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Testimonial: A Whole Different Better Story

Here at Longevity, we love hearing testimonials from our patients who have experienced amazing transformations with their health.  Enjoy this encouraging story from a patient who has experienced a complete 180 in her health and quality of life.  If you have a testimonial to share, we’d love to hear from you and use your story to encourage others!

It has taken me some time to sit down and write this…partly because I am a procrastinator and partly because…well, there really are no words that can adequately articulate the transformation in my health, my excitement about the work Dr. Anderson is doing, and my complete and utter gratitude to Dr. Anderson, his family, and staff.  I mean seriously, how can one put in a nut shell going from a life of chronic illness and multiple mis-diagnosis to a life of abundant energy and feeling better than when I was in high school!?  I’m anxious to tell you, but I’m also telling you, it’s not gonna fit in a nut shell!

Before seeing Dr. Anderson I was on a seemingly unending cycle of doctor visits, specialist visits, antibiotics, tests, procedures, and bills and more bills.  I was exhausted, scared, and broke, and all the while getting sicker and sicker with no end in sight.  My vast array of symptoms from head to toe seemed to change by the day with no rhyme or reason. Over the years I have experienced headaches, neck pain, blurred vision, stars in vision, brain fog, EXTREME irritability, EXTREME fatigue, anxiety, weakness, chronic adenoid infection, stomach pain, recurring UTI’s, frequent urination, incomplete elimination, inability to move bowels, inappropriate lactation, joint pain, tingles down my back, numbness in my arm and legs, itchy ears, skin rashes, tinnitus, weight gain, memory loss, sensitivities of all kinds, and the list goes on and on!

Most doctors seemed to think it was all in my head, and that none of the issues were related! I had to admit, the symptoms were strange, ever changing, and seemed vastly unrelated. But how could that be? I’ve been sick on and off most of my life, but could it be that at the age of 27 my body was really just completely falling apart? Could it be that my entire body was malfunctioning and it just happened to be all at the same time? Or could it be that it’s all in my head?

The anguish, despair, and fear I felt every time I left a new doctor’s office without answers was completely desperately lonely and agonizing. No one understood how sick I really felt. I spent my life ‘faking’ it as a college student and athlete, and now I was really faking it, and it was getting harder and harder to hide. It affected every area of my life. My life had been reduced to one thing a week. I could pick one outing, one visit, or one chore, and then I was wiped out for the rest of the week. Life was hard and miserable and confusing.  I’m thankful for incredible family support and dear friends, but even they could not possibly understand how bad I felt.  I spent many many hours researching, I changed my diet(which helped a little), I took supplements(which helped a little), I took medications, I tried to tell myself it was all in my head(which did not help!)….NOTHING worked.

Growing more stressed and desperate by the day, I was ready to do ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING. I had a child to raise, and there were things I wanted to do with my life!  Though I had been sick on and off for a long time, the dramatic and acute decline seemed to be triggered by Epstein Barr virus and/or pregnancy, both of which I had around the same time.  I have sat around, acutely and chronically ill with these mystery symptoms for 6 years solid!  All of my, now 5 ½ year olds, life!  I felt like a failure of a mom. I began to question my sanity. My marriage was suffering. I was in the pit. Regardless of my religious beliefs, I felt hopeless.

I was at a crossroad. I had exhausted my resources. I live in Raleigh, NC and I have access to the “best medical care,” and I only got worse. I was treated at Duke, UNC, and other surrounding medical facilities. I spent tens of thousands of gut wrenching dollars. I had many suggestions of things to try, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, colon therapy, more supplements, rid myself of all stress(is that really possible? I think not.), go to a different specialists, have my adenoids removed, do more outrageously expensive tests, do another colonoscopy, get on anxiety meds, etc, etc.  I felt like some of these could be good recommendations, however I struggled to believe that any of them were really going to fix the root of the problem, but what was the root of the problem? No one could tell me, and I was running out of money!

Then I heard about the Longevity Health Center.  A very sick friend of mine was going there and seeing good results.  I knew I must try. I knew I had nothing to lose.  I knew it was affordable.  I called.  Melina was so helpful and kind.  She talked with me about my symptoms, what might be helpful, and what would not be helpful for my situation.  I was lined up for a colonoscopy and surgery, and she encouraged me to wait, just till after I could get in to see Dr. Anderson.  She scheduled me and put me on the waiting list.  I’m so thankful I did get in a few weeks early!  From that point on my life changed. I had great hope.  My health changed. My marriage changed.  My family’s life changed.

Right away Dr. Anderson said, “you are very sick.”  I wanted to cry and hug his neck. He believed me!  He found a Spirochetes Bacteria, parasites, some viruses, and fungus invading my body. I had food sensitivities and my immune system was on the brink. It all made sense. It made sense why I couldn’t step in a grocery store or restaurant without getting sick two days later. It made sense why all I wanted to do was sleep. It made sense why I’d had a sore throat for 6 years! It made sense why all my body’s elimination methods were shutting down.  “Give me 6 months,” he said.  His methods are different, but at that point no amount of standard medical care had helped me. I was a ready and willing candidate for anything, even the atypical or somewhat peculiar.  I did it religiously and without fail, I followed his direction down to the last card, drop, and pill.

Today my life is a WHOLE. DIFFERENT. BETTER. STORY.

