Mental health is a hugely complex multifactorial issue with many causes that can have its roots in pain, psychological trauma, childhood and the complexity of family life. But, through the lens of traditional psychiatry, food, inflammation, the importance of gut health and nutrition have largely been ignored.
We’ve had some incredible guests on the pod to talk about this subject in the past including Professor Felice Jacka, Dr Uma Naidoo and Dr Ramsey himself. But the magnitude of the problem and the need to address these issues that are responsible for the leading cause of disability worldwide motivates me to continue having these difficult but important conversations on the podcast.
Drew Ramsey, MD is a leading innovator in mental health, combining clinical excellence, nutritional interventions and creative media. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia and in active clinical practice in New York City.
His latest book ‘Eat to Beat Depression’ is perhaps his best yet, which includes a practical guide to how and why food is central to psychiatry and how you can take care of your brain and mood with food.
As always, Dr Drew Ramsey brings his unique and humble style of humour, joy and playfulness to what is a difficult topic to talk about, not to understate the subject but to make it more accessible and provide an invitation for more discussion around these subjects.
I humbly tip my hat to all the work he’s done and continues to do in teaching both the public and fellow clinicians the value of nutrition in medicine.
I hope you enjoy todays discussion