The SHAPE ReClaimed program has made an enormous impact on patients and practitioners all over the country. The following SHAPE ReClaimed case studies are just a few examples of the healing transformation that takes place with this program.
KL is a 67-year old male with a history of metabolic syndrome, obesity, hyperlipidemia, seasonal allergies, colon cancer, atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea who presented to our office for our lifestyle intervention program, SHAPE ReClaimed, in March 2016. KL has been a long-term patient in our practice and has tried many of our programs to improve health and sustain weight loss, but the attempts were unsuccessful. As a retired chemical scientist, he was very skeptical about how the SHAPE ReClaimed program could assist him in obtaining better health with sustained weight loss. With encouragement from our staff, he began the program in March 2016.
March 2016 Biometric Parameters: Weight 286 lbs, BMI 38.8
Laboratory Evaluation December 2015: CBC is within normal limits. Urinalysis is normal. Glycosylated hemoglobin is 5.7%. Vitamin B12 is optimal at 815 pg/m. Uric acid is mildly increased at 7.4 mg/dL. Magnesium is at low end of normal at 1.9 mg/dL. Comprehensive metabolic profile is remarkable for an increased fasting glucose 104 mg/dL. Lipid profile demonstrates total cholesterol of 221 mg/dL with an LDL of 141 mg/dL, normal triglycerides 82 mg/dL and HDL of 64 mg/dL. PSA is 2.100. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein is mildly increased at 2.73 mg/L. TSH is 1.00 with a free T4 of 1.63 ng/dL and a free T3 of 3.0 pg/mL. Homocysteine is mildly elevated at 10.8 µmol/L. Fasting insulin is at the upper limits of normal at 10.7. Vitamin D is optimal at 67.9 ng/mL.
April 2017 Biometric Parameters: Weight 202 lbs., BMI of 27.2
Laboratory Evaluations March 2017: CBC is within normal limits. Urinalysis demonstrates trace ketones. Glycosylated hemoglobin is 5%. Vitamin B12 is 799 pg/mL. GGT is 18 IU/L. LDH is 130 IU/L. Uric acid is 7.7 mg/dL. Magnesium is 2.0 g/dL. Comprehensive metabolic profile is within normal limits. Total cholesterol is 206 mg/dL with an LDL of 110 mg/dL and HDL at 83 mg/dL and normal triglycerides of 65 mg/dL. PSA is 2.030 ng/mL. High sensitivity C-reactive protein is 0.43. TSH is 1.06 with a free T4 of 1.72 and a free T3 of 2.4 pg/mL. Homocysteine is 9.7 µmol/L. Fasting insulin is 3.5. Vitamin D is 98.4 ng/mL.
KL was able to discontinue the use of his CPAP-device and is no longer in need of medications for control of blood pressure, cholesterol or atrial fibrillation. Patient is now more active and enjoying retirement with enthusiasm for music and the performing arts. It is the story of a life ReClaimed!
Author and life hacker Tim Ferris said, “I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing.” KL and Team WellBeingMD are grateful for open attitudes toward real field testing. Without it, medicine could never progress.
PV, a 55-year old female, was seen for sleep issues, weight gain, fatigue and severe menopausal symptoms. Self-employed with work-related stress graded as 12/10. Travels frequently for work, flying most of the time. A mother of three. Admits to alcohol intake of 7-10 alcoholic drinks/week. Diagnosed with plaque buildup in the arteries and osteoporosis/osteopenia at age 40. Used Boniva for two years, discontinued because of side effects.
Biometrics: 174 lbs, PBF 44.1, 8.3 lb deficit on her lean muscle mass (LMM) and a visceral fat level 18.
Labs: High cholesterol: total 274, triglyceride 157. Fasting blood glucose 103. Vitamin D 29. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone all low. Cortisol curve flat.
She was started on a program that included lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements and bioidentical hormone supplementation. On follow-up three months later, all her menopausal symptoms had resolved, but she had not reduced much excess weight.
We discussed and started the SHAPE ReClaimed program on 12/31/16.
At four weeks, patient’s weight was 155. But LMM deficit had dropped to 4.6 lb. and visceral fat level to 12. Total cholesterol had dropped to 233, triglyceride was 94 and her HDL particle size increased from her first set of labs.
At six weeks she had gone from a dress size 16 to a size 10. After a second round of SHAPE, she went down to a size 6, and she is one of my happiest and most grateful patients.
