The treatment of chronic lyme with hookworms.

Since so many people suffer with Lyme disease I felt like it was important to report the success in a case of chronic lyme disease.  This case is of a forty five year old woman with severe allergies after being diagnosed and treated for acute lyme. The allergies were severe enough to interfere with the patient’s life and career. The patient reported going through a box of tissues per day and waking up multiple times per night with congestion. 

The patient is a physician herself and had been to many alternative, natural, chinese, homeopathic and conventional doctors. She had taken antibiotics with the original diagnosis of lyme. Additionally the patient was also infected with alpha gal (galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose) which is a tick transmitted allergy to red meat.  With the confirmation of lyme and the positive alpha gal at that point we stopped testing for more diseases and coinfections, but there were most likely other lyme coinfections.  We could also call this a case of post lymes mast cell disorder.

There are many times in practice where we are lead to believe, that if we had just a little more knowledge in one specific specialty like homeopathy or herbs than we would be able to cure the patient.  We are constantly sold this belief through naturopathic medical schools, companies, and even our colleagues.  The idea is that if we only attended another seminar on a particular therapy like homeopathy, herbs or nutrition, or other new concepts such as genetics and methylation, then the case would be cured. This is highly profitable for conference presenters as many cost thousands of dollars to attend.  I think there comes a point where the opposite is true, and over specialization gets in the way of perspective.  It does not matter how much expertise a plumber has if the problem is with the electricity.  So this article will try and share with you the perspective that has been helping me with my most difficult cases, and try not to bore you.

Constantly training in expertise is like walking further and further into the forest. Homeopathic medicine can be a therapy that lends itself to this over specialization.  I have homeopathic medicines from different countries in many strengths, and yet most cases can be treated with one of ten homeopathic medicines.  The same can be said with herbs and nutrition. Expertise becomes a case of diminishing returns.  

It takes more and more effort, time and money to get small, incremental changes in patient outcomes.  To make matters worse the advanced expertise in one particular therapy make it easier to miss the forest while looking at the trees.  If your so good in one therapy that you miss the overall picture then that makes you a worse doctor, not a better one. This article is about my own change in perspective, and I only share it with you so you can waste less time in your own recovery.

In this lyme case I was not under the illusion that I was going to help this case with my expertise, and a with a small change in one of the therapies she had tried. As a patient myself I was treated by many doctors and only received small incremental changes. I committed to myself not to do this to this patient. The only role expertise played here was to recognize that this was an uncurable cases both conventionally and with the regular natural medicines.

Maybe you could have observed something that I and a dozen other doctors missed, I am not doubting that.  I doubted my ability to do so however.  I knew a lot of doctors that this patient had seen and they were skilled and knowledgeable in their profession, both the conventional and natural.  I did not try and talk her into any form of treatment, as I did not think that I was going to get good progress, re-traveling well worn paths that had been traveled multiple times in her treatment approaches.  So what do you do in a case where pharmaceuticals, energy work, psychic healing, homeopathy, nosodes, herbs, acupuncture and nutrients, and various elimination or blood type diets have failed?

Lyme is very rarely one infection. In years of lyme practice that very few cases have only one infection when we are able to test.  Ticks aren’t that picky about the hosts that they feed from, and they get bacteria from and transfer it to their various hosts.  In fact most species of tick require different hosts at different points in their life. Most ticks have been exposed to several hosts, and picked up a variety of bacteria. You are just the latest stop in a journey for that tick.

Not to mention that there are doubtless many bacteria and viruses that have yet to be identified that are carried by ticks.  That's why it doesn't make sense running to a specialty lab with a deer tick to get it tested for lymes disease.  Even if it doesn't have lyme then it has some other kind of bacteria or virus.  A negative result does not prove anything.  A positive result may confirm exposure to lyme, but does not test for many of the other bacteria that can be transmitted by the tick.

This is one of the reasons that we assume that any patient that has been bitten by a tick has a tick borne infection of some kind.  It may have the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria but it may have a different type of bacteria that creates a lyme like syndrome. There are several other species of bacteria that are known to cause lyme but are not tested for, we know of about fifty two.  Additionally how many hundreds or thousands of bacteria do we not know about.

These other organisms may be even more likely to create symptoms than the classic lyme bacteria.  It's one of the reason I discourage people from all of the various and expensive lyme testing unless they have money to burn.  If your mom ever pulled a tick off of you in the summer than you do have tick transferred bacteria.  It does not matter if the test confirms this or not, because your lyme may have gone into a form that does not create antibodies and is therefore not beneficial to get tested as it will not show up in a test.

Lyme disease existed before we discovered lyme bacteria. Yet it appears that even though we have identified borrelia burgdorferi only in the last few decades, the lyme bacteria has been around for quite a while.  They recently found a fifty million year old tick inside a piece of ancient amber.  And inside that tick was the bacteria that causes lyme disease.  So this new disease is actually an old disease is at least 50 million years old.  

Human like creatures seem to have been around for a million or so years, so the bacteria was here before us and evolved with us. So we should be able to handle it better. Some people have tried to argue that the reason that lyme is a problem today is that the coinfections are the new problem. Yet if we were to test that 50 million year old tick we would find other bacteria and viruses and and other organism that can affect us like mycoplasms. There is no reason to assume that we are any more infected with tick borne illness than our ancestors.  In fact they probably had a much greater exposure.

Obviously if you can avoid getting bit by ticks that is the best way to manage tick issues. However I have just seen many patients do their best to avoid tick bites and still seen them become infected with tick bites. Even if it can be avoided now there are all of the bites many of us received in childhood. And the question is not so much how tick bites can be avoided, that information is not what patients come to us for.  They come to us after that bridge has been crossed.  We have to treat the case as it comes to us, with the tick borne illness transmitted.

It is clear that ticks with lyme were around long before we were as humans, and they have been infecting our ancestors since we have had ancestors.  And yet, human beings have not only survived but have thrived.  So how did we survive with all of these deadly ticks constantly feeding on us?

Unless you can avoid being bitten by a tick your entire life, it is most likely that you have received some infection from a tick bite.  If you have lain down in the grass or walked through the woods you have been bitten by ticks.  If you have been a kid then you have been bitten by ticks.  If you have dogs or cats that go outside you have been bitten by ticks.They can smell you coming from miles away, they can sense when your shadow crosses them while your walking by and then they latch on to you. They can sense the paths that you have traveled on and wait for you. In short there is a reason that these little ticks have lived for millions of years, they have strategies for getting attached to you.

Often people come in complaining of joint pains and they ask me if it could be lyme disease.  Of course it could be and most probably is lyme disease, at least as a cofactor in the symptoms.  If it's not actually lyme disease then they have been exposed to some other bacteria.  If they have had tick bites then the have definitely picked up a microorganism from that exposure.  There are many different bacteria that cause lyme.  Illnesses transmitted by bugs of all types are present in all of us.  These is nothing wrong with testing for lyme, the problem is that the testing is just not very accurate. This is because lyme can go into a defensive form where it is hiding from the immune system.  In this form it does not make antibodies so it is very hard to detect.

Even with all the focus on the prevention of tick bites and various forms and natural treatment there is one question that gets lost in the confusion. Why does the lyme bacteria create so many problems with our bodies.  Of course bacteria can create problems. But we as humans deal with a lot of bacteria, in fact we have ten times more bacteria in and on our bodies than we have of our own cells.  Microbes saturate our body like water saturates a sponge. Even in places we thought were free of bacteria.  The urinary tract was once thought to be stable and now is known to have b kind of bacteria as a normal resident.  Maybe we will soon find a normal resident bacteria of the nervous system.  And yes lyme is a nasty bacteria but we manage a lot of nasty bacteria.  In fact most of the bacteria we have in one part of our body is toxic or dangerous to other parts of the body.  And our body is able to manage all of these various bacteria, and the dangers associated with them, without a problem.

So why does our body have such a hard time with lyme if it is a long term neighbor our body developed with in the past?  Even though lyme is not a new disease. Our bodies have had a lot of time to figure out how to deal with lyme bacteria, so why should the reaction to lyme be any different than to any other bacteria we manage in our body.  When they defrosted and tested the blood of the ice man they found from 5,000 years ago, they found lyme disease bacteria in his blood.  Our ancestors had an outdoor life in which their exposure to ticks was much greater than ours. We can only assume the had a much greater level of the infections caused by ticks.  And yet clearly our ancestors thrived.  The human population has multiplied many times in the presence of ticks and lyme bacteria.

In addition to ticks, we know that spiders, fleas, body lice (which everyone has) and mosquitos can transmit bacteria.  There is no reason to assume that they can not transfer all of the same bacteria that ticks can.  Maybe they can transmit even more.  So in that case all of the best prevention in the world to ticks in the world does not prevent the transfer of bacterial illness that can be bad if not worse than lyme disease.

Even in our modern world it is virtually impossible to avoid getting bitten by something.  Our ancestors did not have houses, cars and office buildings.  Human beings have been constantly exposed to insect based infections for many thousands of years.  Ticks have been around since mammals become mammals.  Remember, recently a 50 million year old tick was found in a piece of amber, and the lyme bacteria was discovered inside of that 50 million year old tick.

Ticks and their bacteria do not benefit by killing or damaging their host. In fact the longer a virus is in the human population, the less lethal it becomes.  This concept is used in vaccination and is called serial dilution.  Even before modern medicine people were aware that epidemics did not last forever.  And it is not just because the susceptible die from the illness.  It is also because the viral strains that were less lethal and made you less sick within reason were more likely to persist.  An infection with a less lethal version of the flu virus, for example, made it more likely to pass that virus to other and made you immune for more lethal strains of the virus. Microbes want to be spread, and a bacteria or virus that causes the death or disability of its host is a dead end for that microbe because it has decreased it’s own chance of being transferred.

Studies have shown that the only medicine that really affects the symptoms of chronically ill patients with lymes disease is steroids.  Studies with antibiotic on chronic lymes patients have been disappointing. So what do we know about steroids?  Steroids suppress the immune system and decrease inflammation.  So what this tells us about lyme disease based on these results is that main problem with lyme disease is not the bacteria itself.  Indeed humans are basically saturated with bacteria.  There is no part of our body that does not have bacteria.  So bacteria is something that humans know how to deal with.

The problem in lymes disease (and like illnesses) seems to be the inflammatory response.  It is the over reaction by the immune system of some people to the bug.  This is why we see lyme cases that are advanced are often in families where there is a lot of autoimmune disease or allergies of other kinds, such as to foodsor the environment.  It is not people with the weakest immune systems that are most effected by lyme, it is people with the strongest immune systems.

Many lyme patients experience a lot of frustration with the lack of conventional medical recognition for chronic lyme disease.  Most doctors today have not incorporated the ideas of immunologist polly matzinger.  Matzinger pointed out that the old immune theory that the immune system attacked things that were non-self did not fit the available data.  Her alternative was that the immune system simply reacts to all proteins in the environment where signs of infection are present.  This includes the proteins that may be in a bacteria or virus but also include our own proteins.  These are proteins that make up our own body, attacked by our own body.

By the time a lyme infection become chronic the body is in a cycle of reaction to the lyme bacteria but also to protein of our own tissue.  In people that are highly inflammatory it is possible that once the reaction to our own proteins or a normal bacteria in our system are established that they may continue with a very small amount of lyme bacteria present.  This level of lyme disease would most likely be below that levels which laboratory could detect. It may even be that they continue with no lyme bacteria present.

Even if it could be assured that all lyme bacteria were killed by some therapy, is also possible that the reactions to our own proteins may continue even if there is no bacteria present any longer.  This could be why post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) or post Lyme disease syndrome (PLDS) or chronic lyme disease (CLD) has not been shown to respond to long term antibiotic therapy.  It is possible that the antibiotic approach to chronic lyme symptoms is not effective because the bacteria are not longer present or in a form that is resistant to antibiotics.

This is not to say that there are not various therapies that can improve and manage lyme disease.  There are many herbs, homeopathic medicines, vitamins, amino acids and diets that help.  There are approaches that include exotic enzymes to break up biofilms, and herbs from various rainforests to theoretically kill the lyme bacteria. In addition there are many fancy and complicated tests to tell you if you do or don't have the lyme bacteria.  The problem with all of these expensive tests is they don't test for the perhaps hundreds of other bacteria that can cause symptoms that are the same as or worse than lyme disease.

For many people management of the symptoms they associate with chronic lymes becomes a second job that means that they have to adjust their life style in a way that limits both their freedom and their enjoyment of life.  If a medical approach to treating a condition limits someone's life it is a compromise, not a cure.  A cure means that a person has freedom.  Including the freedom not to constantly be treating their condition.  Real treatment would be the ability to act as if you don’t have a condition.

To cure lyme disease we have to return to the question, why are people with lyme symptoms over reacting to a bacteria that seems to have been with human beings since the beginning of human beings.  In other words, what has changed that the lyme bacteria is now such a threat to our health?  Are we more exposed to tick bites then our farming, hunting and gathering ancestors?  It is very unlikely that this is the case.  So our ancestors were exposed to as many if not more of the same bacteria.  Yet they did not fall apart or spend days in bed.  Those people that would have been so poorly affected by these bacteria would have been bitten as kids and probably would not have survived to have their own kids.  Lyme bacteria is a spirochete, which means that the bacteria is the shape of a little spiral.  We have these kind of bacteria in other places of our body where they function as part of the normal environment.

So maybe it is possible that it is not about the lyme bacteria, maybe it is about us. Is the problem the way our immune system is reacting to the bacteria? What is missing from our system?  What are we lacking that our ancestors had?  

One emerging theory is that the item our immune system is lacking is the presence of intestinal parasites.  Every human up to the last hundred years has had intestinal parasites.  When we examine ancient stool it shows the presence of intestinal parasites.  These organisms have been a normal a part of the human ecosystem.  Over the last few generations we have done an experiment.  The experiment has been to find out what happens to the human immune system when it does not have any parasites.  The results have not been good.  Autoimmune diseases have risen dramatically.

In recent years some research has been done on introducing parasites to treat autoimmune disease.  One of these parasitic worms seems especially good at regulating the immune system.  That is the human hookworm (necator americanus).

Over the last several years researchers have been using hookworms in particular with good results.  In 2015 an australian researcher wrote an article about patients that he had intentionally infected with hookworms.  These are patients with the severe allergy to wheat and gluten called celiac disease.  One way to think of celiac is as a very bad allergy to wheat..

What the research showed was that after a few months on the worms they were able to start eat gluten without side effects.  It is not completely understood how the worms create this effect.  The worms seem to have a couple of effects, they make the mucus layer of our guts thicker so we have more protection from foods, they change the bacteria in the intestine, they encourage the bacteria that provide a good environment for them, and they decrease the bacteria that create a bad inflammatory environment for them.  Additionally what happens is that the worms, when they get established, have the ability to create a lot of chemical signals in our body that control inflammation. 

The worms don't want to be in a stressful or inflammatory environment, so they calm down the intestine.  By releasing these calming chemicals they can decrease inflammation in other parts of the body also.  So the worms can work like a natural steroid.  The worms can look like the steroids that treat lyme symptoms but do so in such a delicate a manner that we don't see the side effects we would see if we gave steroids as drugs.  It is something to note that the shape of gluten looks a lot like the lyme bacteria.  Both of them are very small spirals.  So could it be that by the worms introducing tolerance to gluten what we are really seeing is an increased tolerance to spiral shaped molecules that would include gluten?

Even if we find that hookworms have good effects on inflammation do we need to be concerned about side effects?  The reasons hookworms are used in that they have some advantages over other parasites.  They can't reproduce in your body and you can't transmit them to other people.  They are applied topically to the skin and then within a few days they find their way to the intestine.  At about the six week mark a patient may get some digestive upset as the worms start sending out decoys to trick our immune system.

So it has become clear to me after years of treating the most difficult autoimmune diseases that you don't want an immune system that functions as a two legged stool that tips over with the slightest push. You want an immune system that only reacts when it needs to.  Is seems as if some people need to have worms as part of your ecosystem to get stability and become a three legged stool. The need the signals that the worms provide to be stable.  For some people the anti inflammatory chemical provided by worms may be like vitamin C, something they can’t make themselves. In this case the worms may be functioning as a parabiotic, a parasitic probiotic.  The stability provided by the worms means that cases don't go spinning out of control.  People might get unbalanced and have some symptoms just like anyone else, but they don't get the huge aggravations of their conditions.

Another aspect to the presence of hookworm in the small intestine is that the intestinal bacteria gets a new boss.  Without the worms the bacteria in the intestine can have it's own way with ecosystem of the intestine.  Once the worms come in it means there is a new supervisor on the job.  Because the hookworm is an animal and not a bacteria it has much more power over the bacteria that are in our small intestine and even of the bacteria in our large intestine also.  The worms can decide that it likes one species of bacteria better than other. In bringing in worms we are bringing in a new foreman to the construction site, and experience person that knows how to organize the job.

Given that the concept of apply therapeutic worms is a relatively new concept it make sense this would not be the first line of defense to lymes.  There are many cases that will respond well to the homeopathic lyme nosodes, or herbal medicines, or some vitamin therapy.  Some people when finding out their food allergen may find out that they would rather just avoid that food.  All of these are fine approaches.  Sometimes they will work for patients that do not have much an inflammatory or autoimmune history.

For other patients the activation of an immune response to a microbe in their system that sets off an immune reaction.  It could be a reaction the the lyme bacteria, or it could be reaction on another known or unknown bacteria.  We have talked about lyme but the same points can be made about the mononucleosis virus that causes the symptoms or chronic mono or chronic fatigue syndrome.  In any case the management of their immune system takes over more and more of their life.  Before they know it they are the person that can't eat a normal menu, can't be around pets, needs another nap before going out with friends.  The issue comes down to the person's own hyperactive immune system.

Therapeutic hookworms offer the possibility of an immune system that is stabilized.  This "parabiotic" is used in much the same way, and should be viewed in a the same way as we now view probiotics.  Most people today are not resistant to taking lactobacillus acidophilus to balance out their digestive tracts.     The idea of using bacteria to treat illness at the start of the probiotic age was the same as our discussion now about using parasites not as probiotics, but as parabiotic.

Researchers are now able to take pictures and count every worm in a person that has hookworms.  Some interesting information has been revealed.  It seems like people have a set number of hookworms that they tolerate.  One volunteer with 12 hookworms was given a new dose of 50 hookworms.  As they took pictures and watched over the course of a few months the hookworm population of hookworms increase, and then decrease.  

The volunteer ended up with the same twelve hookworms as before the introduction of the dose of fifty.  So it seems that the immune system can get rid of hookworms, but it chooses not to with the twelve.  Either that is the case or the 12 hookworms are sending a unique signal to the immune system that 50 hookworms can't send.  A fellow volunteer was found to have the same situation with a slightly different number of worms to start.

Some people will express a concern that the hookworms could somehow live in a different part of their body. There is no evidence that hookworms can live outside of their final home, the small intestine.  Another thing that hookworms can not do is reproduce in the body.  So if a person receives 10 hookworms that is the maximum they will have until more are introduced.  They require part of their life cycle in the soil, so they can not be transferred to other people.  They are easily killed with the drug abendazole.

Many old time doctors will talk about how natural medicines and even conventional ones used to be more effective.  One thing to recognize about the effectiveness of homeopathy originally and of herbal medicine originally is that they were being used on people that had the immunological benefits of worms of some type.

To treat lyme what works is steroids according to the studies.  Antibiotics don't work for chronic lyme according to the most recent research.  Lyme in highly inflammatory patients is a very difficult condition to treat, or post lyme exposure syndrome.  Worms seems to have the effect that they function as side-effect free micro doses of steroids.  This immunoregulation stops the over reaction to the lyme bacteria.

People that have overactive immune systems like this I call my viking patients.  I was talking to a rheumatologist about a very young juvenile arthritis patient and he said to me, let me guess, very white, blonde hair and blue eyes.  And was absolutely right.  Studies of ancient poo from the viking site show that they were loaded with parasites. Not only their own parasites but also those of their animals which they lived in close contact with.  And most of my worst, seemingly uncurable cases have this viking ancestry. I am sure there is an african, european and asian equivalent.  Whoever the people were that came from the most immunologically challenging environment are going to have similar problems.

And in spite of all of their parasites these were some of the most powerful people of their time. The immune system that they developed for us prevents us from getting sick with a very high exposure of parasites.  But this same immune system in a modern, western country is like a sports car with no brakes.  Those of us with viking immune systems have immune systems that want to go out of control.  The result of this over active immune system is a body that is more likely to create inflammation in response to normal bacteria, viruses and even out own cells.

More than anything, worms answer the question of what can be done to enhance health in someone that has become chronically ill and is not responding to well chosen approaches.  Not only what can be done, but what can be done within reason for the patient and family.  Of course we work to avoid drugs because we work to avoid long term side effects.  However we also work to avoid difficult diets that may be difficult or impossible to implement with children, especially autistic children.  Or can be difficult for someone without the time, patience or money to apply to highly specialized diets.

I will never forget the patient with an autistic son that came in one time.  He had taken his son for a walk in woods and the boy had gotten chiggers on his leg.  Chiggers are basically like fleas that burrow into your skin and itch.  The body responds to them with a lot of inflammation.  In addition to the rash and itching from the chiggers the boys autistic symptoms for mostly cured while the itching was going on in his legs.  When the reaction from the chiggers was over the boy wen back to being autistic.  I never forgot this lesson and always tried to figure out a way to add this information my own treatment of patients.

In discussing the concepts relating to hookworms I do not find alternative or natural practitioners more or less responsive then medical doctors. In the natural medicine fields there has been a myth for many years that there is an association between worms and cancer. In my experience few doctors have asked the question that is right in front of us.  If parasite cause cancer then why do the cleanest first world countries have the most cancer.  Indeed recent research shows that the immune systems reaction to parasites, the white blood cell called an eosinophil, actually decreases the risk of cancer.  It makes me wonder if colon cancer patients may be assisted in preventing reoccurrence if they were to take hookworms. 

It was on learning about hookworms that I realized that we might have found the organism that would mimic the chiggers that I needed to help get the same effect as that autistic boy had gotten.  This patient needed a chiggers effect of a distracted immune system without all of the itching.  Our bodies are expecting to push against some resistance from an immune perspective.  When you remove worms from the equation you remove the resistance.  We have a part of our immune system that is missing, and that part is called worms. It is as if one of the parts has been removed from our immune system, the part that calms the system down.  For some people an immune system without worms is like a car with no brakes.  Once an immune system like this is activated it just races out of control. Temporary relief in these cases can be obtained by prednisone conventionally or other conventional immune suppressants temporarily.  But these are the cases where the conventional medicine improvement will not help. 

This pattern of the immune system racing out of control is seen by many patients that have inflammatory disease.  Arthritis, colitis, crohns, multiple sclerosis, and yes even chronic lyme disease can be seen as an autoimmune disorder.  In this case the patient with post lyme allergic syndrome took matters into her own hands and acquired hookworms.  She then came in and asked if I would observe and help managed and advise her in her use of hookworms to the best of my ability.  I was happy to do this as I knew at a minimum I would learn something new. Luckily she did not listen to my advice to immediately kill her worms. What I saw in her case was a rapid, consistent improvement over a few months to the point where the patient described herself as cured.  This was in a case that nothing else had worked for. Since I do talk about the topic sometimes, I do have people that reach out for advice on hookworms and through these people I have heard similar reports.

A study in 2011 examined the effect of killing off hookworms in mothers that were pregnant.  What they found was that children born to mothers that had their hookworms killed off during pregnancy were more likely to develop eczema (chronic severe rashes) as babies. This raises the question as to wether it would be important to consider hookworms in a mother that has previously had or was predicted to have highly allergic children. I think the conclusions of these researchers is worth quoting. 

This is what they concluded. “The detrimental effects of treatment suggest that exposure to maternal worm infections in utero may protect against eczema and wheeze in infancy…Further studies are required to investigate mechanisms of these effects, possible benefits of worms or worm products in primary prevention of allergy, and the possibility that routine deworming during pregnancy may promote allergic disease in the offspring.” This information was derived from a study involving over two thousand patients in 2011. It’s only this year that I learned about it myself.  Based on the study why isn’t every mother considering pregnancy given the option to take hookworms if she has a family history of eczema.

Returning to the case we are discussing, this most difficult lyme case has been living with ten hookworms now for over two years.  The case has continued to improve to the point where the patient feels improvement even after two years. The patient now feels better than even before infecting herself with hookworms. Including symptoms that existed prior to the initial lyme infection.  These included joint problems, and hormonal problems and sleep problems, and various food allergies and sensitivities that have been resolved directly as a result of her hookworm use.

So what do we do with all of the reports of previous hookworm infections like those in the southern united states in the early part of the last century.  The reports are that people had massive hookworm infections and lead to significant disability.  As I have said however the study that has been done on hookworms showed that people, at least the two test subjects, have shown that the body in a well nourished, first world westerner has a set point for the amount of hookworms that it will allow.

I find this patient’s progress very interesting.  It is a paradigm shift for me that opens up other ways of thinking about other difficult cases.  And that is what I am looking for as a way to get better at what I do. This paradigm shift can be applied to many other immune and autoimmune diseases, including chronic fatigue and chronic epstein barr as well as arthritis colitis and crohns disease.

The introduction of a hookworm to restore balance in a disturbed human ecosystem is a different paradigm then trying to work against the bodies reactions with drugs or diet or herbs. For years now researchers have been establishing the safety of inoculation with hookworms. Recently we saw that hookworms seem to be able to induce tolerance to gluten in people diagnosed with the severe gluten allergy called celiac.  Would it be possible to envision a future where everyone hookworm therapy if they are at risk of autoimmune disease. An open research environment may even create the possibility in the future where we start carefully breeding hookworms for different conditions. Identifying which strains are most helpful for most conditions.

The Poo Circulation System

The Poo Circulation System

Outside of our circulatory system there is another circulatory system. In fact this circulatory system is outside of our bodies to a large extent. This is the flora circulatory system, also known as the poo cycle.

First we have to remember that human beings come ancestrally from tribes of about 150 people in size that are in constant close physical, mental and emotional contact. Shared communal bedding, food and bowls and spoons and drinking bowls and every other kind of touching, face pointing, coughing, sneezing, etc...a shared microbial ecosystem also where people have and share the same bacteria.

Because the was long before the existence of a hot soapy shower you can also imagine that the human beings there were in contact were virtual valleys of bacteria and other life forms. All in constant close intimate contact. Human beings lived in a constant state of exposure to not only surface bacteria but to the bacteria in our intestines. Native cultures do not have toilets, soap, running water, and all the things we use to get the bacteria from using that bathroom off of our hands and bodies. Because of this the members of any one tribe would have an overall stable bacterial ecosystem.

Now modern society and modern hygiene cut us off from our tribes and from the flora ecosystem that used to surround our bodies internally and externally. Our lack of exposure to the “poo cloud” can allow our bacteria to take off in it’s own direction without the stability created by the diversity offered by our tribe. This means sometimes your body will not be able to find the bacteria that it may need to stabilize after and infection or after some other disturbance of the normal flora.

By disconnecting from the circulation system that stabilizes our system , we create a highly vulnerable situation for our bodies. To recover our health in these situations we need to reconnect ourself to the circle of flora in our environment. One way to do this is a digestive flora transfer, (DFT), also known in practice as a poo cap, (poo cap). For a person struggling with their health what reintroducing flora can do is amazing.  Conventionally this can be called a fecal stool transplant, but I think digestive flora transfer is more accurate.

I say flora and not just bacteria because the truth is that we don't know what we are giving when we give poo caps. Yes of course there is flora as in bacteria, but there is also most likely bacteria phages which are viruses that infect bacteria. Additionally we don’t even know what other life forms exist in our intestines. Studying the DNA that exists in our intestine shows us that 70% of the dna that is tested does not show a relationship to any know organism.

Of course we all know that probiotics can work as a bacteria replacement in some cases. You can search for any product that serves as a probiotic and showed how it cures someone of something. I just don’t find with the complicated cases I work with that a probiotic that has a few strains of bacteria. Poo contains thousands of bacteria among the other organisms we discussed.

This therapy has been used for dysentery centuries ago in chinese medicine. As recently as world war II it was known on both sides that were fighting in the desert that camel dung was a cure known to the native peoples of that area. In that last few decades we see more mentions of the use of stool transfer, fecal stool transplant, and the like. But it is always costly and complicated. I remember in my own medical school classes the professor brought us the subject but in a very off handed manner. The way it was discussed I thought that it somehow involved the injection of stool via needle into the colon. Don’t ask me why I thought that but that assumption that I made closed my mind for two decades to the procedure.

This year I was forced by a difficult case to delve deeply into what exactly could be done to reestablish flora balance when all else had failed. After months of study it became clear to me that both I and the entire medical field were making a mountain out of a mole hill. There is no need for thousands of dollars spent on injecting poo with colonoscopy. There is no need for thousands of dollars spent on isolating the bacteria from a normal stool and giving that as a supplement. We have around us in our friends, family and other loved ones, healthy people, with healthy poo and a stable internal flora that can help us heal.

In my practice I don’t prescribe this therapy, (it is only approved for research in hospital acquired infections), but I will let people know about about it and make their own decisions. I have seen people use digestive flora transfer for everything from the obvious colitis and crohn’s disease, to even conditions like pneumonia, acne and weight loss. Sometimes the results are remarkable.

So let me tell you what I have seen work, with the caveat that I am not recommending this to anyone, you should work with your health care provider, and if you get sick or die it’s not my fault. Basically if you want to take the full responsibility to do something like this yourself than you have to be solely responsible. If you don’t want this than seek out experienced help and advice and support. Ok enough of that.

With all of the research I have done I have found that nothing works substantially better than poo caps. You know how all the bacteria you have in your intestines got there in the first place? Through you mouth. If it was good enough for you when you were a nursing infant is is good enough for you now. Your digestive tract is really good at filtering, allowing and excluding things that it does not want. So if you are going to repopulate your intestines it may as well be orally.

To make poo caps you take a capsule and put poo in it and then put it in the freezer. From Amazon you can order Now Foods “O” caps and “OOO” caps from Herb Affair. Then I order the acid resistant “OO” caps from “Capsuline Clear Vegetarian Acid Resistant Enteric Empty Capsules Size 00”. So now you have three sizes of capsules that you can use to make the poo caps. Now you need the syringes that you will fill the capsules with. The syringes you use are known as jello syringes. I order a large 2.5oz and a medium 1oz. You want to use fresh poo and put it in to the large syringe, into the medium syringe, then you transfer into the small capsule, and then into the medium capsule, and then into the large capsule. We make them ten at a time and then transfer into a small ziplock bag and right into the freezer. I am a big fan of always starting things slowly and working up, so many people start their digestive flora transfer with one capsule with meals.

Of course one of the hard parts with this can be either embarrassment or resistance on the part of the patient or the donor. As one of my favorite moms said when she was doing the poo caps, “the desperate can’t be dainty”. And I really understand that, having been desperate in my life. If you have been blessed with an immune system that does not attack your own body I can completely see how you can afford to turn your nose up at a therapy like poo caps and say how you would never do that. That is great for you. If I have a mom in my office whose daughter has done all the conventional options for colitis I also hope that you can see that not everyone is so quick to have a knee jerk reaction in opposition to the therapy. If a child has done prednisone, asacol, and now is failing even the highly risky immune suppressive therapies like remecaide and humeria, then I respect a persons willingness to do whatever it takes to avoid possible surgery for their child. If your donor is nervous just remind them that it is poo we are talking about, not nuclear poo-tonium.

So the take home point is this, in our culture we have not only take ourselves away from the emotional and physical contact of the original tribal and communal lifestyle, we have isolated ourselves from the living tribal, shared microbiome. Our body does not do any better isolated from bacteria than our emotions do when we are isolated from other people. If this bacterial isolation could be playing a role in your disease than there is an effective alternative approach if drug therapy has run its course or is too risky. It simply involves harvesting poo and putting it in capsules and then freezing it and taking it. As an aside this poo does not need to be from an organic, unvaccinated, wild roaming, vegetarian free range human. In other words we are not looking for the dali lama’s poo. We just need a person that is able to manage all of the variables in this society with normal bowel movements. In fact my favorite is when a patient hesitating tells me they have a donor and it’s a son or a daughter but they, “eat gluten, eat eggs, drink dons of milk, eat fast food, and still digest perfectly”. That is my perfect donor. We want the person with the bacteria that is best adopted to managing our current environment without creating symptoms.

So i wanted you to have this information before something happened that caused you to need it. They recently did a study of c-diff patients (c-diff is a horrendous hospital acquired infection) and found that 13 of 15 were cured with poo caps. A lot of old timers get this, so this could be helpful in the future. Yes I guess you could get hepatitis, aids, anthrax or ebola from someone’s poo. So consider all of the variables, if you die I take no responsibility. That being said, there are some cases that ask what else they could do besides poo caps to recover their health and the experience for me is exactly like a dehydrated patient asking what they can do besides drink water to get rehydrated. I guess there are things to rehydrate but we have to do quite a contortion to justify the recommendation. In the same way I can find a probiotic that may help, that is going to have maybe five or ten of the healthy bacteria out of the thousands that that healthy poo has among its other constituents.

It may turn out that a lot of our inability to recover from chronic disease or our inability to recover from acute disease is simply because we are cut off from the poo circulation system of our tribe, and if you are too desperate to be dainty, I wanted you to know about poo caps and give you a therapy that I have seen used effectively.

You Should Be Able To Eat Anyting

It is a natural, innate human instinct to want to eat a varied diet. An ancestor eating 10 things was more likely to be fully nourished than an ancestor eating one thing. Obviously you are more likely to be the offspring in that case of people that ate, and that wanted to eat, as many different foods as possible.

This is really the state of health that I envision for my patients, my kids and myself. The reason I know this is possible is because we all know people that can eat just about any food and do fine. They can have a been and a burger with a real wheat filled, gluteny bun, they can stop by McDonald’s without being in the bathroom for an hour after, the can even eat genetically modified foods and not have migraines, arthritis, colitis or crohns.

Even you probably had a time when you were younger when you were not so sensitive to foods, and you were able to eat and enjoy whatever was served to you. It is a part of human nature that both we and others gratefully and humbly receive and appreciate and consume the food we are offered. Whether in our own homes, out with friends at a restaurant, and at the home of family or friends.

Of course in practice I have used to tool of food removal to help others recover their health, but it has always been with the knowledge that this is a symptomatic treatment. It is a treatment that is difficult and that should, if I am doing my best job as a doctor, be limited in the amount of time it is used.

I am grateful for the two finger stick allergy panels we can use for the hidden food allergens, you can see the many letters from patients were going off their allergens helped put out their health fire. Yet after the fire is out we have to rebuild the house. I would say the first 10 years in my practice was figuring out how to put out the fire. These last 10 years have been about figuring out how to rebuild the health after the fire is out.

Like is most endeavors our success is limited at least in part by our knowledge. This point was brought to me clearly when the two beautiful children of a very proactive patient were brought to me for autoimmune disease. These were parents wth a lot of autoimmune disease in the family that tried to do everything right to avoid auto-immunity in their children. Because of their own struggles with health these parents did not vaccinate their children, and had basically only fed their kids organic and non-gmo foods. Basically be the book they had done everything right as far as they knew. Yet there was a missing piece.

The pieces we have been able to do have only involved one side of the equation, the immune activation as a part of the puzzle. By pulling out the food allergens we have been able to take some pressure off of the immune system gas pedal. We have tried to calm the mental, emotional and physical symptoms that a person is experiencing and have been very successful in doing so. But that is not enough for everyone.

If you come from a very autoimmune family you will need more than just letting up on the autoimmune gas pedal, you will have to work on the immune system brakes. Yes, if you did not know it your immune system actually has braking signals, or signals that tell it to calm down.

