Important Lessons from Natalie's Case
David Tener, DC
1) Multiple Symptoms, Multiple Doctors, Multiple Treatments
An all too common scenario...
It is not uncommon for patients at The Goldberg Clinic to have been diagnosed with multiple conditions. They see their Gastroenterologist for their digestive issues, their Rheumatologist for their joint pain, their Dermatologist for their skin issues and if that weren’t enough, their Integrative Doctor for “Natural Remedies” to add to the mix. They come to see us with bags full of medications, supplements, and alternative treatments, all prescribed by different doctors managing each so called “disease.” What the patient and their doctors fail to recognize is that each symptom or condition is a not separate and distinct issue, but rather a manifestation of causes that have not yet been addressed.
Natalie’s case clearly illustrates the connection between chronic digestive issues, skin problems such as Eczema and Acne and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As Natalie’s digestive function improved, her skin and energy level followed suit….all without treating symptoms but rather by addressing root underlying causes and employing the proper health promoting behaviors for function to be restored.
2) The Treatment Train
The medical management of Natalie’s symptoms involved repeated courses of antibiotics. This approach not only failed to address the causes of her health problems but also contributed to the development of secondary issues over time including frequent Urinary Tract Infections for which more antibiotics were then prescribed (See cartoon below). As her condition worsened over time, Natalie's medical doctor's recommended surgery to remove her gallbladder.
3) Bumps on the Journey, Trusting the Process and The Will to Get Well
Natalie’s road to recovery was not easy. She had to endure periods of discomfort (Bumps on the Journey) as her body performed its work in “purging” (Natalie’s words) old materials and waste products that had accumulated in her system over time. Despite outside pressure from friends and family, Natalie trusted the process and noticed her overall health improving significantly following each healing crisis. Periods of detoxification and renewal gradually resulted in a 90% overall improvement in a period of 90 days. Natalie earned back her health with hard work and persistence. She had, as Dr. Goldberg calls it, “The Will to Get Well."
4) “Real Healthcare is Self-Care” ~Dr. Paul Goldberg
At the Goldberg Clinic it is our goal to assist patients in getting well while at the same time teaching them how to stay well so that they can begin to take care of themselves in the future. We worked closely with Natalie as we do with all of our patients to teach her the proper health promoting behaviors to maintain the improvements she’s made and continue to build upon them over time.
No one should have to rely on doctors of any kind (including those at the Goldberg Clinic) for the rest of their lives. Real healthcare is self-care.