits with a nutritional program that our
office suggested. She had remained on the medication until about a year
ago. She did okay for about six to eight months without the synthroid, but
some stressful events triggered the onset of her symptoms.
She sought our
treatment before returning to her own primary care doctor. We had all her
previous records and with updating we were able to quite readily diagnose her
problem by her history, symptoms, and laboratory data and we began treatment
immediately with the medication as well as oral and intravenous nutrients.
Because she also had elevated blood sugar and cholesterol along with the weight
gain, she began to work with a licensed nutritionist and has found that to be
At her most recent office visit, about five
weeks after her initial visit, she said she felt "like a rejuvenated
person." Her digestion was much better, her energy improved, the
burning in her mouth was gone, and her weight was down by six pounds. She
was feelIng so well she said she wanted to change her whole life and work in
areas related to assertiveness and spirituality. What a benefit it is to
know our patients -- and to continue to write their stories. (3/11/02).
#13 - Dramatic Response to TAAT (Targeted Amino Acid Therapy) for
Depression and Anxiety
Sarah is a 61 year old married woman who first came to
this office in December 2006. After receiving medication for hepatitis C
four years ago, she developed a major depression. She had tried up to 30
medications for symptoms of depression, sleep difficulties and anxiety
with modest to no response (she did better briefly on two medications for
the depression and did have some sleep improvement with a combination of
several prescriptions). She had even tried ECT (shock therapy) on several
occasions, but with no benefit.
Prior to the onset of this depression she had been an
outgoing woman, active in her community, and the "life of the
party". When we first met, she said she was sad, had no energy,
reported no joy, lacked a sense of purpose, was anxious and
"unsettled" and was sleeping modestly well with the use of
medication. Her husband and friends were very aware and concerned with the
dramatic change in her.
Along with recommendations regarding lifestyle, a program
of targeted amino acid therapy was begun after she did a urine test for
neurotransmitters. This test showed low levels of serotonin and
norepinephrine and elevated levels of GABA, glutamate, and dopamine.
Specific amino acid formulas were begun to address these imbalances.
Within 5 weeks she was like a new person by her report and that of her
husband and friends. She said on a scale of 0-100 with 0 being the worst
and 100 the best (as far as mood), she was now 75-80 (had been barely 50 a
year before). Her memory was better and she was actively involved in her
community again. She will be monitored closely with evaluation of symptoms
and appropriate repeat testing (the latter will be done every 3-5 months
or so). (10/3/07)
Patient #14 - Motivation Pays Off: Less Medication,
Ray is a 55 year-old father of 2 who came here in May of
this year wanting to lose weight. His motivation for weight loss was
primarily to lower his blood pressure and his cholesterol and to ski
without discomfort. He was on a variety of medications (5 all total) and
weighed 264 pounds. He was begun on a program of therapeutic nutrients and
met with the nutritionist who gave specific dietary recommendations.
By September, he had lost 16 pounds, was exercising
regularly, had no complaints of joint pain, could fit into his suits
again, had improved energy and sleep and was able to discontinue two of
his medications. He had tried to stop two other of his medications on his
own, but was advised to resume these when his blood pressure readings were
slightly elevated. He had been on medications for his blood pressure
for 15 years and may be able to lower the dosages with time. He will be
monitored regularly as much for encouragement to continue his healthy
lifestyle as to watch the objective parameters of weight, blood pressure,
This is an excellent example of how effective lifestyle
changes can be and of how a team approach can be used to implement and
reinforce patient intentions -- so intentions become realities. (10/11/07)
Patient #15 - Mood Stabilization Allows Return to
Janet is a 42 year old married mother of 3 who came in
with a history of not feeling well for the past 5 years. She associated
this with the use of ephedra to aid in her weight loss. Although she had
lost a significant amount with this medication, she had not felt well
since. She reported fatigue ("I wake up tired" "I go to bed
tired"), headaches, dizziness, moodiness and irritability
("I'm nasty in the morning", worse premenstrually and "I
can't stand myself"). Her local doctor was treating her for anemia
and this was modestly helpful for her energy. Her diet history revealed
very little animal protein (some eggs and up to a quart of ice cream at
bedtime). She felt better with less animal fat and was fearful of
regaining the weight she had lost 5 years before.
