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Dr. Gene I. Ridley, D.N. (1948-2019)

Naprapath, naturopath, herbalist, and natural healthcare physician treating patients in Chicago for 32 years.

Dr. Gene Ridley was a practicing diagnostician specializing in kinesiology, with extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and nutrition.  These fields provided him with keen insight into natural healing principles and applications. 

Dedicated to finding natural, effective, non-invasive methods of correcting and improving health issues, Dr. Ridley assisted the healing process in several thousand people.

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He developed over 80 proprietary herbal formulas, used in his practice and around the world, to address and correct many diseases, especially chronic conditions. 


He found that over 90% of all conditions are better addressed with a combined treatment of manipulation and herbs

As a natural healthcare practitioner, Dr. Ridley treated every poor health and disease condition, from acne to asthma, blood disorders to cancer, from infants to the elderly. His practice grew and thrived primarily via word of mouth as patients spread the word of their good results and improved health. Most only required a few visits in order to completely correct and resolve a condition.

He found that over 90% of all conditions are better addressed with a combined treatment of manipulation and herbs, finding that herbs add a high level of efficacy. Even more so, herbal formulations tend to correct biologic and physiologic dysfunction on their own, except when structural problems exist that require manipulation, also known as “manual surgery.”

Dr. Ridley was always impressed and influenced by nature and the human body’s ability to heal and regenerate itself. As a child, he was frequently taken into the woods of southern Illinois with his half-Cherokee aunt to pick roots, berries and tree bark that she used to make herbal concoctions as health remedies for the family.  As a young adult, he was greatly influenced by the book Back to Eden, and had a penchant for seeking and using herbs and natural foods as part of his diet and health regimen.

He turned to natural healthcare after a hip displacement problem caused him a lot of pain and sent him to specialists, in which he underwent nerve conduction studies and an orthopedic surgeon who recommended exploratory surgery. He replied to the surgeon’s suggestion, “I’ll get back to you” and limped along for several months until a colleague told him about a natural health practitioner – a naprapath named Roland J. Sidney. After suffering for more than a year, he was pain free within two weeks of treatment by Dr. Sidney.

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"Whether you buy from us, choose a different practitioner or decide to take the medical route, our purpose is to make sure you receive the best quality of treatment possible."

Impressed and inspired, he enrolled in naprapathy college (1979 – 1982) and learned life sciences, manipulative arts, nutrition and herbology. He graduated with the highest clinical award and immediately went into practice for myself in Chicago.

In 1994, he began marketing and distributing his proprietary herbal formulations, Herbal Solutions outside of his practice.

Dr. Ridley was a featured speaker at the Green Festival, the Health Freedom Expo, the Corey Brooks Community Empowerment radio show and conducted numerous workshops for Greenheart and community health organizations in Chicago. He was featured in a special documentary broadcast on WBEZ (Chicago NPR) during the series “Chicago Matters: Health”.

Dr. Ridley was in practice in Chicago from 1982 until his death in 2019. His legacy and knowledge continue in Herbal Solutions and education about natural healthcare.


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