Neuroinflammation is, unfortunately, one of the most common conditions I see within my patient base. However, understanding that neuroinflammation influences many different aspects of our wellbeing can serve a fundamental role in the healing process. As a psychiatrist, it has been particularly helpful in my assessment of mental health and has provided me with a more holistic lens for treating chronically ill patients.

In 2014, I did an interview with Paradigm Change called “Brain on Fire” in which I discussed how neuroinflammation can trigger psychiatric symptoms. ISEAI recently asked me to do a sequel to Brain on Fire at their upcoming conference this September. Initially, I assumed I would be researching a number of new references pertaining to mold, Lyme, mast cells and trauma and their roles in psychiatric syndromes, as well as updating my statistics on antidepressant usage. However, what I found while looking at the covid years was very unexpected and shocking, even to me.

  • Almost half of the nation reported symptoms of anxiety and depression in December of 2021 (just 6 months ago).
  • The use of psychiatric meds nearly doubled in the last two years, with a quarter of the population now medicating for those symptoms.
  • The number of prescriptions written for SSRIs now exceeds the US population, meaning we have written at least one prescription for every man, woman, and child in the US.
  • And the current rates of homicides, suicides, alcohol deaths and drug overdoses were half that of covid deaths in 2020 – meaning that for every two people who died of covid, at least 1 person was dying of drugs, alcohol, suicide, or murder.

If you want to hear more about neuroinflammation, its connection to psychiatric symptoms and covid, and effective health solutions, be sure to join me at the ISEAI conference this September 16th-18th. Dr. Peter McCullough will be talking on state of the art covid and long haul treatments. Neurologist Dr. Suzanne Gazda will outline the role of the spike protein in the brain in multiple illnesses. Dr. Christina Laukaitis discusses EDS and more. What you learn will have the potential to change the effectiveness of your current protocols and catapult you squarely into the forefront of current treatments for chronic complex illness.

The International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness’s (ISEAI) functional medicine conference is only one month away! Learn how to cultivate resilience in our modern world and better understand how environmental exposures can impact our immune system, the functioning of internal organs, nutritional status, and even our mental state. There are professional and non-professional registration options available below. You can find the full conference schedule and speaker line-up here.

Public Option: Patients and other interested non-clinician members of the public may access replays of key conference talks through ISEAI’s private Facebook group for $99/year.


Friday, September 16th: GI, lungs, skin, sinuses & dental

Saturday, September 17th: Immune system, brain & mental health

Sunday, September 18th: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & Cranio-cervical instability, Dysautonomia, Long COVID

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