Elevated Liver Enzymes, Pre-Diabetes, Elevated Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke

John came to the Goldberg Clinic in 2015 with a medical diagnosis of Elevated Liver Enzymes. His test results also showed that he was pre-diabetic and at elevated risk for heart attack and stroke. At the Goldberg Clinic, a thorough evaluation was performed and an individualized program was developed for John to follow. John's test results have normalized, his energy levels have improved and he lost 15 pounds while under our care. He is drug free. See John's before/after test results below. 

 

 


Lab Tests: Before and After

Hemoglobin A1C (marker of blood sugar regulation) reduced from 6.0 to 5.8. 
HsCRP (marker of inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk) reduced from 3.4 to 1.1.


Liver Enzymes Before (12/21/15)                                                           Liver Enzymes After (4/1/16)

Recent Success Story

Chronic Migraine Headaches, Allergies, Asthma, Fatigue

Peter came to the Goldberg Clinic in 2015 having suffered with chronic migraine headaches, asthma, allergies and fatigue. His symptoms made it difficult for him to attend school and engage in normal daily activities. After just 3 months of care, Peter reports 90% overall improvement in his condition. He is drug free. 

HsCRP is a measure of systemic inflammation. Peter's level of inflammation was elevated initially at 3.7. It is now well within normal limits at 1.5.

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Other Autoimmune Disorders

We Can Turn The Tide

Paul A. Goldberg MPH,DC,DACBN,DCBCN 

In a somewhat morbid sense, it is fascinating to see how the list of “auto-immune” diseases continues to expand. When writing my Thesis entitled “A Biological Approach to Autoimmune Disorders” at the University of Texas in 1978, most sources listed 40 to 50 autoimmune disorders. Today the list varies from 80 to over 160. New diseases? No, these are new symptoms affecting different areas produced by increasing environmental, nutritional, lifestyle and pharmaceutically induced alterations in our species. We start our journey at birth with over 64 trillion potential differences between us based on genetics. Add environmental variations introduced from pharmaceuticals, altered food products, toxic chemicals, radiation, electric fields and a myriad of biologically altering lifestyle variations now influencing us and the affects become mind boggling. If one grows up with the changes, the drugs, the altered foods, the cellular world, it seems normal for the new abnormal is being swept into the realm of normalcy. 

Part of this maladaptation to the new but not improved world is a massive increase in autoimmune disorders. Ankylosing Spondylitis is one of them.

AS is characterized as an autoimmune disorder, similar to RA but targeting the spine. In those afflicted, bridging forms from vertebra to vertebra till, in advanced cases, the spine become solidified and rigid as opposed to having individual, mobile vertebra (see images below). The SI joints tend to fuse and the patient’s mobility can be severely limited, reduced to a fraction of what it would normally be, with the muscles, ligaments and tendons likewise affected. The “disease” is also known as Marie Strumpell Disease.

Radiograph of A.S. Patient. Bony Bridging. 

Radiograph of A.S. Patient. Bony Bridging. 

This, however, is not a problem confined to the spine. The body is affected systemically, particularly the joints, eyes, cardiovascular system and GI tract. Patients often find themselves seeing a rheumatologist, gastroenterologist, and ophthalmologist all prescribing many of the same drugs including NSAIDS, Steroids (see article "Problems with Prednisone"), pain killers and TNF Alpha Suppressing agents that carry with them dangerous side effects including cancer and serious infections (see article "The Dangers of Biological Drugs). The patient is advised that their condition is progressive and “incurable.” This is the standard line within the Medical Profession from your local corner M.D. to the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics.

Indeed under medical care the “condition” is incurable as drugging the patient does not provide any health promoting affect nor address causal factors. The medical profession points out that 95% of the people so diagnosed express the HLA-B27 antigen. This is of no help to the patient’s attempts at recovery for medically the condition is "incurable" and taking a medical approach to these issues makes that a virtual certainty.

The first mistake is assuming that all patients diagnosed with “AS” are the same. They are not. They can have a genetic tendency towards the disease but that does not doom them to have the problem. Other people have the HLA-B27 antigen and do not exhibit signs of A.S. Our genetics is not our destiny...not by a long shot. Environmental/Nutritional/Biochemical Factors can turn genes on and off. Under the right conditions, which differ from patient to patient, individuals can modify the way their genes are expressed. How this is done differs, depending on individual factors, requiring a thorough evaluation of the individual patient.

The routine prescribing of steroids, painkillers and immunosuppressant agents by medical professionals for autoimmune disorders, is, in my opinion, a tragedy and dooms these persons to a life of ongoing degeneration and little hope.

