Isabel used to suffer from an autoimmune disease known as MCTD, or mixed connective tissue disease. When she first visited Dr. Mark Hyman, her diagnose included systemic lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her condition was considered incurable, and was followed by debilitating side effects.
The disease affected every part of Isabel’s body – her white and red blood cells, blood vessels, skin, muscles, and liver. She had a swollen face, swollen joints, and constantly inflamed skin.
She was taking aspirin, steroids, and acid blockers when she visited Dr. Hyman, and as he explains, the girl was practically miserable and chronically tired.
Clearly, the medications she was taking weren’t helpful. Her former doctors advised her to take a chemo drug on a daily basis to suppress her immune system’s activity. Although the drug can help relieve the symptoms, it can also increase the chances of cancer and death from infection. That’s why she didn’t take the drug, and went to Dr. Hyman.