For over eight years I dealt with several irritating symptoms, including weight gain, hypothyroidism, very low energy, ovarian cysts, and elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. I never felt like I could gain control of one issue absolutely, so I found myself circling around with my general practitioner as we tried to alleviate only the most problematic of the symptoms as we went. We were not able to accomplish much more than frustration and a sense of defeat. My general practitioner finally shook his head and said I would just have to get used to being heavy for the rest of my life and to do my best to stay as healthy and fit as possible.
Feeling like a lost cause, I began to discuss my health concerns with a close friend. This led to an initial consultation with another friend who was very interested in my health history and suspected the cause, but did not have enough resources or knowledge to take on as extensive a case as mine. He did know who would be able to provide all the care I needed and he gave me Dr. Mark Flannery’s number, reassuring me that Dr. Mark is the best in his field.
Hopeful, I worked diligently to complete my questionnaire and collect my medical records. I was able to go into more detail about my other auto-immune conditions as well. I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata when I was 2 years old, and my condition continued to progress towards Alopecia Universalis, until I lost most of my eyebrows and about half of my eyelashes about 5 years ago. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism when I was 24 and was able to provide Dr. Mark with several test results for that condition. No doctor had asked me such thorough questions so I knew immediately this journey would be different. Meeting Dr. Mark was such a pleasant experience. His professionalism mixed with his intense interest in my own personal story was refreshing and reassuring. I gladly completed the necessary tests and eagerly awaited my follow up appointment. Even just allowing myself to be hopeful again and to realize Dr. Mark would be as committed as I was to finding answers made all the difference.
Some people may have been overwhelmed by the issues that were revealed when the test results came in. I, on the other hand, was completely relieved. Having answers and being able to set out a course of action were such blessings. I knew that with Dr. Mark’s help, we would be able to address the issues, and over time slowly unwind them. I felt justified that I wasn’t a hopeless case. On the contrary, each issue had a solution and Dr. Mark and I were ready to tackle them. My results showed that my body was in complete metabolic syndrome, including issues with diabetes, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. Results also showed severe malabsorption of key nutrients, a prevalent bacterial infection and inflammatory overload due to autoimmunity and an immune response to gluten and casein. This inflammatory response was also irritating the other auto-immune conditions I already knew about, again my Alopecia and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. We knew we had a long road ahead, but having answers after so long made me almost giddy. Dr. Mark was optimistic and inspiring. I knew I was right where I was meant to be. Dr. Mark outlined a course of treatment customized for me, and the healing began.
In less than 7 months I have seen a complete reversal of several symptoms and easier management of others. Almost immediately I saw improvements in my energy levels, which continued to increase steadily over time. I no longer have any evidence of ovarian cysts. I have experienced some re-growth of both my eyebrows and eyelashes. I am no longer diabetic or severely anemic. My triglycerides and cholesterol are under control. My thyroid numbers have improved and stabilized. My stomach no longer feels bloated, inflamed, and cramped. The improvements to my quality of life have been significant as well. I no longer require caffeine to get through the day, I am able to exercise regularly and my eating habits have been completely altered. To date I have lost 40 pounds as well.
Dr. Mark unlocked the underlying issues that ultimately restored my quality of life and saved me from extremely damaging and potentially life threatening issues down the road. His patience, personal care, and his willingness to celebrate the small victories and re-examine the cause of plateaus has made this journey well worth the wait. Dr. Mark has always been encouraging and honest in his expectations. Following his plan has been both simple enough and absolutely worth it. I feel better now than I have in the last 10 years. I now feel like goals I have set, such as completing a triathlon, are truly possible. My friends and family have noticed not just the outward physical changes but the improvements to my energy and mood.
I now recognize similar complaints of symptoms from others as I go about my usual day. I often recommend Dr. Mark Flannery and hope that people take the opportunity to start their own healing process. I am so grateful to Dr. Mark for everything I have restored and gained with his guidance and support.
Patricia M., Apple Valley, CA