It is a privilege to work with our clients on their healing journeys to attain good health, and we are grateful that they put their trust in us. We are thrilled at their successes.
These reviews are presented with their approval.
Mary Ruddick & Melissa Lucia
For the first six years of my son’s life, we experienced intense “Jekyl/Hyde” personality swings. Within the first minutes of the day we could tell if it was going to be a good day or a bad day and 98% of the time it was a bad day. The tantrums were constant. The good days were few and far between — maybe we would have a good day every month or two when I would catch glimpses of an angel. The rest of the time felt like 24/7 damage control. I have known since he was a baby and vomiting all over me that he had food allergies, and I tried desperately to sort out all of his sensitivities in an attempt to help him feel better, in the hopes that he could finally be comfortable and happy in his body. But we never quite “arrived” at a solution, due to his constantly shifting sensitivities. Before we started the GAPS diet we were on a diet free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, corn, food coloring, beef, pork, peanuts, and tree nuts. So we were already used to making all of our own food, never eating out, etc. Almost nine months ago, with Mary’s guidance, we started our family on the GAPS diet, beginning with a low-histamine version of the Intro Diet. For the past eight months I’ve witnessed an incredible transformation in my son. He is literally a different person. His tantrums are few and far between. He is kind, empathetic, and thoughtful. He is playing successfully with his peers. He takes care of his little sister. His teacher recently described him to me as “focused” in class, and his reading skills have taken off dramatically. It is the greatest reward in the world to see him happy, healthy, and thriving. The diet is a lot of work — that is undeniable and inescapable. And sometimes I admit I feel sorry for myself and wish our lives could be simpler and more “convenient”. But the challenge of parenting an unhappy child was emotionally exhausting and completely depleting. On the other hand, the reward of seeing him happy and thriving is immeasurable. I live in awe of the transformation we’ve seen him make on the GAPS diet and will be forever grateful that I’ve gotten to know this other version of my child. The bonus is that he feels great and he knows the food makes a difference in his life and his body, and he has told me repeatedly that he wants to eat this way forever.
Jan Bent in Portland, OR presented with obesity, gastrointestinal problems, rashes, and poor immune function.
Over the course of a year, she lost over 100 pounds and was able to buy clothes in normal stores. She also healed all of her gastrointestinal problems, reported an improved mood and ease of handling stressful situations, no longer experienced rashes, and has not gotten a single cold or flu since working with us.
Dan Schuster in Portland, OR presented with a lifelong affliction of severe, all-over body eczema.
In just two weeks on a tailored diet, his eczema healed. Now two years later, he has not experienced a single episode of eczema.
Ben Stall in Dayton, OH presented with chronic kidney disease.
In three months, he was able to bring his blood levels back to within normal range by implementing the recommended dietary changes.
Alli Anderson in Boston, MA presented with a rare autoimmune disease and severe gut pain that prevented her from sleeping.
Within two weeks on her tailored diet, her gut pain vanished and within two months her doctor took her off steroids and recommended that she could begin tapering off her medicine. Although she had had this condition for her whole life, her doctor told her that she could now consider herself in remission.
Devon Gales in Portland, OR presented with stubborn weight gain, over twenty food allergies, and SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth).
She had tried several medical diets, and was at a loss of what to do. We put together a tailored meal plan, and within a month she was able to lose 17 pounds. She no longer was experiencing chronic inflammation or stomach pain.
Danielle Kendricks in Portland, OR presented with severe migraines.
She was experiencing them several times a week, and she had already eliminated many of the typical culprits. We put her on a serotonin increasing diet, and within two weeks her migraines vanished and have not reoccurred.
Sandra Mallon in Eugene, OR presented with severe IBS, chronic headaches, stubborn weight gain, and diabetes.
Within two months on her tailored diet, she was able to lose 15 pounds, get off of insulin, have normal bowel movements, and be free from headaches. In our last appointment she stated that she has had more energy on this diet than she had experienced for years!
Mary Night in Columbus, OH presented with weekly panic attacks, estrogen dominance, severe IBS, and depression.
Within a month on her tailored diet, she was no longer experiencing panic attacks and her IBS had gone into remission.
Nick Randelson in Eugene, OR presented with suicidal tenancies, IBS, and anger management issues.
