Nutrition Archives – A Healthy State of Mind

I have studied nutrition for many years starting in my youth and then formally in my undergraduate degree and yet did not come across much about the potential deleterious effects of anti-nutrients such as phytic acid in grains, beans, nuts, seeds and some other plant foods. (An antinutrient is a component in food that limits […]

Diagnosis & Treatment Series II In the second post of the Diagnosis & Treatment blog series, I want to discuss beets. This vegetable is currently in season and possesses a host of health benefits, but is also very useful diagnostically (you can engage in some diagnosis yourself at home with the information that follows (ideally […]

Diagnosis & Treatment Series I Defining Reactions to Food Reactions to food are increasingly common and fall into a couple of categories: immune mediated (known as food allergies or food sensitivities) and non-immune mediated (often referred to as food intolerances). These non-immune mediated responses can include reactions to a variety of food compounds or additives […]

This post is to update my current and future patients and readers that I recently attended a five-day intensive continuing medical education course offered by The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), located in Federal Way, Washington. Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice addresses one of the key issues in healthcare practice today – improving the […]

Micronutrients in Mental Health Series II Vitamin B12 is nutrient is critical in proper mental functioning and overall health.  If intake or absorption of vitamin B12 is insufficient, a wide array of psychiatric (anxiety, depression, psychosis to name a few), cognitive (memory loss and confusion) and gastrointestinal (constipation and low stomach acid) can result. Vegetarians and […]

Micronutrients in Mental Health Series I The role of optimal nutrition in depression, and a number of other mental health conditions, is often overlooked, but plays a critical role in health and well-being. Iron deficiency, even without being diagnosed with anemia, can lead to low energy, fatigue and depression.  Many of my patients who have […]

Happy New Year! I hope that it is a healthy and prosperous one. In thinking of what health information would help your New Year start off on the right foot, I thought of health habits that while simple, can make a big difference in overall health. One of the most important health habits to adopt in […]

The critical role of diet in mental health In naturopathic school, I tired of hearing, no matter what the health complaint, ‘Treat the Gut’! At first it was a little hard to swallow that one’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract could affect so much.  I must say that this is now much easier to swallow now after […]

Have you ever gone to your doctor feeling that something was off, but testing revealed that ‘nothing’ was wrong? At least nothing according to conventional medical diagnosis of disease and interpretation of laboratory (lab) test results? In naturopathic and functional medicine, however, we are taught to order lab testing (along with an in-depth physical exam […]

Have often have you heard, if you eat a balanced diet, you will obtain all of the nutrients that you need? But what is a balanced diet? And in an age where our food quality is often poorer than that of our ancestors due to loss of nutrients with shipping and storage, modern agricultural practices […]

Optimum Health Archives – A Healthy State of Mind

In this article I want to help you to get to know your heart. Knowing more about your heart (specifically your heart rate variability) can improve your awareness of how stressors impact your mind and body. To evaluate the health of your heart and nervous system, you just need a heart rate variability monitor (typically […]

This post is to update my current and future patients and readers that I recently attended a five-day intensive continuing medical education course offered by The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), located in Federal Way, Washington. Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice addresses one of the key issues in healthcare practice today – improving the […]

Environmental Medicine Series II Is your liquid soap contributing to bacterial resistance, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), social impairment or metabolic problems? Is the ingredient that makes your shampoo lather contaminated with a carcinogenic compound? Or is the lotion that you use potentially affecting your hormones and fertility (i.e. it contains endocrine disruptors)?  The cosmetics […]

Have you ever gone to your doctor feeling that something was off, but testing revealed that ‘nothing’ was wrong? At least nothing according to conventional medical diagnosis of disease and interpretation of laboratory (lab) test results? In naturopathic and functional medicine, however, we are taught to order lab testing (along with an in-depth physical exam […]

With a New Year upon us, many are inclined to set resolutions for the year ahead – many of which relate to health. To ensure that your goals (health or otherwise) are more realistic and successful, I wanted to share with you about ‘SMART’ goals. The goal setting tools that it provides, coupled with the […]

Have often have you heard, if you eat a balanced diet, you will obtain all of the nutrients that you need? But what is a balanced diet? And in an age where our food quality is often poorer than that of our ancestors due to loss of nutrients with shipping and storage, modern agricultural practices […]

I was interviewed for the article posted below in conjunction with teaching a Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam class for Doctoral Nutrition Students at Maryland University of Integrative Health. I will share more of my teaching work in a future post/website update. For now I will leave you with this article – I hope that you find […]

