Grateful and Amazed
We started working with Piper in January 2019.
At that time, our 19-year-old son, Charlie, had just come home from his 4th hospitalization in a year and a half. He had been given a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder with psychosis. Throughout the year and a half, I don’t think the hospital or private psychiatrists knew exactly what diagnosis “fit” Charlie because he had such severe psychosis along with mania and depression. All they did was to try and find an anti-psychotic medication and mood stabilizer that would alleviate his symptoms. Nothing worked. No one could give us an answer as to why he had these symptoms all they could do was watch and monitor and prescribe medication.
Charlie’s first hospitalization was in the Fall of 2017, after beginning senior year of high school. The year started off similar to past years in that I needed to change his schedule and speak to guidance because of Charlie’s struggles with anxiety, especially extreme social anxiety. Within a few weeks, however, his whole personality seemed to shift and he lost his social anxiety but that was quickly replaced by grandiose thoughts, unusual behavior, sleepless nights, pressured speech and escalating anger. These symptoms were confirmed by our family doctor as mania and he was admitted for his first hospitalization and given medications for bipolar disorder. During this first manic episode, his personality changed so much from a shy, sweet young man to an arrogant, angry person with auditory and visual delusions. These delusions became his reality. I never thought I’d get my son back.
After being discharged from his first hospitalization after 2 months, he tried different psychiatrists and medications because he felt horrible, brain fog, depression and anxiety and on top of everything else he had gained 35 pounds due to the anti-psychotic meds. He couldn’t attend school or even leave the house because although the mania and psychosis abated his anxiety returned and was threw the roof. Depression started as well which was so bad that he would sit in a chair in our garage and sob for hours. The psychiatrists in hospital and out just kept telling us he needed to stay on his medications and if this one isn’t working we’ll try another. We added more medications for anxiety, depression, and insomnia on top of the mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics.
He started having suicidal thoughts. The pain and suffering he endured was overwhelming. Another hospitalization and med changes in the summer of 2018 seemed to stabilize him a bit. During this time, we were trying to educate ourselves, find support for Charlie and ourselves but we also kept asking the question “Why is he experiencing these symptoms?’ Aren’t there any tests to find out what’s going on inside his brain or his body that’s causing him to be so sick?”
I had been hearing about functional medicine so I started listening to Dr. Mark Hyman’s Broken Brain series, read Dr. Kelly Brogan’s book and found other Functional medicine practitioners on line. What I was learning sounded like it could be helpful. Inflammation and gut-brain connection seemed like a probable cause for his symptoms. Of course, the medical doctors didn’t think these were worthwhile options to pursue and only kept switching medications based on his outward symptoms.
Charlie had a typical American diet, especially while he was sick at home or in the hospital when the only source of happiness came from sugary drinks, snacks, and fast food. I felt like it was wrong to keep letting him eat this way, but since we were always in crisis mode and medical doctors said there was no connection I continued to provide and allow him to add fuel to the fire.
By the end of Nov. 2018, Charlie started to experience mania symptoms again and needed to be admitted to the hospital. The medications he was on hadn’t prevented him from escalating again. This hospitalization lasted another 2 months and during this time he had a return of auditory hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and disorganized thinking. I watched and listened as my son told me about messages he was getting from the tv and over the hospital P.A. system, how the water was making him drunk and how the staff was experimenting on him to reduce him into being a baby. During his hospital stays his diet consisted of standard hospital food and sugary snacks as well as whatever other fast food he requested us to bring.
This past January 2019 he was discharged from the hospital still experiencing paranoia and delusions. The second night he was home I had to catch him as he was falling backwards because the voices were telling him to stop breathing. We very calmly decided to stop his latest anti-psychotic medication because it was increasing his auditory and visual hallucinations. Charlie had had a similar reaction to a different anti-psychotic in the past so we knew that this particular medication was not helping and in fact making him worse. Within 24 hours his delusions cleared.
I had originally reached out to Piper while Charlie had been in the hospital and now we set up a consultation with her. She took a thorough history and gave us requests to take to our doctor for lab work, recommended genetic testing, and other GI tests. Her approach was so professional and knowledgeable so we were able to trust her suggestions from the beginning although we had many questions and only hope that we were going down the right path.
