Kathryn B. / 61
I treated with dozens of doctors over the years trying to find an answer to my digestive issues, fatigue and muscle pain.
Annette T. / 55
Carol M. / 60
Dr. Vilich has transformed our lives! My husband, age 73, and I, age 65, have been seeing Dr. Vilich for ten months. Both of us have lost 50 pounds each and are still losing. We have much more energy and feel the best we have felt in years! In fact, my husband had given up golf due to pain from past knee and shoulder surgeries as well as foot pain from a “dropped” toe. After working with Dr. Vilich, he tried golf again and is pain-free so has re-joined his golf club. As for me, I had years of arm, wrist, and hand pain and numbness and was seriously considering carpel tunnel surgery. Thank goodness that I waited… I am completely pain free now and the numbness is gone, too!
Dr. Vilich is truly concerned about her patients, and we continue to benefit from her expertise and caring style.
About our journey… Last summer my wife Marcia was told by her internist that she would have to begin taking medication to control her developing diabetes, as her then recent A1C was over the 6.0 limit. She was a wreck emotionally after that visit.
After listening to her sob for some time I said that we two were smart enough to find a way to limit her taking the diabetes medicine. That was the end of July. By August she had purchased The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman. After Marcia read the book… then and there we dropped sugar and wheat from our diet. Then after about two months we learned about a group of Functional Medicine Doctors who were certified to practice many of Dr. Hyman’s approaches. https://www.functionalmedicine.org/about/whatisfm/ There are only about 200 of these certified doctors in the world and when we looked there were only two in Illinois. We went to see Dr. Fatima Vilich, MD in Glenview. (https://vibrant-health.info/ )
The premise of the functional doctor’s approach is this… they look at the body in totality–with all the markers and test results, so to reach a conclusion of what needs to be fixed in your health practices and/or diet. They believe that food can be a medicine to heal you or a poison which will ultimately make you ill or even kill you.
Funny thing is that as we have worked with this program to “heal” ourselves we feel better, are stronger, with more endurance and energy. I remember well in our first 4-hr visit back in October with Dr. Vilich; she asked us to remember back to the last time we felt good! What a question. Marcia said it was when she was in her late 40s before perimenopause. I said in my late 40s too. I think we are nearing that “feeling” state once again.
- So what results have we seen so far?
- Marcia has lost about 50 lbs.
- She had tried many diets and exercise programs to lose weight with little to show. Then Dr. Vilich discovered she had a Thyroid problem that was only discovered by taking two different thyroid tests which her internist doctor never ran. The internist only ran the standard Thyroid test which showed Marcia to be within range.
- She is off Cholesterol medicine
- She has avoided taking diabetes medicine
- She is off one of her two heart medications… and soon will drop the last one too
- She is off the antibiotic.
I also lost 50lbs. I regained my energy and was able to rejoin my golf club and start golfing again.
I think if we had gone on this earlier in my life the cancer and surgeries may well have been avoided.
Jess R. / 73
Dr. Konrad B. / 27
From my first appointment with Dr. Vilich, I felt that my health was a collaborative effort.
Mary M. / 45
I was having severe fatigue and restless sleep, thyroid nodules,craving sweets and having stomach aches.
Selma V. / 48
Dr. Fatima is a very devoted and compassionate physician who combines traditional medicine with the latest innovative approach, resulting in a truly comprehensive care for her patients.
Alma C. / 58
I have been thrilled with the care I’ve received from Dr. Vilich. Before finding Dr. Vilich, I’d endured two years of relentless fatigue and overall declining health. I was finally diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, but was told there was nothing that could be done to ease my symptoms.
Arika S. / 28
Over the last 40 years I’ve been diagnosed with multiple auto-immune conditions. Uveitis (age 10), MS (age 20), Ulcerated Colitis (age 25), Thyroid Nodules & Secondary Adrenal insufficiency (age 51) In traditional medicine you need to see a specialist for each condition, and they treat the individual disease normally with medicine that has harsh side effects and long- term consequences. For example, and in my case…5 different doctors.
Uveitis; Retinal specialist, treated with steroids, which eventually lead to Glaucoma.
MS; Neurologist, treated with immune suppressing drugs. I discontinued on my own because the side effects were unbearable.
Ulcerated Colitis; GI doctor, treated with high dosages of steroids, which by the way did not cure the colitis, I ended up having a colectomy, and that still did not resolve my symptoms.
Thyroid Nodules and Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency; high doses of steroids for a long period of time (from colitis treatment) lead to Secondary Adrenal insufficiency. Now I must take a maintenance dose of Hydrocortisone every day for the rest of my life.