What people with a history of colitis, crohns, ms, hashimotos thyroid disease, and diabetes in their family have, is very simply a strong immune gas pedal and no immune brakes. This goes for any person or family with autoimmune disease. This must have served my ancestors well. I wouldn't be hear if the survival of my ancestors was not dependent on them shooting everything in sight of the immune system, and to keep shooting. Now we flash forward to 2015 and that highly evolved and efficient immunological defense system is transported to modern day western civilization with a complete absence of immunological threats.

So this mighty defense system sits around looking for the enemy. It does not find the parasites that it did in the past, so it waits around looking to pick a fight. Eventually it finds something that looks enough like an enemy that it decides to unleash its fury. In the case of these two children on developed an autoimmune skin condition as the immune system found a harmless skin bacteria to pick on, leading to acne. The other child got the epstein barr virus, a harmless virus in 99% of us, and decided that was the new enemy, leading to crohns. These kids to not have some kind of genetic weakness, they just have an immune system with a Ferrari engine and tricycle brakes.

So what tools to we have to address this problem of weak brakes? Modern medicine has developed some tools for this, probably the best known are drugs like prednisone, remicade and humeria. There can be effective tools for putting the brakes on the immune system, but they are like using a bulldozer to move the furniture in your living room, very rough and dangerous tools. Useful for emergencies but dangerous for long term usage with side effects like possible cancer.

So in practice we have tried to strengthen in the brakes of the immune system with tools like homeopathy, vitamins and herbs. Remarkable to me is that these approaches are often effective, and yet in the worst cases not strong enough. These tools can help strengthen a system and get it balanced, but there is the issue that in some people their body believes the right balance is all gas pedal and no brakes for the immune system.

So in a conversation I was having about this with a researcher, she said to me, “You know, they don’t get autoimmune disease where they have parasites”. What?! No. I did not know this. Why after 20 years of treating auto immune disease I did not know this still baffles me. Hence began for me, months of research on the therapeutic use of parasites in practice.

We think of the body being “infected” with parasites. But there is another way of looking at it. These organisms were part of the ecosystem when our ancestors were just little marmots. Not only did our bodies evolve in the presence of these organisms, these organism had a role in shaping our physical, neurological, emotional and immunological being. Since the hookworm eradication processes early in the 1900’s we have done an immunological experiment with our bodies called a hookworm-ectomy.

The presence of hookworms, parasites and other helminths and organisms in our body can cause an immune reaction, no doubt. The very interesting thing however is that once these organisms get established, hookworms in particular, the start releasing signals that increase … guess what? The suppressor T cells. And by now you can image what these are. Suppressor T cells are the brakes for our immune system. By not having these organisms, and their signals in place, we have removed the strongest check that we had to immune over activation. One only needs to look at the rise in autoimmune disease over the last century to see that the consequence have been profound.

It was in the early 1900’s that all of the autoimmune diseases that began to be diagnoses and described in abundance. It would probably be fair to say that the epidemic of autoimmune disease began in the early 1900’s around the same time as the worm eradication programs. That is not because science was at a standstill, people were very skilled in the past at describing what was going on around them. And autoimmune disease did exist, most notably there are some records in the roman empire, which interesting was the a culture that included pure water from aqueducts, and sandals, the combination of which is very effective at cutting off the life cycle of parasitic worms, like the hookworm.

Research is finding that organisms such as hookworms are able to plug into our immune system and send signals which the immune system receives. In other words, they speak the same language. And the language the speak, interestingly, is hookworm-ease. We know this because the hookworms where hear long before people were. We also know what the hookworms are saying to the immune system because we are able to measure the results. The hookworms are saying, “calm down”. One of the immune chemicals that has been measured is an immune stimulator called th17. Th17 creates inflammation, swelling, redness and things like that. You won’t be surprised to hear that it is strongly associated with acne. The more th17, the more acne. When subjects were experimentally infected with hookworm their th17 at the end of 20 weeks had decreased by, get this, it's so exiting... an amazing 90%!

Similar results have been seen in studies of food allergens. A study of known celiac patients took a group of people that responded very strongly with symptoms to even a small amount of gluten. Think about this amount being like a pinch of salt you would place on your food causing, stomach cramps, nausea and the like. After 20 weeks on the hookworms some members of this same group were able to consume a bowl size portion of wheat pasta with no ill effects.

I think its obvious that this approach won’t be for everyone. As most things in life it depends how motivated you are. A person with a little hay fever may not bother, a person facing a life with an incurable autoimmune disease may be more willing to consider trying something like worm therapy. The great news is that answers are coming by combining the best of modern research in immunology with help from some long dismissed old friends. Modern culture and science are amazing, now that same science may be telling us that some are going to need our old friends in order to have modern health.

Our modern health should include the ability to have and enjoy modern foods. Because modern foods challenge our immune system we will never be able to enjoy all of the foods we have available unless we get that suppressor T cells system running at 100%. If we are going to have a Ferrari engine we need to have Ferrari brakes. Some people will never need to finish an article like this because they would not even know what we are talking about, chronic inflammation to them means the same as “chronic potatoes” to them. Those of us that are highly inflammatory, and have highly active immune systems with low suppressors need to change the way we think about our bodies.

Once you get diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in yourself or your family part of the plan will be to play defense, to remove foods that are capable of creating inflammation. That is where the IgG and IgA can be and will be extremely helpful. You have to put our the fire before you can fix the house. However with the new research we can start thinking about playing offense. We can start thinking about how not to only stop accelerating the immune system but how to start putting on the brakes.

How do I heal?

How do I heal?

How do I heal?  How do I get myself or my patient back to normal function?  That is the question that I spend my life asking.

 

For me the question came up out of necessity.  In the 1984 I developed my first symptoms of colitis after being vaccinated by the military.  That began years of symptoms that progressed throughout my college years.

 

Of course I went to doctors, I went to the same doctors that I had been to as a kid, conventional medical doctors. (MDs).  This was the only medical system that I had known my entire life, and was the same system of medicine that resulted in my vaccinations in the military.

 

My last meeting with a medical doctor about my case was in 1989.  My and my wife figured the best thing to do was to go to the best medical doctor we could possibly find.  So I went to a gastroenterologist that specialized in colitis.  After a quick consultation and description of my symptoms he told me there was only one option.  His option for me was to have my colon cut out and to spend the rest of my life on prescription drugs.

 

At that moment I realized that conventional medicine really had no option for me to cure my case.  Even though I had experienced years of suffering with my symptoms this possibility had never occurred to me.  It is amazing to think that a fairly intelligent person can spend years with the same symptom or worsening symptoms and not realize that they are running into a brick wall.

 

It is easy for us to look at people that believe in things that we dismiss as irrational or irrelevant and see how misguided they are.  I have had the experience of being that person.  I was one “yes” away from letting conventional medicine doctors remove one of my body’s vital organs.  One step away from never being free from a hole in the side of my belly.

 

I don’t know why I stood up and walked away from that doctor and from conventional medicine at that point, but I did.  I went down to my local library and looked up two words, “alternative and medicine”.  I had never heard the phrase “alternative medicine” or “natural medicine”, not to mention anything about homeopathy or herbs.  I just knew I needed an option at that point.  The search brought up an article on naturopathic doctors.  It talked about how they go to a four year medical school and learn both conventional medicine and natural medicine.  That was 20 years ago for me now.

 

Having been sick in my life, the one thing I know for sure is that every thing is more difficult when you are ill.  Every part of your being, mental, emotional and physical is affected.  It is so easy for us to look at someone that has succeeded in their efforts and say that they were “motivated”.  It is just as easy for us to look at someone that is struggling, mentally, emotionally, physically, financially, socially or educationally and talk about how that person is unmotivated, uninspired, or just doesn’t have what it takes.

 

Our function is our destiny.  If our digestion is not functioning properly, if your brain chemistry is not working properly, if you don’t feel well you will not do well.  I am not talking here about acute illness, anyone can push through a single episode of illness.  I am talking about chronic illnesses that debilitates and creates chronic deficiencies.

 

What I find is that after enough time, people stop trying to restore the normal function of their body and mind and start compromising their lives around their imbalances.  They start finding ways to adjust their expectations, needs and desires to match their illness instead of the core truth of who they are.

 

I find it boring to work around a compromised existence, whether my own or my patients.  I want to uncover, in myself and in others, that person who is free from the limitations of disease.  I want to see how fast the horse can run without a pack on its back, I want to see how hight the eagle can soar without clipped wings.

 

This is the interesting part of practice and what excites me when I work with a person.  My two favorite ways for doing this now are with IGG food allergy testing and with Neuroscience brain chemistry testing.  I have consistently see that people that are ill have high IGG food allergens.  IGG food allergens are interesting because they occur two to four days after being exposed and you would therefore never know if you had one.  You would just have some sort of chronic symptom.

 

Neuroscience testing is a way we can see what is going on in the brain with a simple urine sample.  Just seeing a patients serotonin level tells us so much about what is going on with them as a person.  Much easier to move forward in life with the right fuel in the engine.

More about Anxiety and Depression

More about Anxiety and Depression

 

Why does a happy doctor write about anxiety and depression?  Because I was not always happy.  With my chronic illness my brain chemistry became more and more imbalanced.  Inflammation does this to your brain.

 

I don’t always know what to make of different belief systems about the eternal nature of the human being.  One thing I do know for sure is that how we show up in the world is a direct reflection of our brain chemistry.

 

Who we are is who are brain tells us we are.  If the brain chemicals that calm you are low you are going to be an anxious person, or an irritable person, or in extreme circumstances a violent person.

 

If the brain chemistry that make you feel happy and confident is low then you are going to be an unhappy person that does not attract good relationships or an inspiring profession.  It is as straight forward as that.  If you don’t have the chemistry to support a good life then you wont have one.  If your brain chemistry does not support a healthy relationship then you won’t have one or you won’t keep the one you have.

 

I’m sure when I was a young buck just starting practice this is what was changing the careers of clients that I was working with.  Several times in a row I would work with a person and they would have a breakthrough in their profession.  As I look back I see that what we were doing was adjusting brain chemistry, just without knowing it.

 

What I like about the people that come in to work on these issues is that really have to push through a layer of uncomfortableness to admit and start solving these issues.  Anyone that can do that has my greatest respect.  It took me years to even realize that I had severe anxiety and depression.  Now I realize that it is impossible to go though any episode of inflammation without experiencing a change in brain chemistry.

 

Even short term traumas, like a broken bone, can cause life long changes to brain chemistry that persist if not corrected.  You can imagine how extended inflammation, like any auto-immune disease, can completely alter brain chemistry.  Making people miserable, depressed and insecure.

 

I work with a few very select labs for my testing.  I am lucky in that get to choose whomever is doing the best work.  If I client asks me why I select a particular lab the answer is that they are the best at what they do.  We are so lucky now that we can test a persons brain chemistry through a pee sample.

 

The doctor that directs one of the labs that I work with was talking to me the other day about the importance of testing.  After doing 40 years of research he still is a passionate as ever in his belief that the right test can give you the information you need for a breakthrough in a chronic case.  These are the people that are working for you to get you better.  For him, like many of us, his life’s work has been about what makes people sick and how to get them better.  I understand where he is coming from with this perspective.  Once you have helped someone recover their health there is something so rewarding about the experience.  Ok well enough of that, how do you become someone that gets better.

 

The first thing you must know about yourself is what I call the IgG allergens.  IgG allergens are allergens that last for a month in the system once you are exposed to the food.  In fact we do a simple finger stick test in my practice in Arizona that tests for 96 of the most common foods that I have seen cause health problems over the last years.

 

When you eat a food that is an IgG allergen it is like a tornado going though your system.  The results create such a release of immune system chemicals that there is no way for your brain chemistry to stabilize.  So that is the first step that must be in place for any case to get better from mental and emotional illness.

 

Then of course I think a person should get their brain chemistry tested.  It is very important to know the levels of the the different brain chemicals, otherwise how you are going to know how to nutritionally support the case?  Serotonin and the metabolites of serotonin, Gaba, taurine, glycine, histamine, PEA, Dopamine and the metabolites of dopamine, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine.  All of these can give you very important clues.

 

Additionally it is important to test the cortisol levels because cortisol blocks some of the other hormone levels.  I like a saliva hormone panel because it tests for the free fraction of the hormone or the part that actually attaches to a cell to activate the cell.  When we can get four samples during the day we know exactly when it is high and it is low.  This is a start.

 

Why you’re not getting better. Understanding MTHFR.

Why you’re not getting better.  Understanding MTHFR.

Throughout my years as a naturopathic doctor, natural medicine never worked that well for me personally.  Now, it worked a lot better than conventional drugs, so I was never disappointed by the approach.  And yet I never got the amazing resolution of symptoms that some of my clients did.  Eventually if this happens enough, you just start to wonder if there is something about yourself that makes you so difficult to cure.  At least it made me wonder what was wrong with me that I couldn’t get the same help that I was able to give my clients.

 

So of course I just eventually figured it was just me, probably something deep seated and emotional that would require years of therapy.  I tried all the various forms of therapy, some with positive effects and some not.  Tried all the various diets for my digestive disorder, again some nebulous improvements.  And of course I have don’t a ton of herbs, supplements and nutrients.  Most of these approaches did little for my digestion or even made me worse.

 

Now I have had quite a few clients like myself that just didn’t respond great to any approach, either natural or conventional.  They would also end up going through this self-questioning process eventually.  The question is usually some version of “What is the matter with me that I can’t get better”.  Even when I went to naturopathic school and went through all of the doctors there are the school I never had a great response to all of the natural medicine approaches that were supposed to work so well.

 

Recent improvements in genetic testing are starting to clarify what is the difference between someone that gets better right away, and a person that struggles to recover their health.  This testing shows us that we were right that it is something about us that is different that causes us to respond differently to the medicines that seem to work for everyone else.  It is not something in our personalty, past, emotional state, subconscious or karma.  It is something in our DNA, a variable in our genes.

 

The current genetic testing that we are recommending to help with these cases is a test called MTHFR mutation.  This test checks to see if you have two normal genes, one normal gene and one limited function genes, or two limited function genes.  MTHFR stands for Methyl-Tetra-Hydra-Folate-Reductase.  This is the enzyme in our body that converts the storage form of folate to the active form.  This step of converting from the active to the storage form of folate is required to activate the immune system and to create the signals in our brain that allow us to function properly.  Active folate is required to create the active serotonin for example.  Active folate is required to activate our defensive T cells.  This immune reaction is one of the first lines of defense against bugs (virus and bacterial) invading our system.

 

Even though the odds say that most people tested should come back normal, I have yet to see one of our clients come back normal.  This makes perfect sense and explains at some level why they are my clients.  Let me give you and idea of how much influence this one genetic mutation can have on the way your body is working.  MTHFR mutation can affect the way our cells produce energy, the production of brain chemicals that affect our motivation, our feelings of wellness and self esteem, and our metabolism.  MTHFR affects how many T cells we make and how well they function.  T cells main job is to serve as a scout for the immune system to look out for virus or bacteria or to look for abnormal cells like cancer cells.  Almost every part of your immune function that adapts to the environment is affected by T-cells.  Additionally MTHFR is required for the proper creating of the tissue that surrounds our nerves, called the myelin sheath.

 

The active form of folate that is required for all of these systems to work is not available in food, rather it is only created in our bodies.  If you have normal MTHFR genes you have a super highway for creating active folate.  If you have one abnormal gene the process for creating folate is more like crossing a rope bridge.  If you have two abnormal genes you are walking a tight rope in creating active folate.

 

I have seen this mutation in many of my clients with digestive problems (myself included), any type of chronic pain syndrome, headaches and brain-fog, anxiety and depression as well as chronic fatigue and fertility problems.  Also these seem to be the clients most susceptible to cancer.  This list will probably increase the more testing we are able to do to see what is really going on inside the body.

 

These are often the cases that have not felt well on other natural approaches.  Of course because the can’t utilize normal supplements.  Treating each individual as an individual is the key.

Health, sickness and freedom.

I think the best definition of health that I know of is freedom.  At least that is the way that I best understand it in term of my own health.  When I think about my own colitis in my past the experience was the opposite of freedom.  Every decision that I made from the time my symptoms started had to include that status of my digestion.

 

Very simply I needed to make sure that I would have the availability of a bathroom if I needed it.     Throughout the years I was more exhausted by my symptoms than by any of my studies or by any work that I did.

 

Very simply my condition was the opposite of freedom.  My symptoms were a prison that prevented me from doing what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it.  Of course I leafed lessons about myself and life, by I think the truth is that those lessons were lessons that are most helpful to a sick person.

 

I see that a lot of healthy people in my life have not needed to learn these lessons and have done just fine.  Lessons on the limits of what I can do and how I can do it, and when I can do it when I was sick, are only useful as a sick person, and as a sick person.

 

For myself I think that means admitting to myself that ideally the lessons that I have learned is the process of getting sick, being sick and getting better will be less and less useful.  Lessons learned being a sick person should not be useful to a well person.  This means that being sick is a waste of time in some sense, just like being in prison would be a waste of time.  You may want to take a philosophical approach to a situation like sickness just as one could take a philosophical approach to prison.

 

I think that people that talk about the lessons learned through sickness are those that place value of suffering.  Often it is those people, and even myself, when I felt that there would be no solution to my health problems.  Sure, in that case if there is nothing that can be done to get better then it makes sense to think of the best things that you can learn from being sick.

 

Even those that would argue that sickness or suffering is a benefit would quickly take a solution if they believed that it would solve there own health problem.  Whether the solution was a drug or a herb or a vitamin or a homeopathic.  If a person wants to suffer I am not someone that would get in their way.  Having been very sick in the past for years then I am going to say that being sick is a waste of time, effort and energy.

 

The only think you need to know about being sick is that you are sick.  Once you know that, then your job is to solve the problem that being sick presents.  Over the last 20 years I really feel that the chances of going from being sick to being well have increased greatly.

 

Remember the body is really designed to restore balance.  Not only that but it is really good at restoring balance if given a chance.  Any illness can be described as a state of imbalance.  If we think of the body trying to get back to balance, then the first goal is to try and figure out what is keeping the body out of balance.

 

I think the first thing to do to find out what is keeping the body off balance is to test for food allergens.  Remember if the body has an allergic reaction to a food then that is means the body is treating that food as if it is a bacteria or a virus.  As long as you keep eating a food allergen you will be keeping the body out of balance. 

 

There are three ways that the body can react to a food that it thinks of as a bacteria or virus.  The first way is the IgE allergic response.  This is the immediate reaction to foods, and usually occur within a few hours.  The next system that is activated when the body is trying to defend itself is the IgA.  The IgA may take up to a week to show signs.  The last system that is activated is the IgG.  The interesting thing about IgG is that a reaction in this part of the immune system may take up to a month to show up.

 

Because some of the take so long to show up, this is why I call them the hidden food allergens.  By hidden I mean that it is not likely that a person would be able to figure out that one particular food is causing a reaction that is keeping them sick by creating an inflammatory reaction.  I am so glad that we can finally test and find these hidden reasons for our sickness.

Why am I sick if I eat so well?

Why am I sick if I eat so well?

 

There is a reason that your new diet doesn’t work.  It’s not your diet.  If you are symptom free and in perfect health than you don’t need to read this article, it is not for you.  However if you are experiencing symptoms than you diet is creating all or some of the problem.

 

Keep in mind that the body is always trying to restore balance, that is what it does so well.  When we run and we get out of breath, that is the body trying to restore balance.  When we work hard and then feel tired then that is the both trying to restore balance.  It is like a ball at the top of a hill, it wants to roll down to a more balanced and stable position.

 

If you body is not doing this then something is working against your body.  A food that you are eating is the most likely culprit.  Please keep in mind that this is being said by a guy that did not do any testing for food allergies for his first 15 years of practice.  This is because the only testing available at that time was testing for immediate food allergens.  I found the testing for these foods pretty pointless since you would see the reaction right after the food and easily make the association.  Really, if shrimp gives you a rash you don’t eat shrimp.

 

So I continued to practice but there were cases that always seemed to loose ground and backslide even after we seemed to have things corrected.  This lead me to research other reactions that we can have to foods that are not immediate.  I first uncovered delayed food allergies.  It turns out that there is a part of our immune system that can react to foods up to 30 days after being exposed to the food.  So because of this time delay it is difficult if not impossible to associate the food with the symptom.  About a decade ago we began test and developing that process that would allow to test for these allergens.  When we finalized the process about five years ago and began to use the results it revolutionized the treatment of difficult cases.

 

These changes were not because I am particularly smart, in fact I always wish that I was able to figure out more of the difficult cases that come to me.  That changes in my practice were probably due more to my weakness of being easily frustrated and hating that feeling.  I have the mixed blessing of living in the town in which I was raised and the true blessing of treating most every neighbor.  I like the feeling of someone coming up to me and telling me how good they are doing and I dread anything short of that.

 

So all of this is a lead in to saying that I really feel that if practitioners are not testing for delayed food allergens they are practicing in the dark ages.  I don’t know how a doctor can change a person’s diet without first making sure the changes are not going to make them worse.  A simple example of this is a doctor recommending a blood type diet for a person with blood type A.  Eggs are usually a good source of protein for blood type A, however if a person with blood type A has a delayed allergy to eggs and then eats eggs they greatly increase their risk of cancer.

 

And yet how many times to I see that a person has been put on some diet or put themselves on some diet that increases or causes disease.  A good example of this is two sisters that came in.  The one sister did testing for delayed allergens for arthritis and came back very high in wheat.  Against my advice the other sister went on a wheat free diet also for her high blood pressure.  Well her blood pressure went way up, so then shedecided to get tested.  We found strong allergies to milk and eggs and none to wheat.  So be decreasing her wheat she had increased milk and eggs and increased her problems.  Luckily this was something that could be corrected.  Not every sister is so lucky.  I had to lovely sisters come in a few years ago, and the one we were working with tested positive to eggs.  Because I was still learning about the test and what to expect I told the sister to get tested but did not insist.  I let her get away with it because she had some excuse at the time.  Well they just came in and the one we should have tested years ago just got diagnosed with breast cancer, unfortunately a very aggressive form.  Her test showed two very strong allergens.  Could this have been prevented by eliminating her allergens a few years ago?  I am absolutely convinced that it could have been.

 

So powerful are the effects that the wrong foods and have on us.  And the food that is right for us may be complete poison for another person.  Let’s face it in the field of natural medicine there are some very esoteric (also known as stupid) diets.  I think that to every change a person’s diet without testing their delayed allergens is very irresponsible.

 

I think most people that provide a service probably feel the same way that I do.  You want people to be satisfied and pleased by their investment of time, effort and money.  If a Landscape artist plants a tree they want it to grow and bloom.  A person helping you invest your money wants to guide you to investments that grow.  If all works out well they feel happy and if not they may feel frustrated or embarrassed that their advice did not pan out.  And yet these are just things in the end.  If a tree dies you can plant a new one, if you loose some money one day you can make it back the next day.

 

When it comes to health it is not something you have, it is something that you are.  Without health you can not fully be yourself.  If you want to run and play with your kids but you can’t because your body is inflamed, or you are suffering with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, irritability these are not things you have, these are things you are.  So I spend my time with cases that may never get fixed if I don’t fix them.  This is what drives me.  What do I need to know to help the next kid that comes into my door.

 

So when you are sitting there next time and I tell you to get tested it is not for my amusement.  It is because after many years and many patients I know that this information can make the difference between health and disease, and literally between life and death.

Fat: The missing nutrient in acne.

Fat: The missing nutrient in acne.

Just when I think I am figuring out the human body it finds ways to surprise me.  A few of my most difficult patients have turned out to be my own kids.  They really are here to teach me.  Recently I had a 7 month long struggle with acne in my 13 year old.

He is the kind of kid that is very perfectionistic in his studies, his hobbies, his sports and yes his looks.  So it was quite a frustrating struggle for both of us to try and solve this.  What would happen is that when I went through the vitamins he would get a bit of improvement, we would be happy and then he would get a relapse and we would be sad.

His message to me was basically that as a naturopathic doctor with almost 20 years of experience I should be able to help him.  I must say that I thought the same thing, especially having worked with this so many times and been successful.

When I ran out of vitamins and minerals, and homeopathic medicines, and herbal medicines, and all the topical approaches, etc, etc, then we both gave up and made an appointment with the dermatologist.  We were prescribed and agreed to try a synthetic vitamin A that drys up the oil glands.  We were very knowledgable consumers and the doctor was absolutely great.  We knew there was a risk of side effects but that this was mainly at high doses three or four times what my son would take.

Well four days after starting the medicine he got the worst flu, and was as sick as he had ever been.  Not only that but the sickness looked like one of the rare side effects that you could get from the medicine that included swelling of the brain.  He was sick for a solid seven days.  As you can imagine not a fun week for either of us.  But even worse after being so sick and just starting to feel better his acne started coming back!

So we actually decided to start the medicine again even after all of this.  Well four days later he told me he was having muscle pains that did not feel normal.  So we got some laboratory testing done and he was having a condition where he was getting abnormal breakdown of his muscle tissue, also a rare side effect of the drug.  So obviously we were done with that drug in spite of the promise that it held to stop his acne.  I don’t thing at any point our decisions were not logical.  It made sense to try the vitamins and minerals first, and given that amount of stress his skin was creating for him it made sense to try the synthetic vitamin A.  But clearly the drug was not our answer.

So in a moment that I took to myself to think about the case, call it inspiration and desperation, I began to think about the problem.  The first question I asked my self it was is actually in the oil that is produced by the oil glands in the skin.  What I found out was the the oil is made up of a few different things.  Triglycerides and fatty acids, taken together, account for the predominant proportion of substance in to oils.

Wait…what is the about fatty acids making up a lot of the oils in the skin.  Aren’t there some things called essential fatty acids.  Honestly it has been a weak area for me in my knowledge.  I had never seen great responses to the various oils I had tried for myself, my kids, and my clients.  So after a few disappointing trials I figured it was just one of those natural medicine concepts that was over sold and under performed.  I have seen a few of those.

As I continued to read it turns out that as they studied the oils excreted by our skin, it turns out that there is one oil that is deficient in the skin of those kids that are more susceptible to acne.  The name of that oil is Linoleic acid. (Lin-o-lay-ic).  This oil is an essential fatty acid thatour body is not able to produce!  I guess that this would be the “essential” part of essential fatty acid.  This means that we are no more able to create this oil than we are to produce vitamin C.  I never put that concept together before, I have to admit.

I was not completely ignorant about oils even tough the paragraph above may indicate differently.  I gave my kids a spoonful of flax seed oil so I figured I was at least covering my bases with the oils.  It turns out that flax oil may induce a deficiency of linoleic acid.  This is because flax is very high in what are called omega 3 fatty acids and relatively low in omega 6 fatty acids, one of which is linoleic acid.  He has had great results with the new approach.

The Devastating Impact of Chronic Infections

The Devastating Impact of Chronic Infections

 

Our body stands at the crossroads between the micro-organisms our body needs to survive, and the tremendous impact these microbes and their associated byproducts can have on our health.  Some of the chemicals excreted or otherwise created by the breakdown of virus and bacteria can literally look like and take the place of the same chemicals our brain uses.

 

The conclusion that I have made over the years is that any case where treatments work and then stop working is often the result of an undiagnosed chronic infection.  The reason that cases with chronic infections get better and worse is that the microbes adapt to the new environmental stresses.

 

I believe that the more we learn about the human body and bacteria the more instances we will see that chronic infections, and our response to chronic infections, is creating many of the sickness we just don’t understand today.

 

One case that we do understand is the reaction in children that have had a throat infection with the strep bacteria.  Sometimes after a strep throat treated properly with antibiotics we will see children develop abnormal moods and behavior.  Often this means that not only moods will change but even more extreme personality changes.  The child may start to like doing things that they hadn't before.  Grades may decline, personal skills may become deficient.  For many of the cases (known as PANDAS) (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections) or PANS (.Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome).

 

The current understanding of the conditions acquired after strep infection guesses that the antibodies that were made to attack the strep bacteria also attack different parts of the brain.  It looks like the antibodies attack different parts of the brain in different cases.  From a common sense perspective it would probably be more accurate to say that every infection affects the brain in every case.  It will just be the degree of affect and how long the symptoms last that may differer between between the types of infections and the types of patients.

 

Really isn’t this are common experience with people in our lives?  Haven’t you said to your kids or mom or day that they don’t seem well?  That they seem like they are getting sick because they are moody or irritable or a bit down.  What you are observing in these cases is that affect of the infection on brain function.  In some cases the immune reaction that is triggering these changes doesn’t diminish as the infection clears.

 

In every case that we suspect chronic infections as an underlying cause of a clients symptoms there is some basic testing that must be done before any other time, effort, money or energy is wasted.  First and foremost testing for IgG and IgA food allergens must be done.  We call these the hidden food allergens because the reactions can take so long to show up.  If the person suffering with symptoms has one of these allergens then that will keep the immune system in a chronically activated and over activated state.  Additionally it will distract that body from trying to recover from whichever infection initiated the antibody production.

 

The next test that must be done is for brain chemistry balance.  This is because it is the brain chemistry that will determine how the immunes system is working.  We basically want to know if the immune system is all gas pedal, all brakes or neither.  Without this information it can be hard to correct the problem even in cases where we understand why the problem started.  The next test that must be done especially in chronic cases is testing for cytokine levels.  Don’t get thrown by the new word.  Cytokines are basically immune system messengers.  The tell the immunes system what to fight, and how to fight.  By studying the cytokines we can get a look at what the body is attacking as some cytokines will signal bacterial infection, others will signal parasitic infection, others will signal viral infection and still others will signal other exposures that looks like infections such as various molds and other allergens.

 

I have had parents come to me and actually say that they are considering that possibility that they actually just got a weird kid, or even worse a bad kid.  I know, yikes.  But you can’t blame people that may have gone through years of doctors telling them their kids was acting out, faking, manipulating them, etc.

 

Just because we can’t find a reason for a person’s symptoms does not mean that those symptoms do not exist or are being fabricated.  I can tell you this for sure because using the approach that I outlined above has turned many of these kids with behavior problems into little angels.  I am serious when I say that.  Kids that were uninvolved or apathetic in spite of constant cajoling from parents all the sudden are knocking out top grades in school, and enjoying it.  If there is one thing that a mom will never do is put herself first when her kids are not well.

The other lab testing - Functional lab testing

The other lab testing

 

Much of what we consider lab testing is dedicated to finding pathology in our body.  It is really focused on finding very big imbalances in our system that may indicate that we have one or another disease.  There is nothing wrong with having this kind of lab testing available, it is great to have this kind of testing available.

 

However most people don’t feel at their best and yet there is nothing to indicate the reason why in the lab testing they undergo.  Imbalances generally need to be pretty high to show up in lab work.  In other words there is usually an active disease process, the same process that may have been going on for years when the blood work was coming back normal.

 

Many companies have for years working hard on laboratory testing that we would refer to as functional lab testing.  This is testing that looks for imbalances that are not diseases yet but show that there are changes that could be made to prevent future disease.

 

Because the results that come back from this testing are less extreme than the testing that shows an actually disease, the results can be more vague and more open to interpretation or misinterpretation.  However on the positive side functional lab testing can also take us from a state of just surviving and getting through the day to a state of real wellbeing.

 

I know this because I have experience this myself.  Even though I was years into practice as a naturopathic doctor, I still did not feel really well.  Of course I didn’t really know this myself.  Because I was not as bad as I had been in the past with ulcerative colitis symptoms I thought I was ok.  I didn’t realize that I was just functional and not really at the optimal level of function.

 

There are a few tests that really helped me get to a state where I was not just making it through my days but actually feeling really well.  Now of course I had done all of the normal lab testing on myself and never found much very interesting, but I was not feeling well.  I wasn’t sleeping because I really couldn’t get to sleep until after midnight, if I was to try I would just lay in bed tossing and turning.  And then the mornings were just torture because even if I seemed to sleep enough time I never woke with the feeling of being really rested.  I had actually forgotten what that even felt like.

 

I can’t say that I ever felt really happy.  Even when things were pretty good with life I found things to worry about.  In fact feeling good never really even ended up feeling that good, because I knew it was just a brief break in not feeling well and a state of anxiety or fatigue or both would soon return.

 

For me this began to change when I started learning about the functional lab testing that could give me insights into what was out of balance in my system.  The first testing that I did for the testing for hidden food allergens.  That showed me that even though I was eating a diet that I thought was healthy it was not healthy for me.  I was having an allergic reaction to eggs that I didn’t even know about.  I thought that eggs were healthy, but my body was fighting them like they were a bacterial or a virus.  Every time I was eating that food my body was acting as if I had a flu or a cold.

 

You know how hard it is too sleep if you are not feeling well.  The flu would be a lot better if you could just sleep through it, but all of that inflammation keeps you system worked up and fighting against you.  The signals that the body uses to trigger all of this discomfort are called cytokines.  The signals that the body sends when you have a food allergen that you don’t know about are exactly the same ones that your body releases when you are sick.  We call these food allergens hidden food allergens because they can take up to a month to show up after you eat the food and by that point there is little connection or association to the food that caused it, making it very hard to figure out that a food was even starting the process in the first place.

 

The next big improvement came for me when I did brain chemistry testing.  This testing shows you have the gas pedals and brake pedals of your brain are working.  For me the testing showed that I was all gas pedal and no brake pedal.  So this showed up in chronic inflammation that never wanted to turn off and a brain that never wanted to turn off.  It may seem good to have an active brain, but a hyperactive brain does not think as well as a calm brain.  It thinks a lot but not as well.  Functional testing is amazing.

How do you know if you are sick?

How do you know if your sick?

Sometimes we are surprised when we hear of a person that was apparently who apparently had no health problems falls ill suddenly or unexpectedly.  Could this illness have been prevented?  How can we prevent illness in people that that have no symptoms.  How can friends, family, other loved ones or practitioners predict an illness that has no signs or symptoms?

One of my old patients tells me a story that helps me understand what is happening here.  As a young girl in central Europe, she would go out and search for a rare herbs cherished by her small village for their culinary and medicinary properties.  Year after year she would look with no success.  She knew that is was out there because occasionally an old-timer would come back with a hand full of these valuable herbs.  

One day she sat in a meadow after a long afternoon of fruitless searching, she took her shoes off and leaned back.   When she went to get up she felt a sensation on her toes and reached down.  She picked up a sprig of herbs in her hand, and when she looked up she saw this plant spreading out around her in every direction.  Spreading out like the ripples of water after a stone is thrown in a lake.  Once she knew what to look for she could find it easily.

There is truth to the statement that we only see what we know how to see.  It is impossible for you, or others to see imbalances in people that they do not know how to recognize them.  It is an unreasonable expectation of yourself as a person, parent or partner.  Because I have spent years being sick, and then healing and working with others to get better, now I can see things in people easily that were a mystery before.  

I see health imbalances in my clients long before something becomes an illness.  Not only do I have experience with the many clients that I have worked with, but everyone in my life is deeply connected to the medical field.  When we sit around and talk in my house what we talk about it both conventional and natural medicine.

Without a doubt I can tell you that the most sensitive diagnostic instrument that I have worked with is the human brain.  Thoughts, feelings and sensations can give you a clue to imbalances that will become disease long before any disease process starts or becomes obvious.

So the first thing you can do to diagnose your self is ask yourself how you feel.  It is best to ask yourself how you feel compared to a symptom free version of yourself.  If you are just slightly less or more miserable than yesterday that doesn’t mean much.  How are you feeling compared to how you would feel if you felt great.

If you are not feeling great you are sick, and that part that doesn’t feel great is the symptom.  Some people will find just a few subtle symptoms and others will find they are very far from where they want to be with their health.

Everything case starts out with slight symptoms.  Everyone with an illness was once experiencing a state of discomfort that they would never have described as a disease.  Remember these can be mental, emotional or physical symptoms.  Then what happens is you get used to this state of discomfort so that they next time symptoms get worse it doesn’t seem that bad compared to the day before.

That is why you have to use an ideal you as the standard.  What would you feel, what would you weight, how would your skin, eyes and hair look.  Really you have to ask yourself if you look and feel healthy.  If you don’t, then there is probably something that need to be treated.  Of course for some people it is so obvious that they have symptoms that they don’t need to check.  For other people they will need to think about how they feel and figure out if they are at their healthiest state.

If you try this yourself you will be surprised that you don’t automatically think of of being 18 years old.  When I check this for myself I notice symptoms that are getting in the way of what I want to do.  It may be a mental, emotional or physical symptom.  It is a difference that our body seems to adjust for us in a healthy way.  People don’t want to be young, they want wellness.

They say that that want to be able to have a good sleep and wake rested.  They say that that want to be able to go our and play catch with their kids.  They say that they want to be able to talk to their employees or their employer without anxiety.  They want to not slip into depression for every bump in the road.  If you look for and remove the underlying problems that are getting in the way of health, these goals are very possible.


The Devastating Effects of Hidden Anxiety

Hidden Anxiety

 

The single greatest block to getting the job you want, the education you want, the relationships with the people in your life that you want, or anything else that is important to you, is chronic low level anxiety.  And the worst part is you may not even know this is going on.  Chronic low level anxiety does not show symptoms that a person can recognize in all cases.

 

A level of anxiety creates a state in the body where our higher level thinking is cut off and the rest of our body and brain is getting the message to shut down.  Low level anxiety is a message to our system to freeze in place.  This system is also present in other mammals. 

 

The best option for an animal that is likely to be lunch for another animal is to avoid being seen in the first place.  There is some evidence that the earliest mammals faced the threat of being eaten by animals that were very good at seeing motion.  These animals developed a switch that is activated by fear that causes them to freeze in place and not be allowed to move no matter what the other parts of their brain were saying.

 

For animals the messages to change behavior come from instincts.  The animal does not go through a thought process when it see a predator.   When it saw a predator that wanted to eat it, the instincts are triggered.  At the base of this animals brain is a system called the amygdala.  It is at the base of the brain because this is where it can control all of the other areas of the brain.  One part of the brain that is disabled by activation of the anxiety center is the cortex, or the part of the brain where our higher level thinking is done.

 

So the effect of anxiety causes us to freeze where we are and to disable our higher level thinking.  The problem that this causes us human beings in modern society is that we tend to freeze in the same situation that is creating the anxiety.  And the exact part of the brain that could get us out of the problem is disabled.

 

The effects of anxiety will be seen every place in our life.  If it starts in childhood it will affect who we choose as friends and how we are see and are seen by our teachers and friends and yes even how we are seen by our family.  If you can’t use the higher part of your brain then you are not going to do very well with taking tests.

 

When we have a career it affects how well we do.  Even before that it effects what career you would even be willing to choose for yourself.  It will affect who you choose to spend time with, your choice of relationship and how you raise your children.  Anxiety patterns that you don’t address will by passed on to your children.

 

My experience with anxiety is that it is mostly a chemical process in the brain.  If we try and correct the thought patters without addressing the underlying chemistry then whichever therapy is being used will not work.  I believe therapy has value but only in combination with treating brain chemistry.  There is no point in pouring water in a bucket that is leaking.

 

All of this can occur without a person even knowing that they are experiencing anxiety.  The anxiety is a low level chemical state in the brain that is activating the danger response system that may not even be creating symptoms that are experienced as anxiety.  Any state of chronic inflammation can create this hidden anxiety also.  This means any kind of chronic pain syndrome can cause this whether it is back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain or any other pain experienced for more than a few days.

 

Anxiety is one of those issues that still has a lot of judgement surrounding it.  Our vision of the anxious person in one of a weak person that lacks internal fortitude.  Probably someone that basically just needs to suck it up at some level and get on with life.  In this  sense we haven’t changed much from the days when physical illness was blamed on some defect in character, person or spirit.

 

If you have places in your life where you are stuck, either in a relationship, or your career, or your education or any other area of growth, then you have to suspect hidden anxiety.  If you see in your children any anxiety you have to treat that the same way that you would if you saw swelling on their knees or they were complaining of a sore throat.  A “little bit of anxiety” is no more naturally or beneficial than a little bit of swelling in the knees of your son or daughter after sports.

 

Any anxiety that a child experience will decrease their success and affect the choices that they make and how they see themselves.  Opportunities evaporate when we are not present enough or confident enough to act on them.  They evaporate when our level of anxiety prevents us from making even very simple step toward our own progress.  It is easier to see in children where anxiety or lack of confidence is having an impact on their life choice but it is much more difficult to see that for ourselves.

 

Over the last 40 years there has been a lot of research in brain chemistry.  I have seen myself, in my own health, how that understanding can be applied to make us healthier without the potential side effects of conventional medications.  In my own health I had years of chronic inflammation that had a profound effect on my brain chemistry.  I remember at some point during naturopathic medical school telling the professor that I used to have a good memory.  And that was really the way I felt.  When I was sick I really felt that my brain was operating at ten percent of what it was capable of.

 

 Now I have no acceptance for anything other than feeling my best.  I wake up in the morning and immediately assess how my body and brain are feeling.  If anything is off then I fix it immediately.  To me this is no different than if I was sleeping in a boat overnight and woke up to find that the boat had taken on water.  Seeing this situation you would immediately take action, and I treat my brain the same way.  As I have continued to heal it becomes both easier to see the imbalances and easier to treat them.

 

My years of ulcerative colitis came with years of severe anxiety and depression.  Being able to cure the physical symptoms was wonderful, but what I didn’t realize until years later was that the mental changes had not been fixed.  If you have been through inflammatory brain syndrome then you know that I am not talking about life’s various ups and downs.  I am talking about a persistent state that in spite of common sense efforts to make changes persists, and persists.  It is an intolerable situation that leads many people to various forms of self destructive behaviors and beliefs.

 

Imagine now that you were in one of these states but that it was below the level of your conscious perception.  This is the state I call hidden anxiety or hidden depression.  We now have access to testing that lets us see our own brain chemistry.  The levels of various signaling chemicals in our brain is the number one cause of how we feel.

 

More important than anything may be going on in your life outside, it is the chemistry inside your brain that will determine how you feel about the world, and in a way how the world feels about you.  There is very little in life that you have more direct control over that can affect your success on every level than your brain chemistry.  Testing allows us to figure out your brain chemistry by using saliva and urine to test for the concentration of brain chemicals, or neurotransmitters in your brain.  Neurotransmitter literally means the chemical that transmits the signals from one part of your brain to the other.

 

To figure out exactly what is out of balance and how to fix it we measure a few different things.  We measure the cortisol at four times during the day so that we get a graph of how hight the cortisol is.  Knowing the level of cortisol is very important because if the cortisol is too high or too low at different times of the day it can block that action of any of the other neurotransmitter brain chemicals.  The we measure twelve different brain chemicals to see what the balance or imbalance is.  

 

The way I think about it when we are measuring the brain chemistry by measuring neurotransmitters is that we are basically looking at the gas pedals and the brakes of the brain.  We want to see if you are all gas pedal and racing out of control.  An example of this is a person with out of control inflammation like arthritis, or very high anxiety.

 

Another situation we could see is when a person is all brake pedal and no gas pedal.  This person is fatigued, unmotivated or depressed.  This is usually the end stage of a chronic inflammatory process that has drained the system of energy.

 

Of course there are two other states that can show when we test our brain chemistry and neurotransmitter.  We can see a person that is all gas pedal and all brake pedal in the brain.  We can also see a state where the person has no brake and no gas pedal.

The first state is usually present at the beginning of chronic illness when a person has not identified what is causing inflammation in their body.  The constant stress between the inflammatory stimulation and the body drying to stop it create the last state.

 

In this last state a person has no gas pedal and no brakes.  They are coasting like a ship lost at sea.  They have no control over acute inflammation attacks on one hand or depressive attacks on the other hand.  They may battle fatigue or anxiety or both.  It is remarkable to see these people present with both anxiety and depression.

 

All of this is the end state of a chronic process that began years before.  Now we can address these situations before they become this bad through testing.  If they are already severely out of balance the testing tells us not only what is out of balance but how to fix the problem most effectively.  This is true healing.

Healing Acne

I have noticed in practice that there is still a resistance to properly treating acne.  If it is a young person’s acne then I have often found that usually one of the parents look at this process as a normal part of childhood that will in some way build character.

 

So lets have a look at acne and see if this attitude about acne makes sense.  At different ages our hormones change.  This happens throughout life.  One key difference in teenage acne is that the level of testosterone increase in boys and girls.  This leads to a slight change in the oils released by the skin.  This slight change in skin oils make it much easier for bacteria to grow.  Acne is created when bacteria grows in these oil glands which then become inflamed, infected and require that the body recruit more white blood cells.  This infected oil gland with bacteria and white blood cells the the typical pimple that creates acne.

 

The deeper in the skin this processes happens the more likely that the underling support system of the skin will be damaged and create an uneven surface that leads to acne scarring.  Even if the surface is physically smooth, there can be temporary, long term, or permanent discoloration.

 

At its core, acne represents a failed immune response.  Bacteria should never be able to grow on the skin to such an extent that it invades oil glands.  Additionally the most destructive parts of the immune response should not be required to heal a superficial infection taking place on the skin.  This is key to remember, acne shows you that the immune system is not working properly.

 

Acne should no more be considered a normal part of childhood then chronic diarrhea.  I would no more leave acne untreated than I would recommend leaving a child with pneumonia untreated.  The presence of a weak immune system has never been shown to my knowledge to build character.  I would be more likely to make the alternate argument.  What I have seen in my practice is that healthy people are just as likely to be kind, considerate and a pleasure to be around.  The reports that I get consistently is that when people go from feeling sick to feeling healthy that they enjoy their life more and that others enjoy them more.

 

Healthy people are more likely to enjoy what they are doing, and to enjoy the people that they are with more.  I have never met anyone that asked me to make them sick again because they were more insightful or appreciative when they were sick.  The people around the sick people that I work with have also never asked for their loved one to be made sick aging for the isights to be gained from the state of sickness.  Because I spent a lot of my life sick, I don’t have much patience for these vague arguments.

 

In my opinion the only acceptable level of acne at any age is none.  In the same way that the only acceptable level of lung or digestive infection is none.  The first outbreak in a child or adult should be a sign that something is out of balance in the immune system.  Luckily this condition is very motivating to people that have an aesthetic consciousness and want to have beautiful skin.  In case you are struggling with this, let me tell you the pieces that have to be in place to have beautiful skin.

 

Most importantly you must find out which foods you have allergies to.  There are three food allergy systems that the body has.  There is the short term allergy, this is also called an IgE allergy and is tested for by your medical doctor with a blood draw.  Then there is the medium food allergy which takes place over a week, this is also known as an IgA allergy.  Then there is the allergy that takes place over a month, this is also know as the IgG allergy.  To my knowledge the medium and long term allergies are best tested through a finger stick and lab analysis.  We have done many of these tests.

 

These allergens are important because when you eat your food allergens then two things happen.  You will get immune system suppression as the immunes system goes off in the wrong direction to fight the allergen.  Remember an allergy is when your body treats a harmless protein as if it were a bacteria.  The other thing that happens when you eat your allergens is that the body becomes inflammatory.  Remember that acne created by both inflammation and immune system suppression.  Inflammation open the tight shield that protects our skin from bacteria.

 

The next thing to do to have beautiful skin is to eat according to your blood type.  Each blood type has a different reason for acne.  Blood type O is most likely to have an allergic acne, blood type B is most likely to have hormonal acne, blood type A is likely to have stress induced acne and blood type AB is most likely to have acne due to bacteria.    Bacteria likes to try and hide from our system by looking like us.  Blood type AB gives the body a couple of different disguises that is can use to sneak by the immune system.

 

The most important food that blood type O can avoid is wheat, for blood type B the worst food is chicken, for blood type A the worst foods are tomatoes and beef, and for blood type AB the worst food to eat is corn.  There are a few more foods that are foods to avoid and some other foods that are very beneficial for each group.  I will close the food group discussion by making it very clear that unless the person with acne eliminates their food allergens and decreases the foods that are not good for their blood type then no other approach will be successful.

 

One piece of additional information you should have is if you or the person with acne is what we call immune minus or immune plus.  Fifteen percent of people are immune minus and this is a very important piece of information to have about a person.  If they are immune minus this means that they do not have a screen in their sweat to filter bacteria.  These patients can get a very severe form of bacterial infection acne, this is something that should be known about your child in advance.  Secretor status is tested through a saliva sample.

 

Keep in mind at this point that in working with a case in the office we would have four different approaches depending on the blood type.  There are a few things we can count on to improve a case.  Homeopathic Cell Salts, specifically the cell salt called calcium phosphate.  The use of this salt is based on the theory that the body is composed of 12 basic salts and that balancing these levels enhances immune function.  We know that this approach is at minimum free from side effects.

 

The next step is to try and get the body to pay better attention to the bacteria that is creating the problem.  This is done in natural medicine by giving the body a very, very small part of the bacterial to wake up the immune system.  This is another approach that is so gentle that it is free from side effects.

 

The next step is to use herbs that have an antibacterial effect.  We always want to use herbs first because the ingredients in herbs are recognized by the body.  Within reason the worst experience of taking to much of an herb or the wrong herb for the condition are not feeling well.  This is different then pharmaceutical drugs, which can build up to toxic levels without the patient feeling worse.  I always like to have the body in a state where it can tell me if something is out of balance.

 

The main thing to remember about skin is there there are basically three things that can go wrong.  There can be a bacterial issue (impetigo is an example), and problem with a fungus (athletes foot is an example) or the problem can be inflammatory (eczema is an example).  It is the heightened inflammatory state that is most of the problem in acne.  Skin that is hyper inflammatory and hyper reactive will be most likely to develop acne.  Inflammation makes the skin more open and vulnerable to the bacteria that create acne.  Not only that but hyper inflammatory skin looks less healthy in general.

 

Looking at the whole person in general helps you understand how to help with acne.  Some other forms of traditional medicines from cultures like China and India look at person in term of hot and cold.  A hot person will obviously be sensitive to the heat, worse in summer, and more prone to inflammatory acne.  Their acne may be more superficial, and noticeable.  Obviously a person suffering from a cold condition would be the opposite, worse in the cold months.  Their acne may be deeper.  It would make sense that people with undiagnosed thyroid problems often have this kind of acne, since the thyroid is our thermostat and responsible for our core body temperature.  Herbs can also help body heating or cooling using traditional medicines.

 

If up to this point you have not seen a noticeable improvement in the acne it is time for stronger medicines.  The first step is antibiotics both topical and oral forms.  A common antibiotic prescribed for acne is minocycline.  The problem with any of the antibiotic approaches is that antibiotics have a lot of side effects.  Antibiotics work by interfering with the ways that bacteria reproduce.  The problem is that our own cells reproduce in many of the same ways that bacteria do.  So any drug that interferes with bacteria can cause problems with your own cells.  This is why antibiotics must be used after other options have been explored.  

 

Antibiotics should be the last line of defense, not because modern medicine is bad but because the chances of side effects are so high.  The main side effects with the antibiotics like minocycline that are in tetracycline family are digestive effects that are common with all antibiotics and tooth staining which is most common in childhood but can occur in adults.  If the natural steps above do not solve the acne problem your medical doctor can decide with you the best course of oral and topical antibiotics.  The ultimate last steps should be the retinol medicines, these were recently shown to have a high incidence of side effect like colitis and Crohn’s disease.

 

The important thing to know is the the antibiotics will work much better at a much lower dose if you are following the first steps I listed.  The great thing about eliminating allergens, and then eating foods most compatible with your blood type, or making any of the other changes that will help, is that it makes you healthier overall.  Mentally, emotionally and physically these changes will make sure that you are not getting in your own way by eating something that is toxic for you.  Ideally at one of these simpler steps along the way you will see dramatic results.  

 

How I Make Giant Kids

How I Make Giant Kids

 

Through the years I have given talks where one or both of my kids have come with me.  Without fail parents come up to me and ask me about my kids.  The most frequent question is “how did your kids get so big”.  This is especially true of those people that know my boy’s mom.  She is not much more than five feet tall.  Neither of us have much height in our immediate family.

 

I am writing this will the full awareness that people are just nice in general and tend to say nice things about people’s kids.  But having seen many kids throughout the years I am seeing trends in my practice that I believe are showing up in my own kids.  Rather than keep this a secret, I want to share with you what I think it making a difference for them.

 

First let me tell you my giant 12 year old is 5’9” and 130 pounds.  My giant 14 year old is 5’10” and 132 pounds.  Not only this but I am so happy with the outstanding reports that I constantly hear from their teachers regarding what a pleasure they are in class.  At least as import, their reports match my own experience.  They both excel at school and sports.  There is nothing to brag about here as I think this has far more to do with their inner nature than with anything involved with parenting.  Of course they are far from perfect and this article is not about perfection.  The best word for what I am trying to talk about is optimization.  Optimal not just in height but in health.  Mental, emotional and physical health.

 

So this article will mostly be about how I learned to avoid the big pitfalls that can affect children’s health.  By saying “giant kids” I will trust that you know I am really talking about what can make your child as healthy as possible.  Another word that you may hear thrown around for this is epigenetics.  This simple means that after nature has determined which genes your child will have through conception, how do these genes get expressed as the child grows.

 

The first step begins in pregnancy, of course.  One thing that a mother can do is test herself for hidden food allergens.  Food allergens can be a problem because anything that will stress the mom can affect how the baby will begin preparing itself for the world.  Remember when the sperm and egg come together the baby is made we have the canvas and the paints that we will have for life.  From that point on we are working on the picture that we are going to paint with the tools that we have.

 

So if a food allergen is eaten then it will create a reaction in the body.  The reaction is balanced by the release of a hormone called cortisol.  If the baby sees high cortisol level than the picture that will be painted in the womb is a response to this high cortisol stress.  One of the biggest stresses that human beings have faced is lack of food.  So when the baby sees high cortisol in the womb it will paint a picture of a smaller or shorter and rounder baby.  It does this to minimize surface area.  That is a fancy way of saying it make it easier for the baby to stay warm when it is born.

 

The most effective shape to save calories is the shape of a ball.  The least effective way to save calories is the shape of a stick.  Another way to say this is that a ball has the least surface area to volume and a stick has the most surface area toward volume.  This is more than just a superficial cultural preference for one body type or another.  We know that rounder bodies have a higher risk of illness like diabetes.

 

After food allergies the next step in eating is to decrease the foods that are not good for your blood type.  There are about three foods for each blood type that are not very well digested.  These are in my free booklet that is usually available for download on my website.  By taking these two diet steps the baby is being exposed to less stress hormones and will create a taller and more slender picture in the pregnancy.

 

It also makes sense that during pregnancy the mom should eat foods that are organic and GMO free.  Eliminate any food that are artificial such as artificial sweeteners and food clolors.  I think did not think that eating foods free of genetically modified ingredients was a big factor in the past.  Recently I have seen studies that show that that the insecticide proteins that are part of GMO foods are showing up in the blood of newborn babies.  So this is a stress that can be eliminated and thereby decreasing cortisol.  Anytime you see high cortisol I want you think think low growth hormone.  Low cortisol will equal high growth hormone.  One more time, cortisol blocks growth hormone.

 

Clearly after the baby is born both the mom and child should continue with these diets.  Breast milk is the best food for babies, and will do the best job of continuing to create the best picture with the paints and canvas given by the dna the baby was born with.  When foods are introduced they should also be foods that are compatible with the baby’s blood type.  Remember the baby’s blood type may be different than either the mother or the father’s blood type.

 

Also shortly after the baby starts foods they should be tested for hidden food allergens.  By eliminating these food allergens early you will greatly decrease the amount of cortisol in the baby’s system and that will mean an increased amount of growth hormone.  Sometimes we see patterns of allergies in the mom, dad siblings and the baby.

 

There are a few other additional factors to consider in childhood.  One concern I often hear from parents is about vaccination.  This can be a very controversial topic for some people.  I recently heard a lecture that seemed well documented where a doctor was discussing how diseases that we vaccinate for decreased in countries without vaccination at the same time.  Of course a good conventional medical pediatrician will recommend vaccination.  In fact many parents come in and tell me that their conventional medical pediatrician won’t treat their kids unless they vaccinate.  It seems best that parents educate themselves on both sides of the question so they can defend themselves.

 

Some parents simply choose to delay vaccination while the child is going through such rapid growth and does not seem to be exposed to some disease we vaccinate for.  In any case we do know that vaccines do contain ingredients that are designed to create inflammation.  These are called adjuvants.  They are in vaccines to create inflammation after the vaccine injection so that the immune system reacts to the proteins in the vaccinations.  An internet search for vaccine ingredients should bring up a list.  As with any medical procedure it is good to know exactly what is being done before giving your consent.  Fully understanding all of the ingredients in a vaccination sometimes helps parents make a more informed choice.  The inflammation caused by a vaccine will increase cortisol and block growth hormone in the same way as any other inflammation.   Then again, childhood illness can temporarily cause the same problem also, so we don’t know how much of factor that is.

 

Throughout childhood the goal is the same for giant kids.  Keep the cortisol low and the growth hormone high.  One way to know if this is a problem is to see if the child has a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep.  Often sleep disturbances are caused by high cortisol.  If I see this pattern we can do a saliva test for cortisol to see if that is the problem.  Then it is a simple matter to give something to restore balance.  During sleep is the time of the highest release of growth hormone, but to get the most effect the child must be asleep and have low cortisol level.

 

Another way to look for high cortisol in children is to look for anxiety.  Anxiety in children usually means that there is a high cortisol level.  Again it is not a big problem to test this and correct the problem if it exists.  Other emotional imbalances can also be signs of hormone disturbances that can be balanced naturally in a way that helps to enhance growth hormone release.

 

Of course if a child seems to be abnormally short they should be evaluated by an endocrinologist that can measure their hormones.  A problem may be so bad as to need growth hormone injections from the doctor.  Even in cases that need growth hormone injection to get normal height, they will be most effective when cortisol is kept low by making the changes above.

 

If a child’s height problem is not bad enough to require growth hormone injections, there are some natural substances that we have seen to increase height.  These probably work by increasing the amount of natural growth hormone in the body, but we don’t know for sure.  The nice thing about working with the body itself is that we don’t have to worry about side effects.  What we do may not be working on the hormones at all and may instead by working on the cells and how responsive they are to the hormones that are already in the body.  There are no studies on these questions and we don’t know for sure.

 

One last thing we can do as parents, and one that I work on myself, is accepting our kids for who they are.  So often we want to take the credit and blame for who are kids are as people.  More and more it seems to me that kids come into the world as who they are waiting to be revealed.  This makes us less responsible for their successes and failures and more responsible for finding ways to nurture who they actually are.  Being accepted for who you are can have a profound affect on your stress and cortisol level.

 

Growing giant kids turns out to be more about finding the best mental, emotional and physical environment and providing that for your child.  I agree it is a lot of work, but it can also make parenting more fun and interesting.  Healthy kids that are balanced have a better chance of growing into healthy adults and even of having healthy kids themselves, time will tell.


Are You a Highly Allergic Family?

Are You a Highly Allergic Family

Highly allergic family is the term that I use when we see multiple health problems in siblings.  When these siblings are tested for food allergens we often see a pattern of allergens that is creating the symptoms for the family.

One common sign is families with multiple is rashes or eczema.  Along with this will also be a pattern of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and insomnia.  Basically what you are seeing when you look at a family with these symptoms is just a pattern of inflammation.

 

I know these patterns well because I come from a highly allergic family.  My older brother had Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune thyroid disease.  I am the next child in the family and I had severe ulcerative colitis.  My other brother is next with diabetes, and the last boy in the family had Crohn’s disease.  My sister is the youngest and she had multiple sclerosis (MS).

 

I know if you come from a non-allergic family and are reading this you may be amazed that this pattern of family illness can exist.  However if you come from a family with a variety of health problems you can see yourself in these patterns.  If your family is anything like mine was, you may be asking yourself “why us”.  I know that my family would have those kind of talks.  More damaging than even the physical symptoms is the emotional and physical stress that these symptom patterns place on the family.  And we thought it was just us that had these problems!

 

Now that I have worked with many families with these patterns it is becoming clear that part of what we are seeing is allergy patterns in these families.  Allergies run in families, and when a family is allergic to a food that we commonly eat in our culture then there will be a health problems in the family.  There is no difference between frequently eating an allergen and frequently being ill.

 

Remember what is happening when the body has an allergic reaction to a food is that the body is treating a food like a bacteria or a virus.  Through some confusion in the body’s programing the immune system is tricked into believing that a harmless protein is actually a danger.  If the allergen happens to be to one of the foods that we eat a lot then the reaction will continue for a long time.

 

The reaction to the allergen can be very harmful to the body for a long time.  The first thing that happens is that the bodies cortisol levels increase.  Cortisol is the bodies anti-inflammatory hormone.  While this is elevated we will see weight can or inability to loose weight.  One of the reasons for this is that the high cortisol levels block growth hormone.  Growth hormone is one of the reasons younger people are more lean.  Lack of growth hormone is one of the reasons that older people gain weight.  So having a high cortisol level blocking growth hormone make it almost impossible to loose weight.

 

Like a truck racing downhill, every time you eat a food that you are allergic to the inflammatory reaction in the body continues.  The body will try and decrease this reaction by releasing other chemicals in the brain.  These are the brain hormones that we call the “brakes”.  But again like that truck racking downhill the brakes will eventually wear out.  The is especially true if we keep pushing the truck.  When the brakes wear out you will start to see symptoms like anxiety and insomnia.  From this point on we start to see depression and either a lack of motivation or obsessive symptoms.

 

Very often these families are diagnosed with auto-immune disease as mine was.  If you ask about the health of grandparents you will often see clues there also.  Sometimes though only the siblings are affected.  I see in some cases where the mom may be allergic to wheat, and the dad allergic to eggs but neither parent has big health problems.  However one or more of the kids may be allergic to both wheat and eggs, and this turns out to be too much stress for the body.

 

In cases like these we start to see multiple health problems among the siblings.  These health problems could probably be fixed if we were to test for hidden food allergens.  My siblings are doing very well, as am I, from this allergy testing.

Childhood Colitis Letter 4 29 2013

Having been raised with conventional medicine myself, I know that it is not always the most comfortable choice to look for alternative answers for our own health problems or those of our loved ones.

Any yet comfortable or not, sometimes we are forced to see when one approach is not working, and to look for answers outside of the familiar. This is especially hard and courageous when it is for a child. I recognize that, and appreciate any parent that is willing to do what is best for their child.

So, of the many letters I am lucky enough to get, I wanted to share this one from a very brave mom who has created a different future for her daughter.

Testing for hidden food allergens in one of the choices that this mom made for her adorable daughter.

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Dear Dr. Steve,

This is a letter to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for my daughter Taylor.  With your help I have been giving my little girl back!  

I am so grateful that you were highly recommended to us and came into our lives.  To be completely honest before coming to you I never once turned to Homeopathic Medicine, it was always Conventional Medicine because that’s what I grew up knowing.

  When I was told about you and your practice I was told to trust you and be patient, and that’s what I did and I am so happy for that.   

When Taylor was sick I would start to get anxiety/panic attacks from all the doctors and what they were telling me was going to happen to my daughter and from everything they were doing to her.  

Then I came to see you and all that anxiety just went away, you have this calming and reassuring persona that I knew everything would be ok and you would help heal my daughter.   

I am happy to report that Taylor has been off of Prednisone 100% for 3 months now, (January 15th was her last dose).  By keeping her Dairy Free her Ulcerative Colitis is under control thanks to you.  

It was an adjustment at first for all of us, but we have adapted very well.  At the age of 4, every time she is given something to eat by someone she knows to ask does that have milk, because if it does I can’t have it!  

The picture that I have attached is a side by side of Taylor from Christmas time and from Easter.  So once again thank you, thank you, thank you!  You truly are an amazing doctor and person!

Sincerely,

TG

Updated Patient Letters 2013

FYI...our son is doing great......fistula still closing....75% filled in. He has tons of energy, very focused and happy.  The LIJ and Winthrop Dr. told us last year this couldn't be done on food and diet alone. Remicade only. I knew then they were wrong.   Thank you Dr. Nenninger for saving our sons future! 

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Dr. Nenninger,

 

This is verbatim from my son’s teacher in 1st grade, who a few months ago was considering having him evaluated for some sort of learning disability: 

 

"He is making wonderful progress and completing his work.  His diet made a HUGE difference:) "  

 

Its the same feedback from his reading teacher, where in a few months not only did he improve in reading but he jumped ahead a whole reading grade level or he zoomed through in a few months what was supposed to take a whole year to accomplish! Great improvements in math also.

 

My other son continues to aggressively improve across all levels and disciplines (reading, science, math, writing, social studies,music gym etc.) despite being off of Ritalin for months now.  He once forgot his study guide (he used to forget things all the time!) and still got 100% on the test.  

 

Both of their teachers are SHOCKED that these are the same children and that just a dietary change can produce these results.

 

I would have never expected these results even with intense tutoring, when in fact they didn't have any tutoring and he is now doing his homework completely on his own freeing up many hours of my time which used to be used helping him.  

 

I can't thank you enough and promise to stop asking if we can "cheat" occasionally on the diet.

 

Best Regards,

MR

 

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A big thank you to Dr. Steve Nenninger.  I had headaches for three months, bordering on migraines.  Conventional treatment was not working.  An MRI did not find anything abnormal.  A friend suggested Dr. Steve, and with his prescribed treatments the headaches in time stopped.

PA

 

Hello Dr. Nenninger,

Firstly I wanted to thank you for giving me back MY SON.  I AM TRULY GRATEFUL!!!  He has come a long way ever since we first met you.  You will always be in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.

VG

 

I just wanted to thank you for suggesting that I get this test done. Since I cut out all dairy and a couple other items listed as high, I feel sooo much better and I have more energy.  There are a lot of people telling me I look really good like I lost weight - and I did.  I now fit into a size smaller -wait till I really pour on the exercise!

JM

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An Open Letter to Dr. Steve Nenninger’s Patients -  Taking the Guess-Work out of Natural Medicine

 

One and a half years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic case of oral thrush.  The pharmaceutical medications I was prescribed to treat the condition were highly toxic, requiring bi-weekly monitoring of my liver function.  Unwilling to remain on the prescription indefinitely, I scoured Internet and the library for every natural remedy out there.  The “cures” I found varied from dietary restrictions to yogurt smears to costly “do-it-yourself” supplements and detoxification regimens.  Of the cures I was willing to risk, I gained small relief. However, none of them got to the bottom of my health problem.  Apparently, my situation was more complicated than I realized.

 

I brought my case history to Dr. Steve and he assured me that not only could we take care of the thrush, but that the fatigue, anxiety and digestive problems I had been struggling with were also symptoms of the same underlying problem and could be lifted.  We started treatment with vitamin supplements and homeopathy, built on those results with food allergy and neuroscience testing. Then, tweaked those results with new supplements, new homeopathy, test specific dietary restrictions and more regular exercise than I ever did in my life!

 

I am grateful to say that steady improvement of my health – both mentally and physically, has been the result of these carefully orchestrated efforts.  I know I am one of the many people Dr. Steve has helped, so in a way, this success story is not news.  The purpose of this letter is not only to celebrate a great health practitioner and share the excitement of my improved health, but also to share with you the story of my setback and how it was all my fault.

 

You see, everything was going fantastic.  After a year of working very hard being disciplined with my food, exercise, supplements and sleep, I slowly had regained an enjoyable level of health and balance. I could really almost touch a state of stellar health I had never known!  I grew impatient.  I wanted to “catapult” myself and my recovery into the vista of boundless energy and vibrant health before me and so went online to a very respectable vitamin and supplement website deciding to add a green powder supplement to my diet.  I did not consult Dr. Steve about this decision – after all it was “just” greens. 

 

Well, it didn’t take very long after ingesting this product that my recovery was set back months.  The balance that Dr. Steve and I had worked so hard to achieve was toppled.  My sleeping patterns and digestion were disrupted, my fatigue and anxiety levels rose and the thrush, though not full blown, did return to a small degree.

 

Had I contacted Dr. Steve before making this purchase and decision, he would have warned me against it.  I had no idea that in my case taking a green supplement would be detrimental.  As the green supplement is working its way out of my system, I am recovering once more.   I am sleeping better, my digestion is regular, I am less anxious, more energetic and the thrush is almost gone.

 

I am so grateful to be under the care of one of the top N.D.’s in the country.  Dr. Steve is a highly educated and effective doctor.  More than this, I am deeply appreciative of having an intelligent, compassionate, healing partner by my side practicing not only the science but the art of natural medicine.  Before I make any decisions in selecting my own “natural cure” gain, I will be sure to run it by my healing partner.  Most likely, he has a better remedy for me already waiting for me, better than anything I could have guessed.

 

Andrea R.  

Northport

 

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I just tucked my son in for the night and I just wanted to say thank you for giving me him back... he is so very different(for the better) since we started seeing you... I will be forever grateful!
SL
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On a personal note, I just wanted to thank you for your concern and sincerity in treating my wife and I.  The last year and half have been very trying on me personally, but in the short time I've been seeing you it is apparent I've found someone who actually cares and has a passion for his work and people.  I certainly don't have to tell you, but going to doctor after doctor (test after test) without any relief or ANSWERS and being treated no more than just a body (not a person) is very frustrating.  EL

 

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Dear Dr. Nenninger,

 

It will be a year ago in May of 2012, that we came to see you about our then almost 9 year daughter.  She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 8 years old and her health continued to get worse, even though her Gasto had her on MANY different meds.  

 

She continued to lose weight and became so sick that they wanted to start her on the  IV drug Remicade.  I had read about that drug...and the terrible problems that could arise and also they don’t have any documentation of children being on this drug....they wanted our daughter to be their guinea pig.  I sent you a text about my daughters condition and you squeezed me in 2 days later.  

 

After getting the test results back....we found out she has allergies to milk, eggs and gluten.  We took her off these allergens and within about 3 months....her blood levels became better....and she gained 4 pounds!!!!!  Now, it’s been about 8 months....and her blood levels are NORMAL!!!!!  We have started to lower the meds from the Gasto....and our hope is to eventually get her off the meds completely.  

 

We are so grateful for your help and feel if it wasn’t for you.....our daughter wouldn’t have had a future.  We are now ordering the test for our 5 year old daughter who has sinus problems and might also ADHD....we are hopeful that this testing can help her too.

 

Thank you for all you have done for our family....we will be forever grateful for  you.... God bless you! 

 

Sincerely,

Faith Reyes

 

Dr. Steve how are you? I just wanna let you know that I'm in Brazil and last week I won my first professional tournament in doubles!!! So of course I have to thank you for that as well.

 

Dear Dr. Steve –

It was wonderful to meet with you this past Saturday and I feel the need to take a moment to thank you.

Thank you for your time - thank you for squeezing me into your very busy practice - thank you for listening to my words and actually hearing them – thank you for not judging me.  I have been judged my entire life when it comes to my weight…. and truth be told …I’m exhausted by it.

Lastly and most importantly, thank you for your warmth and for the hope that you have instilled in me – to not give up and to continue to strive to live a healthier life.

Looking forward to our next appointment!


