The BIGGEST LIES You've Been Told About Diet & Nutrition That Are Killing You! | Dr. Chris Palmer

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Mar 14 2023 • 1 hr 55 mins

You already know that poor diet choices, lack of sleep and high levels of stress are making it impossible to control your weight, manage your mood, and have productive days. It’s the avalanche of poor decisions that assault your metabolism and impact your mental health in ways you haven’t connected until now. A good diet, being well rested, keeping your stress levels low not only positively affect your metabolism, they also positively affect your mental health. Dr. Chris Palmer, a Harvard psychiatrist, has introduced the brain energy theory of mental illness, revealing that mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain. Which means there is a direct connection to diet and mental health. Dr. Palmer has been pioneering the use of a medical ketogenic diet as a treatment for mental disorders, and has released his new book, Brain Energy, carefully connecting the dots and explaining why mitochondria are at the center of it all. This episode is easily a mini-masterclass on mitochondrial function as Dr. Palmer explains all of the systems and processes mitochondria directly impact tying to nutrition and mental health. What’s shocking is that all of the things known to impair mental illness directly impair mitochondrial function. Check out Dr. Palmer’s book, Brain Energy: QUOTES: “I’m arguing all mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain.” “I am saying diet plays a powerful role in mental illness, diet plays a powerful role in mitochondrial health, but it is not the only thing that plays a role [in mental health].” “What I’m saying in a nutshell is that mitochondrial dysfunction is ultimately the cause of mental illness.” “When I saw it put schizophrenia into remission at that point I knew I can’t stay quiet about this, this is too important.” “I would argue that the ketogenic diet or fasting states or fasting mimicking states in particular play a profound role in healing, and the reason is not because carbohydrates are the villain, the reason is because fasting is the saving treatment.” “People who are overweight or diabetic or more likely to have autistic children…” Follow Chris Palmer: Website: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Click here to download your FREE guide to 100x YOUR EFFICIENCY IN 10 EASY STEPS: Build IRONCLAD discipline in this FREE workshop: Sponsors: Visit to save 20% on a full year of access to The Real Vision Academy. Visit to unlock 10% off artisanally crafted NOT cheeses made with plant based ingredients for a delicious new take on the cheeses you adore! Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase!  Visit my sponsor Future: to try your first month for $19 and make 2023 the year you crush your fitness goals. Go to our sponsor Viome to get 20% off your first 3 months and free shipping - learn if inflammation is causing your issues! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at and get on your way to being your best self. Get $500 off Peloton Tread Packages that come with accessories like a heart rate band, workout mat and non-slip dumbbells. Just go to to get the deal. For listeners of the show, Calm is offering an exclusive offer of 40% off a Calm Premium subscription at  Go to for a 14 day free trial to see if your personal information has been leaked online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit