Merrit was born and raised in rural northeastern Pennsylvania where her family essentially lived off the land with a small family farm including a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as goats and chickens which produced milk and eggs. Her family would freeze or preserve what they couldn’t use, so they had food available all year long. Her mother, a nurse, had a special interest in nutrition and environment and its effects on our health. Merrit has been in a real world education with a focus on nutrition for most of her life and she uses that education today to be at her best health despite her multiple chronic illnesses.
Merrit is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutrition Consultant certified through the Healing Arts Institute of California. She has thousands of hours of research and education through specialized seminars and her own journey with holistic and complimentary practitioners whom have helped her and educated her on her journey to regain her health. She has learned first hand the benefits of addressing genetic SNPs through clinical, therapeutic, nutritional supplementation, specific whole foods and lifestyle measures that have improved her quality of life and health tremendously. It is her desire to help chronically ill individuals who feel they have done everything possible to manage their illness and they are not feeling well despite their best efforts. Do you feel as though everyone is telling you this is all in your head? Those who are struggling to know where to turn or what to do next, I can help you. I can help because I have been there and you can be and feel well too.
Chronic illness requires a multifaceted and a very individualized approach. There is not a one size fits all. Typically a less conventional approach is where you will see the most improvement, but the need for conventional intervention may be needed along the way for acute illness or issues that may come up. You’ll want a team of practitioners who are on the same page and who are team players. That will be important to your success in feeling well. I have referrals if they are necessary during your progress. Many times you’ll know you are on the right path because often you will feel worse before you feel better and this can be on a small or large scale. Everyone is different. I have found that my journey has been a roller coaster of improvements and sets backs, but with each set back the following improvement is above and beyond what I felt before and lasts longer and longer. I’m still on my journey, but I feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I believe that I can guide you to your light at the end of your tunnel too. You’ll no longer feel imprisoned by your illness. You’ll feel in control of your health and more educated about your specific condition(s) and most importantly you will feel free. You’ll learn to listen to your body more closely and what it needs.
I will help you come up with a very personalized lifestyle plan based on your symptoms, labs and history. This may include running labs, taking dietary supplements where you may be lacking and making changes to your diet and lifestyle. These changes don’t happen overnight and I will be there to guide you along the way.
This plan will address mind, body and soul and may be challenging, but very doable. When you are mentally ready for the challenge, that is when this will be possible and you’ll need to take an active role in your care, though I will be there to help encourage you when the going gets tough and to cheer you on when things are going well. Remember I’ve been there.