While we have both been life long health nuts and athletes, our health hasn't always reflected our efforts. In 2012 Kylene started to feel incredibly sluggish and fatigued, struggling to have energy without coffee. Little did she know that the apartment building that she had moved into was covered in mold leading to terrible mold toxicity and eventually celiac disease. A few years later, not long after we had a roof leak, Michael came down fatigue and GI symptoms that no one could figure out.
Numerous appointments with conventionally trained doctors and a countless number of tests provided very little help to Kylene or Michael.
Kylene, a board-certified sports dietitian, joined the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and through the help of her colleagues and countless hours studying leaders in functional medicine, she was able to determine the root of her own issues - gluten sensitivity caused by mold toxicity.
Through the use of an elimination diet and assistance of a close physician colleague to treat her mold exposure, she was able to reverse her chronic fatigue and the need to live on coffee to function.
Michaels gut issues were able to be resolved with mold and SIBO treatment from a Cleveland Clinic functional physician. However, he continued to have intermittent and hard-to-predict extreme fatigue and brain fog that would not resolve.
With Kylene's assistance in carrying out an elimination diet, he was able to pinpoint an extreme sensitivity to corn (which just happens to be in almost every, especially any gluten free product).
Kylene continued to provide guidance on how to successfully navigate a world full of corn and Michael ended up in the best shape of his life. The grand finale? He shaved 22 minutes off his previous best marathon time to run a Boston-Qualifying time in the 2019 New York City Marathon.