Appreciating Holistic Healing With Amy Szumstein

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Amy Szumstein saw how the incredible power of holistic healing through nutrition and mindset were rarely used. She is changing all that with fresh foods.

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Appreciating Holistic Healing With Amy Szumstein

Good, beautiful day, you beautiful souls. This is Charla Anderson, host of The Charla Anderson Show, Collector & Connector of Fascinating People (and EVERYONE is Fascinating, especially YOU!) In this episode, I have an amazing guest, Amy Szumstein. We’re going to do our centering exercise. It’s a 22-second mini vacation that we can take and get centered and grounded. What we’re going to do is breathe in calm for 7 seconds, hold it for 4, and breathe out gratitude for 11 seconds. That will start us off in a little more centered and grounded way.

Sometimes, I hold these little rocks to keep me grounded. We’re in an electronic world and we want to save ourselves from all that. Let’s remember to breathe in our seven seconds of calm. Here we go. Hold and release. Thank you. This is the perfect day for gratitude because we’re the day before Thanksgiving 2023. My favorite time of year is Thanksgiving. I live in gratitude. It’s who I am. I wake up in the night going, “Thank you.” I’m sure what I’m thankful for. Gratitude is the key to almost anything that we want. We start with gratitude for what we have.

Amy, I’m so grateful to have you. We met in WPN, Women’s Prosperity Network. We weave in and out of these conversations and Zoom calls. We both probably do that with almost everybody but sometimes we get a connection. I was very interested in your Howard Gordon Gardens and the things that you are doing out here in the world. I was surprised to find out you’re a Frisbee champion and a martial arts champion. I’m talking about world-class.

You are an athlete and unusual. Not everybody does it. Let’s learn all about you. That was in your past and you’ve done a lot of nursing. You’ve been a critical care nurse. You are passionate about taking what you’ve learned from the pharmaceutical side of nursing, the insides of all that, and learning about nutrition and mindset. In all of it, mindset is the most important thing in my estimation and that’s my message. Let’s hear from you. What do you have to offer us? Tell us about yourself and a little bit about what you do because who you are is stellar.

First of all, thank you for having me. I agree with you that this is a perfect alignment for gratitude. I read something that said, “What if you only had the things you said you were grateful for when you woke up tomorrow? Wouldn’t that be sad?” You and I both live this vision of being thankful for so many things all the time. I’m thankful for you and grateful to be here.


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I have done some unusual sports. I started judo at about sixteen and everyone was like, “What do you want to do that for?” I delivered newspapers back when you did it house to house, not driving a car, and throwing it out the window. Sometimes, I would have a lot of money in my pockets. Not that I lived in an unsafe neighborhood but it was a thought, “Let me go and do something that’s healthy for my mind and body and makes me feel confident.”

It’s common sense. I don’t want to live in fear but I want to be prepared. I have the saying, “Be prepared, not scared.”

I went. I was about sixteen. The first night I threw this green belt. He quit and I continued. I thought, “This is fun. I enjoyed that.” I went on and did qualify for the Olympic team when they competed here in ‘96. Unfortunately, the powers decided that the highest and lowest weight divisions weren’t as interesting to watch. My weight division got cut out. It’s strange because those are the most exciting ones. I was part of that.

My nursing background had a whole lot to do with how I approached things and still do. Everything is triaged. What’s the most important? What needs to happen next? Stay calm as we were trying to get on and things weren’t working. If this was an emergency, you still have to keep your wits about you. People’s lives matter. Let’s put it that way.

All of that education that I learned, none of it included nutrition, and your body can heal itself. It was all, “Take this drug, take this medication, and do this procedure.” It was great because now I have that knowledge and I can compare it. When somebody says, “I have this problem so I do this., I say, “Have you ever thought about functional food? Food can be functional medicine inside your body.” That’s how I approach it. Your body can heal. I’ve seen it. It’s not like I’m making this up.

Many don’t even realize that the body can heal itself. It was all about taking a medication and undergoing some procedure just to get healthy. Click To Tweet

Ironically, I don’t watch TV. I gave it up between seventh and eighth grade when I got addicted to soap operas. I feel like I have been blessed and not have all that programming as much as most people. When I do have it on, the kids will have things on. I’m watching pharmaceutical commercials come on and say, “Ask your doctor about this drug.” It doesn’t even say what it’s for.

