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The Anxiety Summit – 2015 – Trudy Scott, a Food, Mood expert and host of the Anxiety Summit

Here is the initial interview by Trudy Scott that sets the tone for this Summit

Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!” – See more at:

The host of the Anxiety Summit, Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution opens up the Anxiety Summit Season 3.

New 2015 Food/Nutrient Research on Anxiety and Speaker Highlights

  • Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry
  • What if nutrients could treat mental illness?
  • The gut microbiome and diet in psychiatry, and the guts of remote Amazon dwellers
  • Dietary guidelines from Brazil, exercise, mindfulness, caffeine and social interaction
  • Preschoolers on Medicaid being prescribed psychotropic drugs and other medication news
  • Speaker highlights, gems and connections

“Nutritional Medicine as Mainstream in Psychiatry” published in January this year.

Psychiatry is at an important juncture, with the current pharmacologically focused model having achieved modest benefits in addressing the burden of poor mental health worldwide. Although the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a crucial factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that diet is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. Evidence is steadily growing for the relation between dietary quality (and potential nutritional deficiencies) and mental health, and for the select use of nutrient-based supplements to address deficiencies, or as monotherapies or augmentation therapies.

The abstract concludes as follows:

We present a viewpoint from an international collaboration of academics (members of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research), in which we provide a context and overview of the current evidence in this emerging field of research, and discuss the future direction. We advocate recognition of diet and nutrition as central determinants of both physical and mental health.

I blogged about this earlier this year and you can read more here

Here is part of “What if nutrients could treat mental illness?

We are at a tipping point in psychiatry.

The growing body of literature on the effect of nutrients on mental health is compelling enough and consistent enough for us to pay attention. It is time to revisit the role of diet and supplementary nutrients in the treatment of mental illness and to invest in this line of research.

Here are the other studies I mentioned:

Here are 2014 dietary guidelines of Brazil  What is your takeaway? who will you teach to cook? Will you take cooking lessons?  Will you plan more family sit-down meals?

Here is the information on Preschoolers on Medicaid being prescribed psychotropic drugs – very disturbing and sad!

And here are all the speakers of Season 3 of The Anxiety Summit.

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The Anxiety Summit – 2015 – Dr Daniel Amen

There are some fantastic talks on this summit and I will share my favorites!

This one is by Dr Daniel Amen and is from Trudy Scott’s blog.

Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!” – See more at:

Dr. Daniel Amen MD, is well recognized as the brain doctor and this is the title of our interview on season 3 of The Anxiety Summit: “The Brain Warriors Way to Attacking Anxiety, Depression and Aging.”

  • Why we are in a war for the health of our brains?
  • Why anxiety is so common in women and how depression shows up in men
  • Four different brain types
  • Natural ways for dealing with anxiety (instead of typical anti-anxiety medications)
  • How birth control pills contribute to anxiety
  • The impact of gut health on anxiety


He just has so much wisdom:

If you love your life and love the people in your life and love what you’re doing on this earth you need to get serious about your brain. This is The Brain Warrior concept!”

There is a path to keep your brain much healthier than most people every thought possible! Neurons don’t age, it’s blood vessels that age and if you understand that and can keep the blood flow to your brain healthy, it directly attacks ADD, anxiety, depression, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.

And a great sense of humor too! We had many laugh out loud moments which are always good for us but especially great when we’re feeling sad, anxious or overwhelmed.

We talk about how important the microbiome and gut health is when it comes to mental health.   He finds it funny that as the brain doctor, he now going to have to consider poop! He really does say that!

You may recall my great interview with Dr. Ted Dinan on season 2: Microbes in the gut and psychobiotics as a potential treatment for anxiety and depression

We also talk about how women make less serotonin so I just had to look up the research. Here are some snippets from this 1997 paper “Differences between males and females in rates of serotonin synthesis in human brain

The marked difference in the rates of serotonin synthesis between male and female subjects is, to our knowledge, a new finding.

Moreover, no differences have been found between the number of serotonin re-uptake sites in the brains of male and female subjects.

The rate of serotonin synthesis will depend on numerous factors including the free plasma tryptophan levels, the plasma levels of tryptophan relative to the other large neutral amino acids, the activity of the system that transports the large neutral amino acids into brain, the gene expression of tryptophan hydroxylase, degradation of tryptophan hydroxylase, compartmentalization of tryptophan and tryptophan hydroxylase in brain cells, as well as probably numerous other factors.

Averaging over the different brain areas, the rate of serotonin synthesis is 52% greater in male than in female subjects. This is one of the largest differences between the brains of males and females that is not related to hormone binding sites. The reason for this difference is not clear at this time.


Here is an image of brain scans that were published in the above study. The color bar on the right in the same row gives an indication of synthesis i.e. blues, purples and pinks means low synthesis of serotonin. The research found low synthesis of serotonin in the women in the study.

We can tie this all back to the gut since we make so much serotonin in the gut!

As Dr. Amen says “you need to get serious about your brain” and here a few of his recommendations:

  • eat real whole food, quit sugar and sodas, get plenty of healthy fats in your diet and quit bread
  • use natural approaches to boost serotonin and GABA, and address low progesterone if necessary
  • fall in love with exercise and get rid of negative thoughts (he calls them ANTS: automatic negative thoughts)
  • and avoid medications like benzodiazapines and the BCP/birth control pill

Here are some of Dr. Amen’s wonderful books:

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness

Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex

Join us on season 3 of The Anxiety Summit (www.theanxietysummit) and hear Dr. Amen share more on “The Brain Warriors Way to Attacking Anxiety, Depression and Aging.”

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Anti-inflammatory vegetable soup – Goan style!

I first tried the delicious Goan style Mussel soup from the Ballymaloe Cookery Course book,

but I see that there are a good few on the net (e.g.

It has become one of my most adapted and cooked recipes and we eat a version of this often at home.

Today, I decided to make a vegetable soup version, and it is packed full of anti-inflammatory natural ingredients.

I make a point of buying fresh organic vegetables.


Serves 6

2T coconut oil

1 diced onion

2 t grated fresh ginger

3 cloves fresh garlic

1 t ground tumeric

2 t ground cumin

2 t ground coriander

½ t salt

400mls coconut milk

250mls hot water with 2 vegan, gluten-free stock cube dissolved

1-2 fresh green chillies

2 sticks and leaves celery – diced

2-3 leeks – diced

3 baby marrows  – diced

½ Cauliflower – diced

1 carrot – diced


  • Heat the coconut oil in a pan and add the chill, onion, ginger and garlic and stir till onions glassy.
  • Add in the salt and spices cooking gently for a few minutes.
  • Add all the diced vegetables and stir for a few minutes
  • Add the water and stock and cover, simmering for 5 minutes


  • Add the coconut milk and simmer for a further 10 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and blitz till smooth with a stick liquidizer IMG_1936

Enjoy garnished with lots of fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime if you want to amp up the flavor!

If you are Banting, leave out the carrot!

If you are not vegan and want to add animal protein, add in thinly sliced raw chicken or fish

after blitzing the vegetables into the smooth soup and keep on heating until meat is cooked.

Mashatu weekend – postscript

Mike – again I just love the photos and how you capture the stillness and beauty of Mashatu, a place I hold so dear in my heart!

Howie's Wildlife Images

This is a postscript from our weekend in Mashatu in mid-April. You might remember that it was very wet and overcast but we had two bright spots on the Sunday and Monday morning. Many of the animal and bird images I have included show off the garden of flowers which bloomed after the rain.

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!”

Hunter S. Thompson
Looking east down the Majale river about 15 to 20 minutes before sunrise. 


Dawn with the sun rising behind a low hill.


Early on the Sunday morning just as the sun was starting to illuminate the mist down on the northern side of the Majale river.


This sleepy Black-backed Jackal was warming up…

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