I have been into natural health most of my adult life. My introduction
originated with my Mother, who years ago sent me off to college with my
first bottle of vitamin supplements. Thanks to her, I have been taking
them religiously ever since. Unlike my upbringing, I quickly realized
exercise needed to be a part of daily life, along with a diet that did not
follow the "meat and potatoes" regimen that we were served on our
dinner table most nights. However, my foray into natural healing would
not develop until later with the arrival of my first born child.
Tyler came into this world in textbook fashion, with an uneventful
pregnancy, a swift natural birth and a healthy 8 lbs 2 oz. However, what
was to follow was anything but typical. I had signs quite early on that this
child was somehow “different” from the other children, which I quietly
observed in our weekly play group. He walked at 8 ½ months, never
crawled first, had picky eating habits, did not like to be picked up when he
cried, became unglued at certain sounds, arranged his Lego blocks by
color groups at age 14 months and seem to need constant stimulation so he would not get bored. These were
just some of his behaviors that made him stand out from his peers.
At age 3 1/2 I had enrolled him into preschool. After a tumultuous year of preschool, I was kindly asked to take my
child elsewhere. Until this point, I knew my child was different, but I had no idea what it was exactly. He had been
IQ tested around 139, which explained some things, but that was far from the total picture.
His elementary school years were filled with behavior referrals and suspensions for his inability to deal with the
school environment. There was no doubt he was smart, but for some reason basic simple tasks were met with
resistance and turmoil. Even though I had found a small, private gifted school to better cater to his needs, many
of his issues proved too challenging for the average teacher. So the onslaught of professional evaluations began.
Tyler was evaluated for everything from ADD, to ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder, Autism and more. No one
test ever really nailed it down completely. Many therapies were tried, but not once did I take his plight to an MD,
who I knew would only recommend medication. What other tools did they have? Call it motherly instinct or just
my inherent resistance to modern medicine, but I chose not to go a route of medication. I saw far too many kids
in Tyler’s classes drugged up and medicated. I couldn’t do that to my son. This began my quest for alternative
treatments that would help my son.
And help they did, in one way or another. Of the many therapies we tried included brushing therapy, occupational
therapy, fine motor skill coaching, energy work, naturopathy, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, music therapy,
neurofeedback, psychotherapy and more. With each step, Tyler moved forward as a calmer, more level headed
being, and could now live in his world without it rocking his. He has recently graduated from High School with
honors and is ready to embark on a journey to study engineering at CSU in Ft. Collins, which hopefully will
nourish his incredible mind and spirit. Without the aid of these therapies, I shudder to think were he’d be today.
Along the path, one of the practitioners we engaged was a Naturopath. While she was testing my son, she saw
some things that indicated I might have transferred some pathogens to him while pregnant. She tested me as
well as my son. Together, we embarked on a ninety day detoxification program to clear our bodies. The end
result was a more serene child. And for me, my life long battle with eczema had disappeared, as well as my hay
fever that I had struggled with since my teenage years.
But the event that launched me into holistic medicine did not come until my fortieth year, when someone popped
into my life and asked a very poignant question, “Are you passionate about your career?” I had spent eighteen
years at that time in the computer programming field, something I pursued after I earned my BA in Computer
Science in 1981. Never once in those eighteen years did I ever ask myself what I would be passionate about.
My quest led me towards a path of holistic health. I have a natural yearning to help people, as it hurts me to see
people suffering. My holistic health practiced is anchored with my Doctorate of Naturopathy, which I earned from
Clayton College of Natural Health in 2005. I also perform energy healing as a certified BodyTalk practitioner,
which is a form of energy healing using the body as a tool to find where dis-ease is held and assisting in
releasing those energies. I also pursued training in a form of natural allergy elimination. I am now a certified
NAET practitioner, having trained with Dr. Devi Nambudripad herself, the founder of NAET.
In summary, my life path is to help others in health, healing and understanding on their path to a happy and
healthy life. Allow me to be your guide.
Wishing you good health,
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- Bachelors of Arts from SUNY Potsdam
- Doctorate of Naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health
- Certified NAET Practitioner
- Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
- Practicing since 2004
- Masters of Acupuncture student at CSTCM in Denver
Darlene Zwolinski, Traditonal Naturopath,
Darlene's Natural Health Journey
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