Before and After || How I Overcame a Toxic Situation and Emerged Healthy and Whole. This picture was taken weeks before I landed on disability; 95 pounds and too weak to function, my body was shutting down.
Inside my book and on TheHealthyApple.com, you’ll learn something about me you’d never know by looking at me: That for the past 10 years I struggled with chronic health issues, was diagnosed with everything from Lyme to PCOS to chronic Candida, SIBO, Mold, Heavy Metals, MTHFR, Hypothyroidism and more than once lay on the floor of my bathroom, in pain, crying, unable to eat a thing or even move.
What started one day in my early 20’s as unexplained swelling in my legs (40 lbs. of water weight that left me unable to wear anything but spandex) and was misdiagnosed as leukemia, spiraled out of control. At one point, during countless visits to hospitals and clinics, I picked up C. diff Colitis and was given 24 hours to live. My belly, beset by an overgrowth of bad bacteria, swelled to the point where people started asking me if I was pregnant. I went on disability for a year, schlepped in and out of medical facilities all over the country, including the famed Mayo Clinic, racking up over half a million dollars in uncovered medical expenses, and giving the equivalent of my body weight in blood every few weeks for years. After 5 years of western medicine (including numerous bone marrow biopsies, CT scans, MRIs, colonoscopies, and more) that yielded no real answers, I discovered integrative and functional medicine and embarked on years of self-study into detox, as well as every holistic and mind-body modality you can imagine. I also created my very own team of integrative M.D.’s (more than 20) who helped me identify the root cause and supported my efforts to get well.
But the question that kept spinning through my head the whole time was why? When I looked back at my childhood to see what could have possibly caused this mess, I came up empty handed. I couldn’t understand it. It’s not like I grew up downwind of a power plant. I was lactose intolerant, but that was about it. I had always been a healthy girl, with a healthy appetite.
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