Recently, Dr. Daniel Amen has performed functional studies of tens of thousands of brains. Many “mood disorders” can actually be visualized as distortions and concavities in the actual brain and can be readily repaired with proper nutrition and “brain food.” When contrasted to the assumptions and practices of psychiatry in the last several posts, we see a clear divergence of paths.


Assessing a patient’s presenting symptomatology is of fundamental importance to establish what will be a doctor’s framework or approach. Are symptoms seen as the expression of a DSM “disease category” or as the body’s cry for help? Will symptomatology be categorized into “disease entities,” requiring prescriptions either on the biological level, as in antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or the emotional level, as in antipsychotics?


Is one’s fundamental belief that the body is at war with the environment and is being invaded or that it’s in a self-destroying war with itself? Or do we believe we’re witnessing a body in need of nutritional, emotional, and environmental support, or maybe just a treatment that can hone in on the body’s self-healing capacity?


And, fundamentally, behind that is the question of whom are we treating: a patient with a disease or a disease which happens to be in that patient?


The next several posts, on pain and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the study of the mind-body connection, will highlight the limitations of the Cartesian approach: separating disease from patient and body from mind.


We’ll explore scientific findings that will help us answer the questions raised here.


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