Foray into Functional Medicine


I’ve had it with ‘conventional’ medicine. I’ve had it with doctors appointments where I come prepared, knowing information about my disease, but feel like I’m more well versed than the professional. I’ve had it with no answers, or half-assed answers, or the brick wall answer of ‘we can’t do anything else about it. Live with it and take a pill.’ I will not go through my life like that anymore.

If you’ve been reading my stuff for awhile, you know I have MS, RA and a longgg time ago I posted about GI issues (got another brick wall there, see a pattern?). Those GI issues have never gone away, despite my brilliant doctors orders. Shocker. I experience intermittent pain with food that lasts constantly for several weeks, then subsides, only to come back again. I also have significant bloating, like I feel 6 months preggo type bloat. Back a few years ago I thought it was normal and happened to everyone. It wasn’t until I saw someone else’s post on their own struggles with bloating that I realized there was an issue. No, it’s not normal to inflate like a balloon after eating, weird. On top of pain and bloating, I have most every other GI symptom you can think of. These all promoted the visit about a year ago, to which I got nothing from.

Fast forward to a month ago. I experienced that horrid MS/RA/stress induced pain flare, my GI symptoms flared, I almost lost my mind. I wanted more answers, I wanted to be validated, I wanted to be heard. Enter Functional Medicine.

The Institute for Functional Medicine describes the field as —— , which is something I completely agree with. If I could do my career path over, it would be in this field. Anyway. Based on a recommendation, I made an appointment to a local doctor and I went. I’ve known about FM for a while now, so I knew what to expect. A full life history, a rundown of everything that has happened that I may or may not think would impact my health. Bring it on! I was actually excited. Dare I say I was hopeful. Well, My FM doc delivered. An hour and a half first appointment of talking?! She listened for more than 7 minutes?! Inconceivable. But it happened. We talked, she asked questions, she was concerned, she validated, she heard me. She asked about my whole life story, and I told her. I was honest with her, more so than any other doctor in the past. I wanted her to fix me. I needed her to. By the end she had some ideas, set up some tests and sent me home with some supplements to start on based on my MS diagnosis and inflammatory history. Based on everything I told her I was going to be tested for MTHFR and COMT, nutrient deficiencies, gluten cross-reactivity, leaky gut and as well as other gut issues. The bill came to a small fortune, which I had a minor panic attack at, but Le Fiancé put everything into perspective when he said ‘it’s just money. This is your health we’re talking about here’. Overall he is right. I would have spent the money sooner or later, on something less important I’m sure. So off I went, supplements and take home tests in hand. Off to start on my journey of self discovery and healing.

I will be honest. I didn’t start the supplements right away. Or basically at all until I went back to see her for the results of my testing. I was scared. I didn’t know what they would do, or how I would feel. They sat in a corner of my kitchen untouched for several weeks. Technically, I couldn’t start them anyway until all of the take home testing was completed. So that bought me a few weeks. But even after that, when my excuses were gone, there they sat. It wasn’t until the few days before my next appointment that I tried them out. I had a ‘medical food’ drink to take in the morning along with a probiotic and digestive enzymes. I didn’t notice anything in those few days really, I just wanted to be able to say I had tried them out.

Back I went for my follow up. I was nervous. What would I learn? Le Fiancé was worried I would hit another brick wall. I’d get another answer of ‘some people just look crazy preggo after they eat’ (I have actually heard from a doctor that ‘some people just faint’, its a joke in my household now). I was convinced I would get some sort of answer, but there was a part of me that was scared about the non-diagnosis. The ‘your test results look fine, you shouldn’t be hurting’ type of diagnosis. I walked into her office and there were test results scattered around her desk. Pretty quickly I figured out that a non-diagnosis was not in my future. She started decoding the results for me and began with MTHFR and COMT, both of which I was positive for. She went on to describe the condition of my gut and gut health. Dismal would be a good word. My body does a pretty crappy job absorbing the nutrients I try so hard to give it and leaky gut is definitely an issue. Several things were cross-reactive to gluten, including yeast, which may prove to be tricky in the future. There were plenty of other small(er) issues regarding specific deficiencies and toxicity. But the overall picture is that my gut is functioning at the lowest state it can. I need healing! STAT! Off I went with A TON of results (things to research, yay!) and A TON of supplements.

I’ve been taking everything pretty consistently for about a week now. I do feel better. I don’t feel as bloated/swollen as I did nor do I look it. I’ve been reading The Wahl’s Protocol recently and I am about half way through it. To say that book is life changing is an understatement, but that is a whole post in itself. I will be implementing things from Wahls, AIP and completely going into the diet(s) or some combo thereof. Basically I’ll be adding in crazy amounts of nutrient rich veggies and fruits to mimic the supplements given to me. Because if I can get them in food form, why take them in pill form? Pill form sounds easier, yes, but it’s not complete. That too is another whole blog post. 

Functional Medicine costs money. But it’s my health after all. I am worth it.

I’M ALISSA!

I help women who have also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis make specific and personalized diet, lifestyle & subconscious changes so that they can begin to heal their body, reduce disease symptoms, and return to a life they love.hey there,

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In case you needed to hear that today.

