September 12, 2012
Approximately 4 years ago, I began to be beset with an array of non specific symptoms that gradually over time became increasingly more severe. I consulted an array of over 20 doctors including 3 UCLA full professors (Neurology, Endocrinology, and head and neck) and an MD at USC who was specifically assigned to obtain a diagnosis on my behalf all without any success. About a year ago, I happened to read an article in the health section of the Los Angeles Times describing a non profit, INOD, who assisted those who had difficulty in obtaining an accurate diagnosis. (Lamentably, the LA Times, for cost reasons discontinued their weekly health section) I e-mailed INOD describing my plight. Almost immediately, I received an e-mail response from Marianne Genetti, Executive Director of INOD. She indicated that an attempt would be made to make a diagnosis from the information provided. Ms Genetti subsequently e-mailed with a possible diagnosis of B-12 deficiency. Accompanying her e-mail was a case history, many references including references to The Functional Medicine Institute with the suggestion that I consult the Institute for references to local doctors. While B-12 deficiency was not the cause of my difficulty, an D.O. referred by the Institute was. I had a gluten sensitivity! This is an emerging field where gluten sensitivity is yet to receive the acknowledgement to which it is entitled. Without INOD I would still be suffering and I mean suffering. Ms Genetti almost immediately responded in a meaningful and helpful way to all my e-mails. Without her and INODs help I would not have been guided to a resolution of what had been a baffling enigma. I would give Ms Genetti and INOD an A plus and then some.
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