 

Dr. Steve,

 

I am very grateful that we found you. You are the best doctor we ever met, and a beautiful person. If this world had a little more people like you, it will be a lot different. 

 

Thank you,

 

The Rodriguez family.

 

I am glad you still finding out many new cures, you are the best and most compassionate doctor I know. Thank you for being there for all of the

human race as you will have a profound impact on earth. Please put your information out in the world to help everyone.

 

Best Wishes

 

To prepare you for our Tues follow-up.. you are really that good with helping your patients get pregnant, because I am about 7 weeks pregnant and just found out this week!!  

So want to let you know I am limited with any herbs and meds you may recommend/

 

Talk to you Tues. have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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A PARENTS NIGHTMARE

Six months ago, my three year old son was diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum a viral skin infection that causes wart like lesions on the skin.  The firm bumps (papules) are painless, but if scratched, the infection can spread to the surrounding skin and other people.  I am writing this in hopes that the research, mistakes and lessons I learned over the past six months could possibly help to prevent a child from going though the pain and suffering that my son and family has recently gone though.  And so I will start at the very beginning…

 In September of 2011, I noticed after giving my son a bath that there were approximately 4 little bumps on his chest.  The bumps were small, clear, and hardly noticeable, and because he has always had eczema (rough dry patches and little red bumps on his skin) I didn’t think much of it.  I decided to put some of the steroid cream that the pediatrician had prescribed him since the day he was born on the bumps.  I had used it religiously to keep his eczema under control.  A few weeks went by and I noticed that the bumps remained on his chest, so I casually mentioned it to the pediatrician.  I was asked to bring him in, and once examined, it was confirmed that although he did still have eczema, the bumps were Molluscum Contagiosum.  The pediatrician then proceeded to inform me that “it is not a serious skin disease, but it is highly contagious and since it is viral, there is no cure and it will eventually go away on its own within 1-3 years.” That just didn’t sit right with me, how could it take 3 years for these little bumps to go away?   So I decided to take my son to a pediatric dermatologist.  By the time I was able to get an appointment with the dermatologist (one month later), my son had 15 bumps on his chest.  The dermatologist confirmed that it was Molluscum Contagiosum and told me that there were several treatments for the skin disease.  Treatments included either freezing the lesions off, removing them with a curette, removal by laser, or the use of certain chemicals to burn them off.  And since all of these options leave the possibility of scarring, and none kill the virus, his advice was to ignore it and let it go away on its own.  Again he reiterated that it could take a year or it could take three years depending on when my son’s body decided to recognize and fight the virus.  He also prescribed a stronger steroid cream for my son since eczema aggravates the condition.  

Two months later I noticed the bumps spreading on to my son’s genitals.  I immediately and frantically called the dermatologist and was told to “just leave them alone and they will go away…eventually.”  So I did what I was told to do since the doctors are the experts… right?  

Three months later my son had approximately 50 warts all over his body.  They were on his chest, arms, legs, and genitals.  The day I saw one come out on his forehead I immediately made an appointment with another dermatologist for a second opinion.  Something had to be done, what will he look like a year from now, or worse three years from now?  Plus, for fear of passing it on to another child I keep him out of preschool, did not allow him to have play dates with other children and keep him away from all family members.  The second dermatologist examined my son and asked why he was not treated three months ago.  She told me that the virus would continue to spread and that she normally treats it right away.  Little did I know at that point what hell I was about to endure in the days to come and the pain and suffering that my son was going to go through.  

The first procedure she decided to do was to cut the bumps off using a curette which is extremely sharp.  The physician assistant put numbing cream on the little bumps and my three year old son was asked to sit naked for 30 minutes for the cream to take effect.  Not only did he have to sit he had to sit still and not scratch the bumps that were now itching due to the numbing cream.  Did I mention that he was three?  Then my husband, the nurse and I had to hold him down while the physician assistant cut each bump off, one by one.  The blood curdling screams were unbearable, but all I keep thinking was ok, maybe the disease will stop spreading so fast if we get them off.  After a 15 minute procedure, about 25 bumps were removed and I was told to come back in two weeks to remove the rest.  However, in the meantime they prescribed Aldara, a genital wart cream.  I was told to put the cream on the remaining bumps every night.  The cream was supposed to stimulate his immune system to start fighting the virus.  So, again, I did what I was told to do and listened to the doctor.  Well, within one week all of the bumps that were cut off came back, and about 20 more appeared on my son’s body.  His body had horrific scarring and the Aldara cream upset his eczema so much that his whole body felt like sand paper.  I immediately called to make another appointment with the dermatologist.  Surly, this was not normal!  When she saw me back so soon, she seemed annoyed and asked me what the problem was.  I explained what had happen to his skin and how the bumps were spreading like crazy.  She proceeded to examine my son, tell her assistant to use a Catherine treatment on the warts and walked out of the room.  Apparently the Catherine treatment was supposed to make the little bumps blister and then pop, thus removing the virus filled papules.  The assistant then proceeded to dot each bump, even the bumps on his genitals with a strong smelling liquid; I found out later (from the internet) that it was poisonous juice derived from a beetle.  I was told to wash the treatment off in three hours.  Wow, I thought to myself, no tears this is a much better option than holding my son down and cutting them off.  I did as I was told and washed the treatment off in the bath exactly three hours later.  Approximately 4 hours after the treatment was washed off my son woke up at 10:00 pm screaming and crying.  He was inconsolable.  My husband and I tried to calm him down and ask what was wrong and he kept screaming, “help mommy, it hurts please help me and make the hurt go away.”  We stripped his pajamas off of him and our jaws dropped.  There were about 30 blisters ranging from the size of a grape to the size of a ping pong ball all over his body.  I immediately called the dermatologist’s emergency line.  Fortunately, the doctor on call was the dermatologist that ordered the procedure and she told me to give him Tylenol and pop the blisters with a pin.  So there we were, 11:00 at night trying to pop huge blisters on my three year old as he screamed, “please stop hurting me, please, please let me go, please don’t touch me.”  There was so much fear in his eyes, and what hurt the most was that he feared his parents, the very parents that wanted the best for him, that wanted him to get better.  

The next day my son woke up with a 103.5 fever.  He had it for three days.  He wouldn’t let us go near him and flinched every time we came close to him.  His body was scarred from the cuts and now burnt from the Catherine treatment.  Honestly, he looked like a burn victim.  His skin was raw, red and ripped apart.  And, the warts…well they were still there!

A week went by and his skin did not heal from the burns.  I made an appointment to see the dermatologist once again.  I wanted her to see how badly his burns were and hoped she could prescribe something to help him heal.  After the examination, she asked her assistant to prescribe Mupirocin for the burns and Protopic (a non-steroid cream) for the eczema and walked out of the room.  She did mention before she walked out that I was no longer allowed to bring my 4 year old daughter (who was sitting quietly on the chair in the office) to these appointments and to please get a babysitter next visit.  That day I left that doctors office defeated and in tears.  What did I do to my son?  At that point he had over 75 warts all over his body and his beautiful baby skin was now destroyed.

That night I decided to do research.  I didn’t trust the doctors anymore, so I researched all of the medicated creams that I was putting on my son.  Every cream had horrific side effects.  The worse side effect was from the most recent prescription, Protopic, it could eventually cause skin cancer.  That cream cost me $150.00, I threw it in the garbage.  I continued to research.  I researched every website, every blog and every forum that was written about molluscum.  I researched for the next week, every chance I could get, I must have spent 5 hours a day researching.  And what I noticed was that there were many naturopathic remedies to get rid of the symptoms but nothing to get rid of the virus.  Since conventional medicine did not help the problem, and only made it worse, I decided that I was going to take my son to see a Naturopathic doctor.  My sister’s very good friend recommended Dr. Nenninger.  She spoke very highly of Dr. Nennigner and was so grateful that he was able to heal her son naturally, when conventional doctors told her he needed tubes in his ears.  Today, her son is happy, healthy and has not had an ear infection since seeing Dr. Nenninger!  

After doing some research I found out that Dr. Nenninger was a well known, well respected, extremely knowledgeable Naturopathic doctor.  Maybe there was hope, maybe my son could heal!  I emailed Dr. Nenninger and he personally responded to me within hours and I was given an appointment immediately.  Wow!  My husband, my daughter and my son all went to the visit.  He was kind and friendly, and offered my children paper, crayons and corn chips while letting them play with his two adorable dogs.  My kids were happy and comfortable in his presence.  My son, who was now conditioned to fear doctors, didn’t fear him. 

The doctor observed my son and then we went over his medical history.  Dr. Nenninger explained to my husband and me that my son’s immune system was distracted and that was why his body was not fighting the molluscum virus.  He suspected food allergies.  He explained that skin disorders such as eczema, rashes and warts are created because the body’s immune system is too busy making antibodies to fight food proteins, when it should be creating antibodies to fight viruses and bacteria.  He pricked my son’s finger, put a few drops of blood on a piece of paper and said that he would be in touch as soon as the results came it.  That was the last little bit of pain my son has every felt.  Within one week the test results came in.  Dr. Nenninger sat with both my husband and me, while the kids played in his office and explained that my son should avoid dairy, gluten and eggs.  Apparently, his body was so busy creating antibodies to fight these food proteins, and was so distracted that it was never going to ever be able to fight the molluscum virus. I have to be honest, this was tough to hear; everything my son ate contained dairy, wheat and eggs!  In fact, his favorite foods were cheese, yogurt, pasta and cereal!  But, we wanted my son to heal and Dr. Nenninger promised me he would.  That was the first thing he said to me, “Don’t worry mom, he will heal.”  Most importantly, Dr. Nenninger promised to find out the underlying cause of the virus, not just hid, cover up, or in my son’s case, cut or burn off the symptoms! 

My husband and I went home that day and threw out everything in the house that contained gluten, dairy and eggs.  We drove to Whole Foods and found alternatives for everything my son enjoyed the most without the ingredients he was allergic to.  We explained to him that he would have to eat new and special food to help the bumps go away.  When I asked Dr. Nenninger how long it would take to see results, he told me to give it a month or two and the bumps would just fall off.  He also reminded me that it was more than just molluscum that we were healing; we were healing my son’s immune system which is far more important than the bumps which were just symptoms.  I asked if there was anything else that could help to speed up the process, so he also gave my son an immune boosting supplement and Thuja for the warts.  For the first time in six months we all had hope, we were actually smiling not crying and best of all we were not hurting our son, we had nothing to lose!

Within the first week of the diet, my son’s skin started to look smoother and brighter and the bumps stopped spreading.  Within two weeks of the diet his eczema was gone for the first time since he was born.   Within three weeks of the diet, the bumps started to fall off.  Within four weeks of the diet, all 75 bumps fell off and not one has returned!  My son’s skin started to heal.  He still has some discoloration and some scarring from the burns and scrapping, but his soft baby skin is back.  He beat the molluscum!  A skin virus my son had for six months, healed within one month of avoiding the foods he was allergic to.  His body is stronger and will now be able to better fight viruses and bacteria.  

I am eternally grateful for Dr. Nenninger and so thankful that there are doctors out there that truly do care to find the real cause of a problem, not just cover it up or cut it off.  I hope that this story will encourage parents to try alternative medicine, question conventional medicine and know that healing is possible!  

 





 

 

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Thank you for helping to finally heal my baby!!!  

 

I can't believe 4 doctors told me the only options were to cut or burn him or better yet ignore it and let it spread all over his body for years!   So Sick! 

I am so glad there are doctors like you that truly care and look outside of the box to heal instead of quoting studies from the American Pediatric Association!

 

THANK YOU!!! RC

 

Dear Steve;

I just wanted to share my good news! I have been gluten-free for a year now and I just had blood work done. My total cholesterol decreased by FIFTY points! Since going gluten free is the only change I've made in diet or lifestyle (I still need to get more exercise) being gluten free has to be the answer, I'm sure it decreased the inflammation in my body and as result my cholesterol went down. My HDL cholesterol is still in the 70's while my LDL cholesterol is the one that plummeted. 

 

Thank you so much for helping me towards my goal of a healthy life. One of my dearest wishes is to a be  healthy in my senior years and this change has definitely put me on that path.

 

Elaine Santiago

 

Dr. Steve my life has changed after finding out I suffered from major food alleg. I lost over 25lb. Blood presure down and lot of other great stuff.  All the best 

 

GOD BLESS YOU STEVE. I don't know where I'd be without you. I'll call the assemblywoman tomorrow and join the fight for what's right.

My love and respect, Nicole 

 

To BCBS,

       Steve Nenninger has treated me for food allergies through blood testing, saliva, and urine samples and resolved my gastronomical problems that regular MD’s could not do in 30 years. They all treated the symptom and not the cause. I had to pay co-pays and take unnecessary prescriptions for decades. 

 

    BCBS should clasp onto this type of medical care because I was very sick when I walked into his office and my  over all general health has improved gastronomically 100% by his approach of treatment and testing and will save BCBS astronomical amounts of money in the future for misdiagnosed treatments and costs.. 

 

      Dr. D’Adamo, the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Green have all treated food allergies which are people who have sensitivities to wheat, barley, and rye and are not effected or full blown people suffering from celiac disease. The research and medical data is there. I’ve been mi-diagnosed and doctors have drugged the symptoms for decades without going to the cause and the root of the gastronomical conditions which were food and drink related. 

 

   I appeal to BCBS to reconsider the approval of Steve Nenninger’s submitted bill and have the bill processed and paid as a participating provider based on the success of his testing and diagnosis that has eliminated a severe medical condition that I have been suffering from for over 30 years. Any and all documents needed for BCBS can be submitted directly to you from Steve Nenninger .  

 

   All your time and consideration to this bill will once again be greatly appreciated.  

 

  Respectfully,
 GB

 

 

Hi Steve,

 

I hope you had a nice day. In church today my Pastor preached on Our purposes that God put us on this earth. As I was weeding today, I reflected on my purpose on this earth.Hitting 50 in three months, over the past few weeks I reflected on my life. I said to myself, I wasted 50 yrs of my life. Then I was reminded how many lives I have touched over the years. I was thanking God for all my blessings and provision He has made for me. I know He has put you in my life for a reason, one is you are an answer to prayers.

 

I know you know how much I appreciate you, but I want to remind you, I really appreciate you. That is why regardless how I feel, I 'm always walking in your door Saturday morning. Today, I was an outfit that wasn't too baggy to church. A woman in my Celebrate Recovery group saw me Thursday and didn't mention anything about my weight lost.

 

She saw me today during church and had no idea who I was. I was sitting in the back, my usual spot. ( away from the camera, we are on the internet, LIVE) She came up to introduce her self, she started to talk, and stop in middle of the sentence. She said " OH MY GOD, LINDA, LOOK HOW GOOD YOU LOOK< I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS YOU"

 

That felt so good!!!

 

Thank you!!!!

 

Gratefully,

Linda

 

I did not know whether or not Dr. Nenninger could help me when I first went to see him.  I only knew that I was sick and I was being treated by doctors and surgeons who seemed like they did not know what to do.  They had me on several courses of antibiotics, performed several surgeries but the results were minimal and the symptoms were still not improving.  

In my journey to self-healing and self-discovery I have discovered the amazing world of alternative approaches to medicine.  I was not surprised by my surgeon’s reaction when I told him I was seeking medical attention from Dr. Nenninger.  My surgeon told me that Naturopathic Medicine was not “real” medical practice.  I paid no mind to the surgeon’s ignorant remark and continued on my quest for personal healing.  After two weeks of receiving treatment from Dr. Nenninger my condition improved dramatically!  I stopped taking the antibiotics that were only making me tired and more ill.  As my surgeon also noticed the sudden improvements he began questioning my course of treatment with the “fake” doctor.  After seeing noticeable improvements the surgeon soon stopped referring to Dr. Nenninger as “fake” and asked for his information so he could refer more patients!  

My improvement goes beyond the surface and into my whole being.  I feel an inner strength that was not there before.  I am eating foods that are the right foods and my body is thanking me for it!  I have not been so kind to my body over the years.  I suffered from anorexia and bulimia nervosa for fifteen years.  Doctors told me that it will take years for my body to recover from the affects of my illness.  Since receiving care from Dr. Nenninger I have already seen marked improvements in my hair, nails, and skin.  I am also able to tolerate food intake more easily than I have ever been able to before when being treated for my eating disorder.   I never thought I would be able to sit down and enjoy a full meal with my friends and loved ones without feeling sick to my stomach.  Now I look forward to spending meal times with the ones I love!  This may seem trivial to some but it has been a huge part of my journey in healing my past injuries. 

Dr.  Nenninger has been an essential aspect to my healing process.  I will continue to work with him to heal my symptoms and improve my wellness.  I encourage anyone seeking guidance in their journey to healing to meet with Dr. Nenninger.  He does not judge nor does he coddle.  He is honest.  He is true.  He will help you, help yourself.   He will show you how you can do this. 

Rebecca Green

 

Hi Dr. Nenninger,

 

Just wanted to let you know Jimmy did a "180" this am. He had a great morning,was in a great mood, got ready for school right away, did everything I asked him to do, took all the supplements right away even drank the

berry  Calm prt Jr down in 1 minute!!! He helped me in the kitchen and even took care of the dog. He also enjoyed his gluten free, egg free, dairy free breakfast at the kitchen table instead of having it in front of the TV in the den.

 

This was the best morning of the entire school year!  He said he was feeling better since starting the diet too!

We all are! We thank you with all of our hearts! You are a blessing.

 

Can't wait to come and pick up more of his supplements ASAP! Just say when they're ready and we'll be there!

 

 

Fondly,

Nancy

 

Hi Dr. Nenninger.  Just wanted to send you a note that after our last visit when we  reviewed my Neuro Science Report in conjunction with the proper Gluten Free Diet and Geno Type Diet and put together all the information with a plan to keep me in good health I am feeling the benefits from following your advice.  After two doses of the CALM PRT, I immediately felt a difference.  In regard to the Neurotransmitter readings, I am amazed, but not surprised, that I am experiencing a dramatic decrease in anxiety, stress and I have been able to sleep at night without having to take xanax or ambien. As always, Thank you for all your guidance and knowledge in resolving and preventing health issues. PH

 

 

Good Morning ….

 

I feel really good.   Just before I woke, I envisioned my brain getting taller.  Like being in a room with a low ceiling and suddenly  it magically lifted to cathedral height.

 

This is only increasing Trav-acor to 3 caps.  I haven’t started the DHEA (I have to track some down).

 

This is a really nice feeling.  Reminds me of when I was a little kid going to the beach at sunrise by myself.  The hungry sandpipers would dart about as the waves washed over the sand exposing their breakfast.

 

Even if this only lasts a little while – it’s great.

 

Love,

 

Maggie

 

 

Steve,

 

I'm so happy your talk went off so well.  I'm only sorry I wasn't able to be there.  I will look forward to a video presentation in the near future.

 

I continue to do well.  My tumor markers keep dropping and my oncgologist is very please with my status.  I've been sticking to both the gluten free diet as well as the blood type.  I truly believe you have been very instrumental in my well being.

 

Stay well and thank you for all you have done for me,

 

Cheryl Daly

 

 

Hello Steve, I hope this note finds you joyful and in the best of health.

 

First I'd like to take a moment and tell you that I enjoy seeing you. You have a sweet, gentle and kind spirit which Corinne and I both appreciate. Unless you are using too much of those calming remedies.  

So tired of the proud and haughty spirits surrounding the A.M.A.'s doctors.

I'm the kind of person who would tell you to your face but I wouldn't want to make you uncomfortable.

 

Dear Dr Steve,

It's been 5 days since I've been taking the Genoma EQ and since I began the genotype diet.  The results have been outstanding. For the past five days I've been getting up only once or twice at night. That in itself seems like a miracle to me. My daytime urination has improved to "almost" normal. In the past five days, I've had only one emergency run to the bathroom. I have more stamina and overall I feel great.  My wife was amazed at how energetic I was at a recent dance we attended.  It reminded her of when I was younger.  I'm learning more about the diet and I have been very conscientious about following the suggestions.  It's a little difficult when we go out since you never really know all the ingredients in the food you order.  I've been taking the rice protein powder you recommended  about once or twice a day and I find I'm full and I"m not snacking as much.

THANK YOU!!! Please give yourself an extra hug from me and lots of pats on your back.

Fondly and forever grateful,

LC

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dearest steve,

i am sleeping much more deeply and i don't wake up.

very gratefully yours,

g

 

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It is so good to hear from you.   I'm encouraged to hear the good news about Dr. D'Adamo's work and Genotype.  Currently, I'm doing the oral chemo and will be taking a second blood test for tumor markers.  I'm hoping that my markers are down and if they are I will attribute it to the diet I have been following since seeing you over the summer.

 

If my tumor markers are up I will continue with both the Blood Type diet and gluten-free in an effort to bring my markers down. 

 

I had planned on emailing you after my next visit with my oncologist down here in FL.  Steve I just want you to know how fortunate I feel to have been treated by you.  My current chemo is not having any side effects and I'm attributing that to the diet.  But should I have to go onto a stronger chemo I will contact you in case there is something more I should be doing.  RD

 

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Dr. Steve,

 

I'm writing to tell you how much I appreciate all that you have done for me.  I'm on the gluten free diet and I really believe it has made my chem more tolerable.  In addition to that the diet for Type B blood has also assisted in this battle.

 

I wish I had been brave enough to take the supplement you offered me for going off of the Type B diet, but I'm not.  I believe in all you do and I know that when chemo is done for me I will be back to see you.   We will be heading back to Fl first week of November and returning to NY early spring.  I'm hoping you will be able to see me when I return.

 

Thank you for enlightening Ray and I.  We are grateful to you for the time you spent with us and the knowledge you gave to us.

 

Sincerely,

 

Cheryl

 

 

DR. STEVE,  I LOVE THE NEW WEB PAGE.... 

 

I AM JUST WRITING YOU TO LET YOU KNOW.  I AM DOING GREAT !!!!

THANKS TO YOUR HELP LIKE ALWAYS...  EVERYDAY IS A NEW DAY, AND THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY, THAT I DO NOT THINK OF YOU, OR SAY YOUR NAME OUT LOUD.  I THANK YOU FOR REALLY CARING.. AND ALWAYS CARING !!!

I THINK WHAT WOULD MY LIFE BE LIKE...... IF I WOULD HAVE NEVER MET YOU..

IT ACTUALLY BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES AND I AM CRYING.. RIGHT NOW...

BUT THEY ARE GOOD TEARS.... TEARS OF JOY....  

YOU ARE THE BEST !!!!!!!     I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!!!!  CYNTHIA 

 

Dear Steve Nenninger,

 

I came across an article entitled "A Tale of Two Glutens", in which

you proposed that autoimmune disease could be caused by gluten

poisoning. I am a fellow Ulcerative Colitis sufferer, having been

diagnosed at 7. I'm eighteen now. I was fond of sweets (i.e Entamin's

donuts) and cereals (i.e Chex) around the time of diagnosis. Actually,

it was beyond fond; I wouldn't eat breakfast unless it was one of

these sweet albeit dangerous foods. My

gastroenterologist thought nothing of diet as a trigger; My symptoms

began to subside around the time that the immunosuppressant began to

work. I have, however, been trying to figure out the disease's cause.

Your article helped to confirm my suspicion-that my "breakfasts", such

as Chex, which was loaded with gluten and which I was eating in

massive quantities throughout the day, may have helped to bring out

the disease. I can't say how much I appreciate that article.

 

Your Reader,

-Amanda Harris

 

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As always, many thanks for being there and for the help you have provided. I don't even recognize myself now, from when I first dragged myself in to see you!

Hugs,

Lyn

 

Hi Steve;

Just wanted you to know that I have energy, I'm happy, calm, not anxious about finding work, feel calm, know it will come. I sleep well at night. I haven't slept like this since I was a child, Basically, I feel amazing and this is only the beginning! I'm imagining how well i will feel as the inflammation from gluten and eggs recedes and I keep using all my supplements.

 

It's like a new life.

 

THANK YOU!

 

elaine

 

 

Dear Steve, 

 

Yesterday I needed to go to an Emergency Room.  Instead I entered your office and you relieved every problem naturopathically.  I don't know what remedies you used.  You calmed me, pointed me in the right direction and relieved my pain and suffering.  Isn't that what a physician is supposed to do? You did that for me and I am eternally grateful for your intuitive way you heal everyone of us. 

 

Louise

 

 

Dr. Steve,

Sarah and I went out to see a movie and I was able to sit through the entire film in comfort without ever rushing to the bathroom.   For the past three days I've slept through the night with only getting up once.  Needless to say I'm overjoyed.  Things have not been like this in several years. I ran out of the liquid drops I use. ( PHOS 1M.   I guess phosphorous?)   I'll be out of the pills I take three times a day three pills at a time.....I'll bring the bottles to show you and I'll see you tomorrow at 10:15.

Thanks  one-hundredfold,

 

White willow is amazing. I am thankful to Dr. Steve everyday for having introduced me to this natural pain reliever. I have used it daily to help my 10 month old son with the pain of teething.  Before using white willow he was waking up 3 to 4 times at night crying in pain and inconsolable. It was exhausting and left us all feeling frustrated and irritable. The very first night we gave him white willow he only awoke once and was able to fall right back to sleep. White willow is a gift to all exhausted parents and their uncomfortable children. It has been a lifesaver. I only wish I had known of it sooner. Thank you, Dr. Steve.

 

 

Through Steve's loving presence and wisdom I have experienced profound shifts on all levels of my well-being. Each time I needed a new remedy, Steve skillfully blessed me through inviting  my own innate intelligence to determine what was the best course of action. I am feeling more and more radiant each day, softer, more alive, more centered, and more willing to dive into the depths of myself to see what is reveal and what is still in need of love. Thank you with all my heart!

 

Saida Désilets, Ph.D.

Author of The Emergence of the Sensual Woman

www.thedesiletsmethod.com

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Our Story 

 

August 30, 2008

 

As we are getting ready for the new school year, I think back one year ago

and remember the health condition my son was in. He had constant respiratory problems and allergies, for two years was taking singulair, using a nebulizer regularly, taking claritin, motrin for fevers, etc. and only seemed to be getting worse. 

 

Last September I would drive to the school to give him inhaler treatments before lunchtime, so that he could play a little on the playground. He had a terrible, constant cough. He had strong allergies, congestion, sneezing, and itching. He got sick all the time. Our doctor kept suggesting more medicines to mask the reactions, but never really explored the cause of them.

 

One day I woke up and realized I had to stop the insanity. I needed strong alternatives to help me with his condition. I could not keep pouring all this medicine and conventional western doctor thinking into my little boy. It was breaking my heart to watch his struggle. It angered me that my fear had paralyzed my ability to make better decisions.

 

I had heard much about Dr. Nenninger from two friends over the past 3 years. I knew I wanted to bring my son to him. The cost had kept me from going. But I just knew from the beginning that he was the one for us. Once I reached my moment of clarity, I felt making real change was more important than worrying about money, and we would make it work somehow.

 

What followed has been a journey to health. Not just for my son, but for myself. 

A process of my letting go of fears and embracing trust. Watching my son's body heal itself naturally; coming off all the medicines, using natural remedies and supplements, making changes in diet. Slowly but surely we have kept on the path, trying things until we saw improvement. It has been a patient - doctor partnership. Dr. Steve has supported us through every step of the way - often very stressful moments for me of watching my child's discomfort when sick and then a learning to be more patient, to not look for the quick fix, but the long term way of life. And then the relief and joy of seeing my son's body get better, stronger, and knowing we would get through it. My husband and I have seen an incredible change in our son's health. Dr. Steve's guidance, compassion and calm confidence in the natural process have been invaluable to getting us here. 

 

I look at my son now, starting 2nd grade, and I see a much more healthy, energetic boy, blooming into who he will become. He can run fast and jump high and not get winded or strong coughs from activity. He does not suffer from allergy attacks at night. He has more strength. He has more confidence. He is beautiful.

 

We will forever be grateful to Dr. Steve and the process we went through together 

to get here. 

 

If you are yearning for alternatives to conventional medicine, better choices for your own health, and are considering naturopathic medicine with Dr. Steve, I urge you to try it and not wait any longer. If I have any regrets, its that I did not bring my son to him sooner, when I first heard the good words about him and his naturopathic practice.

 

 

Amy M. Deaver

www.glutenfreelongisland.com

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Hi,

 

I have had fibromyalgia for well over 6 years at various severity levels; now I am 90% of the recovery stage. yes that is right. So I will be more than happy to share with your girlfriend either in person or over the phone. You may give her my phone number and let her know there is a light at the end of this tunnel if you follow the recommendations this doctor gives you.

 

His name is Steve Nenninger, located in Port Jefferson Village. His website is www.stevenenninger.com. 631-235-2111

 

I have been an advocate of his since being under his care. He asked and I went up to Albany in March to lobby for Naturopathic Doctors to receive licensure in the State of NY. I believe he can help your girlfriend but she needs to be a good patient and follow what he recommends. 

 

Before meeting this type of doctor I was going into the city to see a specialist on fibromyalgia and was on every medication out there. At this point I am on "NO" prescribed medicines and some were considered narcotics because of the level of pain relief in the medicine. 

 

I started to feel a shift in my being in 2 weeks under his care. If that is not a motivator, I don't know what is.

 

Please tell her to ring me and I can share with her my experience. Or she certainly make an appointment with Dr. Steve.

 

Sharing information is how we can help each other.

 

Danielle

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Dear Steve, 

 

You have no idea how much I cherish our relationship.  Everytime I see you it's like I get a burst of fresh air.  I felt like my wings were clipped and I was in a no fly zone, yesterday morning.  Glad to report I'm getting my energy back and shooting to soar again.  Thanks for all your help and encouragement. 

 

Louise

 

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Doing my best on the hunter diet. I definitely have not been perfect, but have cut the most important things out like dairy, cheese, bread, wheat, and gluten to name a few. It has not be easy, but surprisingly there are more substitutes that exist than I imagined. Rice is my new best friend! My skin has cleared up significantly. I haven't needed a cortisone shot since I stopped eating all of those foods. DS, NY

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Hi Dr. Steve,

Thank you for yet another enlightening session. I am improving steadily and it is having a positve effect on my mind which in turn is healing my body. I thank God for placing you in in my life to assist with my healing and recovery. You are indeed an angel.

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Hi Steve-It appears that Hoxley like is working-for the first time the white blood count has not only not increased but actually dropped appx 4 points !!!! Excellent.      

 

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Dear Dr. Nenninger:

Just wanted to pop in and say hello.  It's been a while. ... pain therapy all the time for the back/nerve damage and unfortunately the fibromyalgia is severe.  But, the good news is I lost the weight and kept it off now for almost 2 years.  112 lbs to date.  I have 40 more to go!

If you can mail me more of your business cards or give them to my sister Pat I'd really appreciate them.  I talk of you often and how you "saved my life" and every time I face someone in a difficult medical situation, you're the one I refer them to.  So the cards will really help.

.........

Thank again Dr. Nenninger, you're an angel!

Margaret

 

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From PH to my State Senator regarding Dr. Nenninger.......

 

...my stomach and gall bladder problems never ended until nine months ago with the help of Dr. Steve Nenninger.  Thirty Six years of following the advice of many different Doctors was a never ending nightmare. I was diagnosed over and over with acid reflux, possible ulcers, and diet changes and there was never an answer to why my stomach would swell up, I would double over in excruciating pain and end up in emergency rooms where I was given more prescriptions....

 

...when I went to my appointment with Dr. Nenninger I had experienced four stomach attacks that day....this had become a regular procedure and never ended the problem and pain. 

 

The prescriptions I was taking for just 2007 totaled approximately $5,000.00... I was told if it didn’t stop after six months of sedatives (my stomach) would have to be surgically attached to my back...

 

I decided to take the alternative medical approach of Naturopathic Medicine.  Within 24 Hours I was a completely different person.  I stopped taking all the prescribed medicines and started taking all natural remedies.  Since that day, nine months ago, I have never felt healthier.... I have been able to heal my body! 

 

After thirty seven years of pure hell on earth in pain...I am finally healthy in body, mind and spirit.

 

Sincerely,

 

PH

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Dear Dr. Nenninger,

    I want to thank you for seeing me yesterday.  I am not only thanking you for your time but the feeling of hope that eluded from you.  I have been sick for so long that I had started to accept that that is just who I am, a person who ALWAYS has a health problem . Dr. Nenninger, you  are the first doctor that made me feel like I am not the problem, that there is something wrong within my body, and most importantly this problem can be solved;  For that I thank you!

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Dear Dr. Steve,

 

“There is no physician like a true friend.”

 

I thought of you when I read this-----thank you for being there with me, with your caring heart, every step of the way.

 

I find TRUE faith and hope in the love of friends….

 

I count you in my blessings. I count you as a blessing.

 

With love and thanks,

 

Barrie

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I have good news to report!!! I switched to good start the hydrolyzed whey protein formula and its been about a week finally this am he had his first normal whole poop!!! 

 

I was so excited its definitely better or his system which makes me believe he is an O blood type. I have the kit in New York so I will confirm this next week!!!!

 

But thank you, I feel like I know what were doing is right it is another/mother confirmation this natural way is the right way!!!

 

I took Tyler to our normal pediatrician and she saw his stool and said nothing to worry about but I knew ~ which is why I brought it up.... and you fixed it thank you!!!!!!!!!!

 

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While we're up there, could I possibly pick up another couple Chromium remedies that Steve makes for my husband?  (We never realized how much this was helping until we got lazy and he didn't take his Chromium drops for a week - suddenly we noticed he 

a stay away from the carbs and sweets and he was 'wolfing' down food right and left!!! We immediately started him back on it and the food cravings leveled off again and he has control again! Wow!!)  BTW - he has lost 4 pant sizes!!!

 

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She got a PET Scan yesterday and the doctors gave her the results today; the PET scan found NO CANCER/CANCER CELLS WHATSOEVER in her body !!!  The doctors had to read it twice because they were in disbelief and eventually flabbergasted by the results (I think they actually thought she wasn't going to make it, but didn't quite tell her that).

 

Her primary oncologist wants to review further treatment with his staff, but he's thinking one more very mild dose of chemo (a chaser) just in case there are cancer cells that the PET scan could not detect.  But first he will consult with his team of doctors.

 

I spoke to Theresa Ann today and it was like talking to a kid on Christmas morning.  Tears of joy are pouring from my eyes right now and I can't wait to finish this email and hit the send button.

 

Special thanks to Theresa Ann's Naturopathic Doctor, Steve Nenninger for providing his council in the area of alternative medicine; operating in New York as a certified Nutritionist [  http://stevenenninger.com/  ]  I also want to thank Linda Butler, a friend of the family (who is going to school to become a Naturopathic Doctor), for offering her prayers and support as well.  And finally, thank you all for your fervent prayers, kindness, and financial support during this [once-was] crisis in our family.

 

I still want to request your continued prayers for Theresa Ann on her road to optimum health, that the cancer will not return, and that her body will be protected and not harmed from any further treatment.  Thank you

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I am glad to be writing you on behalf of my treatment... im cured... my most recent teat (pet scan) came back "whole body normal" my doc don't know what to make of it but i just wanted to let you know the cancer is no longer in my body.. a cancer they said less then 4% of people get with a cure rate of 60-70% I was healed in exactly one month and 7 days...

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To date I have had no pain, no stomach attacks, no heartburn. I have not taken any prevacid or donatol.  

 

I am experiencing a little anxiety in the am. Increasing water intake which seems to help.  I  have expanded the bland diet to trying eggs, which I got lower cramps, so I will stay away from dairy. French fries, fried chicken cutlets, pizza with no after pain or heartburn. I ate chocolate for the first time in about eight months without any after affects. 

