Success: Gastrointestinal Disorders
Patient #1 - 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 -- itís 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 #2 Speaks Out - 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)
Patient #3 in her own words - 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."