Dr. Specht has been our family doctor since 1993. During all these years, he has done much more than helped all of us through occasional back ailments. He helped Sara get through shin splints so she could continue running track at high school. He fixed Kellen’s calf muscle so he could high jump in CIF finals last year. When Gail sprained her ankle and the doctors wanted to operate, Andy got Gail off crutches and back to normal without surgery. When Paul had carpal tunnel problems, Andy fixed that too. All this from one doctor – not bad!!
Perhaps the greatest influence Andy has had on my whole family is the overall feeling of good health. Before we met Andy, we all went to a family MD and took antibiotics for colds and flu symptoms (like most folks). Never Again!! The vitamins that Andy gives us helps everyone in our family deal with sickness, the stresses of life, traveling, sports, and, of course, trying to eat as best as we can.
When people say, “What’s your secret?” we smile and tell them all about Andy. We wish more people would listen to our story!!
Paul & Gail A.
To Whom It May Concern,
Fourteen years ago, I became very ill. Suddenly, I was experiencing a lot of muscular pain throughout my entire body. My left hip was so painful that I had lost most of my mobility and could only walk just the smallest steps. Climbing stairs was almost an impossible task. I could lift my left foot only the minimum amount necessary to clear the step and it was extremely painful. I could not sit for any extended time either so that riding in a car and airplane trips made the spasms worse. I do not know how I made it though the day because I did not get very much sleep at night. As soon as I would lay down the throbbing pain started in my hip. I had been an athlete my entire life so when this happened to me I was devastated. I had never been physically challenged in any way. I thought that I was not exercising enough so I increased my activity level. I was taking over – the- counter anti-inflammatory products believing that those would make me feel better. My condition got worse.
I went to my physician at Scripps Clinic for treatment. I had not yet discovered the benefits of chiropractic care. I was treated with stronger anti- inflammatory products and I was referred to the rheumatology department for cortisone shots. I was told that I had fibromyalgia. The drugs and the shots provided some relief but they did not provide long- lasting relief. I still had not found the source of the problem. The drugs gave me such horrible vivid nightmares. I was hallucinating. Then two significant events happened to change the course of my life forever. The first event involved the injections.
I was going on a trip across the USA. I needed cortisone shot and sleeping pills to get through the long plane ride. The rheumatologist who saw me said that I should reconsider getting the shots because eventually they would destroy the muscle tissue in my low back. I listened to her advice and I gratefully thanked her for her honesty. I never again had another cortisone injection.
Secondly, I was a physical and emotional disaster. I thought I was at death’s door because the course of treatment that I had chosen offered no solution. I was 40 years old, a wife and a mother of two pre-teenaged children. I was self – employed as a designer and manufacturer of women’s clothing. I could not do all this without good health. I was losing hope. My personal physician at the time told me that he thought I was mentally ill. The day that he said that to me I left his office never to return and never again did I take anti-inflammatory drugs or injections of any kind….not even an aspirin! I was so angry because I had put my trust in a system that caused my health to deteriorate even further than when I started out searching for a cure. I thought for sure that the end of my life was near. I could not stand the pain. I could not find the right help. I felt like I was dying.
A friend suggested that I start seeing a chiropractor for treatment. I admit that I was skeptical. After all, I had never been to a chiropractor and no one else could help me. What would be so different? I did not know what to expect and I was afraid of the unknown. The choice I made that day changed my life in a most profound way.
Over next two years, I improved greatly with holistic care and major lifestyle changes that I learned with the chiropractors that treated me. I started reading more about how I could improve my condition using alternative healthcare treatments and given the right components, my body started to heal itself. Now I was making healthier choices for my family and myself. I could sleep again and I became stronger. More years passed and I had relief from most of the daily pain but I still had this nagging pain in my left hip. I was encouraged by the improvements that I was experiencing so I continued to learn more.
One day, while reading Allergies: Disease in Disguise by Carolee Bateson-Koch DC ND, I discovered something that connected with me. I saw the name of Dr. Scott Walker in Encinitas as the originator of something called the Neuro-Emotional Technique. This sounded powerful to me. I was intrigued by the opportunity to try something new. The idea just clicked in my mind that I should pursue this.
