We are a nonprofit transforming the study and treatment of mental disorders by exploring the connection between metabolism and brain health.

We leverage the science of metabolic psychiatry and personal stories to offer education, community, and hope to people struggling with mental health challenges and those who care for them.

The Metabolic Mind Story

We are a nonprofit transforming the study and treatment of mental disorders by exploring the connection between metabolism and brain health.

We leverage the science of metabolic psychiatry and personal stories to offer education, community, and hope to people struggling with mental health challenges and those who care for them.

The Metabolic Mind Story

We are a nonprofit transforming the study and treatment of mental disorders by exploring the connection between metabolism and brain health.

We leverage the science of metabolic psychiatry and personal stories to offer education, community, and hope to people struggling with mental health challenges and those who care for them.

The Metabolic Mind Story

Mental Health is Metabolic Health

Mental Health is Metabolic Health

Mental Health is Metabolic Health

Decades of scientific evidence suggest that mental illness is rooted in systemic metabolic dysfunction affecting the brain. Ketogenic therapy and other metabolic strategies are emerging as promising new treatments for psychiatric disorders.

Decades of scientific evidence suggest that mental illness is rooted in systemic metabolic dysfunction affecting the brain. Ketogenic therapy and other metabolic strategies are emerging as promising new treatments for psychiatric disorders.

Initiative of Baszucki Group

Initiative of Baszucki Group

Initiative of Baszucki Group

Our founders personally understand the challenges of a mental health crisis as well as the life-restoring impact of successful interventions. They are dedicated to advancing the study of neurometabolism and ketogenic therapies to give hope to families like theirs.

Our founders personally understand the challenges of a mental health crisis as well as the life-restoring impact of successful interventions. They are dedicated to advancing the study of neurometabolism and ketogenic therapies to give hope to families like theirs.

NPR: Patients say keto helps with their mental illness. Science is racing to understand why

NPR: Patients say keto helps with their mental illness. Science is racing to understand why

NPR: Patients say keto helps with their mental illness. Science is racing to understand why

Iain Campbell, a researcher in Scotland, has lived with bipolar disorder since he was young. After trying the ketogenic diet, he discovered profound improvements in his symptoms — and now wants to learn if it can do the same for others.

Iain Campbell, a researcher in Scotland, has lived with bipolar disorder since he was young. After trying the ketogenic diet, he discovered profound improvements in his symptoms — and now wants to learn if it can do the same for others.

NPR Article

Fueling Mental Health

Fueling Mental Health

Fueling Mental Health

Uncovering the foundational connection between metabolism and mental health.

Uncovering the foundational connection between metabolism and mental health.

Don't Call it Bipolar Disorder with Hannah Warren

Don't Call it Bipolar Disorder with Hannah Warren

Hannah Warren used metabolic therapies like fasting, ketogenic diet, exercise, and meditation to send her bipolar disorder into remission. Now she raises awareness of effective treatment options for neurometabolic dysfunction to help others.

Brain Energy, Mitochondria, and Mental Health

Brain Energy, Mitochondria, and Mental Health

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Chris Palmer has developed a cohesive theory characterizing mental illnesses as rooted in mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction. His approach is transforming psychiatry.

Keto for Brain Health - A Dramatic Personal Journey

Keto for Brain Health - A Dramatic Personal Journey

Suzi was born with Down syndrome, and lived a full, happy life until her 40’s, when early dementia set in. Her mother, Mary, was desperate for answers before stumbling upon nutritional ketosis, which gave Suzi her life back.

Metabolism and Your Mental Wellbeing.

Metabolism and Your Mental Wellbeing.

Metabolism and Your Mental Wellbeing.

The facts.

The facts.

The facts.

Photo Credit: John Howland, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Photo Credit: John Howland, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Since the 1920s, a therapeutic ketogenic diet has been used to successfully treat epilepsy in children and adults.


Since the 1920s, a therapeutic ketogenic diet has been used to successfully treat epilepsy in children and adults.


Since the 1920s, a therapeutic ketogenic diet has been used to successfully treat epilepsy in children and adults.

This offers a big clue as to how metabolism impacts brain function–and how to fix it when it’s impaired.

Today people are using ketogenic therapy to find relief from dozens of other brain disorders, from Alzheimer’s to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia.


This offers a big clue as to how metabolism impacts brain function–and how to fix it when it’s impaired.

Today people are using ketogenic therapy to find relief from dozens of other brain disorders, from Alzheimer’s to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia.


This offers a big clue as to how metabolism impacts brain function–and how to fix it when it’s impaired.

Today people are using ketogenic therapy to find relief from dozens of other brain disorders, from Alzheimer’s to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia.


An evidence-based treatment for the brain

An evidence-based treatment for the brain

More than a dozen current clinical trials are extending the evidence for therapeutic ketosis from the field of neurology to the field of psychiatry.

