Imagine gaining 40 pounds through the course of a single day. For Amie Valpone, a case of edema— swelling caused by excessive fluid trapped in the body’s tissues — started her on a medical journey that took 10 years to resolve. Amie went to top hospitals and doctors to try to figure out what was causing her legs to swell, but no one could pinpoint and resolve the issue. On top of that, her body would become inflamed when she ate and she was put on multiple antibiotics for a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth SIBO and candida.
Then, in 2011, she contracted C.diff (a bacterium that’s common in people who take antibiotics over a long period of time) and was given 24 hours to live. From that point on, Valpone vowed to dedicate her life to helping others find the cause of their disease and use integrative medicine to heal. Valpone tells WellBe they found everything from mold to heavy metals to leaky gut to polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS and a handful of other diagnoses, including Lyme.
Now a holistic health coach, Amie also puts on her expert hat and talks with Adrienne about why detoxing and going on a juice cleanse aren’t the same thing, how insurance fits into a holistic approach to wellness, how to eat healthy in restaurants and what to look out for, and why she won't go near a salad bar.
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