“The Molecules of Emotion”: A Book Review

ImageOne of the books I read for my NIWH certification program was entitled The Molecules of Emotion.  This fascinating read was written by the female scientist named Candace Pert.  She was the primary researcher in the discovery of endorphins and the way they function in the body.  In her book, she talks about what that discovery was like and how it lead her down a path of exploring the mind-body connection on a molecular level.   Continue reading

Functional Medicine: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century

“Modern medicine is like taking your car to a mechanic who has no idea what’s under the hood and is trying to fix the car based on listening to the noises it makes.” -Eric Lander, MIT Center for Genome Research

What if our understanding of medicine and disease is wrong?  What if we’ve been treating “diseases” that are actually just symptoms, and what if those “treatments” are actually just suppressing our body’s attempts to adapt to an underlying abnormality, and not really fixing the problem?  According to Dr. Mark Hyman, chairman of the institute of functional medicine, this is exactly what we’re doing, and the reason why we aren’t seeing results. Continue reading