“Initially I came in because of low energy, anxiety that was spiraling out of control, and chronic troubles with sleep that just wouldn’t go away and I didn’t want to be stuck on medications for years to come. Plus I’d already tried quite a few drugs and they either didn’t work or they just gave me other side effects that were worse than the original issues. I was tired of feeling like this and didn’t want things to continue getting worse as I have a family to support and a business to run, which was increasingly becoming harder and harder to manage with feeling so anxious and run down all the time. I was impressed with Dr Wood’s background and experience and even more so, once I met with him, how caring and sincere he was in wanting to help me AND get to the root of the problem, not just ‘treat the symptoms.’ Within a few weeks of working together, my anxiety and energy had improved dramatically and within 6 weeks the anxiety had completely disappeared. The sleep has improved a LOT and with it so has my energy so now I’m able to do everything I need to do daily and have the energy also to spend with my young daughter and family when I’m not working. I’m very thankful I chose to work with Dr Wood and that he has been able to help me naturally address these issues without the use of any pharmaceuticals. I feel like I’m me again!”
– Giraldo E, Florida
“Before I saw Dr Wood, I had been on numerous rounds of antibiotics for chronic lyme disease that I have probably had for at least twenty years. At that point, I basically always felt lowsy. Chronic pain. Always tired. Not able to work full-time, frequently sick, and always trouble with digestion. While I’ve taken literally over a hundred different kinds of supplements, nothing seemed to really give me sustained improvement and the conventional doctors were at a loss on how to help me except pump me full of even more antibiotics, which I didn’t want. I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired that I could hardly stand myself and my situation and knew that if I didn’t try a different approach, that this may be my reality for the rest of my life, which to me was unacceptable. Dr Wood took the time to review my history, discuss different kinds of options besides the traditional antibiotic route(s), the pros/cons of using antibiotics, and helped to educate me on what lyme actually does to the body (which no doctor had ever done before even though I’d gone to traditional, so called infectious disease experts!). We started to slowly introduce a number of different supplement and nutritional options to calm down the inflammation, to rebuild my gut from all the damage from the antibiotics, start to normalize the immune system, and to help me detox from all the toxins and dead bugs. It took a while but even within the first 4-6 weeks I was starting to feel more energy, I had less stomachaches, and I knew things were different this time. I can now say many months later now my lyme labs have come back ‘negative,’ the vast majority of my symptoms have faded away, and I feel dramatically different than before I came in! I am SO thankful I chose to work with Dr Wood and am so thankful for his expertise and caring in this really tough disease. I hate to think where I’d be now if I hadn’t made this life-changing choice!!”
– Cheryl Anne, Quebec, Canada
“I am a breast cancer survivor having had surgery, chemo, and radiation in the last several years. While I was in remission at this point, I felt far from ‘well.’ I was suffering from low energy, pain and lymphedema from the surgery, worried about the toxins leftover from my body from the chemo, had chronic digestive problems and was always feeling unsettled as to why I got cancer in the first place. My traditional doctors didn’t have many answers for me on what to do afterwards and nor did they seem to pay any attention to nutrition (‘eat whatever you want, cake, ice cream, chips, etc. just don’t lose weight was a common phrase I heard’), which I knew had to be wrong, but they were the doctors and the experts, right?! However, intuitively I knew this just couldn’t be right. I didn’t want to be at high risk for a recurrence or have to go through treatment any more. Dr Wood was a welcome change. He was highly knowledgeable and took the time to explain different options we could pursue together. We discussed all kinds of things, from specialized testing I could pursue to look at risk factors my traditional doctors never mentioned to the importance of diet and WHY (and why this is traditionally neglected in conventional medicine), and made me feel confident and comfortable in moving forward. Not only that, but gradually my pain and lymphedema improved, as did my energy and my digestion is so dramatically different now I can hardly compare! I feel so much more comfortable now with where I’m headed, I don’t constantly have an underlying sense of anxiety of the cancer coming back, and I know that there is always more to do and consider if I want to with Dr Wood. In the meantime, all of my cancer markers and scans have continued to be normal and things look good! He is very personable, extremely knowledgeable in integrative and alternative therapies, dedicated, and truly wants the best for me as the patient and I’ve found that to unfortunately be a very rare combination in a doctor these days! Thank you Dr Wood!!!”
– Nanette, Vermont
“Before I met Dr Wood, I was terrified that I might not ever feel like my old self and beyond that, that I may never be able to work or function normally again! Constant nose dripping and sinus congestion, coughing up blood, no energy, drinking twelve cups of coffee a day to get through the day, losing weight—I was terrified! I had gone to doctor after doctor about possible mold exposure and none of them seemed to know much of anything about what mold does to you or that it can even be so toxic. Many of these doctors were respected doctors at U of M, Mt Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Boca General, etc. and yet everyone kept telling me it would go away or that it’s just allergies or that it was in my head even! If only I had been making this up, I mean, come on! Who wants to feel like this!!! Dr Wood took the time to listen to me, helped me start on various supplements, helped me arrange specialized testing and remediation of my home to ensure I had no more exposure, change my diet, advised on specialized blood testing options and more and helped me recover tremendously. I’m so blessed that I came in to see him as I feel so much better now. While the road to recovery took a while, after learning about why mold can be so dangerous, it only makes more sense to me now why this isn’t a quick fix. That said, I don’t have to rely on antihistamines, steroids or other things that the other doctors were throwing at me. I now understand those aren’t ‘fixes’ anyhow but really just trying to help with symptoms and I wanted more than that—I wanted a real resolution!! I’d definitely recommend anyone who’s struggling from mold exposure to see him. There just aren’t many doctors like him out there and I count my lucky stars I found him!!”
