Case Update: Garrett Still in Excellent Health at 18 Month Follow Up

Video Testimonial June 2014

Garrett presented to the Goldberg Clinic in the summer of 2014 with a 10 year history of Proteinuria and Hematuria (protein and blood in his urine) as well as Psoriasis and back pain. After just 30 days working with us, Garrett's urine was free of protein and blood (confirmed by Urinalysis). His Psoriasis has shown considerable improvement and his back pain has resolved. Garrett shares his experience at the Goldberg Clinic in the video to the right. See the full case summary and commentary by Dr. Tener, click here. 


8 Month Follow Up | November 2015

Garrett returned to the Goldberg Clinic in November 2015 for a check-up after having worked with us with excellent results in 2014. His urine is still free of blood and protein, his Psoriasis continues to improve and his back pain is still resolved (see follow up video to the right). 


A Hard Won Recovery from Crohn's Disease

Jonathon Boyle's Story


Though every patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's, Crohn's Colitis or Ulcerative Colitis) is different from the next, Jonathon Boyle and his battle with Crohn's Disease is one that in many ways is typical of the trials and tribulations patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease frequently suffer from. Diagnosed when still a child, Jonathon suffered with debilitating digestive disturbances, toxic, medically prescribed drugs that caused numerous ill side effects, repeated failed surgeries, massive weight loss, severe fatigue, weakness, pain, and disability.

What is not typical is the extraordinary courage and perseverance with which Jonathon and his Mother faced his dilemma. We refer to this at the Goldberg Clinic as“The Will to Get Well”. Suffering with his malady for over a decade while under medical care, (while his physicians painted a bleak future for him), did not stop Jonathon and his Mother from being intent on seeking a way for Jonathan to be delivered from his nightmare.

Having experienced the failure of the Medical Approach with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Boyles sought out realistic, natural, methods of restoring his entire health picture. This included reading about digestive issues in books written by Ms. Jini Patel.

Jonathon and his mother cindy

Jonathon and his mother cindy

Ms. Patel is a well-known writer and founder of the company “Listen To Your Gut” which offers excellent educational materials and products to assist patients with chronic digestive issues. Through Listen To Your Gut (, Jonathon found new hope and learned out about our clinic. Soon after he made the trip from Iowa to Georgia to consult at The Goldberg Clinic For Chronic Disease Reversal where we analyzed his case and developed a specific, individualized, plan for Jonathon to follow  to restore his health.

Jonathon’s journey back to dependable health is depicted in the accompanying video (see above) along with before and after laboratory studies (see below). We salute both Jonathon and Mrs. Boyle for having the will to get well and for the success that they have achieved.

IgE Inhalent Allergy Panel

The IgE Inhalent Panel is an allergy test which evaluates serum IgE antibody levels to region-specific pollens and environmental inhalants. In Jonathon's case, we evaluated the 14 most common environmental inhalants specific to the midwest United States, the location in which he lived. The test revealed severe allergic responses to most environmental allergens in the region (see report to the right).  

The relationship between pollen allergies and autoimmune/gastrointestinal disorders is generally ignored medically. This test result was a significant factor in Jonathon's case and led to his moving to Hallandale Beach, Florida. This change in climate along with the specific nutritional/lifestyle recommendations we made in Jonathon's case soon led to an increase in his weight from 115 pounds to 154 pounds (Jonathon is 6'2) and a significant overall improvement in his general health.  



 (Before, October 23 2014)

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of mal-digestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain. It is frequently associated with allergic, autoimmune, and gastrointestinal disorders including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's/Colitis). 

Jonathon's initial test result revealed a severe bacterial overgrowth. The waste products produced by bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates are toxic and irritating to the gastrointestinal tract. This can contribute to inflammation, allergy and autoimmunity as seen in Jonathon's case. 

(After, November 10, 2015)

Jonathon's Bacterial Overgrowth Test was monitored while working with us at the Goldberg Clinic. 

Jonathon's test result showed significant improvement  His most recent test result (November 10th, 2015), is shown to the right. It is now normal.

(Before, May 12, 2013)

The stool microbiology profile evaluates microbial balance within the Gastrointestinal Tract and is reflective of the environment within the gut. Jonathon's test result (see profile to the right) revealed the presence of numerous abnormal (yellow) and pathogenic flora (red) within the bowel. Antigenic substances produced by the abnormal and dysbiotic intestinal bacteria can contribute to the development of immune related disease including Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 

(After, October 19, 2014)

Improving the microbial balance within the GI Tract was critical to improving Jonathon's health. This involved taking steps to rest his bowel and improve his digestion. His follow up test result performed approximately one year later(shown to the right) revealed a significant reduction in abnormal and pathogenic flora which is reflective of a healthier environment within the GI tract and more balanced immune function. 

(Before, May 12, 2013)

The IgG4 Profile is a food sensitivity test measuring the total IgG antibody levels. Jonathon's initial test report (shown to the right) revealed that he was sensitive to 22 out of the 30 foods tested. This is reflective of the significant digestive disturbances seen in Jonathon's case and indicates that his immune system was overactive when he first presented to the Goldberg Clinic. 







(After, May 11, 2014)

As Jonathon's digestion and immune function improved during the course of his care at the Goldberg Clinic, his tendency towards allergies was reduced. This is evidenced by the significant reduction in the number of foods he was sensitive to as seen on his follow up allergy test performed one year later (see follow up test to the right).  



