07 Apr 2021
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
You can find the recipe Drew made me on YouTube and the Podcast show notes, plus the links to his courses and TED talk all below.
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What a pleasure to have Drew on the show again today - its always a delight to chat and hear his amazing insight into mental health.
Ive added some great resources for you below here:
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 University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City. His work and writing have been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lancet Psychiatry, and The Today Show, BBC, and NPR, which named him a “kale evangelist.” He’s given two TEDx talks with a third coming this Fall. He is the author of three books, Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health, 50 Shades of Kale, and The Happiness Diet. His e-course, Eat To Beat Depression, helps people maximize their brain health with every bite. He is on the Advisory Board at Men’s Health, the Editorial Board at Medscape Psychiatry, and is a Scientific Adviser to the stigma-fighting non-profit Bring Change To Mind. He splits his time between New York City and rural Indiana where he lives with his wife, children and parents on his 127 acre organic farm and forest.