I used to suffer from acid reflux, depression, insomnia, asthma, frequent headaches, unexplained weight gain, endometriosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, fibromyalgia, constipation, heart palpitations, high cholesterol, kidney stones, gallstones, sinus issues, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, and frequent pneumonia, severe mouth sores, sore throats, dry eyes, dry mouth, and gingivitis for my entire 44 years. I am sure I am missing some things. I have had health issues all my life and have never known life without pain and illness. I have had 15 major surgeries including heart surgery and a complete hysterectomy at the age of 33.
I tried everything imaginable. I have spent several hundred thousand dollars for surgeries, rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, hospitalizations, medical specialists, chiropractors, massage therapists, kinesiologists, acupuncture, etc. You name it, I have tried it. I have taken handfuls of prescription pills and OTC pain relievers all my life with very little relief.
It was affecting my life in so many ways. I have lost jobs, relationships, and joy because of the pain and suffering I endured. I have made decisions not to do things I love because of the pain or the risk of injury or illness. I have missed opportunities to travel, go to college, have more children, etc.
When I first started working with Tracy, my symptom survey score was 165. Now it is 44. And we only started working together in March of 2012…..AMAZING!!!!
I feel incredible today for the first time in my life! I never knew what it was like to sleep without drugs and to wake up in the morning and be able to actually think and move. I lived in a constant mental fog that was progressing and constant pain. I can now get up early in the morning when necessary instead of being unable to function til noon. I can go to sleep at 10 PM instead of 2 AM without drugging myself.
Since beginning my work with Tracy, I have experienced a total life change. I am pain free most days. I have went off the following medications: Aciphex (GERD), Meloxicam (Arthritis), Flexeril (Muscle pain/spasm), Lunesta (sleep). My lab results from my Rheumatologist are normal for the first time in my life so I will hopefully be able to discontinue the prescriptions drugs for RA in the next 3 months. The biggest change is that for the first time in my life I have hope I can function like “normal” people do. I never imagined my life would change so dramatically just by making diet changes. Since March, I have lost 26 pounds without trying. I am easier to get along with, my business is flourishing because I am able to be effective at work. I look tons better and younger!! Before this, I was unable to drink water without it flushing all the sodium and potassium out of my body and causing heart palpitations… but now I drink a ton of water without any negative side effects. My body is not always happy when I add new vitamins or probiotics so I have had to take it slower than hoped. However, the progress is still happening!
Working with Tracy is a blessing and a pleasure. Her wealth of knowledge and willingness to continue learning is beyond impressive. She cares and it shows by her words and actions. I am so grateful for Tracy being in my life and for literally saving my life. I would yell from the mountain tops how much she has done for me! I tell everyone I know about her and what diet can do to a person.
I highly recommend Tracy and her functional medicine practice for anyone suffering from any illness, especially if they are not finding relief or hope using traditional approaches. It is not always easy but it is more than worth it.
I cannot wait to see what else is going to improve in my life. THANK YOU TRACY!
Susan Walters June 2012
About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN
Tracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best. Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease: Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet. And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health. Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.
By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:
- Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
- Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
- Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
- Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
- Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
There are no coincidences. All good things come from God.