Crying at TV Shows.
When I came to see Dr. Jacqui I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I had thought something was not working right with my thyroid medication. I had been on it for 20 years, and I went to see my doctor who said everything looked good, but I didn’t feel good. Dr. Jacqui had told me that in fact there were 22 ways the thyroid could be affected and that perhaps she could help me look into things from a different perspective – something called functional medicine.
Dr. Jacqui’s health questionnaire has lots of questions, and she explains, that even though you may not think some of the questions are relevant, they could help point her in a different direction. I mentioned to her that some of the questions seemed very personal, especially about sexual health. I hadn’t thought of it, but I had been experiencing a lot of the things mentioned on the list. Including crying and becoming emotional easily. We decided to look into hormone function before pursuing more thyroid tests.
My progesterone numbers were off the scale by 1000’s. Dr. Slavin called the lab and asked them to re-run the test. They told her they had already rerun the sample 3 times before sending it to her, as they couldn’t believe a man could have such high progesterone! Was there a tumor?
There was no tumor! We determined that my wonderful wife and I, high school sweethearts, had always fallen asleep together holding hands. About a year ago, my wife had started using a progesterone cream on parts of her body at night. She had not been washing her hands after putting on the cream. By holding hands each night, the progesterone cream was slowly but steadily being transferred to me and affecting my hormones, my mood and my sexual function! It was like an episode of House MD!
Thank you Dr. Jacqui, no more crying at TV Shows
John H – Avon, CO
Dear Dr. Jacqui
Thank you for giving us our son back!
During high school our son was the Track star. He trained hard, worked hard and was a happy teenager. During his first year at college things changed dramatically! After improving his performance on the Track even as a freshman, and being in line to go to Nationals, all of a sudden things changed.
First, he could not perform the times he had previously performed at college, then he couldn’t even perform at the times he had during high school.
He was tired all the time, kept getting sick, and could not recover from trainings and workouts.
He was not sleeping at night. He could not eat – this was our son who could eat two servings of dinner at home and then go out for a pizza. He would have a few bites of food with us at a restaurant, and push his food aside. He became more and more withdrawn and would call me crying wondering what was going on.
The coaches and athletic trainers told him to take some time off from racing, and then from training with the team. But even that didn’t help. The next race was even worse, my son collapsed at the finish. His heart was pounding out of his chest, his vision was changing and his head was pounding. Several more weeks of rest and not training with the team did not improve his condition and his depression became severe.
When he came home he locked himself in his room, took down all his previous medals (and broke them into small pieces) and tore up all the articles and awards he had received. He hid them all in his room until trash day – he didn’t want us to find them.
When I found them – he started crying uncontrollably that he was “washed up”…. that “things would never get better”, and that “he couldn’t go on like this”!
After the detailed consultation with you, investigating his nutrition, his training, his recovery, his sleep, his stress, his history at home and in high school compared to being at college, you helped us identify all the places where things were different and contributing to him not being able to recover.
Your targeted testing – as you expected – revealed genetic variability, that compounded with his deficiencies were affecting his performance, his mood, and his physiology.
Your clear explanation (and helpful diagrams) of how the things he was doing – food, sleep, stress, roommate situation, training, recovery, etc – were affecting his digestion, his “fight or flight” response, his heart rate, his muscle pain, his blood pressure, it all made sense.
Your simple instructions of how and why we want to balance his blood sugar, provide him with sufficient fuel and food for recovery, what types of foods were critical for him. Supplements that could help in the short term with the symptoms, and then also the right things to recover from the over-training, and how to avoid it in the future.
He is back at school, he is training again, feeling better mentally and physically! He is happy when he calls home and not crying all the time!
You have given us our son back!
You helped us in so many ways!!!
Our whole family thinks about food in such a different way.
Thank you for everything.
Holly S. – Eagle, CO
I have never had someone listen to me so closely, and write down word for word so quickly what I said, and then relay it back to me in a way that incorporates all my symptoms and makes sense of things that I would never have put together.
Thank you Dr. Jacqui for listening to me and taking 8 pages of notes. I really felt listened to and cared for in a way I have never felt in my life before.
Jeff D – Avon, CO
Dear Dr. Jacqui
Thank you for clearing up my itchy, red, painful diaper rash (at age 45), and the big blotchy itch rash on my abdomen, hair line and face! Many years ago my son came to see you – he has Celiac Disease. You told us about new research in the field of gluten intolerance and sensitivity, and helped us design a better eating plan for him. He got so much better, so much healthier and is almost like a new person.
This year, I came to see you after 3 visits to Urgent Care for skin rashes, break outs, hives and “diaper rash” that would not go away. Even with antibiotics, anti-fungal medication, topical and oral steroids – NOTHING was getting better! The antibiotics gave me a yeast infection and upset my stomach, and then I had diarrhea as well! Oh and not to forget joint pain!
Your understanding of the new information about Celiac Disease, Autoimmune Disease, cross reactivity, inflammation and how to calm things down helped me in days, where nothing had helped over 3 months. You helped me to figure out what foods were causing my reactions, you helped me to eat a more balanced diet, you gave me ideas of healthy foods and recipes and even showed me the labels of things to buy and what to avoid!
