By the time I was in my last year at acupuncture school I had terrible insomnia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and a host of other disorders too numerous to name, all of which ending in -osis and -itis. And since I was compulsively exercising while dealing with all these issues, I also had moderate to severe arthritis in my knee and my hip, two compressed disks in my back and degeneration in by neck. In short – I had a serious case of Feels Like Crap!
I was very fortunate to have attended a short lecture series on clinical nutrition in 2009 – my last year in acupuncture school – which literally changed my life.
At that time I was a vegetarian who believe the often-repeated advice that fat is bad, grains are good and meat was going to kill us all. But at the lecture they said the total opposite and as it turns out they were right:
- Recent research has vindicated fat it has been shown over and over again that fat – saturated and unsaturated – is necessary for good health.
- It’s also been shown that a diet that is too high in carbs and sugar – same thing really – contributes to inflammation and even has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Animal protein is the best source for many nutrients, and sustainable-raised livestock is actually beneficial to the environment
- One in 100 people in the United States has Celiac disease. One in eight is gluten intolerant. Gluten intolerance can manifest in many ways. In my case, it was fibromyalgia symptoms, intractable insomnia and severe mood swings.
I adopted the dietary advice that I learned in the lecture and my health improved tremendously – I was sold! It became clear to me that acupuncture, chiropractic and all the other therapies that I had tried could only work when the body has the nourishment it needs to heal and detoxify.
Why doesn’t your doctor know about all this?
The simple answer is ‘time’! It has been said that in order to keep up with all the current research doctor would have to spend 19 hours each week reading research and research journals. Of course doctors don’t have this kind of time – they have about an hour to spare to stay current on all the research out there.
I focus on staying abreast of current clinical research and my practice is founded on evidence based nutrition. I help people cut through all the conflicting information out there to help them figure out what works for them.
Having struggled for years with my own health, I am honored to have the opportunity to help others find their optimal health through nutrition, acupuncture and other natural methods.