Debra Pate — A Passion for Healing Life’s greatest challenges can result in unforeseen blessings. Pain, loss, discomfort and disease are powerful catalysts that can move us in new directions, shaping us by stretching our horizons. Excruciating stomach pains motivated Debra Pate. When doctors could ﬁnd no obvious cause or relief for her chronic stomach distress, at 17, she began to independently search for answers. Through research, she discovered that what you eat affects how you feel. By adding healthy choices of vegetables and whole grains, eliminating junk food and taking digestive enzymes and probiotics, Debra improved her digestive system and banished the pain. She recognized that a diet dominated by chips, candy bars, mac-and-cheese, cola and coffee was accompanied by agonizing pain,
“I had sinus infections twice a year from the time I was 14,” says Debra. “When I eliminated dairy products, my infection cleared, and I avoided further sinus problems and colds for more than 20 years.” Although she had followed her mother into the banking industry, Debra soon found that working as an administrative assistant for ﬁve bankers was too sedentary for her. Teaching aerobics to bank employees during their lunch hour led her to teach more exercise classes. After one demanding workout, Debra had a massage and was hooked. “I enrolled in the Atlanta School of Massage and was in their ﬁrst graduating class,” she says. For the next several years, Debra lived in various locales around the country, working with chiropractic and naturopathic doctors, at holistic clinics and spas,
‘It was incredibly rewarding to have formerly bedridden arthritis patients walk with ease and resume active lifestyles after treatments’ while a healthier diet brought a newfound vitality. A second turning point on her health journey occurred during her early 20s while experiencing one of her severe biannual sinus infections. On a trip to her local health food store, Debra was advised to discontinue dairy products as a means of ﬁghting, then resisting, her chronic sinus infections.
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and owning her own massage spa. She continued to expand her training in healing practices, learning to supervise detoxiﬁcation, fasting and cleansing programs. “It was incredibly rewarding to have formerly bedridden arthritis patients walk with ease and resume active lifestyles after treatments,” she says. Debra also explored extensive effects of diet on health, experimenting with diet disciplines as diverse as
Debra Pate loves helping others incorporate lifestyle changes that help them heal emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically — “so they can ultimately be the best that God made them to be,” she says.
vegetarian, vegan, Ayurvedic, fruitarian and fasting. As she pursued techniques to generate physical health, she continued her quest for spiritual health. Raised in the Baptist faith in her hometown of Atlanta, Debra says she had a “seeking, questioning soul” from early childhood. “I believe we are all created with our own sets of gifts and interests, and we are all made to seek God,” she says. “Because of my early health problems, I had to explore and seek answers. I learned that not only do foods, vitamins and herbs affect us, but our thoughts and emotions also impact our health. What situations we see as a weakness or curse, God uses to direct our paths.” Her wide sphere of spiritual study led her “full circle” to her Christian roots —magniﬁed. Not long after moving to Boone with her husband and four daughters, Debra rededicated her life and studied prayer ministry. Becoming a prayer counselor through the Elijah House Prayer Ministry led her to begin the House of Prayer in downtown Boone with a group of like-minded prayer counselor friends. “We started the House of Prayer as a healing center incorporating prayer and healing techniques,” she says. “Our group shared a similar desire for people to heal and to know God.” Most recently, Debra has become owner of the Natural Healing Day Spa in Banner Elk. Offering luxurious spa services
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