Sharing your personal experience with me also helped me to know that you understood where I was coming from and that you could sympathize with me. You made things simple in your explanations and I appreciate that you told me where there was “wiggle room” and where I needed to be extra careful.
I have so much more energy. I’m excited about foods I can eat. My pain is much better, and my knee doesn’t have the weird swelling anymore. Oh – and my boyfriend tells me how beautiful my skin is!
Thank you Dr. Jacqui
Stacey A. – Broomfield, CO
A miracle baby!
I had 3 rounds of IVF treatments and 5 miscarriages. I had given up on having kids and two of my relationships had ended due to the stress. The hormone treatments left me unable to lose weight regardless of how little I ate and how much I worked out. At 40 years old I came to see Dr. Jacqui for weight-loss and health issues. Dr. Jacqui was the only one who really listened to me, and taught me to eat and take care of my body in a way I had never heard of – not just “eat less and exercise more”. I was finally able to lose weight that wouldn’t budge for years, and I wasn’t hungry. Through some testing we found out that I have some genetic variations and issues with my red blood cells. We addressed them with lifestyle and nutrition. Feeling better about my new body and health, I started dating again. Not expecting that at my age of 42, and all the difficulties I had with pregnancy, I become pregnant without any interventions, and delivered a healthy full term daughter! She is 7 years old now and I only trust Dr. Jacqui with mine and my family’s health. I have referred many friends to Dr. Jacqui and she has helped them all.
Claudia – Denver, CO
I feel amazing!! I cannot believe that the simple things you told me to do – NO ONE has ever told me! I feel better in less than a month! The swelling in my legs and feet that have been so painful for over a year, and just kept getting worse improved within a week! My clothes fit better, my rings fit again, I can wear shoes that I haven’t been able to wear in over a year. My hot flashes, and pain are gone – I cannot believe it! And you made it so simple! Thank you so much for your kindness and your patience, and helping me to understand things in such a simple way. I so appreciate that you care about me and my understanding and that you follow up, even on simple things. I am so happy! I never thought this was possible, and you didn’t try to sell me a million supplements – that is almost unheard of in this day! I wish they taught us in school how to take care of our body like you teach us.
Thank you Dr. Jacqui – my husband and my kids are grateful.
Daisy B – Denver, CO
You will never compete again….
I suffered severe muscle damage and extreme swelling in my legs from over-training for endurance events and training academy.
I had several surgeries on my legs and was told I would probably never recover to full capacity and likely would need to find a new career and forget about endurance sports! But both of these are my life!
I was referred to Dr. Jacqui by another practitioner who had said – don’t give up hope until you talk to Dr. Jacqui – she can figure things out! He was right! She painstakingly investigated everything that had happened to me. She reviewed the doctors’ notes, all the labs and x-rays and MRIs. We did a few different types of tests to assess different functioning of my body and figured out what was missing and how to get my body to heal.
Dr. Jacqui was very patient, and explained that although it would likely be difficult for me to be patient, that slow-and-steady wins the race, and that I needed to let my body have the time to heal.
I am back at work and doing endurance events – I am so grateful!
Joe – Edwards, CO
Wearing Depends to dinner dates!
I had been experiencing uncontrollable explosive diarrhea for 2 years. I had gone to every specialist I could think of in Denver. No-one could help me.
For many months I didn’t leave my home. I wanted to get my life back!
I started wearing Depends to help me leave the house for just a short time. Sometimes things were good, sometimes not so good.
One night I decided to go on a date.
I had such a huge explosion at the table, I was mortified – I ran to bathroom beyond embarrassed!
I texted my date and told her to take the car home or call an uber, but that I would not be able to come out of the bathroom until the restaurant closed.
With testing, Dr. Jacqui determined that I had contracted a virulent infection during one of my hospital stays, which is when the diarrhea started, and that it was resistant to the different antibiotics the various doctors had tried with me. Dr. Jacqui tested the sensitivity of the infection to natural antibacterials and antimicrobials and helped me to get my stomach and intestines back in better balance. The explosive diarrhea was gone within a month!
I still take a maintenance dose of some of the products as I never want to have that happen again.
Dear Dr. Slavin,
I feel great. My seasonal allergies are minimal and hemorrhoids haven’t bothered me this summer. I haven’t had any moody days where I feel unmotivated which I used to blame on PMS, but I think it was just bad food days. I never have those days where I feel gross and “fat” anymore. I have found it easier to be motivated to workout. I’m not fighting that catch-22 of “I’m too tired to workout, but I know I would have more energy if I did”. I did great reducing my sugar (fruit) intake, even through berry & peach season. I refrained from buying peaches in bulk at Costco…they are missed, but I am better for it. Now that it is fall I would just like to reiterate that my seasonal allergies, which are usually the worst in fall, have been mostly nonexistent! Last year I was popping any pill, many times a day, way over recommended doses and it didn’t work at all. I was unable to sleep due to my sinuses. Last fall I missed work because of sleepless nights and congested days. This year I haven’t taken ANY meds! None! I get a little snotty & sneezy, but then again I work landscaping.
Thanks for helping me sort out my issues, it’s been life changing.
I hope all is well with you. Thanks again.
Jessie – Vail, CO