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Laurel Gallucci - Pepperdine Magazine


How Sweet It is

“I literally could not walk up a staircase” isn’t something you expect to hear from a recent college athlete. At age 28 Laurel Gallucci (MA ’10) despaired as she felt her energy levels seemingly diminish by the day. She had spent most of her twenties combating Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder in which sufferers’ own antibodies attack their thyroid.

Having been told years earlier that the disease was incurable, Gallucci had responded well at first to the synthetic hormone treatment traditionally prescribed for those with the disease. But after two years of the treatment, her health began to spiral downward. Gallucci’s energy was waning dramatically and she lost 40 pounds in just two months. She didn’t ovulate for years and worried that she and her husband would never have a family. In her fifth year of teaching in Beverly Hills, her father, a cardiologist, insisted she quit work and allow herself to heal.

With her faith in conventional Western medicine sorely tested, Gallucci turned to a functional integrative doctor. “She took one look at me and said, ‘I know exactly what your problem is,’” Gallucci recalls. “You need to go 100 percent grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and legume-free for a year, and then see if it makes a difference in your body.” Having been raised by a doctor, Gallucci did not question the relationship between food and health, and she decided to go with it. She was determined. Read the full article

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