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Our Integrative Approach

A common question that our clinic receives is how do we describe what it is that we do? Since we do not practice a reductionistic model of healthcare, it can be hard to describe our approach. Our clinic has two main types of patients: those who want to address a specific problem and those who would like our doctors to be their primary health care provider. The following clinical scenarios are a composite of actual patients that have been treated in our office.

"My son cant sit still!"ADHD / Hyperactive Disorder

Mr. and Ms Concerned Parent brought their 9-year-old son Joey to the Peterson Clinic after a friend had told them of a non-drug approach to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Joey was not doing well in school. He had to be refocused constantly, wandered around the room, failed to turn in his work, was unable to sit still in his chair and blurted out responses when it wasnt his turn. The teacher enjoyed Joey, but he was high maintenance.

In addition to the attentional issues, Joey also struggled with reading and handwriting. His reading was two grade levels below his current grade. Joey was a sweet child, but couldnt sit still during the intake of his history. He was jumping up and down, picking up and using the doctors exam tools, checking out the wall sockets and telling his mother that he was bored. Joey was affectionate and wanted to help out, but even taking out the garbage could take hours, as he would end up getting distracted, forgetting where he put the garbage.

His parents wanted to keep him off stimulant drugs, but the school was insisting that he start. Joey and his parents filled out a Brain Symptom checklist and an ADD inventory. Joey also had a qEEG performed while he read and a continuous performance test (TOVA) was done to objectively measure his focus and impulsiveness. The test results showed that Joey had classic frontal excessive slow wave activity with poor connection between the L temporal and occipital regions. This type of ADD is the most common of the 5 subtypes. The L temporal disconnect was in the region related to reading. Neurofeedback (NFB) was explained and Joey began his NFB to help his brain learn to regulate.

Joey was also taken off wheat due to a sensitivity and was treated with NET to help his brain break its old habit patterns and to help Joey overcome the feelings that he was stupid because of all of the struggles that he had experienced in school. After 30 sessions, Joey was reading at grade level, turning in his homework and the teacher said he was a joy to have in class. During his last visit, he was able to sit still and follow the conversation. Joey never had to start stimulant therapy.

"I Found a Lump"Cancer Diagnosis
Jane was 42 years old when she noticed a change in her breast tissue during her monthly self-exam. She entered our office, referred by a friend, wanting to know what she should do. A clinical breast exam revealed a small lesion in her left breast that was non painful and adherent to other tissues. Her lymph nodes were enlarged and she was having pain in her mid back.

A Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) of her breasts was ordered. Other tests included laboratory testing, tumor markers and estrogen breakdown markers. The DITI revealed angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth) around the palpated lump region. The tumor markers were negative but there was a tendency to high levels of cancer stimulating estrogens. Jane was referred to a surgeon for a breast biopsy. The biopsy was positive for an aggressive Estrogen Receptor (ER+) and HERS2 positive cancer cells. Imaging studies showed cancer in the spine, liver and lymph nodes. Surgery was not recommended but chemotherapy was. The oncologist gave Jane a 5% chance of surviving 6 months.

Jane returned to our office to discuss her options and what she would like to do. Jane decided to start the chemotherapy and to start adjunctive care to enhance the efficacy of the chemotherapy and to decrease it side effects. In addition to the nutritional care, Jane also increased her plant-based foods and reduced her junk foods. NET was utilized to help work through the shock of her diagnosis and prognosis. Deep-seated resentment toward her ex-husband was also found. This resentment was related to an affair that occurred several years previously and to his leaving for the other woman.

Jane courageously fought her battle and following her chemo, she was found to be cancer free, much to the surprise of her oncologist. She has remained cancer free for 5 years and still takes great care of herself.

"My Back Hurts"A Heart Attack in Disguise
Larry was a 35-year-old male who had been experiencing pain between his shoulder blades for the last 4 days. He had obtained temporary relief with massage, but when the pain returned, he wanted to find out what was going on. Larry was about 50 pounds over weight, diabetic and a smoker. He had slightly elevated blood pressure. Examination revealed some joint problems in his mid (thoracic spine) back but not enough to explain the degree of pain that he was experiencing.

An ECG was performed in our office that was abnormal, showing ischemic (lack of oxygen) changes to the heart muscle. Larry was having a heart attack. The heart was referring pain to his mid back. Emergency measures were initiated and 911 was called. Larry was transported to the hospital where it was found that one of the major blood vessels to the heart was 95% closed off.