 

Still prefer bland diet at which I am continuing to lose weight in the last year went from 172 now 150.  I am sleeping less. I was tired almost every day in the afternoons around 3pm. No more. Was sleeping 8-10+ hours before.  Now 5-6 hours.   

.......

 

Wed. evening and to date I feel energized, more focused and happy. I feel like a new person. I do need to see chiropractor, whom I’ve seen on and off for years do to whiplash back in 70’s.  My neck is very tight and I have large knots on both sides of top of backbone.  Took yoga class last Tuesday still off balance.  Backbone very sore, craking sound, and have had a lot of pain in lower legs. Any suggestions? 

 

I can’t thank you enough for the major changes I’ve had in only one week. 

 

PH

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Dear Dr. Steve,

Thank you for your encouragement! Again, I have sent

out letters to Albany to the following politicians:

Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Joseph L. Bruno,

Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, Assemblymember Herman D.

Farrell Jr.,Ronald Canestrari, Assemblymember Sam

Hoyt, Kenneth LaValle. These names are the ones I can

remember by now. Actually, your efforts are leading to

the inevitable regularization of the Naturopathic

doctors in the State of New York! Thank you for all

you have done to my family and I and to all your

current patients and the so many more you will reach

out in the near future! Thank you for your wonderful

and blessed practice! We are so fortunate to have such

a wonderful professional and a friend in our life!

Thanks to professionals like you, who really dignify

and honor the Naturopathic Medicine, this campaign is

going to succeed tremendously! We will see! Thank you

ever so much for everything!

Sandra & Family

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Hey Dr. Steve,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm starting to feel better!  I lost about 4 pounds since I've seen you too, and people are already starting to comment that something looks different about me:)  I am so grateful!  I ACTUALLY feel like I'm starting to get back to myself again.  Thank you so much!

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Simply said:

 

We love you.

 

We thank you.

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I'm sure you hear this all of the time and I do not want to take up any more of your time (you have been more then generous with us already) however, I like to let people know when they are important to me and have made a positive impact in my life, and I just wanted you know how grateful Brandon and I are to have you in our lives helping us heal.  

 

I take everything you say very seriously and am never offended, you have such a kind spirit.  I feel very happy and positive ever time I leave your office after talking with you.  I believe you have given me the chance to get my life back in order and that means everything to me.  

 

Your the best Dr. Steve.  I'll keep you posted. Lisa 

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Hi Dr. Steve,

 

Just wanted to finally give you that update you wrote to me about a few months ago.

 

Well, after putting it off for a while, I'm happy to say that I have been following your dietary advice for over a month now...and I am really seeing a difference.

 

I lost about 15 pounds in the first 3 weeks, and am going to weigh myself again this weekend at the 5 week mark.  

 

I've been staying away from dairy, soy, and grains (except rice - brown mostly).  

I've given myself one day a week to have anything "off the list" if I'm craving it...and so far that has amounted to 1/4 whole grain bagel with cream cheese & whitefish salad every Sunday, and a couple of brownies on Superbowl Sunday.

I know it would be better if I didn't have it at all, but it has kept me on track for the most part... so hopefully it's not impeding anything.

 

I was in LA last weekend and I've got to admit that I had a few outings where I had some bread with the meal...but my eating and cravings were SO much better than they would ever be.  I don't find that I'm craving bread or cookies on a daily basis anymore.  (I also think the LA bread thing may be because I wasn't having my ultrameal shake with multagenics powder in the morning while I was traveling - which I just reordered today.)

 

Up until now, I haven't started the thyrosol or androset... I'm not sure why, except that perhaps I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything...but I will be adding that to my daily routine shortly.

 

Anyway, I hope all is well with you... I've attached a picture, per your request below.

 

Thanks!

Jamie

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Dear Steve,

 

It's been a really long time since I've been to you but I just wanted to tell you that I am so grateful for the care you gave me when I was suffering from anxiety and depression.

You gave me such hope.......you were a beacon of light.

 

The way you treated me so wonderfully and with such caring in both metaphysical and physical terms.

I'm probably not phrasing this right but I just wanted to express my gratitude.

You gave me a wonderful book called "the game of life" and that was a big eye opener also.

 

I've recently seen the Secret which is similar.........there is something you can recommend to your patients as well.

 

It's been a year, no depression or anxiety has come back (knock on wood) and I know it's not ideal but I'm on Zoloft ( a very low dose).

Pierre and I finally split for good and I'm finally OK with that.

My daughter is the light of my life and I love every minute of being with her.

 

Anyway, thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

 

 -Amy

 

Dr. Steve,

It's Thanksgiving Day and it's so propitious to thank

G-d for all His countless blessings, one of them,

without a doubt, is you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

You are the answer of our prayers. Thank you ever so

much for all the healing and well being you bring into

our lives. May you and yours enjoy excellent health

and absolute happiness, constant prosperity and love.

Happy Thanksgiving and always!

Warmly,

Joseph, Sandra, Michael & Raphael

Mom & Dad and my in-laws!

 

Hi, Dr. Steve!

 

I’m feeling so much better!  My palpitations have diminished significantly, almost gone—even when under stress.  My energy level has improved, clarity of mind improved (my short-term memory still kind of lacking, however.  Maybe this is normal?) and I feel much happier, anxiety and depression seeming to fade away.  Also, my periods are better, fewer cramps, less moody.  It is all miraculous!!!  I am so amazed and so grateful to you and your students!  Thank you very much for your attention and compassion.

 

Dr. Nenninger;

 It was a privilege to meet with you and your team last Saturday. I found it unbelievable that there are individuals in the medical profession that have a genuine interest in helping people find some solutions to the things that traditional Dr's don't seem to care about.

I had a follow up appointment 2 days after we met with a new DO , I was unable to stimulate any interest from him with regard to working in conjunction with you towards improving my health. He did however order some blood work for me and said I could have a copy of the results when they came in. I will share that with you as soon as I can get it. I look forward to the opportunity in working towards feeling better.

Respectfully , Gail

 

It was wonderful to meet you and work with you. I feel very strongly that you are going to really be able to help me. You are a wonderfully compassionate doctor and I am blessed to have found you.

 

Best Regards,  Lee

 

Hello Dr. Steve, first thank you for helping me download iTunes so i could see the videos..they are all very informative.. i am always on you web-site reading and searching for your latest updates.. i would not have it any other way.  Besides, you are one of my angels, you saved me.

 

Cory

Hi Steve,

 

Seamless process. Very, very cool. Dynamite interview. Good stuff. You

are making the world a better place through your passion and dedication

to furthering the scope of natural medicine. You have a genuine

sincerity about wanting to improve the health of your patients and it

really comes through in all that you do. I am honored and privileged to

have met you. I might ask for an autograph next time I see you :)

 

Kellie

I would like to see naturepathic physicians licensed in NYS.  It is a legitimate branch of medicine that more people should have the option of pursuing.  Many people find it cost prohibitive to seek to receive treatment by naturepathic physicians, as they are not covered under most insurance plans.  The reason the services are not covered is that NYS does not allow naturepathic physicians to hold licenses, so perhaps insurance companies do not see them as a legitimate branch of medicine.

I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease after a nine day hospital visit earlier this year.  The gastro-interologist was not ever able to help my body into a state of remission.  I was placed on high doses of prednisone and asacol, to no avail.  Their next step was an immuno-suppressant drug, which studies have shown to cause an increase in cancer incidence.  Naturally I pursued alternate treatment.  I sought help from Dr. Steve Nenninger, who practices as a certified nutritionist in NYS.  He has a degree in naturepathic medicine, although he cannot be licensed in NYS as such.  With his help I was able to recover, and am currently enjoying wonderful health, free from prescription drugs, (which carried severe side effects, and were very costly to my insurance company.)  

I am seeking your support to allow naturepathic physicians to be licensed in NYS, so that I, as well as other people, can receive treatment and be allowed to be reimbursed through our insurance companies.

Thank you.

 

Cynthia

hello steve, i would like to know if my stuff is ready to pick up...just so you know it has been 10 days just like you said. however, i have been all over you website and cannot get enough...i have added to some of the parts where is asked for comments..i truly did not believe what is on there.. i read the part about your life....and was deeply touched...i want to rush home and get back on your site... i will also be purchasing some of the recommended readings....thank you for being in my life  i will always sign off.....  fondly cynthia  since i think that truly sums it up...

 

Thomas

Hello Steve (I'm sure you don't mind being called just that, instead of

doctor),

 

I want to thank you again for the time you spent with me today and for

empowering me with alternatives. As I left your office I felt an

overwhelming sense of peace. My life has been a wonderful one so far and

I'm thankful to know that there's so much more left of it (in this

form).  In reviewing my journey leading me to you I was reminded that I

have always been taken care of and guided. Your comment about my family

being emotionally shut down gave a definition to something I had not

previously been able to come up with.

 

I look forward to more time with you.  You are a beautiful person whom

I'm sure has a beautfiful life.  Thank you for following your hearts

desire and putting your energies into the work you do.  Not only do you

bless yourself but many others as well.

 

I am going to your website now to register as you instructed me!

 

Peace and prosperity

 

Love

 

Sandra

Dear Dr. Steve,

Sorry to take a while to update you of our progress.

First of all, thank you so much for arranging an

appointment that Sunday, Aug. 20th while my Mom was

here in the States! Needless to say that it was

unforgettable for ALL our family! My Mom is so

grateful to you!! I've ordered my Mom's medicines

on-line right away. She started feeling much better

within a week! She had to take half of Xanax three

times in thirteen days! Before she had to take this

tranquilizer almost every day. My Mom returned to Brazil feeling much less depression and almost no

anxiety, and an increasing feeling of well being!

Besides improving my Mom's health, you also helped us

to convince her to live here with us! Before, my Mom

used to say that she felt insecure in the States because her doctors were in Brazil. But thanks to you,

not anymore! We've just started a green card process

for my parents! Next e-mail I will update you on our

progress. Please see the attached pictures!

Hope to hear from you at your convenience.

Love, health and happiness,

From Sandra, Joseph, the Boys & Mom!

 

 

Saida

Aloha beautiful Steve,

 

I sit here with tears racing down my face...my heart feels so tender... and my gratitude deep.

 

thank you. For all that you are and all that you gift me... I am so grateful.

 

and you are right...it is time for me to address these old issues... to transform them... I am happy to be looking more deeply than ever... at the things that are so painful that I feel I may have disconnected myself from them... now I peer into myself with curious love and to have you join me in this inner exploration and powerful transformation feels deeply intimate and also safe.

 

thank you so much Steve... I have no words to express my gratitude... just know my tears are of great joy to know you are here, with me, in my heart.

 

with deepest respect and love,

 

 

Megan

 I just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for not only seeing me but taking into account my financial position as well. You are truly an inspiration to healers all around.  Both your genuine concern for my well being and kind words meant a great deal to me.  i really enjoyed the whole experience.

I wanted to also ask you how you felt about me going back on the road.  I had intended to leave again the beginning of next week to continue my work/travel around the country but i was wondering what you thought would be in my best interest.... should i stick around until the remedy arrives or could i leave and pay to have you or my mother overnight the remedy to where ever i am?  What do you think would be best for me?  I'll make the best of either.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you again for everything, you possess a really wonderful vibration. : )

Peace and Blessings

 

 

Barrie

Dear Dr. Steve,

 Thank you for providing a safe place in which to let down my tears, my fears, and to tell my story. My story still feels like a very sad and difficult one for me right now and my body hurts in so many places, but today was the FIRST day since May that I really felt that someone actually listened to what is going on with me and my body. My family and I have been through a lot these past 5 months and it is such a relief to have found a beating heart in this medical wilderness. You are a kind and gentle spirit with deep intensity and purpose. It is a rare and beautiful thing and I appreciate your giving me your time today. I really felt your presence and concern.  I truly believe you understand what I’m going through and can help me and my family heal and get back to our sweet, healthy lives together.

 

 

Barrie

Dear Dr. Steve,

 

I am sending you a poem from one of my favorite poets. It speaks to me of hope—the way you have spoken to me these past two weeks.

I have some challenging moments ahead ---painful ones to leave behind…and some days are really hard.  But through it all, to have found someone who really cares—who is willing to go beyond the satisfaction of ego and self and reach out and truly help someone who is really hurting is remarkable. I hope you don’t tire of my thanking you each week. That I was able to step out of my symptoms this past weekend for hours at a time and laugh and be with my family was an extraordinary gift. I know the road is “long and winding” and today I woke up with nausea that I haven’t had for a week, but I know it will pass and if it doesn’t, you will help me find the way—whatever that is.

It inspires me deeply to know that you have been through even darker times than I, and come out so young and alive and full of grace.

 

I look forward to seeing you next week. Please reassure me that you feel my monetary compensation for our weekly visits is fair. I feel you have been generous and do not want you to feel that I would take advantage of your good nature.

 

Egrets

 

by Mary Oliver

  

 

Where the path closed

down and over,

through the scumbled leaves,

fallen branches,

through the knotted catbrier,

I kept going. Finally

I could not

save my arms

from thorns; soon

the mosquitoes

smelled me, hot

and wounded, and came

wheeling and whining.

And that's how I came

to the edge of the pond:

black and empty

except for a spindle

of bleached reeds

at the far shore

which, as I looked,

wrinkled suddenly

into three egrets - - -

a shower

of white fire!

Even half-asleep they had

such faith in the world

that had made them - - -

tilting through the water,

unruffled, sure,

by the laws

of their faith not logic,

they opened their wings

softly and stepped

over every dark thing.

 

Maggie

bless you - for your great healing gifts and your kind nature.

love

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     Dr. Nenninger, Just wanted to see if we might be able to schedule a phone call to discuss how the medicines are working – let me know what might work best with your schedule. I can tell you that I have yet to have an “episode” of pain, and I am very thankful for that!! J J J I look forward to speaking with you soon,

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hello steve, i just wanted to let to know how blessed i feel to have met you. i am truly confident that this is going to work. i have told so many people about you and will be telling more. i think that it was fate that brought me to you. just the mere thought that you believed in me and my story, for once i did not feel like the outcast....i will be looking forward to getting my capsules/drops whatever form of remedy you perscribe. i feel like my luck has finally changed godbless cynthia      

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Bless you and your remedies. We went from cranky crying teether this morning to blissful angel in no time flat this morning. Her skin looks great although still a bit itchy so still using aloe and chamomile. 
Jen

 

Thank you

I am taking the cytomel for three consecutive days now, and on the second day (Sunday) I had the most wonderfully energetic feelings. I did a lot of long neglected yard work, could concentrate while reading. (I took reading breaks while washing and painting wicker furniture). Yesterday I fell apart and did very little. I can only think I overdid it the day before. Today, I am in the mid zone. On Sunday night I also slept for nine hours straight. The first time in two years. Thanks for the opportunity to feel semi normal. It's been a long time. I look forward to more days like that.

 

Steve - I have not felt like eating much this week. This has not happened to me in 54 years. Usually I want to eat everything in the house and then some. Is this how the thin half (probably in our society it's more like the other quarter) lives? I have been having some hot flashes, not too bad, I just feel warm a lot of the time. Otherwise I'm doing good. More energy! Maybe I'm not used to moving around and that's why I'm sweating. I thank you for all your help with our family. Fondly-B.N.

 

Steve:
Chelsea went to her Jr. Prom alone with her date......she walked in, danced most of the night and went to an after-prom party at a friends house. Came home at 1:30am! She was voted Prom Princess and given a dozen roses, tiara, etc. Not bad for her first venture without Mom! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels that she could do this, she's so brave. We'll send you pictures.
She goes for chemo this Wednesday for 5 nights......
Love,
Barbara

 

Steve-I'm doing great! I'm feeling good! I'm like a new person. I was ready to retire a couple of months ago because I didn't think I could keep up with the children. Now they have to keep up with me. I lost a couple of pounds without trying, but realize I have to really make an effort to keep it going. At least now I feel I may have a chance to succeed in this area. Right now I'm taking the vitamins, flaxseed oil, and progon B, three tablets twice a day. I still am taking the blood pressure medication once a day, until I lose some weight. If this sounds good I will continue and come back to see you next month. I finished the thyrosol and I have a week left on the Arsenicum LM 2.(I almost forgot that one.). No hurry getting back to me. I'm doing very well. Many Thanks-Barbara

 

Hi Steve,

Rain or shine here is some happy news of mine. Ours really, anyway the Arsenicum is working beautifully as intended. Is the Pulsatilla already in it too? Until I find out I've been taking half the dose of the Pulsatilla. Which ever way it's sliced it's doing. I also wanted to inquire about how many calm spirits I can take a day, I currently take 8, I feel it but not to the degree I would like at times. Generally, does fluctuation work best or consistency w/ the calm spirit? I have more good news hormonally I am doing much better as well 14-8 days down to 3 days. Yes standing ovation for Doctor Steve. I also remembered how I realized the Isocort is working I used to go into fight or flight over trivial things, & the intensity was breathtaking. Now I rarely go into that state & when I do the feeling is so minor in comparison. I don't feel suppressed either. I am in control so much more in a good way, it is shown in many areas especially socially that is a gift in itself. Along w/ everything else. So basically Steve is brilliant, but we already knew that, only he's too humble to flaunt it, well that's part of why he is sooooo brilliant. Well now my dear I must let you know what a major gear you are in the fine machinery of my recovery. I no longer have to live my life like a candle in the wind. You are a part of that, enjoy! I am forever grateful for meeting someone like you. Hope all is well with you & 
yours.

Sincerely w/ HEART Jaclyn

 

Dear Steve,

Last Easter there was little reason for Valentina and I to celebrate. My health was in dire straits. I had cancer.

As modern medicine attempted to help, my health continued to fail. Radiation and Chemotherapy kill all cells in it's path, good and bad alike with no exception. My survival was questionable.

Your decision to help us was a God Send. Your precious time spent with us had value that simple words cannot express. Your sincere care and concern is immeasurable.

My weight has increased twenty five pounds since we met three months ago. I feel stronger and I'm sleeping nights. My surgeon cannot find my tumor by my colon. It's disappeared. After asking what happened he said "keep doing whatever you are doing."

Thanks to your help this year we have good reason to celebrate this Easter season. Please share in our celebration by accepting this gift as our humble gratitude of appreciation.

Happy Easter to You and Your family.

 

Steve-I just got results of recent blood tests which showed my TSH levels to be at 2.5 not the 8.5 that they were at previously. The endocrinologist thought I had something called Hashimoto's disease, but when my levels of TSH were fine the doctor just said to check it again in a couple of months to be sure it's O.K. I'm doing so much better. I feel like a person again. I cannot thank you enough! I'll be coming back to see you soon to see what I need to do to help maintain my health.-Barbara

 

Dr. Steve,
Hi how are you? Are you ready for this one? I am just fine. Truly, I am doing wonderfully. I took a risk I tried all your treatments at once and they work! I am ecstatic! After 13yrs. of living w/ this unbalanced feeling inside me, it's gone! I have some minor spurts associated w/ my sleep cycle, but that will balance out more as I go along. I get a full nights of sleep, I feel so healthy. It is so AMAZING, You are so AMAZING. Even my father is happy! Mom too. Life is a exciting adventure again, I wake up and feel invigorated to start my day, my life once again. Thank You More Than You'll Ever Know... Sincerely Jaclyn

 

Dear Steve,
Please refill my drops as soon as convenient. As usual, I still swear that there is magic in those drops that have cut my sinus infections to zero and my colds to next to nothing. Thanks. Jeff

 

Dear Dr. Nenninger,

Hello from rainy Arizona. My name is Sarah Paton and I spoke with you briefly after your lunch time lecture as SCNM a few weeks ago....to jog your memory you thanked me for the energy I brought to the room and you said you couldn't help but notice me. I sincerely appreciate your kindness. I wanted to write to thank for for your thoughts on abundance and success in practice. They really had agiant impact on how I am viewing all the people in my life and also how my future looks from here! My cat appreciates your call for appreciation of all beings around you. I have invented a new possibility for myself and my life and that is the possibility of authenticity, appreciation and contribution. I wanted you to know that it is from your generosity in sharing yourself that my life and the lives of people around me are more rich. Thank you again.

Be well.

Sarah Paton 11th Q, SCNM

 

Dear Dr. Nenninger -

Our Ray is magnificent. Most importantly, he is healthy. His skin still flares on occasion - I think he reacts to berries, so that is off the menu for awhile. His stuttering is beginning to subside. He has more color in his cheeks and he is not so irritable. Have I told you lately that I love you? I am so excited about the path we are all on. Thank you, thank you. When do you suggest we see you again? 

Be well - Jackie

 

Hi Steve,

I am happy to report that I am feeling much better. The nausea has subsided drastically as has the gas and the bleeding has stopped completely. It's crazy more people don't seek this type of medical therapy. The supplements have once again conquered the monster running rampant in my belly. And for that, as always, I am incredibly grateful!

With thanksgiving just a few days away, one of the things I will be giving thanks for is you. Have a wonderful holiday and again, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

Warmest Regards,

AG

 

brutha steve, i feel 100% better than any day over the last 3 weeks since i switched to nux, was able to sleep in between charlies' waling fits and didnt choke myself to death with the cough. sooo (please enter gayish folks music here) me, me, me, meeeeeeeeeee.......(fixing my rasping ray charles sounding voice)

"haaaaaiiiiilllll to the witch doctor, the witch doctor, the witch doctor, haaaaaaiiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man! he neither drinks, nor he cusses, buthe fixesallthe wusses....haaaaiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man!"

Chris

 

Thanks so much for helping Francine yesterday. She felt so much better just talking to you! You're a great guy and you make it so easy for us to talk to you. You have a gift and I thank God we know you. Francine is HAPPIER - I kid you not! I saw the difference within 24 hours. She's actually talking to me in the morning which is something she hasn't done in a year:) I hope it continues! And the circles under her eyes improved in 24 hours too!

Thanks again for everything.

Love Susanne

 

Hi Steve,
This is Linda, Janets's Mom. I am writing you from (her) email so that you will have it. She checks her email several times a day.

So, let me tell you how (she) is doing.

Within 24 hours of starting the new pills you gave her there was a marked difference in who she was. She woke up happy (never happens) she didn't have mood swings in the evening like before. She hasn't had any temporal lobe seizures since we saw you. So to sum up ... you are my hero! 

I can't tell you how happy I am, but I probably don't have to. being a father, you can imagine what it is like to find out one day, that not only is your daughter depressed and wanting to commit suicide but that she also has six brain lesions that no one seems to know anything about or what to do about it. then they put your baby on drugs ... not just any drugs, but drugs that have bad side effects and are going to change her forever. Then when you ask them, "How long on the drugs" they tell you most likely forever! Can you feel what that feels like? I know you can.

So Steve, you have changed my world. Keeping that in mind the words "thank you" seem a little hollow don't you think? but those are the only words that I have for you.

Thank You!

I am hoping that you will have some more good news for me as time goes on.

So once again Steve "Thank you" so much for being who you are and doing what you've done to be able to have helped my daughter!

 

Dear Dr. Steve,

Thank you for your help and dedication to my health and well being. Ever since I had my first appointment with you a full year ago, I have been doing so much better, mentally as well as physically.

Before I found your name in one of Gary Null’s books, I had seen doctors and been put through tests to find out why I was having such pain and cramping, nausea and vomiting. And no doctor understood why it happened and why so sporadically; anywhere from six months apart to six weeks. For three years before I had seen you, I had just been surviving. Now I feel like I am living again. For the past year, I feel like the pain is under control. I no longer stress about another bout coming on soon.

The herbs that you have given me have been a miracle for me. Thank you. And thank you for the herbs for leveling out my adrenal gland after pregnancy as well as the tonics for my little boy’s teething. Everything is now so much smoother.

I am really glad that I came to you after giving birth to my son. You have helped both of us so much with the beginning of his new life. I had not recovered from his birth until you helped me. After four months of being a mother, I was still hyped up, not sleeping well and anxious and upset. Now, I feel more peaceful and calm. And I am very thankful that we started Conor on tonic and herbs before he was in so much teething pain. We were able to treat him and prevent him from going through agony. His teething transition has been very smooth compared to other children I know. A couple of rough days, but nothing compared to what I know it could have been. Thank you again.

You are a wonderful caring, intuitive individual as well as an excellent Naturopath. I will never be able to thank you enough for all the time that you have spent with me. You have been there every time I have had a need for an appointment, even late night on Saturday and one Sunday. I have never met anyone so dedicated to helping others.

Sincerely,

Julia R.

 

Steve,

It's been about 10 months since you last saw me, and I apologize that it has taken me this long to thank you for all you have done! I saw you last October when I was being treated for recurring ovarian cysts. My normal gynecologist had just recommended my 3rd (!!) surgery and I came to you looking for another answer and at the end of my wits. I was amazed at your intellectual and yet very caring manner, and used the remedy you prescribed (Carcinosin). After trying every hormone medication on the market and even going into drug-induced early "menopause" for six months, I had only felt worse and worse. Four months after our visit, I had a sonogram and was pronounced free of cysts.

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I can't tell you how amazing it is to not be constantly worrying about my health and when the next surgery will be - I am a free woman! I have not felt this good in many years, and I would never have gotten to this point without your help. I hope you will share this letter! It amazes me what passes for real "healthcare" in this day and age, and my only regret is that I didn't find you sooner!!

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Tara

 

Hi Steve,

I know it's been awhile since I've seen you but around this time of year I just wanted to thank you for all you did for me. As you recall, I had suffered from indigestion/acid reflux for many many years. After seeing countless doctors, gastroenterologists, etc I continued to decline despite the fact that they pumped me full of prescription medications.

After taking several tests that required one day hospitalizations I was diagnosed with Barrets Esophogus which my doctor told me had the potential to be a pre-cancerous condition. It was at this time that I asked the Universe for direction and was guided to your practice.

When I came to see you I was in terrible shape. I was unable to eat anything without getting terribly ill. I was fatigued and although I am for the most part a happy, carefree person, I was getting downright depressed. After seeing you for a short time my symptoms began to subside - while continuing to see you was always a gift for me - your sincerity and expertise lifted my spirits while my health continued to improve. I am happy to say that as of this writing I remain in good health. I am working at a job I love and although there will always be forks in the road I feel ready to tackle anything.

I just felt compelled to write you this note letting you know that I am very grateful to you for all your caring and guidance. I also wanted to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Best Wishes, Shari

 

 

Dr. Steve,

My daughter was thrilled when I told her you liked her picture, absolutely thrilled! She has been a VERY HAPPY girl since about 2 hours after the remedy you gave her. And today she woke up smiling, rash looks a bit more dried out, time will tell. I feel great too. I never know I am need of a remedy until you give me one!

Oh, and I forgot to tell you yesterday.......... About 1 month after the remedy you gave me the last time (Staphysagria) I started experienced TERRIBLE itching at my <very unnecessary> C-section site, I mean unbearable internal itching! Like I wanted to go through the scar and scratch my uterus, it was intense. Anyway....a month after the remedy and about a week after the itching started, I experienced a gush of fluid, ran to the bathroom and discovered I had passed SUTURES, what looked like 3-4, in about 2 ounces of clear water type fluid!!!!!!!!! I was SHOCKED, but happy that I have continued to heal 4.5 years later :) The fluid continued for about 24 hours. It was VERY weird, but VERY healthy feeling. You have really gotten me back in balance, (even though I thought I was in perfect balance already! LOL)

I feel full of positive, healing energy, a feeling I haven't had in years. You are a wonderful person, I hope you are told that AT LEAST every day :) You will have noticed that I have you listed as her primary physician to be contacted FIRST in any event. And the physician that is basically the God. No one may treat, touch, or even look at her before you approve! LOL, I hope that's OK, since all the emergency contacts for my daughter have a copy of that! LOL

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Hi Steve,

Thanks for you e-mail recently. I don't know where time goes. Things with my health have been absolutely fantastic. For many months I have had no sign whatsoever of any symptoms of colitis. The Chinese remedies seem to have worked marvelously. In fact, diet has no negative effect anymore. This includes dairy, wheat, wine or anything else for that matter. Although my normal diet still avoids these food groups as a matter of general principle I can chow down pizza and beer or whatever in seemingly any quantity for any number of days without consequence. Moreover, work is as stressful as ever with 70-90 hour weeks being the norm. Still, zero sign of any symptoms. Normal BM's, little or no gas even after dairy or legumes. Symptoms are just plain zip.

I don't want you to conclude from this that either my diet or workload lacks decent balance-in otherwords, that all your good teaching is for naught. This would be anything but true.

I just can't believe that I loved with my former conditions for so may years without hope, feeling guilty and deeply worried. Color me deeply skeptical of western medicine. If there is anything you recommend now as a maintenance plan please contact me ASAP.

Where ever you go I will find you so do us both a favor and stay in touch. I still consider you my primary physician. If you come across others similarly afflicted as was I, share this message that there is more than just hope for those that will dedicate themselves.

Thanks for giving me my life back.

Regards,

John

 

Dear Steve,

Thanks for being willing to stick with me and support me healing process. Thank you for not judging me and for being willing to take risks and chances with me and my healing.

You have not only been a healer for me, you have been a friend that I can grow with. I know that you will continue to flourish in everything that you do because of the way that you treat people and your willingness to grow emotionally with your patients

I do not know what I would have done without you. In any case I know that I wouldn't be here (alive) and if I was I know that it would have been on conventional drugs or have been ravaged by surgery. Please continue to do what you do. I am sure that there are people meant just for you and only helpable by you, as I was.

Gratefully, Michael

 

Dear Steve -

It's hard to summarizemy experiences with naturopathic medicine. There are so many layersof healing involved.

Homeopathy, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, such as yourself, can not only alleviate the general symptoms of complaint but hits on something much deeper. The core reason why we feel discomfort. In doing this the whole body and mind are brought into a better balance.

You have helped me throughseveral difficult periods in mylife. You used your skills as a practitioner for the physical hurts but more importantly you gave equalattention to the emotions and stressesI was feeling.

I've come to know my body and when it's time for a "tune-up".I know by the end of my visit with you,the whole person will be treated, not just the pie wedge symptom.

There are no words to express my deep gratitude to you and Roseanne for your kind and gentle care.

Thank you for being in my life. God Bless.

Maggie M -

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Dr. Nenninger, Just wanted to see if we might be able to schedule a phone call to discuss how the medicines are working – let me know what might work best with your schedule. I can tell you that I have yet to have an “episode” of pain, and I am very thankful for that!! J J J I look forward to speaking with you soon,

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hello steve, i just wanted to let to know how blessed i feel to have met you. i am truly confident that this is going to work. i have told so many people about you and will be telling more. i think that it was fate that brought me to you. just the 26-Jan-2008once i did not feel like the outcast....i will be looking forward to getting my capsules/drops whatever form of remedy you perscribe. i feel like my luck has finally changed godbless cynthia      

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Bless you and your remedies. We went from cranky crying teether this morning to blissful angel in no time flat this morning. Her skin looks great although still a bit itchy so still using aloe and chamomile. 
Jen

 

Thank you

I am taking the cytomel for three consecutive days now, and on the second day (Sunday) I had the most wonderfully energetic feelings. I did a lot of long neglected yard work, could concentrate while reading. (I took reading breaks while washing and painting wicker furniture). Yesterday I fell apart and did very little. I can only think I overdid it the day before. Today, I am in the mid zone. On Sunday night I also slept for nine hours straight. The first time in two years. Thanks for the opportunity to feel semi normal. It's been a long time. I look forward to more days like that.

 

Steve - I have not felt like eating much this week. This has not happened to me in 54 years. Usually I want to eat everything in the house and then some. Is this how the thin half (probably in our society it's more like the other quarter) lives? I have been having some hot flashes, not too bad, I just feel warm a lot of the time. Otherwise I'm doing good. More energy! Maybe I'm not used to moving around and that's why I'm sweating. I thank you for all your help with our family. Fondly-B.N.

 

Steve:
Chelsea went to her Jr. Prom alone with her date......she walked in, danced most of the night and went to an after-prom party at a friends house. Came home at 1:30am! She was voted Prom Princess and given a dozen roses, tiara, etc. Not bad for her first venture without Mom! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels that she could do this, she's so brave. We'll send you pictures.
She goes for chemo this Wednesday for 5 nights......
Love,
Barbara

 

Steve-I'm doing great! I'm feeling good! I'm like a new person. I was ready to retire a couple of months ago because I didn't think I could keep up with the children. Now they have to keep up with me. I lost a couple of pounds without trying, but realize I have to really make an effort to keep it going. At least now I feel I may have a chance to succeed in this area. Right now I'm taking the vitamins, flaxseed oil, and progon B, three tablets twice a day. I still am taking the blood pressure medication once a day, until I lose some weight. If this sounds good I will continue and come back to see you next month. I finished the thyrosol and I have a week left on the Arsenicum LM 2.(I almost forgot that one.). No hurry getting back to me. I'm doing very well. Many Thanks-Barbara

 

Hi Steve,

Rain or shine here is some happy news of mine. Ours really, anyway the Arsenicum is working beautifully as intended. Is the Pulsatilla already in it too? Until I find out I've been taking half the dose of the Pulsatilla. Which ever way it's sliced it's doing. I also wanted to inquire about how many calm spirits I can take a day, I currently take 8, I feel it but not to the degree I would like at times. Generally, does fluctuation work best or consistency w/ the calm spirit? I have more good news hormonally I am doing much better as well 14-8 days down to 3 days. Yes standing ovation for Doctor Steve. I also remembered how I realized the Isocort is working I used to go into fight or flight over trivial things, & the intensity was breathtaking. Now I rarely go into that state & when I do the feeling is so minor in comparison. I don't feel suppressed either. I am in control so much more in a good way, it is shown in many areas especially socially that is a gift in itself. Along w/ everything else. So basically Steve is brilliant, but we already knew that, only he's too humble to flaunt it, well that's part of why he is sooooo brilliant. Well now my dear I must let you know what a major gear you are in the fine machinery of my recovery. I no longer have to live my life like a candle in the wind. You are a part of that, enjoy! I am forever grateful for meeting someone like you. Hope all is well with you & 
yours.

Sincerely w/ HEART Jaclyn

 

Dear Steve,

Last Easter there was little reason for Valentina and I to celebrate. My health was in dire straits. I had cancer.

As modern medicine attempted to help, my health continued to fail. Radiation and Chemotherapy kill all cells in it's path, good and bad alike with no exception. My survival was questionable.

Your decision to help us was a God Send. Your precious time spent with us had value that simple words cannot express. Your sincere care and concern is immeasurable.

My weight has increased twenty five pounds since we met three months ago. I feel stronger and I'm sleeping nights. My surgeon cannot find my tumor by my colon. It's disappeared. After asking what happened he said "keep doing whatever you are doing."

Thanks to your help this year we have good reason to celebrate this Easter season. Please share in our celebration by accepting this gift as our humble gratitude of appreciation.

Happy Easter to You and Your family.

 

Steve-I just got results of recent blood tests which showed my TSH levels to be at 2.5 not the 8.5 that they were at previously. The endocrinologist thought I had something called Hashimoto's disease, but when my levels of TSH were fine the doctor just said to check it again in a couple of months to be sure it's O.K. I'm doing so much better. I feel like a person again. I cannot thank you enough! I'll be coming back to see you soon to see what I need to do to help maintain my health.-Barbara

 

Dr. Steve,
Hi how are you? Are you ready for this one? I am just fine. Truly, I am doing wonderfully. I took a risk I tried all your treatments at once and they work! I am ecstatic! After 13yrs. of living w/ this unbalanced feeling inside me, it's gone! I have some minor spurts associated w/ my sleep cycle, but that will balance out more as I go along. I get a full nights of sleep, I feel so healthy. It is so AMAZING, You are so AMAZING. Even my father is happy! Mom too. Life is a exciting adventure again, I wake up and feel invigorated to start my day, my life once again. Thank You More Than You'll Ever Know... Sincerely Jaclyn

 

Dear Steve,
Please refill my drops as soon as convenient. As usual, I still swear that there is magic in those drops that have cut my sinus infections to zero and my colds to next to nothing. Thanks. Jeff

 

Dear Dr. Nenninger,

Hello from rainy Arizona. My name is Sarah Paton and I spoke with you briefly after your lunch time lecture as SCNM a few weeks ago....to jog your memory you thanked me for the energy I brought to the room and you said you couldn't help but notice me. I sincerely appreciate your kindness. I wanted to write to thank for for your thoughts on abundance and success in practice. They really had agiant impact on how I am viewing all the people in my life and also how my future looks from here! My cat appreciates your call for appreciation of all beings around you. I have invented a new possibility for myself and my life and that is the possibility of authenticity, appreciation and contribution. I wanted you to know that it is from your generosity in sharing yourself that my life and the lives of people around me are more rich. Thank you again.

