~ AWAKENING TO WELLNESS: A JOURNEY OF HEALING ~
A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Denise has an amazing story which has led her and her husband Ron on a journey of discovery, self-healing, experiencing the power of self-care, and enjoying the freedom of self-empowerment. This website is a result of their ongoing journey to share their experience of healing with those who are ready to take full self-responsibility when it comes to their health.
Their "Awakening to Wellness" plan is the result of nearly a decade of research, testing, verification, and the results speak for themselves. Whatever your current level of health, the "Awakening to Wellness" plan can help you take your health to the next level and beyond!
In February of 2004, after a year and a half of struggling with the onset of strange and various physical symptoms, Denise was diagnosed with Relapsing/Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, a very serious progressive and potentially life-threatening autoimmune condition that attacks the nervous system. By far, the most frustrating aspect of the diagnosing process was hearing over and over from six different doctors, including specialists in neurology, that they did not know what was wrong with her.
Once Denise finally received an official diagnosis, her prognosis, based on the progression of the MS, was that of steadily declining health and ending up in a wheelchair permanently within 10 years (by 2014). Ironically, finally receiving the diagnosis was actually a huge relief for Denise and Ron. At least they finally knew what they were potentially facing and, for the most part, what they were dealing with.
Many factors contributed to the difficult process of an MS diagnosis. There is no single test for Multiple Sclerosis.
The very name reveals its nature of having multiple symptoms and/or conditions and they vary from person to person.
Here is a partial list of Denise's many symptoms:
Neuralgia on the side of her head, face, neck, shoulders and her entire back lasting up to six weeks, (the nerve endings become sensitive and the skin on these areas is extremely painful to the touch), headaches including migraines, dizzy spells, visual problems including blurriness, double-vision, "convergence insufficiency" (her left eye would wander outwards), stabbing pains like an ice pick in the eye, severe back pain, joint pain and stiffness, muscular pain and weakness, tingling and numbness in hands, arms, feet and legs, problems urinating and also incontinence, cognitive issues including the inability to think or complete sentences or thoughts, slurred speech, short term lapses in memory, lethargy, the inability to walk and in extreme cases, the inability to even sit up straight due to hot and especially humid weather, mood swings and depression.
At 36 years of age, this was no way to live.
THE DIAGNOSING PROCESS
Frustration finally drove Denise and Ron to begin a process of research and, ultimately self-diagnosis. This is where self-care became a reality in their lives. Bottom line - all roads of research led to MS. Googling symptoms would produce links to articles and websites dedicated to MS. However, they were told by the doctors..."most likely, it is NOT MS."
The "straw that broke the camel's back" was an incident with a neurologist. This is the documented account in Denise's own words:
"I began experiencing severe back pain and could not stand for more than a few minutes without the pain increasing. Shortly after this I started having dizziness, double vision and trouble urinating. Internet searches of these symptoms pointed to MS and this was mentioned to the neurologist who said MS was something that could be ruled out through testing. Several tests were done, all with results varying from negative to inconclusive to abnormal. The symptoms persisted and I started to feel like I was going crazy and I actually began to wonder if it was really just all in my head. The doctor kept brushing me off like it was nothing. As a last resort, he finally recommended a lumbar puncture, traditionally known as a spinal tap. Despite having to sign a waiver releasing the doctor and the facility of any liability if I were to be permanently paralyzed by the procedure, I went ahead. Fortunately the procedure went smoothly but I had to wait almost three very long weeks for the results. We met with the doctor who said the results were slightly abnormal but that I should forget about all of it and come back in a year to follow up with him to see how I am doing. WTH!!! Forget about it?! How the HECK do I just forget about the past eight months of pain and misery without any hope of relief or better yet, a cure?"
