Hypertension. Diabetes. Osteoarthritis.
These were some of the diseases that our patient, 77-year-old *Lucy, was contending with when we met her in April 2017. On top of that, Lucy was also overweight and she experienced chest pains often. At that time, she was on multiple medications to manage her condition.
She was the classic candidate for angioplasty, a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery. Thankfully, a subsequent angiogram did not show any complete blockages. What was puzzling, though, was she still had recurring symptoms and decreasing quality of life despite the multiple drugs she was taking. This prompted her loved ones to bring her to LifeScience Center.
We started working together with Lucy and after a thorough assessment, we found out that there were several factors that predisposed her to her current condition. For one, she had a family history of heart disease. We also discovered that she had bouts with prolonged amoebiasis infection during childhood, had two abdominal surgeries, and recent experiences of loss of loved ones. After undergoing Nutritional Analysis and Functional Diagnostics, we learned that she was lacking essential reparative and regenerative factors in her diet and we confirmed additional blocks in her metabolism.
With this information, we guided her through a Personalized Food Plan with Bridging Supplementation. She also started supervised Kinesis (movement exercises) for pain management of her osteoarthritis, which also served to improve her overall functional capacity.
Within the year, she began feeling better and her blood chemistries had improved. In fact, her own cardiologist tapered her medicines. She is no longer as dependent on her pain killers as she used to be. Before Functional Medicine, Lucy easily ran out of breath doing simple activities like walking. Today, she is much stronger. Although she still relies on her cane to move, she’s now able to enjoy walks around the neighborhood.
Lucy is still a work in progress, but her quality of life improved by looking at her condition in a different light and by encouraging her to be more proactive with her health. She and her family have Functional Medicine to thank for that.
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