Dr. Stuart Garber, D.C., Ph.D.

I am a homeopath. And a hugger.

A chiropractor and a chemist.

I am an animal lover (I grew up thinking I’d become a veterinarian) and I am that guy—the one who takes The Road Less Traveled.

I am a husband who married his college sweetheart, Helen, in 1979.

I practice natural horsemanship and Helen and I rescue dogs and horses.

I am also a certified animal chiropractor, a ceramicist, a nutritionist and a yoga practitioner.

Above all: I am a learner and a sharer.

And I believe, as I’m sure you do, that it’s vital we take ownership over our health. Looking back, that has been my path, my mission. And that is what I want to help you do as well.

All the way with JFK

I am a product of the Kennedy Era—born in New York in 1955, smack dab in the middle of the 20th century and the Baby Boomer generation. This was when homeopathy had its renaissance in the U.S. and when “alternative medicine” and the resistance to “suppressive drugs”— pharmaceuticals that suppressed symptoms without treating the underlying dis-ease state — first began to catch on. So, in spirit, I am more a product of the 60s and 70s—I actually snuck out of summer camp to attend Woodstock—at 14!

“Ronzoni Sono Buoni”

I took every art class I could in high school, having inherited my dad’s creativity gene. He got into Cooper Union when he was 16, but World War II interrupted his education and his art career. After serving five years in the Army, he came back to the States, met and married my mom, then started a family. And to support me and my two sisters, he went into advertising, where he later designed the packaging for Ronzoni pasta—known to almost everyone on the East Coast back then as “Ronzoni Sono Buoni”—“Ronzoni, It’s So Good!”

From Prevention to chemistry to . . .

As for me: I had an Alaskan malamute (named Bandit), given to me by my soon-to-be brother-in-law, who at the time was a veterinary student at Cornell. I also had a subscription (taken out by me) to Prevention magazine. (Yes. As a teenager.) In high school I worked in our town’s first health food store; I also worked for a vet—where I first realized how gratifying it was to help others. I had thought about becoming an artist, a ceramicist—and had gotten into Alfred State University. But I decided to go to SUNY-New Paltz, intent on becoming a veterinarian. I pursued biology, chemistry, more art classes and Helen—my future wife.

. . . biology to . . .

I’d wanted to major in both biology and chemistry because the chemistry majors had access to the coolest equipment—I preferred playing in that lab. Instead, I focused on biology. I didn’t know it then but my love for chemistry, often defined as “investigating substances and their properties and experimenting with the many ways they interact, combine, and change and how to use these processes to form new substances,” would reemerge years later when I began combining biotherapies—leading to the creation of my bioformulas.

. . . chiropractic to . . .

Then one day, when I was a junior, my college roommate came barging into the apartment and said, “Oh, you got to check out this chiropractor I just went to.” I’d never even heard the word before. (“Chiropractic,” which was officially founded in 1895, comes from the Greek words for “hand”—cheir—and “done”—praktos—adding up to: “done by hand.” As a practice, chiropractic had been around for less than a century.) But I went. And he had a very eclectic practice and did a lot of interesting things. I came out of there thinking, Wow, this is really cool.

electron microscopy to . . .

Back at school, though, they’d just set up a department for electron microscopy and I was part of its first group. I even went to Boston for the annual electron microscopy convention and then started working for an electron microscopy company: Structure Probe. They let me do everything there—from studying broken pieces of spacecraft that NASA sent us to scanning GE refrigerators to a Philadelphia drug company asking us to analyze the effects of their drugs on

. . . chiropractic college

As exciting as that was, it wasn’t as enticing as chiropractic. After graduating from SUNY in 1977, I’d applied to the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic—and got in. All it took to move out there was getting over my attitude toward . . . wait for it: Los Angeles. But Helen and I went. And it was amazing. And as challenging as medical school (in fact, a friend from college was out there at the same time, going to UCLA medical school, and we more or less had the exact same coursework). Yes, chiropractic was different back then. Especially at LACC—now known as the Southern California University of Health Sciences. It was one of the top chiropractic schools in the country at the time and remains so to this day.

