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Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Basic Concepts of Health and Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Angele McGrady, Donald Moss
      Pages 3-17
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      Pages 19-28
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      Pages 29-45
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      Pages 63-73
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      Pages 75-92
  3. Applications to Common Illnesses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Angele McGrady, Donald Moss
      Pages 95-108
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      Pages 109-132
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  4. Personalizing the Path to Health and Wellness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Angele McGrady, Donald Moss
      Pages 223-242

About this book


Why is this person healthy when that one is ill?

The trained provider is well schooled in the roles of genetics, environment, lifestyle choices, and pure luck in individuals' well-being. But now a groundbreaking new book clearly identifies the turning points that lead from wellness to disease--and how patients can be re-routed back to health. Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health is no simple metaphor but a powerful model for healing that views health and disease along a continuum, with patient and provider as partners on the journey. A rigorous evidence base pinpoints causal variables for illness (particularly stress-related disorders) that can be targets for change, and is the basis for recommended healthful behaviors and restorative therapies. Case histories illustrate a detailed ongoing assessment process and three progressive levels of intervention chosen from a variety of techniques and modalities, ranging from biofeedback and mindful breathing to cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Included in the coverage: 

  • Genetic and psychosocial etiologies of illness.
  • Psychophysiological aspects of stress.
  • Guidelines for comprehensive assessment.
  • The conceptual framework: interventions in the pathways model.
  • Applications to common illnesses: diabetes, obesity, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, back pain, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, and more.
  • Personalizing the path to health and wellness.

Health psychologists, clinical psychologists, primary care physicians, nurses, medical students and residents, and practitioners in holistic health and in alternative and complementary medicine will find in Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health a clear set of signposts leading to the future of care.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. PsychiatryUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA
  2. 2.School of Mind-Body MedicineSaybrook UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

About the authors

Angele McGrady received her B.S. from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, her Masters in Physiology from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Toledo. Later she returned to complete a Masters in Guidance and Counseling. She is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. Currently Dr. McGrady is a professor and Director of Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toledo. Dr. McGrady’s professional activities include: Past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and Associate Editor of the international (Springer) journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. McGrady lectures locally and nationally on topics related to stress and chronic illness, and biofeedback. In 1997, she was honored with the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Recently, she developed a wellness series for first year medical students. The project is funded by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation and is now in its second year. Her curriculum vita lists 55 publications and eleven book chapters. She has co-edited one book, Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003). In March 2000, Dr. McGrady received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Donald Moss, Ph.D. is the Director of Integrative Health Studies at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, and is a partner in the Psychological Services Center in Grand Haven Michigan. He is Editor of the Biofeedback Magazine, Associate Editor for the journal Applied Psychohysiology and Biofeedback and consulting Editor for the Journal of Neurotherapy, Psychophysiology Today and the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. Dr. Moss has over 50 publications in the fields of psychophysiology, biofeedback and mind-body therapies, including an edited book (Handbook of Mind Body Medicine for Primary Care, Sage, 2003). He has given lectures and workshops on these topics throughout the world, including recent presentations at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. He is also past president of AAPB.

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From the reviews:

“Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health provides a broad overview of the past research on complementary and alternative health techniques for both mental and physical illnesses. … The organization and outline of the book may provide a starting point for lifestyle coaches and alternative health care practitioners to find evidence for treatments … .” (Patrick L. Hill and Robin K. Young, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (4), January, 2014)