Third Annual Goldberg Clinic/Brooks Retreat Fall Gathering - Another Great Day to Remember!

Once again the Party Angels blessed us and we had a beautiful day for the Third Annual Goldberg Clinic/ Retreat At Brooks Celebration. With a great turnout of good friends/patients/students it was a glorious Fall Day in the Country.

In the Goldberg Clinic Fall Olympics we had winners in both our Apple Bobbing Contest and our Annual Foosball Tournament with outstanding performances registered by our prized athletes! After these performances, Apple Bobbing and Foosball are likely to become Olympic Events!

We truly thank all of you who honored us by attending. See pictures from the happy day below. 

Paul and David

Laxatives, Enemas and Colonics

Paul A. Goldberg, MPH, DC, DACBN, DCBCB

We frequently encounter patients who employ laxatives, enemas and /or colonics, “cleanses”, cathartics, and other treatments to force bowel movements much to their harm. Such measures, particularly when used on an ongoing basis, as is often the case, impair natural metabolic processes and are weakening to the body. Cases of serious chronic constipation, colitis and other disorders, have been caused or contributed to by these forced procedures. Such unnatural measures rob your colon of its protective coating of mucous and weaken it. If your body does not want to move the bowel at a particular time, you should not think that you are smarter and force it do so. Your constipation will be corrected when the cause(s) behind it no longer exist.

Generally, constipation is systemic (not local) in origin often due to fatigue, toxicity, allergy and poor living habits. To correct constipation the functional causes must be sought out and addressed, building your overall health simultaneously. If you are tired and run down your bowels will reflect this. If you are depressed, your bowels will be sluggish; if you are in a state of chaos your bowels will reflect this also. The take away point is that bowel issues such as constipation are more often than not reflective of a general problem of the body rather than being the problem itself.

Most laxatives “work” by irritation. They irritate the bowel lining and the body tries its best to eliminate the irritant i.e. the laxative. When it does so whatever is in the bowel gets thrown out as well. This irritation drains the bowels energy and over time the bowel both weakens and adapts to the laxative so that it does not act upon the bowel any longer. Typically at that point people will move to more irritating substances or larger amounts of them. In doing so, over time, the person will find that they have taken what was originally a mild problem that could have been easily solved by addressing causal factors and made it into a chronic issue. The same can be said of enemas and colonics, which also become habit forming over time and can lead to bowel distention and poor functioning.

“Mind your own business and let the bowels mind theirs” is an old and wise adage. If you take the correct measures to build good health and are constant with them, bowel problems generally become a thing of the past.

Do not be concerned about absorbing poisons from your colon. The last half of your colon is for storage. The feces are in a semisolid form and very little is absorbed from this area. The notion that most people have a hardened, caked-on crust of toxic waste materials lining their colon, which “can only be removed by colonics”, is overblown and inaccurate. When your bowel moves, there is only voiding of what was previously excreted from your cells and what was then stored in the colon. Body toxicity occurs at the cellular level when cellular excretion become impaired.  Taking laxatives, “cleanses”, enemas or colonics does nothing to solve this.

Often a person’s bowels don’t move due to stress, most often common stressors such as a lack of rest and sleep, overeating, wrong eating, overwork, nervous tension, nervousness, lack of proper exercise, lack of fresh air and sunshine, etc. There are also occasions when your body finds it necessary to gather its energies for a purpose, as in serious sickness accompanied by lack of desire for food. During this time your colon may naturally remain inactive for a time.

If you break your arm you know better than to force it to move and it is similar for your bowels. Just as your arm when broken needs rest so does the GI tract in many cases. Address the causes of your constipation or other functional bowel issues by improving your overall health and living habits. Therein lies the basic answer to your constipation. In doing so you will not only have better bowel function but also will enjoy a higher level of vitality and general health.

Common behavioral habits that are important for normal bowel action include sufficient rest and sleep, healthful eating habits including the avoidance of overeating, sufficient fiber in the diet from vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds, regular bowel habits, modest activity and sufficient water intake. Such habits will also provide adequate B Complex Vitamins and Minerals needed for good elimination. Beyond that the avoidance of food allergens and checking for intestinal dysbiosis may be required in more stubborn cases. The restoration of adequate total body energy levels is particularly important, as again, constipation can be a reflection of a person who is simply run down. Patients who have a history of drug usage (prescription or otherwise), tobacco or caffeine usage are particularly vulnerable to the development of constipation and other bowel issues. Going beyond these general measures, in stubborn cases, a more extensive evaluation in the clinic may be required. This will include a thorough case history, physical examination and appropriate functional laboratory testing to identify the cause of the problem so that an effective course of action can be arrived at.

If we identify and address causes our health can be restored. This includes the restoration of normal bowel function. Look to your overall health as a first step and stop meddling with your bowels. It is often all that is required. Keep in mind that a deficiency of laxatives, “cleanses”, enemas and/or colonics is never the cause of anyone’s constipation. 

Patient Interview: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Digestive Issues | July 2015

Grace came to the Goldberg Clinic in 2015 with a Medical diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. She had previously been treated with Methotrexate, Steroids and Remicaide, all of which resulted in unwanted side effects. In this video, Grace shares her experience with us at the Goldberg Clinic and the significant improvement she has made while under our care. She is now drug free. 

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