I had been sitting with Cassie Landolfi for only a few minutes, but she already knew some things about me even my closest friends did not know.
She is not a psychic or a therapist — she is a registered homeopath at A Healthy Solution For You in Bradford West Gwillimbury.
“You have a lot of cells,” she said, looking at her computer screen.
It projected a live image of my red blood cells, which had been pricked a moment earlier from my finger and placed on a slide under a microscope connected to the computer.
“These are stuck together,” she said, pointing to clumped red blood cells. “That tells me you haven’t had enough water today and you’re a bit dehydrated.”
I swallowed, my throat dry. She was right.
Some of my cells looked like donuts, signalling low iron.
“You’re missing hemoglobin,” she said.
Right again. This has sometimes been an issue for me.
She pointed to a few white bubbles sort of peeking out from behind the blood cells.
Those signal high sugar, she said.
I thought of my penchant for Honey Nut Cheerios. She was right again.
But after examining my red blood cells, Landolfi suggested my energy levels must be high. As a mother of a busy one year old, I was not so sure about that one...
Live blood cell analysis is one of Landolfi’s most popular services at her business at 29 Holland St. W., on the upper level on the rear side of the building.
The analysis can reveal a wide variety of other things — from liver stress, to acidity, to poor circulation.
“A lot of people come in because they’re tired, low memory, years of being stuffed up, joint pain,” she said. “I’m usually the last person people come see after they try everything else. I help them feel better in a natural way. We do everything to help the person clean up the blood.”
Landolfi has been running A Healthy Solution For You for four years. She also has clinics in Maple and North York, so her office is not open unless clients have appointments.
Typically, her hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment otherwise.
She is a registered homeopath, live blood cell microscopist, nutritionist and certified Bellicon trampoline instructor.
The office also includes services by Sascha Kerr, a massage therapist and acupuncturist, and Gillian Joy, a hypnotherapist who works with people for such issues as weight loss, addition and stress.
Carl D’Croix, a BWG resident, has been a patient at Landolfi’s for almost two years.
He said he started seeing her after having blood infection issues and arthritis in his foot.
“It was eye opening. Blood is something you don’t see and feel and know anything about until you see it on that screen,” he said.
D’Croix said his limping has improved and he uses a trampoline at home as an extension of the mini-rebounding classes offered at A Healthy Solution For You.
He said his grandmother used to practice homeopathy, so he grew up with that type of treatment.
“The door was always open, but it had to be opened wider,” he said.
For Landolfi, she said she discovered homeopathy after she had already started a career as an accountant.
“I had blood pressure and health issues. (My doctor) wanted to give me a hysterectomy. I said, ‘No, that’s not the path I want to take,’” she said.
Ever since then, she has kept learning about natural treatments — she can make suggestions for things like supplements but is not medically allowed to diagnose people — and said more people are becoming interested in homeopathy.
“Without bashing the medical system… sometimes medicine doesn’t work for everyone. I have that something else,” she said.
“There’s enough people interested. I think 10 years ago it would’ve been harder.”
Along with live blood analysis, her mini-rebounding classes are becoming more popular.
The trampolines are not spring-loaded, rather using bungee cords that make bouncing easier on a person’s joints, she said, noting the goal is to clear the lymphatic system and lower blood pressure.
Landolfi also offers pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, which involves lying on a bed that has 30 different levels of vibration.
“It just kind of vibrates your insides. You don’t feel it at all,” she said, adding the goal is to help with inflammation and pain.
Landolfi said she also plans to add yoga therapy classes this September.
While she does not expect everyone to give up their bad habits, Landolfi said she enjoys helping people feel better.
“I’m educating people but being fair, meaning that I know people can’t live without their Tim Hortons. Have your Tim Hortons but maybe exercise a little bit more,” she said.
For more information about A Healthy Solution For You, visit the website.
Contact hypnotherapist Gillian Joy at 647-542-6457, or massage therapist Sascha Kerr at 289-338-0237.