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Depression, Acid Reflux, & Weight Loss


My name is Margot Z.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January 2008 because I was suffering from depression and pain in my low back and hip. The depression had been going on for 23 years and made me feel miserable.  My energy was low, I was easily overwhelmed, had difficulty sleeping, was irritable, and I felt hopeless.  Depression made it difficult for me to socialize, exercise or be active, and I missed days from work because I felt so fatigued.  Everything was more difficult. The low back pain had bothered me for 10 years and at times it reduced my mobility so severely that I was unable to go anywhere or do anything.


I tried medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitor antidepressants, and SSRI antidepressants which caused me to gain a lot of weight.  The antidepressants also made it difficult to focus my mind and caused problems with my memory.  I got some temporary relief from the hip and back pain with chiropractic and physical therapy, but the pain came back again.   


I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two or three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. In February, after a month of treatments, I felt good enough to start reducing my antidepressant medications. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I have stopped taking all of my antidepressants and I now feel good again.  I get up and get going everyday and have been able to start living my life again.  I feel more comfortable around other people and I am not missing work anymore.  I am even able to work 60 hour weeks again.


I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like my acid reflux and irregular bowel movements.  I have not had any migraines since I started treatments and have even lost 30 pounds!  I stopped taking birth control pills (to control my migraines), stopped needing to take allergy medicine, and have not taken any Tylenol for pain. 



It's three years later and Margot has changed so much that we asked if we could take another picture.  Since she has felt well enough to exercise she has been working out on a regular schedule. Go Margot!




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Relief from Chronic Pain and Fatigue; Weight Loss 


After struggling for several years with chronic pain and degenerating health, I was introduced to acupuncture. That was the answer to my daily prayer to find relief from pain and regain some quality of life.


Now, one year later, I am well on the way to recovering my health and am brimming with optimism.


I have always been active and despite having had back problems and surgery in 1994, 1 am an avid motorcyclist. My husband and I were planning a month long motorcycle tour of Europe to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in 2006. In June of 2004, 1 suffered a severe fall down a stairway and despite many chiropractic sessions, I was unable to stand straight or walk for even a short distance without pain. I fought the pain 24/7, and went to work every day, but was completely exhausted.


My quality of life was severely diminished. I could no longer do even simple household chores. In October of 2005, 1 suffered a spontaneous break in my pelvis. After that, the pain was intolerable. By Christmas, I could barely work. Even sitting was painful. Doctors said my body wasn't healing.  All they could offer were pain medications. How could I ever tour Europe on a motorcycle in 6 months? My boss, in her compassion, gave me a gift card for an acupuncture session. What did I have to lose?


I remember the day, December 29, 2005, 1 sat with Shari Friedrichs and cried all the while she tried to explain to me how acupuncture works. My body was so broken and in so much pain, I told her I could not stand to listen. All I wanted was the treatment.


From that day forward, my health improved dramatically. By February 7, 2006, 1 was pain free! My body was healing. I continued my treatments, and today, one year later, I walk 5 miles daily and have lost 35 pounds.


I have always had a fear of needles, but Dr. David Milbradt has such a skilled, gentle technique that I soon welcomed the treatments which were always relaxing and pleasant. The entire office staff is supportive, kind and caring. I have never been treated more kindly or with more compassion by any medical office staff anywhere!


I encourage anyone that feels hopeless about their health issues and believes that nothing can be done for them to consider acupuncture. I'm glad I did.


Diane J.

January 23, 2007


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Fibromyalgia for 14 Years


My name is Sylvia S.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November, 2010 because I was suffering from fibromyalgia and diabetes.   I had fibromyalgia for over 14 years.  It made my legs feel like I was walking thru wet cement and my arms felt like they were loaded with heavy weights. I had aches and pains that made it difficult for me to sleep and the fibromyalgia made me feel fatigued, depressed, irritable, hopeless, and embarrassed.  It was difficult for me to feed the calves on our farm, clean the house, work on my sewing projects, or even enjoy my kids and grandkids.


I tried medications such as diclofinac and amitriptyline, and biofeedback sessions to resolve this problem but, I had allergic reactions to the medications and no results with the biofeedback.  I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 40-50% better.  I now feel more energetic, am able to exercise more, do more stuff around the house, and enjoy my grandkids.  I have also had significant improvement with other health issues: I feel less depressed and I’ve lost 25 pounds.


