Most clients come to me because they have exhausted their Western medical options. Some can't lower their cholesterol or blood sugars without medication. Some can't control the symptoms of their autoimmune disease. Some have weight issues. Others know that they should eat more healthfully but can't because they've become addicted to foods, sugars, and/or carbohydrates.
At Essentials for Health, I focus on healing your gut. I start by taking a personal health history and finding out not just what you eat, but how you eat, when you eat, and the effects foods have on you. Through a series of detailed questions, I find out if you have ever had sensitivities to certain types of foods. Sensitivities are more prevalent than most people think. They can begin at any age for a variety of reasons and can go away or progress into or throughout adulthood. Treating food sensitivities is often my first step to providing significant relief if not the complete elimination of symptoms.
A healthy food is not healthy if it's not working for you. My job is to find the best foods for your optimum body performance and eliminate foods that detract from that. I've had nutrition and digestive problems myself and learned a great deal from my own healing process. I've also spent many hours researching diet programs and know the challenges that each of them present. I will help you heal by balancing your diet and eliminating foods that may be causing inflammation due to sensitivities you may not know that you have.
As your nutritionist, I will be here through the tough times and cheer you on to each success. My office is a safe, nurturing, confidential place to talk about your issues and determine how to help you with your specific problem. I don't run people through a one-size-fits-all program. I'm here to serve and guide you, specifically.
One client had a complex situation with overlapping autoimmune diseases. She wanted to get pregnant, which seemed impossible. I didn't look at her specific autoimmune diseases, but addressed her symptoms, supported and balanced her immune system and decreased inflammation by healing the gut. Months after dietary changes, she became pregnant and now has a beautiful baby girl.
Another client was taking anti-depressants. She was searching for a natural way to wean off of them. She wanted to become pregnant and was told she needed an egg donor due to her age and the fact that her ovarian reserves were low. She worked with an alternative practitioner who replaced the anti-depressants with many supplements, but her diet was not changed. She spent over $5,000 in tests from another doctor, only to be prescribed even more supplements. I designed a personalized diet to reduce inflammation, eliminated most of the supplements, and she eventually became pregnant at 43 years old. Today, she is the mother of a beautiful baby girl.
Most clients suffer from fatigue. A client diagnosed with chronic fatigue was seeing doctors at the chronic fatigue clinic of a major university health center. Chronic fatigue may be caused by health issues such as sleep disturbances or sleep apnea, food allergies, thyroid problems, diabetes, and more. You may not think these are diet-related but diet is often the cause. We adjusted this client's diet, eating habits, and thyroid medication and in a few months the symptoms of his chronic fatigue had dissipated.
MS is a debilitating disease. My client loved to show and ride her horse. Many of her horse shows were hours away from home. The drive alone would put her into such a fatigued state that it made going to horse shows almost impossible. Today, with dietary and lifestyle changes, she is able to drive long distances, show her horse and manage her fatigue. She is also now medication-free. Her MD was so impressed with her success that the neurologist, myself and a team of practitioners conducted a retreat together to study the possibilities of slowing down the progress of the disease through complimentary care.
Asthma can be life threatening. My client had been on Prednisone for over two years. Her doctors were advising her to have a Bronchial Thermoplasty, a very invasive procedure. Our journey started with a major change in her diet and treating her asthma as an autoimmune disease. She was weaned from her Prednisone and went 370 days without an episode.
A young college student was suffering with severe symptoms from Crohn's disease. He was having 12-18 bowel movements daily and could not be away from a bathroom. His doctors were suggesting multiple immune suppressant medications. He left college because his symptoms were so severe. After dietary changes, he became symptom-free, used limited medications, and he was able to return to and complete college. He now lives a normal life.
This child's mom had a lot of inflammation during pregnancy and an overactive immune system. The child was put on antibiotics immediately after his C-section birth and several times for Strep infections. He was born with autism and later found to have Precocious Puberty. Changing his diet modified his behavior and enhanced his learning skills in just a few months. In the past, when he would get a cold, it would take weeks to normalize his behavior. Therefore, our secondary goal was to strengthen his immune system to reduce his colds, which we did, and this has improved his mood and calmed his outbursts.
This child was diagnosed with PFAPA, high (102 to 104 degrees) episodic fevers that occurred every 5 weeks. There is no known cause or specific treatment. This child was given antibiotics and prednisone to regulate the disorder. I decided to treat the PFAPA as though it were an autoimmune disease. I changed the child's diet dramatically and supported her immune system. The fevers decreased in frequency alongside an improvement in mood and energy.
Any program I recommend is based on nutrition and scientifically based research. If you follow my recommendations, my goal is that you will wake up one morning and feel you have "turned the corner". It may take two weeks or several months, but I can help you in your effort to heal your gut.
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