By Ken Logan, age 58
WHAT WAS YOUR CONDITION?
High Blood Pressure – 231/119
Arthritis – This caused problems doing normal things like washing my car, gardening, and even trying to get a good rest. This time last year, I couldn’t bend down to zip up my boots.
Diabetes – when I was first diagnosed, my blood sugar was 28.5.
Total Cholesterol – 8.2
WHAT STEPS HAD YOU PREVIOUSLY TAKEN TO GET WELL?
High Blood Pressure: I was put on Altace: 5 mg, then 10 mg. and then 15 mg. Although these medications helped somewhat, my numbers were still fluctuating. Changes to my diet helped very little.
Arthritis – I was put on Naprosyn, which made my stomach ache, so I was put on another medication to take 1 hour before the Naprosyn to coat my stomach. After one year of this, and not much relief, my medication was changed to Celebrex, which did not help either. In between doses, I would take Tylenol Arthritis pills, as well.
Diabetes – I was put on 500 mg. of Metformin, twice per day. Through the Lawson clinic, I was put on a very strict diet. I did well on this for some time, but I could not hold the numbers down. I then went to 1000 mg of Metformin, twice per day. Soon, Avandia was added to my regimen at 2 mgs, twice per day, then increased to 4 mgs, twice per day. All this medication failed to keep my blood sugar numbers down, so my doctor added Apo-Glyburide 5 mgs (twice per day), and suggested I would need insulin needles. I should note that through all this, I was following the diet I had been provided, and taking my prescribed medication, but my morning blood sugar numbers were still running at around 13.
Cholesterol – I had been prescribed Lipitor 40mg and Ezetrol 10mg.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH CHIROPRACTIC?
My son and his fiancé had spent sometime with us as they were having work done at their home and seen how I had no energy, get-up and go and was irritable. They asked me to attend a session with Dr. B.J. Hardick. I was very skeptical, even after the initial examination and some early treatments. However, my wife encouraged me to “give it a go” as nothing else was working for me.
Dr. Hardick felt that the condition I had could be helped. The condition of my spine was in phase III. Dr. Hardick showed me where the subluxations were causing problems in my body and suggested that I start chiropractic care and follow a more specific diet based on the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans. I took his recommendation.
HOW HAVE YOU IMPROVED AFTER 6 MONTHS?
Weight Loss – 34 lbs.
Blood Pressure – now running at 123/82.
Arthritis – I am not taking any medication and I have no problem doing the things I enjoy. I no longer need my wife to zip up my boots.
Diabetes – My numbers in the morning for the past 3 months have never been over 6.1. I recently had complete blood work done and the results showed that I had not been in the diabetic range for at least 3 months. My doctor was so impressed that he has reduced my medication down to only Metformin 1000 mgs (twice per day). I am no longer taking Avandia or Glyburide.
Cholesterol – now running at 1.79. Prior to the care, even with medication I could not get this number below 4.0. (According to the Canadian Diabetic Group, someone with Diabetes should be no higher than 2.) I believe the adjustments and the diet are responsible in getting these numbers down.
My doctor has stated that if these numbers remain like this when I have my next blood work done, he will either eliminate or reduce the amount of the drugs I am taking.
The reviews of my x-rays after the 3rd and 6th months of care have shown major improvements in my spine.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS:
Very simple: Look at the numbers, how I feel now, and how I can do things I thought I would not ever be able to do. The choice is clear. Life is much better.Related pages:
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