I am a former U.S. Air Force Colonel where I served as a physicist for over 26 years. During my time in the Air Force, I specialized in the area of electro-optics and lasers, and have experience working in space launch, missile defense, biological defense, and NATO operations.
When I was 45 years old, I experienced excruciating pain in my abdomen and had trouble breathing, which landed me in the hospital, where even morphine did not reduce any of my pain. When I found out that I had ovarian cancer, I made the immediate decision to completely change my nutrition and diet to an organic, raw living vegan one with plenty of fresh green vegetable juices. Within 3 months of making this change, my elevated tumor marker became normal again and my tumor began to shrink. Seven months later, the tumor was starting to die from the inside out and I thought that everything was under control, so I went back to working 16-18 hour days and traveled overseas for my job, where I was unable to maintain my regimen. Within 3 short weeks, I had reversed all the good progress made up until that point. Two months after that, my doctor told me that the cancer had spread to my entire abdominal lining, causing me to experience multiple hemorrhages. By the time I reached age 47, my lungs collapsed and filled with fluid, upon which doctors lost hope for my survival and placed me under hospice care on an oxygen machine, with the grim prognosis of 1 month left to live.
In spite of the tremendous pressure that my oncologist placed on me to undergo chemotherapy, I refused, because, as a scientist, I understood the damage that chemo would inflict upon my immune system, the very system I needed to deal with the cancer. After much prayer, I chose a more holistic and natural approach, focusing heavily on improving my nutrition and lifestyle because I felt that was more in line with respecting the body and the way in which it was designed. By the grace of God, I miraculously recovered.
As a result of this experience, my perspective on life changed profoundly, as I discovered many life truths. Ironically, it took me being brought, literally, to the brink of death before I slowed down enough to learn these truths, which then led me down the path of healing holistically through addressing the mind, body, and spirit, and how they are all interconnected. I also learned that healing from a condition as complex as cancer cannot be addressed by only one method; it has to be an integrated approach in treating cancer from all aspects in a holistic manner. Because of this experience, I became inspired to learn as much as I could about cancer and other chronic illnesses because I strongly desired to help as many people as I can with what I learned.
Therefore, in addition to having two Master degrees, I furthered my education through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied over one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.