Testimonials

Steph. Patient’s wife.

My partner was diagnosed with M.E. at the age of 15, and is now 43. She is an extremely optimistic person and makes the best of things, but there’s no denying that she hasn’t had the bog-standard normal life, with various health crashes followed by slow recoveries. She has always struggled to keep up an appearance of normality. For example she’s had to put up with people not quite understanding why she was unable to work, has struggled to friends’ weddings feeling ghastly, and managed always to be the life and soul of the party. If you or someone you know has battled a long-term complex illness, you’ll know what I mean. Besides which, the label ‘M.E.’ is somewhat of a dump-bin category, a list of symptoms that is treated as having a psychological cause by the NHS. Although people do suffer terribly from depression, .this wasn’t amongst the list of my partner’s problems, and so the NHS – for all their good points – have been unable to help. In 2015 the M.E. specialist doctor she’d been seeing for 8 years (and to whom she had paid a considerable amount of money) recommended a ketogenic, or high-fat diet, in order to put my partner on the right track to health. This doctor considered this to be the magic bullet that would succeed where all other interventions had failed. As a consequence, my partner became horrendously ill, in unmanageable pain and with lots and lots of awful symptoms. She was in a critical condition – the worst sort, where she needed supervision and constant care, but was too fragile to be in the hospital. We visited A&E twice, each time detrimental to her health and each time…

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Sam

I was referred to Roby Puglia in July 2016 as she has a specialist knowledge of unexplained illness and experience with Lyme patients. I had been affected by a myriad of unexplained chronic health conditions all of my adult life. In 2015 things got much worse with a series of serious, acute health crashes, resulting in several trips to A & E and a stark stop to all my work and activities. I had critically high blood pressure, weight gain, acute headaches and total exhaustion. By the time I was referred to Robyn things had got so bad I was bedridden and in unmanageable pain. I thought I was destined for the scrap heap… The progress I have made since we started working together is exponential. I am up and about, dedicated to my treatment plan and seeing real measurable progress. For example I lost about a stone in weight and returned to my normal weight within 2 months of my new diet she suggested, my blood pressure is now normal, my pain is exponentially better and my prospects are looking pretty good. In my first appointment with Robyn she took a detailed history and immediately identified a number of reasons why I was suffering and struggling with specific problems. She identified an overburdened liver, suspected specific gut problems caused by specific bacterial and parasitic bugs and difficulties with chronic stress due to years of living on my nerves. All complicated by a malfunctioning MTHFR gene we identified via a genetic profile test. This was followed with specific tests that have shown her assessment was correct and we stared working together on a treatment program that I could do – building up my strength at my own pace and with interventions I felt comfortable with. One of my worst problems…

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Zoe

With an undiagnosed or unexplained illness you mustn’t believe either of the following things: That you must not be sick That you can’t heal…

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Zoe’s Mother

My daughter Zoe suffered a bad blow to the head while playing hockey in 2011, and has never been well since that day. She was eventually diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome and then Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We worked with doctors and the medical system and over 2 years Zoe did get a lot better, however, in January 2014, Zoe suffered a relapse. All the fatigue symptoms returned with the addition of crippling abdominal pain and almost permanent nausea. She was unable to leave the house, or get up off the couch most days. By October 2014, she had seen numerous doctors and had countless blood tests, x rays, ultrasounds  and gruesome examinations all of which came up negative. At one point I had the experience, of sitting in a consultant’s office, while he told me they could find nothing wrong and there was nothing further he could suggest, as Zoe sat next me as white as a sheet but sweating bullets and doubled over in pain. I was literally at my wits end as to what to do. And then someone suggested we try a functional medicine practitioner called Robyn Puglia, who they knew had helped someone else with digestive issues.
So, we began working with Robyn. Robyn discussed having various tests done so that she could be more effective with what she suggested. Those initial tests were expensive, but crucial in getting things underway for Zoe. Based on the test results, Robyn made changes to Zoe’s diet. Very quickly this had a positive effect and Zoe was able to physically eat more at each meal and the pain reduced by a noticeable amount and her weight steadied (she had been losing weight at an alarming rate up until then). This new diet wasn’t easy, and I…

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Nikki

I approached Robyn out of desperation as my ten year old daughter, Abi had undiagnosed problems with her gut, which was affecting her immune system. My daughter was frequently ill and was missing as lot of school. Whilst we had the support of our GP, visited a pediatrician and gastroenterologist, but whilst all helpful, none were able to provide answers to Abi’s unexplained illness and more importantly a strategy and solutions to help my daughter get better. Robyn provided the strategy and solution! The result over the past two years under Robyn’s guidance has been that Abi has been diagnosed with various food intolerances, including dairy and wheat. Robyn has helped us address getting the ‘right balance’ of bacteria in Abi’s gut by using supplements and addressing Abi’s diet, which is an ongoing struggle with a fussy eater! Robyn was able to help us realise that we weren’t imagining Abi’s health issues and that something could be done to help her get better. Abi’s immune system is far stronger and this winter she has spent more time being well and in school than she has done for the past seven years! The one thing I really like about Robyn is her wealth and depth of knowledge, she never abandons you when you need help and time and time again I am left in awe of her intelligence and sheer common sense that she shares. We have found Robyn’s help invaluable; it has been worth every penny! I would not hesitate to recommend Robyn to anyone with an undiagnosed gut related problem; in fact I have already recommended several people who have all sought Robyn’s help. Lastly, Robyn’s demeanor is kind, considerate, intelligent and approachable, don’t hesitate to contact Robyn…

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Janet, Mum of a Patient

I thank my lucky stars each morning watching {our daughter} go off to school with a spring in her step that we have you, you are the only person who gave us solutions to our problems when we were at rock bottom.  I can’t thank you enough…

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Fernando, 36

After 16 years of almost daily suffering with Ulcerative Colitis, I started working with Robyn 4 months ago and I immediately felt better. The first thing I noticed was that I started to have very regular (1-2 per day, properly formed) and pain-free bowel movements, which was something totally new to me – in the past (even during “OK” periods) I always had problems in the toilet (bleeding, up to 9 loose bowel movements per day, severe cramping). In a few days I started feeling better overall and I also started to feel less bloated from the Cortisone I had been taking. I also lost weight in these 4 months and this time in a very healthy way. Eating well and in good quantities, not micro-quantities, which was usually what I had to do after cortisone. I now have an encouraging sense of well-being, I have more energy, the bloating coming from the water-retention generated by the cortisone is gone, and I have no problem in the toilet. Of course I’m not going to deny it was (and still is!) a big change in lifestyle and habits: my breakfast now consists of a banana smoothie with coconut milk (allowed, as it is not real milk!) with some seaweed supplements (Chlorella and Spirulina). In the past I had some coffee with milk and some bread with jam – quite a change! As I said it’s not always easy to stick to the diet, there are practical problems, especially when travelling and not being at home, but Robyn is very helpful also in providing real-life tricks. Once you feel very bad for many years, and all of a sudden you do feel significantly better, you do not want to go back. I can’t even explain…

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