The physical symptoms of mental illness

How to spot the outward signs of a fat-deprived brain

When Alicia came to see me for dietary advice for various physical health problems, she made no mention of her extreme anxiety. I had my suspicions – it didn’t take a genius.

I asked her what health issue she most wanted to address. Her answer was unequivocal. “It’s my husband. He’s a fucking bastard”.

This could go one of two ways, I thought.

Alicia was certainly different, but she was typical in one regard: she had a combination of physical and mental symptoms. And, as it turned out, there was one underlying cause. Alicia’s brain lacked fatty acids, and this deficiency was manifesting in other parts of her body.

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