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.
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
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
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
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.
Avoid Surgery With
Possible? Sometimes, Yes!
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 ˝ 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.
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
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!
Motivation Pays Off:
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.
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,
Patient #9 in Mom's Own Words:
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)
Patient #10 Happy:
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!"
Patient #11: Energy Back, Fatigue Conquered
L. is a 46 year old woman who was first seen at the
Schachter Center in April of 2013. 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
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 met with Dr.
Jeffrey Kopelson to assess laboratory tests and to discuss further dietary
recommendations and treatment. At that time she was given a therapeutic trial
of Armour thyroid extract. 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 2013 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 alternating with
Sally Minniefield and Dr. Jeffrey Kopelson. Her treatment protocol will be
adjusted and her tests updated as needed.
Sally Minniefield, R.N., P.A. -C (7-9-13)
Patient #12: Alcoholic Dementia - Condition Improving
A. is an 87 year old male who first presented to us in 2004.
He was a long term alcohol consumer who had stopped drinking 6 weeks prior to
his first visit. He continued to smoke, however.
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
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 (2-21-14)