Must Read: Adam Francis Raby’s A Circus of One


For the past four years, many patients at the Raby Institute have heard and inquired about one particular book: A Circus of One. The book's author, Adam Francis Raby, is brother to Theri Raby, MD, founder of the Raby Institute. As a result, many of the people who know Dr. Raby also know of Adam and the book that has become his passion.


Released in mid-July, this raw account documents a lifetime of Adam's trials, beginning with his first drink of alcohol at age 8. Thirty-four years later, in 2007, he committed to sobriety and started thinking about what to do with his life.


"The story is about my inability to have relationships with other human beings. But I share that story in a raw, intimate way, and people may connect. They know (certain) feelings. They might not connect with my exact experience, but they know the feelings," Adam said. "It (reflects) the human condition- that we're all in pain of some form or another, regardless of addiction."


A public speaker and yogi in La Jolla, Calif., Adam chose to write the memoir because "Career, family-all of that sounds good and fun, but I wanted to do something to help someone else. I wanted to rip open my chest and share that story."


A portion of the memoir focuses on Adam's connection with Dr. Raby. For most of Adam's life, she said, "I'd worry about him. I'd cry, and dream about him, but for three decades he didn't know that."


After multiple DUIs, Adam reached out to his sister, needing help. Dr. Raby put him in contact with a naturopath and acupuncturist, introducing him to ways that integrative medicine could help him find balance. "Integrative medicine became part of my formula for overall wellness-mind, body, and spirit," Adam said.


However, just because Adam has found a formula that works for him, doesn't mean the choices he has made will work for everyone. "This book isn't a how-to. Everybody has to find their own way to wellness. There's no A-to-Z, and you're there. Life just doesn't work that way," he said.


Adam spent two years writing the book, and another year and nine months editing, re-writing, and publishing it. The process provided time for discovery, reflection, and honesty-all critical to Adam's self-recovery.


A few days after the book's July 19th release, Dr. Raby sat at her desk, a huge grin on her face. "I'm just so proud of him and all that he's done to create this masterpiece that genuinely and authentically expresses his experience throughout life," she said. "I've looked forward to seeing how he will touch other people's lives as he has touched mine-through this book and his spirit."


Adam will visit the Raby Institute for a book signing this fall, so stay tuned for updates. You can also visit Adam's website or Facebook page to order the book or read a preview.


"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded."
- Goethe