When I called for the appointment, Dr. Walker was out on a teaching tour and would not return for sometime. The young lady, who answered the telephone, was Brenda Specht. She told me that in Dr. Walker’s absence, her husband, Dr. Andrew Specht could help me. And he did! Dr. Specht found that I needed some additional structural adjustments. He found that the pain in my left hip was related to an emotional component. After the unique chiropractic adjustment that I received that day, I no longer had pain in my hip. I have not ever experienced that pain since that day. That was six years ago.
Sometimes events in our lives are so powerful that they not only stay with us in our conscious memory but they also stay in our subconscious and manifest themselves as physical trauma. In his research, Dr. Walker found a way to access the source through very simple and logical methods based on the principles of acupuncture theory and chiropractic care. During the appointment with Dr. Specht, the Neuro-Emotional Technique that he used helped me to remember the emotions that set the trauma. It was so simple. I could hardly believe it. So many times, I have returned to him for help with other issues both physical and emotional. Over the years, he has used the Technique to help me many times. Each time, the result that I experience just reaffirms to me how remarkable this form of treatment can be. Neuro-Emotional Technique is a vehicle that allows your mind and body to release trauma. It helps you to break free from the barriers that might keep you from being the best you can be.
Dr. Specht is gifted and caring. He has continued to help me restore my health. I no longer have fibromyalgia and my health is better now than I can ever remember. He has helped every member of my family and some of my friends to improve the quality of their lives and improve their well being. Through his excellent skills as a Doctor of Chiropractic and his proficiency as a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Emotional Technique, Dr. Andy Specht can help you improve the quality of your life.
It is with the deepest appreciation that I thank you Dr. Specht for your many years of dedicated service to my family. Thank you for being the best you can be!
During one of my visits to Dr. Andrew Specht, I had mentioned my oldest son grinds his teeth, and that he also had a hole on the bridge of his nose. Was there something he could do to help him? Dr. Specht said he could test to see if it was an emotional or structural issue for the teeth grinding. As for the hole on his nose he would also see what he could do to heal it.
The results were such that with one visit, my son no longer grinds his teeth, and the hole on his nose had begun to fill in like it was healing and the infection was going away.
Now the interesting part of this is, that I had taken my son to our family dentist for the teeth grinding. They had tried rubber mouth peices, chewing gum, eating hard veggies and hard fruit before going to bed, in hopes of tiring out his jaw. Nothing had worked.
My son had been grinding his teeth since he was about 5 years old. Finally, 10 years later, after many mouth peices, severe headaches, many sleepless nights…………..after one visit to Dr. Specht, my son at age 15 no longer grinds his teeth! The hole on his nose, which he had been born with, had always been infected. The doctors said that it would heal as my son got older, or they could do surgery on it. Finally, there was also some closure to that.
My son is now 18 and the damage to his teeth has stopped since he no longer grinds his teeth.
I have challenged Dr. Specht with many different medical problems over the years and he always, always heals.
Thank you ever so much for all your healing.
June 20, 2009
It is my belief that Dr. Andrew Specht literally saved my life.
I am not saying that to be dramatic or to emphasize my experience with him so others will believe my story. But here are the facts:
I had been sick since 1996. My diagnosis began with carpel tunnel syndrome, then fibromyalgia and then lupus and Sjogren’s disease. From there, I developed a lesion in my spinal cord called Transverse Myelitis (the body attacks itself in the spinal cord and can cause irreversible paralysis.) Luckily, my lesion went vertically, so the nerve impulses could go around it and I could still walk. I was treated with chemotherapy and boatloads of steroids so the lesion would not grow any larger. However, that left my adrenal glands eventually non-functional, and my legs weak and painful from steroid myopathy (damage to the muscles.)
In February of 2008, I was diagnosed with Primary Immune Deficiency. This is a genetic condition usually set off by an environmental factor, which causes the immune system to stop working. It is similar to having AIDS, but without the virus. I began infusions twice a week with immunoglobulins to replace what my body was not producing. However, I kept getting infections that began in my sinuses and I was constantly on antibiotics.
Finally after being on Cipro for months, I had the side effect of my major joints screaming in pain. I felt as though I was dying and didn’t know where to turn. I began contacting old friends to say “goodbye” should anything happen to me. (Many times, people with PID die from an infection that has become resistant to antibiotics.)
