What People Say About Natural Solutions
My reasons for coming to the Natural Path Health Center and Natural Solutions for a Healthy You relate to my view of Parkinson ’s disease (PD). People with cancer often say they are “fighting” cancer, while people with Parkinson’s say they “have” it. The difference is significant; cancer patients are not resigned to an “incurable” condition, as people with PD often are. I am battling this disease.
I’ve been diagnosed with PD for seven years. Over this time, I’ve “tried it all,” so to speak. I discovered three theories, or ways of thinking, about PD, each with incumbent, and distinctive, treatments. The most common view, often held by allopathic physicians (MD’s) is that PD is idiopathic (of unknown cause), progressive, and incurable. Dopamine, which stimulates movement, is dying and not coming back. Thus, PD is best treated by pharmaceutical drugs that mimic dopamine and mitigate movement, balance, and rigidity problems. An alternative school of thought holds that PD results from long-term stress, particularly years of living in adrenaline or sympathetic mode which “turns off” dopamine. Dopamine is seen as dormant, not dead. It can be awakened through anti-stress strategies, like meditation and belief in a higher power that engenders feelings of safety. Relax; let go and let God is mantra for this view. Amino Acid Therapy stems from thinking that people with PD suffer from nutritional deficiency in the brain. Amino acid, along with other supplements, including natural dopamine (mucuna pruriens) repairs deficiencies and slows disease progression. This therapy utilizes dopamine replacement, like the medical model, but its form is natural and less destructive of substances, like Vitamin B, needed for healthy brain function. Amino acid therapy also reduces symptoms, allowing space to try some anti-stress methods for brain healing. I choose to apply the second two schools of thought to alleviate PD—a less traveled path.
This approach is working. Meditative, spiritual practices alone did not relieve my symptoms, though I learned a lot about myself, including adrenaline addiction. I tried Sinement, the pharmaceutical option, and I moved wonderfully for two years, and, then, the medicines starting wearing off. I needed more. Plus, my symptoms worsened quickly. I walked with a cane, fell a lot, lived with a clenched fist, and, eventually, had to retire from my job. With Amino Acid Therapy, I now function at 85-90% capacity. My dopamine levels are regulated across the day, avoiding the rollercoaster of drug therapy. I walk 2-3 miles daily, take Yoga classes, show my dogs competitively, write with normal handwriting, and, even, smile sometimes. I struggle with nausea, often once daily, which is dispiriting, but not intractable. It’s sort of a nuisance to take supplements four times daily, but PD is an inconvenience no matter how one looks at it.
I’m angered that my health insurance does not pay for non-pharmaceutic treatment, but I’ve found a couple of less expensive alternatives to basic substances in the therapy. Integration of less with more expensive supplements enables me to pay out of pocket costs. I’m definitely spending my wealth for my health, but, then, health is wealth. I recommend this program to you, IF you are committed to taking the path less traveled, which means standing up to non-believing physicians, and IF you are patient to allow tinkering with dosage until you and Dr. Chad get it right (this process can take 6-9 months). If you are graced with persistence and patience, this program can be right for you.
I’ve been on a program with the NPHC for almost a year. After following Dr. Oler’s recommendations, I have almost no urges to pull and my hair has almost all grown back; the only urges I have are when stress gets really high, but I can deal with those.
I was diagnosed with trich in 1st grade (I am 17 now) and I extreme urges to pull every 1-3 days. At any given time, I had pulled out about 50% of my hair, and my eyebrows and eyelashes were gone. It was really hard because at times it felt like trich dictated my daily routine.
Now I feel more confidence on a daily basis. I am also less self-conscious. I am more confident when speaking to others and am playing sports again that I love and participating in other physical and social activities.
I came originally to the Natural Path Center to get off my medications from my medical doctor – I was taking Synthroid for hypothyroidism, Wellbutrin for depression, Protonix for acid reflux – and was suffering from extreme hormone imbalances. I also wanted to lose about 40 lbs. and raise my energy level.
Since being here (about two months) I have lost 15 lbs and my workouts are no longer exhausting. Physically I feel wonderful! I am not sleepy all of the time and my energy level is way up! I have decreased my Wellbutrin and Protonix by half and I am calmer, more positive, and I want to live life more. I don’t feel like a failure and even though I going through a stressful time, I feel like I’m handling it good.
