Lamaze is an incredible organization dedicated to supporting women’s birth and postpartum experience. Their clinical and scientific influence has reflected the conventional concerns around the role of medication in the treatment of antepartum and postpartum depression. I had the honor of bringing my perspective on inflammatory models of mental illness to Science & Sensibility. Read
Gut Health And Mood
Over 90% of the cells in our body are non-human. This microbial ecology, found largely in our digestive system, is intricately connected to processes in our bodies that make us healthy – or make us chronically ill. Modern life is wreaking havoc on the healthy balance required for health – including brain health. We are nature and nature is us. See how the latest science supports this truth.
What is the gut-brain connection all about? How and why can our diets, stress, and toxic exposures influence our guts and therefore our mental health? For more information like this, please check out Dr. Kelly Brogan’s new book, A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim
One of the most remarkable papers I have read in the psychiatric literature was about a 57 year old woman who was treated with months of both antipsychotic and antidepressant medications and given two rounds of electroconvulsive treatment before anyone bothered to check her vitamin B12 level. Her symptoms were years in the making including
Patients with celiac disease may not achieve remission with elimination of gluten alone. This analysis looked at cross-reactivity of antibodies to gliadin (gluten protein) with other foods and various bodily tissues. Milk, yeast, corn, instant coffee, and rice were found to be cross-reactive. This contributes to my recommendation that gluten, diary, and non-gluten grains like
A tour of 4 therapeutic foods that can be used medicinally, right from your kitchen, for optimal health and relief of depression, anxiety, cloudiness, and fatigue.