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Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.
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Relationships expert, author and media personality who helps people get more out of life using effective communication skills

For over 35 years, Dr. Georgianna Donadio has been a pioneer in the fields of Behavioral Health and Whole Person Health Care, working with patients to change lifestyle behaviors and improve their health. She is the founder and director of the National Institute of Whole Health, established in 1977, which has led the transformation of health care towards the Whole Health movement we see today.

Georgianna is one of only six American Florence Nightingale Scholars and an award-winning Nurse Advocate. Her pioneering research was the foundation for the 3x award winning, #1 Amazon Bestselling book Changing Behavior: Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy-to-Learn, Proven Communication Skills (SoulWork Press, 2012).

As a sought-after, Best of Boston, integrative health practitioner, behavioral health and relationships expert, her work has led to dramatic lifestyle changes in millions of people worldwide. Her research has produced Behavioral Engagement with Pure Presence(BEPP), the first known patient education and health behavior change model developed, tested and utilized in a clinical setting. BEPP is currently being researched by Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.

A health and lifestyle blogger for Huffington Post and Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Share Care and Jennings Wire, her expertise has been showcased in hundreds of print, online, radio and TV interviews including on, WebMD, CNN News, Today / MSNBC, Fox News, Reader's Digest, Ladies' Home Journal and Self Magazine, to name a few. In addition, for 20 years, until recently retiring, she hosted a nationally syndicated, local Emmy nominated, cable TV show, Woman to Woman®, which explored all topics of interest to women, with a special focus on relationships.

Georgianna Donadio lives and practices in the greater Boston area. She writes collaboratively with Conor MacCormack, author of the Metaphysical classic Dragon Heart. For more information and a free book excerpt of Changing Behavior, visit For information on accredited Whole Health Education program, see

Entries by Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

The Science of Heartbreak

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 12:35 PM


Like most healthcare practitioners, I often hear clients discuss their fear of loving or trusting another person after they have been terribly disappointed or hurt in a romantic relationship. Being deeply hurt or emotionally wounded through deception, rejection or infidelity cuts to the...

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How Thoughts We Think Become Our Reality - Part II

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 2:29 PM


"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." -- The Buddha

Given the way the health sciences have been taught in nursing and medical schools, it is perfectly understandable for physicians,...

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The Science of How What We Believe Becomes Our Reality - Part I

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 2:08 PM


"Mind is the Master Power that molds and makes, and we are mind. And ever more we take the tool of thought, and shaping what we will, bring forth a thousand joys, or a thousand ills. We think in secret,...

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Why Dr. Oz Is So Popular

(7) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:16 PM


In early 2015, the National Health Policy Conference was held in Washington D.C., Dr. Stephen Berkshire, member of the American College of Health Care Executives and Academy Health, was not surprised that a main topic of discussion at the conference was doctor-patient communication,...

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Healing From a Broken Heart

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 1:54 PM

The breakup of a romantic, significant relationship can be painful, overwhelming, and filled with tears and recriminations for our self or the other person. We can feel as if someone has physically wounded us, pierced our heart, and left us without an emotional compass to find our way out of...

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Loving Again After Loss

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Meaningful relationships, belonging and love are essential to our health, happiness and what we want, need and desire. It is one of psychologist Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs and the one of the most frequently conflicted areas of human interaction. The willingness to be vulnerable to love again after...

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How Happy Couples Behave

(32) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 11:40 AM

It is not a coincidence that the partners in happy couples share many of the same behavioral patterns in how they treat one another. Often we think that being happy means we have fun sharing the same hobbies or doing everything as a couple. While sharing activities enhances relationships, the...

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Are Spiritual Communities Healthier? Something For Boomers To Think About

(46) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 6:11 AM

Stuff happens -- especially as we age. Our lives and health generally change. The usual causes include children leaving the nest, divorce, the loss of a spouse or partner, changing financial circumstances or any one of a dozen other events. Often the outcome of these changes can lead to sadness,...

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Dishing Out Peace and Goodwill

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 10:04 AM

Looking at the state of the world at large, it can be difficult to see much reflection of the up-coming holiday sentiment of "Peace on earth -- goodwill towards mankind." In its place we find war, conflict, hostility, political corruption, crime, greed and pending financial collapse.

Daily news headlines dampen...

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The Passion Diet

(227) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 7:05 AM

As a patient educator and nutritionist, I often hear the following from frustrated patients: just when they think they have a handle on what they are supposed to do to be healthy, the information changes.

For example, up until a recent study was published, those of us over 50 were...

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The Alcohol and Cancer Link: Can One Drink a Day Increase Your Risk?

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 1:00 PM

By now, everyone has heard about the benefits of red wine -- that it's packed with heart-healthy antioxidants and resveratrol, which may reduce bad cholesterol and help prevent blood clots. [1] But, as doctors have long known, drinking alcohol is associated with increased cancer risk. The Million Women study, which...

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A New Breed of Humans?

(7) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:41 AM

From advanced, minimally-invasive surgical techniques to mapping the human genome, medical advancements that would have been unthinkable a mere 50 years ago are shuttling us toward a ripe old age -- but at what cost? While no one can argue that medicine and technology have changed our lives in many...

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Handling Difficult Relationships This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the December holidays on the horizon. Some say: "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Or is it? For many of us, the holiday visits back home to family members are something to be dreaded. While we look forward to the pleasure of...

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Fortune Cookie Wisdom

(7) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 8:00 PM

When was the last time you cracked open a fortune cookie? Those little slips of paper filled with uplifting, motivational messages always seem to brighten our days. Snippets of inspiration such as, "You will be sharing great news with all those you love," "Be patient -- success is near," or...

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Chew Your Way to Losing More Body Fat

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 5:24 PM

Three research studies from the last few years have explored an interesting tool that could potentially be used to combat the obesity epidemic in our culture. Not unknown in other parts of the world, the idea of addressing the first step to food digestion and an important factor in reducing...

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Rethinking Grain-Based Carbohydrates Part II

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 6:13 PM

Back in August I wrote a Part I article on the good, the bad and ugly of grain-based carbohydrates. While promising to deliver Part II shortly thereafter, a manuscript deadline got in the way. Well, here is the tardy Part II and by way of apology, I will rely on...

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Should You Rethink the Complex Carbs in Your Diet?

(52) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 3:03 PM

Take all the "white stuff" out of your diet. You've read it in popular magazines, heard it from your friends and even from the lips of Oprah, the long reigning queen of day time television. Taking away all things white from your diet -- bread, pasta, bakery items and sugar...

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Our Love Affair with Pets

(11) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 6:31 PM

In an economy that has been reeling in double-digit unemployment and unending home foreclosures, the last thing you would expect is that in the 2010-2011 year we spent a collective $50 billion on our pets. Even more surprising, this figure represents an $8 billion increase in the last...

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The Mediterranean Diet: It's Not Just About Food

(156) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 8:27 AM

In Annia Ciezaldo's April 1st article in the "New York Times Magazine," she asks, "Does the Mediterranean Diet even exist?" She suggests that since half of Spain, Portugal and Italy's populations are overweight -- with Lebanon rapidly following suit -- then, contrary to popular belief, the Mediterranean people...

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