The Spokane Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Guest Speaker: CBD expert Leah Moen

Leah Moen was raised in the Fiji Islands and New Zealand by a non-traditional American family, but left as an adult to travel, settling in the US with her husband. Her perspective on holistic medical care was informed by experience - in Fiji, she lived deep in the jungle without access to modern facilities or medicine, forced to rely on natural remedies for treating injuries and illness. Moving to New Zealand at 13, she also found their approach to medical care as very natural, low-intervention, and holistic.

Although very health conscious, she was shocked when diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis autoimmune disorder after her daughter’s birth. Told that she needed a biopsy, she immediately sought out natural solutions, using essential oils for thyroid support leading up to the appointment. At the appointment, the scan showed that a biopsy was no longer necessary. Inspired, she began working with a naturopath, who guided her through dietary modifications. While the naturopathic protocols slowed the rate of increase, her thyroid antibody count continued to rise.

Leah started taking CBD, and her antibody count stopped increasing, then started to decline, until her thyroid hormone production regained normal levels. With regular CBD use, she now enjoys much higher sleep quality, while her thyroid antibody count has remained stable, indicating that her disease remains in remission. She continues to live a symptom-free life without medication or dietary restrictions. This experience with CBD compelled her to educate others in the powerful healing properties of this natural supplement, ultimately leading her to open her own business making CBD more financially accessible to others who need it.

Meeting Location

Spokane Manito Public Library Meeting Room (Wheelchair accessible)
3324 South Perry St.
Spokane, WA 99203

Social Media

If you are in the Spokane area please join our Spokane Spondylitis Support Group Facebook page to connect with other Spondylitis folks in the area: Spondylitis Support Spokane

Group Leaders

Group Co-Leader:
Joan Polzin
(509) 990-2218

Group Co-Leader:
Leah Nichols

About Joan Polzin and Leah Nichols, Spokane's Support Group Co-Leaders

Joan Polzin

Joan is a retired teacher in Spokane. She travels in her motorhome to state and national parks to renew with nature. Other joys are meeting new people, gardening, attending plays, creating cards, singing in her church choir, aerobics, reading, and having fun with friends and family. She is actively involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, Key Women Educators International; her church, and Friendship Force.

Leah Nichols

Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at age 35 after many years of back pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue, Leah Nichols has sought to relieve her symptoms through many natural modalities, with good success. Her passion for research not only fuels her personal pursuit to improve her life, but also gives her a solid platform from which she can help others. A registered nurse since 2004, Leah continues to work part time in her local hospital. She co-leads the local Spokane SAA Support Group, and participates in other community groups, while pursuing various creative hobbies in between.

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