Apr 22, 2020
Harvard Medical School Physician, Researcher, Consultant, and Educator Dr. Chris Palmer is our special interview guest on Episode 1635 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.
“People who have high rates of trauma are much more likely to have metabolic disorders. The question is, how do all of those things fit together?”
- Dr. Chris Palmer
Dr. Chris Palmer is a Harvard Medical School Physician, Researcher, Consultant, and Educator dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness. He is working at the interface of metabolism, metabolic disorders, and what we call mental disorders. Although most people don’t think these are related, there is a tremendous amount of scientific evidence linking these. By better understanding these connections, he is hopeful that we will better understand what causes mental illness. This will undoubtedly lead to more effective treatments.
He has extensive experience and expertise in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative treatments for psychiatric disorders. He knows these work for some people, and is dedicated to education about these evidence-based treatments and advocacy for access to them.
Dr. Palmer is also pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. This is an evidence-based treatment for epilepsy, and epilepsy treatments are commonly used in psychiatry. Additionally, the ketogenic diet has profound affects on brain metabolism that may correct some of the metabolic abnormalities often found in people with mental disorders. He is working with researchers from around to world to assess the effectiveness of this treatment in real people and better understand its mechanisms of action.
Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Palmer talk about how childhood trauma affects life in ways we may not recognize or understand. Dr. Palmer has a unique perspective on this topic that you won't want to miss!