Dr. Georgia Ede – 'Our Descent into Madness: Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis'

Dr. Georgia Ede – 'Our Descent into Madness: Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis'

Dr. Georgia Ede received her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, then spent seven years as a research assistant in the fields of biochemistry, wound healing, and diabetes before going on to earn an M.D. from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine.

Dr. Ede then completed her residency in general adult psychiatry at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital in 2002 and was a staff psychopharmacologist at Harvard University Health Services from 2007 to 2013. In 2013 she left Harvard to become the psychiatrist for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she provides nutrition consults as well as psychiatric services to Smith students.

Dr. Ede was the first and only psychiatrist at Harvard University Health Services to offer nutrition consultation as an alternative to medication management to students, faculty and staff. Her areas of expertise include ketogenic and pre-agricultural diets, food sensitivity syndromes, and college mental health. She explores food’s powerful effects on brain chemistry, hormonal balance and metabolism for Psychology Today and on her website www.DiagnosisDiet.com.


  1. Kevin Donnelly on July 27, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Coca cola just left the chat

  2. Danny Rw on July 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Eh in India they are vegan and they have access to animal products. I’m not saying your wrong but we need to know the consequences of the Indian diet

  3. Sungodv on July 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    01:14 explains cancel culture and why kids are tearing down the history of their Country

  4. Eugenie Breida on July 27, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    "No one ever made money asking people to Remove foods (supplements" from their diet" =Dr Ede, the Mari Kondo of sensible dietary choices! Go Dr. Ede!

  5. Hortense Mason on July 27, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Still wonderful talk. Learn and get reinforced every time I watch this talk. Pin points some great points and puts awareness and light on problems and science we need to be thinking about and looking at.

  6. Ellen Jamieson on July 27, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Why is she fidgeting side to side the whole time?

  7. droidcrasher on July 27, 2021 at 9:20 pm


  8. jen zydyk on July 27, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Capitalist diet is poison, because capitalism is pathology. Capitalism is the root of all disease

  9. SciSci on July 27, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Very interesting but I worry about doing this. Why?
    Cancer, by eating mostly meat or just meat you bump up IGF1/HGH (via diet) which has been linked to Cancer, angiogensesi, metasteses etc. Also linked to shortening life, look into mTOR pathway and Methionine and how they affect longevity.
    Valter Longo the Gerontologist has stated this, he genetically modified mice that had low levels of IGF1 and they lived much longer than mice who had normal levels, by ingesting only eat the gut then selects a type of bacteria that in linked with colon polyps and colon cancer.
    How many vegan, keto or carnivores became super centenarians? Very few if any. So these would be my primary concerns, Im not saying eat is not healthy.

  10. Jenny Gibbons on July 27, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Excellent. Thank you 😊

  11. Keith Bell on July 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Why are the longest living people on the earth mostly rice and plant eaters?

  12. Jim Barr Official on July 27, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Every vegan I’ve met is neurotic, obnoxious, emotional, a veritable basket case.

  13. Mike Wagner on July 27, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Baffling the majority rejects this knowledge and clings to carbohydrates and seed oils. I learned this from a few forward thinking professors in my pre med in the 90’s. But I always give up arguing with vegans who insist their canola oil based beyond burger is healthier than my grass fed beef steak.

  14. Oswald Digestive Clinic on July 27, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! To add to this, vitamin B12 deficiency can cause depression. A person may be eating lots of foods with B12, but may not be absorbing the vitamin adequately. Reasons for malabsorption of B12 include: history of having part of the intestine removed, having Crohn’s disease and the resulting inflammation, taking acid suppressing medications, and having low stomach acid!

  15. Carlos Varela on July 27, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    I am a TRex

  16. Roustabout4fun on July 27, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    27:24 graph

  17. Ashton Smith on July 27, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you for your hard work, and willingness to fight for your findings!

