Testimonials

Here is what some of our patients have to say about Vitality Healthcare say about their experience with our functional medicine doctor in Portage, MI:

Dr. Osterhout saved my life! Until I was 62 I thought I was bulletproof. After that, things went downhill: first heart problems, then leukemia. In addition, my energy continued to rapidly decline. With good insurance, I had the best care in the area from public and university hospitals. I was taking six medications, heart surgery was recommended and chemo was scheduled to begin.

I was sick with little prospect of getting better. Detrimental side effects from the medications were anticipated by my doctors. They said I would be on the medications for the rest of my life. The discouraging thing about all this was that my doctors were only talking about slowing my illnesses.

That's when I reconnected with Dr. O and everything changed. A former student of mine at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. O had continued his studies with advanced certifications in nutrition. During my first appointment, Dr. O was able to find the cause of why I became sick in the first place. That's when I knew I was with the doctor who would help me get better. He advised me on how to correct my diet and gave me safe but effective nutritional support to help me heal myself.

That was ten months ago. Today I weigh 25 pounds less than I did, I take no medications, my energy level is better than it has been in years, my heart problems disappeared and my white blood count has dropped into the normal range. Although I still have work to do with Dr. O, by taking responsibility for what I put in my mouth and being coached by one of the best in the business, there is no doubt that this story will have a happy ending.

Thanks, Dr. O! You're a remarkable healer and life coach!

Jim Countryman, DC

Dr. Countryman's Success with Heart Problems and Leukemia

Dr. Countryman's Success with Heart Problems and Leukemia

I originally came to Vitality Healthcare to treat chronic body pain in my wrists, knees, and feet. I also had skin rashes on my neck and the back of my arms. After long shifts at work on my feet, I was unable to walk. I had reconstructive surgery on my knee a few years ago and after any physical activity, it would become tight and inflamed. I started trigger point injections at Vitality Healthcare for the shoulder pain, elimination diet for my skin rashes where we discovered I have a sensitivity to gluten and dairy, and I started wearing orthotics in my shoes that took care of the foot and knee pain. Today, my knee is rarely inflamed, when I avoid wheat and dairy my rash is gone.

My advice to anyone with similar problems like mine, be proactive. It's not normal to have inflammation and rashes. Go see Dr. O and get it taken care of!

Paul's Success With Inflammation & Skin Irritation

Paul's Success With Inflammation & Skin Irritation

When I came to Dr. O for the first time, I was already in crisis mode. After getting out of my car one day, I immediately found myself with immense lower back pain-so debilitating, it hurt to move. I knew I needed help. I came to see Dr. O initially for that pain on my back.

The pain began about a month and a half ago and I must say it shocked me to my core. I'm an active person- I love to move and exercise-at the time I was on my feet for work all day and knew I would be transitioning into a new career in massage therapy- I knew I need to take action and invest in myself and my body. At one point I spent my entire lunch hour just lying on the floor because it hurt to move.

Although I came to Dr. O without any prescribed medication, I have found a renewed awareness that the techniques and comprehensive care I received at his office will continue to serve me so I won't need them in the future. Through their coaching and lifestyle counseling, I've discovered healthier, more wholesome ways to take care of myself instead of popping a pill.

In hind sight, I'm grateful that this incident happened to me because it led me to this office. The pain in my back is gone.

Angela S.

Angela's Success with Severe Back Pain

Angela's Success with Severe Back Pain

I have been suffering for the past 15 years from depression, weight gain, acne, food allergies and low back pain. Today, I have been able to eliminate all of my medications. I also have lost weight and inches, been able to sleep at night and have my energy back! Natural Healing is the route God intended and this medical office is the source to one natural state. Plus, the staff know how to love you until you learn to love yourself.

Australia W.

Australia's Success with Weight, Acne, Food Allergies and Depression

I have suffered from these conditions for 15 years. My ongoing health issues minimized my quality of life. Vicious cycles of pain and discomfort, stress and frustration, depression and weight gain. After I attended my first Dr. O seminar, I eliminated Ibuprofen. I began treatment with Dr. O and within thirty days, I eliminated over-the-counter seasonal allergy medication. Today, I feel empowered! I am becoming an expert on the subject of me and my health. My 30-pound weight loss is just icing on the cake. I cannot remember the last time I felt this good. Believe my story and the other success stories. Trust Dr. O to help you. It is hard work but at this point, what have you got to lose? You get what you put into this program. It's about choices and I choose to be healthy and truly take care of myself. Take the first step, you are important!

Cathy M.