She has maintained her goal in spite of her continuing exhausting work and travel schedule on an intermittent slow and steady SHAPE protocol.
Though PV did not release the most weight among my patients, I have chosen her case to highlight the importance of an integrative approach to our patient care. PV had optimal hormone supplementation, and she was compliant on the nutritional recommendation given to her. She pushed herself through her exercise routine, though I had recommended she reduce that while we worked to improve her HPA axis. Her sleep improved but she still could not lose weight. It was obvious we were missing something in her program.
PV was missing a major pillar of her health: detoxification. Her receptors needed to be activated, and to do so, we needed to remove toxins and reduce silent inflammation.
I always go to the SHAPE ReClaimed program to do this. As soon as we started her on this anti-inflammatory program, her weight loss stagnation became history. Not only did her central abdominal fat drop 33% on her first cycle of SHAPE ReClaimed, she also shed the excess weight. She gained muscle mass instead of losing it, as is the case in typical weight loss programs.
As practitioners, we should be ready and willing to use all the tools in our tool box to get the optimal results for our patients. Sometimes we may need to involve other practitioners — an acupuncturist, for example, if you do not do the procedure yourself. So, let’s do what the SHAPE ReClaimed program teaches us to do: Heal our patients by optimizing their biochemistry and physiology by dealing with inflammation and toxins and giving the body the best chance to heal and flourish.
Many of the patients I see come in with the hope that I will just prescribe hormones to them. However, I help them understand that will be very unlikely in my practice as I have rarely seen anyone, male or female, who just needs hormone supplementation. At this point they have a choice to address all the other issues depleting their hormones.
A 38-year-old female presents with years of chronic low back pain from arthritis.
Beginning Weight: 287 lbs.
History: Two back surgeries resulted in the fusion of the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebra. Required at least two ablations a year for extreme pain that was 8-10 on a scale of 10. Patient developed insomnia due to the intense pain and her anxiety increased.
Medications: Celebrex, Ambien
Patient began the SHAPE ReClaimed program 5/2016 and ended 6/2017.
Results: Weight: 161 lbs. (That’s a 126 lb. drop in 13 months.) Patient was able to stop taking Celebrex for pain and Ambien for insomnia after just one month on the program. She was also able to cancel all future appointments for ablations and has not had to have one since. Her pain levels have dropped to 0-1/10 with a 90% decrease in anxiety. The patient states that she sleeps better and has so much more energy and continues to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Conclusion: The anti-inflammatory properties of the SHAPE ReClaimed program appear to be extremely effective for chronic low back pain due to arthritis.
A 63-year old male started the SHAPE ReClaimed program 10/13/2017.
Major complaint: diabetes, blood pressure, lipids.
History: heart bypass surgery, polyp removed from bladder, cataract removed left eye.
Medications: Metformin, atorvostatin, Bayer aspirin, amlodipine, hydrochlorothiazide, clopidodrel, metopolol, finofibrate, Onglyza.
Supplements: Centrum Silver
Patient’s reason for doing the SHAPE ReClaimed program: Remove inflammation in his body, reduce or eliminate medications. Feel better! More energy needed for daily tasks. Patient is still working full-time as an engineer at a nearby manufacturing/development facility.
Starting weight: 265 lbs.
ROS: Heart sounds WNL, respiratory sounds WNL, ears clear of cerumen, patient wears glasses for far-sightedness, good bowel sounds, no abdominal tenderness.
Measurements: 1” above waist 51”, waist 52.5”, 1” below waist 50”.
10/23/17 Day 10 Liberated 10.6 lbs., BP 132/68
11/6/17 Day 24 Liberated 15.4 lbs., BP 138/70
11/20/17 Day 38 Liberated 22 lbs., BP 124/68, BS 120 but patient stopped hismorning Metformin this AM
12/11/17 Day 59 Liberated 30.4 lbs., BP 122/64, off of Onglyza, back on 2 Metformin as per MD
1/8/18 Day 87 Liberated 38.8 lbs., BP 128/62
1/29/18 Day 107 BP 128/80, cut Metformin and atorvostatin in half as per MD, Blood test revealed triglycerides 125, Heme A1c 5.9, total cholesterol 84
2/19/18 Day 129 Liberated 49 lbs., BP 134/76, BS 110-120, had a colonoscopy with one polyp removed
3/12/18 Day 149 BP 132/74, BS 91-126
4/2/18 Day 170 Liberated 60.6 lbs., BS 90-121, last two weeks of BS ranged from 82-113 with the average being 99.71
Blood work for lipid profile taken on 4/23/18: Total cholesterol 132, HDL 47, triglycerides 104, LDL 66.