  18. Willtality on July 27, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Very nice!

  19. dianneckcu on July 27, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I am not a vegetarian or vegan but my grandmother taught me to soak legumes and discard the soaking water and to cook them thoroughly to remove the antinutrients. My biology prof for a specialized plant-animal interaction course reiterated the same thing. This is important for people who cannot afford a lot of animal protein, for example many working class people in North America. Similarly, old fashioned long fermentation of grains and the use of sourdoughs as leavening before baking bread reduces plant antinutrient compounds.

  20. Angela on July 27, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    I love this but there is so much missing on topic of B12 deficiency which is an epidemic in the US and UK.

    The standard ranges has been lowered to a dangerously low level as the general public becomes more deficient and they call it normal. They let people get down to 160 now and call it normal while Japan and parts of Europe treat people for deficiency once they get to the 500-550 range.

    Testing is lacking in the US where they won’t even check active B12 and holotranscobalamin. Doctors also don’t understand that b12 supplements can interfere with blood work for up to 4 months as well. So vegans and vegetarians can get checked and thing they are fine for a while later on end up having seizures and permanent nerve and brain damage. They tell patients that enriched foods, multi vitamins, nutritional yeasts, and b complexes will test and prevent deficiency which is mostly not true. They also don’t know how to treat b12 deficiency as they don’t understand it can take 6 months to a year to recover from low b12 and rebuild liver stores. They don’t understand that blood work can look normal after one shot and it’s inaccurate results. They think that one or even a few B12 shots can treat a person and their liver stores will magically be restored which makes no sense. Don’t don’t understand that sometimes high b12 can mean low b12 and they don’t understand functional deficiencies either.

    There are so many meds that cause low b12, anesthesia and laughing gas deletes B12, vegan and vegetarian diet causes low b12, gut issues can cause low b12, low stomach acid can cause low b22, and some people just have absorption issues for no known reason. Many doctors forget that pernicious anemia is still a problem and most don’t realize that folic acid added to food and supplements can mask symptoms of b12 deficiency like anemia on blood work.

    Federal testing in the US revealed that over a 1/3 of adult Americans of all ages and with various diets tested near the danger zone for low B12 and this is with the standard range being far too low and not checking holotranscobalamin and active B12. So the deficiency rates are most likely much higher.

    There are some newer studies that show infants are being born with low B12, due to deficiency in mothers, and it’s suggested that babies be checked for deficiency but the US will not do it.

    There are so many problems around diagnosing and treating low B12. It’s madness and recently the US FDA lowered the dairy requirements for B12 despite all of this.

    It’s concerning because people ditching meat think they can get enough b12 from enriched foods as it is advertised this way but so little of it is even absorbed. It’s pretty scary.

    Low b12 can cause nerve damage, brain damage, GI symptoms, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, dementia, hallucinations, snd even death. There are well documented cases of people being misdiagnosed with MS when it was really B12.

    I would love to see Dr. Ede team up with the nurse and doctor from the book Could it Be B12?


  21. Kenneth Moore on July 27, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Nutritional psychiatry.

  22. Buddhaneo Siddhananda on July 27, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    What psychiatrists believe to be a "psychotic episode", is really a psychic/spiritual awakening.

  23. Weather Moon on July 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Completely opposite. I didn’t have good mental health until I went vegan (with vitamin D and B12 supplements).

    High cholesterol played hell with my mental health, thought process, math, you name it.

    If a carnivore diet works for others, excellent! For me, I am better than I have ever been, and I grew up eating garden grown vegetables, wild herbs, wild meat, worked hard, etc and my mental health was abysmal.

  24. Exposing Darkness on July 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I blame vaccines and the poison that they contain

  25. David Rodgers on July 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    She sure doesnt liok healthy

  26. HiveTyrant36 on July 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Well said and great info!

  27. Kirky Russell on July 27, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    I do Vegetarian Keto. I get all my protein from Cheese, Nuts and Seeds. I get all the benefits of Keto while sparing the animals.

  28. Gary Roberts on July 27, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Lots of information on You Tube…no information from your dr….just more pills.

