I am the daughter of two pharmacists, and was well versed in the Western medical approach: “You don’t feel well? Here, take this pill.” Even at a very young age I was troubled by this approach to health and always wanted to know “WHY?”
I grew up in the mid-west as the daughter of two pharmacists and witnessed my father’s climb the corporate ladder at one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. I was well versed in the Western medical approach: “You don’t feel well? Here, take this pill.” At a very young age I became troubled by this approach to health and from then on seemed to always want to know “Why?” I would ask question after question hoping things would make more sense to me:
- What will it do for me?
- Will it hurt me?
- Will I need it all the time?
- How much does it cost?
I think I literally drove my parents crazy, leading them to hypothesize they had taken the wrong baby home from the hospital. However, my ability to question and my desire to know more did not stop there. My professional journey began more than two decades ago when I decided to become a nurse because I simply wanted to help people. The inspiration came during a class for volunteers at a local hospital. In that class I learned that when people become ill or needed to be hospitalized they give up some of their personal rights, rights such as the right to privacy, the right to choose, and the right to be informed and understand all of what was going on.
Incensed, I thought, “I have to get into this system and help.” But becoming a nurse didn’t subdue the query of a reductionist approach or my desire to help. Soon, I was disillusioned with the simple directive of carrying out doctors’ orders. I continued to yearn for more rationale behind some of the decisions being made, and craved a more active and effective role in caring for people. In my quest to find a satisfying place for myself in healthcare, I joined the American Holistic Nursing Association.
Completing a post-graduate program in holistic nursing provided me with an environment in which I was guided by instruction and a philosophy that supported and treated people, not just their diagnoses, symptoms or lab tests. This felt perfect! After seven years in nursing, becoming a Naturopathic Doctor seemed like the next natural step. As a Naturopathic Doctor I have enjoyed over 15 years of a diversified career in private practice, education, as a consultant, media figure, and TV and radio host, fulfilling my passion of partnering with and helping each and every individual I can to feel and be well!
Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant, and television and radio host. She is also the author of several books including Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health and The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey.
An acclaimed expert in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Lucille lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics. Her appearances include national media programs and networks such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Lifetime and the Discovery Health Channel.
Dr. Holly is a health blogger for Newsmax online magazine and is on the editorial advisory board of Alternative Medicine, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Advances in Mind -Body Medicine and Natural Practitioner. She is regularly quoted as an expert in both consumer and peer journals, and in 2007, was listed in Time magazine’s “Alt List” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People.” In 2012 she launched her own talk show, “Myth-Defying with Dr. Holly” on the Z Living network and is now host of “Inherently You” on RadioMD.
She is currently the chair of the Natural Partners INC. educational advisory board and on vice chair of the Institute for Natural Medicine. As the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association she worked to ensure the availability of safe naturopathic health care by spearheading a lobbying effort to have naturopathic doctors licensed in the state of California. She was awarded the “SCNM Legacy Award” for her “contribution to the advancement and development of the field of naturopathic medicine.”
As a graduate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, Dr. Holly received the prestigious Daphne Blayden Award for her “commitment to naturopathic medicine, academic excellence, compassion, perseverance, a loving sense of humor and a positive, supportive outlook.”
Dr. Lucille believes in the science, art and mystery of healing and has a heartfelt passion for the individual wellness of all people. Built on this foundational belief, she uses the magnificence of multiple media platforms to truly make a difference and empower people to heal. Her private practice in Los Angeles, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care.
She is the founder of “Inherently You,” an organization helping people bridge the gap between “knowing and doing” when it comes to their inherent health.
In her “off time” Holly enjoys being with her family (two- and four-legged) playing the bass guitar, coaching crossfit, tending to her hydroponic garden, and riding motorcycles.