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The Stress Cycle: Physiological Links with "Psychological" Disorders

  • 27 Jan 2012
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • LLU Behavioral Health Institute 1686 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373


  • Anyone who is not a member of IE-CAMFT
  • Member of the Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT

The Stress Cycle: Physiological Links with "Psychological" Disorders:  The Role of Stress, Inflammation, and Gastrointestinal Imbalances in Various Psychiatric Conditions

Dr. Pejman Katiraei


Our current medical model focuses on pharmaceutical neurotransmitter balancing as a means of treating psychiatric conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. There are times that this model works well. There are times it does not. The body functions as one unified whole. An imbalance in one organ system can affect any other. The gastrointestinal tract is one of the largest organ systems in our body. What most people do not realize is that the gastrointestinal tract is intimately tied to the central nervous system through the blood stream and peripheral nervous system. Imbalances in the gastrointestinal tract create imbalances in neuronal function. Imbalances in the gastrointestinal tract can manifest as symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and even depression. Please join us to learn about the gut-brain connection and how simple dietary change and supplementation can profoundly influence the well- being of your patients.

Objectives: To obtain basic awareness of how to:

1. Recognize presence of a psychiatric disorder which may have genesis in body chemistry imbalance.

2. Treat persons whose compromised functioning arises from gastrointestinal imbalances.

3. Understand how our body’s system of organs is also a massively interconnected set of chemical and cellular processes.

4. Become more effective in treating clients by having a more adequate cognitive model of “what’s going on” in a body, in a person.



Dr. Pejman Katiraei is a board-certified pediatrician and integrative medicine practitioner. Dr. Katiraei completed his Bachelors of Science in biology at UCLA and then obtained a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and then spent an additional year as Chief Resident to assist in running the residency program and teaching pediatric residents. Subsequently, Dr. Katiraei went on to complete his fellowship in integrative medicine under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. He is now an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Loma Linda University Wholistic Medicine Clinic where he has helped numerous children and adults become free of psychiatric dis-ease through diet and supplementation. For more information contact: Dr. Pejman Katiraei, Loma Linda University Healthcare 25845 Barton Road Loma Linda, CA 92354 Phone: 909-558-2828 or his private practice in LifeSpan Medicine in Santa Monica, CA.

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