Interview with Stacey Chillemi

Hi Stacey! Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?
Hi, My name is Stacey Chillemi and I am the author of the book, The Complete Guide to Natural Healing: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body and Maintaining Optimal Health Using Herbal Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Fruits, Vegetables and Alternative Medicine. My passion is helping others discover the surprising secrets to healing the body and maintaining excellent health for life. I have dedicated my life to the field of health, alternative medicine and herbal medicine. My mission is to educate others and share with them the natural remedies to stay healthy, restore health, and look and feel younger.

I am an advocate for healing the body naturally and maintaining optimal health using herbal supplements, fruits, vegetables and alternative medicine, a way of life that does away with unnecessary medicines and over-the counter drugs that pose a threat to our health in the long-run.

Some of my books in this area include The Complete Herbal Guide, Natural Cures for Common Conditions, The Secret To Happiness & Success: Master The Power Of Positive Thinking, Epilepsy You’re Not Alone, Epilepsy and Pregnancy and Live, Learn and Be Happy with Epilepsy which is about learning about your disorder and how to cope with it.
I am in the process of launching my new book, "Natural Remedies for Common Conditions which is about How to Prevent, Heal and Maintain Optimum Health this book will come out into publication this at the end of this month.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote? Give us an example of how you apply this quote to your everyday life?
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau
What is the main focus at this point in your life?
My main focus at this point of my life is to Stay connect with myself. Staying in touch with our spirituality can make us happier and bring peace into our lives. Living happily depends on how we are in our inner lives - our thoughts, emotions, beliefs and desires. Having a strong spiritual connection can bring a sense of inner peace - both peace of mind and peace in the heart. It also means allowing our inner values to guide how we interact with the world around us - our concern for others, our connection with the natural world and our interest in making a positive contribution to society. So I make it a priority to maintain a strong connection with my mind, body and soul and use my happiness, inner peace and knowledge to help others.
What is the significance of Chakras in your practice?
I use the Chakras to keep balanced in my life. I start off with mediation in the morning to clear my thought and dispel any negative energy. When I’m done I feel focused and I feel look toward life in a very positive. Those positive energies I carry rub off to my family, friends and the people around me. Then I do some yoga which makes me fill energetic and fulfilled. Afterwards I feel like I could accomplish anything.

Meditation and Yoga also makes me feel very appreciative toward life and the things I am blessed with in life.
How did you actually get into this practice? What were u doing before you embarked on this journey? Tell us your story behind it.
I developed epilepsy at the age of five. I had struggled with this illness all my life. Many years ago, I began working for an herbalist and I became very interested in herbals.

I began detoxifying my body, I changed my lifestyle (eating, sleeping) I incorporated mediation and yoga into my life; I began cleansing my body from all negative energies. I went from nine seizures a month, down to 6, then 5, then 3 to 1 then to none. I now have been seizure free for over 15 years.

This is what drew my interesting healing the body.
What are certain benefits that a person could obtain in the short term and long term basis?
Improved health and well-being, developing confidence and high self-esteem and looking at life and their surroundings from a whole different perspective. I don’t view like the way I did 20 years ago.
How did you come up with the title,The Complete Herbal Guide Directory: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body and Maintaining Optimal Health Using Herbal Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Fruits, Vegetables and Alternative Medicine?
After years of research I completed my book The Complete Herbal Guide which is 603 pages and consists of natural and herbal remedies for hundreds of conditions. I thought the title pretty much said it all.
What inspired you to write your book, The Complete Herbal Guide Directory: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body and Maintaining Optimal Health Using Herbal Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Fruits, Vegetables and Alternative Medicine?
When I was working with herbal therapist I learned a great deal about natural healing. I developed epilepsy at the age of 5 from a virus called encephalitis. My life health wise was literally like a roller coaster. Then I started using herbal supplements along with my medications. My condition began to improve and I can happily say that seizure-free.
What’s can a person do if they have trouble sleeping at night?
Valerian root has a long history of use as a mild sedative. Taken as supplement, valerian reduces the amount of time to slip into deep sleep. Valerian with hops also has some clinically proven results for sleeplessness, according to a 2005 study reported in the journal Sleep.

Several clinical studies suggest that valerian alone is not effective in the long-term for insomnia. I would say that, in general, any difficulty sleeping that lasts over two weeks may require more medical assistance than any herb can provide.

