Everyone loves a great case study, right?
Especially one with before and after pictures!!!! (READ ON!)
This case study was done by our new holistic health coach,
Travis Richardson! In honor of having Travis as our new health coach at The Teggatz Clinic, we asked him to show us his stuff, and have him highlight his functional medicine case study with his son.
So for the next few blog posts, Travis will share his son’s healing journey through functional medicine and root cause discovery. You will literally see, through before-after images of actual diagnostic tests he did with his son, what is possible. As you know, functional medicine is all about finding out what is really going to cause the dis-ease in a patient. What Travis came to find out, is the root cause of what he THOUGHT was the issue, turned out to be something else entirely.
The results that he saw illustrate the power of healing through functional medicine.
The next part is in Travis’s words….
My son was 3 years old when he had his first asthma attack. It sent him to the emergency room. Like most parents, I was scared to death for his life.
However, the diagnosis of asthma in him made perfect sense. He was always very colicky and sick as a child. Looking back, he fit the profile:
- frequent illness
- totally inflamed
- low energy
- sleepless nights
- trouble breathing
My son was immediately put on medication. Over the years, we just seemed to keep adding one medication after another, with very little relief. By the time he was 10 years old he was on 5 different medications!!!
He had been to the emergency room countless times, had the ambulance and firetruck to his home countless times, and I watched my son suffer greatly.
As a parent, there is nothing more scary and life-changing than to watch your child struggle to breathe.
And then things got worse…
My son began to have anxiety around breathing. It seemed that life itself was scary for him. His most trusty companions were his inhaler and nebulizer.
I’ll never forget the day when I decided things had to change.
I was done.
I was sick of the allopathic answer to my son’s issues and decided to take matters into my own hands. Not one doctor had ever tried to solve the root cause of the problem.
I decided to research everything under the sun and to get myself a good Functional Medicine doctor. Together, we would investigate, identify, and begin to heal what was really the underlying issue.
So…..How did working with a functional medicine doctor help him?
Let me show you!
Step #1 (Order the IgG Food Allergy Test)
We first ordered a specific allergy test called the IgG food allergen test.
We knew that my son had allergies to things like ragweed, pet dander, etc. because those had already been identified in prior tests.
But what we didn’t know is if he also had underlying food allergies…the type that doesn’t show up right after you eat them, but are “delayed”. We suspected that the food allergies were being masked.
Keep in mind that NOT ONCE had an allopathic physician ordered a food allergy test.
Why did we order this test?
If the IgG test showed any positive results, we’d have something we could do IMMEDIATELY to help him, by removing the foods causing the allergies.
Our goal was to reduce inflammation, enhance immune function and halt his progressively worsening allergies.
Ultimately we knew that even if positive results showed up, there might be more issues to resolve.
The truth is MOST of us have some form of food allergy. Many of us will go our entire lives not knowing if we have one or not.
We accept our poor digestion, our weakened immune system, our emotional issues, autoimmune problems, cancer, etc. as that’s just how things are….
It doesn’t have to be this way!
Step #2 – Test
We completed the IGG Food Allergy test on July 31st, 2007. It was very simple…
Step #3 – Results
The results came back on August 20th, 2007. As you can see below, the results showed massive reaction across the board, to foods that should not be causing a response at all (fruits, veggies).
Specifically, dairy, eggs, wheat… The typical suspects….
WE NEVER KNEW!!!! AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS!!!!
The reason… massive INFLAMMATION.
Step #4 – Action
- Remove offending allergic foods, especially milk, egg, wheat, sugar, coconut
- Include dark berries, vegetables
- Add Multi-vitamin
- Add fish oil (anti-inflammatory)
- Add Quercetin (anti-inflammatory & immune enhancer)
- Add asthma herbal tincture (anti-inflammatory)
- Add Lycopodium (homeopathy for nervous disposition)
The idea in any healing effort is to start small, see what is working and adjust from there. There is a lot more we could have added, but at 11 years old this was already HUGE….
Step #5 – Monitor Results
Within 3 days…
- His sleep improved.
- His eye allergies improved.
- His energy improved.
Within 1 month…
- His breathing improved.
Within 3 months…
- *We were consulting with his allopathic physician around reducing and eliminating some of his medications.
*ALWAYS work with your physician before attempting to reduce or remove any medication!
Step #6 – Analyze Results
We were happy but not satisfied. There was a lot of improvement in three months, but we suspected there were some other things going on, especially with the HUGE amounts of inflammation… He definitely still needed most of his medications!
Do you want to know what we did next?
Look for Part 2 of 4 next week!
Each part will highlight specific diagnostic tests!!!
At the Teggatz Clinic, we help with…
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic pain and suffering
- High/low blood sugar
- Emotional fragility
- Low sex drive
- Mental fogginess
- Optimal Performance
- Weight problems
- tons more!
Now it’s your turn…
Today you can get your Free 15-minute Strategic Health consult with Dr. Teggatz, or our new health coach, Travis Richardson using the methods below:
Dr. Teggatz —> Call the office today at 319-393-4307
Travis Richardson —> Schedule here.
PS….. Did you miss our last blog on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BiHRT)? Check it out here!
PPS… Don’t forget to look for Part 2 next week!