In January 2008 my husband lost his job. With that, we lost our group health insurance and were plunged into the “individual” insurance market. We ended up with a plan that we could barely afford for our family of five. It carried an $8,000 a year premium price tag with a $12,000 deductible. Translation: all medical costs would be out of pocket.

With this shocking new reality, it became clear that getting sick was not an option. And besides, I’m a gerontologist. I preach healthy aging. But at the same time, I had a host of health issues ranging from colon polyps detected in my 30s, acid reflux, asthma, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome and sinus allergies. I felt like a fraud.

Off and on, I had been seeing a functional medicine chiropractor but struggled with implementing his recommendations: gluten free, dairy free, no coffee, no sugar, 8 servings of vegetables and one fruit per day … honestly who could eat that way? In my gut, I knew that what he was saying made sense, I just needed more help implementing it in my life.

By mid-2010, I had heard Dr. Hyman comment that about 95% of all illness is preventable through lifestyle change. I then stumbled across and joined the Daniel Plan and the “aha moments” started coming in rapid fire succession. The information from my chiropractor coupled with the information from the Daniel Plan came together and changed my life. Even better, Saddleback had packaged the information on their website in an accessible, cohesive, inspiring, and doable program. Thank you, Saddleback!

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