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by 0 · June 02, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Does this kind of thing happen?

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moors 0 · June 02, 2014 at 10:29 AM

How schizophrenia develops is not fully understood yet, some genes are thought to be at play, but none may be necessary for it to develop.Given the ambiguity of genetics, one may or may not be increasing his/her chances of developing... (more)

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by 214 · about 17 hours ago

I'm a clinician looking for testimonials from those whose mental health condition may have resolved itself in part thanks to changes in diet. Particularly those who have been diagnosed with a "mental disorder" in the past such as ADHD,... (more)

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Methodician 0 · August 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

ADHD since I was a little boy, now 28 I wouldn't say it's "cured" but then I am only about a month into this and only very recently got strict about it so we'll see how far it goes. I'm not going ketogenic but will consider testing it for a few... (more)

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by 0 · about 17 hours ago

Hi, Around a year ago i woke up and felt empty like something was missing. Usually i would wake up feeling slightly stressed but i felt hormonally blank. Since that occured i had trouble sleeping, i also had no desire to do anything. I went out... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · August 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Cannabis can actually damage the brain, especially in young people. It really interferes with your ability to focus mentally and form and retain new memories. A week and a half isn't nearly long enough for your body to detoxify from daily... (more)

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by 0 · about 17 hours ago

I've had OCD since I can remember, and I've been on medication [Citalopram, 20mg, going onto 40mg] for the last year or so. I really hate having to take medication to help my condition and am looking for alternative ways t help it. I've heard... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · July 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Are you working with a therapist? OCD is one of the most treatable psychologial problems, and before (or at the same time as) you mess around with your diet, you might want to try an approach that's scientifically established to help with a very... (more)

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by 120 · about 17 hours ago

Hello all I recently had time off over easter and was able to spend time with family. Over the period of this week i was aware that i was eating more sugar than usual (not a lot) but still enough to feel a difference! The effects to me over the... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · April 06, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I get depressed if I eat a lot of carbs per day (over 100 gr net carbs per day), especially if eat them in one sitting. I get some sort of overload and then I start feeling hopeless.

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by 252 · about 18 hours ago

Hey PaleoHacker's, If anyone is willing to read through this all and help, i don't know, I'll do anything to repay for the advice I'll receive...I've asked a couple questions about a set (rather large set) of symptoms I've been having for a... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · January 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Alright, well tbh I've been skinny, stressed and with back problems. I've had eye floaters and auras around signs or what not and a vision doctor told ME that was normal, so idk. If you have a disk problem one of the best things you can do is have... (more)

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by 3979 · about 18 hours ago

Do you find that ketosis is associated with feeling a certain way, in the body, or in the mind? Or in the emotions? If and when you shift over to ketosis, or from ketosis, do you feel a shift? If so, what characterizes this shift? Note that I... (more)

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Roth 0 · January 09, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Mind: Calm, I can do math better. I feel smarter in ketosis, but I also feel more happy and in-tune with Mother Nature. Body: I only need 5 hours of sleep max and I feel "naturally energetic." Cut the caffeine out COMPLETELY and go into ketosis... (more)

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by 252 · about 18 hours ago

I have been wanting to start the GAPS diet in an effort to "heal my mind" so to speak. Unfortunately I cannot purchase the book at this moment, and only have listened to Dr. Natash-Campbell McBrides interviews with Dr. Mercola and others. I've... (more)

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primalpat 0 · January 05, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I'm really not a fan of GAPS for a few reasons. Having said that... ...prebiotics are found in many foods that you will not be eating on GAPS. Think soluble fiber, like starchy stuff. But they're also found in raw and cooked onion, raw garlic,... (more)

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by 1000 · about 18 hours ago

Without watching this movie, I suspect it's mostly proving their point, but not actually suggesting what we need to do. So, to anyone who's seen it, what are the bullet points for what the movie says that I DO in order to heal my brain. Is there... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · January 04, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Been a while since I watched it, but there was enough good stuff in it that I ended up buying it. Maybe I should watch it again this weekend. (And I've seen both Food Matters and Hungry for Change, so I hope I'm recalling the right one in what I... (more)

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by 219 · about 18 hours ago

I suffer from anxiety, and I find that a cup of bone broth (from daylong-simmered beef joint bones) is EXTREMELY relaxing for me. In fact, I would say that it works as well as a prescription anti-anxiety pill like lorazepam for my more acute... (more)

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Sarah_Wilson 0 · October 08, 2012 at 3:46 AM

I agree with the observation. I include a few links to research in this post http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/01/how-to-make-bone-broth-and-why-you-should/ (more)

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by 85 · about 18 hours ago

Hello! I'm a lifelong fattie- my adult life I have spent between 220 and 230 lbs, at 5'8". I have struggled with depression since I was nine, and my last year in high school I gained 100 lb over nine months- I graduated in 2002 at 295 lbs. I... (more)

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WayfinderAli 0 · September 28, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Congrats on your bravery for facing your problems! Depression can be crippling. I struggle with anxiety/depression/procrastination and I found a book that is unbelievable helpful for all of those things. It's called Feeling Good- The New Mood... (more)

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by 789 · about 18 hours ago

I'd post it on a social anxiety board, but I kind of assume that some of them can contribute it to their eating habits, so who better to ask than a bunch of life loving healthy paleos? I struggle with this issue of anxiety and it's very... (more)

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Scott_20 0 · September 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Your problem is actually an issue that many of the perceived, most confident people can run into. I am a sales leader for one of the top ten companies in America. We have 275k employees, and operate in every state. I have sales folks that work... (more)

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by 180 · about 18 hours ago

I've been paleo the past 2 weeks, and things are definetly improving for me in the bloating and digestion department, but the mental symptoms are not getting better. Before switching to paleo I was already gluten free/dairy free/soy free the past... (more)

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Teufy 0 · September 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

My keto flu was awful. Same symptoms, including the restless sleeping. Taking a few drops of Valerian root in herbal tea each night before bed helped me sleep soundly until it passed. It will definitely subside. Bonus: You'll get sick much, much... (more)

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by 12642 · about 18 hours ago

What foods can improve our mood? For myself, I vote tea and oranges. Not sure about oranges, but there are some double blind studies supporting tea's effects on stress: "The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and... (more)

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Dan_29 0 · August 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

High quality salmon, lots of kale. Lots of sea salt. Seriously, though. I get high on kale.

