Here is what some of our patients are saying
Jackie and Doug are not just excellent practitioners of Chinese medicine, they're healers who infuse plenty of humor and compassion into their treatments. They have treated three generations in my family, myself included, and restored hope where there once was despair and nutritional ignorance. I have recommended them often and will continue to do so. They're in a class all their own. AB
"Jackie. Eric remains his sweet self. I am always amazed how he gets people to exhibit so much love for him. Since seeing you over a week ago I and his staff see progress. He appears more in touch with his environment. He has spoken a few complete sentences without even stuttering. He appears to have control over his tics. He waits until he completes his work and then has milder tics. He of course continues to be loud in public. Quiet as a mouse at home and in the car and louder than a lion when he enters a store. I guess he likes being noticed. Health is good thank God. Thank you for all that you have done for him. Thank the Shaman too. I will keep in touch if there are any new developments. With my heartfelt appreciation and love. Geri"
(After renting a summer home, mom found out that little J wouldn't enter two rooms in the house. Even while asleep, she couldn't get him to enter any of those rooms. So I made some suggestions!)
"Hi, I couldn't wait for Thursday, I had to tell you now. You really know you're stuff, we've never doubted you but you keep validating that feeling! I always say, if you told me to tie a cat to my ass for a week and dance under the full moon naked... I'd do it!
So we went to the house on Friday. As usual, J just stood at the door of the downstairs bedroom. He kept making reference to the walls and I assured him there was nothing on the walls. But then I told him to say "go away, leave me alone". He repeated it. I had him say it again and again, even stomping his foot for effect.
So Saturday morning he comes to the bedroom door and asks my mom "can I come in", she says "of course". He entered. He didn't just go in, he climbed on the bed, he explored the bathroom, closet, started pulling out his toys that were in the closet, he got into bed and pretended to nap. From time to time, he walked over to the walls and ran his hands across the walls and said "nothing there" (this is what I've been doing for a few weeks). He acted as though he hasn't been afraid to go in that room for 2 years. It's like nothing happened over all that time. He keeps running in and out, showered in there, I thought it would be a process, maybe a few weeks, I never expected a change overnight."
"He had another great milestone, we invited one of his classmates up to the house for the weekend and you should have seen him. There were times I didn't see any of the ASD behavior at all and he wasn't sharing a lot of information verbally but he could tell his friend what games he wanted to play, he was able to show him the rules of the game, etc. It was amazing to see, I don't usually see him with other kids so this was a real eye-opener. I really feel that he's turned the corner, with this communication program I think we'll close the loop on the all/most of the gaps in his speech. Even now his speech is so much more descriptive. You know about the dry skin, he used to say "mommy it's itchy", now he says "mommy my back is itchy, can you put some cream on my back". Some of his IEP goals are 4-5 word sentences and so often he exceeds that now.
I also took him to a developmental pediatrician just to see how he tested and where he fell on the spectrum and after their testing she said that the CARD scores classified him as normal - borderline but normal. Obviously there are tell-tale signs of the ASD like the eye contact, behaviors, etc but he had so many strengths vs. challenges that it pushed over that line. I told her we see you and she said was really impressed, she seems to be a fan of alternative medicine and was excited by the progress he's made. She reviewed all of his progress reports from the initial evaluation to his CPSE aging out report and she found his progress exceptional. She normally does annual reviews but she's so impressed with the progress that she wants to track him twice a year - especially after starting this communication program. She feels very strongly that he will "outgrow" the diagnosis and that in 2 years this will be something we talk about in the past-tense. We have so much to be grateful for.
Did I ever tell you about his SEIT's comment after we started acupuncture? She knew I felt very strongly about not medicating J in any way not even Tylenol if I could help it. She always had problems getting him to sit and listen to a book or follow along on a task, he came to see you and had about 2 or 3 app-ts with you and she called me asked what we had done to him. She asked if we had decided to medicate him and when I told her that he started acupuncture and that he was just drinking the tea she was amazed. Her comment was that no-one was going to believe her progress report was accurate because the change in him had been so significant in such a short period of time. Clearly, I'm a huge fan. (If you want to, you can use that on your website as well :)
By the way, I signed him up for Tae-Kwon Do! The center I found actually has several children that are classified as high-functioning ASD, ADHD, more severe ASD and they do amazing things with those children to really increase focus, attention to detail, behavior modification, etc. He just did a trial lesson but they had him break a board and scream "hi-ya" and he LOVED it! I also have him signed up for gymnastics to get all the jumping filtered in a positive way. He's come so far, there are times I'm just in awe of him.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! You are so remarkable. I know you have to be selective because of how draining it is on your spirit, but thank you for choosing us. My little J's life is so much better with you in it... so is mine :)"