Ceithlenn has enjoyed a remarkable health success following the Undoctored program. Ceithlenn has been a regular on our weekly Undoctored Inner Circle Virtual Meetups and we witnessed her week-by-week improvements. She didn’t come on for 3 weeks (due to other obligations), then came back on last week: The change in 3 weeks was breathtaking.
Starting with the basic Undoctored Wild, Naked, Unwashed strategies (detailed in the Undoctored book), she reversed pre-diabetes, fatigue, overweight, and other health issues. Then, following the Undoctored Protocol (from our Undoctored Inner Circle) for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, SIBO, she reversed years of unremitting and painful fibromyalgia, getting off the awful drug, Cymbalta.
Then she added the L. reuteri yogurt that boosts oxytocin levels and turned the clock back in skin health and appearance. Many of us didn’t even recognize her on the latest Meetup, her appearance was so dramatically changed.
Listen to Ceithlenn’s interview and take a look yourself.
Dr. Davis: Ceithlenn thank you very much for allowing me to interview you about your story. As we talked, I saw you on the virtual meet up and I was so absolutely but my jaw dropped and how much you have changed in appearance and demeanor — I mean, your eyes are brighter. You’re looking … glow of Health.
I thought you would be a spectacular person to get one-on-one, so we could hear your story so. Could you tell us how you first came to the Undoctored program?
Ceithlenn: I guess it’s been almost a year ago, will be, a matter of fact, it will be a year July 1st. I was not feeling well, not having any energy, overweight, pre-diabetic. I just gotten my results back from the doctor. I had an A1c [HbA1c] of 6.8, you know, and I just was thinking … you know there’s got to be something out there for me.
I think I may have run across one of your Facebook messages, actually. I think it may be where that I saw it first. I saw you had a post about Undoctored-U. I thought: well this is interesting. I wonder what this might be. Of course I was skeptical, because everybody’s trying to sell you some supplement, or some diet, or something. I thought, well let me check this out. So I did, and I think you had three or four free ones that you could do in the very beginning. I thought, well, let me try these. I watched those first couple of videos, those first few days and I was really intrigued by everything you had to say.
I decided to purchase the Undoctored-U program and it was not that expensive, considering all the dollars that I have spent on supplements and weight-loss programs and all these other things. I thought well I’m just gonna do this every single day. I’m gonna watch one video, because it sends you a link to a video every day. I did that.
Every day I would go on Facebook and post about what I had done in my Undoctored program that day, what I had learned. Every day I would take whatever I had learned and try to apply it in my life; you know, if it was stop eating grains, stop eating sugar, it was a very gradual way to introduce the program — because I just made one small change every day. I started posting that to my friends. I started seeing results: first of all it was a little bit of weight loss, and then it was: I was feeling better. I had more energy. My skin was clearing up.
Within, I think it was a it’s a forty day program, but within that first couple of weeks I was feeling so much better that people were just amazed. They said, okay, well, I’d like to try that too. So some of my friends actually joined up as well. I continued for the forty days; finished the forty day program, and I was hooked.
Then I joined the Inner Circle and started learning more and more. Really what I do is I take the Undoctored program as a jumping off point for me. I find things that interest me that seem to apply to health issues I’m having, and then I take that and research it. I read everything I can find. I think that’s the whole point of being Undoctored is you have to educate yourself and be proactive about your health.
Dr. Davis: Because you’ve been on our virtual meetups regularly, I know that you had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO. Could you tell us about that experience?
Ceithlenn: Sure; that’s one of the things that I actually learned from the Undoctored program was, we started talking about SIBO. You started talking about it on some of our meetups, as well as some of your advanced topics. I started reading this and thinking: oh my, this sounds an awful lot like me, like issues I’m having. Of course, as I started to try to use the prebiotic fibers, I immediately realized that, okay, I have SIBO. It wasn’t a big surprise, because I’ve had a gastric bypass. It’s been almost 15 years ago now, but still it was not a surprise.
I also was diagnosed, about that time, 15 to 20 years ago, with fibromyalgia, and suffered greatly with it to the point where I was put on Cymbalta for pain — which is a horrible drug, and I would never recommend to anybody, because you cannot get off of it. It did help the pain, but being able to stop that drug is almost impossible. At any rate, as I started testing, I decided one of the ways, again ,I took it as a jumping-off point, and started finding out: how do I find out if I have SIBO?
Well I can’t find any real functional medicine practitioners in my area, but I did find that I could get a breath test, the hydrogen breath done. I sent away for that kit — had that done. Sure enough, it came back positive. What I did at that point, and with your help and direction, was to start looking at some of the herbal antibiotics I could take to help with that. … so started taking the herbal antibiotics Dysbiocide and FC Cidal, and used those for about a month, and after that time went back to the Undoctored program: no wheat, no grains, no sugar; just eating simple whole foods. To my surprise, my fibromyalgia was a thousand percent better. I was amazed because my pain was almost gone.
