I stumbled upon Dr. Brogan's work via another fantastic health resource, Chris Kresser, M.S., LAc. I participated in a webinar that Dr. Brogan was presenting for this health community about resolving depression and anxiety naturally. This topic is right up my sparkle seeking alley, so as soon as I saw the info about it, I was on board.
It is my opinion that the human experience includes the occurrence of depression and anxiety at some point or another (or maybe at many points). The levels of intensity vary, and it is my personal belief that the causes vary. As soon as Dr. Brogan began sharing about her training, her experience, and her work, I was impressed. The moment Dr. Brogan shared that her own perspective changed when she experienced a health challenge of her own, and when she read the book Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker, I knew I would love her new book, A Mind of Your Own.
Full disclosure: Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker is very controversial, but for this human, the act of reading that one book resulted in a huge shift in the path of my life.
Dr. Brogan brings research, science, lifestyle medicine, and the power of healing from within together in a concise, motivating, and easy to understand way. Research, science, lifestyle medicine, and the power of healing from within are a few of my favorite topics. Brogan provides evidence and hope, which don't always go hand in hand.
Changing one's diet, testing for and treating nutritional deficiencies, adding daily meditation, detoxing one's space and body, and adding healthy movement all add up to a better life (ummm.... more SPARKLE?). Dr. Brogan breaks down a step by step plan, including recipes (that are mostly Whole30 approved!) that will make your mouth water. She also gives you the research and evidence that shatter the messages and ideas that the pharmaceutical and health industries have been pumping into our culture. She respects the patients she works with, recognizes how much she learns from them, and wants all people to listen to their bodies, brains, and hearts. Contrary to what some practitioners would say, those parts are all interconnected.
A Mind of Your Own is a very worthy read, even if you don't agree 100% with all of her theory. She presents it from a smart, respectful perspective, with the patient's needs at the center of it all.
Catalyst for Change Rating: 5/5
Reading Enjoyment Rating: 4/5
Read this Book Rating: 4.5/5
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