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The Huberman Lab Podcast with Andrew Huberman, Ph.D

In this episode, Dr. Palmer discusses the role of diet and nutrition in mental health, specifically the role the ketogenic diet can play in the management of depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In his ground breaking theory of Brain Energy, Dr. Palmer shows metabolism is how we connect the dots of mental illness and that all mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain, thus offering entirely new ways to understand and treat mental disorders.

Live Kelly and Ryan

In this episode Dr. Palmer kicked off “The Best Me in ’23,” series on Live Kelly and Ryan discussing the best brain foods to enhance Brain Energy. The Brain Energy Theory of Mental Illness connects the dots between mental and metabolic health, proposing that mental disorders are in fact metabolic disorders of the brain. In understanding the bidirectional relationship between mental and metabolic health through the lens of mitochondria and metabolism, and the role that factors such as diet play, new treatment solutions are possible in helping people reclaim their mental and metabolic health.









The ArmChair Expert with Dax Shepard

EP 544: Chris Palmer (Harvard psychiatrist on Brain Energy)

In this episode, Chris Palmer, a psychiatrist, professor, and author of Brain Energy, sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss how he believes mitochondrial activity can be the key to treating mental and metabolic disorders, how his mother’s condition drove him to become a psychiatrist, and what psychosis actually is. Dax and Chris talk about how nutrition is connected to treating mental disorders, their individual experiences with male role models in their respective upbringings, and the various reasons people might suffer from anxiety or depression. Chris goes on to describe how he unintentionally severed two of his fingers, how he went from being homeless in high school to becoming a professor at Harvard, and why he had to make peace with himself.

The Tim Ferriss Show

#633: Chris Palmer, MD, of Harvard Medical School — Optimizing Brain Energy for Mental Health, The Incredible Potential of Metabolic Psychiatry, Extraordinary Case Studies, and Harnessing Mitochondria for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More

The Tim Ferriss Show

Outtake: The Story of Doris: The Ketogenic Diet for Treating Schizophrenia | Dr. Chris Palmer, MD

In this episode, Dr. Palmer discusses the Brain Energy Theory of Mental Illness, the first unifying comprehensive theory of mental illness that integrates existing metabolism research and the biopsychosocial model. Both Dr. Palmer and Tim Ferriss share their personal stories of how mental illness has impacted their lives and what they have learned from this experience. In this deeply impactful podcast Dr. Palmer explains how mental health is metabolic health and metabolism is more than diet; it is affected by various factors, some of which include trauma, environment, medications, and sleep.

The Dhru Purohit Podcast

Sugar Is Breaking Our Brains and Poisoning Our Mitochondria with Dr. Chris Palmer of Harvard Medical School

In this episode, Dr. Palmer shares a revolutionary new way to understand and treat mental illness when viewed through the lens of Brain Energy metabolism. Dr. Palmer discusses several inspiring stories of patients successfully treated using a combination of metabolic and psychiatric therapies to reclaim their lives and health.

The Doctor’s Farmacy
with Dr. Mark Hyman, MD:

A Harvard Psychiatrist Rethinks Mental Health As A Metabolic Disease

In this episode, Dr Palmer discusses why the current treatment of symptoms in psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are failing patients. The Brain Energy Theory of Mental illness is a unifying theory connecting the bidirectional relationship between mental and metabolic health, offering new ways to treat and manage mental illness using metabolic therapies that include the ketogenic diet, sleep, exercise, and optimized medication management to repair mitochondrial metabolism and restore Brain Energy.

The Ultimate Health Podcast

The Best Foods to Eat to Heal the Brain & Fight Disease | Dr. Christopher Palmer

In this episode, Dr. Palmer discusses why mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain. Dr. Palmer explains his revolutionary new unifying Brain Energy Theory of Mental Illness and how it applies to both mental and metabolic disorders. The Brain Energy theory integrates existing biological, psychological, and social research, and offers one unifying framework for explaining and treating mental illness. Understanding all the contributing causes of mental health disorders—and how they fit together for each individual—allows people to create effective treatment strategies and improve mental health. Brain Energy Theory shows how these puzzle pieces fit together and offers new solutions to a question humans have been asking for millennia: what causes mental illness?