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by 124 · about 18 hours ago

I suffer from a cocktail of mental disorders due to stressful life events, and I was interested in knowing if anyone else's mental issues have been affected at all by going paleo? Have you noticed any improvement? Or has it made your symptoms... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · July 08, 2012 at 8:11 PM

In my case the paleo diet helped me with problems I didn't know I had. I have a history of moodiness, a short temper, ups and downs in energy, poor sleep, and not coping well with stress. The paleo diet really helped on several fronts, primarily... (more)

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by 8004 · about 18 hours ago

Hey gang, Apologies for the uber-long question, but I think this is an important issue. I've been meaning to post this for a while and have finally gotten my thoughts together, inspired by this thread:... (more)

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tummyrumblr 0 · June 07, 2012 at 6:44 PM

It's like you went from free-range to feedlot! I, too, struggle with depression about my job and the things that it requires of me (a LOT of driving, mostly). In addition to the personal frustrations of spending several hours a day in/as... (more)

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by 8953 · about 18 hours ago

Once during a lecture, Alfred Korzybski offered his students some cookies, which they seemed to enjoy, then he showed them a label on the bag, ???dog cookies,??? and some of them felt sick. "I have just demonstrated that people don't just eat... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · June 06, 2012 at 2:07 PM

This is a great question! My opinion is that it goes both ways: Mental state <--> Physical state. In my prior years of practicing Japanese Buddhism, the concept of "shiki shin funi" was emphasized. This is often thought of as the "oneness of... (more)

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by 3979 · about 18 hours ago

I switched to paleo gradually because the things on the "do not eat" list of the paleo diet corresponded with the foods that would worsen my rheumatoid arthritis. I'm essentially in month one of paleo, but I have to say, even if it weren't for my... (more)

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patti2003 0 · May 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I'm often surprised that folks DON'T connect what they eat and how they feel. We consume all kinds of terrible junk and then feel terrible. The foods we eat are the building blocks of of our anatomy (along with other things). Unfortunately, the... (more)

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by 865 · about 18 hours ago

Hi guys - I'm hoping for some advice on how to really work on myself. I just graduated college and I have about two months of doing NOTHING before my job starts, and I want to use this time to tackle some of the food demons that I've dealt with... (more)

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Portesa 0 · May 06, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You are doing some great things to help heal your relationship with food. As someone who dealt with anorexia and bulimia as a teen, and with binge eating most of my life, I'll share what's helped for me: 1) I focus on health rather than weight... (more)

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by 603 · about 18 hours ago

Lithium (Li) is a trace mineral, used in the treatment of bipolar disorder at doses hundreds of times higher than that from diet. The main dietary sources are vegetables and grains, followed by dairy. The concentration in water varies widely:... (more)

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tdgor 0 · April 09, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Here's a fun fact: lithium citrate was one of the original ingredients of 7Up (much like the cocaine in Cola-Cola). All American beverage makers were required to remove lithium from their products in 1948. A less fun fact: lithium causes weight... (more)

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by 5768 · about 18 hours ago

I was reading Melissa's McEwen's recent blog post on IBS (http://huntgatherlove.com/content/why-paleo-didnt-fix-my-ibs), which got me thinking about if this ambiguous "syndrome" is more organic or mental. I suffered from IBS for 7 LONG years and... (more)

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Karen_P_ 0 · February 03, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I'm not sure we can separate mental from physical causes. There is a lot of new research into the gut and its universe of bacteria, and what intrigues me the most is how these bacteria relate to, and may in fact control, many neurological... (more)

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by 5768 · about 18 hours ago

Most of us move to a paleo diet to increase health and longevity and I would say a smaller percentage make the change to increase athletic performance. However, as we all know health, longevity, and even athletic performance is much more than... (more)

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Maoomba 0 · January 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

As someone who was raised in a small, agricultural community where people raised a lot of their own food (veg, fruit, and animal), spent time together and in the outdoors, had personal and business relationships supported by trust, crafted (from... (more)

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by 45 · about 18 hours ago

Depression leaves you cold and heartless sometimes and I wonder if that could also be one of the causes for you to lose your feelings or love for someone. I had a bf who loved me but not anymore cause he's been depressed for months now and he has... (more)

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by 60 · about 18 hours ago

what foods to include macronutrient composition love to hear your thoughts :)

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AndyM 0 · December 08, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The same as is good for all other aspects of health.

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by 1683 · about 18 hours ago

Yesterday, I posted a question titled "Does anybody feel like Paleo isnt working?!" I proceeded to explain a meltdown I recently had, some numbers, and some facts about me...someone brought up a possibility for me to have developed slight body... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · November 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

You should see a professional counselor about it. I think setting goals for body fat that are sub-fertile (for Western women) and thus evolutionarily suboptimal regardless of whether you intend to have children or not is concerning, but only a... (more)