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As an Integrative Nutritionist and passionate patient advocate for POTS, dysautonomia and people suffering from chronic illness, I've authored my first cookbook, Food That Cares with easy-to-prepare and healthful recipes to help people better manage their health. What you eat is the cornerstone to being the very best version of yourself, no matter what afflictions you are coping with. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dysautonomia International POTS Research Fund.
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Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe several different autonomic medical conditions (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or "POTS", being one of them) which causes a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Autonomic Nervous System controls the “automatic” functions of the body such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of the pupils of the eye, sleep, mood, respiration, blood flow, temperature regulation, bladder function and tear production, to name a few.
This malfunction is also what causes POTS patients such distressing symptoms such as:
racing heart (tachycardia)
shortness of breath
It is estimated that POTS affects up to 3 million people in the United States and 1 in 100 teens before they reach adulthood. Young women are most likely to suffer from POTS. Researchers also project that 25% of POTS sufferers cannot work or attend school, due to the severity of their symptoms.
There are a wide spectrum of causes and underlying conditions that can cause a dysfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System. One of the frustrations of those with POTS is the lack of an identifiable cause for their condition, which can only be changed by a sustained effort to bring attention and funding to Dysautonomia research.
For more information, go to www.dysautonomiainternational.org.
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My name is Wendy Baruchowitz. I am a wife to my loving husband, Mitch and the mother of two wonderful young boys, Braden and Blake.
In 2011 my life was suddenly turned upside down. I was pregnant with my younger son, Blake and due to minor complications put on bed rest for several months as a precaution. One week before my due date I was cleared to move around. Hallelujah! However, I did not realize how de-conditioned I had become. I went to stand up for the first time, approximately one week before my due date and immediately knew something was wrong. I could feel the blood draining from my head and pooling in my ankles and feet and my heart was racing. I felt dizzy and nauseous as well. I asked my husband to take my pulse; he looked at me a little wide eyed. “What?!” I asked.