We help patients metabolically and neurologically!
In this video Dr. Serpe explains some of the breakthrough approaches that he uses to help patients with chronic conditions.
You are on this website because you or someone you love is suffering from CHRONIC CONDITION.
Below I am going to address:
- What makes my program unique?
- How I successfully address all sorts of chronic conditions.
- Lastly, I will lay out the various approaches I use to help you get better faster.
Attention: Below are examples of tests that can be ordered. Not everyone needs to have any or all of the following tests. Insurance often covers standard blood work but does not cover some of the more advance testing (ie: food sensitivities). I always work toward helping you reach your goals with the least amount of money spent. I always give you choices and the pros/cons of running a specific test so you can make an informed decision regarding your health and goals. I can often help you reach your goals without running into extensive testing costs.
SPECIFIC METABOLIC TESTING AND CARE DIRECTION
I. Sensitivity Testing: to determine if you have a sensitivity to gluten (wheat, rye, barley and other gluten containing grains), milk, eggs, yeast, and soy. If you are sensitive to ANY of these food groups, it could be making your thyroid condition worse as it will increase inflammation in your brain and throughout your body!
WARNING: If you have had food sensitivity testing and/or Celiac Testing in the past you should be aware of limitations of older testing approaches. We have noticed a large number of false negatives and false positives especially if “leaky gut” is present when testing occurs or a limited testing approach was used by the doctor. This may mean you have food sensitivities even though your tests came back negative or you are excluding foods that you really do not have to avoid. There are newer labs available to avoid these pit falls.
Here are some of the symptoms of these sensitivities:
- Chronic pain or fatigue especially within 15 minutes to 2 hours after eating
- Frequent indigestion or GERD
- Bloated after eating
- Frequent loose bowel movements
- Mouth ulcers or sores
- Frequent Nausea or Vomiting
The only way to find out of you are suffering from any of these sensitivities is the run the updated tests.
II. Comprehensive Blood Panels
By using specific blood tests such as:
- A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
- A lipid panel
- A CBC (complete blood count with auto differential)
- Thyroid Testing
What tests of the thyroid are necessary?
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): the message sent from a gland in the brain (pituitary) to the thyroid.
- Free T3: an important hormone produced by the thyroid gland, considered to be the more biologically active hormone of the thyroid.
- Free T4: another important hormone produced by the thyroid gland.
- Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG): This test measures the amount of proteins in the blood that transport thyroid hormones to the cells. Elevated testosterone can lower TBG levels and elevated estrogen can raise TBG levels. Both can produce hypothyroid symptoms.
- Thyroid Antibodies (TGB & TPO): checked in suspected cases of autoimmune thyroid disorders (see below)
- Total T4: this is a reflection of how much total T4 hormone there is in the blood
- Resin T3 Uptake: this test measures the unsaturated binding sites on the thyroid proteins
We can assess your thyroid, adrenal glands, liver, kidneys, red/white blood cells and gut function with the above lab tests. All can be affected with chronic health conditions. By addressing any problems with your thyroid, adrenal glands, blood chemistry, or gut function, we can help you to heal faster. The CMP also allows us to check your blood glucose levels since glucose and oxygen are needed by the brain to function properly.
Glucose values (12 hour fasting):
- Normal: 85-99
- Hypoglycemic: 84 or less
- Insulin resistance/pre-diabetes: 100-126
- Diabetes: 127 or higher
The 5 priorites are:
- Autoimmune Reactions!!!
- Blood sugar/ASI
- Fatty acid metabolism
III: Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) :
You can test the adrenal glands with a test called an Adrenal Stress Index. This is a salivary test much like DNA testing. The adrenal glands sit right above the kidneys and they are your “stress” organs meaning that they react to stress. If the patient has been or are currently under stress, this test is a must!
IF THE PATIENT SUFFERS FROM INSOMNIA AND/OR DIABETES, THIS TEST IS A MUST! IT WILL MEASURE THEIR CORTISOL LEVELS.
IV. IMMUNE TESTING
There are two parts to the immune system, TH1 and TH2.
IL- 2 and TNF-alpha = TH1
TH1 is T-cells. T-cells are the army that attacks and cleans up afterword. (Helper T-cells, Suppressor T-cells, NKC, regulatory T-cells, and macrophages.
IL-4 and IL-10 = TH2
TH2 is B-cells. B-cells make anti-bodies. They tell T-cells what to kill. If the testing comes back with a high B-cell count, the patient is TH2 dominant.
The best way to determine a polarity or imbalance between the TH1 and TH2 systems is to perform an IMMUNE CHALLENGE test. This test allows us to specifically balance your immune system in a gentle natural way. This is especially important for anyone with an Autoimmune Condition or anyone who is “always” getting sick.
V. Intestinal Permeability
This test is used to determine if the patient suffers from leaky gut syndrome (LGS).
LGS or Leaky gut syndrome describes a condition of altered or damaged bowel lining, caused by antibiotics, toxins, poor diet, parasites or infection can lead to increased permeability of the gut wall to toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste or larger than normal macromolecules. It has been proposed that these substances affect the body directly, while others postulate an immune reaction to these substances.
VI. HORMONE PANELS
We can check hormone panels to determine if the patient suffers from low testosterone in males or low estrogen/progesterone levels in females. Symptoms related to decreased hormone levels may include depression, fatigue, mental fogginess, mood swings, hot flashes, sweating attacks, weight gain, and decreased physical stamina.
VII. THYROID SPECIFIC EXAMINATION
It is also important to have your thyroid palpated for nodules and/or goiter formation. We also perform a physical and functional neurological examination to determine how deeply your body systems have been effective by the changes in thyroid and other hormone shifts. If needed we also send our patients out for ultrasound of the thyroid, radioactive uptake testing or fine needle aspiration.
