Nutrition and Mind – World Psychiatry Reports

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April 19, 2015

Nutrition Necessary To Address Mind Complexity

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Markers For Advanced Navigation

Mad In America recent posting reports on a recent World Psychiatry Journalarticle titled:

Emphasis on Nutrition [Is] Needed to Reform Mental Health Treatments


My comments at Mad In America:

Issues with the purported inadequacy of nutritional supplements do parallel the overwhelming public angst over the limitations of psychiatric medications themselves. The extant label system, and the homogenization of human suffering encouraged as a cost saver by managed care, create inadequacies on both the Functional and Traditional sides of attempts at psychiatric care. Labels leave even well informed professionals with few options but to take treatment sides with one camp or the other, and to almost completely ignore managed care who uses those same labels to repeatedly deny reasonable treatments.

Nutrition: An Example of What's Missing

Overlooked: the interests of the patient. What each group provides is excellent care, but insufficient awareness of the multiple biomedical variables.

Each polarized group markets their own limited perspective as the only essential. However, in my own opinion, having lived in both camps for more than a decade, the fault is not with either philosophy but the system that insists on outdated labels rather than effective biomedical measurements as determinants for treatment objectives. Both perspectives are essential.

Mind complexity requires more than casual navigation beyond the superficial readings of visual sightings. In sailing Dead Reckoning navigation is, without the use of multiple inputs from modern technology, “considered obsolete.” Radar, depth finders, maps that show sandbars all prove useful in mind navigation. Without knowing precise targets the entire process oftentimes devolves to the unacceptable process of shooting geese at night. Honk, bang.


Guesswork is out, data is in. Measurement for specific details of nutritional imbalance matter everyday – especially for treatment failure.

Resource For Clinical Applications: Mind and Gut

For a handy PDF that includes video explanations and podcast interviews regarding nutrition and gut function for Executive Function  and ADHD – Details That Matter: Download Here:

For additional multiple thought leaders who share these views:


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1 Sarris, J., Logan, A. C., Akbaraly, T. N., Paul Amminger, G., Balanzá‐Martínez, V., Freeman, M. P., … & Jacka, F. N. (2015). International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 14(3), 370-371. (Full Text)


  1. Erich says:

    Hi, Doc – any thoughts on the ALCAT Test and its usefulness for identifying underlying immune challenges?

  2. Erich says:

    Hi, Doc Parker – just learned of a test/nutritional program called ALCAT. What’s your understanding of its usefulness for addressing the mind/body issues in psych treatments?

  3. Benedict Cumberbatch says:

    Thanks for the response Dr Parker – I have had some specialist tests done on Lyme in Germany which identified multiple co-infections. Am I right in thinking that these types of Infection cause problems through their effects on Cytokines?
    Its strange because I dont have Lyme fatigue or pain just cognitive dysfunction/psyhiatric dysfunction which I would never have identified otherwise.

    I notice that SNRI’s like Venlafaxine work after 3-4 weeks because they are anti-inflammatory and induce neurogenesis – is this the method behind their efficacy?

    • Benedict,
      Neurogenesis is a more long term effect of good neurotransmitter support. More importantly, and more timely, is the corrected amount of of neurotransmitters in each of the quadrillion synapses. The proper amounts, the totals of neurotransmitters, are encouraged by many cofactors, trace elements, and nutrients. Often they take time to work based on many biomedically measurable factors. Most importantly neurotransmitters don’t work if they are insufficient due to transporter protein modifications on the presynaptic nerve such as explained in this Undermethylation post:

      For more comprehensive explanations of molecular impediments see this comprehensive page:

      Yes, cytokines from any source do block/compete for neurotransmitter receptor sites and do impede neurotransmission – molasses on the brain. The absolutely most relevant issue secondary to, and often existing with Lyme co-infections: Candida. And both Lyme and Candida create impenetrable biofilm barriers that ward off any reasonable interventions from meds to supplements:
      Hope this helps,

  4. Benedict Cumberbatch says:

    Hi Dr Parker.

    Does the OAT test identify rare adult errors of metabolism that might have escaped detection and presented as adult psychiatric problems?

    I also wanted to ask what your protocol or success is for treatment of Chronic Lyme and Coinfections.. I don’t have lyme fatigue or pain just severe ADD and Depression Memory problems. Can psychiatric meds work alongside antiviral or antibiotics?

    Thanks in advance good sir..


    • Benedict,
      Yes the OAT test does cover a variety of metabolic issues, but, quite obviously, not all. It’s a great screen and we use it very frequently for treatment failure assessments [see this pdf, 2nd page with videos, on exactly what OATS provides: ]

      I personally don’t treat Lyme, but do treat all the associated biomedical and mind issues. I have some great Lyme colleagues, and refer to them for the Lyme specifics. Yes, psych meds work well across the board when underlying medical issues are simultaneously addressed. At CorePsych we see the med dependency drop when biomedical issues are measured and corrected.

      Hope this helps,

  5. Exhausted says:

    Hi Charles,

    I’ve bought your book and follow your blog. I’ve had ADHD (and GAD) my whole life and started trying medication 10 years ago. I’ve tried everything under the sun and I am now thinking that I’ve had very little luck because of what seems to be digestion problems. The AMPs seem to last in my system half of the time that they are supposed to.. and always give me lots of anxiety and raised heart rate when they are leaving. After I take them I immediately have a BM. A few hours later I will have another one – it’s very dehydrating. I try to drink enough water but that doesn’t work. I’ve tried the non-stimulants as well but no luck. I’m GF free and don’t eat dairy. My blood work also looks fine. Any ideas on what I should try?

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