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. Dr. Holly is also the author of several books including Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health.
An acclaimed expert in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics. Her appearances include national media programs and networks including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Lifetime Television for Women, PBS’s Healing Quest, The Hallmark Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health channel.
She is on the editorial advisory board of Alternative Medicine and Natural Practitioner and is also regularly quoted as an expert in both consumer and peer journals. In 2007, Dr. Holly 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 Veria Living network and is currently the host of “Mindful Medicine: The Dr. Holly Lucille Show” on RadioMD.
Dr. Holly 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. Dr. Holly’s private practice in Los Angeles, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care.
Dr. Holly is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association where 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 has also worked with the L.A. Free Clinic providing health education, promotion, and prevention in the public health system and recently was awarded the “SCNM Legacy Award” for her “contribution to the advancement and development of the field of naturopathic medicine.” Dr. Holly graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, where she 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.”
In her “off time” Dr. Holly enjoys being with her family, two- and four-legged, playing the bass guitar, tending to her hydroponic garden, and riding her motorcycle through the mountains and along the beaches of Los Angeles.
3 Surprising Things About Me:
1. I have ridden motorcycles since I was 7 years old. I currently have a pearl white, belt-driven Suzuki Boulevard 650 and I absolutely love it. I love it so much that after I crashed my first one (yes, I had a very bad accident in 2006) I bought the exact same bike!
2. During my last band tour I actually played drums and bass at the same time. Can you say the girl’s got rhythm?
3. I am painfully shy and extremely sensitive. I think my seemingly gregarious nature is a defense for how introverted I actually am. I care deeply about people and I am devastated when someone is hurt or in pain.
4. (Sorry—one extra!) One of my biggest pet peeves in life is that someone chose to abbreviate the word “etcetera” — etc. DO you know how many other words that are super hard and super long that I could have used some abbreviation with?
5 Things I Can’t Live Without:
1. My “Stretch-out Strap.” One of my challenges is flexibility. I found this simple little strap that assists me in contorting my body to points of total uncomfortableness. I love it and hate it so much at the same time. To help ease the pain I have taken to watching “Breaking Bad” on my iPad while I am lying on the floor in pain.
2. Crossfit. I have been doing Crossfit as my fitness activity of choice for the last several years and I am addicted. I love the idea of being fit across many different metrics. I have since become a Level 2 Crossfit Coach and competitive athlete.
3. My cats. Samantha Kate and Sydney Bear. I didn’t have any two legged kids but tend to treat the furry four-legged ones just like they are my own children! I learn from them, love them, worry about them, miss them…ETCETERA!
4. Vegetables. There are just not enough words. Plant Strong/Nutrient Dense/Full of Fiber and LOVE.
5. Forgiveness and Compassion. We are all so fallible along this journey and I feel like those two acts are vital for our thriving along the way. I need them and I need to give them.