These are stories of real people who significantly improved or, in most cases, reversed chronic illnesses by using a more integrative approach.

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Latham Thomas’ Pregnancy Taught Her How to Create a Birth Dream Team
Latham Thomas’ Pregnancy Taught Her How to Create a Birth Dream Team
When Latham Thomas was pregnant with her son, she worked with midwives and was able to have a positive, healthy birth experience. Inspired, she created Mama Glow, a website and service dedicated to helping women have happy, holistic pregnancies armed with all the info they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Mama Glow offers nutrition & wellness counseling for women, labor support/doula services, yoga classes, and pregnancy coaching.
How Amie Valpone Healed Herself From 10 Years of Chronic Illness
How Amie Valpone Healed Herself From 10 Years of Chronic Illness
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. Valpone 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 and candida.
Mission Thrive Teaches Baltimore Teens Wellness Through Urban Farming and Mindfulness
Mission Thrive Teaches Baltimore Teens Wellness Through Urban Farming and Mindfulness
For five weeks in the summer, a group of inner-city high schoolers in Baltimore farm, cook, and learn leadership skills, all thanks to Mission Thrive, an innovative program co-created by The Institute for Integrative Health. Mission Thrive Summer participants, many of whom who are paid for their work on Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, also get mindfulness training— a combination of yoga, breathing, and silent reflection — to help them manage stress and regulate their emotions. Through their hands-on experience on the farm and nutrition training, students learn the difference between real, whole foods and store-bought products.
How To Find A Lyme-literate Doctor
How To Find A Lyme-literate Doctor
Christina Sfakianos was bitten by ticks, without realizing it, two consecutive summers and subsequently contracted Lyme disease. It got so bad that the New York City woman couldn’t even help her daughter with second grade math homework, not to mention the 30 pounds she lost from reactions to all the medications she had taken. She found relief by working with a Lyme specialist who monitored the care she received from an integrative practitioner. She shared her tips with WellBe on how to find a Lyme-literate doctor—and why working with an integrative practitioner is key.
Facebook Live with Phoebe Lapine
Facebook Live with Phoebe Lapine
WellBe Founder Adrienne Nolan-Smith sat down with chef and author Phoebe Lapine to discuss Lapine’s wellness journey after her diagnosis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, leading to chronic inflammation. The thyroid makes hormones that regulate the body’s energy use, temperature, and organ function. Lapine’s doctor told her she’d be on synthetic thyroid medication for the rest of her life (she was 22 at the time).
Brooklyn-based Photographer Puts On Exhibition To Raise Awareness About Polypharmacy After Sister’s Suicide
Brooklyn-based Photographer Puts On Exhibition To Raise Awareness About Polypharmacy After Sister’s Suicide
Brooklyn-based photographer Tamara Staples lost her sister after a long battle with bipolar disorder, when her older sibling took her own life with a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications in 2012. After her brother-in-law sent her his late wife’s collection of 114 different medications, Staples created an art installation using the pills to better understand her sister’s pain and suffering. The exhibition, “Side Effects May Include” was on view at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) from March to June 2017, and she plans to take it around the country. WellBe Founder Adrienne Nolan interviewed Staples about her work.

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