Nutrient Therapies in Mental Disorders

August 11, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Each human being has unique biochemistry which results in diverse nutritional needs. Individuals may be deficient in certain nutrients and overloaded in others. Advances in epigenetic science have sealed the powerful impact of nutrients on gene expression and have enabled improved treatment for mental disorders. Neurotransmitters, which are instrumental in mental disorders, appear to be epigenetic in absorption , metabolism and storage of key nutrients. For example we now understand that methionine and SAMe act as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and folates and niacinamide depress neurotransmission at dopamine receptors. For the first time we are able to adjust gene expression of enzymes that may be a improper levels. Dr. Walsh has accumulated a data base of over 10,000 patients and shares his nutrient supplementation to patients with mental conditions such depression, schizophrenia, autism and Alzheimer's Disease

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Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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