Steve Amoils, M.D., and Sandi Amoils, M.D. are Co-Medical Directors of the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine (AIIM) in Cincinnati. Now a major national clinic for integrative medicine, AIIM averages over 20,000 patient visits each year. The Amoils and their clinical staff offer integrative therapies and functional medicine assessments in order to recommend lifestyle and nutritional changes that reduce illness and promote well-being. Steve and Sandi are the authors of Get Well & Stay Well: Optimal Health through Transformational Medicine. Learn more about the book and their work at www.getwell-staywell.org.
Q: Why did you decide to write this book?
A: We found ourselves saying the same things to our patients over and over. So we initially decided to write a handbook for patients coming in to our center. As we talked more, we felt that these answers would help almost anyone who wanted to improve their health.
Q: Do you have any secret writing tips you’d like to share?
A: We feel very passionate about this material, so that makes it much easier.
Q: Tell us a quirky or funny story about you!
A: Steve is notorious for playing April Fool’s Day jokes on people.
Q: Have you ever battled writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
A: We have had more of the opposite problem – trying to condense what we want to say.
Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”