My most vivid childhood memory was lying on the couch watching cartoons with my mom leaning over me, asking, “Are the people singing in your chest?” Doctors diagnosed me with asthma when I was three-years-old, but it took me thirty years to realize that I never had asthma.
Up until my late twenties, I was a sugar and exercise addict. My dad was Vice President of Imperial Sugar in Sugar Land, Texas. Sugar was a huge part of my life. Sugar made me happy, and I wanted to spread this happiness out into the world by opening a bakery.
Unfortunately…sugar didn’t love me back. I lived on an emotional rollercoaster, always looking for my next hit of refined carbohydrates. I was malnourished, and completely missed the signals my body was sending me, begging me for change. I swam competitively and competed in triathlons just to feel alive. From the outside I looked fit, but my health was quickly deteriorating.
My wake up call came when I landed in the hospital when I was 26. This was startling because people actually thought I was healthy, and I thought I was healthy. As I laid in the hospital with an IV, I kept thinking, “How did I get HERE?! I was just trying to be the best Charlotte I could be.”
I instantly realized that I had to change what I was eating and how I was living. Doctors didn’t have drugs for what ailed me. I was on my own. My vitality had collapsed. I was depressed and life was hard. I kept looking for answers and discovered that I had severe inflammatory responses to many of my staple foods, which included lifestyle habits.
As I peeled back the layers of my concerns, I realized that I never had asthma. I had a dairy allergy. It was both liberating and maddening at the same time. I used my anger as a platform to create positive change in the world.
In April 2008, I graduated from the Maryland Institute for Integrative Health (formerly known as the Tai Sophia Institute) with a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine, a rigorous, 3-year clinical program designed to build a bridge between the practice of traditional and conventional medicine. I am Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. I am also a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner which means that we can do deep investigative work together regarding your health using saliva, urine, stool and blood tests.
In early 2018, I published my first book to share what I have learned over the years, so that others can quickly adapt my hard won knowledge and discover a path to vitality.
As much as I loved writing that book and feel that it will remain very useful to people, I would write a very different book today because something happened…yet another layer of my need for healing revealed itself.
In 2016, prior to publishing my book, my body started buzzing. Some people would call it anxiety, but I like to stay in the phenomenon of how the body communicates, and I was incessantly buzzing.
During this time, I had sensations in my body that I had never experienced before. I literally felt electrical surges in the midsection of my body, simultaneously pulling upwards and downwards in my body. I felt my heart beat – no one wants to feel their heart beat, right? Sometimes, it beat very fast, other times it thumped, and still other times it felt like it did a somersault. It was very disconcerting. I also had this feeling that I was about to burst, like a stuck energy was building up in my chest and that I could implode at any moment.
Then, the dark thoughts came. Thoughts of death and bizarre accidents would run through my mind. It was extremely uncomfortable and alarming to me. I realize that many of these thoughts are simply a part of being human and a mother, but this was different. It was excessive and didn’t feel like it was coming from me, but like I was being assaulted by something. It took me three years to figure it out, but it turns out I was being assaulted.
You see, after I wrote the first draft of my book, I entered the realm of social media to build what the industry calls my “author’s platform.” Due to that process, I spent a lot more time on my smart phone taking pictures for Instagram and writing posts. Guess where I held that phone? Right in front of my chest.
I slowly started to understand that the radio frequency radiation (RFR) coming off of wireless devices, like smart phones, WiFi and Bluetooth, were invisible, silent and odorless toxins and that I wasn’t alone – many people report similar symptoms.
As a result, I treated my smart phone as I would treat an offending food, and I traded it in for an old school flip phone. I noticed improvements in my well-being but not as much as I’d like, so I eliminated the use of my flip phone for 3 weeks where I experienced almost a complete cessation of my symptoms: no more buzzing, heart palpitations or tension in my chest, much fewer dark thoughts and better energy levels.
When I used the phone again on a 30-minute call with an air tube headset (which is one of the safer EMF headsets to use), all my symptoms returned, except delayed, just like many people’s food sensitivities. So I was done. I have zero interest in using wireless devices now and will only talk on corded landline phones and computers hardwired to the internet. I do not own a smart phone and do not want to participate in a system that is hurting humanity and all biological life.
Once we addressed all the other electromagnetic fields in our home, including electric, magnetic and microsurge electrical pollution, aka dirty electricity, I began having restorative sleep – for the first time in my life! As my nervous system healed, I also enjoy experiencing what I like to call “real feelings.” The anxiety, depression and fatigue induced from radiofrequency radiation (RFR) and electric fields doesn’t cloud my emotional body any more. It’s so empowering.
Naturally, my husband and I wanted to study this topic and be able to help people clean up their environments, so we became Electromagnetic Radiation Specialists (EMRS) at the Building Biology Institute.
What an education! Nutrition + Herbs + Electromagnetic Fields.
Through classes and seminars, I now get to educate both health professionals and the general public about all the things that give Life and take it away. It’s wonderful work to never stop learning and sharing it with others.
Through classes and seminars, I educate health professionals about good nutrition and herbal medicine, exponentially extending an integrated healing experience to their patients.
I get to help people wake up, reclaim their power around wellness and rethink what healthy looks like.
I used to use my Albuterol inhaler hourly to breathe. I don’t ever want to forget where I came from and how important it is for people to know the truth: what we eat creates us.
The singing in my chest may be gone, but I can finally hear the music. Through eating whole foods, I was able to completely re-create my life, and I’m here to tell you…I’m not unique; this kind of transformation is available to anyone!
Eat in peace, my friends!