Today we’re diving into a deep discussion about anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and miracles.


Situations such as losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, or going through a divorce can cause a person to feel sad, lonely, and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors, and we all tend to feel low and sad at different times in our lives. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression as a psychiatric disorder, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and tend to persist.

Often times, people who are experiencing upheaval, trauma, or other emotional discomforts in their lives feel helpless when it comes to finding relief for their internal struggles. When seeking a resolution, it’s important to look at the big picture and address everything that plays a role in our overall health and mental status each day. If you are taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications, be sure to listen to this episode to learn about some incredible testing and natural alternatives to these prescription drugs.

I’m joined today by a man we will call “James.” Though he prefers to remain anonymous, the importance of his story has compelled him to share his very personal struggle with depression and anxiety. James describes the onset of insomnia and emotional hopelessness that crept into his life and began to hijack his energy, health, and overall happiness. Fortunately, he reached out to Dr. Aliza Cicerone who was able to get to the root of the problem and deliver James a miracle by giving him the relief that he needed.

Naturopathic Oncologist, Dr. Aliza Cicerone from Spark Health, joins us to share how she diagnosed James and what she treated him with to turn his life around in less than a week. Dr. Cicerone believes that a combination of conventional and natural medicine is the optimal way to give patients long-term health and wellness.


We Discuss:

  • 3 major areas that contribute to what happens to us in life and how we respond to it
  • The effects and symptoms that men and women often experience from anxiety and depression
  • What a Naturopathic Doctor is and the background and training that they receive
  • The common modalities that Naturopathic Doctors use to treat patients
  • Testing neurotransmitter levels in the body to formulate a concise and targeted treatment
  • The very important role that B vitamins and amino acids play in the body
  • Why anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications are often the go-to solutions for treatment
  • Why an uninformed usage of vitamins and other supplements can do more harm than good
  • How to find out what your body actually needs to function optimally and efficiently


My life circumstances hadn’t changed that much, but what changed was my story about them. I created a story that I kept repeating over and over. A friend of mine told me that hell is literally located between your ears, and that was what was happening. Between my ears was this story of doom and gloom and the end of the world, and there were many times that I really wanted to be off the planet. I didn’t want to be here anymore, and I couldn’t face life day-to-day.”  –  “James”


About Dr. Cicerone:

Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from The National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and holds additional board certification in Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO).

Dr. Cicerone believes that a combination of conventional and naturopathic medicine is the optimal way to give patients long-term health and wellness. 

A California native, Dr. Cicerone moved back to the San Diego area in 2013 to bring personalized natural medicine to Southern California.

She works with patients with a variety of health concerns, including cancer, thyroid abnormalities, hormone imbalance, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.


What I love about Naturopathic Medicine is, we’re not saying something’s broken and we need to bring in something else to fix it. We’re saying something’s not working right, let’s see what we need to do to get that body working how it’s supposed to. Our bodies are amazing, they know what they’re supposed to do, but just like us, they get sidetracked sometimes. So sometimes, they just need a little nudge, a little reminder, or a little support for getting back to how they’re supposed to optimally function.”  –  Dr. Aliza Cicerone


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Saying The Right Thing When You Don’t Know What To Say



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