FOR CHELSEA WILLIAMS, THE ROAD TO WELLNESS BEGAN WITH ILLNESS
By Karen Fragala Smith
Chelsea Williams is a firm believer in the adage, “Your curses are your blessings.” After all, her journey to becoming a nationally recognized guru for plant-based/clean beauty living began when she was searching for natural remedies for her own health crisis.
Williams was a freshman at Radford University in Virginia when she began experiencing bouts of depression and periods of extreme fatigue. She had always been energetic and athletic growing up and was attending college on a basketball scholarship. But despite her rigorous workout regimen, it was becoming difficult for her to control her weight for the first time in her life. Worse, she was having frightening heart palpitations and felt as if her eyes were bulging out of her skull. Chelsea knew something was wrong, and she suspected it had to do with her thyroid. The thyroid is a moth-shaped gland in the neck that secretes hormones which control metabolism and are necessary for the proper function of every cell in the body. By the age of 18, Chelsea knew a lot about the gland because she had spent the prior seven years taking medication to slow down its over activity.
The prevailing wisdom, at the time, among endocrinologists, was that an overactive thyroid should be slowed down with radioactive iodine treatments and regulated as needed with medication. For a while, this method worked. Chelsea took her thyroid medicine and ate a standard American diet and felt fine. But after seven years on medication, she was beginning to lose faith in a chemical-focused approach to chronic illness. She was determined to find some other options.