I can only speak from the heart. My heart is so full of gratitude and happiness for the story that I am going to tell you now. If you were fortunate to hear this story on my radio program, then I am sorry I am repeating myself. But if you were not able to hear this, then you will be able to read it now.
Her name is Kim, and she is my secretary. We both just celebrated our first anniversary together. She is a charming young lady. In 2002, Kim was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors abbreviate this as R.A. During the holidays in 2003, Kim noticed shortness of breath. By the beginning of 2004, this shortness of breath increased. By March, she no longer was able to walk from one end of her home to the other without being out of breath.
As she stated, just going up a flight of steps from the basement required me to lay on the couch for five minutes to catch my breath. This was very unusual and concerning to Kim, as she had been very active. Just nine months before, she was able to go up the three or four flights of stairs at the YMCA without being winded. She worked out four times a week without a problem. Now she was unable to do anything without breathing problems.
Kims local doctor referred her to Mayo when he could not discover her problem. In May 2004, she found out the R.A. had been attacking her lungs. Kim was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease by the Mayo Clinic. It was so bad that Kims lung capacity was only one-third, meaning that two-thirds was not usable. The pulmonologist was very concerned and told Kim her lungs were in a danger zone and could not take any more hits. He then told her a lung transplant was an important option for her. After a couple months of not getting better, her pulmonologist said that at the next appointment, they would need to discuss getting on a lung transplant list. He then told her the surgery had a survival rate of 45 percent. He said her option of not having this surgery means a shortened life with very low quality. Kim is in her late 30s and has a young daughter. Neither option was good55 percent chance of dying from a surgery or dying before her time with a low quality of life.
While all of this was going on with Kim, I was taking classes on oxygen/ozone therapy in Canada. In May 2004, I took a chance and invested a lot of time and money into education about ozone treatments and took a huge chance on purchasing an ozone machine. Kim started the treatment with me in May of 2004. The first two Mayo appointments after being on this therapy were very encouraging. Mayo Clinic had Kims appointment dates extended. Instead of going every month, her pulmonologist told her to come back in two months. After two months, they told her not much improvement, but come back in three months.
Kim could tell there was a huge difference even though Mayos was not saying too much. But three months later, during Thanksgiving week, they did. Kims pulmonologist was just shocked at the improvement in her lungs. He told her, Kim, if I was ready to have the surgery today, and the new lungs were available–I would not do it. He then told her he did not have a reason as to why they improved, but to go out and celebrate. He then told her again that there was a significant improvement in her lungs. When Kim called me on her cell phone, she was so excited. I literally started crying. Kim is like a daughter to me, and I told her to have a drink for me.
Kim still continues her oxygen treatments and is now enrolled in a cardio workout program. As she will tell you, I still have a long way to go to get back to normal lungs. There is no price you can put on your health, and there is no way for me to ever thank Dr. Julia for saving my life.
Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is owner and operator of Dr. Julias Inn. She is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Registered Colon Hydrotherapist. You can hear Dr. Julia on WROK the first and third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. You may reach her at 815-962-3326.