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Our Story – from Pain to Power

Like too many of us, Wayne and I have had our fair share of painful medical concerns. Despite his efforts to exercise religiously and follow various healthy eating programs, Wayne began to suffer from multiple digestive issues in his mid-twenties. He was diagnosed with extreme acid reflux, a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, and put on watch for ulcers. The typical medical response to these painful conditions is to load up with a variety of pills, and so Wayne followed suit. This began what looked to be a lifetime of rollercoaster pain and progressively stronger medicine that would work for a while and then lose its punch.

I have suffered from severe migraines since I was a young child. In my younger years the migraines would cause vomiting, auras, and pain that rendered me incapable of leaving my room. As I grew into adulthood the migraines expanded to include strokelike neurological symptoms where my left face and arm would go completely numb. Through the years I tried various prescription painkillers until things finally came to a head one day when the neurological symptoms began to expand to numbness in my left leg. At this point I was nervous that I might be having a stroke and ended up in the emergency room. Thankfully it wasn’t a stroke, but this visit to the ER led to a slew of appointments, tests, and scans with a neurologist’s recommendation “to try” 5 new prescriptions.

Determined to find real relief from our conditions, Wayne and I have searched high and low for the best solutions. We have tried all sorts of options such as chiropractors, physical therapy, nutritional supplements, protein powder, massage therapy, yoga, and acupuncture to name a few. We have tried many successful (and some not-so-successful) tools to support our wellness goals, and at last have landed on our favorite solutions: a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and a gentle, yet profound form of bodywork called Bowenwork.

These solutions have worked so well for us in fact that I am proud to report that my headaches have decreased in frequency by ~98% and the neurological symptoms, vomiting and auras are gone. Wayne has tested free of Barrett’s esophagus (which caused much confusion at the doctor’s office as they compared before and after images) and no longer experiences pain from digestive problems. Another pleasant outcome is that neither of us are on prescriptions for these conditions any longer!

It seems that nearly everyone we meet has a story about someone living with pain or chronic illness that affects their ability to live life to the fullest. The great news is that everyone has the power to change their circumstances for the better. The whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and Bowenwork are available for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. And these solutions are not solely for the conditions we mention here, but also help a wide variety of other chronic health concerns. See more information on our Resources page.

It is our pleasure to share our favorite solutions with you that focus on safe, natural preventative care. We are so glad you found Cruciferous and are privileged to be a part of your transformation to health and happiness.


~Melissa & Wayne

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Your Cruciferous Lifestyle – how a man from Wisconsin gave up cheese for his health

In this 8-week program manual, Wisconsin-native Wayne explains everything you need to fully embrace your health through a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. He uses his background in culinary arts, plant-based nutrition certificate, 5000+ hours of detailed research, and lots of personal trial and error to outline your path to success. You’ll learn how to set up your environment for success, power-house foods to eat, and a healthy dose of tips for succeeding with your healthy lifestyle when everyone else around you wears cheese on their heads and celebrates with beer and brats! The book is expected to be published in Fall 2019, but you can get on a pre-order list today for 20% coupon when the book comes out!

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Wayne is the foodie of the group. With a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and a certification in whole-foods, plant-based nutrition from eCornell, Wayne views food as the key to a good life. For years he has been an avid reader and researcher of all things food and exercise. At the same time he has tried dozens of food programs, supplements, and exercise regimes in search of feeling his best. Wayne finds that a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle works wonders for the body and uses his culinary experience to share not only the ‘what’, but also the ‘how’ for making tasty, nutrient-dense food.

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Bowenwork Practitioner

Melissa is fascinated by how people think and function. With a bachelor’s degree in international business & marketing from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a master’s degree in management of technology, from Arizona State University, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, she focused her research and studies on how people think, make decisions, and use technology to provide access to mental health services. Her interests grew to include the human nervous system which led to training and certification as a Bowenwork Practitioner. Melissa uses her understanding of the interconnected nature of the body and mind to help clients find freedom from discomfort with her Bowenwork practice.

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