I haven’t had a pharmaceutical in my house for decades or at least in my cabinet. I don’t take anything. I don’t believe in getting sick so I don’t get sick. It’s a mindset. It doesn’t mean I don’t ever get anything at all. I’m not naive or arrogant about it. Our body has an immune system that is so remarkable. I’ve witnessed and experienced it multiple times.

There are numerous things I want to comment on. It’s your mindset. I’m not going to say that fruits and vegetables are going to heal your broken arm. Go to the hospital and have it repaired because you’re crazy about it. I’m not. I’m realistic about it. Laughter, and this is a study done out of Harvard, boosts your immune system.

You and I giggle all the time about stuff. We’re constantly having that flow of positive energy as opposed to people who are depressed and we have to touch upon mental health sometimes. They have a slew of illnesses, the spiral that happens afterward. I saw it with my daughter when we started on the change of nutrition.

What’s funny is when people brought this to my attention, I was like, “I got this. I’m a nurse.” Little did I know I didn’t have this. When I started her on a different diet, she went sixteen years without an antibiotic because I was okay with antibiotics before that. Through some other things with mental health, she’s doing some other things and incorporating more meditation, which I hadn’t ever done before. I don’t want to go down that road.

When people talk about COVID, and we are wearing masks and isolated, our body is a scanner. It’s constantly trying to find bad cells, illnesses, and diseases. It works on them because that’s what it does. That’s what our bodies intended and made to do. When we were isolated and didn’t have a whole lot of work, afterward, people were like, “I’m getting sick all the time. It must be COVID.” It’s okay. Your body is intended to have these moments where it can build nutrition and immune system and learn these diseases. Therefore, it has that memory that it’s not going to be an issue and affect it down the line.

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Holistic Healing: Your body is intended to go through challenging moments to build up nutrition and its immune system.


One of the things of what you’re talking about is incredibly important. I was taught that when you wash your hands, you wash away good germs and bad germs. This antimicrobial stuff, I feel like we’re killing our good germs so they can’t fight the bad germs. There’s been a lot of confusion and it’s driven by fear. We don’t have to live in fear because that debilitates our immune system. What you do, what I’ve noticed, or what I know about you is it’s nutrition-based. It’s an easy way to do it. Your passion is growing an indoor garden.


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I was in Florida with 1,800 crew of people with whom I was speaking. These kids are eating from bags of things. They’re processed. They’re made in a lab or China. They’re not getting whole-food nutrition. That piece is lacking. When I read articles that the next generation of kids is not going to outlive us, it’s heartbreaking. I get it because I was a busy mom. Those bags of things are not cheap. I hear moms also say, “I can’t afford organic food.” You can get six bananas, a bag of potatoes, and half a dozen apples. It’s going to cost you the same as 2 bags of potato chips that are $4.50 each. It’s ridiculous.

You mentioned apples and I was thinking about it. I had heard that an apple from the ‘40s and ‘50 had about 8 or 10 times more nutrition than an apple in 2023.

Several things happen. Things are grown in depleted soil. Apples, because they’re on a farm, you can’t rotate crops but broccoli and things like that, you can rotate crops. The other thing is that everything is picked before it’s finished ripe bidding and shipped on a truck. For those people who think, “My organic tomatoes never touched antibiotics or pesticides,” if they put them in that truck along with everything else, it’s all gas. Nothing changes while they’re shipping it from wherever. It can be Costa Rica or California. Things are picked before they’re ripe.

It’s like a baby. The last month is important when you’re developing a human inside of you. It’s the same with fruits and vegetables. That last bit of time is where a lot of the phytonutrients solidify. You’re picking it before it’s ready and you’re getting the least amount that you can. It’s picked before it’s read, grown in depleted soil, and shipped for who knows how long. Once things are picked, they start to lose all of that good nutrition. Within 3 days, most things are down to 25%.



How long has it been sitting on your counter at the grocery store? I don’t know. It smells and looks good. It was packed perfectly. We’re fighting an uphill battle. People don’t realize that you’re supposed to eat about 7 to 13 servings a day. Let’s do some math. That’s an average of ten because I like easy math. That’s 10 a day, 70 a week, and 300 in a month. Are you eating 300 servings of fruits and vegetables a month? We’re only talking about the size of your fist. That’s a banana. 2 fists together could be a banana or an apple could be 1. These kids are not. Having it in the classroom and going to it, touching it, looking at it, watching it grow, and being engaged, they’re so excited about it.

Let’s get to the meat of the whole thing because this is huge. I have heard about these for years and it’s been one of those things I’m going to get around to.

