Hi, I’m Carleen Murone, Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner and owner of Imagine By Carleen Inc, Imagine Wellness Spa in Cape Coral, FL and Functional Nutrition with Carleen. I help successful high-achievers, professionals and entrepreneurs suffering with complex and overlapping health issues, like autoimmune, migraine and hormonal imbalances, to get to their root causes to help them better manage these conditions while they are living their best life.
Working in my esthetic business I was seeing a lot of health history forms where many clients were on quite a few medications, some as many as 12! It was my job to understand what they were on and why since it could impact their skin and treatment. As I had discussions with my clients it was clear that one medication lead to another, which lead to another and so on. And some were prescribed by multiple health practitioners. Was this good for my clients and why was this happening?
I knew stress and the standard American diet were a big culprits, and our standard health care isn’t structured in teaching people in how to be well. But wow! I felt there was a lot of overlap of some serious medications and grew quite concerned. Someone has to advocate for these people!
You see, when I was a child my mother was sick often and developed some serious conditions that had a huge impact on my life. As my mother’s conditions worsened to a rare diagnosis and her mental stability became challenged she was labeled with her diseases and de-comped mentally refusing medications for a long while.
I strived to understand why this was happening to her and the best answer we could get was it was all triggered by an accident she was in. It didn’t seem enough and I wanted to blame her for not taking the medication for her mental illness because I intuitively knew her conditions had to be connected. Many visits to many doctors brought many different opinions but no real explanation for what was going on in there. I was always looking to understand the root cause and how to fix it.
When I experienced my own health issues with Salmonella and a follow-up secondary intestinal infection as a young adult I took a page from my grandmother’s book and made a point to work on healing with food and self care. She grew her own food when I was young, read Prevention Magazine, and was always teaching me why to eat certain foods and about the nutrients, I wanted to take better care of myself because I didn’t want to become seriously ill.
When I discovered I was gluten intolerant in 1997 I never connected the dots back to the salmonella as being a trigger for that, and some other health issues I experienced, until the end of a very stressful period of my life when I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. How, when, why? Migraines, Gluten Intolerance, Hypothyroid, Endometriosis and now Osteoporosis…I started digging for answers as I enrolled in Full Body Systems for my first certification as a Functional Nutrition Counselor.
I focus on Type A personalities and high-achievers because as a business owner myself I know the feeling of pushing through on adrenaline working on an exciting project, new business idea or launch. The late nights, the stressing over impressing, the sleeplessness, the migraines, the showing up at work sick because I had to be there. We are the people that pushed ourselves our whole lives, little down time and loving much of it. What we didn't know is how that was affecting our bodies on the inside. The effects of stress runs deep.
Today, my clients are the recipients of this investigative, tenacious quality I have in wanting to know why. My earliest acne clients walked a gut health journey with me to clear their acne from the inside out, not only getting clear skin, but also learning more about their own body and how specific foods impact them. My first wellness clients learned how eliminating gluten, dairy and sugar could improve a large majority of the symptoms on their intake form, even if they didn’t have a diagnosis…and always benefitting with more energy, less weight and better labs. My most recent clients have complex overlapping issues that we tackle methodically by breaking them down and backing up to the possible “why’s” to figure out what is going on in there. As a member of their health team I advocate for them and provide a functional matrix for their health practitioners for a more clear whole body systems picture. Each time we meet they are one step closer to their personal wellness goal and more often than not they feel better.
I love that my work can help make a difference for my clients and their families. I wish I could have helped my mother, but knowing what I have learned along the way I can help someone like her and often do. If you think I can help you let’s chat.
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