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Alexa Federico

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Alexa Federico

Areas of Focus

Health Conditions:
  • Crohns Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Diet Types:
  • Peanut Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Low Carb
  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Sugar Free
  • No Sugar Added
  • Paleo
Health Goals:
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Healthy Gut
  • Gain Weight
  • Pain Management

My Conditions

Autoimmune, Crohns Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Ten years ago at this time my health started to decline. I was 12 years old, a seventh grader smack dab in the awkward middle school years. Symptoms started creeping up on me that my mother noticed first. I was always cold and had blue fingernails and I was losing weight. I was having joint pain in my knees and I developed mouth sores. These symptoms appeared strange for an otherwise healthy 12 year old, and seemingly unrelated. As I got progressively worse, I started experiencing severe stomach aches following eating, allowing me to only eat a few bites of anything. Then nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea took a toll on my body. This continued throughout the fall season. My mom brought me into my pediatrician's office many, many times. Being an intuitive mother and a nurse, she was absolutely certain there was something wrong with me. Yet, multiple doctors turned her away! They said I was just a skinny girl. Finally, a pediatrician referred me to a pediatric gastroenterologist who said I painted the picture of Crohn's Disease. He said I should be admitted into the hospital immediately, and that night, I was. I spent two weeks there and the diagnosis was confirmed after days of fasting, x-rays, a colonoscopy, endoscopy, and biopsy. I was put on Prednisone, Pentasa and was told I could basically eat how I wanted. The following February and March (just over a year later), I had to be hospitalized two more times. My parents were baffled that the doctors didn't believe food played a part in my disease when it was in my digestive system. I was so underweight again that surgery and talk of harsh biologic drugs with questionable long term side effects that my parents kept resisting were talked about. A family member referred me to an orthomolecular physicist. He is truly a pioneer in this field. I have never met anyone so knowledgeable and respected in alternative medicine. He has the ability to test any food so we can quickly learn if it agrees with me or not. He does the same method to test what vitamin levels I need. I continue to see him after nine years. I can say with confidence that food is one of the biggest components that either feeds or heals Crohn's Disease. My day-to-day diet if free of gluten, most dairy, dog, corn, refined sugar, peanut, regular tomato, flax, and more. I "cheat" here and there. Some foods affect me more than others, but I will never abandon my real food lifestyle! Vitamins and supplements play an important role too. My original scopes showed active and severe Crohn's disease and inflammation throughout my ENTIRE digestive tract. In March 2016 I was rescoped. Active Disease was found only in my small intestine and a touch in my large intestine! That's what real food and proper nutrition can do for the body. And I'm not done!

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