Cathy's Success with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Low Back Pain, and Rosacea

Cathy's Success with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Low Back Pain, and Rosacea

In January of this year, I had a physical examination and blood work with my medical doctor. I was told my cholesterol was high and I might want to consider a statin drug. I was also suffering from fatigue and just not feeling that great. My quality of life was affecting my job and home life. This had been going on for the past few years. Even going for a walk was a struggle at times. I had no intention of taking a drug that had many possible side effects and fails to fix the problem. I had heard many wonderful things about Dr. Steven Osterhout and decided it was time.

Through his thorough testing methods and exams, I found out that I had some food sensitivities and was lacking certain vitamins and minerals. With his recommendations, I am beginning to reap the benefits of his care. I am biking, walking and working out without ANY fatigue. It has been awhile since I could say as much.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Oto anyone who wants an alternative to prescription drugs and is in need of a healthy living guide. He is compassionate toward his patients and truly cares about your well-being. He has a great staff! Dr. O's Thursday night presentation is a must see!

Kevin D.

Kevin's Success with High Cholesterol and Fatigue

Kevin's Success with High Cholesterol and Fatigue

I have suffered from migraines, stomach problems, acid reflux, low energy, and simply a poor quality of life. I have been accepting these conditions as a part of life for at least 2 years. I haven't been able to be a wife, mother, step-mother or simply myself that whole time. I have eliminated my acid reflux medication. Other than that, even doctors couldn't prescribe for me any relief, so there weren't any other medications. I would say I'm back to my old self except I feel better than that... It's a whole new me! Plus, I've lost over 20 pounds. Don't think about it, JUST DO IT! Take the leap and see Dr. O., unlessyou can't handle feeling better than you thought possible. Thank you, Dr. O!!

Racheal L.

Racheal's Success with Digestive Issues and Migraines

Racheal's Success with Digestive Issues and Migraines

My son had been suffering from chronic ear infections and constant runny nose since he was born; he's now 1 year old. His pediatrician stated that when he turns 1, he can have any food or liquids and milk was a good idea. So being that this was his Dr. saying it was ok for him to have, I stopped giving my son formula and switched him to conventional foods. That was a BIG NO for my son. After his first day on conventional foods, my son's ears were inflamed and draining terribly. I was constantly wiping and cleaning his ears and changing his shirts (due to the fluid draining that bad!). He was only on these foods for 3 days. I took him to see Dr. O and Dr. O identified dairy and a few others as being the culprits. Within a couple days of being treated and tested by Dr. O, my son's ears were cleared! Knowing that my son is highly sensitive to cow's milk was an eye-opener! Dr. O recommended that I give him some safe alternatives. Since his visits with Dr. O, my son has not had any ear infections, draining or a runny nose! I cannot thank Dr. O enough for what he did!

Caiden's Success with Chronic Ear Infections

Caiden's Success with Chronic Ear Infections

When I walked into Dr. O's office for the first time, I was a complete mess. I was having severe pain on my right side, under my ribs and down to my hip. The pain was always a 9-10, 24/7. I had been having the pain for almost 5 months when I started seeing Dr. O. I was off work for almost 4 months due to the pain. During this time, I really didn't have a life. I slept most of the time, did not work, cook, or go out-nothing! During the 5 months, I saw a variety of doctors. Had all kinds of tests, all came back normal. I was placed on different pain medicines that didn't even take the edge off.Today, I don't take any pain medicine! And, I've also been able to stop taking high blood pressure medicine and my diabetes medication! I feel like I have been given my life back! I've had to make some changes, but they have all been positive and well worth it. There is hope! Even before the severe pain issue, I've had health issues my entire life. I finally feel like I'm healthy!

Amy W.

Amy's Success with Severe Pain, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes

Amy's Success with Severe Pain, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes

For years I struggled with eczema, bloating, constipation, and chronic fatigue. I met with several doctors and specialist following all of their advice but my symptoms persisted. Since beginning care with Dr. O I feel so much better! Changing my diet, doing Asyra, and using infrared sauna along with chiropractic care have made such a difference!

My eczema is gone and my bloating and constipation have subsided. Best of all, I have the energy to keep up with my kids. I cannot thank Dr. O and his staff enough for making such a difference in my life!

Danielle K.

Danielle's Success with Bloating, Constipation, and Chronic Fatigue

Danielle's Success with Bloating, Constipation, and Chronic Fatigue

My health and life has completely changed after I started care with Dr. O. Since I was a child I had frequent earaches which lead to antibiotics. As I grew up my inflammation moved to my stomach. I would have IBS issues in high school.

After starting treatment with Dr. O my stomach pain disappeared, and I also lost 20 pounds. I feel like I have more energy and a positive outlook on the rest of my life. Dr. O saved my life! I recommend his care to everyone in the 21st century. Everyone could benefit from his care!

