Because good health is a lifestyle choice
It has been 5 years since I first walked into Dr. Costa’s office. She is a chiropractor and functional medicine doctor and I was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. I was there with my 21 daughter who had been suffering with migraines since she was a child. Western, mainstream medicine had not been able to identify the causes of the migraines and therefore could only give her medicine to ease the pain. I wanted more and had heard about this amazing doctor from a friend. I understood the chiropractor benefits but really didn’t know what functional medicine was or how it could help. But we wanted answers and we were willing to dabble in this interesting type of medicine to see what happened. It was a life altering decision for the whole family. Every one of us has benefited from being under Dr. Costa’s care.I could write about how spectacular it is to watch her mind work as she plans a course for discovering the bio chemical reasons for a medical condition or the astonishing results we have all experienced. I could also discuss how her chiropractic skills have helped my body become healthier, stronger, and all around enhanced since I began to see her. But I really want to talk about who she is, as a person.Dr. Cynthia Costa is one of the most dedicated doctors I have ever met. Along with her outstanding medical skills she also has keen instincts. And she cares, really cares about each and every patient. She wants to find the answers as much as her patients want answers. It doesn’t take long to realize you can put your trust in her. Dr. Costa is so enthusiastic about her expertise that she goes to seminars and continuing education classes, way beyond the hours that are required.
I was referred to Dr. Costa about 9 months ago. I had several friends who had achieved great results under her care. For over 4 years I had been struggling with my weight. No matter what I did I just couldn’t get my weight down. I would exercise and eat healthy, counting calories, and my weight kept going up! I had been working with another alternative health doctor and things only got worse. I kept asking if my thyroid wasn’t functioning, and was told everything was fine and that I must be doing something wrong. I was so angry and didn’t feel listened to.I finally surrendered and made an appointment with Dr. Costa. I was 45 lbs. overweight and frustrated! I felt so comfortable in her office. She listened while I cried sharing my frustrations. She explained that we’d get to the root of the problem, but that getting the weight off was going to take time and patience. First we needed to run tests. She ran more extensive tests and discovered, in fact, my thyroid wasn’t functioning! We discovered that my body was shut down…nothing was functioning. We needed to get my adrenals, thyroid, and pituitary working again before the body could respond and begin to lose weight. The first thing I noticed, following her directions was my energy was back and my stress was almost gone. I used to nap every afternoon, and wake up feeling anxious. About 6 weeks into the digestive cleanse, and avoiding gluten and dairy, I began to lose weight and had lost 10 lbs. We did another blood test and my adrenals and thyroid were within functioning levels. I did not need medication to get me working again! Dietary adjustments and moderate exercise are getting me results.What I have loved is her intuition and compassion working with my body. She’s also a great teacher. I know when my adrenals are stressed and know what to do. I know when my body is telling me to avoid a food. She has taught me how to listen to my body, and that empowers me to take care of myself and not rely on her for everything. I still have weight to lose, but I have found the path and the doctor to guide me.Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Costa.
Dr. Cynthia Costa has had a profound effect on my life. Her incredible knowledge of the human body’s Bio-Chemistry functions and her strong drive to help her patients find answers has helped me manage and “heal” an Autoimmune Disease that I was told by my Gastrointestinal (GI) doctor would never heal. I’ve always considered myself a healthy person. But in 2010, at the age of 59, I developed Severe Ulcerated Colitis after going on a cruise to Alaska. The symptoms caused havoc on my intestinal system. I lived in the bathroom for 12 days straight. I had a colonoscopy and was given the diagnosis. My wife asked the GI doctor what I should avoid eating and he replied, “He can eat anything. Food is going to run through him for the rest of his life.” Then he told her that he ordered medicine that I would have to take forever and that I should expect a reoccurrence several times a year. My wife and I spent the next few months researching diets and alternative healing for Ulcerated Colitis. While this was going on, our 21 year old daughter had started seeing Dr. Costa for lifelong issues with migraines. Within 1 month of our daughter’s migraines subsided (I will leave the details for another story), the point is that I wondered if Dr. Costa could help me. I was apprehension because I had never been to an Alternative Doctor and was not sure what to expect but I scheduled an appointment anyway. During our first appointment, Dr. Costa explained the plan to do additional testing to find the reasons why I developed Ulcerated Colitis. She also told me that it would take at least a year to start seeing significant changes. Dr. Costa was clear that Autoimmune Disease can be managed but not healed. Her honesty and focus was refreshing.Through the various tests Dr Costa had me take, she discovered there were specific foods my body couldn’t tolerate such as gluten, corn, and dairy, to name a few. Also, my blood tests showed my body needed support in several areas, especially my adrenal glands. Dr. Costa combined the prescription medicine program I was on with supplements to heal and support my body. She also asked me to do several cleanses to help clean and repair my colon, liver, etc. Even after I started to feel better, I have continued to see her on a regular basis in order to maintain my good health. I now take 1 pill every other day instead of the 9 pills a day the GI believed I would always have to take. Five years later, I had my follow up colonoscopy and “miraculously” I have no signs of Active Colitis. The new GI doctor was surprised after seeing my first colonoscopy results because this is not something she is used to seeing. My wife responded, “I guess Functional Medicine works.” My sister-in-law developed ulcerated colitis last year and went straight to Dr. Costa for answers. She just had a follow-up colonoscopy and she, too, no longer has any Active Ulcerated Colitis. Yes, both my sister-in-law and I had to do the work Dr. Costa assigned us, supplements, and cleanses and a specific eating regiment but it was her guidance that got us to where we are today.
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