A Dietary Treatment for Depression

In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.

Practical Tips for Balancing the Omega 6-to-3 Ratio

Hopefully this article helps you think a little more about getting omega 3 in the diet and decreasing that processed food consumption to help that brain work even better.

Your Brain on Omega 3: Balancing the O3 to O6 Ratio

We know that omega 3 supplements and eating fish has the potential to help brain health. Would they work even better if we reduced the amount of omega 6 fatty acids that we eat?

Allergies and Self-injury

Both suicide and self-harm have seasonal peaks, with highest rates in the springtime. Pollen may be one of the environmental factors accounting for this link.

Can You Spice Up Your Antidepressant?

Is curcumin the next supplement to take psychiatry by storm? Not yet, but there's some promising data so far.

Your Brain on Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings transitions can affect our delicate circadian clocks, leading to disruptions in behavior and mood.

The Cutting Edge of Gut Health and Disease

What is the state of the science on gut health and disease? World experts shared their latest findings on the microbiota at a recent symposium at Harvard Medical School.

Nature Therapy

Nature exposure does indeed soothe those worried parts of the brain into thinking less and relaxing more.

Methylfolate and Resistant Depression

The evidence mounts that methylfolate can be an effective augmenting agent for depression. What do we know about this vitamin, and what are the questions and possible pitfalls?

Your Brain on Folate

The links between folate and depression are complicated, but not beyond understanding.

The Case for Supplements in Treating Depression

For decades, psychiatrists have tried to improve the treatment of major depressive disorders. There is compelling evidence supplements could play a role in this treatment.

Is Fish Oil Beneficial for the Brain?

All the latest data about mental health and omega-3 fatty acids for dementia, depression, and ultra-high risk of schizophrenia.
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B12 and the Brain

The vital vitamin might mean everything when it comes to brain health.

Probiotics for Depression

A probiotic successfully treats depression in this small trial from last year.

Heavy Metal: Lead and the Brain

How lead disrupts the brain and causes irreversible damage.

Gut, Autism, and ADHD

The microbiota in babies impacts mental health in children in surprising ways.

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain.

Heavy Metal: Iron and the Brain

Iron deficiency is an incredibly common condition associated with higher levels of psychiatric and neurologic problems.
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Does a Western Diet Shrink the Brain?

A healthy diet makes for a healthy brain, while a poor diet might actually be killing off neurons, leading to brain shrinkage and a greater risk of depression and dementia.

Toddler Temperament and the Gut

This spring and summer brought many exiting new studies teaching us more about the gut-brain connection. One article that made splashy headlines linked differences in the gut microbiome with different behavior in kids.

When Food Is Medicine

Doctors designed the dietary intervention of this study of older adults because they thought it wouldn't impact mental health compared to psychotherapy. They were in for a big mood-brightening surprise.

The Secret Life of Melatonin

Melatonin is a commonly used over the counter sleep aid, but this hormone's effect on fertility and puberty are powerful and not fully understood in humans. Caution should be exercised before any chronic use or using melatonin in kids.

Climate and Suicide

Decades of data link increases in temperature to higher violent suicide rates. What sort of factors could be at play, and what questions need to be answered to help us understand this linkage better?

Your Brain on Chocolate

Chocolate, a fermented extract of the seed pods of the Theobroma cacao plant, is one of the world’s most popular foods. Given the active caffeine, theobromides, and rich number of flavanols in chocolate, it’s no surprise that cocoa has been used as a medicine for at least 3000 years. Could it have beneficial effects on the brain?
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The KonMari method is a new and popular way to declutter your life. I talk about the book and some of the rules.

Five Year Synthesis: Start Here Post

Simple whole foods, both plant and animal, are best for the brain for some obvious reasons and some you won't expect. Good food and good sleep are lacking in our modern world, yet our mental health can depend upon them.

Junk Food, Gut, and Brain

People who eat mostly whole foods, meaning minimally processed foods that don’t need a label to tell you what is in it, tend to have better mental health. Why is that the case? It could be due to how these foods affect the gut. A new study shows how dramatic and rapid the changes in gut can be.

Genetics and the Ides of March

The change of seasons has long been known to cause changes in mental health. Is there a genetic component?

Lifestyle Interventions for Depression

Clinical depression is a complicated condition. Stress of course is known and easily accepted to be the main cause, but two people may endure the same stress with only one developing depression. What lifestyle factors can make us more resilient, and why?

Diet, Depression, and the Microbiome

The next generation of treatments for depression may include diet changes and probiotics.