"My goal in writing this book is to provide a guide to intervention in
disorders of brain function. The brain is the organ of the mind. Therefore,
molecular influences that alter the function of brain are manifest as mental
influences. Brains are delicate devices that need special care to work well.
When brains do not function well, disorders of sensing, deciding, acting and
remembering occur. Food is the major source of molecular influences on the brain
and, therefore, on mind states. Finding and consuming food is the main business
of all animal brains and remains the priority in the organization of human
Mind and body mesh with world events. Humans, like other animals,
continuously interact with their environment to bring their existing or
anticipated state into congruence with a desired state. Humans and other animals
are engaged in a continuous tracking operation to locate sources of food and
water and to avoid danger. The basic idea behind animal brains is to bring
information about the outside world together with information from inside the
Images of the outside tend to be detailed and explicit in consciousness.
Vision, hearing and smell are distance senses that inform about events far away.
Sensors on the surface of the body inform about close contacts. Sensors in
muscles and joints inform about our movement in space-time and provide
information about contact with the ground. Sense receptors inside the body are
of various kinds and are not clearly represented in consciousness. Inner sensors
provide information to the brain about conditions in the body and provide
feedback that informs the brain about the consequences of actions taken in the
Psyche & Soma
An integrated view of body/mind does not draw artificial boundaries among
different events. Psyche does not affect Soma or vice versa. are
one interacting whole system. Behavioral adaptation to environment is
intermeshed with molecular adaptation. This means that mind and body interact
with environment as a single integrated unit. Molecular events determine
mind/body events just as mental or behavioral events determine molecular events.
There is little argument that diseased arteries that carry blood to the brain
lead toward the most prevalent and often the most devastating loss of brain
function. High blood pressure and plugged arteries work together to produce
strokes. Other brain diseases are not so obvious.
The whole enterprise of psychosomatic thinking is misleading and distracts
from the practical and important pursuit of healthy environments and
constructive action to alter disease-causing conditions. Physicians and patients
are often in conflict because they occupy opposite sides of the same irrational
psychosomatic belief system. The physicians believe that the mind can
invent disease without outside help and their patients believe the mind can cure
disease without outside help. Physicians tend to divide illness into two broad
categories, the organic and the non-organic. The distinction is used by
physicians when they talk to one another but there is no biology to support the
irrational belief in "non-organic illness".
The role of the environment and dietary problems in creating emotionally and
mentally disturbed people has been underestimated or ignored. Bad environments
and problems in the food supply can disturb brain function in entire
populations. Bad chemicals are more powerful than good intentions and good ideas
unless the good idea is to remove the bad chemicals from the environment. When a
fish in an aquarium displays psychotic behavior, you do not call a fish
psychiatrist; you check the oxygen concentration, temperature, and pH of the
water. You have to clean the tank and change the fish diet.
I regret the increasing use of psychotropic drugs. The aggressive marketing
of drugs that affect the brain has become a major determinant of what people
believe and how people behave. I was once an advocate of drug therapy, but now I
believe that we are on the wrong track and often advise against taking drugs that
affect the mind.
My work in philosophy takes the broadest view of the human experience and
also focuses on the details of how our mind works. As a physician, I advocate
practical solutions to brain dysfunction that are often ignored in medical
practice. These are solutions that emphasize removing the causes of disease by
improving the environment and the food supply.
In a world where no one understands what causes the major brain diseases, all
clues should be considered. There are numerous possible chemical toxicities from
polluted air, water and food. I continue to advocate improving environments and
diet revision as the most desirable and least practiced methods of preventing
and resolving common brain diseases. Negative food effects on brain function are
often ignored in neurology and psychiatry. Major diseases originate from eating
too much of the wrong food and damage many organs simultaneously. I suggest that
a prudent person suffering early brain-dysfunction symptoms would be wise to
pursue vigorous, thorough diet revision at the earliest opportunity.
Alcohol, drugs bought on the street and in pharmacies that target the brain
are used excessively and inappropriately adding to increasing numbers of
disturbed and dysfunctional people. Because some brain dysfunction compromises
judgment, learning and motivation, family members, friends and professional
advisors often have to initiate diet revision and provide the right direction
Diet revision that removes problems and leads to correct nutrition is the
most important and perhaps the least practical intervention because humans have
difficulty changing their habitual patterns. If beneficial change were a matter
of rational choice, then most human problems and most diseases would disappear."
Stephen Gislason MD
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Understanding the human brain is essential to become a well-informed, modern
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