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Grand Unified Theory of Mind-Brain Function

January 24th, 2012 · No Comments

After nearly 4 decades of practicing complementary/alternative, integrative and holistic medicine and psychiatry, and carefully assessing (and “curing”) many thousands of patients with in-depth, functional medicine testing and genomics (gene testing), Dr C.E. Gant is happy to present the culmination of his life’s work – The Grand Unified Theory of Mind/Brain Function.

The philosophical approach to his work and research has always been science based, and has tended to downplay proposed panaceas for the world’s ills as poppycock. After all, the human being is composed of roughly 200 trillion cells, each having 50 million chemical reactions per second. We have 6 feet of DNA per cell, which if unraveled and stretched out and connected end-to-end, calculates to 10s of billions of miles of DNA per person.

When malfunctioning, how could anything so marvelous and complex be reduced to simplistic notions of one cure fits all. Panaceas are extraordinary claims and they must be supported by extraordinary evidence to be taken seriously.

For the first time in his life, he may have found the panacea.

He says “may have” since it has only taken one ugly fact to destroy the most beautiful theories ever proposed. But so far, The Grand Unified Theory of Mind/Brain Function appears to subsume all approaches to healing within one model. And all attempts to discover fatal flaws in this model have so far failed.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry

January 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry

By Dan Stradford, Garry Vickar, Christine Berger, and Hyla Cass

With the public’s increased interest in and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments, physicians find themselves being questioned more frequently by their patients about non-pharmaceutical options and wellness-oriented therapies.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry gives the mental health practitioner a solid introduction into the philosophy behind CAM approaches as well as a broad array of evidence-based CAM therapies that are increasingly finding their way into patient treatment plans with positive results.

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Criteria for Selecting Medical Treatment

January 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

What do you believe? Do you believe this . . . most people believe symptoms are the disease so they often take drugs, herbs or supplements to suppress symptoms in the false belief that a medical or psychiatric problem is resolved if symptoms disappear. These myths may stem from deep, unconscious fears handed down to us from ages past when diarrhea was equated with typhoid fever or a cough could mean that one has tuberculosis. TB did kill about one billion human beings in the 1800s, so one can understand why people are afraid of symptoms and believe they are the disease itself.

Only recently have we come to understand that symptoms suggest something very different. Symptoms are actually the result of the body trying to heal itself in some way. Diarrhea and cough could very rarely signify a lethal problem and should be investigated if they become chronic problems, but actually these symptoms are protective detoxification mechanisms which the body employs to remove toxins from gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts respectively.

Fatigue can signify malnutrition and therefore tiredness could be a natural response of the body to conserve calories. Nausea is a protective signal from the body instructing us to fast, because the GI tract is dealing with something toxic or infectious and does not want to devote its limited resources to digesting food. Joint pain is a clear protective signal to rest an inflamed joint. Depression could result from overdoing our fight/flight sympathetic nervous system and the consequent burnout protectively forces us to rest.

Symptoms are the result of the body trying to heal itself in some way, but those symptoms can be maladaptive. If diarrhea causes severe dehydration, or if a cough prevents sleep, obviously these symptoms, however valid as healing mechanisms, are maladaptive and may need to be suppressed with herbal or drug therapies. But usually, symptoms are perfectly adaptive attempts of the body to heal, and should be understood from that perspective and modified only if they spill over into a maladaptive pattern.

For instance, fever is a protective mechanism designed to injure infectious organisms which do not reproduce as well at higher temperatures. However, brain injury or seizures can occur if fever gets too high, so medication may be needed to keep it under 104 degrees to prevent such adverse maladaptive responses.

Three Kinds of Chronic Symptoms

Chronic symptoms are usually not lethal, but they can be life-limiting. The three main kinds of chronic symptoms are:
1- fatigue,
2- pain (emotional or physical) and
3- dysfunction (occupational, social, academic, interpersonal).

I am often asked, “Doc, how should these be treated?” Or, “What can I take to make these symptoms go away?” This is the wrong question, and the age old dictum – if you ask the wrong questions you get the wrong answers – applies here. Many chronic medical and psychiatric problems never resolve because the wrong questions are asked about how to resolve them.

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