It was at this point that my eucharistic minister told me about Dr. Specht. (She was coming to my house to give me communion because I was too weak to go to Mass, and the infectious disease doctor said I should not be in large groups of people due to the germ exposure.) I told myself, “What do I have to lose by going to see Dr. Specht?”
I first saw Dr. Andrew Specht on March 24, 2009. Since that first visit, I can hardly believe the changes I’ve experienced. Andy diagnosed me with mold toxicity and started me on an herb to clear it from my body. I had my house tested for mold, and sure enough, my second bathroom had it under the carpet and in the wall. Why had NONE of the doctors I had seen over the past decade explored this possibility? I’ve even seen them address environmental toxins on the TV show, “House!”
I have had mold remediation completed on my house, but even after I started keeping the bathroom door closed, I began to feel better. Dr. Specht has used kinesiology, ENT, chiropractic, homeopathy and nutritional advice to bring me “back.” My friends and family are totally amazed. Andy treats the whole body, not like the “specialists” I was seeing before. I had a neurologist, a rheumatologist, an endocrinologist, a primary care doc, a psychotherapist (who was helping me deal with the depression that accompanies having a chronic illness,) an immunologist and an infectious disease doctor. I do still see my primary care physician occasionally, but Andy pretty much takes care of me otherwise.
Here is what has changed:
The pain in my muscles and joints has decreased dramatically.
My energy levels are returning and I no longer have to nap in the early afternoon.
I can walk. In March, I could barely make it to my corner mailbox. Now I can go on half hour walks holding one of my infant granddaughters in a Bjorn on my chest!
I am beginning to lose weight again. (The steroids I had been on had packed on 50-60 pounds, and trying to lose it was more than frustrating. I had been thin all my life, so this was a major problem for me.) In the past month, I have been able to go completely off the steroids, and have lost five pounds without really “dieting” because my appetite has decreased and I’m able to get some exercise.
One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that the inflammation in my body has decreased, and I have remained infection-free for longer than I have in 1 ½ years. The marker in our blood that measures inflammation is called the Sedimentation Rate, or Sed Rate. Over the past few years, mine has consistently been in the 20s – usually 26, which is high. After seeing Andy for only a month, it was down to 8. I wasn’t doing anything differently except for what Andy was prescribing. In fact, ALL of my bloodwork was normal.
I will always be grateful to Dr. Specht for literally giving me my life back. I can now enjoy many of the activities I haven’t been able to do in years. But more importantly, I can be what I call a “real grandma” to my new twin granddaughters. This has been a gift that I didn’t believe I would ever have.
Thank you, Andy!
I rarely write a testimonial. However, I am truly grateful for the treatment and service I’ve received from Dr. Specht and his staff.
In the spring of 2007,I was working full time and completing my final semester at CSUSM. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis, which had been present for years, were becoming more difficult to live with by the day. When it was time for a trip to the toilet, I had little warning or time to find one. I think I’d become familiar with every public restroom in North County. I even positioned myself near the door of my classes so I could leave in a hurry when necessary. For years, my primary care physcian and a specialist had me taking anti-inflammatory medication, (both orally and enemas) and rounds of prednisone when things got really bad. While the medication helped with my symptoms, the prednisone made me crazy and I believed in was not in my best interest to use it long-term.
I decided on other treatment options.
Several years prior, I’d heard about Dr. Specht from a close friend. He was described as a highly skilled chiropractor capable of helping people with a variety of aliments. I happened to be living about a block from his office and decided to stop by and see if he could help me. The receptionist that day informed me that Dr. Specht had helped pople with problems like mine.
I was both hopeful and skeptical. I began seeing Dr. Specht and my symptoms quickly improved! When I told my primary care physcian what I was up to, he chewed me out for seeing a chiropractor, but I couldn’t deny the results I was getting. Dr. Specht’s holistic approach that included N.E.T. and changes to my diet and environment set me on a path to good health.
Today, almost five years have passed since I walked into his Encinitas office. Dr. Specht helped me regain my overall health, as well as freedom from drugs and the symptoms which had so much control over my daily activities.