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Graves Disease is a more rare form of thyroid disease, where the thyroid “goes crazy” causing
bulging eyes, weight loss, anxiety, irritability, rapid heart rate, tremors, and heat sensitivity.  Read on
to learn how 2 women beat Graves Disease with similar root causes, but very different treatment.

Graves disease is considered “autoimmune,” meaning that the immune system is attacking the
thyroid.  It is treated using thyroid blocking drugs, and by either damaging the thyroid with radiation or
cutting the thyroid gland out.  Interesting to me, is that none of these treatments address the immune
system, the agreed upon “root cause” of this disease.  

These two women woke up one day to a shocking new experience.  The first woman woke to her
scariest nightmare.  Her heart was racing, hands were shaking, and her chest was tightening to a
near panic attack.  There was no actual nightmare, but her body was acting as if there were!

The second woman woke to another nightmare…she looked in the mirror and her eyes were bulged
out of her skull.  

Both, over the next few months experienced hair trigger tempers/irritability, insomnia, and weight loss.
Both soon visited their local medical professionals…the first receiving a blood pressure medication to
slow her heart rate, and the other, the drug methimazole, the thyroid blocker.  The first was
recommended thyroid destruction by radioactive iodine…the second, “orbital decompression
surgery,” where the surgeon reaches up through the nostrils and removes one or more bones of the
eye socket to allow the swollen eyes to settle further back into the head.  

Amazingly, both questioned the “wisdom” of these protocols…and called our office.  

When I was 1 year old, I started bruising, severely, from being picked up…any pressure on my skin.  I
was diagnosed with ITP, the platelet (clotting cell) disease.  It is also an autoimmune disease.  I was
given prednisone, with the risk of dwarfism…then removal of the offensive organ, my spleen.  I
recovered fairly well, but was prone to bacterial infections, and had severe cat, dust, pollen, and mold
allergies.  My first doctors jacket was retired with a crusted stripe of snot down both sleeves.  I was
grateful that I had become a chiropractor, because the patient was mainly lying face down so as not to
see the snot running down my face.

This experience was not my preference.  It sent me on a journey of discovery, including functional
medicine, integrated natural medicine, and applied kinesiology.  In the end, I resolved my allergies
(still a weak link, but mostly symptom free), and, in my own search, became an expert at immunology.  
(Naturally, of course)

I had received the perfect training for these precise situations.

When I evaluated these two women, I utilized standard blood test that I perform on new patients.  It is
a full system analysis, including the immune system.  The immune analysis includes different cell
types of the immune defense team.  Neutrophils, Eosinophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, and
Basophils.  Each cell type responds to different stressors or invasions.  If you are invaded with
viruses, your spleen produces more lymphocytes to defend against the attack, and your lab shows
high levels of lymphocytes. Elevated Eosinophils indicates yeast or mold invasions.  Monocytes
indicates environmental chemicals or lymphatic congestion.  Basophils indicates worms, protozoan, or
other parasitic invasions.  And elevated Neutrophils indicates bacterial invasions.  

Both of these women had elevated Neutrophils…the immune cells that respond to bacterial invasions.  
In an autoimmune condition…any autoimmune condition, your first priority is to identify what is
upsetting the immune system.  Both showed bacterial “irritation” that resulted in immune irritability and
attack, and system stress…causing irritability to life and their loved ones.

In case one…the supportive nutrients and plants that removed her bacterial aggravation were the
most traditional…vitamins A and C, Echinacea, astragalus, zinc, and immune glandulars.  In case 2…it
was a more unique plant, called Barberry.  Barberry was used in Ancient Egypt and India, with
references dating back 3000 years, for bacterial dysentery, diarrhea, fevers, urinary tract infection,
and upper respiratory infections (colds).  While Echinacea, astragalus, zinc, etc. are modern research
proven to activate bacterial defenses, Barberry has shown effectiveness with multiple infections over
thousands of years, including yeast, virus and bacteria.  

One difference between Echinacea and Barberry is geographical.  Echinacea is found in northern
climates, and Barberry is found in southern climates.  Patient 1 was born and raised in the
north…patient 2 was born and raised south of the equator.  Get the idea?  We hear the term “local”
now as much as the term “organic.”  Your local (and original) climate and environment produces food
and medicines that are ideal for your health and wellbeing.  Thankfully, just as people now cross the
globe, so do plants and plant medicines.  

Both of these patients responded well to our chosen medicines.  

Even on the blood pressure medicine, patient one’s pulse raced to 163 on her initial visits.  I asked
her to perform the finger to nose test, and her hand vibrated (shook) as if she were on one of those
1970s weight loss machines.   In 30 days, her pulse rate was 110, and she could touch her nose
smoothly once again.  

Amazingly, patient two’s eyeballs were so “deflated,” that her doctors decided the surgery was not
necessary.  (She was on the surgeons schedule to do it…but her pre-op exam showed that she was
back to normal enough to “no longer need” the surgery.)  

Both women felt tremendous improvements in mood, irritability and sleep.  Both women’s thyroid labs
drastically calmed down.  (We don’t do this to fix labs…we do it to fix people, but the labs reflects
internal function, so it is good to get that validation).

I’d say we got to the root!  

Also, both were food sensitive in early testing (wheat and dairy) but both were able to return to those
foods, keeping my statistic for “food allergy cause” at less than 1% (how many of my patient truly had
a food allergy that caused their problem and they couldn’t return to eating it without symptom return)

We removed the source of intestinal inflammation, and then the aggravating foods were no longer

BOTH are stable and healthy at 2-3 years…cases closed!  

As a patient, you must ask…
“WHY do I have these symptoms!?”  
Functional Medicine (FM)
ANSWERS this question…
and provides a clear
step by step process
to discover and resolve
Dr. Stone is a Chiropractic Physician, certified in
Integrated Natural Medicine and Applied Kinesiology, and Functional Diagnostic Medicine.  
He also has over 300 hours of post doctoral education in Functional Neurology.  
This clinic does not treat named conditions,
rather we treat each individual toward health.

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