I'm sure you've tried many things already if you suffer with mental illness.
Let me tell you why this is different.
My introduction to Canada’s mental health system came over 20 years ago when my then 7 year old son was diagnosed mentally ill and mainstream psychiatry failed us. With their “treatment,” which included institutional care and interventions like secure isolation, indiscriminate drugging, mental and physical abuse, parental alienation, and restraint beds my son became increasingly violent, hostile, morbid, and uncontrollable. He developed the beginnings of psychosis and required 2:1 staff most waking hours for safety
That’s when I found the late Abram Hoffer's orthomolecular psychiatry. I flew my son to see him and it changed our lives. He diagnosed my son as schizophrenic. Then he explained how to treat it. With guidance around dietary restrictions my son was different overnight.
The incessant violence, body rashes, cold sores, night terrors, morbid obsessions, his inability to sit or learn or take direction improved such that within a month he was a drastically different kid. He became happier, more balanced, and able to engage in reality more. The improvements continued over years with supplements, in-home supports, and continued dietary interventions. He went on to be an honour roll student by grade 9, where he was voted most friendly kid in the school.
This boy that used to go into such rages at school that other kids asked teachers if he "had rabies" was now a model student that teachers were delighted to teach! Even today, as long as he follows his diet and maintains his supplements and sleep schedule the psychosis and mood swings stay at bay. But when he lets those slide, it's a different story. And I see this confirmed over and over in clients with mental illness. However, the foods most people think they should eat for mental wellness - even the hospital dieticians I've met - are woefully misguided.
Dr. Hoffer has since passed. The therapy he used - orthomolecular psychiatry - was never adopted by the mainstream medical establishment - despite the highest standards in clinical and research data. Psychiatrists today are taught that pharmaceuticals and electro convulsive therapy are the gold standard in mental health. But I've observed incredible harm to clients from these "therapies." Clients are often unable to find relief from symptoms and continually fighting the side effects of these therapies with yet more medications. After some time it's difficult to know what's causing their suffering. Is it the drugs or the illness? And many of these drugs are very difficult to taper off of.
But there is another way. It's called orthomolecular nutrition and it combines dietary and lifestyle measures with Dr. Hoffer's approach - supplementing nutrients in therapeutic doses - according to each client's specific biochemical needs. It's safe, scientific, and can improve outcomes greatly. This is what I practice.
Via my clinic I offer the care I wish had existed when I went looking for help for my son. It's the culmination of over 10 years of study in four disciplines (holistic nutrition, orthomolecular psychiatry, herbal medicine, and classical homeopathy) and incorporates knowledge I've taken from all four.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
LEARN TO USE FOOD AS MEDICINE
After your intake appointment you will be placed in a nutrition program to learn about MOOD FOOD. It's hard to believe until you've experienced it, but the right foods can make a very fast, very profound impact on brain health. Food really is medicine! And there are specific foods that make better MOOD FOOD than others. You'll learn about this in the comprehensive nutrition program I've created. But that's only the starting point...
NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL
Where other programs use a one size fits all approach, my program includes comprehensive blood and hair analyses, which guides your personalized supplement protocol, uniquely addressing your individual food intolerances and nutrient imbalances. You will be guided through this process with tests that can be done at home and through your doctor. Most tests should be done on a yearly physical and are not specialized or difficult to access.
5 Simple Steps
online video appointment to discern your specific needs, symptoms, and medical history
learn about MOOD FOOD and how to incorporate it into your life one meal at a time
test to determine your food intolerances and any areas of imbalance or burden in the body
order your supplements and follow the personalized protocol recommended for you
1:1 appointments along the way to ensure you have the support you need
Is it for you?
The program has been designed to improve brain and gut health, mood swings, AD(H)D, depression, bipolar, schizophrenias, dementia/Alzheimer's, seizures, anxiety, PTSD, caregiver burnout, menopausal mental health issues, and children's behavioural health issues. In addition to these the program may also help with appetite regulation, cravings, energy, sleep, digestion, blood sugar regulation, skin and hormonal health, and weight loss - if these are needed. However, the program is not suitable for those with addictions or eating disorders. (for a referral to a nutrition specialist in eating disorders, send me an email)
Is it safe if I'm using medications?
Yes, the program is safe because the foundation is proper nutrition for brain health. Nothing is safer than food as medicine! Where certain medications cause contraindications with foods they will be listed in the course. Part of your onboarding will be a list of current medications to ensure after testing that there are no contraindications with any of your supplement recommendations.
How do I access it? Do I need a to be tech savvy?
My services are delivered online in English, but don't require sophisticated computer skills to use. Prompts will come to your email with links to view your lessons, access your protocols, and join our meetings. Files can be downloaded if you prefer paper copies. Your specific professional grade supplements are placed in your cart for you to easily order and have drop shipped to your home.
What if I'm not clear on my diagnosis?
There may be reasons to have a diagnosis, but this is not one of them. The program works for mental health issues, regardless of diagnosis because the underlying health issues are the same.
Why is it a 4-6 month program?
It took time to get this ill and it will take time to rebuild your mental health. I teach you how to help your mental health disorder by addressing the root imbalances that drive brain inflammation and nervous system dysregulation. Targeting root causes takes longer than suppressing symptoms. But that doesn't mean you won't see an improvement early on! Often clients see improvements in the first 6 weeks. Every step of my process is broken down to be simple and easy to follow, with a clear blueprint from the start.
When does it start?
The course starts when you sign up. From that time you will have access to the online materials for 1 year. It's highly recommended to follow the program timeline for best results, but you can take as long as you need within that year to finish it. If you follow along weekly you will receive all instruction within 4 months, along with your 1:1 appointments, which you schedule when you're ready for the next step.
How much does it cost?
The cost is C$120 for 1:1 appointments (45 - 60 minutes in length), $280 for my 8 week MOOD FOOD nutrition program, $740 for all testing and functional report with supplement guidance, and $100 for my gut biome and fermentation course. For the entire program, including all classes, testing, your personal health report, and four 1:1 video appointments the total cost is $1600 plus applicable taxes. You will be billed the first C$120 when you book your appointment and each aspect of the program will be charged as you book it. Supplements are an extra expense to factor in, although I give a 10% discount to my clients. Veterans can access the program for the cost of testing alone. Please contact me to inquire.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A 1:1 intake appointment
Access to a secure online portal where you can access all your materials, track your symptoms and metrics, and post any questions you have 24/7
Weekly lessons to explain the dietary principles (8 weeks total)
Recipes and recommended recipe apps
1:1 nutrition follow-up to answer questions
Testing - directions sent when you pay for this
1:1 appointment to discuss your test results and get your functional report
Personalized supplement recommendations from your report
Order supplements online with drop ship delivery
1:1 appointment after a month to six weeks to ensure progress with supplements
Guidance to balance the gut biome and access or make fermented foods
1:1 appointment to check in and provide support and guide you as you exit the program
**Extra 1:1 coaching sessions are available for an extra fee if you feel you need them