ON THE ROAD WITH

THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DOCTOR

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 over scheduled, 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.

Now you can reach for the stars too!

 

About Dr. Gabrielle Francis

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.

About Stacy Baker Masand

Stacy Baker Masand is a health, fitness and lifestyle editor whose work has appeared in magazines such as InStyle, 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.

Journalist Bios

LONN M. FRIEND is a published author and veteran multi-media journalist, best known as editor of the iconic hard rock publication, RIP magazine. He composed his debut memoir, Life on Planet Rock (2006 Random House/Three Rivers Press) while in Las Vegas residence and recounts several literary adventures there in his second book, Sweet Demotion (2011 AuthorHouse). Friend was born and raised in Los Angeles.

JULIE PANEBIANCO is a music business veteran, writer and event producer: In marketing and A&R worked for Warner Bros, A&M and Capitol Records, collaborating with such artists as the Replacements, New Order, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, Counrtney Love,REM & Beastie Boys; Produced, with Adam Yauch, the Tibetan Freedom Concert Record, produced charity events for The Food Bank For New York City, The Clinton Foundation, the ACLU, and One & RED Campaigns; amongst others has scribbled for the Boston Phoenix, Musician, the Name, and the legendary fanzine Matter Magazine; booked mario Batall’s program on the Food Network; and generally likes a challenge.

 

THE STORY

Rock ‘n’ Roll is My Religion

An excerpt from “The RockStar Remedy” by Dr. Gabrielle Francis 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…

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THE STORY

The Rude Awakening

I remember sitting in naturopathic school with other students and hearing them talk about how their future practices would be. They would say things such as: If my patients eat at McDonald’s I won’t work with them. I can only work with people who are open to raw food and Vegetarianism. Coffee is the root of all things evil and my patients will not drink it.It led me to wonder how these people were going to pay off their student loan bills. Who would be their patients? It hadn’t crossed my mind that my first practice would be touring with rock bands and I would have this dilemma too.
When I graduated from 17 years of medical school, I was so burned out from working full time and going to school that I was not even sure I wanted to be a doctor anymore. This seemed like a good time to take a few months sabbatical and do the travelling I had always wanted to do. I was having an identity crisis and felt a break from medicine would cure it.

So I sold my possessions, closed my chiropractic practice, and drove my books and clothes back to Cleveland to keep in storage for who knows how long. I headed to Europe with a backpack and no hotel reservation. For the next 8 months, I backpacked through Europe seeing sights, making pilgrimages along the way, sipping coffee in cafes, and taking in the culture. I missed medicine and realized that i truly did want to be a doctor.

Several months into it, one of the bands I had worked with previously, got wind I was in Europe. How would I like to get paid to travel? They wanted someone to go on tour and do some natural medicine for them. What a day it was to take a taxi from the youth hostel in Paris where I was sharing a room with 6 people to the very swanky Paris hotel where I would meet the group. The taxi driver questioned my appearance and destination. I arrived at the fancy hotel looking like one of the Beverly Hill Billy’s wiping the dust off myself. The band gave me money to busy some hipper clothes. They could not bear to see the hiking boots and backpack. The next few months it was 5 star hotels, tour buses, planes and lots of great parties.

I had my massage tables sent to Europe along with a natural medicine pharmacy of herbs and vitamins and acupuncture needles. I was so excited to be able to incorporate all of the modalities for healing together for the first time since I graduated. This would be my first practice. I was in for a rude Awakening!

My visions of the ultimate natural medicine practice were quickly dissolved. After Paris the band headed to Amsterdam. Need I say more? I quickly realized that this band was just as committed to revelry and debauchery as they were to their health. The preventive medicine I knew turned into harm reduction for hangovers and sexually transmitted diseases. What to do? This is not the kind of natural medicine practice I had wanted. Eventually I relaxed into it. I put my judgments aside and learned to use my medicines any chance I could. As a doctor, I needed to learn this. I learned to meet people where they are and make small changes where I could. I learned it is possible to be healthy and have a lot of fun too!

“You can’t always get what you want…
But you get what you need.”
— THE ROLLING STONES

 

THE ROCKSTAR REMEDY PHILOSOPHY AND LIFESTYLE

MY APPROACH

Life is meant to be a celebration and an adventure especially while following a path towards health! I focus on using the healing power of natural remedies to maximize wellness, while showing you how the journey can be interesting and gratifying. I use therapeutic methods and substances that work in harmony with the body, such as food, detox, nutrition, supplements, exercise, meditation, massage, sleep and other rejuvenation tools.
The differences in my approach:

Health is about more than your body.
A holistic assessment of all aspects of your life is the only way to really gauge true wellness. Whole health means reaching a state of harmony between body, mind and spirit, within the context of your lifestyle and environment.

Health is a journey.
Health is not a destination; it’s a spectrum that you live on. Some times you feel really healthy and sometimes you stumble over obstacles. The good news is that the challenges are actually opportunities to significantly transform your life.

Balance is unique for everyone.
A balanced lifestyle is different for each person. Some people consistently achieve balance on a daily basis; some people have days or weeks of excess, and then swing back towards health like a pendulum. Once thing rock stars have taught me is that you can’t hold judgment about how to find balance. We each have our own unique path to follow that works for our personal lifestyle.

Health is an adventure.
Life is a celebration! Whatever you do for your health must fit into your lifestyle and be enjoyable, rather than puritanical, isolating or extreme. I encourage you to celebrate your life through social activities and fun experiences that can be woven into a health regime. Do what you love; it instills goog self-esteem and is a motivator to inspire your journey.
Embrace the adventure!

WHAT ARE YOU IN FOR? THE ROCK STAR LIFESTYLE
Rock stars have extremely high expectations for how they want to live and what they’re willing to go through to achieve it. In your own way, you do too. That’s why the THE ROCKSTAR REMEDY approach honors everything about your lifestyle, circumstances and preferences, so you can have a blast on your journey toward better health.

There are five areas of transformation that will guide you on your path:

  • Detox
  • Food
  • Body-Exercise and Treatments
  • Mind & Spirit
  • Socializing and Celebration

INTRODUCING THE 90/10 RULE
You have rebuilt your habits and recharged your life, so now it’s time to manage your health for the long term. Once you have discovered your new goals, behaviors and routines that work for your body and lifestyle, I’ll teach you the 90/10 Rules that rock stars use to stay vibrant for decades. Simply put, 10 percent of the time you do what you want. Savor these splurges and really be present in that moment to fully enjoy them.
Why does the 90/10 Rule work? Because even small changes in your lifestyle move you towards the healthy end of the spectrum.

MY MISSION
It’s my mission to show you that it’s cool to be healthy, and that great health will improve the quality and enjoyment of your life. It’s not boring! Finding balance in mind, body and spirit makes you more vibrant and joyful.

THE ROCKSTAR REMEDY Shows you that balanced, healthy living doesn’t require sacrificing what you love. The key to this powerful rock star mindset is managing your health where you are at, in your life, at this very moment. This book doesn’t promise “perfect health,” an illusive idea that is impractical and unattainable for most of us, even celebrities. Forget hardcore rules — that’s no fun! Within these pages, there are no judgments, no unrealistic expectations, no unachievable goals.

The first step, the one you can do right now, is ask yourself: “if anything were possible, how would I like to see my life?”

By the end of this book, you’ll see just how far you can stretch your dreams and how easy it will be for you to transform your health without missing any of the fun. Life is too short to live any other way.
Life is your stage. Are you ready to rock?

 

BACKSTAGE ALTERNATIVE

A natural medicine road show that provides chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal remedies to performing artists and performers on tour.

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