Be well.

Sarah Paton 11th Q, SCNM

 

Dear Dr. Nenninger -

Our Ray is magnificent. Most importantly, he is healthy. His skin still flares on occasion - I think he reacts to berries, so that is off the menu for awhile. His stuttering is beginning to subside. He has more color in his cheeks and he is not so irritable. Have I told you lately that I love you? I am so excited about the path we are all on. Thank you, thank you. When do you suggest we see you again? 

Be well - Jackie

 

Hi Steve,

I am happy to report that I am feeling much better. The nausea has subsided drastically as has the gas and the bleeding has stopped completely. It's crazy more people don't seek this type of medical therapy. The supplements have once again conquered the monster running rampant in my belly. And for that, as always, I am incredibly grateful!

With thanksgiving just a few days away, one of the things I will be giving thanks for is you. Have a wonderful holiday and again, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

Warmest Regards,

AG

 

brutha steve, i feel 100% better than any day over the last 3 weeks since i switched to nux, was able to sleep in between charlies' waling fits and didnt choke myself to death with the cough. sooo (please enter gayish folks music here) me, me, me, meeeeeeeeeee.......(fixing my rasping ray charles sounding voice)

"haaaaaiiiiilllll to the witch doctor, the witch doctor, the witch doctor, haaaaaaiiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man! he neither drinks, nor he cusses, buthe fixesallthe wusses....haaaaiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man!"

Chris

 

Thanks so much for helping Francine yesterday. She felt so much better just talking to you! You're a great guy and you make it so easy for us to talk to you. You have a gift and I thank God we know you. Francine is HAPPIER - I kid you not! I saw the difference within 24 hours. She's actually talking to me in the morning which is something she hasn't done in a year:) I hope it continues! And the circles under her eyes improved in 24 hours too!

Thanks again for everything.

Love Susanne

 

Hi Steve,
This is Linda, Janets's Mom. I am writing you from (her) email so that you will have it. She checks her email several times a day.

So, let me tell you how (she) is doing.

Within 24 hours of starting the new pills you gave her there was a marked difference in who she was. She woke up happy (never happens) she didn't have mood swings in the evening like before. She hasn't had any temporal lobe seizures since we saw you. So to sum up ... you are my hero! 

I can't tell you how happy I am, but I probably don't have to. being a father, you can imagine what it is like to find out one day, that not only is your daughter depressed and wanting to commit suicide but that she also has six brain lesions that no one seems to know anything about or what to do about it. then they put your baby on drugs ... not just any drugs, but drugs that have bad side effects and are going to change her forever. Then when you ask them, "How long on the drugs" they tell you most likely forever! Can you feel what that feels like? I know you can.

So Steve, you have changed my world. Keeping that in mind the words "thank you" seem a little hollow don't you think? but those are the only words that I have for you.

Thank You!

I am hoping that you will have some more good news for me as time goes on.

So once again Steve "Thank you" so much for being who you are and doing what you've done to be able to have helped my daughter!

 

Dear Dr. Steve,

Thank you for your help and dedication to my health and well being. Ever since I had my first appointment with you a full year ago, I have been doing so much better, mentally as well as physically.

Before I found your name in one of Gary Null’s books, I had seen doctors and been put through tests to find out why I was having such pain and cramping, nausea and vomiting. And no doctor understood why it happened and why so sporadically; anywhere from six months apart to six weeks. For three years before I had seen you, I had just been surviving. Now I feel like I am living again. For the past year, I feel like the pain is under control. I no longer stress about another bout coming on soon.

The herbs that you have given me have been a miracle for me. Thank you. And thank you for the herbs for leveling out my adrenal gland after pregnancy as well as the tonics for my little boy’s teething. Everything is now so much smoother.

I am really glad that I came to you after giving birth to my son. You have helped both of us so much with the beginning of his new life. I had not recovered from his birth until you helped me. After four months of being a mother, I was still hyped up, not sleeping well and anxious and upset. Now, I feel more peaceful and calm. And I am very thankful that we started Conor on tonic and herbs before he was in so much teething pain. We were able to treat him and prevent him from going through agony. His teething transition has been very smooth compared to other children I know. A couple of rough days, but nothing compared to what I know it could have been. Thank you again.

You are a wonderful caring, intuitive individual as well as an excellent Naturopath. I will never be able to thank you enough for all the time that you have spent with me. You have been there every time I have had a need for an appointment, even late night on Saturday and one Sunday. I have never met anyone so dedicated to helping others.

Sincerely,

Julia R.

 

Steve,

It's been about 10 months since you last saw me, and I apologize that it has taken me this long to thank you for all you have done! I saw you last October when I was being treated for recurring ovarian cysts. My normal gynecologist had just recommended my 3rd (!!) surgery and I came to you looking for another answer and at the end of my wits. I was amazed at your intellectual and yet very caring manner, and used the remedy you prescribed (Carcinosin). After trying every hormone medication on the market and even going into drug-induced early "menopause" for six months, I had only felt worse and worse. Four months after our visit, I had a sonogram and was pronounced free of cysts.

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I can't tell you how amazing it is to not be constantly worrying about my health and when the next surgery will be - I am a free woman! I have not felt this good in many years, and I would never have gotten to this point without your help. I hope you will share this letter! It amazes me what passes for real "healthcare" in this day and age, and my only regret is that I didn't find you sooner!!

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Tara

 

Hi Steve,

I know it's been awhile since I've seen you but around this time of year I just wanted to thank you for all you did for me. As you recall, I had suffered from indigestion/acid reflux for many many years. After seeing countless doctors, gastroenterologists, etc I continued to decline despite the fact that they pumped me full of prescription medications.

After taking several tests that required one day hospitalizations I was diagnosed with Barrets Esophogus which my doctor told me had the potential to be a pre-cancerous condition. It was at this time that I asked the Universe for direction and was guided to your practice.

When I came to see you I was in terrible shape. I was unable to eat anything without getting terribly ill. I was fatigued and although I am for the most part a happy, carefree person, I was getting downright depressed. After seeing you for a short time my symptoms began to subside - while continuing to see you was always a gift for me - your sincerity and expertise lifted my spirits while my health continued to improve. I am happy to say that as of this writing I remain in good health. I am working at a job I love and although there will always be forks in the road I feel ready to tackle anything.

I just felt compelled to write you this note letting you know that I am very grateful to you for all your caring and guidance. I also wanted to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Best Wishes, Shari

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Dr. Steve,

My daughter was thrilled when I told her you liked her picture, absolutely thrilled! She has been a VERY HAPPY girl since about 2 hours after the remedy you gave her. And today she woke up smiling, rash looks a bit more dried out, time will tell. I feel great too. I never know I am need of a remedy until you give me one!

Oh, and I forgot to tell you yesterday.......... About 1 month after the remedy you gave me the last time (Staphysagria) I started experienced TERRIBLE itching at my <very unnecessary> C-section site, I mean unbearable internal itching! Like I wanted to go through the scar and scratch my uterus, it was intense. Anyway....a month after the remedy and about a week after the itching started, I experienced a gush of fluid, ran to the bathroom and discovered I had passed SUTURES, what looked like 3-4, in about 2 ounces of clear water type fluid!!!!!!!!! I was SHOCKED, but happy that I have continued to heal 4.5 years later :) The fluid continued for about 24 hours. It was VERY weird, but VERY healthy feeling. You have really gotten me back in balance, (even though I thought I was in perfect balance already! LOL)

I feel full of positive, healing energy, a feeling I haven't had in years. You are a wonderful person, I hope you are told that AT LEAST every day :) You will have noticed that I have you listed as her primary physician to be contacted FIRST in any event. And the physician that is basically the God. No one may treat, touch, or even look at her before you approve! LOL, I hope that's OK, since all the emergency contacts for my daughter have a copy of that! LOL

 

Hi Steve,

Thanks for you e-mail recently. I don't know where time goes. Things with my health have been absolutely fantastic. For many months I have had no sign whatsoever of any symptoms of colitis. The Chinese remedies seem to have worked marvelously. In fact, diet has no negative effect anymore. This includes dairy, wheat, wine or anything else for that matter. Although my normal diet still avoids these food groups as a matter of general principle I can chow down pizza and beer or whatever in seemingly any quantity for any number of days without consequence. Moreover, work is as stressful as ever with 70-90 hour weeks being the norm. Still, zero sign of any symptoms. Normal BM's, little or no gas even after dairy or legumes. Symptoms are just plain zip.

I don't want you to conclude from this that either my diet or workload lacks decent balance-in otherwords, that all your good teaching is for naught. This would be anything but true.

I just can't believe that I loved with my former conditions for so may years without hope, feeling guilty and deeply worried. Color me deeply skeptical of western medicine. If there is anything you recommend now as a maintenance plan please contact me ASAP.

Where ever you go I will find you so do us both a favor and stay in touch. I still consider you my primary physician. If you come across others similarly afflicted as was I, share this message that there is more than just hope for those that will dedicate themselves.

Thanks for giving me my life back.

Regards,

John

 

Dear Steve,

Thanks for being willing to stick with me and support me healing process. Thank you for not judging me and for being willing to take risks and chances with me and my healing.

You have not only been a healer for me, you have been a friend that I can grow with. I know that you will continue to flourish in everything that you do because of the way that you treat people and your willingness to grow emotionally with your patients

I do not know what I would have done without you. In any case I know that I wouldn't be here (alive) and if I was I know that it would have been on conventional drugs or have been ravaged by surgery. Please continue to do what you do. I am sure that there are people meant just for you and only helpable by you, as I was.

Gratefully, Michael

 

Dear Steve -

It's hard to summarizemy experiences with naturopathic medicine. There are so many layersof healing involved.

Homeopathy, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, such as yourself, can not only alleviate the general symptoms of complaint but hits on something much deeper. The core reason why we feel discomfort. In doing this the whole body and mind are brought into a better balance.

You have helped me throughseveral difficult periods in mylife. You used your skills as a practitioner for the physical hurts but more importantly you gave equalattention to the emotions and stressesI was feeling.

I've come to know my body and when it's time for a "tune-up".I know by the end of my visit with you,the whole person will be treated, not just the pie wedge symptom.

There are no words to express my deep gratitude to you and Roseanne for your kind and gentle care.

Thank you for being in my life. God Bless.

Maggie M -

 

FYI...our son is doing great......fistula still closing....75% filled in. He has tons of energy, very focused and happy.  The LIJ and Winthrop Dr. told us last year this couldn't be done on food and diet alone. Remicade only. I knew then they were wrong.   Thank you Dr. Nenninger for saving our sons future! __________________
Dr. Nenninger,
This is verbatim from my son’s teacher in 1st grade, who a few months ago was considering having him evaluated for some sort of learning disability: 
"He is making wonderful progress and completing his work.  His diet made a HUGE difference:) "  
Its the same feedback from his reading teacher, where in a few months not only did he improve in reading but he jumped ahead a whole reading grade level or he zoomed through in a few months what was supposed to take a whole year to accomplish! Great improvements in math also.
My other son continues to aggressively improve across all levels and disciplines (reading, science, math, writing, social studies,music gym etc.) despite being off of Ritalin for months now.  He once forgot his study guide (he used to forget things all the time!) and still got 100% on the test.  
Both of their teachers are SHOCKED that these are the same children and that just a dietary change can produce these results.
I would have never expected these results even with intense tutoring, when in fact they didn't have any tutoring and he is now doing his homework completely on his own freeing up many hours of my time which used to be used helping him.  
I can't thank you enough and promise to stop asking if we can "cheat" occasionally on the diet.
Best Regards,MR
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A big thank you to Dr. Steve Nenninger.  I had headaches for three months, bordering on migraines.  Conventional treatment was not working.  An MRI did not find anything abnormal.  A friend suggested Dr. Steve, and with his prescribed treatments the headaches in time stopped.PA
Hello Dr. Nenninger,Firstly I wanted to thank you for giving me back MY SON.  I AM TRULY GRATEFUL!!!  He has come a long way ever since we first met you.  You will always be in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.VG
I just wanted to thank you for suggesting that I get this test done. Since I cut out all dairy and a couple other items listed as high, I feel sooo much better and I have more energy.  There are a lot of people telling me I look really good like I lost weight - and I did.  I now fit into a size smaller -wait till I really pour on the exercise!JM______________________________An Open Letter to Dr. Steve Nenninger’s Patients -  Taking the Guess-Work out of Natural Medicine One and a half years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic case of oral thrush.  The pharmaceutical medications I was prescribed to treat the condition were highly toxic, requiring bi-weekly monitoring of my liver function.  Unwilling to remain on the prescription indefinitely, I scoured Internet and the library for every natural remedy out there.  The “cures” I found varied from dietary restrictions to yogurt smears to costly “do-it-yourself” supplements and detoxification regimens.  Of the cures I was willing to risk, I gained small relief. However, none of them got to the bottom of my health problem.  Apparently, my situation was more complicated than I realized. I brought my case history to Dr. Steve and he assured me that not only could we take care of the thrush, but that the fatigue, anxiety and digestive problems I had been struggling with were also symptoms of the same underlying problem and could be lifted.  We started treatment with vitamin supplements and homeopathy, built on those results with food allergy and neuroscience testing. Then, tweaked those results with new supplements, new homeopathy, test specific dietary restrictions and more regular exercise than I ever did in my life! I am grateful to say that steady improvement of my health – both mentally and physically, has been the result of these carefully orchestrated efforts.  I know I am one of the many people Dr. Steve has helped, so in a way, this success story is not news.  The purpose of this letter is not only to celebrate a great health practitioner and share the excitement of my improved health, but also to share with you the story of my setback and how it was all my fault. You see, everything was going fantastic.  After a year of working very hard being disciplined with my food, exercise, supplements and sleep, I slowly had regained an enjoyable level of health and balance. I could really almost touch a state of stellar health I had never known!  I grew impatient.  I wanted to “catapult” myself and my recovery into the vista of boundless energy and vibrant health before me and so went online to a very respectable vitamin and supplement website deciding to add a green powder supplement to my diet.  I did not consult Dr. Steve about this decision – after all it was “just” greens.  Well, it didn’t take very long after ingesting this product that my recovery was set back months.  The balance that Dr. Steve and I had worked so hard to achieve was toppled.  My sleeping patterns and digestion were disrupted, my fatigue and anxiety levels rose and the thrush, though not full blown, did return to a small degree. Had I contacted Dr. Steve before making this purchase and decision, he would have warned me against it.  I had no idea that in my case taking a green supplement would be detrimental.  As the green supplement is working its way out of my system, I am recovering once more.   I am sleeping better, my digestion is regular, I am less anxious, more energetic and the thrush is almost gone. I am so grateful to be under the care of one of the top N.D.’s in the country.  Dr. Steve is a highly educated and effective doctor.  More than this, I am deeply appreciative of having an intelligent, compassionate, healing partner by my side practicing not only the science but the art of natural medicine.  Before I make any decisions in selecting my own “natural cure” gain, I will be sure to run it by my healing partner.  Most likely, he has a better remedy for me already waiting for me, better than anything I could have guessed. Andrea R.  Northport
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I just tucked my son in for the night and I just wanted to say thank you for giving me him back... he is so very different(for the better) since we started seeing you... I will be forever grateful!
SL
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On a personal note, I just wanted to thank you for your concern and sincerity in treating my wife and I.  The last year and half have been very trying on me personally, but in the short time I've been seeing you it is apparent I've found someone who actually cares and has a passion for his work and people.  I certainly don't have to tell you, but going to doctor after doctor (test after test) without any relief or ANSWERS and being treated no more than just a body (not a person) is very frustrating.  EL
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Dear Dr. Nenninger, It will be a year ago in May of 2012, that we came to see you about our then almost 9 year daughter.  She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 8 years old and her health continued to get worse, even though her Gasto had her on MANY different meds.  
She continued to lose weight and became so sick that they wanted to start her on the  IV drug Remicade.  I had read about that drug...and the terrible problems that could arise and also they don’t have any documentation of children being on this drug....they wanted our daughter to be their guinea pig.  I sent you a text about my daughters condition and you squeezed me in 2 days later.  
After getting the test results back....we found out she has allergies to milk, eggs and gluten.  We took her off these allergens and within about 3 months....her blood levels became better....and she gained 4 pounds!!!!!  Now, it’s been about 8 months....and her blood levels are NORMAL!!!!!  We have started to lower the meds from the Gasto....and our hope is to eventually get her off the meds completely.  
We are so grateful for your help and feel if it wasn’t for you.....our daughter wouldn’t have had a future.  We are now ordering the test for our 5 year old daughter who has sinus problems and might also ADHD....we are hopeful that this testing can help her too. Thank you for all you have done for our family....we will be forever grateful for  you.... God bless you!  Sincerely,Faith Reyes
Dr. Steve how are you? I just wanna let you know that I'm in Brazil and last week I won my first professional tournament in doubles!!! So of course I have to thank you for that as well.
Dear Dr. Steve –It was wonderful to meet with you this past Saturday and I feel the need to take a moment to thank you.Thank you for your time - thank you for squeezing me into your very busy practice - thank you for listening to my words and actually hearing them – thank you for not judging me.  I have been judged my entire life when it comes to my weight…. and truth be told …I’m exhausted by it.Lastly and most importantly, thank you for your warmth and for the hope that you have instilled in me – to not give up and to continue to strive to live a healthier life.Looking forward to our next appointment!

Dr. Steve,
I am very grateful that we found you. You are the best doctor we ever met, and a beautiful person. If this world had a little more people like you, it will be a lot different. 
Thank you,
The Rodriguez family.
I am glad you still finding out many new cures, you are the best and most compassionate doctor I know. Thank you for being there for all of thehuman race as you will have a profound impact on earth. Please put your information out in the world to help everyone. Best Wishes
To prepare you for our Tues follow-up.. you are really that good with helping your patients get pregnant, because I am about 7 weeks pregnant and just found out this week!!  So want to let you know I am limited with any herbs and meds you may recommend/
Talk to you Tues. have a great weekend!


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A PARENTS NIGHTMARESix months ago, my three year old son was diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum a viral skin infection that causes wart like lesions on the skin.  The firm bumps (papules) are painless, but if scratched, the infection can spread to the surrounding skin and other people.  I am writing this in hopes that the research, mistakes and lessons I learned over the past six months could possibly help to prevent a child from going though the pain and suffering that my son and family has recently gone though.  And so I will start at the very beginning… In September of 2011, I noticed after giving my son a bath that there were approximately 4 little bumps on his chest.  The bumps were small, clear, and hardly noticeable, and because he has always had eczema (rough dry patches and little red bumps on his skin) I didn’t think much of it.  I decided to put some of the steroid cream that the pediatrician had prescribed him since the day he was born on the bumps.  I had used it religiously to keep his eczema under control.  A few weeks went by and I noticed that the bumps remained on his chest, so I casually mentioned it to the pediatrician.  I was asked to bring him in, and once examined, it was confirmed that although he did still have eczema, the bumps were Molluscum Contagiosum.  The pediatrician then proceeded to inform me that “it is not a serious skin disease, but it is highly contagious and since it is viral, there is no cure and it will eventually go away on its own within 1-3 years.” That just didn’t sit right with me, how could it take 3 years for these little bumps to go away?   So I decided to take my son to a pediatric dermatologist.  By the time I was able to get an appointment with the dermatologist (one month later), my son had 15 bumps on his chest.  The dermatologist confirmed that it was Molluscum Contagiosum and told me that there were several treatments for the skin disease.  Treatments included either freezing the lesions off, removing them with a curette, removal by laser, or the use of certain chemicals to burn them off.  And since all of these options leave the possibility of scarring, and none kill the virus, his advice was to ignore it and let it go away on its own.  Again he reiterated that it could take a year or it could take three years depending on when my son’s body decided to recognize and fight the virus.  He also prescribed a stronger steroid cream for my son since eczema aggravates the condition.  Two months later I noticed the bumps spreading on to my son’s genitals.  I immediately and frantically called the dermatologist and was told to “just leave them alone and they will go away…eventually.”  So I did what I was told to do since the doctors are the experts… right?  Three months later my son had approximately 50 warts all over his body.  They were on his chest, arms, legs, and genitals.  The day I saw one come out on his forehead I immediately made an appointment with another dermatologist for a second opinion.  Something had to be done, what will he look like a year from now, or worse three years from now?  Plus, for fear of passing it on to another child I keep him out of preschool, did not allow him to have play dates with other children and keep him away from all family members.  The second dermatologist examined my son and asked why he was not treated three months ago.  She told me that the virus would continue to spread and that she normally treats it right away.  Little did I know at that point what hell I was about to endure in the days to come and the pain and suffering that my son was going to go through.  The first procedure she decided to do was to cut the bumps off using a curette which is extremely sharp.  The physician assistant put numbing cream on the little bumps and my three year old son was asked to sit naked for 30 minutes for the cream to take effect.  Not only did he have to sit he had to sit still and not scratch the bumps that were now itching due to the numbing cream.  Did I mention that he was three?  Then my husband, the nurse and I had to hold him down while the physician assistant cut each bump off, one by one.  The blood curdling screams were unbearable, but all I keep thinking was ok, maybe the disease will stop spreading so fast if we get them off.  After a 15 minute procedure, about 25 bumps were removed and I was told to come back in two weeks to remove the rest.  However, in the meantime they prescribed Aldara, a genital wart cream.  I was told to put the cream on the remaining bumps every night.  The cream was supposed to stimulate his immune system to start fighting the virus.  So, again, I did what I was told to do and listened to the doctor.  Well, within one week all of the bumps that were cut off came back, and about 20 more appeared on my son’s body.  His body had horrific scarring and the Aldara cream upset his eczema so much that his whole body felt like sand paper.  I immediately called to make another appointment with the dermatologist.  Surly, this was not normal!  When she saw me back so soon, she seemed annoyed and asked me what the problem was.  I explained what had happen to his skin and how the bumps were spreading like crazy.  She proceeded to examine my son, tell her assistant to use a Catherine treatment on the warts and walked out of the room.  Apparently the Catherine treatment was supposed to make the little bumps blister and then pop, thus removing the virus filled papules.  The assistant then proceeded to dot each bump, even the bumps on his genitals with a strong smelling liquid; I found out later (from the internet) that it was poisonous juice derived from a beetle.  I was told to wash the treatment off in three hours.  Wow, I thought to myself, no tears this is a much better option than holding my son down and cutting them off.  I did as I was told and washed the treatment off in the bath exactly three hours later.  Approximately 4 hours after the treatment was washed off my son woke up at 10:00 pm screaming and crying.  He was inconsolable.  My husband and I tried to calm him down and ask what was wrong and he kept screaming, “help mommy, it hurts please help me and make the hurt go away.”  We stripped his pajamas off of him and our jaws dropped.  There were about 30 blisters ranging from the size of a grape to the size of a ping pong ball all over his body.  I immediately called the dermatologist’s emergency line.  Fortunately, the doctor on call was the dermatologist that ordered the procedure and she told me to give him Tylenol and pop the blisters with a pin.  So there we were, 11:00 at night trying to pop huge blisters on my three year old as he screamed, “please stop hurting me, please, please let me go, please don’t touch me.”  There was so much fear in his eyes, and what hurt the most was that he feared his parents, the very parents that wanted the best for him, that wanted him to get better.  The next day my son woke up with a 103.5 fever.  He had it for three days.  He wouldn’t let us go near him and flinched every time we came close to him.  His body was scarred from the cuts and now burnt from the Catherine treatment.  Honestly, he looked like a burn victim.  His skin was raw, red and ripped apart.  And, the warts…well they were still there!A week went by and his skin did not heal from the burns.  I made an appointment to see the dermatologist once again.  I wanted her to see how badly his burns were and hoped she could prescribe something to help him heal.  After the examination, she asked her assistant to prescribe Mupirocin for the burns and Protopic (a non-steroid cream) for the eczema and walked out of the room.  She did mention before she walked out that I was no longer allowed to bring my 4 year old daughter (who was sitting quietly on the chair in the office) to these appointments and to please get a babysitter next visit.  That day I left that doctors office defeated and in tears.  What did I do to my son?  At that point he had over 75 warts all over his body and his beautiful baby skin was now destroyed.That night I decided to do research.  I didn’t trust the doctors anymore, so I researched all of the medicated creams that I was putting on my son.  Every cream had horrific side effects.  The worse side effect was from the most recent prescription, Protopic, it could eventually cause skin cancer.  That cream cost me $150.00, I threw it in the garbage.  I continued to research.  I researched every website, every blog and every forum that was written about molluscum.  I researched for the next week, every chance I could get, I must have spent 5 hours a day researching.  And what I noticed was that there were many naturopathic remedies to get rid of the symptoms but nothing to get rid of the virus.  Since conventional medicine did not help the problem, and only made it worse, I decided that I was going to take my son to see a Naturopathic doctor.  My sister’s very good friend recommended Dr. Nenninger.  She spoke very highly of Dr. Nennigner and was so grateful that he was able to heal her son naturally, when conventional doctors told her he needed tubes in his ears.  Today, her son is happy, healthy and has not had an ear infection since seeing Dr. Nenninger!  After doing some research I found out that Dr. Nenninger was a well known, well respected, extremely knowledgeable Naturopathic doctor.  Maybe there was hope, maybe my son could heal!  I emailed Dr. Nenninger and he personally responded to me within hours and I was given an appointment immediately.  Wow!  My husband, my daughter and my son all went to the visit.  He was kind and friendly, and offered my children paper, crayons and corn chips while letting them play with his two adorable dogs.  My kids were happy and comfortable in his presence.  My son, who was now conditioned to fear doctors, didn’t fear him. The doctor observed my son and then we went over his medical history.  Dr. Nenninger explained to my husband and me that my son’s immune system was distracted and that was why his body was not fighting the molluscum virus.  He suspected food allergies.  He explained that skin disorders such as eczema, rashes and warts are created because the body’s immune system is too busy making antibodies to fight food proteins, when it should be creating antibodies to fight viruses and bacteria.  He pricked my son’s finger, put a few drops of blood on a piece of paper and said that he would be in touch as soon as the results came it.  That was the last little bit of pain my son has every felt.  Within one week the test results came in.  Dr. Nenninger sat with both my husband and me, while the kids played in his office and explained that my son should avoid dairy, gluten and eggs.  Apparently, his body was so busy creating antibodies to fight these food proteins, and was so distracted that it was never going to ever be able to fight the molluscum virus. I have to be honest, this was tough to hear; everything my son ate contained dairy, wheat and eggs!  In fact, his favorite foods were cheese, yogurt, pasta and cereal!  But, we wanted my son to heal and Dr. Nenninger promised me he would.  That was the first thing he said to me, “Don’t worry mom, he will heal.”  Most importantly, Dr. Nenninger promised to find out the underlying cause of the virus, not just hid, cover up, or in my son’s case, cut or burn off the symptoms! My husband and I went home that day and threw out everything in the house that contained gluten, dairy and eggs.  We drove to Whole Foods and found alternatives for everything my son enjoyed the most without the ingredients he was allergic to.  We explained to him that he would have to eat new and special food to help the bumps go away.  When I asked Dr. Nenninger how long it would take to see results, he told me to give it a month or two and the bumps would just fall off.  He also reminded me that it was more than just molluscum that we were healing; we were healing my son’s immune system which is far more important than the bumps which were just symptoms.  I asked if there was anything else that could help to speed up the process, so he also gave my son an immune boosting supplement and Thuja for the warts.  For the first time in six months we all had hope, we were actually smiling not crying and best of all we were not hurting our son, we had nothing to lose!Within the first week of the diet, my son’s skin started to look smoother and brighter and the bumps stopped spreading.  Within two weeks of the diet his eczema was gone for the first time since he was born.   Within three weeks of the diet, the bumps started to fall off.  Within four weeks of the diet, all 75 bumps fell off and not one has returned!  My son’s skin started to heal.  He still has some discoloration and some scarring from the burns and scrapping, but his soft baby skin is back.  He beat the molluscum!  A skin virus my son had for six months, healed within one month of avoiding the foods he was allergic to.  His body is stronger and will now be able to better fight viruses and bacteria.  I am eternally grateful for Dr. Nenninger and so thankful that there are doctors out there that truly do care to find the real cause of a problem, not just cover it up or cut it off.  I hope that this story will encourage parents to try alternative medicine, question conventional medicine and know that healing is possible!  




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Thank you for helping to finally heal my baby!!!   I can't believe 4 doctors told me the only options were to cut or burn him or better yet ignore it and let it spread all over his body for years!   So Sick! I am so glad there are doctors like you that truly care and look outside of the box to heal instead of quoting studies from the American Pediatric Association! THANK YOU!!! RC
Dear Steve;I just wanted to share my good news! I have been gluten-free for a year now and I just had blood work done. My total cholesterol decreased by FIFTY points! Since going gluten free is the only change I've made in diet or lifestyle (I still need to get more exercise) being gluten free has to be the answer, I'm sure it decreased the inflammation in my body and as result my cholesterol went down. My HDL cholesterol is still in the 70's while my LDL cholesterol is the one that plummeted. 
Thank you so much for helping me towards my goal of a healthy life. One of my dearest wishes is to a be  healthy in my senior years and this change has definitely put me on that path.
Elaine Santiago
Dr. Steve my life has changed after finding out I suffered from major food alleg. I lost over 25lb. Blood presure down and lot of other great stuff.  All the best 
GOD BLESS YOU STEVE. I don't know where I'd be without you. I'll call the assemblywoman tomorrow and join the fight for what's right.My love and respect, Nicole 
To BCBS,       Steve Nenninger has treated me for food allergies through blood testing, saliva, and urine samples and resolved my gastronomical problems that regular MD’s could not do in 30 years. They all treated the symptom and not the cause. I had to pay co-pays and take unnecessary prescriptions for decades. 
    BCBS should clasp onto this type of medical care because I was very sick when I walked into his office and my  over all general health has improved gastronomically 100% by his approach of treatment and testing and will save BCBS astronomical amounts of money in the future for misdiagnosed treatments and costs.. 
      Dr. D’Adamo, the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Green have all treated food allergies which are people who have sensitivities to wheat, barley, and rye and are not effected or full blown people suffering from celiac disease. The research and medical data is there. I’ve been mi-diagnosed and doctors have drugged the symptoms for decades without going to the cause and the root of the gastronomical conditions which were food and drink related. 
   I appeal to BCBS to reconsider the approval of Steve Nenninger’s submitted bill and have the bill processed and paid as a participating provider based on the success of his testing and diagnosis that has eliminated a severe medical condition that I have been suffering from for over 30 years. Any and all documents needed for BCBS can be submitted directly to you from Steve Nenninger .  
   All your time and consideration to this bill will once again be greatly appreciated.  
  Respectfully,
 GB

Hi Steve, I hope you had a nice day. In church today my Pastor preached on Our purposes that God put us on this earth. As I was weeding today, I reflected on my purpose on this earth.Hitting 50 in three months, over the past few weeks I reflected on my life. I said to myself, I wasted 50 yrs of my life. Then I was reminded how many lives I have touched over the years. I was thanking God for all my blessings and provision He has made for me. I know He has put you in my life for a reason, one is you are an answer to prayers. I know you know how much I appreciate you, but I want to remind you, I really appreciate you. That is why regardless how I feel, I 'm always walking in your door Saturday morning. Today, I was an outfit that wasn't too baggy to church. A woman in my Celebrate Recovery group saw me Thursday and didn't mention anything about my weight lost. She saw me today during church and had no idea who I was. I was sitting in the back, my usual spot. ( away from the camera, we are on the internet, LIVE) She came up to introduce her self, she started to talk, and stop in middle of the sentence. She said " OH MY GOD, LINDA, LOOK HOW GOOD YOU LOOK< I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS YOU" That felt so good!!! Thank you!!!! Gratefully,Linda
I did not know whether or not Dr. Nenninger could help me when I first went to see him.  I only knew that I was sick and I was being treated by doctors and surgeons who seemed like they did not know what to do.  They had me on several courses of antibiotics, performed several surgeries but the results were minimal and the symptoms were still not improving.  In my journey to self-healing and self-discovery I have discovered the amazing world of alternative approaches to medicine.  I was not surprised by my surgeon’s reaction when I told him I was seeking medical attention from Dr. Nenninger.  My surgeon told me that Naturopathic Medicine was not “real” medical practice.  I paid no mind to the surgeon’s ignorant remark and continued on my quest for personal healing.  After two weeks of receiving treatment from Dr. Nenninger my condition improved dramatically!  I stopped taking the antibiotics that were only making me tired and more ill.  As my surgeon also noticed the sudden improvements he began questioning my course of treatment with the “fake” doctor.  After seeing noticeable improvements the surgeon soon stopped referring to Dr. Nenninger as “fake” and asked for his information so he could refer more patients!  My improvement goes beyond the surface and into my whole being.  I feel an inner strength that was not there before.  I am eating foods that are the right foods and my body is thanking me for it!  I have not been so kind to my body over the years.  I suffered from anorexia and bulimia nervosa for fifteen years.  Doctors told me that it will take years for my body to recover from the affects of my illness.  Since receiving care from Dr. Nenninger I have already seen marked improvements in my hair, nails, and skin.  I am also able to tolerate food intake more easily than I have ever been able to before when being treated for my eating disorder.   I never thought I would be able to sit down and enjoy a full meal with my friends and loved ones without feeling sick to my stomach.  Now I look forward to spending meal times with the ones I love!  This may seem trivial to some but it has been a huge part of my journey in healing my past injuries. Dr.  Nenninger has been an essential aspect to my healing process.  I will continue to work with him to heal my symptoms and improve my wellness.  I encourage anyone seeking guidance in their journey to healing to meet with Dr. Nenninger.  He does not judge nor does he coddle.  He is honest.  He is true.  He will help you, help yourself.   He will show you how you can do this. Rebecca Green
Hi Dr. Nenninger, Just wanted to let you know Jimmy did a "180" this am. He had a great morning,was in a great mood, got ready for school right away, did everything I asked him to do, took all the supplements right away even drank theberry  Calm prt Jr down in 1 minute!!! He helped me in the kitchen and even took care of the dog. He also enjoyed his gluten free, egg free, dairy free breakfast at the kitchen table instead of having it in front of the TV in the den. This was the best morning of the entire school year!  He said he was feeling better since starting the diet too!We all are! We thank you with all of our hearts! You are a blessing. Can't wait to come and pick up more of his supplements ASAP! Just say when they're ready and we'll be there!  Fondly,Nancy
Hi Dr. Nenninger.  Just wanted to send you a note that after our last visit when we  reviewed my Neuro Science Report in conjunction with the proper Gluten Free Diet and Geno Type Diet and put together all the information with a plan to keep me in good health I am feeling the benefits from following your advice.  After two doses of the CALM PRT, I immediately felt a difference.  In regard to the Neurotransmitter readings, I am amazed, but not surprised, that I am experiencing a dramatic decrease in anxiety, stress and I have been able to sleep at night without having to take xanax or ambien. As always, Thank you for all your guidance and knowledge in resolving and preventing health issues. PH

