Sunday, December 4, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

Dr. Georgia Ede – 'Nutritional and Metabolic Strategies for Optimizing Mental Health'

Dr. Georgia Ede received her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, then spent seven years as a research assistant in the fields of biochemistry, wound healing and diabetes before going on to earn an M.D. from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine.

Dr. Ede then completed her residency in general adult psychiatry at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital in 2002 and was a staff psychopharmacologist at Harvard University Health Services from 2007 to 2013. In 2013 she left Harvard to become the psychiatrist for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she provides nutrition consults as well as psychiatric services to Smith students.

Dr. Ede was the first and only psychiatrist at Harvard University Health Services to offer nutrition consultation as an alternative to medication management to students, faculty and staff. Her areas of expertise include ketogenic and pre-agricultural diets, food sensitivity syndromes, and college mental health. She explores food’s powerful effects on brain chemistry, hormonal balance and metabolism for Psychology Today and on her website

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47 thoughts on “Dr. Georgia Ede – 'Nutritional and Metabolic Strategies for Optimizing Mental Health'
  1. Dr. Ede is amazing. I didn't learn about her until about 9 months into my keto journey. I had mild/moderate anxiety and took prescription medication to help. Being in ketosis and eating whole foods has not only helped my weight, but it immediately helped my mental health. I no longer need any medication and I feel better than when I was taking it! Truly amazing! How many people could this help if people were open to trying it?! If it didn't help after 4-6 months, they could always go back to eating whatever they used to eat. No harm done.

  2. Great video! Thank you to all of the wonderful doctors sharing their wisdom and insights with us for free. I cannot thank you enough for your passion, as it has inspired me, and has given so many people that I know a Hope for their futures. Thank you. So much.

  3. I have read a number of studies on food caused mental illness. Food colouring and preservatives have long been associated with behavioural issues in children. There was an incident where a free milk program that caused mental illness in a number of poor children as they were consuming large amounts of milk and nothing else.

    Many doctors are pill happy. They will see an illness that there’s a pill for and prescribe that pill with out any assessment of dietary makeup.

  4. Thank you for that excellent presentation. My 32 year old son was diagnosed with MS in 2018. After some research, he switched to a paleo diet. He was able to eliminate all medications and improve his quality of life significantly. In addition, the MRIs show that the illness is not progressing.

  5. What is a paleo diet?
    If you’re of Northern European decent it is a diet that excludes all plants and fruits that come from Asia and the Americas as they are all recent introductions to the diet of Europe. If you’re an Eskimo almost everything that’s not fish seal or whale needs to be excluded.
    While it’s possible that Palaeolithic tribes may have refined grains to make breads this doesn’t mean that grains are to be part of any paleo diet, some cultures made flour out of cycad palm nuts , even with multiple washings the flour still contains enough cyanide to kill brain cells causing early onset dementia in people as young as thirty five.

  6. awesome and very informative presentation ! great job . everything rings true makes perfect sense ! thank you for getting the truth out to the people who can use it and get better because of it .

  7. Thank you Dr Ede!

    I wonder if/what the link is between “cerebral glucose hypometabolism” and SCT (Sluggish cognitive tempo) where the latter is like the inattentive ADHD classification (that should probably classified as a separate disorder – look up Dr Russel Barkley) and has more to do with anxiety issues and brain fog 😶‍🌫️ (Garden variety hyperactive ADHD has a problem with execution functioning like impulse control and wonky time perception etc).

    I appreciate that ADHD wasn’t just lumped in with other disorders that can maybe be “fixed” by “just eating less sugar” as something like brain fog isn’t actually a diagnostic symptom of the disorder.
    People <who aren’t psychiatrists pr knowledgeable about ADHD> love throwing ADHD in the ring of supposed not real disorders (it’s very debilitating over a long enough period) than can be fixed with some magic not medical cure. (Medication is the most effective way to manage the symptoms by a huge margin but of course you feel better with a good diet and exercise etc so the latter helps its just not a replacement for medication)

  8. When I was in my early 30s I was crippled with anxiety attacks that seemed to go away out of no where. It wasn't just anxiety it was physical symptoms.. like i had forgotten how to breath right. At the same time Dr. Atkins and a few other books (the Wrinkle Cure) came out about low carb. I didn't put the two together but with Atkins, I went from about 150gs of carbs a day down to about 50. I increased my intake of Salmon and meat and without even putting the two together my anxiety and problems breathing went away. Until.. in my mid 40s I tried one week of Vegetarian… and it all came back. Then I knew… it was carbs and perhaps the lack of fish and meat.

