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  • A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health—and Improving Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More
  • Written by: Christopher M. Palmer MD
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Brain Energy

Written by: Christopher M. Palmer MD
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Publisher's Summary

This is the book that will forever change the way we understand and treat mental health. If you or someone you love is affected by mental illness, it might change your life.

We are in the midst of a global mental health crisis, and mental illnesses are on the rise. But what causes mental illness? And why are mental health problems so hard to treat? Drawing on decades of research, Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Chris Palmer outlines a revolutionary new understanding that for the first time unites our existing knowledge about mental illness within a single framework: mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain.

Brain Energy explains this new understanding of mental illness in detail, from symptoms and risk factors to what is happening in brain cells. Palmer also sheds light on the new treatment pathways this theory opens up—which apply to all mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcoholism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, autism, and even schizophrenia. Brain Energy pairs cutting-edge science with practical advice and strategies to help people reclaim their mental health.

This groundbreaking book reveals:

  • why classifying mental disorders as “separate” conditions is misleading;
  • the clear connections between mental illness and disorders linked to metabolism, including diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, pain disorders, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy;
  • the link between metabolism and every factor known to play a role in mental health, including genetics, inflammation, hormones, neurotransmitters, sleep, stress, and trauma;
  • the evidence that current mental health treatments, including both medications and therapies, likely work by affecting metabolism; and
  • new treatments available today that listeners can use to promote long-term healing.

Palmer puts together the pieces of the mental illness puzzle to provide answers and offer hope. Brain Energy will transform the field of mental health, and the lives of countless people around the world.

©2022 Christopher Palmer (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Timothy J. Schaffer
  • 18-12-22

Tedious and depressing

I’m sure if I had time the book would unfold and be interesting. Unfortunately the author spends so much time on why mental healthcare is broken with few solutions without signaling his more positive solutions which I’m sure are await me at some point in the book. It’s so tedious and depressing I had to move on after the 4th chapter. Maybe I need to read this back to front.

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  • Ed From Florida
  • 16-12-22

Fascinating material...a start of a revolution

It's a dense, chock-full of science and studies book which was actually easy to listen to. While I am not in the medical field, I did find myself engaged in the science and the stories wrapped around the data. The science and data points the author reference added over-the-top credibility to his proposed conclusions on the role metabolism/mitochondria play in mental and physical health. The author also included some specific actions one can take, or at least investigate, to improve brain (and body) energy - although I can see a follow up book that delves even deeper on the actions one can take and why they may help. The narration was excellent and easy listening. I wish the author the best of luck in getting action on this front as society and the many individuals affected can greatly benefit from the breakthrough the author is suggesting.

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  • JP
  • 27-11-22

Life-changing

Dr. Palmer should win the Nobel Prize for this. And I’m so glad he didn’t re-record the final 3 minutes, during which he becomes quite emotional. This theory is simply huge… for all humans.

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  • Spiffy
  • 18-12-22

Ground breaking framework

Dr Palmer eloquently presents a framework that resonates strongly with someone familiar with the struggle associated with navigating a complex treatment network which in the end only addresses symptoms of many mental health disorders. A strong case is made for why the mental health community should not ignore the fact that current standard of care is not working to address root cause for many diagnosis. It’s time for change. Dr Palmer presents a compelling case for how to use the existing DSM to move patient treatment beyond medication and into sustainable recovery. This is a must read for everyone. Someone you know and love is suffering.

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  • Cece.
  • 22-12-22

Brilliant

Authoritative, timely and desperately needed in today’s world. A doctor who cares deeply for his patients. Bravo!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-22

Excellent Book!! Mental Health Needs this!

I have been a child and family mental health therapist for 32 years. Things are so different now than they were that long ago. People are getting sicker and sicker and this book explains it all. I was waiting for the release of this book and it met or exceeded all of my expectations. I will be sharing this book with everyone! Dr. Palmer explains it extremely well. It is time to get more people on board and involved in making changes in the mental health field. Well Done, Dr Palmer! This is a must read for everyone!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-12-22

Excellent information

The unifying theory presented by Dr. Palmer answers many questions and removes much of the mystery surrounding mental illnes.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • tjvir
  • 18-12-22

Great book

Very good book and narrated well. Always bonus points when the author reads. I’ll be recommending this book to everyone.

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  • SJ
  • 22-12-22

Awesome!

A must read for anyone interested in mental health. What the author shares is such a no-brainer but somehow it is pushed out of the conversation about mental health.

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  • AF
  • 16-12-22

Brilliant and timely!

This is a must read/listen for all psychiatrists and mental health providers! I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-22

Nothing new

It was an OK book. Nothing new really. To summarise we need good sleep, exercise, sunlights, keto diet, good relationships and a purpose in life.

