I have spent over 20 years working as a medical doctor, learning how to treat physical symptoms and conditions with physical treatments ie. medicine and surgery.
I have witnessed the outstanding power of these physical interventions and I would not want to live in a world without them.
I have also discovered their limits.
In my work as a GP I found that I was not able to establish an adequate medical explanation for symptoms in about half of my patients. Many of the medications I was prescribing were just masking symptoms and there were high levels of anxiety, depression and stress alongside the physical health conditions I was treating.
It became increasingly clear that something else was going on.
Many of the symptoms that we encounter in daily practice are physical or mental manifestations of basic human distress, presented to us as the only way to seek help in a world that has become hyper-focused on treating the body as if it is a broken machine.
Endlessly seeking a medical solution where none exists causes harm to patients and creates stress and burnout in care providers.
There is now a wealth of evidence demonstrating the links between the mind and the body;
the question is, how do we integrate this into the medical model so that our patients can benefit?
I do not claim to have all the answers! But I am endlessly fascinated by trying to find them.
There are now hundreds of healthcare professionals across the globe on the same path.
If you are reading this page then you are probably one of them.
Join me at my regular discussion group, 'Mind-Body Conversations', where you will meet other healthcare professionals with similar interests, learn about the neuroscience behind mind-body symptoms, discuss the latest research and find out more about training opportunities in the emerging field of mind-body medicine.