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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Nicole

“Our daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when she was three-years-old. She had inflammation in both knees which caused her to limp, so she was given steroid injections in both knees. Seven months later, at a regular check up, her rheumatologist found possible inflammatory symptoms in 3 joints, so she highly recommended we start her on a drug called Methotrexate (also used as a chemo drug). We were not comfortable with that, so we started looking into alternative options. This is when we chose to meet with Dr. Watkins.

After completing a stool sample lab testing for diagnosis, Dr. Watkins has guided us with diet changes and natural supplements for our daughter. This is allowing her body to heal itself, and we believe these changes have made a tremendous difference! We met with a new rheumatologist, and he did not see any symptoms of inflammation in her joints that needed treatment! We are very thankful Dr. Watkins is dedicated to finding the source of our daughter’s symptoms rather than just covering them up.”

 

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Kim

“Prior to starting care with Dr. Zac, traditional medicine and high cost pharmaceuticals had failed to stop the progression of my multiple sclerosis. Even though I had experienced tremendous benefits from chiropractic care and changing the way I eat, drink, think and live, deep down, I knew something wasn’t quite right.

I believe Dr. Zac with his personalized approach to functional medicine was the missing puzzle piece on my road healing. I almost immediately noticed increased energy, improved digestion, elevated mood, and a renewed sense of hope knowing that armed with the knowledge I have now, I will be able to provide my body with the ability to continue to do what it does best, heal itself.”

 

GI/Digestive Issues

GI/Digestive Issues

Kevin K

“Our son had stomach issues diagnosed by a GI doctor as generic “gastritis”. Multiple prescriptions of various types were no help. Extended labs for diagnosis, specific diet, and supplement plans from Dr Watkins have made a huge difference. This is such a contrast that it has begun to make us more skeptical of traditional medicine. They seemed to be trying to bandaid the problem (to the tune of $thousands in colonoscopy, endoscopy, dr visits, and prescriptions) instead of finding it’s source.”

 

Hormones

Hormones

Amy

“When I first had my hormones tested I wasn’t so sure that they really were the problem! My mood and energy level were both down. I was under a lot of stress and felt tired and hopeless a lot of the time but I had little understanding of how harmful that is to my body. I didn’t understand the connection between my hormones and what I had been feeling. I just felt all these dark little clouds over my head were a part of life that I had to learn to deal with.

After some specific testing, I started taking the recommended nutritional supplements from Dr. Watkins. I didn’t feel an immediate change, but one day I had an “aha!” moment when I realized that I was feeling good! Really good! It was like I just felt on top of the world and in control of myself again! It had been a long time since I’d been able to say that! I feel I have been put on a more even keel. My attitude has improved, and I have a better outlook. And bonus: my cystic acne, which I had been fighting for over 2 years, simply went away!

I’m also eating healthier foods, spending time purposefully relaxing, and I’ve learned to deal with stress differently. I feel like I had been in a dark cave for years, and with the help of Dr. Watkins’ recommendations, I’ve emerged!”

 

Infertility

Infertility

Ashley

“I was ready for a fresh look at my infertility after losing all faith in other medical professionals that were satisfied that I was perfectly healthy.

After our first few meetings I felt hope that finally someone was really going to shine a light on my issues and give me guidance. After looking at my lab work and finding a handful of things that could use serious improvement, we got to work. He gave me suggestions on ways I needed to change my diet and started me on a supplement plan. It was a lot to adjust to at first but it was so worth it!

I now have a beautiful three year old and another little one on the way. I know that Dr. Zac gave me (my body) the boost I needed to have a healthy and successful first pregnancy and now a second. I am so grateful for his willingness to look deeper and to see me as a person and not just another patient.”

 

A Struggling Infant

A Struggling Infant

Katie Prochnow

“We too love, love, love Dr. Zac and are so grateful to have been referred to him by a client of mine. Our daughter was on a very serious and scary downward spiral in health exhausting every medical test the “experts” at Mayo could come up with…resulting only with a more sick baby. 11 months old and weighing a mere 12lbs we went and met Dr. Zac and for the first time in 10 months had hope!!!! Within days we saw significant progress and by her first birthday she gained 4lbs!!!! Turning 3 next month she is still our little “medical mystery” but THRIVING and exceeding her age on many levels!! No doubt in my mind Dr. Zac saved her life!! THANK YOU!!!!”

 

The Gift of Good Guidance

The Gift of Good Guidance

Belinda Block

“Since meeting Dr. Zac, the brain fog, moodiness, energy crashes, and joint pain that had crept into my life have diminished. His teaching on foods and supplement timing are thorough and he has charted a path for me that extends into the foods I chose while traveling and the seeds I’ve purchased for my garden.”

 

Positive investment in my current and future health

Positive investment in my current and future health

Lora Rogers

“Everything I have learned and followed since being under Dr. Zac’s direction has made perfect sense and feels right to my mind and body. I consider all the changes positive and a worthy investment of my future health.”

 

Very thorough physician

Very thorough physician

Shannon Younger

“My husband and I have been working with Dr. Zac for a year and a half. We feel markedly better and understand more of what affects our bodies – both positively and negatively. We were able to define a great plan of action that we have already benefitted from and are on a good track to continue feeling good and health.”

 

Review of recent 30 min consult

Review of recent 30 min consult

Michelle G

“After our third miscarriage, we were discouraged to say the least. Between the medicine, self-administered hormone shots, and almost daily doctor visits, I was sick and tired as well.

We had been in the care of multiple doctors and specialists and none of them were concerned about the cause of the miscarriages. One doctor even said, “We just need to keep getting you pregnant and one of them will eventually stick.”