Environmental Medicine Series III As the Environmental Medicine blog series draws to a close, we are working our way from toxins found outside our bodies to those that are found inside. A main route of entry to ingested toxins is through the food and water we consume. As our environment and food supply have become […]

‘Sensitivity’ can be a loaded term in our culture and has a number of connotations, many not very positive. Elaine Aron, Ph.D., author of The Highly Sensitive Person book, defines a sensitive person as one who is aware of subtleties in their surroundings, more readily overwhelmed after being in a stimulating environment for too long […]

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Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, November 4, 2016

  Have you ever gone to your doctor feeling that something was off, but testing revealed that ‘nothing’ was wrong? At least nothing according to conventional medical diagnosis of disease and interpretation of laboratory test results… In naturopathic and functional medicine, however, we are taught to use laboratory testing (along with an in-depth physical exam…> read more

Categories: Depression, Hormones Tags: Functional medicine, Laboratory Testing, nutrient deficiencies, Thyroid, Vitamin D

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I was interviewed for the article posted below in conjunction with teaching a Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam class for Doctoral Nutrition Students at Maryland University of Integrative Health. I will share more of my teaching work in a future post/website update. For now I will leave you with this article – I hope that you find…> read more

Categories: Diet & Nutrition Tags: minerals, nutrient deficiencies, Physical Signs and Symptoms, vitamins

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, October 17, 2014

To my readers: I so enjoy writing about naturopathic health-related topics in mental health and keeping interested readers, patients and colleagues informed. At times there are just too many demands to put together a cogent blog post and newsletter…and now is one of them! I am currently working on several fronts in both my practice,…> read more

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Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month {http://www.fitness.gov/}, and with the warmer days and more sun, it hopefully is easier for people to get motivated to move! Doctors have a tendency to overlook or understate the value of exercise in being busy to find the best treatment(s) for a patient’s ills (I include myself…> read more

Categories: Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Exercise, Psychiatric Medications, Schizophrenia & Psychosis, Sleep Tags: exercise, insomnia

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Thursday, April 3, 2014

In naturopathic school, I tired of hearing, no matter what the health complaint, ‘Treat the Gut’! Really?! At first it was a little hard to swallow that one’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract could affect so much.  I must say that this is now much easier to swallow after seeing the improved mental health in so many…> read more

Categories: ADD/ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Digestion & Gastrointestinal Health, Schizophrenia & Psychosis Tags: Campbell-McBride, diet, Food allergies, GAPS, Gastrointestinal Health, GI, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, gut flora

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Signs of spring are starting to show – with bulbs pushing through the soil and buds on trees forming. With the first day of spring still a few weeks away, now is the time to plan for a spring cleanse. Cleansing has been performed for centuries, but is perhaps all the more important in our…> read more

Categories: Diet & Nutrition, Environmental Medicine Tags: Ayurveda, cleansing, detoxification, spring

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, January 31, 2014

Folic acid has been widely researched for the treatment of depression. In this post we will continue our Micronutrients in Mental Health Series, covering the 3rd nutrient implicated in depression and anemia with our discussion of folate. The name ‘folate’ is derived from the Latin ‘folium’ which means foliage, as it is abundant in leafy…> read more

Categories: Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Supplements Tags: 5-MTHF, Anemia, anticonvulsants, Deplin, genetic polymorphism, medication, Metafolin, Mood, MTHFR, oral contraceptives, proton pump inhibitors, vegetables, vitamins

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The holidays are a time of increased stress for many and as year-end tasks pile up, it can make it challenging to get the support and perspective one needs to re-prioritize. As stress can be cumulative, and is also hard to objectify, I think that introducing a scale to assess the burden of stress in…> read more

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: Hans Selye, Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale, Kelly McGonigal, resilience, stress, TEDS

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, July 26, 2013

In last month’s blog post on iron’s role in mental (and physical) health, we covered one of a trio of ferromagnetic metals found in nature. Cobalt is another such metal that has a prominent role in our mental (and physical) health. Cobalt is seldom found in its free form, needing to exist in compounds with…> read more

Categories: Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Schizophrenia & Psychosis, Supplements Tags: celiac disease, Cyanocobalamin, memory, nutrient deficiencies, vegan, vegetarian, Vitamin B12, vitamins

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the coming months, I will be covering different vitamins and minerals and their role in mental (and physical) health.  In mental health I think that the role of optimal nutrition is often overlooked. This blog series Naturopathic Mental Health Blog| Psychology & Psychiatry | A Healthy State of Mind aims to change that and to offer you a glimpse into homeopathic forms of…> read more

Categories: Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Homeopathy, Psychiatry, Supplements Tags: Anemia, Dysthymia, Hormonal imbalances, Iron-deficiency Anemia

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