Madeline Martins, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
My Personal Health Journey
I started my health journey when I was very young. I was born with a heart defect that was surgically repaired when I was six years old. The operation was life changing. Before the surgery I was a small, quiet child who struggled to catch her breath. After the surgery, I went through a growth spurt and could run around and play sports with my friends. Conventional medicine can do amazing things in certain situations, but as I would soon learn, it’s not always the most effective at treating chronic conditions.
After my heart was repaired, I began experiencing digestive difficulties. As a young adult, I didn’t know that nutrition and natural supplements can help fix digestive problems, so I went to my physician who prescribed a bunch of pills. All of the pills had side effects, so I had to take more pills to manage the side effects. Before I knew it, I was taking a grocery bag full of pills! And I wasn’t feeling any better.
Frustrated, I turned to a naturopathic doctor and holistic nutritionist. Through dietary changes and a few supplements, I eventually became medication-free and said good-bye to my gastrointestinal symptoms. I realized that getting to the root cause of the problem and giving my body healthy food so it could heal itself allowed me to cure my digestive difficulties as well as improve my general health.
My Professional Health Journey
When I was 20, I attended Seneca College’s veterinary technician (veterinary nursing) program. I love animals and medicine, so it was a great career choice for me. I worked at a small-animal hospital for three years. When I was 26 I became more interested in human medicine so started working as a research assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. In this role, I helped scientists who studied cancer, kidney disease and addictions. After almost six years at Mount Sinai, I took a research position with the Dean of Medicine at Western University in London, Ont. In this role, I helped co-ordinate some of his research studies on ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.
I learned so much in my veterinary medicine and medical research careers but yearned to learn more about natural health and nutrition. In 2015, I began classes at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). I had been studying natural health and nutrition on my own for many years, but CSNN solidified my knowledge base. I now hold the title of Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
I Understand Health Struggles
If you’re struggling with a health concern now, I want you to know that you are not alone, and not out of options, solutions or hope. You might be feeling frustrated with the health care system and by your physician not taking your concerns seriously. I’ve been through many of the same frustrations with my health as you are having. I believe that health is the ability to live your dreams. If poor health is holding you back, reach out to me and let’s start regaining your health.
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