I spent 3 years conducting independent research during my Master’s Degree when I retrained in the field of somatic psychotherapy. I summarized it in a 400-page thesis.
In my explorations I discovered that adverse life events during different periods of our lives – which range from subtle and unrecognized events to overt trauma during pregnancy, birth and infancy; in childhood; in our parents’ and grandparents’ lives and as triggers before onset of symptoms – affect risk for chronic illnesses of all kinds. It made sense of my own chronic illnesses of ME/CFS and asthma, and also of many others such as type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis and many others.
My publications integrate research from medicine, neurology, child development, brain science and more. And they look at chronic illness in a new way.
I’ve continued my independent research and share this information bit by bit through my blog. You’ll find a summary of my latest findings in The Chronic Illness Model and in my free downloadable ebooks.
5-page article on type 1 diabetes summarizing findings from my Master’s thesis.
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Mead, V. P. (2004). “A new model for understanding the role of environmental factors in the origins of chronic illness: a case study of type 1 diabetes mellitus.” Med Hypotheses 63(6): 1035-1046.
I was invited by Nova Science Publishers to write a book chapter, where I expanded my research and discovered similar risk factors for asthma and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in addition to type 1 diabetes.
Download my Book Chapter PDF here (no email required).
Mead, V. P. (2007). Timing, Bonding, and Trauma: Applications from experience-dependent maturation and traumatic stress provide insights for understanding environmental origins of disease. Advances in Psychology Research. A. M. Columbus, Nova Science Publishers. 49: 1-80.
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