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Is your New Year’s resolution to get healthier—physically or mentally? Great! Now, how are you going to do it? Exercise? Meditation? Diet? How do you know which strategies are worth your time, energy, and money? There are lots of ways to get healthier, so you can start wherever you want. The good news is that no matter which approach you choose, you can [...]
Is it depression or bipolar disorder? This is one of the most challenging questions psychiatrists face in daily practice, and getting the answer wrong can have serious consequences. A test that could help with diagnostic and treatment decisions would certainly be a big step in the right direction. Researchers at the University of Coimbra in Portugal may have found a simple new way [...]
A new study conducted at the University of Sydney and published in the journal Cell Reports is inspiring headlines around the world, like this one from The Guardian: “Low-protein, high-carb diet may help ward off dementia.” This, despite a growing body of clinical evidence suggesting that low-carbohydrate diets can be helpful for people with brain problems, including neurological, psychiatric, and cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. What is going on [...]
Our modern obesity epidemic causes significant emotional pain and physical disability and is associated with numerous serious health risks. Sadly, our health care system as a whole continues to struggle to meet the medical and psychological needs of people suffering with this condition that now affects 40% of American adults and 20% of American children, according to the CDC. Providing [...]
The false belief that excess body fat is caused by eating too many calories and not exercising enough gives society a logical reason to blame obese individuals for their sorry plight. Yet there are plenty of clues that overweight people are fundamentally different than thin people. If we acknowledge that obesity is just one manifestation of insulin resistance—the root cause of illnesses such [...]
Recently, the journal Lancet Public Health published a study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota warning people that low-carbohydrate diets can cause early death. The paper, entitled “Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis” has enjoyed broad media coverage and ignited passionate debate in nutrition circles around the world. Given the rising popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, this is a [...]
Lock your doors—saturated fat is on the prowl again . . . and this time it’s not waiting around until you’re middle-aged to clog your arteries and give you diabetes. It’s coming for your teenagers’ brains. Yes, according to the press release headline for a new study in the peer-reviewed journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, PTSD is the new fatty fear on the block: “Adolescents who consume a diet [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]