Dr. Bernadette Anderson, M.D., M.P.H.
The sole intention of this introduction is for you to read this book. Nothing more, nothing less.
Let’s be honest, who wants to drudge through the hard stuff? I didn’t. I am still not a fan of the process. But, here is the thing, there is no way around it other than denial. And, that likely won’t end well. I tried it. Now I am the author of a self-help book, so go figure. My life lessons are sprawled over the pages so you can live full of purpose too.
It wasn’t romance that swept me off my feet. It was heartaches, challenges, and unpleasant experiences that caused me to lose my footing. I staggered in circles tripping over life until it was crystal clear, I couldn’t escape the parts of my story that I didn’t like. I had to heal from them. That may not have been what you wanted to read. Perhaps you were wishing the ugly parts of your story would simply go away. They likely won’t. Not without you aligning the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Life isn’t smooth sailing, nor is that a realistic expectation. But, the waters became less choppy when I acknowledged my father’s neglect, admitted I was estranged from my own life, stopped using a fork to do my heavy lifting. And, I released the pain of not being a biological mother. It was as if I had taken the breath necessary for my heart to beat again. Your turn.
I said it earlier, I want you to read this book. Also, be engaged. Why? The obvious reason is that I’ve poured my soul and energy into it. But more so because, in some shape or form, healing, health, and happiness are on everyone’s wish list. Well, health and happiness are, but they lie in wait of healing. This book is your action plan to make the life you daydream about, the one that makes every fiber of your being leap, be the one that you love!
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About the Author
Bernadette Anderson, MD, is a well-known and highly regarded medical expert, thought leader, visionary and the creator of Life in Harmony, an innovative, action-oriented approach to well-being. During her more than 20 years in the healthcare industry, which includes extensive experience in acute, clinical and preventive care, she has devoted much of her time to developing, teaching and educating others on the principles of health and lifestyle medicine.
In addition to her work as a practicing family physician, international bestselling author and health contributor for a quarterly magazine, Dr. Bernadette has been featured and cited in prominent online publications and has appeared on national television commercials. She also contributes to two health and wellness websites: Sharecare, which was established by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, and Social Audiences, a workforce social media network created by Janet Powers. Through inspirational speaking, group coaching, conferences and various social media outlets, Dr. Bernadette shares her insight on health management, lifestyle transformations, nutrition and fitness.
Today Dr. Bernadette is committed to empowering individuals with the tools they need to develop and maintain personal wellness. To accomplish this, she promotes several cornerstones of well-being, from balanced nutrition, fitness and stress management to adequate sleep, spiritual wellness and healthy relationships. Her Life in Harmony philosophy, which proclaims practical lifestyle modifications as the medicine of choice, is a healthy mix of traditional western medicine and holistic practices.
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Dr. Bernadette earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed a master's degree in public health at the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Ohio. She continued her clinical studies at the Mount Carmel Family Medicine Residency Program in Columbus, Ohio. Today Dr. Bernadette is a family medicine physician and the co-owner of Faith Family Health, also in Columbus. Both in her work as a physician and as the founder of Life in Harmony, Dr. Bernadette is committed to providing individuals with the tools they need to become the primary care provider of their own life.