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Dr. Beverly R. Goode-Kanawati, Director

BEVERLY MEDICAL CENTER
6008 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
Telephone: (919) 844-4552
www.beverlymedicalcenter.com
info@beverlymedicalcenter.com


Dr. Goode-Kanawati is board-certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine (ABPS).

The Multi-Dimensional Levels of Healing


Dr. Beverly R. Goode-Kanawati, a physician board-certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathy, has challenging cases as a mainstay of her practice. Her emphasis is on healing the body with substances naturally enhancing to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbals, natural hormones and hormonal-promoters. “Those substances are used to correct, repair, and rejuvenate the body’s intricately integrated systems. The result is an energized, synergistic more youthful functioning system,” she says.

Dr. Goode-Kanawati

From her files, she talks about patients with problems:

Peri-Manopause, Menopause, Aging

Karen, a professional woman in her mid-forties, sat down and declared, “If you don’t do something, my husband will be dead next month.” That got the doctor’s attention. Karen was experiencing severe mood swings, bloating, breast tenderness, and even some hot flashes for 10-14 days prior to her periods.

She was known as the “Dragon Lady” at work and was afraid these mood swings would hurt her marriage. Further, she was starting to feel and look “older.” These symptoms had persisted for months and were becoming progressively worse. “Karen was suffering from the effects of peri-menopause, stress, and poor dietary habits,” says Dr. Goode-Kanawati.

After the addition of some natural hormones, human growth hormone promoters and dietary changes, Karen came in smiling the next visit glad to report a marked decrease in all her negative symptoms and improvement in energy and sense of well-being. Over time she started to feel and look younger. She was happy, her husband was happy, and though she still maintained a tough exterior at work, it was now by choice and not driven by hormone imbalance.”

Thyroid, the Unsuspected Culprit

A 60-year-old woman, Nancy, a careful, light eater, was gaining weight steadily. Her primary care doctor had her on Synthroid, a prescription medication used when the thyroid gland falls to produce enough thyroid hormone—the hormone that determines the rate or speed at which our systems run.

She came to Dr. Goode-Kanawati when her weight passed 190 pounds, her hair was falling out, she was constipated, and didn’t exercise because it was too difficult. She was desperate for help. Her doctor had told her that these symptoms could not be due her thyroid problem because she was on medication.

“Nancy is representative of patients I see in my practice every day,” Dr. Goode-Kanawati notes. “With more specific testing, we could determine pretty quickly that she did, indeed, have a thyroid problem. However, she needed something other than Synthroid, which is the common treatment for an under-active thyroid. In fact, stress and carbohydrate intolerance (high sugar intake, low or high blood sugar, missing meals) can and often do contribute to the problem. They make it difficult for the body to transform the inactive form of thyroid T4 (the hormone in Synthroid) to the active form T3.

“Often I see patients who are on T4 preparations, such as Synthroid, but when I test the level of T-3 it is low, so clinically, they are still hypothyroid—they still have too little of the active thyroid hormone. It is really wonderful to see the positive results when I switch these patients to other thyroid medications.”

Dr. Goode-Kanawati emphasizes that dealing with the problems of stress and carbohydrate intolerance are essential components of the treatment plan. These are grateful patients, she says, “especially when their hair stops falling out very quickly after we begin treatment. Then their energy level comes up, they get relief from constipation and other symptoms, and everything simply starts working better, sooner rather than later.”

Diabetes/High Cholesterol/ Weight Gain

Another patient, Barbara, in her late 50s, had been ignoring her progressive weight gain, steadily increasing cholesterol, triglycerides, and fasting blood sugar reports until she was diabetic. Her problems included irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal problems, and low functioning thyroid. “I started her back on her oral supplements, adjusted her hormones and utilized nutritional intravenous treatments with her,” says Dr. Goode-Kanawati.

“After six treatments over three weeks, we saw a 60-point drop in cholesterol, mostly in the LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol—and an equal decline in triglycerides and fasting glucose. Her sense of well-being improved even though she was under stress. Her irritable bowel symptoms improved and she began to lose weight.

“This approach is an effective way to speed up treatment. We could have accomplished the same results orally over a period of some months, but with the IV approach, it was greatly accelerated.”

Arteriosclerosis/Coronary Artery Disease

Tom, in his early 40s, led a high-stress life high on the corporate ladder. He was forced to give up that life after suffering a heart attack. He had triple vessel coronary disease, which would be helped to some extent by an operation but not completely. Most likely, he was told, the surgery would need to be repeated every five to ten years. Tom was skeptical that “alternative” therapies would be of much use, but the prospect of repeated open-heart surgery was incentive to try something different.

Dr. Goode-Kanawati explained to her patient how arteriosclerosis comes about and what can be done to reverse the process and stop its progression. Tom started on dietary changes, and certain specific supplements. He had a hard time sticking to the diet, but took most of the supplements.

Six months later, Tom underwent a treadmill exercise test, which showed no signs of decreased blood flow to the heart (the previous test showed these signs). He was surprised and pleased with the results, but, the doctors says, “I believe he is still skeptical. However, he is continuing on his program.

“The human body has a great desire to heal, but to accomplish that goal it often needs guidance and targeted support. That is precisely what we strive to provide to every patient in our practice.”