About Me

A portrait of the author of this website, a woman named Megan. Hello and welcome to Healing Journey Essentials! I’m Megan Westbrook and I am so happy to have you, thank you so much for visiting!

For the past 9 years I have been on an intensive healing journey from a number of medical conditions and imbalances, primarily including Biotoxin Illness (from mold exposure), gut imbalances/infections, abnormal gene expression, Copper Toxicity, and endometriosis.

A Bit of My Story

For as long as I can remember, I had experienced various chronic symptoms such as severe fatigue, digestive upset, and skin sensitivity. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I saw a myriad of doctors and had countless tests performed, but very little was determined and I was sent on my way.

I essentially learned to cope with my symptoms and tried to accept them as part of my life, trying my best to keep up along the way.

Around my mid-twenties, my existing symptoms worsened and many new ones emerged. I began experiencing hair loss, extreme bloating, heart palpitations, muscle weakness, anxiety, menstrual irregularities, increasing abdominal pain, increasing nausea, insomnia, brain fog, dizziness, migraines, and many others.

The chronic fatigue became absolutely debilitating, my digestion was severely impaired, and my food sensitivities were ever-increasing. I could no longer manage my growing list of symptoms without continuing to seek additional help and guidance.

That is when I turned to the integrative health arts and sciences.

While using the root cause focused lens that is a fundamental component of functional healing, I have been able to determine a number of core underlying causes that have been at the heart of my health struggles.

I have spent these years connecting the dots and developing an understanding of these conditions, some of which are not well known within either medical community yet.

My Ultimate Passion is the Integrative Health Arts and Sciences

As my own healing journey evolved and I began immersing myself wholeheartedly into the world of integrative health and healing, it became quickly apparent that I had been introduced to my true and cherished life’s calling and ultimate passion.

I turned a room of my home into my office and embarked on a tenacious quest to learn as much as I could. My thirst for knowledge in this arena continued to grow the more I studied. I became enthralled with every facet of integrative, functional, and natural health: the core tenets, the many methodologies and tools for healing, and the ancient philosophies that make up its foundations. I fell in love with the fact that our natural earth is absolutely filled with an endless array of healing resources, right at our fingertips.

Study and the implementation of my own personally tailored healing protocols became the foundations of my daily life as I have put every fiber of myself into my healing.

I have now been independently studying health topics every day for almost 10 years.

My case has been a severe and complicated one. I have multiple core underlying causes and many sensitivities that have had to be accounted for when customizing my healing protocols. Because of this, throughout these years, I have gained an extensive breadth of experience that serves as a very helpful tool in my desire to help others on their own healing journeys. The author of this website walking down a path in the woods.

I have come to see my journey, in its entirety, as a gift. While undeniably challenging and full of twists and turns, this path has simultaneously led me into my true passions which I am eternally grateful for.

I have a visceral love for this field and I feel so honored to be a part of it.

I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and my long-term goal is to go to naturopathic medical school to become a Naturopathic Doctor.

Healing Journey Essentials’ Mission

Shortly after beginning an integrative and functional healing regimen, you come to realize that the process of healing is certainly a journey…a journey that becomes a lifestyle.

This lifestyle involves the process of continuously supporting the body’s interconnected systems and addressing each of your own unique and evolving core underlying causes.

The integrative and functional health arts and sciences are based on what I refer to as a core underlying cause focus. This essentially means that instead of viewing and treating symptoms as if they are the condition themselves, the root cause of illness is determined and treated, so as to achieve total healing. This is done in many ways and in full consideration of the human condition in mind, body, and spirit.

Integrative health combines the methodologies within both the conventional and natural health arenas to provide a comprehensive and inclusive health model. All appropriate measures are considered per each individual’s very unique case. This can often involve utilizing a myriad of modalities simultaneously to provide personalized, well-rounded care.

The primary goal of Healing Journey Essentials is to help you navigate the dynamic realm of integrative health and wellness by exploring the most important topics, highlighting the best quality and most effective products, and providing useful tips and insights that may be of benefit for you in your own healing journey.

Having tried a very wide variety of health and wellness products myself, I aim to help you take the guesswork out of choosing the best products by sharing my experiences and highlighting the most superb and efficacious products that I have used.

It is important to educate yourself throughout your journey, so that you are empowered to make informed decisions for your health. This site is here to serve as an educational resource for you.

This is also a space for community, connection, and support in navigating the physical, social, and emotional challenges associated with having and healing from chronic illnesses. You’re not alone my friend.

Whether you are just embarking, have been on your own healing journey for a while, or are supporting your overall wellness, Healing Journey Essentials is here to help!

Please feel free to reach out by contacting me at megan@healingjourneyessentials.com, submitting the contact form on our contact page, or leaving a comment below.

We’re gearing up for some exciting things in 2023, including the release of our first personal development book that will be available in print, ebook, and audiobook. Stay tuned! 🙂

I wish you well on your healing journey and may optimal health and wellness be yours now and always.

All the very best to you and with love,

Megan 💜

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