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In the Clinic with Camille

In the Clinic with Camille

By K. Camille Freeman
Short clinical tidbits with clinical herbalist and licensed nutritionist Camille Freeman, LDN. Learn more or submit question/topic requests:
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40 | Balancing creativity and consumption
When things start to feel out of balance, I find it helpful to evaluate whether my balance of inputs to outputs is in place. If I've been consuming too much information/content/etc then it's easy to feel overwhelmed. This can be balanced by spending more time in creative mode, making things either just for fun or producing content or materials to help my community/clients.  This summer in Monday Mentoring, we'll be focusing on the balance between consumption and creation in our seasonal challenge (content creation & visibility) as well as our book club (The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron). We'd love to have you join us if this has been on your mind as well ❤.  Questions? Thoughts to share? Let me know. Transcript & notes for this episode are available on the Bloom & Grow website. Helpful Links for Practitioners Monday Mentoring 🌻 Herbal Observation Groups 🔍 2022 GI Deep Dive 🍒 Practitioner Resource page 🔦 Freebies 🎁
May 25, 2022
39 | Why You Shouldn't Create an Online Course
Whenever I hear about a new practitioner launching an online course, I cringe a bit. It's not that I don't wish them well. Of course, I do! I'd love nothing more than to see everyone's online courses filling easily and making big changes in the world. Unfortunately, that is not usually what happens. In this episode, I share why I don't recommend that newer practitioners offer courses and programs.  Questions? Thoughts to share? Let me know.  Transcript & notes for this episode are available on the Bloom & Grow website. Helpful Links for Practitioners Monday Mentoring 🌻 Herbal Observation Groups 🔍 2022 GI Deep Dive 🍒 Practitioner Resource page 🔦 Freebies 🎁
April 12, 2022
38 | Why I'm Not on Social Media
Some of you know that I haven't been on social media for several years. In this episode, I share why I chose to step away and a few thoughts on how this works for me. To learn more about how to find clients without social media, come to my free webinar on Thursday, March 24 at 7 pm ET Transcript & notes for this episode are available on the Bloom & Grow website. Helpful Links for Practitioners Monday Mentoring 🌻 Herbal Observation Groups 🔍 2022 GI Deep Dive 🍒 Practitioner Resource page 🔦 Freebies 🎁
March 22, 2022
37 | A February Pep Talk
February can be a hard month. For many of us, it's dark. It's gloomy. It's cold. It can be hard to keep the faith, particularly when you're new to clinical practice. Here's a short pep talk for you if you've been feeling a bit down when it comes to your practice. Hang in there.  Here's the link to episode 13 on forming your own accountability group, which I mentioned in this episode.  Helpful Links for Practitioners Monday Mentoring 🌻   Herbal Observation Groups 🔍    2022 GI Deep Dive 🍒    Practitioner Resource page 🔦    Freebies 🎁 Transcript & notes for this episode are available on the Bloom & Grow website. 
February 22, 2022
36 | Interview with Oren Hercz on Offering Herb Walks and Classes to Build your Practice
One of the biggest challenges when running a clinical practice is finding more clients. In today's podcast, we'll talk to clinical herbalist Oren Hercz about how he offers herb walks and classes to support his community and build his practice. Oren shares a few tips and tricks he's picked up along the way, as well as detailed information about how he structures his herb walks and classes.  Oren's website and the link to his February Winter Mental Health workshop.  Transcript & notes for this episode are available on the Bloom & Grow website. Helpful Links for Practitioners Monday Mentoring 🌻 Herbal Observation Groups 🔍 2022 GI Deep Dive 🍒 Practitioner Resource page 🔦 Freebies 🎁
February 08, 2022
35 | How to Stay Calm(er) When You're Giving a Presentation with Megan Hamilton
In this episode, I interview public speaking expert Megan Hamilton, who shares an easy strategy you can use to stay calm before and during a presentation. Fear of public speaking is incredibly common, and at the same time, presenting is one of the most effective ways of connecting with people in your community. Megan shares some helpful thoughts on how we can prepare for presentations beyond focusing exclusively on the content. For even more help, join us for a live, online workshop with Megan at the end of January. Details below.   Resources Megan's website The animated gif for controlled breathing Register for the 1-hour Speaking with Power online workshop on Jan 31 at 5 pm ET. Pay from the heart: $5-25 💟 (Can't make it live? No worries. There will be a replay. As long as you register before the session starts, you'll get access to the recording.)  Transcript & notes available on my website.
