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The Natural Path at Work … A Testimonial

TNP-FrontThe Natural Path came to my rescue after I had been diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer.  Drs. Carl Fusco, NMD, and Diana Pengitore, ND, furnished natural products and instructions to help me in my fight for life. They explained that the products would help me regain my energy levels, stop my weight loss and help my body fight the cancer and eliminate unwanted toxins.

Following this regime, I felt my energy levels increasing after the third day. My appetite improved by the end of the first week and my overall physical condition was much better as was noticed by friends that visited after the first week beginning the protocol.

I am now into the fourth month of following the regime recommend by “The Natural Path” and can honestly say I am doing well and am extremely pleased with my progress. I know and feel that what was recommended is helping me in my battle with cancer, and would recommend to anyone, that may be dealing with any sort of health issue or who wishes to improve their over all health and well being, to try the natural approach.

-M.E., Virginia Beach (name withheld by request)

Editor’s Note:  This client is now 33 months into his treatment with The Natural Path, and is active and pain free. The PSA scores have continued to decline and he is showing no signs of advancing disease.

1-26-2016  STILL going strong! PSA scores are in the normal range, and cancer appears to be in remission.  STILL NO CHEMO OR RADIATION!

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Heavy Metals, Chelation, and YOU!

The effects of heavy metal toxicity on the body and what to do…

What are Heavy Metals?

Who is at risk?  Why should we worry?

Smokestacks_jpeg1-199x300There are many types of metals which may cause symptoms of illness based on the degree and length of exposure. Heavy metal (not the music) is the term used for certain elements that are ranked by their atomic weight with regard to the periodic table of elements. Some, such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc, are essential to health in small, trace amounts. Harmful to health in excessive amounts and found in many products, both household and industrial,  include cadmium, antimony, chromium, mercury, lead, and arsenic.  Of this group, mercury, lead, and arsenic are the most common in cases of  toxicity.

EVERYONE is exposed to heavy metals. For the most part, your body handles it, but some have higher exposures than others due to their occupations.  Welders, pharmaceutical workers, pesticide handlers, painters, metal and chemical workers are at higher risk than the rest of the population, just to name a few. However, no one is safe. Heavy metals are abundant in the air we breathe, the water we drink and bathe in, and the food we eat. Pollutants are discharged into our air from factory and vehicle emissions.  Acid rain brings these pollutants to the soil as well as rivers, streams, and aquifers.  Chemicals used to kill insects and more…

 Physiological Significance

traffic-jam_jpeg-300x218If this scene looks familiar, chances are you’ve inhaled quite a few molecules of heavy metals in the form of gasses which bypass the liver’s detoxification process, and proceed directly to your blood stream.

Heavy metal toxicity can cause:

· Sleep disruption
· Lethargy (chronic fatigue)
· End organ damage (liver, kidney, lungs, heart, brain, eyes, bones, and skin)
· Shortness of breath
· Nerve damage (neuropathy, muscle cramps)
· Cancer
· Birth defects, miscarriage, and infertility

Chelation: Facts and Myth

Chelation is the removal of heavy metals from the body by combining with another agent, and excretion from the body.  IV (intravenous) chelation with EDTA has been scientifically proven to be ineffective against heart disease and reducing plaque build up in the arteries.

FACT: IV EDTA, regardless of protocol, is quackery and dangerous.  It has caused death due to hypocalcemia and does NOT improve outcomes in autism.

Oral chelation with EDTA is effective in the reduction of lead levels and some other heavy metals, but is ineffective in arsenate poisonings.

At The Natural Path, our position is to screen for the presence of heavy metals though the use of an early detection urine toxicity screen.

Most medical practitioners do not screen for the presence of heavy metals unless their experience or training (OCC MED) raises a high level of suspicion for symptom causation.  By the time heavy metal toxicity is found through serum analysis,  organ damage has been done.

Oral chelation, in combination with immune support and a diet rich in natural chelators, is much more effective in reducing the toxic levels of heavy metals.  Engineering (controls) safeguards for those involved in industrial exposures are, and will always be, the best method of preventing toxic exposure.

If you have concerns about heavy metal toxicity, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will provide you with a plan to deal with your health related issues that does not involve life-threatening, expensive, and ineffective methods.

Further information can be obtained in Eat Yourself Well With The Reverse Food Pyramid on sale for $15.95 + $5.00 S+H (Priority Mail).  Contact : The Natural Path (757) 478-4455. VISA and MasterCard accepted.

