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Digestive Health

I love treating digestive problems! It gives me the greatest satisfaction. That is because I know that when the digestive system is functioning properly, we have the opportunity to heal many other systems as well. I have studied many different forms of alternative medicine. The common denominator amongst all is that "if the digestive system is not working well, nothing else will".


Poor digestion can also affect many parts of a person's life. Patients with IBS or Crohn's disease, for instance, know where every bathroom from home to destination is located. They have to carry backpacks in their car or with them at all times in case they "have to run". It's a miserable existence!


People suffering with heartburn, reflux, diverticulitis and other problems have their own set of adaptations they make to endure from day to day.


When confronted with digestive symptoms, most people assume that drugs are their only option. However, with drugs, such as acid-stopping medications, digestion is compromised. That means that they only benefit marginally from the foods they eat, since digestion is effectively stopped. All the organs and glands which are dependent upon proper nutrition to function well (which is pretty much all of them!), have to settle for miniscule nutritional support. As a result, their function diminishes. But in the world of drugs, that means you just have to take another drug to manage that problem! It can become an endless cycle.


Drugs are not the only option in addressing digestive problems.  There is a lot that can be done to recover proper digestive function without resorting to drugs.  Restoring digestive function is key to restoring health anywhere in the body. That is why I like treating digestive problems so much. I can do much to restore health of other systems when I get a person digesting well!          

Before coming to see Dr. Carling, I had been suffering for 16 years.  I had severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, irritable bladder, poor sleep, thyroid issues and was experiencing irritability and depression.  I couldn’t stand to be touched, even to breastfeed.  My joints ached.  I couldn’t stand up for more than 5 minutes (couldn’t even wash the dishes without pain).  I was experiencing incredible excessive fatigue, “fibro-fog”, short term memory loss, and I had gained weight as a result of the depression medications I was taking.  


The burden on my family was enormous.  My health challenges didn’t allow me to have as many children as I would have liked.  I had to raise my children to deal with how things were on the bad days.  We were in chaos.  There was no predictability.  We couldn’t plan on going anywhere or doing anything because my health challenges might make it impossible.  I was worried my children didn’t understand.  I felt very alone.  I felt such guilt.  I felt like there was such a wall between me and others.  I felt such pressure to pretend that I was not sick.  I felt like those around me were subconsciously screaming at me to “do better”!


I had tried a variety of treatments, including anti-depressants, Guaifenesin treatment, tranquilizers, sleep medications, and exercise.  When I exercised, it knocked me off my feet for the rest of the day.  I simply couldn’t function after exercising.  Nothing was helping, and some of the medications were making my problems worse.


It was my IBS that intensified everything and drove me into Dr. Carling’s office.  I was absolutely scared to death to do acupuncture – but I was desperate.  I was surprised how quickly I responded with the acupuncture – for me it was painless.  After my first acupuncture treatment the constant diarrhea was gone.  The morning after taking Min-Tran for the first time, I woke up feeling refreshed.  I learned that the acupuncture and nutrition were more powerful in combination.


Now, I am able to exercise when I want without sacrificing the rest of my day.  I look forward to sound sleep, and no longer wake up feeling like I was run over by a truck.  I feel alert when I wake in the morning and am able to plan my mornings.  Things are no longer piling up in my life.  I am able to keep up with my household, my work, and then exercise at the end of the day.  I am able to do threefold what I was able to do before.  


Dr. Carling has been a tremendous resource.  She is able to understand the implications of being as sick as I was.  It’s not just compassion.  There is a difference between empathy and sympathy.  She has empathy.  There was no high pressure.  She was so encouraging and supportive.  She knew how I was feeling and understood why I was feeling that way – it took away some of the guilt.  When she says something – she knows it – it’s no guesswork.  She is very accurate because of her dedication to constant learning.  I don’t know any other practitioner who has the well rounded education in both conventional and alternative medicine that Dr. Carling has.  With Dr. Carling’s help I was able to take this big pool of symptoms, identify the source of each and resolve them.  It was like peeling away the layers on an onion.


My advice to other patients is to keep moving forward to resolve your health challenges, a layer at a time.  When you are feeling discouraged, remember how long it’s taken for your health to get where it is, and remember that it takes time to get well.  Re-read the literature and testimonials Dr. Carling provided you with.  They will re-set you and keep you encouraged.  Remember that you are worth it! - Melissa