by Amy Heffernan, DC
I’m a second-generation chiropractor. I grew up with the certainty that chiropractic works for anything. I sailed through chiropractic college, buoyed by the certainty that I’d have a great career healing people, and that life would be fun.
In my practice, we did chiropractic adjustments almost exclusively. Nutrition was an afterthought. We sold some protein powder, multi-vitamins, fish oil, B vitamins. We operated on the medical model of, “We’ll just throw this product at the symptom and see if it works.”
It’s difficult to pinpoint when the fun screeched to a halt. I was having wins, but the losses started to weigh on me.
My sister, like me, grew up in chiropractic and had never been a medical patient. She was the primary breadwinner for her family, and she had an infant. She started to have severe digestive problems; she was cramping and unable to eat a lot of things. She’d be up in the night, on the bathroom floor, crying. No relief from chiropractic, holistic practitioners, or medical doctors. It was very devastating to her family, and rapidly getting worse.
An allergist told her she was allergic to her own digestive juices. That was the last straw. Her response was, “I should just die right now.” Around that time, my dad, a chiropractor on the Life University’s board of directors, was asked by the board to meet with another chiropractor from our state.
Serendipitously, the practitioner was one of Dr. Ulan’s advanced clinical graduates. He explained Nutrition Response Testing and all the results he had been getting. My dad said, “My daughter has this problem and maybe we should send her to you.” So we did. The doctor found that her episiotomy scar was the problem.
It sounded like voodoo to me, but he had her working on her scar with cold laser and doing different topical things. Within two or three weeks, her symptoms were 80% gone. She told me, “I don’t know what this is, but it’s pretty cool.” And she recovered.
That clinical expert became our magic worker. All of our tough cases were referred to his practice, and they were all getting better. We realized we’d better learn something about this Nutrition Response Testing thing. My sister and I both flew down to Florida in 2011 for Basic and Intermediate seminars, and I went on to do the Advanced Clinical Training.
My practice has changed pretty significantly. After ten years in practice, I feel much happier going to work each day because I am consistently bringing about the miracles we heard about in school.
For example, a patient came in whose back and knees were hurting; her body was aching all over. Adjustments wouldn’t hold. We checked her nutritionally, got her on a very simple program, and within two weeks the pain went away. Occasionally she gets a little sore from lifting her grandkids all weekend. A quick adjustment takes care of that, and it holds for months.
Another patient, who came in to handle her back problem, was scheduled to go on kidney dialysis. They had told her the kidneys were all but shut down. I said, “Let’s just try Nutrition Response Testing and see if we can get these kidneys working.”
I tested her and found out what her condition was. The kidneys weren’t even her priority organ. We took care of what presented itself. After six weeks on the program, she went back for her follow-up with the urologist. She was told, “Your kidneys are functioning again. You don’t have to go on dialysis.”
Low back pain and kidneys go hand-in-hand, but in my previous practice I would have been powerless to resolve it. And that’s a real morale killer!
Now I love what I am doing again. For the last year or so, everybody says, “What’s different? You look great!”
I’m happy with myself. And that’s just about the biggest win you can get.