January 25, 2022
34 | When Your Own Health Makes You Doubt Your Ability to Work with Others
If you've had doubts about whether you can truly serve a client if you personally struggle with the issue the client is having, this episode is for you! There isn't a right answer here, but it is worth thinking about your assumptions and beliefs before you decide where to draw your own boundaries.  For show notes and a transcript, visit the Bloom & Grow website Helpful Links for Practitioners Monday Mentoring 🌻 Herbal Observation Groups 🔍 2022 GI Deep Dive 🍒 Practitioner Resource page 🔦 Freebies 🎁 Transcript & notes available on my website.
January 13, 2022
33 | Why I Don't Do Annual Planning in December
At this time of year, it's tempting to spend hours planning and organizing to prepare for 2022. I've found that this approach, while fun, isn't always one that works for me in the long run. In this episode, I'll share more about why I avoid annual planning and what I do instead (hint: seasonal planning).  If you want to plan for the winter season together, please join me for a free Seasonal Dreaming & Planning for Practitioners workshop on December 21 at 12:00 pm ET. It will last about 30 minutes, and you'll get access to the workbook and planning document I use personally. I'd love to see you there. It will be recorded, so please register even if you can't attend live ❤. Transcript & notes available on my website.
December 13, 2021
32 | Do You Need to Prune Your Offers?
As we come to the end of 2021, many clinicians are starting to think about goals and plans for 2022. Before you jump ahead to next year, I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on your current practice. Might it be time to prune your offers? In this episode, I share a few thoughts to consider. Transcript & notes available on my website. Want to do this work together? You're invited to my free Winter Seasonal Dreaming and Planning workshop on 12/21 at noon ET. Spend about 30 minutes reviewing what's working/what's not working, and think about what you'd like to focus on during the winter season. 
November 22, 2021
31 | When It Doesn't Help to Compare
Have you ever thought that you don't really need to create a service, course, or program because someone else is already doing what you wanted to do? If so, please take a few moments to listen to this episode. You can find the transcript and show notes on my website.
November 08, 2021
30 | Grounding and Centering before a Client with Very Little Time
How do you get grounded and centered before working with a client? In this episode, I share a few strategies that I use. I'd love to hear more about any techniques that work for you. You can share your practices and find a transcript of this episode on my website:  Resources I purchased my diffuser and essential oils from Essential Diffusion, run by Monday Mentoring member, herbalist and aromatherapist Niki Smith. 
October 18, 2021
29 | Thoughts on the COVID Vaccine and Pregnancy/Fertility
In today's episode, I share my perspective on the COVID vaccine for people who are trying to conceive and those who are pregnant. Remember: talk to your own primary care person to get advice about your particular situation! Transcript and show notes are available on my website. Resources: Learn about the mechanism of mRNA vaccines Your local epidemiologist newsletter is excellent for detailed and updated info on COVID/vaccines COVID vaccine does not have an 80%+ risk of miscarriage Participate in a study about menstrual experiences following the COVID vaccine COVID vaccine does not cause sterility Learn more about the mechanisms of action for the COVID vaccines and more from Heather Zwickey, who has a PhD in Immunology and founded the Helfgott Research Institute at National University of Natural Medicine COVID risks higher for pregnant people & COVID + adverse pregnancy outcomes
October 11, 2021
28 | Thoughts on Quarterly Taxes
In this teeny-tiny episode, I discuss how to think about quarterly taxes so that it's not quite so painful to send in those checks every few months.  Resources Mentioned Happy Money by Ken Honda My Roots course just re-opened. If you're getting started & need help setting up your practice (insurance, forms, scheduling, etc), come and join us! Not sure how much you should be setting aside for taxes? Check out Episode 14 | How to Handle Income from your Practice Transcript & notes available on my website.
September 21, 2021
27 | Why I Spend Money Every Month on a Business Mentor
At the beginning of my practice, I could never fathom paying as much as I am right now every month on mentoring and other programs/expenses that grow and support my practice. I've learned the hard way that it's easier to work with someone else who knows what they're doing than it is to fumble around and figure it all out on your own. I've also learned that there's an important shift that happens when you decide to push your own boundaries a bit by making a commitment to the work. In this episode, I talk more about why I work with mentors and the value I get from doing so.  Transcript and show notes available on my website. Here's more about Monday Mentoring if you're interested in that program! 
August 06, 2021
26 | Thoughts on the New OpenNotes Rules for Licensed Practitioners
In this episode, I share a few thoughts on my understanding of the new OpenNotes rules that apply to licensed practitioners. Please note that these are not meant to be a full and comprehensive guide, but rather reflections on some changes that I have implemented in my own practice based on the rules, and my interpretation of how they apply. Please consult a lawyer before making changes or decisions about how these rules apply to your own practice! A transcript and additional information can be found on my website here. See my full review of Practice Better software.  Resources Federal Rules mandating open notes (this whole website is excellent)  More info about exceptions FAQ noting that practitioners are not required to make notes available proactively, but only by request Here's the full "information blocking" FAQ (see the rest of the website for additional info) 
July 02, 2021
25 | Making Peace with Not Running an Apothecary
Have you ever felt like you're less of an herbalist if you don't run your own apothecary? In this episode, I discuss finding peace with not being able to do it all. Transcript & notes available on my website.
