When I first came to Alive & Well, I had been struggling with chronic digestive issues, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, skin problems, and back pain for years. I had seen many chiropractors and alternative medicine practitioners in the past three years with little sustained improvement in my health.
After coming to Alive & Well for the past few months, I have seen a huge improvement in symptoms. I still have flare ups but I’m no longer plagued by chronic pain and fatigue. Additionally, my blood work is slowly improving for the first time in years, and I know that with Dr. Anne Marie’s continued help, I’ll eventually be back on track.
When I first came to Dr. Anne Marie, I was overweight, I had chronic sinusitis, gastric reflux and vertigo. I had already been gluten free, dairy free and dieting for several years but cheated in small ways frequently. My health improved somewhat but my chronic problems persisted. At my annual physical, blood tests revealed that my liver enzymes were elevated and after seeing a liver specialist I was diagnosed with chronic auto immune hepatitis and was told it could lead to liver failure if I did not treat it. She wanted me to take prednisone for several weeks followed by a long term immune system suppressing drug. I did not want to go down that road and asked if I could be strict with my diet for a month and see if my blood levels improved. I then started following my regimen strictly, no cheats at all, and I added green smoothies to my diet. At my next blood test there were some improvements. I have continued with my plan. I have lost 15 pounds without trying, my energy level is better as is my gastric reflux and sinusitis. When a friend asked how I was able to stick to my diet, I said that “There is nothing like being threatened with death (liver failure) to motivate me.”
It was a year and half ago when I first started going to Alive & Well. I was a train wreck. I was depressed and lethargic all the time. I started getting pneumonia yearly and started having allergies to the antibiotics. I also have a thyroid condition and have been having difficulty regulating it for several months. I blamed my situation on that. However, it got to the point that I felt like I was just in a state of existence, and not living so I knew I had to try something. I didn’t want to take medicine to make me feel better. I thought maybe if I saw a nutritionist it might help. My daughter heard about Dr. Anne Marie and suggested I try her. Everything Dr. Anne Marie told me about her program made complete sense. I decided to try it. She put me on a program and within a month I started to feel better. It was difficult to find foods I could eat in the beginning but with the guidance of Dr. Anne Marie I could find enough to keep me satisfied. I would have some ups and downs but as time went on I would feel better and better. I warded off pneumonia a couple of times with the help of Dr. Anne Marie changing my supplements. I started losing weight and would get compliments at work which helped me to stick to the diet. Once I realized if I ate enough of the right foods I could walk by the cookies and cake in the kitchen and not feel deprived. Today….I am in a much better place. I feel GREAT! I am so much stronger. I’ve lost 20 pounds. I have not had pneumonia and my thyroid has straightened out! I am now at the point that I can feel the difference when I cheat and I’m finding it not worth it. I eat out most of the time and can still find items on the menu that are gluten free. I do sometimes miss my pizza and ice cream, but I remember how I used to feel and think “It’s not worth it”.
I was very dependent on my inhaler. I would have to use it multiple times a day. When working out, I would always carry it with me in fear of a sudden attack. Today, I use my inhaler only occasionally. I still carry it with me, but rarely use it. My asthma is finally under control.