It is difficult to find words to express how much Madeline Permutt means to me and my family. I feel so incredibly lucky that our lives crossed paths seven years ago. At that time I had walked into my first holistic center and heard about a holistic doctor who could help with my immune system.
Suffering from extreme fatigue, symmetrical joint pain and dryness for several months after giving birth to my son, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (Sjogren’s). The rheumatologist explained I would gradually get worse and that I would need harsh drugs daily to keep it in check. (These drugs were new on the market, were not safe for childbearing women and months later were taken off the shelves due to causing heart complications.)
I was always curious about food allergies and the affect they have on our health. At this time I figured I had nothing to lose. I might seek an alternative/holistic view in treating this autoimmune disease. The picture painted by the rheumatologist was depressing and bleak for a young mother of 27.
My first appointment with Dr Permutt lasted over two hours and ended with me crying. Not with tears of fear, but with tears of hope. She spent an enormous amount of time analyzing my symptoms and health history. These symptoms were communicating to her the deficiencies within my body, which explained why I was behaving this way. I had never met a doctor who spent so much time studying a patient’s symptoms and what they meant. Most other doctors simply hear one of your symptoms and then prescribe the newest pharmaceutical drug that “treats” it. Apparently, all these symptoms are the body’s way of telling us that there is a problem. It may start small, but over time it can manifest into a serious illness or disease. She was about to unlock the story and find out how my body got to this point.
I began allergy elimination treatments immediately. After the 6th treatment I remember waking up and feeling like the cloud had lifted. I did not feel the heavy fatigue and my knees, wrists and fingers suddenly didn’t hurt. I continued for approximately 15 treatments. I went back to my rheumatologist for another blood test months later. My ANA levels and antibodies were now normal! The doctors couldn’t explain it and had little time to hear what I had been doing to feel better. I remember them telling me, “Exercise and diet will not make any difference in how you feel with Sjogren’s.” Well, how wrong they were! But it wasn’t just that. The treatments somehow reversed my allergies so my body was able to absorb the essential vitamins and minerals that I was so deficient in. And this is why my body had become so sick.
Seven years later I’m still clear of Sjogren’s. I’m active, energetic, athletic, working full-time, a wife and mother of two healthy boys. Not only has this warm, caring soul saved my life, she’s also opened my eyes to an entirely different way of thinking about health, food and medicine.
My boys received a delayed vaccination schedule. We avoid antibiotics unless absolutely needed. We try to eat as many organic, whole foods as possible. I buy little processed food. We all take whole food supplements and oils. I am able to share my knowledge with others. Dr Permutt has also treated several family members and friends. I am so grateful for Dr Permutt for not only improving my own immune system, but for teaching me a very different way to look at health and medicine.