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A 34-year-old member asked:

is it possible that a poor diet alone be enough to make someone suffer from a mental health disease?

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Dr. Jagwinder Sandhu
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes: If your diet is deficient in certain vitamins like thiamine or B12 or certain Amino Acids it can contribute to depression or other mental health issues but other stressors or genetic vulnerability is also very important.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Not likely: To be more helpful, a lot more would need to be known, but it would be very unlikely for nutritional deficits to cause any of the mental health diseases. Sorry.

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A 38-year-old female asked:

What can you do to help reduce fatty liver? Also, is South Beach Diet safe for fatty liver

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Lose weight: Vitamin e has also been shown to help. You do have a risk of gall stones with rapid weight loss. Ironically patients who had some fat when they dieted as opposed to no fat, developed fewer gall stones.

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