According to western medicine, there is NO CURE for MS. So began the "treatments" for what we have come to call "Disease Management." The doctors were reluctant to give Denise an official diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis due to "liability issues." Denise and Ron pushed for a referral to an approved doctor within the medical plan who specialized in MS and who had access to an MRI machine designed for MS patients. Undaunted by the fact that this doctor was in a city two hours away (3 hours if the traffic was bad), Denise and Ron began weekly visits to the specialist. A month later came the news from the reluctant doctor: "You have a 90% chance of developing full-blown MS sometime in your near future." Did this mean Denise had MS? The doctor finally said yes but initially refused to put it in writing citing issues with liability. After signing a release, medication was prescribed which consisted of daily injections of a substance containing toxic chemicals that caused severe allergic reactions in Denise.
To this day Denise still has scar tissue at the injection sites from a mere 9 months on the "medication" which, by the way, is only designed to supposedly slow down the progression of MS, not cure it. We specifically asked the doctors about alternative therapies, exercise, and nutrition and they all said the exact same thing... "Of course eating healthy and exercising could be beneficial but don't waste your time with alternative therapies." And that was the extent of their advice. In the end they were right about one thing... if Denise did nothing, she would steadily worsen and end up in a wheelchair. By 2008, 4 years after her diagnosis, she began using a wheelchair regularly when the weather was hot or humid. Her body would simply stop working and it would take up to 6 weeks for the episode to subside to where she could function. At 36 years of age this was no way to live!
A major incident in the fall of 2008 was Denise's wake-up call to finally begin the process of research and implementation of natural and alternative therapies. And so began her amazing journey.
THE FAILURE OF WESTERN MEDICINE AND THE SELF CARE REVOLUTION!
This is the way of things in the world of western medicine. Despite all the "scientific advancements" in research and technology, disease and death rates are at an all-time high due to the same BIG 4 diseases (heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke). Multiple millions of dollars are raised every year by caring people who are led to believe their hard-earned money will be wisely spent finding cures when in actuality, their money is spent on research to merely slow down the progression and manage the symptoms of these diseases and conditions. Yes we are living longer BUT more people will die of cancer or heart-related issues this year than in years past. Western medicine is not about finding cures, but rather finding ways to make money by developing SYNTHETIC DRUGS that simply move symptoms around the body (side effects) until the body can no longer fight. After all, if a drug company actually developed a cure for a major disease they would put themselves out of business. Making money by keeping people sick is not only unacceptable, it's immoral. The time for the SELF-CARE REVOLUTION has come and it starts with a conscious decision by each individual to take back control of their own health which requires being armed with the right information to begin the process of self-education, self-empowerment, and self-healing.
THE AWAKENING TO WELLNESS PLAN FOR BALANCED HEALTH & ENERGIZED WELLNESS
Today Denise is 99% symptom-free from what we were told was an incurable and irreversible condition according to all of her doctors. The Fruit-of-Life Awakening to Wellness Plan has been designed based on what Denise & Ron discovered when researching alternative and natural healing modalities and focuses on the things that helped Denise experience the best results. This plan is a simple yet powerful step-by-step plan of action founded on the universal principles of cause & effect and common sense. It reveals "The 4 Pillars of Balanced Health" and utilizes "The 4 Sources of Living Energy" to assist in creating a more balanced state of overall health known as Homeostasis. It addresses the fundamental issues and needs of the human body at an energetic level making it a universal strategy to not only potentially reverse various conditions and energetic imbalances known as DIS-EASE, it also has the potential to prevent and/or delay the onset of THE BIG 4 diseases and ALL of their symptoms, slow down the aging process, and improve overall quality of life quickly and efficiently.
A "WHOLISTIC" HEALTH STRATEGY
To better understand what was happening and why during Denise's healing process, Denise & Ron became Holistic Nutritional Consultants with a certification from American Fitness Professionals of America (AFPA). The Awakening to Wellness Plan for Balanced Health & Energized Wellness is what they like to call a "WHOLISTIC" HEALTH STRATEGY because it assists in balancing ALL aspects of health including the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and yes, even the financial!
After all, if just one goes out of balance it can create a domino effect causing one or even all of the others to go out of balance which can eventually lead to physical symptoms, chronic conditions, and serious disease. Therefore a plan that addresses all at once simply makes sense. Please proceed to the Awakening to Wellness Presentation Video to discover the secrets of balanced health and energized wellness.
(The video is still being produced and will be posted soon!)
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