Chronic health disorders
Depression, Weight Gain, Mental Fog, Forgetfulness
All of my life I have been an outgoing, very friendly and happy person, involved in sports and striving to live a healthy lifestyle; that is until about four years ago. It did not happen overnight, but slowly I was becoming unhappy, lethargic, and uninvolved with friends and family. After going through two divorces, dealing with the stress of being a single mom, and struggling with family issues, my health had taken a back seat in my life. Over time, I was not only unhappy but I was seriously depressed, 60 pounds overweight, eating too much, drinking too often, struggling with horrible mental fog, forgetfulness, and pushing friends and family away. Rock bottom was rapidly approaching. My loved ones tried to help but sat in despair as I further alienated myself from them and my former life.
I knew that I was in serious trouble and had to do something but was paralyzed to act. I was feeling my life force slipping away. One day out of the blue my mom – God bless her – told me that she had pre-paid to have me evaluated and tested by Dr. Mark. Afraid of what I might find out, I was a bit apprehensive. I was not sure if I wanted to go, but knew that I owed her that much for giving me such a kind and generous gift.
It was October 11, 2012 when I sat down with Dr. Mark and he so patiently and thoroughly explained my illnesses to me. I tested positive to gluten allergy along with corn, dairy, egg, and ten other foods. I had leaky gut, inflammation, and autoimmune disease. No wonder I was feeling so horrible. As I went through his box of Kleenex he explained to me that there was hope and that together we could tackle each issue and work my way back to health. He outlined a plan which included taking the foods that I was allergic to – and causing the inflammation- out of my diet , eating whole and unprocessed foods that would help heal and regenerate my leaky gut, and adding supplements to promote healing and support my immune system.
As I left his office I felt, for the first time in four years, that there might be a way out of this deep dark hole that I had been wasting away in and vowed to follow his plan. I removed all the foods that I was allergic too and replaced them with real, live, whole and unprocessed foods and started taking his prescribed supplements. The transformation was amazing! After two weeks I could feel a huge difference. After six weeks I became a new person, shedding the blanket of a depressed and forlorn soul, and regaining my enthusiasm and joy for life
It has now been six months since the “Kleenex visit” with Dr. Mark. Today I am 50 pounds lighter and I feel so completely different; full of life, hope, joy, and vitality. My back yard has become my “farmacy” where I grow many of the “life-foods” I eat and often share them with friends and family. Being active outside cultivating life which in turn gives me life has brought me incredible joy.
I love the way that Dr. Mark has used natural, non-prescription methods in my healing process and has been there every step of the way to answer questions and give me support. I will be forever grateful for him for not only giving me my life back but for saving it as well.
A. Canyon, La Canada, CA
Triathlete Overtrains and Looses Health
I took me a while to write this testimonial because I don’t know how to express how much I’m thankful to God for giving me the chance to meet Dr. Mark and to be subjected under his care. The improvements have all been so overwhelming; I can’t believe that in eight months, I’m now feeling so much better—even better than my “old self.”
At 22 years old, I’ve done so many abuses on my body without even realizing it: training too hard, eating too little, drinking too much coffee, being busy with too much things, resting too little. My collegiate schedule was always very busy: triathlon training in the morning, classes until the afternoon, then training again in the evening. I would just take a day off every two weeks, and I’d always be too tired to eat more than what is needed. I would join triathlon, running and bike races almost every other week, never tapering, never taking a rest.
Then, shortly after graduation, I joined a 600-km, 4-day bike ride, which for me was the ultimate final push to my already-worn out body. After the 4-day ride, in a week, I gained 10 pounds, had headaches, I couldn’t eat, and I felt so bad I could not even get myself getting up from the bed in the morning. I had hypothyroidism, PCOS, I always had cramps; I could not train anymore, nor walk even 500 meters without feeling tired; I had unstable blood sugar; constipation; more weight gain; acne; food intolerances and allergies; mood swings; and lots of emotional downs. I was always too tired to do anything, never even having the motivation to do anything, which is the ultimate antithesis of what I was before.
After nearly a year of being in and out of so many doctors around my country, the Philippines, and all this time not having anything resolved at all, and with my condition getting worse by the day, I tried to intently search on the Internet for something different—something that is far from the traditional approach of curing low thyroid.
Then I came across Dr. Kharrazian’s book on the Internet, which has been receiving so many positive reviews from readers and patients alike. On first impulse, I bought it. From there, I came across Dr. Mark’s clinic, which my parents and I chose for treatment because it is the nearest to our relative’s home in Southern California. It was a very big decision to make, with all the financial responsibilities we had to consider for the trip, to and from the Philippines, and for our entire stay in the United States. Yes, it has cost us a lot of money, with my Mom even having to file for a 2-month work leave to accompany me in the U.S. But, it will always be a decision my family and I would never regret going for.