Lemon balm, or Melissa officinalis, has been used as a relaxant since the Middle Ages in European folk medicine. It has a clean, refreshing citrus smell so you can take it in a tea or as a supplement. Add it to your dream pillow, while you’re at it.

The effects of lemon balm are more than wishful thinking/placebo. A 2003 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmolocology found that lemon balm indirectly encourages sleep by improving mood and inducing mental calmness. Lemon balm can be called a nootropic, or a brain-enhancing supplement, as it can improve cognitive performance too.

Passionflower Most European herbal sleep remedies contain passion flower, or Passiflora incarnata, even though the plant comes from the tropical regions of the Americas, where it was widely used by the Aztecs, according to journals from 16th century conquistadors.

The leaves and flowers have a mild flavor, and has a reputation for reducing anxiety and sleeplessness caused by anxiety.

While few peer-reviewed studies have been funded for passion flower, it is actually listed as an herbal tranquilizer in Germany. According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, the active ingredients may be harmaline and harmine, so does not use passion flower if you take MAOI antidepressants, as sedative effects may be amplified.

Chamomile may be the most recognized sleep aid, but actually many clinical studies have shown no effects of the herb for those suffering with chronic insomnia. Is chamomile a placebo due to its yummy scent? I don’t think so. Chamomile may indirectly promote sleep by increasing mental calmness.

A recent study by University of Pennsylvania researchers found that chamomile significantly reduces the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. This double blind study even pitted the active ingredient against a placebo pill that smelled like chamomile.

Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body's pineal gland. This is a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of the brain. During the day the pineal is inactive. When the sun goes down and darkness occurs, the pineal is "turned on" by the SCN and begins to actively produce melatonin, which is released into the blood. Usually, this occurs around 9 pm. As a result, melatonin levels in the blood rise sharply and you begin to feel less alert. Sleep becomes more inviting. Melatonin levels in the blood stay elevated for about 12 hours - all through the night - before the light of a new day when they fall back to low daytime levels by about 9 am. Daytime levels of melatonin are barely detectable.

Melatonin is an excellent herbal to use. Our body produces melatonin and this is what helps us to fall asleep at night. However as we age the production of melatonin decreases in our body and this is why many individuals suffer from insomnia. You can buy melatonin in stores.
What is your biggest and most inspiring client or student healing story till date?
I had created a program to help cope with epilepsy. The programed helped others accept themselves, love themselves and I showed them how to draw in the positive energies in life and use them no help yourself and others.

This person told me that they were on the verge of suicide. They wanted to give up on life, but when he followed my regimens his life turned around. He had purpose and a will to live. His whole life turned around.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
I want readers to understand that you do not always have to run to your doctor or grab an over-the-counter drug. There are many other healthier alternatives you can resort to.
Do you have any advice for people suffering from anxiety?
Snap out of it! Using mediation and message therapy is an excellent way to improve anxiety. Avoid trying to avoid worrying about the future. Don’t worry about events that you have not yet encountered. The past is over, focus on the present (take one day at a time) set long term and short term goals but realize that life constantly changes and so will your goals, but giving yourself expectations will help you focus on productive accomplishments that will boost your self-esteem and this mentality will help reduce your anxiety. Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t get anxious if you’re unable to achieve everything you have your heart set on.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation is recognized as providing broad-based benefit for numerous health conditions; from stress and anxiety to depression, addictions, immune system function, blood pressure, hormonal balance - and there’s much more. In the work force, meditation is has been used to help people develop or improve efficiency, intuition, creativity, social skills, plus decreased stress-related conditions. Meditation helps one become deeply in tune with their inner life and spiritual nature. They awaken to the reality of their soul. This helps bring peace, calm, joy, love, wisdom, power into your life.
What is one way you can improve your health naturally?
For optimum health, aim for at least two servings of fruits and three servings of veggies per day. Fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals with a low caloric content. They also contain notable amounts of dietary fiber. Fiber prolongs the feeling of fullness after meals and helps you eat less. Men need between 28 and 34 grams of dietary fiber daily and women between 22 and 28 grams. If buying fresh fruits and vegetables is too expensive, opt for frozen varieties. Frozen fruits and vegetables last longer and are typically less expensive.
How important is it to incorporate protein into your diet?
Protein is a crucial part of any healthful diet; it facilitates proper muscle development and growth. Lean protein is low in fats and cholesterol, helping you to stay within your daily limits. Skinless poultry and fish or lean cuts of pork and red meat are ideal. Tenderloin is a tasty, lean cut of pork and top round is a healthful choice for lean red meat. MayoClinic.com does not recommend exceeding 3-ounce helpings of meat. Dairy products, soy products, legumes, nuts and seeds provide sources of protein if you do not eat meat. Whole grains are another necessary element for improving your health. They are high in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. When eaten regularly, whole grains lower your blood cholesterol levels and might reduce your chance of cardiovascular disease. Brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat flour, bulgur and whole cornmeal are examples of whole grains to add to your healthful diet.
What are your current projects?
I am in the process of launching my new book, "Natural Remedies For Common Conditions: How to Prevent, Heal and Maintain Optimum Health Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins and Food and the book will come out into publication this December in 2015. My initiatives for 2015 include coaching, weekly videos teaching others how to heal their mind and body naturally and lessons on how to cope with illness.
Do you have a website people can visit?
(My Website) The Complete Herbal Guide – www.thecompleteherbalguide.com

