As an RN, I, wanted to make a difference in people’s lives but I found that there is a disconnect between providing preventative wellness education and our sick care system. I became very frustrated that our system is not set up to be proactive, but reactive once someone becomes sick.
After watching my mother suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a debilitating autoimmune disease, I knew that there had to be a better way. Even in the 1970’s my mother sought out alternative care and today we know so much more.
I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in my late 20’s, and my mother took me to an alternative doctor in Winston Salem. He had me clean up my diet, environment and stress, and within a few months my symptoms had subsided. Years later I still keep a close check on my labs and every once in a while the autoimmune rears its ugly head and I have to reassess what could be causing the inflammation within my body.
The point is I believe that, when disease is caught early enough, our bodies can heal itself if given the right nutrients and environment.
This caused an ethical dilemma for me as a nurse, over and over again I heard people say that their doctor told them that their disease had nothing to do with what they eat. The ongoing research supports that it does indeed have something to do with what we eat, but also our environment, level of stress, connectiveness to others and mindfulness.
In the 1980’s I saw my mother go into a hospital and by being put on an elimination diet, walk out without the painful symptoms that had robbed her of her life. She went on to travel, and enjoy her life. Unfortunately the RA returned but she had that reprieve. What would some people give for a reprieve……
Continuing my story, I started working with as Case Manager providing preventative care, but found that the system was missing important links to provide the support needed to help people make lifestyle changes needed to prevent disease. We love to give someone a list of foods to eat, or not to eat, and tell them to exercise more. This just does not work; if it did we would all be healthy and have abs!
I began to approach the problem differently, and began guiding patients to practice mindfulness, gratitude, and self-love, coupled with diet and exercise. I was amazed at the transformation of my patients who embraced these practices.
So, I decided to pursue my certification from the Institute of Integrative Health, and I gained even more insight on ways to provide the support and guidance people need to make deeper changes in their health and lifestyle.
I still haven’t given up my day job as Nurse Case Manager, but my real love is working with individuals, and groups, to lose weight, practice mindfulness, reverse effects of disease, increase energy, and so much more.
If you are ready to make lasting lifestyle changes for you, and those you love, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a complimentary Discovery Call where you can explore how you can reach your goals.