Duane Perron - Multiple Sclerosis
My name is Duane Perron. I am 65 years old and I have had Multiple Sclerosis since 1978. I was involved in a double-blind study in 1983 because things had gotten very bad. My MS is classified as Progressive-Relapsing MS. The treatment given was a mixture of ACTH and Cyclospasmal. IT was able to hold my MS from getting worse for 5 years. I went for a second treatment but that was not effective. Since then I have been slowly going downhill. The newest aids out do not work on my type of MS and if it wasn't for my determination to exercise each day and not give in to MS I would have gotten much worse than I did. I had read about Bee Venom Therapy and Acupuncture on the Internet. I tried to get involved in the first, but the clinics that were giving injections and the year study were too far away for me to participate. So I decided to somehow try acupuncture. My primary care physician (Dr. Jack Chang) is Chinese, so I asked him who to go to. His answer changed my whole life. He said that he did not know any acupuncturists in the area but he gave me the address and telephone number of the New England School of Acupuncture located in Watertown, MA. He said to call them, tell them your problem with MS and ask for a name of a local acupuncturist to consult.
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The next day, I did and called back with the name of "Cynthia LaBruzzo" in Chelmsford, MA (the next town) and her telephone number. They also told me that she had treated MS patients before with good results. I called her and we talked and made an appointment for that Saturday. That was two months ago and this is what happened.
I told her all about my MS. She took my pulse and checked my tongue and asked a great many questions about my MS and what exactly I wanted to be treated. My MS is on the left side of my body from head to toe. The optic nerve in my left eye does not function. I cannot hear in my left ear. I have trigeminal neuralgia on the left side of my face. My left arm is weakened. I drag my left leg along when I walk (shuffle). I cannot lift my left foot or wiggle my left toes. I have spasticity in both legs, but very much so in the left leg. Then to add insult to injury, I am 100% left-handed. She has been treating me for 2 months, and this is the result so far.
About 2 weeks ago my wife and I went grocery shopping and as we left the store I said to her, "Stay behind me and watch how I walk." She did and she said, "You are taking much larger steps, you are lifting up your left leg, not dragging it, and you are standing up straight!" I did the same thing at both of our daughters' houses. Then that Wednesday I had an appointment with my eye doctor (Dr. John Capino) for a 6-month checkup and he said to me, "I don't know the reason but in all the tests run today, the parameters on the results have at least doubled. That should not occur but it did!" I have also cut down on the medication I was taking for trigeminal neuralgia from 4 tablets a day to 1 tablet a day. The only reason I am taking that is that my acupuncturist, Cynthia, didn't want me to stop completely yet, even though I feel I don't need any because of the needles she puts in my left jaw. But the best is yet to come.
Over Labor Day weekend my wife and I went away to the ocean for a bit of time off together. We stayed right on the beach. We walked around town, went out to eat some, did some cooking in the motel unit, read a lot, and each day we walked through the beach sand to the water and waded in the water and waves a number of times each day. Now I haven't been able to walk in the sand at the beach or let waves hit my legs for at least 12 years! But I did that week and I did it barefooted without my brace, just my cane for balance. On the last day, I walked down to the water alone and then down the beach at the water's edge for about 3 city blocks and then back. All this was again barefooted, etc. I thank God for ALL she has done for me and for leading me to Cynthia, my acupuncturist. She has really been so helpful and caring. I also know that this will continue to improve. I had a friend tell me, "Finding a good acupuncturist is like finding a good doctor....and it seems you have finally found your angel."
- Duane Perron, Multiple Sclerosis Patient
Bob Ellis - Asthma
Self Evaluation: As a patient of acupuncture I believe that you must have faith. You must have faith that the procedure is one that is proven to work. You must have faith that the person performing the acupuncture is capable.
The Procedure: I came to Cynthia LaBruzzo without a referral. My first visit was extremely successful and it convinced me that acupuncture could and would work for me. I have had good and bad weeks. The quality of my life has shown great improvement, and for that I am thankful. When I started I had difficulty with my breathing and had large amounts of phlegm that I was coughing up most of the day.
In the past, I would think before I would go downstairs at work. I would accumulate things so I would go down a minimum number of times as I would have to rest and get my breath after I came back upstairs. As of today, I have very little to no phlegm daily, and my breathing has improved to a point that I no longer have to think about it.
The Person: I have a great deal of respect for Cynthia LaBruzzo, who has been treating me with acupuncture. She is an extremely professional person who shows warmth, care, concern, and compassion during my visits. I feel that she sometimes has more interest in my cure than I do. She shows concern when I report that I have had a bad week.
She has continued to show concern and compassion for my brother-in-law that she met during my first visit and later learned that he has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
I have a great deal of faith in her ability to further improve my quality of life with the continuance of acupuncture treatments.
The Patient: Very appreciative and thankful.
- Bob Ellis, Asthma Patient
Marie and Billy - Infertility
When I came to see Cynthia LaBruzzo I was running out of hope and insurance. I had been trying to get pregnant for the better part of a decade. I had several IUI's and had gone through 7 IVF's. My insurance was willing to cover only 1 more. I came for acupuncture treatment for several months before attempting my final IVF. 4 eggs were fertilized and the dr. transferred 2. Much to my dr. surprise the 2 fertilized eggs took. I continued seeing Cynthia throughout my pregnancy. I had no nausea and an easy pregnancy despite carrying twins. On March 12, I gave birth to Samuel 6 lbs 9 oz., and Peter 6 lbs 8 oz. I give full credit to Cynthia for the birth and health of my 2 sons. A couple of years later my husband and I were debating what to do with the 2 remaining fertilized eggs. I didn't want them destroyed and my husband didn't want to have children out there that he would never know. I went back to Cynthia. Because the eggs were old and I was old, the fertility clinic didn't give me much hope. But again to everyone's surprise I conceived, so now in addition to our 2 beautiful boys, we have our darling Molly. We have a family we never thought we'd have. Cynthia, we can not put into words our gratitude.
- Marie and Billy - Infertility Patients