WellBe is a media company focused on the intersection between wellness and healthcare. We want to inform, inspire, and empower you to take control of your health and demand a system that supports you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of all Americans have at least one chronic disease—from chronic pain to autoimmune disease to type 2 diabetes. The crippling amount of time and money spent on chronic disease care is not inevitable. We have the tools now to live long, disease-free lives. To truly reverse the chronic disease epidemic, we need wellness. Right now. Everywhere.
This means seeing the 100 choices you make a day for yourself as healthcare. This means viewing your body holistically, rather than a sum of disconnected parts. This means making natural choices whenever you can, and using integrative medicine when a health issue arises. We’re not shunning conventional healthcare, but we’ve seen its limitations.
On the other hand, as much as we believe you can take control of your health through wellness, the system most of us live in makes avoiding chronic disease and optimizing our health incredibly difficult. Most of us are doing what we think is best and what we think is healthy, only to discover that we’ve been duped— “all natural” isn’t regulated and the overprescription of antibiotics is causing a public health crisis. Is it too much to ask for a system that encourages and supports our efforts, rather than inhibits them?
At WellBe, we’ll make confusing health topics clear by digging into research so you can figure out how it actually affects your health. We’ll highlight the changemakers who are transforming wellness and the industries that touch it. We’ll share the stories of people who turned to integrative health as a last resort, and were able to overcome their health challenges. We’ll fill you in on the latest in wellness and the policies that affect it: why you should care and how you can help enable change. We don’t have all the answers, but we’ll nerd out to get you the information you need. Thank you for watching, reading, commenting, and sharing. In return, we’ll do our best to help you in every way we can. Let’s do this. Let’s get WellBe.
In her personal and professional experience, Adrienne Nolan-Smith has seen how integrative health and wellness are key to preventing and reversing disease. When she was 11, Adrienne was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Her conventional doctor prescribed antibiotics, but they didn’t work and her mother was then told there were no other options. Two years and multiple integrative therapies later, Adrienne was Lyme-free. Over the years, other health issues came up and each time it became clear that conventional doctors had tools to treat her symptoms, but they never got to the root of the problems, nor did they really try to cure them.
In 2010, Adrienne lost her mother to suicide while she was on antipsychotic and antidepressant medications to treat schizoaffective disorder. At that point, Adrienne knew she needed to completely switch careers and began working for a healthcare technology company, hoping to fix the system from the inside. After several years working with hospitals, she realized that, until wellness is the standard of care, the current chronic disease crisis would only continue to rise. She also realized that until people demand wellness from their doctors, their brands, their employers, their governments and ultimately, from themselves, nothing will change. Adrienne founded WellBe to facilitate this change by helping you get and stay well, and demanding a system that supports you in this endeavor.
Adrienne received her BA from Johns Hopkins University, her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and is a board-certified patient advocate (BCPA). She lives in New York City, where she was born and raised. Adrienne gets WellBe with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and eating (mostly!) clean, real food.
Nicole Kwan is a former editor at SELF.com, Prevention, iYogaLife.com, and FoxNewsHealth.com. In 2009, the North Carolina native did her yoga teacher training at OM yoga. Outside of work, Nicole volunteers with Opening Act and New York Cares. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and lives in New York City. Nicole gets WellBe with her yoga practice, Ayurvedic care, and her favorite metal lunch containers.
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Vanessa Sepul-Azcarraga grew up in Belgium and now attends the Parsons School of Design in New York City. She studies Strategic Design & Management and is minoring in Food Studies. She is a certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Vanessa gets WellBe with craniosacral therapy, dry brushing, and copious amounts of herbal tea.