More than a dozen current clinical trials are extending the evidence for therapeutic ketosis from the field of neurology to the field of psychiatry.

Improved brain health

Improved brain health

Neuroscience shows us that brain metabolism is impaired in people with mental disorders, and that improving it reduces symptoms.

Neuroscience shows us that brain metabolism is impaired in people with mental disorders, and that improving it reduces symptoms.

Neuroscience shows us that brain metabolism is impaired in people with mental disorders, and that improving it reduces symptoms.

More than just a diet

More than just a diet

Ketogenic diets aren’t just for weight loss. For many people, they can be a cornerstone of both metabolic and mental health.

Ketogenic diets aren’t just for weight loss. For many people, they can be a cornerstone of both metabolic and mental health.

Metabolic psychiatry

Metabolic psychiatry

A new field is rapidly emerging to assess and treat neurometabolic dysfunction to improve mental health.

A new field is rapidly emerging to assess and treat neurometabolic dysfunction to improve mental health.

“If we hadn’t come to understand that our son’s 'mental illness' was caused by disordered brain metabolism, he’d still be suffering.”

“If we hadn’t come to understand that our son’s 'mental illness' was caused by disordered brain metabolism, he’d still be suffering.”

“If we hadn’t come to understand that our son’s 'mental illness' was caused by disordered brain metabolism, he’d still be suffering.”

Jan Ellison Baszucki

Jan Ellison Baszucki

Founder

Founder

A Paradigm Shift

A Paradigm Shift

A Paradigm Shift

Conventional psychiatric treatment typically relies almost entirely on medications to keep symptoms under control. Talk therapy is often prescribed as an adjunctive treatment, but the root causes of mental illness, as well as the lifestyle changes that can lead to healing, are often left out of treatment paradigms.

Metabolic psychiatry seeks to flip treatment for mental illness on its head, putting therapeutic nutrition, circadian rhythm management, and movement as the foundation of recovery and wellness. 

Conventional psychiatric treatment typically relies almost entirely on medications to keep symptoms under control. Talk therapy is often prescribed as an adjunctive treatment, but the root causes of mental illness, as well as the lifestyle changes that can lead to healing, are often left out of treatment paradigms.

Metabolic psychiatry seeks to flip treatment for mental illness on its head, putting therapeutic nutrition, circadian rhythm management, and movement as the foundation of recovery and wellness. 

Metabolic Psychiatry: A Paradigm Shift in Psychiatric Treatment

Metabolic Psychiatry: A Paradigm Shift in Psychiatric Treatment

Metabolic Psychiatry: A Paradigm Shift in Psychiatric Treatment

Stories of Healing

Stories of Healing

Stories of Healing

A growing community is finding healing with metabolic therapies.

A growing community is finding healing with metabolic therapies.

A growing community is finding healing with metabolic therapies.

Changing Clinical Practice

Changing Clinical Practice

Changing Clinical Practice

Increasing numbers of clinicians are prescribing metabolic therapies to complement or even replace traditional psychiatric interventions.

Increasing numbers of clinicians are prescribing metabolic therapies to complement or even replace traditional psychiatric interventions.

Increasing numbers of clinicians are prescribing metabolic therapies to complement or even replace traditional psychiatric interventions.

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Brain Bioenergetics

Brain Bioenergetics

Brain Bioenergetics

The field of metabolic neuroscience is uncovering the connections between mitochondria, metabolism, and the brain.

The field of metabolic neuroscience is uncovering the connections between mitochondria, metabolism, and the brain.

The field of metabolic neuroscience is uncovering the connections between mitochondria, metabolism, and the brain.

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Metabolic Mind on YouTube

Hosted by Dr. Bret Scher, your go-to resource for up-to-date science, news, and personal stories in metabolic psychiatry.

Metabolic Mind YouTube Channel

Metabolic Mind
on YouTube

Hosted by Dr. Bret Scher, your go-to resource for up-to-date science, news, and personal stories in metabolic psychiatry.

Metabolic Mind YouTube Channel

Metabolic Mind
on YouTube

Hosted by Dr. Bret Scher, your go-to resource for up-to-date science, news, and personal stories in metabolic psychiatry.

Metabolic Mind YouTube Channel

The Metabolic Mind Blog:
Fueling Mental Health

The Metabolic Mind Blog:
Fueling Mental Health

Perspectives on the science and practice of metabolic therapies for mental health.

Perspectives on the science and practice of metabolic therapies for mental health.

Perspectives on the science and practice of metabolic therapies for mental health.

Metabolic Mind: A nonprofit exploring the intersection between metabolic and mental health

Metabolic Mind: A nonprofit exploring the intersection between metabolic and mental health

Metabolic Mind: A nonprofit exploring the intersection between metabolic and mental health

What can you expect from the Metabolic Mind blog?

