Kim* came into my office concerned about years of depression and fatigue that she began suffering from after the birth of her second child. She was constipated, her hair was falling out, and although she slept, she never felt rested.
She began having allergy symptoms and frequent headaches. She began having abdominal cramping especially with ingestion of bread and sugars, which she craved. She had been on many weight loss programs, but was unable to lose any of the thirty pounds she had gained in the past year. Workouts were her only source of energy and she left the gym feeling great, but would crash shortly thereafter. She struggled to find words and felt like her mind was in a fog. She consulted with many physicians whom were quick to recommend anti-depressant medication and blame her diet or lack of exercise. Her physician reluctantly ran laboratory results. When the results came back normal, her symptoms were dismissed.
When she heard from her friend that natural treatments can address these concerns and it is not “all in your head” she set out to find an ND. That’s how I came to know Kim.
Kim ‘s story is one that I hear all too frequently. I began with a thorough intake, taking time to listen to Kim’s concerns and reassure her that her symptoms were not normal. I connected the birth of Kim’s second child to a shift in her hormones. With this shift, changes in her thyroid and adrenal function seemed likely. I suggested additional specially testing to address these areas that her doctors had not done previously. With the shift in hormones, her immune system may have altered its response, giving rise to her allergic symptoms, headaches and possibly even her cravings. We considered food sensitivity testing to see if her body may be reacting to the foods she was consuming. I gave her a diet diary to take home so that I can see exactly what she is eating, identify strengths and weakness and suggest changes to support her weight loss goals.
When the results of the testing came back, Kim and I worked together to develop her plan. My approach means putting the pieces together, connecting the dots and finding the why. No masking or band-aid remedies or miracle cures. This is not for everyone because this is hard work and involves making lifestyle choices and changes. Kim was up for the challenge.
Kim thanked me several months later for giving her her life back.
* name has been changed.