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Highlighted Selection of Articles by Jan Gallagher

The practice of traditional psychotherapy has been focused exclusively on the “mind” rather than the whole body. Caught into the mind/body split of healthcare for the past century, the discipline has remained fenced into a narrow perspective. Practitioners have offered talk therapy and pharmaceutical medicines to remedy mood disorders believed to be caused primarily from brain chemical imbalances. The health of the physical body was left out of consideration, thereby missing the systemic nature of our whole body that includes our brain and overall mood. Meanwhile graduate programs, slow to change with the times, are still training their students to think with this mind/body split paradigm....

Does your brain need a tune-up? Is it foggy, slow, tired, or distracted? Have you thought about discussing your brain malfunction with your physician? Oh, but then you don’t want to try those medicines that have side effects, so you just put it off. What if you could find natural alternatives to help your brain function better? You could think more clearly, with more energy, with more focus. You could have a more positive attitude and more motivation. When your brain works better, your quality of life could increase dramatically...

Natural remedies often attempt to reduce the body’s level of inflammation so as to prevent heart disease, autoimmune disorders, or arthritis. Less is heard about the connection between mental health and inflammation levels. We want to think of mental disorders as mainly brain disorders so as to simplify the complexity of our human body down into separate parts. However, a more systemic and holistic perspective allows one to consider how the health of the entire body could shed light on the mental health of the person. Since inflammation can occur in every part of the body, this is a particularly helpful symptom to consider...