Metabolic Therapies and Mental Health

Metabolic Mind is a non-profit providing resources and education in the emerging field of metabolic psychiatry, including the use of ketogenic therapy for mental disorders. Our mission is to transform mental health outcomes by advancing understanding of the foundational connection between metabolic and mental health, along with the role of evidence-based dietary treatment strategies. Our website, YouTube channel and podcast—hosted by Dr. Bret Scher—offer educational videos, articles, research, personal stories and interviews with pioneering clinicians and scientists working at the intersection of metabolism and brain health.

Metabolic Mind is building a community where families and individuals facing mental health challenges join researchers, physicians, dieticians, therapists, health coaches, philanthropists and business and civic leaders to learn and share experiences about the use of metabolic strategies for brain health.

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Metabolic therapies for mental health

An emerging understanding of mental disorders as resulting from metabolic dysfunctions in the brain is changing paradigms for treating psychiatric conditions. At Metabolic Mind, we explore this important connection as well as growing evidence that metabolic therapies, like ketogenic diets, may help reduce or even eliminate symptoms of psychiatric illness.

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Metabolic Psychiatry – Our Experience

Metabolic Mind was launched by David Baszucki, founder and CEO of Roblox, and his wife, author Jan Ellison Baszucki. Inspired by their firsthand experience of the power of ketogenic diet and other metabolic therapies to send serious mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, into remission, David and Jan created Metabolic Mind to be a trusted resource for families like theirs seeking better treatments.

In the video below, you can watch Jan, David and Matt share their story of sending bipolar disorder into remission using a ketogenic metabolic therapy–a treatment with over 100 years of evidence of efficacy in epilepsy. In addition, experts in the emerging fields of metabolic psychiatry and metabolic neuroscience discuss new approaches to understanding and treating mental disorders.

For further insights into their family’s experience, read Jan’s piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, accessible through the image below.

Doctors said my son's bipolar disorder couldn't be healed by diet. They were wrong.

In the following video, Dr. Bret Scher describes more about the mission of Metabolic Mind and the connection between metabolic and mental health.

Dr. Bret Scher explains how metabolic therapies including ketogenic diet, can affect a wide variety of mental health disorders in positive ways.

As the evidence base and clinical expertise grow, we hope metabolic interventions like ketogenic diet will be used to treat not only serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depressive disorder, but other conditions like binge eating disorder, alcohol use disorder, migraine, ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, dementia and more. Learn more about metabolic and ketogenic therapies and how they may be able to help you improve your mental health.

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