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Success Stories

With Dr. Kenton Anderson

Healing Happens Within... Support happens from without.
Seek out the support that will help you find the healing within.

Below are stories (actual case studies) of clients I’ve worked with who have seen
success achieving the goals we had for working together.


[NOTE: Their results may not be your results. Results are dependent on a lot of variables, not the least of which is the client following the recommendations. No doctor should ever guarantee a result… this would be unethical.]

While everyone’s story is unique to them, in each case success is multifaceted. Health didn’t come in a pill. We didn’t work from a “pill for an ill” strategy, and any supplements were supportive, not curative. It took consistent actions on their part and ongoing tweaks to the plan as things changed over time.

These clients engaged in the naturopathic medicine we set out together — mind, body, spirit, diet, exercise, relationship, water, etc. They were able to heal themselves from the inside out, and naturopathic medicine helped create a space to allow that... it did not heal them. I feel blessed to have been able to help them on their journey.

In the following case, my client frankly knew she was (in her words) ‘out of runway’. She had to make change and she had to make it fast.

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Success Story -
Conditions: Obesity, Hashimoto's, Fatigue, Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes


A 48-year-old female came to me with multiple significant health challenges — not the least of which she weighed 386 pounds. She had been obese most of her adult life and had ‘yo yo’ dieted for two decades — losing weight, gaining weight, back and forth — she could never lose it and keep it off.

Years of obesity had led to fatty liver disease. Her liver was struggling under the weight, literally, and her medical doctor had referred her to a liver specialist for possible addition to a liver transplant list. I know — very dramatic right? She also had hypothyroidism, chronic depression and type II diabetes.

To put it bluntly, she was an absolute mess physically.

You can only imagine what hearing from your medical doctor that she wants you to inquire about being placed on a transplant list would do to you mentally and emotionally. She was petrified and had a lot of anxiety about all of this. She couldn’t quite believe what she was hearing, so she asked her MD if she couldn’t just lose weight and it would resolve.

Her medical doctor said, Oh, well, people don’t change.

Yes... you heard (read) that right.

Her medical doctor had so little faith in her that she didn’t even encourage her to try to change her health — and just referred her to the hepatologist.


So here’s what we did...

Diet


  • We evaluated for and removed her food intolerances — hers were egg so she eliminated all eggs from her diet
  • She eliminated all processed foods — processed meaning meals that are pre-packaged, frozen or come in a box. She had the funds to use a meal service that prepares food from scratch, so she did that for dinners. For breakfast and dinner, she made healthy choices at the company cafeteria. Minimally processed whole foods as much as possible
  • She decreased the volume of food she was consuming and ate only 3 times per day
  • She limited starchy carbs to 2 meals per day
Counselor in office

Mind Body


I referred her to a mind/body therapist she worked with for close to a year.  She had some issues from life that she needed help processing, and she had some significant changes to make in her relationships.  She worked on all of that during the year while she was also working physically.

Sleep


When she first came to me she would go to bed Friday night and get up on Monday morning. She was so exhausted and depressed she couldn’t get out of bed. I made some sleep hygiene recommendations along with herbs to support her adrenal glands and she began to sleep much better. Over time this continued to improve.

Supplementation


I recommended:

  • Herbs that support the liver and adrenal glands
  • Specific nutrients that support the adrenal glands and thyroid, and
  • Specific herbs to help control sugar cravings

Water & Exercise


So often, the cause of our fatigue is dehydration. I recommended ½ her body weight in ounces daily and she did her best. I recommended yoga and walking

In addition to the above, she had other elements required for success:


  • She had a reason big enough: Avoid a liver transplant.
  • She followed the recommendations.
  • She engaged with support. She saw me and her mind-body therapist bi-weekly for a year.

The results?


In 3 months her liver enzymes normalized.

  • In 18 months she lost 140 pounds.
  • Her Medical Doctor decreased her metformin and thyroid prescriptions.
  • She had skin reduction surgery to remove 20 pounds of excess skin.

And here’s where she is today…

  • Her liver enzymes are normal. She’s not at risk of needing a liver transplant.
  • She met the man of her dreams, fell in love, remarried and moved to a different state to start a new job, new life and a new relationship
  • She continues to struggle with her weight. She has regained 40 pounds but is working with her new husband on changes to keep any additional weight gain at bay. They are engaged in a journey of health together
  • She’s happy. There’s nothing that defines health more than happiness

What will your success story look like?

Let's create a plan that addresses your concerns and optimizes your health! Schedule your free consultation today.

In the following case, the client came to me for a particular issue, but what you’ll see from this case study is that health issues rarely happen in a bubble. There are often many things that are related and that have to be addressed together in order to resolve the most significant issue which, in this case, was the skin.

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Success Story -
Conditions: Psoriasis / Extreme Skin Condition


A 37-year-old female came to me with a chief complaint of psoriasis. She literally was covered from head to toe in lesions. She was miserable and felt terrible about herself — so much so that she had lost her libido and desire to be intimate with her husband. She wore long sleeve shirts, turtlenecks and long pants every day to cover up her skin and her embarrassment.

At the first visit, we discussed the skin issue, but I also took a complete health history. What we found was there was more going on than just skin — that was the symptom of what were other long-term chronic issues related to her digestion.