June 01, 2021
24 | Do You Need a Business Plan?
You're an herbalist or a nutritionist going into private practice. Do you need a business plan? Nope. I don't think so. Listen to this episode to find out more & what you might do instead. Need help with some of these steps? You may want to consider my Roots course and/or a private mentoring session.  Transcript & notes available on my website.
May 05, 2021
23 | Why Having Your Clients Buy Herbs on Amazon May Not be a Good Idea
In this episode, herbalist Lori Wroten shares a personal case study about an adverse reaction to herbs sold by a 3rd party seller on Amazon. If you have clients who purchase herbs or nutritional supplements from Amazon, it's incredibly important to provide education about the possible risks and where one can obtain supplements safely. Lori also shares how this experience led her to seek out additional training. She's now running a busy herbal practice; as a bonus, in this episode Lori shares some tips about how she's built up her practice, including one strategy that I've never heard of an herbalist using before :).  Additional resources and a transcript are available on my website.  You can find Lori online at Lifesong Holistic. 
April 23, 2021
22 | Should You Charge Extra for Payment Plans?
I often get asked whether it's reasonable to charge extra for setting up/administering payment plans. In this episode, I'll share why I don't charge extra. You can find a transcript and resources on my website. Other links mentioned:  Practice Better (referral link) My Grow course, which is starting soon!
April 20, 2021
21 | Questions to Ask Before You Buy that Program or Course
Before you buy that super tempting program or course, please pause for a few moments to ask yourself whether this is something you truly need, have time for, and can afford. In this episode, I share several questions to ask yourself before you sign up for something new - whether it's a free course or a $5k course. Please have a listen before you sign on the dotted line! For notes and a transcript, please visit my website.
March 21, 2021
20 | Don't Overlook This Simple Way to Find New Clients
A lot of times, we get wrapped up in complex schemes for finding new clients without first having tried the basics. Today, I remind you about one of the simplest things you can do to let people know what you do and who you work with. This strategy won't get you clients immediately, and it does make a big difference in the long run. For notes and a transcript, please visit my website. Also, if you're working to get more clients into your practice this year, do check out my Grow course that will be starting in late April/early May & sign up for the waitlist if it seems like a good fit! 
March 17, 2021
19 | The Ovaries Need the Uterus
Did you know that people who have had a hysterectomy (with ovaries intact) tend to go through menopause almost 2 years earlier than those who still have a uterus? In this episode, we'll talk about how the ovaries need the uterus to function optimally and how our various bits and pieces are - as usual - more interconnected than we had originally thought.  Please see my website for a list of references and a transcript. 
March 12, 2021
18 | Be Mindful About Going Over Time During Your Consults
In this visit, I share some things to think about if you're consistently going over the scheduled amount of time for your clinical visits. These aren't always obvious, and it's important to consider how your timing affects your clients physically, emotionally, and logistically. If you'd like to be part of a community of practice with other clinical herbalists/herbally-minded nutritionists, please consider joining us in Monday Mentoring. We'd love to have you when doors are open in April! Transcript and show notes available on my website.
March 03, 2021
17 | Reflections on Publishing Research
A paper I've been working on for years (!) has finally been published. Hear more about the research/publication process in this episode, and check out the abstract on PubMed.  Here's the full citation:  Cherpak-Castagna,  C. E., Gafton, E. N., Nault, D., Van Lare, S. J., & Freeman, K. C.  (2021). Cross-Sectional Survey of Graduate Clinical Nutrition Students Describing Dietary Choices and Recommendations. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 1–10. Advance online publication. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
February 24, 2021
16 | On Keeping Things Simple
When we're working with complicated clients, it can feel very important to have complicated solutions. In this episode, I make a case for keeping things simple when we can. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
February 16, 2021
15 | Identifying Your Target Market and Niche
Hey herbalists & nutritionists! Feeling confused about your target market and niche? Not even sure what the difference is between the two? Don't think you really need either of these? Listen to this episode to find out why it's so helpful to narrow these things down for yourself and to learn why it's okay - really! - if you're not quite there yet.  Need more help? Come to my free webinar on Narrowing your Practice Focus on 2/13 at 5 pm ET.  It'll last about an hour, and I'd love to see you there.  Show notes & transcript available on my website. 