She was encouraged to add some protein to her diet
choices, to discontinue all foods with added sugar (goodbye ice cream!),
and to begin some nutrients to help manage her symptoms (chromium for
glucose metabolism, calcium and magnesium for the pattern of premenstrual
symptoms, a multiple vitamin/mineral, and certain essential fatty acids).
When she returned 4 weeks later to review test results and discuss her
response to recommended changes, she reported improvement in symptoms. She
had less PMS, her energy was a little better, and she had less desire for
sugar. Further recommendations were made based on the test results and her
Upon her return office visit in April (now a little over 2
months with eating more protein, less sugar, and using nutrients
therapeutically), she was "90% better", with no PMS, no
headaches, much improved energy (with a little late afternoon slump), and
much less irritable. She was anxious about resuming her school studies,
having had some challenges the previous year. However, she was planning to
re-enroll in June. We started her on targeted amino acid nutrients to
address imbalances in her neurotransmitters (epinephrine, norepinephrine,
In June, when she was seen for a follow-up office visit,
she was no longer experiencing the afternoon slump, had enrolled in
school, and was feeling extremely well. Repeat testing showed improvement
in her neurotransmitters. She will continue to be monitored periodically
through office visits and repeat testing. (10/10/07)
Patient #16 - Angry 10 Year Old on the Mend
Robert is a 10 year old who had been diagnosed with
anxiety, allergies and migraines. He would often exhibit
uncontrollable anger and had trouble concentrating.
He was placed on a program of oral nutritional supplements
to normalize his adrenal function. Food sensitivities were noted and his
diet was adjusted accordingly.
After 3 months, his mother reported back that she now sees
a "smiling and happy child in the morning". Keeping a food diary
has enabled her to note the difference in Robert's behavior when he eats
foods that he should avoid. Robert says he is doing well in school and
finds it easier to focus. He feels more awake.
When he argues with his brother, it no longer escalates
into uncontrolled anger, but remains at the level of normal sibling
rivalry. He says he is now feeling great about 90% of the time. His sleep
is better, he sleeps longer and wakes well rested.
Robert's parents are ecstatic over the changes that they
have seen in him. There are still some periods of sadness and anger, but
they are often related to the foods he has eaten, and when he has
forgotten to take his medication. Headaches have also lessened in
Patient #17 - A Lifetime of Depression Lifted
is a 42 year old man who had been
depressed for as long as he could
remember. He was a good
student, never got in trouble, but had no happy memories. He had always felt gloomy, as if a dark cloud circled over his
head. In grammar school, for
instance, he remembered being constantly depressed, with a correspondingly
low energy level.
He started to see a psychotherapist in 1985. At one time he was
He was not treated with medication, but the psychotherapist was
able to maintain a level of function, albeit low.
In more recent times, he struggled with memory and focus. His ability to concentrate was so poor that he hadn't been able to
read a book for over 10 years. He
found that decision-making, particularly at work, was difficult. He'd had opportunities to advance at his company, but hadn't the
drive and motivation to do so. Additionally,
in the last 5 years, he developed significant anxiety that was, at times,
In 2006, his general practitioner tried several popular antidepressants
which sedated him and made it very difficult for him to function, even to
drive his car.
He then sought help at the Schachter Center.
At his first visit, the patient was instructed on a new dietary regimen
and was given a test kit to take home that would measure the levels of his
hormones and neurotransmitters. These
were found to be abnormal, so we prescribed nutritional supplements for
him that were meant to balance the levels of the neurotransmitters, and to
optimize his hormone output.
When he was seen for the third visit, seven weeks later, he reported
that he had lost some weight, that his mental clarity was significantly
improved, and that he was able to enjoy things that he had never been able
to enjoy in the past, like movies and playing with the dog. He can't remember ever feeling like this -- simply happy. Naturally, he was excited at the prospect of feeling even better.(1-24-08)
Patient #18 - Fatigued to Fabulous
A 34 year old, female clinical
social worker developed fatigue and severe depression after the birth of
her baby in 2005. Nobody would pay attention to her and she felt abandoned by
the medical profession. It was so bad, that she and her family had to move in
with her parents for 6 weeks. She had been prescribed antidepressants and showed
some improvement. She was later put on another medication that was discontinued
because it made her feel like a "zombie". She then started seeing
another psychiatrist who diagnosed her with bipolar II and major depressive
In the past year, she has been on
Prozac, Lamictal and Lorazepam.
