Dr. Cynthia Barrett, PT, DPT, CSCS, CNS
Dr. Cynthia Barrett is CEO of Wellness Couture, LLC, which provides targeted health, nutrition and fitness programs for clients based on the individual’s unique microbiota and chemical makeup.
Cynthia founded Wellness Couture after realizing conventional medicine simply ignores the unique aspects of an individual’s chemical makeup and therefore lacks the ability to deliver results for certain people. Wellness Couture’s results indicate many individuals’ health issues are rooted in the body’s sensitivities to gluten, wheat, dairy and sugars. Cynthia initially found this to be true in her own life after weaning herself off the highly addictive proton pump inhibitors she had been prescribed for 13 years.
Cynthia is a natural athlete and life-long runner, competing collegiately in track and field, and coaching at the high-school level. She teaches Precision Running at Equinox and has appeared in several television news segments about the benefits of Precision Running.
In addition to being a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) holding a Pre/Post Natal Certification, Cynthia is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education, and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University.
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Mayshad Woman Interview with Dr. Cynthia Barrett, PT, DPT, CSCS, CNS …
1- Who are you?
I believe it is my dharma to help and heal people. I provide custom nutrition and wellness programs for clients by assessing their individual biological profiles, medical history, lifestyle, chemical predispositions, needs and health goals. I then develop a comprehensive wellness guide tailor-made for each individual that sets them up for a fulfilling lifetime of health and happiness. I started doing this because I know there are many women out there just like me – people for whom conventional medications and treatments just don’t work.
My approach starts by understanding how each individual is unique, and then we use that “unique-ness” to heal from within.
This is a very personal mission for me. I healed myself from my own medical afflictions years ago, when I realized that conventional medications and treatments were not making me well but were making me unhealthy. I was a high-school and college athlete in excellent physical condition. But because I ate the Standard American Diet (SAD) I developed severe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) unless I took prescription antacids or proton pump inhibitor medications. This medication caused other issues, for which I needed additional medications and treatments. I was addicted to prescription medications and treatments for 13 years. I finally realized that I would not be well unless I weaned myself off the medications and overcame the root causes of my health issues, which were my own nutrition, lifestyle, and my own chemical sensitivities to sugars, wheat, gluten, dairy and MSG.
We see these same issues in the patients who come to my medical practice, whether they are athletes, businessmen and businesswomen just like me, stay-at-home moms, or children with sensory issues and developmental delays.
The results have been amazing.
• A middle-aged businessman who thought he needed to lose only 8 pounds lost 38 pounds and 6 inches off his waist, and is now in the best shape of his life.
• A woman in her 30s was able to stop smoking after 10 years.
• A stay-at-home mom in her 40s reports more energy after improving her diet and taking the natural supplements we recommended specifically for her.
• The mother of a 10-month old child weaned her baby off a proton-pump inhibitor and saw that baby improve from “failing to thrive” to finally absorbing his food and growing. Instead of having developmental delays he is now on the growth chart among his peers and thriving.
• A child who suffered from colic, irregular stools, chronic ear infections and colds was cured when we removed dairy from his diet.
I have always had a passion for health and fitness. In addition to my wellness practice, I am also a Group Fitness Instructor at Equinox, where I teach Precision Running. I did my undergraduate work in Community Health Education and obtained my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), holding a Pre/Post Natal
Certification in fitness. I am a lifelong runner, having competed in high school and college.
2- Could you tell us how you balance the different aspects of your life?
A major key to balance in my life is first getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep. Studies show that sufficient sleep is one of the most important factors in one’s health. I wake up at 5 am every morning and begin organizing my day in my daily planner. I make a list of things to do and cross them out as I accomplish them throughout the day.
Like most Mayshad Women, I am very active and very aware that some activities can divert my energy from what I need to focus on. This means I must be very selective about where I spend my time, and sometimes it means letting go of things altogether. But this is a natural, healthy aspect of growth and maturity.
3- Please describe us how nutrition plays an important role in maintaining a healthy and fit body.
Every cell in our body requires proper nutrition. If we feed our cells with junk – not only bad food but also bad thoughts – we accumulate more non-beneficial bacteria and negative energy. If we feed our cells with fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water, along with plenty of love and kindness, we see our healthy cells shine from inside out!
4- Please tell us what are the latest trends in nutrition? Tell us more how you see the future?
The latest studies show how important it is to understand our own individual microbiomes. The bacteria in our gut plays a major role in the function of our body and our brain. Healthy gut = healthy brain. Understanding this connection – and understanding ourselves – can heal us all on so many levels.
5- What is the correlation between “feeding the body and nourishing the spirit’?
When the body is fed properly, the mind is fed and the soul is at peace. Like Hippocrates states, “Let food be thy medicine.” When we are well, our mind, body and soul can shine.
6- To Be a Mayshad Woman is a Choice a Woman makes to live a stimulated life with a positive Philosophy based on Gratitude, Acceptance and Accomplishment, in order to Be Who She Wants to Be. She handles different Aspects of her Life with Confidence, and makes sure to always remain Herself, guarding her own values. She is a free spirit, who designs her own Life inspiring others to do the same.
Based on this Description, how do you relate to the Mayshad Woman Philosophy?
We must first know and understand ourselves, and then we must be true to ourselves. Each of us is created uniquely beautiful, with a purpose to fulfill our dharma and highest hopes. It is important as women to encourage each other to bring the best out of each other. Beauty is in all of us. If each of us contributes our unique gifts and talents, we will make this world a better place.
By Mayshad Team