(My Authors Website) Stacey Chillemi – www.staceychillemi.com

(My Blog) The Complete Herbal Guide Blog – http://www.completeherbalguide.com
Published 2017-05-09.
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Books by This Author

My Mommy Has Epilepsy
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 6,210. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Author Stacey Chillemi and Illustrator provides spectacular proof that children really understand more than you think. Illuminating the cartoon illustrations of confusion and fear that epilepsy can cause, this new edition of My Mommy Has Epilepsy uses lively, subversive illustrations to show how to understand what epilepsy is and what to do if someone is experiencing a seizure.
Natural Remedies for Common Conditions: How to Prevent, Heal and Maintain Optimum Health Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins and Food
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,970. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » herbal medications
This is an excellent book to help prevent, treat and overcome conditions. It is packed with phenomenal advice. Natural Remedies for Common Conditions is the perfect guide to help anyone who has a quest to stay healthy and maintain optimum health.
Learning to Be Kind: Over 300 Ways to Be Kind & Show Appreciation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / General, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
In this book are lists of ways you, your children, loved-ones, friends and family can demonstrate an act of kindness. If you can take time, each day to demonstrate an act of kindness listed in this book and everyone did the same, just think how much better the world we live in could become.
Detoxify/Rejuvenate: Learn How You Can Improve Your Health By Detoxifying Your Body
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,650. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Body cleansing & detoxification, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
This program is designed to be easily incorporated into our busy schedule while providing all the practical tools necessary to support and rejuvenate our bodies. The effect is transformative: nagging health problems will suddenly disappear, extra weight will drop away, and for the first time in our lives, we will experience what it truly means to feel healthy.
THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS: How to Live a Healthy Life Mentally, Physically & Spiritually -Creating the New You
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,180. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Nutrition, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vitamins
THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS: How to Live a Healthy Life Mentally, Physically & Spiritually is a reliable and innovative book for health, nutrition, fitness and mental health. The author Stacey Chillemi brings to you an informative program that specifically designed to improve the quality of your life.
Learn How To Become Wealthy Selling Ebooks
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,880. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses
Epublishing is becoming today's future. Learn How to Become Wealthy Selling Ebooks helps individuals become wealthy at creating and selling ebooks. This book is necessary for any perspective ebook entrepreneur.
GANGS: How to Keep Your Children Away from Gangs, Drugs & Violence
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,880. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology / Rural, Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
This book is geared toward parents trying to keep their kids away from gangs, drugs and violence, gang members who are looking for a way out, or readers who just want to learn about gangs and how to keep kids away from gangs, drugs and violence. information about gang
Asthma: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Someone Diagnosed with Asthma
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,230. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / respiratory, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Allergies
This book is an overview of asthma a disease that afflicts millions of people worldwide. Most important the book goes into detail about triggers and how to avoid them. The book also discusses other important topics such as, asthma caused by allergens and environmental pollutants. These topics are identified, along with suggestions for avoiding or alleviating them.
Life's Missing Instruction Manual: Special Edition: Beyond Words: Shares, Reveals, Praises, Gives
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,410. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Inspirational
These poems will show you otherwise. I will show you through my poetry that there is no reason to be angry. Love yourself as your loved ones love you. Life is meaningless unless you can love, be happy and bring your happiness to others. As you read my poetry, you will see a completely new meaning of life. In addition, faith will once again be a part of your life.
Live, Learn and Be Happy with Epilepsy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,350. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain), Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
The techniques in "Live, Learn and Be Happy with Epilepsy," will help you build the inner power to do anything or become anything you want in life. The approaches in this book for dealing with epilepsy will enable you to reform a better direction in your everyday life.
The Adventures of Covenant Cove
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 21,990. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Valarie and Monica, two best friends, decide to meet their friends at a popular hangout that they have never been to before, driving there on a Friday night, they get lost and witness a murder and they are framed by the murderer for a crime they did not commit in an abandoned gasoline station deep in the Colorado wilderness.
