Is Depression A Chemical Imbalance?

Is Depression A Chemical Imbalance? After decades of study, there is now a big question about whether serotonin levels or serotonin activity are responsible for depression, according to a major review of prior research.A huge study just published in Molecular Psychiatry (1)  suggests that depression is not likely caused by a chemical imbalance, and calls […]

Does Depression Affect Our Heart?

Does Depression Affect Our Heart? This is an important topic as we see the increase in mental health issues as a result of the pandemic. Depression has been proven to be a such a risk factor in cardiac disease that the American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended that all cardiac patients be screened for depression […]

Does Our Mental Health Affect Our Heart?

Does our mental health affects our heart? This is an important topic as we see the increase in mental health issues as a result of the pandemic. Most of us consider heart disease as a physical condition, but our thoughts, attitudes and emotions are just as important. A large and growing body of research shows […]

How to Stop Sugar Cravings

How to Stop Sugar Cravings is what people ask me the most about. So many of us have sugar cravings that can feel uncontrollable! In this podcast I share that it is not about willpower.. it’s about biochemistry. You can change your internal pharmacy with lifestyle shifts. This episode is about action and relief ! […]

Mental Health and Your Gut- Part 1 Got Constipation?

Mental Health and Your Gut is a series designed to show you how our gut is connected to anxiety and depression and provide solutions to improve your mental well-being by optimizing your capacity to digest food and absorb nutrients. Part 1 is about how constipation can lead to recirculation of toxins and imbalance of your […]

Your Brain on Food

Your Brain on food is a new paradigm in medicine (even though it is an ancient concept). There is an important movement in psychiatry called nutritional psychiatry. It seems common sense, but, few psychiatrists prescribe “food” as part of their treatment plan.  I hope this is changing! Your Brain on Food Did you know that […]

Ground Zero for Mental Health

Ground Zero for mental health is the gut. This year I am committed to shining a light on the science behind how best to support mental health. Most people (including health professionals), think depression is a chemical imbalance. That is incorrect. The Role of Inflammation in Mental Illness Two decades of scientific research highlight the […]

Depressed? Check Your Gut Bacteria

Depressed? Check Your Gut Bacteria The Wall Street Journal has an article on this on December 22, 2020. Yes! At last, the realization that depression is a condition of inflammation (not a chemical imbalance of the brain) is gaining widespread attention. “The field of psychiatry has known about the role of the immune system in […]

Where is Our Psychological First Aid?- PODCAST

Where Is Our Psychological First Aid? I first learned of this term at the National Wellness Conference. Tramaine EL-Amin was a keynote speaker. She is the Assistant Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives National Council for Behavioral Health. Her talk was titled ” Mental Wellbeing: Always Important, Now Essential”‘ I was really drawn to the term “Mental […]