I received my summary from my doctor last evening. It was 19 pages long. He is very thorough and I am posting his summary for those that want to know what they should be looking for in a specialist in addressing mutations and deficiencies. I believe in full disclosure and in helping all of you still suffering with TSW. I never once believed that time was our only healer. I felt from the beginning that there was a reason some of us went through RSS on steroid creams while others could use the same creams and never once have a problem. I truly believe the answer lies in our abilities to process chemicals and to heal - or more aptly, the lack of these abilities. The answer is in our genes. With the growth of industrialization and chemicals added to our food, water, and air over the last 100 years, our genes have mutated and made many of us more ill than our ancestors. Some people suffer more in heart disease or lung disease or in our cases, skin disease. There are ways to bypass some of these genetic mutations and to supplement where our bodies are lacking. I know many do not believe this and that is your prerogative, but I know too many of those suffering with TSW have found huge relief with this approach (finding out their genetic mutations and deficiencies and addressing them). I personally spent 30 years slathering on topical steroids of all strengths. Technically I should still be in TSW at 3.5 years according to some theories. But I have been TSW free for over a year now - only dealing with hives and regular dry eczema. Now I am addressing more than just the MTHFR mutation my original naturopathic doctor treated me for. He did wonders for me, but he was not fully trained in all methylation mutations, hence why my health still has not been 100%. But now with this new doctor, I can see the BIG light at the end of a now very short tunnel. And I want to pass on that hope to others. The issue though at hand is cost. We have all spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars searching for relief for our skin. Seeing a specialist is expensive and often not covered by insurance. I personally spent $1450 this month alone for 2 appointments and blood work. I am still waiting to hear from insurance if they will cover the office visits. But I am not hopeful on this. The way I look at it is, if I don't improve my hives and asthma, then I will not likely be able to work full time. But by getting this help and healing, I will be able to not only work full time, but also be functional on my days off for my kids and my household. I am blessed to have a husband who has worked over time the last 3-4 years so I don't have to worry about working if I'm not able to. I know not everyone is blessed in these ways. But seek out help any way you can. the relief is worth it.
Before I post the report, I want to answer EMJ's question from my last post. She asked about the special testing for mold my doctor wants to get for me. Thankfully he included it in his report because I could not remember. It's called C4a. And here is a summary of it from www.survivingmold.com: