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February 22, 2013

I Am Finally on the Right Path to Optimum Health and Happiness

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Mark,

Whenever someone asks me about my history with Ulcerative Colitis I respond with something along the lines of, “It feels like a bad dream that will forever be imprinted in the back of my mind.” It was 2006, my senior year of high school, everything was going fairly well. I was a healthy (or so I thought) 6’3″, 180 lb. 18 year old about to graduate high school and head into the next stage of my life: college. However, life had different plans in store for me. Around my second semester I began to feel consistently nauseous.  It felt like anything I ate (S.A.D. mind you) would just pass right through me as though I hadn’t absorbed any energy/nutrients. I figured it was a relatively normal side effect from consistent partying that year, though it persisted. Bouts of nausea would come and go, as would horrible abdominal pains that would make even the toughest man curl into the fetal position. I decided it was time to get checked out. I had my first colonoscopy done within weeks of my first symptoms.

“You have Ulcerative Colitis,” the doctor said. I remember my mother and I looking at each other absolutely confused. Neither of us had heard of this illness before. He proceeded to inform us that Ulcerative Colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which is an inflammation of the colon. I remember pondering for a moment about what all of this could mean. I finally looked up and asked, “So what do I do?” He responded with, “Well, we can treat it with different medications depending on which one you is most beneficial to you.” “Treat?,” I thought. “You mean I have to live like this for the rest of my life?” I remember the doctor’s face vividly…it was an expression of reservation, confusion, and sadness, as if he were trying to formulate the wisest, yet least alarming way possible. “Not necessarily. A lot of people go into full remission with the right medication.” I carefully considered his response and asked, “How is this disease caused?” He looked back at me regretfully, “Unfortunately we don’t really know.” I didn’t know what to say to that. Still completely shocked and puzzled at what I was told, I continued through the next few months now under the supervision of a gastroenterologist and given several medications to take daily.

Sadly, things only got worse from there, I missed my college SAT tests on three different occasions due to having virtually no energy, constant joint and abdominal pains, as well as never-ceasing nausea. My friends and family would wonder where I was, why I wasn’t answering their phone calls, and why I would never leave the house anymore. My attempts to eat were pitiful, and as a result I was losing weight fast. Fast-forward two years later…After several failed medications and treatments from pharmaceutical to alternative, I ended up at a emaciated weight of 127 lbs only sleeping perhaps 2-4 hours per night.

Before surgery and the Primal Blueprint

I’ll never forget the feeling I had during this period of my life. It was as if I was on the brink of life and death, a sort of limbo. Nothing seemed real anymore. After stubbornly refusing to go to a doctor (due to my strong distaste for the medical field at that point), my father more or less forced me to our family clinic. My family doctor looked me over with noticeable concern, checking my blood pressure/pulse three separate times. He looked up at me and said, “You need to go to the hospital immediately.” My dad quickly rushed me to the E.R. and within an hour or so I was wheeled into a room and pumped full of pain-killers and fluids. I remember my father telling me what the doctor had told him, which is something I’ll never forget, “If you would have brought him in any later, he could have died.”

The good news is I stabilized, albeit only temporarily. Through the following months my weight shifted like crazy, the medications stopped working, and I was back at square one. All of the false hope I was getting from each new medication I would try and ultimately fail was taking its toll on me not only physically but mentally as well. My only other option to consider was surgery, in which I finally agreed to. My doctor recommended a three-step surgery. My first surgery was a total colectomy (removal of the entire large intestine) resulting in my need to wear a colostomy bag for nine months while my surgery site healed. My second step was to construct a “J-pouch,” which is basically the conversion of part of your small intestine into a a “J” shape to form a make-shift colon. Step two lasted a few months to let the J-pouch heal up while I still used the colostomy bag. My third and final step was to reconnect the plumbing, so to speak. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I don’t regret it for a minute.

My symptoms decreased to a manageable level, allowing me to eventually become independent, living and working on my own. Though the actual Colitis was at a stand-still, I was constantly bloated and sick, and my J-pouch would develop chronic pouchitis (infection of the pouch) which would be temporarily resolved by very powerful antibiotics such as Flagyl and Ciprofloxacin, but would eventually reappear. All of these chronic infections I was getting didn’t make sense. I was cured right? This shouldn’t be happening.

