Theresa Hall enjoyed a long career as an IRS analyst, one most members of the public will appreciate. Her role was to assess retirement plans that were initially exclusive only to senior company executives. Theresa made sure all employees of that company had access to those same desirable plans. After retiring from this career, she took on a second career in real estate and real estate investing. She studied and worked hard and became the first woman to be president of the Georgia Real Estate Investors Association.
Theresa was also in the US Army reserve for 22 years. She enlisted intending to stay for only three years but chose to serve her country for decades.
Theresa’s instinct for years has been to first seek natural, homeopathic remedies for any ailment. She avoids allopathic practitioners such as MDs whenever possible.
In the late 1990s Theresa developed severe medical problems. The most significant were tingling and numbness in her feet and hands. Theresa suffered from Raynaud's phenomenon, where small arteries that supply blood to the skin constrict excessively in response to cold, limiting blood supply to the affected area. It is a condition in which some areas of the body feel numb and cold in certain circumstances.
Theresa’s condition worsened. The Raynaud's phenomenon led to wet gangrene, which occurs when bacteria invades tissue. This makes the area swell, drain fluid and smell bad. Her fingertips turned black. She saw a hand doctor, who recommended amputation of the fingers most severely affected. The MD advised Theresa that she would likely lose all of her fingers and perhaps toes as the condition worsened. She sought another opinion at a leading Atlanta medical center. MDs there gave her the same grim prognosis.
Theresa sought any alternative to amputation. One was chelation therapy, what she called a “roto rooter” of the veins. Theresa was a regular listener to a health radio talk show. When the hosts opened a natural food store in Snellville Georgia she attended the grand opening. She asked one of the doctors about her fingers and Raynauds. That doctor referred Theresa to another specialist in chelation therapy.
Chelation therapy uses special drugs that bind to metals in one’s blood. Medicine is delivered through an intravenous tube in the arm.
Theresa went for chelation treatments two to three times a week and noticed improvement after only two weeks. She continued treatment for about 3 months, when she became short on funds. Yet she stresses that when one is sick and does not have their health, no price tag should be placed on getting well. Theresa frets that people might shy away from natural remedies because they are not covered by insurance.
Over time Theresa’s fingers completely rejuvenated. All ten of her fingers are natural in color with complete feeling. Her fingers are slightly bent yet fully functional. She still experiences some symptoms, such as hypersensitivity to cold.
She extensively researched her condition and became a raw foodist in another effort to alleviate her symptoms.
Also known as “rawism”, this is the dietary practice of eating only or mostly food that is uncooked and unprocessed. Theresa took the further step of eating only organic foods. Theresa hosted and attended a number of raw foodist dinner parties.
Theresa maintained the raw food diet for four years. That is a labor intensive regimen to source and prepare meals. She began cooking again, albeit still organic, once her condition returned closer to normal.
Having lived in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Richmond, the warmer Georgia climate is certainly beneficial. She moved here in 1991 and avoids travel to the north in cooler months if she can.
In the 1990s, Theresa began seeing Dr. Chris Greene for herbs and supplements she knew to be beneficial for circulation. He is the founder of Dr. Chris Natural Remedies.
Theresa credits the combination of chelation therapy, raw foodism and Dr. Chris’s supplements for her remarkable recovery from what many consider to be an irreversible condition.
In 2017 Theresa experienced severe rotator cuff pain from no cause she could identify. She could not raise her arm even as high as her shoulder. Simply dressing herself was a challenge.
Dr. Chris recommended that she see Dr. Powell, with whom she was not yet familiar. Dr Powell took time to discuss Theresa’s lifetime of activity and health conditions. Together he and Theresa surmised that Theresa injured herself in the 1980s while in the Army Reserve.
During field maneuvers one day, Theresa recalled being loaded down with a full backpack. Yet she had to carry an additional heavy duffle bag. Looking back, she realized she carried the duffle awkwardly, with the full weight of it straining her upper arms and shoulders.
With the root cause isolated, Dr. Powell took Theresa to an anatomical map on his office wall. There he pointed out affected areas needing therapy. He explained that recovery will not come overnight, and that Theresa must dedicate herself to healing. She was impressed that Dr. Powell so thoroughly explained what she already suspected to be true.
Dr. Powell applied skeletal adjustments and soft tissue massage that rapidly delivered significant relief. Theresa felt better with improved range of motion after only a few visits. Three years later Theresa confesses Dr. Powell would have to answer which arm had the rotator cuff damage. She jokes that she honestly can not remember and is virtually free of pain.
Theresa once suffered a bout of vertigo - or dizziness. She first saw an MD, who gave her an injection and pills. Neither had any beneficial effect. She next saw Dr. Powell, who applied various techniques to her neck and head. His diagnosis was that crystals in her inner ear were out of position. His techniques enabled those crystals to fall back into place.
Theresa now sees Dr. Powell about once every six weeks for general wellness. Having studied a lot on her own, she understands such terms as keeping one’s “chakras” open. This essentially means keeping all parts of the body in communication with each other. The body’s energy evens out and becomes balanced.
Visits to Dr. Powell can lead to fits of laughter as well. Not long ago, Dr. Powell was using an instrument to address minor tingling in Theresa’s feet. He began at the top of her spine, but as he worked downward and eventually reached her feet, ticklishness kicked in. The result was patient and doctor giggling like children, but not until the tingling went away.
A testament to Theresa’s vitality is a westward hike last year on the 61.5 mile Silver Comet Trail, from Smyrna Georgia to the Alabama border. With her 72 year old friend, 68 year old Theresa hiked 20 miles each day. They did this over the course of three weeks, returning home by car each night due to busy schedules and the need for rest. Still, an admirable accomplishment for a woman who was once told she might end up completely disabled. And even in her senior years, she maintains an active lifestyle of hiking, kayaking, zip lining, and traveling the world.
Dr. Powell considers Theresa to be one of his many “model patients”. “She ‘gets it’ all and makes the most of what she gets.”