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Meet Haylie Pomroy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haylie Pomroy.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all began with a couple of sheep. I’m not kidding! You see, I’m an Aggie–that’s someone with an education in agricultural science. I was very involved in FFA, Future Farmers of America, I’m a science dork, and my bachelor’s degree is not, as you might expect, in food science. It’s in animal science. That’s where I first began to understand that food can be used, systematically and purposefully, to shape the body the way a sculptor shapes a lump of clay.

I’ve always been fascinated by how things work and especially by how the body works. But I was also obsessed with animals, and I thought maybe I could handle the complicated puzzles veterinary science would present. So, at a young age, I decided to be a veterinarian.

I took classes on sheep production, beef production, livestock feeding, and animal nutrition. I worked as a veterinary surgical tech, and after college, in preparation for veterinary school, I did a nutrition internship at Colorado State. It all added up to an amazing perspective on nutrition. The more I learned about animal nutrition, the more I thought about how some of the same concepts could be applied to people –that diet could be carefully managed to speed up the metabolism and increase the rate of burn in humans, too.

I decided to focus on wellness instead of illness. What if I could help keep people healthy by using my knowledge of animal science? And what if I could do it all by fully integrating my favorite pastime into the mix: food? All this led me to change professional course. I was thrust into this industry because of my own health crisis. Food is such powerful medicine. I not only believe but also know for a fact that food, the right food, can truly heal the body.

But it did start with me and my own health struggles.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Long before nutritional healing became my profession, it was something I needed to obsess about in order to reclaim my footing on my own slippery slope. I had to work through what food could do for me before I ever had to do it for anyone else. It was a matter of life and death.

I was born with crazy food, contact, and inhalant allergies. I also have an autoimmune disease called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). This means I tend to have a very low platelet count because my immune system mistakenly attacks my own platelets. The result is that my blood doesn’t clot very well. This can lead to easy bruising and uncontrolled bleeding. I found out about the disease when I hemorrhaged during a tonsillectomy when I was 17-years-old.

I used to develop lesions on my eyelids and fingers and hands from systemic eczema, and I would buy boxes of Band-Aids and tape up all my fingers and then wear white cotton gloves or my riding gloves over them. The barn was really the only place that felt perfectly normal for a kid to wear gloves all day. When I got back home at night, I would soak my hands in warm water laced with Betadine because the blood and sweat would make the bandages stick to my hands. I also had horrific eczema in the crooks of my arms and on the backs of my knees.

When we went to the beach, the salt and sand would aggravate it, causing terrible pain. I would cry and cry the whole way home from the beach, but I would beg my mom to go again when the pain subsided a few days later. This was life with an autoimmune disorder—at least until I learned how to use food to keep things under control.

Then, when I was 25, I was in a horrific, near-fatal car accident. Because of closed-head trauma, I was an outpatient at the brain injury recovery center for three years and also had to have my entire shoulder rebuilt. I was in a cast from my hip to my thumb, with my thumb out like a hitchhiker for nine weeks, and then my arm casted across my waist for another eight weeks. The accident left me with a central nervous system pain disorder called reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD). I made the mistake of reading my chart once, on which a doctor had written, “One of the worst cases of RSD I’ve ever seen. Likely to commit suicide.” Do you know what it’s like to read a note from a doctor saying you are likely to experience so much pain in your life that you will probably off yourself? Let me tell you, it’s not fun.

But this inspired me to really dive in and study what was happening to me—the why. What were the metabolic pathways involved with a nervous system disorder? That’s when I first turned seriously to food and alternative therapies—to ease the pain and protect my psyche.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My career spans more than 22 years, owning and operating integrative health care clinics, teaching patient empowerment, and being a sought-after consultant on many difficult cases by highly regarded doctors at top practices, hospitals, and educational institutions across the globe. I am also the founder and CEO of Haylie Pomroy Group, which houses my clinical practice, a membership website, and an amazing line of supplements.

My celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, Robert Downey Jr, LL Cool J, Raquel Welch, and Cher, Angela Bassett, along with professional and Olympic athletes and corporate executives of Fortune 500 companies.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I am most proud of my supplement line. I developed and manufactured clinically effective clean supplements packed with therapeutic micronutrients strategically designed for maximum metabolic impact. I had to develop supplements that I could take that would be effective and non-reactive to my allergies.

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