If only I had known then at age 10 or even 20, what I know now after seeing Dr. Vilich. With functional medicine, the root cause is treated. Dr. Vilich has helped me get to the bottom of my multiple auto-immune diseases. Through appropriate testing, diet changes and supplements, my inflammation has decreased, my gut is healing, and I have much more energy. My Uveitis is in remission, as well as is MS. My Thyroid Nodules are just that, no medication required, and they are shrinking. I did recently have a relapse of colitis, and I was very frustrated because I thought I was doing everything right. Dr. Vilich I believe figured that issue out too. Hydrocortisone is coated with lactose, something that I am allergic to!
I just want to thank her for the time she takes with me, and her relentless quest to get to the root cause.
AH / 54
Dr Vilich got to the root cause of my illness. Four months prior to seeing her, I was hospitalized with numbness in my left arm and leg that came on suddenly one day. I had all the symptoms of a stroke. I was very weak and could not walk unassisted. I had every possible test done; MRI, CAT SCAN, Blood work, EEG, EKG…they all came back normal.
After months of frustration, my wife found Dr. Vilich on the web and suggested I see her. On the first visit, she spent 2 hours going over my health history and reviewing my test results. She made diet and supplement suggestions, specifically to address my DNA mutations. After just 6 weeks of following her recommendations, I started to improve exponentially! My family Dr as well as my Physical Therapists were amazed at my progress. My strength returned, I no longer needed a cane, my brain fog lifted, and I was able return to work. I’m feeling better and stronger now than I have in years! If not for Dr. Vilich, I’d probably still be on disability. Thank you Dr. Vilich!
JH / 54
I consider myself a health seeker, always reading and researching about health for myself and my family. I was eating a whole food plant based diet, exercising, living a healthy lifestyle and still, I did not feel great. I carried some extra weight that made me uncomfortable, the pounds would not budge. I had skin issues, felt tired and out of sorts, not ill but certainly not a picture of health, particularly for the effort I put in.
I knew I needed a Functional Medicine doctor that would do intensive detective work into my health, but how to find one? I went to the most famous Functional Medicine doctor I knew of, Dr. Mark Hyman, and from his website learned that Dr. Fatima Vilich was one of a very few Functional Medicine doctors certified through the “Institute of Functional Medicine” and her office was just a few miles from my home. This is an amazing credential, held by only approximately 200 doctors. I made an appointment with Dr. Vilich and my initial visit was like no other doctor appointment I had ever had, so thorough, covering my entire lifetime. Dr. Vilich is a brilliant doctor with so much information to share, she is a health detective and some of the most seemingly insignificant information I shared with her set her on the path of discovery about my health. After consultations and testing she told me I was hypothyroid – which was incredible to me because my regular doctor had checked my thyroid annually, but I learned through Dr. Vilich that a number of tests need to be run on the thyroid to discern if it is functioning properly. I also learned I was anemic and my hormones were out of balance. Through nutritional testing, Dr. Vilich discovered that my body does not retain and store some vital nutrients, so I simply need to supplement with them daily.
Fast forward to today, my hair is regrowing, I have lost weight and can eat more without gaining weight, I wake up feeling great every morning, my skin is glowing. I continue to test on a regular schedule to make sure my body is staying in balance and with Dr. Vilich’s guidance we tweak here and there. At age 59, I wear a size 4/6 and feel better now than I did in my 30s and 40s, this is not the norm for a post menopausal woman.
My husband who piggybacks on my habits is also glowing with health.
I feel it is a privilege to have Dr. Vilich in my life, she is such a kind, caring person, very easy to know and brimming with knowledge on any health issue I ask her about. Everyone should be so fortunate as to have someone like Dr. Vilich as their doctor and health coach.
Gail C. / 59
Hi Dr. Vilich, Don’t know if you remember me or not but I saw you about 1.5 years ago regarding Functional Medicine and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I only saw you twice but wanted to let you know where this disease process is at now.
I just wanted to let you know that I have followed your advice on diet and supplements for the past 1.5 years and last week went to my rheumatologist since changing everything. I am happy to report to you that my Dr said “there is absolutely NO evidence of Rheumatoid Arthritis or auto immune disease within your bloodwork or joints!” she continued to say “I wont even categorize you in “remission”, you do NOT have RA!” Of course this news thrilled me, because from the first day of diagnoses, I have refused to “own” this label!!! Just wanted to thank you for your knowledge in Functional Medicine and helping get past this!!! I also gave all the information on Functional Medicine to my Dr who is going to do her own research on this! Here’s to hoping she passes it along to many others that have the label of “auto immune disease”!!!