Now we can move on to the unique approach used to help even the toughest cases
***Remember, Dr. Serpe has an advanced knowledge base not typically found in the general chiropractic practitioner. He is Board Eligible as a Chiropractic Neurologist, was the first chiropractor to introduce spinal decompression to Naperville, is Certified as a Chiropractic Golf Rehab Specialist and has advanced training in Function Medicine. This combination of advanced post graduate education and experience makes the vital difference in applying these therapies.
SPECIFIC NEUROLOGICAL TESTING AND THERAPIES:
Functional Neurology Examination: Functional neurology helps pinpoint the problem! Looking at the function of the nervous system from head to toe will bring out weak/strong areas of function, imbalances will be noted, and the any need for additional testing will be determined. Unlike a traditional neurologic examination that tends to look for black and white findings, function neurology is concerned with the gray areas. The subtle differents between left and right side for instance. This type of testing also allows the doctor to develop a specific treatment plan with individual goals and clinical markers for future testing. Then a brain-based therapy (BBT) can be started and tracked for progress.
Brain-Based Therapy (BBT): A revolutionary breakthrough treatment program pioneered by the country’s leading chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Fredrick Carrick. The treatments are all neurologically based and clinically proven to help with chronic pain, balance disorders and other neurologic conditions.
Oxygen Therapy (EWOT = exercise with oxygen therapy): supplemental oxygen through an oxygen concentrator is given while patients are exercising to push oxygen into the blood plasma (clear fluid that carries red blood cells) and the cells of the body. Cells need oxygen to create energy. Increased oxygen can accelerate the energy production process leaving one feeling energized, vibrant and in a positive mood.
Eyelights Therapy: Eyelights were designed to provide optimal stimulation to the brain using the optic nerve. Glasses designed with flashing lights built to fit behind the lens, they can be programmed to blink on the non-dominant eye in order to strengthen the weaker side of the brain. Since one of the most direct avenues to the brain is via the eye, a child can learn more effectively if they are seeing correctly. And an athlete will perform better because the eye is able to gather all of the information necessary to perform.
“By stimulating the weaker hemisphere of the brain you allow it to become stronger, thus improving overall performance. One method of stimulating the brain is to use light pulses. When using Eyelights you can control the intensity, frequency, and pattern of light pulses, which will result in being able to “wake up” the weaker side of the brain.”
Unilateral Adjusting: Understanding how and why to specifically adjust areas of the spine is very important to creating the best possible outcomes. Dr. Serpe has completed neurologically based adjustment courses.
Triton DTS – Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression: A computer guided system that gently lengthens and decompresses the spine to provide lasting relief from chronic neck and back pain due to disc problems. We were one of the first chiropractic offices to bring this type of care to Naperville in 2004. Years of experience have given us a clinical edge allowing you to get the fastest relief possible.
KoreBalance™: A high-tech virtual and interactive computer based technology for balance assessment and rehab. Helps patients with balance disorders, vertigo, dizziness. This unique therapy exercises your 3 centers of balance (eyes, inner ear and Proprioception or body position sense) in a fun and simple way.
Rebuilder™: A proven electrical stimulator that sends a comfortable electronic pulse/signal to your feet and legs that can get your nerves functioning again. You can think of it like a heart pacemaker that restores and improves heart function: the ReBuilder restores, stabilizes, and rebuilds the nerves in your extremities.
Interactive Metronome®: A computerized brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program. Has helped patients with ADD/HD, Learning Disorders, MS, Parkinson’s, Stroke Rehab. Reprograms timing and balances the brain. Dr. Serpe is a Certified Interactive Metronome Physician.
ATM2™ System: A unique exercise device that provides relief from chronic neck, back, shoulder and hip pain by restoring core muscles and increasing range of motion. Can bring back pain relief in as little as 5 minutes.
HealthLight® – InfraRed (IR) Therapy: Infrared therapy is an FDA cleared treatment that has been shown to decrease pain, inflammation, speed healing and more. By directing specific frequencies of infrared and near infrared light to the body this painless treatment can accelerate the healing process and increase circulation. IR has been clinically shown to help with Carpal Tunnel, Peripheral Neuropathy, RSDS, Fibromyalgia and other painful conditions.
Nutritional Counseling: Part of the bigger picture to restoring your health is how you eat. We have specialized training to provide you with sound direction when it comes to eating well and supplementation.
Glutathione Therapy: Known as the mother of all antioxidants, glutathione is found in almost every cell in the body. Glutathione can help decrease pain and inflammation, give you more energy and rid your body of numerous toxins.
Professional Massage Therapy: Our licensed therapists have been trained in multiple techniques to help reduce muscle spasm quickly. Deep tissue, trigger point, gentle fibromyalgia massage, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, Swedish and more. Continued education courses have included – Rotator Cuff, Prenatal and Fibromyalgia.
Individualized Home Exercising Planning: Many of our patients want to take an active role in their recovery. We empower you with individualized exercise programs tailored to your specific needs. These plans often contain several ‘phases’ that change as you become stronger and healthier. Let’s make you the best you can be.
RealEyes by Micromedical: video of eye movements that is extremely helpful in treating patients with balance disorders, dizziness, and vertigo.
TOVA Testing: This standardized computer testing is used to determine both visual and auditory attention capabilities in both children and adults. The test takes about 20 minutes to perform. This is used to document the need for care and the response to treatment. This is a great objective tracking tool.
This is just a sampling of the vast array to breakthrough approaches available with brain-based therapy.
Once we have run the necessary tests to determine your specific condition, we can successfully treat you via proper neurological and all natural nutritional protocols.
Are you ready to find relief today?