Chapter 20

Dealing with Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Issues

In This Chapter

arrow Nurturing healthy brain function

arrow Scoping out natural treatments for alcoholism and other addictions

arrow Preventing and treating cognitive decline

arrow Dealing with a variety of mental illnesses

Conventional medicine often approaches the brain as though it’s floating in a beaker of chemicals instead of functioning as a key component of a complex organic system. As a result, doctors often treat brain disorders with potent prescription medications designed to restore a healthy chemical balance in the brain, regardless of what’s causing the symptoms. These prescription medications are a blessing to many people who live with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, enabling them to reclaim their lives. However, the medical community is beginning to come around to the fact that brain and cognitive disorders arise due to a complex interplay of nature (genetics) and nurture (environment) and that nutrition and lifestyle play key roles in prevention and treatment.

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