It’s a vertical growing system. You have sustainability because you’re saving land. Are we running out of land with all these people? Yes. You’re saving water. Are we running out of water with so many people? Yes. The water recycles through but it’s vertical. It’s an aeroponic growing system. You can put it in the hallway, classroom, and backyard. We should have them at the grocery stores. When we run out of cucumbers, somebody walks up the steps to the roof, picks cucumbers off of the tower, and puts them back out. You can have them in nursing homes and restaurants but I want them in schools as much as we can.

Don’t forget, we have a generation of kids because of COVID that may not know how food grows. They’ve been in isolation. We have Instacart and ten million food services that deliver food to your house. They think, “It arrives on the doorstep. I don’t know where it grows.” It’s like in the olden days when I remember my parents first using credit cards and I was like, “You give them this card and they give you stuff,” not knowing there was a bill that came afterward. They opened the door and there was food there.

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Holistic Healing: We have a generation of kids who may not know how food grows because of COVID. They only know how to order food online and have it delivered straight to their doorstep.


We’re educating these kids. In the meantime, once they’re engaged, they want to eat off of it. My tower at the school has these little yellow tomatoes on it. 1) It’s a little unusual. That’s curiosity. You raise curiosity. 2) They can pick them right off and put them right in one plop, all of these little tomatoes. They want to see it. “How many do we have? That one was green yesterday and now, it’s yellow. When’s it going to be ready?” It builds. We have a cafeteria in the school that I’m in. For some of the things I’m growing, the plan is to ship them to the cafeteria so these kids and the teachers have the opportunity to eat them off of the salad bar.

In a traditional public school, were you able to get that in the classrooms?

I have done them in public schools. I’m in a private school. I’ve also had it in a charter school. I’ve done the whole gamut. They can get grant money to get them.

That’s what I was going to ask. How do they pay for it? That’s always going to be the bottom line.

You have to have somebody that has a desire and spearheads it. It can be a teacher, a parent, or an administrator but you can get PTO behind it. You can get clubs after school clubs where they’re cooking from it afterward. You’re combining growing, cooking, and eating. That’s a whole program right there in and of itself.

There are several different ways you can facilitate anyone. I’ve had people who have donated to different schools through people that I know. It’s another way to get them in. We’re trying to get them in and get these kids eating off of them and looking at them, curious. Let’s do this too. Not only are you eating off of it but all those teachers and administrators say, “We have to incorporate this into our lesson plan somehow.” Done.

You can do Math. There are 28 holes. If we have seventeen strawberries, how many does that leave us for cucumbers? You can do science, pH checks, sustainability, and water conservation. There’s a whole lot of growth that goes into those leaves. “If we need sun for photosynthesis, how are we not being able to grow it outside?” “We have this lights kit that comes with it. That takes the place.” You’re doing all of these lesson plans while it’s there in the room.

How much actual hands-on time does it take to manage it on a daily basis?

On a daily basis, it’s almost none. You’re checking the water weekly. When I go home on the weekends, I always check the water on Friday and make sure it’s covering the pump. I don’t want my pump to burn out. When I’m refilling the water, I’ll check the pH once every other week. There’s maintenance whenever you’re going to take it down and set it back up. I usually try to clean it all out and make sure the roots from the old plants are all cleaned away. I call it a chia pet.

Is it seasonal?

I prefer to keep mine a little seasonal, even though I don’t have to because it’s indoor. For my personal ones that are outdoor, I’ll switch up the plants because peppers and tomatoes love the sun. When the summer is over, we start growing cucumber, cauliflower, and broccoli. Some of those heartier Kale loves the cold weather. Spinach loves the cold weather. I keep it outside. I’m in Atlanta.

You’re in Georgia. You get a lot of cold but not Northeast.

It’s on wheels. If it’s going to be a cold day, I’ll wheel it inside the house overnight and take it back out. It’s funny. I forgot to wheel it in one time. I had icicles hanging from my Swiss chard. I was like, “Let’s see what happens.” I wheeled it back out and let it sit out. The sun, because it’s awfully warm here, melted everything. It’s kept growing. It was not even a blip in the length of the structure of the plant. Yet, it added a little bit of that wherewithal. It made it stronger because it was one of the most prolific plants that I had had.

