27: Dr. Emily Deans Discusses Diet and Mental Disorders

Dr. Emily Deans, author of the Evolutionary Psychiatry blog is our featured guest for today’s episode of The Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Emily Deans, MD on diet and mental illnessAs a physician interested in diet and health, I am convinced that diet can affect the health of the body and the well being of the mind. In my literature research, I have found several studies concerning diet and mental health. I firmly believe that many mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorders, and others are closely related to a patient’s diet. Nevertheless, I am not satisfied with the findings that I have seen. I wanted to bring some questions to psychiatrists and learn from their experiences. This is really a golden opportunity for me to have a one-on-one discussion with Dr. Emily Deans. She is a young psychiatrist and already has an enormous knowledge of diet, especially the Paleolithic diet, and mental health. I trust that you are eager to tune in to this episode and learn what I am learning from Dr. Deans’ valuable clinical experience.

Dr. Deans” blog: EvolutionaryPsychiatry.blogspot.com

  • adri van wyk

    I dont agree at all i was diagnosised with bipolar mood disorder in 2000 and was diagnosised with boderline personality disorder last year november and eating more or less carbohydrates did not make a differance accept in my weight i was sexually molested at age 8……and i blieve that is where it stems from definetley not carbohidrate intake…..sorry i now i a not a specialist but i have had it loner than most doctors study…..

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su MD

      It is very unfortunate to suffer from a similar experience that you have had. Sure, there are different reasons for even one single disorder. NO ONE is going to say if you restrict carbohydrates, you will be a super-person who could fend off anything. However, it is the general observation that, by restricting carbohydrates, one can reduce the level of inflammation that affects the health most, if not all, part of the body including the mental. As recent as a few months ago, there was study showed that the schizophrenic patients improved their symptoms by taking Aspirin regularly, in comparing to those patients who did not take Aspirin. The result made us rethink how inflammation affects the health. Thus, to lower the level of inflammation by restricting carbohydrates, is most important. Of course, many people claim that they restrict carbohydrates, but the difference in their actual doing can be very interesting!

  • mary titus

    People do not understand the strong link between mental disorders and diet. Even if there is an underlying cause for an illness, for example, molestation, do not assume that a low carb and/or ketogenic cannot heal it. Diet has strong medicinal qualiies yet, it is rarely used because of ignorance and fear. My son had ADHD and I wish that I had known about thriving on a low carb diet. Thaks Dr. SU

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su MD

      Absolutely correct, Ms. Titus, diet indeed is medicinal. Different foods affect the body, thus, its health differently. If the body has little or no inflammation, the person will feel wonderful both physically and mentally. We all have heard about “mind and body” are inseparable. Naturally, if healthy diet can help improve the body, it can heal the mind too. Thank you.

  • mark king

    I have just finished reading a book called “bad grains”. The link between glutin sensitivity and how are minds are effected is incredible and they are just scraping the surface. Since I have almost entirely eliminated glutin from my diet my moods have improved like I never thought possible.(1 in 3 people are considered “glutin sensitive”). Glutin in the past has been the cuprit for diseases like Celiac, but now they think it could be a cause for much more problems, physical and mental. As the saying goes, “the mind and body are as one”. Thanks Dr Su.

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su MD

      Thank you very much for your comments, Mr. King. I am glad that you have improved your health by changing your diet.

  • Julia

    Article includes how anxiety is related to poor glycemic control in diabetics. Some is about thyroid disease too.

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su MD

      julia, I just want to note that many thyroid diseases have a connection to glycemic disorder too.

  • Vanessa Lee

    You know what the way you have given the information it seems that you have really understood the an individual who is going or gone under such mantle stress.
    I really agree what you have expressed in words. Thank you for such amazing information.And thank you for giving instruction what diet should be taken in such problems.

  • bart de vreese


    is it possible to contact Dr. Emily Deans by email ?

    best regards,

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su MD


      As soon as I receive you reply to this e-mail, I’ll forward your e-mail to Dr. Deans for reply.