The Botox Tour
By Dr. Gabrielle Francis
This tour started out as a big frustration for me. The artists had no interest in any of my wonderful Naturopathic advice or remedies that would improve their health. Well, they liked the passive things such as massage and stretching before going on stage. But changing the diet and using natural remedies was really not their thing. That is not until they realized how well the natural therapies
The tour had convenient breaks for the artists to have the necessary anti-aging cosmetic surgery support. This was the answer to years of self-destruction and the war against gravity. Botox, facelifts, tummy tucks, lip injections and the list goes on…
“Hope I die before I get…old.”
I supported the post surgery experience with remedies to decrease bruising, decrease inflammation and swelling, and to help the integrity of the connective tissue healing. Natural remedies are quite good for this. I also did lymphatic drainage massage and other soft tissues therapies.
I was elevated to genius status when one of the artist’s plastic surgeon told him that he had never seen someone heal so quickly from plastic surgery before. “What ever you are doing is working brilliantly.” The good news is that this opened him and the others up to the fact that, “Hey, the snake oil really works!”
By the end of the tour I had them on anti-aging diets and supplements. I was also doing acupuncture facelifts for the spots that the Botox had failed. I really didn’t mind how they came around to believing in Natural Medicine. I am just happy they did.
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.
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