On his tailored diet he noted that his suicidal thoughts vanished and that he felt normal for the first time in years. His digestive problems healed and did not flare unless he ate something he was not supposed to and he no longer experienced tempers. He stated that his diet protocol literally saved his marriage.
Allison Swanson in Columbus, OH experienced blood in her stools and severe back pain.
After a month on her tailored diet, she reported that her back pain was gone and that she no longer bled when going to the bathroom. As a bonus, she also lost 12 pounds and her sleep had vastly improved.
Pamela Vogel in Cleveland, OH presented with insomnia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).>
Within two weeks on her tailored diet, she was able to sleep for eight hours a night. After two months, her circulation had improved so much that she no longer needed to use her compression stockings.
Merri Lewis in Albuquerque, NM presented with GERD and had become frustrated that the medications did not completely alleviate the symptoms, but brought about other side effects.
Her bone density continued to decrease even with high doses of vitamin D and calcium and lots of weight bearing exercise. Endoscopies showed segments of Barret’s Esophogus that just never seemed to improve. We created a custom diet plan for her. She consulted with her gastroenterologist, who agreed to let her implement the plan. Shortly thereafter, Merri’s bloating and digestive issues faded away and she was able to discontinue the Nexium and Prilosec medications.
Paola Vargas of Mentor, OH says:
“Several years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, after multiple doctors visits and several prescription drugs my illness just continued to get worst. In a desperate search to find a way to fight my disease in a healthier manner, I came across to Mary. I have been extremely happy with the way that my health has improved since I started following Mary’s program. Mary is the most reliable and caring health provider I have ever met. I would not hesitate to put my family’s health in Mary’s hands.”
Jessica Bass of Portland OR says:
“Mary introduced me to a weight loss diet a year ago, and between the diet and Mary’s guidance and passion for keeping me committed to my own health, I lost 50 pounds in about eight weeks. After my initial weight loss, Mary continues to guide me on my journey. She has introduced me to the ketogenic diet and has always offered a helping hand and encouraging words and wisdom to keep me going. She has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of foods and how they heal. Not only have I lost an incredible amount of weight, but Mary has also helped me cure a multitude of digestive issues. With her dietary advice, I have not had a cold sore outbreak in over a year! Mary has been pivotal in allowing me to take ownership of my health and diet in the most kind and loving way possible. I would not have these successes without her!”
Molly Wirth, Ellswirth, Wisconsin says:
“Just wanted to let you know that I am doing tremendously well after all your coaching, support and help. I have recovered almost 100% for POTS!!! I have lost a year of my life but I am climbing out the hole, thank god!! I just wanted to thank you again for your time and effort and support you gave to me to lend in my recovery. I’m sure I’ll continue to grow stronger and healthier as the days go on and that is because of you!:-) I never thought even 3 months ago I would be “normal ” again. But I’m back and better than ever! I am now able to plan my wedding and be confident i can actually WALK down the aisle. Bless you for the work you do and for inspiring us all with your story of strength.”
Laura Bratton Jones, Columbus OH says:
“I worked with Mary for 3 months and I feel so changed in such a short amount of time. It was the best money I ever spent and I wish I could pay her 10 times what I did because what she is doing is worth so much. Not only is she helping people enhance the quality of their lives, Mary is also SAVING lives. I did not feel incredibly ill when I started working with Mary. I contacted her because I had a few seemingly minor things that I wanted to improve. I wanted to lose weight, I wanted to stabilize and improve my mood, I wanted to see if I could alleviate some joint pain, and I wanted to work on some digestive issues. I did all of these things, almost effortlessly, in 3 months. I never felt deprived. On top of all of that, people tell me that I am glowing and they ask what I’m doing differently. I had just accepted my depression, achy joints, excess weight and digestive problems as normal for me. I now want to go around preaching to people that you don’t have to live with these things! And you don’t have to heal on your own. Mary will hold your hand and be a gentle yet firm guide. She is so patient and loving. There is no guilt if you mess up. I found myself drifting back to my old ways a few times, and rather than shaming me, she wanted to help explain to me why these cravings felt so intense and she gave me strategies to help avoid slipping up in the future. Her recipes are amazing and the food I’m eating now taste so delicious and nourishing. I highly recommend Mary to anyone. Period. I really believe that everybody could benefit in some way from working with her. She constantly amazes me with her wealth of knowledge and she’s always reading and learning more. I’m so so grateful to have her in my life!!”