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  • HGJones
  • 31-12-22

Needs Evidence

The author puts forth major claims about treating severe mental health conditions and challenges the current understanding of disease, and I found myself craving data, evidence, clinical trials to back up these incredible claims. He tells select patient success stories of reversing the most serious mental disorders, but provides no steps of exactly what the patient consumed (it must have been monitored) nor does he include negative outcomes - when did it not work and why? If you want to have a healthcare revolution, you need more data than "the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell" or "the cell is like a car" - I got really weary of listening to car and highway analogies. i found it very frustrating. The author asks us to believe that his one simple solution is available to reverse the most severe of conditions - one metabolic pathway for all disease and cures where everyone else has failed - but then withholds data and actionable protocols. All of which are usually a sign of snake oil. I plan to read his academic works to see if he has any data at all - and the challenges to his theory from other researchers - but this book really should have summarized that body of work for us instead it reads as a list of unsubstantiated claims, car analogies, and very select vague success stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-22

Very interesting

Loved it. The claims are very large, but if true revolutionary. I have also noticed some of the claimed effects on my own wellbeing, so I am inclined to believe them.

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  • Zara
  • 14-12-22

Amazing

I have absolutely enjoyed listening to this book. metabolic health goes hand in hand with mental health.

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  • AmazonMonster
  • 05-12-22

Incredibly Thought Provoking

I enjoyed this very much. Some complex science made very clear and imparted with passion, insight and humour. Excellent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

A genuine call to action

Must read if youre interested in healing mental illness and starting a path to a better life.

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  • Dr Z of Ely near Cambridge, England
  • 26-11-22

Outstanding!

Unifying theory in psychiatry. Valuable for both doctors and their patients. Heartfelt and very well researched.

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  • Tonnette
  • 25-01-23

Brilliant! everyone should listen to this.

This is definitely one to listen to. I would've been so lost trying to say all the medical terms in my head. This was read beautifully, with compassion and life. Dr Chris explained his Brain Energy theory in a very digestible way.

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  • Anna
  • 24-01-23

very insightful

I have an inherited mitochondrial disorder and this book was really helpful, despite my not suffering from a mental illness, but rather complex migraine (among other symptoms). Thank you! I particularly love books that are read by their authors.

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  • Ron Miller
  • 04-01-23

interesting review of this revolutionary idea

very interesting review of this revolutionary idea and how it translates to contributing factors and diseases

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-22

Paradigm shifting

Revolutionary
Caring
Full of solutions
Easy to understand
Amazing success real case studies
Passionate about mental health and stigma clearing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-22

Everyone needs to listen to this!

Elegantly puts all the known pieces of mental illness together and connects it all to one common pathway. A very balanced book and doesn't push his case, but cleverly explains why his theory is not just plausible, but almost obvious once you know all the info. Easy to listen too, highly recommend to anyone who is suffering from or knows someone with a mental or metabolic condition.

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  • Maree
  • 18-12-22

Great to see we are finally becoming more evidence based in this field.

Great content!
Linking the best research in all important areas of mental health.
The relevance of what we ingest and the biochemistry holds the key just as explained and clearly outlined in this amazing book.
Devouring the content within a few days I feel there is hope that changes will occur more quickly now due to the importance of the research of the connection between our brain and the gut.
Great read that brings hope!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-22

This book will be the catalyst for personal and global transformation.

I have been studying and researching the mental health field for over a decade now and working within it for 6 years, and this book at at the pinnacle of how to best understand mental illness, and mental wellness.

No matter who you are, if you have an interest in improving your life, or the lives of others, this is a must read!

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  • Tanya Walker
  • 11-12-22

Phemomenal, life changing, essential reading

This book although containing a lot of scientific info, was well written and easy to understand. I was so inspired I managed to listen and complete it in 3 days. I was particularly motivated as my Grandma has Alzheimer's and I'm looking for actionable steps that work to help prevent this fate for me and the rest of our family. Thank you for your work in this area Christopher, I'm so relieved and excited to have access to this information.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-22

Life changing

I have been on the ketogenic diet for a week now. After coming through the initial adjustment period I am truly feeling amazing. I already have so much more energy whereas before I was having to spend most of the day in bed exhausted. This is still early days for me but I encourage anyone with mental illness to look into metabolic therapy and the keto diet. I have bipolar type 2, ADHD and PCOS. For 10 years I have struggled on a range of different meds with no long term benefits - just side effects.
Don’t give up hope! Please do more research and look into Chris Palmers work!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-22

If you love someone with mental health issues- listen to this!

This was amazing and I’d highly recommend anyone who is caring for someone with mental health issues to listen to it. It is heavy on statistics BUT brilliant information. Explains so much, and I definitely cried by the end. I’m totally inspired to incorporate some lifestyle changes to help support my family.