Still bloated and sick

Well that’s when I really began analyzing my diet, which eventually  brought me to your book, The Primal Blueprint.

When I finally ditched the SAD diet and started living primally, (eliminating processed foods and most importantly, GRAINS and adding more healthy fats, plants, and animals) I noticed the pain had been reduced to a minimum, my weight stabilized, and I had no more bloating which would usually appear after a good carb/grain-dense meal. This seemed to be working for me, so I stuck with it. After several months of living primally, at the age of 24, a stable weight of 182 lbs, and a height 6’4″ I can safely say that I am in the best shape of my life and feel better than I ever did pre-Colitis. My energy levels are stable. In fact, I hardly ever get mid-day crashes unless I eat something I shouldn’t (which only reminds me that I’m moving on a path towards the dark-side and I better recalibrate.) I lost over 30 lbs. of fat and gained a significant amount of lean muscle mass, but most importantly, is that I feel healthy. While I may never be “normal” again, I know that I am finally on the right path to optimum health and a life full of happiness. Thank you Mark for the selfless wisdom that you have imparted to myself and many others that have conquered their trials and tribulations via The Primal Blueprint.

From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Kyel - After Primal

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Matt
Matt
3 years 7 months ago

Awesome Job! Amazing!

Steph
Steph
3 years 7 months ago

Great message to read, as I begin the journey.

Laura
Laura
3 years 4 months ago

What an awesome story, I’ve recently been diagnosed. Your story was not only informative, but inspirational, thank you! You look great, so glad to hear you’re feeling better!

Crystal
3 years 7 months ago

Honestly, I just want to hug you. That had to be horribly difficult to face, and especially at the age you faced it.

It’s great that Primal has helped though. 🙂

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
3 years 7 months ago

+1 I had the same reaction! He was starving, poor young man. He fixed THAT!

Luke DePron
Luke DePron
3 years 7 months ago

Crazy wow! Like three different people in each pic. Glad you’re feelin better man.

Gotta love “what causes this?” ” we don’t know” Take this.

Did anyone ever address nutrition prior to all this or just something you only stumbled upon yourself? Glad to see you’re feeling better man!

mars
mars
3 years 7 months ago

+1

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 7 months ago

Yes, Luke is right – you really do look like three different people – the last one healthy. Good job hanging in there Kyel.

Michelle
Michelle
3 years 7 months ago

Amazing, just amazing 🙂

Groktimus Primal
3 years 7 months ago

That’s fantastic. You better send Mark & Co. a Christmas card this year 🙂

Tina
Tina
3 years 7 months ago

+1

Rebecca
Rebecca
3 years 7 months ago

Will you marry me? Congrats, you look great! So inspirational. Paleo all the way!

Shawn
Shawn
3 years 7 months ago
I’ve wondered since I started this diet what would happen to a person with UC if they went primal. My dad had UC and his calcium deficiencies got so bad that his spine was deteriorated to the point of being comparable to that of an 80 year old woman when he was 37. After a brutal surgery, he died in an accident after not being able to kick the pills when he was 41. I’m glad this information is in the public domain now because hopefully some people, yourself included, won’t have to go through what he went through. Thanks… Read more »
Violet
Violet
3 years 7 months ago

Shawn, I was touched by your comment. Very sorry to hear your dad’s story.

primal aly
primal aly
3 years 7 months ago

now THAT is a success story. thank you!!

Roger
Roger
3 years 7 months ago

Fantastic. My wife had ulcerative collitus from the age of 16 to 36. The drugs they gave her were pretty bad and the next stage was steroids. That was when she saw a nutritionist who put her on a grain free diet. The improvement was immediate and all bleeding was done in six months.
In those 20 years not one doctor though to look at her diet!
We now eat a pretty much primeval diet, my IBS has gone as well. Thanks Mark for putting all the information in one place.
ROG (my primeval name!)