A-ha Moment #1

One day during chiropractic school, I got so stressed out trying to get ready for the boards that my body just gave out on me. I could hardly walk. So, I went to the clinic and the regular intern that I’d seen before wasn’t around. So, I saw this other intern, a woman I became pretty good friends with afterward, who did Sacral Occipital Technique (SOT) and cranial adjusting. She worked on me, and I walked out of there moving well again and thinking: This is for me. This is what I want to do.

What was even more of a challenge, and as exciting, was where I worked after graduating from LACC (in 1981). After interning at the Glendale Chiropractic Clinic, I did my residency at the Westside Chiropractic Center in Los Angeles, where I found a true mentor in Dr. David Denton, who owned the Center and who had, among many other techniques, developed Vector Point Cranial Therapy. By 1985 Dr. Denton had appointed me as Chief of Staff.

Later that same year, Dr. Denton convinced me to take over Westside altogether. My first move was to expand the practice and its staff, bringing in many other practitioners. We worked on people from all over, and all walks of life. And because of our growing reputation as an integrative health center in LA, many celebrities trusted us with their care: Penny Marshall, Sharon Stone, Barbra Streisand, Seal and Raquel Welch, among many others.

Holistic healthcare under one roof

After taking over Westside Chiropractic Center from Dr. Denton and renaming our practice the Westside Health Institute, we became the first integrative health clinic in Los Angeles. Over the next 10 years our staff grew to about 20, and we covered almost everything—in 5,000 square feet of space. We were a multidisciplinary holistic health center that combined homeopathic and allopathic medicines, acupuncture, herbalism, nutrition, psychotherapy, biological dentistry, and other practices. Our tagline was: We’ve come together to keep you from falling apart.

Cirque du Soleil

While running Westside Health Institute, I also served as the official chiropractor for Cirque du Soleil while they were on the west coast. The Cirque and I—in a way—found each other. Helen and I had gone to their first performance in Santa Monica. Their work wasn’t only revolutionary, no one had ever seen anything like this before. But watching them as a chiropractor I could only imagine the toll their contortionist routines were putting on their bodies. All I could think afterward was: They just gave me so much; I want to give them something back! I offered them my chiropractic services and after meeting with their in-house physical therapist (who coordinated the outside medical services for the troupe), they agreed. When asked how much I charged I told them I didn’t want them to pay me, I was offering my services gratis. The artists were uncomfortable seeing me for free, so I came up with the idea of tickets in exchange. They were thrilled with this arrangement, as was I. Working with them was an amazing experience.

Later on, they even got me and Helen onto the trapeze! We’d become part of their extended family. I was ready to run away and join the circus!

Their artistry also inspired Helen. Anytime we were all together, Helen would photograph them practicing their routines or during their downtime. Once they saw her photographs, they recognized Helen for who she really was: a gifted photographer and not just the doctor’s wife. Their belief in her encouraged her to go into photography as a profession.

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By 1995, my time at Westside had become more administrative than hands-on. And I’d begun lecturing to different organizations around the world, to chiropractors, acupuncturists and practitioners of all disciplines who worked in the realm of energy medicine. ​​Whenever I spoke with these people from my lectures, I was particularly impressed by the energy workers. But my administrative duties at Westside had taken a toll. I needed a break. (I remember one night going over paperwork in my office upstairs while hearing everyone at one of our art openings having so much fun downstairs . . . I missed that sense of fun.) Inspired by the people who’d attended my talks, I decided to reexplore homeopathy more deeply. I’d gotten away from what I most wanted to be: a healer. So, I took a sabbatical. And decided to pursue a PhD in homeopathy. I took coursework in the U.S. through London’s Hahnemann College of Homeopathy. And that was when I first learned about biotherapies, in a lecture given by Dr. Trevor Cook. Dr. Cook had served as the homeopath to the Queen Mother (the mother of the late Queen Elizabeth—the Queen Mother was a lifelong believer in homeopathy and lived to 102).

In 1997, I received my PhD in homeopathy—the first person in the U.S. to receive one—from Curentur University (later known as the American University of Complementary Medicine). Soon after, in my practice, I started using the biotherapies that Dr. Cook had lectured about.

A-ha Moment #2

It was during this lecture of Dr. Cook’s when I experienced another A-ha moment. By the time I heard his talk, I’d read most of the work done by the father of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. But Dr. Cook’s lecture about biotherapies—this was new. This was different. And exciting. And it got me to thinking: What if someone were to combine gemmotherapy with lithotherapy and organotherapy? How much more effective might they be in one formula? A-ha.

