Summary of the Science
I'm a family doctor who left medicine to find a better way to understand and treat chronic illness. I was developing my own chronic disease at the time without realizing it and have been recovering as a result of research I discovered and had never heard of before. This blog post summarizes what I learned that helped make sense of my symptoms as well as other chronic diseases. That offers insights into why stress can trigger the onset of symptoms, why there may be a delay between trauma and onset, how different types of trauma affect risk, and more. The science also explains why it’s not in your head. Here's what I've learned over the past 15 years.
Research I Never Knew as an MD
Like me, you've probably wondered what caused your chronic illness. And wanted to get a sense of why me, why now, why this disease. This post introduces the discoveries I made. Science is showing that it's not just genes. It's because life experiences alter our genes. This post is for anyone whose symptoms can't be explained or treated. It's for anyone who is skeptical about how trauma - big and overt, or so subtle we don't even recognize it - affects risk. And how the new science can help make sense of symptoms and offers new tools for working with them.
Approaches for Healing
It is possible to heal many of the effects of trauma in our lives, including from childhood, from events that triggered the onset of chronic illness and even from prenatal life. It is also possible to unwind the impact of events from our parents’ and grandparents’ lives. Learn about books and gentle, effective therapies I've tested with my own chronic illness and with clients. These tools work with subtle perceptions of threat as well as with overt trauma, and symptoms of chronic illness.