Healing Heroes - Barb Started Eating Real to Reverse Chronic Stomach Issues and Infertility

Edited by Stephie Hennekam

Meet Barbara …

… Who as far back as she can remember, always had stomach issues after eating. Her parents didn’t pay too much attention to it because it was the 80ies; a time when families were eating pizza pops and frozen dinners cooked in microwaves.

Over time she just got used to feeling sick and it became her new normal. But in 2011 things went from being normal to scary.

What exactly happened in 2011?

My husband and I traveled a lot and we had just come back from Bali. My stomach issues had been growing over the trip, but by the time we got home I was in so much pain. I couldn’t eat anything and could barely get off the couch. 

Our first thought was that I picked up a parasite … until my lab work came back negative. While my immune system started shutting down, cancer and cold sores filled my mouth. I had one ear infection after the other and I lost close to 20lbs.

I felt something was really wrong. No Western medicine doctor or specialist could help me even though I had endless blood work, scopes, barium swallows, ultrasounds, and cat scans done. The medical system as we know it, could not come up with any explanation or advice.

This stage was probably the hardest. Not only was I feeling devastated about the uncertainty, I felt desperate to have a child and start a family. After multiple miscarriages, I finally realized I couldn’t count on Western medicine. If I wanted change, I had to heal myself.

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Photo Credit: Unsplash

What Happened next?

I started researching.
After spending countless hours on finding the best people to help me, I sought out a few key natural medicine doctors. It was them that lead me down the path to what I now know as the Gerson Therapy®.

After I started healing myself, I reconnected with Nicolette who was an old friend. Her teachings helped me understand why my immune system broke down and why this new way of eating healed my body. Her insights gave me even more motivation to stay on my path of eating real to heal.

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Photo Credit: Unsplash

How was the change from switching to your own kitchen routines to doing the therapy?

 Switching to this therapy meant I needed to change all my habits. It felt like I needed to change my entire life! But I did it because the desire to heal, live, and create a family was much stronger than changing some kitchen habits.

I began juicing and cleansing my liver each day. I’d only prep meals with organic produce. I cut out anything processed, sugar, salt, and alcohol for 8 months straight.

I’m not saying it wasn’t really (really) hard. But it is was also really (really!) worth it! Healing naturally and deeply demanded re-training my brain and create these new habits. Slowly my body started to respond and recover. This new lifestyle has become something I genuinely enjoy because I feel so much better than before.

Photo Credit: Barbara

Photo Credit: Barbara

Now, 6 years later, I am a healthy, strong mother. And I can say with a hand on my heart that I will never go back to living any other way.

Starting this therapy, I needed to change all my habits. It felt like I needed to change my entire life! But I did it because the desire to heal, live, and create a family was much stronger than changing some kitchen habits.


Nicolette’s teachings helped me understand why my immune system broke down and why this new way of eating healed my body. This gave me even more motivation to stay on my path of eating real to heal. 


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