I created Digestive Warrior because I know very intimately how painful it is to struggle with chronic illness.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age 15, I have been no stranger to the trials and tribulations of how deeply health challenges can impair one's quality of life.
Had I floated along in a mediocre state of health, my research, education, training, and clinical practice would never have come to be. It was through deep, deep despair in hospitalizations weighing 80 lbs., surviving on insanely high doses of steroids that I began a 25+ year journey of studying health, in all facets.
Figuring out the ROOT CAUSE of my disease became my life mission.
Because I sure as hell knew it wasn't just "auto-immune."
The dance career that was ahead of me was destroyed, along with my mental health. Having attended the nation’s top Creative and Performing Arts high school for ballet and modern dance, followed by a full scholarship for dance at a private arts college, I suppose it’s impossible to articulate how devastated I was when my career as an artist dissolved due to my failing health.
My life soon became an obsession in knowing where every single bathroom was, wherever I was - assuming I would dare to leave the house.
The amount of pain, accidents, blood-loss, and threats from doctors who wanted to remove my colon left me basically bed-ridden and severely depressed. Hiding this from the world, isolating myself, and turning to alcohol for way too many years is something I became masterful at. An extremely traumatic childhood certainly didn’t help matters. However, universal law has brought so many my way with similar stories that I have been honored to help- so my journey was never in vain.
With an extreme passion for herbology from a very young age, my initial studies led me to receiving a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine.
I fell in love with Oriental philosophy and the study of elements in nature that mirror our internal mechanisms.
This system drew me in, with its focus on pattern recognition as well as its awareness of spirit in relation to health and well-being.
I found myself to be a mediocre acupuncturist at best, yet an instinctive, strong herbalist. With a keen ability to sense energetic patterns and identify organ disharmony in accordance with oriental diagnostic principles, I decided to focus my efforts and practices on such.
Exposure to modern day toxicities are proving to cause unprecedented disruptions to our health; we simply were not meant to live in constant contact with toxins. The alarming rate of environmental chemicals born into our society really just came into existence in the last 100 years and is devastating our realities. We are dealing with global epidemics of auto-immune diseases, obesity, cancers, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, neurological disorders, diabetes, digestive diseases.....the list goes on and on. While it's surely not possible to avoid exposure completely, there are things we can do to reduce our contact and inhalation of toxins.
Modern day exposure to toxins come from many angles:
- Processed Foods- artificial everything
- Heavy Metals
- Pesticides- on food as well as spray drift
- Mycotoxins (Molds)
- Off-gassing of new homes (carpet, wood finishing etc)
- Drinking Tap Water
- Conventional Cleaning Products
- Conventional Personal Toiletry and Beauty Products
- Smoke- cigarette, burning of trash
- Gasoline Fumes
- Insect Repellents
- Air fresheners, deodorizers
- Art supplies and paint
- Chemical and bacterial contaminants in drinking water wells
- Heavy Metals- consuming fish, old mercury fillings, toxic cookware
These toxicants, combined with new, mutated infectious threats and insane levels of stress are a recipe for health devastation.
I started to understand that all of this was creating unprecedented epidemics of chronic illness that demanded more in treatment than just herbs and needles.
And so began my path with Functional Medicine.
I became certified in Functional Medicine in 2013 and never looked back. FM is most interested in finding root-cause of disease, and addressing "toxicity that's causing deficiency". My practice, for almost a decade now, is a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western medicine, and can be summarized as an integrative approach.
I only use the most cutting-edge labs that exist to properly identify all the pieces in the chronically ill, followed by treatment with the most researched and effective nutraceuticals on the market. I truly believe that the combination of Oriental concepts of medicine with Western Biochemistry equal the highest caliber of treatment.
My flare for ancient, Oriental concepts of medicine brings a poised approach in working with patients, meeting them with the grace in which they deserve. Most doctors, I believe, have lost spirit in treating patients, and for this I am sad. My dedication to science, biochemistry and all of the new information coming to light behind root-cause of disease offers a solution oriented, steadfast and confident approach in treating patients, and for this I am glad.
Digestive Warrior began as an effort to provide an inspirational haven, offering the most up-to-date, cutting edge information available on how to heal your gut.
This evolved into a platform in which all the most exclusive, 'practitioner only' prescribed brands for digestive conditions such as IBS, Leaky gut, SIBO, Candida, Crohn's and Colitis could be offered- all in one place, for the lowest prices I am legally allowed to sell them, with free same day shipping (I seriously know how key these things are).
So many folks out there are still suffering, without access to the most researched and trustworthy supplements on the market. Yet their transformation is within reach.
DigestiveWarrior has grown beyond my wildest dreams. My collaboration with Microbiomelabs resulted in over 300,000 bottles of MegaSporebiotic flying off our shelves just in the first few years DW was created, along with them sending me on a magical trip to Italy with other practitioners to celebrate health!
I keep having to expand our warehouse. We now offer not only the best supplements on the market for digestive health- but detoxification, inflammation, immune dysfunction, Lyme, mold toxicity, mitochondrial damage, brain and memory repair, neurotransmitter imbalances and nutrient deficiencies.
It's all connected, you know.
Such vulnerability in sharing my story on this platform has created a safe harbor for others...way too many are silently suffering.
With certainty I can say that my greatest passion lies in helping others recover from what ails them; in this I find profound fulfillment.
Sometimes you simply need someone who has been in your shoes to tell you that you absolutely can get better - to truly believe in you.
And I do.
Karen Mullins DOM
- Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Medical Association of New Mexico (AOMANM)
- North Carolina Society of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine (NCSAAM)
- Nationally Certified in Functional Medicine (IFM).
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