I believe that regardless of our situation, we can find ways to enhance our wellbeing and enrich our lives.
My name is Joanna Garritano and I am a physician committed to empowering people in their health and wellness. I have spent the majority of my career immersed in conventional medicine. There is no question that modern medical practice brings some incredible technologies, devices, procedures and medications. And yet, despite our advances in treatment and technology, we continue to see an increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, and dementia to name just a few. Many people with health challenges, need vastly more than our current health care system is presently set up to deliver.
So what can we do to feel better?
Focus on Wellness.
When you learn how to focus on wellness, you can better support and enhance recovery, renewal and healing in the body.
I developed Nurture Healing to provide tools, information, workshops, and programs to support people in their healing process, increase their vitality and energy, and alter important lifestyle factors that can help to improve recovery from illness.
The scientific evidence shows that when we use certain tools and skills in our lives, we can often dramatically enhance our health, sometimes even reverse a chronic illness, and almost always increase our sense of wellbeing. By shifting the things we eat, the way we move our bodies, the way we manage stress, and by bringing greater balance into our lives, we can create significant shifts in the biology of our bodies to help ourselves feel better.
A wellness focus can be helpful for those with health challenges such as autoimmune disease, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, hypertension, chronic pain, or problems with weight. The wellness skills that you can learn by exploring the free materials at Nurture Healing can help you protect your body from stress, reduce inflammation, stabilize your metabolism, rebalance your nervous system, and maximize your nutrition.
Often people look for health in a pill or in a specific treatment. Medications and treatments are sometimes necessary to treat illness, but we must remember health is something that comes from within. Health is not something that someone else can give you. Health is an active and dynamic process of creating wellbeing and wholeness in your life. Once you really get that, you become aware of all the ways you can contribute to the health and healing within your body.
When we nurture our bodies with the proper conditions, we are better able to enhance and reclaim our health.
Just as we can provide the conditions to nurture the potential in a seed to grow, we can provide the proper conditions to nurture health and wellness in our bodies. But we must plant the seeds of wellness and let them take root and grow.
My goal is to empower people in their wellness so they can better support their bodies, enhance their healing, and experience greater wellbeing.
I have spent years pouring through the medical literature, attending professional trainings, and meeting with experts from around the world to discover the science behind recovery, resilience, and healing. What I have found is that by actively focusing on wellness, we can make a significant positive impact on our health and wellbeing. Sometimes the impact looks an improvement in symptoms. Sometimes it looks like recovery and remission. And sometimes we find that wellness work is about simply making peace with a health condition and living our best lives in the face of it. Certainly none of us can control every outcome of what will or will not happen in our bodies, but by practicing wellness in our lives, we can dramatically shift the tide in favor of health and wellbeing.
The Nurture Healing Wellness Materials and Workshops do not replace conventional medicine… there are times, to be sure, that we need to fight illness, control symptoms, and have procedures. Instead, the wellness materials describe ways we can become active participants in our healing process and cultivating the conditions that lead to greater health and wellbeing in our lives by focusing on the following 5 tools:
- Mindfulness as medicine
- Food as medicine
- Relaxation as medicine
- Movement as medicine
- Joy as medicine
Wellness skills such as a healthy diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques have been shown in scientific studies to help reduce inflammation, improve pain, contribute to ideal weight, rebalance metabolism, improve blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. At the same time, wellness skills can often dramatically improve energy, mood, vitality, and healing capacity.
My professional background:
I attended medical school at Loyola, Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago Illinois, graduating in 1999. I went on to pursue specialty training in emergency medicine at Bellevue Hospital and New York University in the heart of New York City. I completed residency training in 2003 and have spent a number of years actively practicing as a board certified, licensed emergency physician.
I established Nurture Healing to inspire, educate, and empower people in their wellness and health recovery.
In addition to offering the wellness programs, I also work as a staff facilitator at the Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, Washington where we provide healing retreats for patients affected by cancer.
I am passionate about a wholistic, lifestyle, and functional medicine approach to health where we look at more than just treatment of symptoms. Instead, I am most interested in finding whole systems approaches that can positively impact and improve health and wellness. I am currently an active member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.