  9. All this stuff is BS. Just do sports. Sweat for 30 minutes every 2 days and you wont have any psychligical issues. Eat what your body tells you to eat. For Sure not processed food. Cook your own food.

  10. i am not a doctor but I can attest to the changes in my own physical health by trying keto on various carb levels but mostly around 50 grams per day

  11. Great information from Dr Ede, again learnt so much today from all these informative videos from Low Carb Down Under.
    I suffered greatly from brain fog and low energy level and the ketogenic diet saved me, cleared the fog and got stable energy level all day long.
    I wasn’t even eating a high carbohydrate diet to begin with that’s what’s shocking, I was sold to believe it didn’t matter what types of carbs I put in my body as long as I didn’t over eat overall calories. So I didn’t eat any staple carbs like rice, pasta or bread with meals, instead I choose to eat daily 2-3 cookies as a snack, protein shake that has dextrose in it and cakes 2-3 times a week. I thought I was ok because I ate moderate amount carbs since I only ate roughly 100g carbs a day. My gosh how wrong I was, after watching numerous videos educating myself I realise I was already insulin resistant. I wasn’t overweight so that made it even harder to realise how unhealthy I was.
    My partner saw improvement in his mood and energy level too, he use to get frustrated easily and angry from work quite often. Now when pressed with the same crap from work he handles it much better.
    We started Keto to get our health back and we’re never looking back!

  12. The only thing I’d add concerns types of whey protein.

    Whey protein isolate(As opposed to concentrate), is unlikely to affect blood glucose or trigger damaging insulin response because it doesn’t contain lactose(sugar) at a discernible level.

    The fact that this product is usually mixed with other foods(for example, high protein keto baking)makes a negative effect even less likely, but does contribute a valuable source of high quality complete protein.

    Also, eating collagen or gelatin on a regular basis adds a high level of the amino acid, Glycine to the diet which is particularly important for brain function, especially in promoting healthy sleep patterns.

  13. I really like listening to Dr Ede, I have enjoyed all of her talks. I just scream though when "mediterranean" is used improperly, being a huge fan of those cuisines, and they are indeed varied. Nigiri, really, mediterranean? First off, where did the salmon come from (and it probably was farmed!) Anyway, that is just me tearing my hair out (or poking knitting needles in my eyes as G Taubes would say) every time I see those beautiful cuisines mangled by some bizarre idea of what it means. Cous-cous (fish, seafood, lamb etc), grilled fish (NOT salmon), pasta (as an first course, not 2 lbs as a main course), Bacalao, game, rilled vegetables doused with olive oil, salted preserved lard, fermented butter, and the list goes on.
    But, I am a fan of Georgia Ede, definitely.

  14. Another great talk by the fabulous Dr Ede. Next time, Georgia, could you consider talking about your experience with your own patients and perhaps some case studies.

  15. It would be really interesting to hear about low carb in the context of eating disorder recovery both refeeding (reducing the risk of refeeding syndrome and blood sugar disturbances experienced by many during the reintroduction of increased calories such as edema, blood sugar spikes and hypos) as well as effects on the depression and anxiety levels driving their illness

  16. With respect to the studies on vegans and mental health. Just go and look online in forums and comments.

    Judging by the amount of abuse some of my colleagues (scientists) and myself have got from vegans online we have some concerns.
    All we do is make posts or videos about vitamins, anti nutrients, ketones and autoimmune disease.

  17. Please continue to speak out about using food a Medicine, namely the Keto diet. Unbelievable! But US News' panel of nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, heart health, and weight loss ranked keto the worst for healthy eating and the second to last overall.

  18. A little bit of bullshit here.
    The author didn't cite one study to back her 'conclusions' while criticizing studies that didn't. My question is: if eating 'animal' stuff is such a life and death thing for one's brain, how can anyone explain that our closest big-brained relatives, namely the big apes, tend to be completely or nearly-completely vegetarian. Are all chimps and gorillas suffering of brain diseases?
    If her theory was correct, and she is listing a number of essential brain nutrients that can only come from animal sources, then all strict vegetarians would be either mentally challenged, insane or brain-dead. Which If find to be funny.
    By the way, I am not a vegetarian or vegan myself. My diet is probably pretty close to 'keto' but I can see bullshit when bullshit is thrown my way.

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