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Learn how diet and nutrition impact schizophrenia symptoms, the potential benefits in removing gluten from the diet, and the impact of achieving nutritional ketosis.

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  • Presenter: James Greenblatt, MD
  • Webinar Date: May 5, 2022
  • Credit: 1.0 CE credit
  • Level: Introductory
  • Format: 1 hr webinar recording
  • Registration: FREE

Schizophrenia is a variable and multifactorial psychiatric disorder producing a spectrum of symptoms ranging from behavioral abnormalities to full psychosis. Such dynamic symptom constellations, in tandem with research supporting genetic, epigenetic, metabolic, and neurologic contributors to pathogenesis, invite treatment approaches that prioritize the mitigation of underlying biologic factors. Unfortunately, current therapeutic paradigms for schizophrenia rely heavily (if not exclusively) on pharmaceutical agents for symptom suppression, agents associated with a plethora of side-effects that often diminish patient quality of life. Moreover, pharmaceutically-oriented approaches to treatment often omit consideration of other biologic factors that may be contributing to symptoms – omissions that are costly in light of the burden they impose upon patients.

A growing body of research demonstrates that nutritional ketosis can reduce or even eliminate negative and positive symptoms in schizophrenic patients. Additionally, studies have identified a robust correlation between schizoaffective presentations and abnormalities in the metabolism of the protein, gluten, leading to an accumulation of dietary exorphins that possess opiate effects. In this webinar, Dr. Greenblatt will review the fast-growing pool of scientific literature indicating that nutrition is a key modifiable risk factor in the development and progression of mental illness, emphasizing the potential benefits to schizophrenia patients of removing gluten from their diets and focusing on achieving nutritional ketosis.

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CE Details

The CE Company is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The CE Company maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Learning Objectives

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the relationship between wheat, gluten and schizophrenia
  • Describe the benefits of a ketogenic diet for schizophrenia

CE Instructions

This online program provides CE training and coursework. Accreditation requires the completion of a post-test. A passing grade of at least 75% must be met on this test in order to obtain certification. Instructions for certification will be provided upon completing the course in full.

Instructor Bio

A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA, and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. He is the author of seven books, including Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD. He is the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, an educational platform offering continuing online education, programs, and fellowships on functional and nutritional psychiatry for mental illness.

Conflict of Interest

The course instructor, James Greenblatt, M.D., is a consultant for Pure Encapsulations and owner of Psychiatry Redefined. He is also a key opinion leader for Fullscript. No assistance or financial compensation of any kind was provided by any outside commercial interest or entity in the development or preparation of this course.

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