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Holistic Healing: A Comprehensive Approach To Mental Illness With Dr. Stephanie Rimka


Utilizing neurofeedback in combination with ancient techniques, Dr. Stephanie Rimka is revolutionizing treatment for everything from mental illness, to addiction, to learning disabilities. She is a holistic brain optimization specialist who addresses the root cause of these conditions at her practice in Atlanta, Georgia, and through her website, Brain and Body SolutionsTune in to learn about her holistic healing methods on how to recover from past trauma through your unconscious mind. Discover the power of mother nature and why sometimes, that’s really all you need.

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Holistic Healing: A Comprehensive Approach To Mental Illness With Dr. Stephanie Rimka

I’ve got another wonderful guest for you. She is a friend of mine, Dr. Stephanie Rimka. How are you?

I am great. I’m excited to be here. I’ve said it before we started talking, but I had been a huge fan. Thank you on behalf of all the doctors of chiropractic and our patients that we have a strong voice in messing with you. I deeply appreciate it.

Thank you. When you and I got together with my wife and her being a doctor of chiropractic, she told me, “You’re going to learn the truth. You’re going to become a DC, Doctor of Cause. You’re going to lose a lot of friends along the way, your old MD and DO buddies,” which is true, but again, it brought me in touch with real doctors like yourself. I appreciate having you on.

Remember everyone, everything that we discussed in every episode, it certainly links back to the heart. Dr. Stephanie may be talking a lot about things related to the brain, maybe talking about trauma, maybe talking about different emotional issues, but again, as we hope to work on that, that all goes back to helping the heart.

Dr. Stephanie Rimka, BA, DC, BCN is a holistic brain optimization specialist focusing on integrated neurotherapies to identify and address the root cause of mental illness and learning disorders and chronic illness. She looked very young, but she’s dedicated over 25 years to learn the best practices in functional medicine from so many different, fantastic mentors that she’s been around. She does see clients one-on-one.

When you go to her website called Brain and Body Solutions, she’s got some fantastic group courses and group retreats. Maybe you can tell us about the one. You guys do win in Africa and then ultimately, her why and her passion, certainly I’m sure is her first teenage son, Bennett. Give us some of your background. Every superhero has its origin story. Tell us yours.

I always thought it was going to go to medical school. I always wanted to be a doctor. It was a clear-cut choice for me. I was a successful student. I could fall asleep in class and still get A’s. It was not hard memorizing a bunch of information and regurgitating. It was a simple thing. That’s typically all biology is. It’s rote memorization, spit it back out at these people and you’re supposedly smart. That was what I was going to do. I had a little bit of a detour. In a high school soccer game, I hurt my back. I ended up at my best friend’s brother’s office, which was a chiropractor at sixteen. I started getting adjusted. I didn’t understand what he was teaching me in every appointment. I knew I felt banging and I could crush my basketball and soccer games.

I got adjusted before my games, after the games and before I went to parties. I felt energized and amazing. I was an aggressive physical player. In college, however, I ended up breaking L5. I broke my spine and herniated a disc. We had a lot of paralysis and ended up in traction and all this stuff. I was told by a neurosurgeon that, “You’re clearly never playing sports again. You’re not running again.” Walking is even in question at this point because I lost complete motor control, even with my right leg. That was scary, but I basically, still at nineteen, had so much piss and vinegar in me. I looked at my mother and was like, “I’m not buying any of that nonsense. Get me to Keith right now.”

Keith is my chiropractor in Michigan. I’m still not listening. I was a horrible patient off and on. I only went when I was in pain and I would stop going. In college, it led to a little bit of a whole crash after I broke my spine and my thyroid crashed. I started getting sick. It turns out I’d chosen to become a vegetarian. I didn’t put the pieces together until much later that, which is why I broke my back. This was when my thyroid was crashing because I had no animal protein to me at all, but I didn’t figure it out. I saw how horrible the healthcare system was at the school that I kept going to.

