Hi! I'm Dr. Ginny Orenstein. At 34 years old, I was diagnosed with severe systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis in my chest and spine, 2 benign vascular brain tumors, and a microvascular ischemic brain disease, which means I had a stroke. I was bedridden for 2.5 years and after going through chemotherapy and a lot of medication, I found other ways to heal myself and safely wean off my medications with my doctors' supervision. Now, four years later, I am completely healed: brain tumor free, brain disease free, lupus free and rheumatoid arthritis free. If you are looking to find out more on how you can find healing from your chronic illnesses, this is a good place to find some answers you may be searching for. Sending love and well wishes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What were you diagnosed with?
I was first diagnosed with costochronditis, which is a fancy medical term for "chest pain" in November 2003. Doctors thought that it might have been a performance injury as I was a professional musician and I would be misdiagnosed for the next 12 years. Then in April 2015, I was diagnosed with severe systemic lupus erythematosus. In January 2017 based on the MRI and CAT scan imaging, I was diagnosed with two benign vascular brain tumors (one in the left posterior communicating artery and one in the right internal auditory canal) and a microvascular ischemic brain disease, which means I had a stroke during my bedridden state. In October 2017, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my chest and spine via x-ray.
What were your symptoms?
My symptoms at first were chest pain, muscle spams, neuropathy (nerve pain), tremors, paralysis on the right side of the body, and migraines. Over the years, these same symptoms would reoccur every now and then, about 2-4 times a year. In February of 2012, I had my biggest flare-up to date where I had pericarditis (fluid around my heart) and pleural effusion (fluid around my lungs), dry cough, joint pain, nerve pain, muscle spasms, and migraines. The pericarditis kept coming back more frequently after that flare all through 2013, 2014, and then finally I was referred to a rheumatologist who clinically diagnosed me in April 2015 when I had my biggest and longest lasting flare from April 2015 until December 2018. I was bedridden during that time. I had zero energy. I slept constantly. I was in so much chronic pain in my chest, spine, back, nerves, tremors, and joints. I couldn't walk from the bed to the bathroom. I couldn't lie down - I had to be propped up and sleep that way for many, many months. I had to use a cane or a walker to get around. If I was in the sun without covering myself up, I would get rashes from the sun. I would get really painful nose and mouth ulcers that would last for months. I had to wear adult pee pads because I had urinary and bowel incontinence. I had severe depression, brain fog, lupus fog, memory loss, double vision, blurry vision even while wearing glasses or contacts.
What was your blood work like?
Because I was clinically diagnosed based on my medical history, my blood work for a positive ANA always came back negative. However, my white blood cell count (WBC) was always elevated to show that there was something viral going on in my body. That my immune system was "over-active" and fighting off something. My WBC was always between 15-24K when the normal range is between 4-10K. I had anemia for over ten years. My pancreas enzymes and liver enzymes were also really elevated showing that I had pancreatitis and fatty liver. And my blood pressure and cholesterol levels were also above range. I was also pre-diabetic.
What medications were you taking?
When I was first diagnosed, my treatment included high dosages of Prednisone at (60mg), Azathioprine (Imuran), Plaquenil, Indomethacin, Gabapentin, and Hydrocodone with my first rheumatologist. He kept increasing my Gabapentin dosage which then caused me to have one of the rare side effects of suicidal ideation. It wasn't until my husband (fiance at the time - pointed this out to the doctor and I was immediately taken off of it). My current rheumatologist likes to say that the "P" in Prednisone stands for "Poison." Prednisone may help to stabilize the symptoms but the side effects of this medication is also one of the worst. Side effects can be: weight gain, moon face, red or dark purple stretch marks (which go away), severe depression, mood swings, vision problems from the increase of pressure in the eyes, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, increased appetite, acne, hair loss, increased sweating, nausea, dizziness, headaches, change in bowel movement, bloating, stomach pain, thinning skin, easy bruising, heart palpitations, to name a few. My first treatment was not aggressive enough to eliminate the flare and I was still being admitted into the hospital with a pericarditis flare. So, with my second rheumatologist, I was put on weekly Methotrexate infusions at her office. I lost a lot of hair, I was nauseous, dizzy, vomiting, and had chronic fatigue from the chemotherapy. I was still on high dosages of Prednisone with the intent to decrease but every time we would try to get down to 25mg, I would flare up again. I was also still on Plaquenil and Imurin at that time when I started the Methotrexate infusions and it almost killed me. By the time I was admitted to the hospital the ER doctors immediately gave me a blood transfusion because my red blood cell count (RBC) was at a 1 and my white blood cell count was at a 2. They usually give transfusions at 7. I also had pancreatitis and my liver was severely effected at that time as well. Other medications I was prescribed along the way in addition to the Prednisone and Methotrexate were Omeprazole, Panteprozole, Vitamin D3, Colchicine (Mitigare), CoQ10, B2, Amitriptyline, Ondanestron, Butalbital, Celebrex, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Flexeral, and Fentanyl patches. When I finally was transferred to another rheumatologist who is my current rheumatologist (which was a God send), he switched me over to at-home methotrexate injections and continued all the other medications.
