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23. Expert Dr. Suzanne Bartlett on Why Spending Time in Nature is Essential to the Healing Process

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Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D. is an OB-Gyn and Integrative Medicine physician who practices in Waterloo, Iowa.  She is board certified by both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the American Board of Integrative Medicine.  She holds additional certifications in herbal medicine and is a certified forest therapy guide.  She has served as medical director for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and currently is medical advisor for AllTrails.

She is the award-winning author of The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing and Friend Like John, Understanding Autism.  She speaks nationally and internationally about autism, integrative medicine, and nature therapy.  Suzanne and her husband Joe are avid outdoor enthusiasts and lead workshops combining outdoor adventure and the mindful practice of forest bathing.

In this episode Katherine and Dr. Suzanne Bartlett explore:

  • The state of women’s health in the US and why Dr. Bartlett chose to specialise in gynaecology
  • What factors could be behind the increase in issues such as PCOS and endometriosis
  • Nature therapies including the practice of forest bathing and how it can benefit mental and physical well-being
  • How technology and the modern lifestyle has caused society to disconnect from time spent in nature
  • The effect of microbes in the natural environment and how they impact our microbiome
  • Why spending time in nature is so beneficial for reducing stress
  • Suzanne’s personal journey and how nature therapies played a part in her healing








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