“When I started working with Dr. Karlin I was a broken person. My body was broken, my heart was broken, and my spirit was broken. I had been seeing Dr. Karlin for about a year when we started on a journey that has completely changed my life. She had said from the beginning that she had a plan for me but it was hard for me to share in her enthusiasm of the vision. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust her, but more that my goals for myself felt like a lifetime away. Not only did I have a significant amount of weight to lose, I also had serious health issues stemming from heavy metal toxicity. Dr. Karlin had a plan for me that she assured me would help everything.
It’s probably important to give a little back story. I had been overweight the majority of my life. I only remember going from being in child sizes to being too big to shop in regular stores. I remember being in elementary school and writing a desperate letter to my mother begging for help to get my weight under control. At that time I thought I could lose weight by eating some fruit and drinking Tab soda all day. As an adult, I hated my body. I hated the way clothes looked and felt on me. I hated the way pants would dig into my sides and shirts that were too tight left me feeling exposed. I was ashamed of my body.
I was raised in a household of either desperate dieting or a lack of any conscious eating habits. Throughout my life I tried all the diets but nothing ever worked for me. Any weight loss that I did have never lasted. Predictably, I only gained back even more weight. My body was something that I internally obsessed over every. single. day. Externally, most people would have never have guessed how much pain I was in. I did not have a healthy relationship with myself and I usually put everyone and everything ahead of myself.
I had reached a place in my life when I was truly and deeply ready to change my life. I was the heaviest I had ever been, my body was completely out of balance, and I was profoundly depressed. Dr. Karlin had a plan and we started scheduling the different phases of our work. This involved a serious detoxing/weight loss plan utilizing the HCG diet, acupuncture, NET testing, supplements, etc. She assured me that she would help me through every phase of the process and I trusted her completely. I needed for things to change and was willing to surrender to the process.
Whoa…talk about a process! I’ve lost over 55 lbs. in 8 months going from a size 18-20 to an 8-10. My symptoms from my heavy metal poisoning have gone away and I feel amazing! I am a different person today and not just on the outside. I’m not going to lie to you…it can be an intense experience. I laugh to this day when I think back to beginning the process and Dr. Karlin said in a very gentle way, “Sarah, some emotional things may come up for you as you are going through this process. I just want you to know I am here for you and we will work through it”. I didn’t really know what to expect. As it turns out, I had some pretty difficult things to work through that had been stored inside my body and I was SO grateful to have someone to support me through it like Dr. Karlin.
There are many things I have to say about the overall experience but I think the most important thing is to listen to your body and fully commit yourself to it with Dr. Karlin as your partner in the process. TRUST HER and trust what your body is telling you. There may be times when you go into an appointment feeling fine and leave crying…for a couple of days. There may be times when you don’t know how your relationship with your elementary school gym teacher may have anything to do with your weight loss goals but trust me…they do. You have to remember that you are releasing some pretty serious stuff and the experience will bring you into a better place of balanced living and well being.
I feel it is important to repeat that this experience is a PROCESS for your mind, your body, and your spirit. You may think that you know what your issues are but many times I was surprised what my body would share with me. I believe that my weight loss will be a lifetime change because we approached my healing in a complete way. I changed my lifestyle and I have a different relationship with myself and my body. I couldn’t be any more grateful! I know my body isn’t perfect but I am perfectly happy with it. I still have areas that I would like to work on but overall I’m beyond thrilled with the results. I never went off the exact protocol given to me by Dr. Karlin and she was my primary source of information and guidance.
Recently I was on a trip in the Caribbean and taking a walk (in a bikini top and shorts) in the rainforest during a warm tropical rainstorm. As the warm water trickled down on me, I felt such gratitude for the strength in my body and the peace of mind I had achieved. You see, I was in the same exact place a year before and could barely breath on the same walk. I couldn’t think clearly and was in distress. I could only think of the ways that I was limited and was in general feeling sadly negative. I was horrified that I got to go to such amazing places but couldn’t enjoy them because I was didn’t feel well. I was weak and physically so burdened.
Today at the age of 41, I have boundless energy and do not feel limited by anything. I exercise most days and love it. I have a completely different relationship with my body and have a much better understanding of what it requires to take care of myself…and I make it a priority! I don’t know that there are enough words to express my gratitude to Dr. Karlin for the services, support, and guidance she provided me throughout this process. She truly is my partner in my healthcare and she approaches each session with clarity and compassion. I honestly have no idea if I would have ever reached this place in my life without her. I LOVE YOU DK!!!”
– Sarah Kelly