Good Morning …. I feel really good.   Just before I woke, I envisioned my brain getting taller.  Like being in a room with a low ceiling and suddenly  it magically lifted to cathedral height. This is only increasing Trav-acor to 3 caps.  I haven’t started the DHEA (I have to track some down). This is a really nice feeling.  Reminds me of when I was a little kid going to the beach at sunrise by myself.  The hungry sandpipers would dart about as the waves washed over the sand exposing their breakfast. Even if this only lasts a little while – it’s great. Love, Maggie

Steve, I'm so happy your talk went off so well.  I'm only sorry I wasn't able to be there.  I will look forward to a video presentation in the near future. I continue to do well.  My tumor markers keep dropping and my oncgologist is very please with my status.  I've been sticking to both the gluten free diet as well as the blood type.  I truly believe you have been very instrumental in my well being. Stay well and thank you for all you have done for me, Cheryl Daly

Hello Steve, I hope this note finds you joyful and in the best of health. First I'd like to take a moment and tell you that I enjoy seeing you. You have a sweet, gentle and kind spirit which Corinne and I both appreciate. Unless you are using too much of those calming remedies.  So tired of the proud and haughty spirits surrounding the A.M.A.'s doctors.I'm the kind of person who would tell you to your face but I wouldn't want to make you uncomfortable.
Dear Dr Steve,It's been 5 days since I've been taking the Genoma EQ and since I began the genotype diet.  The results have been outstanding. For the past five days I've been getting up only once or twice at night. That in itself seems like a miracle to me. My daytime urination has improved to "almost" normal. In the past five days, I've had only one emergency run to the bathroom. I have more stamina and overall I feel great.  My wife was amazed at how energetic I was at a recent dance we attended.  It reminded her of when I was younger.  I'm learning more about the diet and I have been very conscientious about following the suggestions.  It's a little difficult when we go out since you never really know all the ingredients in the food you order.  I've been taking the rice protein powder you recommended  about once or twice a day and I find I'm full and I"m not snacking as much.THANK YOU!!! Please give yourself an extra hug from me and lots of pats on your back.Fondly and forever grateful,LC_____________________dearest steve,i am sleeping much more deeply and i don't wake up.very gratefully yours,g
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It is so good to hear from you.   I'm encouraged to hear the good news about Dr. D'Adamo's work and Genotype.  Currently, I'm doing the oral chemo and will be taking a second blood test for tumor markers.  I'm hoping that my markers are down and if they are I will attribute it to the diet I have been following since seeing you over the summer. If my tumor markers are up I will continue with both the Blood Type diet and gluten-free in an effort to bring my markers down.  I had planned on emailing you after my next visit with my oncologist down here in FL.  Steve I just want you to know how fortunate I feel to have been treated by you.  My current chemo is not having any side effects and I'm attributing that to the diet.  But should I have to go onto a stronger chemo I will contact you in case there is something more I should be doing.  RD
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Dr. Steve, I'm writing to tell you how much I appreciate all that you have done for me.  I'm on the gluten free diet and I really believe it has made my chem more tolerable.  In addition to that the diet for Type B blood has also assisted in this battle. I wish I had been brave enough to take the supplement you offered me for going off of the Type B diet, but I'm not.  I believe in all you do and I know that when chemo is done for me I will be back to see you.   We will be heading back to Fl first week of November and returning to NY early spring.  I'm hoping you will be able to see me when I return. Thank you for enlightening Ray and I.  We are grateful to you for the time you spent with us and the knowledge you gave to us. Sincerely, Cheryl

DR. STEVE,  I LOVE THE NEW WEB PAGE.... 
I AM JUST WRITING YOU TO LET YOU KNOW.  I AM DOING GREAT !!!!THANKS TO YOUR HELP LIKE ALWAYS...  EVERYDAY IS A NEW DAY, AND THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY, THAT I DO NOT THINK OF YOU, OR SAY YOUR NAME OUT LOUD.  I THANK YOU FOR REALLY CARING.. AND ALWAYS CARING !!!I THINK WHAT WOULD MY LIFE BE LIKE...... IF I WOULD HAVE NEVER MET YOU..IT ACTUALLY BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES AND I AM CRYING.. RIGHT NOW...BUT THEY ARE GOOD TEARS.... TEARS OF JOY....  YOU ARE THE BEST !!!!!!!     I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!!!!  CYNTHIA 
Dear Steve Nenninger,
I came across an article entitled "A Tale of Two Glutens", in whichyou proposed that autoimmune disease could be caused by glutenpoisoning. I am a fellow Ulcerative Colitis sufferer, having beendiagnosed at 7. I'm eighteen now. I was fond of sweets (i.e Entamin'sdonuts) and cereals (i.e Chex) around the time of diagnosis. Actually,it was beyond fond; I wouldn't eat breakfast unless it was one ofthese sweet albeit dangerous foods. Mygastroenterologist thought nothing of diet as a trigger; My symptomsbegan to subside around the time that the immunosuppressant began towork. I have, however, been trying to figure out the disease's cause.Your article helped to confirm my suspicion-that my "breakfasts", suchas Chex, which was loaded with gluten and which I was eating inmassive quantities throughout the day, may have helped to bring outthe disease. I can't say how much I appreciate that article.
Your Reader,-Amanda Harris
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As always, many thanks for being there and for the help you have provided. I don't even recognize myself now, from when I first dragged myself in to see you!Hugs,Lyn
Hi Steve;Just wanted you to know that I have energy, I'm happy, calm, not anxious about finding work, feel calm, know it will come. I sleep well at night. I haven't slept like this since I was a child, Basically, I feel amazing and this is only the beginning! I'm imagining how well i will feel as the inflammation from gluten and eggs recedes and I keep using all my supplements.
It's like a new life.
THANK YOU!
elaine

Dear Steve, 
Yesterday I needed to go to an Emergency Room.  Instead I entered your office and you relieved every problem naturopathically.  I don't know what remedies you used.  You calmed me, pointed me in the right direction and relieved my pain and suffering.  Isn't that what a physician is supposed to do? You did that for me and I am eternally grateful for your intuitive way you heal everyone of us. 
Louise

Dr. Steve,Sarah and I went out to see a movie and I was able to sit through the entire film in comfort without ever rushing to the bathroom.   For the past three days I've slept through the night with only getting up once.  Needless to say I'm overjoyed.  Things have not been like this in several years. I ran out of the liquid drops I use. ( PHOS 1M.   I guess phosphorous?)   I'll be out of the pills I take three times a day three pills at a time.....I'll bring the bottles to show you and I'll see you tomorrow at 10:15.Thanks  one-hundredfold,
White willow is amazing. I am thankful to Dr. Steve everyday for having introduced me to this natural pain reliever. I have used it daily to help my 10 month old son with the pain of teething.  Before using white willow he was waking up 3 to 4 times at night crying in pain and inconsolable. It was exhausting and left us all feeling frustrated and irritable. The very first night we gave him white willow he only awoke once and was able to fall right back to sleep. White willow is a gift to all exhausted parents and their uncomfortable children. It has been a lifesaver. I only wish I had known of it sooner. Thank you, Dr. Steve.

Through Steve's loving presence and wisdom I have experienced profound shifts on all levels of my well-being. Each time I needed a new remedy, Steve skillfully blessed me through inviting  my own innate intelligence to determine what was the best course of action. I am feeling more and more radiant each day, softer, more alive, more centered, and more willing to dive into the depths of myself to see what is reveal and what is still in need of love. Thank you with all my heart!
Saida Désilets, Ph.D.Author of The Emergence of the Sensual Womanwww.thedesiletsmethod.com________________________
Our Story 
August 30, 2008
As we are getting ready for the new school year, I think back one year agoand remember the health condition my son was in. He had constant respiratory problems and allergies, for two years was taking singulair, using a nebulizer regularly, taking claritin, motrin for fevers, etc. and only seemed to be getting worse. 
Last September I would drive to the school to give him inhaler treatments before lunchtime, so that he could play a little on the playground. He had a terrible, constant cough. He had strong allergies, congestion, sneezing, and itching. He got sick all the time. Our doctor kept suggesting more medicines to mask the reactions, but never really explored the cause of them.
One day I woke up and realized I had to stop the insanity. I needed strong alternatives to help me with his condition. I could not keep pouring all this medicine and conventional western doctor thinking into my little boy. It was breaking my heart to watch his struggle. It angered me that my fear had paralyzed my ability to make better decisions.
I had heard much about Dr. Nenninger from two friends over the past 3 years. I knew I wanted to bring my son to him. The cost had kept me from going. But I just knew from the beginning that he was the one for us. Once I reached my moment of clarity, I felt making real change was more important than worrying about money, and we would make it work somehow.
What followed has been a journey to health. Not just for my son, but for myself. A process of my letting go of fears and embracing trust. Watching my son's body heal itself naturally; coming off all the medicines, using natural remedies and supplements, making changes in diet. Slowly but surely we have kept on the path, trying things until we saw improvement. It has been a patient - doctor partnership. Dr. Steve has supported us through every step of the way - often very stressful moments for me of watching my child's discomfort when sick and then a learning to be more patient, to not look for the quick fix, but the long term way of life. And then the relief and joy of seeing my son's body get better, stronger, and knowing we would get through it. My husband and I have seen an incredible change in our son's health. Dr. Steve's guidance, compassion and calm confidence in the natural process have been invaluable to getting us here. 
I look at my son now, starting 2nd grade, and I see a much more healthy, energetic boy, blooming into who he will become. He can run fast and jump high and not get winded or strong coughs from activity. He does not suffer from allergy attacks at night. He has more strength. He has more confidence. He is beautiful.
We will forever be grateful to Dr. Steve and the process we went through together to get here. 
If you are yearning for alternatives to conventional medicine, better choices for your own health, and are considering naturopathic medicine with Dr. Steve, I urge you to try it and not wait any longer. If I have any regrets, its that I did not bring my son to him sooner, when I first heard the good words about him and his naturopathic practice.

Amy M. Deaverwww.glutenfreelongisland.com_______

Hi,
I have had fibromyalgia for well over 6 years at various severity levels; now I am 90% of the recovery stage. yes that is right. So I will be more than happy to share with your girlfriend either in person or over the phone. You may give her my phone number and let her know there is a light at the end of this tunnel if you follow the recommendations this doctor gives you.
His name is Steve Nenninger, located in Port Jefferson Village. His website is www.stevenenninger.com. 631-235-2111
I have been an advocate of his since being under his care. He asked and I went up to Albany in March to lobby for Naturopathic Doctors to receive licensure in the State of NY. I believe he can help your girlfriend but she needs to be a good patient and follow what he recommends. 
Before meeting this type of doctor I was going into the city to see a specialist on fibromyalgia and was on every medication out there. At this point I am on "NO" prescribed medicines and some were considered narcotics because of the level of pain relief in the medicine. 
I started to feel a shift in my being in 2 weeks under his care. If that is not a motivator, I don't know what is.
Please tell her to ring me and I can share with her my experience. Or she certainly make an appointment with Dr. Steve.
Sharing information is how we can help each other.
Danielle________
Dear Steve, 
You have no idea how much I cherish our relationship.  Everytime I see you it's like I get a burst of fresh air.  I felt like my wings were clipped and I was in a no fly zone, yesterday morning.  Glad to report I'm getting my energy back and shooting to soar again.  Thanks for all your help and encouragement. 
Louise
_________Doing my best on the hunter diet. I definitely have not been perfect, but have cut the most important things out like dairy, cheese, bread, wheat, and gluten to name a few. It has not be easy, but surprisingly there are more substitutes that exist than I imagined. Rice is my new best friend! My skin has cleared up significantly. I haven't needed a cortisone shot since I stopped eating all of those foods. DS, NY_________Hi Dr. Steve,Thank you for yet another enlightening session. I am improving steadily and it is having a positve effect on my mind which in turn is healing my body. I thank God for placing you in in my life to assist with my healing and recovery. You are indeed an angel._________________________Hi Steve-It appears that Hoxley like is working-for the first time the white blood count has not only not increased but actually dropped appx 4 points !!!! Excellent.      
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Dear Dr. Nenninger:Just wanted to pop in and say hello.  It's been a while. ... pain therapy all the time for the back/nerve damage and unfortunately the fibromyalgia is severe.  But, the good news is I lost the weight and kept it off now for almost 2 years.  112 lbs to date.  I have 40 more to go!If you can mail me more of your business cards or give them to my sister Pat I'd really appreciate them.  I talk of you often and how you "saved my life" and every time I face someone in a difficult medical situation, you're the one I refer them to.  So the cards will really help..........Thank again Dr. Nenninger, you're an angel!Margaret
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From PH to my State Senator regarding Dr. Nenninger.......
...my stomach and gall bladder problems never ended until nine months ago with the help of Dr. Steve Nenninger.  Thirty Six years of following the advice of many different Doctors was a never ending nightmare. I was diagnosed over and over with acid reflux, possible ulcers, and diet changes and there was never an answer to why my stomach would swell up, I would double over in excruciating pain and end up in emergency rooms where I was given more prescriptions....
...when I went to my appointment with Dr. Nenninger I had experienced four stomach attacks that day....this had become a regular procedure and never ended the problem and pain. 
The prescriptions I was taking for just 2007 totaled approximately $5,000.00... I was told if it didn’t stop after six months of sedatives (my stomach) would have to be surgically attached to my back... I decided to take the alternative medical approach of Naturopathic Medicine.  Within 24 Hours I was a completely different person.  I stopped taking all the prescribed medicines and started taking all natural remedies.  Since that day, nine months ago, I have never felt healthier.... I have been able to heal my body! 
After thirty seven years of pure hell on earth in pain...I am finally healthy in body, mind and spirit. Sincerely,
PH_________________
Dear Dr. Nenninger,    I want to thank you for seeing me yesterday.  I am not only thanking you for your time but the feeling of hope that eluded from you.  I have been sick for so long that I had started to accept that that is just who I am, a person who ALWAYS has a health problem . Dr. Nenninger, you  are the first doctor that made me feel like I am not the problem, that there is something wrong within my body, and most importantly this problem can be solved;  For that I thank you!_____________________Dear Dr. Steve, “There is no physician like a true friend.” I thought of you when I read this-----thank you for being there with me, with your caring heart, every step of the way. I find TRUE faith and hope in the love of friends…. I count you in my blessings. I count you as a blessing. With love and thanks, Barrie____________________
I have good news to report!!! I switched to good start the hydrolyzed whey protein formula and its been about a week finally this am he had his first normal whole poop!!! 
I was so excited its definitely better or his system which makes me believe he is an O blood type. I have the kit in New York so I will confirm this next week!!!!
But thank you, I feel like I know what were doing is right it is another/mother confirmation this natural way is the right way!!!
I took Tyler to our normal pediatrician and she saw his stool and said nothing to worry about but I knew ~ which is why I brought it up.... and you fixed it thank you!!!!!!!!!!
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While we're up there, could I possibly pick up another couple Chromium remedies that Steve makes for my husband?  (We never realized how much this was helping until we got lazy and he didn't take his Chromium drops for a week - suddenly we noticed he a stay away from the carbs and sweets and he was 'wolfing' down food right and left!!! We immediately started him back on it and the food cravings leveled off again and he has control again! Wow!!)  BTW - he has lost 4 pant sizes!!!
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She got a PET Scan yesterday and the doctors gave her the results today; the PET scan found NO CANCER/CANCER CELLS WHATSOEVER in her body !!!  The doctors had to read it twice because they were in disbelief and eventually flabbergasted by the results (I think they actually thought she wasn't going to make it, but didn't quite tell her that). Her primary oncologist wants to review further treatment with his staff, but he's thinking one more very mild dose of chemo (a chaser) just in case there are cancer cells that the PET scan could not detect.  But first he will consult with his team of doctors. I spoke to Theresa Ann today and it was like talking to a kid on Christmas morning.  Tears of joy are pouring from my eyes right now and I can't wait to finish this email and hit the send button. Special thanks to Theresa Ann's Naturopathic Doctor, Steve Nenninger for providing his council in the area of alternative medicine; operating in New York as a certified Nutritionist [  http://stevenenninger.com/  ]  I also want to thank Linda Butler, a friend of the family (who is going to school to become a Naturopathic Doctor), for offering her prayers and support as well.  And finally, thank you all for your fervent prayers, kindness, and financial support during this [once-was] crisis in our family. I still want to request your continued prayers for Theresa Ann on her road to optimum health, that the cancer will not return, and that her body will be protected and not harmed from any further treatment.  Thank you_________________
I am glad to be writing you on behalf of my treatment... im cured... my most recent teat (pet scan) came back "whole body normal" my doc don't know what to make of it but i just wanted to let you know the cancer is no longer in my body.. a cancer they said less then 4% of people get with a cure rate of 60-70% I was healed in exactly one month and 7 days...________________________
To date I have had no pain, no stomach attacks, no heartburn. I have not taken any prevacid or donatol.  
I am experiencing a little anxiety in the am. Increasing water intake which seems to help.  I  have expanded the bland diet to trying eggs, which I got lower cramps, so I will stay away from dairy. French fries, fried chicken cutlets, pizza with no after pain or heartburn. I ate chocolate for the first time in about eight months without any after affects. 
Still prefer bland diet at which I am continuing to lose weight in the last year went from 172 now 150.  I am sleeping less. I was tired almost every day in the afternoons around 3pm. No more. Was sleeping 8-10+ hours before.  Now 5-6 hours.   .......
Wed. evening and to date I feel energized, more focused and happy. I feel like a new person. I do need to see chiropractor, whom I’ve seen on and off for years do to whiplash back in 70’s.  My neck is very tight and I have large knots on both sides of top of backbone.  Took yoga class last Tuesday still off balance.  Backbone very sore, craking sound, and have had a lot of pain in lower legs. Any suggestions? 
I can’t thank you enough for the major changes I’ve had in only one week. 
PH_______________Dear Dr. Steve,Thank you for your encouragement! Again, I have sentout letters to Albany to the following politicians:Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Joseph L. Bruno,Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, Assemblymember Herman D.Farrell Jr.,Ronald Canestrari, Assemblymember SamHoyt, Kenneth LaValle. These names are the ones I canremember by now. Actually, your efforts are leading tothe inevitable regularization of the Naturopathicdoctors in the State of New York! Thank you for allyou have done to my family and I and to all yourcurrent patients and the so many more you will reachout in the near future! Thank you for your wonderfuland blessed practice! We are so fortunate to have sucha wonderful professional and a friend in our life!Thanks to professionals like you, who really dignifyand honor the Naturopathic Medicine, this campaign isgoing to succeed tremendously! We will see! Thank youever so much for everything!Sandra & Family_____________________Hey Dr. Steve,I just wanted to let you know that I'm starting to feel better!  I lost about 4 pounds since I've seen you too, and people are already starting to comment that something looks different about me:)  I am so grateful!  I ACTUALLY feel like I'm starting to get back to myself again.  Thank you so much!____________________________
Simply said: We love you. We thank you._____________________________
I'm sure you hear this all of the time and I do not want to take up any more of your time (you have been more then generous with us already) however, I like to let people know when they are important to me and have made a positive impact in my life, and I just wanted you know how grateful Brandon and I are to have you in our lives helping us heal.  
I take everything you say very seriously and am never offended, you have such a kind spirit.  I feel very happy and positive ever time I leave your office after talking with you.  I believe you have given me the chance to get my life back in order and that means everything to me.  
Your the best Dr. Steve.  I'll keep you posted. Lisa _____________________________Hi Dr. Steve,
Just wanted to finally give you that update you wrote to me about a few months ago.
Well, after putting it off for a while, I'm happy to say that I have been following your dietary advice for over a month now...and I am really seeing a difference.
I lost about 15 pounds in the first 3 weeks, and am going to weigh myself again this weekend at the 5 week mark.  
I've been staying away from dairy, soy, and grains (except rice - brown mostly).  I've given myself one day a week to have anything "off the list" if I'm craving it...and so far that has amounted to 1/4 whole grain bagel with cream cheese & whitefish salad every Sunday, and a couple of brownies on Superbowl Sunday.I know it would be better if I didn't have it at all, but it has kept me on track for the most part... so hopefully it's not impeding anything.
I was in LA last weekend and I've got to admit that I had a few outings where I had some bread with the meal...but my eating and cravings were SO much better than they would ever be.  I don't find that I'm craving bread or cookies on a daily basis anymore.  (I also think the LA bread thing may be because I wasn't having my ultrameal shake with multagenics powder in the morning while I was traveling - which I just reordered today.)
Up until now, I haven't started the thyrosol or androset... I'm not sure why, except that perhaps I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything...but I will be adding that to my daily routine shortly.
Anyway, I hope all is well with you... I've attached a picture, per your request below.
Thanks!Jamie_________________________________________

Dear Steve, It's been a really long time since I've been to you but I just wanted to tell you that I am so grateful for the care you gave me when I was suffering from anxiety and depression.You gave me such hope.......you were a beacon of light.
The way you treated me so wonderfully and with such caring in both metaphysical and physical terms.I'm probably not phrasing this right but I just wanted to express my gratitude.You gave me a wonderful book called "the game of life" and that was a big eye opener also.
I've recently seen the Secret which is similar.........there is something you can recommend to your patients as well.
It's been a year, no depression or anxiety has come back (knock on wood) and I know it's not ideal but I'm on Zoloft ( a very low dose).Pierre and I finally split for good and I'm finally OK with that.My daughter is the light of my life and I love every minute of being with her. Anyway, thank you again from the bottom of my heart.  -Amy
Dr. Steve,It's Thanksgiving Day and it's so propitious to thankG-d for all His countless blessings, one of them,without a doubt, is you!Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!You are the answer of our prayers. Thank you ever somuch for all the healing and well being you bring intoour lives. May you and yours enjoy excellent healthand absolute happiness, constant prosperity and love.Happy Thanksgiving and always!Warmly,Joseph, Sandra, Michael & RaphaelMom & Dad and my in-laws!
Hi, Dr. Steve! I’m feeling so much better!  My palpitations have diminished significantly, almost gone—even when under stress.  My energy level has improved, clarity of mind improved (my short-term memory still kind of lacking, however.  Maybe this is normal?) and I feel much happier, anxiety and depression seeming to fade away.  Also, my periods are better, fewer cramps, less moody.  It is all miraculous!!!  I am so amazed and so grateful to you and your students!  Thank you very much for your attention and compassion.
Dr. Nenninger; It was a privilege to meet with you and your team last Saturday. I found it unbelievable that there are individuals in the medical profession that have a genuine interest in helping people find some solutions to the things that traditional Dr's don't seem to care about.I had a follow up appointment 2 days after we met with a new DO , I was unable to stimulate any interest from him with regard to working in conjunction with you towards improving my health. He did however order some blood work for me and said I could have a copy of the results when they came in. I will share that with you as soon as I can get it. I look forward to the opportunity in working towards feeling better.Respectfully , Gail
It was wonderful to meet you and work with you. I feel very strongly that you are going to really be able to help me. You are a wonderfully compassionate doctor and I am blessed to have found you. Best Regards,  Lee
Hello Dr. Steve, first thank you for helping me download iTunes so i could see the videos..they are all very informative.. i am always on you web-site reading and searching for your latest updates.. i would not have it any other way.  Besides, you are one of my angels, you saved me.
CoryHi Steve,
Seamless process. Very, very cool. Dynamite interview. Good stuff. Youare making the world a better place through your passion and dedicationto furthering the scope of natural medicine. You have a genuinesincerity about wanting to improve the health of your patients and itreally comes through in all that you do. I am honored and privileged tohave met you. I might ask for an autograph next time I see you :)
KellieI would like to see naturepathic physicians licensed in NYS.  It is a legitimate branch of medicine that more people should have the option of pursuing.  Many people find it cost prohibitive to seek to receive treatment by naturepathic physicians, as they are not covered under most insurance plans.  The reason the services are not covered is that NYS does not allow naturepathic physicians to hold licenses, so perhaps insurance companies do not see them as a legitimate branch of medicine.I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease after a nine day hospital visit earlier this year.  The gastro-interologist was not ever able to help my body into a state of remission.  I was placed on high doses of prednisone and asacol, to no avail.  Their next step was an immuno-suppressant drug, which studies have shown to cause an increase in cancer incidence.  Naturally I pursued alternate treatment.  I sought help from Dr. Steve Nenninger, who practices as a certified nutritionist in NYS.  He has a degree in naturepathic medicine, although he cannot be licensed in NYS as such.  With his help I was able to recover, and am currently enjoying wonderful health, free from prescription drugs, (which carried severe side effects, and were very costly to my insurance company.)  I am seeking your support to allow naturepathic physicians to be licensed in NYS, so that I, as well as other people, can receive treatment and be allowed to be reimbursed through our insurance companies.Thank you.
Cynthiahello steve, i would like to know if my stuff is ready to pick up...just so you know it has been 10 days just like you said. however, i have been all over you website and cannot get enough...i have added to some of the parts where is asked for comments..i truly did not believe what is on there.. i read the part about your life....and was deeply touched...i want to rush home and get back on your site... i will also be purchasing some of the recommended readings....thank you for being in my life  i will always sign off.....  fondly cynthia  since i think that truly sums it up...
ThomasHello Steve (I'm sure you don't mind being called just that, instead ofdoctor),
I want to thank you again for the time you spent with me today and forempowering me with alternatives. As I left your office I felt anoverwhelming sense of peace. My life has been a wonderful one so far andI'm thankful to know that there's so much more left of it (in thisform).  In reviewing my journey leading me to you I was reminded that Ihave always been taken care of and guided. Your comment about my familybeing emotionally shut down gave a definition to something I had notpreviously been able to come up with.
I look forward to more time with you.  You are a beautiful person whomI'm sure has a beautfiful life.  Thank you for following your heartsdesire and putting your energies into the work you do.  Not only do youbless yourself but many others as well.
I am going to your website now to register as you instructed me!
Peace and prosperity
Love
SandraDear Dr. Steve,Sorry to take a while to update you of our progress.First of all, thank you so much for arranging anappointment that Sunday, Aug. 20th while my Mom washere in the States! Needless to say that it wasunforgettable for ALL our family! My Mom is sograteful to you!! I've ordered my Mom's medicineson-line right away. She started feeling much betterwithin a week! She had to take half of Xanax threetimes in thirteen days! Before she had to take thistranquilizer almost every day. My Mom returned to Brazil feeling much less depression and almost noanxiety, and an increasing feeling of well being!Besides improving my Mom's health, you also helped usto convince her to live here with us! Before, my Momused to say that she felt insecure in the States because her doctors were in Brazil. But thanks to you,not anymore! We've just started a green card processfor my parents! Next e-mail I will update you on ourprogress. Please see the attached pictures!Hope to hear from you at your convenience.Love, health and happiness,From Sandra, Joseph, the Boys & Mom!

SaidaAloha beautiful Steve, I sit here with tears racing down my face...my heart feels so tender... and my gratitude deep. thank you. For all that you are and all that you gift me... I am so grateful. and you are right...it is time for me to address these old issues... to transform them... I am happy to be looking more deeply than ever... at the things that are so painful that I feel I may have disconnected myself from them... now I peer into myself with curious love and to have you join me in this inner exploration and powerful transformation feels deeply intimate and also safe. thank you so much Steve... I have no words to express my gratitude... just know my tears are of great joy to know you are here, with me, in my heart. with deepest respect and love,

Megan I just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for not only seeing me but taking into account my financial position as well. You are truly an inspiration to healers all around.  Both your genuine concern for my well being and kind words meant a great deal to me.  i really enjoyed the whole experience.I wanted to also ask you how you felt about me going back on the road.  I had intended to leave again the beginning of next week to continue my work/travel around the country but i was wondering what you thought would be in my best interest.... should i stick around until the remedy arrives or could i leave and pay to have you or my mother overnight the remedy to where ever i am?  What do you think would be best for me?  I'll make the best of either.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you again for everything, you possess a really wonderful vibration. : )Peace and Blessings

BarrieDear Dr. Steve, Thank you for providing a safe place in which to let down my tears, my fears, and to tell my story. My story still feels like a very sad and difficult one for me right now and my body hurts in so many places, but today was the FIRST day since May that I really felt that someone actually listened to what is going on with me and my body. My family and I have been through a lot these past 5 months and it is such a relief to have found a beating heart in this medical wilderness. You are a kind and gentle spirit with deep intensity and purpose. It is a rare and beautiful thing and I appreciate your giving me your time today. I really felt your presence and concern.  I truly believe you understand what I’m going through and can help me and my family heal and get back to our sweet, healthy lives together.

BarrieDear Dr. Steve, I am sending you a poem from one of my favorite poets. It speaks to me of hope—the way you have spoken to me these past two weeks.I have some challenging moments ahead ---painful ones to leave behind…and some days are really hard.  But through it all, to have found someone who really cares—who is willing to go beyond the satisfaction of ego and self and reach out and truly help someone who is really hurting is remarkable. I hope you don’t tire of my thanking you each week. That I was able to step out of my symptoms this past weekend for hours at a time and laugh and be with my family was an extraordinary gift. I know the road is “long and winding” and today I woke up with nausea that I haven’t had for a week, but I know it will pass and if it doesn’t, you will help me find the way—whatever that is.It inspires me deeply to know that you have been through even darker times than I, and come out so young and alive and full of grace. I look forward to seeing you next week. Please reassure me that you feel my monetary compensation for our weekly visits is fair. I feel you have been generous and do not want you to feel that I would take advantage of your good nature. Egrets by Mary Oliver   Where the path closeddown and over,through the scumbled leaves,fallen branches,through the knotted catbrier,I kept going. FinallyI could notsave my armsfrom thorns; soonthe mosquitoessmelled me, hotand wounded, and camewheeling and whining.And that's how I cameto the edge of the pond:black and emptyexcept for a spindleof bleached reedsat the far shorewhich, as I looked,wrinkled suddenlyinto three egrets - - -a showerof white fire!Even half-asleep they hadsuch faith in the worldthat had made them - - -tilting through the water,unruffled, sure,by the lawsof their faith not logic,they opened their wingssoftly and steppedover every dark thing. Maggiebless you - for your great healing gifts and your kind nature.love______________________________
     Dr. Nenninger, Just wanted to see if we might be able to schedule a phone call to discuss how the medicines are working – let me know what might work best with your schedule. I can tell you that I have yet to have an “episode” of pain, and I am very thankful for that!! J J J I look forward to speaking with you soon,                         __________________________________________hello steve, i just wanted to let to know how blessed i feel to have met you. i am truly confident that this is going to work. i have told so many people about you and will be telling more. i think that it was fate that brought me to you. just the mere thought that you believed in me and my story, for once i did not feel like the outcast....i will be looking forward to getting my capsules/drops whatever form of remedy you perscribe. i feel like my luck has finally changed godbless cynthia                                _________________________________________Bless you and your remedies. We went from cranky crying teether this morning to blissful angel in no time flat this morning. Her skin looks great although still a bit itchy so still using aloe and chamomile. 
Jen
Thank you

I am taking the cytomel for three consecutive days now, and on the second day (Sunday) I had the most wonderfully energetic feelings. I did a lot of long neglected yard work, could concentrate while reading. (I took reading breaks while washing and painting wicker furniture). Yesterday I fell apart and did very little. I can only think I overdid it the day before. Today, I am in the mid zone. On Sunday night I also slept for nine hours straight. The first time in two years. Thanks for the opportunity to feel semi normal. It's been a long time. I look forward to more days like that.
Steve - I have not felt like eating much this week. This has not happened to me in 54 years. Usually I want to eat everything in the house and then some. Is this how the thin half (probably in our society it's more like the other quarter) lives? I have been having some hot flashes, not too bad, I just feel warm a lot of the time. Otherwise I'm doing good. More energy! Maybe I'm not used to moving around and that's why I'm sweating. I thank you for all your help with our family. Fondly-B.N.
Steve:
Chelsea went to her Jr. Prom alone with her date......she walked in, danced most of the night and went to an after-prom party at a friends house. Came home at 1:30am! She was voted Prom Princess and given a dozen roses, tiara, etc. Not bad for her first venture without Mom! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels that she could do this, she's so brave. We'll send you pictures.
She goes for chemo this Wednesday for 5 nights......
Love,
Barbara
Steve-I'm doing great! I'm feeling good! I'm like a new person. I was ready to retire a couple of months ago because I didn't think I could keep up with the children. Now they have to keep up with me. I lost a couple of pounds without trying, but realize I have to really make an effort to keep it going. At least now I feel I may have a chance to succeed in this area. Right now I'm taking the vitamins, flaxseed oil, and progon B, three tablets twice a day. I still am taking the blood pressure medication once a day, until I lose some weight. If this sounds good I will continue and come back to see you next month. I finished the thyrosol and I have a week left on the Arsenicum LM 2.(I almost forgot that one.). No hurry getting back to me. I'm doing very well. Many Thanks-Barbara
Hi Steve,Rain or shine here is some happy news of mine. Ours really, anyway the Arsenicum is working beautifully as intended. Is the Pulsatilla already in it too? Until I find out I've been taking half the dose of the Pulsatilla. Which ever way it's sliced it's doing. I also wanted to inquire about how many calm spirits I can take a day, I currently take 8, I feel it but not to the degree I would like at times. Generally, does fluctuation work best or consistency w/ the calm spirit? I have more good news hormonally I am doing much better as well 14-8 days down to 3 days. Yes standing ovation for Doctor Steve. I also remembered how I realized the Isocort is working I used to go into fight or flight over trivial things, & the intensity was breathtaking. Now I rarely go into that state & when I do the feeling is so minor in comparison. I don't feel suppressed either. I am in control so much more in a good way, it is shown in many areas especially socially that is a gift in itself. Along w/ everything else. So basically Steve is brilliant, but we already knew that, only he's too humble to flaunt it, well that's part of why he is sooooo brilliant. Well now my dear I must let you know what a major gear you are in the fine machinery of my recovery. I no longer have to live my life like a candle in the wind. You are a part of that, enjoy! I am forever grateful for meeting someone like you. Hope all is well with you & 
yours.Sincerely w/ HEART Jaclyn
Dear Steve,Last Easter there was little reason for Valentina and I to celebrate. My health was in dire straits. I had cancer.As modern medicine attempted to help, my health continued to fail. Radiation and Chemotherapy kill all cells in it's path, good and bad alike with no exception. My survival was questionable.Your decision to help us was a God Send. Your precious time spent with us had value that simple words cannot express. Your sincere care and concern is immeasurable.My weight has increased twenty five pounds since we met three months ago. I feel stronger and I'm sleeping nights. My surgeon cannot find my tumor by my colon. It's disappeared. After asking what happened he said "keep doing whatever you are doing."Thanks to your help this year we have good reason to celebrate this Easter season. Please share in our celebration by accepting this gift as our humble gratitude of appreciation.Happy Easter to You and Your family.
Steve-I just got results of recent blood tests which showed my TSH levels to be at 2.5 not the 8.5 that they were at previously. The endocrinologist thought I had something called Hashimoto's disease, but when my levels of TSH were fine the doctor just said to check it again in a couple of months to be sure it's O.K. I'm doing so much better. I feel like a person again. I cannot thank you enough! I'll be coming back to see you soon to see what I need to do to help maintain my health.-Barbara
Dr. Steve,
Hi how are you? Are you ready for this one? I am just fine. Truly, I am doing wonderfully. I took a risk I tried all your treatments at once and they work! I am ecstatic! After 13yrs. of living w/ this unbalanced feeling inside me, it's gone! I have some minor spurts associated w/ my sleep cycle, but that will balance out more as I go along. I get a full nights of sleep, I feel so healthy. It is so AMAZING, You are so AMAZING. Even my father is happy! Mom too. Life is a exciting adventure again, I wake up and feel invigorated to start my day, my life once again. Thank You More Than You'll Ever Know... Sincerely Jaclyn
Dear Steve,
Please refill my drops as soon as convenient. As usual, I still swear that there is magic in those drops that have cut my sinus infections to zero and my colds to next to nothing. Thanks. Jeff
Dear Dr. Nenninger,Hello from rainy Arizona. My name is Sarah Paton and I spoke with you briefly after your lunch time lecture as SCNM a few weeks ago....to jog your memory you thanked me for the energy I brought to the room and you said you couldn't help but notice me. I sincerely appreciate your kindness. I wanted to write to thank for for your thoughts on abundance and success in practice. They really had agiant impact on how I am viewing all the people in my life and also how my future looks from here! My cat appreciates your call for appreciation of all beings around you. I have invented a new possibility for myself and my life and that is the possibility of authenticity, appreciation and contribution. I wanted you to know that it is from your generosity in sharing yourself that my life and the lives of people around me are more rich. Thank you again.Be well.Sarah Paton 11th Q, SCNM
Dear Dr. Nenninger -

Our Ray is magnificent. Most importantly, he is healthy. His skin still flares on occasion - I think he reacts to berries, so that is off the menu for awhile. His stuttering is beginning to subside. He has more color in his cheeks and he is not so irritable. Have I told you lately that I love you? I am so excited about the path we are all on. Thank you, thank you. When do you suggest we see you again? 

