I would guess that my husband and I were among some of the more healthy patients Dr. Ellen had come through her door. We had no chronic health problems and were on no medications. However, we were around 65 years of age and felt much older, didn’t have any energy, were overweight and starting to have little things plague us. I had muscle aches and fatigue and was starting to get fungal rashes in moister places on my body. My husband was a former athlete but was feeling like a slug. He had also developed psoriasis patches in his scalp and on his body, which were very aggravating and itched like crazy. We had both been very sick with ongoing upper respiratory and sinus infections for 3 winters in a row, with repeated rounds of antibiotics. So when our family doctor retired we went in search of a new doctor, finding Dr. Ellen in the process.
We liked the fact that she was trained in traditional medicine and then had the additional training in functional or integrative medicine. This is what we were looking for. And the final thing prompting us to pursue this type of treatment was the fact that my sister went into the hospital for stones and was told by her doctor that her body ‘made an abundance of calcium’ and that she should definitely not be taking calcium supplements. Which led to the question…..how in the world, with all of the conflicting nutritional information out there, were we to determine what vitamins, minerals and supplements we needed? So we decided to ‘gamble’ on Dr. Ellen. The gamble has paid off in spades.
My CRP levels indicating inflammation had been over 8 at one time, and our previous doctor had not been able to tell me how to lower it. My level has now reduced to 1.2, which is about where it should be. My borderline insulin resistance and rashes have disappeared. And though you don’t ever ‘cure’ psoriasis, my husband’s patches have all disappeared and you wouldn’t even know he had this immune deficiency. We both feel much more energetic and productive. And though we didn’t embark on the program to lose weight per se, once Dr. Ellen customized our eating plan we both started dropping weight quickly….something we had been unsuccessful at previously. I’ve lost 55 pounds and my husband 30. Cleaning our gut and eliminating ‘trigger’ foods in our diet has helped us in more ways than I can describe. We will never go back to eating our old way. Dr. Ellen has been supportive at every turn, and through a portal on the computer we can contact her with any problems or concerns we have. She always answers us back immediately. We’ve never had the luxury of contact with a doctor like that before. We would highly recommend Vine Healthcare. The entire staff is wonderful, and we will be life-long proponents of integrative medicine.