I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biology and Medical Technology from Northeastern University in Boston in 1975. After many years in the medical industry, I returned to school to study nutrition and received my certification as a holistic nutritionist from the Nutritional Therapy Association.
My interest in nutrition developed from my desire to treat a life-threatening liver disease that conventional medical treatments had failed to do.
While interning in a hospital laboratory as a student, I contracted Hepatitis C. This is a very slow-moving disease. Many people are not even aware they have the disease for many years. I did well for 30 years; I married, had two children, pursued a successful career and had a full and active life. However, before I was 50 years old, my liver began to fail; biopsies showed progressing fibrosis.
I began a course of chemotherapy, ending my career. The treatment slowed the progress of the disease, but could not eradicate it. I was left with additional problems from the chemotherapy: severe depression and restless leg syndrome. A few years later, the virus was active again, and my liver showed increasing signs of damage. Desperate for way to survive, I researched as many alternative therapies as I could find. Fortunately, in 2007, I discovered Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, an M.D. located in New York who is well-known for his alternative treatments of cancer and other chronic conditions. Dr. Gonzalez put me on an organic, whole foods diet specific to my body type, many supplements and an aggressive detoxification protocol. For two years I experienced severe detoxification symptoms as my body was “torn down” to allow itself to rebuild. Once it was strong enough, it began healing – fighting the virus that was destroying my liver, something no pharmaceutical drug could do. A liver biopsy three years later showed the liver inflammation and fibrosis had begun to reverse.
During my years of recovery, I read every book on nutrition that I could find. I became fascinated with the power of food, and was devastated to learn the damage that a poor diet can cause. The more I learned the more I became convinced that it is the damage caused to our bodies by poor food and environmental toxins that allows us to become sick. The only way to overcome any chronic illness is to let our bodies do the work; pharmaceuticals simply mask the symptoms, they do not address the cause. The key is making your body well enough, and strong enough to do its job.
Now in my 60’s, I enjoy and active life with my husband, John. I ski in the winter and bike and hike in the summer. I visit with my girls and three grandchildren as much as possible, often skiing and biking with them, and enjoy the company of a large family and many friends. I couldn’t ask for more!
I am an active member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and a Certified GAPS™ Practitioner.