my personal story
why I CHOSE TO
WHY I BELIEVE
I CAN HELP YOU
well, as cliche' as it may sound...
I DID IT FOR LOVE
read on to understand why.
In October 2001, just after 9/11 shook the globe, my own family's world was literally rocked harder than I could ever imagine. Our lives were turned completely upside down and painfully twisted inside-out.
This was the month when my wife Linda, the love of my life for 30 years,
was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer...maybe.
What do I mean by "maybe"? Unfortunately we got three different diagnoses from three different labs when we received the biopsy results of a lump that Linda had in her breast for over 10 years: one said it was invasive breast cancer, another said it was cancer but it wasn't invasive, and yet a third lab said it wasn't even cancer! As you might imagine we were feeling confused, frightened, and outright frustrated.
At her doctor's recommendation, she underwent surgery to remove the lump and endured 6 long weeks of daily radiation therapy. She "ate right" and exercised, tried her best to sleep well and not let the stresses of life create unnecessary worry, and made sure to never miss a follow-up mammogram. After 5 years without re-occurrence of the breast lump we were lead to believe she was finally in the clear. She was assured that she had "nothing to worry about"any longer.
Five years after that however, we learned the truth...the cancer was back. But this time something was different.
After 8 mentally-tortuous weeks of testing, a diagnosis was finally confirmed. A biopsy revealed that it was not actually breast cancer at all
this time around but rather a rare extremely aggressive cancer called Angio-Sarcoma, a cancer found in blood vessel walls. A new cancer which would rapidly spread anywhere in Linda's body where a blood vessel was found. And here's the kicker...the cancer was determined to actually have been caused as a "side-effect" of the radiation treatments she had received 10 years prior for the suspected breast cancer.
Soon after diagnosis she was given her prognosis...a "death sentence" of
just 3 months to live by the top doctors in the field. "Six months if she was lucky", they said.
They just stood there and simply stated that there was absolutely nothing
that traditional medicine could do. They told us she should just go home, get her affairs in order, and kiss our children goodbye.
I wasn't willing to accept the doctor's prognosis, and neither was Linda.
She was ready to fight. She was ready to do whatever it would take to get her life back...wouldn't you?
My mind started to reel...where would she start? What could I do for her?How could I possibly help as fast as possible? I knew an answer to those questions had to exist, and I had to find them.
As a result I began to intensely study the little-understood root causes behind the development of cellular diseases like cancer, so that I could try my best to stop and even reverse them. I desperately wanted & needed to do anything I could to improve her quantity and quality of life, as well as share this knowledge with others.
This is when I discovered the term
which simply means
healthcare designed to
search for root causes...
to heal your systems,
not just treat your symptoms
to treat the person who has a disease,
not the disease that has the person.
I had found my answer
This is when I discovered that a common "confusion" of our inflammatory response is responsible at some level for all types of cancer and not just Angio-Sarcoma, like Linda had. I already knew that inflammation is a normal part of the body's immune response, and when working right, is necessary for our very survival. In fact, infections, wounds, and any damage to tissue would not be able to heal without an "acute" or short-term inflammatory response.
However, what I also learned was that the typical American diet & stressful lifestyle...including exposure to a multitude of toxins in our air, food, and water...leads to the development of a very different kind of confused immune response. Instead of healing your sick or injured cells, this immune system confusion creates a continued long-term low-level abnormal immune inflammatory response. This abnormal immune response doesn't shut off once the immediate threat is gone, like it's supposed to.
This will eventually damage your cells, create poor bodily function,
and can even cause several extremely common diseases.
This condition is called
and it's the very same hidden culprit
which science revealed nearly 20 years ago
to be the root cause of
most of all chronic disease which is silently killing us.
As it turns out, this long-term or chronic inflammation is the hidden underlying link behind the most common conditions suffered in America, such as:
Alzheimer's and dementia
and even cancer
Which begs the obvious question:
when is the last time you had your
cellular inflammation level
checked to see if it could be related to your current health problems,
or if it could even be silently creating chronic disease?
No one ever thought to check Linda's cellular inflammation levels back then, not even me. And it's still not part of a typical medical evaluation
even now, a full 20 years after it's discovery as the root underlying cause of almost all chronic disease.
I wish to God
that I knew then
what I know now
Unfortunately her cellular inflammation continued to rage violently out of control until reaching a point where her body could no longer stand it.
Thank God that even with the limited knowledge I had back then I was still able to help her add significant quality and quantity to her life.
Following the unique protocols I created to help her, Linda was able to enjoy a full 3 1/2 years of living after her original prognosis of just 3 months. Sadly, the cancer finally won the battle on October 1, 2014.
Linda was only 46 years old when she died.
Of course, as you would imagine, I was truly devastated when I finally lost her. However, I also appreciated that this extra time I had with her...14x more time than the doctors expected...was precious time that would not have been possible had we just thrown up our hands as her traditionally-thinking doctors did.
In her final moments, I made her a solemn promise.
I swore that I would not let her suffering and death simply be another notch in cancer's belt. Instead her harrowing experience would be the catalyst for a significant redirection in my life and practice. Linda inspired me to change not only my own life, but to help improve the lives of all those people I could reach who were willing to make changes of their own. This is the all-important "why" behind my decision to practice Functional Medicine. This is my passion.
is my Purpose.
After witnessing the utter horror of what Linda experienced due to
severe cellular damage I swore that I would never, ever, let that happen again to another person I cared for. That was a decision which changed my life forever. I dedicated myself to become a
so that I could help you
change your life
for the better