Following his recovery form angioplasty, it was time to discuss lifestyle changes including smoking cessation, dietary changes, stress management and nutritional care. This program has been highly successful in reducing the risk of another heart attack. However, Larry was not interested in altering his lifestyle. We disagreed with Larrys choices, but respected his right to make them. Unfortunately, Larry suffered a fatal heart attack 4 years later.
"I've Fallen, and I Can't Get Up" Stress Induced Musclar & Spinal Injury

Mary was helping take care of her grandchildren when she tripped and fell while carrying a full laundry basket. The pain in the lower back was excruciating. Each time Mary attempted to get up, her back would spasm and she would crumple again to the floor. She had one of her grandchildren get her some ice, and she spent the next hour icing her low back. As time went on her right leg began to tingle. When her daughter arrived home from work, she helped make her mother comfortable and had her take an anti-inflammatory.

The next morning was not much better. With the help of her daughter she struggled into the office, almost stopping at the ER. Her examination revealed that she had not only strained her back muscles, but her disc was pinching against her sciatic nerve. Care was given to relax the muscle spasms and to reduce inflammation. As the acute phase improved, the disc that was bulging against the nerve was targeted by use of flexion-distraction. Flexion-distraction is a well-researched procedure to reduce bulging and herniated discs. Usually after three weeks of treatment, a 50% improvement in pain is expected. However, with Mary she was not much better even though she was keeping her appointments, taking her natural medications and doing her exercises.

It was decided to use NET to evaluate if stress was playing a roll in Marys lack of healing response. Mary was resistant at first, expressing that the pain she was experiencing was not in her head but in her low back and that she was hurting because she had fallen. We reassured Mary that she had real physical pain, but stress can still block her recovery. Following the NET protocol, it was found that there was an emotional wound complicating her recovery. The NeuroEmotional Complex (NEC) was related to anger that she was holding regarding her late husbands death and his lack of preparation for Marys financial security, which was why she was living with her daughter. Mary was treated for the NEC so her body could process and resolve the emotional wound.

The body responds to an emotional or physical injury by the same healing response. Mary realized that she had stuffed this emotion because of trying to protect her late husband. After the charged emotion was treated, Mary continued with her treatment for the sciatic problem. By the next week, 70% of her pain was gone, with complete recovery two weeks later. Mary remarked: Doc, you should have checked me sooner for that NET stuff, I sure would have had less suffering.

"We Are Looking For a Family Doctor"One Family's Search for the Perfect Physician

The Smith family had recently moved to our area and was looking to establish care. As is common, they had interviewed a variety of health care providers, wanting to have someone that they could trust and share similar attitudes toward patient care. We explained the model of health care that we practice. The benefits of our integrative approach would mean that we would look for the best and healthiest healing options. There was mom, dad and three children all in good health. Evidently we passed the interview as the parents made an appointment for themselves. Dad was a trucker and needed a CDL physical plus he had a family history of heart disease. He also complained of indigestion after eating. The physical went well, but lab work did show increased risk factors for heart disease including an increase of lipoprotein (a), CRP and LDL cholesterol. A Heidelberg pH test for stomach acid was performed that showed Hypochlohydria (low stomach acid). Cardiac risk modifying strategies were discussed including exercise, diet and nutritional care. Hydrochloric acid was added to each meal resolving his indigestion. Mom was in good health except for the week before her period when everything would change. The kids said the mean mom would come out. She had a headache, irritability and even thoughts of dying. Hormonal evaluation showed that she was estrogen dominant and appropriate measures were taken. The kids now say that mom is always nice.

Now it was the oldest daughters turn. She was 13 years old and doing well. Examination showed that her spine was curving, so X-Rays were taken that showed a moderate scoliosis. After discussions with the parents about our advanced treatment of scoliosis, the daughter started her program of care. She was diligent with her exercises and Chiropractic care. At the conclusion of care, her curve had been successfully reduced. Saving her from years of pain and a shortened life expectancy. The middle boy was brought in. He was doing very well and passed his exam except for some allergies he had obtained since moving to this area and some stress resulting form leaving his old friends and making new ones. He was treated with allergy desensitization and NET to help him in the adjustment to a new school and having to say goodbye to the old friends. He responded well. The youngest boy was two years old, and had been on six different antibiotics for ear infections. Ever since I quit nursing him, he has been sick. His delivery had been traumatic; having been Vacuumed assisted. His evaluation revealed that there were some cranial imbalances that can affect the drainage of the inner ear. An allergy to dairy was also found.

The baby was adjusted, the family eliminated dairy and a natural medicine was used to resolve the infection that he was having at the time, which turned out to be the last ear infection. During the passing years, the family would need spinal care, school physicals, flus/colds treated and the occasional referral for a broken wrist and colonoscopy. The children grew healthy and learned to care for their bodies. The greatest honor was when the youngest boy grew up and brought his wife and newborn son in for care.