Customized Medicines

Customized Medicines
Dr. Sonja O'Bryan, Pharm.D., ABAAHP Board Certified Health Practitioner Diplomate-American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine: "Creative Medicines" for Hormones-Weight-Pain-Fatigue-Skin Diseases-Pediatrics-Autoimmune Disorders-Veterinary Needs. Using Complimentary, Integrative, Regenerative, Bio-Identical, and Lifestyle Medicine For Health and Healing.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One Size Does NOT Fit All

When you are heading into the clothing store you might find something with the label One-size-fits-all.  That's great if you are buying sunglasses, a hat, or even some styles of clothing, but when it comes to medicine and the individual needs of a person, it's often not the best way.  One of the questions that I often respond to is, "Dr. Sonja, what is it that you actually do?"  Well, in a nutshell, I design custom medicines!  Creative Medicines!!  And "I" is not even the way I should respond.  I have a staff surrounding me that really know how to make things happen under my direction and supervision.  I get phone call after phone call, in a days time, from physicians, practitioners, and patients from all over the country asking me what possibilities exist for their specific concerns. 

......What kind of concerns?

I just wanted to share some of the neat things that we were able to intervene on in recent weeks so that you have an understanding of what it means to customize medicine.

Patient 1: Hemorrhoids!  Yep, a patient with the horrible problem of hemorrhoids.  I received the call and was happy to share that I could design a suppository formulation with multiple ingredients that would heal his problem.  His case also happened to be higher in the rectum area causing fissures and tears.  No problem.  We can design medicine for any area of the body and any need.  We also make a cream that's magical for hemorrhoids.  NO kidding.  GI Doctors write for it all the time. 

Patient 2: Fertility and Miscarriages A woman with fertility issues and a history of lost pregnancies.  We tested her hormone levels, and I worked with her OB/Gyn to help her get into a normal menstrual cycle pattern.  We also created progesterone suppositories that helped her sustain a pregnancy.  Love that!!  I especially love baby pictures 9 months later. 

Patient 3:  Profuse Sweating A young teenager with horrible sweating causing embarrassment and irritation.  I designed a deodorant formulation that will dry up the sweating and stop the rash.  Yes we have dispensing units that allow us to make deodorant like you see in the stores.  It's really "cool" to be able to provide this treatment.  We've used it and put it to the test over and over in patients.  The patients always come back.

Patient 4:  Autism A child with autism who requires a small dose of medicine and needs a specific flavor for palatibility issues.  No problem!

Patient 5:  Shingles A patient with shingles who had intense stinging and burning pain along with a rash caused by this terrible disease.  On her, we were able to customize a medicine with 3 ingredients that put a halt to the pain and allowed healing.  Yeah!! 

Patient 6:  Vaginal Dryness A woman with a condition called Lichen Sclerosus who has suffered for 8 years before finding us. She also had hormone deficiencies resulting is significant vaginal dryness. Thankfully a referral was made by her provider to me and YES I had a formulation that we started about 4 weeks ago with her.  She reports that she is improved and regaining some of her life back.

Patient 7: Menopause A woman with horrible symptoms of menopause.  Sweating, depression, fatigue, irritability, and the whole gammet.  I consulted with her privately, tested her hormone levels, and designed a formulation specificially to her need by collaborating with her personal physician.  This is the majority of our business. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. It's the future of medicine now and women in our care are doing great.  It's spreading like wildfire. 

Patient 8:  Psoriasis A man with psoriasis who did not like to wear shorts or short sleeves because of the embarrassment of the patches and silvery areas on his elbows and knees.  No problem.  We again had a multi ingredient recommendation that cleared him up wonderfully and even added a shampoo for his scalp too.  He's doing great!

Patient 9:  Diaper Rash A baby with horrible diaper rash.  We actually intervene a lot to provide Happy Hiney's.  Our magic BUTT Paste will do the trick.   Our pediatricians and providers write for it all the time to soothe bottoms for our little patients. 

Patient 10:  Animal Care A cat with hyperthyroidism.  Yes, we do veterinary work too.  We make a special medicine that can be rubbed into the non-hairy pat of a cats ear to fix it's thyroid disease.  It's a pretty common formulation for us to make.  We also help animals with anxiety, wetting, and allergies.   Years ago, I made medicine for sharks.....and a sick elephant.....oh, and lets not forget the Llama.  No kidding.  :)

Patient 11:  Restless Leg Syndrome  This morning I'm working with a physician on a patient with plantar fasciitis, horrible insomnia, and restless leg syndrome.  She wants to go a natural approach.  My research gives compelling evidence that there are often neurotransmitter deficiencies that can be evaluated with targeted therapies to restore those levels to norm.  Her physician and I have worked through her medical history, failed therapies, concerns, and symptoms and will give her the TLC that is necessary to figure out where the problem exists.

Here's some other needs that have come up just in the last couple of weeks:  Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression, Alzheimer's Disease, Low Testosterone (Andropause), Weight Gain, Autoimmune Disease, Thyroid Disease, Acne Treatments, Scar Therapy, and I'm now providing agents for Medical Spas to use in Anti-Aging Procedures.  The list could go on, and on, and on. 

So to say that I have the coolest job in the world is TRUE.  I never know what's coming in a days time, but with some years (cough....cough...actually almost 25) of experience and knowledge behind me, I can now make some great recommendations to heal whatever ails.  It really is amazing to make "Creative Medicines" for a living.  I've met a lot of great people who felt trapped by their physical need but who fortunately made the phone call to see if there was a better way.  Trust is not taken lightly because I have to calculate percentages, and determine if certain medicines can be added together, and figure out a way to make it the most effective to the need.  It's really quite intense at times, but we have great resources, libraries, and consultants available to us.  

The cost of customized medicine is always a concern for people.   No joke, I can often design a medicine for the same price that you would pay on your insurance copay.  Really?  Yes! And often cheaper.  Truth!!

If you are struggling with something, ANYTHING, please don't hesitate to call.  I would love to help you out and share some options.  Let's get you FIXED!! 

To your good health,
Dr. Sonja