Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Mitochondrial Health

Brain Energy, Mitochondria, and Mental Health with Dr. Chris Palmer

According to Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Chris Palmer and the Brain Energy theory, mitochondria play a crucial role in mental health and in psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and others. But the good news is that recognizing the importance of mitochondria and metabolic health can help us see psychiatric illness in a whole new way and may offer novel, more effective treatments. Dr. Palmer argues this could be the solution to our mental health crisis and not only improve the lives of individuals but also impact our homeless and incarceration problems.

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Chris Palmer, MD – www.ChrisPalmerMD.com
Twitter @ChrisPalmerMD

Purchase Brain Energy by Chris Palmer, MD:

0:00 The Brain Energy Theory
0:40 Introduction to Metabolic Mind and Dr. Chris Palmer
5:07 Clinician response to the brain energy theory
8:39 The safety and evidence of ketogenic therapy for mental health
10:40 The role of mitochondria in mental illness.
19:51 What improves mitochondrial health
22:57 How ketogenic therapy improves mitochondrial health
30:09 Is improving your diet enough to heal mitochondria?
34:06 The impact of exercise on metabolic and mental health
39:52 Psychiatric medications that impact metabolic health
43:07 The next step for the metabolic mental health movement

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Metabolic Mind™ is a nonprofit initiative incubated by Baszucki Group. Our mission is to provide education and resources in the emerging field of metabolic psychiatry, including ketogenic interventions for mental disorders.

Our channel is for informational purposes only. We are not providing individual or group medical or healthcare advice nor establishing a provider-patient relationship. Many of the interventions we discuss can have dramatic or potentially dangerous effects if done without proper supervision. Consult your healthcare provider before changing your lifestyle or medications.



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31 thoughts on “Brain Energy, Mitochondria, and Mental Health with Dr. Chris Palmer
  1. I have so much Admiration for Dr Palmer!! I have been working with Chronic schizophrenia and chronic mood disorder clients for over thirty years… It's been so frustrating to watch Pharmaceutical Treatments for mental health not only not help people very much, but actually create metabolic problems like increased appetite for sweet foods… He's the first doctor I have ever heard not only admit this but try to do something about it. It's not that the others don't know they We're just not brave enough to do anything about it.

  2. Dr Palmer is a rock star. I m loving your sharing your knowledge. For me. Dha and epa helped me tremendously. Quickly too! Low carb. Diet. Like a light switch! Thank you.

  3. Love this. Chris is not the only clinician seeing these transformations. I am seeing them. Georgia is seeing them. Shebani is seeing them. Iain is seeing them. My god, we are reproducing the effects in completely different therapy rooms! This is not a clinician or psychotherapeutic modality-specific result. This is providing something and doing something that the standard of care is not addressing and missing. This needs to become an option as a standard of care.

  4. Plz, Don't stop your meds on your own. **even WITH my shrinks help, I had serious side effects. What "WE" CAN DO… is be determined in your brain goal. I, myself, began my ketogenic lifestyle WITH MEDS. You will still feel improvements as you go along. I'm NOT saying within 6 months (mine took about a year) so be patient with yourself. ♡♡
    I kept bombarding my med shrink with ketogenic medical journals even before I started the "diet". AFTER, he saw me, his tune changed and really was impressed. Even tho I didn't "feel" different, apparently I was acting different. So now he's on board, but wishes his group could get a nutritionist in office.
    ** after 1yr solid ketogenic (with meds) we started my 1st decrease. After 30+yrs on meds, this is scary, but I'm determined to TRY. ♡♡

    Fbk group: keto4mentalhealth ((just a group of humans with mental health issues, trying our best to support each other thru the ketogenic lifestyle) )

  5. Thank you for this inspiring & encouraging discussion & information. Definitely getting the book. Sharing this interview with family, friends & on my social media. So important to spread this information for the health & wellness for our society. Life changing hope. ?⚕️??

  6. Thank you! A breath of fresh air, toward more research and scientific integrity for helping humanity understand mitochondrial dysfunction at mechanistic levels, rather than the current medical paradigm of (lamentably) symptom abatement 'profit at any cost' economic perversion. Sad to say! But, as to next steps to consider, I would hope to encourage reviewing the scientific literature base4 for the averse toxicologic effects of body burden mobilization of bone lead (for mitochondria-harming effects). We all have accumulated, commonly 100 to 1000 times that found in paleo bones. Stresses on the body: old age, illness, and pregnancy need sudden availability of calcium, and bone Ca is utilized, Pb comes out with it, to once again circulate in soft tissue including brain. Lead harms function of many metabolic mechanisms (eg. per oxidative damage to membranes including BBB, reductions of glutathione of up to 60% reportedly). Less glutathione in mitochondria could reduce excess ROS clearance, ultimately reducing ATP production efficiency. IMHO

  7. Why is it that numerous studies do not show benefits of ketogenic diet..vs Mediterranean, whole foods, lower calorie etc? Is that because they aren't looking at the mental health benefits?

  8. I have been so inspired about mitochondria, it’s many roles and functions. I am drawing diagrams based on what I'm learning. It is so important, I really want to understand the whole network. From another video – I love the analogy of the cell as the factory and the mitochondria as the factory workers, all working for the health of the cell and the system.

  9. I totally agree about targeting people who for one reason or another have no voice, to restore their mental health. In purely economic terms it would work for the greater good, let alone restoring a meaningful life to individuals. Thank you Dr Palmer.

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