“I have been working with Dr. Waldo since 2008. Back when I started seeing him, I had poor health and a lot of symptoms that were tough to live with. I was not born with any major health problems in particular, but starting in my early 20’s I felt unhealthy, had a lot of digestive pain, weak digestion, food intolerances, strange skin condition, was extremely tired and had some mood problems that were like mood swings or depression. It was hard to have a positive attitude with the way my body felt. I had been to doctor after doctor, seen specialists, and had been diagnosed with everything from IBS to Grave’s Disease to Lupus and everything in between. Nothing was really offering relief and I was super confused. My immune system was so depleted that I was prone to infections and just about any pathogen I came in contact within my environment. The future did not look good and I wondered if I would be struggling for the rest of my life.
A friend referred me to Dr. Waldo since they heard he had a different approach – peeling back the layers, getting to the root of the problem instead of putting band-aids on the issues or taking pills that had side effects. He does not assess and treat the symptoms, but looks at the bigger picture, examining how everything is connected. He could help with more difficult, complicated problems. He was the only doctor that ran a full panel of blood tests on me. He discovered that I had some basic vitamin and nutrient deficiencies (scurvy, anemia, etc.), and we got to work on propping me up until we could make some serious progress with my health. It was hard work, to say the least. There were setbacks, and I had to make a lot of sacrifices. I made progress a step at a time over the years and improved or eliminated one symptom after another. I sought out complimentary health care as needed, and was reading and learning all I could on my own, but Dr. Waldo was always a constant part of the picture. At some point I even had Dr. Waldo do genetic testing to help understand my body and pinpoint what would be most effective for me. He was always bringing the most current information and treatment to my case, which was and is exciting, even if some aspects of it are sometimes a little over my head!
Along the way, I would start to put the pieces together of how I ended up so sick. There were commercials on TV for law firms representing victims of Accutane, an acne drug I had been prescribed many times. I learned about how taking antibiotics, birth control pills and other prescribed meds over the years had disrupted my body’s natural balance. I was a junk food junkie, had a lot of stress in my life, my genetics were such that made it more difficult for me, the conditions of my birth, etc. – many, many things that could have started the avalanche I had found myself buried in by the time I finally got to Dr. Waldo.
So now it is 2017. and although I still need to take good care of myself, I feel great and do not have any health problems. I am happy in my life and in my career. A few years ago Dr/ Waldo asked me if I had ever thought about having kids. That had not been a possibility or a good idea before because of my poor health state. However, I had made great progress with my health by that time. My body was finally ready to conceive and carry a healthy baby. It just so happened I had already met and was dating the man I would end up marrying. As I write this I am currently six months pregnant with our first child, a baby girl. She is very healthy, and so is her mom!! My baby doc said, “Whatever you are doing, keep it up!’ It is incredible what we were able to do!”