Jan 6, 2018
This week on MIA Radio, we
interview Dr. Jennifer Bahr. Dr Bahr is a passionate advocate for
naturopathic approaches to health and wellbeing. She is the founder
of Resilience Naturopathic which was founded with a mission to not
only to provide an alternative to those who struggle with mental
health conditions but to improve the way mental and behavioural
healthcare is delivered in America.
Dr Bahr received her Doctor of
Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic
Medicine in Tempe, AZ. Prior to that she was an Arabic Translator
for the US Government and served 6 years in the US Navy. She
received her Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology
from the University of Maryland. She is the President of the
California Naturopathic Doctors Association, the founding Vice
President of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic
Physicians, and a member of the House of Delegates for the American
Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
She previously taught at Bastyr
University and is a contributing writer for Homeopathy Today,
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, Mad In America, and The Wise
In the episode we
- How Dr. Bahr came to be involved
with the psychiatric system and prescribed psychiatric
- That receiving a diagnosis of
bipolar disorder led to fears such as loss of employment and that
the condition was permanent, feeling like a life
- How the psychiatric drugs,
including Lithium, affected Dr. Bahr’s academic
- How those experiences led to Dr.
Bahr’s interest and study into non-medication based and naturally
oriented approaches to supporting mental health and
- Why naturopathic medicine might
be a good approach for mental health issues.
- That it is important to choose
naturopathic approaches as a first step to avoid potential harm
from medications prescribed through the mainstream
- The inherent problems with
clinical trials of psychiatric drugs, such as placebo
- How supporting the whole person
is the aim of naturopathic approaches and how this contrasts with
the mainstream psychiatric approach of relying heavily on trying to
alter brain chemistry.
- That we should focus heavily on
what is happening in our environment to help address the alarming
increase in both physical and mental health problems.
- How people can find out more
about Dr. Bahr and her work by visiting https://resiliencenaturopathic.com.
Rx Resilience: Cultivating the Ability to Bounce
American Association for Naturopathic
Institute for Natural
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