We had the good fortune of connecting with sha’ri smyth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi sha’ri, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
There are 84,000 chemicals registered in the United States with only 200 being assessed for safety and over 4000 known toxic chemicals being labeled as fragrance. 4 out of 5 black women are overweight, 12.7% of black women 18 and up are diagnosed with diabetes yearly where as it is only 7% for white women. Women of color are 3-4 times more likely to die during pregnancy. There are so many scary statistics that are not discussed when we go to the doctors, the root problem just isn’t being addressed. I love western medicine but there is a huge gap in what is wrong and how to address and there needs to be a holistic approach in the way we educate and implement things regarding our health.
My goal is to inspire people to no longer be a lab rat, to take back their health and not be told the only way for them to lose weight is through surgery or the only way to treat a disease is by taking pills for the rest of their lives. To give people faith when they are sitting in the doctor and not getting the answers they need because the doctor doesn’t tell them that their breast cancer is environmental. Genetics loads the gun but your environment pulls the trigger every time. It’s time we start HEALING. My goal is to help women do just that.
What should our readers know about your business?
In 2008 as a single mom of 2.5 year old I was given a year to live. I was having seizures and unexplained rashes and bruising. I couldn’t hold water and was in a lot of inexplainable pain.
I was losing my hair and weight was falling off at a fast pace. It was hard to breathe and insomnia had crept in. I wasn’t eating and I just didn’t recognize myself any longer.
After being diagnosed I was scared and decided I wasn’t gonna take my death sentence lying down. I took a weekend off both my full time jobs asked my sister to watch my daughter and I cried. All weekend long. Then I picked myself up applied to undergrad to finish my degree but didn’t see anything close to what I already had accredited hours in. I cried more and prayed and something told me to go a different route. So I did, I decided health and wellness was my direction. Because honestly I was being selfish and wanted to help myself, helping others wasn’t on the radar. I was on 13 prescriptions and three anti depressants and I felt like a human lab rat.
My undergrad turned into my Masters, which turned into helping others after putting my lupus into remission and coming off my medications. To becoming a certified holistic health coach to enrolling in my PhD to becoming certified in environmental toxins and gut health. The later two was because I noticed a lot of information wasn’t provided during my education and bits and pieces I had learned along the way and I just knew there was more to wellness that wasn’t being educated- even the best doctors in the world had no idea and I’d seen about 15 of them on the East Coast. Now what I do isn’t about me, it’s about who I can inspire and encourage.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be honest- we would shop and eat 😂 I live in Delaware tax free shopping is the way to go. There’s good food here, but I think we would need to take a trip to Philly too. I mean there is just a level of sophistication and a good time that Philadelphia offers. In Delaware we would definitely go to Two Stones Pub, Stanley’s Tavern, Vincenza & Margherita Italian American Bistro and a few others. I love food and shopping lol
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This shoutout is to all the women looking for change. That are waking up sick and tired, lacking energy, support and feeling as if they are running on E and a human lab rat.
There’s hope for you, and it won’t always be like this. No matter what it looks like now your pillow case won’t always have tear stains and your heart won’t always need healing. Keep going because as long as theirs breath in your lungs there’s purpose for your life.
Psalm 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.