Tina
Tina
3 years 7 months ago

Can I tell you how mad it makes me that not one doctor in 20 years thought about her diet? I am SO glad you found that nutritionist and that both you and your wife are well now! Keep spreading the word.

Colleen
Colleen
3 years 7 months ago

Kyel: Thrilled you found the PB and it helped! But it makes me sad to hear a story like this because what if the first doctor you met at 18 had put you on a PB diet?

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
3 years 7 months ago

Yes, reminds me of that saying; The line between a serial killer and a surgeon is a very fine line indeed. Creepy world sometimes.

Stoked for you Kyel. : )

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago
I wonder that as well, but to be honest it might not have made much of a difference. I was diagnosed with UC as a freshman in high school, and I immediately started trying different diets to get rid of it. Within the first 6-9ish months I was paleo, and I stuck with it religiously for almost 3 years until I finally had to have my colon removed as well. I still STRONGLY believe that diet has a huge influence on both the cause/development and the treatment of the disease, and I don’t think it would be possible to heal… Read more »
Cindy
Cindy
3 years 7 months ago

I’m so happy for you, Kyel! You look teriffic.

Grokesque
Grokesque
3 years 7 months ago

Well done Kyel – first for asking all the right questions (although sadly not getting any decent answers) and second for transforming your body and life on the PB. You look great!

John
John
3 years 7 months ago

I personally don’t trust most doctors, too many cases of where they missed diagnoses. They just do not get the right education. Glad your finally on the right path Kyel!

Kathleen
Kathleen
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, you look great! Congratulations on your new lifestyle, you look so happy!!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

So glad your life is saved. Great job! Both my brothers were almost to where you were. I’m happy to report that they are both onboard the Primal path since about 6 months ago and both are now doing great. This stuff works folks.

Onge
Onge
3 years 7 months ago

Wow good job there.

I feel really happy for you. 🙂

Bjjcaveman
3 years 7 months ago

Glad things turned out the way they did for you and you found the primal way… Can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if you discovered it sooner! The SAD really can do a number to our bodies.

Ara
Ara
3 years 7 months ago

With all the anecdotal evidence that now exists, why doesn’t “somebody” conduct a formal study on ulcerative colitis and grain-free diets? The medical community won’t listen up without the formal study. Mark, Robb, Chris??? You guys have the background to pull this off. Please consider it.

Sandy
Sandy
3 years 7 months ago

It’s pretty simple why the medical community won’t get on the wagon about diet controlling health. It’s called “follow the money.” There’s no kickbacks from saying, “Clean up your diet, eat more organic fruits and vegetables, ditch the polluted drinks for water and stop eating grains.”
signed
heathier w/o doctors

Darlene, San Francisco, CA
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
2 years 9 months ago

I agree with you totally, Sandy! “Follow the money” is right on! I get so angry at doctors who never question diets or lifestyle behaviors but are so quick to prescribe medications for everything. “Here, take this pill and go away. Hope it works.”

Also Healthier w/o doctors!

Lindsay
Lindsay
3 years 7 months ago

Mark you remind me of 2 close friends who suffer from Ulcerative Colitis. They have yet to accept the fact that food can both heal and destroy your body. I will be sending along your story to them in hope of inspiring them. Congratulations on beginning the healing process — you are looking amazing!!

Rob
Rob
3 years 7 months ago

I have had UC for three years, and going primal was by far the best thing for me. I was misdiagnosed for months until I had to be hospitalized. I remember being on so much medication and feeling like crap. About a year after my diagnosis I found Mark’s site, and since then I’ve had to take no medication at all and my weight has stabilized. Thank you Mark!

Paul
Paul
3 years 7 months ago

If you haven’t read “Wheat Belly” it goes very in depth into the topics of wheat and grains and how they can destroy the human body! It is a little on the technical side but a great read!

Congrats on your success!!!

Heather
Heather
3 years 7 months ago

you have to check out this. He is an intestinal transplant survivor. His story is pretty amazing, too. It took forever for the site to come up but: http://roarofwolverine.com/wolverine

Myra
Myra
3 years 7 months ago

Congrats on taking the initiative to find your way to good health! It is pathetic to see our medical community be so quick to push pills and surgery rather than suggesting dietary changes when they have patients facing GI issues with “mysterious” origins.