If you choose the path to be a chiropractor, just know that you’re going to be a salmon swimming upstream.

I kept saying, “They couldn’t figure it out.” A year into this, after I gained 50 pounds and I’m exhausted, I’m sleeping twenty hours a day. I’m struggling to do basic math and chemistry, a friend of mine said, “Have they checked your thyroid? I have a thyroid disorder. Maybe it’s that.” I’m like, “I don’t know. Let me go ask.” It turns out they never did it. I was a classic case. I’m thinking, “I don’t know what kind of doctor doesn’t figure this out?”

I had an existential crisis moment in my junior year like, “Why am I actually wanting to go to medical school? Why do I want to be a doctor?” I was a poor kid and grew up on welfare with a father in prison. My mother is working 3 or 4 jobs, and we still needed food stamps. I had to evaluate, “Is this all ego? Is this money? Is this the path that I think is going to rescue my family and me?” What else do you be, a doctor, a lawyer or a judge? I don’t know what else is there. I paused. I said, “I need to reevaluate this whole situation with my motivation.”

At that time, I said I’m going to take a year off before medical school and decide. During the conversation with my chiropractor, I said to him, “Here’s the thing, Keith. I can’t understand what’s happening. When I come here consistently, I’m so much happier. I see the world completely differently. My connection to my spiritual self, the universe. Something’s totally different. I interpret everything differently in a positive light. Why is that? I don’t make any sense. This can’t be about my back pain.”

He had an a-ha moment where he shut the door, pulled out a Sharpie and started writing on the whiteboard. This guy saw 200 to 250 patients a day. Decent volume. He was banging it. He had twenty people waiting. He took 15 to 20 minutes. Time stood still. He was breaking it all down. He talked about universal intelligence, innate intelligence, consciousness, the chakras, energy and the whole flow. He brought neurology into it of the afferent and efferent and emotions. I stopped because I was working in a hospital with schizophrenics in a mental hospital in Michigan at the time. I said, “You’re telling me the schizophrenics need to be adjusted.”

He goes, “Yes.” I said, “That’s what I’m supposed to do. What do I do?” He goes, “You move to Atlanta.” I said, “Okay.” Six months later, I moved and I enrolled in Life University. I want to help drug addicts like my brother. I want to help guys in prison-like my father. I want to help the people with schizophrenia I was seeing being thrown away and abused and over-drugged. I was like, “This can’t be the solution. There’s got to be something else.” In my naiveté, I thought chiropractic should perform all the miracles and make schizophrenia go away. I learned that wasn’t true. However, I learned what to do to make it go away. That’s what got me here. It’s little series of events that added up to me going, “My mistake.”

He had a very strong conversation with me. He knows me since I was five. He said, “Let me be real clear. If you’re going to become a physician, Dr. Stephanie, I want you to be the best physician out there. Go do it. If you need that white jacket, that respect and that ego boost, it’s okay. Go do it and be the best surgeon out there. However, if you choose this path, you’re going to be a salmon swimming upstream. You need to be okay with no respect, with being criticized and ridiculed. Just know what you’re doing.” I was like, “I had to meditate. I’m good to go. I’ll be the black sheep. I’m okay.”

It’s unfortunate that you’re the salmon swimming upstream because it’s what are you swimming upstream against. The swimming upstream against big pharma, big medicine, big insurance, big food, big ag and big corporations, that’s what we’re swimming upstream against, even myself as a natural cardiologist. That’s what we’re up against.

Fortunately for us on our side is the truth and our side of common sense. That’s why we get such fantastic results. I know obviously that your patients, your clients, people that are connected to you are just getting the absolute best because they are again getting that comprehensive approach. It’s not a matter of, “Let’s try this pharmaceutical, this pharmaceutical and this pharmaceutical.”

Even this supplement, this supplement or this supplement, it’s even tricky in this root cause field where you can eventually still be looking at treating symptoms and suppressing things with fit with whether it’s, “It’s methyl folate we need. It’s niacin we need. It must be glutathione is the cure. Maybe it’s this new peptide.”