Thank you again for all you did!!
Carol B. / 62
I LOVE My doctor!I am 63 years old and have been searching for a physician with the qualities that Fatima Villich possesses for over 30 years!
Sue C. / 63
Dr. Vilich has guided me into a whole new level of healing and health.
She has helped me not only clear SIBO from my intestines, she has helped me to normalize many other important markers, such as homocysteine, thyroid, etc. I am much healthier than when I started and I am very grateful to Dr. Vilich!!!
She is knowledgeable, responsive, kind and extremely well-credentialed. I wholeheartedly recommend her!
Mary D. / 60
What a privilege it was for me to spend some time with Dr Vilich this past month doing elective rotation in her office. I am so grateful for such a wonderful opportunity. I am now feeling refreshed and excited about the field of medicine again. “
Sabrina M. / 25 Medical Student
I started seeing Dr. Fatima Vilich because I was having some chronic health problems related to my digestion, hormones and anxiety that, in my opinion, were not being helped or treated by my regular physicians properly. I felt that my regular physicians were given poor advice pertaining to my health, that I was not comfortable with and that was not acceptable to me.
Alyssa C. / 34
I had severe diarrhea, lost 20 percent of my body weight and had only 5 percent of my energy. I was sleeping 16 hours a day and still had severe fatigue. I could not leave the house and I was desperate. I thought I was going to die and someone would find me in my bed. I had no answers for 20 years with my regular doctors.
Now I am a new person, full of energy, able to go to church again and attend my grandson’s games. I thank God for her. I do not know what I would have done without her. Thank you Dr. Vilich!
Genevieve Y. / 66
Dear Dr. Vilich,
I am so grateful that I have found you. My health has improved dramatically within a couple of months after my first visit with you.
I have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and extreme fatigue for the past 2 1/2 years. I have tried several biologic drugs which have made my symptoms much worse.
Dr. Vilich was able to get me off all of my medicines. She looked at what was going on on a cellular level in my body, food sensitivities, infections and recommended vitamins, supplements, dietary changes along with life style changes. Everything was based on scientific evidence and she used her expertise to work out a plan that changed my life in a very short time.
I now have significantly lower joint pain, fatigue and have lost all the weight I gained from being on the various medicines.
Dr. Vilich is very knowledgeable about autoimmune diseases and chronic pain. She is very compassionate and caring. She responds immediately to any questions I have.
I never thought I could get off of my rheumatoid arthritis medicines and now I am off the medicine and able to participate in sports I thought I could no longer do. I have more energy to enjoy time with my family and friends. I have been unable to work due to my health. Now I am looking for a career and don’t feel limited to the type of work I can physically perform.
Thank you Dr. Vilich! You are an amazing and compassionate doctor. You have given me my life back and a positive outlook on life again.
Michele M. / 48
“I am pleased to have met Dr. Vilich recently – I have hypothyroidism and she was able to address this disease with an all natural thyroid medicine which according to my blood work results brought my TSH level back within the normal range after only one week.
After many years of fatigue, without knowing the reason why, I am feeling more energetic now and finally have a plan of action for my health. I recommend Dr. Vilich to help you address your symptoms and receive a healthy plan of action – Thank you Dr. Fatima! “
Dana T. / 48
Latest update for Beth C. She lost 78 lbs in 5 Months
Beth C. / 50
Hi Dr. Fatima,
Thank you so much for all of your support with Anais. I really appreciate it!!
My 13 year old daughter Anais was suffering from severe abdominal cramps for several weeks. Often after meals she would be bent over in pain and unable to function. Dr. Vilich spent almost two hours with her learning every detail about my daughter’s habits, pain and family history. After a series of tests we found out that Anais is suffering from celiac disease. Again, Dr. Vilich took a lot of time patiently explaining to Anais what that meant making sure she answered all of her questions.
Soon after implementing the recommended suggestions Anais began to feel better, but the cramps continued to come back. Dr. Vilich, recommended more testing and discovered that in addition to celiac disease Anais was also dealing with a lot of food allergies which were causing the severe reactions. Even though her diet is pretty restricted for a few months, it has actually come as a real relief to her knowing exactly what is going on and what she needs to do to heal. After two weeks the cramps have finally stopped. Dr. Vilich has been an amazing support to my daughter and thanks to her incredible sensitivity, Anais is now finally starting to regain her health and energy.
Mother of Anais Z / 13