Thursday, August 11, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

Bipolarcast Episode 9: Dr Chris Palmer MD

An interview with Dr Chris Palmer director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Palmer’s book Brain Energy now available for pre-order:

Please check out Dr Palmer’s website here:

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If you live in Scotland and would like to join a ketogenic diet and bipolar disorder study please see the pilot study Dr. Iain Campbell is working on at Edinburgh University funded by The Baszucki Brain Research Fund:

If you live in the U.S and would like to join a ketogenic diet and bipolar disorder trial please see Dr. Shebani Sethi Dalai’s Baszucki Brain Research Fund trial at Stanford here:…

Podcast hosts Matt and Iain have been on ketogenic diets for several years and are working to raise awareness about the benefits of ketogenic diet for bipolar disorder.

Iain’s keto and bipolar blog:

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9 thoughts on “Bipolarcast Episode 9: Dr Chris Palmer MD
  1. Thank you for sharing this important information. Ketogenic metabolic therapy is a powerful treatment that can help those who are willing to make lifestyle changes needed to be in nutritional ketosis. Matt articulates the process so well for entering ketosis safely and with monitoring by an experienced ketogenic professional. My colleague, Denise Potter, is the dietitian who supported Matt through this therapy. Her private practice has expanded to accommodate others, like Matt, who want to trial this therapy.

  2. Can't wait to dig into the science! I'm very interested in non insulin resistant glucose metabolism deficiency, because it isn't simply that everyone with mental illness is insulin resistant. Most seem to be, but Ketosis is doing something deeper than just improving brain insulin resistance.

    If IR is causitive though, as it seems to be, then it is imperitive for our physical and mental health to improve IR, afaik keto is the best diet to do so. We need to get serious about this.

    It's an interesting thought experiment though to improve insulin resistance with a whole food based diet but without producing high ketones, I wonder if 50-60% might not improve to the point of illness remission, but not sufficient for everyone who have other non IR related brain energy problems

  3. I work on an acute psychiatric unit in Southern California. Psychiatry is, unfortunately failing patients! I have been convinced about the Ketogenic Diet and the ability to help psychiatric patients largely initially due to Shawn Baker MD. I have made multiple and continued attempts to bring this information forward to my unit. Surprisingly, I have met resistance. Please let me know how I can help.
    Yes, Big Pharma will fight tooth and nail!

  4. As a Nurse for 15 years and a new Type 2 Diabetic (genetic) I have been researching the Keto lifestyle. My BMI is 22 and I am healthy so I’m not overweight. Your podcast was excellent. You are 100% correct that this is a metabolic issue between the brain and the body (one cannot live without the other) so it makes sense what you have said. I am also very excited about your book and am looking forward to reading it! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!

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