Chris Palmer, MD Treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with a ketogenic diet

Christopher M. Palmer, MD, received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed his internship and psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is currently the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

For over 20 years, Dr. Palmer’s clinical work has focused on treatment resistant cases. His research is on the common co-morbidities of mental disorders and metabolic disorders, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. He has recently been pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet in psychiatry, especially for treatment resistant cases of mood and psychotic disorders.

Time stamps:

9:33 What is going on in the brain in regards to mental illness.(schizophrenia,anxiety,depression etc.) And why the ketogenic diet is relevant.

23:53 The root cause of mental illnesses/ trouble with current treatments.

34:34 What is driving these psychiatric illnesses. 

45:30 Lactate and metabolic dysfunction.

51:49 The gut microbiome. 

56:30 Antipsychotics and mitochondrial dysfunction. 

1:01:00 Excess glucose and mitochondrial dysfunction. 

1:05:33 How to override insulin resistance.

1:12:36 Metabolic Intervention.

1:18:32 Success stories/case studies and schizophrenia. 

1:33:38 How Chris constructs a therapeutic  ketogenic diet.

1:42:30 Chris’ experiences on the ketogenic diet. 

1:55:43 The possibility of a health revolution (paradigm shift).

2:08:02 Where to find Chris and his studies.

2:12:41 The most radical thing Chris has done recently.

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