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Holistic Healing: Patients have been brainwashed into thinking that they’re not supposed to trust themselves, that they have to listen to some authority who knows more than them about all of the things they should have.


There is this balance of it’s a trick with patients because we’ve all, I was a patient too, been brainwashed in the thinking of you’re not supposed to trust yourself and your senses. You’re supposed to ignore your body’s signals. You’re supposed to listen to some authority who knows more than you about all of the things. You should avoid your own common sense because you clearly can’t know what the guy in the white jacket knows about anything.

That gaslighting has been going on, especially for women for eons. They’ve been told their pain in the periods isn’t that bad, all kinds of things women have been told. You know, as a cardiologist, they get ignored in the emergency rooms and die of heart attacks more. They start taken seriously. I’m working against that whole model that they’ve created where they’ve normalized culture.

We don’t even realize how much we gaslight ourselves, how much we silence ourselves, how much we’ve disconnected from the natural way of being. Although I bring tremendous technology and devices and all these fancy things, all of those are an attempt to reset the system back to the way it should be in nature. I’m pretty sure nobody in the Hadza tribe needs a thing I do. They don’t need me.

Except for the adjustment factor.

Even that. Sometimes I do wonder, the subluxation, as you want to call it, it’s just potential energy. It’s looking at motion. Can we be taught to self-correct at times? I think it’s there. The opportunity that we can move that stuck energy ourselves is there. They have a lot of rituals that involve a lot of movement and sound. They’re creating a frequency that probably is self-adjusting. I don’t know how many of them. I’ve been to Brazil and Costa Rica and Mexico. I’ve done mission trips and I’ve seen some things that I came to believe that I’ve adjusted. I wonder about that, to be honest.

To continue on this and certainly is not my area of expertise. It’s an interesting philosophical question, but ultimately, the way that I see chiropractic and chiropractic adjustment are that trauma happens. Certainly, not all trauma is good, and therefore, that trauma that happens, can your body do it on its own or is that a place where osteopathic manipulation, physical manipulation, chiropractic adjustments, can it help? I see your point. That’s definitely interesting. I’m going to err on the side of thinking that the chiropractic adjustment’s going to be helpful, but I’m a huge cheerleader for chiropractic as you know.

Yes, pharmaceuticals have a time and a place, also, emergency room doctors and trauma surgeons. They’re all totally necessary. In pharmaceuticals, when someone is on the verge of catastrophe, although again, it’s not my area of expertise, there may be pharmaceutical interventions that help people literally and figuratively talk them off the ledge.

You brought in supplements and saying, “We don’t want to be supplement pushers on that same end.” You’ll agree with this comment. Tell me again if you do or don’t, but supplements supplement everything else that we do. The eat well, the live well and the think well, inside of live well, sleep, sunshine, chiropractic, physical activity and toxin avoidance. We can use evidence-based supplements to help supplement everything else that’s so foundational.

I use a lot of supplements, don’t get me wrong, but when you’re dealing with bipolar schizophrenia, autism, dissociative issues, we have real deep biochemical mismatches happening. There is a lot of epigenetics involved with that. There’s usually some type of chemical trauma that happened to set this cascade of events off. I’m typically not blessed with getting the three-year-old and saying, “Let’s run everything and let’s look at the whole family history.” I’m usually seeing a 22-year-old who’s now schizophrenic. I am going to leverage supplements nutrients as a therapeutic role. My goal is absolutely to get away from all the pharmaceuticals if possible.

You have your two temples on the side of your eyes, but the true temple is inside the brain.

I used to think that was my primary goal. Sometimes if I can go from 7 to 1 and a handful of supplements and they’re no longer schizophrenic technically, they can go to school and get married and be well and have a productive life, I’ve won. It’s winning. I used to think that was a failure years ago because I’m on the market that people don’t like, but lithium is potent. There are three salts. I use lithium orotate, a natural supplement, a lot in the mental health scape. It’s very potent. It can be a miracle for people.