We’re resilient. All of these things are amazing to me. I’ve got a little rosebush that I’ve had for several years. It’s been out there a long time. We had the first shutdown for a few days. That little rose bush keeps on keeping on. They find a way. They have a little engine that could. They keep coming up. Their nature is to grow, even when I go weeks without watering it. In the summer here in Texas, it gets dry. What you’re talking about is called Tower Gardens. I had this whole thing that I’m going to introduce to you in the beginning so I can reiterate it at the end for short-term readers how to find you. Tell your website.

It’s Holistic Healing with Amy.

You’ve got these Tower Gardens. How do you find them? How are they shipped? Are they a corporation?

They come out of a main shipment in Tech Tennessee. They ship directly to the house or a school. I had one sent to Africa not long ago. They had a school there. It was pre-COVID. The intention was for us to meet on Zoom. While they’re growing, we are growing and making some comparisons. COVID happened and some things changed. We haven’t gotten back to that vision of mine. They do ship to Europe if you have friends there. They shipped to Canada and Mexico. How many have you gone to the grocery store and there’s that spot recall on the spinach? There are no recalls, pesticides, or herbicides on my tower. I grow what I want. I mix it up because I like to have some variety. It doesn’t do root plants. There are no beets or carrots. You’ll still have to go to the grocery.

Are you purchasing the plants outside or do they provide plants? Is it seeds or plants?

They provide seeds and there are growers that do seedlings that make it ready for you to put into the tower in different places across the US. I’ll do that at school. We’ll do a combination. It takes a little while to grow from seed. In five weeks, you’ll have something. When you put a seedling in, in three weeks, you can eat off of it. I almost always start the school year with seedlings because the kids want to see the growth immediately.

In the meantime, we’ve planted something that they all get to stick a little seed in the little rock wool, water it, and put it in the sunshine because we’re still in good weather early in the year. They can go from there. That brings me back to another important point. A lot of places are giving money away for gardens but a lot of times, they’re thinking of it as an exterior garden or an outside garden. That’s great. If you think about the school year, we started in August and September, especially if you’re up North. By October and November, you’ll already have colder weather.

You’re not able to utilize that exterior garden. They let it go. Come March and April, they might start it again. How many months are you able to go outside garden with these kids? It’s not much at all. I’m trying to get people to give grant money away. That vision is great but let’s do it inside. We can do it all year round. We don’t have to worry about the weather. We can wheel it down the hall, into the cafeteria, auditorium, or wherever your biggest space is and do a whole program about it.



It seems so simple. You have a program. You’re connected with called ROOTED.

My ROOTED program came about during COVID. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. It’s mostly the mindset stuff that you talk about. R is for Release or move along. O is open your mind. I don’t want to give all of them away but when you get to D, it’s to Drink more water. You have to have a little bit of diet control.

Let me tell you one way that I always tell people. I don’t want people to think I’m a one-trick pony and only focused on Tower Gardens. I’m focused on people getting good health no matter how it comes about. What we found out when I was working in the hospitals is that the first thing that people would need is a rally pack. We called them vitamins but in fluids. People are always dehydrated, walking around. Even though you see everybody’s carrying big giant bottles everywhere, we’re still dehydrated. It’s almost like you can’t catch up.

People will go into the refrigerator, especially COVID. They want to have a snack. You’re not hungry. You’re thirsty. I tell people, “Put an 8-to-12-ounce little glass on your little shelf where your water sits. If you don’t have one of the dispensers, put it right inside. It’s the first thing you see. Drink that every time you reopen the refrigerator before you eat your snack. See if that doesn’t help you with cleansing, craving, sleeping, hair, nails, and skin, especially with winter coming. Your skin tends to dry out. A lot of times, you’re dehydrated.” That’s one of my little tricks that I like to share with people.



I noticed that you’re talking about the ROOTED system. Is it a program?

It’s a mindset shift.

To me, all of it comes back to that. I’m glad you brought it around back to that because I love the idea of the Tower Gardens. I want to ask one last question about that.

Ask as many questions as you want. There’s no limit.

Is it circumference? Is it a 2-feet base?

There are two sizes. One is a 20-gallon. The bottom of that one is a little wider but it’ll fit through a doorway, even on the wheels. The other is a 13-gallon. That’s the one they advertise more as in-house. I know people who have them in their kitchen, living room, and dining room. I have mine in my hallway. It’s only 13 gallons. It’s much sleeker looking. Both of them have the option to put the lights on, a tomato cage, all the pumps, wires, seeds, and all the things that you need to start growing from day one.

Are they electric?

They are.

You’re going to have to have a power source.

