While in Washington DC last month, I was lucky to spend an evening with Dr. Christine Horner, a true Warrior Goddess. It came about when Amy Summers (Pitch Publicity, New York) realized Dr. Horner and I were both going to be in DC at the same time, and put us together. Dr. Horner was there for TV and NPR interviews. I was in DC to attend NAMS, the North American Menopause Society annual conference. Me and about 1,200 OBGYNs.
Dr. Horner found a terrific Vietnamese restaurant near her hotel. We loved Asian Nine. Try it if you are in DC. I went with Tristesse Burton (pictured here on left, with Dr. Horner on right). Future Dr. Burton is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy, at NAMS to present a year of research by UIC which confirms the Estrogen Free properties of Crila® – more on this in a later post.
In addition to being a lively dinner companion, Dr. Horner is a nationally known surgeon, author, and natural health expert. She holds two board certifications: the National Board of Surgery and the National Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Horner rose to prominence when she successfully ran a national campaign to pass laws requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Her 5 year crusade ultimately led to the passage of a federal law requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction.
It was the first law Congress passed requiring coverage of a specific surgical procedure. Up until that point, insurance companies took the attitude that the breast was a non-essential organ and often refused to cover the procedure. I’ve missed a lot of national news by living in Vietnam for 20 years. On hearing this, Tristesse and I just looked at each other, while I thought “Non-essential to whom?!”
Dr. Horner has gone on to personify the whole food, whole body approach to maintaining health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and key supplements. Through an exhaustive search of the medical research and literature, she found that women can significantly promote breast health and reduce most chronic diseases through natural means: eating the right foods, exercising, sleeping at the right time, and incorporating complementary and alternative medicinal approaches. Dr. Horner has incorporated all of these techniques into her own life and has become passionate about teaching others how to stay healthy naturally. Her book, Waking the Warrior Goddess, has now gone into its third edition.
Dr. Horner believes “Supplements provide nutrients … in therapeutic doses that are either difficult or impossible to get from daily foods. A diet high in fresh organically grown plants is extremely important for good health. But for optimal health … (the addition of) certain dietary supplements … can make a big difference.”
Catch Christine today 12 November on the Baltimore NPR affiliate WEAA at 88.9 on FM. At 4:00-5:00 p.m. PT / 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET, she will be the guest of co-hosts Marilyn Harris-Davis and Dr. Gary Jennings on their program Urban Health Beat.