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Eating what ails you and sourcing brain in the US

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Created February 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I read somewhere that it used to be said that you should eat what ails you. So if you have a bad heart, eat heart. If you have a bad kidney, eat kidney, etc.

Has anyone else followed this? I am considering trying to get some (nonhuman) brain to try to hack my mental health problems.

Speaking of brain, what animals are farmers allowed to sell brain from in the USA? Is cow brain off limits? What about lamb or pig?

Thanks!

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on February 16, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Agreed - eating brain tissue (or any nervous system tissue, for that matter) carries lots of risks. Cow brain is definitely off limits due to BSE.

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on February 15, 2012
at 08:37 PM

I hope I never get kicked in the nuts.

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Hi Renee. I have schizophrenia. Paleo hasn't helped much at all, but I haven't been on it very long. I was also young and went untreated for many years so who knows what kind of change my brain is capable of now. I definitely think paleo would make a big difference for a lot of people though.

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I'll sell mine, I never use it.

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Hmmm, I dunno.... seems like a somewhat simplistic view of the functioning of the human body. But then what do I know. So what type of mental health issues (if you care to disclose)? I have a few myself. Have you found any tinkering with your version of Paleo has helped?

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on February 15, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Getting your gut healed, plus Vitamin D sufficiency can make a HUGE difference.

Gut health = brain health

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I would try a ketogenic diet with coconut oil first. I like the theory for heart and joints but not for brain.

3bad4b0b105bf44d7650e7fdfbe15cbd

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on February 16, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Agreed - eating brain tissue (or any nervous system tissue, for that matter) carries lots of risks. Cow brain is definitely off limits due to BSE.

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on February 22, 2012
at 01:07 AM

Are you vitamin D sufficient? Schizophrenia is associated with vitamin D insufficiency during development. Now, you may think, "it's too late", but vitamin D sufficiency is good for everyone, and besides, we can't say that correcting a sufficiency later in life couldn't reverse or at least attenuate the illness.

People often report a big improvement in their mood and mental function when they correct their vitamin D levels, so it's worth trying.

Here are some references, if you would like to investigate further yourself:

  1. Kesby JP, Eyles DW, Burne THJ, McGrath JJ. The effects of vitamin D on brain development and adult brain function. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2011. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21664231. Accessed August 6, 2011.
  2. Eyles DW, Feron F, Cui X, et al. Developmental vitamin D deficiency causes abnormal brain development. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2009;34 Suppl 1:S247???257.
  3. McGrath JJ, Burne TH, F??ron F, Mackay-Sim A, Eyles DW. Developmental vitamin D deficiency and risk of schizophrenia: a 10-year update. Schizophr Bull. 2010;36(6):1073???1078.
  4. Kinney DK, Teixeira P, Hsu D, et al. Relation of schizophrenia prevalence to latitude, climate, fish consumption, infant mortality, and skin color: a role for prenatal vitamin d deficiency and infections? Schizophr Bull. 2009;35(3):582???595.

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on February 15, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Schizophrenia, gluten, and low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets: a case report and review of the literature: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/6/1/10

I second low carb, ketogenic + coconut oil. Plus make sure you have eliminated every speck of gluten. I was reading about the gluten/schizophrenia connection this morning, and if I were trying to eliminate schizophrenia, I wouldn't get anywhere near the stuff. Not even in small amounts. Not even a slip.

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I have no doubts that increasing your DHA and B vitamin intakes will have a positive affect on your mental health. However, I think there are more readily available sources than brain.

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I know it holds true for broth/stock. Making bone broth with joint and knuckle bones is good for your own joints.

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