X MARKS THE SPOT: How I Healed My Body

Read this great story about her personal struggles with IBS and acid reflux – and how she also experience anxiety – because of her diet! Apples and honey were partly to blame…

Genevieve Angelique


For 15 years I suffered from moderate to severe stomach problems: bloating, acid reflux, IBS(D), nausea, and vomiting.

Over time, my symptoms worsened. I saw lots of doctors and specialists–all of whom said I was perfectly healthy (on paper). I was told to take Imodium for the rest of my life, to spend more time on stress-management activities, and to avoid fatty and greasy foods.

Eventually, my symptoms expanded from my GI to other body systems. I developed an autoimmune blood disorder that makes me more susceptible to bleeding, bruising, & slow healing, a skin condition called perioral dermatitis that looks much like acne (but isn’t), and muscle spasms in my fingers, legs, and shoulders.

Despite trying a gamut of dermatologist-prescribed creams and pills, my dermatitis melted into an angry red patch around my nose, mouth, and chin. I was embarrassed to show my face in public, and I dreaded face-to-face conversations. All the reclusive tendencies I had adopted as a…

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I'm Colleen Francioli, a certified nutritionist and author with a focus on helping people with IBS, other functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and food intolerances. I once suffered from IBS and have since found life balance with the low-FODMAP diet, an elimination diet developed in Australia, proven to help relieve symptoms of IBS.

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