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Long Illness: A Practical Guide to Surviving, Healing, and Thriving
Meghan Jobson, MD, PhD, and Juliet Morgan, MD
Hachette Go / Hardcover / May 2023
9780306828744 (ISBN-10: 030682874X)
Wellness & Chronic Health Issues
price: $38.00
288 pages
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A new, necessary integrative approach and practical guide to living with all long illness (autoimmune disease, chronic pain, inflammation, COVID-19, and more), from two UCSF doctors

In 2020, a surge of long haul COVID-19 patients came to Drs. Jobson and Morgan's clinics and one thing was clear to them: We have seen this before. The pattern was strikingly similar to other long conditions: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, post-infectious syndromes, and autoimmune diseases. And that is because long illnesses manifest in similar ways. They follow patterns in the body as the result of inflammation, trauma, and toxic stress.

Whether its chronic pain or COVID-19 or any of the myriad conditions that require long-term maintenance, people with long illnesses have long been invalidated by a lack of assistance and care. The public health crisis of long COVID-19 highlighted these inequities. Drs. Jobson and Morgan are on the front lines of research and treatment at UCSF; they have developed an integrative program that goes beyond conventional medicine, which struggles to understand long illness. Their approach uses evidence-based integrative medicine that addresses the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Not only do they legitimizing long illness, they offer an unparalleled, holistic approach to haling.

Drs. Jobson and Morgan empower readers by giving them expansive, accessible recovery tools: from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), traditional eastern medicine, and mindfulness practices, to emerging therapies, self-healing techniques, and cutting-edge research. They also offer support and validation, with survivor stories and places to journal and process woven throughout for an interactive healing exercise. By the end of this book, readers will be equipped with data, self-knowledge, and integrative medicine skills--the ingredients that accelerate healing from within.

About the Authors

Dr. Juliet Morgan is an integrative neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco. Radical in the world of conventional medicine, Dr. Morgan takes a whole-brain approach to treating her patients. She specializes in both the anatomic “hardware” and the emotional “software” of the brain. Dr. Morgan graduated from Duke University, and from medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She has received numerous awards for her academic achievements, leadership, and humanism. Dr. Morgan is completing additional certifications in psychiatry and integrative medicine. She teaches neuropsychiatry to medical students and residents. In her clinical work, she uses integrative medicine, psychotherapy, conventional medicine, mindfulness, and culinary medicine. Dr. Morgan believes in listening deeply to her patients and cultivating their strength to heal from within.

Dr. Meghan Jobson is an internist with specialized training in integrative and palliative medicine. She is also a neuroscientist and a practicing movement instructor. Dr. Jobson has a personal connection to this work, as a person who survives and thrives with a chronic long illness. In her clinical work she combines her diverse training in exercise and movement, nutrition, conventional medicine, neuroscience, and integrative medicine. With these interwoven techniques, she creates custom approaches to improving and maintaining the quality of life of her patients. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Utah and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a recipient of the Leonard Toy Humanism in Medicine Award from the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her areas of interest include disability justice, social determinants of health, and the effects of exercise and nutrition on chronic and serious illness. She has published in numerous peer reviewed journals.

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