Brent
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, that is absolutely incredible! Many congratulations for making it through such an ordeal!

DuncaN
DuncaN
3 years 7 months ago

One of the first things I noticed after starting to eat primal was the major improvement in digestive functions. It was almost immediate. No more heartburn, acid reflux, etc.

Congratulations. I love these stories.

Hungry Canadian
Hungry Canadian
3 years 7 months ago

I hear you, brother! I’ve been eating primal for just over three months now, but have noticed immediate results. Just this morning I was looking for something in our medicine cabinet and noticed a giant bottle of antacid tablets – which I used to need at least once a week. I haven’t touched them since I started the primal diet. I also used to have a lot of belching and passing gas after meals, and that is also a thing of the past – thank heavens!

Ivan
Ivan
3 years 7 months ago
Thanks for sharing your story! @Shawn: The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) was published in 1987 as a book titled ‘Food and the Gut Reaction’ and long predates Loren Cordain’s book. It is very similar to paleo/primal and the point of it was to attempt to solve bowel problems through diet. As far as I can tell, it was revolutionary at the time. I was on SCD for 5 or 6 years and it was the best thing for dealing with my UC (diagnosed at the age of 2) but unfortunately it wasn’t a ‘cure’, for me at least. I think… Read more »
guzolany
guzolany
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t forget to compare the SCD- with the FODMAP-concept. There may be different causes for the same symptoms (be?) at work.

Cheers, guzolany

Lisa
3 years 7 months ago

What an inspirational story!

Moshen
Moshen
3 years 7 months ago

This story made me angry, doctors condemning a kid to go thru what you did. Makes me wonder how many aren’t as lucky.

Stephanie
Stephanie
3 years 7 months ago
I hate that you had to go through this, but I love these kinds of stories. I was diagnosed with UC as well when I was 20. I had two flare ups; the second of which landed me in the hospital with the same exact conversation as you had with your doctor. I have never been so scared my entire life. I was on medication for a year or two, but eventually decided I didn’t want to take it. Although I still have issues luckily nothing as horrid as that first year. But I always believe it could come back… Read more »
Shereen
Shereen
3 years 7 months ago

This is a really fantastic story, thank you for sharing.

Kyel
Kyel
3 years 7 months ago

@Luke DePron

Nope no one had addressed anything related to diet as a cause for concern.

I also remember my second gastroenterologist asking me himself if I had thought diet had anything to do with my illness. This floored me.

Thanks so much for the kind words everyone. My hopes are that anyone that is currently suffering from this disease may find hope in the primal blueprint. Give it 100% of your efforts and I can confidently say it will be 100% worth it.

All the best,
Kyel

Gayl
Gayl
3 years 7 months ago

All i can say is you look wonderful now and congratulations on new found health!

Alice
Alice
3 years 7 months ago

I think this is the most intense success story so far. What an astonishing transformation, and a vivid example of the disconnect in medicine, that doctors don’t look to diet when there is a problem with intestinal disease. Thank you for sharing, Kyel, and congratulations!

Joshua
Joshua
3 years 7 months ago

Congratulations! I really like how your story doesn’t dwell on “what could have been”.

Kyle
Kyle
3 years 7 months ago
Kyel, I dealt with UC for 4 years and then finally underwent the same exact 3 part surgery that you did. It’s tough for people to understand how difficult it is to live with UC especially trying to maintain a social life. Looking for a bathroom the second you go anywhere just in case is brutal. The colostomy bag in itself was an adventure changing it, keeping it concealed, and then emptying in public. Like you, I lost a substantial amount of weight going from 230 to around 160 and had my family and friends frightened. Since having the surgeries… Read more »
Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago
So sad to read about your illness, so angry to read about what your doctors did and didn’t do for you. I believe there is an epidemic of digestive system illnesses in our culture right now, and no one is noticing it. I have a couple of friends going through similar illnesses now, one just had her appendix and gall bladder removed and is being treated with chemotherapy for autoimmune disorder. She refuses to believe diet could cure her and instead relies on the doctors. She is scared and confused. So sad. Finally I am so happy you found the… Read more »
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Tapsticks
Tapsticks
3 years 7 months ago

What an amazing transformation! I hope you can share your knowledge with other UC patients! Have you considered online forums or patient support groups? You could give a lecture or motivational talk your transformation is so inspirational!

