Ketosis for Psychosis

ketosis for psychosisWhat 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 provide. Read the remarkable results in my newest post on Psychology Today.

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  • Lisa Ann Homic

    Thank you for this blog. It is chock full of info. I came across Kelly Williams Hogan’s 10 years of zero carbs and became fascinated. I then stumbled upon your video of plant toxins’ little shop of horrors and I found that really easy to understand. If I do a google search to further find info on natural toxins in plants I seem to find only articles on pesticides. Isn’t that typical? I often try to find articles about veganism and poor blood sugar control, but no luck. I’m a chiropractor who promotes low carb and focuses on nutrition to heal leaky gut. I use standard process products that rely very much on organ meats. (Incidentally, I was a therapist looking into med school/psychiatry until I read Peter Breggin’s Toxic Psychiatry) So for now it seems if I want to learn about natural toxins in plants I will continue to google your name, as I believe you are the true trail blazer with this information. Thank you.

    • Christina W

      Speaking of plant toxins you might be interested in the book: “Plant paradox” by Dr. Steven Gundry.

  • CJP

    I have been on the ketogenic diet for 30 years. My brain went from brain-fogged, and D-student, to super sharp A-student. No more depression, hopelessness, anxiety or temper tantrums from constant low blood sugar after every meal. Now I am motivated and sharp. In these last 30 years, I watched all my friends and family grow heavy and ill while I stayed slender and healthy. The ketogenic diet is the Fountain of Youth.

    • Christopher Palmer

      CJP, I’m Chris Palmer, the author of the article cited here. I’d love to hear more about your story. Please contact me at if you’re willing to share more.

  • Anon.

    Hi Dr Ede I am Anon. from the UK. I’m currently taking amisulpride 800mg per day. How could I know if it’s possible to start to reduce or maybe eventually come off antipsychotic medication(in lieu of turning to the ketogenic method mentioned above)? I appreciate this may not be possible with every case, but I would like to know what someone in your area of expertise would offer in terms of appropriate advice.

    Many thanks,

    • Anon.

      Sorry typed this by mistake.

    • Christina W

      There is a lot I would want to say to you. But I am not a doctor and mental health is a very personal subject. But I want to encourage you to find alternatives. Medication is not the only way and often not even a good way. If you are in the UK, find a Human Givens therapist. Many of them are specialist in Psychosis/Schizophrenia and share with them that you are interested in coming off medication and trying other ways to get symptoms improved.

      Antipsychotics can trigger Psychosis on withdrawal. Don’t let anyone tell you that means you need the meds. Come down slowly. Focus on nutrition, sleep, reducing stress (emotional and just anything that is taxing your brain/stimulus) and fixing core issues that are troubling you in your life.

      Many studies show you are better off not using antipsychotics long-term. They really are just tranquilizers. It’s OK for an acute emergency situation, but in the majority of cases it’s not a good long-term option. It should always be a last resort if everything else has failed. But sadly that is not how the system works. But never think someone in a white coat has all the answers. This is your body and your life. You are the only one who has to live with the consequences. All the best to you! My heart goes out to you. It’s truly a difficult situation. But I believe in you!

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