In November of 2013 our family received devastating news, when our 9 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Needless to say, we were at a loss since no one in our family had ever been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. Immediately following his diagnoses, my wife and I began his treatment of the daily regimen of insulin shots, which very quickly proved to be an overwhelming and daunting task. My wife and I believed that we owed it to our son, to seek any alternative treatments that might be available, in order to control his condition. Unfortunately, we quickly discovered that traditional medical practice dictated that there was only one way to treat Type 1 diabetes. In January of 2014, we began reading about the benefits of functional medicine, and how this alternative medical philosophy has helped so many people dealing with a variety of autoimmune conditions. One day, a coworker of mine who was familiar with my sons diagnoses, told me about Dr. Mark Flannery, and how his alternative medicine approach, had helped his daughter who at the time was suffering from a debilitating reaction to a vaccine. Our journey with Dr. Flannery began in February 2014, and we have never looked back. Following a comprehensive medical evaluation and blood work, Dr. Flannery was able to identify and explain in detail, many aspects of my sons overall health, things no other physician had ever done. This was clearly the beginning of a journey that has given my son the only thing he had left, hope! Dr. Flannery’s professionalism and knowledge of alternative medicine principles, created a plan, a blue print, a road map to recovery for my son. There were no promises made, except for the fact that every possible treatment option tailored for my son would be explored. Shortly after treatment began, we saw that our son’s blood sugar levels began to lower and stabilize. We had absolutely no explanation, but we believed in what we were doing and we were not going back.
Today my son is insulin free, but we continue to monitor his sugar levels throughout the day. Just recently, my son had his regular appointment with Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Needless to say, we were met with a bit of skepticism until his A1C levels came back at almost normal levels. His doctor was so mesmerized that she ordered a complete blood panel in hopes of finding the cause of his lowered blood sugar levels. In other words, they believed that my son was suffering from another autoimmune condition. Several days following his appointment, we received word that all of his blood work came back “normal.”, and as his Doctor later stated via a telephone call, “I have no explanation on how your son’s sugar levels have stabilized, and so far he is the only child at Children’s who has been insulin free for this long.” Well, I have a couple of explanations of my own. First, I believe in that God works miracles, and second, those miracles are performed by people who God chooses to do his work. It is our families’ sincere belief that those special people are Dr. Mark Flannery and his incredible staff! No one can say how long this will last, but one thing is certain, Dr. Mark Flannery has given my son hope, and hope is the first step in the healing process. Thank you Doctor Flannery for all you’ve done and I hope our relationship may last for years to come.
Patrick and Claudia A., Valencia, CA