Alternatives for serious illness

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, explains her transition from a nurse trained in Western medicine to her utilization of nutritional and alternative therapies
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Alternatives for serious illness

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My utilization of nutritional and alternative therapies came as a gradual process. I'm a Westerned trained nurse. I wasn't familiar with any other kind of medicine. After Western medicine ran out of suggestions for us, I had to look elsewhere. I first learned about how nutrition can help a body, when a read a book called, "Whole Foods." It is still a resource for me, and it reminds me that food can actually heal. After my daughter physically healed from her surgeries, I began looking into alternative therapies to help her heal her psychological and emotional wounds. I took her to my acupuncturist for cranial sacral therapy. I just recently received a referral for an osteopath. I plan on taking both of my daughters there to continue their healing, to move on to the next phase of healing those psychological and emotional wounds.

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, explains her transition from a nurse trained in Western medicine to her utilization of nutritional and alternative therapies

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Shelley Hurguy, RN, MSN, CRNA, CHHC

Certified Holistic Health Counselor

I am holistic health coach with a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and worked as a Nurse Anesthetist for over a decade. I have been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and found my passion for the power of healing through food when I read Paul Pitchford’s Healing With Whole Foods in response to my daughter’s medical challenges.

My daughter was born with a congenital bowel defect and endured several surgeries before her first birthday. After a highly specialized surgery to render her continent at age eight, my daughter was sent home with a list of medications that were intended for use unendingly. The medications contained chemicals and food dyes meant to alter the passage of food through her gastrointestinal tract, and I couldn’t find a natural supplemental alternative. I began to research dietary solutions to her body’s response to food, digestion and elimination.

During this time of navigating my daughter’s medical condition, professionally, I was administering anesthesia to patients undergoing bariatric surgery; a process of shrinking the stomach so the patient is forced to eat less food. I knew there had to be a better way to solve the issue of obesity, and that there was more to being overweight than just eating too much.

I have learned that what we eat and what we don't eat can profoundly affect and heal our bodies. I offer personalized “roadmaps to health,” created to suit each individual’s body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.

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