The Metabolic Link Podcast

Dr. Christopher Palmer | Brain Energy Metabolism & Mental Health

In this episode, Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Chris Palmer discusses the connection between brain energy metabolism and mental disorders. In this personal interview, Dr. Palmer reviews his pioneering research in the field of metabolic psychiatry, the impact of metabolic treatment on mental health, and how it has improved the lives of his clients. Dr. Palmer concentrates on the relationship between metabolism and mental health, and he has been advocating for the utilization of the medical ketogenic diet along with other metabolic therapies as a treatment option in psychiatric disorders. This interview was recorded at the Metabolic Health Summit in collaboration with the Charlie Foundation in May of 2022.

The Human Upgrade with Dave Asprey—formerly Bulletproof Radio

How Your Mitochondria Control Your Brain Energy – Chris Palmer, M.D.

In this episode, Dr. Palmer discusses how he synthesized decades of research into a single comprehensive concept – the brain energy theory of mental illness, which is based on metabolism. Dr. Palmer first utilized a medical ketogenic diet as a treatment option for patients with treatment-resistant mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. During this discussion, you will learn how he delved further into the research to discover a bidirectional relationship between mental health and metabolic health linked to mitochondrial dysregulation at the cellular level.

The Model Health Show

TMHS 649: The Shocking Connection Between Metabolic Health and Mental Health

During this interview, Dr. Christopher Palmer, a Harvard psychiatrist and researcher specializing in the relationship between mental health and metabolic health, will explain how the two are connected, the importance of mitochondria in mental health issues, and the performance of current psychiatric treatments. Dr. Palmer’s book, Brain Energy, looks at the root causes of mental illness and presents a novel new theory along with solutions for long-lasting healing.

The Genius Life Podcast with Max Lugavere

Episode 269: Heal Your Mind, Prevent Dementia, and Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Energy | Christopher Palmer, MD

In this episode, Dr. Chris Palmer provides an understanding of both the advantages and limitations of the DSM-5 when it comes to diagnosing mental illnesses and how the DSM-5 does not distinguish between a normal psychological reaction to distress and trauma, and a biological brain disorder. Decades of research indicates that a variety of psychiatric disorders are actually metabolic disorders. Additionally, this episode will look at why obesity is only part of the equation, as metabolic health can still be impaired even when obesity is not present. Furthermore, it will explore the link between depression and dementia. It will also discuss how environmental toxins can damage our mitochondrial health and how to limit exposure to potentially hazardous ultra-processed food, endocrine-disrupting plastics, and toxins found in alcohol and tobacco. Finally, it will discuss how one’s mental and metabolic health are related and how improving one can lead to improvement in the other.

The Commune Podcast with Jeff Krasno

A Unified Theory of Mental Illness with Dr. Chris Palmer

In this episode, Dr. Chris Palmer, a psychiatrist and professor at Harvard, helps us understand the bidirectional relationship between mental and metabolic health through his unifying Brain Energy Theory of Mental illness. Dr. Palmer explains how the ketogenic diet can be utilized as a metabolic treatment option to improve mental health in people suffering from serious mental disorders by correcting imbalances in energy metabolism of the mitochondria.

Diet Doctor: 

Ketogenic diets and mental health with Dr. Chris Palmer

In this episode Dr. Palmer discusses the current state of the international mental health crisis, as well as effective lifestyle and metabolic therapies such as the ketogenic diet in the treatment of mental health disorders.

The Thinking Health Podcast with Chris Irvin
Episode #49: Dr. Chris Palmer: The Brain Energy Model for Mental Health
In this episode, Dr. Palmer discusses the effects of mental health medications on metabolic health, the connection between metabolic health and mental health, the Brain Energy Theory for mental illness, and how nutrition and lifestyle changes can be effective metabolic treatments for mental health disorders. This episode contains a lot of helpful information that you can use to create a care plan with your healthcare provider for improving your mental and metabolic health.