At the time of her first visit to
the Center, the patient was depressed, fatigued, didn't socialize, and was
unable to sleep. She complained of poor mental clarity, memory loss, decreased
libido and increased appetite. Her symptoms waxed and waned. Sometimes she felt
better, sometimes not. Testing results showed her to be low in Vitamin D, with
severe adrenal exhaustion and hormonal abnormalities.
The patient was placed on a healthy
diet and nutritional supplements, including thyroid, iodine, and targeted
On April 8, 2008, her amino acid
supplement program was changed to include relatively high doses of tyrosine,
5HTP and cysteine. By April 28, she reported remarkable improvement. She said,
"I feel fabulous!" We will continue to balance her
neurotransmitters with targeted amino acids. (4-30-08)
Patient #19 - Mood the Best It's Ever Been
A 49 year old woman read Dr.
Schachter's book, What Your Doctor May
Not Tell You About Depression and decided to come to the
Center to seek treatment for depression, feelings of
hopelessness, low energy and low libido, which
had been bothering her for many years.
She had been prescribed various
medications, including Cymbalta, Prozac, Zoloft, and Effexor, which she
claimed did not help her. She'd also tried psychotherapy. She was
currently on Synthroid and Cytomel for hypothyroidism
and Ativan for anxiety.
On her first visit in January,
she was given dietary recommendations and
was placed on a program of nutritional supplements which included those
geared to support her thyroid and targeted amino
acids to balance her neurotransmitters.
Four months later, she
reported that she was doing very well. She had more energy and said that her
mood was "the
best it has ever been."
We are continuing to monitor her
progress and she has been instructed to lower her sugar and starch intake,
to further increase exercise, and to replace her synthetic thyroid
medication with natural Armour Thyroid. (5-6-08)
Patient #20 - ADD, Depression, Anxiety Greatly Reduced
This patient is a remarkable
success story. He was brought here by his father almost two years ago, who
found us on the internet while trying to figure out what was happening
with his son. When he first came to us, he was living in a half-way house
after having been institutionalized for the previous six months. He had
been treated since childhood, for more than twelve years, with numerous
psychiatric medications, mostly for ADD or
possibly ADHD with stimulant drugs, and
sometimes anti-anxiety or anti-depressive
He elected to
discontinue those medications abruptly and then became psychotic
with hallucinations and delusions.
He was brought to an Emergency Room where he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia,
rather than psychosis from drug withdrawal.
He was then put on a new
series of medications and shipped to a state hospital. He unfortunately
developed numerous side effects from the medications, including irritable
bowel syndrome, body-wide pain, severe fatigue, burning skin, constipation
and continued depression.
At the Schachter Center, he
was placed on a nutritional program, one that we find particularly
effective in patients with psychiatric issues. Central to this program
is targeted multvitamin and multimineral
supplementation. He was placed on a gluten-free diet and thyroid
medication. His psychotropic medications were gradually reduced, but he
continued to experience severe fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain and
sleep disturbances. As time went on, his medications were further
decreased, he started to exercise, and his fatigue improved.
At 13 months after his initial
visit, he had finally discontinued his psychotropic medications and things
became considerably better for him. At the time of his last visit, 20
months after his first visit to the Center, he has become much more
social, was exercising at the gym on a daily basis, had lost 35 pounds,
and is now ready to start working again. He has no pain, sleeps normally,
and has a normal energy level. His depression is still evident, but very
mild. He insists that this continues to improve. He seems to be doing very
Patient Stories In Their Own Words...
#1 - A Nine-Year-Old Recovers After Years of
"At 4-years-old my son, Zack, was diagnosed
with asthma. For almost 5 years he suffered constantly through sleepless
nights and days. We tried a pulmonary specialist, allergists, and other
doctors. He was taking allergy shots for two years and on (inhaled)
steroids for almost five years.
John Reynolds, PA and Dr.
Schachter started Zack on a vitamin program and took him off all wheat and
products. Within two weeks I weaned him off all the steroids.
now four months later and Zack is doing great and feels wonderful! He has
not had any coughing and has been totally free of all steroids as well.
