Dr. Katherine Raymer Brings Nutrition, Toxin Expertise to Behavioral Health Conference

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The first naturopathic doctor invited to this conference returns for a second straight year.

For the second year in a row, Bastyr University faculty Katherine Raymer, MD, ND, was the sole naturopathic doctor invited to speak at the King County Recovery and Resiliency Conference in fall 2014. The conference was focused on creating a wellness culture within the King County behavioral health system, with Dr. Raymer providing a unique naturopathic viewpoint with presentations on the effects, nutrition and toxins on mental health.

Read more about her experience:

How was your experience at the Recovery and Resiliency Conference?

I thought the conference was a unique experience and very professional. It was a valuable opportunity because I was able to address to a bigger audience and make them aware of naturopathic treatments for mental health disorders. I was excited by the enthusiasm and energy of the audience, who were very interested in learning about how nutrition and diet can be used as a behavioral health remedy.

What kind of information about nutrition for behavioral health disorders is available online?

Although a lot of information about nutrition is available on the web, I think that people find it confusing as to what exactly to follow. There are so many different treatments and remedies available for mental health, but people tend to treat using drugs and pharmaceuticals. This can further lead to side effects, addiction and could lead to more chronic issues.

However, if mental health is treated with naturopathic remedies, the root cause of the mental health problem could be resolved, and the patient could recover in long term.

What was your goal during this conference?

My goal was to educate and convince people about moving toward the basic remedial measures by using naturopathic methods. By providing evidence and practical tips, I want to provide hope and alternative solutions for people with behavioral health problems.

How important is nutrition in recovery of mental health?

Nutrition and diet play a critical role in the recovery of behavioral health problems. According to my research, in many cases a Mediterranean diet can help a client with depression disorder. This includes lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes, fish containing high antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and carbohydrates comprising of whole grains and sweet potatoes. My research has shown that this diet can help a depressed client feel positive in life by increasing the healthy neurons in their brain.

Basically, implementing a diet focused on whole and non-GMO foods can help lead to a more positive, healthy life.

In addition to a nutritious diet, I would recommend people to be aware and cautious about food packaging as toxins from packaging could the affect human body.