In an interview format, Dr. Gant outlines his practice philosophy in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
Interviewer: Dr. C.E. Gant received his BS in Chemistry from Hampden-Sydney College in 1971 and his MD from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1975 taking additional doctorate courses in biomedical engineering and computer modeling. During his subsequent post-graduate, residency trainings in family practice and psychiatry, Dr. Gant became increasingly concerned with the threat of prescription, psychotropic drug use, abuse and irresponsible prescribing practices, which along with alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, propels psychotropic chemical abuse to the leading cause of death, disability, violence and social disintegration in the world, with tobacco alone killing nearly 500,000 Americans and over 5 million human beings worldwide per year. The threat of chemical abuse worsened by prescription drug abuse has since accelerated to astonishing current levels and Dr. Gant believes it now threatens the sustainability of modern civilization.
Dr. Gant engaged in various modalities of psychotherapy and meditation to find his own personal solutions to life’s challenges and he went on to become an expert in reconstructive and mindfulness-based psychotherapies which has been applied extensively in his medical practice for almost 4 decades. As a psychiatric consultant in the early 1980s, he achieved a 50% reduction in antidepressant, antipsychotic and sedative medications while treating a large, chronic, mentally ill, outpatient population and he published these results in 1984 in his PhD thesis in psychology entitled A Neurophysiological Model of the Transformational Psychologies. This thesis proposes a physiological (physical) model by which the brain changes as an individual psychologically moves away from mental distress towards self-realization or self-actualization and how that could be proven with physiological brain scanning technologies.
A Neurophysiological Model of the Transformational Psychologies took a look at the physiological research into brain function available 30 years ago which could be used to unify the seemingly divergent psychotherapies and spiritual paths, such as RET (rational emotive therapy), gestalt therapy, meditation, prayer, transpersonal psychology, family therapy and others. Dr. Gant predicted over 3 decades ago that all of these mindfulness-based methodologies must obviously be radically altering brain physiology especially in the frontal lobes of the brain, and that brain imagery technologies should at some time in the future be capable of proving these changes. Dr. Gant is delighted to have lived to see his predictions come true and witness the astonishing findings in PET or positron emission tomography as well as the FMRI or functional magnetic resonance imagery studies of mindfulness meditators.
Dr. Gant has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine, and Reconstructive and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy for over 36 years, and in the last decade has added Genomics. While in private practice and while serving in medical directorships and consultancies to many clinics and hospitals in the Central New York area over the years, Dr. Gant instituted and perfected various integrative treatment regimens. These included nutritional therapies, detoxification and neurotransmitter repair. Also, infections such as candida, Lyme disease, hormonal and metabolic rebalancing and mindfulness-based, reconstructive psychotherapies. All of this was to support the recoveries of his patients from all kinds of common, chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Gant has developed innovative treatments for many kinds of common medical disorders such as cancer and cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, but a significant portion of his work has focused on natural, drug-free treatments for brain disorders, such as AD/HD, depression and other mood disorders, autism, and addiction to prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substances. His work spanning most of four decades is summarized in various studies, years of national continuing-education-approved lecture tours and publications such as his books: 1) “ADD and ADHD: Complementary/Alternative Medicine Solutions,” 2) “End Your Addiction Now”, 3) “End Nicotine Addiction Now,” 4) “Attentional Disintegration of Hurt and Distress Therapies,” and 5) “Basic Concepts in Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”
Dr. Gant is the Chief Medical Officer and teaches at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics. He is also an instructor in functional medicine and genomics at Huntington College of Health Sciences, which is the first distance-learning, nutrition college accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Gant currently practices functional medicine, predictive genomics, mindfulness-based psychotherapy and neurofeedback in Washington, DC at the National Integrative Health Associates.
Also, the culmination of his life’s work is being published in a multi-DVD series entitled “The Grand Unified Theory of Mind Body Function”.
Q: Dr. Gant, what is your Practice Philosophy?
A: My practice philosophy is holistic and based on optimizing the seamless continuum of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of my patient’s lives and health. I combine the clinical tools of Functional Medicine and Genomics with Neurofeedback and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies to help my patients reverse or modify their unique impediments to optimal mental, physical and spiritual function. I assist them in making rational, effective, cost-conscious and sustainable interventions.
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