A Functional Medicine Success Story
Renee Marold, a patient at J. Gruber Health Solutions, is living her best life. At the age of 58, Renee, a dancer, choreographer, competitive bodybuilder and lover of travel she has the boundless energy she needs to keep pace with her 18 and 20-year-old sons. But it hasn’t always been that way.
Before Renee engaged with functional medicine, she struggled with low energy levels, disrupted sleep and high cholesterol. Renee found it difficult to accomplish the things she wanted to, particularly after the birth of her second son and when she began training as a competitive bodybuilder.
After visiting Dr. Gruber for the first time, Renee noticed an almost immediate improvement in her sleep quality. She stopped waking up in the middle of the night. A few months later, she noticed increasing energy levels, which allowed her to start lifting weights and train for bodybuilding competitions. After 9 months of functional medicine, Renee had successfully lowered her cholesterol without statins and had a healthier and glowing skin complexion. Functional medicine helped Renee meet her biggest health goal: to lose fat and gain muscle with more ease. Building athletic muscle supported Renee as she trained, and carried her rhythmically through the movements of her favorite ballet dances.
With newfound energy, and an exercise and lifestyle regime supported by functional medicine, Renee participated in seven bodybuilding competitions sponsored by the National Physique Committee (NPC), the premier amateur physique organization in the world. She placed second in a national competition, an extraordinary accomplishment. But Renee refuses to take all the credit for her hard work and achievement, stating, “There is absolutely no way I could have done it without Dr. Gruber and his functional medicine practice.”
Renee appreciates how much time Dr. Gruber spent with her, discussing her history, goals and lifestyle. She credits the comprehensive and tailored approach of functional medicine to her ongoing success, health and happiness. That, and Dr. Gruber’s accessibility to his patients. “He gets it right,” she says.
Today, Renee reports that she has felt so good for so long, she can hardly remember how impactful her medical symptoms used to be on her quality of life. Which is good, because it gives her time to focus on the things that really matter, like riding bikes, keeping up with her sons, and dancing to her heart’s delight.
“Dr. Gruber is one of the smartest and most thorough doctors I have ever had. He gets it right, and is always available if I have a question or need to talk through something. He is so knowledgeable and communicates scientific information in a clear way. Our appointments are never rushed, and he really focuses on finding the root cause of the issue rather than masking symptoms. Because of him and J. Gruber Health Solutions, I can hardly even remember the last time I didn’t feel good.”
— Renee Marold