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The Healers Café

186 EpisodesProduced by Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practiWebsite

Hi, it's Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practice) and I want to welcome you to the Healers Cafe.I am so excited to be doing this series of interviews and what I'll be doing is, is asking all kinds of healthcare practitioners, doctors, healers of all types, to re… read more


Introducing The Healers Café, with Dr Manon Bolliger, ND

Hi, it's Dr Manon Bolliger, ND and I want to welcome you to the Healers Cafe.

I am so excited to be doing this series of interviews and what I'll be doing is, is asking all kinds of healthcare practitioners, doctors, healers of all types, to really share with all of you their experience, why they became healers, what called them what they think about this being a healer thing. Is it, a thing?  Who's really healing in this, what they've experienced from their their interaction with clients and patients and what the takeaways and understanding of what the process of healing is all about and the process of life. So that's the essence of what I'm doing. I'm hoping that this will serve also for patients that have issues and are looking for different ways of approaching it.

So I've interviewed all kinds of complimentary health practitioners and then some that you may already know about, like chiropractors or physios surgeons, psychiatrists and also some that are less known, like some of the energy workers and things I don't know about yet.

And then I'm so excited to, to learn and also I'll be sharing stories from Bowen therapists that I have trained myself or that are practicing it now and have stories to tell. So it's really the, the goal here for the end user as in the person who needs help is to see who they relate with and what, you know, what the insights of the therapies might be, especially the, the less known ones. And so hopefully that will give you an insight there. And then for practitioners, it's really to, to have a, a place where we can meet and talk and have discussions on, on all aspects of healing. It's really conversations on health that I'm looking forward to, to having.

For those who don't know me, I'll tell you a little bit about myself. So I have been blessed and that's a retrospective view with having encountered several health conditions.

So I had turned-in feet when I was born. I also had scoliosis, I developed multiple sclerosis and I had stage four cancer. All of them, were treated naturally at least. Although the last three. And I became really interested in discovering what we can do to help ourselves and how amazing and powerful our own bodies actually are. So something called innate or intelligent healing that we all have. It's like, it's within us. But how do we trigger this? What excites that energy to, to manifest? And for those of you who, when I say the word energy are cringing I was the same. My background actually, I went into law. I have my LLB from Quebec. So my interest was really, I guess human rights is the, the, the baseline. But I really wanted to help empower people to make informed choices, to really understand what they're getting into, what they're signing and what they're signing up for.

And one of the areas that when I was doing my master's at McGill that got me super excited was alternative, so to speak, complimentary healthcare. So I was looking at it homeopathy and at the time chiropractor because at that time, which is quite a few years, and I don't want to date myself it was not that well known. Right. So I wanted to see how did they, how did they become accepted in our society or significantly more accepted? So I was looking at all that and I was looking at how is research done? How's the end user done? What are the, what are the aspects that take into what are taken into consideration to make decisions for what therapies get seen or not seen? And then as circumstance would have it. I I bumped into after I had done my naturopathic physician training, which, so basically after I finished law school, I I wasn't quite content.

I wanted to really be at the, at the level of where movements are made, when people care and when do people care? They care when it's their, their health, but especially when it's their health of somebody in their family. And that's when they really take charge and they want all these things informed consent. They really want to make the right decision. So that's what really got me going. It's like, okay, I need to actually be in the same position. Now I'm starting a family. I want to know all the right answers. I'm in. Who do I trust? How do I, you know, how do I understand research? So I started a whole path of really going down the, the way of like, how do I get to know what are the right things and how do I eventually learn to trust myself?

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