The Complete Herbal Guide: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body Naturally
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 192,440. Language: American English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » herbal medications
The Complete Herbal Guide: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body is essential reference book for anyone interested in maintaining optimal health and overcoming disease. The book contains concise and comprehensive listings of over 175 herbs and conditions. The book has quick and easy references to all the information you need to maintain excellent health the natural way.
The Secret to Happiness & Success: Master the Power of Positive Thinking
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,790. Language: American English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Motivational
The Secret: How Positive Thinking Can Bring You Happiness & Success can change your life. It contains a simple and powerful message for living a happier and more successful life. To achieve your goals, dreams and potential you must learn how to recognize and overcome the obstacles that hold you back in life in their not handled the right way.
The Ultimate Guide to Living Longer and Feeling Younger
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,050. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Aging well, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
The Ultimate Guide to Living Longer and Feeling Younger will change your life. The purpose of this book is to supply you with valuable information and techniques that will teach you how to look and feel younger naturally.
How to Become Wealthy Selling Informational Products on the Internet
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,470. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » E-commerce / internet marketing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses
This book has the most in depth-coverage of important development topics found anywhere on How to Sell Informational Product's on the Internet. The author of the book is a renowned expert in the area. Learn directly from a recognized community expert. This book is packed with code examples and never-before seen secrets of Internet.
How to Buy a Home Using a VA Loan: What Every Home Buyer Should Know
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,640. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Real estate, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Real estate / mortgages
Almost everybody has a dream home. A place they like to stroll through in their thoughts, choosing make-believe paint colors for the walls and putting pretend curtains up. But for too many people, dream homes remain just that–dreams, but it doesn’t have to be like that at all. The dreams of owning a home has become a reality for millions of Americans by using VA loans to help purchase their home.
Natural Cures for Common Conditions: Learn How to Stay Healthy and Help the Body Naturally Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins, Fruits and Vegetables
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,180. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
Natural Cures For Common Conditions is an essential reference book for anyone interested in maintaining optimal health and overcoming disease. The book contains concise and comprehensive listings of over 100 conditions. This book has quick and easy references to all the information you need to maintain excellent health the natural way.
Keep the Faith:To Live and Be Heard from the Heavens Above
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,370. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
Stacey Chillemi is a young writer, speaker and leader in the epilepsy community. She is a Christian, who went on a spiritual journey, found her place in the world and most importantly, discovered Jesus' relevance for everyday life. This book, in its own elliptical way, tells the tale of that journey.
Epilepsy You’re Not Alone: A Personal View on How to Cope with the Disorder
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,600. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases
Epilepsy You’re Not Alone is a 273-page book targeted for individuals who have epilepsy. Unlike other books on epilepsy, it focuses on the facts of the connection between the mind, body and spirit as it relates to epilepsy, showing readers how to use that connection to cope with epilepsy.
Eternal Love: Romantic Poetry Straight from the Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
When you read a poetry book by Stacey Chillemi, you enter a special world where emotions sing from the heart. A world that lovingly captures the ties that bind us to one another-the joys and sorrows, heartbreaks and misunderstandings, and glad, perfect moments when we are in true harmony. A world filled with romance, and above all, enjoyable portrait of love tenderly laid open for us...
Faith, Courage, Wisdom Strength and Hope: Inspirational Poetry That Comes Straight from the Heart
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
“Faith, Courage, Wisdom, Strength and Hope,” is a collection of poems that inspire your mind, body and soul. This book will give you the inspiration to want to live life to the fullest and be the best you can be. The poems in this book have been written to inspire and comfort readers, as well as to give you a completely different view of life.
Breast Cancer: Questions, Answers & Self-Help Techniques
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,130. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
Having breast cancer can be devastating for the woman affected - and for her family and love ones. Many women diagnosed feel devastated, confused, and very alone. Today, approximately 1 in almost every 8 women (13.4%) will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. “Breast Cancer: Questions, Answers & Self-Help Techniques,” brings together comprehensive information about breast cancer.