I’m not exaggerating when I say that Brad gave me my life back. When I came to Brad in Jan 2003, I was in desperate straits. My intense food allergies and the resulting intestinal and abdominal issues were devastating my life. I had had many conventional western tests (colonoscopy, endoscopy, RAST bloodwork allergy testing), had tried elimination diets, rotation diets and various supplements, and nothing seemed to work. I could only eat about ten foods without being completely incapacitated, I was spending hours in the bathroom, had lost a lot of weight, and felt half dead. My health concerns were affecting my quality of life, and I couldn’t enjoy even the simple pleasures of life. I was exhausted and cranky and depressed and without hope.
I turned to acupuncture because I had nothing left to lose. Brad was attentive and thorough during the initial exam. Within three treatments, I noticed an easing in my symptoms; within five treatments, I was able to eat a few things that I hadn’t been able to eat in a long time. It was so wonderful that I would call up family members weekly and announce what I was able to eat again! I was astounded at the change, as were they. My Dad, who is a physician, was deeply skeptical at first, but the results of acupuncture treatment were undeniable. I could eat!!!!
Brad’s magic, as I began to call it, was in more than the needles. Brad raised some very basic and profound questions about my life and the choices I was making. It wasn’t the food that was killing me; it was my body’s reaction to it, and in a larger sense, my reaction to life. The doctors that I had seen, while competent, had never asked me to think about larger issues of my way of being in the world. For example, I was changing careers and I hated the direction I was going in. Brad helped me see new possibilities. Our talks opened up the way to a path that balances me, my family and my career in a much more fulfilling and peaceful way. The “magic,” it turns out, is the combination of the Brad’s needles, Brad’s presence and my willingness to open up to new possibilities and consider new ways of being in the world.
I have recommended Brad to many of my friends. Brad’s practice of acupuncture, on the body level, has freed me from food allergies. On the mind and spirit level, Brad has walked with me as I tried new possibilities and brought my body, mind and spirit to health. There is no greater gift. -Lisa