One of my first lectures to the trade was in Los Angeles. I have long felt that psychiatric illnesses were linked to food and fungus. So, when a group of “orthomolecular psychiatrists” invited me to speak about food allergy at their symposium, I jumped. Then, I believed that food and fungus caused depression, schizophrenia, chronic fatigue and bi-polar depression. Today, when the cause cannot be linked to trauma, I am certain of it. Perhaps fungi and diet does not contribute to all mental deterioration, but what has any depressed or fatigued patient have to lose by experimenting? NOTE: if you are on medication or other psychiatric therapy, always get approval to experiment from your doctor.
I’ll never forget the former Director of the Program in Women’s Health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clinical Research, Judith Wurtman, PhD. She stated something to the effect that the question is not whether food affects mood, rather how food affects mood. I applauded her then and today for that bold assertion. Mind you, such a topic is irrelevant to most doctors dealing with brain disorders. I’ve taught you in the past (Read more here) that antidepressant drugs called “SSRI’s” just happen to kill fungus quite well, so perhaps this might be the reason they work for so many. Now comes a new study that states, “Elevated levels of gut dysbiosis markers positively correlated with severity of sickness behavior in patients with severe mental illness and chronic fatigue.” This means that food and fungus can affect your fatigue and depression. It seems that serious fatigue and/or mental health problems are either initiated by or driven by bad gut terrain (mix of bad bacteria and yeast/fungi). If you have both brain and gut problems, this article could be life saving for you. Find an Orthomolecular or Holistic Psychiatrist who are more equipped at locating the cause, rather than prescribing medications year after year. SOMETHING started your health problems! Find the cause.
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Gut dysbiosis in severe mental illness and chronic fatigue: a novel trans-diagnostic construct? A systematic review and meta-analysis | Molecular Psychiatry (nature.com)