Successes - Multiple Sclerosis
Definition: Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system causing life-threatening difficulties such as loss of muscle coordination and control, leading to paralysis and death.
On April 1, 1997, I received a crushing, life changing diagnosis: Multiple Sclerosis. The onset of this MS attack threatened to end my high energy, demanding career as a Sign Language Interpreter. I lost my ability to Sign, a blow that was particularly devastating. The neurologist immediately prescribed Prednisone, a steroid, and told me that increasing doses of steroids would be the course of treatment for weeks to come. Thankfully, a friend recommended that I see Dr. Anita Pepi to pursue another form of treatment.
On April 7, 1997, I met Dr. Pepi and presented her with the following list of devastating symptoms:
- Loss of strength, balance and control in my legs; I walked using a cane.
- Tight, constricted abdominal sensation or a “band of tightness” about the ribcage region.
- Loss of handwriting, typing and other fine motor control of the fingers and hands.
- Severe decrease in mental ability, alertness, and short-term memory: forgetting everyday tasks; dialing a phone, voice mail code, bank account numbers, and conversations with friends.
- Sensation of slight loss of bladder control.
- Sleeplessness and resulting fatigue.
- Loss of appetite and stamina.
- Numbness, tingling, swelling of hands and feet.
- General weakness of entire right side, especially arm.
- Inability to stand, to shower, cook and otherwise function.
I am now thrilled to report that the vast majority of that horrible list of symptoms is completely gone. I am back to a 10 – 15 hours per week work schedule. Every day my arms, legs, hands, feet, vision, appetite, sleep and stamina are returning to normal. I consider my list of symptoms to be 65 – 70% back to normal and climbing – all without the dangers of steroids. The following are 100% restored:
- My ability to do sign language, saving my career.
- Handwriting and typing.
- Facial/scalp sensation.
- Every day mental functioning.
- Bladder control.
Dr Pepi is guiding me away from a life of disability to physical and emotional triumph! I can never stop saying thank you to her or my friend that recommended her.
After my first visit to Dr. Pepi, my energy is 25% better. The numbness in my left leg is 100% gone. The tingling in my left leg is 20% less. The swelling in my left leg is 40% less. My sleeping is 25% better. These are excellent results, that one year of other doctors’ visits/advice hasn’t produced! What I love about this is Dr. Pepi is in good communication with me and treating my body exactly how it needs to be treated. This is producing changes which are allowing me to concentrate better and produce on my job much easier without having to be constantly worried about my health. I have more attention to put on other things, which is a great feeling! Thank you very much! J.M.
When I went into Dr. Pepi’s office, I could hardly see and barely read. I have Multiple Sclerosis and my eyes kept blurring in and out. Dr. Pepi is a genius! Now I can see much better. It’s a miracle! J.W.
I've been on Dr. Pepi's program for about 5 months to help handle a diagnosis of MS that I got a few months prior. Since seeing her and being on the program, I've had unreal changes physically. The constant numbness and twitching in my legs and arms was something I was told by my neurologist would get worse with time. It is now 75% gone, and rarely a situation. I went last week for a new MRI and other nerve tests and the MRI showed very few lesions on my brain. The nerve test I got came out 100% negative, ie no nerve damage! This, compared to being bed-ridden for 2 weeks this time, last year--something that only medical drugs could "handle"!
This program has definitely saved me from an unbearable experience. Thanks to Dr. Pepi and my family for finding the program for me to do. J.W.M.
I am about to turn 40 years old. At the end of August my doctor told me that I had MS and that I should go see a specialist. Beside the 7-8 brain lesions that my MRI confirmed, my blood work came back that my pituitary gland and thyroid levels were too low and that I would need to be medicated. I also was experiencing a multitude of symptoms. Including, major fatigue, inability to sleep, numbing of the left side of my face and left arm, my heart was having double heartbeats daily, I would lay on the ground numerous times a day because I could no longer sit up because the fatigue or dizziness would overwhelm me, I was losing my short term as well as long term memory and was having a very hard time just thinking and making decisions, I was experiencing horrific pain in my back and trying anything and everything to numb the physical pain as well as mental pain that I was in. I noticed that my writing was getting very poor, and I was unable to focus, I would have daily panic attacks and was angry and very depressed and has having a very hard time coping with the day-to-day routines.
I did go to a specialist here in Portland, first of all he threw most of my file away, because my symptoms didn’t matter to him, he told me that the treatment of MS is to daily inject yourself with this new drug that hits the nervous system, but the side effects are very damaging to other parts of your body. When he looked at my MRI he said yes you have brain lesions, but you are too young to medicate now. I asked what to do in the mean time about all my symptoms and he said that didn’t concern him and offered me no support or guidance.
My primary care doctor had no idea what to do for me either.
I heard about Dr. Pepi though my aunt and at this point thought that nothing could hurt. So I flew down to California and saw her. In a 2-hour appointment she was able to tell me everything that was going on with my body, and trust me, it was a lot. She made me choke down a ton of disgusting supplements and sent me home with bottles and bottles of them and a diet of no carbohydrates.
I noticed some results right away. By the second day, my face was clearer and my thinking was clearer. Day-to-day things got better for me.
Today I have lost 50 pounds, my brain is functioning again, I remember and can think, I sleep every night, I don’t have panic attacks and am no longer depressed. It used to hurt my face when I smiled, now I smile all the time. My heart is beating normally, I have had my blood work done again and all levels are now normal. I had another MRI and there are no more lesions. The numbing in my face and arm are about 95% better; the pain in my back is also 95% better. I am now functioning, where before I was not.