With test results and complete medical and family history Piper was able to give us a plan to follow. All of her recommendations were based on actual test results and evaluations that correlate with Charlie’s symptoms. Finally, we were getting reasons why Charlie’s body was reacting in these extreme ways. For him, the goal was to reduce inflammation and anxiety.
We started to follow Piper’s suggestions and recommendations for nutritional supplements, lifestyle, sleep, and diet. We learned he had certain significant gene mutations causing an inability for his brain to process certain chemicals often added to commercial foods. The labs he completed also showed he would benefit from adding certain natural supplements and minerals.
Slowly yet noticeably he began to heal.
It’s been 8 months now since we started working with Piper and Charlie is doing so well. He’s so healthy and for the first time in years, he does not have constant debilitating anxiety. It’s gone. This past summer he had 2 part-time jobs, joined a new gym, attends Sunday Mass and activities at our church with other kids his age. He even flew solo to visit his brother for a week in Utah. These may seem like normal things and they are but for Charlie up until recently, they were impossible. With Piper’s help and care, he can live a life that we never thought he’d be able to enjoy. He follows his dietary plan, takes recommended nutritional supplements, avoids foods, and chemicals that could aggravate his body.
He still takes one medication that he’s hoping to discontinue. We’re not anti-doctor or medication when needed but we’ve found that Charlie’s illness had underlying causes that are able to be healed with a functional medicine approach using natural supplements, lifestyle, and dietary changes.
I was certainly skeptical about the effect that this approach could bring for Charlie since his mental state was so severely disrupted but it worked, he’s well.
We’re constantly grateful and amazed by his dramatic change in wellness and know that Piper with all her wealth of knowledge and care has been that instrument of healing for Charlie. It was her professional yet compassionate care that gave us the confidence to try the plan she recommended based on all the results and data she gained from tests, labs, and also her knowledge of environmental and healthy lifestyle options.
She always gave us the information so clearly and answered all our questions and concerns and provided us (without overwhelming us) with the information we needed to make truly informed decisions regarding Charlie’s health. Never once did we feel we were just another client but knew he was receiving individualized assessment and care based on his own unique symptoms.
We know Piper will continue to be there for Charlie and there are not enough words to thank her for all she’s done for our son, Charlie.
A healthy lifestyle was always my priority until I began my master’s degree program 2 years ago. Working full time as a teacher and trying to be the best mom and wife I could be on top of trying to be an A+ student, my healthy lifestyle came to a halt. I ate whatever was fast, easy and available and I quit working out. It wasn’t until a year after living this lifestyle that my health began to suffer. I was always tired, I had gained weight, had stiff joints, and my emotions were like a roller coaster. I lived this way for the next year, blaming all my symptoms on stress. I never thought it had anything to do with what I was putting in and I knew I needed to make a changewhen I saw, one day, that my blood pressure was through the roof. This is when I contacted Piper, as I wanted to regain my health again without medication! After our initial meeting, I took a food sensitivity test along with a blood test to determine my vitamin deficiencies and food sensitivities. Piper explained that my results gave her a good idea of why my symptoms. She explained everything in terms that I could understand and even made herself available for questions and conversation after my appointment. Her suggestions of what to do based on my results have changed my life. All of my symptoms mentioned are totally gone. Today, I feel like a whole new person. Our son, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s two years ago, is now seeing Piper as well and we are hopeful for a healthy and happy future for our family.
I have had a dramatic breakthrough, I am on week 3 of no gluten or wheat of any kind… I am feeling so well and I am losing cm’s in inflammation every day… I am taking the liposomal glutathione – this must be really making a difference. Also, when I went to Amsterdam with my friends, all they eat is bread – so I did also and felt so horrible I felt so bloated and looked like a marshmallow, as soon as I got back to the UK I stopped and the difference in three weeks in simply unbelievable! My tops are loose and even my trousers are no longer tight! I am making all my own meals and making smoothies for breakfast still a little dairy but lactose-free seems to work. I am even more positive now 100% it is gluten that has made me so ill for so long, even though I don’t show as being a coeliac by UK doctors. Even when I have cut out gluten before I have never felt like this… it must be the additional supplements you have told me to take that are helping!