What protocols have you tried to help in your healing?
When I was first diagnosed, I didn't know how severe and serious Lupus is. I started reading a lot of books on Lupus and chronic illnesses as I was bedridden. One of the books I first read mentioned that the life expectancy rate for after a lupus diagnosis is 5 years. This scared me and I was determined to find anything that would help me reduce my symptoms. I tried being vegan, keto, paleo (autoimmune paleo), vegetarian, fireman's diet, military diet, the Thomas DeLauer protocol (because he said his wife who had an autoimmune disease cured herself on his protocol and so I tried it and it made me so much worse), the Goodbye Lupus protocol, and all of these failed for me. It wasn't until I came across the Medical Medium that helped jump start me into a direction of research into reversing my symptoms. When I learned that I couldn't fully heal and reverse my symptoms from Medical Medium, I researched further into scientific studies and folk medicine to find answers on how to fully reverse my symptoms and developed my own protocols for healing.
How long did it take you to heal from your symptoms?
I noticed I stopped getting lupus rashes and stopped using a cane around the 9th month on Medical Medium. I was still experiencing some neurological issues and RA symptoms like joint pain, chest and spinal pain. But, I didn't have to cover myself up anymore if I went outside. By the 6th month starting on Medical Medium, my MRIs and CAT scans showed that my tumors were shrinking. And then by the 12 month on Medical Medium, my MRIs and CAT scans showed that my tumors were gone and my brain disease was completely healed; it didn't even look like I had a stroke! I began to notice that I wasn't getting any lupus flares, especially when my husband was getting sicker as I was getting better. After 2 years on Medical Medium, I thought that I had completely reversed my symptoms. However, once I started introducing foods I ate as a child, like Korean food, RA symptoms returned and I was having issues with my reproductive system. That's when I found out that I had other human herpesviruses like HHV6, HHV7, HSV2 and strep bacteria. It had showed that I had EBV in the past. I had to dig deeper and find other resources as Medical Medium doesn't really cover how to heal from other human herpes viruses. I turned to scientific studies, research, folk medicine, and found other herbal supplements that helped me to reverse all of my symptoms. I used a combination of scientific studies, folk medicine, other wellness resources, and medical medium to help reverse all my symptoms. I don't get break outs anymore. I don't feel strep symptoms anymore. And my RA pain is completely gone. In my research, I learned that HHV6 can be the cause of RA. Honestly, I do feel the damage from the HHV6 in my joints and that's because the viruses damaged the cartilage in between my joints. I don't know if this can heal completely but what I do know is that I don't get inflammation in my joints anymore and it's not painful all the time like before. My bloodwork and lab work are now perfect, my doctors are happy, and that is what I rely on. When I developed my own protocol based on my research to heal from these pathogens, I was completely healed by October 2019. I got pregnant shortly after but then I miscarried at 10 weeks. It has been an incredible journey of releasing, restoring and renewing my health from the damage of these pathogens.
What is your Doctor in?
I got my doctorate in music at University of Southern California on a big scholarship. I honestly believe that being able to access certain journals and knowing how to research helped me in my healing process. It helped me to understand how to go about the healing process, to experiment and analyze, reading and researching and applying it to my health and to other people's health as well. In addition, I taught life through music for 18 years, teaching few hundred people and now, I am teaching life through healing foods and healing modalities to thousands (on social media) to help others on their healing journeys. There are some people who have an issue with me using my Dr. title saying that I am being misleading; however, I earned this title. I continue to be transparent with everyone and I tell my clients that I am not a health practitioner or a medical doctor. They understand this, accept it, and know that I have taken classes and earned certificates in this wellness space.
How did you help your husband after all of his health issues?
