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My son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at 8 months of age in 1993. He was a very sick little baby. We were told by the CF specialist that he would be sick all his life, he would start to seriously decline by age 10 and, after years of suffering, he would die before reaching age 29 (the average life expectancy for CF at that time). In my desperation to save my son's life, I added alternative healing to his treatment plan in addition to conventional medicine. I was very lucky to find seasoned professionals of 5 different alternative healing approaches. Before he was a year old, he started receiving regular acupuncture treatment, went on a daily regimen of nutritional supplements, took individualized herbal tonics, received osteopathic treatments, and took various homeopathic remedies. By age 4, many of my son's CF symptoms had gone away entirely and he was in terrific health (see photo above)! Today, my son is 27 years old, 6 feet tall/180 pounds, and in great health. He spent a year in AmeriCorps teaching farmworkers' children in California, completed a Master's in Public Policy at George Washington University, and recently secured a full-time job in data analytics. He still manifests mild CF symptoms, but they don't stop him from engaging in any and all activities, such as recreational basketball and solo travel in South America. The doctors at Johns Hopkins are stunned by his recovery and sustained good health, and now consider him to be an outlier among their young adult CF patients (unfortunately, they show zero interest in the alternative healing approaches).
EDITOR’S NOTE: As of May 2022, Lindsay’s son remains well and thriving post-diagnosis. He turns 30 this year, is employed full-time in data analytics, recently bought his first home with his long-time girlfriend and their dog Chloe, and is virtually symptom-free. In January 2000, Russell was started on Trikafta, the triple-cocktail CF “miracle drug” that targets individuals with his same mutation (F508 ∆ - the most commonly occurring mutation). Though Russell was very healthy at the time, the CF specialists were prescribing Trikafta to all of their patients with this mutation. He's been on Trikafta for two years now, and every single CF symptom that he had residually has either completely disappeared or decreased significantly. I’m so grateful that his baseline when starting Trikafta was so very good thanks to a combination of conventional western medicine and alternative healing!
UPDATE: AS OF NOVEMBER 2022, LINDSAY'S SON CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN HEALTH:
My son Russell turned 30 this past summer. He lives with his terrific girlfriend, they just bought a house together, and he has a great full-time job. He continues to be in stellar health - exercising, playing tennis and basketball, and going for long walks. I will always be so very grateful to the alternative practitioners for their remarkable contributions to his regained health. There is ALWAYS hope!
CF is thought to be genetic (inherited). However, we are still learning about "epigenetics" or how genes are triggered into action (some disease genes appear to remain completely/permanently inactive). In my son's case, in addition to CF, he was born with a birth defect involving his spinal cord (the defect was lumped into the spina bifida category, although his particular defect was "mild" compared with the more typically severe form of spina bifida). When he was 5 weeks old, he underwent spinal cord surgery to correct his defect. There has been conjecture since (by the late renowned osteopath Dr. Robert Fulford, who treated Russell in 1997 several months before he passed away at the age of 93) that my son's sacrum was displaced during surgery which caused an interruption in cerebral-spinal fluid and served as a trigger for the CF gene to manifest. In the conventional medicine realm, CF is treated as a respiratory disease by pulmonologists because of the disease's debilitating and deadly impact on the lungs. However, CF is actually a disease of the entire exocrine system (the lungs being only one organ of this system). I learned early on that CF compromised my son's ability to digest food and metabolize nutrients, which would, in turn, negatively impact his respiratory, immune, and other major systems. Thus, we gave him a spectrum of daily nutritional supplements and herbal tonics. Homeopathic remedies were prescribed to alleviate specific GI symptoms and nasal polyps. Acupuncture and osteopathic treatments strengthened his innate constitution which would in turn help him combat the full-body assault of CF.
My son's healing response to each of these approaches was extraordinary and is documented in my recently published memoir, "Embracing The Dragon: One Mother's Relentless Search for Healing and Hope." Available now through the SHOP tab on my website (LindsayBeane.com), at independent bookstores, and via Amazon.
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