Friday, January 18, 2013

Please Welcome Christian Author Dr. Rita Hancock

Hello, book readers. Please help me welcome Dr. Rita Hancock to our Barn Door Book Loft Book Shelf.

The first question we like to ask is, Is there a story behind your
book Radical Well-Beng?

After only a short time in my pain management medical practice, I noticed that some patients had physical pain in spite of negative x-rays, MRIs, and blood tests. Sometimes, those people had alignment issues or muscle spasms that caused pain. Obviously, if I found potential physical causes, I treated them. But, sometimes, even after I treated those things, my patients still hurt! Eventually, as I matured in my faith and as I matured as a physician, I got gutsier and started asking patients about past emotional traumas (and even spiritual issues) that could have been contributing. It turned out that getting my patients to talk about their issues (abandonment, neglect, abuse, fears, worries, etc.) made a huge difference in their stress levels, pain levels, and in their physical health, in general. I figured if my patients benefited and found pain relief and relief of stress-induced illness that way maybe others needed to hear about this, too. 

What started you on your writing journey?

About six years ago, God inspired me to write my weight loss book, The Eden Diet, based on my own experience growing up morbidly obese, losing 75 pounds before college, becoming a compulsive eater in college, and then overcoming that compulsive eating problem. In hindsight, I think God had me write that book as much to straighten out my own thoughts as to help others!

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

We have an adorable Cavachon puppy who wants to do nothing but play, play, play! If I don’t pay attention to him for a whole five minutes in a row, he tries to jump up on my lap—even as I sit in front of the computer. 

Which patient in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Basically, every story I wrote about in Radical Well-being is a composite of numerous patient encounters that I’ve had over the years. Plus, I wove little pieces of my own story into a few of the patient scenarios. You see…I don’t write only from a professional point of view, I also have personally benefitted from the way of thinking I present in Radical Well-being. I know from first-hand experience how good it feels to break free from the lies that we internalize during childhood.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Just go to my pinterest page, look at my “humor” board, and you’ll see my favorite cartoons!

What is your favorite season of the year? 

I love Spring! The weather is often pretty mild—not too hot (yet) and not too cold. The only problem is we get lots of tornadoes in Oklahoma that time of year.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

Anywhere there’s a beach, baby!

What Spiritual themes do you like to write about?

I like to write about the mind-body-spirit connection, and how to overcome pain and illness without your having to go to doctors (if possible).

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I’m part-way finished writing a book on non-medicinal remedies for musculoskeletal pain. In it, I talk about interventions like manual medicine (manipulation), rolfing, massage, acupuncture, and I answer FAQs in pain management like how to find the best mattress or pillow, etc. Most importantly, I talk about how addressing emotional and spiritual factors can be WAY more helpful than taking addictive narcotics in many cases.
Since I haven’t even submitted a proposal to the publisher yet, I estimate that book won’t be out for about two years.

Thank you Dr. Rita. We have enjoyed having you with us for these past two days.

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Dr. Rita Hancock, MD is giving away a copy of  Radical Well-Being.The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this book.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Judy said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I suffer from fibromyalgia and migraines. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for this giveaway!


Barbara Shelton said...

The interest in this book goes way down to the bones! LOL Seriously, I feel many will benefit by the writings between the intriguing covers. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win such an informative read.

In Christian Joy,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

KayM said...

I would love to read this book. My sister has severe health issues. She has been to many specialists and to the Mayo Clinic. No one has been able to help her.

Library Lady said...

Dr. Hancock's book, "Radical Well-Being" would be a welcomed addition to the Church Library.
Thanks for entering me in the book giveaway.
Janet E.

tickmenot said...

Oh my goodness, I can not tell you how interested I am in this book. I have had a chronic illness for over 20 years, and been almost constant pain for the last 12 years. To say I would like to get my hands on this book is an understatement!!

Blessings in Kansas City

Sharon A. Lavy said...

I wish all of you could win this book. Putting your names in the "HAT" now. =)

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