Veronique Mead

Patient Leader

I integrate research that explains how trauma increases risk for disease, why it’s not in our heads, and new tools that support healing. I left my career as a family practice physician and assistant professor because I felt I was causing harm. Something didn't feel right. When I retrained as a somatic therapist, I learned that trauma was much more subtle - and its effects much deeper - than I'd learned in medical school. I started researching and have been blown away for 20 years by how many kinds of "little" everyday traumas affect risk for chronic diseases of all kinds. I've also learned that the effects of trauma are not psychological. All types of trauma - be it a car accident, a scary medical procedure, the loss of a loved one - affects health in similar ways. It influences gene function and physiology. I want others to know It's not their fault, not because we are weak, or lazy, or "not trying hard enough." I've learned a lot from 20 years with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). At my worst I was almost completely bed-ridden for 9 months. It taught me just how vulnerable, overwhelmed and scared one can feel when disabled, experiencing side effects, and living with an illness that has no known cure. Learning about the connection between trauma and chronic disease has changed my life and gradually given me back my health. It's doing the same for many others with autoimmune diseases and other kinds of chronic physical and mental illnesses. My passion is to empower others with other science and tools that support healing. I write so we don't have to wait for medicine to catch up with the science. I share the research through my personal story, free downloads, blog posts, fact sheets, patient guides, free ebooks, interviews, videos, and published journal articles. My illness has unexpectedly been one of my greatest teachers and gifts. Many of the lessons have come from learning how to listen to, befriend and trust my body.

Location

Niwot, CO

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

Finalist

Best in Show: Blog

Veronique has the gift of simplifying complex truths in a way that individuals can comprehend the "why" of "how" they got to "where" they are today.I chose the word "truths" because Veronique's blogs are backed by science, published studies and she has walked the talk.Readers are assured of valuable information to help them make informed decisions.  — Sylvie

The work that Dr. Mead showcases literally saved my life from a diagnosis of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. More doctors need to be educated about this!  — Kelly

I got ME 10 years ago, and was told recovery was not an option - I had to learn to live with it. I came across Veronique's Blog a couple of years later, and her work was key in recognising that trauma was the root cause. I am now free of the Epstein Barr virus, and am in the final stages of recovery from victim mentality. Now I'm glad to be a-live.  — Cathy

https://chronicillnesstraumastudies.com/ is full of information regarding ACEs and chronic illness. Plus it has a whole lot of E-books on healing and getting well  — Cheryl

I have type 1 diabetes and have found Dr. Mead's blog to be invaluable. Nowhere else have I read such comprehensive content on the connections of t1 and trauma. Truly an educational website I deeply value.  — Ken

Lots of information on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impacts our mental and physical health.Useful questionnaires and infographics. Plus, very informative E-books to help heal one's mind and body.  — Cheryl

The perspective provided by Dr. Mead goes infinitely further "upstream" to the deepest root causes of chronic, complex illness than any other online physician or healthcare professional practitioner. Her acutely trained and experienced observations have opened my mind and spirit to the foundations we all require for vibrant, balanced human health.  — Rich

I found Veronique's blog when searching information on the trauma I was experiencing due to ME/CFS. The information I found at her site was a gold mine of validation and support. I am now doing much better. Veronique is ahead of her time and has much to teach in the understanding of the relationship between trauma and chronic illness.  — Michele

Honest. Thinks outside of the box. Useful resources on her website. Brings attention to trauma as a cause for chronic illness.  — Maria

I came across Veronique's blog due to my own interest in trauma and chronic illness links, Her work has profoundly helped me to improve my own quality of life through her practical and pragmatic outcomes of "joining the dots" science research. When I share her blog posts on my facebook pages I get very positive response/feedback from others too.  — Gary

I recommend Veronique Mead, MD, MA, as a #WEGO Patient Leader because of her deep and expansive work in the science of trauma that benefits the psycho-emotional needs of patients as well as extends the biological understanding of trauma on patients. Dr. Mead adds to my personal and professional understanding of trauma.  — Sonja

Veronique is uniquely qualified to be a leader in the field of ACE's and their impacts on the health of adults. Her writings are excellently researched and presented to be able to reach the largest possible audience. Patient leaders should exemplify good science making positive impacts in the lives of real people, which Veronique does.  — christa

I am so grateful to Veronique for providing such well-researched blogs that integrate cutting-edge knowledge from diverse fields. She speaks to us in such a clear and deeply respectful and honouring way. I believe that Veronique's blog is helping to shift the paradigm around chronic disease - making it about much more than individual pathology.  — Jo

This blog is making a massive difference in helping patients understand the intricacies of their condition by bringing together cutting-edge science and explaining all the factors that can go into, for example, how the cell danger response can become systemically stuck, what this means and what we can do about it.  — Daniela

Dr. Mead is a compassionate, dynamic visionary who's blog consistently reflects her insight at the cutting edge of the field of trauma recovery and it's relationship to chronic illness. Her readers are educated and inspired because she combines new information in growing fields..... GREAT WRITER as well as great content!  — Beth

Veronique Mead

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