It makes me sad when the comments turn to doctor-bashing though. There’s medicine, and there’s nutrition, and while there may be overlap, there are limits to both. Furthermore, it is only with a sound knowledge of both that you would be qualified to comment on which disease processes are curable by diet alone that are not curable by medicine.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

@Tapsticks – Someone’s doctor-bashing is someone else’s thoughtful criticism and genuine frustration.

Good health and nutrition completely and utterly overlap. Some strong constitutions can ignore it for awhile but time always reveals diet issues.

The issue is not personal to Docs, but a systematic training failure. The designated “caretakers” of health should be trained in nutrition first, drugs next, and surgery last. Currently the opposite is true: everyone is trained in anatomy and drug interactions and nutrition is left to another field altogether.

There is a lot of room for improvement. 🙁

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
3 years 7 months ago

Have to agree.

Tapsticks
Tapsticks
3 years 7 months ago
I am a doctor, and I have to say that it feels a lot like doctor-bashing! :S I completely agree with you that there is a lack of training in nutrition for doctors. This may be why some hesitate to comment about the ability of nutrition to fight disease. As a doctor you can’t give advice on things that are out of your field of expertise. You also can’t really suggest that patients try a treatment that is not proven in clinical trials to be effective. In the UK we are bound by best practice guidelines to treat medical conditions.… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago
“What if it failed and they committed suicide? It is a gamble I would be unwilling to take.” What if you gave them a proven medication, but ignored the “gosh, try you can try this but it won’t work” diet advise and the symptoms got worse, and they committed suicide anyway? I know of stories about depressed teenagers who committed suicide right after starting therapy because the drugs made the symptoms worse before they got better. Life doesn’t present any easy choices, especially in the field of medicine. There are society approved choices, in so much society doesn’t punish them… Read more »
Kyel
Kyel
3 years 7 months ago

@Tapsticks Oh don’t get me wrong, I appreciate everything the doctors have done for me, and I don’t regret the surgeries at all. I blame the lack of education in nutrition these doctors get which is very minimal. I know in the most personal sense, these doctors were doing their best, and I appreciate that more than words can describe.

@Kyle it sounds like we went through some very similar trials. I am glad you are feeling better as well. Keep it up!

Tapsticks
Tapsticks
3 years 7 months ago

I didn’t think you were doctor bashing, I rather meant the comments!

You’re right about the minimal part- a handful of lectures in 1st year med school is about all we get…

Wishing you all the best, your story is truly inspirational.

melissa
3 years 7 months ago
SOOOO happy to hear this Kyel. As someone who suffered with UC for YEARS I can totally relate. Although my weight loss/malnutrition wasn’t as severe as yours (I never got surgery), the abdominal cramps and diarrhea were so bad I was often in the bathroom (and numerous times on the floor) around 20x a day, missed work all the time and found myself isolating at home for fear of being out and needing a bathroom (missed a few times…always so hot as an adult to pooped yourself!!!). I went through allopathic medicine, naturopathy, acupuncture etc but the only thing that… Read more »
James
James
3 years 7 months ago

Nice work, man. Glad you found MDA. Keep it up!

Kyel
Kyel
3 years 7 months ago

@Melissa

Thanks for the comments! Yeah, it’s not the most attractive thing when you are sprinting to the nearest toilet for fear of soiling yourself, I remember those days well. Looking on the brightside…at least I got my sprints in, yeah? Haha.

I really enjoyed reading Elaine’s book the specific carb diet. I refer to it from time to time when I need to. I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. It really is a shame that more focus is put on masking symptoms as opposed to treating them. Take care!

