JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER North Abington Twp. Jessica Doncses, fertility and health advisor, advises clients on how to eat better, sleep better, manage stress and adapt nutritional supplements.
Carrie Lydon and her husband left if they would ever have children in the hands of God.
"The doctor recommended that we take fertility medication," said the Blakely woman. "We could have done in vitro fertilization … my husband and I decided not to go that way."
A month later, he met North Abington Twp. health and fertility coach Jessica Doncses, who offered a compelling solution, one she used to overcome her own infertility.
Doncses gave birth to her first child in 2009 without problems.
When she and her husband tried to have a second child about a year later, they could not conceive.
A self-described enthusiast of health and physical exercise, she could not understand why, and doctors could not either.
She was diagnosed with unexplained, unspecified infertility.
"During this process, it was frustrating. I knew I did not want to follow the traditional fertility route, "he said." That's when I started studying diet and lifestyle. "
He completed the training course for medical directors through Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, an organization that teaches its students to read the results of laboratory tests and address underlying health problems with natural remedies, including diet control, Exercise, sleep and stress.
"By the grace of God and the things that I implemented, I was able to conceive and had a healthy child in 2012," he said.
Many people complete training for self-improvement, and Doncses was no exception. She set out to fix her own reproductive health.
A former pharmaceutical sales representative, she knows how doctors resist unconventional testing and treatment.
"Doctors love to hang their hats on the reference medicine," he said, explaining that conventional medicine does not always adequately address root causes.
That's especially true among chronic diseases, which often develop over years of poor self-preservation and generate more health care dollars in the United States than any other disease block, he said.
"Discover that it was like a moment & aha!", He said. "It was like: I have to help other people."
Clients begin with a free consultation. It lasts approximately 20 minutes when Doncses collects as much personal health information as it can before deciding if they would be good candidates for your program.
Their packages include successful conception plans, delivery plans and a package to address the intestinal health problems that anyone can take, men or women.
She orders blood tests. Clients fill out in-depth questionnaires about their health and habits.
Then, she elaborates health plans and trains clients on how to eat better, sleep better, manage stress and adapt nutritional supplements.
Everything is tracked through the Google Docs document sharing platform. It is online, so you can see the progress of the clients and if they stick to the plan in real time. She communicates with them via email, text and a series of telephone conversations.
Lydon gave birth to her daughter in July 2018.
Under Doncses' care, he learned that he was not managing stress well, which made his hormones go crazy, and that he had a sensitivity to gluten. She switched to a whole food diet.
"It not only helped me to have a child, it also helped me physically," she said. "I feel like I have more energy during the day than before."
She praised Doncses and said it was positive and that she supported her every step of the way. And now she has the confidence to grow her family even more.
"We would like to have another," he said. "Once again, everything is in the hands of God."
The insurance will not cover a health advisor, so clients pay everything out of pocket.
The successful design plan, which Lydon used, costs $ 1,500 plus lab fees, which can cost a few hundred dollars.
The intestinal health plan costs $ 650 plus laboratories.
She also creates personalized plans for $ 100 to $ 150 per hour.
That still costs less than the tens of thousands of women who can afford fertility drugs.
"People should know that there is an alternative to long-term fertility drugs that we do not know what we are doing," he said. "We're going to try something less expensive initially, we may not even have to go the other way.
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