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The Rockstar Remedy by Dr. Gabrielle Francis with Stacy Baker Masand

Title: The Rockstar Remedy
Author: Dr. Gabrielle Francis with Stacy Baker Masand
Publisher: HarperCollins Wave
Pages: 330
Genre: Health and Wellness/Rock n Roll
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

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 overscheduled, 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. With tips for improving energy levels, easy food guidelines and a simple no-starvation detox, Dr. Francis offers a simple, effective plan for staying healthy and happy amid the chaos of our daily lives. Her popular “Harm Reduction Techniques” and “90/10 Rule” make it easy to celebrate life with occasional indulgences while maintaining good health. This is not a temporary fix; this program brings long-lasting, life-changing results.


I read a lot of health/fitness books, but this is different. The book has a Foreward and an Introduction, followed by four parts:
Part One~ The RxStar Remedy Philosophy
Part Two~ Stage One: The RxStar Detox- Start With A Clean Slate
Part Three~ Nourish And Revive
Part Four~ Heal, Restore, Recover

My favorite parts of the book were the sections on detoxing which were scattered throughout the book, not just in Part Two about Detox. I also loved a section in Part Three~
Chapter Seven: Stage Two which is “Health Food Rocks” and the Harm Reduction Technique: Marinate Your Steak. The author says when you marinate read meat for about 30 minutes you’re breaking down the fats and proteins, making the meat more easier to digest. Her suggestions for a marinade are apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, wine, or tomato juice.

There are a lot of thoughts by rock stars on fitness throughout the book. An example is:

” I find that meditaion coupled with a fair amount of physical exercise does wonders for many condition, including depression and the lonliness of the road.”
Jeff Pilson, Bassist, Foreigner.

I know that is true because I started having bouths of depression after losing my husband in January, and then when I lost my dog in September. It was hard being in the house by myself most of the time. Patches was a big comfort to me, and then she was gone too. Exercising did help once I started caring enough to do it.

This book is in the top 3 of all the health/fitness books I’ve ever read, and my favorite one of 2015. But to tell you the truth, I went through it too fast. I’m keeping it within easy reach so that I can read it again and go through it more slowly. I’ll probably read it a few more times actually. I want to let everything really sink in.

I’m very glad I read this book. I think anyone inerested in their health would like it too.

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Book Excerpt:

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…



About the Author
unnamed (4) 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.

Stacy Baker Masand is a health, fitness and lifestyle editor whose work has appeared in magazines such as In Style, 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. Their latest book is the health/wellness/rocknroll book, The Rocstar Remedy.

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  3 Responses to “The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life by Gabrielle Francis, Stacy Baker”

  1. I really like the sound of this book. Having had some issues with my liver this past year I have modified my diet and looked to more natural methods to heal my body. This is one I will be putting on my library list today.

  2. This sounds like a really different kind of book. Interesting. Thanks for the great review.

  3. This sounds like a terrific health book, Vicki! Exercise certainly helps me to feel good! And I know that nutrition is very important to well-being as well. I will keep this book in mind. Thank you for this wonderful review.

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