S2E7: Nutrition, brain metabolism, and the root causes of mental illness with Georgia Ede, MD

Updated: Jan 26

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Check out the companion post to this podcast: 10 Nutritional Changes to Improve Mental Health According to Georgia Ede, MD




Georgia Ede, MD is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist specializing in nutrition science, brain metabolism, and mental health. She speaks internationally on dietary approaches to psychiatric disorders, the nutritional differences between plant and animal foods, Alzheimer’s prevention, public nutrition policy, and many other topics.


She has nearly two decades of clinical experience including many years as a college psychiatrist and nutrition consultant at Harvard University Health Services and Smith College.


Dr. Ede writes about food and the brain for Psychology Today, Diet Doctor, and her own website Diagnosis: Diet. She has also spoken at numerous conferences and TEDx Talks.


Check out her popular talk, 'Our Descent into Madness: Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis'.


Dr. Ede maintains a private practice in Massachusetts working with patients to address the root causes of mental health disorders and reduce the need for psychiatric medications by using personalized nutrition-based interventions.


During this conversation, Stephanie and Dr. Ede touch upon three main topics:


  1. Brain health and serious mental illness: Dr. Ede helps us understand some basic concepts around nutrition and metabolism and she will outline the connections between metabolism and brain health.

  2. 10 changes all of us can make to clean up our own diet in order to improve our mental and physical health.

  3. What we know about nutritional psychiatry and how interventions, such as the medical ketogenic diet, can have a therapeutic impact on serious mental illness.


Additional resources to learn more about brain and metabolic health for mental health:



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