Dr. Jennifer Bahr, ND draws from her unique perspective gained from experience in both conventional and natural medicine as well as both doctor and patient to discuss what she has learned to be the most important hallmark of health resilience. In this talk, Dr. Bahr shares her perspectives on health and resilience based on both physical and emotional markers, as well as some guidelines on how she achieves this for herself and her patients.
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I didn’t realize it, but I have been on a quest for the past 20 years.
Last month I gave a webinar for International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) entitled Removing Obstacles: A Naturopathic Perspective on Treatment. In that webinar I discussed the philosophy and therapeutic order of naturopathic medicine and gave some examples related directly to the natural treatment of bipolar disorder. One of the primary concepts, as suggested by the title, is that of removing obstacles. This is such a vital concept regardless of your choice to take the natural or conventional route that I wanted to make sure I touch on it again, perhaps in more detail.
I don’t know about you, but this time of year is always tough for me. I am sure many of you can relate to a seasonal pattern for highs and lows – bright, sunny, energetic spring and summer almost always brings about the same in me, and so why wouldn't dull, dreary cold fall and winter do likewise? There are several things that this could be related to. Bipolar disorder is in many ways a disorder of circadian rhythms (our body’s internal clock), and the change in external cues (sunrise and sunset) seems to match our internal cues.
Dr. Jennifer Bahr is licensed naturopathic doctor that specializes in the homeopathic treatment of mental illness. She was drawn to this because of personal and family struggles with mood and anxiety disorders, most of which found their beginnings in childhood. She has seen first hand the effects of delayed or suppressive treatments of childhood conditions as they progress into adulthood. She saw friends and family members struggle through all stages of life, until they were forced to take powerful medicines that controlled moods and anxiety but dulled their personality.