Professional Background

Kathleen is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Speaker and Author of the best-selling book "The Hidden Connection."

Kathleen serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN), a 501(c) 3 non-profit agency that serves over 40,000 individuals with special health care needs in the areas of health, education and advocacy. 

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I had a successful career at a Fortune 500 Company that I loved. I married the man of my dreams and had two adorable little boys. We had just bought a new house. Life was good.

Suddenly, my life took a dramatic change in course. Despite my commitment to health and fitness, my physical body decided to quit. While I thought I was doing all the “right” things – exercising daily, competing in recreational triathlons, eating whole grains and low fat foods – I was shocked when I woke up one morning with sudden onset neuropathy in my left leg.

After undergoing back surgery with the goal of relieving the compressed nerve in my spine, I soon found myself facing a devastating challenge. Something was terribly wrong - I could no longer walk, my legs just wouldn’t move.

The number of symptoms continued to grow— the paralysis led to chronic pain; my irritable bowel syndrome led to unhealthy weight loss. I was covered in skin rashes, had daily headaches, and remained awake most nights with restless leg syndrome. My restricted movements were matched with weakness and numbness. Eventually my vision became blurred, dizziness set in and I was consumed with chronic fatigue. I was eventually diagnosed with, fibromyalgia, degenerative facet joint syndrome, a spinal hemangioma, another disc herniation (this time in my neck), neuropathy, and chronic pain syndrome. If that wasn’t enough, I was now ‘allergic’ to everything. I lost my job and was put on permanent disability.

During this incredibly challenging time, my three-year old son was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (an autism spectrum disorder). By the time he was four years old, but prior to the autism diagnosis, he had multiple diagnostic labels including a speech disorder, apraxia of the body and mouth, sensory processing disorder, selective mutism, panic disorder, anxiety, and significant cognitive delays (slow processing speed).

Our conditions, although different in presentation and severity, shared the same hidden connection—an immune response in our body. We had triggered an inflammatory process in our body leading to a cascade of symptoms that when added up presented as a debilitating disease.

Our conditions, although different in presentation and severity, shared the same hidden connection—an immune response in our body.  We had triggered an inflammatory process in our body leading to a cascade of symptoms that when added up presented as a debilitating disease.

But, what made us so vulnerable? And, why couldn’t we recover?

To find out what happened to me, my son and the rest of my family and how we recovered from a myriad of chronic disease, I invite you to view this life-changing film – Secret Ingredients.

 

"Everyone's story demonstrates the wisdom of the body"

Our family of 5 suffered from 21 chronic conditions and all of these conditions, although different in presentation and severity, share the same hidden connection—an immune response to something in our environment. Our food.

The Solution

We’ve all heard about the power of good food in the diet, but what may surprise you (as it did me), is the degree to which nutrition plays a role in preventing and healing many chronic conditions including seemingly unrelated symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, reflux, mood swings, anxiety, chronic fatigue and so much more. It’s true—many of these symptoms and conditions stem from nutritional deficiency and/or reactions to certain foods we consume every day. If you have never heard of hyper permeability, or leaky gut, you have come to the right place. 

 

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. 

The Numbers

Chronic diseases are ongoing conditions that are preventable and treatable with diet, exercise, and therapy. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States with 133 million Americans – 45% of the population – having at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S., killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year.  Source

The chart below shows the annual impact of chronic diseases on our health care:

  • Hospital Admissions 81%
  • Prescriptions Filled 91%
  • Physician Visits 76%

We are responsible for our health.
We must not wait for, wish for, or want a healthy life.
We must take the action to build the life we want and the health we deserve.
The world is waiting for each of us to show up.

Kathleen DiChiara

Wheat + Gluten-Free

Chemical Free

Peanut Free

Organic

GMO Free

Real Foods

Professional Background

Kathleen is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Speaker and Author of the best-selling book "The Hidden Connection." After years in a successful career as an Investor Relations executive at a Fortune 500 firm and recreational triathlete, Kathleen’s health took a devastating turn. This spiraled into several disorders including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, severe degenerative arthritis, IBS and a myriad of other ailments. She uses her story of recovery to teach others the power of using ‘food as medicine’ as the key to unlocking the mystery of chronic health conditions.

Kathleen prides herself on a wide range of nutritional wisdom, food savvy and self-care techniques. She is trained in Functional Nutrition, Bio-Individual Nutrition, and is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. She has specialized training in the biomedical approaches and supplemental interventions to autism, ADD/ADHD, allergies, asthma, digestive issues, immune issues, and other chronic conditions. Kathleen is also professionally trained as a raw food chef. She is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Kathleen serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN), a 501(c) 3 non-profit agency that serves over 40,000 individuals with special health care needs in the areas of health, education and advocacy.

As a gluten-free lifestyle expert, Kathleen is also the Branch Manager of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Northern Rhode Island, a local branch for the national non-profit organization with a vision of support, acceptance, and respect for all persons living with gluten-related disorders, including celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).

Kathleen proudly leads the Northern Rhode Island Chapter for the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), which is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. She supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies.

Kathleen believes in the importance of giving back to her community through service. She is the President and Founder of Rhode to Health, Inc., a community-based resource dedicated to teaching and empowering others in Rhode Island (and beyond), to embrace the self-care model to dig us out of the healthcare crisis. She also sits on a number of local advisory committees that support wellness programs in public schools and chronic healthcare in Rhode Island.