My husband was very supportive with my Medical Medium journey and all the healing foods but he did not do it with me until he started having his own health issues. As I was getting better, my husband was getting sicker for the whole 2018 year. In January 2018, he had a bout with diverticulitis from eating at a buffet in Las Vegas for CES convention. It came back again in March 2018 where he was hospitalized. The doctors found he had a congenital birth defect diseased colon with diverticulitis and diverticulosis and because my husband was unemployed and on COBRA at the time, they recommended he get part of his colon removed, about 18 inches. They said it would be an easy surgery and to do it now rather than later facing more complications down the road. On June 20, 2018, he went in for surgery. They ended up removing 22 inches of his colon. When he got out of surgery, the hospital fed him chicken, which he ate. His sutures ruptured later that day and his nurse (she was fired later) was missing for 4 hours that night. He went into septic shock with a fever of 105. They did an emergency surgery to clear out all of the toxic waste in his body cavity and they found more diseased colon/intestines and had to take more out. They had to put in an emergency colostomy bag. When he got out, he was still having high fevers and he almost died until they found an antibiotic that worked. He came home on July 3rd and we started him immediately on celery juice, cold pressed green juices, lemon water with supplements, eliminating no foods from his diet, smoothies, and aloe water. Within 2 weeks, his stoma, which was this enormous gaping jagged hole the size of an apple and looked like one of those alien beings in Star Wars, healed to a size between a quarter and nickel so beautifully that the home care nurse wrote down Medical Medium's info. We got him ready for his colostomy reversal surgery. He had his surgery on September 6, 2018. After the surgery, he started bleeding profusely and he lost so much blood that he was on blood transfusions. He lost 10 units of blood when our bodies carry 14 units. He was admitted into the cardiac ICU to monitor his bleeding and on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 8:30pm he went into a full cardiac arrest and was dead for 46 minutes. He had a whole death experience during those 46 minutes, which I talk about fully in my upcoming book. The nurses were able to revive him after 46 minutes and he had another heart attack where they revived him quickly and then they immediately intubated him to stabilize him. While he was intubated for a couple of days, they found that he had a genetic coronary artery heart disease. They found that he had a mini heart attack six months prior and that whatever he was doing for the last couple of months had saved his life. Those were the actual cardiologist's words! How they can tell that is truly amazing! They found his main artery was 100% blocked, and the other two arteries were 80% - 95% blocked. They unblocked the main one and then planned to revisit the other two arteries another time when he wasn't so sick and weak. I did more research on cardiac health and what he needed to do to heal his heart. I started incorporating and applying that knowledge to his heart with his cardiologist's approval and for the next four months, our goal was to reverse as much as the heart as possible to avoid heart surgery where they planned on putting in a permanent defibrillator in his chest. The cardiologist had said that the bottom muscle in his heart was so severely damaged that it was never going to recover and heal. He was on a lot of medication. When he got out of the hospital, we started incorporating celery juice, lemon waters, aloe water, wild blueberry smoothies, papayas, and just eating a very clean diet of fruits, vegetables, and lean meat (2-3x a week). He avoided dairy, pork, eggs, fried foods, stopped smoking cigarettes, and stopped drinking alcohol. He sometimes ate wheat and corn tortillas. But mostly, he was good on his diet considering he used to not be and he loves food. When we started incorporating supplements like hawthorn berry, omega 3 EPA/DHA, zinc, B12, ester-C, curcumin, Vitamin D3 to name a few, we started to see results. By December 2018, the cardiologist was so shocked that the bottom muscle of his heart was improving! He decided not to do the surgery and said that in a few months, his heart would look like he never had a heart attack! The cardiologist took him off a lot of his medication. He still is taking some important heart medications that help his heart along with a couple of supplements and celery juice. He will have to take it for the rest of his life just because this is a genetic health issue.
Do you use Medical Medium protocols? Are you a Medical Medium Coach?
I am not a Medical Medium coach. I know there are Medical Medium coaches out there that guide his protocols. There are some coaches and doctors that use Medical Medium information. When it applies, I use some of Medical Medium's information but mostly my information comes from my research and the classes I've taken to expand my knowledge in this area.
What are your coachings like with clients?
I work with clients from all around the world. When I work with clients, I utilize some medical medium applications when it applies, research, scientific studies, bloodwork and labwork, and what the doctors say. I factor all of these in to create an individualized protocol for each client. Each client is different with different kinds of pathogens and it's important to address them instead of using a "one size fits all" protocol. We go over specific foods to focus on and to avoid depending on the pathogens. I provide tools on how to listen to the body better when it is giving us signs after eating certain foods to tell if it's feeding or killing the pathogen. I provide a protocol pdf and a supplement schedule pdf for the duration of that protocol. I make sure that all supplements used are safe with all medications (if any) and are taken in low and safe dosages. Protocols and supplement schedules change up with each meeting. We usually meet once a month but depending on the client and the client's needs, sometimes we may meet once a week, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, or sometimes every 2 months. It does change depending on die off, which pathogens we are focusing on at that time, and how the client's body is reacting to it. We learn to listen to those reactions in order to reverse symptoms. We go over tools to heal emotionally and we incorporate breathwork, yoga nidra, and reiki. We go over ways to be kinder to ourselves to aid in the healing process. I have clients who have completely reversed their symptoms and are in a much better place emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. You can check out some of their testimonials under Testimonials. If you are interested in working together, please fill out the form below or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer coaching packages?
I do not offer coaching packages. I know some coaches who do offer coaching packages and I feel that it's the client's right to continue or not continue and not have to pay such a huge sum up front. I don't want a client to ever feel like if this is not a good fit for them, that they have to continue working with me because they paid a lot of money up front. The only payment that is made up front is the first coaching and that is to book the appointment. After that, payments are received after each coaching or service. I will not be offering group coachings and I will not be offering coaching packages. Coachings are only one-on-one with me.
Los Angeles, CA, USA