The waterfall sound that happens with it, I thought the kids would be distracted by it initially. When it’s off or going through an off-cycle, they’ll be like, “Ms. Szumstein, where’s the Tower Gardens sound?” It provides that ambient, quiet peacefulness to the classroom as well as the home. I like sitting out in the summertime when I have it outside. I don’t drink coffee but I can have a cup of tea and start my emails out there. It’s got that nice, peaceful sound to it.

Going back to the electric thing, that was one of the things that we were working on at the charter school that I was with. They were coming up with a solar power piece that they could use in Africa to run it because it only runs as much as a light bulb. They had this whole system that was going to ship to Africa to run the towers because they had inconsistencies with their Wi-Fi and electricity.

Give me the price range. What are we talking about investment-wise for someone who might want to look at having an indoor garden? The idea of it is fascinating to me. I’ve always thought it was a cool thing.

They’re up to about $600 for the plain model, no do-dads, and up to $1,000 if you want the lights and so forth. You can pay for it over a year but put it into your food budget. It’s going to give you food. When you get to 3, 4, or 5 months, you’re eating off of it. You’re not going to the grocery store for spinach, lettuce, or tomatoes, depending on when you’re growing it. You’re eating it from the tower.

One year, I had the little grape tomatoes. You go to the grocery store in a container. A little pint of those is $4.99. I started in April. I was getting them all through May, June, July, August, September, and October. In November, I was eating these tomatoes off of my tower. It wasn’t a few. I had enough to share with my neighbors. I’m thinking, “If each one of those little containers was $5, I wish I’d done the conversion and filled them as I was giving them away or using them.” Easily, $50 right there. That’s one month of your payment. You’re not going to the grocery store. You’re saving on gas, time, and energy. There are no recalls.

It’s real food. The only downside I thought of is that I bet it doesn’t grow bacon. Here’s a quote, “You can spend your entire life focusing on your scars or carry them with you as you reach for the stars.” That’s Alison Partridge. I don’t know who that is.

I don’t either but several years ago, that was given to me.

We all have scars.

Why focus on that? Why not overcome that? I don’t think she’ll ever read this but my mom told me when I was 9 or 10, “You’re nothing and you’re never going to be anything.” What if I had believed that? I wouldn’t have been an Olympic-caliber athlete. I wouldn’t have been this awesome, kick-ass critical care nurse, teacher, and internationally bestselling author. It’s the mindset. I had to take that as a learning experience.

Sometimes, we take it as a challenge. We’ve turned those little, “I’ll show you.” Good for you. There’s not a person alive who doesn’t have that moment in their childhood when somebody says and they feel like, “I’m not good enough.” We all have that. We plant it back here, forget it a lot of times, and live the rest of our lives acting like we’re not smart. There’s a lot of that and we overcome it.

In her defense, I also feel having been a mom and stressed about other things at different times, I’ll never ask her but I don’t want to believe that it came from truth or maliciousness. I’m sure it came from a flippant response that she wasn’t thinking about. There were five kids in my family. That was a lot on her shoulders as someone who doesn’t drive, bike, or swim. Who is the one that’s nothing and is never going to be anything? I want to believe that piece of it. Yes, I’ll take the idea with me.

My little book has a little forgiveness release in it. It’s called The Split-Second Transformation, Change Your Words, Change Your Life: 31 Daily Practices and Candy Bar Hugs. It says, “I did what I did. I didn’t do what I didn’t do. I did all that I knew to do with what I knew at the time just like you did and are doing in your life right now. I love you.” You can give some grace. Have I said things to my kids that I wish I hadn’t? Absolutely. Sometimes, they take them as you mean them and sometimes, they take them harder, worse, or better.

Whatever you decide to do with your health, know that nothing is more important than having it. Everybody takes it for granted until they don’t have it. Until there’s a health issue, a health challenge, or a health scare of some sort, they want to try to fix it when it doesn’t take a whole lot along the path to have that good health or better health. I’m of a certain age. I don’t take medications. Maybe I run out of energy some days but I don’t drink coffee to try to make it through the day. I’m moving along. The majority of that is because I am concerned with what I eat.

Whatever you decide to do with your health, nothing is more important than having it. Everybody takes it for granted until they don’t have it. Click To Tweet

It’s the mindset. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, you focus on what’s right. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, you focus on what you can do. Thank you so much for all that. I appreciate your time here.

Tanya says, “I need to get off. Amy, you are great. What you were talking about is something everyone should have.”