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Bret Scher, MD

Bret Scher, MD

Bret Scher, MD

Pioneering, compassionate and liberated people are changing the Way We Talk about Mental Illness.

Pioneering, compassionate and liberated people are changing the Way We Talk about Mental Illness.

Pioneering, compassionate and liberated people are changing the Way We Talk about Mental Illness.

We need advocates to rally for precision psychiatry and better, more effective mental health treatment options.

We need advocates to rally for precision psychiatry and better, more effective mental health treatment options.

We need advocates to rally for precision psychiatry and better, more effective mental health treatment options.

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Hannah Warren

Hannah Warren

Hannah Warren

Angels on Water Skis: My Descent into Mania & How I Regained & Maintain My Sanity

Angels on Water Skis: My Descent into Mania & How I Regained & Maintain My Sanity

Angels on Water Skis: My Descent into Mania & How I Regained & Maintain My Sanity

My journey from psychosis to remission: How I restored my brain energy.

My journey from psychosis to remission: How I restored my brain energy.

My journey from psychosis to remission: How I restored my brain energy.

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Hannah Warren

Hannah Warren

Hannah Warren

Resources

Resources

Metabolic Mind is where families, clinicians, scientists, and advocates both learn and share experiences about the use of metabolic strategies for brain health.

Metabolic Mind is where families, clinicians, scientists, and advocates both learn and share experiences about the use of metabolic strategies for brain health.

Metabolic Mind is where families, clinicians, scientists, and advocates both learn and share experiences about the use of metabolic strategies for brain health.

Families and Peers

Families and Peers

Learn how you or your loved ones can adopt metabolic and ketogenic therapies to treat a mental disorder.

Learn how you or your loved ones can adopt metabolic and ketogenic therapies to treat a mental disorder.

Family and Peer Resources

Clinician Support

Clinician Support

Physicians, dieticians, therapists, and coaches are improving psychiatric care by addressing metabolic dysfunction.

Clinician Support

Research

Research

A growing number of basic, translational, and clinical studies link brain function to metabolism, including keto diet trials.

A growing number of basic, translational, and clinical studies link brain function to metabolism, including keto diet trials.

Research

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Meet the Harvard and Stanford physicians at the Vanguard of Metabolic Psychiatry

Meet the Harvard and Stanford physicians at the Vanguard of Metabolic Psychiatry

Meet the Harvard and Stanford physicians at the Vanguard of Metabolic Psychiatry

Dr. Chris Palmer

“Mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain. I’ve seen patients’ lives transformed by metabolic therapies like the ketogenic diet, an evidence-based treatment for epilepsy.” 

“Mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain. I’ve seen patients’ lives transformed by metabolic therapies like the ketogenic diet, an evidence-based treatment for epilepsy.” 

Dr. Shebani Sethi

“Growing research points to a connection between mental illness and dysfunctional brain metabolism. Treating these dysfunctions can improve quality of life for many people."

“Growing research points to a connection between mental illness and dysfunctional brain metabolism. Treating these dysfunctions can improve quality of life for many people."

Dr. Georgia Ede

“There is nothing you can do to change the genes you were born with or the childhood you experienced, but you can change your diet–and changing your diet can change your mind.“

“There is nothing you can do to change the genes you were born with or the childhood you experienced, but you can change your diet–and changing your diet can change your mind."

From the Newsroom

From the Newsroom

What’s new in the world of metabolism and mental health.

What’s new in the world of metabolism and mental health.

Feb 21, 2024

TODAY Show: Matt Baszucki, 27, with severe bipolar disorder shares how a keto diet helped him: ‘It’s all worth it’

Three years after starting a keto diet with the help of Dr. Chris Palmer, Matt Baszucki needs fewer medications to manage his bipolar disorder. He shared his story on NBC's Today Show.

Three years after starting a keto diet with the help of Dr. Chris Palmer, Matt Baszucki needs fewer medications to manage his bipolar disorder. He shared his story on NBC's Today Show.

Feb 15, 2024

McLean Hospital Launches Clinical Trial of Ketogenic Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

$2 million gift from Baszucki Group will support translational research for early phase illness

$2 million gift from Baszucki Group will support translational research for early phase illness

Jan 27, 2024

NPR: Patients say keto helps with their mental illness. Science is racing to understand why

Iain Campbell, a researcher in Scotland, has lived with bipolar disorder since he was young. After trying the ketogenic diet, he discovered profound improvements in his symptoms — and now wants to learn if it can do the same for others. He shared his recent findings at the Metabolic Health Summit in Clearwater, Fla., on Jan. 25.

Iain Campbell, a researcher in Scotland, has lived with bipolar disorder since he was young. After trying the ketogenic diet, he discovered profound improvements in his symptoms — and now wants to learn if it can do the same for others. He shared his recent findings at the Metabolic Health Summit in Clearwater, Fla., on Jan. 25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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