Piper is amazing!
For some time I had suspicions of my kids having food allergies. I reached out to her for help! She tested them for food allergies and confirmed several foods. She then helped set up an amazing protocol plan and helped us find alternative foods and focus on healing from the inside out. She is wonderful to work with and very knowledgeable in what she does. I feel she deserves bonus points because she has a holistic approach to everything, which is HUGE for me. I highly recommend her. My daughter used to have lots of stomach pain almost daily and since eliminating the foods she had allergies too she has stopped complaining and being uncomfortable!
Tummy issues are gone!
Forget the Aging Process
Piper is one of my heroes. Why: because I am almost 72 years old and have not felt well for years. I was being told by more than one of my doctors that a lot of my issues could be chalked it up to the ‘aging process’. Today, after a little over two months of adhering to the protocol we have established for me after genetic and food sensitivity testing, I feel so much better. I know that some of the issues identified by the testing will take many more months to fully correct the decades of physiological abuse of my gastrointestinal system. However, now I am on board and grateful for this chance and the science that allows progress to a healthier me. Some of the benefits I have felt already are: no crazy cycle of bloating with loose bowels or constipation, less joint pain, better sleep cycle, more energy, and as noted by my family members: less grumpiness. I fully expect further reduction of inflammation over my entire body and more energy to enjoy life in my golden years !
Feeling Better than Ever
I know it sounds crazy but I feel better now than I think I ever have! I’m in my 30’s and I used to feel bad most of the time. I suffered from brain fog, low libido, and digestive issues. I also have an autoimmune tissue disease and hypothyroid. Nothing I was doing was working and I felt sick and tired of being sick and tired! I thought I was eating healthy and doing all the things that I should be doing to be healthy but it wasn’t working. Piper showed me a new way and helped me to discover what is best for my body! I know what I can and can’t eat and what is going to really make me feel awful. She helped me to get in tune with my body and understand what is going on. Her plan included running functional tests and genetics to make the perfect plan for me. Individualized health is the way to go. I’m getting my kids tested too, its great information to have so they can fell great their whole lives. I’m feeling great, I’m happy, and my husband is happy too.
Thank you, Piper!!
- I have even had my son tested and all of this symptoms are gone! Thank you, Piper!
Complete Family Fix
Just about 3 months ago my hubby and I went to see Piper Gibson, a newly certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practioner. My husband has had chronic sinus headaches for over 30 years. He’s had sinus surgery, seen tons of doctors and specialists and their solution was just to take Tylenol and Advil as needed. I have chronic hives, rosacea, and eczema. Our 4-year-old has bad allergies and has been on Zyrtec since he was 6 months old. My 3-year-old has rosacea and bad eczema.
She suggested a low inflammation diet, similar to paleo. We learned from some genetics testing which broken genes we have. I learned I’m bad with folic acid and b12, and now take supplements to help. We had food sensitivity testing done. Leaned the whole family cant have eggs. Tom can’t have yeast. I can’t have flax and once I cut that and eggs I feel great. I had no idea I had a stomach issue until I cut out my bad foods. Now I feel nothing all day from my stomach and it’s awesome. Learned our oldest can’t have oats, milk, and gluten. Once we stopped that, he’s now medication free and doing great. My middle boy’s eczema is significantly improved as long as we are strict with his diet. He’s bad with gluten and oatmeal. He also was having potty training issues with number 2. Once his diet improved, over one weekend he was completely potty trained. His stomach is all better and he can control going to the bathroom and everything is normal.
We also had gut health testing done and are working on fixing issues that the testing found. Since starting to repair our guts, Tom’s pain has started to decrease and he finds the pain much more manageable. He feels so good he’s started working out.
My rosacea has significantly improved and my brain is less foggy and my concentration has greatly improved. And over the 3 months, I’ve lost 29lbs .
