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Nutrition for the Community

THE PROBLEM

Many people who experience trauma and extremely stressful events are diagnosed with autoimmune, endocrine diseases, and mental health illnesses. Mainstream healthcare services and the medications prescribed by their providers are costly. Many of these individuals believe they should have access to integrative forms of healthcare, such as medical nutrition therapy and access to lifestyle recovery and food insecurity resources. However, most insurance companies do not cover medical nutrition therapy, which leaves many people unable to receive such services. Discover Your Greatest Self provides pro bono medical nutrition therapy services and both lifestyle recovery and food insecurity education to individuals and indigent residents of the Tampa Bay area who have no other resources for their health care needs.

Clinical Focus

Our clinical focus is having access to food to be able to eat nutritiously, trauma and stress reduction, and spiritual wellness to prevent disease and reduce disease progression. We list some conditions in below that our experts focus on improving. 

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's immune system attacks healthy cells.

 

Hashimoto's and Graves Disease

Occur when thyroid cells are attacked.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Occurs when joints are attacked.

Systemic Lupus

Occurs when the body's tissues are attacked.

Multiple Sclerosis

Occurs when the protective covering of the nerves is attacked.

Celiac Disease

Occurs when a person eats gluten and the gut is attacked. 

ENDOCRINE DISEASES

Obesity

Obesity is a disorder involving having abnormal or excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems. 

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a chronic preventive health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. It can be controlled by diet. 

Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease is a medical condition that keeps your thyroid from making the right amount of hormones. It can either result in a slowed (hypothyroidism) metabolism or fast (hyperthyroidism) metabolism. These conditions are often caused by autoimmunity. 

Secondary Hyperlipidemia 

Secondary hyperlipidemia is an abnormal rise in blood lipids (fats), including cholesterol and triglycerides. It often accompanies conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and thyroid disease.

MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

C-PTSD is a condition where you experience some symptoms of PTSD along with some additional symptoms. It results from long durations of complex trauma or extremely stressful negative life events.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

OCPD is a mental condition where a person is preoccupied with rules, orderliness, neatness, control, or extreme perfectionism. 

Localized Dissociative Amenesia Disorder

Localized dissociative amnesia disorder involves being unable to recall a specific event or events or a specific time period. These gaps in memory or "black outs" are usually related to trauma or overwhelming amounts stress and often follow conditions such as C-PTSD or PTSD. 

Chemical Dependency 

Addiction is a serious condition. It is also an outlet commonly sought to escape extremely stressful events. Food and plant addiction can cause an overload of bodily toxins. This can upset the natural balance of your body's biochemistry.