LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
OCCUPATION: Singer & Extraordinary Performance Coach
INITIAL HEALTH CONCERNS:
Debilitating fatigue, light-headedness and anxiety.
“I felt safe, understood, and supported holistically.”
Before I found Margaret, the “best in the field” told me that I had a diagnosable but untreatable chronic health condition called POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), a form of dysautonomia. It shows up differently for everyone, but it’s essentially the dis-regulation of the autonomic nervous system.
The way it typically manifested for me was feeling faint in heat, with extreme stress and dehydration. Despite taking excellent care of myself, I was feeling worse. It got to a point where I felt faint increasingly often, developed debilitating fatigue, and growing anxiety from not knowing how to help myself. At the worst point, I could only be out of bed for a couple hours a day.
No matter how much I rested, I just couldn’t recharge. I felt like, “Where did I go?”
By the time I called Margaret, I had been dealing with my symptoms for about 6 years. I had already overhauled my lifestyle: I got my stress under control, moved to a new home, and changed my career completely. In terms of food, I cooked for myself, eating what I thought was healthy stuff, according to the sources I had at the time.
I kept asking my doctors, “What is the mechanism that’s causing this? What else can I try? How about diet?” My doctors told me that diet was irrelevant, and that I had to accept my reality of living with chronic illness.
But I knew that my body was trying to tell me what it needed. I just didn’t know how to interpret the messages.
Thankfully, I came across Laurel Gallucci’s story, who had healed mysterious health conditions through working with Margaret. Even though we had totally different diagnoses (or lack thereof), I was intrigued by the notion of a new approach, and determined to try everything I could to reclaim my health.
I decided to reach out to Margaret. I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought, “Well, even if it doesn’t work, at least I’ll be trying to do everything I can”
But I had concerns: I love food. It’s one of the best things about being alive. I didn’t want to have a negative relationship with it. I did not want to cultivate fear around food, or to deprive myself for no good reason.
That’s not what happened at all! It was a revelation. The first thing we did was testing. I didn’t even know these tests existed – rigorous and detailed data about what was actually going on. It was mind-blowing!
Finally, I had access to someone who wasn’t befuddled or confused by my “complex, mysterious” health issues. At last, I had answers!
Based on my lab results, Margaret crafted a specific, customized protocol for me. It’s incredible to work with someone who can interpret the fundamental messages your body is giving you, who knows the technology, and who looks at the whole picture from a perspective of bio-individuality. I had everything I needed- and nothing I didn’t.
As soon as I implemented Margaret’s recommendations, I immediately felt positive effects. I remember walking down the street and feeling like, “Wow, I feel different!”
My energy started coming back in a way that felt solid. It didn’t feel up and down. It felt like a true foundation.
I’ve made sure that I can build my life around my health. It’s hard work. It’s an investment, and it takes time.
Margaret’s steady, reasonable support made it doable. I thought, “Ok! I can do that.” She’s so understanding, available and responsive. I’ve never had a question that put her off.
I felt safe, understood, and supported holistically.
Plus, I learned how to eat in new ways that gave me even MORE pleasure in food, not less.
I’ve been steadily healing and rebuilding after the trauma of the time before working with Margaret, but truthfully, I’m so grateful to be back it’s mostly just exciting. I’m increasing my stamina, and learning how to listen to my body’s abilities, as I heal and change. I’m so much braver, so much more confident, now that I know what’s going on, what to do about it, and feel that true healing has happened at a systemic level. I can do all the things in life that are important to me again, and now I am at a point where I’m doing more than I’ve done before!
I knew I was in there somewhere. I’m absolutely overjoyed to be my full self, and I’ve actually never felt better.
This work is not just a game-changer, it’s not just a belief-changer… it’s a reality shift. I didn’t know those tests existed! I can’t tell you how validating it is to know I wasn’t “crazy” or “difficult”, and that my symptoms were treatable, and that healing was possible. Incredible relief and gratitude.
My advice is: run, don’t walk to this work.
If you could project six months into the future, and feel for 5 seconds how you’re going to feel after working with Margaret, I guarantee you would somehow make it happen. Even if you’ve worked with other nutritionists, you have not done this yet. Healing is possible, even if you’ve been told otherwise. Your body is not lying to you.
Thank you, Margaret!