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Emily Deans
Worked at Wellcare Physicians Group
Attended University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Lived in Boston
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Cocoa has the potential for numerous beneficial effects on the brain.
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Five Years of Evolutionary Psychiatry
Next month will mark the 5th year anniversary of this blog. Hard to believe I would still be at it after all this time. Back in the beginning, an interest in ancestral health felt like a very lonely endeavor. Since then I've met many online friends, physici...
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We've been struck by a harder than usual winter here in the Boston suburbs, and the spring bounceback, where increased light meets slow-clogged sidewalks and freezing temperatures, has been worse than in times past. Insomnia is a major problem along with ir...
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More new blog posts (everywhere but here)
I meant to do even more posts, but I've been down for the count with a horrible cold that felt like a combination of rhinovirus and chikunguna . Finally I'm feeling better, though weak as a kitten. Anyway, prior to the cold I wrote these: A Gene For Violenc...
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Cocoa Love
I'm not a huge fan of so-called superfoods...diversity is probably the key to a truly healthy human diet in an ancestral and mictobiome sense, but hey, chocolate may be an exception to the rule. I can rain on the parade with the sustainability issues...anyw...
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Hi Dr Deans, this is a totally random cry for help regarding lithium affecting thyroid. My psychiatrist / psychopharmacologist has been debating with me about whether lithium affect the thyroid or not. For the last 2 years I've been on lithium and for the last 2 years I had thyroid problems. Once again last week when I saw the doctor he said that it couldn't be lithium that is causing my thyroid problem. I cited information that I've read and he still wouldn't acknowledge my concern. Thyroid blood test showed that I am once again in need of an increase in thyroid medication increased and in fact I've been walking around in a daze for the last 6 months because neither the psychiatrist, for my therapist thought that my thyroid being low again could me cousin confusion, poor memory, feeling like my brain is stuffed with cotton, and finally a major accident on a freeway that I caused. Mostly because I wasn't concentrating, and have been feeling completely out of body. I take all of my medications consistently so this was not the issue. My question, & a question I c an't seem to find the answer to is can thyroid be affected with 900 for as little as 600 milligrams of lithium . Never had thyroid problems before taking the lithium. I am 54 year old woman, semi postmenopausal. Fairly good diet. And I love the cocoa! Katwood5000@ gmail.com if you need to respond under different cover.
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Hi,

My thoughts are related to my own personal experiences with fasting.  Please forgive my ignorance.

I have a simple question.  My comments are given first, the question is towards the end of post. 

So what's the verdict?  What's the general principle related to fasting and serotonin?  It appears the biological systems, whether human or rat, etc, are made of up super complicated biochemical pathways that generate, varying or inconclusive debate.

Now, I am no expert, but, I would simply put forth the obvious notion that the motivation for an animal to survive is a necessary evolutionary quality, and in mammals the need for growth and repair are essential to survival, hence sleep.

If serotonin modulates general homeostasis in terms of appetite, sleep, growth/repair (immunological function, etc)... and mood, it would stand to reason, that the animal (humans) would benefit (evolutionarily) at time of scarcity, such that, its growth and repair systems would be working at an optimal threshold (or window) to give the animal the greatest chance of survival,  and increasing its chances of making it to is next meal.  Right?  Of course, within the context of generally good health, barring injury, disease, or stress, that would overwhelm the ability to survive.

Question:
During fasting do humans have a critical window, a cyclical or periodic pattern, or time point, whereby growth, repair, and mood, are optimized for survival?  In which case, one could exploit this process to benefit human health.

Thanks for you consideration,
-LMG
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The next generation of psychiatry
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Read your column on inositol.  Have a daughter with PCOS who goes to therapeutic boarding school.  I want her to take inositol for anxiety and pcos but need a doc note.  Her endocrinologist response was like I was a nut!  Endless frustration in getting her help as each professional sees through a narrow lens!
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Hello there. We've had a record month of snow around these parts, which paridoxically does not make me more productive, but rather makes me want to sit on the couch wrapped in a blanket, sipping tea and doing nothing. I have a few new posts up despite all o...
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Emily Deans, M.D.:  I'm a psychiatrist in Massachusetts searching for evolutionary solutions to the general and mental health problems of the 21st century. Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is in no way intended to be personal medical advice. Please ask your physician about any health guidelines seen in this blog, as everyone is different in his or her medical needs.
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  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
    MD, 1996 - 2000
  • Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program
    Psychiatry
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