"I spent most of my life being labelled with various digestive disorders: IBS, Colitis, Crohn's, and put on medication after medication realizing they were just a quick-fix. I learned that I did not have to be defined by disease. I took control and gained my life and my health back, through the power of holistic nutrition."
Vanessa Case RHN
Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Vanessa is a leading authority on the healing power of food and nutrition – and offers the second opinion that changes the lives of her clients. Through her practice, workshops, presentations, and her monthly series on Integrative Medicine, which she created in collaboration with Dr. Tracey Kinigakis, Vanessa has built a reputation among many physicians who rely on her to integrate the value of holistic nutrition into patient care plans.
Vanessa suffered from digestive issues most of her life. For years, she was shuffled from doctor to doctor trying a plethora of drugs without relief. This disease progressed silently within her body while the various medications masked her symptoms. Finally, in university, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and it changed her life – for the better.
Already frustrated with the medical system, Vanessa quickly realized she could not get the help she needed or the answers to her questions…so she took a proactive stance to look after her own health.
Vanessa knew her current medications were not the answer to getting back to health so she immersed herself in the library's natural health section – a daunting endeavor with so many varying theories and modalities. This was clearly not as easy as taking a pill…but it was worth the journey.
Years later, when Vanessa and her husband talked about starting a family, she knew she couldn't move forward with her goals in life feeling the way she did. She decided to go back to school, not to change careers (she believed she had a fabulous job), but to learn how to finally improve her own health and vitality.
The first textbook she read while enrolled at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition was "Fundamentals of Nutrition" and she knew she was on the right path. Healing could come from everyday food choices. She changed the way she ate, eliminated the “sensitive” foods, and learned how to manage her stress. Plus, she quit her “dream” job as it was actually adding to an already toxic life.
Vanessa began seeing life differently. She was symptom free! She was off all medications. And she was told she must have been misdiagnosed, as there was no sign of Crohn's disease on her colonoscopy. At that moment, she saw her disease as a much bigger picture and knew this was not only her own journey to health but also the journey of so many others to follow.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Vanessa opened Our Natural Connection in 2007. Because of her own story, Vanessa has a special interest in digestive health and disease. True healing cannot take place in a body that is overridden with toxicity due to years of poor digestion. Detoxification is closely intertwined with all the digestive work she does. Her practice involves customized client wellness, community workshops, and programs including Taking the BS out of IBS, 10 Day Whole Food Detox, and Root Reboot: Your 5 Day Cleanse.
And remember that first textbook, "Fundamentals of Nutrition," that changed her life? Vanessa now teaches the program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition – London Branch.
Vanessa believes you can live the healthy life you deserve…all you need is a second opinion.