Thursday, November 5, 2015

Interview with Dr. Gabrielle Francis, author of THE ROCKSTAR REMEDY





Dr. Gabrielle Francis has been practicing natural medicine for more than thirty years.
She is a Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and Licensed Massage therapist. Dr.
Francis currently practices in New York City as The Herban Alchemist.  She also operates Backstage Alternative, which is her natural medicine road show that provides chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies to performing artists on tour. 

Dr. Francis received her formal medical training at National College of Chiropractic and at Bastyr University. She has extensive training in Alternative Cancer Therapies, Environmental Medicine, Functional Medicine, Mind-Body medicine, and Bio-Identical Hormone therapies. Following her formal medical education, Dr. Francis travelled extensively to various parts of the world studying medicine with indigenous healers in countries such as China, India, Thailand, Bali, Brazil, Morocco, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, Belize, Mexico, Egypt, and Mali. 
 
Stacy Baker Masand is a health, fitness and lifestyle editor whose work has appeared in magazines such as In StyleMarie ClaireSelfShapeFitnessDuJour and Women's Health. She's co-author of New York Times bestseller Your Best Body Now. Stacy is currently developing projects for both small and big screen.
Their latest book is the health/wellness/rocknroll book, The Rocstar Remedy.
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Title: The Rockstar Remedy
Author: Dr. Gabrielle Francis with Stacy Baker Masand
Publisher: HarperCollins Wave
Pages: 330
Genre: Health and Wellness/Rock n Roll
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

Known as the “Rock n’ Roll Doctor” to some of the most famous bands in the world, Dr. Gabrielle Francis shares her unique holistic prescription to achieving health and balance—even when you don’t live like a saint!

As a Holistic Doctor to the music industry’s elite, Dr. Francis has helped rock stars repair, recover, and refuel from the demanding schedules and occasional overindulgences that come along with the rock star lifestyle. Being overscheduled, sleep-deprived, overeating, drinking and managing physical and mental stressors aren’t lifestyle habits unique to the music industry; they are the same challenges faced by all of us, every day. 

In The Rockstar Remedy, Dr. Francis shares her unique strategies designed to be incorporated into your hectic lifestyle. Her programs are customized to meet you where you are at, whether an experienced health enthusiast or a beginner. Completing the 21 day detox will give you a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm for life, while looking and feeling your personal best. She explains how health is not a destination, but exists on a spectrum, and the simple act of making better choices every day—even if they’re not the best choices—helps us achieve balance in both mind and body. With tips for improving energy levels, easy food guidelines and a simple no-starvation detox, Dr. Francis offers a simple, effective plan for staying healthy and happy amid the chaos of our daily lives. Her popular “Harm Reduction Techniques” and “90/10 Rule” make it easy to celebrate life with occasional indulgences while maintaining good health. This is not a temporary fix; this program brings long-lasting, life-changing results. 

Now you can reach for the stars too!

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am a doctor of Natural Medicine and I have a holistic clinic in NYC called, The Herban Alchemist.    I practice Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine and Massage.  I also have a travelling natural medicine show called Backstage Alternative, in which I provide alternative medicine to Rock Bands on tour.  This was the inspiration behind this book. 

When did you start writing?

I have been writing travel stories for about 20 years.  But I have been writing about health and natural medicine for about 5 years. 

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The night of the book launch party!  There were 500 people that attended and 400 were turned away at the door.  I had no idea I was so popular.  I knew this book would be a big success!

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

My next book will be my travel medicine stories.  I think that any developing country would do since I seem to find the most interesting healing modalities in remote parts of the world.  The Amazon region of Brazil is calling me at the moment.  They have some really fantastic ethnobotany there and the rainforest is rapidly dwindling.  So I think that should be my next adventure.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

I would go out my door in NYC and have an adventure.  Just walking in NYC is an adventure. 
  
Back to your present book, The Rockstar Remedy, how did you publish it?

I had an agent and they shopped it to publishers.  The Agent auctioned it off and Harper Collins bought the book.  That was a great day!

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

My health plan comes from travelling around the world for 33 years with Rock Groups as their doctor.  My guinea pigs have been the musicians.  So now we get to try it out on the fans!

Why was writing The Rockstar Remedy so important to you?
I  wanted to take the message of health to an audience that would typically not be interested in health because they found it boring or simply unattainable.  In other words, I wanted to get more people to join the church, not just preach to the choir.  And since Rockstars are archetypal heros and heroines to so many people, I thought that they would be great ambassadors for this health revolution! 

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I get my best ideas while I am travelling or having an adventure around my town, NYC.  I think that clearing my mind of worry and being in the present moment as you are when you are in an unfamiliar place, can allow fresh thoughts and ideas to download. 

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