Lana Kontos is a naturopath and women's health advocate who somehow managed to transcend her training and embrace the true sources of health. While still in high school, she was told by her guidance counselor that she should become an MD.
But the contradiction in her education – like the brilliant, morbidly obese dean of her state university with a PhD in nutrition who was always in pain, and whose dietary preferences consisted largely of steak and eggs – sent her into the business world.
The combination of poor food habits and a high-stress job led to Lana developing acid reflux and IBS. At this point, her medical mind came to the rescue, as she researched the conditions and discovered her own successful treatment protocol.
When her brother was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer at the age of 39, Lana threw herself into cancer research, and realized that she needed to return to medicine and share what she had discovered.
Lana attended naturopathy school, but balked at its lucrative business model of selling her patients supplements for life. Instead, she began prescribing a whole food, plant-based diet and providing ongoing support to her patients, and found that these two elements comprised a nearly magic solution for their most intractable problems.
After discovering Dr. Pam Popper and the Wellness Forum (now Wellness Forum Health) and spending six more years taking classes in truly evidence-based medicine, Lana realized that she could spread wellness not just in her local clinic, but to women around the world.
In our conversation, we cover:
- how she cured her digestive issues through trial and error
- the challenge of rejecting nutritional dogma and striking out on her own
- feeling fabulous at 52
- spreading the message of good health through Operation Healthy Girlfriend and Savvy Healthy Moms
- creating financially rewarding business models that are extremely affordable for patients and clients
- what women ask about, are confused about, and want to vent about in weekly online meetings
- three behavioral strategies to get her clients started on a path to health
- “throw your ego out the window” if you want to help people
- leveraging social media platforms to spread health
- and much more
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