Food Fight

Sleepy teens are one thing, but a mono virus had Madeline Aulicino down for the count ... and then some.

Diagnosed in January 2014, the high school senior slept 17 hours a day for two months straight.

It was about to get worse.

“She had horrible headaches, was horribly dizzy, and was very fatigued,” said her mom Stacy. “She could never get up before noon. It was very scary for all of us.”

A book written by a physician gave Stacy the idea to look into Maddie’s diet, which had been vegetarian and lacking in variety, Stacy said.

Though under good care from Maddie’s primary care physician, Stacy sought out nutritional help from Jenna Hullman, D.C.

“We began to see that it could be a very important supplement to her care,” she said about Hullman’s service, called nutrition response testing. “It was like a light turned on.”

Maddie began Hullman’s intensive course of 19 whole-food supplements a day as well as a richer variety of high quality proteins and plant-based foods.

“Every single bite she took had a purpose to it,” Stacy said. “She was absolutely committed to color, variety, and quality.”

By August, Madeline was fully back – but as a nutritionally new and improved version, just in time for her freshman year at Michigan State University.

“A varied, whole food diet had to become her mission, which it did,” Stacy said. “She eats several different vegetables at each meal, knowing each one carries a gift.”

Stacy says she now clearly understands the value of nutritious food as it pertains to wellness.

“What really mattered, aside from the nutritional response testing, was that this person learned what she was leaving out of her body nutrition-wise,” she said. “Alternative or not, I believe society is grasping the idea that every molecule you put into your body should serve you well.”