But I found out that after about six months, it came back, and I had SIBO again. I was having all the signs. My fibromyalgia got worse. I started having pain again. So I had to do another round of those antibiotics, which I did, but this time, one of the things that I learned about is, if I’m destroying my microbiome, then I need to do things to replace it, which I hadn’t done the time before. I started using probiotic foods like yogurt. I started making sauerkraut; making pickles; making water kefir and kombucha, and consuming those things every day — at least one of those things with every meal. I also started doing some fasting, and I think that helped as well — intermittent fasting. I found that within a few weeks after stopping the herbals again, I was back to normal. So far, fingers crossed (it’s been about four months) and I feel better than ever, with no signs of SIBO whatsoever.
Dr. Davis: That’s great. What’s become of your list of medications?
Ceithlenn: Oh goodness, it doesn’t exist anymore. I don’t take any prescription medications. I do take the supplements that are recommended by the program. I do also have to take a few other supplements because of my gastric bypass. I have malabsorption problems so I have to be real careful with things like B12 and of course the vitamin D we do anyway. I have to be fairly careful with some of the other things. All I really take are supplements every day. I love taking the magnesium water. I take it both morning and evening, and I find it helps me sleep like a baby. I just drink a cup of that and I just go off to sleep, and I sleep beautifully all night — don’t wake up till five minutes before the alarm.
Dr. Davis: Now you being a regular on the Virtual Meetup, I noticed you hadn’t been on for about three weeks, and then you came on and even in that space of three weeks, it was true, a lot of us didn’t recognize you. A three week change. Tell us about that. Tell us why.
Ceithlenn: Well, you know I guess I don’t I don’t notice it. Other people notice it more than I do, but I do know that I feel so much better. I have so much more energy, and I know that my features are changing. I’ve lost 61 pounds in a year. That’s been phenomenal. I’m now about 25 pounds below what I was after my gastric bypass. They told me I’d gotten as low as I was going to get; lost 150 pounds, and that’s what they would tell me you know I would lose from a gastric bypass. Now I’m 25 pounds below that, so that’s been amazing.
You know, I’m talking to friends who are saying “Oh, I’m gonna get a stomach stapling or a gastric bypass” and I’m going “No, don’t do that. Here’s what you need to do. Just stop eating the grains and sugar and it will take care of itself — the same with your diabetes.” My A1c now is about 5.4, last time I had it checked. I’m sure it’s lower than that now because my fasting blood sugars; my blood sugars through most of the day if I check them, are around 85.
Dr. Davis: Excellent, excellent. You’re using the Lactobacillus reuteri yogurt?
Ceithlenn: I am, and one of the things I’ve noticed with that is skin changes; particularly, I have a problem with senile purpura, which is little purple marks that you see older people, a lot of times, they get on their arms in particular. I had a problem with that because if I would just carry something, a purse on my arm, it would mark my arm. After using the yoghurt for about, I would say, a month, I started noticing that wasn’t happening anymore. I recently moved, and wasn’t able to keep making the yogurt, and stopped taking the yogurt. I noticed that it came back, as I was unpacking boxes and just a bump would leave a big dark purple mark not — even really a bruise but a funny red purple color that particular skin condition has. So yeah, the yogurt has been great, and I think it’s also been very good for replacing the bowel flora. I not only use that, I also make one from a probiotic capsule as well. So I use both
Dr. Davis:You know, I’ve been speculating, and others have speculated that the Lactobacillus reuteri may be a key component of prevention efforts for a recurring SIBO, because it colonizes the stomach and duodenum and upper GI tract, which most probiotics do not do, and it’s a vigorous source of a so-called bacteriocin called reuteurin, that is antibacterial, so not only does it improve skin health, accelerate skin healing improve bone density, improve libido and energy, I think it’s also going to prove to be a very important component of a preventive, or a treatment even, for SIBO. That’s excellent. Now I guess we’ll have to rely on pictures. I’d love to get a before picture of you somehow. Because that really, if anybody sees what you have accomplished, it is truly jaw-dropping.
So Ceithlenn, do you think you think you save money by engaging in the Undoctored program?
Ceithlenn: Oh, I know I do. I have no drugs that I use any longer, so I don’t have any prescriptions to buy. One of the things I did this year was I switched to a high deductible health insurance plan, which saves my company money — saves me money. My premiums are half the cost because I don’t use my insurance very much. I’m able to do that, and I’m able to take those savings and put them into my health savings plan, which is mine, and I can keep forever even after retirement. That money is still mine. It will always will be, and so I’m saving for future health costs, and not spending the money now that I would normally be spending on the regular PPO program for the health insurance. So it’s been a huge savings for me.
Dr. Davis: That’s spectacular. Ceithlenn thank you very much. I really do appreciate you taking the time to do this.
Ceithlenn: Sure; happy to.