Thank you so much, Dr. O, and everyone who helped on my journey to complete wellness!

Jenni M.

Jenni's Success with Crohn's & Weight Loss

Jenni's Success with Crohn's & Weight Loss

I came to Dr. O for a lifestyle change, better health, eczema, allergies, & ulcerative colitis. I have been suffering from allergies and eczema my whole life. I have had ulcerative colitis for a year, and I also had a stroke a year ago. I have been able to eliminate my allergy medications and eczema creams. Today, I feel awesome. I have never felt better.

Dr. O and his staff are awesome. If people want to heal they need to follow what Dr. O & staff say. If you are committed to the program I feel confident that you will get results. I have no allergies and my eczema is gone. I have committed myself 100% to this program and I am proof that it works.I recommend Dr. O to everyone with diet and exercise. To Dr. O and the whole staff, I say thank you.

Mark S.

Mark's Success with Eczema, Allergies, Ulcerative Colitis

Mark's Success with Eczema, Allergies, Ulcerative Colitis

I had been suffering from lower back pain for over three months it was painful to move in any way. The pain was dull and constant. Previously I had problems with candida but it had always gone away for a few days but always came back. The biggest problem that did not go away from taking a pill from a medical doctor lasted six weeks. Walking and sitting was extremely uncomfortable.

After being treated by Dr. O I don't have to take painkillers for PMS or cramping anymore. I now feel great. I learned that both my back problem and candida came from the foods I was eating and what I was drinking. After being treated by Dr. O, I can't believe the other issues I didn't realize that included bloating and feeling lousy without realizing it. I am slimmer than I have ever been since being a freshman in high school over seven years ago.

I've also noticed I am calmer and clearer minded rather than having feelings of aggression and being reactive to what people say, which has affected my relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances! I have more energy and stopped consuming caffeine to keep me awake; because what I eat keeps my body and brain active, energized and less lethargic. I feel in control of my health and in return my life.

Rachel P.

Rachel's Success with Candida and Back Pain

Rachel's Success with Candida and Back Pain

Initially, I sought treatment at the Center for Natural Healing & Nutrition due to spine alignment issues and inflammation.

Also, recently I am involved in a complete program (First Line Therapy) to address high cholesterol and triglycerides. My inflammation issues began about five years ago. It became increasingly difficult to go for long walks or complete cardio workouts due to the pain. As my triglycerides/ cholesterol increased these past two years my energy decreased.

I no longer take a statin medication for cholesterol. Also, I do not need any pain medication for my inflammation. Today, I can walk several miles, do yoga, pilates, and strength exercises pain-free. Due to my individualized plan at Vitality Healthcare, I have more energy and feel wonderful!

No matter what the complaint is I have learned Dr. O and his team can support a person's goals. Additional benefits I have achieved are; 20-pound weight loss, nutritional education for my body, and most importantly the knowledge that with the right plan my body can heal itself. Knowledge is power.

I cannot thank Dr. O and his wonderful team enough for this amazing and continuing journey to wellness.

Dianne V.

Dianne's Success with Overall Wellness and Weight Loss

Dianne's Success with Overall Wellness and Weight Loss

I had bloating and cracking ankles before seeing Dr. Osterhout. I have had this complaint for a few years and it has been very uncomfortable. I have no bloating since I have had my food sensitivities identified. My ankles don't crack as much. I also went down two pant sizes.

I would tell other people who have similar complaints to follow what Dr. O tells you it will help you!

Sam D.

Sam's Success with Overall Wellness and Health

Sam's Success with Overall Wellness and Health

Over the last three years, my gastric stress progressively became worse. It made eating and consumption of liquids unmanageable at times. It gradually became harder to breathe also.

I have not had to use antacid pills or any medication for gastric distress since starting care. I feel amazing. It really changed my life starting to come here. I have changed my diet which has also lead to more energy and better digestive health.

If you have a hard time not believing in alternative medicine or practices for your health issues give it a try.I did, and it was the best thing I have ever done!

Anthony S.

Anthony's Success with Digestive and Gastric Stress

Anthony's Success with Digestive and Gastric Stress

I have been experiencing migraines for about 15 years and would also wake up with a headache almost every day for the past 8 years. I have had debilitating sleep disorders for about 8 years. These ailments have caused a very poor quality of life. I've been too tired to do too much or am constantly missing events due to migraines.

For the first time in 8 years, I've been able to sleep without the aid of medications! I also used to take some kind of medicine for headaches almost every single day. Now, my migraines have subsided considerably and I don't have to take Excedrin every day because I no longer wake up with headaches!!!