Biotherapies to . . . bioformulas

When I returned to my practice (we had moved my office to Santa Monica in 1992), I continued to practice classical homeopathy, prescribing traditional constitutionally based remedies that had always worked for my patients. However, I could not shake the possibilities of Dr. Cook’s lecture on biotherapies and the possibilities and promise of combining the three biotherapies—Gemmotherapy, Lithotherapy and Organotherapy—into one.

So, always at home in a laboratory and wanting to provide my patients with relief if not actual cures, I took what Dr. Cook had talked about and began to apply biotherapies in combination with each other. I experimented. I dove deeper into Hahnemann’s writings, and into biotherapies overall. (Interestingly enough, Hahnemann himself was never against combining remedies—contrary to what most homeopaths have always thought.) I went back to my graduated cylinders and my Erlenmeyer flasks. I began mixing, for example, fig tree buds with silver birch seeds (two basic ingredients of gemmotherapy) and then combining these two with lepidolite, a lithotherapy essential, and then combining these three elements with an organotherapy staple—hypothalamus extract.

The birth of my bioformulas

Eventually, I started treating some of my patients with these newly concocted homeopathic biotherapies. Even better, I got results. Positive results. These new biotherapies were helping patients with chronic conditions. Again, though, no homeopath that I know of, back then and even today, integrated any of the biotherapies—much less three—into one formula.

Synergy—without the side effects

If they were put together in just the right way, I knew (suspected) they’d have the synergistic effect my patients needed. And indeed, they did.

Initially, I sold them only to my fellow practitioners. Only later did I give them a name—Dr. Garber’s Natural Solutions—and start selling them in Whole Foods.

In short, here are the primary advantages of what I now call my Bioformulas:

  • They are not contraindicative. 
  • They do not affect the action or efficacy of allopathic drugs—whether those are SSRIs, cancer drugs, allergy relief medications, blood-pressure medication, cholesterol statins, or diabetes medications. 
  • They do not interfere with nutritional supplements; in fact, they actually enhance the body’s utilization of certain minerals.
  • My bioformulas have no known side effects.

In other words: You can take my biotherapy remedies—my bioformulas—in tandem with whatever supplement or drug you might be taking. And they will not interfere with your regimen, and, even better, at some point you may even begin to taper off a pharmaceutical drug or stop taking it altogether.

Dr. Garber’s formulas go formal

My colleagues in Santa Monica were my first champions—along with my patients and theirs. Then other practitioners began asking for my formulas, too. I formalized my company and my brand—known back then as Dr. Garber’s Natural Solutions—in July of 2004, then began selling them to the public in early 2005. First to other practitioners (homeopaths, chiropractors, functional medicine doctors), then out of Whole Foods. Then online. Since then, my bioformulas have helped thousands. And the reason I developed these biotherapy-based bioformulas was twofold: first, patients kept coming to me asking for something more, something better, something that actually improved their chronic conditions. And second, because I wasn’t happy with the results of what was already on the market.

In truth, my bioformulas have been an extension of the mission I already had: getting people off of pharmaceutical drugs and their harmful effects. I’ve always looked for other tools, more effective tools for the healing arts. And that’s what biotherapies are: better, more effective tools.

My Ultimate A-ha Moments

My goal has always been to help people. To help everyone I see get better. But not that long after I started at Westside, I realized that even when I did not help that one person who came to me get better, I still helped them. I had matured, as many practitioners do. I saw that I was helping people on their process to getting better. Sometimes I was that person who got them there, sometimes, though, it was another practitioner. What matters is the patient: you. So, whether it’s me or a different chiropractor, or a DOM or nutritionist or an herbalist, an acupuncturist—our goal is you. Our patient. Just because the chiropractor or the DOM you saw before coming to me did not help you get better—they were part of your process. Just as I am part of your healing process, and someone you see after me might be the person who helps you get better. What ultimately matters is your health. You getting better. That was my first A-Ha.