It has been my long experience, including my own case, that most patients with A.S. can be improved. In cases where the etiological factors are identified and the causes addressed the progressive nature of the disease, like other autoimmune issues, can be halted and in most cases significant reversals of the patient’s illness can be made (see video interviews with two of our patients to the right). This requires hard work on the part of the patient. The earlier the patient begins their journey back to health the better. Cases of advanced bridging of vertebra can be assisted but the farther the disease has progressed the less the opportunity for a full recovery. Nonetheless, overall improvements in vitality, increases in mobility and reduction of pain without the use of drugs are frequently possible even in advanced cases with a motivated patient willing to undergo a thorough evaluation and do the hard work needed.

Incurable? Yes, under medical care. Is it impossible for patients with autoimmune conditions to regain their vitality? Only if we are going down the wrong road, for no matter how far we travel down the wrong road we will never reach our destination.

Taking the right road by seeking out and addressing causes and establishing the right conditions for health along with being perseverant can lead to remarkable improvements in A.S. and other autoimmune conditions. I have witnessed this repeatedly in Recreating the Health of motivated patients with autoimmune disorders for over 40 years.

Related articles by the Goldberg Clinic:

1)  Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis
2) Tackling Inflammatory Bowel Disease
3) Problems with Prednisone: Why Inflammation is Not the Enemy
4) The Dangers of Biological Drugs (part I)
5) The Dangers of Biological Drugs (part II)

"The Goldberg Clinic changed my life, and I will be forever grateful!"

Suzanne and her husband Fall 2015

Suzanne and her husband Fall 2015

The Goldberg Clinic changed my life, and I will be forever grateful!

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 16 years old (June 2010) and was prescribed Asacol HD (anti-inflammatory). After about a year, Asacol wasn’t helping me much anymore, so my gastroenterologist prescribed Imuran (immunosuppressant) in addition to the Asacol. After another year or so, that wasn’t enough for me, so my doctor prescribed a cycle of Prednisone (steroid) in addition to the Asacol and Imuran. I started with a big dose of Prednisone and weaned off of it. That helped me to feel good again, but like before, the remission didn’t last and I was still taking Asacol and Imuran daily. I was prescribed another bout of Prednisone, which helped. My doctor said that this would be the last time she would put me on steroids and she told me that if I flare again, I would have to stop Asacol and Imuran, and start Remciade or Humira (biologics). About a year later, I flared again. I was too scared to start a biologic because I was still so young and I wanted to have a healthy body and be able to have children, and I felt like a biologic drug would rob me of the happy and healthy future I desired. A friend recommended the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I tried it out, but my health wasn’t improving. Around the time of this last flare, another friend of mine told me about The Goldberg Clinic. I was a little nervous at first because I knew it would require a lot of discipline and a total lifestyle change on my part, but I scheduled an appointment anyway, because I feared biologic drugs even more than discipline.

It was one year ago (January 2015) that I had my initial visit at The Goldberg Clinic. Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Tener were very thorough with asking questions about my symptoms, but also about my lifestyle habits. They recommended of testing that they thought would aid in discovering the source of my inflamed colon. After those set of tests a specific program was developed for me to follow. I didn’t see results right away, which was very discouraging, but I was steadfast and kept going. After about five months I really started noticing my body healing and getting healthier. I could tell that the chemistry of my body changed. My brain has changed as well—I have no desire to eat unhealthy foods. I value good, whole food, sunshine, and a chemical-free life. When I was 17 years old I developed Vitiligo and since The Goldberg Clinic, I noticed my white spots started going away. I still have Vitiligo, but I believe that it will get even better as I continue living a healthy lifestyle. I am now blessed to be pregnant with my first child and I have had an immaculate pregnancy! No sickness, no pains, no aches, and I know that it is because I am drug-free and living healthfully.

-Suzanne

BEFORE/AFTER LAB WORK

BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH
(Before, January 27th 2015)

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). 

Suzanne'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 and autoimmunity as seen in Suzanne's case. 

 

 

 


BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH
(After, May 7th, 2015)

Suzanne's Bacterial Overgrowth Test was repeated after 5 months of working with us at the Goldberg Clinic. 

Suzanne's test result showed significant improvement  Her follow up test result (May 7th, 2015), is shown to the right. It is now normal.

Husband and Wife From Virginia Make Significant Strides In Their Health

Patient Interview: January 2016

Oakley and Kathy presented to the Goldberg Clinic in the fall of 2015 with significant health challenges. Oakley had been suffering with chronic diarrhea, acid reflux, incontinence, hypertension and fatigue while his wife, Kathy, had been struggling with debilitating muscle pain (Fibromyalgia) as well as depression, asthma and allergies. After four months of care at the Goldberg Clinic, both Kathy and Oakley have made significant strides in their health as they described in their video interview with us (see left).