As a health care professional, I tried effortlessly to find someone that would address my health concerns. Nothing that Western medicine offered was effective. I knew that a pill was not the answer. After many years and thousands of dollars not covered by my insurance I stumbled upon a book “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal” in 2010 by Dr. Datis Kharrazian. My passion is wellness research and I thought I could figure out my body and what it needed, evidenced by multiple supplements, multiple consults, and countless hours spent researching remedies, modalities, which might offer an answer to my health issues. I felt like I was loosing my mind and becoming a hypochondriac. I had reached the end of my rope with my weight at an all-time high of 185 lbs on my 4’10 frame along with the list of symptoms that accompany adrenal exhaustion, pre-diabetes, hypertension, high blood lipids, shortness of breath, and too tired to exercise. I felt like a balloon ready to pop.

After reading The Thyroid Book, I asked my family doctor about the possibility of autoimmune problems but she did not know how to address the issue. She recommended I see a dietician to learn how to eat properly. I became enraged and never went back to her.

I had to find someone that understood my dilemma so I emailed Dr. Datis Kharrazian asking for someone in my area that was knowledgeable with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disease. He sent me a list of possible practitioners. Dr. Mark Flannery agreed to manage my care by phone consult and email from California. (I live in Ohio) How do you thank someone who literally saved my life? His knowledge of intricate physiology is outstanding along with how to bring the body back into balance. At first, I was very skeptical and had to research every aspect. I just did not trust anyone given my extensive history of failed attempts to feel better along with the expense. He was absolutely correct with every aspect of my case and knew how to get to the root of the problem.

I can say that I feel like my former self as the weight continues to come off almost effortlessly. Now at 120 lbs I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My blood sugar has also normalized, thyroid antibodies are negligible, leaky gut is in repair, all the swelling is gone, brain fog is gone, and I feel good.

I want tell everyone about my success and how Dr. Flannery is able to help. People have to want to feel better and know it is possible with the right people. So if you are tired of being tired and taking pills that do not work, I highly recommend Dr. Mark Flannery at HealthWise Clinical Nutrition as he gave me my life back! With the proper guidance, nutrition and life style changes we all can enjoy wellness without the use of pharmaceuticals.

Joanne C. RN, LMT, Columbus, Ohio