My second A-Ha came when I’d gone back to my practice at Westside, after my sabbatical and after earning my PhD. Lo and behold, my very first patient that morning was one of my former patients. He had sciatica. Terrible sciatica. Normally, I would have treated him as a chiropractor—I would have given him an adjustment and sent him home. Instead, because of all I’d (re)learned during my homeopathy sabbatical and PhD work, I almost had to sit on my hands to keep myself from giving him that chiropractic adjustment. Why? Because I’d wanted to put into action everything, I’d just learned during my homeopathy studies. Can I help this person with homeopathy? Can I “cure” him without chiropractic—my normal go-to?

And so, I prescribed him a standard homeopathic remedy, and his sciatica went away! And that was my second A-Ha (and an A-Ha not so different and very related to the A-Ha above). Where I went, OK, so there are all these different ways now to access the body’s healing. There’s chiropractic. There’s acupuncture. There’s homeopathy. I am not limited to just one modality. Nor are my patients. There is not any one way for any one kind of problem or condition. It’s not like, Well, that’s a chiropractic thing, right? And you can’t treat it that way. This second A-Ha has become essential to my healing philosophy: that there’s often more than just one way to heal a person; there are many ways to access the body’s healing power.

Santa Monica to Santa Fe

In 2016, my wife Helen and I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Despite just having served as president of the California Homeopathic Medical Society, and the growing success of Dr. Garber’s Natural Solutions (especially in stores there in California), we wanted more space—and horses of our own. Santa Fe had horses and plenty of land to keep them on. And to live with them. 

Helen—my bright shining light

In truth, I would not be where I am, or the person I am, without my wife Helen. Helen has supported me, worked alongside me, driven me, broadened my horizons, believed in me, and added her image-making and business talents to my bioformulas and to everything else I do.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Helen earned her bachelor’s in theatre arts and design. We met in college, which was when Helen talked me into taking my first horseback riding class—instead of the traditional gym class—and we’ve been equally hooked on horses ever since.

And it was during our time with Cirque du Soleil that Helen got into photography full-time—as a profession. As Helen recalls today, “The experience of hanging with the Troupe was where I learned that one must follow their passion to lead a fulfilled life.”

Now an accomplished photographer known for her black-and-white urban landscapes (of Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, and many other cities around the world), Helen also works in mixed media, encaustic and supports other photographers, has directed group installations, and has had her work appear in several books. Her photographs have also been exhibited in many galleries and acquired by museums—from the Getty and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum to the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and in the Venice Biennale.

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“If someone asks me, ‘Can you speak rhinoceros?’ I’d say, ‘of course-ros’”

Soon after relocating to Santa Fe, I began working formally as a chiropractor for animals (mostly dogs and horses) in earnest. Within a year of moving here, I’d earned my Animal Chiropractic Certification (and started working as a chiropractor for Assistance Dogs of the West), joined the board of the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding (for children and adults with special needs) and adopted yet more Springer Spaniels! And so, my life has come almost full circle: from the kid who’d started out in Long Island as a veterinarian’s assistant to a full-fledged animal chiropractor and homeopath. 

I had always wanted to start a pet line, but until moving to Santa Fe, I hadn’t the time to do so. And even though I was almost as busy here in New Mexico working on dogs and horses, I soon learned that the animals I was serving, that their “parents” had been using my human bioformulas on their animal friends—and getting results. 

That’s when I decided I had to come up with something more appropriate for dogs and horses (and mules, donkeys and ponies). So, after a bit more time in my laboratory, I launched Maxwell Pet—my bioformulas line for animals.

At first, the formulas were only for canines. Similar in chemistry to what I developed for humans, these bioformulas have proven just as effective for dogs. Then, two years ago, I came out with my equine line—my biotherapy-based bioformulas for horses, donkeys and the lesser-known equines, kiangs and onagers. Again: these too have proven to be extremely effective. And both Maxwell Pet bioformulas have been incredibly gratifying.

Today, I provide chiropractic services for dogs and other small animals out of a veterinary clinic in Santa Fe, while also attending to equines at area ranches and barns. 

Taking control over your health—to help you and those you love

Working with animals, and developing bioformulas for them as well, has only deepened my commitment to both animals and their humans. And since coming out of the pandemic, my commitment to the healing arts, to helping others heal, has broadened and deepened.

I’m not telling you what’s right. I’m sharing what’s possible.

My goal is to help people take control over their own bodies and their bodily destinies—physical, spiritual, mental—and to enjoy the best quality of life. And this applies just as much to people as to animals.