For us it is truly a miracle after all these years of suffering with him.
We owe it all to the Schachter Center. I can't thank you enough! A
world of gratitude, E.A." (6/17/98)
#2 - Patience and Perseverance Win
"When I came to the Schachter Center, I was
depressed, tired, and had a lot of joint pain. I had many food allergies
and was very bloated and constipated.
Dr. Schachter, Sally Minniefield, PA,
and I worked together as a team. They listened to me with respect and
slowly over the past few years, they unraveled the mystery of my health
They discovered that I had parasites and that my immune system
wasn't functioning well. I had mercury and arsenic poisoning and my liver
wasn't healthy. My hormones were not balanced. I was
hypothyroid. My digestive system was not producing the necessary enzymes
to digest my food leaving me bloated and constipated most of the time. I
also had a very high iron count that could have given me a stroke or heart
I had been to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong,
but it was Complementary Medicine that found the answer. Here, I was
listened to with respect and they never gave up on me. I was willing to do
100% of what I was asked because I trusted the people caring for me.
not get better immediately: my healing has been a process, and it is one
that has many rewards. Today I am happy, alert, and eating most
foods. No longer do I have joint pain, bloating or constipation. I
am enjoying life for the first time since early childhood! J.C."
#3 - Patient's Prostate Options
"I'm a 42-year-old male who was diagnosed with
prostate cancer. I was told by the urologist and my primary care doctor
that my options were surgery or radiation. The recommendation was
surgery. I was told it needed to be radical. I did extensive
research on both conventional and alternative cancer treatment. I chose
alternative only since the side effects are far and few. Surgery didn't
guarantee the cancer would not spread. MY PSA test was over 17, my Gleason
Score was a 4.
I decided to see Dr. M. B. Schachter since he is known for
alternative treatments for cancer. I followed his recommendation for diet,
nutritional supplements, herbs, weekly vitamin C drips along with other intravenous
It is now six months later. I have no trace of
cancer. I am now going to have drips every two weeks and continuing with
supplements. I feel fine. Thank you to Dr. Schachter and other
staff. I believe that cancer patients should have the choice to choose
alternative treatment. Being fried, cut, or poisoned are not the only
options. A.L." (9/7/99)
#4 - Finding Answers
"I sought help from the Schachter Center
because I felt there had to be an answer to why I had constant intestinal
discomfort and bloat beyond the "Stress Answer." I was also
always coming down with illnesses from colds, viruses, and even pneumonia!
The individuals at the Schachter Center who treat me take their time in
explaining to me what was going on in my body and what I needed to do with the
help of a proper diet and nutritional supplements. (I had a yeast
overgrowth that was compromising my immune system).
In just one month's
time I felt healthier and with more energy than I had in over 10 years.
Now, almost one year later I can say that I have not had any infections. I
have become knowledgeable on what types of foods affect me negatively and manage
much better a very healthy body. Thanks to All, T.A." (9/11/98)
#5 - Pain, Pain Go Away
"I have an arthritic shoulder with
spurs that are very painful and limit the motion of my arm. I tried
chiropractic treatments which involved a form of acupressure. There was slight
improvement, but not much. When I went to Florida for the winter, a friend
recommended an osteopathic physician who treated her for a very painful back
condition. I went to him for about four months and his treatment helped
treat much of the acute painful movements. His therapy also consisted of
acupressure and massage of the muscular joints in the shoulder.
talking to Dr. Schachter about another medical problem, I mentioned my painful
shoulder and he recommended treatments with the Electro-Acuscope machine. I believe this machine sends electrical currents into the
I had about eight or ten treatments and the results were nothing
short of miraculous. I have practically no pain and about 90% more motion
of the arm. It's been about three or four weeks since my last treatment
and there's no return of the acute pain I felt before. R. S."
#6 - Chelation Is Wonderful!
"I started suffering from angina
pectoris in February, 1992 (at age 76). An atheroscopy showed that my left
descending coronary artery was almost completely blocked. My cardiologist
arranged for me to have the following series of operation: 3/17/92 -
Atherectomy (the "roto-rooter" procedure). It was initially
effective, but the pains started returning three months later. 7/6/92
- Another atherectomy.
