I began my healing journey with Dr. Flannery about 4 years ago. Before I finally found him, I had been to at least 10 different types of doctors (internal medicine doctors, specialists, NDs, naturopathic doctors, integrative doctors, Medical Doctors, endocrinologists, acupuncturist, emergency room doctors, energy healers, etc.) with very little help. My symptoms were severe and included insomnia, tinnitus, hormonal imbalances, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, constipation, hypothyroidism, hair loss by the handfuls, hot flashes all day and night, no libido, blood sugar dysregulation, brain fog and inflammation, compromised immune system, parasites, EBV, CMV, other viruses, and on and on.
I was the head therapist and energy healer in a world-class spa and had to quit my job that I loved in Hawaii. I was healthy (or so I thought), fit, and ate as clean and organic as possible for my whole adult life until I crashed. I was pretty much bedridden for several years – not living and not yet dead – but pretty far down the rabbit hole and it was a very scary place to be for a long time. Once I quit my job, I would lay in bed and research all day trying to find out how to get well, how to sleep again, live again. Luckily, my angel husband stuck with me through it all.
Finally, I found a Facebook group called Hashi411, and that’s when I found out about Dr. Kharrazian and Dr. Flannery, Hashimoto’s, and autoimmune disease. I read most of Dr. Kharrazian’s books and, in those books, I found testimonials about Dr. Flannery. I called his office in California and set up a skype session in 6 months (he had a 6-month waiting list). I finally had a glimmer of hope that this doctor might be able to help me. I had my first session with him, and he told me I had a lot of health issues going on and that we would approach it step by step. All of the other doctors couldn’t really find anything wrong with me except hypothyroidism. Dr. Flannery looked at the same tests and saw issues that the other doctors couldn’t see.
I started his program addressing gut health, my thyroid, and blood sugar regulation. That’s where we began to unravel the mystery and I began the long journey of getting healthy again. At first, I was a bit skeptical and then I told myself to just trust him and do his protocol and to give it 100%. My gut was so compromised I couldn’t even start with the AIP diet he recommended, as I was only eating 4 different kinds of veggies, meat, salt, olive oil, and rooibos tea for the past 7 months. I had to slowly, very slowly, move into the AIP diet. It was a very slow process and, because of having insomnia for so long (20 years) and being sick for so long, I developed a limbic system trauma loop: PTSD anxiety, and depression. Now my mental health was becoming compromised. I did a DNR program (Dynamic Neural Retraining Program) every day for 6 months and the mental health improved dramatically along with Dr. Flannery’s program.
I also started my own healing regimen which included cold plunging and cryotherapy every day, walking 5 days a week (at first only a little bit), kundalini yoga, and meditation. I allowed only positive words and people around me – no negativity entered my life. I also did self-energy healings with the nature intelligence, Rife machine, coffee enemas, acupuncture, cranial-sacral therapy, chiropractic sessions, and many other alternative treatments. My husband had to prepare all my food at first because I was not healthy enough even to do my own cooking and cleaning.
Little by little, I started getting better. The ear ringing calmed down, the constipation was not as severe, energy was coming back, bloating stopped, adrenals and the fatigue that goes with that started getting better, and the blood sugar issues improved significantly. I was climbing out of the rabbit hole. Insomnia was still an issue but, since I had that symptom the longest, I knew it would be one of the last symptoms to get better.
This has been a long process, but Dr. Flannery has been with me every step of the way. The office staff has also been extremely kind and professional, following up with me through the whole process. Many of the other doctors never even got back to me. I had to constantly follow up with them which is so frustrating when you are so sick.
These days, I’m feeling about 90% better than when I started with Dr. Flannery. I am stabilizing my thyroid medication, sleeping so much better, and I rarely have tinnitus or hot flashes anymore. My constipation and bloating have been completely resolved. After being able to reintroduce most foods, I still stay away from grains, beans, and cow dairy. I have lots of energy all day and only get tired at night. My hair is full and thick. I hear myself laughing again. My libido is still low, but I can feel a glimmer of something coming back. My immune system is finally online again and soon we will tackle the viruses as we continue to heal the root causes.
While this has been a significant investment of time and money, I was unwilling to settle for anything less than full health. I was and am willing to go the distance and do whatever it takes and pay whatever it costs to reach my full potential. I feel confident I can start working again. In fact, I just applied for a job today in a brand-new spa opening up in October!
If this testimonial helps even one person, I will be grateful. I am so very, very thankful to Dr. Flannery. He believed in me every step of the way. I know I wouldn’t have achieved getting my health back without his vast knowledge of the human body and what it means to have optimal health plus his tenacity of spirit guiding me and believing in me.
Thank you, Dr. Flannery, with all my heart.
Big Island, Hawaii