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 Hello, and welcome to Diagnosis:Diet!


This year I was busy transitioning from Harvard University to Smith College but will return to regular postings this summer.  Thank you all for your patience!

On May 5, 2014 I presented a talk at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual convention in New York City as part of a novel symposium about nutrition and mental health, along with Emily Deans MD and Drew Ramsey MD.  My portion of the symposium will be entitled “Starvation, Ketosis, Sugar and Gluten:  Macronutrients and Mental Health.”  As this presentation was not recorded, I will summarize the information in blog post form this summer.

A good time was had by all at the Ancestral Health Symposium in August 2013 in Atlanta!  Unfortunately, video of my presentation entitled Brain Food:  The Vital Connection between Diet and Mental Health cannot be made available, as the conference organizers experienced technical difficulties with the majority of the video recordings.

Videos of presentations from  the 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium are available on vimeo. Below is my vegetable presentation–I hope you enjoy it!

Where are answers to food and health questions posted?

Future Topics Suggested by Readers:

My goal is to eventually get to all of these–thanks for the great suggestions!

  • Dietary strategies for Eating Disorders
  • Nutritional approach to Osteoarthritis
  • Diet tips for GERD (partially covered in the blog post on constipation, but more coming in the future
  • Best diet for Crohn’s Disease
  • Is there a connection between Diet and Autism?
  • How to manage the metabolic side effects of psychiatric medications
  • What is the best diet for carotid stenosis?
  • Are salad leaves good for you?
  • Which is healthier–raw meat or cooked meat?
  • Are raw dairy products healthier than processed dairy products?
  • Are organ meats essential to the health of an all-meat diet?
  • Are fermented foods (kombucha, kefir, kimchi, etc.) good for you? And, more importantly, why do they all begin with the letter K? To read about problems with histamine in fermented foods, click HERE.
  • Do probiotics work?
  • Is it true that eating alkaline foods is bad for you and that eating acidic foods is good for you?
  • Nutrition and primary dystonia
  • Rosacea, amines, salicylates, and glutamate

Hope this is helpful; thanks for visiting!

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