I’ve had many ups and downs during the treatment, but now, eight months after my first visit at Dr. Mark’s clinic, I am feeling way better than ever before. My thyroid levels are now normal, I’m now PCOS-free, and I have now discovered the joys of hiking and long walks. This journey made me realize more the importance of taking care of my body, and the importance of giving it time to recover, breathe and heal itself. There is definitely no point of abusing it, because it is only by taking care of it that we get to take care of our spirit, too.
Dr. Mark’s program is very life-changing, in that I have healthier eating habits now, eating more vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. I cannot tolerate eating sugar and greasy foods anymore, which I used to really like. I will avoid gluten for the rest of my life, but I have no regrets, because I would never compromise better health among other things. Since starting Dr. Mark’s program, I now have clearer skin, better digestion, better mood, and I’m always feeling active and energetic. I still do exercises but in milder forms, and I never have cramps anymore. One time I hiked with a couple of friends, and they were really surprised that I was walking way ahead of the guys. I felt so happy then because it was like a miracle for me. I would never imagine doing this again, after only eight months of treatment.
Right now, I still have my appointments with Dr. Mark via Skype, and we still contact each other every now and then, just to check on my improvements. I’m still taking the recommended supplements, which have been of great help in this entire journey. I cannot believe that after much patience and faith, I am now taking my Masters abroad and doing hikes with my friends. This is way beyond my expectation. I sincerely thank God. And I sincerely thank Dr. Mark for being the Messenger that led me to the right path.
Again, thank you so much, Dr. Mark! This has been a long and winding journey; but we made it through. I am just so happy and grateful that I had been under your care. Hopefully I can visit you again someday in your clinic— not for treatment but for fun conversations over cups of herbal tea. J
-R.S. Albano, Philippines
Heart Disease / Diabetes – The Unusual Patient Testimony
In 2008 I visited Dr. Mark Flannery due to my complaint of a repeated acid-reflux disorder that was continually awakening me at night in bouts of great pain and distress. During my consultation, Dr. Flannery suggested that I have a complete blood work-up, which I did. Upon his review of my blood work he became very concerned about my overall health and well-being. My cholesterol and triglyceride levels were sky-high, along with other abnormalities of great concern to him. He told me I was headed toward diabetes and at high risk for a heart attack and/or a stroke. He also cautioned me about my unhealthy diet and suggested that I take some specific health supplements. Unfortunately my financial reality is that I have to pay for my own monthly health insurance premiums, which are costly, as I do not have health coverage through a job. Therefore, I made what I now see as an unwise decision to stop seeing Dr. Flannery as my health insurance provider would only pay for office visits and prescription medication charges through my medical doctor. I now regret that move as I hadn’t realized that Dr. Flannery was discovering more about my overall health condition than I was aware, as he is a very thorough diagnostician and practitioner.
My decision to stop seeing Dr. Flannery came back to haunt me more recently, as this past May I indeed suffered a heart attack due to 1½ blocked arteries which had been building up for quite some time. I am sure that if I had stayed under the care of Dr. Flannery back in 2008, he would have undoubtedly discovered my coronary heart disease early enough and would have had me take precautions to avert the inevitable heart attack that he saw coming. After the heart attack, my medical Dr. apologized to me that he had not seen it coming. Thankfully I am still alive and recovering today, albeit on a more healthy diet and a regimen of expensive medications that I will need to take for the rest of my life.
Dr. Flannery has a passion to serve his patients well. I would highly recommend his services to anyone who is looking to uncover the root cause and proper treatment of any physical condition or malady that has not been satisfactorily diagnosed or properly treated by other medical practitioners. As I see it, his specialty is his wonderful technical ability to discover the actual causes of diseases that have previously gone misdiagnosed or undiagnosed by others. I have seen him treat a wide array of disorders that get directly to the heart of the matter, thereby correcting a patient’s symptoms in the most healthful of manners. You are unlikely to ever find another health care practitioner more caring, interested and able to treat your specific health condition than Dr. Mark Flannery.
S.V., Malibu, CA
Bone Loss / Memory Loss / Sleep Problems
I initially sought treatment with Dr. Flannery because I was diagnosed with osteopenia. I also was not sleeping well and would wake up with a pounding heart at 3 a.m. every morning.
My medical doctor prescribed hormone replacement therapy. I became aware of the long-term negative effects of taking hormones through my own research and decided I wanted to take a different approach. I wanted to get off the medication but worried about further bone loss.
Dr. Flannery was concerned with my forgetfulness and memory loss. I had always struggled with schoolwork and learning since I was a little girl (I am now 67) and thought that was normal. Dr. Flannery insisted that these symptoms were not normal.
