Cathy Galinot, Aurora
Digestive problems, sluggishness
"I had been complaining for years about tiredness, stomach problems, constant yeast infections and bouts of constipation/diarrhea—since my early teens," says Cathy Galinot. "After a test was done for my chemical levels, all of which were too low, Dr. Guillory suggested I try some supplements to see if they would elevate my vitamin D, DHEA and iron levels. That's how I got started on New Mark probiotics." More than a year ago, Galinot began taking the probiotic supplement, developed by the New Mark division of New Chapter, Inc. "The results have been quite good," she says. "It really seems to have helped out with the stomach problems."
She later underwent testing for food allergies and found that she is allergic to eggs and dairy products. "When I cut those out and continued the probiotics, everything fell into place," Galinot says. "It really put the icing on the cake."
To combat the tiredness, Galinot now takes fish oil, vitamin D drops and other supplements. She also avoids monosodium glutamate, aspartame and any highly processed foods. "Those had been causing migraines since my early forties," she says.
"All of this combined has helped me feel much better than I did. I have more energy and I feel better than I have in a long time. I would recommend that all women have these tests done if they are having any of these problems.
Niel Weise, age 61, Littleton
Sensitivity to monosodium glutamate and aspartame (abdominal pains, bloating)
For 15 years, Neil Wiese regularly experienced abdominal pains and bloating that lasted all day, nearly every day.
"I went through many, many doctors," Wiese says. "I even went as far as the Mayo Clinic. Nobody could figure out what it was."
In 2004, he attended a seminar by Dr. Guillory and, afterward, went to visit the doctor. After conducting tests and ruling out a number of potential causes, Dr. Guillory focused on the possibility that Wiese's digestive problems were related to monosodium glutamate (MSG), a widely used food additive.
Dr. Guillory recommended that Wiese avoid foods containing MSG. In addition, he recommended that Wiese steer clear of the artificial sweetener aspartame as well as high fructose corn syrup, also used as a sweetener.
"I went on the diet and watched everything I ate," Wiese says. "I also kept a diary. And in the course of a month or so, I was better. I have slowly continued getting better for the last couple of years. My life has changed dramatically. It's a miracle for me."
Ron Chirhart, age 67, Greenwood Village
High blood pressure, high cholesterol
When Ron Chirhart retired from his job as an airline pilot, he was worried that his blood pressure and cholesterol level were soaring to dangerous heights.
The worries-and the high readings-since have fallen off sharply. "In my last two physicals, the blood work was excellent," Chirhart says. "Everything has been great. Four or five years ago, it wasn't. When I had blood work done then, I used to have five or six things in the 'high' area. Not anymore."
The problems began easing after Dr. Guillory suggested that Chirhart begin taking vitamin D supplements as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. The physician also changed the blood-pressure medication that Chirhart was taking.
"I have really seen a big difference," he says. Not only are the blood pressure and cholesterol readings back within the healthy range, but Chirhart is feeling better as well. "I'm sleeping better too," he adds.
Joe Frary, age 47, Aurora
Vitamin D deficiency (sleep disorder)
"It used to take me longer to get to sleep and I slept lightly," Joe Frary says. "Anything would wake me up." This left Frary, a software engineer, feeling sluggish during the day and it created stress at work.
A blood test indicated that Frary had vitamin D deficiency. At the suggestion of The Care Group's Dr. Gerard Guillory, Frary began taking sublingual vitamin D drops. He soon noticed significant, positive changes in his sleep patterns. "After I started taking the vitamin D, I slept through the night for the first time," he says. "I felt better during the day. I think I have been more productive at work. And I have been less stressed at work about what needs to get done and what doesn't need to get done."
Frary had been taking statins as well - prescription medications designed to lower cholesterol. Like many people who take statins, Frary found the side-effects unpleasant. "My lower back - below the ribs and down - ached all the time," he says. At the suggestion of Dr. Guillory, Frary discontinued the statins and began taking high-quality fish oil and a niacin supplement. "I haven't had those body aches lately," he says. "I'm not taking statins at all. It feels better taking vitamins and fish oil."
Johanna Goodings-Paul, age 39, Centennial
Restless legs syndrome, fatigue
For a year, Johanna Goodings-Paul had been experiencing fatigue and insomnia, and when she drove her car, she experienced restless legs syndrome - a "pins-and-needles" sensation in the legs.
She decided to visit Dr. Guillory, who performed a routine blood test and found that Goodings-Paul's ferritin (or iron) level was unusually low. "So Dr. Guillory said, 'Let's put you on some iron supplements,'" Goodings-Paul says, "And the restless legs syndrome quickly went away. I haven't had problems with it since."
The fatigue and insomnia also abated, as did another problem that Goodings-Paul had been experiencing. For some time, she had been having two menstrual cycles each month, with each period lasting seven days.
"Now it's once a month for just four days," she says.
In addition to taking iron supplements, Goodings-Paul had been taking calcium supplements. She found that the iron supplements were more effective when she took them in the morning and took the calcium supplements at night. This is because calcium tends to absorb minerals and can limit the effectiveness of supplementation. By taking iron and calcium at different times of the day, Goodings-Paul mitigated this problem.
"I'm feeling much better," she says.
Aches and Pains, MSG sensitivity
Avon Carey had been living with chronic pain for three decades when she finally decided she had had enough.
She went to see Dr. Guillory, who asked about her symptoms and, moments later, brought her a pamphlet describing fibromyalgia. "He asked me to read it while I was there in the office," she says. "I was in awe. It was exactly what I was experiencing. I had no idea it had a name."
"At the time - this was in 1998 - not much was known about fibromyalgia, so it was a learning curve," Carey says. "Initially, I took some mild anti-depressants to help the muscles relax at night. But the condition was so severe that that didn’t really help. I went back to Dr. Guillory and he made me aware of MSG in foods."
MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is a widely used food additive that contains glutamic acid, which has been linked to a variety of health problems, including headache, impaired ability to concentrate, attention deficit disorder (ADD), dizziness, flushing, muscle aches, fatigue, digestive complaints and more. Many people think of MSG in relation to Chinese food, but it is found in most commercially produced soups, salad dressings, seasoning mixes, frozen dinners and processed foods.
"When I started paying attention to that, my symptoms weren’t as severe," Carey says. "But I also have learned that stress and the weather affect the condition as well."
At one point, Carey underwent acupuncture at The Care Group, to help with lower back pain. "That was very helpful," she says. "I don’t have that particular pain anymore."
"I am doing much better than I was 11 years ago," she says.
"My most recent visit with Dr. Guillory provided me with additional health aids that benefit my overall well-being," Carey says, adding that his article and seminar titled "Ten Steps to Better Health" have been particularly helpful.
Jeanne Barr, Denver
Rheumatoid arthritis, food allergy
Jeanne Barr had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for several months when she happened to attend a seminar Dr. Guillory presented regarding inflammation, nutrition and other health topics. Barr, who is a nurse, scheduled an appointment to see Dr. Guillory.
After a discussion with the doctor, Barr underwent testing for food allergies and found that she is allergic to eggs. She eliminated eggs from her diet and soon thereafter began to notice that the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis were subsiding. "I still hurt some," she says, "but I'm feeling much better."
In addition, Barr takes vitamin D drops as well cod liver oil, also at Dr. Guillory's suggestion. "I'm impressed with Dr. Guillory's knowledge and commitment to using something other than standard medicines," Barr says.