Be well - Jackie
Hi Steve,I am happy to report that I am feeling much better. The nausea has subsided drastically as has the gas and the bleeding has stopped completely. It's crazy more people don't seek this type of medical therapy. The supplements have once again conquered the monster running rampant in my belly. And for that, as always, I am incredibly grateful!With thanksgiving just a few days away, one of the things I will be giving thanks for is you. Have a wonderful holiday and again, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!Warmest Regards,AG
brutha steve, i feel 100% better than any day over the last 3 weeks since i switched to nux, was able to sleep in between charlies' waling fits and didnt choke myself to death with the cough. sooo (please enter gayish folks music here) me, me, me, meeeeeeeeeee.......(fixing my rasping ray charles sounding voice)"haaaaaiiiiilllll to the witch doctor, the witch doctor, the witch doctor, haaaaaaiiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man! he neither drinks, nor he cusses, buthe fixesallthe wusses....haaaaiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man!"Chris
Thanks so much for helping Francine yesterday. She felt so much better just talking to you! You're a great guy and you make it so easy for us to talk to you. You have a gift and I thank God we know you. Francine is HAPPIER - I kid you not! I saw the difference within 24 hours. She's actually talking to me in the morning which is something she hasn't done in a year:) I hope it continues! And the circles under her eyes improved in 24 hours too!Thanks again for everything.Love Susanne
Hi Steve,
This is Linda, Janets's Mom. I am writing you from (her) email so that you will have it. She checks her email several times a day.

So, let me tell you how (she) is doing.

Within 24 hours of starting the new pills you gave her there was a marked difference in who she was. She woke up happy (never happens) she didn't have mood swings in the evening like before. She hasn't had any temporal lobe seizures since we saw you. So to sum up ... you are my hero! 

I can't tell you how happy I am, but I probably don't have to. being a father, you can imagine what it is like to find out one day, that not only is your daughter depressed and wanting to commit suicide but that she also has six brain lesions that no one seems to know anything about or what to do about it. then they put your baby on drugs ... not just any drugs, but drugs that have bad side effects and are going to change her forever. Then when you ask them, "How long on the drugs" they tell you most likely forever! Can you feel what that feels like? I know you can.

So Steve, you have changed my world. Keeping that in mind the words "thank you" seem a little hollow don't you think? but those are the only words that I have for you.

Thank You!I am hoping that you will have some more good news for me as time goes on.

So once again Steve "Thank you" so much for being who you are and doing what you've done to be able to have helped my daughter!
Dear Dr. Steve,Thank you for your help and dedication to my health and well being. Ever since I had my first appointment with you a full year ago, I have been doing so much better, mentally as well as physically.Before I found your name in one of Gary Null’s books, I had seen doctors and been put through tests to find out why I was having such pain and cramping, nausea and vomiting. And no doctor understood why it happened and why so sporadically; anywhere from six months apart to six weeks. For three years before I had seen you, I had just been surviving. Now I feel like I am living again. For the past year, I feel like the pain is under control. I no longer stress about another bout coming on soon.The herbs that you have given me have been a miracle for me. Thank you. And thank you for the herbs for leveling out my adrenal gland after pregnancy as well as the tonics for my little boy’s teething. Everything is now so much smoother.I am really glad that I came to you after giving birth to my son. You have helped both of us so much with the beginning of his new life. I had not recovered from his birth until you helped me. After four months of being a mother, I was still hyped up, not sleeping well and anxious and upset. Now, I feel more peaceful and calm. And I am very thankful that we started Conor on tonic and herbs before he was in so much teething pain. We were able to treat him and prevent him from going through agony. His teething transition has been very smooth compared to other children I know. A couple of rough days, but nothing compared to what I know it could have been. Thank you again.You are a wonderful caring, intuitive individual as well as an excellent Naturopath. I will never be able to thank you enough for all the time that you have spent with me. You have been there every time I have had a need for an appointment, even late night on Saturday and one Sunday. I have never met anyone so dedicated to helping others.Sincerely,Julia R.
Steve,It's been about 10 months since you last saw me, and I apologize that it has taken me this long to thank you for all you have done! I saw you last October when I was being treated for recurring ovarian cysts. My normal gynecologist had just recommended my 3rd (!!) surgery and I came to you looking for another answer and at the end of my wits. I was amazed at your intellectual and yet very caring manner, and used the remedy you prescribed (Carcinosin). After trying every hormone medication on the market and even going into drug-induced early "menopause" for six months, I had only felt worse and worse. Four months after our visit, I had a sonogram and was pronounced free of cysts.I have had no problems sincewidth="75%" width="75%"then. As we had talked about, at the time I had a lot of anger and unhappiness in my life. Since then I have ended a relationship that had been causing me anxiety for many years. Just this past June I decided it was time I took the initiative, and I went to visit my father - whom I hadn't seen in person in about 6 years. We had a wonderful visit and now correspond regularly. I discovered I have a lot in common with his "new" wife, and we even write eachwidth="75%" width="75%"other now too. I also lost about 10 pounds, without any real effort. Recently I have begun volunteer work at a Horse Rescue and finally feel I have found my "niche". Through my work there, I am about to realize my dream of owning my own horse.I can't tell you how amazing it is to not be constantly worrying about my health and when the next surgery will be - I am a free woman! I have not felt this good in many years, and I would never have gotten to this point without your help. I hope you will share this letter! It amazes me what passes for real "healthcare" in this day and age, and my only regret is that I didn't find you sooner!!I will be contacting you soon to make a followwidth="75%" width="75%"up visit. Thank you again,Tara
Hi Steve,I know it's been awhile since I've seen you but around this time of year I just wanted to thank you for all you did for me. As you recall, I had suffered from indigestion/acid reflux for many many years. After seeing countless doctors, gastroenterologists, etc I continued to decline despite the fact that they pumped me full of prescription medications.After taking several tests that required one day hospitalizations I was diagnosed with Barrets Esophogus which my doctor told me had the potential to be a pre-cancerous condition. It was at this time that I asked the Universe for direction and was guided to your practice.When I came to see you I was in terrible shape. I was unable to eat anything without getting terribly ill. I was fatigued and although I am for the most part a happy, carefree person, I was getting downright depressed. After seeing you for a short time my symptoms began to subside - while continuing to see you was always a gift for me - your sincerity and expertise lifted my spirits while my health continued to improve. I am happy to say that as of this writing I remain in good health. I am working at a job I love and although there will always be forks in the road I feel ready to tackle anything.I just felt compelled to write you this note letting you know that I am very grateful to you for all your caring and guidance. I also wanted to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.Best Wishes, Shari

Dr. Steve,My daughter was thrilled when I told her you liked her picture, absolutely thrilled! She has been a VERY HAPPY girl since about 2 hours after the remedy you gave her. And today she woke up smiling, rash looks a bit more dried out, time will tell. I feel great too. I never know I am need of a remedy until you give me one!Oh, and I forgot to tell you yesterday.......... About 1 month after the remedy you gave me the last time (Staphysagria) I started experienced TERRIBLE itching at my <very unnecessary> C-section site, I mean unbearable internal itching! Like I wanted to go through the scar and scratch my uterus, it was intense. Anyway....a month after the remedy and about a week after the itching started, I experienced a gush of fluid, ran to the bathroom and discovered I had passed SUTURES, what looked like 3-4, in about 2 ounces of clear water type fluid!!!!!!!!! I was SHOCKED, but happy that I have continued to heal 4.5 years later :) The fluid continued for about 24 hours. It was VERY weird, but VERY healthy feeling. You have really gotten me back in balance, (even though I thought I was in perfect balance already! LOL)I feel full of positive, healing energy, a feeling I haven't had in years. You are a wonderful person, I hope you are told that AT LEAST every day :) You will have noticed that I have you listed as her primary physician to be contacted FIRST in any event. And the physician that is basically the God. No one may treat, touch, or even look at her before you approve! LOL, I hope that's OK, since all the emergency contacts for my daughter have a copy of that! LOLwidth="75%"
Hi Steve,Thanks for you e-mail recently. I don't know where time goes. Things with my health have been absolutely fantastic. For many months I have had no sign whatsoever of any symptoms of colitis. The Chinese remedies seem to have worked marvelously. In fact, diet has no negative effect anymore. This includes dairy, wheat, wine or anything else for that matter. Although my normal diet still avoids these food groups as a matter of general principle I can chow down pizza and beer or whatever in seemingly any quantity for any number of days without consequence. Moreover, work is as stressful as ever with 70-90 hour weeks being the norm. Still, zero sign of any symptoms. Normal BM's, little or no gas even after dairy or legumes. Symptoms are just plain zip.I don't want you to conclude from this that either my diet or workload lacks decent balance-in otherwords, that all your good teaching is for naught. This would be anything but true.I just can't believe that I loved with my former conditions for so may years without hope, feeling guilty and deeply worried. Color me deeply skeptical of western medicine. If there is anything you recommend now as a maintenance plan please contact me ASAP.Where ever you go I will find you so do us both a favor and stay in touch. I still consider you my primary physician. If you come across others similarly afflicted as was I, share this message that there is more than just hope for those that will dedicate themselves.Thanks for giving me my life back.Regards,John
Dear Steve,Thanks for being willing to stick with me and support me healing process. Thank you for not judging me and for being willing to take risks and chances with me and my healing.You have not only been a healer for me, you have been a friend that I can grow with. I know that you will continue to flourish in everything that you do because of the way that you treat people and your willingness to grow emotionally with your patientsI do not know what I would have done without you. In any case I know that I wouldn't be here (alive) and if I was I know that it would have been on conventional drugs or have been ravaged by surgery. Please continue to do what you do. I am sure that there are people meant just for you and only helpable by you, as I was.Gratefully, Michael
Dear Steve -It's hard to summarizemy experiences with naturopathic medicine. There are so many layersof healing involved.Homeopathy, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, such as yourself, can not only alleviate the general symptoms of complaint but hits on something much deeper. The core reason why we feel discomfort. In doing this the whole body and mind are brought into a better balance.You have helped me throughseveral difficult periods in mylife. You used your skills as a practitioner for the physical hurts but more importantly you gave equalattention to the emotions and stressesI was feeling.I've come to know my body and when it's time for a "tune-up".I know by the end of my visit with you,the whole person will be treated, not just the pie wedge symptom.There are no words to express my deep gratitude to you and Roseanne for your kind and gentle care.Thank you for being in my life. God Bless.Maggie M -________________________________                         Dr. Nenninger, Just wanted to see if we might be able to schedule a phone call to discuss how the medicines are working – let me know what might work best with your schedule. I can tell you that I have yet to have an “episode” of pain, and I am very thankful for that!! J J J I look forward to speaking with you soon,                         __________________________________________hello steve, i just wanted to let to know how blessed i feel to have met you. i am truly confident that this is going to work. i have told so many people about you and will be telling more. i think that it was fate that brought me to you. just the 26-Jan-2008once i did not feel like the outcast....i will be looking forward to getting my capsules/drops whatever form of remedy you perscribe. i feel like my luck has finally changed godbless cynthia                                _________________________________________Bless you and your remedies. We went from cranky crying teether this morning to blissful angel in no time flat this morning. Her skin looks great although still a bit itchy so still using aloe and chamomile. 
Jen
Thank you

I am taking the cytomel for three consecutive days now, and on the second day (Sunday) I had the most wonderfully energetic feelings. I did a lot of long neglected yard work, could concentrate while reading. (I took reading breaks while washing and painting wicker furniture). Yesterday I fell apart and did very little. I can only think I overdid it the day before. Today, I am in the mid zone. On Sunday night I also slept for nine hours straight. The first time in two years. Thanks for the opportunity to feel semi normal. It's been a long time. I look forward to more days like that.
Steve - I have not felt like eating much this week. This has not happened to me in 54 years. Usually I want to eat everything in the house and then some. Is this how the thin half (probably in our society it's more like the other quarter) lives? I have been having some hot flashes, not too bad, I just feel warm a lot of the time. Otherwise I'm doing good. More energy! Maybe I'm not used to moving around and that's why I'm sweating. I thank you for all your help with our family. Fondly-B.N.
Steve:
Chelsea went to her Jr. Prom alone with her date......she walked in, danced most of the night and went to an after-prom party at a friends house. Came home at 1:30am! She was voted Prom Princess and given a dozen roses, tiara, etc. Not bad for her first venture without Mom! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels that she could do this, she's so brave. We'll send you pictures.
She goes for chemo this Wednesday for 5 nights......
Love,
Barbara
Steve-I'm doing great! I'm feeling good! I'm like a new person. I was ready to retire a couple of months ago because I didn't think I could keep up with the children. Now they have to keep up with me. I lost a couple of pounds without trying, but realize I have to really make an effort to keep it going. At least now I feel I may have a chance to succeed in this area. Right now I'm taking the vitamins, flaxseed oil, and progon B, three tablets twice a day. I still am taking the blood pressure medication once a day, until I lose some weight. If this sounds good I will continue and come back to see you next month. I finished the thyrosol and I have a week left on the Arsenicum LM 2.(I almost forgot that one.). No hurry getting back to me. I'm doing very well. Many Thanks-Barbara
Hi Steve,Rain or shine here is some happy news of mine. Ours really, anyway the Arsenicum is working beautifully as intended. Is the Pulsatilla already in it too? Until I find out I've been taking half the dose of the Pulsatilla. Which ever way it's sliced it's doing. I also wanted to inquire about how many calm spirits I can take a day, I currently take 8, I feel it but not to the degree I would like at times. Generally, does fluctuation work best or consistency w/ the calm spirit? I have more good news hormonally I am doing much better as well 14-8 days down to 3 days. Yes standing ovation for Doctor Steve. I also remembered how I realized the Isocort is working I used to go into fight or flight over trivial things, & the intensity was breathtaking. Now I rarely go into that state & when I do the feeling is so minor in comparison. I don't feel suppressed either. I am in control so much more in a good way, it is shown in many areas especially socially that is a gift in itself. Along w/ everything else. So basically Steve is brilliant, but we already knew that, only he's too humble to flaunt it, well that's part of why he is sooooo brilliant. Well now my dear I must let you know what a major gear you are in the fine machinery of my recovery. I no longer have to live my life like a candle in the wind. You are a part of that, enjoy! I am forever grateful for meeting someone like you. Hope all is well with you & 
yours.Sincerely w/ HEART Jaclyn
Dear Steve,Last Easter there was little reason for Valentina and I to celebrate. My health was in dire straits. I had cancer.As modern medicine attempted to help, my health continued to fail. Radiation and Chemotherapy kill all cells in it's path, good and bad alike with no exception. My survival was questionable.Your decision to help us was a God Send. Your precious time spent with us had value that simple words cannot express. Your sincere care and concern is immeasurable.My weight has increased twenty five pounds since we met three months ago. I feel stronger and I'm sleeping nights. My surgeon cannot find my tumor by my colon. It's disappeared. After asking what happened he said "keep doing whatever you are doing."Thanks to your help this year we have good reason to celebrate this Easter season. Please share in our celebration by accepting this gift as our humble gratitude of appreciation.Happy Easter to You and Your family.
Steve-I just got results of recent blood tests which showed my TSH levels to be at 2.5 not the 8.5 that they were at previously. The endocrinologist thought I had something called Hashimoto's disease, but when my levels of TSH were fine the doctor just said to check it again in a couple of months to be sure it's O.K. I'm doing so much better. I feel like a person again. I cannot thank you enough! I'll be coming back to see you soon to see what I need to do to help maintain my health.-Barbara
Dr. Steve,
Hi how are you? Are you ready for this one? I am just fine. Truly, I am doing wonderfully. I took a risk I tried all your treatments at once and they work! I am ecstatic! After 13yrs. of living w/ this unbalanced feeling inside me, it's gone! I have some minor spurts associated w/ my sleep cycle, but that will balance out more as I go along. I get a full nights of sleep, I feel so healthy. It is so AMAZING, You are so AMAZING. Even my father is happy! Mom too. Life is a exciting adventure again, I wake up and feel invigorated to start my day, my life once again. Thank You More Than You'll Ever Know... Sincerely Jaclyn
Dear Steve,
Please refill my drops as soon as convenient. As usual, I still swear that there is magic in those drops that have cut my sinus infections to zero and my colds to next to nothing. Thanks. Jeff
Dear Dr. Nenninger,Hello from rainy Arizona. My name is Sarah Paton and I spoke with you briefly after your lunch time lecture as SCNM a few weeks ago....to jog your memory you thanked me for the energy I brought to the room and you said you couldn't help but notice me. I sincerely appreciate your kindness. I wanted to write to thank for for your thoughts on abundance and success in practice. They really had agiant impact on how I am viewing all the people in my life and also how my future looks from here! My cat appreciates your call for appreciation of all beings around you. I have invented a new possibility for myself and my life and that is the possibility of authenticity, appreciation and contribution. I wanted you to know that it is from your generosity in sharing yourself that my life and the lives of people around me are more rich. Thank you again.Be well.Sarah Paton 11th Q, SCNM
Dear Dr. Nenninger -

Our Ray is magnificent. Most importantly, he is healthy. His skin still flares on occasion - I think he reacts to berries, so that is off the menu for awhile. His stuttering is beginning to subside. He has more color in his cheeks and he is not so irritable. Have I told you lately that I love you? I am so excited about the path we are all on. Thank you, thank you. When do you suggest we see you again? 

Be well - Jackie
Hi Steve,I am happy to report that I am feeling much better. The nausea has subsided drastically as has the gas and the bleeding has stopped completely. It's crazy more people don't seek this type of medical therapy. The supplements have once again conquered the monster running rampant in my belly. And for that, as always, I am incredibly grateful!With thanksgiving just a few days away, one of the things I will be giving thanks for is you. Have a wonderful holiday and again, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!Warmest Regards,AG
brutha steve, i feel 100% better than any day over the last 3 weeks since i switched to nux, was able to sleep in between charlies' waling fits and didnt choke myself to death with the cough. sooo (please enter gayish folks music here) me, me, me, meeeeeeeeeee.......(fixing my rasping ray charles sounding voice)"haaaaaiiiiilllll to the witch doctor, the witch doctor, the witch doctor, haaaaaaiiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man! he neither drinks, nor he cusses, buthe fixesallthe wusses....haaaaiiiilll to the witch doctor, the germ fight man!"Chris
Thanks so much for helping Francine yesterday. She felt so much better just talking to you! You're a great guy and you make it so easy for us to talk to you. You have a gift and I thank God we know you. Francine is HAPPIER - I kid you not! I saw the difference within 24 hours. She's actually talking to me in the morning which is something she hasn't done in a year:) I hope it continues! And the circles under her eyes improved in 24 hours too!Thanks again for everything.Love Susanne
Hi Steve,
This is Linda, Janets's Mom. I am writing you from (her) email so that you will have it. She checks her email several times a day.

So, let me tell you how (she) is doing.

Within 24 hours of starting the new pills you gave her there was a marked difference in who she was. She woke up happy (never happens) she didn't have mood swings in the evening like before. She hasn't had any temporal lobe seizures since we saw you. So to sum up ... you are my hero! 

I can't tell you how happy I am, but I probably don't have to. being a father, you can imagine what it is like to find out one day, that not only is your daughter depressed and wanting to commit suicide but that she also has six brain lesions that no one seems to know anything about or what to do about it. then they put your baby on drugs ... not just any drugs, but drugs that have bad side effects and are going to change her forever. Then when you ask them, "How long on the drugs" they tell you most likely forever! Can you feel what that feels like? I know you can.

So Steve, you have changed my world. Keeping that in mind the words "thank you" seem a little hollow don't you think? but those are the only words that I have for you.

Thank You!I am hoping that you will have some more good news for me as time goes on.

So once again Steve "Thank you" so much for being who you are and doing what you've done to be able to have helped my daughter!
Dear Dr. Steve,Thank you for your help and dedication to my health and well being. Ever since I had my first appointment with you a full year ago, I have been doing so much better, mentally as well as physically.Before I found your name in one of Gary Null’s books, I had seen doctors and been put through tests to find out why I was having such pain and cramping, nausea and vomiting. And no doctor understood why it happened and why so sporadically; anywhere from six months apart to six weeks. For three years before I had seen you, I had just been surviving. Now I feel like I am living again. For the past year, I feel like the pain is under control. I no longer stress about another bout coming on soon.The herbs that you have given me have been a miracle for me. Thank you. And thank you for the herbs for leveling out my adrenal gland after pregnancy as well as the tonics for my little boy’s teething. Everything is now so much smoother.I am really glad that I came to you after giving birth to my son. You have helped both of us so much with the beginning of his new life. I had not recovered from his birth until you helped me. After four months of being a mother, I was still hyped up, not sleeping well and anxious and upset. Now, I feel more peaceful and calm. And I am very thankful that we started Conor on tonic and herbs before he was in so much teething pain. We were able to treat him and prevent him from going through agony. His teething transition has been very smooth compared to other children I know. A couple of rough days, but nothing compared to what I know it could have been. Thank you again.You are a wonderful caring, intuitive individual as well as an excellent Naturopath. I will never be able to thank you enough for all the time that you have spent with me. You have been there every time I have had a need for an appointment, even late night on Saturday and one Sunday. I have never met anyone so dedicated to helping others.Sincerely,Julia R.
Steve,It's been about 10 months since you last saw me, and I apologize that it has taken me this long to thank you for all you have done! I saw you last October when I was being treated for recurring ovarian cysts. My normal gynecologist had just recommended my 3rd (!!) surgery and I came to you looking for another answer and at the end of my wits. I was amazed at your intellectual and yet very caring manner, and used the remedy you prescribed (Carcinosin). After trying every hormone medication on the market and even going into drug-induced early "menopause" for six months, I had only felt worse and worse. Four months after our visit, I had a sonogram and was pronounced free of cysts.I have had no problems sincewidth="75%" width="75%"then. As we had talked about, at the time I had a lot of anger and unhappiness in my life. Since then I have ended a relationship that had been causing me anxiety for many years. Just this past June I decided it was time I took the initiative, and I went to visit my father - whom I hadn't seen in person in about 6 years. We had a wonderful visit and now correspond regularly. I discovered I have a lot in common with his "new" wife, and we even write eachwidth="75%" width="75%"other now too. I also lost about 10 pounds, without any real effort. Recently I have begun volunteer work at a Horse Rescue and finally feel I have found my "niche". Through my work there, I am about to realize my dream of owning my own horse.I can't tell you how amazing it is to not be constantly worrying about my health and when the next surgery will be - I am a free woman! I have not felt this good in many years, and I would never have gotten to this point without your help. I hope you will share this letter! It amazes me what passes for real "healthcare" in this day and age, and my only regret is that I didn't find you sooner!!I will be contacting you soon to make a followwidth="75%" width="75%"up visit. Thank you again,Tara
Hi Steve,I know it's been awhile since I've seen you but around this time of year I just wanted to thank you for all you did for me. As you recall, I had suffered from indigestion/acid reflux for many many years. After seeing countless doctors, gastroenterologists, etc I continued to decline despite the fact that they pumped me full of prescription medications.After taking several tests that required one day hospitalizations I was diagnosed with Barrets Esophogus which my doctor told me had the potential to be a pre-cancerous condition. It was at this time that I asked the Universe for direction and was guided to your practice.When I came to see you I was in terrible shape. I was unable to eat anything without getting terribly ill. I was fatigued and although I am for the most part a happy, carefree person, I was getting downright depressed. After seeing you for a short time my symptoms began to subside - while continuing to see you was always a gift for me - your sincerity and expertise lifted my spirits while my health continued to improve. I am happy to say that as of this writing I remain in good health. I am working at a job I love and although there will always be forks in the road I feel ready to tackle anything.I just felt compelled to write you this note letting you know that I am very grateful to you for all your caring and guidance. I also wanted to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.Best Wishes, Shariwidth="75%"
Dr. Steve,My daughter was thrilled when I told her you liked her picture, absolutely thrilled! She has been a VERY HAPPY girl since about 2 hours after the remedy you gave her. And today she woke up smiling, rash looks a bit more dried out, time will tell. I feel great too. I never know I am need of a remedy until you give me one!Oh, and I forgot to tell you yesterday.......... About 1 month after the remedy you gave me the last time (Staphysagria) I started experienced TERRIBLE itching at my <very unnecessary> C-section site, I mean unbearable internal itching! Like I wanted to go through the scar and scratch my uterus, it was intense. Anyway....a month after the remedy and about a week after the itching started, I experienced a gush of fluid, ran to the bathroom and discovered I had passed SUTURES, what looked like 3-4, in about 2 ounces of clear water type fluid!!!!!!!!! I was SHOCKED, but happy that I have continued to heal 4.5 years later :) The fluid continued for about 24 hours. It was VERY weird, but VERY healthy feeling. You have really gotten me back in balance, (even though I thought I was in perfect balance already! LOL)I feel full of positive, healing energy, a feeling I haven't had in years. You are a wonderful person, I hope you are told that AT LEAST every day :) You will have noticed that I have you listed as her primary physician to be contacted FIRST in any event. And the physician that is basically the God. No one may treat, touch, or even look at her before you approve! LOL, I hope that's OK, since all the emergency contacts for my daughter have a copy of that! LOL
Hi Steve,Thanks for you e-mail recently. I don't know where time goes. Things with my health have been absolutely fantastic. For many months I have had no sign whatsoever of any symptoms of colitis. The Chinese remedies seem to have worked marvelously. In fact, diet has no negative effect anymore. This includes dairy, wheat, wine or anything else for that matter. Although my normal diet still avoids these food groups as a matter of general principle I can chow down pizza and beer or whatever in seemingly any quantity for any number of days without consequence. Moreover, work is as stressful as ever with 70-90 hour weeks being the norm. Still, zero sign of any symptoms. Normal BM's, little or no gas even after dairy or legumes. Symptoms are just plain zip.I don't want you to conclude from this that either my diet or workload lacks decent balance-in otherwords, that all your good teaching is for naught. This would be anything but true.I just can't believe that I loved with my former conditions for so may years without hope, feeling guilty and deeply worried. Color me deeply skeptical of western medicine. If there is anything you recommend now as a maintenance plan please contact me ASAP.Where ever you go I will find you so do us both a favor and stay in touch. I still consider you my primary physician. If you come across others similarly afflicted as was I, share this message that there is more than just hope for those that will dedicate themselves.Thanks for giving me my life back.Regards,John
Dear Steve,Thanks for being willing to stick with me and support me healing process. Thank you for not judging me and for being willing to take risks and chances with me and my healing.You have not only been a healer for me, you have been a friend that I can grow with. I know that you will continue to flourish in everything that you do because of the way that you treat people and your willingness to grow emotionally with your patientsI do not know what I would have done without you. In any case I know that I wouldn't be here (alive) and if I was I know that it would have been on conventional drugs or have been ravaged by surgery. Please continue to do what you do. I am sure that there are people meant just for you and only helpable by you, as I was.Gratefully, Michael
Dear Steve -It's hard to summarizemy experiences with naturopathic medicine. There are so many layersof healing involved.Homeopathy, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, such as yourself, can not only alleviate the general symptoms of complaint but hits on something much deeper. The core reason why we feel discomfort. In doing this the whole body and mind are brought into a better balance.You have helped me throughseveral difficult periods in mylife. You used your skills as a practitioner for the physical hurts but more importantly you gave equalattention to the emotions and stressesI was feeling.I've come to know my body and when it's time for a "tune-up".I know by the end of my visit with you,the whole person will be treated, not just the pie wedge symptom.There are no words to express my deep gratitude to you and Roseanne for your kind and gentle care.Thank you for being in my life. God Bless.Maggie M -

 

The Damage Gluten Has Already Done

When Christine asked me to write about gluten for this issue I was a bit surprised.  The first thought that goes through my head is, “doesn’t everybody know about gluten already?”  I have been bringing up gluten for over ten years in my talks.  So if it is ok with you I am going to assume that you know gluten is bad for you.  I am also going to assume you are doing your best to either eliminate it or avoid it.  I am going to assume that you treat gluten like any other of the food poisons we have educated ourselves to avoid.  No trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial dyes and artificial sweeteners, and no gluten.  Can I just call this common sense eating?

 

If you are like me however, that common sense was hard won after years of trial and error.  I myself had years of colitis before I was able to discover this common sense.  So it is possible that you did years of damage before trying a gluten free diet.  Often these symptoms continue after eliminating gluten.  Those years of eating gluten were like punching holes in a bucket of water.  The leaks can be stopped by giving up gluten, but that does not fill the bucket back up.  It is possible to live a life of disease even if you stop all gluten.

 

To understand why gluten can create these lingering problems we need to look at what an allergic response to gluten does to the body.  The first response is that the body releases adrenaline.  You make know this as the fight or flight hormone.  This is the signal to the body that there is an invader.  Remember that an allergy to gluten means that the body sees gluten as a bacteria that it needs to fight.

 

After a while of releasing adrenaline then the cortisol system kicks in.  Cortisol is the water that is used to put out the fire.  Remember the body is still thinking that it is fighting a bacteria, so it knows to start the next step.  This next step is to turn down the immune system and start repairing the damage.  The damage occurs because when the body fights against gluten the inflammation that it uses to do this job also hurts our own body.

 

So what happens with chronic, long term gluten reaction?  The body is constantly putting out adrenaline (fight of flight) and cortisol.  So when stopping gluten a person is often left in a state of high adrenaline and high cortisol.  Another word for this combination is anxiety and inflammation.  Chronic insomnia and weakness can result from this state even if gluten has been stopped.  The body gets locked into this pattern in the same way that a truck going down a steep mountain path can loose control.  The brakes wear out after a long time of being applied.  In the same why the brain chemicals that put on the brakes get depleted.

 

One of the worst effects of this chronic high cortisol is that it blocks the release of growth hormone.  For growth hormone to be released cortisol needs to go down.  Of course with the body stuck in a high cortisol pattern this is not going to happen.  In children this will block their growth hormone and you will see that they will be short.  I have seen a lot of kids spring up in height after giving up gluten including my own children.  In older people this block of growth hormones will cause them to be fat and tired.  It is amazing the amount of money that I have seen people spend on growth hormone replacement when their own growth hormone was right there waiting for them.

 

Another sign that gluten has created an empty bucket is chronic anxiety.  I experienced this myself and even after being off of gluten for several years it had not corrected itself.  My body had corrected it’s symptoms but my anxiety was actually worse!  It was worse because the patterns that the allergic immune response to gluten had created were still the same.  So as my system got stronger it just pushed me harder in the wrong direction.  It was not till I actively tested and used a specific approach to balance my brain that I began to feel better.  This was the process of filling the bucket instead of just patching the holes, hence this article.  I would have never been able to focus and write like this in the state that my gluten allergy left my brain.

 

As is often the case the opposite can happen also in cases where the body has had a chronic inflammatory response to gluten.  I call this a case where a person both has no brakes and no gas for fuel.  The person in this state can experience the worst of both worlds, both anxiety and depression.  The person can either be in the state where anything throughs them off, or nothing moves them.  This can be corrected also.

High Blood Pressure and Hidden Food Allergies

High Blood Pressure and Hidden Food Allergies

 

High blood pressure is a disease that affects many people.  This is one of those disease where the conventional, pharmaceutical drug treatment is as bad or sometimes worse than the disease.  Of course this does not mean that this disease can go untreated.

 

The kidneys are an organ that is made up of a network of very tiny tubes.  When the system is under pressure these tubes can become flattened, twisted or  just damaged in  some other way.  Drugs are the main way this is treated in conventional medicine.

 

These blood pressure medicines have a lot of side effects.  Recent studies have suggested a link between blood pressure medication and cancer.  This was also an observation that I had made in the years that I have been seeing patients.

 

I saw how the conventional drugs affected my own mother.  She was diagnosed with high blood pressure while I was in naturopathic medical school.  Throughout the years I tried all the tools in my natural medicine bag of tricks, and nothing worked well for her.  If you mention and herb, a supplement or a homeopathic medicine, I tried it.  None of it worked well and eventually she had to go on the conventional drugs for her symptoms.  She had all of the drug side effects and even developed cancer eventually.

 

When a new testing for hidden food allergens came out a few years ago she was one of the first people that I tested.  Surprisingly for both of us she came back highly allergic to eggs.  This is not the regular kind of allergy that would show itself with a rash or another physical symptom right away.  This was a hidden food allergy that can be present without any obvious, physical symptoms that you would see from the outside.  Hidden allergies last 2 to 20 days.  So she removed all eggs from her diet.

 

Two weeks later we tested my mom’s blood pressure and it was completely normal for the first time in 20 years.  With the consent and help of her wonderful medical doctor we decreased that amount of medication slowly and within a month she was completely drug free with a normal blood pressure.  She continues well to this day.

 

So how can as hidden food allergy create such a severe illness?  The reason is that this  allergic reaction lasts a long time.  The hidden food allergens create a reaction that can last weeks.  A little bit of reaction that lasts a long time can be very destructive.  If this reaction continues for weeks, months and years it has the ability to create symptoms that eventually become diseases.  This does not mean that it is always the cause for disease, of course.  It does mean that we should check to see if a hidden food allergy is causing the problem.  Removing the food in this case can create miracles.

 

Food allergens create high blood pressure by making the body respond to stress.  The stress of consuming an food that you are allergic to is created because the body thinks it is facing an infection.  Having an allergy is another way of saying that the body is attacking a food like it was a bacteria or a virus.  The reason we make antibodies is to defend ourselves from infection.  So when a test for hidden food allergies shows a positive reaction,  we know that the body is treating that food like a bacteria or virus.

 

The bodies response to eating an allergen is not that different than if you were facing a physical attacker.  The body releases the fight or flight hormones from an organ that sits on top of the kidneys called the adrenal glands.  This system was designed to be used by our body rarely, and in times of extreme danger.  However when an allergen is present this danger response system is always on.  When the adrenal glands are used in the way, they become drained and begin to function poorly.

 

This important because the state of our adrenal system has a strong influence on high blood pressure.  When are adrenal system is depleted in can become unbalance and over active.  Just like a person standing on one foot is more likely to fall on one side or the other.  A low functioning adrenal system can cause spikes in blood pressure and chronic high blood pressure.  Removing hidden (delayed) food allergen can be a big step to correcting high blood pressure.