In 1999 after reading the book “Why Christians Get Sick” by George Malkmus I adopted an 80% raw vegan diet. Prior to that time I had been battling my weight since I was a teenager but was still in my opinion relatively healthy. Soon after making the dietary change I quickly began to see the weight melt away and soon I was able to exercise without pain and excess fatigue. I even noticed myself developing a deeper more meaningful spiritual life. It was the best I’d ever felt in my life! I then convinced my sister who was also overweight and had a whole host of chronic medical problems, to change her diet and we saw all her problems disappear.
At the time I had been a Physician Assistant working in Cardiology for about 10 years and I had never been able to achieve those kinds of results with any of my patients. I had never learned anything like this in my training and to my knowledge there were no doctors advising their patients in this way. Although the results seemed nothing less than miraculous, the basic concepts of proper nutrition, exercise, removal of toxins and development of spiritual connections just made sense.
It was then that I realized what I had been called to do and Truth & Life Nutrition Consultants was born.
I started out offering nutrition counseling in a home office I set up in my finished basement. At first I did this in my free time but as more and more people came and saw their health improve, I began to dream of having a practice where I could teach people everything they needed to know to take responsibility for their own health. Eventually I wrote and began teaching an eight-week lifestyle transition class that used a holistic approach to healing, emphasizing the importance of feeding the body, mind and soul.
For me it is so satisfying to see people become empowered with new knowledge and move from dependence on a health care system that simply maintains their sickness to a place of freedom and wellness where they take responsibility for their health and achieve total wellness.
In order to achieve our mission we incorporate assessment of your current condition, your environmental influences and your genetic predisposition to determine your individual needs. Those needs are then addressed using nutritional and lifestyle measures specific for you. Please see our services page for full descriptions of the different modalities we utilize.
To provide care to those with chronic health problems by helping them discover and utilize the tools and strategies needed to achieve optimal health through diet, lifestyle and other natural means.
Phyllis Young graduated from CUNY Lehman College in Bronx, NY in 1982 with a dual B.S. degree in Anthropology and Biology. In 1988 she earned a second B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from The City College of New York, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and subsequently completed a year long internship in General and Special Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. In 2012 Phyllis began training with the Institute For Functional Medicine and earned certification as a Functional Medicine Practioner in 2016. Over the past 28 years she has worked as a Physician Assistant in a variety of clinical settings including Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Functional Medicine. She also spent a number of years organizing and participating in short term medical mission trips to several countries in Africa, as well as to India, Cambodia and Israel.
Phyllis currently lives in Marlboro, NY. She’s a single mom who has raised one grown daughter. She enjoys living a simple life in the country where she utilizes the local CSA for most of her food and enjoys taking walks along the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.