For one thing, she was also constipated, although she didn’t complain about it as it didn’t bother her. She only had a bowel movement every 3rd day or so. Her body was clearly not eliminating toxins regularly through her colon and she had been this way for as long as she could remember.

It was also noted that this most recent flare up had occurred shortly after her mother passed away after a long battle with cancer, and she was struggling with the grief of losing someone who had been one of her best friends.

When I first saw her, she stated her sleep was fine. Three visits later, however, she stated that her sleep was ‘so much better’. She hadn’t realized that her sleep wasn’t actually that good but, when it improved, she was able to see just how great good sleep can be!

We’re often like this… we learn to tolerate less than optimum.

There wasn’t anything else of great significance noted, so we were ready to start implementing recommendations:

My Recommendations:

fruit water in bottle and buns at grocery store

Recommendations


  • Remove her food intolerance — in her case, potato and wheat
  • Supplementation:
  • Herbal liver support to help with detoxification
  • Multivitamin and vitamin D — general nutrient support
  • Homeopathic to help with grief – mind/body support
  • Herbs to improve bowel habits
  • Castor oil packs to help with detoxification
  • Exercise — she’s a runner and continued that

In addition to the above, she had other elements required for success:


  • She had a reason big enough: Loss of intimacy in her marriage, embarrassment, fear
  • She followed the recommendations. Completely changing a diet is difficult but she did it without question
  • She engaged with support. She saw me monthly for a year

The results?


In 3 months 

  • Lesions had cleared 80+ percent
  • Bowel movements were happening at a minimum every other day if not every day
  • Sleep had vastly improved
  • Mood / faith was better, although she still had anxiety the lesions would return.
  • Liver enzymes normalized

And at 12 months

  • Lesions had resolved 95%
  • Digestion / bowel habits were good while on the herbs, but back to being constipated without the herbs
  • Sleep still great
  • Mood still improved

Where she is today at 14 months

  • Lesions have resolved 98%
  • Worry the lesions will return has resolved
  • Continuing to work on digestion and detoxification 
  • Libido has returned along with the intimacy in her marriage 

What will your success story look like?

Let's create a plan that addresses your concerns and optimizes your health! Schedule your free consultation today.

This following case is a perfect example that you cannot defy the laws of nature for a long period of time without the body reacting in a way that produces unwanted symptoms.

In today’s Type A society, always being busy is worn like a badge of honor. It shouldn’t be — it should be worn as a badge that represents self-abuse. Nature has laws and when we don’t follow them, the body responds.

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Success Story - 
Condition: 21st Century Fatigue


A 47-year-old female came to me with a chief complaint of fatigue. She literally could not keep her eyes open during the day and would have to sneak away from her office to steal a quick 10-minute nap on a bench on a lower level in her building. She works in a very competitive corporate world and being fatigued like that would be considered weakness and put her job at risk.

At the first visit, reviewing her health history, she stated she had been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and typically vacillates back and forth between constipation and diarrhea.

So much of our health / ill-health can often be tied back to our digestive health. It’s ground zero!

She exercised heavily 6 days a week.

Those two things were pretty much her symptoms: So fatigued she couldn’t keep her eyes open and poor digestion.

Here’s what we did:

Recommendations


  • Removed her food intolerances — she is egg intolerant
  • Evaluated her adrenal function
  • Supported her adrenals with herbs and specific nutrients
  • Supported her gastrointestinal tract with herbs
  • Home hydrotherapy
  • Recommendation to engage in activities to reduce stress

In addition to the above, she had other elements required for success:


  • She had a reason big enough: Loss of job, responsibilities as mom / spouse
  • She followed the recommendations. Completely changing a diet is difficult but she did it without question
  • She engaged with support. She saw me monthly

The results?


At 6 months 

  • Energy was much improved but still having days of significant fatigue
  • Digestion had improved but still having IBS symptoms
  • Evaluated her gastrointestinal system for parasites, h. pylori, bacterial imbalances
  • Discussed that while she was better, the changes we were making were not resolving the root cause — a type A schedule that included too much stress
  • She expressed symptoms related to menopause so I recommended some herbal support and seed cycling to balance hormones

at 2 Years

  • She was let go from her job and is grateful for it. She has enjoyed spending time with her children and engaging in some self care
  • Energy is much better and unless she eats outside of her diet, her digestion is as well
  • We talked about having better balance with the new job, which she is going to try, knowing that the stress of the job was a huge component of her not feeling well to begin with

Where is she today:

  • She’s in her new job
  • She’s mindful of balance but finds herself falling into old habits
  • She’s had some moments where fatigue pops up and it makes her mindful to be better at self-care
  • Her digestion requires some herbal support on a regular basis, often due to dietary indiscretions at client dinners

Is now the time to let your healing happen?

Let's create a plan that addresses your concerns and optimizes your health! Schedule your free consultation today.


As Charles Darwin put it, 
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.”


I’ve known Dr. Anderson for 15 years and have always had a deep respect for his ability to advise and counsel. The thing that I believe sets him apart – and I’m sure all skilled advisers – is his extraordinary listening skills. So when I received abysmal results for the second year in a row on an employer sponsored wellness screening I turned to him for help. I

 had visited my family doctor at least annually up to that point and was frankly leery of the balance of pharmacological vs. lifestyle advice I was getting.
Chris B.

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