How I became interested in organic nutrition and holistic healing methods:
I have always been interested in being healthy, whether that be through food, exercise, or mental/emotional well-being, but my value and passion for organic nutrition and holistic healing methods arose from my time spent as a cancer caregiver.
In 2013, my mother—the person I loved most in the world—was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer. We had no warning signs and had no idea that she was sick until her doctor recommended she get an endoscopy due to heartburn and a sudden inability to swallow or keep food down. The endoscopy revealed a large tumor in the GI junction. We were devastated and terrified.
A later PET scan showed that the cancer had metastasized to her stomach, lungs, and lymph nodes, causing her to be immediately admitted to the hospital. During that first week on the oncology floor, we spoke with a registered dietitian who told my mother to “eat whatever she wanted” in addition to the liquid nutrition she would gain through a stomach tube. I instantly knew there was something wrong with that statement. My mom had been eating whatever she wanted, and it resulted in cancer. So I started to question . . . shouldn’t nutrition be another weapon in our fight against cancer?
My educational and professional background: