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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!
The year is 1984. I was fresh out of massage school… a ripe 19 years old. My cousin worked for Belkin productions, the company that promoted Rock Concerts in Cleveland. One day she called me and said, “ Cuz, such and such, the biggest name in rock n roll at the time, is coming to Cleveland and they want massages. I volunteered you.” I was in a state of shock, but gladly accepted the offer. Weirdly enough, I was not nervous or overly excited. I felt I would be great for the job.
I arrived at the coliseum with my massage table in check, but I was secretly looking forward to the massive parties back stage. To my dismay, the backstage seemed quite quiet. All the artists were in their private dressing rooms and keeping to themselves. I was taken to the catering hall and noticed that there was a completely organic and vegetarian spread. In those days this was very rare and unheard of. Whole Foods was not a household name. I also noticed there was not an ounce of alcohol backstage. The most intoxicating beverage I could find was Coca-Cola. Wives had taken the place of the groupies. The Myth was shattered!
The first artist I worked on was the Saxophone player. He had the spiritual name, given to him by his Guru, on the dressing room door instead of his real name. When I entered his dressing room, I felt I had entered a Temple. It was lit with candles, incense permeated the air, and a picture of his Guru stared at me throughout the entire massage. I worked with most of the band that night just doing massage to get them ready for the marathon show. There was a medical doctor backstage giving them B12 shots to boost their energy for the big performance. Each artist was so thoughtful and down to earth. I was taken by their humility and realness. It was an ego-free zone.
They put on a super 4-hour show that night. I watched from backstage and I could see what an amazing dynamic a rock concert was. The band gives energy to the audience. The audience gives love and more energy to the band. The band gets high on the energy from the crowd. And it seems like it can go of forever. The only thing that made the band come off the stage was the venue saying that they had to go.
I will never forget that night as I saw the power of music to elevate the energy of a theater to a higher vibration. It is no wonder that some people feel that going to a concert can be like a religious experience. I decided Rock’n’Roll would be one of my religions too! It would blend very well with my Catholic upbringing. Catholics revere saints. So, why not add a few like Jimi Hendrix, Patron Saint of the Wa Wa Pedal; Santana, the Archangel of Long Instrumental Grooves; Keith Richards, Holy Father of the Rhythm Guitar: and of course Our Lady Madonna.
After the show, that band asked me to tour with them as a massage therapist. I had to say no because I was very committed to the idea of finishing medical school.
I regretted that decision for a very long time. Luckily, I had the chance again almost 17 years later…
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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Gabrielle. Thanks for being here today. Tell our readers about you
My name is Dr. Gabrielle Francis. I am a doctor of all things natural: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, and Massage. I have a holistic practice in NYC called The Herban Alchemist. I also work with Rock musicians on tour in a travelling natural medicine road show called Backstage Alternative.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My organic coffee! And the fact that I am fortunate enough to meet amazing people every day on the journey of healing. On my days off, I am inspired to have an adventure.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I have worked with famous people my whole life and realize that they are not so different than ordinary people. However, I have always wanted to meet Cher! People have been telling me that I look like her since I was 5 years old. Now, I am 50. I think it is time we met!
What’s the story behind your latest book?
The Rockstar Remedy was inspired by my 30 years experience of working backstage and on tour with some of the biggest Rock bands in the world. I learned a lot of strategies for keeping people healthy despite extreme lifestyles of excess and indulgence. I wanted to share these strategies of health in a fun and non-judgmental way as I recognize that many people want to be healthy but don’t want to give up the fun. The Rockstar Remedy is a complete health guide with sections on Detox, Food, Body, Mind and Spirit. I bring the message of health alive with my backstage stories and there are quotes and anecdotes from 80 Rockstars that were given exclusively for the book. It is basically a health book for people that love to celebrate!
Tell us your writing process
When I am writing medical information, I tend to imagine that I am speaking to patients in the office. I write like I am talking to them and try to make the medical information easy to understand. I like to use metaphors as I think sometimes people understand the concepts more.
When I am writing about my adventures….well, that is another story. The story comes to my mind when I am completely relaxed and usually in another country. The story will stay in my head until I get it on paper. It just downloads.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always been known to be a good storyteller. When I write about my stories on my newsletters, people respond with great enthusiasm and tell me that they feel like they are there with me. This made me realize that I perhaps have a gift at this art.
Tell us about your main character:
The Rockstar Remedy is a health book. The main character is the audience or person reading it. The reader will see that they live like Rockstars. They are taking on the adventure of getting healthy even when they aren’t living like saints. I am the messenger of the information. The Rockstars are the Ambassadors.
What are you working on next?
I am writing my travel stories in which I go to a foreign country and learn traditional medicines from the local indigenous healers. These are quite adventurous experiences. The book will be something of an Eat, Pray, Love meets Anthony Bourdain but with an Alternative Medicine theme.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I am very gifted as a natural healer. I started at a very young age and began the education in my teens. Some of the gifts, I was really born with. And much of it has come from years of study and practice. Alternative Medicine is an art that involves deep listening, compassion, intuition, knowledge, and skill.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dr. Christianne Northrup for medical books.
Deepak Chopra for spiritual wisdom.
Paulo Coehlo for novels.
What do you like to do with your free time?
I am always down for good live music. Any kind will do as long as it is good music. I have a beautiful garden on my roof in NYC and I spend lots of time working with my plants. I call them my babies. I love to travel and explore different cultures. But if I am not travelling, I am usually having some kind of adventure in NYC.
Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I am writing my travel stories in which I go to a foreign country and learn traditional medicines from the local indigenous healers. These are quite adventurous experiences. The book will be something of a Eat, Pray, Love meets Anthony Bourdain but with an Alternative Medicine theme.
Any final thoughts?
Thank you for your interest!