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Red Onion

A Tale of the Onion

An onion is an illuminating bulb. BUT only by peeling its many layers,

can one see what's truly at the core.

Over the past 25 years, I’ve been slowly deconstructing what I learned and understood about disease and the healing process. In 1997, fresh out of college, I was taught that disease should be treated with medication, food, and lifestyle modifications. For example, if you have diabetes, you take metformin, follow a low carbohydrates/sugar diet, and exercise. Or, if you have high cholesterol you take a statin, focus on a high fiber/low fat diet, and work on stress management.

Unfortunately, there are two MAJOR problems with this approach…

1) It's a TEMPORARY fix!

2) It didn't look beyond the surface to uncover the underlying cause of the disease.


As I moved out of corporate healthcare and transitioned to working privately with clients, I began the process of deconstructing what I learned years ago. I started to look at how disease manifests in the body and envisioned peeling back the layers of an onion. The outter layer being the manifestation disease and just below that layer was the symptoms that manifest long before illness sets in.


As I continued to work with clients, I began to evaluate and address their symptoms (weight resistance, chronic fatigue, inflammation, pain) rather than their diagnosis. Unfortunately, I was still using the same old tools (diet and lifestyle modifications) which again did NOT correct the underlying problem.

As I continued to work with clients, deepening my education and understanding of disease, I peeled back the onion further. The next layer was disrupted physiology. So, I began focusing on correcting impaired biochemical pathways looking for bacterial/yeast imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and other factors driving this dysfunction. BUT yet again, often times, I would get stuck at some point in the process where the body did not want to heal further. Then, I peeled back the final layer of the onion and found "the core" which is our CELLS, and discovered the TRUE HIDDEN cause of disease was toxins.  

You see, our cells are the keys to life. They are essential for coordinating activities, communicating with each other, responding and adapting to our ever-changing environment. They ensure our organs and tissues are on the same page and function properly. They signal important enzymatic activities that directly control genetic expression and DNA. Our cells are the master regulators of our body! They initiate immune responses, link microbial sensing, and when they are sick, disease sets in. 

How do cells get sick?

Toxin exposure! Toxins are substances that can cause harm to cells in tissues and organs. We have internal and external toxic exposure. Internal source are bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and their debris that live in and on us. External toxins are heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, and other chemicals in our environment that are found in drinking water, the food we eat, clothing we wear, cosmetics, and many other home and work exposures. 

Toxins can cause cellular damage by different mechanisms, such as:

Depending on the type and amount of toxins, the exposure time, and the susceptibility of the individual, toxins can cause various diseases and symptoms. Some examples of toxin-related diseases are:

  • Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Gut Ailments

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Neurodegeneration

  • Infections

  • Allergies & Eczema

Removing toxins is more comprehensive than a basic "body detox." Cellular detoxification involves removing toxins that accumulate in the body's tissues and organs and aren’t from the foods we ingest. When this debris is removed, the body begins to heal without impairment allowing you to live your best life. 

Are you ready to get to the core of sickness and release the burden of disease?

Are you ready to reveal the divine YOU God created ?

If the answer is yes, it's time to take the next step.

How I peeled back the onion to understand the root cause of illness
and created a TRUE path to healing….

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Virginia Beach, VA


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