Anxiety, depression, GABA and cortisol: effects of Lactobacillus ingestion

April 14, 2017

We now know that good bacteria or probiotics have the potential to alter brain chemistry and have an impact on anxiety and depression. You may recall my interview with Professor Ted Dinan on a prior Anxiety Summit – Microbes in the gut and psychobiotics as a potential treatment for anxiety and depression. He shared his […]


Paleo and grain free diets: anxiety and depression success stories

March 31, 2017

I recently reached out to my community to hear your diet-depression or diet-anxiety success stories in anticipation of the new SMILES diet depression trial, published last month and which I covered in a blog post last week. In that post I promised to share some real-life success stories on how diet changed people’s lives for the […]


SMILES diet depression trial: reduced depression and anxiety

March 24, 2017

The SMILES trial, A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression was recently published BMC Medicine. It is the first randomized controlled trial to test whether dietary improvement can actually treat depression. Yes, we’re using dietary improvement and treat in the same sentence! The objective was to determine if “structured dietary support, […]


The Evolution of Psychiatry: integrative psychiatry, anxiety and the thyroid

February 18, 2017

James Maskell is the founder of The Functional Forum and this month the theme was The Evolution of Psychiatry. It was such a great episode so I’m sharing it with you here today. The first presentation was by Janet Settle, MD and Will Van Derveer, MD. They took the stage and presented on the fundamentals […]


Interview: Heal Your Pain Now + the fear-pain connection

February 14, 2017

If you struggle with chronic pain from an injury, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, joint pain, arthritis, anxiety, depression or have tried everything without success, Heal Your Pain Now provides natural solutions to eliminate pain and return you to a life worth living. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Joe Tatta, physical therapist and nutritionist, author […]


Vulvodynia: oxalates, GABA, tryptophan and physical therapy

February 10, 2017

On a recent webinar with Julie Matthews, I shared how healthy foods that are high in oxalates caused me excruciating foot pain: Oxalates and leaky gut for Anxiety. We also mentioned how oxalates can be a factor in vulvodynia and someone asked this question on the blog: I just listened to the webinar talking about […]


Share your diet-depression success story: SMILES study looking for your input

January 19, 2017

Professor Felice Jacka, nutritional psychiatry researcher and founder of ISNPR/International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research posted this exciting news and important request on the ISNPR facebook page: The SMILES RCT, which is the first randomised controlled trial to test whether dietary improvement can actually treat depression, has now been accepted for publication in BMC Medicine (publication […]


Why I recommend GABA for anxiety instead of phenibut

November 25, 2016

I have concerns with phenibut and I don’t feel anyone should be using it. It is widely used in Russia as a medication for anxiety and it’s only available by prescription in that country. It’s available over-the-counter in the USA, Australia and the UK and it’s very effective for anxiety and insomnia. It’s for this […]