Overwhelmed & Undernourished

Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
112 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2016
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Author Biography

Karen is the CEO and Founder of Holistic Digestive Solutions. Karen’s passion for the healthcare industry began at the age of 15 in dentistry. Over 30 years later, her passion has grown to include functional medicine to improve the overall health of her clients.
She is also Certified Integrative Nutrition® Health Coach, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P), and a motivational speaker, educator and author of Overwhelmed & Undernourished: Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around. She also holds a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
Karen’s own health took a downward spiral, when chronic stress led her to a 2-year battle in bed without a proper diagnosis. Searching for answers, none of her physicians could give her answers. Karen was forced to figure it all out herself. Her research led her to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. This taught her the health benefits of appropriate nutrition.
She currently works with private clients and is sought out by physicians to help them find root causes of autoimmune diseases. Karen uses functional medicine laboratory testing to accomplish this. She then designs bio-individual protocols to aid in reversing chronic health diseases.
Karen is an innovator is the field of telemedicine and offers this to her clients. This reaches from North Carolina to Alaska and beyond.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite

Overwhelmed and Undernourished: Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around is a great introduction to holistic health care. The author Karen Thomas went through several years of health problems, as did her husband. She happened to watch a movie on Netflix called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which was a testimonial of a man’s return to health through juicing. Soon after, by chance or coincidence or divine intervention, she ran into a friend while vacationing, who informed her that she needed to see a functional medicine doctor and was able to run some tests on her to determine the source of her problems. This meeting began her journey back to health through nutrition.

Karen had been sleeping many hours every day, in fact she could not be active for even an hour without needing to sleep. What had happened was that her body was rejecting some common foods, causing her not to absorb their nutrients, which led to malnutrition - even though she had sufficient money to eat properly and thought that she was doing so. She had been overwhelmed, first by her husband’s severe health problems and then her own.

Since many doctors do not study nutrition or make recommendations involving it, people in her situation often have to do their own research and be their own patient advocate. I highly recommend Overwhelmed and Undernourished for anyone who is sick and tired seemingly without a cause. Lastly, I know the information in this book is valuable because I attended a similar school to that which the author finally attended, and greatly improved my own health through nutritional measures. This book will give you new hope for feeling well.