As an RN, I've seen my share of happy endings and unhappy endings when it comes to individual's health.
When I became a nurse 30 years ago, I was excited to help people get healthy and stay healthy. I taught smoking cessation classes, led cardiac rehab groups, ran a weight loss business independently, taught stress management techniques to my patients and continued to believe our healthcare system was designed to help people get and stay well.
Over time, however, I started noticing things that really bothered me. People were not being educated and encouraged anymore to take responsibility for their health. Grocery stores were filling up with more and more processed foods and patients weren't being told they were bad for them. People were prescribed medications but didn't seem to understand them or the potential side effects.
Our FDA had approved things like saccharin and aspartame that my dear aunt ingested daily thinking it was safe. Did it cause her multiple myeloma blood cancer that eventually led to her death? Who can say but I wondered.
Why are so many autoimmune diseases like IBS and multiple sclerosis increasing? Why do so many people have debilitating anxiety and depression?
I watched patients who at one point were getting four to five medications now receiving ten or fifteen a day. How could anyone know how these are effecting the patient? Or their liver and kidneys where medications are processed?
I ate fried bologna and spam with fake mashed potatoes and gravy as a kid. Corn flakes and Wheaties were a mainstay with Captain Crunch as an occasional treat. Canned vegetables and Tang (some of you might not even know what this is). Peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwiches and chips. Kentucky Fried Chicken and pretty much all processed foods.
I was chubby and had headaches. Got sick easily. My stomach hurt a lot and I eventually had terrible migraines. My parents both smoked. And I smoked when I was younger but stopped. How? I took up swimming and coughing up the most gross, thick stuff made me realize it was hurting me.
My poor lifestyle was not something I could completely control as a kid. My parents didn't really know any better. They were on a tight budget and did what they thought was right. I had a home, food on the table and clothes on my back.
But I had signs of trouble as early as 12 years old. Perhaps for some it's much later. If something doesn't change, our body continues to deteriorate.
I noticed there wasn't the help I needed but through trial and error, I've developed a solid plan that can help anyone.
I love not feeling sick. I hate feeling low energy and bad and I hate it for others when they tell me they've just given up. But I get it. It's challenging in a culture that reinforces what we eat doesn't really matter.
It does!! That I am sure of. I have helped diabetics reduce their HbA1C with diet and taking short walks each day. Many asked me why they hadn't heard this before.
I specialize in educating those who are interested in learning how to use day to day choices to address the health issues that are, according to the World Health Organization, preventable 80% of the time through lifestyle choices.
80%...YES! you read that right.
You matter to those around you and I can support you in learning how to treat yourself like the amazing person you are. Treating your body well is the first step. Are you ready?
"I wanted to thank you again and again and again for helping me to stop smoking... If I hadn't quit smoking, I'd be dead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." LK, Billings, Montana
"My blood pressure keeps coming down. I'm amazed how well these suggestions work." LC, Phoenix, Arizona
"You are so easy to talk to and explain things in a way that's easy to understand. My migraines and overall energy have improved and I'm starting to feel like myself again. Thank you." A.P., Phoenix, Arizona
"I'm glad I can still get your words of wisdom on taking care of my health even though we've moved. I appreciated you helping me lose weight and improving my blood pressure. It was delightful working with you." C.L., Raleigh, NC
"Under Martha's tutelage I was able to improve my diet and how I was feeling even though I am over 70 years old." Harold Jeffers, Phoenix, Arizona
"I would highly recommend Martha. She was with me every step of the way. She is kind, , knowledgeable, compassionate, always willing to help...I could go on and on." Lori Parks, Phoenix, Arizona
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