About two years ago, David Serio, D.C. contracted an entero virus which leads to a rare yet devastating neurological disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. (read about it at http://www.ahummingbirdsguide.com)
Within weeks David's legs felt like cement. He kept practicing until he nearly died twice from exhaustion. This virus causes damage to the brain and affects all vital organs. Within month people with M.E. cannot do anything. Just shaving causes David to break into fever, sweats and exhaustion; he is 'done' for the day. Even thinking alone is exhausting.
The hearts of M.E. patients like David only barely pump enough blood for them to stay alive. Their circulating blood volume is reduced by up to 50%. Thus David is severely limited in physical, cognitive and orthostatic (being upright) exertion and sensory input.
This problem of reduced circulating blood volume, leading to cardiac insufficiency, is why every brief period spent walking or sitting, every conversation and every exposure to light or noise can affect M.E. patients so profoundly.
Seemingly minor 'activities' can cause significantly increased symptom severity and/or disability (often with a 48-72 hour delay in onset), prolonged relapse lasting months, years or longer. David's permanent bodily damage (eg. heart damage or organ failure) leads to disease progression or death.
If activity levels exceed cardiac output by even 1%, death occurs.
Within two years David and his family have nearly drained all their financial saving and ressources.
I INVITE ALL OF YOU TO DONATE JUST ONE TIME, THE RECEIPTS OF ONE DAY IN PRACTICE, TO SUPPORT DAVID SERIO, HIS WIFE GABY AND YOUNG DAUGHTER DOMINIQUE.
David would have been the first one to support you should you have been in his situation.
David was a light for chiropractic in South America. He was a strong supporter of Sherman College, spoke on may platforms within chiropractic. He brought many prominent DCs to teach and give seminars in Argentina.
Upon hearing about David Serio's situation, along with Michael Sarnoff, D.C., Randy Romain, D.C., Conrad Cowherd, D.C. I immediatly donated $1000 to kick off the David Serio Fund Campaign.
Thank you all in advance for your generosity and support for David, his wife Gaby and young Daughter Dominique.
With great LOVE and GRATITUDE;
Arno Burnier, D.C.
- Felicia Stewart, D.C.
- Joe Tichio
- Cynthia Gerszewski
- Joseph B. Strauss
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