During the treatments I felt relaxed, and comfortable.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because of the relaxing environment and the very caring staff.

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Back & Shoulder Pain and Weight Loss


My name is Denise.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September 2008, because I was suffering from chronic low back pain and right shoulder pain.  I had the shoulder pain for eight months and the back pain for four years. My back pain was constant and went up to a level 10 pain on a scale of 0-10.  My shoulder pain was also constant, the pain went up to level 10, and I had a limited range of motion with that arm.  These problems made it difficult for me to sleep, made me feel fatigued, and hopeless.

It was difficult for me to play with my three year old son, work as a Registered Nurse, and the pain interfered with my general activities of daily living.


I tried medications such as Vicodin and Ibuprofen but they made me feel like a zombie. I also tried physical therapy and chiropractic, but I always felt worse after treatments and at times I missed months of work. 


During my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture I was asked to raise my arm with the restricted shoulder and I could!   At this point in time my condition feels 99% better.  My shoulder has a normal range of motion without pain and my back feels like there never was a problem.  I have more energy, have lost 20 pounds, and I am able to do anything, but most importantly, I can play with my son.


 I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like chronic constipation that had been bothering me since childhood causing constant abdominal pain and bloating.  I am now having regular daily bowel movements for the first time that I can remember. With the treatments I started having lighter periods and I just found out that I am pregnant.  During the treatments I felt relaxed, calm, and woke myself many times with my own snoring.  The clinic is welcoming and the staff is warm and friendly.


I would recommend acupuncture to all because this was my last resort prior to back surgery for three herniated disks and one bulged disk and now I feel better than I have in years.  

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Depression & Weight Loss


Before I heard David Milbradt speak on the topic of  Pain and Depression on Women's Day April 17, 2007, 1 believed I would live the rest of my life taking three different anti-depressant prescription drugs. I was also taking countless over the counter drugs for headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps, constipation, backaches, you name it. I carried a small pharmacy around in my purse.


Hearing David's presentation not only opened my eyes to what I was doing to myself, but it opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking. Acupuncture is a medical philosophy that I could believe in and embrace wholeheartedly. It just seemed to make so much sense to me that I simply embraced it.


Since I began treatment, about five months ago, I have not only reduced my prescription medicines by a third, but I plan on being complete off all three prescriptions in another six to eight months. I have also completely stopped taking over the counter medications, except for occasional heartburn.


I have also eliminated my six cans of Mountain Dew a day, all sweets and all junk food from my life and I have lost 17 pounds. For the first time in my life I am exercising.


I don't have the words to describe how successful, confident and proud of myself I feel since beginning treatment.


Debbie F.


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Heel Pain, Weight Loss, & Stress Relief


 My name is Kari K. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2010. My main issue was SEVERE left heel pain. I had been experiencing this pain for close to a year. I had tried heel pads, inserts, orthotics, pain medication from my doctor and physical therapy. Nothing helped and the pain was dictating my life. I felt like I was 80 years old, "Oh, I have to go down the stairs to get the laundry." It affected me mentally, emotionally as well as physically. It even affected me spiritually. The pain was every day, but worse in the evening when I would get up after sitting down for awhile. The pain was so severe that I was walking on my tiptoes. I couldn't exercise like I wanted to. I became depressed and very irritable. I had lost interest in the things in life that gave me joy.


I began feeling some improvement after approximately 2 weeks of treatment. At this time, I feel 90% better. I continue with treatments and have found that I pay more attention to my overall I health in general. I've started eating better and exercising.  To date, I've lost 11#.  During this period of early treatments, I also had a lot of stress going on in my family life. The acupuncture treatments calmed me and helped me cope with the stress.


I would recommend acupuncture to anyone. I work in the traditional Western medical field and have found this to be an EXCELLENT complement to that. The staff at Abundance Acupuncture are caring and attentive. They do excellent work and listen to your symptoms in order to treat you

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My name is Darlene C.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2007 because I was suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.  I had this problem for 24 years.  This problem encompassed my whole body starting with my upper and lower extremities, wrists, and knees.  Because made it difficult for me to walk, go up and down stairs, and do normal household activities such as wringing out a mop, sweeping, etc. it left me feeling fatigued, irritable, and hopeless.


