The mission of Seeker of Health is to provide recommendations for those living with chronic illness based on evidence-based medicine as well as personal stories.

All articles within are written by people who live with or care for someone who has a chronic medical condition.

 

A Brief History

Hi, I’m Maya, founder of Seeker of Health. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare type of connective tissue disease. I also have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and chronic anxiety.

Because of my conditions, I suffer from many injuries and pain, fatigue, IBS, hypotension-related dizziness and fainting, weird neurological symptoms, headache, brain fog, and more. It’s an everyday struggle that affects every part of my life.

I used to work in healthcare taking care of patients, and then in clinical research. I have worked as a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomist, and Bronchoscopy Technician. I’ve also been trained to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs) and pulmonary function tests. I worked in research amongst some of the top-rated doctors in the world at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, a patients come from all over for diagnosis and care of some of the toughest diseases to treat. So I know a lot about examining the claims behind an idea and verifying whether they have any merit.

I had to struggle alone with my symptoms for many years before I was diagnosed. And even now, because I have a rare disease I often don’t receive the care I need. We all need to be our own health advocates and assist our medical professionals in caring for us. If we leave it in the hands of someone else, we may not get what we need.

Eventually, my physical health declined to the point where I could no longer work a traditional job. But I still want to help people. I know there are people out there who are worse than I am, and I feel for them. So I created this website as a place to collect resources, ideas and products that actually work.

My guarantee to you is that I will never recommend anything that I have not either tried myself, or that does not have scientific evidence backing it. I read and interpret peer-reviewed journal articles and will cite all sources, so you know where my data is coming from. Also, if I try something and it doesn’t work, I’ll tell you that, too.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey to living the best life possible, despite our chronic conditions.