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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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.
After 5 Surgeries, This Specialist Finally Healed Her Chronic Pain
After 5 Surgeries, This Specialist Finally Healed Her Chronic Pain
In May 2013, Dana Lee Williamowsky, 32, was playing golf when she felt a twinge her her back and shooting pain down her foot. When her pain didn’t go away, she visited multiple types of doctors to try to figure it out, undergoing five surgeries before being referred to a Gonstead chiropractor, a specialist who uses a specific five-point analysis to deliver spinal adjustments. After four years being away from the sport, the Maryland woman is back on the course.

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