I want to unpack that more if you would. Tell me more about lithium, because again, my multivitamin, we’ve got a low dose of lithium and now we use a product from Biotics Research called Li-Zyme. I appreciate that for my cardiovascular patients, certainly as it pertains to people and whether it’s with high blood pressure, certainly people with atrial fibrillation. Tell me more about lithium.

Lithium is involved in a tremendous amount of brain transmission and neurotransmitter function. Particularly, if somebody has some of the genetic SNPs, the variant like COMT, which is a methylation variant. People are familiar with MTHFR COMT. Methylation is very hot, and it’s overamplified right now, however, but that one, in particular, is pretty potent. A little bit of lithium goes a long way.

I do hair testing on this to look at heavy metals and the lithium content. Coupled with some other labs, you can see a picture of if lithium would probably work well for this client or not. To go with an over-the-counter supplement, a naturally occurring salt that’s out there, we start that. Typically, if I see the response that I want, we can usually stick with the natural supplement and not have the medication, but let’s say I have a patient that’s come in on the pharmaceutical version of lithium.

It’s 1 of the 3 versions. It’s scaring everybody and I’m like, “Hang on. It’s okay.” Usually, I’m going to titrate off everything else first, once we start doing the neurofeedback and other brain therapies to stabilize their brains, to bring stability back to it. Lithium, we may or may not get off or I may get them on the natural version. Typically, that person of lithium has worked well it’s because they have a true epigenetic need for much higher doses than you or me.

You do have genetic variations. People with schizophrenia often are going to need more lithium. They also need more niacin typically. They might need 100 times the amount of niacin that I need or you need. You can’t get that from the diet. I can’t explain why this is and why this happened. Is it ancestrally being passed onto their DNA from trauma from eight generations ago?

I don’t know. All I know is I can give you this cocktail and there’s no longer hallucinations or hearing any voices. They can have a life and be happy and everything’s done, but I’m like, “You got to stay on these things.” It is their prescriptive thing, like, “You need an excessive amount of it,” because if they don’t, we’ll have neuron transmitter conversion.

We end up with excessive dopamine and high histamine. These are the things that caused derangement in their perceptions of reality, basically. I love lithium orotate. My advice though, I usually want people to be seeing a clinician help determine these types of things, something like lithium, even the B vitamins, even methylfolate. People will take SAM-e like it’s nothing without understanding if they have high homocysteine. You can probably speak to that more.

They’re going to push the system into a dangerous state by taking these methyl donors. I get nervous with people just looking something up or, “This worked for my friend,” and they take it and they have a bad response and they don’t understand why. Nutrient supplements are potent because they’re moving biochemical cycles and by taking too much zinc, you can change the whole dopamine and norepinephrine story. It’s tricky. I do think people need to understand it’s powerful. Nutrients can move like therapeutic drugs in the system.

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Holistic Healing: Lithium has a tremendous amount of brain transmission and neurotransmitter function. So typically, it works well for some because they have a true epigenetic need for much higher doses.


Most people have negative stigmata against lithium. “I thought it’s used for schizophrenics and people with bipolar.” What I tell people is, “This is over 1,000 times lower dosing. Typically, what we use on our side, sometimes we go a little bit higher or even much higher, but nowhere near that kind of level.” What I tell people is that there there’s lithium deficient that the farmers are not putting lithium in the soil. They’re not growing food with lithium. The animals are therefore deficient with lithium, so this is going to give you that basic foundational lithium that so many people are missing.

It’s our perception of it. We’ve been told to be afraid of it. We haven’t been told to be afraid of magnesium. They’re all still elemental minerals.

It’s another elemental mineral on the periodic table that we all saw in high school. I try and make so many people understand that think well aspect, the emotional health totally play in the cardiac. Even women with a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, are highly associated with stress. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is highly associated with that with stressful situations.

