THE POWER OF HOLISM
To treat mood and mind, look to the body. Nutritional status, hormone balance, food sensitivities, toxins and digestive function influence not only mood and memory but also bone & brain health, sleep latency and immunity.
The idea that afflictions such as anxiety and autism, ADHD and Alzheimer's, can be effectively treated, not by administering psychoactive medication, but by investigating and repairing the body's most basic biochemistry & physiology is resisted by most conventionally trained clinicians.
The brain, though, is not magically disconnected from the rest of the body. And if pressed to explain something like Wernicke's encephalopathy or streptococcal associated pediatric autoimmune neuropsych disorders, even the most Cartesian of clinicians would struggle to argue otherwise.
How can the biology of the brain not be affected by the biology of the body? Stripped of our cultural programming, we understand this almost intuitively. It's the medical specialties, the drug detailing, the insurance reimbursement codes that want us to chop our bodies up into discrete, disconnected bits.
So not only might your joint pains, skin rash, irritable bowel, and depression all be related, but it could also be that the only way to durable recovery and sustainable good health is by seeing and addressing, with the help of a nutritional wellness consultant, the proverbial "big picture."
This is the excitement and promise of what has come to be called, however clumsily, "functional medicine," because it can identity and correct functional imbalances even before they have manifested into problems validated by corporate medicine's algorithms and ICD-10 diagnostic codes.