Jonathan Prousky received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (physical and health education), and his N.D. (naturopathic doctor) degree from Bastyr University. He also obtained Masters degrees from the University of London (primary health care) and Yorkville University (counselling psychology). He has been in private practice for almost two decades, and has primarily focussed his clinical practice on the evaluation and management of mental health with integrative orthomolecular and botanical (plant-based) medicines.
Jonathan is the current Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, ON), and has been employed at the college since 2000. While his primary role is to oversee the health care provided to patients, and monitor best practices and the medical procedures used at the college and the college’s clinics, he has been a spirited lecturer, professor, and mentor to many students and interns for almost 17 years.
In 2009 Jonathan served as the spokesperson for the Canada-wide Orthomolecular Health Campaign, giving dozens of television, radio and print interviews and participating in other publicity engagements. With the Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, he presented several medical seminars in orthomolecular treatment for mental disorders. He has lectured extensively on mental health and other topics throughout North America to medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, other health care providers and patients at numerous medical conferences and health fairs.
Following the death of Abram Hoffer, Jonathan assumed the editorship of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (2010–2017). He was the first naturopathic doctor to receive the “Orthomolecular Doctor of the Year” award in 2010.
Jonathan is the author of Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment (2006), Naturopathic Nutrition (2006), Hoffer & Prousky on Anxiety (2009), the Vitamin Cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (2010), and the Textbook of Integrative Clinical Nutrition (2012). He has over 50 publications in peer reviewed medical journals from the complementary and alternative discipline.
The Stressed Brain and its Regulation: A Clinician’s Perspective
This presentation will focus on integrative treatments that can bring improved regulation to the stressed brain. Concepts from stress research, i.e., allostasis, allostatic load, and allostatic overload – will be defined and referred to so as to enumerate treatments that mobilize allostatic systems to improve brain and psychological health, as well as physical health. The treatments advocated include orthomolecular and natural health products that lower the intensity of emotional overwhelm, and reduce the pathophysiological harms to the brain and body. Other recommended treatments will be discussed and include diet, exercise, nature, meditation, sleep, the avoidance of substances, psychotherapy and/or social support, as well as an assortment of psychological and behavioral recommendations. The integrative approaches, such as those mentioned in the presentation, should serve as models of the kinds of interventions that can realistically and dramatically affect the course of chronic stress and prevalent medical diseases via allostatic brain mechanisms.