Patient is going into Phase II at the writing of this case study and continues to do well. He will revisit all medications with his medical doctor.
Presenting Complaints: 37-year old female presented in office 4/25/17 with complaints of severe anxiety and depression, weight issues, low energy, joint pain and skin issues, including acne and occasional eczema exacerbations and dry eye syndrome. Patient also complained of sugar addiction to handle stress. Patient stated she had seasonal allergies, also complained of bloating and passing gas. Patient stated she had poor concentration and poor memory. Patient stated she occasionally had irregular heartbeat, frequent urination and genital itch.
History: Patient stated job stress had increased with workload as a physical therapist. Patient stated that anxiety started after son was born five years ago. She had car accident during pregnancy and was ordered by provider to have bed rest. Prior to pregnancy patient stated weight was between 115 lbs. and 125 lbs. and postpartum weight was 200 lbs. Patient stated that for the past three years she was placed on the following medications:
Nutritional Assessment: Current weight is 172 lbs. Height is 5’7” with BMI of 29%. Patient diet consists of easy-to-prepare meals, which are oatmeal, occasional chia seeds. Patient also skips lunch and snacks on vending machine food. Patient 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 or Subway. Patient consumes six bottles of water per day. Patient consumes no alcohol, does consume hot tea and one cup of coffee per day. Patient does not eat fish and consumes two servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Patient has BM once every two days. Noted: Dark circles under eyes, sticky eyelids and itchy eyes from allergies.
Method of treatment: Started patient on the SHAPE ReClaimed program 5/15/17 and Ortho Molecular-brand supportive nutraceuticals, including Mitocore, Orthomega and Ortho Biotic. Other nutraceuticals include vitamin D 5000 IU liquid, X20 alkaline water (two sachets per four bottles of filtered water). Provided Christian deep-breathing supportive website to help with stress reduction. Also wrote letter for work to allow her one day off per week for self-care. Follow-up visits one time per week with urinalysis while in Phase I. Patient renewed Phase I on 6/5/2017 and continued in Phase I until 8/28/17. At this time, I added in Focus Up, and B complex with Metafolin and Intrinsic Factor and Kardiazyme for inflammation. Also added olive leaf extract for mood support (MOOD ReClaimed had not been released yet). Patient had a trip to Chicago where she encountered Chicago hotdogs and pizza – arch-nemeses of the SHAPE ReClaimed program. She returned to office on 11/28/17 and was placed on Physica Energetics-brand Jambola, HPA (Axis) Life Force and Relax Milieu. Currently continuing the SHAPE ReClaimed program and having weekly visits for Biomat and infrared sauna.
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 and the right support. This patient released almost 50 pounds over the past 10 months. Current InBody results show weight of 129.4, PBF 22 and BMI 21.5. But that is not the most 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 prescriptions 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 ReClaimed 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!
“SHAPE Saved My Life!” What a powerful statement. Those are the words of our practice member SH, who will be the subject of our case study. I want to preface this study by saying that none of the facts I will share have been embellished in the least. SHAPE ReClaimed is truly that good. In the words of the great B.J. Palmer, “The truth is enough.”
SH is a 65-year-old female. 5’7”, 256.2 lbs., without a gallbladder. She had been a chiropractic patient in our office since March 2010. After experiencing the usual great results of SHAPE ReClaimed ourselves, as practitioners, SH was one of our first patients that came to mind when we started offering the SHAPE ReClaimed program to the public. SH had standing medical diagnoses of: chronic pancreatitis, non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis (interestingly, they did not believe that she never drank alcohol), Type II diabetes – A1C 11.3, severe anemia, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue and depression. She presented, as usual, with severe pain and stiffness in her joints, most notably in her hips and legs, which made walking very difficult.
At the time of her beginning the SHAPE ReClaimed program on 4/22/17, she said she had just experienced the worst year of her life. She had been her father’s caretaker when he passed away. She had started having multiple episodes of falling down, which medically they thought was a sugar handling problem, but turned out to be severe sudden drops in blood pressure. “I thought I was dying and the doctors thought so, too,” she said. She told her dad before he passed that she would be right behind him. After 19 hospitalizations and 22 blood transfusions in the prior six months, they even brought her family members in to say their goodbyes on 3/17/17 in a St. Louis hospital.
