Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandi Star.
Sandi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Can you imagine a six-year-old child with migraine headaches? That was me. I would be outside playing and my head would start pounding. My vision would get distorted and I would start feeling sick to my stomach. I’d have to come inside, take an Excedrin—which I now know helped set the stage for digestive issues to come—and cover my head with a pillow until the pain passed. As I got older, migraines became the norm. They would typically last three days and then start over again. It was the first of many health issues I would have over my lifetime.
In my early teens, I developed thirteen cysts in my reproductive organs, which created hormonal issues and more pain and required me to have a partial hysterectomy at age 16. The surgery left me with massive scar tissue that caused a great deal of internal injury and severe pain off and on for years. One morning shortly after I got married at age 20, I was bent over in excruciating pain to the point where I couldn’t stand up. My husband took me to the ER and I was in intensive care for a week. I ended up having a full hysterectomy—including removal of both ovaries.
Like most couples, we were looking forward to having children but needless to say, the surgery made that impossible.
Our marriage ended a few years later. After dealing with the ups and downs of menopause and the weight issues that went with it, I was determined to rid myself of the 60 pounds of excess weight I had begun accumulating in my teens. I committed myself to health and fitness and lost six dress sizes—but still had chronic gastrointestinal (GI) conditions that played havoc with my daily life. So, although I looked pretty good on the outside, I was suffering on the inside. I kept the weight off but had a lot of systemic issues. I was still missing important pieces of the puzzle for optimal health.
In my thirties, I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease. In Sjogren’s syndrome, the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of the eyes and mouth are usually affected first, resulting in decreased production of tears and saliva. My eyes dried out so bad I almost went blind. In my late 30’s I finally came to the conclusion I was tired of relying on doctors for answers and tired of medications that gave me side effects with no relief. It was a vicious cycle I had to stop.
Watching my mom lose her battle with cancer knocked me to my knees with devastation and inspired the path I’m on today. So, after struggling most of my life with chronic health issues, I decided to take a closer look at the underlying causes rather than just the symptoms and found my niche as a holistic practitioner and nutritionist. I know I have finally found my calling in life—my purpose—and with all I’ve been through, I can certainly relate to my patients on many levels.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was a challenging road, to say the least with all my health struggles but as mentioned before I was inspired to go back to school and become a Holistic Practitioner and Nutritionist so I could heal and create awareness that impacts our nations focus on disease prevention.
Karmic Health – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Karmic Health specializes in functional nutrition and wellness with a focus on addressing the underlying triggers of inflammation and disorders by incorporating a comprehensive evaluation and laboratory testing as needed. Sandi’s primary focus is treating and preventing conditions such as weight gain, digestive disorders (IBS, GERD, Candida, SIBO). Sandi incorporates nutritional therapies, lifestyle and diet counseling.
What sets us apart is the background and compassion for our patients and online visitors. We focus on finding the triggers so you can heal.
I’d say I’m most proud that we are coming up on 10 years this July.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is seeing people heal and gain control of their lives again with optimal wellness. It changes everything!
- Hourly rates with Sandi are $150 billed in 10-minute increments
- Address: 5650 El Camino Real Ste 240 Carlsbad CA
- Website: http://www.karmic-health.com
- Phone: 760.685.3154
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karmichealth/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/sandijstar