Strong and athletic my whole life, looking at the I.V. in my arm, it was hard to understand how anyone gets that sick from food
I went from running a marathon to 13 E.R. admissions in 4 months. Not only did I experience debilitating illness, I experienced a flawed medical system that failed me. Like it fails millions.
My favorite was the first doctor: "Sweetie, you're not 20 anymore, it's normal to not feel as good." ...Lord grant me patience and help me control my language...
5 doctors later (not counting the dozen E.R. ones), I fired the standard medical system and hired a private clinic to do the testing I wanted and not what the books were telling them to do. 24 hours later the suspect was Celiac Disease, which later got confirmed via biopsy.
The specialist said two years before any hard workouts again: "You've sustained too much damage"
90 days later...
...I was running 10 miles a day again. At that point, it would have been easier to go back to my successful 6-digit career and put the whole fiasco behind me.
But I became haunted by all the people who were suffering. ADHD kids on drugs. Millions on anti-depressants. ...tens of millions of people with hundreds of disorders all due to gluten... I couldn't sleep (I still can't sleep sometimes feeling people's pain).
I beat the stats, not because I'm smarter but because...
...of a unique combination that saved me: 2 decades of organic sports nutrition background + born constantly questioning and challenging authority (didn't make me loved by school teachers as a kid, but wow has it been great for gluten sufferers looking for the truth). I wasn't scared to fire the medical system and take control.
Even with 2 decades of sports nutrition, I never realized how harmful gluten was, and I had never even heard of Celiac Disease. So don't feel bad if you're a health coach and weren't aware how damaging gluten can be to so many people.
I thought gluten was just a super starch that made people gain weight. I thought it didn't affect me since I was training hard, had a 25" waist, and hard abs. Plus I was only eating the best kind of ancient organic wheat (I cringe when I hear people say that today).
Regular nutrition is worlds away from autoimmune triggers and allergic reactions. I wish I had studied this part of nutrition sooner.
It's outrageous that we have studies going back to the 50's and 60's showing how harmful gluten is. Some studies from psyche wards show 100% recovery on schizophrenic patients when they go gluten free (so imagine the amazing results with depression or brain fog). And yet here we are, medicating half our world with mind altering drugs, including small children. It's criminal.
No one advertises UN-consuming something, which means...
...those studies stay where they've been for the last 60-70 years: in neat folders in hospitals and universities all over the world. 7 decades of scientists quietly shuffling papers. That makes me InSaNe.
The Butterfly Effect in THUNDEROUS numbers
As more health professionals, health coaches, nutritionists understand gluten in depth, less people suffer. They heal faster. And they're able to focus on their life's full potential. That has the butterfly effect of changing our whole world...
...That's where my heart is:
Share what I've learned so we can collectively create a better world by freeing people of food related health issues. Imagine Beethoven incapacitated by severe health issues. What would we have lost? Everyone has a gift in them, big or small. You and I are here to help free all the Beethovens, Einsteins, and little Billy who dreams of flying planes.