Obviously, blood pressure AFib, heart attacks, strokes, all higher and people with mental health issues or anxiety, stress, anger or depression. How would you approach a patient who comes in maybe with one of those diagnoses? They’re not as acutely ill, per se, as some of the people you specialize in, but as we address most of the people that are reading and they’ve got some of these emotional issues, where do we start?

That is the majority of what I do all day, every day. I do start right in the brain. However, I do bypass the heart a little bit. I sneak the heart in every session. Anytime I’m going to do something, we do heart rate variability training. I do biofeedback. I hook them up to a pulse ox. I see what their pulse ox is. I address breathing. I teach them how to control their vagus nervous system, which is the master controller of the parasympathetic rest and digest. I teach them through breath, through the vocal cords so they can learn to hum, chant, sing or laugh, as well as a gargle. These are main vagal tone activators, as well as breathing. We go through breathing exercises. Typically, I’m going to use some type of heart rate variability training such as a HeartMath.

I’ve been using HeartMath for a very long time in practice. There are a couple of other online apps I’m playing with that might even be a little bit better, to be honest, that I’m not quite ready for. I’m like, “This one’s bizarre,” because I’m hooking them up to EEGs as well. I’m watching brainwave activity while they’re doing heart rate training to control through breath and emotional state how their heart is beating and how the heart synchronizes to the brain. I do go after the heart. I use the brain access point because people seem obsessed with the brain. We’re left hemisphere. The heart, it makes people think of love a little too much sometimes. I have to ease my way around that.

I get that synchronized to the heart because the heart rate variability is going to control the alpha waves of the brain. What I’m trying to do to bring that emotional over-arousal down is what it’s called. It’s like they’re all amped up and sped up. They’re in a primal, primitive and animalistic part of their brain instead of the higher cortical regions, the higher consciousness regions that have impulse control, compassion, empathy and where all the mirror neurons reside.

I use that to start slowing them down from these high, fast beta waves, which are externally focused, worrying and thinking. We’ve got to start slowing it down. We’ve got to go from fast-running beta down into some alpha. Beta is the meditative sweet spot. Delta is deep sleep. Super advanced meditators do go into Delta. They do these bizarre gurus on the Himalayan Mountains. I don’t think I’ve ever taken myself to that place in many years, but maybe one day.

I access that through some technology and letting them be relaxed as to how I’m doing it and then over time, teaching them how they can do that themselves and creating a portal to teach them. They need to start meditating. Americans seemed to be resistant to the idea that they can do this themselves. They have to slow it down in silence. All that beta is the left hemisphere chatter with words. The left hemisphere is six times slower than your right hemisphere. The right hemisphere is all symbols and pictures and intuition basically. It’s a much higher consciousness. The doorway to joy is in the right hemisphere.

People may be able to have fewer doctors’ appointments if they went back into nature and let her heal them.

That’s where it’s made. It is the doorway to getting to the part of the left hemisphere that deals with compassion and empathy. It’s a slow route how I have to teach them through silence and gratitude to open the right hemisphere and stop all the talking. I say, “Use your mind and go do this.” We use breath. It’s a slow process to get them into, “I don’t need to tell you all my problems. I don’t know. We’re going to do a whole different thing here.”

I leveraged the technology to show them right on the screen. “See what you just did. See how when you did that, this is what happened. See how when you thought of your boss, everything went haywire. See how when you thought of your divorce, look what happened to you. When you thought of the puppy or being on a beach, see how you can control this.”

When people see that they’re in control of it, it does empower them to actually start practicing it. Through repetition, you got to do this stuff over and over again, neuroplastic, these connections. The first part of any brain training of stabilization. It’s just the nuts and bolts, stabilize. Once I’m stable, then I get into the deeper trauma healing and the more hypnagogic deep spiritual consciousness elevation stuff. This is the meat and potatoes. This is what we all want to do.

