Along the way, with the help of my mother, I became my own health advocate. I read every health book I could get my hands on. I found that food could be nourishing for one person and toxic for the next. I sought the help of acupuncturists, chiropractors, homeopaths, Bio- Energetics, allergy elimination techniques (NAET), muscle testing, and allopathic tests to learn what was causing my ailments. I began to understand the body from these different perspectives. I also explored yoga, meditation, self-help, positive thinking, Access Consciousness and visited spiritual teachers and intuitive healers.
When I was diagnosed with Celiac 12 years ago, and started eating gluten-free, I had times where I felt better, but after I had my two girls and as the years ticked by, I began feeling worse and worse. I was exhausted, in pain, constipated, bloated, had horrible, foul smelling gas (fun!), had headaches, most foods caused a reaction, and I was not sleeping well. I felt like I was missing my kids' childhood because I felt so miserable. I tried to stay positive, but deep down, I was depressed and worried I would get more sick as my 40's approached.
Most importantly, I am happy again and have regained a zest for life and a passion to help people. Hallelujah!
This life journey has confirmed that there is a reason I didn't get better, despite eating gluten-free. It showed me that there are answers out there and to never stop searching.
Thanks to a functional approach to health, I have my life back!
I was born allergic to every food on the planet (yes, you read that right!). My search for health began very early in life. By age 1, I was suffering from asthma. By the age of 3, I spent most of my life in the hospital and the doctors told my mom I might need to live in a bubble.
Throughout my life, I also suffered from eczema, acne, pneumonia, sinus infections, anaphylaxis, digestive disorders, frequent illnesses, chronic exhaustion, being underweight, severe environmental and seasonal allergies, joint and body pain, painful periods, restless leg syndrome, scoliosis, hypothyroid, brain fog, and then was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease 12 years ago.
Needless to say, I have been through a lot!
The reality is, even with all of the alternative healing modalities, eating a stellar whole-food, gluten-free diet, taking supplements, doing yoga, and reading every health book, I never found the underlying causes of my illnesses.
In 2015, when I began my Functional Diagnostic Nutrition training and began running the lab tests on myself, it was eye opening! I learned I was in adrenal exhaustion, my hormones were imbalanced, I wasn't digesting protein or much of my food, my liver was taxed, I found Blastocystis hominis (parasite), H pylori, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), a Candida overgrowth, a dysbiosis in my bowel, multiple food sensitivities, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, leaky gut and a genetic mutation, called MTHFR, where my body doesn't detoxify properly.
This was all a complex mess, but finally I had answers!! I realized that no amount of lifestyle interventions or perfect diet could overcome all of these infections and depletions.
It took a functional approach to finally understand what was going on in my body. I was jumping for joy every time a lab test came back positive because it was another piece to the puzzle. I finally knew exactly what to do to get better.
Once I addressed the root causes and took action to stop the inflammatory response causing continued autoimmune attack, I got healthier on a level I had never known before. I got my energy back, my pain and stiffness went away, I slept so deeply, I no longer had gas or digestive upsets, and my brain fog lifted. Now, I enjoy my healthy lifestyle becuase I see the results of my hard work!
Additional Targeted Training
B.A. in Sociology, University of Santa Cruz, 2001
The Gluten Summit hosted by Dr. Tom O'Bryan, 2014
The Autoimmune Summit hosted by Dr. Amy Myers, 2014
Digestion Sessions hosted by Sean Croxton, 2014
Certified, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, 2016
FDN Advanced Oxalates Module with Dr. Lisa Pomeroy, ND, 2016
The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit hosted by Dr. Jay Davidson, 2016
The Detox Project hosted by Drs. Davidson, Hardick and Minich, 2016
The Thyroid Sessions hosted by Sean Croxton, 2016
FDN Advanced Mold/Biotoxin Illness/CIRS/Tick Borne Disease Workshop with Dr. Sandeep Gupta and Dr. Lauren Tessier, ND, 2018
Certified Gluten Practitioner, 2018