I was attending school at this academy. I also did a 30 day puncha karma cleans with Denise O'Dunn during the school year. On the 20th day of the 30 day cleanse, which was also the 9 day that Denise personally worked on me I ended up with SEVERE CHRONIC HIVES from head to toe. I also ended up with SEVERE GASTRITUS. The hives literally covered every inch of my body and I looked like I had alligator skin. They also swelled up my face, my eyes, and my lips twice to their normal size. My whole body itched from head to toe and the burning and pain was unbearable. I couldn't eat much of anything as the gastritis was horrible and burned the whole way up my esophagus anytime I tried to put anything in my stomach.
On the tenth day of her therapies she handed me some coconut water and told me to go to an allergist. That very evening we had class and she decided to lie to the class and tell the class that the reason I had hives was because I was cooking for my brother during puncha karma and that I over stressed myself. [continued below]....
..... This was a blantant lie because I did no such thing. Everynight while I was getting the puncha karma treatments I went home so exhausted that all I did was fall into bed.
I went to an allergist and he had no idea what may have caused the hives and what puncha karma or herbs were all about. He told me that I would never figure out what exactly caused the hives.. that he called me healthy person hives and he put me on a steriod called prednisone. In 30 days of being on that steriod I gained thirty pounds. It was horrible, and it I missed a dose or took a dose late this severe and painful condition would break back out.
I then went to an accupuncturist who said she gave me too many spices and heat during puncha karma. I tried his accupuncture and cucumber soup and it did not cure it. To make a long story short, in the next five months I went to another 6 doctors and spent over 3 thousand dollars trying to find a cure and to understand what exactly caused these hives during puncha karma. These hives were painful, itchy, ruining my life, and literally driving me insane. I could not work on my business, i could not socialize, everything I tried to do was ruined as I could not wake up one day and not be in incredible states of itch, pain, and anguish. What it ended up being is that she overheated my body during puncha karma and inflammed all of my internal organs..and everything I ate was causing the hives. Everything I was eating was going straight to my bloodstream as my stomach lining was messed up.
It was when I went to the second chinese accupunturist that a cure was found. I had to drink a special tea to clean my blood and eat nothing but medicate shakes for 5 months to get rid of this condition and heal my stomach.
Denise O'Dunn claimed she did not know what caused my hives the whole time as she watched me suffer. Her husband Kevin O'Dunn who runs her business with her never once asked me about my condition and if I was ok. When I'd talk about my condition in class Denise acted like I was annoying her. She told me to go to Shamans to try to heal my condition which I did and of course that didn't work. When I found that last Chinese doctor that finally explained it was the spices and everything Denise put in my body and did to my body that caused the hives I let Denise know. Three days Letter I got a letter from Kevin O'Dunn calling me a liar and a manipulator and kicking me out of school. They claimed I was being kicked out of school because of reasons that they had preapproved with me was alright and they called me a liar when I explained I was in a tub crying all night before that last day I attended when I came in late with scratched and blood dripping down my legs and my mind confused. I wrote them a couple of kind letters asking them to please go to Vedic doctors with me to see the truth of what happened to me and see that I have been honest and have been suffering horribly and my life has been ruined by their puncha karma services and take personal responsibility and they refused and just kept sending me letters twisting facts and refusing to own up to what their theraphies did to me. They have refused to refund me my 4 thousand dollars for schooling. They are refusing to refund me my money for the puncha karma, nor the 3K worth of doctors I had to pay to figure out how to cure this condition.
I have since talked to real Vedic doctors about the hives and they explained the Denise is a practitioner trying to behave like she is a real Vedic doctor. That she shoudl not be doing puncha karma and why she is allowed to run a school they did not understand. She merely has a practitioners license and does not understand the medicine she is practiting thoroughly. Kevin on the other hand has a fake Doctorates listed on their site that is actually just a certificate from some ministry and just got some cheap mail order metaphysical bachelors degree that I question is considered real in the state of Florida.
These people are not healers, and they are not spiritual people. They are cowards who do not care who they hurt with their medicine. They have stolen thousands of dollars from me and believe me I am going to call the board of education, the national ayurvedic society, the BBB, the school where they got their degree from and anyone else I can find to fight this... and if this doesn't work I assure you I will do a lawsuit with a chinese medicine lawyer who understand their medicine they are practiting with only a practitioners license.
As far as the schooling goes at this academy it is awful. All Denise does is read from a worksheet aloud all day and do meditations. She has no teaching experience, and the days are long and boring. Four of the thirteen people in my class told me they wanted to drop out of the school but didn't want to loose their tuition money. I have no idea how these people got the right to teach and start an Ayurvedic school with no college degree and only a practitioners license and a massage license.
Do not go to this school and do not allow these people to treat you. They are dangerous. They are not scientific and they are not doctors. They are arrogant and they do not know the medicine they practice. They have no business running a school and doing puncha karma. They do not take personal responsibility for what they have done. They still have not called one Vedic doctor since I got my hives. I had the hives for eight months straight, and I have to eat the medicated food for another four months before I am healed. Please stay away from these people.. they are incompetant and they will rip you off.