Upon starting the SHAPE ReClaimed program, SH was on 10 different medications, including Synthroid, Pravastatin, Lisinopril and Neurontin. She was self-administering 150 units of insulin per day. She was moderately dehydrated with a pH of 6.0, trace protein and trace ketones. Along with dehydration she also suffered with chronic constipation. Over the first few months of her SHAPE journey, we also added 50% extra protein, pH ReClaimed, Celtic Sea Salt and Standard Process’ Cataplex B, Catalyn, Diaplex, Cataplex F, Tuna Omega, and Arginex, along with Chiro-Klenz Tea. This supplement list was somewhat extraordinary for us, since we would rarely recommend that many products at the beginning of the SHAPE ReClaimed program. However, we felt in this case they were warranted as the patient was battling to stay alive.
Second urinalysis 5/3/2017: Patient down 10.8 lbs., pH 5.0, severely dehydrated, trace protein, trace ketones.
Third urinalysis 5/16/2017: Patient down 15 lbs. to 241.2, 150 units of insulin reduced to 30 units at night only, with no more sugar crashes. Subsequent urinalyses over the next six months revealed a continued moderate dehydration, and pH fluctuating between 5.0 – 6.0, with a continued steady weight reduction to 50 lbs. released by 10/28/17 with an A1C of 5.6. This was the date she saw her liver specialist in St. Louis. Six months earlier, SH was told all liver enzymes were abnormal; on this visit, the doctor told her all liver enzymes were perfect, and she no longer had fatty/cirrhosis of the liver and removed her from all related medications.
SH has maintained her 50 lb. weight reduction and would like to release another 50 lbs. She is currently off all medications, stating that Synthroid was the last one to go. She is having a few, as-yet-undefined health issues that remain, as well as continued anemia. She is probably guilty of taking the proverbial foot off the gas and is struggling a little to get refocused on becoming truly well. I will conclude with something SH told me on our phone conversation. She and her husband recently bought a new home to remodel: “I would never have been able to do it. Before SHAPE ReClaimed, most days I was sitting on my couch waiting and sometimes praying to die.”
Now for anyone that asks, does SHAPE ReClaimed really make a difference? Wow!
Presenting symptoms: LM is a 38-year-old woman with a history of endometriosis, ovarian cysts, metabolic syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome. Although she was overweight before starting the SHAPE ReClaimed program, her main concern was her abdominal pain. She has had chronic abdominal pain for the past 10-15 years. She remembers having abdominal pain since childhood, but noticed significant worsening after having her gallbladder removed in 2002, approximately four weeks after the birth of her first child.
The pain would often awaken her at night. She did not notice a change in symptoms regardless of what she ate. She would immediately be sick and in pain. She spent a lot of time in the bathroom, often with diarrhea and intense stomach cramping.
LM has seen multiple physicians in the past for her chronic abdominal pain. She has tried approximately 15 different medications, which did not relieve symptoms. She has had a normal colonoscopy and endoscopy. The final diagnosis was IBS.
Clinical Assessment: Starting weight: 244.8 (BMI: 40.7)
Method of treatment: Started the SHAPE ReClaimed program September 2016. Initial protein intake was 10-12 ounces. Urinalysis within normal limits, with the exception of low ph. With the addition of pH ReClaimed, patient returned to a more neutral state. No significant adjustments needed during initial program.
Results: Current weight: 167.8 lbs (BMI 27.9)
After starting the SHAPE ReClaimed program, LM noticed immediate improvement in her stomach pain. Each day it continued to improve. She now feels “normal” again, no pain at all. After being on program for about three months, she decided to start adding new foods.
Although she had released almost 40 lbs. at that point, weight loss was not her concern. She wanted to increase variety in her diet. One night, after trying sushi, she started feeling sick within 20 minutes, after eating only three pieces. She had never recalled having issues with sushi in the past. She asked the server if there were any additional ingredients, and she found out that the sushi had been cooked in butter. LM noticed similar symptoms when eating ice cream or drinking too much milk, as well. If eating out, she always asks how the food is prepared. Also, LM has continued to avoid carbohydrates and sugars and continues to take the SHAPE Nanomolecular Dietary Supplement three times daily. She is continuing to release weight, although not following the program strictly, but states she feels better than she ever has.