This is where people have lightened things. You can have basically almost psychedelic experiences at times. I can do in three months to someone’s brain, what twenty years of meditation would take, and then they can become a very good meditator on their own because they people often quit, “I don’t know how to do it. I can’t quiet it down. I suck at it.” This is what I hear.

I’m like, “Let me help hijack this and make it faster. Let me throw on a Vielight and put you right in the alpha. Let me put on a transcranial stimulation. I’ll throw you right into theta.” I’m going to do it. I can put you right there in a few minutes and then they’ll have that feeling. I’m like, “I know.” I’ve had patients get off and they go, “I don’t think I’ve ever actually felt calm in my life.” I said, “Now you feel that feeling?” They’re like, “Yes.” “That’s normal. That’s what we’re going to get you. We’re going to keep moving you back to peace over and over,” but they’ve become the neurological addiction.

You can very much become addicted to anger and anxiety. You can’t get yourself off of that biochemical addiction. We have to sometimes use stronger things to break it up. I use a lot of technology, neurofeedback and great listening, light therapies. You can do it also in silent retreats for ten days or a sweat lodge or a chanting circle. There are many ways that this has been established throughout our history that we’ve used ritual and ceremony to break up the neurology and start to slow it back down, bring you into the heart of the brain, which is the pineal gland and the pituitary gland.

That’s how I see what the heart really is. Here are my two temples on the side of my eyes and the true temple is inside the brain. I’m of the group that goes to the pituitary and the pineal. I’m going to say it supersedes the physical heart, but I don’t see how you really can connect them. There’s a communication that’s always happening electromagnetically. I am always been fascinated that the heart has its own system. It’s got his own set thing that it can do and self-generate, which is fascinating.

A lot of what you do, when I think about how we help people recover from childhood trauma, emotional trauma, it’s almost like this movie setting or whatever where here’s Sigmund Freud and you’re on the couch and he’s like, “Tell me about your mother,” trying to unpack all this stuff. What I’ve learned at least over the last couple of years is that we don’t need to revisit all that stuff. In fact, revisiting all that stuff, as you pointed out when you’re doing neurofeedback on people that it makes people get acutely worse if you’re just talking about it, but understanding, we’ve all got this old baggage, it’s just a matter of how do we deal with it going forward.

Typically, I leverage talk therapy with my patients. I want to be clear on what I say. I work with a tremendous amount of amazing talk therapists that refer to me and we co-manage together. They’ve gone through all the neurofeedback in my office. They understand what it does. It’s not to bash that, but in general, many of the styles and techniques are just retraumatizing. We have the great analogy of a runny nose. Why don’t most women prosecute their rapists?

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Holistic Healing: In neurofeedback, your unconscious is in total control and you’ll never show yourself something you are not ready to handle. 


It’s because they cannot go through telling that story another 50th or 60th time. It’s traumatizing to have to keep saying it over and over again. You’re ingraining. What you practice grows. If you keep practicing telling the story of your pain, your victimhood, your trauma, you’re going to grow it larger throughout not only your brain, your entire bioenergetic field. I’m not a huge fan of that. Usually, what comes to me are these talk therapy failures at this point. I leverage a few techniques that are good. I go after it, through getting it out of the body physically.

Chiropractic, the style that I do is a spiritual energetic. I do a lot of hands-off in the field, chakra, chronic healing, cleaning the whole energetic system. I can see things in the field that may be a lot of people can’t. I can feel in my body what they’re feeling. It gives me a faster way to get to it. “You don’t need to talk. I can already feel it. Let me just address it.” That’s something that I was trained into. There’s that whole aspect. Something like TRE, which are the Tremor Release Exercises or myofascial release or Rolfing, you can physically start getting this out without having to say a word.

There are many techniques that help this. Acupuncture can do this. If it’s blocked somewhere, it goes, and you can deal with it. Neurofeedback and alpha-theta training, deep states training as often called, we’re dipping people. When you fall asleep, there’s this space right before you fall asleep or your alpha and theta waves are doing this. We had a crossover.

