Case Study By Dr. Melissa Bennett

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Presenting Complaints: 37 YO female presented in office 4/25/17 with complaints of severe anxiety and depression.  Pt also complains of weight issues, low energy, joint pain and skin issues including acne and occasional eczema exacerbations and dry eye syndrome. Pt also complains of sugar addiction to handle stress.  Pt states she has seasonal allergies, Pt also complains of bloating and passing gas. Pt states she has poor concentration and poor memory. Pt states she occasionally has irregular heartbeat, frequent urination and genital itch.

History:  Pt states job stress has increased with workload as a physical therapist. Pt states that anxiety started after son was born 5 years ago.  Pt states she had car accident during pregnancy and was ordered by provider to have bed rest.  Prior to pregnancy pt states weight was between 115 to 125 and postpartum weight was 200.  Pt states that for the past 3 years she was placed on the following medications:

  • > 375 mg Effexor
  • > Trazadone to help induce sleep
  • > Propranolol PRN
  • > Lorazepam (PM for work stress)
  • > Hydroxyzine (for allergies)
  • > Rezulti
  • > Abilify

Nutritional Assessment:  Pt is 38 YO female with current weight of 172 pounds.  Pts Height is 5’7 inches with BMI of 29%. Pt diet consists of easy to prepare meals which are oatmeal, occasional chia seeds.  Pt also skips lunch and snacks on vending machine food.  Pt states that when she does eat lunch it is usually peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Dinner time is primarily eating out fast food such as Wendy’s, Jimmy Johns, Subway.  Pt consumes 6 bottles of water per day. Pt consumes no alcohol, Pt does consume hot tea and 1 cup of coffee per day. Pt does not eat fish and consumes 2 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.  Pt has BM once every 2 days.  Noted: Dark circles under eyes, sticky eyelids and itchy eyes from Allergies.

Method of treatment:  Started Pt on SHAPE program 5- 15-17 with homeopathic drops, orthomolecular supportive nutraceuticals, including mitocore, ortho-omega, ortho-biotic and vitamin D 5000 IU liquid, X20 alkaline water 2 sachets per 4 bottles of filtered water.  Provided Christian deep breathing supportive website to help with stress reduction. Also wrote letter for work to allow her 1 day off per week for self-care.  Follow up visits 1 x per week with U/A while in Phase 1. Pt renewed Phase 1 on June 5th 2017  and continued in Phase 1 until August  28th at this time I added in Focus up, and B complex with metafolin and intrinsic factor and Kardiazyme for inflammation. Also added in Olive Leaf Extract for mood support.   Pt had trip to Chicago where she encountered Chicago Hotdogs and Chicago Pizza which are the Arch nemeses of the SHAPE Program.  She returned to office on November 28th and was placed on Jambula, HPA axis lifeforce and Relax Milieu.  Currently continuing SHAPE and having weekly visits of biomat, infared sauna along with U/A visits. Pt will go into Phase 2 in 3 weeks.

Results and Conclusion:  Wow! All I can say is that this was a remarkable case of allowing the body to regain its ability to heal itself when providing the right program with the right support.  This Pt lost almost 50 pounds over the past 10 months. Current In body results show weight of 129.4, PBF 22, and BMI 21.5 But that is not the amazing part of her journey.  She is now off all medication except for 75 mg of Effexor and we are working with her psychiatrist to lower and eventually move off all RX medications if possible.  She states she has a brand-new life that she never thought she would be able to obtain. All previous symptoms listed are no longer present.   She continues to battle sugar cravings but has managed through cognitive behavior to overcome.  I always recommend Dr. Carolyn Leaf’s book “Switch on your brain” to my SHAPE patients.  I believe in my heart that this program is a God-send.  I am so happy to be part of the SHAPE family and I am looking forward to helping many other patients!

dr. todd’s teaching assessment:

Don’t you love it when the “results/conclusion” start with the word “WOW”! This patient could not have choreographed a worse diet if she tried…skipping meals, vending machine snacks, fast food meals for dinner, etc. Changing one’s relationship with food is vital to the success of the SHAPE program. Using supplements to support weak areas is profoundly beneficial, but it is results that matter to the patient. I’ve always been impressed with the speed in which chemical changes occur in the body when introducing SHAPE into their life. Have MOOD ReClaimed been available at the time this patient started SHAPE, I would have recommended she start on MOOD immediately. When a patient shares depression and anxiety as a part of their history, think of adding MOOD as a support supplement. Their SHAPE experience will be dramatically improved. The fact that she actually shed weight given the Rx’s she was on is quite remarkable. Effexor and Abilify are significant “deal breakers” metabolically.

Great job Dr. Bennett! Thrilled to have you as a SHAPE family member!!

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