I’ve been asked to tell you how Dr. Hinz’s Amino Acid Therapy Program has impacted on my life. Before Ican do that I think I have to try and give you an idea of what my life was like before I started taking amino acids. I was 11 when my Mom figured out I had OCD and TTM. We didn’t tell our family doctor for two years because my Mom used to be a nurse and didn’t want me taking drugs like Prozac. Instead, my parents travelled thousands of miles taking me to so many doctor’s I can’t even remember them all. They all said they could help me but they never did.
I might as well tell you now that I have an especially bad case of OCD. I washed my hands till they were raw. I counted. I straightened. I made lists. I changed my clothes constantly because OCD said they were contaminated. I had countless compulsions and rituals OCD said I had to do to bring the anxiety down. Just taking a shower took me one and a half hours and then I had to put towels on the floor to get from the bathroom to my bedroom because OCD said that the floor was contaminated and if my feet touched it I would have to shower all over again! I couldn’t read a book. OCD said that if I didn’t read the whole book right through to the last page the first time I opened it I would have to start at the beginning again.
One of the worst things was that I needed reassurance for all the terrible things OCD told me were going to happen. My Mom was the only one OCD would listen to and I asked her to reassure me hundreds of times a day. Bedtime was especially bad and sometimes it would take me over an hour to ask my Mom for all the reassurance I needed to be able to go to bed. I’m a really, really good athlete and I had to drop out of all organized sports because I was exhausted and too stressed. It was hard on my whole family to see me lose my future as an athlete. OCD got even meaner. If I made a mistake it would tell me I was going to go to hell. Worst of all, OCD would tell me my Mom was going to die.
Sometimes the anxiety was so bad I couldn’t go to school, I couldn’t eat and the only way I could sleep was if my Mom was lying down beside me. OCD had me trapped. Finally my Mom decided she had no choice but to take me to our doctor and sure enough I started taking Prozac and I started seeing a psychologist for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. My OCD got worse when I started the Prozac and the more Prozac they gave me the sicker I got until finally the psychologist said he wouldn’t do CBT with me anymore because I was too sick and our doctor said she was in way over her head and needed me to see a specialist. By now I spent a lot of time thinking about dying. I was exhausted. No one helped me. I just didn’t think I could do it anymore so I thought about how to kill myself.
My Mom didn’t want me to see the specialist. She asked our doctor how to stop the Prozac. It turned out my Mom had never stopped looking for someone to help us and she had just found Dr. Hinz’s website. Soon I had an appointment with Dr. Oler because he knows how to treat people using Dr. Hinz’s amino acids. It took a long time for Dr. Oler to figure out how many of which amino acids I needed because my OCD is so bad. I take a ton of amino acids every day but it sure is worth it!
I’m 17 now and almost totally symptom free. In fact, I hardly think about OCD that much anymore and I’ve stopped pulling. My hands look normal now, my hair looks thick and healthy, and I can shower in record time. Before the amino acids a couple of doctors said I might not be able to finish high school. I’m in grade 12 now and on the Honour Roll. I’m really not sure what I want to take at university yet but I know now that as long as I have my amino acids I can manage university just like anybody else.
I’m not involved with sports anymore but I still work out at the gym regularly to stay in shape. I hike with my dog, love to bike, and really like to relax and tube down the river on hot summer days. I can travel more now. I feel like an ordinary kid and like to laugh and hang out with my friends.
I’m working towards my driver’s license. I’m taking a couple of workshops for teenagers to get ready for their first job and I’m going to take a series of workshops for teenagers to prepare to leave home. Before my amino acids I used to ask my parents if I could live with them forever because I couldn’t imagine how I could ever take care of myself. With amino acids I know I can take care of myself and even have a family someday if I want to.
I couldn’t have done any of these things before my amino acids. I spent most of my day trapped in OCD’s obsessions and compulsions. To be honest with you, I’m not sure I’d even be here anymore. Amino acids set me free and they probably saved my life. I really do get how lucky I am. I asked my Mom how I could thank her, and my Dad, and my doctors for saving my life. She said by being as happy as I can be and by making a decision to lead the best life I can possibly lead. That’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m leading the best life I can lead – me and my amino acids.
