Female, 66 years old, morbidly obese, severe chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia.
When I explained the SHAPE Program to this patient, she was exceedingly excited as I shared with her the success I have had in both CFS and fibromyalgia with other patients. She had responded nicely to my standard chiropractic, acupuncture and nutritional care, but she would revert back to all original symptoms without care. I truly felt I was nothing more than a very expensive aspirin for this patient.
Three days into the SHAPE Program, all her symptoms dramatically decreased and she lost seven pounds. On the fourth day, she began experiencing emotional withdrawal from her pro-inflammatory diet. On the fifth day, she succumbed to eating sugar and felt so much better emotionally. Liking this response, she continued packing in sugary foods and by the seventh day, all of her symptoms returned and she gained all of the weight back and refuses to even remotely consider restarting the program. Sugar addiction is one of the toughest addictions to break.
She continues seeing me approximately every 2-3 weeks when her symptoms become so great and she needs a quick fix to relieve her pain. The sad truth is she will not see her grandchildren grow up because she refuses to do what it takes to heal, and I believe she could.