It was such a pleasure working with Ruth and how she directed me to choose right path for a healthier lifestyle. She has helped me tremendously on how I shop and prep food. I think of what she says every time I’m in the grocery store and her words have stayed with me. She also kept me accountable for my exercise and always shared helpful tips that I use throughout my day to have a fruitful life.
Ruth Golden, NBC-HWC, MCHC
I began my journey as an opera singer at the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center in the 1980s. I always believed that, as my body was my instrument, my health and wellness were top priorities in my career development. I maintained a routine of physical fitness, nutrition, and relaxation which allowed me to manage taxing rehearsals, performances, international travel, auditions and recordings.
Transitioning from the stage to a teaching career, I have spent the last 8 years at Manhattan School of Music. I teach classical vocal performance, which involves guiding and inspiring my students to invest in their studies of music and languages, as well as acting , movement, and character development. As their bodies are their instruments, teaching posture, breath management, and fitness remain important skills in my own health and in my teaching life.
After leading a very active life, I had a freak accident at the age of 60. I fell on the sidewalk, fracturing my left shoulder, and sustained a brachial plexus nerve injury which left my left arm and hand without any feeling.
After a difficult surgery and a year and a half of hand therapy and physical therapy, all while maintaining my full time work load as a college professor, I went back to the surgeon, as I couldn’t lift my arm above my waist.
He said , “Well that isn’t bad for 62”!!! I was horrified that the health care system was willing to accept such a subpar result.
Determined to regain my state of wellbeing, I found a new team and embarked on a series of appointments including acupuncture, active release therapy, physical therapy, and ultimately a second surgery.
In the rehabilitation period, I worked with my functional medicine physician to delve even more deeply into nutrition and fitness. In the past decades, functional medicine has discovered more about the healing properties of whole foods, commonly referred to as a philosophy that Food is Medicine.
I embraced this vision. I began to seriously study nutrition, wellness, psychology of behavior change, and delved more deeply into the healing properties of food, along with viewing healing from a systems approach. I learned how our blood work can give us clues to our health, especially by monitoring levels of inflammation.
Rather than allow our modern health care system to divide us into bones and organs instead of seeing us as whole human beings, Functional Medicine sees us as people who have an integrated and complex set of systems that control respiration, digestion, cognition, flexibility, and healing. Most importantly, embracing modifications in lifestyle, movement, and nutrition, the human body has tremendous self – healing powers!
Today I enjoy a level of health and wellness which surpasses how I felt as a younger person.
This journey inspired me to study for and become a Nationally Certified Health and Wellness Coach, drawing on the best of nutrition science and evidence based protocols in functional medicine. In addition to deepening my own knowledge to pass along to my music students, I want to help active adults achieve a level of wellness.
The journey to knowledge is best shared; and many people are left without specific guidance in dealing with health conditions that could improve or be resolved through diet and lifestyle modifications. New science based research is released every day, and improvements which only 10 years ago might not have been possible without medication or painful surgeries are now achievable!
My students, and now my clients, can benefit from my years of study and experience.
You don’t have to be overwhelmed by confusing information and advice. Let me pay it forward and help you achieve optimal wellness at any age!
Did you know that 6 out of 10 Americans suffer from chronic diseases that can often be reversed by changes to nutrition, activity, and lifestyle? And not only are many of these conditions reversible, they can be prevented.
Kristin, age 33
Working with Ruth has had such a positive impact on my health and my life. I was in a fog and lacked sufficient understanding about hormones,, blood tests, and speaking with my doctors from an informed place. I learned to be a support for my own health. I realize how far I have come and how proactive, informed, and healthy I am now. I am focused, energized, and eager to learn more and set more meaningful goals for myself.
Shirley, age 78