Duane Law Bio
"I teach people to use what they find in a good vitamin aisle or produce section to heal themselves. I don't sell what I recommend."
Duane Law is the Self-Care Advisor. His company, Natural StressCare, helps clients create programs that support their mental and physical health using the tools of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
“Being healthy isn’t about being a saint,” he says. “It’s about being informed and taking informed action.”
Law is among the earliest westerners licensed as acupuncturists in the US. The only acupuncturist ever on staff at world-famous Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, he has a special gift for making the body’s mysteries simple and clear. He draws on his experience as a poet and performer, weaving visual images, helping people understand what goes wrong in the body and what they can do about it.
“Imagine the body’s made up of a billion billion tiny little soap bubbles. Now take a handful of sand and throw it into those bubbles. What happens? The bubbles start popping, right? That’s what chronic inflammation does to the body.”
In college Law did as many students do. He lived on the cheapest food he could find. That usually meant processed carbohydrates. Like many stressed people Law rapidly became addicted to sweets, pasta and breads. “I lost my ability to speak in anything but routine interactions. I was on the verge of suicide.”
The Dramatic Version: How I Became A Healer
My path to a healing career began over 35 years ago in the back of a Datsun station wagon. I’d driven deep into a northern California forest armed with a vacuum cleaner hose, duct tape, a cardboard box, a knife and a bottle of tequila.
Law found his way to an orthomolecular MD, who took him off all carbohydrates that convert easily to blood sugar. “At first it was terrible. But then after a few weeks I started feeling better than I could ever remember. I realized—for the first time in my life—I wasn’t depressed!”
Intrigued by the dramatic change he’d experienced and curious about what else was hidden in medicine, Law became one of the early westerners licensed as acupuncturists in the US.
Law quickly noticed acupuncture didn’t seem to work in the west the same way it did in asia. But then slowly he realized a few patients stood out—responding ten times faster than all the others.
“I quizzed them,” Law says. “And I realized all these patients, the ones responding so quickly and completely, had grown up on diets that didn’t come out of supermarkets.”
Law began insisting all his patients add crucial micronutrients back into their diets. “I saw that the ones who did did much better with my work and maintained their results much better too.”
Today Law’s company, Natural Stresscare, teaches motivated businesses and individuals how to use these and the other tools of holistic health to calm anxiety, lift depression and increase cognitive ability. He uses Skype, email and IM to reach his clients worldwide.
“It looks like supplying the right micronutrients restores crucial control systems, helping the body keep itself young, helping keep the mind focused, the heart calm.”
Law doesn’t sell any of the supplements he recommends. “Trust is everything in this business,” he adds. “I remember why doctors’ offices aren’t also drugstores. But I will tell people where to go to get the best stuff and the best deals.”
Law’s blogsite, Self-Care Advisor, shares these same tools and more to address everyday health challenges.
Law is also on staff at Journey Coaching and Counseling Center in Irvine, CA.
“We felt it was time to bring non-drug approaches in-house to help our clients address long standing symptoms that seem to be resistant to the traditional western medicine model of treating emotional symptoms,” says Renee Miller, Psy.D, LMFT, founder and CEO of Journey Coaching and Counseling Services. “He helps them put their hands on the wheel of their own neurochemistry.”