I’m Sarena-Rae Santos, a natural health blogger focused on informed consent, medical freedom, toxin-free living, and plant-based cooking. My dream is to live in a world where informed consent is normalized. I hope to see the day when every person, regardless of their background, has the right to know and say “no” (or yes) to any and all medical choices.
I aim to provide accessible and accurate educational content surrounding mainstream topics while showcasing natural remedies and holistic health alternatives. Since I know everyone is on their own journey, I also run a Facebook group dedicated to learning and doing better without fear of judgment.
Keep reading to learn my why!
My journey to holistic health began in 2019 when I learned my autoimmune disease stemmed from the Gardasil vaccine I had received roughly 13 years prior. At the time, I was in a wheelchair due to multiple health complications resulting primarily from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and dizziness due to nystagmus.
Before 2019, the only alternative health practice I knew was chiropractic care. Despite being advised against chiropractic care by my allopathic pain management team, I started seeing a chiropractor in 2016. My chiropractor has helped me successfully manage cervical lordosis (abnormal, excessive inward curvature of the neck) and scoliosis. But my health struggles ran very deep.
Over the years, I had also been diagnosed with:
Complex Ovarian Cysts
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Airway Disease
In my mid-20s, I went from doctors to specialists to discovery centers, trying to figure out what was generating the symptoms that kept me wheelchair-bound. Unfortunately, despite taking over twenty pharmaceutical medications, no one ever had explanations for me, so I had to figure it out independently.
In 2019, I started removing everyday toxins by slowly transitioning my personal and home care products to all-natural, toxin-free alternatives. Although I noticed a difference, this was just the beginning. Only so much can be done from the outside before you must focus on the inside.
In 2020, I adopted a plant-based and natural lifestyle, influenced by the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger, which discusses the discovery between foods and diseases. Although, at the time, I was still wheelchair dependent, I decided to stop taking all over-the-counter and prescription medications. I soon learned the medications that were supposed to be helping me were the very reason I was riddled with detrimental side effects.
My symptoms began to subside within two weeks of treating myself 100% naturally. The chronic pain I once experienced is now minimal. Symptoms of epilepsy are controlled. The dizziness is completely gone. Asthmatic symptoms have vanished. Insomnia is a thing of the past. Overall, I feel fantastic.
Aside from my blog and online presence, after eight years of being disabled, I have been employed full-time as a writer and content creator since 2021 with the company that helped me get my health back, Earthley Wellness. I have been honored to write blog posts for Modern Alternative Mama.
In my free time, I spend time with my husband and family whenever I want without canceling plans due to dizziness or pain. My service dog was able to retire. Oh, and did I mention I am no longer in a wheelchair?
My mission is to give my readers accessible and accurate educational content. My passion is dismantling mainstream topics while showcasing the power of natural remedies and holistic health alternatives.
Overcoming my health struggles led me to create The Holistic Hipppie website in 2021. I hope to inspire others to take a holistic approach to their health. You’ll notice the triple P in Hipppie, that’s intentional and stands for peace, passion, and purity.
Live a life of peace!
Peace is vital – never allow someone to destroy your inner peace (and don’t destroy theirs).
Live a life of passion!
Find your purpose and plant seeds – spread your passion to anyone who will listen.
Live a life of purity!
Purity is a must – whether it’s intentions or ingredients, surround yourself with authenticity.
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