I’m not just the standard Functional Medicine Practitioner.
I am a practitioner who has been in your shoes and has been down the modern medical route time and time again with disappointment. This is why I am passionate about what I do as I can relate to almost every one of my patients on a personal level. I know how hard it is to be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and feeling like no doctor can give you an answer. This is why it’s my mission to help patients uncover their own personal root cause each day I show up to work. So here is my story and how I went from being sick to finding my root cause and eventually putting all of my symptoms into remission.For as long as I can remember, I have never felt good. I remember being younger and wanting to go home from school because I was tired or just didn’t feel well. In high school, I missed a lot of my early morning classes because I couldn’t get out of bed on time. I remember being so fatigued and it seemed like I was the only one that was dealing with this. No one else around me seemed to have any of the same issues. While I was trying to get through high school, I was also trying to figure out why I felt so exhausted all of the time.
Fast forward to college when I started to learn how to take better care of myself. I was eating a very clean diet for the most part, and I was exercising six days a week. I was in excellent shape. I had always been on the thin side, but I was now really toned as well. This was probably the best I had felt my whole life. This lasted for a couple of years.
Then suddenly those draining symptoms from the previous years were back, but it was way worse than before. The weight gain came on suddenly, in fact, I gained 30 pounds out of nowhere. I was so fatigued that I could barely stay awake, and I had a severe case of brain fog. I felt like I was walking around in a dream. I also started to get really severe anxiety and panic attacks. Not only had I gained 30 pounds but I was getting so bloated after I ate. I felt like I looked six months pregnant! I remember being at work and thinking that if I could just take 2-minute naps all day, I could make it through. This was not good; I could not go on living my life like this and I had to figure out what was wrong.
I was used to being Superwoman. I was driven and motivated… until I wasn’t. And I didn’t know why this was happening to me. All I wanted was to get back my life back.
I started to go to different doctors, one after the other, and they all looked at me like I was crazy. Since my blood panel was coming back “normal,” they told me I was fine and tried to put me on anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication. I wasn’t depressed, I was sick, and no one knew what was wrong and I felt like no one believed me. I was put on a number of ridiculous medications that only made me feel worse.
Finally, I learned about functional medicine and found a practitioner that I hoped could finally help me. They ran a ton of tests that were far different than I had ever had before. These tests were far more comprehensive and thorough than what my other physicians were willing to run. When I got the results back, it turned out that I had candida, parasites, high cortisol (hello weight gain), the Epstein Bar Virus, and many food intolerances. I also had an issue with my thyroid that no one ever found before because they were going by the pathological ranges that are way too broad, which I now know is one of the leading causes of thyroid misdiagnoses. I was also diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which was triggering my anxiety and panic attacks. I went through treatment for all of these things, and it completely changed my life. I immediately lost the 30 pounds I had gained plus more, I had a lot more energy, and my brain fog was gone. For the next couple of years, I felt amazing, and I knew that I wanted to help people find the underlying causes of their symptoms and disease. This is what sparked my interest and passion for working in the functional medicine field. There are so many people dealing with the exact or a very similar situation that I went through for years. Being misdiagnosed, overprescribed, and even misprescribed medications because the root cause is not uncovered. Being looked at as “crazy” or just having anxiety or depression because a doctor cannot put their finger on what’s causing your symptoms. I went through this, and I know that there are thousands of people who are dealing with this exact situation today.
Since I began my journey working with functional medicine practitioners years ago, I have continued to feel better every single day since I uncovered my root cause, but I still suffered from mild fatigue. However, once I learned how to practice functional medicine myself, I figured out that I also had mercury toxicity, leaky gut, autoimmunity to my gut and mast cell activation syndrome. I have learned how to put all of this into remission and how to keep it that way.
My goal in sharing my personal story with you is to help you understand that there are underlying causes of your symptoms. It is not usually just one thing, it can be many things, and we can figure out what they are and what to do about them so that you can live an abundant and healthy life free from debilitating symptoms.
DR. BECKY CAMPBELL, DNM, DC is a board certified doctor of natural medicine (DNM), and earned her doctorate in Chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, GA (DC).
She is continually obtaining more hours in Functional Medicine and clinical nutrition. She has been featured in several magazines and online publications like mindbodygreen and lives in Palm City, Florida, with her husband and three children.
Dr. Becky has trained extensively under Chris Kresser, M.S., LAc (A globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine) as a student of the Kresser Institute.
Disclaimer: A doctor of natural medicine is not a naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic doctors are not licensed in the state of Florida.