why i’m an nmd

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I want to start by saying that I have HUGE love and respect for all of those in the medical community. Thank you for all you do!

The story of why I wanted to become a naturopathic physician bears a simple message: I was hopelessly lost when it came to my own health and my own body. It took some remarkable people and divine intervention to make me realize that I didn’t have to be lost or hopeless; that I too could thrive like the people I saw and so envied when I was a young lady, nearly 300 pounds and racked with pain, depression, anxiety, and very little will to carry on.

In 2003, I discovered that through a change in nutrition (it was keto for me), I was finally able to shed most of my body fat, gain muscle, and feel good for once. I read and learned  more. I lived with an autoimmune disease most of my life and every doc I saw was convinced that antidepressants were the cure or that they could guilt me into slimming down because CLEARLY it was just from overeating… right? Why did these things happen?

The reason is that many healthcare providers just have it backwards. They treat the disease and not the patient. Our healthcare is great for lifesaving emergency intervention, necessary surgical procedures, and trauma care. But what about chronic illness? Surely we can’t use emergency medicine for longterm disease care. I decided to become a naturopathic physician so I could be part of the solution to this common problem.

When I found out the root cause for why my own health was failing, I adjusted the imbalance and my body did the rest. It healed itself. I still have an autoimmune disease, but it no longer enslaves me the way it once did. And that is why I am so passionate about what I do.

There’s hope for the person who can’t figure out why they can’t lose weight; the depressed, anxious person who can’t get it together; the athlete who wants to fight on but their body is telling them “no.” There’s a way to work with our bodies so they will serve us and we do have the tools to do that. I’m here to lead you to better health because I know what it’s like to be hopeless and to rewrite the story.

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