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Doctor Changes Practice Because of Wife's Health


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Time: 6:11 Added: 6/18/2013
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Dr. Jamie W. Wright discusses how his life and practice changed after dealing with his wife's illness. Watch this incredible story of how conventional medicine failed to help treat his wife and how he dropped everything to care for her and help get her well.

Contributor(s): Wright, Jamie D.O., FACOOG
Tags: stress, pain, prescription drugs, health care, bladder infections
Transcript:
Interviewer:  Talk about your wife's condition a little bit.  That, I think, had a big role in altering and changing what you do now.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  Yeah, my wife's health definitely was the driving force behind going this route with my professional career.

You know my wife, we've been married now almost 16 years, and she's never really had normal health.  Just kind of funny things, you know.  The things that make you go hmmm.  And even as a medical student I remember thinking, you know my body doesn't do those things.  

Interviewer:  Right.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  We had our first two children.  During those two pregnancies, one of them she ended up in the cardiac ICU with a strange reaction.  Another one, she had strange hiving around her whole body that you could watch evolve before your eyes.  Ended up in the ICU for that one.  These strange kind of immunological things going on.

One of the things that I didn't do is I didn't ask why.  And you know, she was relatively healthy.  But we trained in Michigan and I grew up in Michigan, and we ended up leaving the state to go practice in Louisiana.  And one of the reasons was she couldn't walk very well when it got cold.  So that's an interesting concept.  My 30-year old wife doesn't walk well when it's cold, so let's move out of state.  Right?  

Interviewer:  Yeah.  

Dr. Jamie Wright:  Instead of let's find the problem.  But anyway, we moved to Louisiana and I started my solo practice and I think the combination of having her fourth child down there, environmental changes, a lot of stress in the family, and maybe other things that I don't quite understand really culminated in a dramatic down, decline in her health to the point where she was having extreme fatigue, joint pain, bladder pain, you know, numerous quote bladder infections, which really wasn't what was going on but that's sort of what the label was that was put on it.

Interviewer:  Um-hmm.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  Doctors actually gave her diagnoses that she didn't have.  Like they'd do a test looking for something and they'd say, well, this doesn't, the second test doesn't actually confirm the diagnosis but we're going to give it to you anyway.  So she was on one treatment that was actually harmful to her in retrospect.  

At one point she was taking about 5 prescription drugs.  Things like Cymbalta and Neurontin, and Lurica.  And you know what?  Life was terrible.  The best way I can say it on camera.

Interviewer:  Yeah.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  So I had what I call my kitchen moment.  I came home about 2:00 in the morning from a delivery.  Stood in my kitchen and sort of surveyed my life.  My wife was in bed where she was a lot of the time.  My kids were sleeping and I thought, well I guess this is just what happens when you get older.  And I was 34.

Interviewer:  Hmm.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  And fortunately I had enough presence of mind to go, what are you thinking?  And when I said why, this other path sort of opened up in my mind.  It was sort of a fuzzy, foggy path but I knew that that was the path that had the potential of leading me down, uh, leading me to some solutions.  And so I decided then and there that I was going to find a better way.

So my better way at that time was to get out of medicine.  That ultimately led me full circle to doing what I do now which is to help people use logical, rational, physiologic based methods to get well. 

Interviewer:  And I don't want to get to personal but can you touch on how your wife is doing and some of the steps since you had your kitchen moment?

Dr. Jamie Wright:  So what did we do to get her well.

Interviewer:  Um-hmm.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  Well, it really became a quest to get the whole family well.  We really had to change the entire way we viewed health.  

So most people think it's normal to get sick and fat and tired because that's really want everybody else does around them.  Then you see that occasional person with really, really robust health and what do you say?  Well, it's their genetics, right?

Interviewer:  Um-hmm.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  Well, it's not.  But it is.  It's always everything.  So we just began to change our diet.  I started some, a fellowship training in anti-aging if you will.

Interviewer:  Um-hmm.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  That led me to begin using more sophisticated nutritional therapies on her but I really wasn't that smart then.  She got better.  Now within 6 months we had her off all but one drug.  And it was in December of 2009 that I thought well, I think I have my wife back.  

And then in February of 2010, she developed Graves Disease, and Graves Disease is a really, really serious and very troubling thyroid problem where your thyroid is very overactive.  

Interviewer:  Hm.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  You know her heart rate was 140 beats a minute.  Her skin changed.  Her hair was falling out.  It was really, really a troubling, disturbing thing.  And that was really around the time when I was changing my career as well.  So I realized after I got over being hit in the face by a 2x4, which is what it felt like, I realized that I guess there is more going on than I thought and I realized that I had to dig deeper.  

So now here we are about three years later, about exactly three years later, and she's off all of her meds.  We did not have her thyroid destroyed or surgery done.  I fundamentally believed that if we pursued the truth which was that God made everybody to work, not to be sick...

Interviewer:  Um-hmm.

Dr. Jamie Wright:  ...if we pursued those truths, that this would resolve itself.  And she has absolutely perfect thyroid function now.  But we've uncovered some other deeper core issues that were probably the driving force behind that years ago.

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