By Yelena Sukhoterina
When Dr. Mark Hyman first saw Isabel, ten years old at the time, she had a severe case of an autoimmune disease, classified as a mixed connective tissue disease. The MCTD diagnosis includes rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and other similar diseases with extremely debilitating side effects that can drastically reduce the quality of life. The disease is deemed to be incurable.
As shown in the picture above, the disease affected her whole body from top to bottom: blood vessels, white and red blood cells, liver, and muscles. Her skin was inflamed, and face and joints swollen. Isabel came to him on steroids, aspirin, and acid blockers, and was chronically “tired and miserable,” writes the doctor in the Huffington Post.
And just like with the case of pop singer Selena Gomez’s lupus treatment, Isabel was recommended to take a chemotherapy drug to suppress the activity of her immune system daily.
None of the medications were making her any better, and her former doctors wanted to put her on a TNF-alpha blocker – an immune suppressant that while may reduce some symptoms, adds a great risk of cancer and death from the infection.
Refusing to accept that as her fate, she was brought to Dr. Hyman and less than a year later, she was symptom-free, her blood tests were normal, and she was off all her medications.
What Dr. Hyman did was simple, yet remains a mystery to most modern MDs trained in medical schools through curriculum heavily slanted toward the pharmaceutical industry. Instead of covering up the symptoms with drugs, Dr. Hyman found the underlying causes of her condition – inflammation in her body.
Isabel had to adjust her diet – avoid gluten, dairy and sugar, and take a few supplements to cleanse the body and help it heal itself (a multivitamin, vitamins D, B12, and folate, fish oil, anti-inflammatory evening primrose oil, an anti-fungal, a probiotic, and a mercury chelating agent).
Very soon she was once again “completely healthy,” writes the doctor in a 2015 blog post, sharing Isabel’s story with his audience.
“I can ride my horse again, I’m off all these stupid medications, and…I feel great!” a beaming Isabel exclaims in the short video below from 2010: