mental health

Why inflammation is depressing!

A recent quote in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the following: “Psychiatic and neurodevelopmental disorders are being thought of more and more as systemic illnesses in which inflammation is involved.” (1) For a long time mental health concerns were treated as though they only involved the brain, that the rest of the body was separate and irrelevant. But this is changing; balance within the rest of the body is being thought of more and more as relevant.  One aspect of balance that seems to be of interest is inflammation. 

New Year’s Resolutions – Awesome or Terrible? Or Both?

The debate around New Year’s Resolutions has gone on for ages.  Sometimes they work and allow us to make big changes, sometimes they don’t and leave us feeling discouraged.  Unfortunately, often they don’t – studies show the success rate to be somewhere around 8% - yikes! But there may be some value to this age old tradition!

Is Sugar Addictive? Mental Health Web Series Interview

Along with experts from leading Canadian hospitals, universities and mental health organizations, I was interviewed as part of a web series on mental health called 1001 Ways to Wonder. Creator Bryce Sage wonders about what causes mental illness, what we know about it and how it might be treated. My interview focused on the relationship between diet and mental health - an area of expertise in my clinical practice and research work.

Food and Mood

We’ve known for a long time that what we eat affects our physical health.  But research is just starting to demonstrate the connection between food and mental health as well.  Several studies show that individuals eating a poorer quality diet (more processed food, more sugar, more deep-fried foods, less vegetables) are more likely to be suffer from mental illness (1).

Recent Lecture: Taking Control of Mood Disorders with Nutrition

I recently gave an invited guest lecture for Orthomolecular Health about the use of nutrition in the treatment of mood disorders. The one hour talk explored the science and research surrounding the relationship between what we eat and how we feel.

A recording of the talk is available here if you'd like to check it out: www.orthomolecularhealth.com/ resources/taking-control-of-mood-disorders/

5 Awesome Lessons from Bear

Bear, Bernese Mountain Dog, Berner

As some of you may know, this summer I got a puppy and named him Bear.  He’s got a huge heart so my original goal was to train him to work as a therapy dog.  While I had all sort of great intentions of what I would teach him, it turned out that he taught me (or reminded me!) of quite a few really important things about health and wellbeing. 

Upcoming Presentation: Taking Control of Mood Disorders with Nutrition

I'm excited to announce that I will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming event hosted by the Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine. I will be presenting a lecture called Taking Control of Mood Disorders with Nutrition. Attendees will learn about the cases of depression as well as diet, supplement and lifestyle approaches to improving mental health. I will share a wealth of research studies that support these approaches and help you to understand why they work. If you, or someone you know is affected by depression, I'd love for you to join us for an evening of education.

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