Navigating Alternative Medicine: Dr. Kathy Gruver. Episode 23 Show Notes

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kathy gruver headshotWhat role does (and should) alternative medicine have in healing?

With conventional medicine offering few healing options for people with autoimmune disease, many people are looking to alternative or complementary approaches. With so many modalities available to choose from—naturopathy, chiropractics, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, and energy healing, just to name a few—it can feel overwhelming trying to figure out how to craft your own healing approach.

With extensive training in multiple alternative modalities, from medical massage to naturopathy to hypnotherapy, Kathy shares her thoughts about how to utilize complementary approaches along with conventional medicine. Kathy practices what she preaches, having recently recovered surprisingly quickly from surgery after preparing for it using a host of alternative methods.

What Kathy and I talk about

  • What prompted Kathy to write her book The Alternative Medicine Cabinet
  • How Kathy views health and healing
  • The two keys Kathy finds essential for the healing path
  • The importance of allowing some “cheating” room, and the times when being 100% is critical
  • The ideal relationship between conventional and alternative medicine
  • Why consumers should tell their conventional doctor what alternative approaches they are using
  • How to go about choosing alternative medicine modalities
  • Whether vitamins and supplements are a good idea or not
  • Creating trust in the client-practitioner relationship

Notable Quotes

“If you’re afraid to tell your doctor you’re taking vitamins and doing Bach flower essences and you’re meditating, well they’re never going to know that’s something we want. That’s just going to help the whole cause if we’re all open with our practitioners on what we do.”

“It’s not what we eat, it’s what we absorb and what our body is using.”

About Kathy

Kathy Gruver is an award-winning author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet (winner Beverly Hills Book Awards). She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has authored two books on stress: Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques (Winner Indie Excellence Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Global E-book Awards, Finalist for the USA Best Books Award). She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. Gruver has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Glamour, Fitness, Time, More, Women, Wall Street Journal, CNN, WebMD, Prevention, Huffington Post,, Ladies Home Journal, Women, Massage and Bodyworks Magazine, and Massage Magazine. She has written dozens of health and wellness articles and contributing posts. Dr. Gruver has appeared as a guest expert on over 250 radio and TV shows including NPR, SkyNews London, Morning Blend in Las Vegas, CBS Radio, and Lifetime Television, and has done over 150 educational lectures around the country. For fun and stress relief Dr. Gruver does flying trapeze and hip hop dance.

Find Kathy Online

The Alternative Medicine CabinetResources

The Alternative Medicine Cabinet

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