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Meet Dr. Cheryl Hamilton of Women’s Health and Healing Center and Choose Vibrant Living

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Cheryl Hamilton.

Dr. Hamilton began her healthcare career over 35 years ago. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University; worked in the health and fitness industry; owned a nutritional counseling business; taught collegiate nutrition, health and wellness courses; and raised four children before attending the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine to become a naturopathic medical doctor with a concentration in women’s health. She chose women’s health because she feels that since women give birth and are the primary nurturers of children, women have the greatest influence on future generations. Helping women to reach their full potential of health and wellbeing also improves the lives that those women influence.

She established the Women’s Health and Healing Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Since endocrinology is integral to women’s health, she spends a great deal of time reviewing current research on the subjects of thyroid and adrenal health, bio-identical hormone therapy and the influence of environmental toxicology on the endocrine system. She particularly enjoys helping patients with menopause, PMS, PMDD, PCOS, insomnia/fatigue, thyroid disorders, weight control and diabetes management.

She firmly believes the foundation of physiological and psychological health is a healthy gastrointestinal tract and consumption of organic, nutrient-dense foods. She is passionate about teaching her patients about food and gut health and writes articles on the subject for several publications. Research developments in the role of the gut microbiome and its relationship to body weight, immune homeostasis, autoimmunity and mental-emotional health; small intestinal bowel overgrowth (SIBO); and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are her special interests. Dr. Hamilton is a member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and has served on the board.

She has also completed postgraduate training in Clinical Applications and Advanced Topics on IV nutrient Therapy; Heavy Metal Toxicology and Clinical chelation: EDTA, DMPS, DMSA; prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma injection therapy via the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Osteopathic Medicine; and aesthetic medicine via the Clear Skin Institute and Beverly Hills R.N.

Dr. Hamilton recently established Choose Vibrant Living, a health education 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization so she can inspire a broader population to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle. In her downtime, she enjoys writing, reading, cooking healthy food, gardening and food preservation and hiking.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since the Affordable Care Act became mandatory, people have struggled to afford a cash-based practice. Most people have catastrophic “health” insurance because their deductibles are so high, yet they are paying escalated monthly fees to avoid being fined by our government. Prescription drugs prices have increased by 800% and many are no longer covered by insurance. So many people are confused about health due to the plethora of marketing ploys to buy, buy, buy.

That is why we established Choose Vibrant Living. We want to educate everyone interested about how they can take control of their health and wellbeing and have less dependence on the disease management system that the pharmaceutical, insurance and allopathic providers are providing.

Women’s Health and Healing Center and Choose Vibrant Living – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We treat people as special individuals, rather than animals being herded through a clinic. We spend time with and listen to our patients. Our first office visit is 1 1/2 hours long in order to develop a thorough understanding of what is going on with the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of the person we are assisting. We provide diet and lifestyle education and we utilize safe, effective and natural means to get their bodies back in balance. We provide information on traditional and alternative labs, therapies and procedures and allow them to choose what they feel would work best for them.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success means you feel joy in whatever it is you are doing and you are able to seek joy in any situation that presents itself. In other words, you do not look for circumstances or markers that define whether or not you will be happy and successful, but rather seek appreciation of whatever life presents. As you do this, more of what creates joy comes into your life. That is the true success.

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