The Standard American Diet is never better represented than in our devotion to processed food, upon rising. The cereal aisle in an average grocery store is an epic display of our indoctrination into the safety and nutritive claims of corporate food giants. Recent reports including one by Cornucopia Institute have exposed the dirty secrets behind
The Paleo Brain
Evolutionary mismatch. This is the term used in the medical literature to encompass the root cause of most modern ills. We are living a lifestyle – diet, stress level, movement and sunlight deficiency, toxic exposures, pharmaceuticals – that is incompatible with what our genome has evolved, over millions of year, to expect.
Two women achieved mood stability for 2-3 years through a very low carb, ketogenic diet. Their stability was superior to that experienced on medication, and side-effect free. These women ate raw dairy, fish, organic meat, and non-starchy vegetables. They took select supplements and used coconut oil therapeutically. These cases demonstrate the power of diet in altering
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. To sleep, perchance to dream. Many of us have a love hate relationship with sleep – making the time for it, honoring it, needing it, losing it, wanting it, partaking too much. A highly ritualized behavior, sleep also exemplifies the complexity of physiologic processes that feel beyond our control.
In an effort to shift the nutritional paradigm beyond calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients to food as information, rethinking “sugar” from whole foods such as fruit and honey may help to demonstrate the need for a more nuanced interpretation. Prized by modern hunter-gatherers such as the Hazda, raw honey has been consumed since prehistoric times and
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. Sometimes science gets things wrong. With acknowledgement of these fundamental misapprehensions, whole swaths of dogma have to be unraveled, deconstructed, and rebuilt. The sooner the better. Ten years ago, science assumed that immunity was in the body, not the brain, which was thought to have “immune privilege.” What does
As a psychiatrist, one might assume that I have professional insights into the healthful pursuit of this illusory goal. The truth is that mental health in America (and by insidious extension, the world) is about suppressing inconvenient, inappropriate, and decontextualized symptoms of distress rather than promoting a state of contentment and emotional satisfaction. For my