All the best,
Kyel

Larry
Larry
3 years 7 months ago

My 16 year old niece has UC.
She’s been to every “medical expert” in the field.
A few years later she’s at square one and it’s pretty bad.
But when you say…read Mark’s book, or try being grain-free…they all scoff at you.
They won’t even try.
Why is the medical community so thick headed ?
They can’t all be corrupted.
Peace.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

In fairness to the “average” medical practioner, I think it would be very tough after dedicating a decade of your life to training and then spending 2 or 3 more decades in practice to discover that you’ve prescribed years of useless, ineffective medication or surgery. Actually, the thought is horrifying if you care at all about your patients.

It does not excuse it, but I don’t think the impulse to push away information about diet comes some inant evil or stupidity.

Janice James
Janice James
3 years 7 months ago

Amy, I know one doctor and one nurse who have adopted and are recommending PD to their patients at Kaiser, and they’re subject to all sorts of criticism and derision from their compatriots. It would be helpful if the average medical practitioner just had a more open, inquiring mind, but most seem to absorb what they’ve been taught with no room for improvement. I see old doctors still stuck on what they were taught, conflicting with younger doctors who were taught more recently, and neither will give an inch. Meanwhile we patients are left to sort it out ourselves.

Tina
Tina
3 years 7 months ago

Man, I got all teared up reading this. It’s always great to hear how the Primal life has helped us lose weight and feel better but when I read a story about someone who suffered through a terrible disease and now has their life back, in part or wholly, due to living Primally it really makes my day. I wish you all the best and continued good health. It is incredible the difference in the pics and I am so happy for you.

Lucy
Lucy
3 years 7 months ago
WOW! What a great story unfortunately I am at work and can’t see the pictures that will be on my to do list when I get home!!! I also don’t have one of those high tech phones either to look at them! I am in the medical field and it is such a shame we don’t see the big picture. I know doctors receive very little education on nutrition in medical school but it wouldn’t matter anyway because they are taught the SAD crap. I also find it amazing how we can figure out that cars run on gasoline and… Read more »
Tina
Tina
3 years 7 months ago
Semi-related, we all need to put pressure on Congress to pass the Free Speech About Science Act. The FDA and FTC are trying to put the clamp on food labeling and health supplements and not in a good way. Example: The FDA sent a warning letter to Diamond Food for making truthful, scientifically backed health claims about the health benefits of omega-3 fats in walnuts. Because the research cited health claims that omega-3 fats in walnuts may prevent or protect against disease, the FDA said walnuts would be considered “new drugs” and as such would require a new drug application… Read more »
Siobhan
Siobhan
3 years 7 months ago

You look great, and I am so glad to hear of your success. Thanks for sharing this, I am sure that hearing your story will change lives.

Rachel
Rachel
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, you look awesome. Great job!

Pastor Dave
3 years 7 months ago

Kyel– Rock on– Grok on– Never look back!

Adam
3 years 7 months ago
I had the exact same initial conversation with my doctor when I was diagnosed with UC. Today, I am convinced that changing to a primal diet has cured it. All I can get out of my doctor is… “well, if it works for you then keep doing it.” I want to scream at them that this will work for more people than just me and they should tell all their patients! All my GI doctors have told me that since there are no studies on diet and UC then they really don’t know. It is such BS. I am 4… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago
Many (most?) Docs are not well versed in either troubleshooting or the tricky task of applying the scientific method to medicine. The ones who do it best tend to have started life wanting to be engineers. (Take a look sometime at the bios of low carb/Paleo Docs. Their similarity is amazing.) Anyway, sadly, the “almost engineers” seem to be the only ones either skilled or confident enough to apply science in clinical settings. The rest give the shoulder shrugs you experience. I also suspect the “almost engineers” are much more results oriented type personalities, willing to move on much more… Read more »
Leslie
Leslie
3 years 7 months ago
I feel similarly, but I would characterize the typical doctor as a technician. He/she graduates from medical school with a standardized “bag of tricks,” learned approaches that are applied depending on what issue presents itself. If a nail presents itself, I’ll apply a hammer. If the hammer doesn’t work, I’ll try a mallet. Very, very few doctors in my experience step back and ask themselves WHY something might be happening, because they then might have to rethink their whole approach, and perhaps find out that their bag of tricks is not up to meeting the challenge at hand. And, to… Read more »
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