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04.02.18
If you take psychiatric medications and are thinking about trying a low-carb or ketogenic diet for mental health reasons, please read this article first. Ketogenic diets cause profound shifts in brain and body chemistry rather quickly. While you’ll often hear the standard legal warning about always consulting first with your doctor before making any lifestyle change—from starting a new walking regimen to eating more kale—warnings [...]
04.02.18
Since the most recent incarnation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released by the USDA in December 2015, a debate has raged about the scientific process (or lack thereof) used to generate the nutrition policies that dictate how schools, hospitals, and other institutions feed people, and how people across the country think about food. In response to widespread criticism, the USDA sought public comment about [...]
04.02.18
New science is emerging that offers a more hopeful path for people with Alzheimer’s disease who are willing to change their diet. Researchers from the University of Kansas have just conducted a study, nicknamed KDRAFT (the Ketogenic Diet Retention and Feasibility Trial), that explores whether ketone supplements and low-carbohydrate diets could help people with Alzheimer’s disease. These scientists aimed to answer [...]
12.30.17
The truth about antioxidant-rich plant extracts and supplements is that they simply do not work. The most powerful way to boost your free-radical fighting power is by making  one simple change to your diet to activate your body’s own natural internal antioxidant, glutathione. Find out why products like turmeric and Pom Wonderful are not worth your hard-earned money. Read my [...]
12.30.17
Psychiatric disorders like depression, bipolar disorder and psychosis are strongly tied to inflammation. Psychiatric medications are not designed to fight inflammation, but did you know there are two changes you can make to your diet that will naturally reduce inflammation in your brain and body? Learn how to heal brain inflammation from the inside out in my article on Psychology [...]
09.30.17
What happened when two adults with severe mood and psychotic symptoms for years embarked on a ketogenic diet for weight loss? Yes, they lost weight, but what ELSE happened? Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Chris Palmer shared the inspiring stories of two people in his practice who experienced long overdue relief that even the strongest antipsychotic and mood stabilizing medications could not [...]
09.19.17
Where do you find the highest concentration of cholesterol in your whole body? In your BRAIN. The brain is cholesterol-rich on purpose—because it needs large amounts of cholesterol to function properly. So, what does that mean for the growing number of people choosing naturally cholesterol-free plant-based diets? And what about the 15 million Americans who take statin medications like Lipitor to [...]
09.05.17
Plant-Based Diets, Micronutrients and Mental Health Do vegetarian and vegan diets contain the micronutrients our brains need to function properly? Or do they put people at risk for serious deficiencies that increase the likelihood of developing psychiatric disorders? In my last post, Food Fights: Are Vegan Diets Healthier for the Brain? we compared big-picture health effects of plant-based diets to [...]
07.28.17
How brain-healthy is YOUR diet? We think a lot about how plant-based diets and animal-based affect our hearts, our blood sugar levels, or our risk for cancer, but how do our dietary choices affect our brains? What do we actually know about vegan diets and mental health? As a psychiatrist who specializes in nutrition, this question is near and dear [...]
01.30.17
I was fortunate to participate in two excellent nutrition conferences in sunny Florida last week: LowCarbUSA’s first-ever Keto Getaway in West Palm Beach and the annual Physicians for Ancestral Health retreat in Miami. It is one thing to forge relationships online and another entirely to spend time with colleagues face-to-face. I truly value these meetings as they help me to [...]