You’re not a failure.
You didn’t “fail” at healing.
Having MS is hard- do what’s best for you.

In case you needed to hear that today.

You’re not a failure.
You didn’t “fail” at healing.
Having MS is hard- do what’s best for you.
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This is my challenge to you over the next week.

Take some time and think about this past year.

All you’re proud of, all you’ve accomplished. And if you have some things that don’t bring you joy, be proud of yourself for making it through in one piece and still being here.

Reflection is a great way to cultivate motivation to keep going..

You’re doing amazing.
You’ve done amazing.
Let’s keep going.
🧡❤️🧡

This is my challenge to you over the next week.

Take some time and think about this past year.

All you’re proud of, all you’ve accomplished. And if you have some things that don’t bring you joy, be proud of yourself for making it through in one piece and still being here.

Reflection is a great way to cultivate motivation to keep going..

You’re doing amazing.
You’ve done amazing.
Let’s keep going.
🧡❤️🧡
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Comparison is the thief of joy.

Regardless of what you see others doing,
you’re right where you should be.

❤️🧡❤️

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Regardless of what you see others doing,
you’re right where you should be.

❤️🧡❤️
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This took me completely by surprise, cause I usually roast myself after a simple mistake 🙈

But, I just didn’t? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Working on self improvement is weird.
Like I’m not even consciously working on how I talk to myself at the moment. 

Have I in the past? Sure. And it’s something I try to stay conscious of, but def have my moments where I fall into old patterns.

But this moment gave me hope.

What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?

This took me completely by surprise, cause I usually roast myself after a simple mistake 🙈

But, I just didn’t? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Working on self improvement is weird.
Like I’m not even consciously working on how I talk to myself at the moment.

Have I in the past? Sure. And it’s something I try to stay conscious of, but def have my moments where I fall into old patterns.

But this moment gave me hope.

What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?
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Thank you for supporting my business this past year. 

Because in reality, you’re supporting me.

So thank you.
Scott thanks you too!

Thank you for supporting my business this past year.

Because in reality, you’re supporting me.

So thank you.
Scott thanks you too!
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👉🏼Feeling stuck with your MS symptoms?
👉🏼Feeling like your body betrayed you and is working against you?
👉🏼Are you worried you’re stuck like this and will never get better?

I get it. At one point I did too.

Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

I thought my days of moving how I wanted, or doing anything on a whim were over.

I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

But now?
I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
I no longer have aggressive MS.
I can move how I want, when I want.

Because of the changes I’ve made over the years.

No, it’s not easy, but that’s where I come in!!

I’ve dedicated my life to helping those with MS realize that feeling better is possible and helping them get there.

My 2 courses and my membership are on sale this weekend for Black Friday,

want to start your own success story??

Comment SUCCESS below and I’ll send you the link!!

👉🏼Feeling stuck with your MS symptoms?
👉🏼Feeling like your body betrayed you and is working against you?
👉🏼Are you worried you’re stuck like this and will never get better?

I get it. At one point I did too.

Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

I thought my days of moving how I wanted, or doing anything on a whim were over.

I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

But now?
I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
I no longer have aggressive MS.
I can move how I want, when I want.

Because of the changes I’ve made over the years.

No, it’s not easy, but that’s where I come in!!

I’ve dedicated my life to helping those with MS realize that feeling better is possible and helping them get there.

My 2 courses and my membership are on sale this weekend for Black Friday,

want to start your own success story??

Comment SUCCESS below and I’ll send you the link!!
...

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Grab your path to healing!!

These are the lowest prices for my courses like ever, and they won’t be back. (And they’ll prob be going up in the new year- planning some updates!!)

Comment HEALING below and I’ll send you a link, or check out my stories!!

Grab your path to healing!!

These are the lowest prices for my courses like ever, and they won’t be back. (And they’ll prob be going up in the new year- planning some updates!!)

Comment HEALING below and I’ll send you a link, or check out my stories!!
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The first step to being successful with managing stress (& being successful with anything really) is:

Awareness of where you currently are.

You can’t change or manage what you’re not aware of.

You can only know yourself as deep as you’re awareness of yourself goes.

Try this:
Right now as you read this, pause for a sec.
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Where were my thoughts?
Where is my breathing?
What am I saying to myself?

Get really honest here too (warning- it might be uncomfy)

What did you discover while checking in? Let me know in the comments!

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If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa. I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS. 
I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.
Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!

The first step to being successful with managing stress (& being successful with anything really) is:

Awareness of where you currently are.

You can’t change or manage what you’re not aware of.

You can only know yourself as deep as you’re awareness of yourself goes.

Try this:
Right now as you read this, pause for a sec.
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Where were my thoughts?
Where is my breathing?
What am I saying to myself?

Get really honest here too (warning- it might be uncomfy)

What did you discover while checking in? Let me know in the comments!

-
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If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa. I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.
I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.
Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
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Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡

Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡
...

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Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis. 

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now. 

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!

Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis.

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now.

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
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This has been a TOUGH week friends.

Don’t lose yourself.

What else would you add to this list?
What helps you when life is super hard?

❤️❤️

This has been a TOUGH week friends.

Don’t lose yourself.

What else would you add to this list?
What helps you when life is super hard?

❤️❤️
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I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!

I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!
...

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