Why Work and Consult with Diana:
You might wonder why you should work with me, after all – most people have doctors already. Well, my services work really well as a complement to physician care. In the current system, doctors are pressured by quotas to serve as many patients as possible in their day. There often isn’t time in a twenty minute appointment to address smaller, but lingering, health annoyances.
I have time to sit and talk with you, my clients, and really look at what’s going on. What is the big picture? What’s happening that might be causing that annoying thing to go on and on, without going away? I hope to help my clients address and work through their issues, find that deeper cause, and steer the body to a better place. And if you’re happy with my assistance, you’ll give my name to others.
I am able to assist clients nationwide through services like Skype, FaceTime, and the old telephone. My in-person services are available along Northern Colorado’s Front Range, serving the Northern Colorado cities listed below. Contact me today to book your appointment, and start your journey toward better health: (970) 988-5413 or e-mail me. Or use this handy online calendar to schedule a time that works for you!
If You’re a Practitioner:
We could work together when your clients need nutrition, herbal medicine, and holistic health coaching. Perhaps my clients will need your services. Please read more here.
I also offer Cooking Demonstrations and Classes on the Paleo Diet and Fermented Foods, Food Shopping Counseling, and Speaking Services (read topics). Contact me today to get started: e-mail me now.
Read My Articles About Nutrition, Herbs/Herbalism, Health, Wellness, Recipes, and Lifestyle Changes:
There are many health articles available on this website, or under the Alternative Medicine Services link in the header above.
Isn’t It Odd to Use Herbs?
When I tell people I work with herbs, I keep waiting for an eye roll or a laugh. And when you meet me, you’ll see that although naturally-focused, I don’t really fit in the hippie model (well, except for the mom with the wooden shoes!). I’m pretty down to earth and want evidence that things work. I went to school to study nutrition mainly, and came away with a great herbal toolbox, as well.
My herbal education focused on how to combine herbs together to meet the individual’s needs, sometimes combing several herbs together to enhance the effect needed. Foods have qualities like warm/hot/cold, and so do herbs. People can feel that hot peppers, garlic and ginger are warming or even hot. I’ve learned to change the temperature of my herbal mixtures in order to either make them neutral when appropriate (to not change a person’s body temperature), or improve someone’s temperature if it is too warm or too cold.
Herbals have a (usually) slower action than Western pharmaceuticals, usually with less side effects (but not always). But my education made me realize that not all herbs can be safe with every person, especially if that person is already on medications. There are many herbs that interfere directly with medications (St. John’s Wort is a perfect example). For some people, using herbs internally just isn’t a good idea.
Another herb has a positive effect on gut bacteria, but its also bitter, cold and drying. It would be a poor idea to use this herb by itself in someone who is already cold and dry, like dealing with constipation. We could modify the herb by adding warming and moist herbs, to change its effect on the body.
Essential oils seem unsafe to me, as they can enter the blood stream directly when applied to skin, bypassing the liver, and have a strong effect on the body. Yet there are no warnings on the bottles. Other herbs can effect blood pressure, heart function, or are just plain toxic. Right now I am sticking with the less glamorous herbs that are generally regarded as safe.
Colorado has recently passed laws allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. I don’t stock nor dispense marijuana for my clients. If you feel that’s your need, you’ll have to look elsewhere. I am interested in the use of non-hallucinagenic parts of the plant for medicine, especially for seizure use, and it will be interesting to see how that knowledge grows in the coming years.
I am available to see clients in person, teach classes, lecture, and perform cooking demonstrations along Northern Colorado’s Front Range, serving these cities: Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Laporte, Wellington, Windsor, Boulder, Bloomfield, Bellvue, Evans, Estes Park, Johnstown, Berthoud, Hygiene, Greeley, Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton, Niwot, Erie, Firestone, Lafayette, Louisville, Frederick and other cities in northern Colorado.
I also offer classes, lectures and cooking demonstrations in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which is one hour north of Fort Collins, Colorado.. If you have a question, just call!