  29. Susan Kitchin on July 27, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Sending this to our vegetarian son. He used to be vegan, and when I asked him why he no longer was a vegan, he said "Because I like to eat"!

  30. John Fenn on July 27, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Brilliant. Thank you. My Doctor put me on a similar diet to help lose weight and I feel great, numbers perfect and weight coming down. I think too with women is that they are very conscious of what other women are doing, and they will tend to follow the crowd for social acceptance. The rise of militant veganism is of real concern for the Australian farmers.

  31. Sharon Rose on July 27, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    This is irresponsible, recommending a diet for which you have absolutely no evidence! There are studies that prove the more plant based the diet , the lower the rate of dementia, depression and anxiety. Anything that helps the blood vessels, helps the brain. You look like you could benefit from a plant based diet yourself,

  32. GenZPhilosophy on July 27, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    yea but even when i was on a low carb diet i still had all of those symptoms of anxiety and ocd dpdr, it just seems to have gotten worse ever since i started high carb

  33. DronZizzle on July 27, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    All this because the corporations/industries want us to believe the diet humans have been eating for millennia is the problem so they can sell us their refined trash

    absolutely pissening

  34. Samuel Flores Sanchez on July 27, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you!

  35. Zalamael Semper Dius on July 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Not to worry, the women who are choosing the vegan diet, 99% of them are unattractive and unlikely to find a partner before their fertility expires. These tend to be the shitty feminist types who are only vegan so they can pretend they are morally superior (as in, they have low social value and use veganism as a way of claiming they are better than the people who are more popular and attractive than they are).

    The other 1% are the real deal, and they are worth knowing (based on the ones I have met), but they are the silent minority when it comes to veganism.

  36. Buddhaneo Siddhananda on July 27, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Different horses for different courses…we don’t all have the same dietary needs…

  37. Shortness on July 27, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks Dr Ede for ur sharing. However, I wonder why you call depression, bipolar disorder as disease (u mentioned disease process). What’s the proof that they are diseases? What are the objective tests that show that they are diseases?

  38. Sundi Bright on July 27, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Would love to know just how much meat is needed. I am mostly vegan but sometimes crave meat and so much that is when I eat it. Once or twice a week.

  39. Li Qin on July 27, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Now you understand why the tyrants have been using feminism for such a long time to try and destroy civilization. Also why veganism is being promoted by the same crooks.

  40. Buddhaneo Siddhananda on July 27, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    How can you be sure a diagnosis is correct? What is the basis of assumption for diagnosing an illness/delusion? For my money, most people’s assumptions are way off.

  41. Dust Storm on July 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    My daughter in law was vegan and had several pronlems with depression and bipolar issues.
    I finally talked her out of veganism into carnvore.
    All those issues disappeared overnight. The brain .reds proper nutrition. You cannot get ot from plants.
    Its impossible in my opinion and stupid to try.

  42. A S on July 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I believe in CD and IF. It works for me and my family. Never going back to SAD. Thank you!!! Greetings from the Philippines!!!

  43. Aurélien on July 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    simply great

  44. Suzanne Rath on July 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Sign this petition if you think that the current dietary guidelines need MASSIVE changes, to bring it in line with current data:


  45. K171M4NY4R0 on July 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Does anyone knows how to add another language in the subs? I’d like to transcribe it in Spanish so I can share it with my family and friends

  46. RustyBolts on July 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    After searching for decades for clarity on Nutrition and related subjects, with contradictions driving me nuts! I have found Dr. Ede to be by far, so far the most sane.

  47. PB Gall on July 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Might also explain why vegans don’t understand why they are wrong. Theirbrain is lacking some things.

  48. Dominic on July 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    23:09 DHA is like a solar cell, because it can transform sunlight into electricity.

  49. Melissa Noelle on July 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I just love facts and science.

  50. Sinnergism on July 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    So, I should eat more oysters? Well alright — it’ll be a terrible hardship but just for my brain, I’ll grin and bear it….

    WOOHOO!! 😃 I knew there had to be _some_ medical reason to consume my favourite food. Thanks Doc!