Articles by Dr. Palmer

Dr. Palmer’s research & articles on ketogenic therapies

There is a tremendous amount of information, and mis-information, about the ketogenic diet available on the Internet, in self-help books, and by self-proclaimed experts. When otherwise healthy people simply want to lose a few pounds, relying on this information is probably fine. The worst that usually happens is they don’t lose weight. However, when using the ketogenic diet to treat serious medical conditions, reliable and accurate medical information is essential. As a physician, Dr. Chris Palmer is looking to provide at least some of this information here on ChrisPalmerMD.com. Our goal is to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information from trustworthy sources based on research and evidence. We welcome your ideas and recommendations for additional resources to share here.


Articles by Chris Palmer, MD


Rauch, AL. Palmer CM. Ketogenic Therapy for Brain and Mental Health. Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies.  


From Dr. Palmer’s column, Advancing Psychiatry, in Psychology Today.


Medical Journals


Norwitz NG, Dalai SS, Palmer CM. Ketogenic diet as a metabolic treatment for mental illness [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 6]. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2020;10.1097/MED.0000000000000564. doi:10.1097/MED.0000000000000564 VIDEO ABSTRACT: https://cdn-links.lww.com/permalink/coe/a/coe_2020_07_08_palmer_med270505_sdc1.mp4

Zoltán Sarnyai, Christopher M Palmer, Ketogenic Therapy in Serious Mental Illness: Emerging EvidenceInternational Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, , pyaa036, https://doi.org/10.1093/ijnp/pyaa036

Sarnyai Z, Kraeuter AK, Palmer CM. Ketogenic diet for schizophrenia: clinical implication. Current Opinions in Psychiatry. 2019 Sep;32(5):394-401. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000535.

Palmer CM. Diets and Disorders: Can Foods or Fasting Be Considered Psychopharmacologic Therapies?  Journal Clinical Psychiatry. 2019 Jul 9;81(1). doi: 10.4088/JCP.19ac12727.

Palmer CM, Gilbert-Jaramillo J, Westman EC. The ketogenic diet and remission of psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia: Two case studies. Schizophrenia Research. 2019 Jun; 208:439-440. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2019.03.019. Epub 2019 Apr 6.

Gilbert-Jaramillo J, Vargas-Pico D, Espinosa-Mendoza T, Falk S, Llanos-Fernández K, Guerrero-Haro J, Orellana-Román C, Poveda-Loor C, Valdevila-Figueira J, Palmer CM. The effects of the ketogenic diet on psychiatric symptomatology, weight and metabolic dysfunction in schizophrenia patients. Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. July 31, 2018. Volume 1(1): 1-5. doi: 10.15761/CNM.100010

Palmer CM. Ketogenic diet in the treatment of schizoaffective disorder: Two case studies. Schizophrenia Research 2017 Nov;189:208-209. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.01.053. Epub 2017 Feb 3.

More Medical Journal Articles by Dr. Palmer


Articles about Dr. Palmer’s work


Can You Eat to Beat Depression? By Debbie Koenig in WebMD’s Health News. December 2, 2019.



The Ketogenic Diet for Schizophrenia. By Raphael Sirtoli, PhD on Keto Nutrition from Science to Application. January 21, 2019.



My Strict Keto Diet Is Helping Me Through This Read about Alexandra Samuel’s experience with the ketogenic diet, weight loss, and improvement in her mental health.

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Research funding for the ketogenic diet in psychiatry is limited. Even researchers who understand the science believe that the diet is too difficult to do, so it clearly won’t work. However, I know that people with chronic mental disorders CAN do this treatment and are desperate for a better solution. I need your help to fund the first randomized, controlled trial of the ketogenic diet for chronic mental illness! Please help support this work if you are able by clicking on the link below. McLean Hospital is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

2 Responses

  1. Dr. Palmer – I worked as a clinical psychologist for the Mass. Dept. of Mental Health for over 30 years in Fall River and treated hundreds of adults with persistent disorders including schizophrenia. Since retiring in 2007, I discovered the benefits of a ketogenic diet for myself, bringing my A1c from 6.3 to 5.4. I have been following Dr. Georgia Ede’s work and her recommendations for using ketogenic diets for mental health and learned of your work at McLean, where I once worked in the 1970s. I now work with bariatric physician Jessica Inwood, MD at Southcoast Health in Fall River helping her patients with starting the diet. Do you know of anyone in MA who is using this diet to treat people with chronic mental health diagnoses? I would love to be of assistance to them as I know there are few ketogenic practitioners in the New England Area. You can find more about me at http://www.drweed.net/LowCarbs.html

  2. Dr. Weed,
    Thanks for sharing your interest in this work. At this point, Dr. Ede and myself are the only people in MA that I know of who are using the ketogenic diet to treat serious mental illness. Unfortunately, both of our practices are filled, so there aren’t many options for people seeking help. I’m hoping to change this by continuing the research and education on this emerging treatment and hoping that more clinicians like you will step up and be willing to help people with this intervention.

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