Interview with Gabrielle Francis, author of ‘The Rockstar Remedy’

Gabrielle FrancisDr. 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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About the Book:

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!
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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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What made you decide to become a published author?

I have been practicing natural medicine for over 33 years while touring with Rock Bands around the world.   It seemed like a good time to take my unique style of practice and wisdom to a larger audience. I wanted to show people that it is possible to live a life that is full of fun and joy and be healthy too. The Rockstars are my ambassadors.

Would you consider your latest book, The Rockstar Remedy, to be a one of a kind? How so?

Most definitely! The Rockstar Remedy is a very fun and non-judgmental approach to healthy living. Did you ever imagine that 80 Rockstars might have some good health tips for you? The Rockstar Remedy shows people how they can get healthy despite a life of excess, work, and indulgence. There are “harm reduction strategies” in the book that help people to make some of the not so healthy habits and bit healthier. The idea is that if we are able to cheat here and there, we can stick to a routine longer. And it really does work. It has been test driven on some of the biggest Rock bands in the world.

Where is your writing sanctuary?

My writing sanctuary is on a bus or plane while travelling. The time on tour with the Rock groups going to a new city is a great place to write. The inspirations come easily. Other than that, I channel my stories while I am travelling in foreign countries. After about 2 days on the road, the words just start to flow!

What do you believe a writer should not do as far as getting his or her book published?

Don’t sacrifice the integrity of being true to your own voice and vision.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by music, dance, nature, international travel, mystical experiences, and family time.

What is one thing you learned about your book after it was published?

I learned that most buyers have been buying more than on copy. So people are seeing at a gift book to share with friends and family.   It makes sense. It is a great book to give to someone that you think needs to get healthy but doesn’t like the idea of a health or diet book. This is an entertaining and enjoyable health book.

Why do you love to write health books?

I love to teach people so they can be personally responsible for their health. I love to educate people about the wonders of the body.

However, I love to write stories about my adventures even more. I have the ability to transport the reader to another place. That is really fun!

You’re concocting a recipe for a best selling book. What’s the first ingredient?

A unique voice and perspective.

What’s one fun fact about your book people should know?

There are quotes from 80 Rockstars about what they do to stay healthy while living the life of extremes.

Did any real life experiences find their way into your book?

My book has lots of great stories that I wrote while on tour with some of the biggest Rock Groups in the world. You can imagine that adds a lot of color to this health prescription.

Aside from writing, what’s your passion?

I am passionate about travelling, music, medicine, spirituality, and people.

What’s next for you?

I am writing a book of my travel adventure and medicine stories while I was learning from indigenous healers in countries all over the world. I call it Eat, Pray, Love meets Anthony Bourdain… with a health theme.   This is going to be a blast to write!

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