We can close it out with any last words that you want to offer.

Be well, mind, body, spirit, and soul. Don’t listen to everything that the outside world says. Listen to what your body is telling you.


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We have every single solitary thing we need inside of us. Our DNA is all connected with energy. When you choose to keep your mindset positive, people are attracted to you. Have you noticed that? I collect people at Aldi’s all the time. We stand and talk. I used to shop at Aldi’s in Germany and I loved it. It’s a small enough place. I’m not kidding, I have made a brand new best friend standing in the aisle at Aldi’s. The point is to let your light shine and focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do. It is so much about mindset. Nutrition plays an important part. You’ve been so great to come on and be my guest. We’ve been talking about it for a while. I’m glad it’s here. Is there anything else you want to add that you’ve got?

For all those other people who are eating Thanksgiving and all these Americans who are going to overindulge, it’s fine. Have your day. Get back on track with extra water the next day to flush out all those.

Hydration is the number one, alongside sleep.

Your body has the opportunity to repair when it’s sleeping. All those people who are like, “I only need five hours of sleep. I get away with three hours of sleep.” That’s great for the short-term. Your body needs to repair and replenish itself. There’s a Chinese clock if you google it. It’ll tell you what things are being worked on during the course of the day. If you wake up at 3:00 every morning to go to the bathroom, it could be that that part of your system is even being worked on. It’s being repaired and reconstructed. The cells are being replenished.

The way I say it, “The Holy Spirit and the bladder are in cahoots.”

As long as there are no Legos around. Otherwise, the Holy Spirit’s name is going to be taken in vain.

This has been great. I love you so much. I appreciate everything that you have. We didn’t even talk about some of the critical things. You’ve survived mental abuse. There’s a lot that we have not discussed here. Maybe we’ll have to do it again someday. In the meantime, I thank you so much. I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving and holiday in 2023. I want to encourage everybody to take a look at Holistic Healing with Amy and get the idea of how we can get a community center and church combined as a co-op in a way.

There are some recipes on there, too.

You’re a doll. Thank you so much for joining us. You’re perfect who and where you are. You don’t have to do or be anything more to be loved by God or by me. The harder people are to love, the more they need it. If you’re one of those, reach out because you don’t have to be that way. That’s a message. I don’t know why I’m saying it right here but somebody around the world is going to need it when they read this. You are loved. Thank you, Amy, so much. Choose joy.


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About Amy Szumstein

TCAS 37 | Holistic HealingAmy Szumstein brings an eclectic mix of skills, life experiences and athleticism to all her endeavors. A former International, Olympic caliber martial artist in Judo and 2nd degree black belt, as well as a championship-winning Ultimate Frisbee player turned coach, Amy got her BSN from Carlow College with a minor in psychology and then spent 20 years as a Critical Care Nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Trauma Hospital until she realized how little we actually know about the healing effects of nutrition and mindset on the human body.

In the years since, Amy has dedicated her life to serving others in their quest for health and healing through her work teaching and coaching students of all ages. Szumstein went back to her organic roots, recognizing the power of whole and wholesome herbs and foods – raw fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed foods as much as possible and remembering how her parents had embraced those same ideas when she was little, growing their own food and making their own home remedies including a cough syrup. As the mother of two teens, Amy’s focus on nutrition has produced greater health for them as well, resulting in a son who eats salads at school daily and a daughter who hasn’t been to the pediatrician for a sick visit or antibiotic in over a decade.

By effectively merging the research she’s done and her experience in Western medicine with Holistic methods, Amy is one of the few practitioners who can provide real insight into how the human body and mind act and react to nutrition and mindset, while taking an active role in one’s overall health. Today, she can be found sharing her knowledge of Aeroponic Gardening, dishing out recipes and educating others on how to take healthy back through her Holistic Healing with Amy approach – combining her medical training and her decades of study into nutrition and the human body and brain, to create a healthy lifestyle which she shares and teaches to her students and all who are ready and open to listen.

I’m Charla Anderson, host of The Charla Anderson Show, Collector & Connector of Fascinating People (and EVERYONE is Fascinating!) on live TV, streaming, and podcasts. As a Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer, a retired award-winning flight attendant, Olympic Torchbearer, a personal development junkie, an Inspired Speaker, a Published Author, and Your Courageous Coach, I want to share my passion for living life full-out, saying YES to intriguing opportunities, and encouraging YOU to do the same. Let’s jump on a discovery call and get to know each other. Find all things Charla at

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