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Dr Ann Childers is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatric physician with a special interest in nutrition, sleep, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in West Linn, Oregon in the US.  Dr Childers runs the Life Balance NorthWest Lifestyle Psychiatry practice and has now incorporated telehealth into her practice and sees more than 50 patients a week. Her approach to psychiatric treatment is holistic and integrates standard psychiatric care with principles of nutrition and restful sleep. She welcomes those who desire an integrated approach to psychiatric care, sleep and metabolism management.

Dr Childers was ranked among the 5 top MDs by Onalytica on the topics of obesity, diabetes and sugar. She is in demand as a local and international lecturer and has published a number of textbook chapters, among them Nutritional Aspects of Psychiatry for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: The Essentials (Cheng and Myers, 2011). Her lectures and podcasts can be viewed and heard on YouTube and elsewhere. Dr Childers is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the Nutrition and Metabolism Society, Obesity Medicine Association, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Medical Advisor to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation. She is also a US Air Force veteran.  For more information, you can call +1 503-344-6211 fax +1 503-344-6991, visit the Life Balance NorthWest website or follow her on Twitter @AnnChildersMD

Nutritional psychiatry: the future of mental health treatment?

By Marika Sboros

Nutritional psychiatry is an idea whose time has come. That raises a question: What took the medical profession so long to embrace it?

Among global leaders of nutritional psychiatry is US psychiatrist Dr Georgia Ede. In a recent article in Psychology Today, Ede explores optimum nutrition for mental health. She looks at why we humans can’t thrive on plants alone and why our brains must have animal fats for optimum functioning.

Dietary fat is not just for insulation and energy storage, Ede writes. It’s also for “nutrient absorption, cell signalling, immune function, and many other critical processes”.


By Marika Sboros

First, they came for low-carb diets. Then they came for coconut oil. What will Harvard scientists come for next?

Harvard epidemiology professor Karen Michels has sent social media into overdrive with her claim that coconut oil is “pure poison”. She also called it “one of the worst foods you can eat”.

Cardiologists and other experts globally called those comments “unscientific” and ignorant. Others have rather rudely dismissed her comments as total ‘BS’. Michels is facing calls to apologise publicly and retract her claims.

Tim Noakes: where ‘Banting’ began, where it’s headed

Prof Tim Noakes. Picture: courtesy of the NOAKES FOUNDATION

Prof Tim Noakes. Picture: courtesy of the NOAKES FOUNDATION

By Marika Sboros

The organisers say it’s a world-first, a nutrition summit in Cape Town from February 20-22, 2015. They say that it could change the world of nutrition science.

It assembles the world’s top doctors and researchers on the efficacy and safety of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) to treat and prevent serious disease.

Summit host is Prof Tim Noakes, a medical doctor, world-renowned scientist and University of Cape Town emeritus professor. Here, in his own words, Noakes gives the history behind the global LCHF movement and what he hopes the Summit will achieve: ‘A statement that will be heard around the world.’