Dr. Soram's Take
Dr. Soram Khalsa practices in Beverly Hills, CA. Learn more about him and his practice at http://khalsamedical.com
Annie and I go back more than 20 years. She says I’m the only person she lets call her Annie. She has RA and came to me after a lot of bad experiences with western doctors plus having done a lot of work on her own. I was excited - I knew she was ready to do what I asked of her.
We did a lot of tests - hormone tests, stool and urine tests. And I sent her to other doctors - like an allergy doctor to do tests as well. I like to work with very good western doctors and I have a personal network of great people. Such a network can save costs (I don’t take insurance), but it also confirms what my tests discover and gives the patient options. Although I prefer the natural, functional route, sometimes that’s not expedient. And I want my patients to know they’re taken care of in more than one way, that I’m thinking of their overall needs as well as their physical ones, and that each case is unique.
So, while I do many tests, I also do my best to have patients leave feeling better than they came in. I do muscle testing for supplements, and I offer acupuncture as well as vitamin pushes.
With Annie, we determined she had candida and other allergies. Since her immune system was attacking her body, we needed to remove all those triggers. Her hormones were all out of whack and we put her on progesterone. Now that she’s through menopause, we have her on a minute specially compounded estrogen. With autoimmune issues like hers, it’s essential to treat the adrenals and liver; she generally gets two supplements for adrenal support and one for liver.
One thing that makes my approach to supplements different from other doctors is that I re-test and rotate adrenal and liver supplements regularly. After a time, or after stress, the body begins to overrides them, so they need changing. Other supplements are regarded as lifelong.
Annie is much more sensitive than most patients and that makes her a challenge. I like challenges, and Annie and I share an enthusiasm for problem solving. That enthusiasm and optimism makes my job easier.
Anne Nygren Doherty is "Beet" and the founder of this site.
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I'm an artist and a writer - I turn pain into beauty.
I was lucky that was my mantra when I was 28 and diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was thinking of emotional pain, not physical. But I quickly learned that physical pain and deformity is ALWAYS emotional pain. People told me my future looked bleak; and they seemed right.
The health care scene has greatly improved since I was 37 and I met Dr. Soram. Even in LA, there weren’t a lot of MD -ND -LAc’s- let alone ones you could trust. The instant we met we both knew we were going to have an amazing partnership.
I knew he was the real deal because I knew what I wanted. For a year before getting referred to him, I had kept track of all my symptoms and what I thought affected them. I did this on sheets of graph paper with day 1 being the first day of my cycle.
You see, I had realized that I had a common disease, but I was much sicker than others with the same problem. My rapidly deforming body plus the strained looks on my doctors’ faces confirmed this. They knew they weren’t helping me - some did things that hurt me - so I knew I had to help myself.
By the time I met Soram, I had figured out the culprits were hormones, stress and allergies; I had changed my diet, but I didn’t know how to address the rest of it.
After a piece of fairly ridiculous stress induced a crippling flare (I got mad at my dad for turning on the self-cleaning feature of his oven after I’d started cooking dinner in it.), I went to a yoga teacher recommended by a friend.
She taught by candle light in the living room of her Hollywood bungalow. She wore white flowing clothes, lots of jewelry and a great big white turban.
I thought my friend - and this teacher - were both nuts.
But they weren’t alone; my husband and I were in the process of adopting a baby girl from China. Inquirers begged to know: “How can you take care of 2 babies when you can hardly take care of your four year old?”
So I took the class, and the next day I had a flare. But my husband said I looked better; he had a feeling I was having a detox reaction.
Back I went, after dumping my bias about how people dress. In a few weeks, it was clear the yoga was working. The teacher, whose name was Gurmukh, set me up with Dr. Soram. By the time, I went to China - 6 weeks later - he was already weening me from steroids.
In two years, I was off all drugs and in remission. I stayed in remission for 14 years; and I’m in remission again now.
Let’s save the story of how I fell out of remission for another post! Suffice it to say….
I do yoga and meditate every day. I watch my diet carefully every day. Sometimes it feels like all I do is monitor my health. But… Life has thrown my husband and me more curve balls than autoimmune diseases - and without my discipline, without my “Lemons & Beets,” we wouldn’t have been able to handle it all. And we have. It’s been tough, but looking back we can see the gift in all those hard times - and be thankful for the dedication turned pain to beauty.
FOR GUT as needed
Increased probiotic dose
ALTERNATIVE MODALITIES as needed
Cranial sacral therapy
Sat Nam Rasayan
Autoimmune Paleo Protocol
- meaning no sugar, no booze, no caffeine, no grain, yes fruit and veg, yes animal protein