I spent 3 years conducting independent research during my Master’s Degree when I retrained in the field of somatic psychotherapy. I summarized it all in a 400-page thesis. In my explorations I discovered that adverse life events – which range from subtle and unrecognized events to overt trauma – affect risk for chronic illnesses of all kinds. It made sense of my own chronic illness (I have chronic fatigue or ME/CFS) and also of many others such as type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and more.
My publications integrate research from medicine, neurology, child development, brain science and more. And they look at chronic illness in an entirely new way.
I’ve continued my independent research and share this information bit by bit through my blog.
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I condensed my 400 page Master’s thesis into this 5-page article on type 1 diabetes (with 4 pages / 150 references).
Download my Journal Article PDF here (no email required).
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 later 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 (80 pages, 350 references).
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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