A Radlett resident who cured herself of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms is setting up her own clinic to help others with chronic conditions.
Lisa Goodkind, of Loom Lane, was a high-profile investment banker when she was diagnosed with RA three years ago; a disease where your immune system attacks the cells that line your joints by mistake, making your joints swollen, stiff and painful.
It started for her in her hands, they would curl up with the stiffness.
Eventually, it spreads to other joints all over the body, and over time it damages the cartilage and bone itself, resulting in a permanent and extremely painful life of arthritis and with it, often disability.
Despite being told this was an incurable condition and that if she didn’t take heavy duty drugs, there was the risk of ending up in a wheelchair, Lisa has cured herself of all RA symptoms and is set to launch her nutritional medicine practice, Goodkind Wellness.
Lisa explained: “After being diagnosed, I was immediately prescribed heavy duty drugs to help with the symptoms. these drugs often have horrible side effects and the standard of one’s life can deteriorate quite quickly as a result.
“From that night on, I was online until the early hours of the morning looking at alternatives to the drugs through research and reaching out to experts across the globe. In line with my research, I made every drastic lifestyle change possible with regards to nutrition, detoxing, vitamins and other supplements.”
But self-recovery wasn’t enough for Lisa; she was also desperate to help others in a similar position to her.
She completed a three-year course in nutritional therapy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, and she has also spent a lot of time in the USA where she has learned Functional Medicine.
Putting these two skills together, she is now one of the leaders in the field and is launching her practice, Goodkind Wellness, to coincide with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Week, which begins on September 7.
Although RA is her specialty, Lisa is an expert on treatment for other chronic conditions and auto-immune disorders, including the likes of inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, psoriasis and will be seeing patients with other conditions too.