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Dr. Emily Deans Coming on the Podcast

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Dr. Emily Deans’ Evolutionary Psychiatry blog has quickly become one of my favorites over the past year. It’s rare to find a psychiatrist that acknowledges the role of nutrition in mental and behavioral health at all, much less one that approaches these topics from an evolutionary perspective.

I’m excited to announce that Dr. Deans will be joining us on the podcast to discuss nutrition and mental health and answer your questions. We’ll be recording the episode on Friday, June 24th so make sure to leave your questions here by Thursday afternoon PST.

  1. Does Emily have any experience or advice for coming off of long term (20+ years) SSRI usage?

    My dilemma is I know the SSRI works for me to manage depression but I don’t want to take a drug for the rest of my life.

    A paleo / keto diet has helped greatly with mood stabilisation and I’ve titrated down to a small dosage, but whenever I come off entirely the symptoms and side-effects are too much for me and my family (physchological: mood, anger, irritability; physiological: insomnia, weight gain, premature ejaculation).

    • Hi David,

      See, http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/index. It is a support board for people wanting to taper off of psych meds who have been unable to taper the standard way. There is a specific tapering forum for people in your situation which tells you how to taper very very slowly.

      It is supported by donations and is not linked to any group. Commercial links are not allowed so we’re not selling anything.

      I apologize for this off topic reply but I felt this post would be helpful to David.

  2. Hi Dr. Deans,

    I’m a reader of your blog and really appreciate your writings on apoe4 and Alzheimer’s. The literature as to what the apoe4 genotype should eat, though — in terms of fat — is very confusing. Should it be low, or high? If you have particular recommendations for apoe4 types (especially apoe4/4), I’d greatly appreciate hearing them.

    Thanks (and keep up the great, interesting work)!
    Mary

  3. I am on several psych meds for the long term and am also suffering long-term chronic constipation as side effect. What can you recommend to help when even a good diet (as in “Perfect Health Diet” by Paul Jaminet) hasn’t helped? My physician recommends ducorate sodium and prune juice and I don’t agree. Would appreciate your thoughts.

  4. Is it possible that fatigue and depression might be caused by low heamtocrit and hemolgobin levels?
    My doctor thinks not, but has failed to explain the cause of my anemia.

    • I think you need a new doctor. Fatigue and depression are two of the most likely symptoms of anemia. Anemia = reduced oxygen deliverability. All cells in the body (especially the brain) require oxygen to function well. No oxygen, no function.