Featured Patient Stories

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And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.” -Melody Beattie

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IV Vitamin C During Chemo

Sally B.

“I am an 82-year-old retired nurse with metastatic endometrial and cervical cancer.  I am using intravenous Vitamin C infusions as support during my chemotherapy treatments.

I first became interested in intravenous Vitamin C infusions in the late 70s when Norman Cousins, an American journalist, published “Anatomy of an Illness”.  It described his journey to treat and cure a collagen illness by using large doses of intravenous Vitamin C.

I had further opportunity to study this therapy in the nineties when I was working toward a Ph.D. in Holistic Health.  It was interesting to me how the research seemed to go back and forth, with the Vitamin C infusions being in favor and then not so much.

The help that the infusions give for the side effects of chemotherapy is remarkable.  During two chemotherapy treatments, I have had minimal discomfort and generally feel almost normal.  I have also read “How to Starve Cancer while not starving yourself”, a 2018 publication by Jane McLelland.  Excellent tips on nutrition as well as further documentation of the value of intravenous Vitamin C infusions.  Riordan Clinic is cited three times throughout the book.

Oncologists and naysayers will tell you that the Vitamin C infusions weaken the chemotherapy treatments.  But between my first and second treatments, my hair fell out, my white blood count was less than 2,000, (normal is 5-10,000) and I had a non-itching chemo rash over most of my body.  But, I  experienced little nausea and was comfortable on most days.

My Surgeon/Oncologist first told me not to do the Vitamin C infusions until after my chemotherapy treatments were finished.  I advocated for doing them during the chemotherapy because of a study published by my physician in 2014.  Vitamin C infusions were used as a support during the chemotherapy treatments of patients with ovarian cancer, with the result of decreasing the side effects and increasing the death of the cancer cells.  I was able to get this physician to agree for me to use Vitamin C infusions during chemotherapy.  Many patients are not so lucky and need to use the treatments without permission of their physician and then only if they can find a facility that gives them.

I know my body better than anyone, which is why I strongly advocated for myself and found a facility that provided intravenous Vitamin C infusions.”

Submitted by: Sally Bass Ph.D.

Food is my Medicine: Rx- Real, Whole Foods

Jackie C

As someone who recovered from an autoimmune disease by drastically changing my diet, the words “Food is Medicine” have taken on a new and very important meaning.  I recovered from severe ulcerative colitis by eliminating the foods that I couldn’t digest and allowing my body to heal. This healing and remission came after 18 months of “standard protocol treatment” that did nothing but make my symptoms worse. During this time, I had countless encounters with providers who insisted that food had nothing to do with my digestive disease. With more drugs and surgery being the only options, I decided to try changing my diet, throwing away the drugs, and giving my body a chance to heal naturally. Within a year…

Stomach upset, reflux, embarrassing gas…oh my!

Did you know that approximately 60% of the adult population will experience some type of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a 12 month period and that 20 to 30% will have weekly symptoms? Did you also know that approximately 7 million people in the United States have some symptoms of GERD? GERD is essentially caused by low stomach acid. When you don’t have enough acid in your stomach, it causes the esophageal sphincter to stay open, thus resulting in reflux! Most people, when experiencing these symptoms, reach for their handydandy antacids—however, this only exacerbates the initial problem. One such co-learner was doing this very thing, until they decided to visit Riordan Clinic, in search of a better outcome.

This co-learner visited with a Riordan Clinic doctor and presented symptoms such as reflux, GI burning and stomach upset. They also had a decreased appetite and feeling that they weren’t digesting all their food. They had tried Prilosec, which helped for a little while, but then the symptoms would return. After reviewing the co-learner’s history of symptoms, the doctor ordered a lab to check nutrient levels as well as test samples of their stool. Upon the co-learner’s first follow up appointment, the lab was reviewed with the doctor. It was found that…

Uncovering Infertility Issues as a Team

Nichole K

One of the most defeating things as a man or woman is the continuous letdown, month after month, when trying to conceive a child. When two people’s hearts are set and overflowing with love and desire for a child, the inability to conceive and give that love becomes overbearing and self-defeating.

 

Medical Weight Loss: A Co-Learner’s Journey

Erin. M

I have struggled with my weight since high school. Then with my first pregnancy, I gained a considerable amount more. I’ve asked so many doctors for help, joined countless programs, read numerous books, taken classes, and none provided long-term hope or change because it was all based on willpower and pure grit. ‘Calories in – calories out’ they’d say, (as if it were that simple when my brain/thoughts tripped me up so much). In the past, doctors had suggested I use the drug phentermine to jump start my weight loss, but they didn’t know how to explain it well, and I didn’t feel comfortable taking something that sounded so extreme.

I met with Mike Shaw for the first time in April 2018 at the Riordan Clinic. He took the time to really listen to what I was dealing with, and explain the steps of the program…

A Co-Learner’s Journey with Lyme Disease and Chronic Pain

Norma S.

I may not be running any races or even walking all that well yet, but what I can say for sure is that my digestion is night-​and-​day better, my pain level is down from 7.5 to maybe 2 on a very good day and I don’t get sick from bronchitis like I used to.

Best of all, my latest blood tests are astonishing even to the regular doctors for how good they look, compared to the imbalances and deficiencies of three years ago, before I started at the Riordan Clinic in Wichita, Kansas.

My diagnosis at that time, having just been released from a nursing home after my second broken leg, were: Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and any number of other maladies regarding digestion, chronic pain and a history of breast cancer. Regular doctors could think of nothing to do for Lyme disease and only Avonex injections for MS. The breast cancer was treated with a bilateral mastectomy and has not recurred. The rest of it, as they put it — “at my age”– I should just learn to live with.  Fortunately for me, I have a good caregiver who found the Riordan Clinic on the Internet and another who was willing to drive the 600 miles to help me get there.

So the story of exceptional lab testing, beyond what regular doctors do, and supplementation, over and above what anybody else will prescribe, got its start. Recommended treatments began with…

Journey to Healing: Finding new Life with Lyme Disease

by Michelle B.

“I keep pinching myself… it has been two months since we left Riordan and I STILL feel amazing!” That’s what I said to my husband after coming home from two weeks of intense IV Vitamin C (IVC) and Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI) treatments at the Riordan Clinic in Kansas.

Our journey to healing from Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease (for both my daughter and myself) has taken four years, more than ten doctors, five states, countless blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs, EEGs, EKGs, IVIG, special diets and too many pharmaceutical/herbal treatments to count; none of which permanently cured us…”

Hoyt Lee’s Journey

by Shawna O.

“There’s something ‘BIG’ behind his left eye,” the pediatric ophthalmologist exclaimed.  “We have to get him to hospital now for an MRI!” February 14th, 2012, we were immediately rushed over to the hospital and  within a few hours, a pediatric doctor was trying to explain, “Your son has a very large tumor that is wrapped around his optic nerve, called a Glioma.” There were so many questions and very few answers. We were told only two options, “Either you can do chemo or not.” The depth of my stomach was churning! I later learned that this feeling was my intuition and I have relied on it to guide me throughout Hoyt’s journey…