Could there be a food-based cure for schizophrenia, bipolar, and depressive disorders? It is my firm conviction that diet – both what it may be deficient in as well as its potential toxicity – can cause what we label as mental illness. In medical school, we learn about the mental repercussions of nutrient deficiencies such
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.
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
What is Postpartum Depression? It depends who you ask. If you ask me, I’m likely to describe a number of potential contributors that can ultimately be tagged with the impressionist psychiatric descriptor of postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis. These terms tell us little to nothing about what’s actually going on in a woman’s body, yet
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
Depression, Anxiety: All In Your Head? 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