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I was referred to Karen by a friend who had utilized her nutrition counseling services in the treatment of asthma and allergies with successful results. Since 1998 I have utilized Karen's individual nutrition/health consultation services, her supplement and dietary recommendations and, more recently, the information provided on the website. Because of the success of these services for myself and my family, I have referred many friends and acquaintances to her counseling or website services over the years.
Karen's dietary and supplement recommendations have improved my overall health and feeling of well-being, reduced and/or eliminated multiple allergic reactions, promoted healing from illnesses, helped me to manage medical and dental treatments and considerably reduced my need for over-the-counter and prescription medications for approximately 4 years. My health problems have included food and environmental allergies, low blood sugar, heart irregularities, PMS, gall stones, anxiety, viral infections, bacterial infections, osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms, irritable bowel, constipation and fatigue. In each case, Karen not only addressed dietary and supplementation remedies but thoroughly explained the body's situation and responses. Recognizing that we are not always diligent to recommended changes in diet or consistency in taking supplements, Karen also explained the consequences of continuing with unhealthy dietary practices and always attempted to provide both dietary and supplement alternatives. I have found her most helpful in the practicalities of "what's the most important thing for me to change", since lifestyle and bad habits are difficult to change.
My children have benefited tremendously from Karen's counsel as my daughter's asthma has been brought completely under control after 4 years of frequent medication. Although my son's neurological difficulties have been more difficult to treat, Karen has continued to provide recommendations over time which result in improvements.
I heartily recommend the excellent information provided on the website to everyone, as we all can benefit from improved nutrition. Karen's nutrition counseling services would benefit anyone who suffers from illness, allergies or fatigue and her follow-up services will assure the opportunity for success for all who follow her recommendations.
I first met Karen back in the fall of 2000. Our daughter, LeeAnn, was preparing to move to Botswana to teach at a school. I was concerned about her health as it seemed that every time she traveled abroad she would become seriously ill, and it would take much time and antibiotics to get well. At that time, Karen's husband, Pastor Steve Hurd of Faith Evangelical Free Church, was mentoring me in the area of spiritual conflict counseling. When I had mentioned my concern for LeeAnn's health, Steve insisted that give Karen a call. So I did.
It didn't take long for Karen to realize that LeeAnn likely had an allergic reaction to milk & certain dairy products. This was a dramatic change in LeeAnn's diet but it reaped huge results in getting well and staying symptom free.
Then just a few years ago, I faced a medical dilemma. I had unexplained fainting spells, even fainting multiple times a day. After much doctoring with cardiologists, and then neurologists and finally a neurosurgeon and still no answers, I gave Karen a call and made an appointment. She looked over all my lab reports and test results to discover what my doctors could not; I was hypoglycemic. I had low blood sugar. When my blood sugar would crash, my brain would shut down and I would faint. Then my body would kick into "rescue mode" and flood my system with adrenaline to bring my brain back to life.
By altering what I ate and when I ate I was able to avoid dizziness and fainting spells which allowed me to get my driver's license back! This new way of eating healed my body of an adrenaline addiction. And a wonderful side benefit was that I began to sleep through the night. That was something that I'd not done for over 20 years.
If that were all the benefits of this bean diet it would have been enough. But, because I have felt better, have good health, get plenty of sleep, I am more energetic, my disposition has changed from anxious & irritated to much more patient, warm and loving. Just ask my husband and daughters! And my mind is clear, my spirit is wide open to the Holy Spirit to speak and move much more powerfully in my life! That is priceless!
I thank God for Karen & Steve Hurd, for each one is walking out who God has called them to be; I have benefited personally from them in great ways! Karen, my good friend and mentor, it is my prayer that God will bless you with many, many more years of faithful service!