I tried medications such as Plaquenil and Trental and even arthroscopic surgery but, no loose or crumbled ligaments were found.  I began to feel some improvements in my condition after one treatment at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 75 to 100% better and I am able to do all of my housework with very little discomfort if any at all. I am able to take part in all family activities except strenuous exercise or sports.  I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like decreased emotional problems with depression, anxiety, and irritability.  I have even lost 7 pounds!


The clinic is very pleasant and warm and the staff is warm and caring.  They make you feel like they’re family and they helped me learn a great deal about how good posture affects the way you feel and how important proper nutrition is. This will be the first place I turn to if I have more discomfort from my arthritis.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because I truly believe it did me a world of good!!


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Diabetes, Arthritis, and IBS


My name is Sonia, I came to Abundance Acupuncture in August 2009 because I was suffering with arthritis in my hips, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diabetes and overweight. I had these problems for several years


These problems made my life uncomfortable and in the case of the arthritis, problems exercising.


In addition to acupuncture I used physical therapy. I was on several medications for my diabetes including Actos, Glyburide and Metformin.


I felt great improvement in IBS symptoms and arthritis pain in four months and at that time I had been given the information by David about the negative effects of Actos and the danger to my body. I shared that information with my physician and he took me off of the medication and replaced it with Januvia.  Due to that medication change, I lost 22 pounds in 6 months without making any significant changes in my lifestyle. This resulted in lower blood pressure and better blood glucose readings. Without the research knowledge of the staff at Abundance Acupuncture which they shared with me I would probably still be struggling with the above mentioned issues.


I would recommend acupuncture as a means of healing and education about our bodies to anyone seeking a more wholistic approach to their health.

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Headaches, Fatigue, and Weight Loss


My name is Lynn S.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October, 2008   because I was suffering from headaches, fatigue, irregular digestion (constipation), left knee & hip pain, and weight gain.  I had some of these problems for five years and some so long I no longer remember when they started.


These problems contributed to a negative “so so” attitude about my life in general.  I was pushing myself to participate only, not living with a purpose.  These problems also caused me to feel irritable and hopeless.  The pain limited my physical activity and made it difficult for me to enjoy exercise such as walking and biking.


I tried medications such as Excedrin and Tylenol for pain, nasal steroids for the allergies. I also tried physical therapy and chiropractic but only felt temporary relief until the next appointment.


I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after five treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my over all condition feels 85 % better.  I have had 100% improvement in my headaches and digestion, so much that I have forgotten the conditions existed, and these were the primary reasons for trying acupuncture. I have even lost 6 pounds!


I now feel a positive instead of negative attitude about myself and I am able to relax and approach life with less frustration.  I now control my thoughts instead of my thoughts controlling me.  I feel less anxiety and frustration and have increased concentration and more initiative. During the treatments I felt relaxed and encouraged by the results that I felt after each treatment. The clinic is professional, yet personable and the staff is very caring.


The most important thing that I have learned is that the body has an amazing energy that can get caught in a traffic jam and acupuncture clears the road for the energy to flow. We just need to recognize the problem and reroute the energy before we crash and burn.

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Insomnia, Fatigue, Pain, and Menstrual Cramps


My name is Tiffany G.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February, 2009  because I was suffering from back and shoulder pain, irregular periods with bad cramping, mood swings, bloating (all over my body), constipation, headaches, and difficulty sleeping.  For two or three years I suffered from daily headaches and constant back and shoulder pain.  Because I wasn’t sleeping well I would wake up feeling fatigued and that would lead to mood swings and irritability.  The constant bloating and constipation added to my daily distress.


These problems kept me from assisting my children and interfered with other daily activities like being able to go on long walks.  I tried physical therapy, ibuprofen which took some of the edge off the pain, and sleeping pills that only worked with high dosages.


I began to feel some improvements in my condition after five treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 95% better!  I now feel energetic, well rested, and free from the back pain, shoulder pain, headaches and the bad menstrual cramps.  I am able to play tennis, walk for exercise, and play soccer with my kids.  I have also had significant improvement with the dermatitis on my face and I have lost five pounds! 


During the treatments I felt my stress being released.  They were relaxing and peaceful. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is patient, caring, and understanding.


I would recommend acupuncture to anyone of any age because it can improve anyone’s health.  When your body is functioning at a higher level it opens up a whole new world for you and everyone that you come in contact with.

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