Episode 22 – Dietary (in)sanity with Dr.Ede

Show notes:

    • Dr.Ede’s interesting professional background includes working as lab assistant in places like the Joslin Diabetes Center and the SUNY Stony Brook Department of Dermatology.
      • She also became an M.D. at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Harvard.
      • In 2012 she completed a graduate course in nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health entitled “The Science of Human Nutrition”.
      • She is now the psychiatrist for Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts)
    • I ask Dr.Ede about why we don’t hear botanists weigh in much on the role of plants in our diets
      • Dr.Ede explores the disconnect between botanists describing the chemical defense system of plants and the lack of emphasis in the nutrition literature about how these defense systems may hinder aspects of our health
    • Dr.Ede explains why “what we eat is by far the single most important factor in our mental and physical health
    • Dr.Ede’s medical training didn’t involve learning about nutrition science, she had to seek that knowledge out
    • Dr.Ede talks about the low-quality student diet and how its responsible for much of the mental health issues she helps students on campus deal with
      • She goes into how their issues like anxiety and depression, for example, tend to get much much better upon adopting a well-formulated ketogenic or low-carb diets
      • She also says that Adderall is overused, more or less depending on the campus, and that this abuse could be largely mitigated upon paying attention to important lifestyle factors (such as diet)
    • Dr.Ede gives her view on the evolutionary role of plants in human diets
      • It’s important to distinguish fruit from vegetables and from grains and legumes
      • Just because some people can eat lots of plants and be healthy doesn’t mean that ‘the more plants the better’, in fact many people benefit from prioritizing high-quality animal foods at the expense of plants
      • The amount of micronutrients in plants needs to be weighed against their anti-nutrient properties
    • Plants also have interesting medical/pharmaceutical properties (they shouldn’t just be thought about as food)

 

Dr.Ede’s website is www.diagnosisdiet.com

You can also find her articles on Psychology Today

 

 

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