I started having Parkinson’s-like symptoms about 1.5 years ago. I didn’t have any tremor, but I would often ‘freeze’ when I walked, where I would just stop and have to really focus and concentrate hard in order to keep moving. I had an unsteady gait and had a lot of trouble walking and couldn’t do anything fast. My handwriting was also deteriorating and was very bad. I also had an occasional ‘mask’ where my face would just become non-expressive.
I never tried medications, but was recommended to Dr. Oler from my nephew who was very familiar with Dr. Oler and his work. At first, I had a lot of trouble with nausea when taking the amino acids and we worked with Dr. Oler for a couple months to find the final solution. After about 8-9 months I was doing much, much better.
I am walking very well; at 84 years old, I think it’s about as good as I can get. I still need to concentrate sometimes when I’m walking fast or around corners, but other than that, I do pretty good. My focus, concentration and memory are pretty good overall and I keep very busy. My facial expression is good, I smile a lot and I love to interact with other people.
I am very pleased that my health has been helped so much and am very grateful for Dr. Oler’s help.
I came to the Natural Path Health Center to help treat trichotillomania. I am 14 years old and have been pulling since I was 8 years old. We have tried everything to help me stop pulling. In addition to pulling, I was having a hard time focusing in school and understanding my dance routines. I also had a lot of food cravings, especially McDonald’s double cheeseburger with BBQ sauce and fries, and sweets – especially in the afternoon, and I would often eat even if I wasn’t hungry.
I have been working with Dr. Chad for 4 months now and I feel a whole lot better. My focus, concentration and memory are much better and my grades are much better – I even got the highest grade in one of my classes. I am not as withdrawn socially or with my family. I find myself involved in other activities such as exercise, TV time with family, swimming, getting outside and wanting to get my school work done. I spend time practicing my dances and am picking up on my dancing routines a lot better. I am not so hungry all the time and my cravings are much less.
The urges to pull are almost completely gone, although I still find myself pulling sometimes (out of habit). However, pulling is no longer all I focus on. Much of the time, I feel perfect.
I haven’t felt this good in quite some years… especially the past two days. I started taking the supplements that you recommended, and switched from the heavy coffee routine to drinking caffeine free tea. I stopped taking my cholesterol medications 6 months ago and my cholesterol numbers have remained the same (i.e., my total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are the same now as when I was on the medications!).
The bottom line is that my mental depressed state is much better and I’ve discontinued taking my depression medications. I visited my medical doctor yesterday to discuss some ideas I have for a shoulder problem and when he asked how I was doing I told him “Great!” – and actually meant it! I haven’t been able to say that with confidence in … I can’t tell you when.
THANK YOU for helping me get my body chemistry back to a much healthier state, and on the right track to continue improvement.
I feel I can handle life surprises and curve balls much better then I have been able to in quite some time. I’m getting my confidence and enthusiasm for life back again.
My life before was miserable. I felt like I was dying inside and out – that is no exaggeration. I was feeling low after being through multiple cleansing at another clinic. When I called Dr Chad, I could barely walk from the kitchen to the couch; I was very weak and depressed. It seemed like I had few options and felt very needy. Dr Chad immediately evaluated my needs for the short term. (Until I could come for my consult appointment) I followed their directions & began my upward turn! I have been so impressed with their professionalism, organization, depth of knowledge and creativity. All of this is secondary to their depth of caring for my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. I feel I am now able to make the lifestyle changes needed to make huge difference in the quality of my life with their support. I know I will reach my goal of optimum health! This has made a huge difference in my life – see the list below of all the improvements in my life and health. My light is on and shining! I cannot thank you enough.
Health Improvements since starting at the NPHC (3 months):
- No migraine headaches!
- Off all of my medications except eye drops
- Only occasional “garden variety” headache (rare!)
- Decreased weight – I’ve lost 40 pounds!
- Decreased hot flashes
- Decreased allergies
- Decreased cravings for sugar and fat
- No blurred vision.
- Decreased itchy eyelids
- No headaches after eating
- Cracked fingers heal now
- Decrease in snapping at back of my left knee
- No left foot pain
- No right foot pain
- No crawling feeling in my legs
- Increased stamina
- Softer skin
- Increased ability to walk, bend, kneel and stretch
- Sleeping better
- Much less depression
- Decreased bra size circumference
- Decreased indigestion
- Decreased constipation
- Decreased fatigue and weakness
- Increased zest for life!
And these are only the ones I can think of off the top of my head!