Thank you, Piper, for fixing my family. I figured we had nothing to lose by giving you a chance. You have fixed, and are fixing longstanding issues and even solved problems we thought were part of normal life. God bless you, your business and your whole family.
I’m a Believer
But my sister certainly tried. When I would see her a couple of times a year, she would try to convince me I could address the issues I associated with aging without resorting to harsh pharmaceuticals. To say I was skeptical would be an understatement; I wasn’t buying any of it. I mocked those practitioners of ‘alternative treatment’ methods and viewed them as “snake oil salesmen” who had bought into a false hope. I was too smart to be taken in.
A few months ago, I received a package from my sister. Inside was a Nutritional DNA test kit. Good grief!! Why wouldn’t she give it a rest? I was getting a little irritated but decided to send off the sample just to make her stop. Certainly, the results would show there was absolutely nothing wrong with me that could not be attributed to the normal aging process.
Two weeks pass and I received the DNA test results and a phone call from a nutritional practitioner named Piper Gibson, obviously at the request of my sister. Ms. Gibson goes through the test results with me and explains where I have “broken” genes. I’m thinking “Ya right, I’m sure this is what they tell everybody. I bet I have perfect genes”. Ms. Gibson goes on to say that with the correct nutritional supplements she believed I could lessen or alleviate the problems I associated with aging. As if she can read my thoughts, Ms. Gibson tells me not to believe the ‘normal aging’ myth. When the call ends, I am not one inch closer to being a ‘believer’.
The next week in the mail I receive a box of vitamins and supplements. My sister is at it again! Ms. Gibson has sent me a dosage schedule and calls to explain it. I formulate my new plan. I’ll take the supplements as directed and at the end of the month, I can call my sister, honestly tell her that I have followed the prescription, thank her for the concern, and report no improvement. Then maybe she will stop!
So much for my plan. Day by day, I’m feeling better. My intestinal problems have disappeared. I’m sleeping longer and wake up alert. I have more energy throughout the day. My joints don’t ache. And best of all, I have clear and sharp thought. As much as I HATE being wrong, much less admitting it, the results are impossible to overcome.
Ms. Gibson has been there every step of the way. From dietary advise to alternatives for harsh pharmaceuticals, Piper has been a trusted and knowledgeable advisor. Through her results, she has PROVEN to me, someone who has fought hard NOT to believe, that I didn’t have to accept the “I’m just getting old” ideas of the past. It’s not often you can say that someone has made a dramatic improvement in your quality of life but Ms. Gibson has certainly done so in mine. Thank you Piper, well done!
My health began to decline about six years ago. I had extreme anxiety and I was so fatigued I could hardly function. I had terrible brain fog and had trouble doing my job as I couldn’t think straight. My digestive system was a mess. My joints ached. I spent most of my time crying. I had every medical test known to man, including two CT scans, an MRI, multiple blood tests and stool tests, all to no avail . I was told that I had irritable bowel syndrome and thyroid problems and given pills and sent home . None of it helped. I soon got more pills to counteract the side effects of the pills I had been given . I was getting worse !
Piper Gibson was my savior – my knight in shining wellness armor ! She suggested that I get genetic testing to determine what my body wasn’t getting enough of and then made recommendations based on the results . She was able to tell me what gene defects I have and make suggestions as to what supplements and lifestyle changes would help . It was hard to change my ways – going grain free in today’s restaurant world is really hard – but once I made the changes she suggested I started to feel better . Within a few weeks I started feeling good again, and now after two years, I have to tell you that I have NEVER felt better ! I mean it when I say never – I didn’t even feel this good as a teenager ! I didn’t know that I could feel this good because I never had . So now , at 59 years old, I am finally giving my body what it needs to function properly. I’m thankful that Piper was able to help me and to solve my mystery illness . I highly highly recommend her !
The Genomix Nutrition test is life changing. I was so depressed, wanted to stay in bed all day, horrible anxiety, no patience, no energy at all! I cried the day after I started supplements based on my genes because I didn’t know I could feel this good!
Piper is wonderful! She is very knowledgeable and dedicated to holistic healthcare. What a great resource to have her in Las Cruces.