I was 20 years old and covered in Psoriasis. It was on my back, my legs, arms, chest, scalp and face. I went to dermatologist after dermatologist, and kept getting the same answers about my mysterious condition. “No cause, no cure”. The most help I could squeeze out of these doctors was the possibility that a hydro-cortisone cream might help to relieve the painful, itchy, and unsightly red blotches of skin that were taking over my body and life; but these creams came with their own set of side effects. I was at wits end. I felt totally out of control of my own body, and pretty much tossed aside by my doctors and by western medicine in general. Oddly enough, I was referred to Dr. DeFino by a friend of my mom’s who had seen him for back pain, and who had also brought her dog to him to help in the pet’s ailments. She claimed that he worked miracle. At this point, I was open to anything that could help me feel and look better…
I arrived at Dr. DeFino’s office for a nutritional screening, and spinal exam. I had previously had blood tests done with my MD to check for food allergies, and came up negative on all fronts, so I was a bit skeptic when approaching another set of “tests”. Dr. DeFino’s techniques were not what I expected at all. First of all, when you step into his office, you automatically feel a sense of well being. There is pretty music playing, water fountains, plants, it felt like a little sanctuary of some kind. Nora at the front desk is very relaxed, prompt, and understanding. I remember thinking to myself “this is not a doctors office, this is a healing clinic.” I wanted to hang out for a while and read some of the books, no joke. You would have to go for yourself and have him work his magic on you to know what I mean, but he performed the most unusual of tests. Totally non-invasive, no needles, no hour long waits, no people around you coughing. You didn’t feel like you were just another number being called upon and rushed out before the next number was up, not at all. He reserved a full hour and a half just for me! At times, I wanted to laugh because it felt so surreal.
To make a long story short, Dr. DeFino was able to clarify for me what Psoriasis was. It’s not just a skin disorder with no cause and no cure. It’s just that the cause is hard to see, and the cure doesn’t come in a cream. He also was able to determine for me that although blood tests showed I had no allergies, I was hyper-sensitive to certain foods, and that I had a parasite and an out of control growth of candida (yeast) in my intestines. And that the psoriasis on my body was most likely a result of these factors. He told me that my body naturally craved protein, and didn’t like other things, and that I should avoid some foods entirely. He suggested I take a regimen of supplements that he could provide for me that day, from vitamins to extracts from the rain forest, avoid a list of foods for at least a month, and to come back after 30 days to see how my body was responding. He even suggested that I recite a certain affirmation each night before I go to bed to help adjust my serotonin levels. It seems bizarre, but I swear it works. He helped me to understand my body as a series of systems, and that when parts of the systems become out of balance, the body reacts in strange ways, such as red blotches of skin. He recommended exercise, sleep, meditation, and a few simple things that didn’t come in a bottle and that weren’t made by a pharmaceutical company, and that my MD didn’t even think of mentioning.
The psoriasis on my body didn’t heal immediately, but I noticed a dramatic change in my energy level and over-all feeling throughout my days over that next month. Within two months, the psoriasis was in remission, and after just 4 months it was gone completely off of my body. “No cure”, Haha, I laugh at those silly nay-sayers. It has been more than three years since I first visited Dr. DeFino. Psoriasis occasionally appears on my body, but I do not feel like it controls me. I view it as a sign to get back on track with eating properly and maintaining a level, stress-free head. I still return to his office for adjustments and nutritional guidance. He has a genuine warmth to him that makes you really feel like he is there to help you feel better. Not to just treat your symptoms, but to help heal at your deepest level. Dr. DeFino is not the over-night quick fix, but he can help you find the power in yourself to heal and be healed, and he has a few tricks up his sleeve that well, do the trick. If you have ailments of any sort, even if you just feel like you need more energy, I highly suggest you pay him a visit. It will be worth your time, your money, and you will feel better.