Whole Body Healthcare — Children’s Mercy Hospital KC

This was me the summer after I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

This was me in 1986, the summer after I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Before I partnered with Children’s Mercy Hospital, I was starting to lose my faith in conventional doctors. You see, a few years ago, the pharmaceuticals I was taking for my autoimmune disease gave me some pretty severe side effects. When I was told (by my doctor) that the only option was to go on stronger drugs, I made the decision to stop taking them altogether.

That next year was extremely rough. First, I had to experience the detoxifying effects that came with discontinuing 30 years of prescription drug use. I also had to learn how to cope with the pain and inflammation the drugs had been suppressing for so long. At one point, I was even forced to walk with a cane. My hips were so inflamed that I was unable to stand up without assistance. Because of the mental stress and anxiety that came with accepting these limitations, I also secretly suffered with depression. (Looking back, I didn’t realize I was in such a dark place until the cloud had lifted.)

This morning, I shared my story with a new friend who also has a passion for promoting a higher-fat, lower-carb diet. During our conversation, she told me how much she suffered as a child and how many doctors were unable to figure out what was wrong with her. Once again, I lamented about how I wished we could have been patients at Children’s Mercy when we were kids. As you learned in my two previous posts on the ketogenic diet and food allergies, Children’s Mercy Hospital is not only committed to empowering the patient and her family. They are committed to empowering our whole community with continued education and research as well. (They also throw really fun fundraisers like Big Slick.)

The doctors at Children’s Mercy understand that it takes a team to heal a child, and that is exactly what they are doing in their Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and at the Division of Allergy/Immunology. Spending time getting to know these doctors (and their teams) has given me a renewed hope in doctors, and the good they are doing. During our interviews, I heard phrases such as “food is their medicine” and “healing therapeutic diet”. As you know, I am a strong believer in the power of having therapeutic blood ketone levels, understand the dangers of food allergies, and love being surrounded by other professionals that believe the same.

Friends, I am so grateful for the things I learned while doing the research for this series of blog posts. This partnership has changed the way I view the traditional medical community in Kansas City.  I hope it has opened your eyes as well. If the unfortunate time comes that one of my children are in need of medical specialists, I can honestly say, that I will be confident in trusting their care to Children’s Mercy.

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