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Meet Danielle Ferguson of Detoxing with Dani

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Ferguson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
So as a young child, I always had stomach aches growing up, but all of it really came to a head when I was a freshman in college. My first quarter was great; I was having a blast, making new friends until around January when we all came back from winter break. I started to have major pain on the right side of my abdomen. So I went to the university health center, and that started what seems to be a weekly visit due to chronic pain that no one could figure out. They checked to make sure it wasn’t my appendix and every time the test came back clear… They would basically chalk it up to a cyst of my ovary and tell me to take Advil to get through the pain. Well, my intuition was saying something different.

This cycle lasted about four months until I finally went home to see my OB-GYN who did a few more tests and determined it was a cyst on my ovary but this kind of cyst needed to be removed immediately. So surgery was scheduled, and about 20 minutes after going into the operating room, the surgeon came out to my parents and said the “my surgery had gone in a different direction…” talk about scaring the living daylights out of two parents. Basically what had happened is my appendix was ACTUALLY the real problem, but because it went undiagnosed for so long, my body had wrapped a fatty tissue around it to protect the rest of my body. Turning it from the size of your pinky finger to the size of a softball.

Needless to say, having a softball size organ in your stomach is not the most comfortable thing in the world. So they get that removed, and I go back to school. While my stomach aches and pain were gone, I started to have extreme fatigue and was now constantly getting sick, with colds, strep throat, and even mono. My immune system was under attack. So after having been through the run around with the university health center, I decided to do some of my own research and went to go see a functional chiropractor who suggested I go off of gluten… Now, this was back in 2009, when gluten-free wasn’t a thing, and there were not nearly as many options in the grocery store as there are today.

So I went back to college with my new “diet” and discovered there was absolutely nothing I could eat besides the salad bar… But I did start to feel better and notice a big change in my overall well being. So I stuck with it, being THAT girl at college house parties and frat parties that couldn’t drink beer… I was also that weirdo who brought her own food to a Superbowl party the next year not knowing if I could eat anything, which I couldn’t. So I heated up my turkey patty and green beans while everyone else gorged on Superbowl munchies. It was definitely a change and something I had to get comfortable with because everyone would ask me why I was doing what I was doing.

After seeing how food could drastically change the way I felt and essentially heal me from the inside, I knew there was more to this and started to read every nutrition book I could get my hands on. I sparked a real passion inside of me. What also happened during this period of time was my mom was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the same time I was going through all of my health issues. And while she got 8, 2nd opinions on what the best course of action would be, she asked that before they begin chemotherapy and radiation, if she could have a few months to prepare her body for what was about to happen.

So she worked with a biochemist to read extensive lad results that showed all her nutritional deficiencies, she did a gluten-free, sugar-free diet and supported her system with a million different supplements. After about three months, she went back to have another PET scan done before they started the chemo, and all of her mets (cancerous points on the scan) has shrunk 80%. Now, if that doesn’t prove food can heal, I don’t know what will. So between me and my mom, I knew nutrition was the missing link that no doctor was talking about and something people needed to hear. So after college, I went on to get my education in holistic and functional nutrition.

Since doing that, I have had a few health issues that I was able to properly health all through functional and holistic medicine. It’s been a serious journey and one that I am still on today.

Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not a smooth road, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Because without my struggles I wouldn’t have my own story to tell and I find my story is what resonates with people the most. It’s not my credential or specific knowledge of nutrition.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Detoxing with Dani – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business is called Detoxing with Dani, and I am a holistic nutritionist. My motto is Gut Health, Glowing Skin, and a Gorgeous You. I specialize in gut health support and believe that our gut health is the nucleus for our overall health or sickness. Most clients I work with, come to me for help with their skin or their digestion and together we discover the root cause of their problem and solve the issue from there.

Instead of just addressing symptoms, I always want to understand why my clients are dealing with certain issues. And most of the time the problem stems from the gut. What I am really known for, is my own health issue with chronic cystic acne about two years ago. I was suffering from painful cystic acne all over my face and my back and was able to health it by discovering my digestive system was severely imbalanced. Once I fixed that my acne cleared up within a month.

I think what sets me apart is that I am not afraid to be upfront and real with people and share my own personal story. I want my clients to trust me and feel like I am their own health advocate throughout their journey. What I am most proud of is my clients, they are amazing people to work with, and I absolutely love teaching and serving them.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best is the beautiful beach we live by and access to some great health food stores. What I like least is the traffic… haha.


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