Christine Horner, MD FACS
Christine Horner, MD is a nationally known surgeon, author, and natural health expert residing in San Diego, CA. She holds two board certifications: the National Board of Surgery and the National Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Horner was recognized as a leader in her field shortly after starting her plastic and reconstructive surgery practice because she successfully ran a national campaign to pass laws requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Her five year crusade—the Breast Reconstruction Advocacy Project or BRA Project—led to the passage of laws in thirty-five states and a federal law. The federal bill—The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act—was signed into law by President Clinton on October 21, 1998. The law was unprecedented because it was the first law Congress had ever passed requiring insurance companies to pay for a specific surgical procedure. Her campaign involved several meetings with President Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
Dr. Horner has been featured in dozens of national magazines including Glamour, Ms. Magazine, Elle, Allure, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal and Women’s Health Weekly. She has been a regular contributor to magazines including Low Carb Energy, Let’s Live, the Doctors’ Prescription for Healthy Living, the American Cancer Society’s tlc Magazine, and currently writes columns for the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, and Wellbella.
Dr. Horner is a popular radio and television program guest and has appeared on numerous national television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, FOX and Friends, CNN, and a Healthy You and Carol Alt. She has also been interviewed by Dr. Oz and Dr. Mercola. In February 1999 Glamour magazine honored her as their “WOW--Woman of the Month.” In 2000 Oprah recognized her as part of her “Angel Network” on her television program.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Horner became alarmed over the increasing number of very young women she saw in her practice diagnosed with breast cancer. When her own mother was diagnosed and then died from breast cancer, Dr. Horner began an intensive search of the medical literature to find what—if anything—could help prevent breast cancer. What she found was a tremendous amount of little-known research proving that woman can significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer and of most other chronic diseases through natural means: eating the right foods, exercising, sleeping during the ideal hours, and using techniques of Complementary and Alternative. From that moment Dr. Horner incorporated all of these techniques into her own life and then became passionate about teaching others how to stay healthy naturally.
In effort to get this information out to as many people as possible, in 1999 Dr. Horner worked to create the first ever syndicated television news segment exclusively focused on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and natural approaches to staying healthy. It aired on WCPO-TV and then WLW-TV in Cincinnati. Dr. Horner was the host and medical editor of the segment. In 2001, the segment was syndicated on the WISDOM Television Network, reaching 5.5 million households.
In June 2002, Dr. Horner left her plastic surgery practice so that she could dedicate herself full time to writing and teaching about her passion: prevention-oriented medicine and how to become and stay healthy naturally.
Dr. Horner is a popular and charismatic speaker. Her engaging presentations on natural health topics have appealed to hundreds of audiences nationwide including both lay and professional groups including the American Holistic Medical Association, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the Institute for Integrative Medicine, the University of California Irvine, the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University.
Dr. Horner has received numerous honors including the “YWCA Career Women of Achievement Award” in 1997. In 2001 she was voted by her peers and one of Cincinnati’s “Top Docs.” She was given the “Trailblazers Award of Excellence in Holistic Alternative Medicine” in 2005. In 2007 she was given the “Life Moxie Award 25 Most Outstanding Women 2007”, and named the Girls, Gals, and Gurus “Woman of the Year 2007.”
Dr. Horner’s first book, Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer,winner of the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) "Best Book of the Year for Health, Medicine and Nutrition ", describes all the research-proven natural approaches—foods, supplements, herbs and activities—that dramatically protect against breast cancer. Its third edition was released in October 2013. She has contributed chapters to three books: The Fountain: 25 Experts Reveal Their Secrets of Health and Longevity from The Fountain of Youth. (Basic Health Publishing, Laguna Beach, CA. March 2009) Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live (Deerfield Beach, FL. Health Communications Inc. 2007) and The Soul of Success: A Woman’s Guide to Authentic Power. (Deerfield Beach, FL. Health Communications Inc. Jan 2005).