Myofascial Pain: Dr. Diana’s Story

For all of you who have given up hope of ever getting well, I dedicate this true account.  This is my story, which exemplifies the body’s innate ability to heal.  The main ingredients were persistence, faith, and the will to get better.

I worked as an aesthetician and nail technician for 15 years with much of that time spent in the salon industry.  I had my own business,  which I ultimately had to close due to illness.  I was diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain(myo=muscle/fascial=connective tissue) with trigger points (hyper irritable areas in the muscle which keep the muscle in painful spasm)  in July, 2005.  It all started with neck pain that advanced to my lower back.  After receiving a flu shot the following year, the pain became widely disseminated throughout my entire body.  At times, the pain was so excruciating that I could no longer function, and I could barely walk a block at a snail’s pace.  From an active lifestyle, I was now relegated to being bedridden and sedated.

I was told that my muscles were weak and needed strengthening through daily stretches and weekly physical therapy sessions.  I was already in constant, debilitating pain, and now had to undergo painful physical therapy, which also included “dry needling”  (acupuncture needles inserted into the trigger points in an attempt to alleviate  symptoms).   Almost every inch of my body received these painful needling treatments.   Additionally, I was taking pain medications, muscle relaxants, and sedatives, all with little to no relief.  I soon realized how sinister this condition was, and that it was  here to stay.

On many occasions, the pain was so intense that I could not sit or stand, and I could barely lift 10 pounds without difficulty.  Since trigger points often refer pain to other areas of the body, I was often referred for diagnostic testing.  This included multiple CT scans and MRI’s and enough blood drawn to float a small boat.  All testing came back normal.  To make matters worse, medical doctors unfamiliar with trigger points and their referred pain patterns would refer me to other MD’s.  These would include Cardiologists, OB-Gyn, Dentists, Gastroenterologists, Neurologists, and Pain Management Specialists, to name a few.  Some areas would improve, and I would have flare-ups in others.  Always hopeful, I asked my doctors what else could be done, and I was told, “That’s all we can do.”  I still did not know what caused this or how I could get better.  No one in the medical field had an answer!  Only my symptoms were being addressed, and not the underlying cause.

In June  2008, after three and a half years of agony, I took a leap of faith, began my own research, implemented a homeopathic regimen along with detoxification, and consulted an established naturopath for additional guidance and a personalized plan for recovery.

Months passed, and I became increasingly more functional and my muscles were less painful.  I went through one amazing healing crisis after another at different stages of my recovery, and my Naturopathic Doctor was there to guide me through each and every phase.   After 14 months, I was now totally pain free,  and I joined a local gym to help tone my atrophied muscles.  My then frail 103 pound frame is now a healthy 125 pounds.  My former doctors and therapists were amazed at my progress.  The most difficult part was getting off the pain medications, which only added to my toxic load.

Over the span of three and a half years, I had endured over 100 medical doctor visits related to myofascial pain, 352 physical therapy sessions, hundreds of lidocaine injections into the painful trigger points, and multiple BOTOX injections (not covered by insurance and not for cosmetic purposes).  The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies, NCTMB, 2nd edition had been my constant companion since the onset of my diagnosis.

Years later, I am still pain free.  It is important to remember that we have a choice when it concerns our health.  I believe in a pragmatic approach.  That is, whatever works, works.  A natural approach was what I needed, and it worked fine for me.  Taking this further, I find that natural healing often augments and even supplants medicine, when medicine fails to achieve desired results.

The Healing Crisis

A healing crisis occurs when symptoms of an illness are re-experienced.  According to Herring’s Law of Cure, the body re-experiences the symptoms of an illness as it heals.  This will happen in the reverse order of the initial presentation of the symptoms of that illness, from the top, down, inside to outside, and from the most important organ to the least important.

The body’s memory of the illness is being taken away by the positive influence of treatment.  One may experience fatigue, decreased appetite, dizziness, and pains.  This is normal and transient in nature.  Continue your treatment plan, as directed, and utilize the products that were recommended.  DO NOT PANIC and discontinue them.  Stay with the plan.

Further information can be obtained in Eat Yourself Well With The Reverse Food Pyramid on sale for $15.95 + $5.00 S+H (Priority Mail).  Contact : The Natural Path (757) 478-4455. VISA and MasterCard accepted.