Transforming Trauma

Heather Herington

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This is a multi-modality guide to overcoming post-traumatic stress and ACE (adverse childhood events) for survivors and practitioners, focusing on Dr Herington’s 2-pronged approach of restoring biochemical balance with diet, lifestyle measures, homeopathy and botanicals and enabling survivors to tell and/or reframe their story.

Modern medicine’s answer to post traumatic stress (PTS or PTSD) and the negative effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has been pharmaceuticals yet associated mental health problems, including suicide, continue to increase – there has to be a more effective alternative. Dr Herington, a naturopathic doctor with 30 years of experience of working with survivors of traumatic events in Canada and the US, shows how a pharmaceutical-free approach that includes returning the body’s biochemistry to balance with natural medicine (lifestyle, nutrition, homeopathy and botanicals) and allowing survivors to tell or reframe their personal story through talking therapies and the creative arts solutions can enable those survivors to regain control of their lives.

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I: Roots and definitions: PTS – the history of the experience; Present considerations; A divided perspective; II: Setting the stage: Our brain; Optimizing our metabolism; The healing power of nature; Trauma-informed care; III: Traversing the inner world: A way in; The mind-body connection; The Arts as a refuge; IV: The expressive Arts: Writing and visual Arts; Music and vocalization; Movement and dance; Acting; V: Full spectrum treatment: Putting it all together; Epilogue; Appendices: Some thoughts on epigenetics; Visit guidelines for clinicians; Homeopathic medicines; Plant adaptogens for the brain; Writing; Sleep; Acute PTS.

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About the Author

Dr Heather L. Herington BSc, NMD, DHANP, has been a naturopathic medical doctor for over 30 years (Bastyr ’87) specialising in PTS/trauma and is now in public practice with her podcast, Dr. Heather Uncensored ( As an actor-singer-voice artist (solo show Hidden), she is a member of SAG-AFTRA. An engaging speaker and workshop leader (Moving to Healing), she writes librettos (the children’s musical, The Calling Hour) and creates radio plays based on health conditions that demand a true body-mind investigation. Her websites are and She has been interviewed on several podcasts and in Authority magazine and her work has appeared in Townsend Letter for Doctors,, Alive, Kinesis and more. Her earlier books include Surviving a Viral Pandemic through the lens of a naturopathic medical doctor.

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