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progressive supranuclear palsy

Progressive supranuclear palsy, or simply PSP, is anything but a simple diagnosis. This Parkinson’s-like illness affects thousands of people and it appears to be more common than ever.

Let me tell you how my life was dramatically changed by PSP.

My Dad

My father, Dr. Paul Wolfson was my hero. I wanted to be exactly like him when I grew up.

His childhood was not easy, being the son of a meat butcher in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

No one gave him anything and he worked/borrowed his way through college and medical school. He would become the first Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Iowa. Next, he was selected as the head of cardiology in a Chicago hospital, publishing many scientific papers and lecturing all over the world.

His motto was work hard and party hard. Along with my mom and my two younger siblings, we partied hard. Travels, meals, cars and a beautiful home was my childhood. It was magical.

My dad was the life of the party. Everywhere we went, people gravitated towards him. He had it all—family, friends, professional success, and money.

Sickness

Given my dad’s amazing life, it was absolutely shocking to us when, in his mid 50’s, he became depressed. No longer was he telling old stories and the latest jokes. No longer was he interested in parties or travel. Most amazingly, the man who LOVED being a cardiologist was now despising “going to work”.

What could this guy be depressed about? As I stated, he had it all.

As a family, we tried to get insight as to why he was so despondent. He couldn’t articulate why he was depressed, just that he didn’t feel right. So we did what any family would do, took him to see a psychiatrist. That doc tried him on meds, but there was no change.

The End

Then we noticed something different. He began to have problems walking and frequent falls, one time fracturing his ribs and suffering from a punctured lung. He also had a blank stare all the time. So we took him to see a neurologist who labeled him with a Parkinson’s-like illness. Not classic Parkinson’s, but similar. He was started on Parkinson’s meds, but there was no response.

Finally, we took him to the Mayo Clinic where he was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He exactly fit the description of PSP, but unfortunately, there is no treatment and there is no cause (according to Mayo and mainstream medicine). They told us he would die within 3 years. And he did.

The Beginning

Around the time of my father’s Mayo Clinic visit, I was introduced to a young woman. She was a recent graduate of chiropractic school and just starting her office practice. She rocked my world right from the start.

First, she told me exactly why my father was sick and dying. Dr. Heather taught me that he was eating the wrong foods, not enough of the right foods, and living a toxic lifestyle.

In short, the Mayo Clinic had no idea why my father was sick and dying, and this 29 year old chiropractic doc had ALL the reasons why.

Second, she told me I would follow in his footsteps if I didn’t change my life.

And I started to listen very closely. I saw the sickness in my family and in all my patients who were suffering in the current medical model.

I changed my personal life and I changed my professional life.

A Review of My Father

Here is what we think destroyed the health of my father.

Violations of Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well.

Here are just some of these violations:

  1. Drank artificially sweetened beverages with aspartame and acesulfame. Artificial color and flavors too
  2. Drank too much alcohol
  3. Drank and ate pesticide food
  4. Ate unhealthy animal foods from grain-fed tortured animals
  5. Rarely got sunshine as Chicago-based doctor
  6. Poor sleep
  7. Radiation exposure on the job
  8. Chemical exposure on the job
  9. Mold exposure at home from water damage
  10. Other chemicals
  11. Stress
  12. Lack of movement/exercise
  13. Poor dental hygiene.
  14. Lack of chiropractic/osteopathic care

How to Avoid PSP (or slow down the progression)

We have a lot of information about the following strategies on our website.

  1. Eat Well
  2. Live Well
  3. Think Well
  4. Test, Don’t Guess
  5. Evidence-based supplements
  6. Biohacking strategies

If you are looking for help and guidance, we are here for you. If you have PSP or are concerned about developing this devastating condition, we can help.

The best thing is to start with a free coaching call so we can determine your needs and provide the next steps.

Let’s work together to avoid the devastations of PSP and everything else.

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Our chiropractor is an expert at adjustments and holistic chiropractic care and works closely in conjunction with the other health care experts at Natural Heart Doctor.

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Office Visits

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

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Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.