Things were much different when we began working with Dr. Zac. Through different and specific testing, he recommended changes to my diet and a targeted supplement plan. I started feeling better within weeks, in a few months was pregnant, and then had a healthy baby boy!

Today, I feel better, am sleeping better and have more energy to keep up with that two and a half year old!”

 

Only Medical advice I trust

Only Medical advice I trust

Cheryl Wiedenfeld

“I was referred to Dr Zac by another DC that was treating me long distance who wanted me to physically see someone. An AMAS test came back positive and I loved how aggressive Dr Zac was with his treatment. In only two short months, I was cancer free! Now, my husband and I are seeing Dr Zac to lose weight. After the needed tests, we are detoxing and correcting hormone imbalances as well as adding needed supplemental nutrients. Dr Zac truely cares for his patients completely!”

 

With Gratefulness to God for Dr. Zac

With Gratefulness to God for Dr. Zac

Sarah S

“I started seeing Dr. Zac in 6/10 after being diagnosed with a thyroid bruit and being told that medicine did not have anything to offer me. I had frequent palpitations and other symptoms at that time. Hashimoto’s is a very complex disease and I was a complex case for Dr. Zac to peel back the layers. He discovered some of the root causes of my out of control immune system, including several parasites, and helped me learn an entirely new way of eating. I am so thankful to God for you Dr. Zac.”

 

An Answer and Hope for Our Three-Year-Old

An Answer and Hope for Our Three-Year-Old

Merridan M

“My little girl has struggled with GI issues, reflux, low weight/losing weight, tummy aches, fatigue, irritability/behavior problems, no appetite and low iron since she was an infant. When I found Dr. Zac and was diagnosed myself with an H Pylori infection, I knew that was what my little girl had been fighting for so long. She has since been diagnosed by Dr. Zac with H Pylori and we are beginning treatment to eradicate it. He has given us such great hope after years of pain and struggles.”

 

Infertility

Infertility

Sara J

“My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for years. We went to the doctor and had lots of tests. I started seeing the fertility doctor here in town and he diagnosed me with polycystic ovaries. I underwent weeks of treatments, shots, and tests. We did get pregnant and had our first child.

A couple of years later we wanted a second child. I went through the treatment again but it didn’t work. My hormones were worse than they were before, and my body was not responding to the drugs.

I contacted Dr. Zac and told him my situation and asked him if he could help me get my body back in line…help my body with fertility health. He had some ideas (none of which included injections in my leg, or filling my body with chemicals), and was going to help allow my body to get back on track and function like it was designed too.

He had a great way to explain what was happening with my body and my hormones. I was told that because of my diet, my reproductive tract was not functioning well. He changed my diet, recommended specific testing and supplementation, and helped my body to function better.

The way he explained things made me understand that my body is made to reset itself. I don’t need chemicals and I don’t need drugs.

After a couple of weeks, I was pregnant. The program made my body healthier and got it to be where it needed to conceive. We now have our second child, a healthy boy.

There are some women who want to go to the OBGYN or the fertility doctor. For some women a holistic doctor is not ‘real’ medicine and I had people tell me that he was just messing with my mind. But after talking with Dr. Zac and understanding exactly what he would be doing and why, I trusted him. I work in the medical field so I have an understanding of what was happening. He helped me link my food choices to the reasons that my body wasn’t functioning the way that it should be.

I was a little bit reserved when I first started the program. “What if it doesn’t work? Am I going to screw up my body completely?” But I trusted Dr. Zac. He was educated, knew what he was doing and explained everything. He had a way to reset my system that had worked for others and I knew it was the best choice for me.

The expectations he had of me were high including following his recommendations and plan…it wasn’t difficult and I understand not everybody will have the same results.

Dr. Zac has a different approach to infertility… a different approach to medicine. Some women aren’t ready to go down that road.

In the end, I had great results. Dr. Zac was KIND, he didn’t rush me out the door. He listened to what was happening with me and with my body.”

 

Acne

Acne

Cathy

“I began having acne when I was a teenager, but I never grew out of it. As an adult, I was continually chasing every would-be cure for acne. My esthetician suggested I see Dr. Watkins to evaluate the possibility of my acne being a symptom of a greater problem. My esthetician said she had witnessed a number of people gain lasting improvement in their skin through Dr. Watkins’ functional medicine approach.I consulted with him and within the first month, my skin was greatly improved and I lost seven pounds. I was so pleased that I continued on his diet and nutritional medicine recommendations and realized 23 pounds of weight loss, improved sleep, and my energy level has increased.”

 

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

Betty

“For many years, I suffered from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Watkins explained to me how these were not really three separate conditions, but rather were connected. He explained to me what foods I should avoid and prescribed me a number of supplemental support to help heal my digestive tract, restore my energy and reverse my fibromyalgia.”

 

Drug Free

Drug Free

Emily

“I made an appointment and met with Dr. Zachary Watkins from The Livewell Clinic. He spent quality time with me learning about me, my family history, understanding my concerns, and really listened to what I wanted to do about my health.Dr. Watkins discussed his functional medicine approach and what that meant to me. Months later I went back to my medical doctor and asked if I still needed the drugs. She agreed they were no longer necessary, but could not explain why!”

 

Results on Paper

Results on Paper

Kari

“Dr. Watkins made this whole process easier! He took the time to explain the results of my blood work and what that meant in real world terms. He gave me clear instructions to implement changes and we measured those over time. It was important for me to see the results of my dietary changes not only in feeling dramatically better-but the blood results and levels demonstrated that as well. It was extra validation for making the right choice with Livewell!”