You’re conscious and not conscious. It’s like this twilight space. They’re usually there for 1 to 2 minutes. Memory recollection is off the charts. It’s often where people will go, “I forgot to do that.” They remember something that they forgot to do. Either they get up and go do it and then they fall asleep and they wake up and they don’t remember, “What was that thing I was supposed to do?”

It’s this twilight state that’s very special. With neurofeedback, with sound tones and your eyes closed, I basically put you purposely in that state for 30 minutes. It takes you deep into your unconscious. Your unconscious is in total control and you will never ever show yourself something you are not ready to handle or heal.

In a series of sessions over time, without you thinking about it, your unconscious goes down there into the things that you have been afraid to see, and it cleans it all up, wraps it up and puts it in a nice bow and presents it to you where you suddenly can go. There are countless examples of PTSD veterans with PTSD or alcoholics or child sex cult member patients. I got a lot of those. They can suddenly see the memory or the whole situation from a very observer witness’ mind point.

Now they can tell me about it and they have no stress and trauma. They’re detached from it. It’s like watching a movie and then the trauma’s gone. The hole that had on them physically and neurologically is now gone. They remember it happened, but it no longer controls them. It’s done. They don’t make decisions based upon a wound and pain any longer.

That can all be done with not a whole lot of talking. We can do a little bit of visualization and we do journaling. It’s just consistency. We allow the body to heal itself. The power that made the body will heal the body if you just allow it. You put it in there. You can remove all kinds of things in a potent way that’s comfortable and casual and relaxed for the client.

People are learning so much about the power of the mind and what we can do to use kneeling and natural healing, whether it’s from food or lifestyle, and some of these other ancillary techniques to be able to help people. I love what you also mentioned about laughing and all these different kinds. What we would say are autonomic balancing techniques, as we try and decrease sympathetic, increase parasympathetic. You and I were talking before we started out. We live in Colorado, but the practice is in Arizona. We often travel back and forth. For that 11 to 12-hour car ride, we spend so much of that time listening to the comedy channel and just laughing. It’s therapeutic.

If you keep practicing telling the story of your pain, victimhood, or trauma, you’re going to grow it larger and larger. It will grow throughout not only your brain but your entire bioenergetic field.

With that being said, as people identify that there are a lot of emotional things that they have to work through, or as we say, emotional wellness is an issue. We can have people fill out a question to yours and talk to people. When people come in to see me for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, obesity, stroke, AFib, whatever it may be, they’re not thinking about the emotional side. As I bring up the emotional side, then now we need to get them to work with practitioners like yourself. What is the best way for someone who’s reading this, how they can work with you? Tell me about your courses and the Africa retreat.

The Africa retreat is coming up. We have a couple more spots. That’s at the end of April 2022. It got moved a few times because of the whole pandemic situation. We’re shut down in South Africa. That’s a sign of reconnection to nature. There is no electricity. There will be no cell phones. You cannot work. That’s it. I’m pulling into nature into Mother Earth for eight days. It’s an eco-safari, open tent, sunrise every day, sunset every night, eating by a campfire. We’ll have yoga, meditation, sound healing, lots of things in silence, lots of things about going within. To me, the answer to everything is people may be able to fire more of their therapists and doctors if they went back into nature and let her heal you if you connected more on a daily way.

That’s what’s going on there. My website is BrainAndBodySolutions.com or DrRimka.com. You can see about the retreats there in my courses. I have a series of courses. Most of them are for women, but there are definitely some do-it-yourself courses like my sleep course or the immune course. A couple of things, but I have a yearlong journey for women if they’re interested. The 3R course is a 3R reset. It’s to Rest, Restore and Renew. I do focus on a carnivore diet for 90 days. I focus on the idea of what it means to rest because people don’t seem to know how to do that anymore, especially women, like, “We’re not waking up at 4:30 to go to the gym, mama.” This is not working for you.

