Functional Nutrition for Healing and Wholeness with Sarah Diamond! 🍏😊🙏
Q) How Sarah got into functional nutrition
A: Her grandmother, who healed stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma when she was 12, a little over 12 years ago: conventional doctors gave her very little time to live. She was extremely scared and did a ton of research, finding Gerson Therapy - she did it on her own at home, didn't go to CHIPSA. Her husband bought pounds and pounds and pounds of carrots! They did the therapy together. She healed from it and was in the pioneer group. Sarah feels really blessed to be related to her; she is a role model of hers. Over time, Sarah's mom did a therapy similar to Gerson that healed many things (not cancer) and Sarah was amazed and very grateful that it had worked for people she loved so much. She grew up with a lot of mental issues, pretty severe panic attacks and ADHD, which is so prevalent in kids these days. Wanted to focus on that and wonder what nutrition could do for these "smaller" problems if it could help people with cancer.
Studied policy work through college. After college, decided to focus on the science side of it. The pivotal point was when she went to London when she worked on the nutrition and mental health clinic for one year. Food for the Brain Foundation, where they were healing people with schizophrenia, depression, Parkinsons, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. Worked with kids up to dementia patients. Went to school for nutrition after that, decided she wanted to do that and work in the clinical setting working one on one with people. She's starting her own business and works at a clinic in Chicago.
Q) An experience that stands out to her?
Worked in the Step Forward Fund - trying to get the clinic services to people who couldn't afford it otherwise. Mental health can interfere with keeping a job and with your family. Felt silly to focus on the people who had steady jobs. A man who had schizophrenia. She was reading his application, whose sister had writeen the letter. It was so touching to read about the potential he had yet he was hearing voices and couldn't be himself. She remembers feeling the potential his sister saw in him and really wanted to help him heal and become himself. Going back to her grandmother's case, it takes a village to heal.
Q) The coursework she took?
A) Nutritional Therapy Association in the Boston chohort. Focus on the foundations of healing. The rest falls into place. Gerson talks about this; healing from the roots and the tree grows, rather than healing the trees at the top. The foundation is digestion, blood sugar balancing, minerals, hydration and hormone balancing. Then the immune system, movement, relaxation, sleep. These are things you can do without crazy lab tests and knowing the crazy science behind it. Changes that you can make as an individual without crazy supplements, which can come later. Makes it accessible.