Biology and Evolution Podcast
Christopher M. Palmer, “Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health” (Benbella Books, 2022)
In this episode, Dr. Chris Palmer explains how the Brain Energy Theory is a revolutionary new understanding of ‘what causes mental illness?’, explaining the science behind mental illness, offering new solutions to current treatment methods and practical advice. Dr. Palmer’s book pairs cutting-edge science with evidence-based strategies to help people reclaim their mental health. The book reveals the connections between mental illness and
disorders that are related to impaired metabolism, including diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, pain disorders, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy. The book also explains how classifying mental disorders as “separate” conditions is misleading and how connecting the dots through metabolism and mitochondria offer new pathways to hope and healing.

Brain Biohacking with Kayla Barnes
Dr. Chris Palmer: Diet for Mental Health and Brain Energy
In this episode, Dr. Chris Palmer discusses the relationship between nourishment, metabolism and mental health, and his innovative work using the ketogenic diet to effectively help people suffering from different mental disorders, including depression and schizophrenia. Dr. Palmer also discussed his pioneering Brain Energy Theory of Mental Illness, proposing that mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain. While diet is one of many factors that affect mitochondria and metabolism, it is an important one to consider in providing new effective evidence-based solutions in the treatment of metabolic disorders of the brain.

Nobody Told Me! Jan Black and Laura Owens
Dr. Christopher Palmer:…you are really worth something
In this episode, Dr. Christopher Palmer, a Harvard psychiatrist and author of the book “Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health—and Improving Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More”, explores the causes and treatments of mental illness through the lens of mitochondria and metabolism. His Brain Energy Theory can be a life-changing approach to those suffering from mental health issues. Dr. Palmer’s theory offers an innovative way to better understand mental illness and how to treat it more effectively through supporting and optimizing mitochondria and Brain Energy.

The Adversity Advantage Podcast
Dr. Chris Palmer On How to Optimize Your Brain To Reduce Anxiety & Overcome Depression
In this episode, Dr. Chris Palmer discusses the correlation between metabolism and mental health. During his career in psychiatric education and research in the fields of substance abuse, sleep disorders and treatment-resistant mental illness, Dr. Palmer developed the Brain Energy Theory of Mental Illness, which is the first-ever comprehensive explanation of the cause of mental illness that consolidates biological, psychological and social models. Dr. Palmer further shares his groundbreaking approach to understanding the role of mitochondria and metabolism in the development of metabolic disorders of the brain, thus offering new solutions in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and more.

Public Radio Tulsa
“Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health and Improving Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More”
In this episode, Dr. Chris Palmer discusses his new book “Brain Energy,” where he proposes a revolutionary new perspective, that mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain. Currently, we are dealing with a global mental health crisis; it is evident that emotional/psychological issues are escalating across the board. What causes mental illness? And why is it so difficult to heal mental health related issues? Dr. Palmer answers these
questions by explaining Brain Energy Theory and how understanding the role of mitochondria and metabolism can offer new solutions that alter the way the medical world understands, classifies, and administers mental health care.

The Gabrielle Reece Show
How we are Changing the Mental Health Space at the Interface of Metabolism & Psychiatric Disorders with Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. Chris Palmer

The Art of Manliness Podcast
Podcast #852: The Brain Energy Theory of Mental Illness

The Darin Olien Show
The Link Between Diet and Mental Disorders

The Trend Following Podcast
Ep. 1132: Chris Palmer Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

The Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast
163: Dr. Chris Palmer: Ketogenic Diet for Mental Health

The Bomb Moms Podcast
Metabolism and Mental Health with Dr. Christopher Palmer | 143

The Passion Struck Podcast with John Miles

Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser

Everyday Wellness Podcast with Cynthia Thurlow

Levels-A Whole New Level Podcast with Ben Grynol

Dr. Ruscio Radio: Health, Nutrition, and Functional Medicine

KetoSavage Podcast

The Intelligent Medicine Podcast with Dr. Ronald Hoffman

The Myers Detox Podcast with Dr. Wendy Myers

The Mind Body Green Podcast with Jason Wachob

The Feel Good Podcast with Kimberly Snyder

The Motivated Mind Podcast with Scott Lynch

The Courageously.U Podcast

Mind Love Podcast with Melissa Monte

The Optimal Protein Podcast (Fast KETO) with Vanessa Spina-Part 1

BETTER with Dr. Stephanie Estima

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