I attended a seminar by Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen MD about twenty years ago. I wrote her a letter asking about how to cope with the multiple sclerosis I had at the time. She responded with a hand written two page letter.
The Dali Lama at one point chose her as one of twenty psychiatrists and psychologists to attend a tour. A main value of Buddhists is compassion. It is easy to see why he chose her.
Her Goddesses in Every Woman and Gods in Every Man books helped me learn to interpret dreams. She has written many books. As a psychiatrist, she used to do group therapy with people who had cancer (the book is Close to the Bone). I hope to be more like her someday.
There is now compelling evidence that adverse circumstances can significantly shorten a child’s life. Adverse events such as child physical, sexual, and emotional abuse make the child as an adult more susceptible to chronic illness. I stated this in my book, “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds.” It is nice to see supporting information at
Vitamin D Mania!
Post 17: when getting your D is good
Neurologists are seeing the light regarding the importance of vitamins. I always took about 400 units of vitamin D. My neurologist recently recommended that I increase it to 20,000 units. They are getting research results implicating low levels of vitamin D with increased risk for multiple sclerosis. And beyond that, as noted in the chart above, low levels of vitamin D may play a role in many diseases.
See helpful healing to chronic disease described in my book “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds” available at amazon.com.
My wife, Deborah Brogan, MD, was a board certified psychiatrist. We were married when she was 28 years old. She was not expected to live beyond the age of 40. She lived to be 61 years old and did private practice until she was 58 years old. She also worked at Arizona State University on their eating disorders team for 22 years after we were married. Prior to all of this, she worked at Albany County mental health clinic in albany, New York for 3 years. Prior to this, she spent seven years with medical school and a psychiatric residency.
She had severe juvenile diabetes since she was 12 years old. In 1998, 19 years before death in 2017, she had a kidney-pancreas transplant which was necessary because of the diabetes. She was hospitalized about 30 times, and continued working in between hospitalizations.
She was fond of the above “Elements of Resilience” and incorporated it into psychotherapy with her patients in private practice. It is good guidance in what to strive for to meet the challenges of life. It is a good summary of what helps me to cope with multiple sclerosis. It is the spirit I try to convey in my book, “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds” at
I was interview #606 on psychologist Dr. David Van Nuys’ http://www.Shrinkrapradio.com