Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review # 301: The Rockstar Remedy by Dr. Gabrielle Francis

Description: (book-jacket)

          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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          It's not often that I get to review books about diet and health, (although health-based topics are a favorite of mine), so when I get the chance to read a book like The Rockstar Remedy by Dr. Gabrielle Francis, I usually jump at the chance. In addition to the cool, bright cover art, the bold title and the advance praise from doctors and musicians caught my interest immediately (as was the intention, of course), making me curious about the content. Was it going to be another dry, boring "self-help" manual for the masses, featuring new takes on old health practices? Or was it going to spin old and new trains of thought into something novel and useful? This question was easily answered after reading the table of contents and getting into the first couple of chapters. The Rockstar Remedy is not just for legitimate million dollar on-stage acts, but also for the rockstar that exists in all of us. It's a prescriptive framework that allows for the reader to examine and reevaluate different areas of their life in regards to being healthier and (in most cases) happier. Dr. Francis partitions the book into four sections: the RxStar Philosophy, Detox, Nourish/Revive, and Heal, RestoreRecover - all important topics for a busy, tired, overworked, overindulgent rockstar, but also important to anyone with a typical challenging day-to-day lifestyle (a.k.a. most people). I liked Dr. Francis' approach to getting people motivated and ramped up about their well being. Even if you aren't a rockstar, the ability to repair, recover, and recharge your "batteries" on a regular basis is an important step towards getting things together and finding a balance between home, work, school, band practice, extracurriculars, etc... Most of the content was easy to digest and fun to read, especially the quotes and the "Harm Reduction Techniques". It's great how accessible everything is. That being said, like with any "self-help" type book, I took a lot of good ideas and tips from it, but there were sections that did not impress me, specifically, parts of the detox, nourish, and revive sections. There were a few reasons why these sections did not meet my expectations, including: I am a scientist, so I often think that there should be more detail about certain items, especially where nutrition and ingredients are involved. Also, certain recipes/remedies had ingredients that my body cannot tolerate, so being unable to actually try any of the remedies hampered some of my enjoyment; like with any lifestyle programs these items are not the author's fault, just depends on the reader and their circumstances. Overall, I enjoyed reading The Rockstar Remedy, especially Dr. Francis' writing style and the overall "you can do it!" motivational tone. I was surprised how much I got out of it and recommend it to anyone who wants to recharge their life (and their inner rockstar)!  

Rating: On the Run! (4/5)

About the Author:

          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 Style, Marie Claire, Self, Shape, Fitness, DuJour 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 Rockstar Remedy.

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Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, September 1: Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Wednesday, September 2: Interview at C.A. Milson’s Blog

Thursday, September 3: First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, September 4: Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape

Wednesday, September 9: Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Thursday, September 10: Interview at Pinky’s Favorite Reads

Monday, September 14: Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, September 15: Guest Blogging at Mythical Books

Wednesday, September 16: Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, September 21: Interview at Examiner

Tuesday, September 22: Book Featured at Booklover Sue

Wednesday, September 23: Guest Blogging at Defending the Pen

Monday, September 28: Book Featured at 3 Partners in Shopping

Wednesday, September 30: Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, October 5: Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, October 6: Interview at Review From Here

Wednesday, October 7: Book Featured at The Literary Nook

Thursday, October 8: Book Featured at Confessions of a Reader

Monday, October 12: Book Featured at CBY Book Club

Tuesday, October 13: Book Review at The Paperback Pursuer

Wednesday, October 14: Book Review at Confessions of the Perfect Mom

Thursday, October 15: Book Review at Book Babble

Monday, October 19: Guest Blogging at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, October 20: Book Review at Storeybook Reviews

Wednesday, October 21: Book Review at A Word At A Time

Monday, October 26: Guest Blogging at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, October 27: Book Review at Bound 4 Escape

Wednesday, October 28: Guest Blogging at As the Page Turns

Thursday, October 29: Guest Blogging at Mina’s Bookshelf

Friday, October 30: Book Review at My Life Loves and Passion

Monday, November 2: Book Review at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, November 3: Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Wednesday, November 4: Guest Blogging at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, November 5: Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Monday, November 9: Interview at The Book Rack

Tuesday, November 10: Interview at Blogcritics

Wednesday, November 11: Book Review at I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Thursday, November 12: Interview at Literarily Speaking

Monday, November 16: First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter

Tuesday, November 17: Book Featured at Maureen’s Musings

Thursday, November 19: Book Review at Create With Joy

Tuesday, November 24: Interview at SheWrites

Wednesday, November 25: Book Review at Svetlana’s Books and Views

Friday, November 27: Book Tour Highlights at PUYB Virtual Book Club

*** I received this book from the author/ publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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