Jean Enstrom

A Mother’s Testimony

I had bad acne from the age of 18 through adulthood and in the early years had gone to dermatologists religiously for eight years. I asked in the beginning if my diet could be an issue and was told acne had nothing to do with diet. From the start I was constantly on antibiotics, one stronger than the next until I gave in and let them put me on Accutane. That had harsh noticeable side effects as well as spiking my liver enzymes but only cleared my skin for one summer, and then it was more antibiotics as I refused to be put on Accutane again. I had figured out early on that their ONLY concern was with clearing my skin. I knew they cared nothing about what the drugs were doing to the rest of my body. Finally I had enough and never went back.

When my daughter started having issues with acne, I tried over the counter stuff but I put off bringing her to the dermatologist out of fear they would just put her on drugs. Finally, as it worsened she begged me to take her. At her appointment I began by telling the doctor I wanted her helped as naturally as possible. We would do any diet changes he recommended as well as any natural supplements, etc. and only wanted to do drugs as a last resort but pleaded that he give the mildest ones possible. Once I finished my speech he told me she had large pores and oily skin and would always battle acne but he would help keep it under control. Then he said, “Here’s what we are going to do,” and proceeded to tell me they were going to put her on not one but two “strong” antibiotics. They would give it a month or two and if we did not see significant improvement, they would put her on Accutane and birth control. I never went back.

Soon after this my son started having issues with acne. Again, I tried prestigious over the counter things but it became apparent that his would be much worse than my daughter’s as it developed into bad cystic acne. My son also had asthma and was to the point of taking Albuterol and/or inhaled steroids daily. I was desperate to help their acne and his asthma. I went to a chiropractor who also did muscle testing and was learned in nutrition who had helped several people I knew. He changed all of our diets and put us on some supplements. My hormonal issues, migraines, and adult acne quickly improved greatly as did my daughter’s acne. My son was strict about following the diet and taking the supplements and showed some improvement with his asthma, but he only had slight improvement with the acne and then it got worse again. I finally gave in and allowed him to take an antibiotic used for acne (I confess, I had a nine month supply to use as a preventive for malaria for my daughter’s gap year that she ended up not taking with her. I researched and found it was most commonly used for acne and gave him the recommended dosage as it was touted as having little to no side effects. Ha, ha.) Again he showed some improvement at first but then it stopped.

His acne was still extremely bad. At this point the chiropractor firmly told me it was past time to take him to a dermatologist (he knew my fear of them). I cried. I did not want to take him to the one I had taken my daughter to and the other one in the network who was nearby had bad reviews on the internet. I decided if I was going to pay for it out of pocket I would take him where I wanted to and so looked into naturopaths etc.

At that time, I went to an event that had a Progressive Medical booth. I had already been thinking maybe that was our answer, and after talking to the girl at the booth was greatly encouraged that finally we would get help.

I was impressed from the start. The questionnaires were extremely thorough as was the physician at his first appointment. I was amazed as I learned things about my son I never knew or noticed, from sleep issues he never mentioned to his feet being almost flat, to his yellow soles- the doctors precise questions and keen eye caught all kinds of things and he knew the meaning of them all. By the end of the check-up, the doctor told me what he suspected and what he thought the tests would prove and he was right! I love my son’s pediatrician that he has seen since he was a tot and travel 50 minutes to him because he is that good. Yet the doctor knew so much more about my son after one appointment. He told me at that first appointment that my son’s gut was a mess (my words) and that it was incapable of absorbing nutrients or eliminating waste properly. He also said he was sure we would find he had food allergies. The chiropractor had already had Ty off sugar and dairy, but the doctor suspected he was also gluten intolerant and so had me take him off gluten too. He also immediately put him on a product to start healing the gut so that by the time all the tests came back they could start him on supplements. He asked me if Ty had been on antibiotics as a baby and I said yes several times to which he said that is probably when his issue started. I felt great relief at finally getting answers mixed with grief at all the wasted years he suffered and could have been helped. My son; who had no junk food, who took supplements daily, who was fed organic and natural food as much as possible… was malnourished!
Less than nine months later, he has been seen by two outstanding Progressive MDs, a sweet nutritionist, and an amazing and caring doctor of naturopathy who actually did researched to find the best solutions for my son. They all were wonderful at both listening to us and explaining things so we understood what was going on and why he was taking different supplements and what foods were good or bad for him. His stubborn acne that he suffered with for years is all but gone. His poor ravaged skin is now in the process of healing with the doctor’s help and it looks like it will heal beautifully. His asthma is better than ever and the doctor is already talking about the next step in healing his lungs so that hopefully asthma will not be an issue at all. Last appointment, I cried again while talking to a doctor about my son, this time for joy.

I am so thankful now that I did not go the traditional route, the route that I was prodded, scolded and judged for not taking by well-meaning friends and family. Drugs, especially the harsh ones, may have helped his acne and breathing, but they would have never cured them and would have further destroyed his health.

One last thing worth mentioning, I keep running into acquaintances whose kids have issues that I know Progressive could help and I tell them our experience and encourage them to go. They are always interested but then seem to think they can’t because of the cost and I understand because I had been fearful it would be more than I could handle too. Funny thing is, they are all in a far better financial place than me, yet I only have a few hundred left to pay on my CARE card (the interest free medical credit card you can get through Progressive). It is a sacrifice but one well worth the making!!!! I honestly don’t regret one cent I have spent on his healing journey at Progressive. It was an answer to prayer and I only wish I had taken him sooner.

It really is progressive and I hope this blended medical approach to looking at the body as a whole and finding and curing the issues instead of giving drugs to stop symptoms from “your area” of expertise is the wave of the future.

Jean Enstrom