I like to say that a person has to suffer enough before they want to get better. I speak from my own experience.
A few years ago, I was 40 pounds heavier and was taking prescription medications for hypertension, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, gastric reflux and prostate issues. Fifty five at the time, I had settled into a sedentary lifestyle and accepted that this was my life. I thought I would retire with my pill bottles!
After some blood work, a new doctor informed me that I had high creatinine levels, which ultimately leads to kidney failure. I was told the options were limited and that I would eventually need dialysis or a kidney transplant. I was stunned.
While in the doctor’s office, an assistant asked me if I drank enough water. I replied ‘no’ but began drinking more. At my next doctor visit, my creatinine levels had decreased. A light bulb went off and I thought there might be something I could do on my own.
I’m no stranger to health care as I’ve been a respiratory therapist for 37 years. I knew very little about naturopathic medicine, and frankly, I didn’t believe in it. Dr. Kimberly Volk and I work together at the same hospital. She is a nurse and a naturopathic doctor at the SCNM Medical Center. After hearing about my condition, she urged me to come and see her at the SCNM Medical Center.
She started with numerous tests and determined that I was actually pre-diabetic. She made some changes to my diet… I went off grains, and increased my vegetable and lean protein intake. Within the first four months, I lost 40 pounds and within 6 months, I was off all medications, my blood pressure was normal, my creatinine levels dropped and my stage 3 kidney disease disappeared.
Naturopathic medicine goes so much deeper and looks at how everything ties together. This approach has literally saved my life and I’m actually getting better. I am so grateful for Dr. Volk’s knowledge and expertise. This is the best time of my life.