Dr. Anderson sent me home with a card, yes a card, to wear on my body that he made on his fascinating VEGA machine. He sent me home with silver to fight the Spirochetes bacteria and few supplements to help support my depleted adrenals, organs, and immune system.  He promised the foods I was to avoid would only be temporary. He warned me that I would feel worse for a few weeks, and I did.  Almost immediately the UTI I had been dealing with for months went away.  I got better little by little.  Braced for disappointment (and learned reaction from past medical treatments), I continued on faithfully following Dr. Anderson’s directions.

At my second appointment many of my ailments had cleared! I felt better, but not 100%. I made a few trips to Atlanta, he said I had plateaued and that this is typical, and he encouraged me to remain faithful.  He explained that they are seeing a pattern where people get worse before they get better. I was game. What did I have to lose? Weeks past, months, and I still felt better, but still not 100%.  I continued on into the 4th and 5th month…and suddenly I got worse again. OH NO! What is this? I felt nervous, but I had several more weeks till next appointment, and I remembered his warning.  I got really sick for three weeks, but I remained hopeful.  Then all of the sudden I was better. A LOT better. I had energy. My infection was gone!  My irritability fell away like a heavy cloak. My vision was better, my anxiety gone, my brain fog no more, numbness gone, and I started eliminating regularly!  I was almost afraid to admit how good I felt. At my 6 month appointment the spirochetes bacteria was clear!

My adrenals are still stressed and my liver is working hard, but I am on a better track! My body is healing; I have no infections, and I have energy!  I have energy to keep up with my son (who has also been treated by Anderson with fantastic results!), I go to the grocery store, restaurants, church, parks, museums, everywhere and I don’t get sick, and sometimes I do it all in one single day!  I have my life back!  I’ve lost weight, we eat healthier as a family, it’s has been a complete lifestyle change for us.  I’m thankful for this experience. It was a hard, miserable, and confusing 6 years, but it was used to mold me and make me who I am today. I am thankful.

I cannot say enough about Dr. Anderson and his staff. They are simply a joy to visit. They are caring and very knowledgeable.  I feel strongly that, in addition to Dr. Anderson, his staff was a huge part of my healing process. I particularly enjoyed the lymphatic treatments with Sarah, and my visits with JoAnna and Shannon to go over Dr. Anderson’s treatment plan.  They spent time with me, they made sure I understood and felt comfortable with the supplements and plan, they simply cared.

Longevity’s chiropractor Dr. Regis has also been a huge aspect of my recovery. He is very knowledgeable and kind. He explains everything he is doing and why.  I had so much pain before I saw him, and much of it was completely eliminated after the first time I saw him.  I feel my circulation is better, I sit up straighter, and I feel stronger.  I try to see him every time I go now!

Words cannot express my gratitude.  I would recommend Longevity Health center to anyone and everyone.  Regardless of whether you are generally healthy or sick, Longevity health Center has resources that simply should not be missed out on.  I’m thankful for Dr. Anderson’s willingness to share his knowledge, his gifts, and his passion.  I pray for Dr. Anderson, his family, and his staff, that they would have great endurance, perseverance, and good health, so that they can continue doing what they do best, helping others and changing lives.

Testimonial: A Longevity Patient’s Health Transformation

Here at Longevity, we love hearing testimonials from our patients who have experienced amazing transformations with their health.  Enjoy this Q&A with a long-time patient who has seen vast improvements in her quality of life.  If you have a testimonial to share, we’d love to hear from you and use your story to encourage others! 

What were your primary health concerns prior to seeing Dr. Anderson? Describe your symptoms. 

Prior to seeing Dr. Anderson, I was unable to get out of the bed on many days, my whole body ached, I had chronic sinus issues, my brain was foggy, and I simply could not fully function on a daily basis.

What were your first few visits like?  What was your initial response to the treatment?

Before coming to Longevity, I had literally tried everything I could for a year and a half and been to other holistic clinics, only to be left feeling hopeless and wondering if I would ever get my life back. My first few visits were refreshing as Dr. Anderson took time to get to the root of my symptoms, and it was confirming when other areas of concern, which I had not mentioned, showed up in the testing. At first administering the necessary remedies at home felt overwhelming, and I initially experienced some common detox symptoms of headaches and fatigue. The staff were, however, so patient and helpful in explaining my protocol and always available for answering questions. I was absolutely shocked at how much my overall health improved in only thirty days, and I was so grateful to experience moments where I felt like my old self again. Each visit was encouraging as fewer of the old issues were present, and my body attested to the progress made. Furthermore, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis in the last few years, and several members of the Longevity team put together a comprehensive plan for my treatment focused on lessening inflammation in my body. I have seen tremendous results.

Describe your overall health picture today.  What improvements have you experienced? 

Regaining my health has required commitment, hard work, and perseverance, and it has all been worth it. I am feeling better than I ever have, and my immune system is stronger. More specifically, I am sleeping better, have more energy, no longer ache all over and hardly ever get sick. I have learned principles that will govern my health and that of our family for years to come and feel empowered with tools for preventing illness instead of simply masking the problem. I came to Longevity desperate and am grateful to God and Longevity for the state of my health today.

What is your overall impression of Longevity Health Center and Dr. Anderson and his staff?

Longevity Health Center is a place of warmth and true serenity. Its holistic approach provides me with confidence that no matter the issue, the center is equipped to treat it and to provide ongoing support. The staff are caring and accommodating, and I feel heard. I am impressed by the amount of time Dr. Anderson spends and appreciate the fact that he does not depend solely on his own wisdom but has prayed with me concerning my health. As we have welcomed our baby boy home through international adoption, Longevity has walked with us every step of the way- from travel preparation to detox support to ensuring our son receives the best care possible in his first year of life. There is no place I would trust more with our family’s health.