Patty Adams is a truck driver who travels across the country and into Canada. Two years ago she noticed she was starting to have trouble with her vision.
"I was struggling, I was having a lot of distortion, almost a fishbowl effect out of my right eye and I was having trouble focusing," Patty said.
She was diagnosed with Wet Macular Degeneration and learned she would require eye injections monthly. The treatment was meant to slow the progression of her disease.
Patty decided to do her own research and found xRMD.com online.
The company specializes in Epigenetics. The science of nourishing cells based on the patients specific genes and biochemistry. The current focus is on migraine headaches and eye health.
Patty signed up for a free consultation and then did a cheek swab and provided several blood samples for analysis. A few weeks later she received a detailed report and met with Dr. George Rozakis
Patty had a hysterectomy, which affected her hormone levels, but there was more her test revealed.
"She had genetic errors which impacted her methylation pathways, and she had really major problems with nutrition, certain foods that she was eating caused a tremendous amount of inflammation in her body," Dr. Rozakis said.
Patty received a detailed nutrition report that detailed foods she should and should not be eating. She learned she's sensitive to gluten and dairy products.
Dr. Rozakis walked her through a complicated diagram of her genes and showed, based on her results, what she may be lacking supplement wise.
She was prescribed supplements and bio-identical hormones.
Patty says she followed the program, changed her diet and noticed a remarkable improvement in her vision.
"Within three months, the distortion was easing greatly and within six months my eyesight is crystal clear," Patty said.
Her doctor believes her Wet MD is in remission and Patty no longer needs eye injections. However, Dr. Rozakis stopped short of saying that she's cured.
"Epigenetics has similar properties to the actual injection. Further more, you can help a patient by treating inflammation," Dr. Rozakis said.
While eye health is a treatment focus of epigenetics, more research needs to be done to see if Patty's case can be repeated in others or if she's an anomaly.
However, the Macular Degeneration Association , a non-profit, recently recommended patients consider a personalized genetic test that could potentially indicate the difference between slowing or accelerating the progression of vision loss.
The drawback are the testing can be expensive and depending on what's recommended, and the supplements and prescription therapy can add up as well. As of now, it's not covered most insurance companies.
Patty believes in the program and says the investment into her health was well worth the expense she paid.
"I feel so much better, my thinking is clearer and sharper, my vision is clearer and sharper, my hair has grown thick and shiny and I have energy I didn't have before," Patty said.