It’s about nourishment. I go through a lot of visualization and journaling. I do a lot of neurology. I talk about the neurology of trauma. I have a whole prisoner of neurology series. I go through why you might be stuck in what you’re going through and ways to address it. I teach a lot of alternative methods and resources. You’re in that resource. You’re one of my cardiologists for people to the resource. The next course in there is the M1. It’s all technology. The 3R course is about putting women back in their bodies. Stop dissociating so much. Let’s nourish you. Let’s mother you. Forget about your kids for a hot minute, please. Take care of yourself and sleep and eat again. Stop with the dieting and the salads.

I go into a lot of technology in the M1. I go through a lot of unknown therapeutics and devices and many things I am not allowed to speak about publicly on social media. Things I do on my patients. I put you in my mind. I show you case studies, brain maps, labs, “This is what it actually was. It took a whole year, but this is what we did,” and teach you ozone therapies. All kinds of electromagnetics and a lot of physics are in that course. M2 is more of a shamanic into the heart course. I do a lot of experiential Zooms with them. It takes a whole year to go through that whole thing.

If they’re interested, you don’t have to do the whole thing. That’s on my website. I do private sessions, and I’ve finally broken into doing neurofeedback and other brain therapies remotely. Because I was having a hard time helping us see patients all over the world and finding somebody that’s board-certified, what I do during COVID has been really tricky. It turns out a lot of practices close or they’re not seeing people they’re not accepting patients or none of my people want to wear a mask, and I don’t want them to.

I’m like, “They want you to wear a mask to do neurofeedback? That defeats the whole point of you going for anxiety, wearing something that’s going to make you more anxious. I’m not down with that.” I had to get on board with finally accepting remote neurofeedback. I do several brain therapies. I can see patients from anywhere, send you the equipment, monitor you remotely, and you can do neurofeedback or sound therapy, cerebellar work, light therapy, all kinds of brain restructuring work remotely with me from the comfort of your home. That’s all on my website.

The website again is DrRimka.com and BrainAndBodySolutions.com, where you can find out about the courses, retreats, neurofeedback, different supplements and different products that Dr. Stephanie recommends. All of her backstories are on there as well. Fantastic informational website. Dr. Stephanie, we can talk again. Your information is in courses that last a year and or longer.

I appreciate the opportunity to have you on in the short bit, just to give people a little taste about what practitioners like you can do, what people need in order to achieve a healthy heart, a healthy brain, and live healthy and happily until they’re 100 and beyond. Dr. Stephanie Rimka, thank you so much. It’s another episode of the show in the books. We will see you all next time.



About Stephanie Rimka

HHS 35 | Holistic Healing

Over my 24 years in the health field, my clients have given me feedback on what they tell other people I do. They have called me: personal trainer, chiropractic psychologist, neurofeedback therapist, chiropractor, energy worker, pranic healer, functional medicine doctor, kinesiologist, spiritual advisor, brain trainer, and life coach. Almost like my unique and diverse ethnic background which confuses people and makes me very hard to place into one box, I tend to be perceived by people as to whatever they need me to be in that moment for them. I’m good with that. I didn’t feel like the confusion was a problem.

About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

Dr. Lattanza Office Visit with Patient

As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

Dr. Wolfson Office Visit with Patient

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.


Our chiropractor is an expert at adjustments and holistic chiropractic care and works closely in conjunction with the other health care experts at Natural Heart Doctor.

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IV Therapy

We use specially formulated natural vitamins and minerals that are injected into a vein to prevent or treat dehydration. Ideal for people in Arizona.

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Stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being with acupuncture at Natural Heart Doctor.

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Health Coaching

Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

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Cardio Tests

We use the most advanced testing in the world to assess heart health and to identify the root cause of your health issues.

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Office Visits

Schedule an office visit with one of our cardiologists, holistic physicians, chiropractor, or health coaches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.