Learn More About Cindy Howard
Dr. Cindy M. Howard has been in private practice in Orland Park, Illinois for 15 years. After earning her diplomate in Diagnosis and Internal Disorders she combines both musculoskeletal work with functional medicine. Her practice focuses on healing each individual patient by working with them in order to find the underlying causes of their symptoms in order to correct any dysfunction and restore them to good health. Dr. Howard is a past President and Educational Committee Chair of the ACA Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders and currently serves as the Northern Illinois Delegate for the American Chiropractic Association. She serves on the Educational committee, the Membership committee, the Presence committee, and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine committee. Dr. Howard speaks professionally around the country and also teaches Pediatrics, Immunology and Male and Female Disorders for the DABCI post graduate program. She also holds a Fellowship from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Her current lecture circuit is about gut health and the importance of achieving gut balance in order to prevent and correct illness.
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01:58 Dr. Howard’s Functional Medicine Journey: In college she earned a degree in exercise physiology. She was a professional dancer and personal trainer. She wanted to do more. She turned to chiropractic. She now teaches around the country.
04:14 Cancer Diagnosis: She had swollen lymph glands. She ran a blood panel which showed that something was seriously wrong. She ran a thermogram and did a CT scan of her chest. The lymph nodes in her neck and two more in her chest appeared to be cancerous. A biopsy confirmed Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
05:43 Treatment: She went to a cancer center that utilized allopathic and oral nutrition/supplementation and IV nutrition. She knew that chemotherapy was poison in her body, but she wanted to live and it would be beneficial. She incorporated great deal of oral nutrition, made dietary changes and used IV nutrients: vitamin C, and glutathione, as well as calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. She utilized these nutrients before, during and after chemotherapy.
08:19 Possible Causes: She had symptoms that she had not noticed. About a year before treatment, her skin was itchy, especially if she ate a non-organic apple. The itching progressed to be a deep, almost to the bone, feeling. Nothing relieved the symptoms. Another symptom appeared about 2 years ago. Occasionally, she would have a glass of wine or glass of whiskey. It would cause a terrible pain in her neck for about 15 or 20 minutes. She stopped the alcohol. Those are two symptoms for the cancer.
11:06 Annual Physical: Get a thorough physical and comprehensive blood work every year, even if you are feeling great. Watch for trends in your blood work.
12:18 Dr. Howard’s Red Flag Blood Markers: Her white blood cell was extremely high. Her sed rate, an inflammation marker, was elevated. LDH and alkaline phosphoresce were extremely high. A/G ratio was too low. Uric acid was elevated.
12:48 A Fat Neck: Dr. Howard works out 6 days a week. She remembers working out at the gym and thinking that her neck looked fat. She ran thyroid panels. She believes that this was from the lymph nodes.
15:26 Keeping Hair Through Chemo: Dr. Howard found the thought of losing her hair to be very upsetting. She didn’t want people to look at her and think of her as sick. To keep her hair she used Penguin Cold Caps (https://penguincoldcaps.com/us/). She rented 14 caps that she put on her head about 60 minutes before her chemo treatment, freezing her head to minus 32 degrees. It deters the chemotherapy from targeting hair follicles on the head. She did lose some volume, but kept her hair.
18:42 Pregnancy is Harder: Dr. Howard has been journaling her experience and the title of her book will be Pregnancy is Harder than Cancer. She had 3 very difficult pregnancies. She viewed her cancer as a gift. She wanted to inspire and educate others from it.
21:37 Prevention Strategies: She had been gluten free and dairy free before her diagnosis. After the diagnosis, she eliminated all sugar and alcohol from her diet. She eats at great many raw foods. Shop the outside of the grocery aisles. She trains hard, but during treatment she needed to rest. Now she is back to hard training in the gym. She does a Russian-based program that does a lot of treadmill training on an incline with short bursts of intensity, back peddling, and plyometrics. She does lots of core work and sprinting.
24:01 High Intensity Training for Women: HIIT is not about quantity. It is about the quality. It is a great way to get better results and maintain results.
24:55 Dr. Howard’s Favorite Nutrient: She has a top ten list, but would have to say arabinogalactans in pill or powder form. It is great for the immune system. It is a prebiotic, so it helps the gut. If the gut isn’t healthy, we aren’t healthy.
26:18 Dr. Howard’s Elevator Pitch: Eat better. We should be getting back to basics with food, not consuming things that come in a box or can sit on a shelf for a period of time. We would be healthier.