I feel like I have a new lease on life! I'm able to exercise regularly (I was too tired to do it before) and other ailments that I didn't even ask Dr. O to treat have been eliminated! I no longer have to stress about going to sleep or worry if I won't be able to make an event due to sickness.

I'll admit, I was slightly skeptical about whether or not I would be able to feel better. I truly thought I was doomed to be sick and fatigued for the rest of my life. Dr. O has completely transformed my life! I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found him. If you want to feel better - GO SEE HIM! He's truly a miracle worker!

Lisa G.

Lisa's Success with Migraines, Fatigue, and Insomnia

Lisa's Success with Migraines, Fatigue, and Insomnia

I have suffered from thyroid problems since I was 8 years old and have been taking medication for it since then. I have also suffered from high cholesterol since I was 18, headaches since I was 30, and ear pain since I was 52 years old. Taking medication is not normal, and I wanted to find a way to improve my health naturally.

Since becoming a patient of Dr. O's, my thyroid is now in the middle to normal range. I feel so much better! I wish that I had sought care from Dr. O sooner.

I recommend that anyone suffering from the same issues that I was, or even different ones, seek treatment from Dr. O. It's not normal to take medication to solve health issues. There are more natural ways to help your body heal.

Sally K.

Sally's Success with Improved Thyroid, Headaches, and Cholesterol

Sally's Success with Improved Thyroid, Headaches, and Cholesterol

In September 2012, I started having a lot of pain in my left knee. By December, I could barely walk the pain was so intense. I was taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen for the pain, but it wasn't helping that much. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who x-rayed it and said that it was arthritis. He said that I was not yet ready for a knee replacement. I asked what he could do because walking was painful. He said that I could get shots in my knee. They would take about 6 weeks to start working and would only last 3-4 months and then I would need another shot.

I had heard about Dr. O from friends and decided I would see what he could do. I started seeing him in January 2013. My knee improved quite quickly. By March, I barely had any pain. I stopped taking the Ibuprofen and was also able to stop taking the antihistamines that I took every day just to keep from getting hives and rashes on my hands because I had so much inflammation. Today, I rarely have pain (even when I do, it's very minimal) and even my allergies are much better.

I think that Dr. O can help almost anyone to be healthier and fix many different health issues. Arthritis was destroying my joints, and he stopped it.

Dorothy C.

Dorothy's Success with Arthritis

Dorothy's Success with Arthritis

Working with Dr. O, I have lost 20 pounds, gained more energy, go off of my antidepressant, and all around feel healthier, happier, and younger. There is not a day that goes by I don't have someone inquiring about my healthy lifestyle change and I am SO extremely proud to tell them my story. I highly recommend Dr. O to anyone who has not felt "normal" in a long time. He honestly gave me back my normal life to which I am truly grateful for.

I was exhausted from multiple doctor visits, medications, tests, blood work, and more doctor visits with NO answers. I honestly felt no hope and especially from the two doctors, I was meeting with almost on a monthly, if not bi-monthly basis.

ALL I wanted was my body back the way it used to be. ALL I wanted was to be myself again around my kids, husband, family, and friends. To Have energy, to not feel a constant sickness. ALL I wanted was to feel NORMAL.

It started in January 2012. I started having a monthly annoyance of yeast infections and bacterial infections on the inside and outside of my body. These would cause me to feel fatigued, sick, and just not myself. The doctor's solution: Medication. Pills.

Around the same time, I noticed that my muscles and joints would hurt all of the time. I started feeling weird sensations in my legs and lower back. I was also tired and sick to my stomach. By November, I was diagnosed with kidney stones.

There wasn't a day in those 10 months that I didn't feel fatigued, sick to my stomach, achy, muscle/joint pain, and downright emotional. My body was not getting a break and it was dramatically affecting my life, my job, my family, my two young kids.

Then I started researching and found Dr. O. From day one of meeting him, I felt in sync with his thoughts and techniques. More tests were done to find I had 17 different food sensitivities. I also found out more reasons as to why my body was acting up.

Fast forward six months later, I am taking supplements, watching my diet, having adjustments, and thinking differently. I still have slip-ups with my diet or days where I remember what it was like before the start of my healing plan - it puts things into perspective for me. I have come a long way. More energy, more control, more happiness, MORE normalcies. I feel GREAT about this moment and the HUGE smile that is on my face because I feel NORMAL.

Beth N.

Beth's Success with Bacterial Infections, Rashes, Fatigue, and Kidney Stones

Beth's Success with Bacterial Infections, Rashes, Fatigue, and Kidney Stones