February 09, 2021
14 | How to Handle Income from your Practice
Confused about what to do with money that you're making in your practice? I certainly was. In this episode, I cover a few key learnings from Mike Michalowicz's book Profit First (ugh, the title). These concepts clarified quite a few things for me, and hopefully they'll be helpful for you as well. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
February 01, 2021
13 | Accountability Groups for Practitioners
Why you need an accountability group and tips for making yours work well. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
December 13, 2020
12 | Why You Need a Referral List and Who to Add
Do you have a referral list? I find that many practitioners don't have one, or it's not up-to-date. In this episode, I share how I keep my list, who goes on it, and how I use it to build my practice and support my clients. Transcript and show notes available on my website. 
November 04, 2020
11 | Website Perfectionism
If you're a new practitioner, you might be engaging in website perfectionism. It's easy to think that creating the perfect professional website will have clients knocking down your door. Learn why I don't recommend this in episode 11. Show notes & transcript available on my website. 
October 22, 2020
10 | Safety of Probiotics in Infants
Are probiotics safe to use in infants? Under which circumstances might be consider their use? I discuss my own interpretations of the literature and provide some food for thought for practitioners who wish to examine the potential risks and benefits. Transcript and show notes available on my website. 
October 03, 2020
9 | Thoughts on Working and Homeschooling
Working from home full-time and homeschooling is no joke during normal times; now it's a nearly superhuman feat. I share a few thoughts on how we're (imperfectly) making it work. Links to resources & transcript.
September 27, 2020
8 | Identifying your Core Values
When you're working on building and growing your practice, it's important not only to be able to summarize what you do and who you serve but also to know how what you offer is shaped by your core values. In this episode, I share a quick question that can help you identify your core values. Learn more about the Roots course and/or share your own answers to the question in the episode. 
September 05, 2020
7 | How to Name your Herbal or Nutrition Practice
If you're on the cusp of starting a new practice (congrats!), one of the first things you'll need to do is come up with a name. In this episode, I share a few things to consider as you make your decision. Find the show notes here, and feel free to submit your questions, comments, or the story of how you chose your practice name in the comment section.  If you're looking for a guided process as you work through getting your practice up and running, come join me in the 10-week Roots: Foundations of Clinical Practice online course. Each week you'll have a few simple tasks to complete, and by the end of the course you'll be ready to open your doors. Early bird enrollment is now open! 
August 09, 2020
6 | Using Inclusive Language in the Clinic
A few quick tips for clinicians on using more inclusive language in your written and spoken words. Find additional resources and a reminder list of these phrases on my website. 
July 24, 2020
5 | How to Not Panic When You Have a Complicated Case
Have you ever felt a knot forming in your stomach when you review a client's intake form? You see a complicated mix of symptoms, diagnoses, and medications and start to wonder if you can help this person at all. Here I'll talk about coming back to the basics, grounding yourself in your philosophy of practice, and options for getting help if you need it.  Learn more about Herbal Observation Groups Questions? Comments? Be in touch. 
July 02, 2020
4 | Should You Use Testimonials to Market your Integrative Practice?
Testimonials make for compelling "social proof" in your marketing materials. As healthcare practitioners, though, there are some ethical considerations we need to be aware of before deciding to solicit and use testimonials on our websites or other promotional materials. In this episode, I cover some of the potential ethical concerns, and some tips to be aware of if you do decide to ask for and use testimonials. (Here is the link I mentioned to the free webinar on finding clients without social media where this topic came up). For comments or questions, please visit my website. 
June 07, 2020
3 | Making Violet Syrup
It's that time of year, folks. Violet time. Here I share how to make violet syrup, which is a fun project for those who have access to wild violets during the pandemic. Listen up for suggestions and my recipe for a fancy violet beverage. I'll be back to more clinical content soon. Stay safe! Written recipe here.
April 23, 2020
2 | Tips for Taking your Practice Online
If you're moving away from face-to-face consultations due to the coronavirus, here are some quick tips for working with clients from a distance.  Resources mentioned: How to set up a Google Voice number Practice Better (referral link) Five Flavors Herbs Custom formulations SendInc for sending secure emails  Fullscript Have a question or need help getting started with your virtual clinic? Please reach out. 
March 16, 2020
1 | Is Fennel Safe during Pregnancy?
Welcome to episode 1! Today, I discussed whether fennel is safe to use during pregnancy & some of the evidence that informs my opinion. For a list of references, please visit: 
March 08, 2020
Trailer: What to Expect
Look for the first episode in March, 2020. Until then, check out this short trailer to find out what you can expect from this podcast. My hope is that the podcast will provide support, encouragement, food for thought, and ongoing education for herbalists and nutritionists. If you have feedback, topic requests, or questions, please submit them:  
January 16, 2020