Articles tagged with "depression"


  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, M.D., and Dr. Lisa Mosconi

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Why are most Alzheimer’s patients women? It may come as a surprise to you, but women outnumber men when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease sufferers by a ratio of 2 to 1. Why Alzheimer’s affects women so adversely is unclear, but we do know there is a lot of science that’s beginning to make sense of this statistic. Moreover, now that we are gaining ground on understanding why the female brain is more susceptible to this devastating disease, it allows us to begin getting our arms around the idea that specific lifestyle changes may be very important as they relate to reducing a woman’s risk. In her new book, The XX Brain, my good friend, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, takes us to the leading edge of neuroscience research, revealing how differences between the male and female Read More

  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD, and Dr. Daniel Amen

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Why do we not generally discuss the fact that there is an epidemic of mental illness in our society? Or that our lifestyle choices may have an impact on our risk for these conditions (like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and others)? Though incidence of these conditions is skyrocketing, for the past four decades standard treatment hasn’t much changed, and success rates in treating them have barely improved, either. Meanwhile, the stigma of the “mental illness” label―damaging and devastating on its own―can often prevent sufferers from getting the help they need. My good friend Dr. Daniel Amen is on the forefront of a new movement within medicine and related disciplines that aims to change all that. In The End of Mental Illness, Dr. Amen draws on the latest findings of neuroscience to challenge an Read More

  • Holiday Treats and Depression

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. It’s something we all do at the holidays, when we’re surrounded by gingerbread men, hot cocoa, fruitcakes, and chocolate candies. Faced with the choice of the sweet treat or healthier alternatives, we remind ourselves the holidays come but once a year, and we all fall into a sugar-laden trap. Here’s the thing: you may know it’s Christmas or Chanukah, but your cells and your body don’t, and how they’re going to respond to that sugar influx isn’t going to be any different than if you had those cookies in April or September. With sugar in mind, a new study looked at the depressogenic impact of your food choices. Keep in mind, sugar is known to trigger inflammatory and metabolic changes already, so this was a smart avenue for investigation. What they found may Read More

  • Heather W.

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. I’m 58 years old, and for the last two decades of my life, I’ve been battling crippling depression and anxiety. At least I was, until I discovered Grain Brain. As a result of following this nutritional, vitamin, sleep and exercise protocol I have taken back control of my health and seen miraculous results. I am now able to function without the aid of the three antidepressant medications I was previously taking. This, despite all previous attempts to wean myself off medication making my condition worse. I find myself feeling better than ever without the aid of the depression medications. I believe the quality of my life will continue to improve with the Grain Brain protocol. – Heather W. The post Heather W. appeared first on David Perlmutter M.D.. Source

  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD, and Dr. Kelly Brogan

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. This episode of The Empowering Neurologist reviews the new book, Own Your Self by Dr. Kelly Brogan. Dr. Brogan is a holistic health psychiatrist, author of the New York Times bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and the children’s book, A Time for Rain, and is co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is board-certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher and a mother of two. What we explore today runs very much counter to how mood disorders, like depression and anxiety, are looked upon in America. Though we are often Read More

  • Gut Bacteria and Their Role in Depression

    December of 2019 marks the publication of a new medical textbook, The Microbiome and the Brain (CRC Press). The text features chapters focused on a number of important topics, among them the role of gut bacteria in a variety of medical conditions including autism, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. The common theme throughout the book, as one would surmise from the title, is the relationship between the gut and brain health. The chapters have been written by some of the most well respected researchers and clinicians from around the world, and I am honored to be the editor-in-chief of this important contribution. One area in which the relationship between the gut and the brain that seems to be getting a lot of attention as of late focuses on how variations in the gut bacteria may ultimately contribute to alterations in mood. Specifically, there is currently a fairly in-depth pursuit to Read More

  • Sunshine: A Natural Mood Enhancer

    Are you feeling down or blue? If you are then one thing’s for sure: you’ve likely encountered any number of natural products being promoted for their potential ability to benefit and improve your mood. Everything from B vitamins to fish oil to 5-HTP have been studied and written about in terms of their potential role in not only combating depression, but actually making us feel generally happier. But there may very well be a far simpler approach that doesn’t require actually taking any supplement at all. Basically, it involves the “radical” protocol of getting outside and going into nature. In fact, in addition to improving mood, nature exposure has been demonstrated to have a wide ranging impact on health including: Improved immune function Increased energy Better sleep Reduction in blood pressure Increased ability to focus And we actually focus on how these powerful health benefits, especially as they relate to the Read More

  • Your Choices Can Be Seen in Your Brain Before You’re Conscious of Them

    This week in science: taking nutritional supplements can’t prevent depression, a video of a droplet doing something you’ve never seen water do, and researchers predicted people’s choices before they made them.

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