I often wonder where I would be now if I had not taken the chance and seen Dr. Pepi. I believe that I may not have reached my 40th birthday. J.S.
I came to Dr. Pepi after finding out that I had MS. My energy was very low and I was very depressed. After seeing Dr. Pepi and following her instructions I feel a lot better. I have energy now that I haven’t had in years. The depression has slowed down and I have more good days than bad now. I went to my Neuro doctor a month after seeing Dr. Pepi and he was amazed at the difference in my since the last time he saw me. She’s wonderful!! Just give her a chance!! Thank you Dr. Pepi for giving me back hope and my life too!! S.L.
In December 2003 I had an MRI done which showed that I had MS. Last year, I started seeing Dr. Anita Pepi, who started me on a program of supplements and lots of veggies, sleep, etc.
In 2005, she recommended I get another MRI, which I did.
Last week I went to my neurologist to get the results of the comparison of the two MRIs. I was waiting in his office for quite some time. My neurologist walked in a bit dazed and sat on the patient’s bed in the room, crossed his legs and looked at the floor. He slowly started talking in a distinct Harvard accent as if trying to make sense of something. Between a lot of “well…s” and “umm…s” he told me that something “very interesting is happening with your case.” He told me the lesions in my brain are “getting … smaller.” He was still looking totally confused. I asked to see the films, at which point I saw what he was trying to say. On the 2003 MRI I had a handful of very distinct lesions. I pointed to one that was the size of a quarter on the 2003 MRI and asked where that one was on the new MRI. He said, “That’s the thing! They are… disappearing…” I then picked out a cluster of about three or four lesions and looked for those on the new MRI. There now turned into two small dots!
My neurologist was obviously totally shocked as he said it was “medically… not possible with MS”. He explained that with MS the lesions only get bigger or spread, but don’t disappear. At that point he said he agreed with me that he wasn’t going to be starting treatment with me as “you supposedly have MS, but …they’re getting … smaller.”
Anyway, after doing Dr. Pepi’s program, I’ve proved a “medical impossibility,” possible!
Thanks to my parents for finding her on the internet and insisting that I see her regularly, and thanks to Dr. Pepi for her spot on handling. You all deserve a total commendation to say the least! Without your persistence, I would still have quite and adventure ahead of me, but now it’s a thing of the past!! J.M.
I have MS and after two treatments with Dr. Pepi, my body has stopped attacking itself. It is now healing and destroying the scar tissue. The pain I was having in my lower right back is gone away too! My blood pressure is also lower. My energy is getting better too. I feel really encouraged with all my health needs. Thank you, Dr. Pepi and staff! What great women you are. C.D.
As I reflect on the exhilarating year I’ve had, I feel compelled to share the story of my personal struggle with and triumph over Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Upon receiving the confirmed diagnosis in April of 1997, I began an unimaginable journey. My symptoms went from terrifying (numbness, loss of balance, control, mobility) to devastating (partial paralysis, cognitive decline and near blindness).
My neurologist informed me that there is no cure for MS. He listed the available treatments, including their side effects and potential health hazards. I also became aware of some alternative medical treatments. After carefully weighing the options, I opted for one alternative treatment, suggested to me by a friend. I concluded that it probably wouldn’t hurt me and conventional medicine was still always available.
Over the last 3 ½ years, I have worked non-stop with a doctor specializing in various forms of alternative medicine. Her techniques, which included Clinical Kinesiology, are aimed not at controlling symptoms, but locating the cause of the particular body system breakdown. Ultimately, this alternative regimen has meant the difference between a life of paralysis and despair and one of vibrant activity.
In order to achieve and maintain healthy functioning, I employ a three-part approach: strict nutrition, toxin elimination and stress reduction.
First, everything that goes into my body must contribute to re-building and vitality; nothing that burdens me with impurities and unhealthy chemicals. Then, I must carefully minimize the levels of toxins from foods, products and environment, while engaging in regular cleansing/flushing procedures to remove old toxic buildup.
Stress reduction strategies became a lifesaver as I saw my life in virtual collapse. I had to face the loss of my health, husband, home, enormous debt and the possible end to my career. The only answer was to systematically re-define myself, start a healthy new life, and re-establish my career – a LIFE MAKEOVER.
Initially, the doctor addressed my overall body systems that were crashing (i.e. nervous system). However, now I can personally detect and she can then correct problems at their earliest stage, thereby ending my fear of future MS attacks.
As most of you know, as of February, 2000, I am a divorced woman. As you can imagine, the ordeal of ending a 22 year relationship was devastating. By maintaining self-discipline and focus on my health and peace of mind, I have managed to transform heartbreak into an exciting new beginning and cause for celebration.
The return of my physical and cognitive abilities has been quite remarkable. Just this past July, I was looking for an item at the top of the closet and looked down to discover I was up on my tiptoes – I could walk on my tiptoes for the first time in three years! I am once again able to complete the LA Times Sunday crossword puzzle and I can accept out-of-town work and withstand the rigors of air travel. In that same magic month of July I danced almost every dance at my cousin’s wedding in Washington D.C. and last month I could even jog a few steps in place.
I am thrilled to report that I consider myself to be 85% back! I am working 35-55 hours a week. I’ve kept my career and have a social life filled with loving friends and family. My M.D. is even impressed with my physical health. I’m a walking miracle!
I could go on and on, but the point is, I don’t want to imagine what would have happened to me if I had not been open to the idea of trying alternative medicine techniques. And I can’t imagine life without the warmth and unwavering support of my friends and family. I love you all and am truly rich to have you in my life. S.M.C.