Pains started returning three months
later. 11/12/92 - Angioplasty (the "balloon treatment").
This eliminated the pains for only two and half months.
I decided to try Chelation
Therapy even though my cardiologist said there was no good evidence of its
effectiveness and that it was illegal in my home state of Connecticut. One
of my friends had received chelation at Dr. Michael B. Schachter's facility in
Suffern, NY, and he was pleased with its effectiveness, so I went to see Dr.
Schachter and at his recommendation underwent thirty infusions with EDTA (the
monosodium salt of ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid in aqueous
solution). 1/20/93 - first chelation infusion. Thereafter I had
treatments once a week.
The anginal pains became less and less frequent as
the treatments proceeded. My last pain was on May 28, 1993. Now, at
age 78, I'm feeling great and don't restrict my physical activity in any
way. I play tennis once a week. Chelation is
wonderful! B. P." (3/12/94).
UPDATE: "I am sending this note to
assure you that I have had no recurrence of chest pains following the initial
treatment of my clogged coronary artery with EDTA infusions. That was in 1993.
Since then, I've been getting EDTA infusions once a month. You have these
records at your office. I think I've had about 105 infusions to date. B.
#7 - Walking Uphill Again!
"Background: First heart
1968 (Dec.); Second heart attack, 1975 (Nov.); Double bypass 1976 (Aug.); Third
heart attack, 1992 (Aug.). Doctors recommendation: Second bypass
operation. Refused due to my concern over safety of the public blood supply (HIV).
friend recommended Chelation Therapy (I had done considerable study of
alternative therapies). After evaluating same, I decided to try it.
Started chelation the middle of August, 1992; very pleased with results.
Example: 40 minute walk (rapid) in state park with one long upgrade.
This past Sunday (Jan 31, 1993), I walked it without stopping. It had been
approximately 14 months since I was last able to do it. J. G."
#8 - Toxic Treatments Unnecessary!
"Ten years ago I was diagnosed with DCIS, a pre-cancerous
condition in my right breast. Conventional medicine prescribed a
mastectomy or radiation and tamoxifan, even though I had no tumor. As a
Registered Nurse, I was well aware that these toxic treatments were
Fortunately, I found Dr.
Schachter who came very well recommended. After a very thorough work-up,
he determined the cause of the cancer cells to be high levels of mercury,
cadmium and lead that were suppressing my immune system. I began a
treatment of chelation treatments to detoxify as well as nutritional
supplements and acupuncture to protect me and boost my immune system. I
also had all my mercury amalgam dental work removed. Dr. Schachter also
diagnosed my Wilson's Thyroid syndrome and treated me according to the
As a result of his excellent
care and my adhering to lifestyle changes, including diet, supplements and
chelation, I am much healthier and have not developed any breast cancer.
I am very grateful to Dr.
Schachter and Sally Minniefield, PA-C, for shepherding me through to much
better health and highly recommend their care to anyone."
#9 - Migraine Relief for over 22 years
"I spent years and years
of suffering excruciatingly painful migraine headaches accompanied by
vomiting, sometimes lasting two days. I sought help from conventional
doctors and was told: 'You are a perfectly healthy woman who just happened
to get migraines. There is nothing to be done except to take the drugs you
are prescribed. Get used to it.'
I sought help from Dr.
Schachter when he was located in Nyack, NY. After giving a comprehensive
history and having extensive testing, I was put on a specific diet with
oral vitamin and mineral supplements. Dolores, the nurse, administered a
series of prescribed vitamin pushes which performed a miracle overnight.
The headaches were suddenly gone, never to return. That was 22 years ago
and I have not ever had a headache since. No headaches ever!
Fast forward: Today at age 84
I am full of energy, engaged in gardening and volunteer work in my
community. I take no drugs except for Armour thyroid. No drugs ever!
Dr. Schachter treats the '
cause' rather than the 'symptom', while the choice of conventional doctors
often seems to be the reverse. J.J." (9-6-11)
#10 - Finally, Relief from Scleroderma
"I am a 51 year old woman
with scleroderma. My first symptoms did not indicate this diagnosis. In
fact, I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel because of the problems I was
having with my hands and the test results that noted a mild case. As more
symptoms appeared -- fatigue, arthritic-type aches and pains,
tightening and darkening of the skin, increased blood pressure, poor
circulation -- and began to accelerate, my rheumatologist then diagnosed
me with scleroderma.
My general practitioner
initially recommended a blood pressure medication which would not only
help my blood pressure, but also my circulation. My rheumatologist
prescribed prednisone for the inflammation, but I could not stay on that
indefinitely. Before long, so many medications were prescribed for almost
every symptom I had, that my 'portfolio' of medications listed at the
local pharmacy was ridiculous. I was so concerned about the side effects
and the fact that I was being prescribed so many different things, I
thought that there had to be a better way of dealing with this condition
-- something more natural -- given the fact that there is no real
treatment or cure for scleroderma other than toxic medications.
One day I heard of the
Schachter Center from a local news channel and how the Center treats
patients holistically with minimal pharmaceuticals. It took months before
I contacted the Schachter Center, simply because the Center is located 60
miles from where I live and I thought it would be too far to travel. Well,
after seeing that nothing was able to give me the relief I needed to
function above 50% capacity, I decided that traveling a total of 120 miles
was in my best interest in order to try something new. It certainly
couldn't hurt since nothing else was working.
The first person to evaluate
me at the Center was Sally Minniefield. She asked me what I expected to
gain from the services the Center had to offer. I told her, 'relief'. I
didn't expect them to 'cure' me, but if they could provide relief of my
symptoms, I would be grateful. Well, she told me they could do that, and
they did. Since being treated by Sally and Dr. Kopelson with vitamins and
other supplements and nutritional education, I've gone from functioning at
50% capacity to almost normal, about 90% capacity; from being fatigued
most of the time, to being fatigued only sometimes; from needing Tylenol
or Alleve daily, to only a few times a month. My range of motion,
circulation and stiffness have improved greatly.
Thank you, Schachter Center!"
#11 - Breast Cancer, Conquered
This particular patient has
written a wonderful success story, and because it is so remarkable, we are
featuring it on its own web page here.
#12 - Cancer of the Tongue - "A Miracle"
"No one in my immediate
family ever had cancer of any kind, anywhere. So when I was diagnosed with
stage 4 cancer of the tongue that spread to my left lymph node, I was
devastated. Only two months after retiring at age 55, the only two
questions were, 'How?' and 'Why me?'
The prognosis was poor and a
semiglosectomy and removal of the left lymph node with possible left jaw
amputation was the first recommended course of action -- a surgery that
would have taken me from Tiny Tim to Frankenstein for the rest of my life.
However, I had known of the
Schachter Center and their successes with respect to cancer and I
immediately sought their advice and course of treatment. They advised me
to avoid surgery, but they did strongly advocate the other medical norm
approach which was chemo and radiation. Being fully aware of the adverse
effects of that medical approach, they assured me that they would get me
through it with the least hardship.
Dr. Kopelson and his
knowledgeable staff prescribed a diet and a natural supplement regimen
that got me through it with flying colors, so much so, that the regular
doctors were amazed with my progress and results.
I was diagnosed on June 8,
2009 and by my 56th birthday in November, my PET scan showed the tumor and
cancer were gone. The doctors said and still say to this day that my case
was one of the worst and my recovery was nothing less than a miracle
-- a miracle at the Schachter Center." DD (2-23-12)
Patient Profiles From Dr. Schachter's files...
Although some of these patients have since passed away, the following
seven case histories from Dr. Schachter's files are some of the ones he proudly includes in his lecture presentations:
- C.D.- Kidney Cancer with Bilateral Lung Metastases
year Old Male with Bilateral Lung Metastases
Seen in 1992
Cancer in 1986—Kidney Removed
Life Expectancy: 18 Months
Oral Supplement Program; B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E,
Vitamin A, Fish Oil,
Selenium, Chromium, Zinc, Calcium and Magnesium, Powdered Shark Cartilage,
Hydrazine Sulfate, Amygdalin, Enzymes,
liquid herbal preparation;
Intravenous Vitamin C and Mineral Drips Along with Intravenous Amygdalin
Seven Years—Good Quality of Life for Seven Years
the Last Year, Interferon Added Because of Slow Worsening of his Condition.