He ordered several tests to find the cause of my symptoms. Along with the blood test he ordered a stool test and a saliva test. I did not want to spend the money on the stool test as I did not have any digestive problems. I was shocked when the stool test revealed I had four different infections! The saliva test confirmed I had a problem with my cortisol levels. Dr. Flannery explained my insomnia was due to the imbalance in my cortisol.
Within two weeks of starting my protocol I was sleeping again and noticed I had more energy during the day. My children noticed my memory was better. I realized I could dial phone numbers without looking them up in my address book. I had never done that before.
I am so grateful that Dr. Flannery addressed the memory problem I had always accepted as normal. By the way, my last bone density test was normal.
Dr. Flannery’s side note: This patient was treated with a combination of prescription medication and botanicals for her gastrointestinal infections. Once the infections resolved, natural compounds were used to repair her intestinal lining. Blood sugar and cortisol balance were supported using natural herbal compounds with a high dose phosphatidylserine cream. Memory function improved using compounds that support healthy levels of acetylcholine in the brain, high dose DHA, and phosphatidylserine.
K.S., Simi Valley, CA
Chest Pain; Acid Reflux
In the past two years I have suffered from consistent chest pain. During those two years, I consulted two different gastroenterologists, two pulmonary doctors, two cardiologists, a neurologist, have gone through two surgeries on my stomach, and have been put on and taken off over 15 different medications.
My mom’s friend told her about HealthWise Chiropractic and she wondered if it would help. She had already spent too much money trying to figure out what was wrong and I was still in pain. My parents were skeptical about chiropractic, but this was our last option. We didn’t know where else to go.
Today, I am not on any medication, and my chest pains are not constant-—I rarely have then anymore! Dr. Mark and Dr. Vera have made me feel better in 3 weeks than any other doctors have done in two years!
What I like about Dr. Mark and Dr. Vera is that they listen to my feelings and don’t put words in my mouth. They are dedicated to their patient’s care. I would definitely recommend HealthWise to my friends and family!
Amanda F., Moorpark, CA
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia back in 1991, but I have been in constant distress with my health for the past 50 years. The number of doctors I have seen would shock you! When one doctor was finished running tests that didn’t show anything, he would pass me to the next specialist for more tests. Medication has been part of my life for my asthma, on and off of antibiotics for reccuring sinus infections, and a host of other things.
I came to HealthWise Chiropractic looking for answers to my failing health. My weight hovered at 100 lbs and I couldn’t seem to gain any more no matter how hard I tried. I was treated with the utmost consideration and care. My health was evaluated on a deeper level than ever before to reveal a serious parasitic infection in my lungs, scoliosis in my low back, malabsorbtion and leaky gut in my intestines, and food sensitivities that were weakening my immune system. Now I know the underlying reasons to why I have Fibromyalgia.
Now that I have answers, I know what can and cannot be done to improve my health. I have had considerable relief from Fibromyalgia pain and gained a new perspective of why I am sick in the first place. My weight is now at 110 and even though I still have rough days in my journey toward good health, I have hope.
D. K., Simi Valley, CA
Chronic Digestive Problems and Severe Neck Pain
When I first sought help at HealthWise Chiropractic & Nutrition, I suffered from neck pain, inflammation, bloating, irritable bowel and trouble sleeping for more than 15 years! I had been to other chiropractors, physical therapists and on pain medication with no long-term effects.
The HealthWise doctors took excellent care of me! Dr. Mark spent time explaining in detail where my symptoms were coming from and how to best treat the cause of my problems. Not only that, but my phone calls were returned promptly and my questions were always answered with care and concern – now that’s a REAL doctor.
As of today I have 100% relief of neck pain and digestive discomfort, and I feel an increase in energy. I feel confident in continuing to work with the team at HealthWise to improve my health even more!
I would recommend HealthWise to anyone who really wants to understand & improve how their body functions.
Jan S., Thousand Oaks, CA
Digestive Problems and Weight Gain
I was referred to Dr. Mark Flannery by a woman I work with after telling her about how tired I felt and the stomach pain, bloating and weight gain that I was suffering with. My condition was keeping me from spending quality time with my kids and I was losing focus at school. At first I thought it was normal “female” problems, but when the symptoms didn’t go away after 1 ½ years , I knew I needed to take action.
In the past, I had consulted with my medical doctor for treatment and was diagnosed with heartburn. I was prescribed Prevacid as the answer for all my problems. I just got worse.
I was treated very well at HealthWise Chiropractic & Nutrition and enjoyed a thorough, detailed consultation by Dr. Mark. Finally, I felt like there was hope for me! After committing to the program Dr. Mark recommended based on my test results, I am no longer bloated, my stomach pain is completely gone, and I have more energy to take care of my children and attend school with a positive outlook.
I am so thankful someone cared enough about me to refer me to HealthWise Chiropractic & Nutrition. In turn, I recommend people to HealthWise because I know they will get the help they need.
Melisa H., Moorpark, CA