New Lease on Life
“I’ll probably die of old age,” she now says with a chuckle, “or by getting hit by a truck!”
Name: Melanie, Age: 71
Symptoms: Chronic Pancreatitis, Dizziness
Melanie has a new lease on life. She no longer believes her gastroenterologist’s prediction that her pancreas may quit working one day and she’ll starve to death. “I’ll probably die of old age,” she now says with a chuckle, “or by getting hit by a truck!”
But that wasn’t the case back in 2000 when she had her first attack. She had been ill off and on for 3 or 4 months before her first full-blown attack. The doctor explained to Melanie that when she had an attack the pancreas needed to rest. That meant subsisting on clear liquids such as water, Jell-o and weak tea for a week or two. Needless to say she lost a lot of weight and was very weak during those attacks. She explained that, even on good days, she would run errands in the morning and be so tired and in pain that she’d have to take a nap every afternoon.
Melanie was referred to a pancreatic specialist at Johns Hopkins who ran tests, diagnosed the problem as Chronic Pancreatitis and prescribed pancreatic enzymes (three with each meal) to handle the situation. The medication managed it much of the time but she still had flareups every couple of months when fasting was her only solution.
Then Melanie started thinking about Dr. Amy Davis who had had amazing success in dealing with her grandson’s Autism. “I asked my daughter if she thought Dr. Davis could help me and she said that she believed she could,” Melanie said.
Melanie started seeing Dr. Davis 18 months ago and is now proud to say that she considers herself one of Dr. Davis’ success stories. “Since I started seeing her I’ve only had one attack,” she said.
Using her approach – biomedical intervention as part of her testing protocol – Dr. Davis determined that Melanie needed to be off all sugar, flour, dairy and any products that contain food dyes. Melanie realized that she could not eat anything with more than 3 percent fat, no beef, avocado or salmon, all of which have more fat than her system can handle. Dr. Davis agreed and also put her on a variety of homeopathic remedies and herbs, including Chinese herbs, to help build up her system.
Melanie also sees Dr. Davis’ nurse Linda Murphy every four months for electrical stimulation. “That has also helped,” she said.
For breakfast Melanie eats eggs and oatmeal. She has salads with chicken, turkey or shrimp for lunch and her dinner consists of meat and vegetables. She is also able to eat fruits. “I’ve reduced the number of enzymes I take with every meal from three down to one,” she said.
The other issue Melanie was dealing with was chronic inner ear problems, which caused dizziness and motion sickness. “I wasn’t able to fly at all,” she said. But after just one acupuncture treatment that problem is 90 percent gone. She was delighted to report that she recently drove from Maryland to St. Louis without having to take Dramamine.
Then, just to improve her overall health, Melanie decided to go on a “Belly Fat Diet,” in which she eliminated sugar, flour and fruit for two weeks. This, she decided, was another piece to the “puzzle” of her overall health. “I feel really good when I eat what works for me,” she said. “I’m just eight pounds heavier than I was in college so I’m proud of that.”
Melanie said she owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Davis. “She’s an amazing diagnostician. She’s a medical doctor and she knows acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, nutrition and specializes in treating children with Autism,” she said. “She can help people in ways that few others can. I hope that every medical school in the country will start training students in nutrition.”