Hello, my name is Dr. David Waldman. I spent the course of my career as a natural healer. I’ve been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to help many patients find their path to health & wellness. My passion has always been in health and fitness. In my youth I gravitated towards exercise and competitive bodybuilding. I just had a knack for keeping my body in tip top shape. I always ate what I considered to be a pristine diet.
Around 2005 I had experienced bouts of lower back and leg stiffness that would come on with extended periods of weight bearing exercising, like walking or jogging on the treadmill. I noticed that overtime the distance I could walk went slowly down from 2 miles down to 100 yards and sometimes less. It got to a point that I avoided activities that involved extended periods of walking.
In 2008 I woke up one day and had double vision; both of my hands were tingling. I could barely use my right hand as it resembled a claw where my fingers where stuck in flexion. My wife had to button my shirt at the time. As I continued to work, I had to wear a patch over one eye in order to see correctly. I couldn’t recognize my own hand writing. I went to have an MRI of my brain and neck. The doctor called me on the phone and explained that I should see a neurologist that I may have M.S. As a doctor myself I knew that there is no known cause of MS and no cure. There is only medication to slow the progression; inevitably most in the allopathic world will tell you that disability and possibly a wheelchair are inevitable.
At the time I was in my early 30’s and I wasn’t settling for anything less than moving on with my career and my life. I felt a sense of calm and control at the time. Maybe it was my young age and knowledge as a doctor?
I delved into natural remedies like detoxification and supplements. Seeking the guidance from other natural health care professionals I was able to reverse 95% of my symptoms. Aside from the tingling in my hands, I was able to regain most of my lost function. . My vision, right hand and even the stiffness in my lower body vastly improved.
I put MS out of my mind and went on with my life. As the years went on; I would experience bouts of back pain that would have me laid up in bed for days. There were times I would get colds that would last for a month. A bout of gallstones that caused agonizing attacks of pain in my abdomen would have me doubled over in pain. My ability to walk extended distances was ever so slowly diminishing. I would turn to natural protocols to deal with many of my ills. The one thing that was nearly impossible for me to reverse was my walking. There was a period of time that I abandoned exercise and healthy eating, I was slowly losing interest. I went from looking chiseled and in great shape to looking deconditioned, lumpy and overweight.
It wasn’t until around 2014 that my ability to walk correctly was slowly becoming a problem. I would slowly develop a mild limp that would make walking challenging. I had put MS out of my mind years prior. I thought it maybe my back and had a few MRI’s of my lower back. I tried numerous therapies to little avail. I decided to see a Physiatrist. This doctor did a thorough exam, looking at my low back MRI’s, watching my walking, lack of balance the doctor exclaimed “It’s definitely not your back, I don’t know what it is but I think you should see a neurologist”. When I left that office, I broke down in the car to my wife because what I had put out of my mind for years had reared its ugly head, MS would change my life going forward.
I was able to hide and live with the little nuances that MS had caused, like tingling in my hands, occasional colds. Once it starts to affect the way you walk it makes it increasingly harder to hide what was always an invisible condition.
As a doctor, patients would turn to me for answers to their problems. Meanwhile I was living in a body that was turning on itself and making it harder for me to work, let alone help others pursue health and wellness. I was losing interest in everything that life had to offer. But what I didn’t realize at the time was MS was winning and eroding my body from within.
Myself, my wife, even my mother researched natural cures for MS. We came across different doctors and their bodies of work. One person stood out, that was Dr. Terry Wahls and the protocol she designed which helped her reverse years of destruction on her body leading to secondary progressive MS. Progressive meaning according to main stream, there is no coming back. She was able to go from wheelchair to riding her bike for many miles! I was impressed with her Ted Talk “minding your mitochondria” that I purchased her book “The Wahls Protocol”.
I started the protocol in the summer of 2015. Before the protocol I was always getting sick, trouble swallowing at times, back pain that put me down for days. After cutting out gluten and dairy from my diet, my back never went out again, almost never had a cold, and never choked on my food. My body is still healing which will take time. But, her protocol puts control back in your hands, not someone else or in a magic bottle of pills.
In the summer of 2017 I made the voyage to Iowa to attend the Wahls seminar and certification to be a Wahls Coach. Not only did I become certified in the protocol that I live as a way of life but I have created lifelong friendships with other Wahls warriors. Individuals like me that refuse to surrender control of their health to someone else. Instead, through education and the understanding that food is medicine, we can all reclaim control of our health.
After seeing the numerous success stories of people overcoming not only MS but countless other incurable conditions is why I’ve shifted my carrier aspirations towards helping others in a whole new way using principals of functional medicine, exercise, lifestyle and food to help repair the body from the inside out and outside in.
Consider joining me on a healthy detour towards optimal health and well being!