Success: Various Conditions

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.  In our 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.


One Woman's Defiance in the Face of Fear

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 Multiple Sclerosis. The neurologist presented her with a number of possible medications for her symptoms.

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. 

When 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 vision.

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 frequently. 

She 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 of her.

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 SUCCESS.

When Medications Fail

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 therapy.

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 visit.

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.  

Avoid Surgery With Acupuncture:
 Possible? Sometimes, Yes!

This woman was told she would need both hips replaced for a 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.

She did not return again until 3 ˝ 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 ˝ 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.

A Happier Mom With Some Dietary 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 pregnancy.  

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.  

An 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.  

At the 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! 

Motivation Pays Off:
Less Medication, More Skiing!

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, and cholesterol.

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.

Problem Food Sensitivities Solved

Patient J, a 60 year old male, came to the Center complaining of fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, irritability, and urinary frequency. His diet appeared clean - all organic and low carb -- and had a very good program of nutritional supplementation. He exercised regularly and his heart disease was adequately controlled.

His English and Russian ancestry together with the symptoms he exhibited led us to suspect that food sensitivities might be the issue. The patient mentioned that he had tried a gluten-free diet about 15 years ago and lost about 50 pounds in the space of a year. This often happens when patients eliminate foods to which they are sensitive. He didn't remember if he'd experienced any other changes during that period.

Based on this past medical history, Dr. Kopelson suggested that he eliminate gluten once again. Since he had done it before, the patient didn't think that this would present a problem. He noted some cravings for gluten during the first two weeks, but he pushed through that and maintained his gluten restriction.

On his next visit 6 weeks later, he reported that 1) the chronic itching that he had been experiencing disappeared, 2) he had more energy and his head was clearing, 3) his frequent urination decreased by 80%, and 4) his joint pain decreased by 60%.

Dr. Kopelson comments: It is interesting that a 60-year-old became symptomatic with food sensitivity late in life. Let me stress that food sensitivity is a long term problem and sometimes it may take decades to present itself. Therefore, patients may not know that they have food sensitivities until they are older. Improvements almost always occur in the first several months to one year after removing a food from one's diet. Food sensitivities can affect any part of the body and patients with multi-system problems usually can be found to be sensitive to one or more foods. 

Jeffrey C. Kopelson, M.D.

In Mom's Own Words:
A Nine-Year-Old Recovers After Years of Suffering

"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 tomato products.  Within two weeks I weaned him off all the steroids.  

It is 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.

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!" BJF

Energy Back, Fatigue Conquered

L. is a 46 year old woman who was first seen at the Schachter Center in April. On her first office visit she met with Physician's Assistant, Sally Minniefield, for an in-depth evaluation. She reported a history of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosed after an acute viral episode at age 28. She was quite ill at the time with an enlarged liver, spleen and jaundice. She had to leave her job due to extreme fatigue. She saw a number of medical practitioners and was ultimately diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus by an infectious disease specialist.

After the acute episode, she was left with fatigue and reduced stamina, unable to do the hiking, cycling and karate that had been a part of her life. She felt burned out and began to seek help from numerous practitioners. She made some dietary changes but was often too tired to prepare healthy foods. She was sleeping as many as 12-14 hours a day and awakened feeling fatigued. She was on a variety of supplements given by knowledgeable practitioners but still felt tired.

She came to the Schachter Center to investigate intravenous bio-oxidative therapy and thyroid support. Although all tests for the latter had been within normal limits to date, she had a history of goiter and a thyroid nodule, and complained not only of fatigue but was also always cold -- two clinical symptoms that correlate with hypothyroidism. 

After the evaluation with Sally Minniefield, the patient began IV infusions of hydrogen peroxide. After two infusions, she was given a therapeutic trial of Armour thyroid extract after assessing laboratory tests and discussing further dietary recommendations and treatment.. She was also advised to avoid foods with gluten and given an oral chelating agent to address elevations of lead and mercury seen on provocative testing. She continued to get infusions weekly.

She was seen for a follow-up appointment with Sally Minniefield the first of July and stated, "I haven't felt like this since before I got sick. Now when I work out, I don't fall asleep". She began to feel improvement with the first IV and had had 8 at the time of this appointment. She had also begun the thyroid medication and was warmer as well as more energetic. She felt her color was better -- friends commented on her improvement and she shared her success with her gynecologist, her primary doctor and her nutritionist. She was very happy to have a return to the energy and activity levels that she had 18 years ago.

She will continue to have periodic monitoring. Her treatment protocol will be adjusted and her tests updated as needed.

Sally Minniefield, R.N., P.A. -C

Alcoholic Dementia - Condition Improving

A. is an 87-year-old male who was a long term alcohol consumer who had stopped drinking 6 weeks prior to his first visit. However, he continued to smoke.

Along with his other conditions, he had developed a progressive dementia, lost social functioning and was unable to perform his usual activities of daily living. He was started on an intensive supplement regimen administered to him by his wife in the form of a daily shake. He was also prescribed cortisol and thyroid hormones. 

Over the last several years, his dementia has stabilized to slightly improved. He is more interactive socially and, according to his wife, more helpful around the house. He is frequently humorous and witty during office visits. Remarkably, at age 87, he appears to be improved. We look forward to working with him with the goal of additional improvement.

John Reynolds, P.A. -C 


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