– Trish, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
I was getting worse. For years I had been struggling with a growing list of health issues that were simply getting worse by the day. I had seen numerous doctors in my area, had numerous tests including MRA, colonoscopy, allergy tests, Elisa test for Lyme disease, physicals, chiropractic, electrodermal screening, orthopedic MRIs, and hormone tests. I had altered my diet to exclude gluten and sugar. I saw a local naturopath. I tried to get extra rest and take supplements to help whatever it was . . . but no one could tell me what it was!! And I was getting worse.
The symptoms had started as dermographia – it would go away I was told; muscle and joint pain – poor conditioning I was told; brain fog – bad diet and hormones I was told; horrific vertigo – result of previous concussion I was told. Eyes crossing and not uncrossing – the doctor didn’t know why. 6 to 7 bouts of pneumonia and/or bronchitis a year – teaching in elementary school I was told. Decreasing ability to eat anything other than protein and veggies and fruits – doctor didn’t know why. Terrible fatigue – not enough exercise I was told. My options of what to try to get better were running out.
I felt horrible. If this was to be my life, what was the point of going on? If this was to be my life, I could not see the future as being somewhere I wanted to go. I kept trying and trying and my body was only getting worse. What in the world was happening to me??
And my poor family – I was always sick. My life had become so limited in what I could do anymore. It was a struggle to do my job every day. I would wrap my legs around my piano bench to keep my balance during my classes. I would feel light headed. I had no energy. No energy for friends or outside activities.
Then I found Dr. Eric Wood.
Upon consulting with Dr. Eric Wood in 2012, one of the questions he asked was, “Have you ever been bitten by a tick?” I said yes, that in 2006, I went out to Washington to sing at a nephew’s wedding, and the morning of the wedding, I found an engorged tick on my back while showering. Not knowing it was there, I had scratched my itchy back, felt something and for a brief moment saw the tick as it slid down the drain. I didn’t think much about it, but by the time I got back to Minnesota, the bite was itching and oozing. I went to the doctor and got on a course of doxycycline for two weeks. I did the followup appointment with blood test three weeks later, and the doctor told me “no Lymes”. I went on with my life. But it wasn’t my life anymore. I told Dr. Wood my whole story.
He immediately ordered a test from IGenex, I got my blood drawn and sent it in . . . the results were POSITIVE. I had chronic Lyme disease!
I was stunned, frightened, angry and relieved all at the same time. Stunned because I thought I had done what I needed to do six years previous. Frightened because I knew what Lyme disease was and the possibility of being cured was very slim. Angry because none of the doctors had ever asked me about a tick bite, nor saw that my symptoms might be Lyme-related. Relieved to finally know. It was an incredibly emotional time.
Dr. Wood explained the course we would follow. Since I am allergic to so many antibiotics anyway, I was glad to find a naturopathic course of treatment. The first step was to build up my immune system with very specific supplements, and to eliminate any toxins that the lyme bugs produced so that when we started killing them I would be able to tolerate the treatment much more effectively. The second course involved taking potent Lyme killing antibacterial supplements, including a powerful form of allicin, as well as supplements to increase circulation and support elimination, binders to rid the body of the lyme toxins, probiotics for my gut and other kinds of immune boosters. Because the allicin makes the body smell like a garlic factory, Dr. Wood also had me take chlorophyll and charcoal to help with that. After a few days of started the allicin protocol, I had a Herxheimer reaction – it was working!! Dr. Wood explained that while I felt even worse, that was a good thing for it meant the bacteria was being killed off. He gave me suggestions to help me through the Herx.
After a month or so, I noticed that some of my symptoms seemed to ease a bit. After six months, many were quite a bit better. After a year, a lot more improvement. I was getting better! My energy was coming back and the horrible symptoms were going away.
I have now been on a maintenance program for about a year now with supplements to treat residual after effects and damage from the toxins the bugs produce. I am able to eat almost anything, the eye crossing episodes are no more, my vertigo is so much better, muscle and joint pain has decreased, sleep is better, my immune system is better – I only had two episodes of bronchitis during the last school year! Dr. Wood continues to monitor my progress and is very encouraging and supportive.
And the best part? Dr. Wood wanted to find out if the Lyme bacteria were gone . . . so I had the blood work done two weeks ago. I AM CLEAR OF LYME DISEASE!!!!!!!!!!! It was like I was reborn! After going through so much the past 8 years, I could finally move on with my life! There were so many things to look forward to in the future now. WE BEAT IT!!!
I thank my lucky stars every day for Dr. Eric Wood. Without his skill, knowledge, expertise and compassion, I never would have made it to this point. THANK YOU, DR. ERIC J. WOOD. You have given me back my life.
A most grateful patient,
Kathy, From Minnesota