Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Amy Carroll.
Hi Dr. Carroll, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
People say I brighten up when I speak of functional wellness, detox and true health. It is because I have lived it and learned it. Even now, I am continuously striving for optimal health in myself, my family and patients.
My health journey began from what I now know to be birth, but I will get into that in just a minute. Throughout high school and college, I struggled with memory, often being taunted by my friends who couldn’t believe I did not remember what happened merely a few days ago. I thought I had a learning disability and found the best way for me to succeed at school was to wake up early the morning before an exam and cram as much into my brain as possible. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the concepts but I just couldn’t remember simple key pieces to the puzzle. I often felt like my head was in a constant state of fog, never having any clarity. It was when I started having unexplained moments of passing out in chiropractic school that I knew something was wrong. After a battery of tests, the only thing that was ruled out was that I didn’t have a brain tumor. No one had answers as to why I was feeling like I did.
My first exposure to “detox” was in chiropractic school, where I was exposed to a 10-day body cleanse. Now as a functional practitioner, I realized it was merely a quick elimination diet, only giving temporary relief of my symptoms. It wasn’t until I got pregnant with my first child that I dug deeper to find the answers to my own health issues. I first started exploring ridding my personal environment of the major toxins including bpa, phalates, and such. Throwing out everything from household cleaners to my makeup. I did not want my baby to be sick like I was.
My wakeup call was when my first child was 14 months. He was not talking or even making sounds like all my friend’s children. He even always sat in a weird way that I thought was cute but later found out it was a sign of a nervous system detriment. My baby, who was adjusted from the day he was born, was having health issues of his own. He was referred out to specialists by his pediatrician. He was given the diagnosis of Apraxia, which meant that he could understand everything that you were saying to him, but the motor connection from his brain to his mouth was interrupted. He could not speak words, and it was even hard for him to make sounds.
After a period of intense speech and occupational therapy, I distinctly remember walking into my office one day and declaring that I was going to treat him as if he was one of my own health participants. I ran a heavy metal test on him when he was two years old…Mercury came back off the charts. My child never had any vaccinations, ate any fish… where did he get it from? ME! I had eight amalgam (silver) fillings in my mouth when I was pregnant with him. There are studies to show that there is a direct correlation between the amount of amalgam fillings a mother has and the amount of mercury the baby will be born with. MY root cause of all MY health issues also affected my child!
There is only one true, safe way to get rid of heavy metals and it took me years of researching on my own to get the right protocol. I did several rounds of my protocol with my child and after each round, his speech would improve significantly. Even his speech therapist could tell when he was on a round and would use the time to push him to speak new words.
One of my proudest moments as a mom was when my firstborn entered kindergarten on time. There were several times along the process that I thought for sure he was going to be held behind and I feared it would hinder his future. True healing from toxins including heavy metals can take years and it will continue to be a process for him.
It is my passion to continuously learn the best and most effective ways to stay in optimal health.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
NO, it was not smooth. I actually had a business partner that stole the whole business out from under me. It’s a story for another time, but in the end walking with integrity was the best decision and allowed my business to thrive.
We’ve been impressed with Health Solutions NC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Health Solutions is a wellness center focused on addressing ALL aspects of health– physical, chemical, and emotional– through services including chiropractic, acupuncture, functional medicine, and multiple modalities.
Do you ever wish that your healthcare provider would take the time to listen to your story and actually hear what you have to say? If you’re not being heard, how can you ever hope to heal?
Have you tried to research to no end on your own, only to find yourself on a hamster wheel where you chase the newest supplement, diet, fad, etc., only to eventually end up in the same place you started?
We believe that both the problem and the solution to your health issues are contained within your story, so we listen attentively in order to determine how to best serve your needs. We believe in utilizing the most appropriate functional lab testing, nutritional and lifestyle transformations, and necessary supplement support to work smarter not harder.
It is never our intention to “treat” any condition that our health participants present with. It is our goal to help health participants put together the pieces of the puzzle to their health struggles by removing whatever is interfering with their health and thus heal their cells. We utilize bloodwork, hormone testing, heavy metal testing, food allergy testing and more…
We do not replace medical interventions but instead help our health participants become their own health advocates. Our goal is always centered around restoring vitality.
While is not our intention to treat a diagnosis, health participants with the below issues have reported significant improvements:
Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s, Psoriasis, Graves, etc.)
Difficult weight loss despite diet and exercise
Digestive disorders (IBS, SIBO, heartburn)
Hormone and endocrine imbalances (Thyroid disease, PCOS, PMS, hot flashes)
Infertility and irregular menstrual cycles
Joint pain and stiffness
Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Keep going even when it gets hard because it WILL get better. Always work with integrity. Trust your gut. Don’t take shortcuts.
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