Former Boxer KO’s Rheumatoid Arthritis at CHIPSA!
Lois was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) about 11 years ago. In those 11 years, she lived a life of intermittent pain that left her unable to do the things she loved.
As a professional boxer, she had been an athlete for many years. She thrived on being active. But her disease forced her to give up that part of who she was.
So Lois finally said “enough is enough,” and she began to seek out other options to treat her autoimmune disease.
She didn’t just want another bandaid for the issue – she wanted remission.
Learn how her journey at CHIPSA Hospital took her from having pain in nearly every joint to being completely pain free.
Lois’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Healing Journey
Before coming to CHIPSA, living with RA meant Lois would never know which joint would go completely out of commission at any given time. Typical of most RA patients, her symptoms worsened in the evening.
She had pain in her hands and feet, shoulders, knees, and hips. She describes her disease as “in a state of constant flare up,” often leaving her unable to use her arms or legs for hours at a time.
“It was a continuous cycle rotating throughout my body,” she said.
During this time, Lois managed her RA with traditional medicine. This consisted of pills and injections that suppressed her immune system to keep it from attacking her joints. These treatment options unfortunately come with a lot of risks and side effects, including brain swelling that could lead to irreversible damage. They are also very taxing on the body, and Lois was experiencing a decrease in her liver function. So when the treatments stopped giving her any kind of pain relief, she knew it just wasn’t worth the risks anymore.
Lois knew there could be another kind of life for her. Her close friend also suffers from RA, but somehow, he continued to live a very active life.
“I watched him be active and do all the things I couldn’t do because of my pain. I wanted to know how he was doing all of these things pain free.”
His answer? CHIPSA Hospital.
So Lois made the arrangements and got on her way. She was more than ready to try treatments that did not come with a big list of side effects, and ideally, to get the same results as her friend.
Her number one reason for going to CHIPSA Hospital in Mexico was to find a way to live her life pain free, just like her friend with RA. And she hoped to achieve that goal without damaging side effects.
“One doctor I spoke to gave me a metaphor about my disease,” Lois said. “He told me having RA is like having a pot of boiling water on the stove. Traditional treatments are just putting a lid on the pot so that the water doesn’t boil over, but eventually, everything will still come out. CHIPSA is actually turning down the flame.”
Lois was ready to turn down the flame on her disease.
Lois’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Healing Plan at CHIPSA
Lois spent 12 days at CHIPSA following a treatment protocol that was customized especially for her. While all RA patients receive similar therapies, each patient has a different case and doctors adjust treatments accordingly.
The main approach to treating autoimmune diseases at CHIPSA is stem cell therapy. But as with its cancer treatment protocols, our program does not rely upon one method alone. All autoimmune patients see CHIPSA’s nutritionist for a personalized meal plan based on the Gerson therapy. They also receive a combination of therapies ranging from NAD+, hyperbaric oxygen, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, and IV vitamin C.
The goal of Lois’s treatment plan was to boost her body, super-oxygenate it, and fill it with healthy vitamins and nutrients to give her energy. She was also placed on the foundational Gerson diet and worked on alkalizing her body in order to get rid of toxins and anything that would cause inflammation.
Learn more about Lois’s custom rheumatoid arthritis treatment plan below.
Gerson Therapy is a diet-based immunological detoxification and nutrition protocol. It works to stimulate tissue repair and normal growth through the input of more fresh, raw vegetable materials than any other nutritional intervention. Fresh juice, raw fruits, and vegetables are the source materials of almost all micronutrients in their pristine organic composition.
The diet includes raw and cooked foods in three vegan meals a day, as well as the intravenous inclusion of vitamin drips. Patients also drink anywhere from 12-15 raw juices a day, prepared exclusively from organic fruits and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables are harvested for their enormous quantities of phytochemicals that are thought to promote healing and “supercharge” the immune system.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
The hyperbaric oxygen chamber is used to accelerate the healing process. Using 100% pure oxygen in a high pressure atmosphere (HBOT) has been shown to increase the rate at which the body can heal. The hyperbaric chamber has pure oxygen administered at pressures 1.5 – 3 times the normal atmospheric pressure with treatment times ranging from 30-90 minutes. When a patient receives oxygen this way, their blood can absorb up to 20 times more and transfer it to injured organs and tissues. This speeds up healing and recovery time.