2 - D.O. – An Inoperable
Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor
Year Old Man Developed Seizures in 1993
& Biopsy Revealed Inoperable Oligodendroglioma
Alternative Cancer Therapy Treatment Program at the Schachter Center
Number of Oral Supplements
and Injectable Amygdalin
Vitamin C and Mineral Drips
of a Negative Permanent Magnetic Field for Hours at a Time
Full-time, Drives Truck, Helps Care for His Three Young Children, Leads Normal
MRI Shows No Growth of Tumor Over Past Six Years.
3 - M.L. - An Inoperable Large Cell Lung Cancer
Age 61, Mass on Routine Chest X-Ray, 1986
History of Smoking
Believed to be Operable
At New York Hospital-Mediastinal Lymph Node Involvement-Lobe of Lung Removed
Told-Patient Would Live Three Months
Alternative Treatment Simultaneously
Supplements Including Amygdalin, Vitamin C, Proteolytic Enzymes and Many Other
Low Dose Hydrogen Peroxide Alternating on Different Days with IV Vitamin C
Amygdalin After IV C Pushes & Peroxide Drips
Crude Liver Extract & DHEA Injections
with Excellent Quality of Life for More than Thirteen Years.
4 - L.M.- Breast Cancer - 4 Metastatic
year-old German-Born Business Woman
Pains in Right Breast-1992
Suggested Breast Cancer
of 1.5 cm Tumor-Invasive
Intraductal Breast Cancer
Lymph Nodes Contained Cancer-Stage II
and Radiation-Recommended; Cancelled After One Chemotherapy Following
Consultation with Me
Cancer Program at Schachter Center
Vitamin C-Mineral Drips Followed by IV Amygdalin
Six Years Following Diagnosis-No Evidence of Breast Cancer Recurrence-Says Never
of Many Stage I and Stage II Breast Cancer Patients Who Forego Radiation and
Chemotherapy and Just Do Alternative Cancer Program After Surgery.
5 - M.S. - Colon CA with
Lymph Node Involvement
Year-Old Married Mother of
of Cancer; One Lymph Node Positive
Quit After One Week Because She Became So Ill From the Treatment
Treatment Started at Schachter Center
Intestinal Obstruction Caused by Adhesions Treated with Homeopathic Remedy Thea
Oral Supplementation Program Including:
Vitamin C, Cod Liver Oil and Liquid Vitamins and Minerals
Raw Vegetable Juices
Diet and Lifestyle
Recurrence Rate with Conventional Therapy is More than 50%
Passed 6-year Mark with No Apparent Recurrence
by Oncologist with Colonoscopies and Scans Periodically.
6 - M.G.- Stage IV
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with Bone Marrow Involvement
Year Old Male with Lump Near Elbow in 1991
months Later- Second Enlarged Lymph Node-Thigh
marrow Biopsies-1992-Showed Involvement-Stage IV
Asymptomatic & No Chemotherapy Recommended
Cancer Treatment Started in NYC-1992
List of Oral Nutritional Supplements
drips-Vitamin C and Other Natural Immune Enhancing Substances
at Schachter Center-Six Months Later
Added to Program
Few Years-Lymph Nodes in the Groin Regressed and No Clear evidence of Cancer
Years Since Diagnosis-No Conventional Treatment Given-Patient in Total Remission
IV Drips Continued Once-a-Month
As of 2011 still cancer
free. No further IV Drips the last 10 years
7 - L.G.- Stage
B, Gleason 8, Prostate Cancer
Year-Old Man with 37 Year-Old Wife and Active Sex Life
Prostate Cancer-At Least Stage B with Gleason
Score 7-8 (Relatively Rapidly Growing CA)
Recommendations Were Radical Prostatectomy, Radiation Seed Implants or External
Consultation With Me in March 1994, Decided on Only Cancer Alternative Program
Oral Supplementation Program which included: Amygdalin, Proteolytic Enzymes,
Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Shark Cartilage in High Doses, Selenium, Flaxseed Oil,
liquid herbal preparation, Flor Essence (a form of Essiac), Coenzyme Q10, Pycnogenol,
Apricot Kernels, Hydrazine Sulfate, a Multi-Vitamin Mineral Formula, and PC-SPES
Monitored with PSA tests and Periodic Transrectal Ultrasounds of the Prostate
for more than Five Years.