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Mental Health: Looking after the Muscle of the Mind

[Scroll down for the 2023 Updates, and links to news beyond my own research and opinions]

Modern medical psychiatry tries to understand the brain only in terms of gross damage (so nothing can be done) or single chemical imbalances.  This is a simplistic and somewhat foolish approach considering the fact that any neurologist, behavioural scientist or biochemist will tell you the brain is anything but simple.

For the brain to work properly it’s an interaction between the structures,  the chemistry, the electricity, and your lifestyle and social choices.

As you’re about to discover, preventing mental health issues is really very similar to preventing cancer, heart disease, obesity, and all the other chronic diseases of the West.

You’ll also discover there are more treatment options within our control.

These 5 videos are not intended to treat or diagnose any disorder.

I’m going to cover:

  • A surprising way to improve your memory
  • Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions
  • Nutritional psychiatry
  • Stress
  • Movement and Brain Balance

A Surprising Way to Improve Your Memory (almost immediately)

Alzheimer’s Prevention (and a novel treatment)

If you have any of the following symptoms you should consider following the advice in the next video

  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Problems with words
  • Problems with writing
  • Withdrawal from work and social activities
  • Changes in mood and behaviour

The nutritional regime form the study mentioned:

For 2 Years:
0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12 (equivalent to 500 micrograms)

20 milligrams of B6

0.8 milligrams of folic acid (equivalent to 800 micrograms)

Name of the test: homocysteine

Nutritional Psychiatry (and Leaky Brains)


In this video I describe how stress aggravates mental health,  and share my favourite ways to switch stress of and save your brain and your health.

The resources I mention:

For ganoderma products worldwide (select your country flag in top right hand corner)

For a 7 day free trial of the BrainTap –

If you’re local –

(or you can sign up just to get the stress articles)

Movement and Brain Balance

Balancing the brain is something NO DRUG CAN DO.

For instance, conditions such as ADHD and OCD can actually problems with the right side of the brain. Drugs work on BOTH sides, so you can never get a cure.  Depression can be just a left sided problem.

Today I’ll reveal how to spot if you have a ‘brain hemisphericity’ and what you can do about it.

2023 Updates


First of all, ‘the problem’: see the BBC Panorama episode about antidepressant drugs.

The issues include

They don’t work as well as they thought/advertised

Withdrawal can be worse than depression in some people.

The Solution:

You may have noticed I first started this blog post in 2018, talking about the nutritional side of mental health issues.

Now a psychiatrist has written a book, saying that this nutritional/lifestyle approach may be THE single best approach to curing many mental health problems.

“In Brain Energy, Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Christopher M. Palmer unites our existing knowledge about mental illness within a single framework: Mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain. Palmer explains this new understanding of mental illness in detail, from symptoms and risk factors to what is happening in brain cells, and sheds light on new treatment pathways for all mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcoholism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, autism, and even schizophrenia.”

Chris tells us: “Already, this may seem impossible to reconcile. You might be yelling, ‘But these are different diseases!’ Schizophrenia is not the same thing as an eating disorder or a mild anxiety disorder. Cardiovascular disease, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, diabetes, and depression are all different. They have different symptoms. They affect different parts of the body. They appear at different ages. Some of them like a stroke, can kill people quickly. Others, like mild depression that lasts only a few months, might come and go away without any intervention.”

He continues by saying: “It’s difficult to imagine that all these disorders share one common pathway. If there is such a common pathway, it will have to be involved in many different aspects of how the body works. It will need to tie together everything that we already know about these different disorders—their risk factors and symptoms, the treatments that work. That’s a huge role for any bodily process or function to fill.”

And: “As you will see in Part Two, metabolism fills this role. Yes: we have arrived at our common thread, the underpinning factor that lets us answer our tangled questions about causes and treatments, symptoms and overlaps.”

Written by Dr Chris Pickard

First published on: May 22, 2018

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