Stem Cell Therapy
Lois was one of the first RA patients to utilize stem cell therapy in addition to our foundational treatments. Our goal is to use the foundational treatments to prime the body and get it ready to receive regenerative stem cell therapy.
IV Ozone Therapy
Blood is drawn and ozone is added to the drawn blood. It is then run through a UV A, B, and C light to further clean it of pathogens. The stimulation of the Ozone and UV light creates a vaccine-like immune response. Ozone therapy is a powerful immune-stimulant known for its antiviral and antibacterial effects.
Coley’s CPG therapy is our custom-made proprietary blend of CPG carrying agents that allows the immune system the best chance of creating antigen-specific modulation of the immune response that drives the inflammatory disease. Additionally this therapy aims to activate the appropriate T cells to modulate the production of cytokines responsible for maintaining rheumatoid arthritis.
CPG is comprised of a sterile (dead) mixture of gram-positive Streptococcus pyogenes and gram-negative Serratia marcescens bacteria. By introducing the killed bacteria into the body, Dr. Coley could mimic an immune response without the risk of infection. The goal is to “unlock” the body’s immune system.
CPG therapy is administered about 2-3 times per week at a dose which achieves a body temperature of between 39.5 °C to 41 °C (approximately 103 °C to 106 °F), while being monitored by qualified medical staff.
- CPG Therapy is administered about 2-3 times per week at a dose which achieves a body temperature of between 39.5 °C to 41 °C (approximately 103 °C to 106 °F), while being monitored by qualified medical staff.
- The exact number of treatments per week may vary depending on each individual patient and other circumstances.
- Patients generally receive one infusion per day.
- About 5-6 hours of treatment are required for each treatment day.
- Vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature) are constantly monitored by professional and experienced medical staff.
- Coley Vaccine has a very long and safe history of use.
- Generally patients experience improved well being after each treatment.
- This treatment is ideally used in conjunction with other immunotherapies, such as Gerson Therapy, DC-MAX , and other integrative therapies.
Note: CHIPSA is the only licensed hospital facility treating RA with CPG Therapy in North America.
After following her treatment protocol for just 12 days, Lois reported that she was free of pain.
“Before I came to CHIPSA,” she said, “I had back pain, heel pain, knee pain, wrist pain, and shoulder pain. They weren’t always on the same day, but everyday, I had pain somewhere. And now, after being here for 12 days, I am pain free. I have no pain.”
To anyone suffering from any kind of disease who may be considering treatment at CHIPSA, Lois says “do not be afraid.”
“There are ways to manage RA without putting poison drugs in your veins and killing your liver,” she said. “There are natural ways to treat it so that you can live without pain. All I can say is that it works. There’s a science to it, and they’ve been doing it and they know what they’re doing and it’s working.”
At home, Lois has continued to follow the modified Gerson diet and is working to keep her body in an alkaline state so as to prevent flare ups. “I would love to be in 100% remission,” she said.
As far as Lois’s experience at CHIPSA, she says it couldn’t have been better:
“I was treated far better at CHIPSA than I was ever treated at any hospital in the United States ever. Due to the nature of my disease, and being a very active person and an athlete, I’ve had a lot of surgeries. I’ve been in the hospital quite a few times in the last 10-15 years. This is the best experience in a hospital that I’ve ever had.”
Being a professional boxer, Lois has had a particularly hard time with a diagnosis that limited her mobility. She feels the protocols at CHIPSA truly gave her a part of herself back.
“I would love to thank the staff here at CHIPSA. I was treated for RA and I don’t think that anyone here even has a clue what they did for me because so much of my identity as a person is wrapped up in being an athlete and a fighter. I have not been able to be any of those things for years because of being in constant pain. I’m going home now after just 12 days with no pain, and I’m able to go back to doing a lot of the things that I love to do and things that are so tied into who I am as a person.”